Month: May 2016

2016 Journey To Memphis Begins At The Rose Room In June

Have you ever wondered just what kind of attention participating in the International Blues Challenge can draw? Just take a look at this year’s Blues Music Awards. Four acts who have participated in the IBC combined to win six of the awards handed out this year: Lisa Mann, Cedric Burnside, Mr Sipp, and the biggest winner of the year, Victor Wainwright, who took home the BB King Entertainer of the Year and Best Band honors. Aside from those four, these former IBC acts also received nominations: Fiona Boyes, Karen Lovely, Brandon Santini, Jarekus Singleton, Sugaray Rayford, and Jason Ricci. All …

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Too Slim and the Taildraggers Set To Rock the Birk! 6/5

Tim Too Slim Langford - photo by Dean DavisIf Tim “Too Slim” Langford only played slide guitar, he would slither around most other blues guitarists and put a ferocious bite on their pride. However, as the sole six-string slinger, songwriter, and lead singer of the power trio Too Slim and the Taildraggers, he is a total force of nature.

After leaving his mark in his native Northwest by tearing up stages for the best part of three decades and receiving hall of fame status from three blues societies, Langford moved to Nashville piecing together a new version of The Taildraggers (Eric “Stretch Hansen on bass and Jeff “Shakey” …

Posted in PDX Blues Event

2016 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Review


All you need to know about the blues you can learn July 1-4 at the 2016 Portland Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival. From the deepest roots of blues music, its spread across borders and generations, to the multiple genres that blues has influenced, this year’s diverse lineup offers a chance to see and hear it all, and inexpensively—120 acts on four stages for a mere $10 per day, a third or less of daily admission to most multiple day festivals—all in support of Portland’s food bank.

“We’ve got one of our strongest, most eclectic lineups ever,” said festival director Peter Dammann. …

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23rd Annual Gorge Blues & Brews Festival in Stevenson, Washington: 6/24 & 25

Pano-gorgeb-and-bMark your calendars now for Friday and Saturday, June 24-25 when Gorge Blues & Brews Festival hits the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, Washington.  We will celebrate 23 years of musical genius, award-winning offerings from 16 craft breweries, regional wineries, and fabulous food in the spectacular setting of the Columbia River Gorge.

Start your weekend off right on Friday night when we feature all things local from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Walking Man Brewery, Backwoods Brewing, and Thunder Island Brewing will be pouring their tasty brews and there will be a nice selection of local wine. Tasty barbecue will …

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New Music To Note – June 2016

New Music to Note

Here’s a list of new music received at the CBA office or purchased personally this past month that should be noted:

Cherry & The Lowboys – Naked In Outer Space (Cupcake Vinyl)
Clint Morgan – Scofflaw (Lost Cause Records)
Johnny Rawls – Tiger In A Cage (Catfood Records)
Moreland And Arbuckle – Promised Land Or Bust (Alligator Records)
Too Slim & The Taildraggers – Blood Moon (Underworld Records)…

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2016 Blues Music Awards — Lisa Mann Wins!

Lisa Mann - photo by Miri StibevkaLast month’s Blues Music awards in Memphis on May 5, found local musician Lisa Mann once again taking home the big prize for Instrumentalist – Bass for the second consecutive year. Twenty-four awards overall were handed out between musical sets by many of the nominees. This year’s biggest winner had to have been piano man Victor Wainwright and his band The Wild Roots, taking home both the Band of the Year honors and the top prize of the night, the BB King Entertainer of the Year. Buddy Guy, Cedric Burnside, Walter Trout, and the late Otis Clay who also received …

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What’s on Tap for June’s General Membership Meeting …

Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland
Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 pm
Members always Free – Non-members $3.00
Opening acoustic set – Froggy
Second electric set – JT Wise Band

Here comes the summer, and we’re all ready for lots of great music playing around town — both indoors and outside. There are always many choices in Portland when it comes to music and the blues are always right out there in front. The best way to kick off every month has long been the Cascade Blues Association’s monthly membership meeting. That has been true going on thirty years and …

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Ramblings On My Mind – June 2016

ramblings201306BNGreg Johnson / CBA President

As I sit here working on the BluesNotes for the June issue, I recognize that today (May 14) marks the one year anniversary of the passing of BB King. Arguably BB was the most important bluesman of his generation, if not of all generations, right there alongside the likes of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, or Stevie Ray Vaughan — whomever your personal tastes may like. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about BB. Nor is there a day that passes that I do not …

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29th Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival named “Best in Show” by Sunset Magazine

winthrop_bluesThe award-winning Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival was recently named “Best in Show” as one of the top festivals in Washington to catch this summer. Come see what all the fun is about in Winthrop, WA, July 15-17, 2016.

The lineup so far (with another major announcement to come June 1):

  • Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson
  • Robert Randolph & the Family Band – ‘Sacred Steel’ jam/rock/blues phenom has been captivating audiences for a decade
  • Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones – The Blasters’ co-founding brothers
  • Too Slim and the Taildraggers – Perennial festival favorite
  • Wee Willie Walker
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Janiva Magness

Love Wins Again
Fathead Records

Janiva Magness CD coverJaniva Magness continues with her tales of love and its power and pain on her latest disc Love Wins Again. Her songwriting is personal and full of imagery that can only be reflected through experience. Happy or sad, Janiva draws us into her lyrics and as we have seen in the past she can show us the skeletons in the closet or the over-abundance of happiness she has found through true love. For Love Wins Again she is joyfully taking us on the latter of those two directions.

It is clearly evident in tracks …

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