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Hey Blues Fans,
We are sorry to report that Bob Enos, longtime trumpet player for Roomful of Blues, died in his sleep in his hotel room in Douglas, Georgia, early Friday morning, January 11, 2008 of suspected heart failure. He was 60. Roomful of Blues had played the Douglas Country Club the previous night. The band was on its way to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday to perform on The Legendary Blues Cruise. Roomful of Blues is continuing its current tour with former band member John Wolfe taking Enos's place. To read the full Alligator Records press release, CLICK HERE
Roomful Of Blues Trumpet Player
July 4, 1947 - January 11, 2008
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Blues Link of the Week
If you love the Blues you already know that Bruce Iglauer is a Blues icon. His Alligator Records is the 900 lb gorilla of Blues record companies. With a catalog of over 200 titles, Alligator Records is the largest independent Blues record label in the world. If you want to expand your Blues CD collection this is a good place to start.
CLICK HERE to read how Mr. Iglauer went from a young man hooked by the Blues when he first heard the great Mississippi Fred McDowell to the planet's Blues record mogul.
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Featured Blues Reviews
James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and Blues Blast contributor reviews a CD by Popa Chubby - Electric Chubbyland Volumes 1 & 2
By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker
Volume 1: 12 songs; 64:38 minutes; Meritable
New York City native Ted “Popa Chubby” Horowitz claims that playing the “Hendrix stuff” made him self conscious, but it did get him back to why he started playing music in the first place – the excitement and the raw power.
Jimi Hendrix expanded the limits of electric rock guitar more than anyone before or since. Hendrix was a master at squeezing all manner of sonics from his instrument, often with early wah-wah pedals and innovative amplification experiments that produced incredible feedback and space-time distortion. But, as you may recall, not everyone liked the over-the-top guitar excess of Jimi Hendrix, and to be honest, some of what he played, especially live, was terrible. Some of this project equals both extremes.
So, why Play Hendrix? “Good Question” said Popa. “In 1996 a Dutch promoter [created] a Jimi Hendrix music festival. Over the next several years I was slammed with fan requests to play and record Hendrix. In 2005, the blues and rock thing came together like never before. In 2006, I decided to record the project at a club in Middletown, New York. Electric Chubbyland was born. From the start it was a record for the people. Requested by the fans and played live to make sure that special spark of energy... came through. I love playing Hendrix with my own spin. Loud and proud for all the people!”
Those Popa Chubby fans to which he refers will undoubtedly enjoy these CDs the most; Jimi fans next, and after that is unclear. But, do not dismiss Chubby without a listen. Certain I was not going to like him, I saw him live at the 2006 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. Popa Chubby turned my head around with his deft guitar playing. About as wide as he was tall, Horowitz played a first for me, “Keep On The Sunny Side” arranged as a scorching Rock and Roll number.
Born Ted Horowitz, in 1990 the “Popa Chubby” Band was born. The name was taken from an impromptu jam with Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic. “He was singing a song called 'Popa Chubby' and he pointed at me.” The name captured the essence of what his music has come to represent. “Popa Chubby basically means to get excited [and/or sexually aroused]. The core of my music is about excitement. I think music should make people feel alive.”
Some of the Hendrix songs will bring back good memories as Chubby re-creates Jimi’s power trio with AJ Pappas on bass and Chris Reddan on drums. He even throws down a couple of Blues numbers, “Catfish Blues” and a slow burning “Red House,” amid classics like “Manic Depression” and “The Wind Cries Mary.”
If you are not at all familiar with Popa Chubby, but you are now curious enough to give a listen, I would recommend starting with, rather than Electric Chubbyland, Booty and The Beast. This Tom Dowd engineered/produced album was released in 1994, and the single, “Sweet Goddess Of Love and Beer,” soon swept the country and became a summer radio hit coast to coast in 1995.
For other reviews and interviews on our website CLICK HERE.
IllinoisBlues.com also features a book review by Blues Songwriter, Musician, DJ and Journalist, Ben Cox.
Be Satisfied: The Life & Times of Muddy Waters
Memphis musicologist Robert Gordon undertook the gargantuan task of recreating a legend that would belittle even the most researched and most knowledgeable. How can one simply recreate a man who single-handedly brought the world the electric blues and defined Chicago blues in the fifties? In all honesty, you really can’t. Gordon, however, realistically does put the argument to the test and has raised the bar for any biographies of blues legends to come after it.
Spending years of gleaning information from interviews, reviews, and music history and then taking on the task of gathering information from his contemporaries and family; Gordon adds a human element to the blues legend that had never hitherto been captured. Reading like a narrative textbook with citation after citation and quote after quote, the reader may be encumbered and stumble along the way as far as readability is concerned. However, Gordon does well to depict a strong motif that was a reality in the blues world, a man and musician who leads a dual life. Gordon, through the eyes of both close friend and family (illegitimate or otherwise), does well to show McKinely Morganfield the hard worker and the provider and Muddy Waters the partying adulterer. Gordon also does well to depict the master-worker Waters translated from the Stovall Plantation to the studios of Chess Records. The biography subsequently upset the Chess Family, but Gordon minces no words when it comes to Waters’ recording career.
The Notes section at the back of the book gives a very good scope of the Waters discography and recommended listening. It also provides the subsequent list of resources Gordon put to use and provides a definitive “To-Read” list for any would-be blues historian. There are also some fine pictures located in the middle of the book that shed some light on both the origins and puts the infamous name with a face.
