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Hey Blues Fans,

Last week was a busy week for us. We were working hard to prepare a great show for you on Thursday, October 29th at the Blues Blast Music Awards. (More on that later.)

Being overwhelmed we made some big errors in last weeks issue which we beg forgiveness for. First there was the spelling of Robert Belfour's name (It is NOT Belfore), then we actually put the wrong name for Chicago Bluesman Eric "Guitar" Davis. (Sorry to Eric Guitar Watson too if there is one.)

Finally there was the omission of the second page of James Walkers review of Texas Slims new CD. Our apologies to everyone. We have included James Walkers complete review of Texas Slim at the end of this issue.

Speaking of the Blues Blast Music Awards, tickets are still available as of this writing. They are available online till noon on Thursday October 29th or at the door if there are any remaining. Don't miss this great event. CLICK HERE to get tickets now.


Arkansas Blues and Heritage Fest photos

We have posted the photos of all three days of the fun at the Arkansas Blues & Heritage Fest on our website. To see them, CLICK HERE

 

 

 


Blues Wanderings

We went to the the Deep Blues Innovators Blues Fest last Saturday in Monmouth, IL. This great show featured Watermelon Slim, Shawn Kellerman, Bernie Pearl, Iowa Blues Hall of Fame winner Joe Price and an opening set by Charlie Hayes and Joel Fleming.  Here are a few quick snap shots. We will have all the fun photos posted soon.

Watermelon Slim

Sean Kellerman

Bernie Pearl

Joe Price

Joel Fleming

Charlie Hayes


In this issue - Blues Reviews and MORE!

James Walker reviews a new CD from 112 North Duck. Eric Steiner reviews a CD from Boom Boom Steve V & the Knockouts. Mark Thompson reviews CDs by Jason Ricci and Seth Walker. 


2009 Blues Blast Music Awards

Thursday, October 29th at Buddy Guy's Legends

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This is a great show featuring performances by some of the best Blues talent on the planet including Kenny Neal, Nick Moss & The Flip TopsLurrie Bell, Billy Branch, Shirley Johnson, Albert Castiglia, John Primer, Billy Boy Arnold, Curtis Salgado, Matthew Skollar, Carlos Johnson  Eden Brent, Cedric Burnside & Lightnin Malcom, Chris James & Patrick Rynn, Bob Corritore, Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Robin Rogers, The Insomniacs, Dave Herrero, Guy King, and Dave Gross.


 Featured Blues Review 1 of 5

112 North Duck - Dog at Your Door\

Applecopter Records

www.112northduck.com

13 songs; 48:17 minutes; Splendid

Style: Americana, Blues, Rock and Roll, Classic Country

112 North Duck? Why, "Theyíre an American band / Theyíre coming to your town / Theyíll help you party it down / Theyíre an American band!" With a nod to song authors Brewer and George of Grand Funk Railroad and apologies for the changes, this song came to mind when I was thinking how to describe this Omaha, Nebraska based band to readers.

Their slogan, "Pronounced wun-twelv-north-duk," is designed for the phonetically challenged (and those appreciative of humor). The boys are much like my friend Tim "Too Slim" Langford of Too Slim & The Taildraggers, they can play Blues when they want. But, they have too much fun playing an eclectic mix of American music to limit themselves to any one genre. The groupís strengths feature an outstanding tenor lead singer, Brendan Riley, and a killer guitar player, Michael Beebe, supported by a solid rhythm section that double as team writers.

The band has been performing since 2004 and is named for "a place where the cowboys would go after many long hard days on the prairie. Itís a place where they could get their fill of rest, relaxation, entertainment, and the always important, female companionship." While their first CD in 2006 covered classics by Blues greats, their notable 2007 release (reviewed for The Blues Blast) had eleven originals. This 2009 release has ten originals by band members and three numbers contributed by friends.

The personnel are the same except bass (Luger is out; Nauman is in): Brendan Riley - vocals, guitar, harmonica; Michael Beebe -guitar, vocals; David George Nauman - bass guitar; and J. E. Van Horne - drums.

Also continued (Thank you) are guitars driving the album. There is plenty of tasty slide guitar, clever hooks, and soloing to satisfy. But, you will not hear guitar wanking, as in one lengthy improvised and ponderous guitar solo after another. Here the songs are concise and to the point - most less than four minutes in length and only three slightly exceed four minutes.

