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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Harpo Records artist: Backtrack Blues Band - Way Back Home - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, Way Back Home, from the Backtrack Blues Band and it's solid. Opening with Going to Eleuthera, a snappy shuffle, Sonny Charles leads the way on lead vocals and Kid Royal is hot on his heels on lead guitar. Rounding out the troupe is Little Johnny Walter on rhythm guitar, Joe Bencomo on drums and Stick Davis on bass. Victor Wainwright is featured on piano and does a real nice job and Charles really makes his harp sing. Nice opener. On Tell Your Daddy, the band sets a funky dance groove with a boogaloo bass line. Breaking into a smooth shuffle Royal plays it like a stud and the deal is on. Breaking back, Charles brings his harp to the forefront with great tone. Shoot My Rooster has a real nice blues lope with Charles' harp on call and Royal's guitar on response. One of my favorite tracks on the release, this track features super piano work by Wainwright in the mix with Royal and Charles. Excellent. Sonny Boy Williamson's Your Funeral, My Trial really gets the feel of old Chicago blues with Charles working his harp. Royal's Texas blues guitar styling is tight and forceful giving the track great balance. Nobody But You has a bit of 50's R&B blues styling and Royal's guitar work is clean and distinctive. Charles' harp work is fat and rich with tight underpinnings by Wainwright, Davis and Bencomo. On Heavy Built Woman Royal takes a real nice walk on his six string with Funderburgh like runs and Charles' vocals and super harp are nicely backed by Latonya Oliver and Dana Merriwether. Blues classic, Baby Please Don't Go is up next and with great enthusiasm Charles shouts out the lyrics. This track has great instrumental qualities with solid entries by Charles and Royal. Check it out! Rich Man Blues has a real deep lope and strong Chicago blues styling. Royal and Charles take nice solo passes and Wainwright's contributions are essential. Wrapping the release is Help Me Just This Time, a modified boogie. With it's driving bass riff, Wainwright's extensive piano work and Royal and Charles trading riffs, this is a great track to wrap a fun release.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Big Legal Mess artist: Robert Finley - Age Don't Mean A Thing - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Age Don't Mean A Thing, from Robert Finley and it's a powerful new soul release. Opening with high stepping Memphis groove, I Just Want To Tell You, Robert Finley wastes no time establishing that his talent far exceeds his professional experience. An extremely soulful vocalist, Finley traveled north to Memphis to work with members of the Bo-Keys. Players include a who’s who of the Memphis soul scene including drummer Howard Grimes (Al Green, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, OV Wright), Marc Franklin (Bobby “Blue” Bland), Jimbo Mathus (Elvis Costello), Al Gamble (St. Paul & The Broken Bones, the Hold Steady, Alex Chilton), Kirk Smothers (Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Guy), Reba Russell (U2, BB King), Harold Thomas (James Carr) and Daunielle Hill (Solomon Burke). With full soul backing vocals and Al Gamble's B3 rolling this is a great opener. On title track, Age Don't Mean A Thing, Finley really sings with gut wrenching authority. This track is exceptional with almost spiritual organ work by Gamble and essential underpinnings by Mathus. R&B track, Let Me Be Your Everything, is saturated with horn work by Kirk Smothers and trumpet by Marc Franklin and super backing vocals by Russell and Hill. Slowing down to a smoldering simmer, It's Too Late, puts Finley back upfront with nicely blended backing vocals by Russell and Hill. This is a really nice track and one that could easily hit the radio hard. Solid soul track, Snake In My Grass, has a nicely anchored melody with Finley's vocals drawing out the emotions, complimented by Smothers and Franklin. Very nice. James Brown like, Come On, gets a super groove cooking pressing you to get on your feet. With warm vocals and horn punctuating over a wah wah and funky bass work, how can you not love this! 70's pop track, Make It With You, written by David Gates, is given a really soulful overdo with light guitar rhythm, shimmery organ and Finley's powerful vocals. Very nice. You Make Me Want To Dance has a real Al Green kind of feel and you automatically feel that bounce starting in your head. Russell, Thomas and Hill really warm up the background on this track and Smothers and Franklin work is tight. Super. Wrapping the release is excellent soul track, Is It Possible To Love 2 People. With warm sax work by Smothers, nicely placed guitar riffs by Mathus, tom tom work by Grimes, B3 by Gamble and tight punctuation by Franklin, this track leaves you with nothing but wanting more. Excellent release.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Rounder Records artist: Bobby Rush - Porcupine Meat - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (September 16, 2016), Porcupine Meat, from Bobby Rush and it's a mover. Opening with I Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around, Bobby Rush has a high steppin funky opener featuring a cooking horn section, great bass lines and of course some fine harp work. With a smooth R&B feel, title track, Porcupine Meat, is a real cruiser with Vasti Jackson laying down some tight riffs on guitar over a solid bass line. Very cool. Slow blues number, Got Me Accused, really gives Rush the opportunity to show his deep blues roots. With his soulful vocals and crying harp playing, this track is heavy. Again the strong bass lines really anchor the track and salted lightly with guitar, this track is smokin. R&B track, Snake In The Grass, has strong radio play sound with a catchy hook and a solid beat. Funky track, Funk o' de Funk, has really super bass line and the funk is so deep you can smell it. Punched up horns, keyboard and nicely placed harp work. This track hits the groove. Me, Myself and I is a smooth, jazzy number with a rock solid bottom and clean guitar riffs added by Joe Bonamassa. Catfish Stew is a cool pop jam with a rolling bass line. Light hearted feel and cool horn work make this track sail. It's Your Move has a nice BB King like feel that almost glides across the airwaves. Dave Alvin lays in some really nice guitar work over a solid bottom and a strong keyboard cloud. Keb' Mo' slips on the slide hitting Nighttime Gardener running over a blues riff. Rush does his thing lyrically, and with no pause. A sure crowd pleaser. R&B track, I Think Your Dress Is Too Short, has a real nice feel. With it's super cool bass line, snappy drums and horn punctuation, Rush just rides the wave. Very nice! Standing On Shaky Ground is pure soul and the horns sound like they are pure from the 70's. Rush has seen it all and knows the way with billowy keys and clean accents. Cool track. Wrapping the release is I'm Tired, a high water stepper with nice harp work, slide guitar and light percussion. Rush's harp work is instinctual and gives this track a cool modern feel. Nice closer.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Sweetspot Records artist: Al Basile - Mid-Century Modern - New release review

