Month: December 2014

Has This Been The Year Of Lisa Mann?

Looking back over this past year, it seems that Portland’s own beloved blues musician Lisa Mann has been marking one

Lisa Mann

Lisa Mann

stellar accomplishment after another following the release of her Move On recording and major touring and festival appearances. The end of the year accolades keep rolling in, so we thought we’d give you a quick run-down on what an amazing year it has been:

  • Move On receives steady action throughout the year in both the Living Blues and Roots Music Charts and international radio play
  • Lisa is a featured story in America Blues Scene online magazine
  • Lisa Mann
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Sammy Eubanks Returns To The Lehrer- Jan. 17th

Sammy Eubanks is one of those special vocalists that only come around once in a blue moon. So smooth that he has been nicknamed “The Voice” and has received nine vocalist of the year awards from the Inland Empire and Washington Blues Societies, meriting Hall of Fame status with both. Sammy reached the semi-finals at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

sammy eubanks - photo by Greg JohnsonWhen you think of it, artists like BB King, Robert Cray, Little Ed and Blues Imperials, Philip Walker, Kenny Neal and anyone that plays the Blues has been honing their craft their entire lives. At the other end …

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Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado

Too Many Roads
Ruf Records

Thorbjorn Risager CD coverThis is the eighth album released by Danish bluesman Thorbjorn Risager and it is truly a testimony to his prolific songwriting abilities and his knack for creating high quality sounding music. He has an authentic feel for a European performing American-based music. It is catchy and the lyrics are intensely deep in their emotions and delivered through a variety of musical angles that can be deep down home bluesy and haunting (“Too Many Roads”) with nice slide acoustic guitar, maybe a bit jazzy perhaps loungy (“Drowning”) and sometimes soulful (“Through the Tears”). But whatever direction, …

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Local Musicians To Play Rockpile Tribute At Duff’s- Jan. 24th

During the late ’70s, Rockpile was the touring band for both Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe. Like Edmunds, the band was passionate about traditional rock & roll. Like Lowe, the band played with a reckless, trashy abandon. Driven by the powerful rhythm section of drummer Terry Williams and Lowe’s bass, guitarists Billy Bremner and Edmunds were free to spit out crushing rock, blues, rockabilly, and country licks. With their fierce live energy and unpretentious rock & roll, the band fit easily into the post-punk new wave at the end of the decade. Although they only released one album as a …

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R.J. Mischo

Everything I Need
Self-Produced

RJ Mischo CD coverR.J. Mischo may have moved from Minnesota many years back now, and has landed in both California and Arkansas in the ensuing years since, but he has always maintained a great relationship with those he’s worked with in the Midwest as he is often joined by former bandmates guitarist Jeremy Johnson and keyboard master Bruce McCabe, along with a number of other pals like Little Frank Krakwoski on guitar, Billy Black on bass, percussionist Richard Medek, and Victor Span on drums, there to give him a needed hand whenever the call is made.

Mischo returned to …

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The Aladdin Theater Welcomes The Wood Brothers- Jan. 22nd

From early in their childhood in Boulder, CO., Chris and Oliver were steeped in American roots music. The brothers bonded over bluesmen like Jimmy Reed and Lightnin’ Hopkins, but their paths, musical and otherwise, would diverge. Oliver moved to Atlanta and joined Tinsley Ellis’ band, before fronting his own unit called King Johnson working blues, country, R&B and funk as a touring act. Chris attended school at the New England Conservatory of Music studying bass, then became a founding member of Medeski, Martin & Wood performing jazz and abstract music.The Wood Brothers - press photo

The brothers joined forces in 2006 and have been working …

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Cancer Benefit For Tim “ Too Slim ” Langford To Take Place February 15th

If you were not already aware, one of the Northwest’s most favorite blues artists of all time, Tim “Too Slim” Langford, recently had surgery for cancer and is now recuperating. As a working musician who tours consistently year-round, he needs assistance in making ends meet for the medical expenses this surgery has incurred. So a group of friends have come together to lend him a helping hand to raise these funds. Oh, did I mention that there are so many friends that three benefit shows will be taking place simultaneously in three different cities? That’s right, Portland, Seattle and Spokane …

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Blues Will Be Hot In February At The Aladdin Theater – Get Tickets Now!

Things are really going to be heating up at the Aladdin Theater through the month of February into early March as a handful of fantastic blues shows will be on their calendar. Act fast, all of these shows have tickets available now through the Aladdin Theater box office at 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, their website at www.aladdin-theater.com or www.TicketFly.com. Here’s who will be coming to town: Thursday, February 5thMarcia Ball; Friday, February 6thElectric Guitars: Eric Johnson & Mike Stern; Sunday, February 8th & Monday, February 9thLucinda Williams

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New Music To Note: Jan 2015

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

Altered Five Blues Band – Cryin’ Mercy (Self Produced)
Berdon Kirksaether & The Twang Bar Kings – Latenighters Under A FullMoon (Roller Records)
Bottleneck Blues Band – Twenty First Century Blues (Self Produced)
Delta Generators – Get On The Horse (Self Produced)
Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley – Blues Stories (Big City Blues Records)
George Bonds – Stepping Into Time (8th Train Records)
James Day & The Fish Fry – Southland (Neon Blue Records)
Joe Bonamassa – Different Shades Of Blue (J&R …

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Michael Osborn & The Drivers

Driven By A Sound
Checkerboard Records

Michael Osborn & The Drivers CD coverWhen it comes to traditional blues in Portland, you certainly cannot go wrong with Michael Osborn & The Drivers. Four heavy-duty musicians who have been laying down that bluesy groove together for several years locally and individually or with other groups for a lifetime. Led by guitarist Michael Osborn, who spent 13 years playing with John Lee Hooker and touring the world, as well as releasing a trio of solo recordings before moving to Portland, with string work that is spot on for blues stylings with tone and knowledge of when and how much …

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