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Showing posts with label Ohio. Show all posts
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Lisa Biales Says I’m Singing in My Soul on New CD from Big Song Music, Due April 16 Singer/Songwriter to Celebrate New CD Release with a Series of Promo Events

OXFORD, OH – Singer/songwriter Lisa Biales (pronounced “Be-Alice”) announces an April 16 release date for her new CD, Singing in My Soul, coming from Big Song Music. Lisa is backed on the new CD by Cincinnati-based pianist Ricky Nye (who also produced the album) and the Paris Blues Band (and yes, they really are from France), which includes Thibaut Chopin on upright bass, Anthony Stelmaszack on guitar and Simon “Shuffle” Boyer on drums.

Lisa Biales, with Ricky Nye and The Paris Blues Band will celebrate the new CD release with a series of special promotion events in her native Ohio and Kentucky. Dates include shows at the WNKU – Studio 89 Concert Series at Northern Kentucky University on April 22; the Oxford Community Arts Center in Oxford, Ohio on April 25; and Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza and Concert House in Worthington, Ohio on April 26.
The 10 cuts on Singing in My Soul reflect Lisa’s diverse musical tastes, as she covers everything from gospel (Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s “Strange Things Happening Every Day” and the title track); blues (Mississippi John Hurt’s “Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me,” Sippie Wallace’s “You Got to Know How” and W. C. Handy’s “Careless Love”); old time pop (Blu Lu Barker’s “A Little Bird Told Me,” Peggy Lee’s “Waiting for the Train to Come In”); and even a beautiful slow ballad version of the doo-wop classic, “I Only Have Eyes for You”. Lisa’s lone original song on the album, “Magic Garden,” a tune she wrote in a playful finger-style guitar framework, fits in perfectly amongst the rest of the repertoire. Of special note is her wondrous take of “Write Me in Care of the Blues,” a song she found doing research for the play “Always, Patsy Cline,” in which Biales was cast in the leading role for the local production.

“The director approached me to see if I was interested in playing the part of Patsy Cline for our community theatre group OxAct,” Biales said.  “Well, I loved Patsy Cline and all the songs that were in the show.  I thought about it for about three years.  Finally, I said yes and blocked off my schedule a year in advance.  We hired a fantastic band, and the two-woman show, with Nora Ellen Bowers playing the part of Patsy’s friend Louise, sold out every night for three weeks in Oxford, Ohio. We had a ball and I LOVED singing those wonderful songs and stepping into Patsy Cline's shoes every night. My favorite scene from the play was in the kitchen, sitting at the table, with a cigarette in hand, singing ‘Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray.’”
The organic chemistry of Lisa’s work in the studio with Ricky Nye and The Paris Blues Band translates on disc to a beautifully comfortable listening experience, creating a house concert ambience throughout.  

“I like the feeling we got on this recording over all,” Lisa recalled. “Everyone was in a good mood, cracking on each other. I loved hearing Simon count off a tune ‘un deux trois’ in French. We recorded together in one room; and the vocals are the original ‘scratch’ vocals from the session. We captured something special and I didn’t want to change a thing. When you work with people who like playing together, you get something magical. 

“One of my favorite parts of this recording session was watching Ricky, Thibaut, Simon and Anthony sing on the song, ‘A Little Bird Told Me’. They all stood around one mic and got a real old school call-and-response feel to this song. They were hesitant at first about singing; I told them I loved this kind of singing and wanted their voices on my record.  This song makes me very happy.”

Ohio-based Lisa Biales has spent a lifetime making music. Her diverse musical influences drive her to continue to evolve as an artist, singer and guitarist. Singing in My Soul showcases her amazing gift for making cover songs all her own. She sings with a crystal pure voice and writes music about the simple things in life. Lisa grew up in a musical family and began her career as a performing songwriter at an early age. She’s independently released seven albums of music under her own Big Song Music label, and is heard on radio stations around the world. Her song “Playing with Angels” went to #1 in Australia and “Where the Buckwheat Blooms” hit #32 on the folk radio charts in the U.S.

Her 2012 release, Just Like Honey, was produced by EG Kight and the legendary Paul Hornsby and garnered universal acclaim for Lisa’s music. Just Like Honey was also named as one of the top 100 Blues Albums of 2012 by the Roots Music Report. Lisa has been called “The Belle of the Blues” and critics rave about her powerful, sultry, crystal pure voice.  “She can stretch out a note to the kind of length that makes you forget that you are holding your breath,” said Alternate Root Magazine. “Lisa’s soul-stirring voice and unique guitar has created her signature sound,” wrote The Cincinnati Enquirer.
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4/22       WNKU-Studio 89 (Griffin Hall, N. KY University - free)                     Highland Hts., KY
4/25       Oxford Community Arts Center 8pm (CD Release Show)               Oxford, OH
4/26       Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza & Concert House (CD Release Show)    Worthington, OH
5/18       Oxford Wine & Art Festival (Lisa Biales Trio 6:30-8:00pm)               Oxford, OH

Additional dates forthcoming….

