Month: November 2013

CBA Board – Intent to Run 2014

It has certainly been an honor to serve as your Cascade Blues Association President for nearly 12 years and I am asking if you would consider me back for a 13th year. My main drive with the Cascade Blues Association has never wandered, it has always been about how we can garner more attention for our local artists locally, regionally and nationally. I have also held the ethic that all musicians are treated equally and fairly. That is why you see promotions of events in the BluesNotes whether they are co-sponsored by the CBA or not, as I believe …

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A Big Night For Kevin Selfe At The 25th Annual Muddy Awards

The Cascade Blues Association held their 25th annual Muddy Awards celebration on Thursday, November 7th at The Melody Ballroom in Portland and with little doubt it was certainly the night for Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes. The band took honors in seven of the twenty-two categories presented, including both Contemporary & Traditional Blues Act, Kevin for Electric Guitar, Jimi Bott for Drums, both the NW Recording & National Recording for Long Walk Home and Performance of the Year for their big band set at the Waterfront Blues Festival.

Other recipients included Ben Rice whose band tied with Kevin’s …

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Little G Weevil

Moving
VizzTone

Little G Weevil CD coverHaving originally come to the United States from Budapest, Hungary, one really would not believe that Gabor Szucs could possibly possess the knowledge and skills to play truly authentic sounding blues. But that notion would clearly be a fallacy.  Szucs, better known as Little G Weevil, proved exactly that by taking the title in the solo/duo competition at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Little G Weevil was your typical young guitarist fond of rock music when his brother brought home an album by John Lee Hooker. And that mystical sound that he heard on that disc …

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Voo Davis

Vicious Things
Butter & Bacon Records

Voo Davis CD coverThis is one of those discs that continues to impress me more with each listen. Brian “Voo” Davis was born and spent his early years in Alabama, then moved with his family to Chicago when he was young. Living in Chicago brought him exposure to many of the most renowned blues players of our time including touring with the late Eddie King’s band, but he still feels a little draw to his Southern roots. Regardless, neither of these locales come across as dominating his musical interests and definitely do not pigeon-hole his own creations. …

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The Story Of Piano Blues: From The Country To The City

Various Artists
Wolf Records

The Story of Piano Blues CD coverOh, what I wouldn’t give to have the opportunity to go through the recorded archives of some of the record labels offering blues music. Take the German label Wolf Records for example. They consistently come up with releases of some very obscure or lost recordings of both well-known and overlooked musicians, including some never heard before tracks or out-of-print albums that deserve to be heard once again. They have covered artists like Magic Slim, John Primer, Detroit Junior and many others over the years and sometimes put out compilations that are flat out superb. Their latest …

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Pete Anderson

Birds Above Guitarland
Little Dog Records

Pete Anderson CD coverPete Anderson is one of those guitarists with a tone that most players would die for. Never overstated playing, using just the right amount to address each song he presents. With a career deeply implanted with a twanging rock background, his music never really does stray too far away from his love for the blues. He has had his share of helping others, bringing artists like Lucinda Williams and Rosei Flores to the forefront and a long partnership performing with Dwight Yoakum, something that has crossed his work over several genres …

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Tommy Hogan

Howl Like The Wind
Self Produced

Tommy Hogan CD cover

As outstanding as Tommy Hogan’s debut recording was, this sophomore release, Howl Like The Wind, raises the bar a few feet higher. Listening to Hogan’s guitar playing you can tell that he is well versed in the music of those legendary artists who inspired him. There are sharp glimpses of Freddie and Albert King and a heavy dose of John Lee Hooker, and he takes us from Texas to the West Coast, but all the while he lays it out in his own voice.

Alongside Tommy Hogan’s exceptional guitar work, vocals and harmonica playing, …

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New Music To Note:

A listing of new music received at the CBA office or purchased personally this past month that should be noted:
Allen-LAmun Band – All In The Numbers (Mad Left Music)
Andra Faye & Scott Ballantine – Laying Down Our Blues (Self Produced)
Bart Walker – Waiting On Daylight (Ruf)
Birdlegg – Birdlegg (Dialtone Records)
Cyril Neville – Magic Honey (Ruf)
Grace Curran & The High Falutin’ Band – Proof Of Love (Vizzable Music)
Harper & Motor City Josh – Bare Bones (BluHarp Records)
Jonny Sansone – Once It Gets Started (Shortstack Records)
Mike Zito – Gone To Texas (Ruf)
Ray …

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The Sultans Of Slide: Four Guitar Masters, One Stage At Duff’s Garage; Dec. 20th

It’ll be a meeting of the Northwest premier slide guitarists at Duff’s Garage on Friday, December 20th as Washington’s Rod Cook and Mark Riley travel down from Seattle to share the stage with Oregon’s Monti Amundson and Henry Cooper. Each guitarist in their own right is a master at laying down sizzling slide licks having all worked extensively throughout the region for the past few decades. But together, as The Sultans of Slide, this is certain to be an astounding night of ferocious guitar playing guaranteed to heat things up. And to help push that temperature even further, they …

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Bassist Jonathan Chase Plays the Blues Among Other Interesting Endeavors

By Laurie Morrisey

The Portland Metro area is an amazing place for young musicians. The locals are proving that the blues will never die and future generations will carry on the proud traditions of the culture. One of those musicians is Jonathan Chase.

Jonathan began working as a professional musician since he was sixteen years old.  “I got my first bass guitar at the age of fourteen and found my first professional gig by accident. I was called to fill in with a blues band in a rehearsal, even though I only knew one blues song and it wasn’t one …

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