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MAR 8–14, 2019 
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER
THINKING OUT LOUD 

SEND POSITIVE VIBES. Popular guitarist Eddie Taylor Jr. suffered a heart attack March 3 while performing at church services on Chicago's Northwest side. I checked with Bob O, the harp player who plays with Eddie regularly and he said that Eddie had two minor surgical procedures that have taken care of his health problem. An earlier post about the incident also requested that everyone respect the family privacy at this time. Be well, Eddie. 
EDDIE TAYLOR PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

DIGGING DEEP. Digging Our Roots: Chicago Blues is the blues segment of a larger series of jazz listening sessions that is a prelude to a year-long celebration of the Jazz Institute’s 50th anniversary. For this session, WDCB DJ Leslie Keros and harp player/band leader/educator Billy Branch will discuss Chicago blues and feature the music of Junior Wells, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.
THE DEETS
Thursday, May 23 | 530—7pm
Bronzeville Stage, Chicago Cultural Center 
78 E. Washington 

MEET BUDDY GUY. In case you have not seen it already, the March 11 New Yorker article on Buddy Guy by Editor David Remnick is an absolutely wonderful read. It even includes a side article that highlights some of Remnick's favorite Buddy Guy recordings, plus those of Buddy's faves. What a thrill to read an article that proves to me that good writing has not been completely killed by Twitter and texting.  

MASTER CLASS. Slide guitar wiz Donna Herula will be teaching two seven-week acoustic slide guitar classes (1 and 2) on Sundays beginning March 10 at the Old Town School of Folk Music.
Acoustic Slide Guitar 1 (Noon)
View a video about the class and register

Acoustic Slide Guitar 2  (2pm)
Register

LEND A HAND. There will be a Blues Jam on Sunday, March 10 (2-6pm) at Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall (1920 S. 37th St., Milwaukee) to raise money to help drummer Jimi Schutte, whose recent health issues have led to financial problems. Schutte has played literally with almost everyone who is anyone in the blues community (Luther Allison, Jimmy Dawkins, Sunnyland Slim, Lonnie Brooks,  Bob Stroger, Billy Flynn–and on and on and on). You can read his bio online. Currently scheduled to play: Greg Koch, Reverend Raven, Benny Rickun, The Blues Disciples, Robert Allen Jr. and Jonny T-Bird–but certainly more musicians will show up to play.
DONATE IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND

TOO LATE, MATE. If you thought you would go see Robert Cray at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn tomorrow night, make other plans if you don't already have a ticket. The show is sold out.

GO CAMPING. Both adults and kids can go blues camping this summer. Here's the info you need:
FOR KIDS
Fernando Jones' Blues Camp
JULY 7-12, 2019 | Chicago
A free music camp for Blues Kids (you must audition online)
Beginner, intermediate and advanced players welcome and kids don't have to live in Chicago to attend.
GET STARTED

FOR ADULTS
Chicago Blues Camp
It's the third year for this a five-day immersive learning and performance camp for musicians 18+. The 2019 session will be held June 2–7, the week before the Chicago Blues Festival.
GET MORE INFO

MINI ROAD TRIP. Kenny Wayne Shepherd is scheduled to play June 15 at the Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, MI, which is a short drive around the lake from Chicago. If you believe Shepherd is the second coming of Stevie Ray Vaughan, get your motor running.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Photo © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

TOO MANY GOODBYES
It has been a particularly tough beginning to a year that I hoped would bring much more joy.  So far, it's just been too many #$%@&! tears.

GOODBYE, MIKE. Michael Mettalia, a harp player who led the band Mike Mettalia & the Midnight Shift, died Friday, March 1, the result of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 56.
MEMORIAL SERVICE
Friday, March 8 @ 11am
Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home
344 N. Main Street, Doylestown, PA
The family will receive their friends from 10-11am at the funeral home prior to the service.
READ THE OBITUARY

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS
The family would appreciate memorial gifts to:
ALS Therapy Development Institute
300 Technology Square, Suite 400
Cambridge, MA 02139
www.als.net 
SIDE NOTE: Mike recorded a CD with his friend, Rockin' Johnny Burgin, called Chicago: The Blues Legends Today!  that was released last April. The CD also included tracks by Mary Lane, Little Jerry Jones and Milwaukee Slim.

R.I.P. MIKE CHILARDI.
Local Chicago drummer known as Wildman Mike died Feb. 5 after a long bout with cancer. He was 68 and had been a member of the band, Aaron Hermann and the Blues Cruisers. Services were held.
READ HIS OBITUARY

R.I.P. SIDNEY QUALLS. Soul blues singer Sidney Joe Qualls, who was often compared to Al Green, has passed. There is no other information available at this time.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SIDNEY
HAVE A LISTEN

GOODBYE, MR. SIMS
(6.23.49–2.2.19).
 