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Old Slow Blues - The Sonny Moorman Group

I came to play" says Sonny Moorman. "I was raised in the bars my folks owned in and around Hamilton, OH and got to hear world class artists Lonnie Mack, Cal Collins, Dumpy Rice, Troy Seals, Wayne Perry, and a score of others up close and personal and learned one thing – all the hype in the world doesn't mean a thing unless you can back it up!" Those are words Sonny has lived by through the decades of roadhouses, bars, and juke joints from coast to coast. He backed it up gig after gig, night after night, and year after year until his own "hype" got too big to go unnoticed any longer. After a decade of playing rock bars in Michigan with a variety of bands and a five year "visit" to LA during which he graduated from Musician's Institute and played with "Z Deluxe" (Warren Zevon's former tour band), Moorman returned to Ohio – and to the Blues. When Cincinnati Blues icon Big Ed Thompson suffered his debilitating stroke, Sonny was brought in to handle the guitar and vocal chores in Big Ed's band – the Cincinnati Blues All-Stars. The CBA's ETH Records release – Live at Burbank's chronicled the band during this period, and Living Blues Magazine was effusive in it's praise for Moorman's playing and singing. Not satisfied with the stylistic limitations of the All-Stars, Sonny moved on – to the Blues/Rock power trio format that is his vehicle to date. In 1994, Moorman and his band played the Memphis Cross-Cultural Music Exposition and got a recording deal with Sun Studio's 706 Records imprint. "Gary Hardy (then Sun Studio manager) came up to me before I walked off of the stage at Blues City and offered us a deal", says Sonny. Two 706 Records releases followed – L*I*V*E and Telegraph Road. At that point Moorman started what became a four-year tour with Easyriders Magazine playing their events and became a client of manager William Perkins (Allman Bros., SRV, Tinsley Ellis). Sonny recorded his next releases on Perkins' Atlas Records label, including the 2009 Just Plain Folks, Best Blues Album / Best Blues Song nominee – Crossroads Motel, Live as Hell, and and Sonny's current release, More Live as Hell – Up to My Neck in the Blues. In addition to the critical acclaim from these releases, Sonny is the 2007 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo 2nd place, 2008 Solo/Duo "Blues Artist on the Rise" – Blues Festival Guide Magazine, and he and his band were finalists in the 2010 International Blues Challenge.

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

I Feel Like Crying - Andrew Tibbs

Melvin Andrew Grayson, 2 February 1929, Columbus, Ohio, USA, d. 5 May 1991, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Although little-known now, Tibbs was an important contributor to the early success of the Aristocrat record label, the precursor of Chess Records and Checker Records. His father, Rev. S.A. Grayson, was one of Chicago’s most prominent Baptist ministers and the young Tibbs sang in choirs directed by Mahalia Jackson and Ruth Jones (who later married his brother, Robert, and changed her name to Dinah Washington). He based his blues singing style on Roy Brown, Ivory Joe Hunter and Gatemouth Moore. He was spotted while singing at the Macomba Lounge by owner Leonard Chess, who was in the process of buying Aristocrat Records. Still aged only 18, both sides of his first single, ‘Bilbo Is Dead’ and ‘Union Man Blues’, caused controversy; the first was seen as a criticism of the recently deceased Mississippi segregationist senator, Theodore Bilbo, while local Chicago teamster unions objected to the b-side. Tibbs recorded another six singles for Aristocrat, including ‘Married Man Blues’, and ‘You Can’t Win’ for Chess and ‘Rock Savoy Rock’ for Peacock. After an unissued session for Savoy, he and his brother Kenneth recorded a single for Atco Records in 1956, which featured King Curtis on his first Atlantic Records session. Tibbs’ last single, ‘Stone Hearted Woman’, was recorded for M-Pac! in 1965. He retired from singing thereafter and worked for West Electric for the rest of his life. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Gasoline and Matches - Buddy Miller, Don Heffington, Don Was, Jim Lauderdale, Greg Leisz

Steven P. "Buddy" Miller (born September 6, 1952 in Fairborn, Ohio) is a country singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist and producer, currently living in Nashville, Tennessee. Miller is married to and has recorded with singer-songwriter Julie Miller. Miller formed the Buddy Miller Band, which included singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin on vocals and guitar. In addition to releasing several solo albums over the years, Miller has toured as lead guitarist and backing vocalist for Emmylou Harris's Spyboy band, Steve Earle on his El Corazon tour, Shawn Colvin, and Linda Ronstadt. He co-produced and performed on Jimmie Dale Gilmore's 2000 album Endless Night. He has also appeared on several albums by songwriter and singer Lucinda Williams. In 2004, Miller toured with Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, and David Rawlings as the Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue. At the 4th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards, the Ryman Auditorium September 2005, Miller received the Album of the Year Award for Universal United House of Prayer, and the opening cut of that album, "Worry Too Much" (penned by Mark Heard, and originally released on his Second Hand album), won the Song of the Year Award. Buddy Miller has also produced albums for a number of artists. During 2006 Solomon Burke came over to Miller's house at Nashville to record his country album 'Nashville' on which Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch and Dolly Parton appear as duet partners. He has a signature acoustic guitar made by the Fender company, and frequently uses vintage Wandre electric guitars. Buddy Miller toured as part of the band on Robert Plant and Alison Krauss's Raising Sand tour of the USA and Europe, and with Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin on the Three Girls and Their Buddy tour. While on tour, Miller suffered a heart attack in Baltimore on February 19, 2009 following his performance as part of the MammoJam Music Festival and underwent triple bypass surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital on 20 February. At the annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards program at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on September 18, 2008, Miller received the "AMA Instrumentalist Of The Year" award, which was presented to him by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Miller was joined by Plant on a performance of a new song "Whatcha Gonna Do, Leroy" from his album Written in Chalk which was released in March 2009. He also was part of the band for John Fogerty's The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again in 2009. In 2010, Miller again joined Robert Plant and Patty Griffin with Robert Plant's Band of Joy, touring both the US and Europe. Miller produced Patty Griffin's Downtown Church which was released in 2010 and won a Gram If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Jorma & Hot Tuna on Tour!

