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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Australia's First Lady of Blues, Anni Piper, Launches Canadian/U.S. Summer Tour

Award-winning Australian-based blues bassist-vocalist Anni Piper makes her triumphant return with a two-month Canadian/U.S. Summer Tour, kicking off July 28 with a one-week residency at Blues On Whyte in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Performs Locally: BLUES ON WHYTE in Edmonton - July 28 thru Aug. 3

  (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) - Anni Piper, Australia's award-winning "First Lady of Blues," makes her triumphant return with a two-month Canadian/U.S. Summer Tour kicking off Monday, July 28, with a one-week residency of shows at Blues On Whyte, 10329 82nd Ave. July 28-29-30, 9 p.m., free; July 31, 10 p.m., free; August 1-2, 10 p.m., $4.; August 3, 9 p.m., free. Info: (780) 439-3981 or

  Anni Piper blends deep, sexy vocals with a high-energy bass playing style (often barefoot), making for a thoroughly enjoyable live experience.
On the recording end, Piper won "Best Blues Album" at the 2013 Canberra Roots & Blues Awards in Australia for her collaborative effort with Nicole Hart on the critically-lauded Split Second (Blues Leaf Records). Piper was nominated in the "Female Vocalist Of The Year" category for the 2014 Australian Blues Music Awards.

                 Anni Piper, Australia's award-winning First Lady of Blues.

                                                   ANNI PIPER - BACKGROUND

     Piper first started playing electric guitar at age twelve, but switched to bass at age fourteen.  In 2004 Anni released an album entitled "Jailbait" in her native Australia, for which she won "Best New Talent" at the 2005 Australian Blues Music Awards. Subsequent album releases include 2007's "Texas Hold 'Em," 2010's "Chasin' Tail" (released by Blues Leaf), and her newest, 2013's "Split Second." Blues Leaf also released "Two's Company,"  a compilation from her two Australian releases.  Throughout her burgeoning career, Piper's charismatic stage presence and sultry vocals have garnered her both great reviews and multiple music industry awards nominations.


"If you enjoy award-winning talent with a splash of the wild side, sultry Australian performer Anni Piper won't even come close to disappointing you. And you don't have to travel Down Under!"                     NAPLES DAILY NEWS
"Raw and raucous, down and dirty, Down Under blues."   ILLINOIS TIMES                                     
"A songwriter of distinction, her songs have a blues sensibility while still addressing the issues of today."                                                                                  EDMONTON JOURNAL
"Barefoot in a red cocktail dress and brandishing both an electric bass guitar and a powerful blues vocal tone, this down under diva makes quite the impression."
                                                                                                                   VERO BEACH NEWSWEEKLY
The Alternate Root magazine invited Anni Piper to perform on their popular television show "The Extended Play," taped this past Spring in front of a live studio audience in Boston. Watch it here: 

          Anni Piper Summer 2014 Canadian/U.S. Tour Itinerary
July 28 (Mon.)
July 29 (Tues.)
July 30 (Wed.)
July 31 (Thur.)
Aug. 1 (Fri.)
Aug. 2 (Sat.)
Aug. 3 (Sun.)
Aug. 15 (Fri.)
Aug. 16 (Sat.)
Aug. 20 (Wed.)
Aug. 21 (Thur.)
Aug. 22 (Fri.)
Aug. 29 (Fri.)
Aug. 30 (Sat..)


  (more dates to be announced)
   Edmonton, AB
   Edmonton, AB
   Edmonton, AB
   Edmonton, AB
   Edmonton, AB
   Edmonton, AB
   Edmonton, AB
   Fall City, WA
   Yakima, WA
   Seattle, WA
   Portland, OR
   Walla Walla, WA
   Moses Lake, WA
   Moses Lake, WA



JP Cadillac Records artists: The Knickerbocker All-Stars - Open Mic At The Knick - New Release review

