Month: September 2013

Tevis Hodge Jr.

Blues And Rags
Junior Records

Tevis Hodge Jr CD cover             Tevis Hodge Jr. has certainly had a busy summer. Besides winning the Cascade Blues Association’s Journey to Memphis competition as a solo entry, he has also crafted this outstanding five-song EP. Titled Blues And Rags, this is completely original material that shows his deep understanding of early blues forms and sounds. The guitar work on this solo effort is impeccable. Nice clean sound and tone with spot-on phrasing. The fact that he can sound like the musicians of the 1920-40s Delta and Piedmont is uncanny. In fact, the second number on this album, “Ain’t No …

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The Cascade Blues Association Sends Our Best Wishes To Alice Stuart

Alice Stuart (press photo)

Alice Stuart (press photo)

Please keep Alice Stuart, one of the greatest musicians of the Pacific Northwest in your thoughts and prayers as she experienced a medical emergency this summer. Alice has had to cancel many of her scheduled shows over the past couple of months to take a leave from performing for the time being, following guidance from her doctor. A special fundraising event will be held in Seattle on September 29th, featuring an all star line-up. If you would like to help out, you may go to  her GoFundMe campaign at

Alice Stuart is …

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Hager/Fleschner Duo

Live From The Vault
Self Produced

Hager Fleschner CD cover This is an engaging live recording by two of Portland’s most talented musicians, keyboardist Dave Fleschner and guitar master Alan Hager. Both have extensive backgrounds in the local and national blues scene, but pairing the two together was simply a stroke of genius. Recorded at The Vault at O’Connor’s in Portland’s Multnomah Village neighborhood, the duet strolls through eleven numbers covering a wide variety of music history and they place their own unique touch on each.

Dave Fleschner’s piano work shows exceptional range, whether it’s a stride, New Orleans boogie or a Otis Spann-styled …

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Johnny Rawls

Remembering O.V.
Catfood Records

Johnny Rawls CD coverLovers of classic soul music have definite reason to jump up and shout. Without doubt, OV Wright was one of the true icons of the musical genre, and now we are blessed with a new recording from one of the modern masters paying tribute to his mentor. Johnny Rawls has one of those voices that can emote passion and deep feelings with natural ease and grace. Like Wright, this guy could probably sit down at a Waffle House and read the menu out loud and make it sound like the most soulful tune you’ve ever heard. …

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Home Is Where The Music Is: A Celebration Of Miss Lavelle White

Various Artists
Home Girls Records

Home Is Where The Music Is CD coverMiss Lavelle White is a Texas icon. She first recorded in the late 1950s for Don Robey’s Duke and Peacock labels scoring on a string of hit singles and writing songs for others, such as the classic “Lead Me On” for Bobby Bland, yet did not record a full album of her own until 1994 at the age of 65. She has influenced numerous artists, both while living in Chicago and her current home in Austin, where she held a long-time residency at Antone’s.

Like many musicians as they start to age, White found herself …

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The Claudettes

Infernal Piano Plot . . . Hatched!
Yellow Dog Records

The Claudettes CD coverThe idea of a piano-drums duet may bring up visions of Otis Spann and SP Leary working together, but in the case of The Claudettes you may be surprised by the diversity of their musical direction. More so in the likes of the late New Orleans piano-man James Booker, they can wander off to approaches that may begin with a blues theme, but can instantly cut into a classical or jazzy instrumentation that offers something entirely different than first expected. Something that has been referred to as “a fanatical fusion …

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What’s on Tap for the October General Membership Meeting . . .

Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland

Wednesday, October 2nd, 7:00 pm

Opening Acoustic Set – Robert Richter

Second Electric Set – Barbara Healy & Her Groove Too Band


It is that time of the month again, to head on over to The Melody Ballroom for our monthly membership meeting. Two sets of great blues music to start the month out right, and we’ve got a terrific pair of performances for you that should bring an exciting and fun night for all.

Robert Richter (press photo)

Robert Richter (press photo)

Opening the night will be singer/songwriter/guitarist Robert Richter. An energetic performer …

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Best Self Produced CD Entries Now Being Accepted

If you would like to have your CD considered by the Cascade Blues Association for submission in The Blues Foundation’s Best Self Produced CD competition, please send your disc to BSPCD c/o Cascade Blues Association, PO Box 14493, Portland, Oregon 97293. You may also turn your submission in at either the September or October Cascade Blues Association General Membership Meetings. No discs will be accepted later than October 2nd.

All discs submitted must have been released after November 1, 2012. A committee set up by the Cascade Blues Association’s Board of Directors will listen to each submission and, …

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