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The Promise of the Blues – Anthony Proveaux

Book Review by Greg Johnson: The Promise of the Blues Anthony Proveaux Pro-Arts Production 2020. 181 pages “The Promise of the Blues” is a work of historical fiction that offers more than you’d expect from such a genre of writing. It does revolve around the central character of Cyris Jordan, a writer for the Chicago […]

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Little Albert

Swamp King Aural Music Little Albert is a side project for Italian heavy-doom-metal guitarist Alberto Piccolo that stands apart from his band Messa. Piccolo has always held a fascination for the blues, and before you start pointing out his metal background, remember that he is a graduate of jazz guitar studies. His playing, as expected, […]

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Jimmy Johnson

Every Day Of Your Life Delmark Records “Every Day of Your Life” is Blues Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Johnson’s first recording for the Chicago-based blues label Delmark in forty years, and it’s actually his first in the past ten years. As was the case previously on Delmark, including the classic 1979 release “Johnson Whacks,” […]

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Jesse Mae Hemphill

Run Get My Shotgun Big Legal Mess Records I’m a sucker for the Mississippi Hill Country Blues of R. L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Fred McDowell, Ranie Burnette, and of course, Jessie Mae Hemphill. This particular genre of  blues possesses an urgent intimacy that can not be faked. Its mesmerizing pulses of rhythm and stripped-down musical […]

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Journey To Memphis Postponed

The Cascade Blues Association’s signature event, the Journey To Memphis competition to select acts to represent the organization and region at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, has been postponed due to the current coronavirus pandemic. This wasn’t something we had envisioned, but the situation is out of our control. Restaurants and bars have been […]

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Musician and Promoter Gary Burford  Passes On

Gary Burford, perhaps one of the best-loved members of the Salem and Oregon music community, passed away this past month after a long-term battle with cancer. He had worked with a number of the Northwest finest bands, including the Boyd Small Big Blues Band, The Terraplanes, the Bob Beck Band, as well as a leader […]

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Dom Flemons Prospect Hill

Dom Flemons Prospect Hill The American Songster Omnibus Omnivore Recordings Prospect Hill was originally released in 2014, the third solo outing from Dom Flemons, the multi-instrumentalist founding member of the Grammy winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. It was a wonderful sampling of Americana music done at its best. Featuring songs with a Pre-War feel that included […]

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Various Artists

Crawling Up A Hill – A Journey Through The British Blues Boom 1966-71 Grapefruit Records This is an extensive look at the British Blues scene beginning with the release of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton and pushing through an eclectic mix of bands that were all performing their take on the genre. It’s definitely […]

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Anni Piper

Blow Up Doll Sugar Daddy Records “Blow Up Doll” is Anni Piper’s first recording since relocating to Oregon several years ago. Produced at Jimi Bott’s Roseleaf Recording, Piper brought together an impressive collection of some of the area’s finest musicians and laid down an incredible mix of original and cover material of rousing musical depth […]

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Bay Area Blues Duet The Lucky Losers

Danger meets sophistication in the soulful music of San Francisco’s The Lucky Losers. Accompanied by a dynamic four-piece ensemble, veteran Bay Area artists Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz deliver a truly signature sound, layering elements of Stax/Volt styled R&B, electric Americana, and psychedelic rock atop a Chicago and Texas blues foundation. The Lucky Losers perform […]