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May 23, 2007
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Blues Review of the week! Yeah We Got Blues!
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Illinois Blues offers free reviews of local, regional and nationals acts on our website. Each week the Blues Blast will feature a review of a blues performance or recording. This week we feature a sample of our review series by James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and IllinoisBlues.com contributor. James reviews the new Ruf Records release by Candye Kane - Guitar'd and Feathered.
Kane - Guitar’d and Feathered
Ruf Records 13 songs; 40:04 minutes www.candyekane.com www.rufrecords.de
We are approaching the day when the “professional studio” recording will be the exception instead of the norm. With digital recording systems meaning virtually anyone can record a CD, many albums that reviewers encounter sound exactly like they were recorded “at home.” Candye Kane’s latest release since White Trash Girl in 2005, also on Ruf Records, is fully competent with professional recording, mixing, mastering, and co-production by Bob Margolin.
Guitar'd & Feathered is a treasure chest of varied guitar, soulful music, and torch blues. There is a wide variety of styles, tempos, and guests, but Candye sings with such depth and power that she is always the central focus. Known for her exciting and entertaining - and sometimes adult-oriented - stage show, Candye is a natural-born, supremely-gifted vocalist who can sing her humanity and touch ours.
Kane’s vocal acumen is complimented by featured guest guitar players: Junior Watson, Dave Alvin, Bob Margolin, Sue Foley, Jeff (Jeffrey P.) Ross, Kid Ramos, Ana Popovic, Bob Brozman, and Popa Chubby. Bob Brozman’s guitars are pictured on the cover along with the curvaceous Candye adorned in feathers.
Guitar'd & Feathered begins with the retro swing of Junior Watson’s guitar, Bill Stuve popping on bass, and Kane’s eldest son, Evan Caleb, on drums. “My Country Man” kicks the party off in style. Next up, Dave Alvin slides into the atmosphere on a National Steel-bodied Guitar to make it clear: the listener is in for wonderfully different styles.
Other highlights are Candye’s convincing rendition of Guitar Slim’s “I Done Got Over It,” mutual laments from “Jesus and Mohammed” over today’s misguided religious violence, Ana Popovic’s playing on Kane original “I’m Lucky,” and the closing break-neck-speed Rock and Roller, “Crazy Little Thing” propelled by Popa Chubby. What’s not to love when there is something for everybody?
By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker Recommended To purchase this CD Click Here
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Featured Blues Festivals
Spoon River Blues Festival
JULY 28, 2007 - NOON TO MOON
INGERSOLL COUNTRY MANOR
Route 78 N. Just North Of Canton, IL
DEVON ALLMAN’S HONEYTRIBE
The Dave Chastain Band
Steve the Harp & the Blues Deacons
The Sally Weisenburg Trio
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MARK HUMMEL'S BLUES HARMONICA BLOWOUT
Friday June 29th, 2007
Best Western Ashland House
201 Ashland Ave, Morton, IL
Kilborn Alley Blues Band
Russell Miller & 6V6
Chicago Blues Festival
2007 June 7-10, 2007
Grant Park in Downtown Chicago
11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Six Stages of Blues Each day
Click see schedule - Thursday June 7 Friday June 8 Saturday June 9 Sunday June 10
Fest Website: http://www.chicagobluesfestival.us/
2007 IH Mississippi Valley Blues
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Friday June 29th
Damon Fowler Group Albert Cummings Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band Robert Randolph & the Family Band Robert Belfour Paul Oscher Big Bill Morganfield Nappy Brown Bob Margolin Willie “Big Eyes” Smith Mookie Brill
Saturday June 30th
Kelly Richey Jason Ricci and New Blood Big James & the Chicago Playboys The Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson Band Blues harp blowout featuring Mark Hummel James Harman Paul Oscher Bad Luck City featuring Matt Woods and Michael Swanger Jimmy “Duck” Holmes Alberta Adams & RJ’s Rhythm Rockers with CeeCee Collins Ari Brown Quartet Watermelon Slim Trudy Lynn with The Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings
Sunday July 1st
Dona Oxford Tom Principato Ruby Wilson Little Charlie & the Nightcats Drink Small “The Blues Doctor” Dave MacKenzie Bruce Katz Henry Gray & the Cats
Festival website http://www.mvbs.org
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
The only Blues festival in the Midwest
held on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River!
July 27th & 28th, 2007
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin on St. Feriole Island
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Friday, July 27, 2007
The Tom Hunter Band -
Alvin Jett &
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Plus Big Daddy Cade & The Blues Masters
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Everett Smithson Band -
Kevin "B.F." Burt & the Instigators
Mark Sallings & the Famous Unknowns
Steve Arvey & The Saxtelles - Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials Anthony Gomes
Plus Pete Cornelius (from Australia)
Festival Website http://www.prairiedogblues.com/
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Blues Glossary - Language of the Blues
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Blues Society News
This Thursday , May 24, Friends of the Blues
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Brandon Casey's, 235 N Kinzie Ave (Route 50), Bradley IL 60915 (Kankakee metro
area). Cover $5.00
Nominated for 4 Blues Music Awards in 2007 including Band of the Year and Guitarist of the Year, Nick Moss and the Flip Tops tour nationally and internationally and are recognized as the best "younger band" playing real deal Chicago Blues. Visit: www.nickmoss.com
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