I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, Mid-Century Modern, from Al Basile and he's spot on. Sporting a who's who of musicians, Basile mixes blues, funk, rock and jazz for a real Mid-Century experience. Opening with Keep Your Love, Where's My Money, a slick new Orleans style track with a cool back beat, Basile and his crew, Rich Lataille, Duke Robillard, Bruce Bears, Doug James, Monster Mike Welch, Mark Teixeira and Brad Hallen set the club scene nicely. Basile sets a real nice table on cornet, complimenting his vocals and super stylized piano by Bears makes this track sing. Funky, Like You or Despise You, has a cool trumpet vamp by Jeff "Doc" Channonhouse and over a nice bass line by Hallen, Basile lays out a really cool cornet riff and Monster Mike's guitar work is slick. On Midnight Blue Persuasion, a straight R&B groove, Basile presents some of the top vocals on the release. This track has a real nice feel, like R&B from the 60's with his own cornet work on showcase. Tickle My Mule is a clever track with innuendo and I really like Monster Mike's guitar work on this track. Excellent! Really getting into the Louis Jordan swing thing , I've Gotta Have Meat, is  great track and the band is really cooking. Rich Lataille and Doug James really shine on this track with hot sax work. Funky, Like A Woman, , Like A Man features Duke Robillard screaming hot on guitar with Albert King like riffs. I love King and this track is hot! Blank Dog has a really nice groove with saxes a blazing and snappy drum work by Mark Teixeira. Nice trumpet work by Doc and excellent guitar riffs compliment Basile's soulful cornet work making this another super track. Shuffle track, Carry These Blues has great warmth and sports great vocals and cornet work by Basile, nice trumpet work by Doc, essential piano backing and some real nice guitar riffs by Welch. Swampy, No Truth To The Rumor, rides heavy on the back of Hallen, with Bears laying in some terrific piano lines and Basile's cornet hot spots. On light shuffle, Listen To The Elders,  Basile goes down more of a big band path with trumpet and sax work taking a stronger spot. James' work on bari sax is really hot and I always love Bruce Bears work on everything he does. Basile has a real nice hand with his cornet laying in just the right amount of seasoning. Soul track, Night Crossing, has strong radio bones with a funky bottom compliments of Hallen. Big Trees Falling is really nice and funky and Hallen is setting the pace. With Doc hitting the trumpet on rhythm, Basile steps up on cornet taking lead. Welch rips some really fat riffs over Bears clever piano riffs giving the track some really traction. Wrapping the release is Lie Under The House with Me, a quiet jazz track with an almost Miles feel. Basile takes some of his best horn rides on this track and Robillard sets up for a slam of his own on this one with nicely articulated guitar work. Calm and soulful, a nice closer for a different taste of blues.
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hwy11 Records artist: Sunday Wilde - Blueberries and Grits - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Blueberries and Grits, from Sunday Wilde and it's sassy. Opening with New Orleans flavored, Show Me A Man, Wilde's trademark vocal style and piano finesse blends nicely with the trumpet work of Roger Reupert and backed by Sturgis Nikides on dobro, Reno Jack on bass, Rickey "Quicksand" Martin on drums. Latin spiced, Early In The Morning, a Louis Jordan track, is one of my favorite tracks with April Mae on washboard and Dave Fecca on acoustic guitar. Momma's Drinkin's Done has traditional boogie lines featuring strong vocals blanketed in Reupert's trumpet and Wilde's own piano work. Simple rocker, That Man Drives Me Mad, has primitive roots with Mandy Lemons on backing vocals. Billy Earheart's Cottage Pump Organ teamed with Wilde's piano work gives it an interesting sound blended with pop punk phrasing. Radio style track, Too Many Troubles, has a catchy melody and features some nice acoustic guitar work from Johnny Cass. Willie Dixon's John The Conquer Root, has a swampy feel with really bluesy vocals and piano work by Wilde and again featuring Nikides on dobro and Reupert on trumpet. Another Latin number, Daddy Daddy, keeps the accompaniment light with April Mae on washboard and Gary Vincent and Cass on acoustic guitar. Wilde really squeezes it on this one giving it an extra boost. Bessie Smith's Sorrowful Blues is up next and Wilde's piano work with Nikides' slide work highlights Wilde's vocal work nicely. One Of These Days is a cool duet with Reno Jack. This is a quiet little calliope kind of songs with Nikides on dobro and Earheart on Cottage Pump Organ. This track has a simple beauty setting it apart from the rest. Wrapping the release is Come On In, a spiritual track, done with full vocal backing by Watermelon Slim, Lemons, and Gary Vincent. With Earheart on organ and Robert Hughes on an old Stella, this is a super closer for a unique release.