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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Swing Suit Records artist: Mick Kolassa - Ghosts of the Riverside Hotel - New Release Review

I just received the most recent release, Ghosts of the Riverside Hotel, from Mick Kolassa. A cornucopia of blues like last years release by Kolassa, "Michissippi Mick" , the net proceeds will go to The Blues Foundation and Generation Blues. Opening with Hank Williams' Ramblin' Man, Kolassa on lead vocal and guitar, Jeff Jensen on Lead guitar, Bill Ruffino on bass, Robinson Bridgeforth on drums and Chris Stephenson on organ, this is an interesting track with march like rudiments and tasty guitar work. Slow swinging blues track, Grapes & Greens, featured nice electric guitar and slide work from Jensen and Eric Hughes on harp coupled with solid lead vocals by Kolassa. Lou Singer's depression era, One Meatball, gets a light reggae rhythm treatment under the vocal harmonizing by Reba Russell and bright piano passages by Victor Wainwright. I Always Meant To Love You is a swinging 12 bar with some real jazzy riffs from Jensen, complimented nicely by Kirk Smothers on sax and Wainwright on piano. Lighthearted Trouble, written by Todd Snider, has a cool swing. Kolassa's vocals are spot on, Santini takes a real nice harp solo on this track and Jensen throws in a few country influenced riffs of his own. Nothing Left To Lose (Robin's Blues) is a smooth jazzy blues ballad featuring Smothers on melodic sax. Kolassa's most serious vocal of the release are restrained but well placed and pointers by Smothers and Jensen are perfectly executed. Very nice! If I Ain't Fishin' has a cool pace with Wainwright and Hughes teaming up with tension against the calm. Randy Newman's, Mama Told Me Not To Come, made popular by Three Dog Night, gets a modified Chicago blues remake and a totally different type of cover. Kolassa uses an almost spoken delivery and Santini really wails on this one giving it it's best showing to my ears. On Whiskey Woman, Cole Layman trades lead guitar lines with Jensen and Logan Lyman lays down some cool funk bass. Chris Stephenson's organ solo punches up the track eliciting nice guitar soloing and even more pluckiness from Layman. Walkin' (Dead) Blues capitalizes on the current zombie obsession. With an Elmore James basic track, Kolassa gets the band cranked up with his frantic vocal antics. Santini gets his harp rolling hard and Jensen kicks out his best set of riffs on the release. Tongue in cheek but the hottest track on the release! Following a Magic Sam format, Mama's Got A Mojo, is a cool track with shimmery guitar soloing by Jensen over solid organ work by Stephenson. Real nice! Wrapping the release is Delta Town featuring Watermelon Slim on dobro and harp. Bridgeforth and Ruffino give the track a bit more structure and Kolassa leads the way. This is quite an enjoyable release with a bit of something for most blues lovers.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

2015 Daytona Blues Tickets Are Now on Sale

The Best of the Blues
at the Nicest Time of The Year

Janiva Magness

Sonny Landreth

Victor Wainright

2015 Daytona Blues Festival Tickets
Are Now on Sale

Purchase Tickets Here

It’s that time again!

Time to buy your Daytona Blues Festival tickets!

Early Bird tickets for the 2015 Daytona Blues Festival are now on sale on this website. Just look for the “2015 Tickets” tab or the “Buy Now” button to go directly to the ticket store.

Early Bird ticket prices are the same as last year – $60 for a 3 day ticket and $25 for a 1 day ticket. Early bird ticket pricing is valid until September 7, 2015 at 11:59 pm.
Student ticket with valid student ID is $15 per day – must be purchased at the festival. Children under 14—- 1 child admitted free with 1 paid adult ticket.

As an all volunteer run 501(c)(3) the Daytona Blues Festival continues to donate all proceeds to support local women and children’s health.  In just five years, the festival has donated over $100,000 to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Halifax Health and Project WARM at the Vince Carter Sanctuary.  For more details, visit the website, watch the interviews, and open the 2015 Charities tab.

Main Stage Line-Up
– check our website for full details

Friday Oct 9 
·         2:30 pm The Vaudevillian
·         4:00 pm Noah Wotherspoon
·         5:30 pm Watermelon Slim
·         7:15 pm Kenny Neal
·         9:00 pm Janiva Magness
Saturday Oct 10
·         1:00 pm Randy McQuay
·         2:30 pm Balkun Brothers
·         4:00 pm Eddie Cotton Jr.
·         5:30 pm Jarekus Singleton
·         7:15 pm Nikki Hill
·         9:00 pm Sonny Landreth
Sunday Oct 11
·         1:00 pm Brian Keith Wallen
·         2:30 pm Moreland and Arbuckle
·         4:15 pm Alexis P. Suter
·         6:00 pm Paul Thorn
·         7:45 pm Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots

Monday, July 27, 2015

Heritage Music BluesFest coming soon August 7-9, 2015, Wheeling, West Virginia

Heritage Music Bluesfest 2015
Main Stage Lineup

·         11:30am - 1:00pm - Taste of the Blues FREE PREVIEW
·         4:00 pm - GATES OPEN
·         5:00 to 6:00 - Eric Gales
·         6:30 to 7:30 - Nikki Hill
·         8:00 to 9:00 - Albert Cummings
·         9:30 to 11:00 - The Lowrider Band

·         12:00 to 1:00 - Randy McQuay - IBC Solo/Duo Winner
·         1:30 to 2:30 - The Gold Magnolias
·         3:00 to 4:00 - Austin Walkin' Cane
·         4:30 to 5:45 - Mike Zito and the Wheel
·         6:15 to 7:30 - Carolyn Wonderland
·         8:00 to 9:15 - John Nemeth's Memphis Grease Party
·         9:45 to 11:00 - Walter Trout

·         12:30 to 1:20 - Gina Sicilia
·         1:50 to 2:40 - Billy The Kid CD release with special guests TBA
·         3:10 to 4:00 - Jason Ricci
·         4:30 to 5:30 - Samantha Fish
·         6:00 to 7:00 - Coco Montoya
·         7:30 to 8:30 - Victor Wainwright and the Wildroots
·         9:00 to 10:30 - Keb' Mo'

Schedule subject to change

Second Stage with local and regional acts, After Jams

Keb' Mo'

Walter Trout

John Nemeth

Nikki Hill