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Sooo.... I tripped, slipped and fell the other night on my HARD, tile bedroom floor. I had just eaten some chocolate fudge and set the remainder down on the dining table (remember this part) before sort of skipping down the hall, swooping up my 17 year old cat, Little Walter, on the way. As we burst through the bedroom door I immediately got my foot caught in the edge of my bedspread (damn, clumsy Ugg boots) and went sailing forward towards a window. I went down onto one knee then shoulder and rolled (more like smacked) onto my back as quick as possible while trying to protect the cat who was cradled in one arm. As we went crashing to the floor I also pulled a glass memento down and it shattered on the tile, spraying glass. I had eaten dinner not long before and as I lay on the cold tile, stunned, accessing damage and how long it would take me before I could get up, I even felt sick to my stomach. That was even more unsettling. The cat wiggled out of my clutch after a few, walking on my crumbled body to jump on the bed, meowing all the way. After what seemed like minutes, I felt confident to at least sit up straight. When looking around to see where glass had ended up I noticed a small piece of chocolate fudge stuck to the floor near where my arm had been holding the cat. In my delirium I leaned back to reach it and just as I was about to peel it up I remembered... hey, I wasn't holding chocolate! MY chocolate was on the table in the dining room! This "chocolate" must have been a token from Little Walter on impact! Needless to say, I had to laugh at what would have been an even more humiliating end to my carelessness! Gawd, this getting old crap is for the birds (for apparently both me AND poor Little Walter). The end.
P.S. I'm sore, he's seems fine.
What's the moral? Slow down maybe? Quit eating chocolate? Don't wear Ugg boots (or skip in them!)? Lay memory foam on the floor? Wear knee and elbow pads? Don't believe everything you see? Listen to slow blues?
Blues Birthdays of Note: Jan 9 Barbara Carr (1941), Jimmy Page (1944); Jan 10 Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (1935), Sam Chatmon (1897), Jerry Wexler (1914 founder of Atlantic Records); Jan 11 Slim Harpo (1924). Katie Webster (1936), Michael "Hawkeye" Herman (1945); Jan 12 Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904), Long John Baldry (1941); Jan 14 Allen Toussaint (1938), Clarence Carter (1936); Jan 15 Earl Hooker (1929), Alan Lomax (1915 musicologist, writer, producer), Martin Luther King, Jr (1929), Queen Ida (1929); Jan 16 Barbara Lynn (1942), Lester Davenport (1932), Robert Wilkins (1896)
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The Halley DeVestern Band :: FABBO! BOFFO! SMASHO!
Being compared to Janis Joplin is a heavy burden. However, blonde bombshell Halley DeVestern explodes out of her songs with unbridled passion, power and social principles requiring no comparison for credibility, including performing with Big Brother & the Holding Company. Following Sugar Free (2007), DeVestern has kicked out the jams with three releases to stimulate the mind and body. Her most recent is the aptly titled Fabbo! Boffo! Smasho!, an exhilarating combination of booty-shaking funk, blues, R&B and rock; a punch in the ear and a kick in the pants.
"Tore Up (From The Floor Up)"
Jim Gustin & Truth Jones :: CAN'T SHED A TEAR
Can't Shed A Tear is the debut CD from Jim Gustin & Truth Jones and was produced by blues veteran Terry Wilson (Teresa James, Eric Burden, Paul Kossoff, Ana Popovic). Gustin, a singer, songwriter, guitarist from Southern California, has a distinctive, powerful voice, soulful and blue with a smoky rasp. He is also a very solid guitarist with great tone and a funky groove. In addition to the talented and versatile Truth Jones band, the CD includes special guest appearances from the incredible Teresa James and John Rabbit Bundrick (Free, Roger Waters, The Who).
"Can't Shed A Tear"
8th Annual Clearwater Seafood & Blues Festival
Now entering its 8th year, the Clearwater Seafood & Blues Festival, presented by The City of Clearwater, Feb. 15-16, 2014, will feature some of the finest blues musicians live in concert and Tampa Bay’s Finest Seafood delights. Presented in Coachman Park, this annual festival has become one of Clearwater’s most beloved signature events, and appeals to thousands of visitors during February each year.