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Jaxon Records artist: Little Boys Blue - Tennissippi - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Tennissippi, from Little Boys Blue and it's quite good. Opening with title track, Tennissippi, singer/harp player, JD Taylor leads a tall strutting blues rocker joined by Tyler Goodson and Brad Webb on super slide guitar, Alex Taylor on lead and rhythm guitar, Dave Mallard on bass, Mark Brooks on drums and Dave Thomas on keys. Super opener. On Lights On, the band has a cool New Orleans style funk (think I Was In The Right Place), with a cool wah wah rhythm and nice horn backing from Ken Waters on trumpet and Bad Brad Guin on sax. Thomas takes a real nice ride on his B3 giving the track a warmer feel. Very nice! Rocker, Pack It Up Baby, is driven by a Mallards' bass work, complimented by a smoking harp solo by Taylor, Alex and Goodson's guitar solos and a super sax solo by Guin. Shuffle track, If I'd A Known, has a nice groove with some tasty guitar work by Alex and Tyler as well as nice B3 solo and again notable harp work by JD. R&B ballad, 35 Years, is really well crafted with a cool hook, smooth melody and nicely blended instrumentation. Obvious radio track. Kenny Burrell's Chitlins Con Carne is a real slick Latin flavored instrumental with JD's harp work on spotlight. Tyler, Alex and Thomas' soloing make this my favorite track on the release. Funky rocker, Do You No Wrong, has a real nice feel with Tyler, Alex and Thomas stepping up with strong contributions. This release is evenly strong. Bluesy ballad, Smoke Rings, is a really nice spotlight for JD's super vocal contributions, surrounded by piano and B3 and complimented by his own mellow harp work. Very nice. Alex and Tyler again step up with soulful contributions on guitar making this a solid entry to the releases top tracks. Backing way off into a stripped down acoustic like feel, Health Insurance Blues, features JD's vocals and harp complimented primarily by acoustic rhythm. Uptempo and simple, a tight little blues number. Shuffle track, Wanna Be Your Loving Man, has strong bones and light glistening guitar chords under a proud blues harp sound and a crisp electric solo gives this track it fuel. Very nice. Kicking down the doors, Big Pimpin Sugar Daddy Romeo, has attitude to spare with snarling guitar riffs and a ass kicking bottom. Thomas steps up with a nice B3 lead of his own, Alex and Tyler each throw down on guitar, and JD closes it up. Smokin. Wrapping the release is a fire breathing instrumental, Jackson, with super harp paired with flaming guitar riffs. Stilladog... right up your alley. Excellent closer!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Provogue Records artist: Gary Hoey - Dust & Bones - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Dust & Bones, from Gary Hoey, and it's cool. Opening with blues power rocker, Boxcar Blues you get a strong taste of Hoey with a blend of Zep and Paul Rogers. Hoey leads the charge on electric slide and vocal backed by Matt Scurfield on drums and AJ Pappas. Strong. Next up is Who's Your Daddy, a fleet shuffle with the guitar finesse of Skynyrd's,I Know A Little, and driving boogie riffs on bass and drums. Very nice. Born To Love You has the strong drive that I associate with Foghat or Procol Harem blended with ZZ Top rocker. With a great rock style and fluid guitar runs, this disc smokes. Slowing things down a bit, title track, Dust & Bones, has more of a 90's rock feel with ballad like lines and clean guitar melody. Steamroller is a tribute to Johnny Winter with a driving drum and bass line under Hoey on slide (think Mean Town Blues). Solid blues rocker! Lita Ford shares the mic with Hoey on ballad, Coming Home. A well written radio style track, this one could easily get broad radio play. Ghost Of Yesterday is a nice rocker with traces of early Robin Trower but with a stylized turn of the century twist. A power rocker, this track really gives Hoey the opportunity to show his guitar riffs with vocal harmonies softening the edge. Another solid ballad, This Time Tomorrow, shows Hoey's finesse as a vocalist with shimmery chords under his nicely executed blues rock guitar lead. Shuffle track, Back Up Against The Wall, may be the most deliberate blues track on the release with relaxed vocals and soloing. Blind Faith is a lead footed blues rocker with super slide blues lead. With it's heavy bottom and slippery slide, this is a cool track. Wrapping the release is a super charged instrumental, Soul Surfer, with a blues bottom (think Otis Rush) overlaid with surf formatting with glistening chords and rapid blues riffs. I like both genres so this track is a home run! Excellent closer for a strong release.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Bluzpik Media Group artist: Kat Riggins - Blues Revival - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Blues Revival, from Kat Riggins and she has pure soul. Opening with Now I See (Ooh Wee), a R&B number with a bit of a James Brown feel, Riggins balances nicely on vocals with Darrell Raines on keys and guitar, some really sweet bass lines from George Caldwell and Doc Allison on drums. Soulful, Good Girl Blues, has a swampy, lumbering feel with a sensitive bass line and expressive guitar riffs. Riggins' vocal pharsing is smooth and rich. Slow blues number, Wail Away, opens with a nice guitar intro by Raines and Riggins really opens up vocally encouraging Raines to lay it out. Very nice. Shuffle track, Queen Bee, is a solid blues with a cool, low key solo by Raines on guitar. R&B track, Murphy's Law has the hook and melody to be a pop or blues radio track. With it's walking bass line, Music Fiend, has a real nice pace. With just a touch of jazz, this track kicks a groove. After the traditional Let It Shine in simple verse, Riggins turns up the heat on Sam Cooke's classic Change Is Gonna Come. Riggins really digs in deep on this one and she hits it square. Raines chords on guitar are warm and Caldwell's bass work is really nice. With a casual melodic solo by Raines on guitar, this track is super. Funky blues number, Blues Is My Business, sets the floor on fire and Riggins keeps showing her versatility. With Santana like riffs, Raines scorches it. My favorite track on the release, The Devil Is A Liar, has a swampy feel with terrific vocals and floating guitar sounds over a solid bottom. Exceptional. Wrapping the release is a gospel style track, Blues Is the New Black, with a lot of spring and soul. A real uplifting closer for a solid new release.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Severn Records Sets October 7 Release Date for "Seeing Is Believing," New CD from Acclaimed Sugar Ray & the Bluetones




