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I started a quest to find terrific blues music and incredible musicianship when I was just a little kid. I also have a tremendous appreciation of fine musical instruments and equipment. One of my greatest joys all of my life was sharing my finds with my friends. I'm now publishing my journey. I hope that you come along!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Neoprene Fedora New CD release and tour! 

"Neoprene Fedora" Rockin' Johnny Burgin CD release and tour!   

Rockin' Johnny's new CD is OUT and available at all shows and at CD Baby.  "Neoprene Fedora" documents Johnny's move to California after a long and illustrious career in Chicago.  Like his previous effort, "Greetings from Greaseland", this CD shows a true Chi-Cali blues summit going on!  This time around, he's written 11 originals ranging from surf to zydeco to gut-bucket blues.  There's a great mix of talent on this disc: BMA nominees and winners like Kid Andersen on guitar, piano and the recording console, drummers Stephen Dougherty and June Core (Charlie Musselwhite, Little Charley and the Nightcats), guest vocalist Alabama Mike, and saxophonist Nancy Wright, and bassist Vance Ehlers all contribute great performances.  Rising Bay Area harmonica star Aki Kumar contributes two guest vocals and great performances throughout.  Aki and Johnny's remarkable synergy is in great abundance-- you can see why recent tours of their West Coast Meets Chicago package are meeting with rave reviews and capacity crowds.  Steve Willis, long-time accordion player for Elvin Bishop, shines on Johnny's zydeco numbers.  Noted Bay area veteran Bob Welsh, who also plays with Elvin Bishop, plays excellent guitar and piano as well. Rockin Johnny's seventh CD since 1998 shows an artist at the height of his powers as a songwriter, singer and guitarist. Get your copy today.

ON TOUR:   It's been a great tour since 1.31-- 28 dates so far swinging through AZ, NM, TX, MS, IL, IN, WI and MN.  Thank you to all the fans who have been coming out!
Wed, March 15: The Wheelhouse, Waupaca, WI
Thurs, March 16: Lagunitas Tap Room, Chicago, 4.20-7.30   solo show
Thurs: March 16: BLUES on Halsted, Chicago, 9.30-1.30  CD Release Party! ft Bennie Rickum, harp
Fri, March 17: The Smoke Daddy, Chicago, 9-12  CD Release Party! ft Bennie Rickum, harp
Sat, March 18: WLUW 88.7 radio interview w author James Porter, 11 am Chicago
Sat, March 18: KJ McKeown's, Morris, IL 7-11
Sun, March 19: The Blue Goose, Toronto, CANADA, w Gary Kendall and Sugar Brown
Mon-Wed, March 20-22: Recording session w Sugar Brown
Thurs, March 23: Mississippi Queen Foods, Hamilton, ON, CANADA, w Sugar Brown
Sat, March 25: Castro's, Toronto, CANADA, w Sugar Brown
Mon, March 27: Martyr's, Chicago, solo show.  Triple bill with Hugh Trimble and Justin Howl
Thurs, March 30: Sonograph, Le Thor, FRANCE, w Aki Kumar and Demetria Taylor
Fri, March 31: Salais Blues Festival, Salaise Sur Sonne, FRANCE w Aki Kumar and Demetria Taylor
Sat, April 1: Jazz En Nord Festival, FRANCE, w Aki Kumar and Demetria Taylor
Sun, April 2: Pub 23, Kouvola, FINLAND, w Aki Kumar
Sun, April 9: Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch, London, UK, w Big Joe Louis and Aki Kumar
Mon, Tues, April 10-11: dates with Giles Robson and Aki Kumar, details TBA
Thurs, April 13: JAM Club, Moscow. RUSSIA w Aki Kumar  WEST COAST MEETS CHICAGO tour
Fri, April 14: Roadhouse Blues Club, Moscow, RUSSIA, w Aki Kumar
Sat, April 15: Port Arthur, Saint Petersburg, RUSSIA, w Aki Kumar
Wed, April 19: Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago
Thurs, April 20: Leadbelly's, Champaign, IL w Joe Asselin
Fri, April 21: Joe's Bar, Marysville, KS
Sat, April 22: ZOO Bar, Lincoln, NE double bill w the Iguanas
Sun, April 23: The Corner Bar, Fremont, NE
Mon, April 24: The Garage on Beck, Salt Lake City Utah
Thurs, April 27: made it back to CA!  Little Lou's, Campbell, CA w Aki Kumar and Trickbag from Sweden.
Fri, April 28: Murphy's Law, Sunnyvale, CA, w Aki Kumar and Trickbag
Sat, April 29: The Torch, Sacramento, CA, w Aki Kumar and Trickbag

For complete tour dates, check out my NEW site,
See you at the shows and thank you very much!


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