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DEC 3 – JAN 6 2022
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THINKING OUT LOUD
LISTEN UP. I don't think that local harp player Matthew Skoller ever sleeps. He is a busy harp player,  the band leader for the Chicago Wind Blues Band and the curator for the wonderful Logan Center Blues Festival at the University of Chicago. He also is a partner in Family Tradition Cognac with his brother Larry and his wife, Nadège. And that is only the stuff I know about. Now he also has a new podcast: Blues and World Report with Matthew Skoller.  There are currently three episodes online:
NOV 18 | Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith
OCT 27 | Jontavious Willis
OCT 11 | Deitra Farr
Next up? An interview with Lurrie Bell.
If you were in the room at the Logan Center for Skoller's interview with Bobby Rush during the 2021 Logan Center Blues Fest, you know this new podcast is definitely worth a listen.
MATTHEW SKOLLER PHOTO © chicagoBLUESnews/Karen Murphy

VOTE FOR DONNA. Donna Herula has been nominated in the Artist of the Year category by Doc's Blues Awards 2021, which apparently are awards from Dr. Wart Hoover (aka Trevor Howard), who hosts The Blues Hour Thursday nights on internet radio station Severn FM out of Gloucester, UK. You can vote by emailing blues@severnfm.com and putting "Artist" in the subject line and writing "Donna Herula for Artist of the Year" in the body of the email (which should already be filled in if you use the link above. Polls close at midnight on Dec. 31 and the results will be announced Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. Others nominated in the artist of the year category: Samantha Fish, Ronan Furlong Music, James Oliver Band, Zed Mitchell Band, Andy Grant Band, Mark Harrison, Ajay Srivastav, Meg Williams, Big Daddy Wilson, Son of Dave, Afton Wolfe, Deb Ryder and Donna Herula.
KRABBY KAREN KOMMENT:
It took considerable internet surfing skills to figure out some of the details for these awards and I could not find a complete list of all the categories in one place. And...I also am not sure that all of these artists are blues musicians, but honestly did not take the time to delve too deeply. Just vote (ideally, for Donna because we know she is a real blues musician who deserves all the accolades she can get).
DONNA HERULA PHOTO © chicagoBLUESnews/Karen Murphy

SPEAKING OF KRABBY AND AWARDS....The 64th GRAMMY Awards will return to Los Angeles' Staples Center (soon to become Crypto.com Arena) on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, and be broadcast live on CBS and streamed live and on demand on Paramount+ at 8–11:30 p.m. ET / 5–8:30 p.m. PT. As usual, out of the more than 75 awards given, there will be just two blues awards:
Best Traditional Blues Album
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite - 100 Years of Blues
Blues Traveler - Traveler’s Blues
Cedric Burnside - I Be Trying
Guy Davis - Be Ready When I Call You
Kim Wilson - Take Me Back

Best Contemporary Blues Album
The Black Keys Featuring Eric Deaton & Kenny Brown - Delta Kream
Joe Bonamassa - Royal Tea
Shemekia Copeland - Uncivil War
Steve Cropper - Fire It Up
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram - 662

What, no Fantastic Negrito?
THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINATIONS

HOT STUFF. Keep your eyes peeled for gigs by The Dig 3. No, I have not seen them together...yet...but here's who is in the band: Ronnie Shellist (harp), Gerry Hundt (that legendary one-man band) and Andrew Duncanson (Kilborn Alley Blues Band). 

LEND A HAND. The Golden Dagger (2447 N. Halsted) was seriously damaged by a fire on Friday, Nov. 26, and a GoFundMe campaign has been established to help pay employees and repair damages to the club. The Dagger is in a 127-year-old building that was the site of the former Tonic Room, which closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Golden Dagger owner Donnie Biggins is also head of music at FitzGerald's in Berwyn. Give what you can. DONATE NOW

CALLING ALL BLUES BANDS. Illinois Bikers Against Bullying is looking for a blues band to perform at a private summer picnic (attendance approximately 200) to thank their volunteers. The event will most likely be at the Moose Lodge in Morris, IL. There is no date yet, but it will be in summer 2022. They are also planning an awareness ride/rally fundraiser for the group that is open to the public. The rally at the end of the ride will include a live band, food, vendors and merchandise. If you would like to perform or get more info, you can contact:
John Woodward
815.651.5089
woody@ilbikers.org
REST IN PEACE
J.B. RITCHIE PHOTOS © chicagoBLUESnews