I just received the newest release, Open Mic At The Knick, by the Knickerbocker All-Stars and it's excellent! Opening with the swinging You Upset Me Baby, Ricky King Russell lays down some really hot guitar riffs and Sugar Ray Norcia leads the way on vocals. Al Copley smokes the keys backed strongly by horn section, Doc Chanonhouse (trumpet), Bobby "Breeze" Holfelden (trombone), Rich Lataille (sax) and Dennis Cook (bari sax). Smokin! Up next is Turn On Your Love Light and Malford Milligan commands the stage on vocal. Vocalist Willy Laws has you in the palm of his hands from the first note of Mother-In Law Blues. Russell steps up with some really tasty guitar riffs on this track and the horn section keeps a real traditional early modern blues feel. Very nice. Milligan is back on the mic for Love Disease and an excellent sax solo from Lataille and Muscle Shoals like guitar work from Nick Adams make this song a standout. Johnny Nicholas takes the lead on the classic Jelly Jelly. Al Copley lays down classic blues riffs on this track and it's slow, easy pace makes for a cool opportunity for Russell to really step out with some nicely articulated guitar riffs. Very nice! On Reconsider Baby the band gives the track a real warm feel with a smooth horn backing and super guitar highlights. Again I find myself really groovin to Russells tasty guitar riffs. On jump track, It's Later Than You Think, Copley really has the keys rolling and the horn section is really pushing as Norcia does a great job on lead vocal. Ain't That Lovin' You features Curtis Salgado on lead vocal and his vocals are top notch. Channonhouse , Holfelden, Lataille and Cook really blow the doors on this one. Willy Laws takes the lead on Five Long Years really gripping the feel of the track. Copley  inserts some solid piano riffs but it's Russell who takes center stage instrumentally with a blistering guitar solo on this one. Excellent! J.P. Sheerar with a much heavier voice, takes the mic on Somebody's Got To Go and again Russell shows what a perfect choice he was as the guitarist for this set. The man just sits in the pocket and cherry picks his solos. Lataille plays a really rich sax solo on the track as well over the masterful key work of Copley. Brilliant. Brian Templeton is on lead vocal for Tore Down. It's nice that the vocalist from track to track are different giving a cool blend of textures with the same band. Templeton has a great voice for the swing and Russell again is right there adding just the right touch of hot guitar over the horn section. Along About Midnight features Nicholas on vocal and has a cool laid back pace. The band wraps itself around the core feel and Russell steps up with just the right amount of throttle. Very nice. Rocker, Going Down really kicks it up a notch with Russell and the horn section at full throttle. Bob Worthington on bass drives it along and featuring Dave Maxwell on keys and tight drumming from Bobby and Fran Christina on drums, is a super conclusion to a hot set!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Big Muddy Blues Festival Announces 2014 Artist Line-up

Big Muddy Blues Festival
Announces 2014 Artist Line-up

Local acts compliment regional and national touring artists

St. Louis, MO – The Big Muddy Blues Festival is St. Louis’ largest Blues festival, with 24 renowned acts
+ more to be announced from across the nation and around St. Louis, filling three stages on historic Laclede’s Landing, August 30 and 31, 2014. This year, Big Muddy not only has more national, regional and local artists, the festival also offers a wider variety of artists than recent years. Festival goers will experience a full range of Blues styles, from Louisiana, Chicago, St. Louis and more throughout the newly rebuilt cobblestone streets of the Landing.

National, regional and local acts in 2014 will include:

Saturday, August 30th

Main Stage
  • 4:30 p.m.         Steve Scorfina’s Soul Steel
  • 6:30 p.m.         Nashville, TN artist Goodbye June
  • 8:30 p.m.         Chicago, IL. artist Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials
  • 10:30 p.m.       Kansas City, MO. artist Samantha Fish 
Morgan Stage
  • 3 p.m.              Hudson and the HooDoo Cats
  • 5 p.m.              Melissa Neels
  • 7 p.m.              Everett Dean
  • 9 p.m.              Trip Daddy’s
Lucas Stage
  • 3 p.m.              Miss Jubilee & the Humdingers
  • 5 p.m.              Eugene Johnson & Co.
  • 7:30 p.m.         Billy Barnett Blues Band
  • 9:30 p.m.         Atlanta, GA artist Tinsley Ellis

Sunday, August 31st

Main Stage    
  • 3 p.m.              The Brothers
  • 5:30 p.m.         Kim Massie

  • 8 p.m.              Baton Rouge, LA artist “American Bluesman”
                             Kenny Neal

  • 10 p.m.            Houston, TX artist Guitar Shorty
Morgan Stage
  • 3 p.m.              Wrath of Khan
  • 5 p.m.              Tony Campanella
  • 7:30 p.m.         Steve Pecaro
  • 9:30 p.m.         Marsha Evans and the Coalition
Lucas Stage
  • 3 p.m.              Blue Bayou (Tribute to Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville)
  • 5 p.m.              Tommy Halloran’s Guerilla Swing
  • 7 p.m.              Big Mike
  • 9 p.m.              Tupelo, MS young artists Homemade Jamz Blues Band
In total, this stellar line up of 24 acts + more to be announced, lighting up three stages, will offer St. Louis a weekend full of all things “Blues.”

Big Muddy will take place from 3 p.m. to midnight. Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31 on Laclede’s Landing. The Main Stage will be located at North 1st & Lucas, the Lucas Stage will be located at North 2nd & Lucas St., and the Morgan Stage will be located at North 2nd & Morgan St.

The Morgan and Lucas stages are both free, while Main Stage tickets will be $10 General Admission (Chairs welcome, sorry no umbrellas or tents), $50 for a single day VIP (Seat in the VIP area right in front of the stage, premium open bar, festival t-shirt), and $90 for two-day VIP per person.

Parking ranges from $10 to $20 in public garages throughout the Landing.