Severn Records Sets October 7 Release Date for Seeing Is Believing, New CD from Acclaimed Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Severn Records announces an October 7 release date for Seeing Is Believing, the new CD from the acclaimed Sugar Ray & the Bluetones. Seeing Is Believing is the band’s seventh album for Severn Records and follows their highly-successful 2014 CD, Living Tear to Tear, which garnered them seven Blues Music Award nominations, including “Best Band,” plus individual nominations for Sugar Ray as “Traditional Male Blues Artist” and “Instrumentalist – Harmonica,” and a song nomination for “Things Could Be Worse.” At the most-recent Blues Music Awards in May, the group was again nominated for “Band of the Year,” as well as individual nominations for keyboardist Anthony Geraci, guitarist Monster Mike Welch and bassist Michael Mudcat Ward. Anthony Geraci’s album with The Boston Blues-All-Stars, Fifty Shades of Blue, received three additional nominations.

Produced by the band, the dozen tracks on Seeing Is Believing – 11 originals and a scintillating instrumental cover of B.B. King’s “You Know I Love You” – sweep out of the speakers with the power of a gale force wind, blowing with a transcendent groove. The band: Sugar Ray Norcia on lead vocals and harmonica, Monster Mike Welch on guitars, Anthony Geraci on pianos and Hammond organ, Michael Mudcat Ward on bass and Neil Gouvin on drums, never wastes any notes. From the opening Mississippi blues of “Sweet Baby,” that features Norcia's down-and-dirty harmonica and his signature blues growl, and the wink-and-a-nod jazz blues of “Misses Blues,” to the smoky lounge tune, “Not Me,”  Sugar Ray and the Bluetones wring out every emotion, demonstrating  just how blues ought to be played.