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Jorma On Tour 
January 26 - February 23, 2013 
Jorma wraps up a Fur Peace Ranch On the Road workshop in San Diego this morning and heads over to Phoenix, AZ then back to Califonia for a series of shows along the left coast.  Jack jumps back "on the bus" in February for some Acoustic Hot Tuna performances . . .The guys plan to do a little fishing along the Pacific Northwest coast.  They then head inland for a trip through the Rockies.  They cap things off by bringing the Hot Tuna to the upper mid-west to help things thaw out a bit from the latest arctic blast.
Jorma Tour Dates:   Jorma

01/26/13    Musical Instrument
                  Phoenix, AZ

1/27/13      Belly Up Tavern
                  Solana Beach, CA

1/29/13      SoHo
                  Santa Barbara, CA

1/31/13      Pappy and Harriets
                  Pioneertown, CA

2/01/13      McCabe's Guitar Shop
                  Santa Monica, CA                             Two shows:
                  8pm & 10pm

2/02/13      McCabe's Guitar Shop
                  Santa Monica, CA                             Two shows:
                  8pm & 10pm
2/04/13      Sweetwater Music Hall
                  Mill Valley, CA

2/05/13      Sweetwater Music Hall
                  Mill Valley, CA

2/06/13      Arcata Theater                  
                  Arcata, CA
Hot Tuna on Tour
Acoustic Hot Tuna Tour Dates:

2/08/13       Rogue Theatre
                   Grant's Pass, OR

2/09/13       Tower Theatre
                   Bend, OR
2/10/13       Aladin Theater
                   Portland, OR
2/11/13       The Triple Door
                   Seattle, WA
                   Bozeman, MT
2/15/13       Pink Garter TheatreJorma & Jack
                   Jackson Hole, WY
2/16/13       State Room
                   Salt Lake City, UT
2/17/13       The Oriental Theater
                   Denver, CO
2/20/13       Meyer Theatre
                   Green Bay, WI
2/21/13       Fitzgerald Theater
                   Saint Paul, MN
2/22/13       Barrymore Theatre
                   Madison, WI
2/23/13       Old Town School Of Folk Music    
                   Chicago, IL
                   Two shows: 7pm & 10pm
Hot Tuna Jamaican style!

Get out of the cold and snow and warm yourself to Hot Tuna Jamaican style! Join Hot Tuna at 11th Annual FEAT FAN EXCURSION at The Breezes Grand Negril Resort in Negril, Jamaica. Confirmed special musical guests are: Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams.

There are 6 levels of rooms available each with their own amenities and pricing structure for this all-inclusive 4-night event March 6 - 10, 2013. In addition,5,6,7 and 8 night packages are also available starting on March 5th.

For more information visit Feat Fan Excursion Page

3/6-10/13        The Breezes Grand Negril Resort
                                     also Little Feat              
                             Tickets and Information
                                   Negril, Jamaica
In This Issue
Jorma Tour Dates
Holiday Feast with Jorma
Holiday Feast with Jorma
New to iTunes
Hot Tuna iTunes
New iTunes Releases
Can't make it to a show?  Check out some of these new releases at iTunes!


03-24-1978 Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio, CA 
Only months after the last Tuna shows to be played in the decade of the 70's, Jorma takes the stage this release you'll hear songs such as Sleep Song, Police Dog Blues, Killing Time in the Crystal City, as well as In the Kingdom.
The Turning Point
Piermont, NY
This show was shortly after Jorma had recorded the then soon to be released "Blue Country Heart". Hear Jorma play for the first time many of the songs from the then upcoming release: Blue Railroad Train, Prohibition Blues, Terrible Operation as well as classic Jorma: Watch the North Wind Rise, Serpent of Dreams, True Religion

Barrel House Brewing Company, Cincinnati, OH
Kaukarano...a Duo Show featuring Jorma along with Michael Falzarano. Jorma and Michael run through classic Jorma: Candy Man, Ice Age, Winin' Boy Blues as well as Michael's songs like: It's Just My Way, Big Fish, and Michael's version of the classic Grateful Dead song Friend of the Devil.

