Saturday, October 13, 2012


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

1) Smokin’ Joe Wiseman [indie mp3] – “Too White to Sing the Blues” (4:15)
2) David Vest (East Meets Vest) – “Low Down Dog” (4:09)
3) Capital B (Cocktails by the Dumpster) – “Below the Surface” (4:03)
4) Breaching Vista [indie mp3] – “Not Our Fate (Acoustic Demo)” (4:19)
5) Hannu Lepisto (Run Away with Me) – “There Is an Angel for Everyone” (3:22)
6) Aylie Sparkes (Beautiful & Deranged) – “Joanne’s Reel” (4:58)

D.D.’s Blue Notes

Saskatoon blues-rock guitar teen sensation Jordan Cook (now calling himself Reign Wolf – “reign” as in “rule” – is all grown up now and touring the U.S. from west to east, with a brief detour to Austin, Texas, and later dates in Germany and The Netherlands.   Playing publicly since the age of eight, Jordan seems to be first and foremost a live performer.  I have seen no evidence of any official recording being released between the Jordan Cook Band’s 2001 Transitions EP and his brand-new full-length CD, 7 Deadly Sins, but there are quite a few live video recordings at that you might want to check out.  He currently makes his home in Seattle, WA.

Another Canadian band making waves south of the border are Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, no doubt due to their successful collaboration with American female musicians on their Kings & Queens project.  They’ve got dates this week in Arlington, VA, Red Hook and Stony Brook, both in NY, and then they are heading south to Franklin, TN, on October 20.

Speaking of Tennessee, and in particular, Nashville, that’s where Juno award-winner Old Man Luedecke (based in Chester, NS) recorded his brand-new CD, Tender Is the Night, with folk hero Tim O’Brien.  Luedecke is embarking on a tour across Canada that will take him as far west as Victoria, B.C., and in the east to Charlottetown, P.E.I., and including dates in Halifax and Chester, NS (his home base).
Doug Carter, Greater Hamilton Area musician, author of “Cool Fool”, and co-composer, with Mike MacMillan, on Guitar Mikey’s newest release, Out of the Box, tells me the CD has reached #1 three times on the Canadian Roots Music Report and charted in the Top 10 on the US Blues Chart. It is now striking the ears of Americana Program Directors and listeners alike, getting airplay in the States, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the UK, and, of course, right here on CHMR in St. John’s, NL, Canada.  It’s not just a ‘good’un’, mates – it’s great!  For info on Doug Carter’s book, visit
American slide guitarist and vocalist par excellence J.B. Ritchie, along with long-time bass guitarist, Frank Bandy of Teardrop Records, will be performing live tonight in Chicago at Buddy Guy’s Legends nightclub.  If I could be granted one musical wish, it would be a free trip to Chicago and a front-row seat at that world-famous venue.

On Wednesday, October 19, at the Ship Pub, off Duckworth Street, the Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians’ Association will be holding a fundraising concert.  All proceeds will help establish the Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians’ Emergency Fund.   The door opens at 10 p.m. $15 at the door.

Republic of Doyle’s Lynda Boyd, Krystin Pellerin and Sean Panting will be singing jazz and blues standards, along with favourite local jazz and blues musicians, Mary Barry, Bill Brennan, Shawn Beresford, Gary Johnston, Brad Jefford, and more.  The contact email address is or you can call 709-722-8005.

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” is up next at 10, followed by Converts of Reason with Rory and Liam, and then Newfound Records with Wayne Tucker at noon.  In the meantime, stay tuned for more tunes.

7) Ball Aitken (Live at Tamworth) – “Hit the Road” (4:21)
8) Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate (Frail Hurricane EP) – “By the Water” (3:12)
9) Chris Adams (Under the Northern Lights) – “Under the Northern Lights” (5:14)
10) Lee Harvey Osmond (A Quiet Evil) – “Lucifer’s Blues” (5:41) (BY REQUEST)

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