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Showing posts with label Buddy Guy's Legends. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Buddy Guy's Legends. Show all posts

Monday, March 3, 2014

Buddy Guys Legends Presents: The Planetary Blues Band in Concert

At the Planetary Blues Band's CD Release Party last May 15 at Buddy Guy's Legends, the great one himself jumped onstage and did a few songs with the Valparaiso, Indiana-based band. They return to perform again there this Sunday night, March 9.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 9:30 P.M.

   (CHICAGO, IL) - Premiere Chicago blues venue Buddy Guy's Legends presents The Planetary Blues Band in concert, Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. Buy $10. tickets in advance at The Valparaiso, Indiana-based group are favorites at Legends, where the club's namesake, Buddy Guy, joined them onstage for a few songs last May at the CD Release Party for their critically-acclaimed "Once Upon A Time In The South Loop."

   The Planetary Blues Band also perform at the Big Dawg On My Trail Blues Festival on Saturday, July 12 in Richmond, Indiana.

   Planetary (the nickname they’re known by) and Once Upon A Time In The South Loop  were recipients of year-end honors including the #7 spot on The Sunday Night Blues Project (“an attractive abundance of energy and talent and plenty of chops. This CD showcases a band on the way up.”); a "Top 10 Regional Albums of 2013” pick by Northwest Indiana Times’ music critic, Tom Lounges (“there have been few, if any, Northwestern Indiana groups who have steadily progressed and impressed as the Schaefer-Murray brothers who, as The Planetary Blues Band, have evolved into a rock solid unit.”); and ”Future of the Blues – Class of 2013” pick as selected by Blues Underground.  
    Check out The Planetary Blues Band performing "Tell Me Mama" by the great Litlle Walter at Legends, below:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Cash Box Kings, Southern Hospitality Award Winners!
The Cash Box Kings and Southern Hospitality both won 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards for their Blind Pig albums at ceremonies held at Buddy Guy's Legends club in Chicago on October 31st.
The Cash Box Kings' Black Toppin' was named the best "Traditional Blues Album" and the debut release from Southern Hospitality, Easy Livin', was the winner of the "Best New Artist Debut" award.                                      

 Joe Nosek(Photo: Jim Netter)
Before being announced winners of the Blues Blast Music Award, The Cash Box Kings performed two songs for the crowd at Legends, skillfully displaying their uncanny ability to deliver authentic, back-in-the-day Chicago blues. Featuring the harp work of Joe Nosek, the outstanding vocals of Oscar Wilson and the sterling guitar playing of Joel Paterson, they put on one of the best performances of the evening.
Oscar accepting the BBM award from Cookie Taylor (Photo: Marilyn Stringer)
Nosek called the award "a real honor" and said, "a great thanks goes out to all our fans, friends, and family for the support they've given us.  We also really want to thank everyone at Blind Pig for having faith to put out a record like this."  Wilson added, "Blues Blast magazine and all the people associated with this project, I thank you so much.  Yes, fans, thank you guys and gals most of all!"
Living Blues magazine proclaimed their release, "a great record by one of the best blues bands in the land," while No Depression added, "The ghosts of Muddy Waters, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and Little Walter must be smiling.  Black Toppin' might be the best blues album you'll hear this year."
Southern Hospitality, who were unable to perform at the awards show because they were on tour in Norway, are turning heads far and wide with their incredible live shows.  Fronted by Damon Fowler on lap steel guitar, Victor Wainwright on piano, and JP Soars on guitar, the group has been taking the roots music world by storm, with critics comparing them to the Allman Brothers, Little Feat, and Dr. John. Easy Livin' was produced by Tab Benoit, who said, "Damon, Victor and JP are the future of roots music." 

Upon hearing about the award, Soars admitted he was "surprised but very grateful."  Wainwright added, "I'm really humbled and honored.  Winning the Best New Artist Debut is really exciting and I'm very thankful for the tremendous support from our fans, friends and family!"  And Fowler succinctly summed up the group's reaction with, "Yea, man!!!"
Hittin' the Note magazine called the album "a dozen potent shots of pure Southern pleasure, reminiscent of the best days of Southern rock."  Vintage Guitar added, "A rock solid release. At the level on which these guys operate, genre is irrelevant. They're simply good players playing at the top their game."
To watch the video of the band performing a track from the album, "Kind Lies & Whiskey," please click HERE.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Planetary Blues Band CD Release Party at Buddy Guys Legends


Announce The Release Of Their New Album,
"Once Upon A Time In The South Loop"
Perform Live: Buddy Guy's Legends - Wednesday, May 15 
(CD Release Party)
  (Chicago, IL) -  Rising blues-rock ensemble The Planetary Blues Band, celebrate the release of their new album, Once Upon A Time In The South Loop," with a CD Release Party at Buddy Guys Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, Wednesday, May 15. 9:30 p.m. $10. Info: (312) 427-1190 or log onto fref=ts. The band considers Legends their 'home-away-from-home' - gigging at the famed blues venue regularly the last few years to large crowds.  

