Month: October 2014

J.P. Soars

JP Soars CD coverFull Moon Night In Memphis

Soars High Productions

From the first time I saw JP Soars perform on stage at the International Blues Challenge, I knew I was witnessing a truly proficient guitar master. There definitely was something to be said about his winning the Albert King most promising guitarist award at that event, the man can seemingly play any style of guitar and handle them all exceptionally well. That surely comes across on his latest recording, Full Moon Night In Memphis, as he tackles a variety of instruments including electric, acoustic, Dobro, lap steel, cigar box and he even …

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Rambling On My Mind- Nov 2014

ramblings201306BNGreg Johnson / CBA President

The Portland music community has seen its overabundance of losses this past year when it comes to iconic musicians in the city. In the past eleven months we witnessed the untimely deaths of Jim Miller and Janice Scroggins, both completely unexpected. Mel Solomon left us in late June after a long time run against diabetes. But personally, it was the loss of Linda Hornbuckle this last month that really struck home. Even though we all knew that she was battling a no-win situation with kidney cancer, I could never imagine Portland not having her with …

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Tribute To Chuck Berry To Be Held At Duff’s Garage- Nov. 28th

Imagine a musical world without the songs of Chuck Berry. This is the music that inspired many a musician and helped shape the world of rock & roll. And did you know he started out as a blues player from St. Louis and recorded on the foremost blues label of its day, Chess Records. What followed was an impressive string of hits that have become the sing-along favorites of a whole generation, from “Johnny B. Goode,” to “Roll Over Beethoven,” to “Rock & Roll Music,” to “Maybelline,” to “Sweet Little Sixteen,” these are only a handful of the classic songs …

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British Re-Invasion Tribute To Rock, The Star Theater- Nov. 8th

1907431_852784404741259_5464650878221053829_n[1]Everybody knows that blues rock world was put on its ear with the Invasion of British guitar greats that helped reintroduce American blues music to a wider audience. Three of the most renowned players were of course Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. A trio of Portland’s best stringers have collaborated for a brilliant tribute show honoring these musicians for a concert they’ve named the British Re-Invasion. Cascade Blues Association Muddy Hall of Famer Robbie Laws will be taking on the music of Eric Clapton, Steve Adams known for his work with many nationally recognized progressive rock and new …

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Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers Bringing Their Soulful Sounds To Portland- Nov. 18th

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers - press photoFuse Recording’s Charlie Johnson describes Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers as “coming out firing on all cylinders, smashing styles together to come up with their own groove. Funky soul packed with power, it’s Dr. John meets Al Green backed by Booker T and the MGs. You know, the good stuff.”

Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, this band led by keyboardist/saxophonist/vocalist Josh Hoyer, is made up of a collection of stalwart veteran players who have worked with a number of renowned acts. Formed in 2012, they have been playing sold-out marquee venues and festivals throughout the West and Midwest. Borrowing  from the …

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All Star Benefit Show To Help Young Cancer Patient Alyssa- Nov. 16th

Aly Lilly (right) with sister Roeyn and cousin Lisa MannIt is going on nearly two years since we first heard the story of little Alyssa Weiser-Lily, better known as Aly, and the friendship that her family developed with local blues player Lisa Mann. After living next to one another for a few years, they actually discovered that they’re related. Well Aly’s story is that since she was 18 months old she has been battling cancer. The fight continues and recent surgery to remove a damaged cornea took place due to recurring infections and now she will be looking at chemotherapy. The family needs support financially to help make ends …

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Super Group Southern Soul Assembly Comes To Portland- Nov. 13th

Southern Soul Assembly - press photoFour of today’s most talented blues and roots musicians have joined forces to put together an all-acoustic showcase that has been inspired by Southern rock, gospel and blues calling themselves Southern Soul Assembly. This is not just another one-off for an album grouping, they have been touring the country endlessly for the last few months. The band consists of Florida roots artist J.J. Grey who is renowned for his high energy performances, New Orleans-based bluesman Anders Osborne, Louisiana bayou soulman Marc Broussard, and Memphis guitarist Luther Dickinson who helped found the North Mississippi All-Stars and has toured as a member …

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Andy Stokes sings Marvin Gaye! Two Shows, One Night At Jimmy Mak’s – Nov. 8th

Legendary NW soul singer Andy Stokes’ amazing renditions of the Marvin Gaye classics “What’s Going On” and “Let’s Get It On” invariably Andy Stokes - photo by Greg Johnsonbring down the house. So for one night only, two shows, at Jimmy Mak’s,  Andy and an all-star backing group will play an entire set of Marvin Gaye songs! From early hits like “How Sweet It Is” to later ones like “Sexual Healing” to soulful duets like “You’re All I Need To Get By”: Andy will sing all your Marvin Gaye favorites like no one else can!

Andy Stokes has been wowing audiences since his days as lead …

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New Music To Note-Nov 2014

A listing of new music received at the CBA office or purchased personally that should be noted:

Ashbolt Stewart – Beats Workin’ (Self Produced)
Bridget Kelly Band – Forever In Blues (Alpha Sun Records)
Carlos Elliot Jr. – Raise The Fire America (Self Produced)
Daddy Mack Blues Band – Blues Central (Inside Sounds)
Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater – Soul Funky (Cleartone)
Ian Siegal – Man & Guitar (Nugene Records)
Jeremiah Johnson – Grind (Self Produced)
Joel Johnson – Blues Joose Volume II (Self Produced)
Jonah Tolchin – Clover Land (YepRoc Records)
Johnny No – Modern Hymns For A Gentleman Loafer …

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The Power Of Two, Rae Gordon and Stacy Jones In A Double Headliner At Duff’s Garage – Nov. 8th

Two of the Pacific Northwest’s most powerful blues beltin’ ladies will both be appearing on the same show at Duff’s Garage on Saturday, November 8th. Seattle’s Stacy Jones, the winner of the Washington Blues Society Best of the Blues (BB) Award in 2014 for Female Vocalist teams up with the Cascade Blues Association 2013 Duffy Bishop Female Vocalist of the Year recipient Rae Gordon (and Rae is nominated again this year). Both front extraordinarily strong bands and are sure to ignite the stage with some fiery, jump out of your seat and hit the dance floor blues.

Stacy …

Posted in Journey to Memphis, Past PDX Blues Event