Saturday, October 20, 2012


Programmed and hosted by D.D. Rocker (a.k.a. Misty Blue 1955)

Muddy Waters (Hard Again) – “Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll"
(Intro Clip)

1) Brian Blade and the Fellowship (Season of Changes) – “Ruby Lou’s Lullaby” (4:39)
2) Heathen Eyes – “Ocea” (3:36)
3) Dokken (Broken Bones) – “Burning Tears” (4:53)
4) Duncan Cameron (The Whistling Thief) – “Love Is a Thing You Do” (3:50)
5) Joel Miller (Swim) – “Nos Etoiles” (4:39) (also on EJN Sampler)
6) Yaron Herman Quartet (Alter Ego) – “From Afar” (2:12)
7) Paul Fenton (Binson’s Blues) – “Binson’s Blues” (1:08)
8) Paul Fenton (Binson’s Blues) – “Can’t Help You” (5:09)

D.D.’s BLUE NOTES – OCT. 20/12

I was amazed to see that Mitch Ryder of Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels is still rockin’ that devil with the blue dress after all these decades.  So, too, apparently are Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Chubby Checker & The Wildcats, and Gary Lewis & The Playboys.  They are all part of the live performance boat cruise series known as “Concerts at Sea”.  Hey, hey, my, my…

For those of you who get prematurely excited about Christmas-shopping, Canadian West Coast blues guitarist/composer and vocalist David Gogo is releasing Christmas with the Blues on his long-time label, Cordova Bay Records, next month.  According to the press release by Sarah French Publicity, Christmas with the Blues features seven blues-inspired standards and two originals and is a blend of traditional blues with a few hints of roots, gospel and rock ‘n roll.  Also sitting in on the recording are some of Canada’s best musicians, including Billy Hicks, David Vest, Phil Dwyer, Shawn “The Harpoonist” Hall, Tina Jones, and Camille Miller.  It will be in stores on November 13.

For classical music-lovers in Ontario’s Steeltown, Guitar Hamilton is pleased to present Argentinian virtuoso guitarist Victor Villadangos, performing the tango masterworks of Piazzolla and the Sonatas of Torroba and Gustavino.  The performance takes place tomorrow night at the Hamilton Conservatory of Arts at 7 p.m.  For more information, visit

Athens-based band Secret Illusion has begun recording its second CD, following the Turn Back Time EP.  Guitarist Filippos Papakyriakou says:  “Some keyboard parts are already completed, and within the next week some guitar parts will also be ready, before the drums take place.  Later this year we will release a single that will be distributed only in digital form through well-known sites...this will be a very small taste of the new album that is planned to be released before the summer of 2013.”

I’d like to wish drummer John Funkinator of Ottawa band The Funktion a belated happy birthday.  His big celebration was yesterday, although it might continue into tonight.

This past Thursday evening, the Kidney Foundation of Canada Newfoundland and Labrador kicked off their eBay auction of celebrity paintings for their “A Brush of Hope” campaign.  Several masterpieces being auctioned off were displayed in the Rocket Room of the Rocket Bakery on Water Street on Thursday night.  I’m not sure whether they will remain there for the duration of the bidding period, which runs through until October 29.  St. John’s MusicNL award-winner Chris Kirby is involved in the campaign and perhaps has his own artwork being auctioned off for the cause.  Kidney donors are greatly needed across Canada, and since most of us are able to spare one, please give it serious consideration, or at least buy some artwork to help the Kidney Foundation with its funding needs.

If you have any local arts & entertainment news to impart, regarding the province of NL, particularly of the blues variety, feel free to contact me at or

I am D.D. Rocker (a.k.a. Misty Blue 1955), founder and sole member of NL Blues Society (a.k.a. the St. John’s Anti-Social Blues Conspiracy).  You’re listening to “Rockin’ the Blues from Canada”, offering free group therapy, on CHMR 93.5 FM, streaming live online at, and broadcasting on Rogers TV Channel 942 and Bell Aliant Channel 825.  “Iron Maidens”, hosted by one of my numerous alter-egos, Honey Girl, by name, is up next at 10, followed by a prerecorded segment of Converts of Reason with Rory and Liam, and then Newfound Records with Wayne Tucker at noon.  In the meantime, stay tuned for more tunes.

9) James “Buddy” Rogers (My Guitar’s My Only Friend) – “My Guitar’s My Only Friend" (2:52)
10) Timo Gross [indie mp3] – “Dance with the Devil” (3:41)
11) The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer (Checkered Past) – “Shake It” (2:30)
12) Jonathan Tyler [indie mp3] – “Way Down South” (2:54)


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