Gordon only falls
short, in what a grammar school teacher would say is the breadth of
the subject. He does well in what he covers, but there are some
obvious parts missing and skewed, maybe sugar-coated a little too
much. Yet, giving Gordon the benefit of the doubt, the book is an
extravagant introduction for those who don’t know the blues world or
Muddy Waters well. By placing Waters in his place and time
throughout the book, Gordon helps those who were around when he was
alive to remember the place and time and the impact he had on the
world of music. For those of us who didn’t have the privilege of
being around when Waters was still the living myth, it opens the
eyes and ears when one of his iconic songs comes on our CD player or
one of his protégés strike into a cover or lifts a riff here and
there. And for those who don’t know the blues at all, this would be
the perfect cultural, musicological, and anthropological place to
Chicago Blues Update
Live Blues reviews by Chicago Blues editor Lordy
Blues Beat: Chicago (Photos by August Lord)
Nigel Mack & The Blues Attack at Harlem Avenue Lounge
My first visit to Harlem Avenue Lounge in 2008 was to see Nigel Mack & The Blues Attack. When I first saw Nigel’s show he was including Chicago as part of his busy touring schedule, but since about 2003 Nigel has been calling Chicago his home. From this point on then, ChicagoBluesBeat will be referring to this bluesman as a Chicago act. With my love for the city, that is a high compliment. Residence aside, Nigel has long had a great sense of Chicago blues.
The Blues Attack presented as a trio that included Vic Jackson on bass and harmony vocals and Andrew “Blaze” Thomas on drums. Nigel Mack alone is a trio if you consider his proficiency on vocals, harp and guitar (which includes a stinging slide). Nigel is also an accomplished tunesmith, and he presented some, as yet unrecorded works. One song in particular included a reference to dead presidents, and is all the reason I need to buy the next CD when it comes out. Pat Smillie stopped by and treated us to some of his trademark gutsy R&B singing. Already I’m thinking that this is going to be another great year in Chicago blues. Guitarist, vocalist and all around showman Toronzo Cannon stood in for the third set. It’s always good when Zo shows, but this time he also freed Nigel from his guitar duties, and allowed him to flex his harp muscles.
Also in the house was photographer Kurt Swanson (Soulful Impressions). I have said many times that I am not a photographer, but rather a fan with a cam. You can tell this in person as well, because I use a flash which is both tacky and obnoxious. Besides, what photographer stays for all three sets and drinks a lot? Kurt has some very nice pictures of Nigel Mack on his site, as well as the cover picture of Lurrie Bell on the current Illinois Entertainer. I really have to thank Kurt and the other real photographers I meet every week for their tolerance and yes, support of my passion.
Along with the
musicians, and the venues, the photographers are yet another reason to love live
blues in Chicago. Bring on 2008!
CLICK HERE to visit Lordy's website at ChicagoBluesBeat.com
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MARCH 19 to MARCH 23rd
THE 6th ANNUAL ST. JOHN BLUES FESTIVAL
Coral Bay Ball Field – Coral Bay
Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band
Sean Carney & The Sean Carney Band
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6 live Blues shows over 5 days beginning on March 19th and running through March 23rd.
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MALKUM GIBSON and
THE MIGHTY JUKE
Top 100 CD's list
for the last 9 months in Real Blues Magazine
Mr. B.B. King said
of Malkum "This guy is marvelous. He has a rare talent".
good shuffles.. good harp tone.. vocals have a lot of
personality…the whole band plays with a lot of verve and good
energy..” Bruce Iglauer Alligator Records and Artist Management
sounds unique…across between Jr. Wells, James Cotton and Snooky
Pryer…with Sonny Terry melodic passages. Malkum blows his face
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(To read the full review of this CD CLICK HERE.)
MALKUM GIBSON and THE MIGHTY JUKE
Top 100 CD's list for the last 9 months in Real Blues Magazine
Mr. B.B. King said of Malkum "This guy is marvelous. He has a rare talent".
“solid blues.. good shuffles.. good harp tone.. vocals have a lot of personality…the whole band plays with a lot of verve and good energy..” Bruce Iglauer Alligator Records and Artist Management
“Malkum’s harp sounds unique…across between Jr. Wells, James Cotton and Snooky Pryer…with Sonny Terry melodic passages. Malkum blows his face off.” Andy Grigg Editor, Real Blues Magazine
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Blues Society News
Reno Blues Society - Reno, NV
Mardi Gras 2008 - Mardi Gras will be celebrated on Feb 2nd, 2008 at the Holiday Inn on 6th St from 7-12. Doors open at 7, music starts at 7:30 with Blue Haven. The headliner is Mark St. Mary Blues & Zydeco Band. They will play 2 sets beginning at 9. Tix are $15.00 in advance $20.00 at the door. Costume party as always.
The Columbus Blues Alliance - Columbus Ohio
The 13th Annual Traditional Acoustic Blues Festival, Saturday February 23, 2008 featuring Honeyboy Edwards, Moreland & Arbuckle, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Cliff Starbuck & Colin John, Sonny Moorman, and more Live acoustic music from 3pm – Midnight Go to our website for all the information! www.ColumbusTradFest.com
Illinois Central Blues Club Springfield, IL - Blue Mondays
Held at the Alamo 115 N 5th St, Springfield, IL (217) 523-1455 every Monday 8:30pm $2 cover
Jan 21 - Bill Lupkin & the Chicago Blues Coalition w/ Barrel House Chuck
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