   Other upcoming show dates: CD Release Party at The Franklin House in Valparaiso (Friday, June 7); Buddy Guy's Legends (Friday, June 28); Leroy's Hot Stuff in Porter (Friday, August 9). 
  This unique trio of brothers (Martin Schaefer-Murray, guitar-vocals; Michael Schaefer-Murray, guitar-vocals; Bobby Schaefer-Murray, bass; also Nick Evans, drums) got their start playing, and being influenced by, the Blues. The band was born in Valparaiso, Indiana in 1999 in their mother's basement, where they spent countless hours learning entire albums by Chicago Blues greats like Magic Sam, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, and Son Seals. From there, over the course of the past ten-plus years, Planetary has held onto those roots while expanding outward into various other corners of the musical universe.
"We decided to keep it simple, and write with the Blues as our focus. The idea for this album, and our albums to come, is to explore the Blues genre as fully and concisely as possible." - Martin Schaefer-Murray in All Access Magazine interview (read entire interview here:

   With the release of Once Upon A Time In The South Loop, The Planetary Blues Band take a giant step towards fulfilling their goals - "
pushing our new album, getting more radio play, and gigging as much as possible....(also to) work, write songs, and pay tribute where it is due.  
  "We know the blues scene and we know our unique selling points. A plan is in place. Any goal without a plan is a wish, and we have big goals."

  Check out The Planetary Blues Band at Buddy Guys Legends performing spot-on renditions of "Somebody's Got To Go" by blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson and "Tell Me Mama" by the great Little Walter:


Once Upon A Time In The South Loop CDs & Band Interviews Available. 
 ALL ACCESS MAGAZINE - Interview                   

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Where (Blues) Legends Are Made: Howard and the White Boys Return To Buddy Guy's Legends

Howard Logo
            "Chicago's Hardest-Working Blues Band...For Over Two Decades!"

Howard & The White Boys Return To Buddy Guys Legends - Sun, Feb. 24
   (CHICAGO,, IL)  - One of the first venues that Howard and the White Boys were fortunate enough to perform at regularly when they first formed was Buddy Guys Legends in their hometown of Chicago. Indeed, the blues guitar master not only became the band's unofficial mentor, but also took them on a major Midwestern tour in 1995 as his opening act, followed by a special appearance on their 1999 album Made In Chicago, where he dueted with lead vocalist Howard McCullum and contributed some scorching lead licks on the Sam And Dave classic, "I Thank You" (listen to the song here:
      Howard and the White Boys return to perform at Buddy Guys Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, Sunday, February 24. 9 pm. $10. Info: (312) 427-1190 or

   Known for a long time now as "Chicago's Hardest-Working Blues Band," the veteran blues quartet 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 - while getting ready to record the follow up to their critically-acclaimed most recent recording, MADE IN CHICAGO (Evidence Records).Most recently, band member Rocco Calipari has branched out with his side project Head Honchos', who have released a well-received debut CD.   

represents the zenith of the group's recorded output, and it's certainly the disc that Howard & the White Boys are most proud of. While the band hadn't recorded in six years, they've been gigging continuously throughout the U.S. and Europe; this, in turn, has lent their trademark brand of contemporary blues an indomitable tightness brimming with raw power. All of this comes through on the new disc, proving that the wait was well worth it.           
   Here's a live rendition of H&TWB's popular song "Booty And Barbeque" from the group's Spring 2012 U.S. Tour.

     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.).


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Don't You Ever Leave Me All Alone - Andrew "Voice" Odom

Eminently capable of serving up spot-on imitations of both Bobby "Blue" Bland and B.B. King, Andrew Odom was also a man of many interrelated nicknames: Voice, Big Voice, B.B., Little B.B., B.B. Junior. Perhaps his chameleonic talents held him back; Odom was a journeyman Chicago singer who recorded relatively sparingly.