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Hot Tuna


Hiro Ballroom, NYC
A rarely seen sight outside the Fur Peace Station in recent years, one April night in NYC
Jack and Jorma graced the stage as the "Original Acoustic Hot Tuna Duo".  The show was sold out.
The intimate crowd was entertained with classic TUNA DUO. Songs included in this release are 99 Year Blues, Candy Man, Been So Long, I Know You Rider, Come Back Baby

Britt Festival,
Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville, OR
Another great DUO show featuring just Jack and Jorma!!!  Featuring Fools Blues, Trial By Fire, Genesis, and an encore of Walkin' Blues
Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, NY
First show of the East Coast portion of the Summer 2001 Tour...Long Island... The Duo Tour continues with classics such as Good Shepherd, Day to Day Out the Window Blues, Ice Age, Follow the Drinking Gourd, Third Week in the Chelsea

Visit Hot Tuna's iTunes Directory

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Drunk - Tommy Tucker

Robert Higginbotham better known by his stage name, Tommy Tucker (March 5, 1933 – January 22, 1982) was an American blues singer-songwriter and pianist. He is best known for the 1964 hit song, "Hi-Heel Sneakers", that went to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and peaked at #23 in the UK Singles Chart. He was born Robert Higginbotham, to Leroy and Mary Higginbotham, the fifth of eleven children, in Springfield, Ohio. Tucker's follow-up release, "Long Tall Shorty", was less successful. Nevertheless, musicians that played on his albums included Louisiana Red, Willie Dixon and Donny Hathaway. Tucker co-wrote a song with Atlantic Records founder executive Ahmet Ertegün, called "My Girl (I Really Love Her So)". Tucker left the music industry in the late 1960s, taking a position as a real estate agent in New Jersey. He also did freelance writing for a local newspaper in East Orange, New Jersey, writing of the plight and ignorance of black males in America, and the gullibility and exploitation of African Americans in general by the white-dominated media.[citation needed] Tucker currently has four albums selling in Europe and over the internet, through the Red Lightnin' record label. Tucker was the father of up-and-coming blues artist Teeny Tucker (real name Regina Westbrook), and was the cousin of Joan Higginbotham, the U.S. female astronaut who launched in November 2006 on the Space Shuttle Discovery. He was also friends with Davey Moore, the featherweight who died following a boxing contest with Sugar Ramos; and Johnny Lytle, the renowned vibraphonist. Tucker died in 1982 at the age of 48 at College Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, from inhaling carbon tetrachloride while refinishing the hardwood floors of his home; though his death has been alternatively attributed to food poisoning. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Somebody's Gotta Go - Cootie Williams & His Orchestra

Edward "Ed" Burke (January 13, 1909, Fulton, Ohio - April 19, 1988, East Elmhurst, New York) was an American jazz musician. Burke was adept at both violin and trombone, and played both professionally in jazz bands. He worked with Walter Barnes late in the 1920s, then with Cassino Simpson and Ed Carry in the early 1930s. He worked with Kenneth Anderson in 1934 before joining Erskine Tate's band through the end of 1935. Following a stint with Horace Henderson, he joined Earl Hines's band in 1938. In the 1940s he played with Walter Fuller and Coleman Hawkins, and later in the decade with Duke Ellington and Cootie Williams. In the early 1950s he joined Cab Calloway's band, then worked with Buddy Johnson a few years later. In the 1960s and 1970s Burke essentially went into retirement, though he occasionally played with musicians such as Lem Johnson and Wally Edwards. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

You Won'tTreat Me Right - Big Jack Reynolds and His Blues Men

Georgia Marshall Reynolds was born in Dayton, OH. in 1921. He was influenced by Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lightnin' Hopkins and Memphis Slim. He learned how to play harmonica as well as slide guitar in his youth. He moved to Detroit, MI. in the 1950's finding work on the local club scene, rubbing elbows with John Lee Hooker and Bobo Jenkins. Reynolds didn't record very much. His debut recordings were made in 1964. (This being one of them). A remake of St. Louis Jimmy's "Going Down Slow" appeared on a Fortune Records compilation LP shortly afterwards. In the late 60's he cut another 45 for the Mah's label. In 1987 he recorded a few songs on a CD entitled "Two Aces & A Jack" a compilation that helped rejump interest in the Toledo, Ohio blues scene. He was given the nickname "Big Jack" in his early club days, since he was a man who weighed over 200 pounds. Reynolds passed away in Toledo, OH. on December 29, 1993. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Trio Blues - John Scofield Trio

