Entries by Greg Johnson

The Art Bar in Antoinette Hatfield Hall Hosts Portraits Of The Portland Jazz Festival

Coinciding with the 2019 Portland Jazz Festival, Portraits Of The Portland Jazz Festival, portrait paintings and drawings by Portland artist Diane Russell, will be on display February 1–28 at the Art Bar in Antoinette Hatfield Hall. The solo exhibit will feature Diane’s portraits of jazz & blues musicians who have appeared   at   the   Portland Jazz […]

Dexter Allen

Live From Ground Zero Blues Club At The Crossroads, Clarksdale, Ms Pass the Pick Productions Mississippi native Dexter Allen’s new album Live From the Ground Zero Blues Club is a suburb live recording that highlights Allen’s combustable Stratocaster licks and soulful, muscular vocals. Allen, with his band — bassist Jonah “Lefty” Nelson, drummer John Blackmon, […]

Arrogant Bastards – Blues, Funk and Rock -n- Roll

The Arrogant Bastards, a Muddy award finalist for best new band, is a five-man outfit playing straight ahead blues-infused rock, or is it rock-imbued blues, or maybe just funky blues-rock — really it doesn’t matter much though, since this six-song EP is simply a boat-load of fun as it steams along through its musical voyage. […]

Bitten By The Blues – The Alligator Records Story

The history of Chicago-based Alligator Records is not just the story of the most successful blues label of all time, it is also the story of modern blues itself. Alligator was the brainchild of Bruce Iglauer — the person whom Alligator revolves around — in his quest to bring to light blues artists who were […]

Robert Cray Band To Play Salem’s Elsinore Theater

Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul, and R&B for four decades, and over that time has accumulated five Grammy wins, a Blues Hall of Fame induction, an Americana Lifetime achievement award, while embarking on countless tours and producing over twenty highly-acclaimed albums. Growing up in the Northwest, Robert Cray absorbed The […]

The Blue Diamond Schedules Celebration of Joni Mitchell

Join guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Kathryn Grimm for her, Celebration of Joni Mitchell, as she recreates the music of Joni Mitchell. Hailed as one of the greatest performers of the past fifty years, Mitchell has created an amazing legacy of music including such as “Big Yellow Taxi,” “You Turn Me On, I’m A Radio,” “Both […]

Blackberry Smoke Headed to Revolution Hall

Pigeonholing Blackberry Smoke has never been easy. Since emerging from Atlanta in the early ‘00s, the quintet — vocalist/lead guitarist Charlie Starr, guitarist/vocalist Paul Jackson, bassist/vocalist Richard Turner, drummer Brit Turner and keyboardist Brandon Still — has become known for a singular sound indebted to classic rock, blues, country, and folk. This fluidity has paid […]

Who Is Blues Volume 1 – Doug MacLeod

The first volume of the Who Is Blues series presented by blues writer and biographer Vincent Abbate takes on the life of story-telling troubadour Doug MacLeod. Written in a compact fashion and easily read within a sitting or two, there is still a lot of information conveyed about the multiple Blues Music Award winning performer […]