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|Here's guitar/piano virtuoso Bob Welsh following The "Wintertime Blues Bash" with Kim Wilson's Blues Allstars at the El Casino Ballroom in Tucson, Arizona December 3rd . The event was presented by the Southern Arizona Blues & Heritage Foundation. Welsh is also part of Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio among other projects. He's backed up and toured with multiple luminaries all over the world.|
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|Felix Slim :: OVERSEAS BLUES|
Felix Slim is the 2020 International Blues Challenge (IBC) 2nd Place Solo/Duo Winner and Lee Oskar Best Harmonica Award winner and one of Spain’s leading blues musicians. Born in the North African enclave of Ceuta and based in Long Island City, New York, Felix Slim is an entirely self-taught multi-instrumentalist and specializes in blues, ragtime and swing from the 1920s to the 1940s.
Influenced by the Delta, Piedmont and Texas sound, Slim uses slide guitar, fingerpicking and standard and open tunings, and has played his dynamic versions of blues classics and original songs with echoes of flamenco, rebetiko and jazz manouche on eight albums and in over fourteen countries worldwide.
Expertly swapping between harmonica and kazoo along with his unique singing voice complement each other, creating a fresh and distinctive yet true vintage sound. His ability to connect and involve the audience has developed a compelling live show, which combines the humor and warmth of his native Andalusia with the gritty reality of country blues.
In addition to these styles, he plays electric guitar and sings in his own Felix Slim Blues Band, delivering a mix of 1950s and 1960s electric blues, swing, R&B and early soul/funk.
Felix Slim is touring and promoting his new solo album, Overseas Blues, recorded at Binky Griptite’s Studio in Brooklyn, New York.
|Tampa Bay Blues Festival Returns April 8-9-10, 2022|
|(ST PETERSBURG, FL) - Enjoy a fabulous weekend of blues music, nice weather, cool bay breezes and America’s finest blues artists on the sunny shores of Tampa Bay. This premier blues festival will be held at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on April 8-10, 2021. All ages; rain or shine. Please make plans to join us for great music, foods, drinks, and fun.|
Three great days of blues music on the scenic shores of Tampa Bay. Just a short walk from downtown St. Petersburg with its vibrant night clubs, gourmet restaurants, world-class art museums and more! It’s a fabulous Florida blues vacation!
Friday, April 8th 12:30PM-10PM: JJ Grey & Mofro 8:30PM, Samantha Fish 6:30PM, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters 4:30PM, Mindi Abair 2:30PM, Jason Ricci 12:30PM.
Saturday, April 9th 12:30PM-10PM: Jimmie Vaughan 8:30PM, Robert Randolph & The Family Band - 6:30PM, Eric Gales 4:30PM, Danielle Nicole 2:30PM, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones 12:30PM
Sunday, April 10th 1PM-10PM: Larkin Poe 8:30PM, Ronnie Baker Brooks 6:30PM, The Nick Moss Band 4:30PM, The Bruce Katz Band 2:30PM, Backtrack Blues Band 1:00PM
Artist and times subject to change. The festival will comply with CDC guidelines in effect as of the date of the event.
Thursday, April 7 8PM-9:30PM, a Kick Off Party will happen featuring Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters at The Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida. Doors open at 7PM.
VIP packages usually sell out each year. Don’t be disappointed – buy your VIP passes early! This VIP package is one of the best: front stage seating, backstage waterfront shade tents, complimentary beers, wines, soda, water, custom fire-baked pizzas, dinner from Outback Steakhouse, air-conditioned restrooms and hotel discounts. Purchase tickets via the website.
For more information, contact here.
|Elvin Bishops Big Fun Trio Special Holiday Show Dec 18|
|(REDWOOD CITY, CA) - Saturday Dec 18th Elvin Bishops Big Fun Trio Special Holiday Show will go down at Club Fox (2209 Broadway, Redwood City, California) featuring Elvin, guitarist/pianist Bob Welsh and percussionist/vocalist Willy Jordan. The music will be rootsy, spirited and soulful, performed by serious musicians hell-bent on having a good time. Limited Capacity with seats for all and plenty of room to dance. Doors 7pm and showtime 8pm (21+). |
“I love these guys; Bob and Willy are great musicians,” say Elvin. “With a trio there’s no place to hide¬—you’ve got to be pourin’ everything you got right out front, totally goin’ for it all the time. If you’ve got some real good musicians who are willing and able to do that, you’ve got something that will move people. And it’s fun!” Find more cool details plus tickets here.