“We do this to have fun,” laughs Sugar Ray. “Every time we go into the studio or out on a road trip or onstage, we always say ‘let’s have some fun’.” It’s that spirit of keeping it loose and playing for the fun of it and simply letting the music carry them wherever it will that keeps Sugar Ray & the Bluetones burning up the musical landscape. As the band sings on the song, “Blind Date,” written by Norcia, “if you ain't having fun/you're doing something wrong.” Each player’s ability to step right up and plug right into the groove with his own musical vision for the song creates the overarching unity of the band’s music.

“We’re almost telepathic in the way we work together,” says Sugar Ray about the band’s communication, creating a unity that results in the band’s tightness. No notes ever get left on the floor, and Welch, Ward, Geraci, and Gouvin seem to know just when to come in with a riff or a beat and when not to. Monster Mike “understands me very well musically,” observes Sugar Ray; “so if I want to play a low-down blues, he has the part down and comes right in.” Mudcat knows the right things to do and the right things not to do, “and that last part might be even more important,” chuckles Norcia. It’s so refreshing to work with Anthony and Neil, too, Norcia says, because “they, like all of us, want to play this music right to pay homage to it.” This unity of musical vision and ability, says Norcia, is what “sets us apart.”

That musical oneness also grows out of the Bluetones’ time together. They just celebrated 35 years as a band. Monster Mike Welch is the “youngster” of the band, since he’s only been with the Bluetones for 16 years. Over those years, the band has put out many critically-acclaimed albums and garnered high honors; this past April, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. In 2014, Sugar Ray received his third Grammy nomination (“Best Blues Album”) for his playing on Remembering Little Walter.

On Seeing is Believing, as on all their albums and at their shows, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones are having fun—and so will anyone who listens to any song on this new album—but they’re also paying homage to this “beautiful, wonderful genre of music.” This new album itself is a work of beauty and wonder, indeed, both paying tribute to the music of everyone from Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, and Little Walter to Louis Jourdan and Louis Armstrong. The sound is that big and that tight.

