Thursday, July 14, 2011
Beldon's Blues Points July 14, 2011
I guess you could say that we here at Beldon’s Blues Point have been fishing. And we’ve caught some really interesting fish.
Can’t think of a better place to start than Chicago. The picture above is of Will Jacobs, leader of Dirty Deal,a Windy City group that last weekend opened for harmonica player Billy Branch. Dirty Deal won the Chicago Blues Challenge youth division in 2009 and has since been gathering steam as an opening act for Branch, Eddy Clearwater and Tommy Castro. Here is a clip of them at the Castro show:
If you want to know more about them, check out their website
We also heard from Donna Greene, who, with her band, the Roadhouse Daddies, adds a 1950’s jazz night club inflection to her blues. Check out her website and see for yourself:
Richard Lee Wilson, who has been playing Missouri’s Ozark region with bands Smooth Down Under and Richard Lee Wilson and The Sunday Morning Casualties, describes himself this way: “Take a Solo artist, in the vein of Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Yngwie Malmsteen and throw in the twisted dementia of Alice Cooper. Turn the Rock blender on overdrive. Serve over hot-ice with a slow burning fuse and BLAM! Richard Lee Wilson.”
Here he is:
Rufaro Matavou’s “recipe” for music involves mixing hip-hop drum beats with blues guitar. He shoots his own videos. Here is one:
Dave Phillips said he has been playing and singing the blues for almost 50 years. Now living in Findlay, Ohio, he teaches and occasionally plays bass and sings with Fat Daddy, a blues trio that also features Terry McClanahan on guitar and Rusty Campbell on drums. Here is some of his solo work:
And here is a video of Fat Daddy:
We also have songs from outside of the States, including the Land Down Under, where former truck driver Jim McAllister of Caboolture has been playing guitar for 40 years. McAllister, who started out in Christian music is a preferred player in the pubs with his blues and rock licks. He lists ZZ Top, Cream, Mountain, the Allman Brothers, Uriah Heep, Aerosmith and Ted Nugent as among his favorites. You can hear some of his songs on the Reverbnation site:
Here is some Nigerian soul courtesy of Soul Suiter Entertainment:
Remember Argentine guitarist Juan Meier? Here he is with a song he wrote for his wife:
I wouldn’t exactly call this music from French guitarist Florian Baron blues, but it certainly is interesting and—in my humble opinion—well performed. Here he plays the oud, a stringed instrument popular in North Africa and the Middle East :
Baron is from Rennes in Brittany, located in the northwest portion of France. He has been touring mostly his region, and a bit in other parts of the country, and is just starting to play abroad.
This also from France, about Africa:
Also, check out some of the other music blogs out there. This one, which you will have to copy and paste, covers the rock and punk rock scene in Los Angeles:
This one is from Pamela Michel, who studied music management at the Sorbonne and is interested in the record industry:
Okay, here’s some other information for music lovers.
In the D.C. area (where I live), the D.C. Blues Society is having the following:
• It will be fish, motorcycles and music at the Society’s 7th Annual Fish Fry ‘n’ Blues “n” Bike Contest. The event features a fish fry, motorcycle contest and blues music into the night. Bands can play by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring a potluck dish and you will receive a free copy of Blues In My Kitchen recipe book, featuring recipes from blues musicians. The Fish Fry will be held from 4-11 p.m. at the American Legion Post 41, Fenton and Sligo Avenues, Silver Spring. Admission is $12.
• Blues Master Kenny Neal will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, July 28 at the Surf Club Live, 4711 Kenilworth Avenue, Hyattsville, Maryland. Advance tickets are $15 for Blues Society members, $18 for others. They can be ordered by calling 301-322-4808. Tickets will be $20 for everybody at the door. Check out the Beldon’s Blues Point interview we posted on September 1, 2010.
Meanwhile, from the Los Angeles area, Bluesaholic Kate has the following message for her crew:
Hi There fellow BluesAholics! Guess what..... we now have a new meeting place that we can all gather and have a razin good time! A brother dear has passed the word that this here's a cool & groovy place and we need to stomp right over there... especially their grand opening on July 22rd, 23rd & 24th... Oh.. let's mention some fine fine Nawlin's cooking.. da real deal fried chicken, red beans & rice... yum yum! NOLA... "a restaurant/bar inspired by everything that is magical about New Orleans".
Where: NOLA's - A Taste of New Orleans 734 East 3rd St Los Angeles 90013 213.680.3003 NolasLA@gmail.com
When: July 23, 24, 25th, 2011
Last but not least, Alvon Johnson is looking for suggestions on a new amp. He wants something light yet powerful, at least 100 watts. It must be versatile and reliable. He said tubes are not required, “but he will put up with them.” Overall, he wants something that will kill on both big and small stages, either combo or separate pieces. He can be reached at 707-647-1153 or at email@example.com
Well that’s it for now. Please keep sending songs: we want them and we also want to know what festival promoters, others in the music business—but particularly you musicians out there—are doing. One way to reach us is through firstname.lastname@example.org. Later.