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Showing posts with label Wisconsin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wisconsin. Show all posts

Monday, July 2, 2012

Bright Lights, Big City - Milwaukee Slim

The HouseRockin’ Blues Revue is a Milwaukee-based Chicago style blues band...a six piece powerhouse that pays tribute to the blues masters of the 50’s and 60’s. With members who’ve played with the likes of B.B. King, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Mayfield, Billy Flynn, Stokes, and Jim Liban to name just a few, this band will get ‘em movin’ and keeps ‘em groovin’. The HouseRockin’ Blues Revue dishes out the old school stylings and emotions of such legends as Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor, Jimmy Rogers, Howlin’Wolf, Big Walter, and Little Walter. PARTIAL SONG LIST Baby what you want me to do, Blow wind blow wind, Down home blues, Going to Chicago, Have a good time, Hog for you, Hoochie Coochie man, I got my mojo working, I’m ready, Long distance call, Mannish boy, Mellow down easy, My babe, My baby she left me, Pride & joy, Rock me baby, Sloppy drunk, Stormy Monday, Sweet home Chicago, Talk to me baby, Teeny weeny bit, That’s alright, The blues is alright, The sun is shinin’’, Tore down, Walkin’ through the park, Worried about you, Biographical Information of our members Milwaukee Slim - vocals, guitar Slim formerly played with Midwest Blues All Stars and played with both groups for a few years. Without a doubt, Milwaukee Slim is one of the best and most well known blues singers in Milwaukee. Born in Mississippi in 1940, Slim moved first to Memphis, then up to Chicago and in 1965, to Milwaukee. He has played and recorded with Billy Flynn, Piano Willie, Jim Liban, Barrelhouse Chuck, Calvin Jones, Smokey Smothers, Midwest Blues All-Stars, and the Milwaukee Slim Blues Band. He has also shared the stage with Stokes, Leroy Airmaster, Legendary Blues Band, Reverend Raven, Hubert Sumlin and Little Charlie & the Nightcats, to name just a few. Mary Davis - vocals, keyboard Originally from Memphis Tennessee, Mary has performed locally, nationally and internationally...from the “King Biscuit Festival” in Helena Arkansas, to the “Blues to Bop” festival in Lugano Switzerland. Her earliest and strongest influence was her brother, Ralph Davis. Her cousin is Koko Taylor. She also leads the Mary Davis Trio, and has graced the stages of Jimmy McCracklin, B.B. King, Percy Mayfield, Stokes, and many others, too many to mention here. Mary also plays the flute, saxophone, and guitar. Glen Goebel - harmonica, vocals Glen began playing harp in 1985, and was gigging by 1990. Mentored by Chris Beggan, Jim Liban and Steve Cohen, he soon developed his own style. Paying homage to the “old school” legends like Little Walter and Jimmy Reed, Glen has mastered his own brand of harmonica voodoo. A vocalist with the Gesu Choir, and an original member of Real Thing, he has played with Mrs. Smith & the White Boys, Casper, Nuclear Blues and the T. W. Blues Band...Glen has also been a guest performer for Taj Mahal, Stokes, Chris Beggan, Steve Cohen and the Milwaukee Slim Band. Kevin Cannon - bass, drop D guitar (in lieu of bass), and vocals. With a style influenced by Albert and B.B. King, Kevin holds down the bottom for the House Rockin’ Blues Revue. The host of the Saturday morning blues program on WMSE 91.7 FM since early 1980’s, Kevin played bass for Chris Beggan, a gig highlighted by being the opening act for Jimmy Rogers in 1991. He’s played with Real Thing, Bluezilla, and Downtown Loop. Dave Conley - guitar, slide guitar, bass, vocals . Dave started playing guitar in 1963. His early bands oriented toward the Rolling Stones and blues. A self taught slide player, he picked up open tunings and was influenced by the great Hound Dog Taylor. He played with various blues bands during the 80's and 90's including; Chris Beggan, Real Thing, Bluezilla, Big Johnson and Lee Gates. Dave hosted blues jams at Sande's National Pastime, along with playing the bass with Joe Balistreri, the Milwaukee Slim Blues Band, Tommy Blood, Jim Kay and Downtown Loop. James Davis- drums James’drumming experience is extensive and varied, including The Davis Family Band, And the Mary Davis Trio with Lem Banks
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hypnotize - Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo

Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo is an American blues/rock power trio, based in Madison, WI. Aaron is joined in the band by Eric Shackelford on drums and Z on bass. Aaron began his musical career at 17 years old as the lead guitarist for the Cadillac Joe Band. As part of this group, Aaron enjoyed the pleasure of opening for such renowned artists as Coco Montoya, Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, Canned Heat, Carey Bell, and Jimmy Thackery, who promptly dubbed Aaron “The Brat with the Strat” because of his prowess with guitar and his affinity for Fender guitars. Eric Shackelford has played drums since the age of 11. Majoring in music and religion in college, Eric held the position of drum chair with the Iowa All-Star Jazz Band and had the pleasure of sharing the stage with jazz great Ignacio Berroa. Eric has pushed himself to play all styles of music, including adding New Orleans funk to his style, making him a great addition to a blues rock power trio like Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo. Z has been playing bass for 12 years. Immediately prior to joining the Hoodoo, Z studied and performed classical guitar. Z’s various disciplines allow him to add yet another element to the blues/rock sound of Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo. The band’s first full-length CD “It Ain’t Easy” was named Blues/Rock Album of the Year by Real Blues magazine. For the first time in the band’s short history, they were nominated for six Madison Area Music Awards and took home five, including the highly coveted Artist of the Year. 2010 marked the first year that a panel of music experts cast the deciding vote and the first time Artist of the Year was awarded to a blues-based band. The band won Blues Artist of the Year in 2011. They were also twice-nominated for Blues Artist of the Year by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry. Aaron was honored in 2011 by an appearance in Madison magazine and the cover of Americana Gazette. The Band's 2011 release of "10:49" brought radio promoter Frank Roszak to the team, which helped the band break into radio on a much larger scale. The CD currently spins on several radio stations across the country and internationally and has earned the band several impressive reviews. The band has appeared on various radio shows and television across the county and was recently honored by inclusion on the first-round ballot for the 2012 Grammys in the Best New Artist and Blues Album of the Year categories. In addition to Madison magazine, Americana Gazette, and Elmore magazine, the band has been featured in The Daily Times, The Scene, PJ Star, The Isthmus, and The South Bend Tribune. As a group, Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo have supported Walter Trout, Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam; Zoso, the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience; Jonny Lang; Los Lonely Boys; and Jonathan Tyler and Northern Lights. If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Michael Coleman

I started playing bass guitar for James Cotton way back when... Played with my brothers before that in a little chicago street band. Ya, it's been quite a ride since then. Now I got no workin kidneys and i gotta play the funky blues or i die ya'll. If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sleepwalk - Les Paul

Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009)—known as Les Paul—was an American jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He was the inventor of the solid-body electric guitar which made the sound of rock and roll possible. He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to attract widespread attention.

His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many guitarists of the present day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and they sold millions of records.

Among his many honors, Paul is one of a handful of artists with a permanent, stand-alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is prominently named by the music museum on its website as an "architect" and a "key inductee" along with Sam Phillips and Alan Freed
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Love Is - Tweed Funk - New Release Review

On April 26th, Love Is, The new Tweed Funk recording will be released. I've had a chance to listen to it a few times and it's a lot of fun. Dancemaker is right from the JB's songbook and Fine Wine has that swing blues down with horns, keys and guitar solos. Getting Home takes the soul/blues route featuring Smokey's great soulful voice the song is very convincing. It' also has the authentic Hammond sound on the first solo and a tasty guitar solo for the second. Pick Em Early takes the boogie route with horns and leads to a nice guitar solo. Tweed Funk covers two of my favorite funk/soul classics, JG Washington's Real Mother Fo YA and James Brown's Sex Machine. These are both well executed and begin the ending wind up. Smooth Taste takes a Latin flavor giving all the instrumentalists a chance to stretch a little. The cd closes with What Have I Done Wrong. It's a real Al Green like stepper and should satisfy most soul/blues lovers.

Special guests include Jimmy Voegeli on B3 and Keys; Chrissy Dzioba and Sara Moilanen of The WhiskeyBelles on backing vocals; and Greg Koch contributing his fretboard antics to a couple of the tracks. Love Is again brings together Tweed Funk's influences of blues, funk, soul, and jazz as the band continues to push the boundaries of the blues.
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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tweed Funk

Tweed Funk brings an edge to the music of their forefathers by wrapping together blues, soul, funk, and elements of hip-hop on their debut release ‘Bringin It’. Fronted by Smokey's sweet, soulful vocals, audiences can quickly hear why Smokey was signed to Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records in the 70’s.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Devil's Playground - Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo

Formed as a trio in May of 2008, Aaron Williams (Vocals, Guitar), Eric Shackelford (Drums, Vocals) and Z (Bass, Vocals) have the blues deeply rooted in the music they love to play. The trio all met while Aaron was hosting a blues jam at the now defunct club, The Cuda Café. Not to long after this fateful night the band was playing all over their hometown of Madison, WI.
Aaron, like so many other determined young player’s had a veteran musician to learn the craft from, none other then his father Cadillac Joe Andersen. At the age of 16, Aaron picked up the guitar and became obsessed with the instrument. At the ripe old age of 18 he was already sneaking into some of the areas top jams and was keeping up with veteran players. He eventually found a home at the Silver Moon where many great players would show up on Thursday nights for this blues jam. With the likes of Looper Lucas, Michael Coleman and Buddy Guy playing, he was in the right place to learn the craft of a blues front man. After noticing this skinny little kid showing up and belting out the blues week after week Michael Coleman dubbed him “Youngblood” and would call him up to get on stage whenever the crowd needed a boost. Aaron still credits these years as the stepping stone to the kind of player he is today.