J. B. Ritchie was a much beloved member of the Chicago blues community and a self-taught killer slide player who had been performing music professionally since 1971. He was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2013 as a Master Blues Artist.
LEARN MORE ABOUT J.B.
READ HIS OBIT

LISTEN TO J.B.
You Don't Gotta
Highway 61
Laundromat Blues
At the Harlem Ave. Lounge
She's 19 Years Old
594 Miles from Chicago: JB Ritchie

TRIVIA
According to his bio, the first gig where he sang (J.B. Ritchie and the Chrome Blues Band) was at the Aragon Ballroom, opening for Ted Nugent in 1971.
Photo © chicagoBLUESnews/Karen Murphy (inset photo by Michael Murphy)

Carl Joseph Dufrene, Jr. (aka the Bayou Buddha) was a highly respected bass player for the North Mississippi Allstars (Up and Rolling, 2019) and Anders Osborne (Flower Box, 2016). He was 53. I am shocked that I somehow missed the notice of his passing last August. I stumbled upon his obituary when I was trying to figure out the name of the current bass player for the North Mississippi Allstars (see OUT AND ABOUT below). No cause of death has been reported.
READ HIS OBIT

A NICE TRIBUTE ON JAMBANDS.COM

IN OTHER  RECENT PASSINGS
SEPT 17
Dottie Dodgion, 91
Jazz drummer who worked with jazz giants such as Benny Goodman and Marian McPartland; of complications from a stroke

OCT 24
Sonny Osborne, 83 
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame member 

NOV 10
Sudie Callaway, 87
Nashville Music Row studio singer 

NOV 11
John Goodsall, 68
American-British rock guitarist for Atomic Rooster

NOV 11
Graeme Edge, 80
Moody Blues’ drummer and co-founder; of cancer

NOV 21
Jason Moore, 47
Bass player for the IBMA-winning bluegrass group Sideline; of a heart attack

DEC 2
Jacqueline Avant, 81
Wife of Clarence Avant, who is widely known as the Godfather of Black Music and is a recent inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; of a gunshot wound during a home invasion at their Beverly Hills home

Finally, in the incredibly stupid mistakes category, I misspelled the late jazz guitarist Pat Martino's name as Marino in the last newsletter. Martino was 77 when he died on Nov. 1.
OUT&ABOUT
PHOTO: Cedric Burnside and Luther Dickinson © chicagoBLUESnews/Karen Murphy

NOV 18 2021
North Mississippi Allstars with Cedric Burnside
SPACE, Evanston
This show was exactly what the doctor ordered after an incredibly trying summer. It was pure joy watching Luther Dickinson trade licks with fellow hill country musician Cedric Burnside. Not sure I am in love with a standing room only show, but it does makes me miss those ridiculously small tables.
THE BAND
Luther Dickinson, guitar and vocals
Cody Dickinson, drums, guitar and vocals
Lamar Williams, Jr., vocals
Jesse Williams, bass
OPENING ACT: Cedric Burnside
THE PHOTOS

SOME TRIVIA
Cedric Burnside is up for a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for I Be Trying.
Vocalist Lamar Williams, Jr. is the son of Lamar Williams, who was the bass player for The Allman Brothers from 1972–1976, and who died from lung cancer in 1983 at the young age of 34.
Tis the Season
to Fa La La...or do whatever you do to find your happy place
Here are a few gifts I might want to get from my loved ones this holiday season and a few places to shop for bluesy stuff online:

The Blues Dream of Billy Boy Arnold
University of Chicago Press
This book is a first-person memoir from a legendary harp player who is one of the last men standing from the raucous heyday of Chicago blues. Includes 57 photos, Chicago maps of the south and west sides, circa 1955, and a complete discography of Billy Boy Arnold's recordings.
BUY THE BOOK

2022 Blues Calendar

Classic blues artwork from the 1920s plus a free 24-track CD that includes nine recently discovered songs by Lead Belly live on WNYC and NBC Radio. Other artists on the CD include Furry Lewis, Blind Blake, Memphis Minnie, Ma Rainey and more.

ONLINE STORES
Buddy Guy's Online Store

Delmark 65th Anniversary logo T-shirt

Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

Clarksdale's blues store since 2002

The Alligator Store
Music, videos, apparel, books, etc.