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Itinerary
Aug 26 - Blues & BBQ Event, Webster, NY
Sept 2 - Blues In Hell Festival, Hell, Norway
Sept 4 - Harvest Time Blues Festival , Monaghan, Ireland
Sept 9 - Thunder Road, Somerville, MA
Sept 10 - The Knickerbocker Cafe, Westerly, RI
Sept 17 - Pennsylvania Blues Festival (Boston Blues All-Stars) Lake Harmony, PA
Sept 24 - Pitman’s Freight Room, Laconia, NH
Oct 1 - Crossroads Music Series, North Andover, MA
Nov 19 - Blackstone River Theater, Cumberland, RI
Nov 25 - Poland (Sugar Ray and the Bluetones with The Boston Blues All-Stars Featuring Anthony Geraci, Darrell Nulisch and Michelle Willson)
Nov 26 – Holland
Dec 2 - Blue Rooster, Sarasota, FL
Dec 3 - Bradenton Blues Festival, Bradenton, FL
Dec 7 – Englewood’s On Dearborn, Englewood, FL
Dec 8 - Wireless Blues Society Christmas Party, Dothan, AL
Dec 9 - Aces, Suncoast Blues Society Christmas Party, Bradenton, FL
Dec 10 - Eats and Beats, Parkland Amphitheater, Parkland, FL
Dec 16- Chans, Woonsocket, RI

4th Annual Woodystock Blues/Rock Festival Returns to High Desert












4TH ANNUAL WOODYSTOCK FESTIVAL RETURNS TO HIGH DESERT,
FEATURING 2 BIG DAYS OF TOP-NOTCH BLUES AND ROCK BANDS;
WITH OVERNIGHT CAMPING ON 10-ACRE WOODARDVILLE RANCH


Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2 /Music Starts 11AM  Daily


                                 



Kenny Cederholm brings his distinct country-blues sounds to the Woodystock Festival when he headlines on Sunday, October 2. Kenny won "Country Artist of the Year" at the 2016 Los Angeles Music Awards.






  (Apple Valley, CA/August 18, 2016) - Staking it's claim as the largest yearly original blues and rock music event in the SoCal High Desert, the Woodystock Rock 'N' Blues Festival is back for it's fourth big year, taking place Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, at Woodardville Ranch, (end of Chicago Rd.), in Apple Valley. Music start at 11 am each day. Tickets $20.00 per day in advance, $25.00 at the gate/day of show; 2-day tickets $35.00 in advance, $40.00 at the gate/day of show. Camping tickets $10.00 per night/per vehicle. Kids 12 and under, free. Tickets/info.: (760) 963-4994 or: http://www.woodystockblues.com/. Emceeing Woodystock again this year is High Desert station, KJAY Epic! Radio.

  "Our goal is to bring first-class musicians to the High Desert," states Woodystock founder John Woodard, who's also a Councilman for the City of Adelanto. Woodard was also a driving force behind the Adelanto New Blues Festival last May at Stater Bros. Stadium.

   Woodystock operates on Donations and Sponsorships. Contact John Woodard for Donation and Sponsorship opportunities.
     


Diana Rein & Papermoon Gypsys are Orange County's hottest new blues-rock group featuring the dual guitar attack of the "Six-String Siren" Diana Rein and Kenny "Big Daddy" Williams. They'll perform Saturday at Woodystock.

 
 About Some of the Performers at Woodystock Rock/Blues Festival


 *All the way from Ventura come Crooked Eye Tommy, fronted by brothers/guitarists, Tommy and Paddy Marsh. The band  - who headline Saturday at Woodystock - is up for Best Blues Band and Album of the Year at the 2016 Ventura Music Awards.

  *Hailing from Hesperia, The Lillies' sound is in the spectrum that lies between the raw/avant-garde tumble of sixtie's indie greats The Velvet Underground and modern-day rock greats, U2. Yet, the quartet are also heavily rooted in the Blues.

  *Returning to Woodystock this year is the 'Reverend' Smack Jonez. The singer-songwriter, New York-born and raised in Gavelston, Texas, was "sent here on a mission from God to bring you the love thru song and sound so that you, too can get down." Watch Jonez electrify the Woodystock crowd with his energetic blend of blues, funk, rock and soul.

  *One of the more eclectic bands to grace the Woodystock stage is Electric Parlor. The L.A.-based quartet takes pride in creating music that has an honest, raw, and live feel to it, relatable to music fans all over the world.  They are inspired by the past, and the lessons they have learned from years of listening to the forefathers of Rock 'n' Roll.


The tasty Down-Home Blues of guitarist Victor Crain
graces the stage of Woodystock again this year.


  *The guitar playing style of well-known High Desert-ite Victor Crain was once favorably compared to the great Jimi Hendrix. Crain, who resides in Llano, returns to Woodystock again this year to play some tasty Down-Home Blues. 









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