Cadillac Joe, noticing his kid’s prowess for the blues signed him on for his next project, The Cadillac Joe Blues Band. Touring the Midwest extensively with his father, Aaron was able to learn the craft and business of music. “I wouldn’t trade those years for anything in this world, spending all those miles in a truck with the old man….you learn a lot of things, not only about music, but life.” The road took them to some of the Midwest’s top blues cities and clubs, playing large music festivals all over the U.S. With the stock rising on the Cadillac Joe Blues Band, one of the top blues clubs in the Midwest, Luther Blues in Madison, took them on as their house band. This gave Aaron a large following and he was able to play with some of the foremost blues players in the world. Shemekia Copeland, Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery, Carey Bell, Lil’ Ed, Anthony Gomes, Ana Popovic, Taj Mahal, Canned Heat and the list goes on. Upon hearing Aaron play Coco Montoya said, “Kid, you got a real future in this business, keep it up!”
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Tracy Nelson is featured on Cyndi Lauper’s new DVD, To Memphis With Love, where together they perform Nelson’s signature song “Down So Low.” Lauper’s new DVD follows on the heels of her 2010 Grammy nominated CD Memphis Blues, which finds the Pop diva tackling traditional blues standards and personal favorites (including Nelson’s “Down So Low), along with the help of blues heavyweights B.B. King, Charlie Musselwhite and Jonny Lang. Lauper’s new DVD was released on October 24, 2011 and also features special guests Allen Toussaint and Jonny Lang.
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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bryan Lee - Blues Singer

Bryan Lee (born March 16, 1943, Two Rivers, Wisconsin) is an American blues guitarist and singer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also known by the nickname braille blues daddy and has been a fixture on Bourbon Street scene since the 1980s.

Lee completely lost his eyesight by the age of eight. His avid interest in early rock and blues was fostered through the 1950s by late night listening sessions via the Nashville-based radio station WLAC AM, where he first encountered the sounds of Elmore James, Albert King and Albert Collins.

By his late teens, Lee was playing rhythm guitar in a regional band called The Glaciers that covered Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Chuck Berry material. Through the 1960s, Lee's interest turned to Chicago blues and he soon found himself immersed on that scene, opening for some of his boyhood heroes. In 1979 he released his first album named Beauty Isn't Always Visual.

In January 1982, Lee moved to New Orleans, eventually landing a steady gig at the Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street becoming a favorite of tourists in the city's French Quarter. For the next 14 years, Lee and his Jump Street Five played five nights a week at that popular bar, developing a huge following and a solid reputation.

Today Lee continues to perform in New Orleans. He also tours several times a year in the Midwest, Eastern Seaboard, Rocky Mountain States and recently Europe. Lee appeared with Kenny Wayne Shepherd as the musical guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on February 14, 2007.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Broke Down Blues - Ronnie Shellist and Gerry Hundt

Gerry Hundt (born May 29, 1977, Appleton, Wisconsin) is an American Chicago blues musician and multi-instrumentalist. His favoured instrument is the mandolin. Hundt released his debut solo album, Since Way Back, in early 2007.
Born in Appleton, Wisconsin, Hundt's family relocated to Rockford, Illinois when he was aged three.

He has garnered respect for his work with other musicians such as John-Alex Mason and Nick Moss. This led to his 2007 solo album, Since Way Back,(on Blue Bella Records), which earned him a nomination for the Blues Foundation 2008 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, Other (mandolin)

Ronnie Shellist has been working on his craft for 14 years now. Harmonica was his first true passion and anything you hear him play is coming straight from the heart.

He has been a certified teacher as long as he has been playing the harmonica. He worked in the field of education with elementary, middle school, and high school students for over 12 years as a classroom teacher. Those years taught Ronnie a great deal about communicating effectively with others and helped him to hone his teaching skills.

Currently, there is nothing more important to him than sharing his knowledge of the harmonica to help others enjoy playing as much as he does. Ronnie truly wants to see everyone succeed with their musical goals and enjoy the experience along the way.

Ronnie has had several amazing opportunities and experiences throughout his musical journey. In 2005, he had the honor of opening for BB King in Colorado Springs, CO and since then has opened for Robert Cray in Boulder, CO. In 2006, he was featured on the Today Show for his harmonica video postings on YouTube. He currently spends his time creating instructional material for Harmonica123, teaching harmonica, and performing live blues in Denver, CO.

Ronnie prefers playing Suzuki harmonicas.