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September 19, 2007
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Featured Blues Events
"The Queen of the Blues"
October 19, 2007
The New Lafayette Club
1602 South Main Street
Bloomington, IL (309) 828-1212
w/ opening act FunKrazy Band
Tickets $22 in advance, $27 day of show
Tickets available at
The New Lafayette Club
and Growing Grounds(309) 827-4343 in Bloomington, IL
3207 N University Peoria Il 61604
Located in the Community Bingo Building
What you missed last week!
Roling's Tones w/ Haley Crouch on harmonica September 14th, 2007 at Po-Boys.
Quad-Cities "only Blues" venue!
3303 Brady St. Davenport, Iowa * MAP * (563) 324-4619
5:00 p.m. Jack Wessels Band
9:00 p.m. Wade Braggs and Blueluck
5:00 p.m. Jack Wessels Blues Jam
8:00 p.m. Steady Rolling Blues Band
NEW to the Blues? Sometimes it is hard for those new to the Blues to explore this journey called the Blues! IllinoisBlues.com 's weekly spotlight introduces (or reminds experienced Blues fans) about a Blues artist or subject worth knowing about.
Last week we began looking at women of the Blues when we featured pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. This week we take a look at the "Queen of the Blues" Koko Taylor
Born Cora Walton on September 28, 1935, on a sharecropper's farm in Memphis, TN, Koko made her recording debut for Chess in 1964. Her hit "Wang Dang Doodle," sold over a million copies.
Here is a vintage clip of her doing the song along with Little Walter playing harmonica and Hound Dog Taylor on guitar. Like a fine wine Koko gets better with age!
You can hear Koko LIVE in the Central, Illinois area on October 19 at The New Lafayette Club in Bloomington, IL. See the Featured Events above for ticket info.
We have more than 20 videos of other Blues masters on our website. CLICK HERE to view them.
Blues Link of the Week
Bob Corritore Web site
Chicago-born producer/harmonica player Bob Corritore is one of the most active Harp players anywhere. He seems to play with everyone! Bob is also the owner of Phoenix Arizona's Roots, Blues & Concert Club, The Rhythm Room. They feature live music seven days a week with big names in Blues performing there regularly. Makes us wish we lived in Phoenix!
IllinoisBlues.com gets his Bob Corritore Blues Newsletter each week. It is not a fancy newsletter but always has some GREAT links we can't wait to investigate. Check out his website and sign up for his newsletter!
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Blues Reviews of the Week!
James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and IllinoisBlues.com contributor reviews the new CD from Bryan Lee - Katrina Was Her Name
Bryan Lee - Katrina Was Her Name
Justin Time Records, Inc.
By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker
13 songs; 66:23 minutes; Highly Recommended
When it comes to being hip, Bryan Lee is like James Harman; they’ve got more cool than a Frigidaire! Lee has worked himself into the upper echelons of first-rate Blues entertainers through years of perseverance and sincerity, but mainly, sincerity. This latest CD is among his best and contains the elements that have that endeared him to audiences: instant-party songs, expert guitar work, soulful vocals, and Lee’s rhythmic, vocal calls directing and encouraging the band (even in the studio).
Blind since age 8 and originally from Wisconsin, 62 year old Bryan Lee had made his career playing Blues nightly in New Orleans for 20 plus years. Like so many musicians playing in a city dedicated to music, Bryan was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Life’s test is to move on, and Bryan has done that very successfully. He has an approaching marriage, this sixth studio recording, and he teamed with protégé Kenny Wayne Shepherd on the hit song, “Tina Marie,” for Shepherd’s CD and DVD, 10 Days Out. Bryan then made an appearance on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show with Kenny Wayne and Hubert Sumlin. You can see the video of his Leno appearance at www.braillebluesdaddy.com
For this album, Bryan kept road partners: guitar ace Brent Johnson and drummer John Perkins. Producer Duke Robillard brought to the studio Bruce Katz on keyboards, bassists Marty Ballou, Jim Mitchell, and John Packer, and “Sax Gordon” Beadle and Doug James on saxophones. Robillard also brings a touch of Swing to numbers like Willie Dixon’s “29 Ways” and Chick Willis’ “Take It Like A Man.”