Note: This show is 21+. All Club Fox patrons must show proof that they have been fully vaccinated.
|Gibson Guitars Recreates Iconic Johnny Winter 1964 Explorer V|
|By Carter Alan/WZLX|
Gibson Guitars has been crafting legendary guitars for the past 127 years. Now the Gibson Custom Shop is paying tribute to a true guitar hero with the release of the Johnny Winter 1964 Firebird V, based on the late player's personal and most well-known Firebird guitar. It’s not often that a guitar captures the essence of an artist, but Johnny Winter’s 1964 Firebird V perfectly matched his style and persona. Only a guitar as cool as the Firebird could keep up with the rip-roaring power and lightning-fast licks of the incendiary bluesman and classic rocker Johnny Winter. The Johnny Winter 1964 Firebird V isn’t just a reissue, it’s a complete replication of an iconic guitar. From the plugged holes and removed Maestro Vibrola, to the faded Firebird logo on the pickguard, right down to the missing reflector on the rhythm tone knob, this 1964 Firebird V in Murphy Lab custom-aged Polaris White finish brings the original to life for a new generation of players.
American singer and guitarist Johnny Winter was renowned across the globe for his high-energy blues rock albums and live performances. Johnny Winter played Woodstock, bringing his younger brother Edgar onstage that night and jammed with everyone from Muddy Waters to Jimi Hendrix and Steve Ray Vaughan. A torchbearer for the blues, Winter also championed and aided the careers of his idols Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Winter both created and produced multiple GRAMMY Award-winning blues albums and revitalized Waters' career, also playing on the bluesman's albums Hard Again (1977), I'm Ready (1978), and Muddy "Mississippi" Waters – Live (1979). …Read in full
|•Rainy Day Blues Society Holiday Party Lisa Mann Dec 18|
•Houston Blues Society Holiday Party/Fundraiser Dec 19
|(EUGENE, OR) - The Rainy Day Blues Society Holiday Party Dec 18 will feature Lisa Mann at Macs Nightclub (1626 Williamette St., Eugene, Oregon). Mann hails from blues-soaked Portland, Oregon but is originally from West Virginia. Her vocals effortlessly straddle the line between the honey-sweet warmth of the South, and the force-of-nature sound Mann has cultivated by mastering everything from hard rock to rhythm and blues. Her clever blues and Americana balladry is complimented by her considerable prowess on bass guitar. Her bass grooves deliver the solidness of a Muscle Shoals swamper or a Funk Brother. Free for members or $10 donation for non-members|
(HOUSTON, TX) - The Houston Blues Society will host the HBS Holiday Party Sunday Dec 19th at Rockefellers (3620 Washington Ave, Houston, Texas) from 3-8pm. This year’s party is a fundraiser to help HBS Local Blues Challenge winners The Cris Crochemore Band, Johnny Riley, and youth showcase band Sugar Shock (from the Sugarland School of Rock), to travel and represent at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, Jan 19-Jan 22, 2022.
Advance tickets are $20 until midnight Friday Dec 17 or $25 at the door. Chicken and Salisbury Steak dinners can be purchased in advance only for $20 each. Find tickets here.
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|Joe Bonamassa "Lonesome Christmas"|
|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|• December is the Month of Giving •|
Blues Birthdays upcoming of note:
Dec 16 Billy Gibbons (1949 pictured); Dec 17 James Booker (1939-1983), Paul Butterfield (1942-1987); Dec 18 Pee Wee Crayton (1914-1985), Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (1917-1988), Lonnie Brooks (1933-2017), Arthur "Peg Leg Sam" Jackson (1911-1977), Rod Piazza (1947); Dec 19 Professor Longhair (aka Henry Roeland Byrd) (1918-1980); Dec 20 Walter "Wolfman" Washington (1943), Mitch Kashmar (1960), Tom Hambridge; Dec 21 Peetie Wheatstraw (1902-1941), Carla Thomas (1942); Dec 22 Lil Green (1919-1954), Liz Mandeville; Dec 23 Little Esther Phillips (1935-1984); Dec 24 Lee Dorsey (1924-1986); Dec 25 Joe Louis Walker (1949); Dec 27 Tracy Nelson (1944); Dec 28 Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914-2000), Johnny Otis (1921-2012); Dec 29 Matt "Guitar" Murphy (1929-2018), Terry Hanck (1944); Dec 30 Bo Diddley (1928-2008); Dec 31 Odetta (1930-2008
Just in case: "December 21 is National Short Girl Appreciation Day." I was going to see if I can find the height of some blues ladies... I really only found that Bonnie Raitt is 5'4"and Sippie Wallace looks shorter than her in this photo at right... but this has ended up like finding a needle in a haystack so I need to move on. But you know there's a lot of us shorty's out there even if we might even look taller onstage! (I get asked that at times actually and I'm only 5'2"... these days!). And if you’re a short girl yourself you know at least your feet are never going to hang off the bed.
I often wonder if anyone reads these these things I dig up! If so, I hope this short girl at least gets you to crack a smile.
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