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October 31, 2007
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Hey Blues fans,
In case you haven't had the chance to see the Kilborn Alley Blues Band, these guys are GREAT musicians and amazing song writers.
This bunch of 20 somethings plays Chicago style Blues like the old Chicago masters. Their new CD "Tear Chicago Down" is getting lots of airplay and some folks think it might earn them another Blues Music award nomination.
Their debut CD "Put It In The Alley" was nominated for best new artist release last year.
If you haven't heard them you missed a great chance last Friday when they held a release party for the new CD.
IllinoisBlues.com was there and we got pictures of the fun for you! CLICK HERE to see photos
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So you thought the Blues season was over? No Way! This week brings the South Padre International Music Festival in South Padre Island, TX, 512-275-1336, The National Women in Blues Festival in Wilmington, NC, Jasper's Blues on the Marsh, in Ridgeland, SC, The Lucerne Blues Festival, in Lucerne, Switzerland, The Efes Pilsen Blues Festival, in 19 cities in Turkey, Cyprus, Russia and Serbia, The Mississippi Delta Regional Blues Challenge, in Indianola, Mississippi, The Ultimate Blues Show - Winter Editions in Jackson, Tennessee, The Charles Brown Day Of Remembrance Blues Festival in Texas City, TX, The Carl Black GMC Sarasota Bluesfest in Sarasota, Florida, The Blues Bash 4 in Taipei, Taiwan, and Blues on the Eastside Festival in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
Also be sure to check our Blues Society News section and our Blues Fand & Friends section below (Scroll Down) for upcoming live Blues performances by Duke Tumatoe, Eddie Shaw, Gina Sicilia , Andrew "Jr Boy" Jones, Blues Mandolinist Rich DelGrasso, Nick Moss and The Fliptops and Watermelon Slim and others in areas around the US. Also check the IllinoisBlues.com Live Blues show listings for a show near you! CLICK HERE
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Blues Link of the Week
We ran across this interesting website that makes us believe that the Blues is alive and well. Tallan (The T-Man) Lantz is an 8 year old Blues guitar player from Elkhorn, WI, a small community, 30 miles southwest of Milwaukee.
His website claims he is the "Youngest Performing Blues Guitarist in the World!" We can't verify the claim but he is impressive. You will find his videos VERY interesting to say the least.
Here is some video footage of Tallan.
- Tallan and his band playing at Chicago's WGN TV station
- Tallan sitting in with Walter Trout.
Check out his website at: www.tallanlatz.com for more information on Tallan and more videos of him playing .
He also has a myspace at: www.myspace.com/tmansbluesproject
Is it true they are growing up faster? So what were you
doing when you were 8?
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Streaming Blues Link of the Week
This is a free internet radio site that has claims more than 5000+ channels in all styles and subjects. You can choose stations by style.
Looking under Blues we selected the following Station: 1.FM - Blues http://www.1.fm Blues from Milpitas, California Player Type: MP3
This was in fact a pretty good channel. Radio Time looks to be a good source for Blues streaming music. To go directly to this stream and listen, CLICK HERE
They have several more listings for Blues, many of which can be found on our IllinoisBlues.com website page of Blues Music Streams. Click HERE to check it out!
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Featured Blues Reviews
James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and Blues Blast contributor reviews a new CD by Root Doctor - Change Our Ways
Change Our Ways
Big O Records
By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker
10 songs; 53:00 minutes; Very Good
Michigan’s veteran outfit, Root Doctor, had its beginnings in Lansing at an open mic night. Freddie Cunningham (lead vocals) and James Williams (bass, vocals) first played together as a pick-up band, but both recognized their chemistry and Root Doctor was born. Keeping the Soul intact through inherent personnel changes, Root Doctor’s current line-up features Jim Alfredson (Hammond B3, keyboards, vocals), Greg Nagy (guitar, vocals), and Rick Bole (drums).
On Change Our Ways, Root Doctor plays a diverse mix of keyboard heavy and guitar accented classic soul and R&B, alongside updated traditional blues and funk-laden inspired original material. Their soul-blues sound is powered by the magnificent voice of Mississippi-born Cunningham.
Six of the album's ten tracks were written by band members. The dance inducing "Blues Will Take Good Care of You" is the set opener and gives an immediate taste of the band’s very competent capabilities. In 5:21 minutes, the listener is introduced to the deep vocals, clever rhythm and solo-break guitar work, deep pocket bass and drums, and underlying rhythm organ which takes a mid song lead after guitar.