The Delta Blues Museum Online Store

Christmas Blues Music from the Documents Records Store

GET IN THE SPIRIT
Jingle Bell Blues

Billy Gibbons

Merry Christmas Baby
B.B. King

Santa Claus is Back in Town
Elvis

Back Door Santa
Clarence Carter

Christmas Blues Songs (73 songs)

BLUES CHRITSMAS SONGS (not my typo, but I like it)
20 songs to get in the mood for Chritsmas AND Christmas
NEW RELEASES
North Mississippi Allstars | Set Sail
RELEASE DATE: 1.28.22, digital; 4.1.22, LP/CD (New West Records)
This is the 13th release from one of my favorite touring bands. They just played here (see Out and About above) and are headed to the West Coast before hoppin over the pond in June 2022 for dates in London and Amsterdam.
CATCH THEM IF YOU CAN
HAVE A LISTEN

Various Artists | Something Inside Of Me: Unreleased Masters & Demos From The British Blues Years 1963-1976
RELEASE DATE: 7.13.21 (Wienerworld UK)
This four-CD boxed set features 96 unreleased recordings from 15 artists who were there in the early days of the British blues scene: Think, for example, Fleetwood Mac's Danny Kirwan in a band called Boilerhouse and Dave Kelly (but not his super-talented sister Jo Ann). Includes a 150-page booklet

Eric Gales | Crown
RELEASE DATE: 1.28.22 (Provogue/Mascot)
Produced by Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith, this is the 18th release from Eric Gales, who is now five years into sobriety. It features 16 tracks, including one that pits Bonamassa against Gales in a guitar duel.
HAVE A LISTEN

Tinsley Ellis Devil May Care
RELEASE DATE: 1.21.22 (Alligator)
This is Ellis's 20th recording, which will be available on both CD and red vinyl LP, plus, of course, all streaming platforms. The blues rock powerhouse offers 10 originals on this latest offering. He kicks off his tour to support this recording at the City Winery in Atlanta on Jan. 21, 2022 with two shows. He will swing through the Chicago area on March 13, 2022, performing at SPACE in Evanston.
TOUR DATES

Mississippi MacDonald | Do Right, Say Right
RELEASE DATE: 11.19.21 (Another Planet Music)
Despite his name and deep-in-the-Delta sound, Mississippi MacDonald is a fortysomething Brit from London who is a three-time British Blues Awards nominee. This is his 7th recording––and if they are all this good, I know what I want for Christmas. It include a mix of originals and great soul blues songs like Denise LaSalle's Your Wife is Cheating on Us.
LEARN A LITTLE MORE
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FRIDAY, JAN 8 2022

(Mails on THURS, JAN 7)
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OUR ONLINE CALENDAR
 chicagoBLUESnews Online Calendar 

Know about a gig I don't? Give me a heads-up.
Updates to the calendar are made regularly––not just once a month.
The calendar now covers shows in the states that border Illinois and Festivals all over the map that just look fun to me. What makes the cut? Shows within the Chicago metro area and those outside of the area that I would go to if I could.
GO HEAR LIVE MUSIC!
Far be it from me to tell you where to go, but here are a few ideas for the next month.
It's no secret that I am a big fan of Nick Moss and the various configurations of his band. You have a lot of great options to see Nick Moss this month, including Nick Moss Band Holiday Party featuring Oscar Wilson, Kate Moss and Bia Marchese on Friday, Dec 3 @ The Venue in Aurora. He also appears to be doing a "mini-tour" with the great Curtis Salgado:
DEC 7 @ Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights
DEC 8 @ Reggie's (acoustic, upstairs in the comedy club)
DEC 9 @ The Austin Community Tavern, Steger
DEC 10 @ The Rose Bowl Tavern in Urbana
DEC 11 @ BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups in St. Louis
DEC 12 @ Epiphany Center for the Arts
                  (Sunday Night Football Party (630pm)

Here's a few non-Nick-Moss options that are equally good ways to spend a little time. Check the online calendar for more ideas.
SAT, DEC 4
Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames
Aloft Chicago Mag Mile

Mike Zito
Buddy Guy's Legends

SUN, DEC 5
Chicagoland Toys for Tots
Parade Party (2pm–?)

