Key Events and Save the Dates! September 2021

Key Events and Save the Dates! July 2021

7/1 – Jonn Del Toro Richardson & Dean Mueller at Strum Guitars

7/4 – Frank “Paris Slim” Goldwasser, Tony Coleman & John Mazzocco, Double Barrel Brewing, Hood River

7/7 – Adam Scramstad, CBA Livestream Membership Meeting at Artichoke (see the member newsletter for the process to win reservations. This is a members-only FREE show, but seating is limited, and reservations are required,)

7/16 – Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Blues Night

7/17 – First Benefit for CBA President Greg Johnson, Mulino Blues Festival

7/21 – The CBA Presents Johnny Wheels & the Swamp Donkeys at The Botanist House

8/4 – Johnny Bergin & Joel Astley CBA Livestream Membership Meeting at Artichoke (see members newsletter for the process to win reservations)

9/11 – CBA Journey to Memphis Competition

9/28 – Too Slim & the Taildraggers at the Alberta Rose Theatre

10/10 – Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert, The Aladdin Theater

10/17 – Benefit for Greg “Slim Lively” Johnson, Crystal Ballroom

11/7 – Chris Hamann Celebration of Life, Catfish Lou’s

11/18 – The Record Company, Roseland Theater

11/18 – John Hiatt & Jerry Douglas, Revolution Hall

1/21/22 – Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Jack London

34th Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Virtual Festival

34th Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Virtual Festival
Sunday, July 18, at 5 p.m.

This free virtual festival is a gift to you, our beloved fans, and will feature amazing performances recorded especially for this year’s Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival.

Artists include:

The Mavericks

The War and Treaty

Larkin Poe

Sugaray Rayford

Methow Juke Joint Allstars featuring Lady A, Polly O’Keary, Tommy Cook, John Oliver III and David Miller

Joe Louis Walker

Ruthie Foster

Cedric Burnside

Tia Carroll

Too Slim and the Taildraggers

Pine Leaf Boys

LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends

The festival will be streamed on both Facebook and YouTube.

Gratitude to all who are making this possible and to Christoffer Lund Andersen, who will be heading the streaming on launch day.


For more information go to




41st Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival July 16-18

41st Annual Cathedral Park
Jazz Festival July 16-18

Festival Line Up

The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival lives on LIVE IN THE PARK for our 41st annual jazz festival. The festival kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 16.

Check out our 2021 lineup — see you there!

Friday, July 16 – 4:30 p.m. kickoff (Blues Night July 16)

4:30 – 5:30
Steve Cheseborough

6:00 – 7:00
Sonny Hess & Lady Kat “Smokin’ True Blue”

7:30 – 8:30
Fenix Rising

9:00 – 10:00
Lloyd Jones with The Atlas Horns

Saturday, July 17

1:00 – 2:00
Collective Combo from PSU Jazz

2:30 – 3:30
Michael Raynor Quartet

4:00 – 5:00
Andrew Oliver Trio

5:30 – 6:30
Melao de Cuba

7:00 – 8:00
Korgy & Bass

8:30 – 9:45
Jarrod Lawson

Sunday, July 18

1:00 – 2:00
Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra

2:30 – 3:30
Tony Pacini Trio

4:00 – 5:00
Julianne Johnson with the Ron Steen Quartet 

5:30 – 6:30
500 Miles High (a tribute to Chick Corea)

7:00 – 8:15
Soul Vaccination

Per the Oregon Health Authority, all guests will be asked to wear masks when they enter and leave the area or are visiting common areas like the restrooms or food booths.

For more Information about the Jazz Society of Oregon visit their website:




Jonn Del Toro Richardson

Jonn Del Toro Richardson
July 1 at 7 p.m. Strum Guitars

Please join Jonn Del Toro Richardson & Dean Mueller for a mix of low-down blues and country from Texas.

Based out of Texas, Jonn is an internationally renowned guitar player with a Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut Award for his album “Tengo Blues.” He also won the “Rising Star” award at the International Blues competition and has picked up many other national awards and nominations along the way. Jonn continues to tour extensively both in the U.S. and Europe.

