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Chris Smither – 3 Nights of Streaming Shows

Chris Smither – 3 Nights of Streaming Shows Acoustic guitar master Chris Smither fell in love with the sound of folk and blues music after hearing a recording by the legendary Lightnin’ Hopkins at an early age. He decided to make music his life’s career in his twenties in the mid-60s and has since released […]

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St Patrick’s Day with Patrick Lamb

St Patrick’s Day with Patrick Lamb Three-time Muddy Award winner, including twice for horn player of the year, and Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee, saxophonist Patrick Lamb will perform a special St Patrick Day show at The Garages Satellite Pub. Lamb has performed around the world with various jazz, rock and blues musicians including […]

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Alex Maryol – In the Meantime

Alex Maryol In the Meantime Self Release Review by John Taylor Take enough roads and you’ll probably end up cursing a wrong turn or two, hitting some dead ends and doing some backtracking. Ask Alex Maryol. He’s been there. And the Santa Fe-based Maryol lets us ride shotgun as his eighth album, In the Meantime, […]

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Blue ACiD feat. John Blake – EP

Blue ACiD feat. John Blake  EP Black and Tan Records Review by John Taylor Five years ago, a couple of Dutchmen — who’d sung, played, produced and promoted the blues for more than a quarter of a century each — holed up with a guy they describe as “a mysterious singer hailing from the Deep […]

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Early Times & The High Rollers – The Corner

Early Times & The High Rollers The Corner VizzTone Review by Greg Johnson Blues guitarist Early Times started his career working in Northern California joining up with artists like Johnny Heartsman and EC Scott. He is also known for hosting a show on Sirius XM’s BB King’s Bluesville station. With a handful of recordings since […]

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Jimmy Reiter Live

Jimmy Reiter Live Pogo Pop Review by Greg Johnson A nicely done live performance by German bluesman Jimmy Reiter with a sharp band that sizzles in its presentation. Velvety smooth delivery with fluid guitar playing leading the way through two sets of shows recorded in Osnabruck, Germany and Vienna, Austria. This is the fourth recording […]

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March 2021 New Music Releases

March 2021 New Music Releases There is so much good music out there. To help sort through it, we recommend starting here. Blu ACID – Blu ACID featuring John Blake EP (Self Release) Cash McCall – Blues Coming Down (Nola Records) Damon Fowler – Alafia Moon (Landslide) Dave Thomas – One More Mile (Blonde on […]

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Karen Lovely & Ben Rice Stream From Artichoke

Karen Lovely & Ben Rice Perform Together for March Live Stream From Artichoke For our monthly blues performance, the Cascade Blues Association along with Artichoke Music present two of the most beloved artists on Portland’s music scene, Karen Lovely and Ben Rice. Both rose to fame representing the Cascade Blues Association at the prestigious International […]

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Ramblings On My Mind-March 2021

Ramblings On My Mind Greg Johnson, President Cascade Blues Association With the access to vaccinations for some of our community, and more coming down the road to the rest of us, we may be starting to see the recess of the strains of Covid. There is still a ways to go as of yet and […]