Proudly sponsored by Fresh from Florida, Clearwater Sea Blues boasts fresh seafood from local vendors. Visitors and locals alike are sure to enjoy the savory seafood from restaurants in the Bay area such as Abe’s Place Tap & Grill and Bay Star Restaurant Group. You’ll want to dive into every bite.
Free General Admission. Limited Reserved Seating and VIP tickets will be available. More information about the 8th annual Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival is available by calling (727) 562-4700, or online here
Enjoy Brunch with Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington at Blast Furnace Blues Feb 9, 2014
If you’re a fan of Walter “Wolfman” Washington, then you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see this incredible musician perform during the special Blues Brunch at Blast Furnace Blues presented by Highmark Blue Shield Feb. 9 in Bethlehem, Pa.
The legendary singer/guitarist will be joined by his band, The Roadmasters, in the intimate setting of the Musikfest Café, serving up a scorching’ set as guests enjoy an amazing New Orleans-style brunch. An icon on the New Orleans music scene, Washington is known for his dynamic blend of blues, funk and R&B.
Blues curriculum set for Mississippi classrooms
Tunica — In cotton country a couple miles east of the Mississippi River, just off a road known as the blues highway, fourth graders at Tunica Elementary School are exploring the Delta's homegrown music to learn about rhythm, rhyme and chord progression. Their teacher is also using the new Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum to help the children absorb information in unexpected ways. Chevonne Dixon is one of the first teachers in the state to incorporate the blues into science, math, social studies and English lessons. So far this school year, the 9- and 10-year-olds in her class have written blues songs about the weather. They've composed short ditties about the travails of being a kid. And they've read classic blues lyrics to learn the challenges of growing cotton.
Bluesman Releases First Album at Age 81
MPB News - At the ripe age of 81, most of us sit back and relax. Not so blues and gospel musician Leo Welch from Bruce in northeast Mississippi. He just released his very first album. Good things come to those who wait, but 81 years is a long time by any standard. Leo Welch’s first recording, authentic Mississippi gospel blues with a hill country bent just hit the market this week. It’s produced by the label Big Legal Mess, an imprint of Oxford-based Fat Possum Records.
But things nearly went astray. Bruce Watson is the owner of Big Legal Mess. “His manager called the office and, you know, said, ‘I got a blues guy.’ And basically one of the interns was like, ‘Well, we don’t really do Blues anymore.’ ‘Cause we really don’t.” The reason for that is simple. Read complete article here
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Member Spotlight - "Blues City Tours"
Blues City Tours is a sightseeing tour and transportation company who has recently teamed up with ArtsMemphis to operate the Memphis Hop bus tour. The Memphis Hop lets visitors discover the arts and culture at their own pace, hopping on and off to see the sites that appeal to them. Explore great family entertainment, a look at our authentic history, and a celebration of the unique Memphis Sound.
There’s no city like Memphis, and there’s no more convenient way to see it than on the Memphis Hop! If you need transportation to and from airport, they pick up at all hotels in Memphis Metropolitan area, West Memphis and Tunica. They have a 24 hour live answering service. Make reservations at 901-522-9229 or www.bluescitytours.com
. They also operates other tours like to Graceland, gambling at the casino's... want to see where Delta Blues originated... they have a Tour that will take you there. Please visit their website for more information about their various tours. Info here
#23 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Great Lineup
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Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #23 Mexican Riviera • Oct. 4~11, 2014
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More Send-Off Parties for Winning Bands going to IBC
The Prairie Crossroads Blues Society
will give the 10-piece band Back Pack Jones
a send-off party Saturday before it heads later this month to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The party and fundraiser will be from 8 p.m. Saturday to 12:30 a.m. Sunday at Memphis on Main, 55 E. Main St., C. Benny Jenkins Bloodline will open; Back Pack Jones is scheduled to take the stage at 9:30 p.m.
Back in 1990, the very prolific and always-touring David Bromberg burned out, and took a nearly two-decade break. The 21st century finds Bromberg back with a vengeance, playing the hell out of guitars, violins, and mandolins on every kind of music you can imagine, from blues to jazz to country to rock. His latest release is called Only Slightly Mad.
The only slightly mad David Bromberg joins us next time, in the Bluesmobile.
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Conan O'Brien... "Writing Chicago Blues With Kids"
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I may have posted this before but while searching for songs about chocolate I ran across this again and I couldn't resist! Enjoy!
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