Photo by Dan Machnik courtesy of Alligator Records
R.I.P. Jody Williams
2.3.35 – 12.1.18 Jody Williams, an under-appreciated Chicago blues guitarist/vocalist and Blues Hall of Fame member who recorded with legendary musicians that included Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Spann and childhood friend Bo Diddley, died of cancer Dec. 1 at the Munster Med Inn in Munster, IN. He was 83.
Williams is survived by his wife Jeanne Hadenfelt, his daughters Marilyn Murphy and Sissy Williams, sons Anthony and Jason Williams, grandchildren Justin, Noel, Joseph, Joshua, River and Ethan Williams and Gerold Murphy, and several nieces and nephews.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS Sunday, December 9
2pm Wake | 3pm Service
Leak & Sons Funeral Home
7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago
THE MUSICAL BURBS. Apparently, there is a new blues jam with Steve Kostakes–scheduled weekly on Wednesdays (this month, Dec. 12 and 26) beginning at 7pm at the Side Street American Tavern in Tinley Park (18401 N. Creek Dr.) Tinley Park is positioning itself as a live music destination in the hinterlands (hinterlands for me at least). I applaud any effort to bring live music–especially blues–to the masses no matter where they reside.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Creating controversy is one way to get a lot of hits online–and maybe that is what Star 102.1 FM Cleveland just did by banning Baby It's Cold Outside. Interestingly, they apparently ran a survey on their Facebook page (that I could not find when I looked today) that said 94% of people thought the song was a Christmas classic and 6% thought it should be banned. More than 9000 people supposedly voted so the station illogically listened to the 6% who apparently wake up every morning offended. Probably is a good thing that few radio stations play blues songs these days because they would have their hands full banning songs sensitive folks found offensive. So...here's several great interpretations of Baby It's Cold Outside to get you offended or in the holiday mood (you decide): Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan
STUMBLING AROUND. I stumbled on to a Facebook page (never my best moment) that was titled, Induct Mike Bloomfield into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Sure....great idea...except that I thought that he was already inducted as part of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which was deemed worthy in 2015. Is it even possible for performers can have their own inductions if they were part of a group that was inducted? I would care more if Bloomfield would be able to go to Cleveland and accept the honor. Can this Facebook page go away?
MY 15 MINUTES.A photo I recently took of CJ Chenier will be part of theAccordions: Expanding Voices in the USA exhibit at The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA (5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA). The exhibition "takes a close look and listen at the current state of the accordion across the country, highlighting stories and recordings from some of the players pushing it forward. Find out where the accordion could be headed next and even play one for yourself – you may well become part of the instrument’s future." The show opens on Dec. 13 and runs through Aug. 31, 2019. Have a look if you are in the area.
HOLI-DAZE. So here's a FINAL December schedule: DEC 14–JAN 3 Last newsletter of 2018 JAN 4–10, 2019 The first 2019 newsletter, a year that hopefully will bring new possibilities for all. Bring it on!
Chicago Blues Angels
Jimmy Burns and Eddie Taylor Jr.
I cannot say that Honky Tonk BBQ is a photographer's dream location to shoot, but the lineup featuring Jimmy Burns and Eddie Taylor Jr. opening for the Chicago Blues Angels was impressive enough to force myself to go out when I really wanted to just flop on the couch. This was not the Chicago Blues Angels lineup I saw when Reggie's attempted a blues and BBQ series. This one featured Mondo Cortez (in the previous lineup) with Dave Katzman and a sax player whose name I did not get (but he was great).
OUT AND ABOUT Below are links to the three galleries that I posted with less thought than usual last week just to get them online in a timely manner. So, I have added a few more images–and removed a few that should have never seen the light of day. Some days I am just more blind than other days.
And, I have labeled many more photos...but time ran out so I still have a few more to do. I think you know who you are looking at most of the time.
TWO MORE FREE TICKET GIVEAWAYS I shouldn't have to tell you why you would want to see these two get artists. If I do, don't enter. ONE MORE THING: Be mindful of the deadlines, which are shorter than usual. Winners get two free tickets...but you cannot win both of these contests (we have to spread the joy a little).
THE CLOCK IS TICKING!
TUES, DEC 18, 2018 @ City Winery
DEADLINE TO ENTER:SUN, DEC 9 @ Midnight TAB BENOIT EMAIL SUBJECT: I WANNA RIDE THE NIGHT TRAIN BODY OF EMAIL: Your name, email address & phone ENTER RIGHT NOW
STILL A LITTLE TIME TO ENTER WED, DEC 26, 2018 @ City Winery
DEADLINE TO ENTER: SUN, DEC 16 @ Midnight SHEMEKIA COPELAND ENTER RIGHT NOW
EMAIL SUBJECT: I LOVE AMERICA'S CHILD BODY OF EMAIL: Your name, email address & phone
YOU (SHOULD) KNOW THE RULES
NOTE: All subscribers of Chicago Blues News can enter ONCE A DAY throughout the contest.
Finally got the photos edited and labeled from this great show. Look for Canned Heat at the many Woodstock concerts scheduled for next year. And look for Kevin Burt to be around for a long, long time (and possibly at Chicago Blues Fest this coming year).