John Scofield (born December 26, 1951, Dayton, Ohio), often referred to as "Sco", is an American jazz-rock guitarist and composer, who has played and collaborated with Miles Davis, Dave Liebman, Joe Henderson, Charles Mingus, Joey Defrancesco, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, Pat Martino, Mavis Staples, Phil Lesh, Billy Cobham, Medeski Martin & Wood, George Duke, Jaco Pastorius, John Mayer, and many other well-known artists. At ease in the bebop idiom, Scofield is also well versed in jazz fusion, funk, blues, soul, rock and other forms of modern American music. Early in his life, Scofield's family left Ohio and relocated to the small, then mostly rural location of Wilton, Connecticut; it was here that he discovered his interest in music. Educated at the Berklee College of Music, Scofield eventually left school to record with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. He joined the Billy Cobham/George Duke Band soon after and spent two years playing, recording and touring with them. Scofield recorded with Charles Mingus in 1976, and replaced Pat Metheny in Gary Burton's quartet. In autumn 1976 he signed a contract with Enja Records, and he released his first album, John Scofield, in 1977. Around this time, he toured and recorded with Pianist Hal Galper, first on his own solo album Rough House in 1978, and Galper's album Ivory Forest (1980), where he is heard playing a solo rendition of Thelonious Monk's "Monk's Mood". In 1979 he formed a trio with his mentor Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum which, with drummer Bill Stewart replacing Nussbaum, has become the signature group of Scofield's career. In 1982, he joined Miles Davis, with whom he remained for three and a half years. He contributed tunes and guitar work to three Davis recordings, Star People, You're Under Arrest and Decoy. While still with Davis, he released the first of his Gramavision recordings Electric Outlet (1984). Still Warm (1985) followed after he left Davis's group. At the end of the Davis tenure, he started what is now referred to as his Blue Matter Band - with Dennis Chambers on drums, Gary Grainger on bass and at times either Mitchel Forman, Robert Aries or Jim Beard on keyboards - releasing Blue Matter, Loud Jazz and Pick Hits Live. The mid-80's were also the time, when Marc Johnson assembled his first own ensemble Bass Desires with Peter Erskine on drums, and Bill Frisell beside Scofield as two guitarists of distinctive but complementing styles. This “most auspicious [pairing] since John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana” was only transitory and recorded just two records, the self-titled Bass Desires and Second Sight (1986 and '87). At the beginning of the 1990s, Scofield formed his quartet that included Joe Lovano with whom he recorded several important albums for Blue Note Records. Time on My Hands (1990), with Lovano, Charlie Haden and Jack DeJohnette, showcased Scofield's guitar and Mingus-influenced writing. Bill Stewart subsequently became the group's drummer, and played on Meant to Be (1991) and What We Do (1993). In 1992, Scofield released Grace Under Pressure, featuring fellow guitarist Bill Frisell, with Charlie Haden on bass and Joey Baron on drums. Stewart rejoined with Scofield and bassist Steve Swallow for the 1994 collaboration with Pat Metheny, I Can See Your House from Here. Towards the end of his tenure with Blue Note, Scofield returned to a more funk and soul jazz-oriented sound, a direction which has dominated much of his subsequent output. In 1994 and 1995, Scofield formed a core group that included organist/pianist Larry Goldings, bassist Dennis Irwin, and alternately drummers, Bill Stewart and Idris Muhammad. The group toured extensively, and the albums Hand Jive and Groove Elation feature this funk/groove/soul dimension in Scofield's music, bringing in tenor saxophonist Eddie Harris, percussionist Don Alias, trumpeter Randy Brecker, and others. He recorded the acclaimed 1997 album A Go Go with the avant garde jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood. Also during this period, his relationship began with British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. First as a soloist on Turnage's Blood on the Floor: Elegy for Andy, the two paired up to create Scorched, Turnage's orchestrations of Scofield compositions largely form the Blue Matter period. Scorched, a recording available on Deutsche Grammophon, debuted in Frankfurt, Germany. He released Überjam in 2002 and Up All Night in 2004, two albums on which he experiments with drum n bass and other modern rhythms. John Scofield has also worked and recorded in Europe with nu-fusionist Bugge Wesseltoft New Conception of Jazz in 2001/2 and 2006. Late 2004 saw the release of EnRoute: John Scofield Trio LIVE, which features the jazz trio of John Scofield, the venerable Steve Swallow on bass and Bill Stewart on drums. It was recorded live at The Blue Note in NYC in December 2003. The next year, he released That's What I Say - JS plays the music of Ray Charles - Scofield with an all-star guest studded collection of Ray Charles material. This led to a series of performances with Mavis Staples, Gary Versace on organ, John Benitez on bass, and Steve Hass on drums. After sitting in for two engagements in December (3rd & 4th) of 2005 with Phil Lesh and Friends, Scofield has since played numerous shows with the band. On September 26, 2006 he released Out Louder, his second collaborative effort album with avant garde jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood. The group, known collectively as MSMW toured extensively worldwide in 2006 and 2007, with sporadic engagements planned in the future. Scofield also performs as a duo with John Medeski - aptly named The Johns and another groove trio with Scofield, Medeski and drummer Adam Deitch. September 18, 2007 saw This Meets That released on EmArcy Records - Universal Music's jazz label, a record featuring his trio with Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart. This time John added a horn section to expand the sound of his trio. Never one to follow an expected path, in recent years Scofield launched a personal search for musical inspiration beyond the standard 12 bar blues and found it in "old time gospel music - the closest relative to and inspiration for the R&B.” His 2009 release Piety Street with bass legend George Porter, Jr. and singer/keyboardist Jon Cleary. The collaboration heard on the 2010 release 54 had its origins back in the 90's when Vince Mendoza asked John Scofield to play on his first album. John has since been featured on two of Vince’s records and his guitar sound and improvisational skills work well within Vince’s concept. When Mendoza assumed directorship of The Metropole Orchestra, he and Scofield decided to collaborate again with a primary focus on Mendoza’s arrangements of Scofield compositions as performed with The Metropole Orchestra. In a return to Scofieldesque "straight ahead" jazz, he went to the studio in January 2011 with pianist/organist Larry Goldings, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade, laying the tracks for a ballads album scheduled for a May 2011 release on EmArcy Records. In April 2010, Scofield was named an Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. Scofield is currently serving as an adjunct faculty member in the Jazz Department at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education. He married Susan Scofield in 1978. They are the parents of music producer Jean Scofield (b. 1981) and Evan Scofield (b. 1987). If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Long Hard Road - Jon Mosey - New Release Review

