Saturday, October 27, 2012


Programmed and hosted by D.D. Rocker/Misty Blue 1955

Muddy Waters (Hard Again) – “Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll” (0:31) (OPENING THEME)

1) Giovanni Mirabassi (Adelante) – “La Carta” (3:49)
2) Gregoire Maret (Membran) – “Travels” (4:56)
3) Bruce Cockburn (Night Vision) – “The Blues Got the World by the Balls” (1:52)
4) The 24th Street Wailers (Unshakeable) – “On a Mission” (3:23)
5) Jack de Keyzer (Silver Blues) – “Top of the Line” (4:34)
6) Lou De Adder (LouD) – “Dibs on You” (3:30)
7) Mitch Woods (Blues Beyond Borders – Live in Istanbul) – “Queen Bee” (5:28)

D.D.’s BLUE NOTES – OCT. 27/12

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The new-generation blues music collective known as The 24th Street Wailers, hot on the 2012 release of Unshakeable, is set to record a live album at Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs in Halifax, NS, on Nov 9.  Michael Archer, bass guitarist with the 24th Street Wailers, was rightfully disappointed to learn that the man responsible for the shooting death of Michael’s brother, Jesse, has been sentenced to a mere five years’ incarceration.

Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling well enough last night to check out either The Salty Dolls & the Moonshine Men at the Rose & Thistle or Skank & the Discounts at the Ship Pub.  Hopefully I’ll be recovered by tomorrow night to see Chris Kirby, as well as Erin Costelo and her guitarist Clive MacNutt, who are making a return visit to The Rock from Halifax.  Erin and Chris both have CDs they are currently promoting – Chris, of course, with his MusicNL award-winning Wonderizer, and Erin, with her brand-new release, We Can Get Over.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation has announced its list of nominees for the 2013 induction, with the live ceremony taking place in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. on Thursday, April 18.  The show will be broadcast on HBO at a later date.  The actual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum is located in Cleveland, Ohio.  Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 600 artists, historians and members of the music industry; however, for the first time, fans can vote for five of the predetermined nominees for 2013, comprised of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Meters, Randy Newman, N.W.A., Procol Harum, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, and last, but certainly not least, Canadian progressive rock band Rush.
As if Cleveland weren’t famous enough for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame landmark institution, plans are underway to build the Official R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum there, as well.  This particular museum’s inaugural induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Cleveland's Music Hall/Public Auditorium, the same venue normally used for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.  Some of the R&B Hall of Fame induction nominees include James Brown, The Temptations, The Hesitations, Otis Redding, The O'Jays, Dick Clark, Gerald Levert, Aretha Franklin, Alan Freed, and The Dramatics. As well, the Reverend Al Sharpton will receive the Ron Banks Humanitarian Award for his life-long support to many rhythm & blues and gospel artists.

Ottawa-raised Raoul Bhaneja of the Maple Blues Award-winning band Raoul & the Big Time and a long-time TV, film, and theatre actor, is currently in St. John, New Brunswick, where he will be presenting his Gemini Award-nominated portrayal of Hamlet (Solo).  Tonight, beginning at 7:30 p.m., is the last performance before he returns to Toronto.

I’m 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.

8) Soulstack (Big Red) – “Stone Cold Man” (3:14)
9) The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer (Checkered Past) – “Get Out” (3:35)
10) Chairman George and the Ministers (Expect the World) – “Expect the World” (2:53)
11) The Snow Itself [indie mp3] – “Beijing” (3:47)
12) Planet Seed [indie mp3] – “It’s Gonna Be Okay” (3:49)
13) Sindie 4 [Indie mp3] – “Sorry Sindie” (1:36)


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