My favorite track is the Bluesy "I Canít Take Her Home to Mama." The protagonist visits three different locales (Louisiana, France, Maine) and, in each, finds a woman who satisfies, but none are worthy of parental presentation. This song immediately brought back memories of another song with a similar theme, "Trashy Women" by Chris Wall and Jerry Jeff Walker. Except, in "Trashy Women," the narrator did take her "home to Mama" with humorous results, "[They] said, ĎWell, pardon us, son, she ainít no kid! / Thatís a cocktail waitress in a Dolly Parton wig / I said, ĎI know it Dad. Ainít she cool! Thatís the kind I dig!í"

Speaking of clever guitar hooks, the first trackís opener is infectious. Then, at 49 seconds in, the boys nail some great four part harmony as they sing a tribute to a truly good woman. "Sheís my lover as well as my best friend...."

For great harmonic slide guitar, give "Unravel" a spin. For train sounding harp and locomotive rhythm, try "This Train." For a slower stomp, "Natural Disaster" simply burns! For dance floor nookie nuzzling, "Iíve Been Dreaming" includes Cully Joyce on a nice saxophone solo.
Full of military cadence rhythm and patriotic spirit, this American band closes the set with the uplifting "All Together You Stand" which, along with the entire album, is dedicated "in honor of all the troops who have sacrificed so much for our country."

By an American band, this CD from the heartland should move from them to your hand. For it, Blues purists will not stand, but it will be grand for any party youíve planned.

Reviewer James "Skyy Dobro" Walker is a noted Blues writer, DJ, Master of Ceremonies, and Blues Blast contributor. His weekly radio show "Friends of the Blues" can be heard Thursdays from 7 - 8 pm and Saturdays 8 pm - Midnight on WKCC 91.1 FM and at www.wkccradio.org in Kankakee, IL

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Columbia College - Chicago, IL

Columbia College in Chicago is presenting a FREE  Blues Concert by the Homemade Jamz, The World's Youngest Blues Band on Wednesday October 28th, 2009 at 7:30pm. The show will be held at1014 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL. This is an All Ages show. Space is limited so please R.S.V.P to Fernando Jones, Blues Ensemble Director by calling 773-841-5262 or by email at bluesnewz@aol.com

Houston Blues Society - Houston, TX

The Soul of Houston: Blues Stories - Three Wednesdays: October 14, 21, 28 The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd., Houston, Texas - Discover how the blues has endured and evolved in Houston, and how it continues to speak powerfully to the human condition, in this free series hosted by music historian and author Roger Wood and three veteran Houston blues artists. Over three evenings, we will encounter the distinctive Houston blues tradition through the experiences of its vital artists. Each evening, Wood will address selected elements of the blues from the role of particular instruments to songwriting to key facets of regional history and more, in collaboration with special guests Texas Johnny Brown, Trudy Lynn & IJ Gosey. Introductory lecture will be followed by interviews and discussion, supported by samples of sound recordings and other media. Via the stories shared each night by a distinguished artist, this series will offer not only up-close profiles of some accomplished individuals but also larger insights into the soul of Houston, past and present. More info at: www.houstonbluessociety.org

Windy City Blues Society - Chicago, IL

The Windy City Blues Society presents the Chicago Blues Challenge Round 4 at 6:30pm Sunday October 25th at the Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood, Chicago IL. This round includes Tail Dragger, Dave Herrero, Chainsaw Dupont, Rockin Johnny, Russ Green, Lindsey Alexander, Sweet Bev Perron and Grana Louise all competiting for a chance to represent Chicago in the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis next January. Complete details available at: http://windycityblues.org/

The Madison Blues Society - Madison. WI

The Madison Blues Society will hold its 8th Annual Blues Picnic on Saturday, June 19, 2010 from noon to 9:00PM at Madison's Warner Park. We are now accepting submissions for bands to perform through our website The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2009. For Complete submission info CLICK HERE

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The Boston Blues Society - Boston, MA

2009 BOSTON BLUES CHALLENGE - The Boston Blues Society will hold this yearís Blues Challenge at 8 p.m. Nov. 1, 8, and 15 at Johnny Dís Uptown, 17 Holland St., (Davis Square) Somerville, Mass. The first two sessions will be semi-finals of four bands per night; with the finals, consisting of the winning two bands from each semi-final, competing on Nov. 15. The winner will be sponsored by the Boston Blues Society at the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January.