I just received a copy of the Long Hard Road, the newest release by Jon Mosey. John has a real feel for both Piedmont and delta blues styles as demonstrated by this 16 track set. Duffel Blues has very traditional styling, simple vocal and drop D guitar tuning (where the lowest string is dropped 1 full step giving the player an octave split for his thumb) giving the instrumentation a very bluesy feel. Jackhammer Blues also has a very traditional guitar styling with a solid rhythm but running picking line. Long Hard Road has the distinct sound of Skip James but without his wailing voice. I really love the sound of a James composition so this track is tops. Hummingbird Malarkey is inspired by Joseph Spense and is a very clean little acoustic instrumental. Don't Take Everybody To be Your Friend is an expanded version of the earlier track recorded by Spence and House. This track is a bit more musical and has a few more verses added... a little more modern and polished but effective just the same. Ain't No Farmers features White Boy Slim on harp and the duo creates a fast paced acoustic blues track sure to be enjoyed by most listeners. Baby I Don't Mind, inspired by Mississippi John Hurt, again has a lot of the original blues markers but with a more contemporary feel in delivery. Rollin' Baby Blues, a country rag style blues, shows influence by Blind Blake and takes you on a nice country ride. Easy Rider's Gone is much more of a country style picking track. Mosey continues to show throughout his guitar picking versatility. Blockhead Rag is a very cool guitar instrumental for those who like that fast picked acoustic styling. I find it quite cool. Any Way You Want It has the sounds of a Scrapper Blackwell track, played in quick Piedmont styling, again very nice. Boom, Boom, Boom written over a Blind Boy Fuller track is another really cool track and is sure to please all you acoustic blues lovers. Heartfull Of Nothing has the traditional styling of Hesitation Blues but with a new story. Mosey shows some of his best vocals on this track. Dirtwater Blues, another solid blues track with clean acoustic picking and a creative story line leads us to the final entry on the recording, Hot Dogs And Gravy. This last track is heavily vocal with crisp little acoustic bar leading from verse to verse. This is a slick little acoustic blues release with clever guitar and vocal. I enjoy it and I hope that you will as well. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE”

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Jimmy Shirley was an American Jazz Guitarist. He was born in 1913 and died in 1989. He played with many famed jazz musicians, including James P. Johnson and Coleman Hawkins. A talented swing guitarist who was one of the earlier electric guitarists, Jimmy Shirley never achieved much fame (except among fellow musicians) despite his long career and obvious talents. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where he was taught guitar by his father. Shirley worked in Cincinnati with J. Frank Terry and Hal Draper (1934-36) and had his own group before moving to New York. Shirley was a part of the Clarence Profit Trio (1937-41), with whom he made his recording debut. After a period with Ella Fitzgerald (1942-43), Shirley played on and off with Herman Chittison (1944-54) and led his own bands in addition to working with Phil Moore and lesser-known names. He started doubling on electric bass in the early 1960's including with Buddy Tate (1967). Shirley, who recorded with Sidney DeParis (1944), Johnny Guarnieri (1975) and Stephane Grappelli (1978) among others, recorded a single number ("Jimmy's Blues") as a leader for Blue Note (1945) and headed just one album, a quartet set for Black & Blue in 1975. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

FPR Company Store Holiday Sale!

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Fur Peace Ranch 2013 Calendar

The first ever Fur Peace Ranch calendar is here!
FPR 2013 Calendar
Keep track of your days and keep Fur Peace close to your heart with the Ranch's 2013 calendar.  Twelve beautiful pictures, featuring the winning photos submitted by FPR students for this year's calendar contest. 

  • All Fur Peace workshop and concert dates are noted.
  • Important dates in rock history and special birthdays are also marked. 
Keep the spirit of Fur Peace with you daily and mark the days to your next visit!

FPR Company Store Holiday Specials!

For those of you who live locally, or passing through the Athens area on US Route 50 or St. Rt. 33, our Company Store has relocated to the Market on State, 1002 East State St, Athens, OH.  We are located next to Elder Beerman. 
Holiday Feast with Jorma 
Holiday Feast with Jorma
Reserve your seats today!

Arrive at the Ranch at 6 PM on December 29, 2012 and enjoy a tour of the Fur Peace Ranch. 

Afterwards Join Jorma for a holiday feast you won't forget!  Dine with Jorma in the intimate Beatrice Love Kitchen at the Fur Peace Ranch. Ranch Chef Jeroch and staff will provide the delicious gourmet meal, Jorma will provide the entertainment for the evening.

Treat a friend or treat yourself to a great holiday meal and performance!

Very Limited Seating Available!

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Take a chance with a raffle ticket good for two seats to this event. You could win yourself two tickets to this very special event this holiday season! Three winning tickets will be drawn on December 20th.  Winners will be notified by Jorma personally.  

