Programmed and Hosted by D.D. Rocker/Misty Blue 1955
1) Timo Gross [indie mp3] – “Free” (4:47)
D.D.’s Blue Notes
The Portland-Jamestown-Winterbrook Recreation Committee is conducting a series of fundraising events for the purpose of building and maintaining a children’s playground in that area of Lethbridge, NL (northeast of Clarenville). The site is to be named “The Jordan Wells Memorial Playground”. Jordan passed away suddenly, at the age of 23, on February 29/12 in a drowning incident near Bloomfield, NL. Online donations via PayPal can be made at any time at:
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Greater Toronto Area soul-blues-rocker Anthony Gomes, now based in St. Louis, Missouri, had a nasty experience earlier this week in Illinois, while driving his tour van, which suddenly caught on fire. He lost a lot of gear, his music library, and most of his clothing. Fortunately he was able to save his guitars and sustained no bodily injuries.
Here in St. John’s, blues guitarist and vocalist Darrell Cooper has transferred his Acoustic Sunday Night Blues gig to the Bull and Barrel on George Street. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t start any earlier than the previous one at the Fat Cat, but if you’re nocturnal AND you don’t have to work Monday mornings, this will suit you to a “T”. Showtime is 11 p.m.-ish ’til everyone gets the boot. Speaking of Darrell Cooper, I had the pleasure of interviewing him and Darrin “Boobie” Browne, another St. John’s guitarist, back in 2005, right here at CHMR when I was hosting “Patchwork Blues”. I’ve since resurrected the recording, which includes three live blues tunes from the dynamic duo, which I’ll be playing on “Rockin’ the Blues from Canada” next Saturday, September 1st, just after 9 AM.
In other local blues news, CHMR’s Terry Parsons, long-time host of “Cosmic Debris”, “Blind Lemon Blues”, “Sunday Morning Hangover Cure”, and “The Songwriters” has arranged to bring Aussie bluesman 8 Ball Aitken to St. John’s for a couple of live performances. This cat is quite the character, visually-speaking – imagine Loonie Tunes/Merrie Melodies’ Yosemite Sam wielding an electric guitar instead of a shotgun and you’ll get an idea. Check out his vids on YouTube – including “Outback Booty Call”.
So far, there are three live performances scheduled in this area, and the door charge is $10 for each. The first taking place at Distortion on George Street here in St. John’s, with special guest Chris Kirby, on Thursday, September 20. Tickets are just $10 and go on sale Monday, September 3, 2012. They are available at Fred's Records, DISTORTION, or at the door.
The second show takes place Friday, September 21, at S.S. MEIGLE in Seal Cove. Advance tickets for this show are now available at the S.S. MEIGLE or at the door on the night of the show.
The following night, Saturday, September 22, he will be playing at Jay Jay’s in Whitbourne. Those $10 tickets are available at the Jay Jay's as of September 3 or when you show up for the performance.
While 8 Ball Aitken is here in NL, he will be doing TV & Radio appearances, plus some Blues in the Schools visits! Watch for news and updates on the shows, as they are announced here on CHMR, or you can join the Facebook group, 8 Ball Aitken in Newfoundland. You can also send a friend invite to Terry Parsons at drcosmic.
If you dig the blues and would like to hang out with some like-minded people in St. John’s, I’ve started a virtual antisocial blues music conspiracy. If this sounds like something you would like to be part of, or at least support in some way, visit nlbluessociety.blogspot.com.
I’m D.D. Rocker (a.k.a. Misty Blue 1955) and you’re listening to “Rockin’ the Blues from Canada” on CHMR 93.5 FM, streaming live online at www.mun.ca/chmr and on Rogers TV Channel 942. Stay tuned for more tunes.
8) Hooyoosay [indie mp3] – “My Obsession” (3:05)