Mostly, though, the CD parties-on with rocking numbers like Robert Parker’s “Barefootin,’” “Flat Foot Sam,” and Kim Wilson’s “Don’t Bite The Hand That Feeds You.” The hottest track is Luther Allison’s “Lowdown and Dirty” which features Brent Johnson on slide guitar. The deepest blues are found in the slower, extended workout of Jimmy Witherspoon’s “Ain’t Nobody’s Business.”
Bryan’s four original contributions include the title track as emotionally devastating as Katrina was physically. There are also Bryan’s tribute to his new love, “Bethany Jane” and the song “Blues Singer” in which Lee reveals some early personal history in the blues genre.
Thank the stars that after the Louisiana’s hurricanes are gone, there is still national treasure Bryan Lee!
To purchase this CD CLICK HERE
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Chicago Blues Update
Live Blues reviews by Chicago Blues editor Lordy
Blues Beat: Chicago, Saturday August 18, 2007 (Photos by August Lord)
The Chicago Kingsnakes w/ Deb Seitz at Harlem Avenue Lounge
I have probably seen the Chicago Kingsnakes more than any other Chicago area blues band.
That is by design, not assignment. After all, this is not a job for me. I am not a critic, nor am I a photographer. I am a blues fan with a camera.
The king snake here is Jim “Ang” Anderson. He hails from Blue Island (Chicago South) and has named one of their CDs Blues Island. For all the times I have seen Ang play, he has only played a Telecaster. Unlike Albert Collins, he doesn’t use a capo, and has a rounder tone, and a nice vibrato, but is capable of stinging the strings as well. I don’t think I ever see him with stomp boxes either. On my circuit, Ang is the Telemaster.
It has been fun to see this band develop over the years. The addition of harp man Nelson Keaton several years back brought a new dimension to the Kingsnakes. Another talent the band has developed is evident on the song My Babe. Ang plays this one sans plectrum, and you can hear call and response in four part harmony. The three voices helping Ang out are Gus Gotsis on drums, Ron Berry on bass and Nelson. The first lady of Chicago Blues,
Deb Seitz frequently joins the Kingsnakes as she did on this night (my lucky night). The first time I ever saw (I mean heard) Deb was sitting in with Ang and crew, and I have been a groupie ever since. Deb is from a place just Northwest of Chicago known as Montana. She is a songwriter and bandleader in her own right, and delivers a Joplinesque vocal…except with better range.
Within the next few weeks of this gig, The Kingsnakes would back Deb Seitz up for a festival gig in Indiana, and Deb would return the favor by beautifying the Kingsnakes gig at The Slippery Noodle in Indy.
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Blues Society News
The Blues Blowtorch Society FREE Membership Thank You Event
All members of The Blues Blowtorch Society are invited and will be admitted FREE OF CHARGE in thanks for all the support shown at our events. Anyone who joins the Blues Blowtorch Society on September 20th at the door will also be admitted free of charge.
Admission for the general public is $5.00. Tickets available at NV Ultra Lounge.
The this event preempts the regularly scheduled Blues Blowtorch Society general meeting of September 20th and all BBS members are invited to join us here instead. Note: Parking is always available and free at the Normal AMTRACK station located right behind the NV Ultra Lounge
Mid North Michigan Blues Society
Last week we tried an experiment in conjunction with the Mid North Michigan Blues Society to broadcasting their 2007 Blues Challenge on September 16th LIVE right from this very Blues Blast email magazine.
The experiment was a partial success. While this writer was able to see the live show right from the open Blues Blast, anyone who used either Yahoo mail or Hotmail only saw a link to click which would allow them to hear the event live. We did say it was an experiment! Over all the event was a success and the winner was Big Daddy Fox & The Krewe
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