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White Rock Blues Society
The White Rock Blues Society
Weekly Bluesletter
#344 October 10 2018
In this issue
Jon Gale Reports Upcoming Show at the Blue Frog Studios
CanAfrica Blues Tour Coming Saturday November 3 2018  WRBS Blues House Concert
Links For Blues Fans
Jon Gale Reports Upcoming Show at the Blue Frog Studios

Randy Oxford and his All-Star Band
Friday October 12

Washington State Entertainer of the Year, Randy Oxford and his all-star band have been honoured with over 25 prestigious music awards in their 15 year history. Oxford is known for his unique approach to the Trombone and his ability to ignite an audiences enthusiasm wherever he plays. He has also been a regular host and performer on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise for the past 12 years and he plays in the highly acclaimed Bender Brass band at the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas.
Randy surrounds himself with some of the most talented vocalists and instrumentalists that the pacific NW region has to offer. This highly entertaining group has toured Canada, the U.S. and central America including appearances at major Blues festivals in Canada such as the Calgary International Blues festival and the Festival international du blues de Tremblant in Mont-Tremblant.
In the U.S. they have appeared at major festivals including the San Diego Blues festival, the north Atlantic Blues festival, the Mt. Baker blues festival, the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues festival, the Sunbanks music festival, Jazz in the Valley, the Kalamazoo blues festival, the Omaha playing with fire festival and dozens more from Seattle to Memphis to Panama and beyond.
When the Randy Oxford BLUES-All-Star Slam comes to town you can also expect guest appearances from some of the top talent that British Columbia has to offer. Oxford always brings his regular 6 piece ensemble with him and then adds in local special guests from any area he is playing in. You will get a big bang for your buck with this international show that will feature at least 10 stellar musicians coming together for a show like non other.
To learn more about this very unique group check out:

I would really appreciate any help you can give us to promote these shows to your members.



CanAfrica Blues Tour Coming Saturday November 3 2018  WRBS Blues House Concert

On Saturday  November 3rd  from 7:00 to 11:00 PM we'll be holding our second Blues House Concert.

Two very talented itinerant bluesman, one hailing originally from the Mississippi Delta and the other from South Africa are coming to town to perform up close and personal at the WRBS second blues House Concert. We had a full house for our first House Concert with Al Lerman on Monday July 16.

This opportunity is only being offered to those on the WRBS Bluesletter mailing list. Being on our mailing list makes you a member of the society. A society of no dues only the promotion of the blues.
Its a unique, friendly and intimate environment where you can meet blues fans and professional blues artists who share many stories of their travels and experiences throughout the night. We use name tags to encourage interactions with other audience members and the musicians. There is time before the music and between sets to meet the players. If you have never experienced one of these events now's your chance. 
Check out this video if you want to get a better sense of what these events look like.


Rod & Marg Dranfield
15798 38A Ave
Surrey BC
604 723 3905

Finger food and snacks along with coffee and tea will be included in price.

It's a "bring your own beverage" event.

Tickets  $25.00, Now available from Brown Paper Tickets.


Albert Frost BIO
Cape Town based, 2017 SAMA (South African Music Association)
Album of the Year winner,
Albert Frost has performed with international artists such as Ali Farka Toure, Finley Quaye, Vusi Mahlasela and Ginger Baker. He has toured with Simple Minds, REM, and has supported the Rolling Stones. As a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer, Frost has been a celebrated figure in the South African folk, blues, roots and rock music scene for over 20 years. The Fender endorsed artist romps fearlessly and joyfully between electric and acoustic guitars of every description, as well as surfacing occasionally on keyboards or drums. The remarkable pleasure Frost finds, invents, and simply conjures from the music is not to be missed.“


Doc MacLean BIO
During more than 40 years of touring Doc MacLean has performed with a who's who of first and second generation blues, roots and gospel artists such as Sam Chatmon, Peg Leg Sam, and Blind John Davis. Among many others, he has supported Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, and BB King. As a songwriter and storyteller, MacLean has recorded with members of the Canned Heat and Mavis Staples bands. Blues Revue once called him "the Prince of Darkness." People Magazine (Jan 2018) covered his most recent journey across Africa, describing him as a "beautiful storyteller" and an "inspiration" to Township musicians. This old school troubadour lives on the Blues Highway self driving to hundreds of shows every year, and sometimes busking the places in between.
Doc MacLean reports that:
The  National Steel "CanAfrica" Blues Tour was launched in Toronto in September. Albert Frost and I will be rolling across nine of ten provinces, coast to coast and in between. At this point dates are over 90 percent sold- just a few spaces left here and there on the Canadian tour map. Can you help to fill one of these blanks?