Based in Oregon, Dean Mueller earned a Blues Music Award nomination as the bassist with The Insomniacs and has numerous other national awards of his own. Dean is a Pacific NW Journey to Memphis winner and has toured extensively throughout the U.S.

Jonn and Dean have performed many shows together over the years and are excited to team up as a duo for this event.

Tickets are $20 — Covid safety guidelines will be followed, and attendance will be limited. Reservations are highly recommended. You can reserve your spot by stopping by the store, calling them at 971-229-0161 or dropping them an email at

Mulino Blues Festival Benefit

Mulino Blues Festival Benefit for Greg “Slim Lively” Johnson

Saturday, July 17, 1-7 p.m.

Minimum $10 donation requested

BYOB and chair

1-2 p.m. — Young Guns of the Blues (Ben Rice, Tevis Hodge, Timothy James, Justus Reece, Kivett Bednar)

2:15-3:15 — Lisa Ma

3:30-4:30 — Josh Makosky Band

4:45-5:45 — Generation Headstrong

6-7 — All-Star Jam (Dover Weinberg, Timmer Blakely, Don Shultz, Franco Paletta, and surprise guests)

Dano’s Dogs will be on site and is donating all sales from the event to Greg’s GoFundMe:

Parking available on site.

Gates open at 12:30 p.m.

Fun info about how the Young Guns of the Blues got started: Greg’s wife Cherie originally put it together for Greg’s birthday celebration, but then they went on to play additional sold-out shows!

The Young Guns of the Blues are:

Ben Rice, multiple Blues Music Award winner and nominee, CBA Hall of Fame,

Kivett Bednar 2018 Willamette Week Best of Portland winner

Tevis Hodge Jr, traditional American music historian and recreator

Justus Reece, blues & jazz finger-stylist

Timothy James, singer songwriter, and youth representative for the CBA at the International Blues Challenge

Each musician has represented the Cascade Blues Association in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge over the years.


Paris Slim Super Trio

Paris Slim Super Trio
with Tony Coleman, John Mazzocco

July 4 at Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River

Paris Slim Super Trio with Tony Colman-Drums and John Mazzocco-Bass will perform a free show from 5-8 p.m. outside (weather permitting).

Paris Slim

This is possibly the last chance to see him before he moves back to Europe!

Frank Goldwasser dropped out of art school in his native Paris in the spring of 1983 to respond to an invitation by Oakland bluesman Sonny Rhodes to move to the San Francisco Bay Area and pursue his musical aspirations.

Goldwasser had fallen under the spell of bluesmen Elmore James and T-Bone Walker while still a teenager.

Upon arriving in Oakland, he soon landed a job in bandleader and club owner Troyce Key’s Blues Band, playing every weekend at Oakland’s notorious “Home of the West Coast Blues,” Eli’s Mile High Club. As a member of the Eli’s house band, Goldwasser was given the moniker “Paris Slim” and began to develop a following while working with West Coast Blues giants Big Mama Thornton, Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton and Jimmy McCracklin.

Key eventually turned over the gig to Paris Slim, who formed his own band and began to bring in such artists as Joe Louis Walker, Sonny Rhodes and Cool Papa. Stints as a sideman with Sunnyland Slim, A.C. Reed, James Harman and Mitch Woods followed.

Goldwasser worked with Charlie Musselwhite’s group in 1985 and performed with his own band at local venues including Larry Blake’s (where he hosted the popular Blue Monday Party for three years), Wolfgang’s, Major Ponds and Jack’s.

Paris Slim appeared on the 1986 San Francisco Blues Festival, Oakland’s Festival at the Lake and The Rose City Blues Festival in Portland.

He released an album, “Blues For Esther,” in 1989 on the Blue Sting label and nominated for a W.C. Handy Award in 1990 in the Best (Foreign) Blues Album category.

In 1990, Paris Slim filled in for the late great Mike Bloomfield for a reunion of the Electric Flag and went on to headline the Rose City Blues Festival.

Paris Slim toured Europe in 1991 on a bill with Joe Houston and Philip Walker and appeared at the Bagneux Blues Festival near Paris in 1993 with Chick Willis and Jerry McCain. In 1994, He returned to Paris, where he recorded and performed with French singer Benoit Blue Boy. Paris Slim teamed-up with Chicago Blues guitarist Steve Freund for an appearance at the 1995 San Francisco Blues Festival.