In This Issue
Holiday Sale!
Holiday Feast with Jorma
New to iTunes
New iTunes Releases
Hot Tuna iTunes
Can't make it to a show?  Check out some of these new releases at iTunes!


Barrel House Brewing Company,
Cincinnati, OH
Opening night of the Late Winter Kaukarano Tour featuring , Jorma and Michael Falzarano.  A two set evening.  Featuring Winin' Boy Blues, Big Fish, Walkin' Blues, Good Shepherd, Water Song
Hiro Ballroom 
New York, NY 
A rare Jack & Jorma Duo show, one set jammed packed 
with classic Tuna and new Tuna...At this sold out show songs like : Keep On Truckin', Uncle Sam Blues, Been So Long,
Candy Man, Second Chances.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Walk That Mess - TINY BRADSHAW

Myron C. ("Tiny") Bradshaw (September 23, 1907 – November 26, 1958) was an American jazz and rhythm and blues bandleader, singer, composer, pianist, and drummer from Youngstown, Ohio Bradshaw was born to Cicero P. Bradshaw and his wife Lillian Boggess. Bradshaw graduated from high school in Youngstown. After graduating from Wilberforce University with a degree in psychology, Bradshaw turned to music for a living. In Ohio, he sang with Horace Henderson's campus oriented Collegians. Then, in 1932, Bradshaw relocated to New York City, where he drummed for Marion Hardy, the Charleston Bearcats (later the Savoy Bearcats), and the Mills Blue Rhythm Band, and sang for Luis Russell. In 1934, Bradshaw formed his own swing orchestra, which recorded eight sides in two separate sessions for Decca Records that year in New York City. The band's next recording date was in 1944 for Manor Records, at which point its music was closer to rhythm and blues. He recorded in 1947 for Savoy The band recorded extensively for the rhythm and blues market with King Records between 1949 and early 1955. Bradshaw's best known recording was "Train Kept A-Rollin'" (1951), which passed from rhythm and blues into rock. The song was recorded by Johnny Burnette in 1956 and The Yardbirds in 1965. It was covered again by Aerosmith in 1974 and by Motörhead in 1978. Bradshaw's later career was hampered by severe health problems, including two strokes that left him partially paralyzed. His last session in 1958 resulted in two recordings, "Bushes" and "Short Shorts" (King 5114), which proved an unsuccessful attempt to reach out to the emerging teenage market. Weakened by the successive strokes as well as the rigors of his profession, Bradshaw died in his adopted hometown of Cincinnati from another stroke in 1958. He was 53 years old. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Summertime - Albert Ayler

