Entries by Greg Johnson

Ruthie Foster – Award-winning Acoustic Blues Artist

Hailing from the tightly-knit musical community of Austin, Texas, award-winning singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster has found herself performing with Bonnie Raitt, standing on stage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater, and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi. Her latest album, Joy Comes Back, described as “some folk, some blues, some soul, some rock, some […]

Portland Folkmusic Society Presents Pat Donohue

2016 Grammy-winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard. Over the years he has captivated audiences with his unique original compositions and dazzling instrumentals. Though he considers himself foremost a folk guitarist, Donohue’s influences are rooted in bluesmen Blind Blake, Robert Johnson, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, and Miles […]

John Bunzow Launches New CD With a Handful of Shows

John Bunzow will celebrate his new self-produced CD “Concrete Paradise” with several local appearances. For his sixth release, John traveled to Nashville where he worked with legendary producer Brad Jones (Hayes Carll, Bobby Bare Jr, Steve Forbert), thanks to a successful crowd-funding campaign that made the project possible. The album is an eclectic, multi-genre mix […]

A Celebration of Women In Music

From its earliest recordings of the 1920s, the history of the blues is brimming with women who’ve played a pivotal role in its development. Vocalists like Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith, and Bessie Smith ruled the concert halls and the jukes of their day. Over time, amazing artists such as Memphis Minnie, Ruth Brown, Dinah Washington, […]

Crossing Borders IV – Tracing America’s musical heritage from Africa, through Cuba, and into the South

BRAVO Youth Orchestras’ annual fundraising concert brings together youth and world-class musicians, and this year’s theme is Africamerica, with music from Ghana, Cuba, and the United States, featuring Alex Addy, Alma and Alex Martinez, and Norman “Boogie Cat” Sylvester performing alongside our outstanding BRAVO student musicians. There will also be special appearances by Darrell Grant […]


Due to the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s announcement cancelling any events or gatherings of 250 people for a four-week period, the Cascade Blues Association’s General Membership Meeting scheduled for April 1 has been cancelled. This decision was difficult. After the CBA board members discussed the issues and then consulted […]

Interview with Canadian Bluesman Colin James

Interview by Marie Walters I spoke on the phone with Canadian blues guitarist Colin James while he was in Courtenay B.C. on Tuesday March 3rd We just had our first show the day before yesterday and I’m here [in Canada] with a three piece, but down there we’re doing a four piece with my drummer […]

Music Mondays – SONG SPEAK Featuring AJ Fullerton & More

Lake Theater & Cafe brings you an opportunity to experience live original music at its best – with the songs, stories and strategies behind them from the songwriters themselves. This intimate and wonderful show features AJ Fullerton from Colorado along with Northwest-based musicians Steve Itterly, Lisa Mann, Rae Gordon and Pat McDougall performing and speaking. […]