Author: Greg Johnson

April New Music Releases

There is so much good music out there. To help sort through it, we recommend starting here.   Bernard Allison – Songs From The Road (Ruf Records) Jimmy Johnson – Every Day Of Your Life (Delmark Records) John “Blues” Boyd …

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Tom Gilberts ~ Old School (Polymerase Records)

Review by Greg Johnson On his sophomore release, Old School, guitarist Tom Gilberts continues to display his full-tone sound and tasteful string work. He hits the notes just as they’re supposed to be—with meaning and clarity. Once again, the music …

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Tinsley Ellis ~ Ice Cream in Hell (Alligator Records)    

Review by Randy Murphy One could quite quickly exhaust a long list of adjectives trying to describe Tinsley Ellis’s new album, Ice Cream in Hell. “Searing? Sure. “Gutsy?” You bet. “Combustable?” Beyond any doubt. But this recording, Ellis’s 18th to …

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Richard Ray Farrell ~ Three Pints Of Gin (Blue Beet Records)

Review by Greg Johnson There are those artists that, when you hear they have a new recording, you just can’t wait to get your hands on it and give it a spin. Richard Ray Farrell is exactly that type of …

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Ramblings on My Mind ~ Greg Johnson, Cascade Blues Association President

Making the decision to cancel our membership meeting for April was truly tough. In the 19 years that I have been president, we have only had to cancel twice before. Both of those dates were weather-related due to snow and/or …

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LaRhonda Steele & Karen Haberman Trusty ~ Spirit Of Freedom (Self Release)

Review by Greg Johnson This is a stunning work documenting the Civil Rights movement from first-hand recollection in spoken word by Karen Haberman Trusty alternating with song presentation by the incredible LaRhonda Steele. Though her stories may have taken place …

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2020 Journey To Memphis Application Deadline April 7

The Journey To Memphis is the Cascade Blues Association’s regional competition to select the acts that will represent our organization and region in 2021’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Up to 250 acts from around the world converge on …

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Sign Up Now For The Menucha Blues In The Gorge Acoustic Blues Camp

Though it may seem quite a ways off yet, it is never too early to think about signing up for the Blues In The Gorge acoustic blues guitar camp. Hosted by Menucha, this camp sells out every year, as it …

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Marc Cohn, Rootsy Storyteller

After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. Rooted …

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Soul Queens & Blues Kings,  “Healing the Healthcare Blues”

This very special showcase will celebrate several of the icons of Soul and the Blues pioneers who helped shape the history of music as a benefit for Health Care for All Oregon. Norman “Boogie Cat” Sylvester brings together some of …

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