Rolling out CanAfrica has been a learning experience. People and paperwork. Building bridges between two countries. There's always new stuff surfacing. Visas. Taxes. Airports. Gear. You see the best and the worst of cultural infrastructure. Trends that are helpful, and trends that are troubling. Things are changing on the ground- as they always do. For a lot of reasons, this has been the toughest tour to assemble of the last thirteen years. This tour doesn't run on grants and record company advances. It doesn't run on the silver spoons of festivals, either. Not that we wouldn't like that, and quickly adjust to such a life. But because it is what it is. It runs on guts and determination. Hope and dedication. No venue too large, too small, too grand, or too humble. We travel a thin strip of blacktop and gravel in all weather- and bring the Blues to Your Town.
I'm very excited about having Albert Frost partner on this tour. Firstly, because we always have a great time hanging out and playing music, but also because he is the first arrival of the many independent South African artists I've encouraged and invited to tour Canada. Those who get to hear him are going to love him! I can hardly wait to introduce him to the friends and places that make up the great, Canadian portion of the National Steel Tour. I haven't had as much fun since Colin Linden used to sit next to me. Meanwhile, Albert and I are honoured to have been invited by the government of South Africa to participate in the gala, Mandela celebration concert at Ottawa in September. See the updated schedule in the poster above and on the website.

Doc MacLean & Albert Frost
More About Doc MacLean
Son of a civil rights lawyer and a fiddle player, Doc MacLean was exposed to country blues and folklore at an early age. By his early teens he was performing in coffeehouses and festivals, and was appearing on radio and television variety shows. Answering the call of the road, Doc traded a guitar for a 1948 Dodge and set out to explore America.
In a relentless cross country ramble, Doc MacLean sought out every living old time blues player he could find. Significantly, he met and became friends with artists such as Son House, Tampa Red, Sippi Wallace, Yank Rachel, Robert Pete Williams, Rev Robert Wilkins and Bukka White. Meanwhile he toured and performed with artists as diverse as Peg Leg Sam the Medicine Show Man, Blind John Davis, Sunnyland Slim, Little Brother Montgomery, Rev Pearly Brown, Colin Linden, Mose Scarlett, the Carter Family, and Sam Chatmon. With Linden, he became a popular opener for Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, and John Hammond.
First known for his work as an accompanist on harmonica and washboard, Doc proceeded to make his own mark as a guitarist, singer, arranger and band leader. For 15 years he toured a 9 piece Memphis- New Orleans jump band, Dr Limbo and His Fabulous Off-Whites, and released a number of singles- some of which achieved heavy regional and college airplay. Alumni from this band include Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, The Band, O Brother, etc.), Gord Johnson (Big Sugar), Chris Whiteley (Whiteley Bros., Leon Redbone), Kevin Breit (Nora Jones), and Gene Taylor (Canned Heat, Blasters, Fabulous Thunderbirds).
Performing on bottleneck and standard guitar, Doc MacLean now appears solo and with upright bass and percussion. While his lyrics are mainly contemporary, his approach as a guitarist-songster reflects not only his exposure to southern string bands and jug bands, but also to Delta players and storytellers such as Charlie Patton, Son House, and Sam Chatmon.
As Chatmon's most frequent accompanist in the 1970s, MacLean lived in Hollandale, Mississippi, and played a wide variety of house parties, jukes, and festivals from Greenville to New Orleans. Moving on to South Carolina to work with Peg Leg Sam the Medicine Show Man, he then played for bootleggers and bandits, in what were probably the last days of an isolated, rough and tumble rural lifestyle.
Since 1973 Doc MacLean has appeared at significant North American folk and blues festivals including Fox Hollow, New York, Mariposa, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Hamilton, London, Buffalo, Owen Sound, Festival Boreal, Atlanta, and New Orleans. Radio and television appearances have included national programming such as PBS Morning Pro Musica, CBC 90 Minutes Live, Touch the Earth, and Morningside.
Doc MacLean came of age playing with some of the Delta's most celebrated songsters. Now, marking 30 years on the blues highway, his work as a songwriter reflects his family roots in the labor movement, his time spent living and performing in the rural southern United States, and his personal connections to the oral and musical history of the Delta. He views his own compositions as part of an unbroken tradition. Now, as America rediscovers it?s roots, new audiences are discovering Doc MacLean.
Links For Blues Fans

“The Blues Foundation plays an absolutely essential role in ensuring the present and future of the blues as well as celebrating this great American music tradition. With the Blues Music Awards and The Blues Hall of Fame, the Foundation honors the finest blues artists and recordings of the past and present. With the International Blues Challenge, Generation Blues Scholarships and the Foundation’s support of blues education, The Blues Foundation nurtures the great blues artists of the future.”
Bruce Iglauer, Founder and President, Alligator Records
Here is a link to a podcast that focuses on the blues produced by the Blues Foundation.

Canadian Blues History
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