Tony Coleman

Tony Coleman has had an illustrious career,  touring the world with B.B. King, Otis Clay, Bobby Blue Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Albert Collins, Etta James, James Cotton, Katie Webster, Z.Z. Hill, O.V. Wright and Buddy Guy.

His early aspirations led to his meeting soul singer Otis Clay. He quickly joined Clay’s band and toured with him for a couple of years, recording a live album in Tokyo.

Out of touring and recording with Otis Clay came opportunities to work with other major R&B and blues artists. After a jam session in a Chicago club called The High Chaparral, B.B. King jammed with Otis Clay’s rhythm section. B.B. King liked the rhythm section so much that he asked them to join him as his touring band.

So Tony, along with Russell Jackson and Leonard Gill, became B.B. King’s rhythm section. As fate would have it, Tony was only with B.B. for a few months when B.B.’s ex-drummer returned.
Tony  returned to Chicago and rejoined Otis Clay’s band for another tour in Japan. From Otis Clay, Tony moved to Dallas, Texas in 1980 to play drums for Johnnie Taylor. Tony toured with Johnnie for a couple of years and was then asked to join Bobby Blue Bland, with whom he worked for a few years.

In the middle of a combined B.B. King/Bobby Blue Bland tour, B.B. needed a drummer and Tony ended up playing drums for both artists for the remainder of that tour, playing two shows a night. At that point, Tony rejoined B.B. King and then began touring with Mr. King’s organization, performing blues music around the globe.

John Mazzocco

John is a highly sought-after musician (bass) whose credits include John Lee Hooker, Paul deLay and Curtis Salgado. John was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2019.

Guy Davis - Be Ready When I Call You

Guy Davis

Be Ready When I Call You
M.C. Records

Review By Randy Murphy

List your favorite records, your musical top-10, regardless of genre, and ask yourself what they have in common. For most of us, I’d wager each recording has something we could call “authenticity,” the feeling that the music touches on some form of, well, truth. In short, our prized records take us beyond mere music to bring us to a place that’s larger than ourselves. At least mine do.

Guy Davis’ new recording, “Be Ready When I Call You,” possesses that ability. Davis, the son of actors and civil-rights icons Ruby Dee and Ozzie Davis, offers a blues- and folk-tinged record that combines superb musicianship, courtesy of drummer Gary Burke, guitarist John Platania, keyboardist Professor Louie and bassist Mark Murphy, with some sharply targeted, hard-edged political and cultural commentary. Thankfully, Davis succeeds in avoiding the dreary sanctimony we often associate with protest music, chiefly by playing things down the middle. On “Palestine, Oh Palestine,” for instance, Davis mourns the toll this conflict has taken on the common humanity of both Palestinians and Israelis. It’s a poignant lamentation on the price of an unyielding war, and in lesser hands it might have turned into simply one more diatribe against this or that group. But here Davis’ protest is against the senselessness of the whole sordid affair.

Several of the tunes on “Be Ready When I Call You“ relate to the terrible history of America’s wretched race relations, the most powerful being the folk-blues infused “God’s Gonna Make Things Over” that recounts the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots, the destruction of its Greenwood district, and the massacre of its Black citizens. “Though my people may be buried down in nameless graves / God’s gonna make things over one of these days,” Davis sings while accompanying himself with his plaintive harmonica. This is where Davis gives us a somber look at an irretrievably vicious chapter of our history that, until rather recently, was largely whitewashed and forgotten.

Not all of the album deals specifically in protest music. The one cover here is Howlin’ Wolf’s ”Spoonful,” and Davis turns out this old warhorse with a lethal groove — it’s a pure jewel. Similarly, “I Thought I Heard the Devil Call My Name,” with its percussive banjo setting its languid pace, easily transports us to a sidewalk in New Orleans. These tunes offer a respite from the historical struggles catalogued on this disk. As with most protest music, this is not an easy record to absorb, but it’s an important one that manages to transcend the genre. It pays off both musically and spiritually.