Albert Ayler (July 13, 1936 – November 25, 1970) was an American avant-garde jazz saxophonist, singer and composer. Ayler was among the most primal of the free jazz musicians of the 1960s; critic John Litweiler wrote that "never before or since has there been such naked aggression in jazz" He possessed a deep blistering tone—achieved by using the stiff plastic Fibrecane no. 4 reeds on his tenor saxophone—and used a broad, pathos-filled vibrato. His trio and quartet records of 1964, like Spiritual Unity and The Hilversum Session, show him advancing the improvisational notions of John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman into abstract realms where whole timbre, and not just mainly harmony with melody, is the music's backbone. His ecstatic music of 1965 and 1966, like "Spirits Rejoice" and "Truth Is Marching In" has been compared by critics to the sound of a brass band, and involved simple, march-like themes which alternated with wild group improvisations and were regarded as retrieving jazz's pre-Louis Armstrong roots Born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Ayler was first taught alto saxophone by his father Edward with whom he played duets in church. He attended John Adams High School on Cleveland's East Side, graduating in 1954 at the age of 18. He later studied at the Academy of Music in Cleveland with jazz saxophonist Benny Miller. He also played the oboe in high school. As a teen Ayler played with such skill that he was known around Cleveland as "Little Bird," after virtuoso saxophonist Charlie Parker, who was nicknamed "Bird." In 1952, at the age of 16, Ayler began playing bar-walking, honking, R&B-style tenor with blues singer and harmonica player Little Walter, spending two summer vacations with Walter's band. After graduating from high school, Ayler joined the United States Army, where he jammed with other enlisted musicians, including tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. He also played in the regiment band. In 1959 he was stationed in France, where he was further exposed to the martial music that would be a core influence on his later work. After his discharge from the army, Ayler kicked around Los Angeles and Cleveland trying to find work, but his increasingly iconoclastic playing, which had moved away from traditional harmony, was not welcomed by traditionalists. He relocated to Sweden in 1962 where his recording career began, leading Swedish and Danish groups on radio sessions, and jamming as an unpaid member of Cecil Taylor's band in the winter of 1962-1963. (Long-rumored tapes of Ayler performing with Taylor's group have finally surfaced as part of a ten-CD set released in late 2004 by Revenant Records.) The album My Name Is Albert Ayler is a session of standards recorded for a Copenhagen radio station with local musicians including Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Ronnie Gardiner, with Ayler playing tenor and soprano on tracks like "Summertime". Ayler returned to the US and settled in New York assembling an influential trio with double bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Sunny Murray, recording his breakthrough album Spiritual Unity, for ESP-Disk Records, 30 minutes of intense free improvisation. Embraced by New York jazz leaders like Eric Dolphy, who reportedly called him the best player he'd ever seen, Ayler found respect and an audience. He influenced the gestating new generation of jazz players, as well as veterans like John Coltrane. In 1964 he toured Europe, with the trio augmented with trumpeter Don Cherry, recorded and released as The Hilversum Session. Ayler's trio created a definitive free jazz sound. Murray rarely if ever laid down a steady, rhythmic pulse, and Ayler's solos were downright Pentecostal. But the trio was still recognizably in the jazz tradition. Ayler's next series of groups, with trumpeter brother Donald, were a radical departure. Beginning with the album Bells, a live concert at New York Town Hall with Donald Ayler, Charles Tyler, Lewis Worrell and Sunny Murray, Ayler turned to performances that were chains of marching band- or mariachi-style themes alternating with overblowing and multiphonic freely improvised group solos, a wild and unique sound that took jazz back to its pre-Louis Armstrong roots of collective improvisation. The new sound was consolidated in the studio album Spirits Rejoice recorded by the same group at Judson Hall in New York. Ayler, in a 1970 interview, calls his later styles "energy music," contrasting with the "space bebop" played by Coltrane and initially by Ayler himself. This approach continued with The Village Concerts and with Ayler on the books ESP had established itself as a leading label for free jazz. In 1966 Ayler was signed to Impulse Records at the urging of John Coltrane, the label's star attraction at that time. But even on Impulse Ayler's radically different music never found a sizable audience. Coltrane died in 1967 and Ayler was one of several musicians to perform at his funeral. An amateur recording of this performance exists. Later in 1967, Albert's brother Donald Ayler had what he termed a nervous breakdown. In a letter to The Cricket, a Newark, New Jersey music magazine edited by Amiri Baraka and Larry Neal, Albert reported that he had seen a strange object in the sky and come to believe that he and his brother "had the right seal of God almighty in our forehead." Although it is reasonable to assume the Aylers had explored or were exploring psychedelic drugs like LSD, there is no evidence this significantly influenced their mental stability. For the next two and half years Ayler turned to recording music not too far removed from rock and roll, often with utopian, hippie lyrics provided by his live-in girlfriend Mary Maria Parks. Ayler drew on his very early career, incorporating doses of R&B, with funky, electric rhythm sections and extra horns (including Scottish highland bagpipe) on some songs. 1967's Love Cry was a step in this direction, studio recordings of Ayler concert staples such as "Ghosts" and "Bells" with less free-improv and more time spent on the themes. Next came the R&B album New Grass, which was generally reviled by his fans, who considered it to be the worst of his work. Following its commercial failure, Ayler attempted to bridge his earlier "space bebop" recordings and the sound of New Grass on his last studio album Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe, featuring rock musicians such as Henry Vestine of Canned Heat alongside jazz musicians like pianist Bobby Few. In July 1970 Ayler returned to the free jazz idiom for a group of shows in France (including at the Fondation Maeght) but the band he was able to assemble (Call Cobb, bassist Steve Tintweiss and drummer Allen Blairman) was not regarded as being of the caliber of his earlier groups. Ayler disappeared on November 5, 1970, and he was found dead in New York City's East River on November 25, a presumed suicide. For some time afterwards, rumors circulated that Ayler had been murdered. Later, however, Parks would say that Ayler had been depressed and feeling guilty, blaming himself for his brother's problems. She stated that, just before his death, he had several times threatened to kill himself, smashed one of his saxophones over their television set after she tried to dissuade him, then took the Statue of Liberty ferry and jumped off as it neared Liberty Island. He is buried in Cleveland, Ohio. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Time On My Hands - Rose MURPHY

Rose Murphy (born April 28, 1913 in Xenia, Ohio, USA–died November 16, 1989 in New York City, USA.) was a pianist and vocalist most famous for the song 'Busy Line Described by Allmusic’s Scott Yanow as having “a unique place in music history”, Rose was known as “the chee chee girl” thanks to her habit of regularly singing the phrase “chee chee” in many of her numbers. She was also known as 'The Girl with the Pale Pink Voice' She began her musical career in the late 1930s, playing intermission piano for such performers as Count Basie, and achieved strong popularity in both the US and UK in the late 1940s. Despite being a very talented pianist, she is best known for her high pitched singing style, which incorporated a range of jazz style ad lib scat, giggling, and percussive sound effects. ‘Busy Line’, one of her most well known songs, made use of perhaps her most famous vocal sound effect: the ‘brrp, brrrp’ of a telephone ring. A version of the song was later used in 1990 by BT (British Telecom) in one of their television adverts. The advert was such a success that RCA reissued Rose’s original recording of the song. Her recording of "Pennies From Heaven" was used on the soundtrack of the otherwise-silent award-winning 2011 film The Artist. From the fifties to the eighties, Rose continued to play at “many of the top clubs of New York, like the Cookery, Michael’s Pub, Upstairs At the Downstairs, and was “usually accompanied by bassist Slam Stewart or Morris Edwards.” These were interspersed with engagements in London and tours of the Continent. During a two week engagement at Hollywood Roosevelts Cinegrill in June 1989, she became ill and returned to New York City. She was 76 when she died, and, though married 4 times, left no direct descendants If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!