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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Big Show - Papa J and Friends - New release review

I just got a copy of the new Papa J release and it really good. It isn't dominated by the vocals or the instrumentation. It's a good solid blues album. There are actually a few of my modern blues favorites on here and Papa J has taken their own take on them. Very cool!


Stevie's Creole Cafe' August 7; Hot August Nights Fest August 20

Real Blues Festival 2 Logo

BREAKING NEWS - IT'S OFFICIAL! Real Blues Festival of Orange County 3 will take place next August at an outdoor location in Fullerton, it was announced by festival organizer Papa J. Watch for more information about RBF3 in Southland Blues and other fine blues publications in the near future! RBF2 attracted almost 300 blues lovers to the Olde Ship in Santa Ana to see such acts as "Queen of Steam" Michele Lundeen, Delta Blues guitar ace K.K. Martin, gal-fronted blues hotties the Scorch Sisters and the Santa Ana High School Band among many others!

PAPA J & FRIENDS RELEASE "THE BIG SHOW" - "As a group we tried to run the gambit of styles and feelings that are what make up the blues," says Papa J about the band's new 10-song disc. Some of the album's tracks in his own words.

"Checkin' Up On My Baby" - "a great Sonny Boy Williamson tune that I thought would be fun to kind of shows how insecure musicians are."

"Dimples" - "a truly simple John Lee Hooker song, that reminds me of all the girls on the road."

"Laundromat Blues" - "Albert King for all you guys that worry if your woman is too sad, so true."

"Slip Stumble & Fall" - "at sixty-plus years of age I still say this every day: it's so easy to forget what got you here. God Bless the Blues."

ENCINO GETS THE (REAL) BLUES - Papa J is set to appear along with SoCal's own 11-yr-old blues guitar prodigy Ray Goren and veteran keyboard ace Deacon Jones at popular San Fernando Valley bistro Stevie's Creole Cafe', 16911 Ventura Blvd., Encino, Sunday, August 7. Showtime 6:30 p.m. $12.50 advance/$15. door; KJZZ listeners and area Blues Society members with I.D. $10. (818) 528-3500 or Master of Ceremonies is the one and only Ann The Raven (KCSN-FM). The three musicians last performed together at Real Blues Festival 2, bringing the house down amid numerous encore calls from the crowd!!

Hot August Nights Poster

GET SOME HOT AUGUST NIGHTS SIMI VALLEY BLUES - Papa J and Friends are bringing the Real Blues to our friends in Simi Valley at the beautiful Arena, 999 Enchanted Way, Saturday, August 20, for an special event called "Hot August Nights." Besides the blues, a custom Hot Rod show is on tap along with performances by top area rock bands Fortune plus Ed Hillhouse and the Back Talkers. 7 pm-midnite. $10 (advance), $15 (door). 18 and over. Info: (805) 300-7827 or This event should be a blast!

WHAT ELSE: The Orange County-based harpist and vocalist won "Entertainer of the Year" at the 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards. Score one for the Blues!

And this video doesn't well demonstrate the music on the cd.

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