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 Featured Blues Review 2 of 5

Boom Boom Steve V & the Knockouts - Tuff Love

www.bluesonstage.com/stevev

Quality: Highly Recommended

Style: Post-War Harp-Driven Blues

From the opening original tune, "Come Out Swinging," to the set-ending "Sad Hours," Tuff Love offers up 10 cuts of harp-fueled blues courtesy of Boom Boom Steve, one of the mainstays on the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota blues scene. Boom Boom Steve is an in-demand harp player in the Twin Cities blues community, and he regularly performs at Greater Twin Cities Blues Music Society benefits like Septemberís Blues Harp Extravaganza. I met Boom Boom Steve several years ago through my day job (www.casey.org), and was pleased to meet a kindred spirit in the blues. His new CD, like the name of his band, is a knockout.

In 1952, Little Walter had a number one hit with "Juke," and "Sad Hours" landed in second place on the charts that same year. I especially liked the fat-toned, upbeat "When I Was Young," and the straight-ahead driving blues of the title cut; proof positive that Steve V & the Knockouts are in full command of some tasty original blues mixed in with a few reverential covers. The engine room of Dwight Dario on drums and John Schroder on bass keep the groove moving, and when they arenít playing as Knockouts, theyíre behind local blues players like the Twin Citiesí Big George Jackson. Guitarist John Franken, an alumnus of the local Joel Johnson Band, expertly plays a number of styles on this CD, from Texas-tinged blues, post-war Chicago blues, and the West Coast-flavored "From Stardom to Obscurity" - while Iíve never heard John play before listening to Tuff Love, I think that heíd be considered a "guitaristsí guitarist" for his diverse approaches to the blues on this CD.

Guest Knockouts on this CD include Bruce McCabe on piano and Wurlitzer (he burns up the keys on Lester Butlerís "HNC"), Jeremy Johnson on guitar on the covers of Little Walterís "Sad Hours" and "Come Back Baby," and Mark "Good Time" Williams pitching in background vocals on the title tune. The CD closes with a nod to Little Walter, with Boom Boom Steve taking the Mississippi saxophone to new heights on the "Sad Hours" instrumental. Iíd like to think that Little Walter would have appreciated and enjoyed this cover version of this song, and I canít give it any higher praise than that.

This Fall, I had the great pleasure of seeing Boom Boom Steve play live with the Fabulous Minnesota Barking Ducks (a band with a considerable legacy in the Twin Citiesí blues community) at the Whiskey Junction in Minneapolis (http://thewhiskeyjunction.com), and I highly recommend Boom Boom Steve and this venue (great pizza, great staff!).

Reviewer Eric Steiner is the President of the Washington Blues Society, a proud recipient of a Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation. Please contact Eric at president@wablues.org  or visit www.wablues.org for more information on the Washington Blues Society

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 Featured Blues Review 3 of 5

Jason Ricci & New Blood - Done With the Devil

Eclecto Groove Records

www.jasonricci.com

12 tracks/61:03

Through their many appearances over the years at Big Cities Lounge, Jason Ricci and New Blood have developed quite a local following. It is always fun to count the number of harmonica players in the audience at one of their shows. But Jason is not the whole show, a point he firmly emphasizes in the liner notes on the bandís latest release. Last year Shawn Starski was named one of "The Top Ten Hottest New Guitar Players" by Guitar Player magazine. Todd "Buck Weed" Edmunds is a monster bass player, equally at home playing James Brown funk or big band jazz. Drummer Ed Michaels is the most recent addition to New Blood. His skill as the timekeeper provides a solid foundation for the bandís improvisational forays.

Ricci has always been an eclectic musician. He has solid credentials as a bluesman, having played with the likes of Big Bad Smitty and R.L. Burnside in juke joints throughout the Mississippi delta. But his musical tastes go way beyond the simple 12-bar blues format. Check out the supercharged cover of The Misfits punk classic "I Turned Into a Martian". Ricci shouts and howls through the lyrics as Starski fires off a taut guitar solo over Michaels powerful rhythm. Then Ricci unleashes one of his dazzling harmonica runs, playing complex lines at a pace faster than the mind can comprehend. The band tackles the jazz classic "Afro Blue", with Ricci taking the opening solo at a breakneck pace, using a simple diatonic harmonica to create an intricate solo full of technical brilliance. After Starski and Edmunds turn in solid solos, Ricci finishes the track with more outstanding blowing, including a quote from "My Favorite Things". Producer Phillip Wolfe fills in the arrangement on Hammond organ. The band also stretches out on the Edmunds instrumental, "Ptryptophan Pterodactyl", with Wolfe on the Fender Rhodes keyboard.

