Entries by Shelley Garrett

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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 […]

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Harvey Brindell – Pennies on the Dollar!

Harvey Brindell Pennies on the Dollar! Self Release Review by Greg Johnson Long before Harvey Brindell moved to the Northwest, he had made himself quite a reputation playing the blues in the Midwest. Rubbing elbows with world-renowned artists such as Magic Slim, Jimmy Thackery, Shawn Holt, Guitar Shorty, Mike Zito and numerous others, as well […]

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Joyann Parker – Out of the Dark

Joyann Parker Out of the Dark Hopeless Romantic Records Review by Greg Johnson Minneaapolis-based Joyann Parker releases her first disc in three years with the outstanding Out of the Dark. She is backed by her talented band that includes Tim Wick on keys, Brad Schaefer on bass and Bill Golden on drums, plus her songwriting […]

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Leadbelly Calls – Tribute To Huddie Ledbetter

Leadbelly Calls Tribute To Huddie Ledbetter Grand Cru Records Review by Greg Johnson German musicians Timo Gross and Adax Dorsam share a fond love for the legendary American folk and blues artist Lead Belly. Joining with a band, they have created quite the unique take on a dozen of the master’s songs, which often utilize […]

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Veronica Lewis – You Ain’t Unlucky

Veronica Lewis You Ain’t Unlucky Blue Heart Records Review by John Taylor Listen to a few bars of a Veronica Lewis song and you just might begin to believe in reincarnation. How else could a 17-year-old play 1950s-style boogie-woogie and blues so convincingly? Whatever else you want to think, take this as gospel: Her debut […]

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Skylar Rogers – Firebreather

Skylar Rogers Firebreather Self Release Review by John Taylor The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 left America’s second city in ruins. Now, 150 years later, Skylar Rogers — whose soul might’ve been forged in those flames – is setting the blues world ablaze with her first full-length album, “Firebreather.” Trust us, this native Chicagoan’s self-described […]

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Ed Neumann & Friends – Mr. Blue

Ed Neumann & Friends Mr. Blue Roseleaf Records Anybody familiar with the blues in Portland will instantly be familiar with the name Ed Neumann. A stalwart on the music scene, he has played with perhaps everyone at one time or another, including a long-time stint in the legendary Jim Mesi’s band, as well as hosting […]

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Andy Stokes Sings Love Songs

The Legendary Andy Stokes Sings Love Songs – Live Stream Celebrate Valentine’s Day with one of the Northwest’s most beloved vocalists, Andy Stokes, as he’ll be presenting a live-stream show. The two-time Oregon Music Hall of Fame member, Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award winner for the “Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist and a 2019 Grammy Award […]

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Blue Diamond Presents Two Shows for Valentine’s

Blue Diamond Presents Two Shows in Celebration of Valentine’s The Blue Diamond will hold two separate performances the night before Valentine’s Day, each featuring some of the Northwest’s top talent. At 5 p.m., the line-up will include Seattle’s Lady A, along with Leah Hinchcliff, Sonny Hess and Kelly Pierce. The second show, starting at 7:30, […]