Month: January 2014

Ken DeRouchie Band

Self Produced

This is an album that I had long been anticipating hearing, but for some reason I just kept failing to catch up with Ken DeRouchie to obtain a copy. Now having listened to this over and over, as I just cannot get enough of it, I keep kicking myself and ask myself, “Why did you take so long to pick up this disc”? Muse is without a doubt one of the finest mixture of soul, blues, funk, jazz and R&B material to come down the musical road for some time. It is full of expressive lyrics, finely …

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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:

Al Cook – Mississippi 1930 (Wolf Records)
Frank E. Gee and Jimmy Meunier – Social Moments (Self Produced)
Hard Garden – Blue Yonder (Hard Garden Music)
Harmonica Hinds – I’dGive You Anything If I Could (Wolf Records)
Holfar Blue – You Need Truth (Self Produced)
Justin James Bridges – Long Road To Nowhere (Self Produced)
Justin James Bridges – Medication Recreation (Self Produced)
Ken DeRouchie Band – Muse (Self Produced)
Kivett Bednar – Land Of The Living (Self Produced)
Robbie …

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NW Soul! At Jimmy Mak’s – Feb. 28th

On Friday, February 28th, The Linda Hornbuckle Band presents a night of Old School Soul at Jimmy Mak’s, with three of the most dynamic vocalists in the Northwest. Linda Hornbuckle and Andy Stokes are both Oregon Music Hall of Fame members, and Lady A is the queen of Seattle Soul! The band will bring it once again with drummer Lenn Russell and locking up with him the peanut butter and jelly sandwich of funk, bassist Randy Monroe and guitarist Doug Lewis. Your one man horn section features sax giant Renato Caranto and Hammond organ master Louis Pain rounds out the …

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Ramblings On My Mind- Jan 2014

ramblings201306BNGreg Johnson / CBA President

As I sit here with less than a week before I head to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge, things seem to be out of place in a way. Why? Because here we are putting the finishing touches on the BluesNotes and normally we would be reporting on the results of the competition. But we’ll have to wait until next month to report that (though you’re more than likely going to hear how things came out long before we even get to this point next month) and you’ll most likely be seeing posts from Memphis …

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The Healers

Live At Knuckleheads
Blue Star Connection

This has been a recording that has intrigued me since I first heard of its release nearly a The Healers CD-DVD coveryear ago now. It has been something I have wanted to hear for a long time and finally the longing became unbearable and I broke down and made the purchase on-line. After all, what is not appealing about a live performance featuring luminaries like former Wet Willie frontman Jimmy Hall, former Stevie Ray Vaughan keyboardist Reese Wynans, Trampled Under Foot’s Danielle and Kris Schnebelen, and the double guitar mastery of Kate Moss and Samantha Fish collectively …

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Kivett Bednar

Land Of The Living
Self Produced

kivettFrom the opening chords of the distorted guitar and into the pounding heavy pace of the opening track, “Lonely Tonight,” you know that this is not going to be your standard traditional blues music. It is more a blend of metal and blues, with perhaps a little touch of a gangsta rap approach just for a touch of enhancement as described by band leader Kivett Bednar. But when everything is said and done, when you’re finished going through Land of the Living, there is no denying its blues base.

The brain-child of guitarist/songwriter Bednar, …

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Jimmy Mak’s Invites You To A Valentine’s Day Tribute to Romantic Soul – Feb. 14th

Some people may tell you that the right mood of music can set the tone for the perfect romantic evening. They are so right. And nothing does that better than romantic soul music. Jimmy Mak’s knows this, so on that one very special day of the year, St. Valentine’s Day, they have put together a show featuring The Portland Soul All-Stars for a night of music by Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Teddy Pendergrass, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and more.

The Portland Soul All-Stars are fronted by vocalists LaRhonda Steele, Sean Holmes and Tahirah Memory. The band will be “King Louie” …

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CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: February General Membership Meeting . . .

Thursday, February 6th – 7:00 pm

The Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland
Members always Free – Non-members $3.00
Opening Acoustic Set –  Vicki Stevens & Sonny Hess
Second Electric Set – August In Blue
First of all, please note the date for the February meeting. We will be holding this month’s meeting on Thursday, due to a Sonny Hess and Vicki Stevens - photo by Ty Hitzemannlarge group using the room on Wednesday. The good people at The Melody were asked to book a high-paying, catered event on Wednesday and asked if we could change the date for our meeting. They have been so good to
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Frank E. Gee and Jimmy Meunier

Social Moments
Self Produced

Frank E Gee CD coverThe selections on this recording were made in the winter of 2010 by guitarist Franck Goldwasser and bassist Jim Miller. The two friends had been doing a regular Sunday afternoon gig at Acme Donuts in Portland and had the notion that they could use the tracks to help promote more bookings for themselves, so they hired Jim’s friend Terry Amato to help lay down tunes for them at his home studio. These fourteen tracks are for the most part being heard by the mass public for the first time, with the exception of “The Highway Is …

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Blind Boy Paxton & Lauren Sheehan Bring Double Bill of Acoustic Music to Duff’s Garage – Feb 7th

Blind-Boy-Paxton-photo-by-Greg-Johnson-200x300Twenty-four year old Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton just may be the leading force of the next generation of acoustic blues and roots performers. A swiftly capable multi-instrumentalist who picks banjo and guitar, plays harmonica, piano and other instruments, including the fiddle, this virtuoso is a joyous entertainer, humorous with a smooth vernacular, dazzling wit, a terrific storyteller, exuding an affable excitement. These traits were clearly on display this past summer at the Waterfront Blues Festival where Jerron Paxton was widely acclaimed as one of the surprise hits of the event. He masters multiple blues styles and picks like Blind Blake. …

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