The Motor City Horns enter the studio on original "Keep Our Business Off the
Streets" which provides some rich gospel vocal harmony. Another original
standout is the gospel-drenched ballad "Lucky One." "Big Blue Cadillac" is a
funky number featuring Greg Nagy leaning heavy on the wah-wah pedal and tasty
Great covers include Roy Hytower's tongue-in-cheek "Root Doctor" (clever choice), the funk of the Meters' "People Say," a 7:38 minute rendition of Warren Haynes' "Soul Shine," and the CD's final number, the Temptation's "I Wish It Would Rain," featuring a welcome, uncluttered switch to piano and twin cellos.
Root Doctor has concocted a prescription of elixir for the blues that, unlike most medicine, even tastes good! If you want to sample a couple of the tunes on this CD, CLICK HERE. To Purchase this CD - CLICK HERE
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We also feature a review by Illinois radio and television personality Rob Paullin.
Rob more recently served as house announcer at Buddy Guy’s Nightclub in Kyiv, Ukraine, during his Peace Corps years.
EB Davis and the Superband: Live at the A-Trane
- Uh Uh Baby
Review by Rob Paullin
Memo to US Festival promoters: Book EB Davis for your next blues fest!
While there’s nothing particularly unique about about this disk, “Uh Uh Baby” is simply one of the best, most exhilarating mixes of blues voice, horns, electric strings, skins, harp…and lyrics and melodies…to come out of Germany in quite some time.
Yeah, Germany. EB Davis has been tightening his tunes in Berlin since putting down roots there in the wake of a European tour with the Drifters many records ago. Some have even said EB Davis brought the blues into the shadows of Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and the remnants of the Wall…
Davis first learned the blues in Memphis’ Handy Park, at the feet of masters such as BB and Albert King, and Rufus Thomas, along with others of that Delta break-out era. He traces his roots to the banks of the Mississippi River in rural Arkansas, but with “Uh Uh Baby,” he demonstrates he is just as comfortable in Helsinki as Helena.
Trust me, you’ll like this one. The disk, recorded live at the legendary Berlin jazz and blues venue, “The A-Trane,” is an internationally-flavored mix of lyrical and instrumental diversity that somehow never strays far from the traditional blues and soul on which Davis cut his musical teeth. His latest offering includes four originals intertwined with covers of Willie Dixon, Junior Wells and Allen Toussaint, among others,.
“Uh Uh Baby” starts out with five
straight-ahead blues blasters including the barely double-entendre “Big Mother
For Ya,” his own “Love You Baby;” and his warning shot not to mess with strong,
independent women, “Shack Bully,” along with “The Moon is Full,” and Dixon’s “29
Davis then shifts gears to his own more soulfully-paced “Sleeping in the Ground” and Junior Wells’ “Come on in this House,” in which he steams up the house with a blistering harmonica solo. Next is the Tipitina’s-flavored, keyboard-driven Toussaint original, “Somebody Told You,” followed by a cover of “Monday Morning Blues” and then his own gritty love song, “Grooving Together.”
The masterpiece of “Uh Uh Baby” is, uh, well, have you guessed yet? “Uh Uh Baby.” On the title song, Davis sings of love’s lessons learned the hard way and about not again putting his hand on the hot stove burner of love gone bad. The song is punctuated by a saxophone solo from bandmate Willie Pollock, which sends a message almost as powerful as the insightful lyrics. Davis ends his masterpiece tear jerker on an upbeat note—obviously happy with his decision NOT to take her back…..
Also included is James Brown’s “I Can’t Stand Myself.” Only James Brown can do James Brown. Then Davis and the Superband close with an a cappella version of the ‘50’s do-wopper “Good Night Sweetheart,” as they do in their live show.
Hopefully someday soon we’ll get to see ‘em do that live here in the USA! You can sample 3 of the songs on the EB Davis MySpace at: http://www.myspace.com/ebyleedavis
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Chicago Blues Update
Live Blues reviews by Chicago Blues editor Lordy
Blues Beat: Chicago, Friday October 5, 2007 (Photos by August Lord)
The Daryl Coutts band at The Harlem Avenue Lounge
The Daryl Coutts band I heard at Harlem Avenue Lounge was a trio. Finally off the road after an extended stint as Ronnie Baker Brook’s keyboard man, Daryl has several projects going on, and you would do well to hear this guy play.
You almost have to see him, as well as hear him as he coaxes extra blues from his keys using his facial muscles. Daryl gigs with his two sets of keys and a monster leslie speaker cabinet that is one big fat mama. Daryl is proficient bringing out either the blues piano or the famous big Hammond B3 sound.
Daryl’s drummer is Michael Brown. Mike brought some interesting snare-based riffs that stepped out of the Chicago shuffle mode. He showed some Texas influence, which worked very well in the trio configuration. I especially enjoyed his “train” rhythms.
Bringing up the bottom to the ensemble was Chicago bass ace E.G. McDaniel. I truly enjoyed listening to this rhythm section volley yet maintain the groove. Both Coutts and Brown sing, and they included Sam Cooke’s Bring it on Home to Me, and funked up a set with Bill Whither’s Use Me Up.
