Entries by Greg Johnson

New Orleans Songwriter Andrew Duhon at Mississippi Studios

New Orleans Songwriter Andrew Duhon Saturday, January 12 “Another world-class voice is heard from Louisiana, another soulful, mesmerizing singer who writes emotional songs with impact and heart. Andrew Duhon is a troubadour for the next generation, a story-teller for his generation. Measured in the blues with the gift of narrative, Andrew¹s songs will not only […]

Heavy Rockin’ Blues Sound with Howlin’ Rain Coming to Doug Fir

Saturday, January 12, San Francisco’s blues rock outfit Howlin’ Rain will visit The Doug Fir Lounge in support of its latest release, Alligator Bride. This new album is characterized by stimulating contradictions and melodies with a folky, meandering Grateful Dead vibe that sends the band sailing off into a comfortable, blues-drenched ether. Instrumentally and rhythmically, […]

Artichoke Café to Host American Guitar Masters Larry Pattis & Eric Skye

On Saturday, January 5 The American Guitar Masters Touring Concert Series will visit Portland. This series offers group concerts featuring compositions and arrangements of Celtic tunes, American Roots, Jazz, Delta blues, instrumental gems, and folk-songs that reveal a devotion to great acoustic music. Often billed as an acoustic jazz guitarist, Eric Skye neatly occupies a […]

Ramblings On My Mind – December 2018

Greg Johnson, CBA President Every year in December I devote my column to the blues recordings that have stood out to me overall during the last year. One thing it always shows is that my taste is not founded in just one aspect or direction of blues music. It’s all over the map. These ten […]

Ramblings On My Mind

Greg Johnson, Cascade Blues Association President As I reflect back on the past of my involvement with the Cascade Blues Association there have been a great deal of memories. The good friends that I have made and the musicians and friends that have been lost to untimely passings. The events that we have produced and […]

Danny Draher

Blues Blues Blues, Live from The Bitter End, N.Y, N.Y. Double Dynamite Records Review by Jeff Levine Danny Draher is an accomplished international blues and jazz musician. Starting out in Chicago, at Chess studios, Danny has recorded and toured nationally and internationally with Dr. John, Etta James, Paul Butterfield and Allen Toussaint. Danny’s awards include: Nominee […]

Valerie June Returns To Portland In Support Of New Album

Multi-instrumentalist and Tennessee native Valerie June performs a diverse collection of American roots music that encompasses traditional spirituals, Americana, classic blues, folk, soul, and bluegrass through stark acoustic rhythms and uncanny slide guitar, as she effortlessly shifts between eras and genres. She can be haunting and melancholy, singing of the ghostly darkness of loneliness, or […]