More information on what to bring, transportation, concert times and ticket prices can be found at, on Facebook at or on Twitter @BigMuddyBlues

Playin' in the the Sand with Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

During a recent sand sculpture competition on Revere Beach north of Boston, one contestant tied together his love of Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters with his sand sculpture building skills. Check out this work by Prince Edward Island artist Abe Waterman. Sure beats my work with a little bucket!

Thanks Mark Pucci

Prairie Dog Blues Festival Presents Howard & The White Boys

"Chicago's Hardest-Working Blues Band " for over two decades is Howard and the White Boys.
They perform at he Prairie Dog Blues Festival in Prairie du Chien, WI this Friday, July 25.

                                   Friday, July 25 - 7 p.m.

    (Prairie du Chien, WI) - The Prairie Dog Blues Festival presents Howard and the White Boys, "a/k/a "Chicago's Hardest-Working Blues Band," in concert, Friday, July 25. 7 p.m. performance. Tickets $25. in advance, per day - purchase online at The Festival is held on scenic, historic St. Feriole Island, on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River.

    *Also catch Howard and the White Boys the night before, Thursday, July 24, at 8 p.m. performing at the Blue BBQ Fest in Indianapolis. More at


  The celebrated longtime blues/rock ensemble recently recorded their long-awaited new album (and follow-up to the critically-acclaimed "Made In Chicago") at Rosas' Lounge in  Chicago, scheduled for a Summer 2014 release. Read more about it in this article:

                           MORE ABOUT HOWARD AND THE WHITE BOYS...

     Howard and the White Boys continue to perform through out the U.S., bringing audiences to their feet and out onto the dance floor - much as they have done for over twenty years. Longtime band member Rocco Calipari has also branched out with his successful side project Head Honchos' who have released a well-received debut CD and play regularly throughout the Midwest as well as the rest of the U.S. and Canada.   The members of Howard And the White Boys first met at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb in 1988 and began jamming together just for fun, but their fast-growing popularity soon convinced them they could make a career of it. After only a few months, they got their first big break by opening for Blues legend, B.B. King. The band soon made the move to Chicago and began performing with the biggest names in Blues: Koko Taylor, Albert King, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry (the latter whom they were the backing band for in a headlining capacity at the 2002 Long Beach Blues Festival in Long Beach, Calif.).

    Here's Howard and the White Boys killing it live on their song "Black Cat Bone," recorded at Rosa's Lounge in Chicago.



Blind Pig Records artist: Deanna Bogart - Just A Wish Away - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Just A Wish Away from Deanna Bogart and it's quite good. I'll start off by saying this is not a traditional blues release by any means. What it is more is a pure artist finding her own voice and expressing it in many different ways. Opening with If It's Going To Be Like This, Bogart is on piano and vocals joined by Derwin "Big D" Perkins and Cris Jacobs on finger pickin guitar, Charlie Wooton on bass, Terrance Houston on drums and especially featuring Marty Rifkin on pedal steel on this country flavored track. On funky R&B style track, Fine By Me Good Bayou, Bogart shows her vocal style and of course her sax work joined by Mark Mullins, Craig Klein and Greg Hicks. If You Have Crying Eyes, a vocal duet with Cris Jacobs has a gospel ballad arrangement with country hints for a real nice sound. Back and Forth Kid, a vocal and piano track has the maturity of Carol King and presents Bogart in a very straight forward light. Collarbone is a horn infused jazz style instrumental with a cool Latin rhythm. There are some really nice efforts efforts on this track and especially nice George Benson like guitar wizardry accompanied by Houston on drums. Bramhall/Vaughn penned Tightrope gets a New Orleans funk feel with a lot of keys and drums (George Horn) and rhythm guitar. Bogart takes some of her nicest piano solo's on this track laying it wide open. On ballad What Is Love Supposed To Do, Bogart again cranks out a serious ballad with a twist of country, highlighted by her solid vocals and balanced by Rifkin on pedal steel. Maybe I Won't is a light jazzy track with solid vocals and warm sax work. Rafael Pereira adds some crisp percussion work giving this track a cool feel. Conversing With Lincoln is a fast paced calypso style track with nice sax work and nicely blended vocals. Wooten's smokin' bass work drives the track with support by Houston drums. Big D pops in for some hot guitar riffs giving this track a sophisticated spin. On Sly Stone's Hot Fun In The Summertime, Bogart gives the classic hit a lighter spin with Alvin Ford Jr. on drums. The horn work on this track is full and Scott Ambush playing bass is complimented by Joshua Fairman on synth bass. Bogart takes a full throated sax solo on melody on this one and Wooten does some real hot under the track bass riffs on bass. Surprisingly, the final track, classic Bye Bye Blackbird, done in New Orleans style is my favorite on the release. Opening with full sax melody and leaving space for light, crisp guitar work from Jacobs, Bogart really plays it up on this one. Alvin Ford Jr. is back on drums and his work helps to accentuate the march style. A very cool conclusion to a different style of release.

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