Joining Coutts on stage for parts of two sets were Felix Reyes and former Austin Texas guitar slinger Dave Herrero. These friends are excellent guitar players and are singer/songwriters to boot. Reyes penned the title track to Susan Tedeschi’s Wait For Me project on Tone Cool Records. Herrero and Reyes often appear together with Felix and The Cats.
Between these guests and the original trio we had quite a talented bunch of guys. Coutts for example spends time at the controls at Red Cobra Records. E.G. McDaniel also happens to model and has been spotted on billboards about town.
Please enjoy the pictures of this gig, noting especially the White Sox logo on E.G.’s hat.
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Solo/Duo Blues Challenge
The Illinois Central Blues Club will be conducting its first Solo/Duo Blues
Challenge on November 3, 2007 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Alamo, located
at 115 N. 5th St.,
Springfield, IL. Here is the schedule for the contest
on November 3:
7:00 - Keith Altevogt
7:30 - Robert Samson
8:00 - Deak Harp and Reverend Robert
8:30 - Jake Shane
Since they have open slots in the 6 - 10 pm original schedule, they will accept additional entries through Friday November 2, 2007.
Illinois Central Blues Club Blue Mondays
The Alamo 115 N 5th St, Springfield, IL (217) 523-1455 8:30pm $2 cover
November 5 Dan Sanchez & The King S Of Pleasure November 12 Gina Sicilia Blues Band November 19 6V6 Blues Band November 26 Frank Herrin & Blues Power
Suzy & The Smokers December 10 Andrew “ J R Boy” Jones
December 17 Sally Weisenburg & The Famous Sidemen
Mississippi Valley Blues Society - Davenport, IA
2007 Artist in residency series featuring Blues Mandolinist Rich DelGrasso. Rich DelGrasso is the leading proponent and expert on Mandolin Blues. The following performances are provided Free and open to the public:
Family Museum - Tuesday, November 6, 2007 6:00pm - 2900 Learning Campus Dr, Bettendorf, IA 563-344-4104
River Music Experience - Wednesday November 7, 2007 7:00pm - 131 W. 2nd St, Davenport, IA 563-326-1333
Creekside Bar & Grill - Friday November 9, 2007 8:00pm - 3303 Brady St. Davenport. IA 563-324-4619
Mississippi Valley Blues Society also presents the following Blues Performances:
Nick Moss and The Fliptops November 21, 2007 8:30p.m Blueport Junction 6605 West River Drive, Davenport IA 563 326-2151
Watermelon Slim and The Workers, November 15, 2007
8:00pm The Redstone Room, River Music Experience - 131 W. 2nd St, Davenport, IA
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Keyes Brothers and Friends Blues Jam
Sunday November 4, 2007
We are having our 6th Annual Keyes Brothers and Friends Blues Jam. This year, as you may know, will be a bit different. We are helping brother Dave in raising funds for him as he battles a rare form of cancer called Leiomyosarcoma. You can find out more at a website we have put up at www.helpdavidkeyes.com.
Although it is highly unlikely that Dave will be able to make it, We all look forward again to have a great time enjoying some great music from many of the talented local musicians from the Central IL area and helping him. I would like to invite those musicians who have played in years past as well as others. Please tell or forward this information to your friends co-workers and other music fans you know.
We are having this year's event at Po Boys Bourbon Street 3207 N University Peoria IL 61604 - Located in the Community Bingo Building 309-681-1241
Please put this event on your calendar. You won't want to miss it! Sunday, November 4, 2007, 5-11 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
Kevin, Dan, Bill, Mike and Dave Keyes
Upcoming Friends of the Blues EARLY shows:
Wednesday, October 31 - Halloween with Dr. Duke Tumatoe, 7:00 PM at Brandon Casey’s in Bradley, IL 815-802-0202. Fun with the Master of Fun! Wear something crazy! Be ready for surprises. www.duketumatoe.com
Tuesday, November 20 - Dave Riley, 7:00 PM Brandon Casey’s, 235 N Kinzie Ave (Route 50), Bradley IL 60915. 815-802-0202. CD Release Party To celebrate his new release on Blue Witch Records, Travelin' The Dirt Road! www.myspace.com/daverileybobcorritore
Wednesday, Nov 28 - Bill Lupkin and the Chicago Coalition, 7:00 PM, Brandon Casey’s. www.billlupkin.com
Nybakke Vacuum Shop
The Stamps Quartet With Ed Enoch (Elvis Presley's Back up vocalist)
Saturday, November 3, 2007 7:00 pm - Trinity Lutheran Church 801 S. Madison, Bloomington, IL 309-662-7272
Admission is free! Please bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Clare House.
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