The disc also features plenty of blues material. Willie Dixonís "As Long As I Have You" is propelled by Michaels big beat . Ricci hoarse vocal contrasts with the clean guitar lines Starski contributes. Michaels handles the vocal on his original , "Keep the Wolf From My Door". The trackís menacing tone comes from Starskiís outstanding guitar work and a booming bass line from Edmunds on the sousaphone. The band goes acoustic on "How It Came to Be", with Starski singing his composition and playing the dobro. The title track is a high-energy rockiní blues piece with more stellar harp playing from Jason. The band plays tribute to a friend lost to cancer on "Holler For Craig Lawler".

The soulful "Sweet Loving" has a strong vocal performance from Ricci and some sparkling melodic guitar playing from Starski with another solid contribution from Wolfe on organ. Jason is even better on the autobiographical "Broken Toy", his impassioned vocal and harp playing effectively conveying the dark emotional content of the track

After playing hundreds of gigs for each of the last few years, Ricci and his band mates have developed into a musical powerhouse. They have the talent and skills to head in any direction that their musical muse takes them. Producer Wolfe has done his job, keeping the band focused and reining in some of the excess of prior projects. The end result is the strongest release yet for Jason and New Blood. This one should please their many fans and garner them some attention from discerning listeners around the world.

Reviewer Mark Thompson is president of the Crossroads Blues Society in Rockford. IL

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 Featured Blues Review 4 of 5

Seth Walker - Leap of Faith

Hyena Records

www.sethwalker.com

12 tracks/44:25

While his name might not be familiar to most of you, the latest from Seth Walker is his fourth release in the last twelve years. Walker spent the last decade honing his craft in the vast musical community of Austin, Texas. He possesses a smooth-as-silk voice with good range and also plays guitar. He is backed by a solid group that includes award-winning Canadian guitarist Colin Linden and Kevin McKendree on keyboards. Several tracks feature a string section with all the parts played and arranged by Chris Carmichael. Walker and Nicholson co-wrote eight of the tracks and Walker penned "Lay Down (River of Faith)".

The opening track, "Canít Come With You," has a jaunty rhythm and a soulful vocal from Walker. Lindenís slide guitar sparks the arrangement. "Rewind" sounds like a lost James Hunter track. Walker canít quite match the supple nature of Hunterís voice but the cut is still a gorgeous ballad with string accompaniment.

The title track was on a release by Delbert McClinton back in 1997. Walker handles the up-tempo groove with ease but his voice lacks the gritty edge that McClinton used effectively on his version. Linden contributes another engaging guitar solo. The pace slows down on "I Got a Song", giving Walker the chance to be a crooner ala Sinatra. Nicholsonís lush arrangement never overwhelms Walkerís voice while establishing the late-night feel that is the essence of the track. Percy Mayfieldís "Memory Pain" is a short piece pushed by a horn section and McKendreeís piano.

"Dig a Little Deeper" sports another soulful vocal from Walker over McKendreeís swirling chords from the Hammond B-3 organ. The pace slows down on "Lay Down (River of Faith)" and the band switches to acoustic instruments but Walkers passionate singing makes this piece one of the discís highlights. Nick Loweís "Lately Iíve Let Things Slide" gets transformed into a country ballad .

Walker breaks out the boogie beat on "I Donít Dance", which should become a theme song for men all over the world ! Seth proves that he has the vocal chops to handle the deeper blues material. And when the band cuts loose on the rocking "Something Fast," Walkerís vocal rides the beat but avoids the temptation to push too hard in response to the bandís relentless pace. "In the Dark" sports a Bo Diddley beat and some wicked guitar licks from Linden. The disc ends with another ballad, "Falling Out of Love". Walkerís phrasing expertly captures the inherent longing in the lyrics.

Walker is mining the same musical territory as other singers like J.J. Grey and Eric Lindell - the place where blues, soul, rock and country get so entwined that the resulting mix canít be classified but it sure sounds cool. His voice may not be as distinctive as those two but this release provides plenty of proof that Walker may be the best singer of the bunch. Nicholsonís production keeps the instrumental solos to a minimum, placing the focus squarely on Walker, whose easy-going vocal style makes every track a delight.

