Saturday, November 24, 2012


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

1) Muddy Waters (Hard Again) – “Blues Had a Baby…” (0:31)
2) Jason Loughlin (Peach Crate) – “Recordian” (2:35)
3) Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate [indie mp3] – “Just So Love You” (4:02)
4) Zac Harmon (Music Is Medicine) – “I’m a Healer” (5:16)
5) David Brewer (Bad Habits) – “Must Be Doin’ Something Wrong” (4:11)
6) Rich Hall (Moving On) – “Revelations” (3:43)
7) Carolyn Fe Blues Collective (Original Sin) – “Devil’s Fool” (3:49)
8) Soul Stack (Big Red) – “Miss Me” (3:02)
9) Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones (f. Dennis Gruenling) (What’s It Gonna Take) – “No Big Thrill” (3:23)

D.D.’s BLUE NOTES – NOV. 24/12

Here’s a reminder of the St. John’s branch of Long & McQuade’s annual national fundraiser for children’s music therapy programs, with local proceeds going to the Janeway Children’s Hospital.  That’s happening at Fat Cat Blues Bar on George Street tonight, beginning around 7 p.m. and continuing on through the night.  The performers include The Replacements, Rust, Dan Doiron Band, Prosser’s Rock, One Night Stand, “Friends of Music Therapy”, and possibly more.

Ken Tizzard and Bad Intent + Monday Nights will be performing this coming Thursday at The Levee, also on George Street, as part of the weekly 9 O’Clock Rocks musical party.  Naturally, the gigs will start at 9 p.m. and be finished well before midnight.

Canadian musician Bruce Cockburn, who has been offering his recordings and live performances since the late ’60s, early ’70s, was awarded a lifetime achievement award from SOCAN on November 19.  On December 14th, he will be joining Jackson Browne and other musicians at a benefit concert for Native American activist Leonard Peltier Benefit at the Beacon Theatre in New York.  Peltier has been imprisoned for 37 years.  Cockburn’s latest CD, Small Source of Comfort is available from True North Records, his long-standing record label, based in Burlington, ON.

New Canadian CDs in CHMR’s record library include releases by Revelstoke, Lower Companions, Julie Doiron, Manafest, Andy Shauf, Sabrina Whyatt, Barney Bentall, Eyeswide, The Unquiet Dead, Danger Cat, Les Hay Babies, and Tippy Agogo & Bill Bourne’s Amoeba Collective.  Additional  recent Canadian releases are out there by Jack de Kezyer, Danny Marks, Corey Lueck and the Smoke Wagon Blues Band, Tusket, String Bone, Grant Lyle, Al Wood & The Woodsmen, and the Jimmy Bowskill Band, the latter which includes a smokin’ version of a tune written by Grand Funk’s Mark Farner from their Closer to Home LP.

And speaking of the Corey Lueck and Smoke Wagon Blues Band, they are on the roster of performers scheduled to play at the Leander Boat Club in Hamilton, ON, on Sun., Dec. 2nd.  Resident sax master and singer Sonny Del-Rio will be celebrating "55 Years of Rockin'.... and Rollin' On".  Other performers on the roster are Ray Materick, Darcy Hepner, We Got Blues, Jude Johnson, Carl Horton, and Ronny and the Rockets.  All of the performers are donating their time to come out and party with Sonny, and the proceeds are going to the CKOC Christmas Miracle.  Sonny Del-Rio has been putting on a Christmas benefit annually for many years.  Having met him in person, I know for a fact that he really is a very caring, community-oriented person, and he’s in good company here, for sure.

Also on December 2, in Toronto, “Bash for the Boogieman (a.k.a. Rick Gunn) – Take II” is being held at Revival Bar on College Street, from 4-11 PM.  The fundraiser’s proceeds will assist Rick with the onerous financial burden associated with his being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, or bone marrow cancer.  Some of the scheduled performers include Terry Draper of Klaatu, David Henman of April Wine, Bob “The Iceman” Segarini, Sebastian Agnello, The Virgins – Unplugged, Wendell Ferguson, and Brave & Crazy, just one of the many great bands Rick has played guitar with over the years.

I’m D.D. Rocker (a.k.a. Misty Blue 1955), the proud 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 The Charmer, that is,, broadcasting on Rogers TV Channel 942 and Bell Aliant Channel 825.  Stay tuned for more tunes.

[N.B. 'forgot to mention - There have been so many new Canadian releases this year, I'm going to program my playlists entirely with music from our home and native land through the month of December.]

10) Julian Fauth (Songs of Vice and Sorrow) – “Red Richard” (3:41)
11) Rod Cook and Toast (Troublemaker) – “Profit Over People” (5:11)
12) Robert Farrell Band (Son House Fury) – “Slidewinder (Instrumental)” (2:40)
13) Mitch Woods (Blues Beyond Borders – Live in Istanbul) – “Rocket 88” (3:43)
14) The Some x 6 Band (Hoodoo Shake) – “Curveball” (3:15)


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