William (Bill) Sims, Jr., an internationally respected blues musician, died Feb. 2 at age 69 at his home in Queens, NY. He founded and led many bands during his lifetime, most notably the Heritage Blues Orchestra. The band's debut album, And Still I Rise, received a Grammy nomination in 2012 for Best Blues Album.
READ HIS OBITUARY

Walter Trout | Survivor Blues (Provogue)
RELEASE DATE: Jan. 25
Walter Trout didn't want to do a "blues greatest hits" recording with yet another version of Got My Mojo Workin' (thank you, Walter!) so he dug deep into the blues well and found 12 songs blues fanatics like you and I should already know, but the blues newbies might learn something and stop asking for Sweet Home Chicago every time they go to a club. Band members: Michael Leasure (drums), Johnny Griparic (bass) and Skip Edwards (keys). Sugaray Rayford joined Trout on Luther Johnson's Women Don't Lie.

Eric Gales | The Bookends
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 8 (Provogue/Mascot Label Group)
This latest recording from Eric Gales features collaborations with B. Slade (no clue here), Doyle Bramhall II and Beth Hart. It finds the guitar prodigy (he released his debut album in 1991 at the age of 16 and had 15 studio albums before this one) pushing himself to develop as a vocalist. His impressive career unfortunately went off the rails in 2009 for the usual reasons. Thankfully, he has now been two years sober, a fact he proudly shares in his live performances. 
 
John Primer | The Soul of a Blues Man
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 1 (Blue House Productions)
This is the great John Primer with his wonderful band, the Real Deal Blues Band (plus guitarist Billy Flynn and sax player Charles Kimble), digging into his beginnings as a soul singer back in the 1970s with The Brotherhood Band (yes, before Muddy and Magic Slim). Primer's great band features Steve Bell (harp),  Lenny Media (drums), Chuckaluck (bass) and Ronnie Hicks (keys). The 12 tracks include three new songs and nine classics from the likes of Johnny Taylor, Bobby "Blue" Bland and Clarence Carter.

Bob Corritore | Do the Hip-Shake Baby
RELEASE DATE: May 3 (Vizz Tone)
The 13 tracks on this recording include a huge list (30+) stellar musicians joining Bob Corritore (Sugaray Rayford, Henry Gray, Oscar Wilson, Willie Buck, Anson Funderburgh, Bob Stroger, etc. etc. etc.). The tracks–fun-loving blues at its finest–were recorded between 2016 and 2018. 

Rosie Flores | Simple Case of The Blues
RELEASE DATE:  Feb 15 (The Last Music Company)
This San Antonio native has a career that has spanned more than four decades and began with her punk rock band, the Screaming Sirens, in the 1970s.  Dubbed the Chick with the Pick, she has also dabbled in country, alt-country, rock and rockabilly. On this new recording produced by Charlie Sexton and Kenny Vaughan, she leaps into soul, jump blues, swing and gospel. “I got infatuated with the blues in high school,” says Flores. “It was the first music I ever played.” Glad she found her way back.
TRIVIA: Flores won a Peabody Award in 2007 for her narration of the rockabilly documentary, Whole Lotta Shakin'.

Nick Schnebelen | Crazy All By Myself (Vizz Tone)
RELEASE DATE: March 1 (Vizz Tone)
Nick Schnebelen is brother of Danielle Nicole and a founding member of the popular Kansas City-based blues rock group, Trampled Under Foot, that included Danielle and another brother). This album, produced by Grammy and Blues Music Award winner Tony Braunagel (Taj Mahal, Robert Cray), features members of Taj Mahal's Phantom Blues Band. For me, that's really all I need to know.
ONE MORE THING: Schnebelen was at Legends last Friday and youknowwho joined him on stage.  

Rockin’ Johnny and Quique Gomez | Dos Hombres Wanted
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 22 (Vizz Tone)
In the winter of 2018, these two old friends from different parts of the globe (U.S. West Coast and Madrid) got together to record 12 original tunes and two blues classics. Burgin has a long list of recordings as a band leader and sideman, including a few on Chicago's legendary Delmark label. Gomez, a versatile jazz-influenced blues singer and harp player, also is known to channel Frank Sinatra with a Spanish Big Band.

John Mayall | Nobody Told Me
RELEASE DATE: Feb 22 (Forty Below)
The latest studio album from the legendary godfather of British blues includes an impressive (and diverse) list of guest guitarists: Todd Rundgren, Little Steven Van Zandt (E Street Band), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Joe Bonamassa, Larry McCray and Carolyn Wonderland. Did you know that Mayall’s regular horn section is also part of the house band on Conan O’Brien’s show?
SIDE NOTE: Mayall has two dates scheduled in Chicago: an already sold out July 31 show at SPACE in Evanston and a show that, at press time, had very limited seating left at City Winery on Aug. 1.