The Water Hole

TUES, DEC 7
BLUESDAY TUESDAY
Mike Wheeler Band
with Demetria Taylor

FitzGerald's, Berwyn

SAT, DEC 11
Morry Sochat, Billy Flynn
and Kenny Smith

The Drake Hotel

SUN, DEC 12
Toronzo Cannon
The Press Room
WED, DEC 15
BLUES JAM
Low-reen & The Maxwell St. Market Blues Band

The Water Hole

THURS, DEC 16
Shemekia Copeland
City Winery

SAT, DEC 18
Danielle Nicole
Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights

Mud Morganfield
The Venue, Aurora

Squirrel Nut Zippers
Arcada Theatre, St. Charles

SUN, DEC 19
Samantha Fish,
King Solomon Hicks

Park West
SUPPORT THE MUSICIANS
www.chicagobluesnews.com/pay-musicians.html
This page has several links where you can find music–live and virtual.
PLAN AHEAD
SAT, JAN 22 @ 7PM
Erwin Helfer's 86th Birthday Celebration
with special guests John Brumbach, Katherine Davis, Skinny Williams, Pastor Donald Gay, Elsa Harris and more
Old Town School of Folk Music, Szold Hall
NOTE: The event will also include a celebration of the release of Helfer's new book, Blues Piano and How to Play It.

IT'S BUDDY TIME
Did you think another January could come around without Buddy Guy holding court in his house of blues? Not a chance. This year, though, you won't have to get in line at the crack of dawn for a good seat because there will be both reserved seating and standing room only options. 
Reserved Seating – $99.00
Standing Room Only – $65.00

Doors open at 5pm for all shows. There will be an acoustic set 530-7pm (THURS and SUN) and 530-8pm (FRI-SAT). Show time is 730pm on THURS and SUN and 830pm on FRI and SAT.
AGE RESTRICTIONS: All Buddy Shows are 21+. 
BUY TICKETS/GET MORE INFO
BUDDY GUY PHOTO © chicagoBLUESnews/Karen Murphy

THE SCHEDULE
@ Buddy Guy's Legends
THURS, JAN 6
Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush
FRI, JAN 7
Buddy Guy, Jimmy Burns
SAT, JAN 8 
Buddy Guy, Billy Branch
SUN, JAN 9
Buddy Guy, Dave Weld

THURS, JAN 13
Buddy Guy, Leilani Kilgore
FRI, JAN 14
Buddy Guy, Demetria Taylor
SAT, JAN 15
Buddy Guy, Nora Jean Bruso
SUN, JAN 16
Buddy Guy, Ivy Ford
THURS, JAN 20
Buddy Guy, Linsey Alexander
FRI, JAN 21
Buddy Guy, Vino Louden
SAT, JAN 22
Buddy Guy, Mike Wheeler
SUN, JAN 23
Buddy Guy, Luke Pytel

THURS, JAN 27
Buddy Guy, Special Guest TBA
FRI, JAN 28
Buddy Guy, John Primer
SAT, JAN 29
Buddy Guy, NuBlu Band
SUN, JAN 30
Buddy Guy, Randy Johnson
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Steve Jones of the Crossroads Blues Society has already announced that the 2022 Crossroads Blues Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, at Lyran Park in Rockford. The theme? Women of the Blues. So far, the lineup includes Teeny Tucker, Ivy Ford, Melody Angel and Tia Carroll.  I think there is a slot for one more act yet to be determined.
DEC 3                   
Cool John Ferguson 
Amy Helm
Kirk Clayton Manley
 
DEC 5                   
Little Richard
Kim Simmonds
Paul Petraitis
 
DEC 7                   
Johnny Mars
Hazel Thomas
Kid Memphis (Johnny Holiday)
Terrance Chism
 
DEC 8                   
Precious J Taylor
 
DEC 9                   
Danny Kalb 
Tom Holland
Big Lew Powell
 
DEC 12                 
Martin "Big Boy" Grant
Chris Alexander
Nicki Hill              
 
DEC 13                 
Tom Verlaine
Elbio Barilari (Delmark)
Larry Taylor
Lurrie Bell
 