Total Time: 58:12

Badonkadonk Train / Got Your Letter in My Pocket / God’s Gonna Make Things Over / Be Ready When I Call You / Flint River Blues / Palestine, Oh Palestine / I Got a Job in the City / I’ve Looked Around / Spoonful (It’s Alright, It’s Alright)

200 Days / I Thought I Heard the Devil Call My Name / Every Now and Then / Welcome to My World

Cedric Burnside - I Be Trying

Cedric Burnside

I Be Trying
Single Lock Records

Review by John Taylor

Cedric Burnside’s latest take on North Mississippi Hill Country blues is one of the most refreshingly genuine, unpretentious and heartfelt albums we’ve run across in a while.

Raw, plain spoken and honest at every turn, “I Be Trying” stands as a modern milepost marker for the direction of today’s blues.

“It’s nothing you can read off paper,” the twice Grammy-nominated, third-generation bluesman told American Songwriter recently. “I feel that in my heart.”

And that comes across in this 13-song, largely original collection, recorded over a few pre-pandemic sessions at Royal Studios in Memphis.

Burnside, 42, explores the troubling turbulence of the times and the need for respite and healing, moving naturally from the shivering loneliness of “The World Can Be So Cold” to the casual street-dance rhythms of songs like “Step It Up” and “Get Down.”

With notable contributions from North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson, Alabama Shakes bassist Zac Cockrell, drummer Reed Watson and Burnside’s lifelong hometown friend, Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, the tone of his fifth album is pitch-perfect throughout.

Slide and acoustic guitars establish the framework for an album that stays true to the Hill Country’s traditional, unvarnished styles.

A special treat: Burnside’s youngest daughter, 15-year-old Portika, makes her debut with backup vocals on the title track.

Another gem: Burnside’s cover of “Bird Without a Feather,” a song written by his grandfather, R.L. Burnside. “Hands Off That Girl,” an update of Junior Kimbrough’s “Keep Your Hands Off Her,” is a must-hear, too.

With unflinching and insightful lyrics, Burnside addresses current political divisions, the darkness of domestic turmoil and heartbreak. In “What Makes You Think,” he writes simply and compassionately about the stark reality of a man who’s squandered his last chance: “I don’t believe you no more, she said …”

“I Be Trying” is the work of an artist whose truth predates him. Described as an old soul soon after he began playing music at 13, Burnside brings an earnestness to his art that quietly commands respect.

This one belongs in the collection of anyone who takes blues heritage seriously.

Total Time: 47:06

The World Can Be So Cold / Step In / I Be Trying / You Really Love Me / Love Is the Key / Keep On Pushing / Gotta Look Out / Pretty Flowers / What Makes Me Think / Bird Without a Feather / Hands Off That Girl / Get Down / Love You Forever

Ramblings on My Mind August 2021

Ramblings on my Mind July 2021

by Shelley Garrett CBA Vice President

July and the rest of the year are going to be BUSY!

CBA members are sponsoring two acts at the 2021 Upriver Waterfront Blues Festival — Johnny Rawls, noon and 6 p.m.  July 4, and the Tony Coleman 3 Kings Tribute, noon and 6 p.m.  July 5.

You can listen to the afternoon shows on KBOO 90.7 FM or and watch the evening livestream at

Since the 2021 version of the Waterfront Blues Festival does not allow for the CBA to have an onsite booth, we got creative. The board brainstormed ideas for content. The next step was to involve Cory Burden at Cedar House Media for ideas and cost estimates.

A conference call with Christina Fuller brought new information … that the Oregonian A&E would not be providing a special section like they have in the past. So, what started out as an eight-page flier to pass out at the gate to keep the CBA in mind (and sign up new and returning members) grew to 20 pages. Big thanks to the advertisers who stepped up to help fund this: Music Millennium, Portland Music Company, Ben Rice, Peninsula Rhythm & Blues Festival, Norman Sylvester Band, Ragtime PDX and Dano’s Dogs. And a huge thank you to Cory for donating the expert layout and editing time for Michael Wong (who is a saint … as we added pages and advertising, there were many changes. THANK YOU!)