Like the majority of his peers, Odom started out singing spirituals but fell in with Albert King and Johnny O'Neal on the St. Louis blues scene of the mid-'50s and began plying his trade there. He made an unobtrusive recording debut in 1961, singing "East St. Louis" with the band of one Little Aaron for the highly obscure Marlo imprint. He arrived in Chicago around 1960, hooking up with Earl Hooker as the slide guitar wizard's vocalist. A single for Nation Records in 1967 (as Andre Odom) preceded his debut album for ABC-BluesWay (cut in 1969, it remained in the can for quite a while before the label finally issued it).

A guest spot on Jimmy Dawkins' encore Delmark LP, All for Business, was a highlight of the '70s for the singer. He cut his own album for the French Isabel label in 1982 in the company of Magic Slim & the Teardrops (reissued by Evidence in 1993), but it was a 1992 set for Flying Fish, Goin' to California (co-produced by guitarist Steve Freund), that probably captured his considerable vocal charms the best.

Odom was a popular attraction on the Windy City circuit right up until the fateful night when he suffered a heart attack while driving from Buddy Guy's Legends to another local blues mecca, the Checkerboard Lounge. He's been missed ever since.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Last Night - Ray Beadle Band

Ray Beadle is an established Sydney based blues musician. Considered among some of the best in Australian Blues, this talented young musician had been noticed world wide. .... He has played a 3 month residency with the house band in B.B King's Club in Memphis and Buddy Guy’s Blues Club in Chicago as well as several Southern Blues festivals. While in America Ray recorded with Mark Sallings. Ray has also had the privelge of being asked to play with American greats such as Andy Just, Dave Bowen and Chris Cain. ....Chris Cain has said,.... “Ray is unquestionably one of the finest musicians I have come across …His song writing has a harmonic and emotional depth that many strive for but few capture. Ray’s guitar work…well, lets just say this cat is VERY dangerous.”
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011


The Michael Packer Blues Band rolled into Chicago from New York City on Wednesday morning October 19th tired, ragged but ready to donate their time for a celebration of David Honeyboy Edwards life in a evening performance of blues. Buddy Guy's Legends club opened about 11 am and to my surprise and delight when I introduced myself and told the manager that we had just drove from New York. He said ":Welcome!" and with open arms proceeded to show us 2 green rooms upstairs where we could relax and take it easy so we would be ready for the nights event. They basically gave us the run of the joint. My hat goes off to the management and staff @ Buddy Guys. They made us feel at home and we were. Home of the blues in Chicago.

The night started with a VIP party and acoustic acts with everyone telling their Honeyboy Edwards stories. To me the highlite was listening to Liz Mandeville who has recorded several CDs for Earwig Music which is owned by Honeyboy's manager and side-kick for 40 years Michael Frank. I had the honor of presenting Michael Frank with a Blues Hall Of Fame Award as well as a Blues Hall Of Fame Legendary Blues Artist Award for Honeyboy which was given to his family.

My band shortly took the stage and brought our New York blues to Chicago and got the party started. By the looks of the faces of the crowd we brought some joy and that is what Honeyboy was all about so we did our job. It then proceeded into a jam with guest artists most notably Earwig Artist Tim Woods and Blue Skunk artist harmonica ace Deak Harp. Grammy nominees Ronnie and Wayne Brooks and their band took the stage with the marvelous Chicago harp player Billy Branch. The night concluded with the real deal Chicago Bluesman Johnny Drummer.

The event was a huge success raising money for The Honeyboy Edwards Fund @ The National Blues Museum. The Michael Packer Blues Band made our way into the night soon after Johnny Drummer sang "Sweet Home Chicago". We had a gig in New Jersey the next day. The Chicago blues and Honeboy Edwards were still in are heads but most of all in our hearts when we headed east on route 80 as we took the blues highway home.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Buddy Guy: At Home and Acoustic

George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is an American blues and jazz guitarist and singer. He is a critically acclaimed artist who has established himself as a pioneer of the Chicago blues sound, and has served as an influence to some of the most notable musicians of his generation. Guy is known, too, for his showmanship on stage, playing his guitar with drumsticks, or strolling into the audience while playing solos. He was ranked thirtieth in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". His song "Stone Crazy" was ranked seventy-eighth in list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time also of Rolling Stone