DEC 14                 
Rosa Enrico Branch
Scott Linsey

DEC 15                 
Nick Moss
 
DEC 16                 
Sugar Blue
Robben Ford
Aaron Moreland
 
DEC 17                 
Paul Rodgers
 
DEC 18                 
Rod Piazza
Barry Levenson 
 
DEC 19                 
Gerry McAvoy
Kari Kempas

DEC 20                 
Samantha Penigar
Tom Hambridge
Heather Tackett Falduto
Dave Madlener (Windy City Blues Society)
 
 
DEC 21                 
Carla Thomas

DEC 22                 
Twist Turner
Stefan Gocal
Jimmy Nick
Indiara Sfair
Liz Mandeville
 
DEC 23                 
Jorma Kaukonen
Kirk Fletcher
 
DEC 24                 
Doyle Bramhall II
 
DEC 25                 
Barry Goldberg
Joe Louis Walker
Dustin Arbuckle
Rob Stone
Sean "Bad" Apple
 
DEC 26                 
Andre Taylor

DEC 27                 
Bob Stroger
Tracy Nelson
Terry Dry             
 
DEC 28                 
Edgar Winter
Frank Raven
 
DEC 29                 
Terry Hanck
Steve  Bell
 
DEC 30                 
Biscuit Miller
 
DEC 31                 
Adam Pryor
 
JAN 1                    
Cookie Threatt
 
(Koko Taylor’s daughter)
Kerry Clark
Melvin Smith
 
JAN 2                    
Scott Tipping
Bobby Francis Schaefer-Murray
 
JAN 3                    
Harlan Terson
 
JAN 4                    
Harmonica Hinds
 
JAN 6                    
Shirley Brown
Kim Wilson
Franck Goldwasser (Mannish Boys)
John Millard
Dave Urbaniak
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
DEC 4                   
Larry Davis
Sonny Rodgers
Little Jimmy King

DEC 5                   
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Willie James Lyons

DEC 6                   
Robert Ealey
Grahame Lesh

DEC 7                   
Blind John Davis
Johnny Dyer

DEC 8                   
Jimmy Smith
Gregg Allman

DEC 9                   
Junior Wells

DEC 10                 
Casey Bill Weldon
Guitar Slim

DEC 11                 
Big Mama Thorton

DEC 12                 
Joe Williams
Lonesome Sundown

DEC 13                 
Lucky Peterson

DEC 14                 
Lester Melrose

DEC 15                 
Golden "Big" Wheeler
Andrew Odom

DEC 17                 
James Booker
Paul Butterfield

DEC 18                 
Pee Wee Crayton
Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson
Lonnie Brooks

DEC 19                 
King Oliver
Professor Longhair

DEC 20                 
Walter Roland
"Cousin Joe"  Pleasant Joseph
Lee Gates             
Pat Hare               

DEC 21                 
Peetie Wheatstraw
Black Ace             
Harmonica Slim
DEC 22                 
Lil Green              

DEC 23                 
Little Esther Phillips

DEC 24                 
Lee Dorsey

DEC 25                 
Joe Pullum
Cab Calloway
McKinley Mitchell
L.V. Johnson 

DEC 26                 
J.D. Short             

DEC 27                 
Cootie Stark

DEC 28                 
Peg Leg Sam
Pops Staples
Johnny Otis

DEC 29                 
Matt “Guitar” Murphy
Rick Danko

DEC 30                 
Bo Diddley

DEC 31                 
Goree Carter
Odetta Holmes

JAN 1                    
Frank Stokes
Virginia Liston
Lottie Kimbrough
Tommy Johnson
Jimmie Gordon
Johnny "Man" Young
Arthur Prysock

JAN 2                    
Edith North Johnson
Little Smokey Smothers

JAN 3                    
David Malone ("Dat") Kimbrough III

JAN 4                    
Tommy McClennan
Eddie Cusic
Coot “Tenor” “Playboy” Venson

JAN 5                    
Elizabeth Cotten
Tabby Thomas
Johnny Adams
Jo Ann Kelly

JAN 6                    
Wilbert Harrison
TENTATIVE 2022 SCHEDULE
(All newsletters mail on Thursday, the day before the issue date)

JAN 7–FEB 10
FEB 11–MAR 10
MAR 11–APR 7
APR 8–MAY 5

Always subject to change in our crazy world or just because I feel like it.
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See you in 2022!


Have a safe, peaceful holiday season no matter how
or what you celebrate.
I think we all could
use a better new year.
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