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers | Killin’ It  Live!
RELEASE DATE: March 1 (Alligator)
Hard to believe that this is the first live CD for this wildly popular band that has a touring schedule that makes me want to go right back to bed. Castro is popular with fans for a simple reason: He is charming and super-friendly, and always delivers blustery blues sprinkled with gritty R&B and hard-charging roadhouse rock.
SIDE NOTE: We have two tickets to give away for Castro's APRIL 4 show at City Winery in Chicago (see below)! If you don't win, go anyway. You won't regret it.

Harpdog Brown | For Love & Money
RELEASE DATE: April 26 (Dog House Records)
Chicago blues heads down to New Orleans thanks to Canadian (British Columbian) harp player Harpdog Brown, who mixes the sounds of Louis Jordan and Louis Armstrong with Sonny Boy Williamson and the greats of both Chess and Sun Records. The 13 tracks offer a mix of originals and covers that are, as producer Steve Dawson says, "heavy on piano and horns." The band includes William Joseph Abbott (clarinet and alto sax), Skye Lambourne (trombone), Dave Webb (piano and Hammond B3), Robert (Bob) Vail Grant (drums), Jerry Cook (baritone and tenor sax), Jeremy Holmes (bass), and producer Steve Dawson (guitar). 
CHECK OUT WHAT YOU MISSED LAST YEAR

TICKET GIVEAWAY
Tommy Castro on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #32 Feb. 3–10, 2019. © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy
THURS, APR 4 @ City Winery

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
SPECIAL GUEST: Kevin Burt
Tommy Castro is touring right now in support of his new live album, Killin' It, which was recorded at shows in Texas, New York, Michigan and California, with, Castro says, the "best band we have ever had." Everyone who has ever seen Castro live becomes a fan. It is a special treat that his opening act for this show is the wonderful Kevin Burt, who swept the 34th International Blues Challenge awards in 2018, winning all three awards he was nominated for: First Place Solo/Duo, Best Solo/Duo Guitarist, and the Lee Oskar Award for Best Harmonica Player.
LEARN MORE ABOUT TOMMY CASTRO
EMAIL SUBJECT: Kill My Pain, Tommy!
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DEADLINE TO ENTER: SUN, MAR 25 @ Midnight
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YOU (SHOULD) KNOW THE SIMPLE RULES
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So many choices, so little time. Know about a show I don't? Tell Me About It...please.

ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
 
FRI, MAR 8
Joe Bonamassa
Chicago Theatre
Also on Saturday

Paul Kaye and the Blues Cartel
The Water Hole

Peaches Staten
Nick's Beer Garden

Robert Kimbrough Sr., Nick Bell
Buddy Guy's Legends

SAT, MAR 9
Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials,
Nora Jean Bruso

Kingston Mines

Jimmy Upstairs
Smoke Daddy

Mary Lane, Andre Taylor
Buddy Guy's Legends

Rico McFarland Blues Band
Rosa's

Toronzo Cannon
Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights

SUN, MAR 10
Nellie "Tiger" Travis
Blue Chicago

Omar Coleman Blues Band
Shaw's Crab House
MON, MAR 11
SECOND MONDAY BLUES
Jamiah Rogers and Billy Branch

Logan Center for the Arts,
University of Chicago

Billy Flynn
Smoke Daddy

BLUE MONDAYS
with Larry Taylor

The Water Hole

TUES, MAR 12
Tail Dragger and the Allstars

The Water Hole

Erwin Helfer
Hungry Brain

Hoodoo Brown, Breezy Rodio
House of Blues

WED, MAR 13
Altered Five Blues Band

Buddy Guy's Legends

Morry Sochat Duo
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville

THURS, MAR 14
AFTERWORK BLUES

Joe Moss
River Roast

John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band, Joanna Connor
Kingston Mines
PLAN AHEAD
APR 25
Nick Moss Band
Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights

APR 27
Erwin Helfer / Elsa Harris /
Pastor Donald Gay

plus film screening of interview and performance with Erwin Helfer and Mama Yancey
Old Town School of Folk Music

MAY 13
BLUE MONDAYS
featuring Kirk Fletcher

SPACE, Evanston

MAY 30
Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
City Winery
JUN 6
PRE-BLUES FEST BASH:
Corky Siegel & Chamber Blues,
Lynne Jordan, Toronzo Cannon and surprises!

City Winery

AUG 4
Lazer Lloyd
SPACE, Evanston

SEPT 13
Keb' Mo'
North Shore Center
for the Performing Arts
Skokie
CELEBRATE!
MAR 7
Dr. Odie Payne III
Thaddeus Krolicki

 
MAR 9         
Georgia White
Laura Lee
Lloyd Price
Robin Trower


MAR 10       
Ronnie Earl
MAR 11        
Harvey Mandel

BELATED WISHES

MAR 6
Pete Galanis

MAR 4
Stephen Bass
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
MAR 7 
Jesse Fuller

MAR 8 
Bob Brozman

MAR 10
Dave Alexander
MAR 13
Otis “Lightnin’ Slim” Hicks

MAR 14
Robert Pete Williams
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