Reviewer Mark Thompson is president of the Crossroads Blues Society in Rockford. IL

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John Primer

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Nominated for two 2009 Blues Blast Music Award

Best Traditional Blues Recording

Best Male Blues Artist

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 Featured Blues Review 5 of 5

Texas Slim - Driving Blues

Top Cat Records

www.texasslim.com

13 songs; 51:13 minutes; Splendid

Style: Texas Blues, Rock and Roll

When Dallas TX native Texas Slim (born Robert "Robin" Sullivan, 1963) went to Plano TX to play, he asked the crowd what they wanted to hear. Their response, "Nothing fancy; just some plano Texas Blues."

First occurring in the 1920s, "Texas Blues" featured guitar work that mimicked the vocals rather than merely accompanying them. Lyrics relied less on love, unfaithfulness, and heartbreak than other Blues forms. By 1946, a fully electric style featured single-string soloing over predominantly horn-driven backing - "Electric" Texas Blues. By the 1970s and 80s, Roadhouse Texas Blues became most prominent with even more emphasis placed on the lead guitar work and with artists performing in duos and power trios, minus horns. Thus, the eye opening musical world introduced to an 8th grade Sullivan when he first heard the Blues.

By age 15, Slim got serious tutelage when he met and played with the great Alex Moore, who first recorded in 1929. Later, at age 20, a career developing partnership with Little Joe Blue began. 2002 saw the release of his second solo effort "I Have Arrived." By today, Texas Slim considers himself to be a "Blues lifer." He toured Europe as a solo act this past summer and tours nationally and internationally with E.C. Scott. Otherwise, his is found playing with his own group, The Love Machine Band.

"Driving Blues" features drummer/producer Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors), Alan Comess and Pat Daugherty on keyboards, and Todd Horton playing trumpet on two songs. All songs are Texas Slim originals.

This week on my radio show, I played "Deville" which became my favorite track at first listen. A cool, jazzy, radio-ready number, "Deville" is a mid-tempo ode to a warm, comfortable night spot thatís perfect at "3 Oíclock in the morning when itís freezing cold outside." Slim sings in a slightly gravelly voice that channels Tom Waits at that particular time slot. Deft solos above the smooth mesh come from Slimís guitars, Hortonís muted trumpet, and Daughertyís electric piano. If you thought SRVís "Lenny" and "Riviera Paradise" were cool but needed lyrics, then youíll dig this tune.

Next week, Iíll play the next song, "When Itís Cold Outside." A romping shuffle with opening Texas guitar defining the term, this song is a dance floor filler. The groove is infectious, and the lead guitar is slicing and nasty with Slim alternately soloing and punctuating the end of each vocal line.

Burning slow Blues time: "High Alert" with lyrics about the dayís current events on the nightly news being the same old story, "The President tells us to watch out / Weíre on a High Alert for the Blues." Another noteworthy slow track with perhaps Slimís best vocal rendering is "Three Bridges."

Changing the pace, track nine, "Coffee Shop Girl" is a Rock and Roll number with some fun Chuck Berry sounding licks.

Elsewhere, the set opener "Welcome to the Game" has clever lyrics about the dating game in the age of modern technology ("...hope you catch on quick..."). The title track is, indeed, a driving number that had European audiences writing accolades in the guestbook on Slimís website. For fans of Dobro guitar music, Slim puts the steel slide to the steel strings on "Country Home" and "And It Is." The former sounds like it was influenced by Neil Youngís "Homegrown." The latter finds Slim himself adding an organ track to the Dobro.

Texas Slim has been a regional artist, but he is breaking nationally, and now internationally, with tours and this recording. Seriously, fans of Stevie Ray Vaughanís jazzy numbers owe it to themselves to get this CD and play "Deville." If you do not dig it, I will personally fax you a check to refund your money.

Reviewer James "Skyy Dobro" Walker is a noted Blues writer, DJ, Master of Ceremonies, and Blues Blast contributor. His weekly radio show "Friends of the Blues" can be heard Thursdays from 7 - 8 pm and Saturdays 8 pm - Midnight on WKCC 91.1 FM and at www.wkccradio.org in Kankakee, IL

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