Watch for our new YouTube channel coming soon. The first interview with Norman Sylvester is two hours long. (Thank you, Norman, for that time!) A small excerpt of that interview is printed in the festival flier. Great stories, Portland Blues history and Norman’s thoughts about the future of blues in PDX.

Reminder to musicians, the deadline for the CBA Journey to Memphis Competition is July 19. The event is Sept 11, currently planned to be held at Artichoke Music (virtual).

Since the 2021 Waterfront Blues Festival~Upriver couldn’t give them the traditional spot for winning the Journey to Memphis Competition to go to the IBC in 2020, the CBA is sponsoring a show with Johnny Wheels & the Swamp Donkeys on July 21 at the Botanist House. Members, check your newsletter for a code to buy discounted tickets.

A new feature starting this month is a listing of key upcoming events, including those where tickets are on sale now and could sell out closer to the show. Use the PDX Blues event tab on the website. Thanks to member Catherine Jolley for adding to this!

The board is in the early planning stages for a “Mini Muddy” event in November, in-person membership meetings, long-term strategic planning, Blues in the Schools, Christopher Mesi Scholarship, officer elections in November and the December Holiday Party. Let us know if you are interested in helping!

Welcome two new at-large board members, Anni Piper and Jeanette Aglipay. Our member newsletter will have more information on these great additions!

Be sure to read the health update and ways to support CBA President Greg “Slim Lively” Johnson.

Thank you to all our CBA members for helping to keep the Blues Alive!

CBA President Greg Johnson diagnosed with cancer

Greg “Slim Lively” Johnson CBA President
health update July 1 2021

On May 27, Greg “Slim Lively” suffered a severe, massive stroke. This, as you can imagine, has caused catastrophic repercussions in addition to Greg’s planned lengthy cancer treatments.

Since then, Greg has been moved to Marquis Vermont Hills, where he will be doing hard rehabilitation to recover.

All his cancer treatments have been postponed.

Greg will have to do HARD physical therapy, speech and occupational therapy, and most likely won’t be coming home for months. His doctors have said it’s going to take a long time for recovery.

Although there are many unknowns ahead, Greg and his wife Cherie have felt the enormous love of their community, and that has helped sustain them. They are truly grateful. ♥️

June 22, 2021 update by Cherie Johnson

“If you want to get the best out of a man, you must look for the best that is in him.”
– Bernard Haldane

So stinking proud of Greg “Slim Lively” Johnson and ALL the work he is doing in recovering from stroke. It IS A SLOW process but each effort and sign of progress seen means the world to me & Greg. Having to relearn things that we might take for granted. It’s going to be a long journey with lots of rehabilitation just to walk again. Greg is trying so hard to talk & communicate & honestly been a struggle, but one clear word is NO! Greg knows what he doesn’t want.
It is one step at a time, no couple could possibly be prepared for something like this happening & trying to be in a place of acceptance & accountability & we can grow from our experience & recovery with stroke & cancer diagnosis.

“Team Slim Lively”… Thank you to friends who were the first visitors in seeing Greg this last weekend at the rehabilitation center. Saw a difference in Greg’s spirit from seeing friends and yes accepting requests for future visits. ***There is a protocol with visiting that needs to be followed and a sign-up sheet which will need to be respected. Just send me a private message for now please with requests for visiting. *** Thank you for all the continued support and prayers and keeping Greg and I in your thoughts. Thank you, Tracy Turner Pain, for leading up the GoFundMe and being the lead for making a “Get Well” video for Greg:

Ways you can support Greg

*Donate to the GoFundMe

*Attend the Mill Barn Blues Festival Benefit on July 17 (see the article in PDX blues event drop down) or go to:

*Buy a T-shirt! (designed by Cherie’s brother, Steve Garvin)

at Shirts are $25 + shipping. They are printed on demand, so allow 14-21 days. Thanks to webmaster buko for building the site to sell these and to Dontae Mathis at for printing them!

*Save the date for a blowout benefit at the Crystal Ballroom, Oct. 17

*The event team leads so far are Terry Currier, Joey Scruggs (talent), Shelley Garrett (event coordination), Angie deRouchie (silent auction) Debby Espinor (publicity and promotion) and Laura Osborn, (hospitality)…more to come soon!