Brian Charette- Late Night TV, Paul Gabriel- Devil’s Daughter, Jeff Pitchell- Whiskey River, Lustre Kings-Tell Me Why, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez- Love Make You Do Stupid Things, Miss Tess-People Come Here For Gold, Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts- Dartboard, Nucklebuster Blues Band- Just Like A Woman, Easy Baby- Black Rat, Jr. Krauss & the Shakes- Nocturnal, JW Jones- You Got Caught, JW Jones- In A Song, Spampinato Brothers- Baby Oh Baby, Tom Sanders & the Hornets- Green Light, Roxy Perry- Crooked Path, Honey Island Swamp Band- Josephine, Lisa Mann- Surrender To The Blues, Dave Keller- One More Time, Neal Vitullo & the Vipers- Get Out Of My Life Woman, Max Creek- You Let Me Down Again, Mojomatics- Soy Baby.
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News came out on March 19th that Walter Trout’s condition had rapidly deteriorated with doctors saying without a liver transplant in the next 90 days he’ll surely die.
The rally cry was “let’s band together for Trout”. And band together they did. Blues fans from all four corners of the globe got involved either by contributing financially or by using the power of social media to spread the word. The outpouring of love and support drives home the fact that we are part of a very big family, the blues family.
At the time of writing this the tally raised was over $131,000, surpassing the initial goal of $125,000 and considering that Walter faces a long road of recovery to get back up on stage, any additional money will be put to great use in helping the family.
Make no mistake, he will get through this. The money is helping pay for some of the finest medical treatment available at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. We’ve seen some of our blues family go through and recover, Gregg Allman and Curtis Salgado are two that come to mind immediately. Now that the money has been raised the hard part is waiting for him to get even worse in order to be put on the priority list.
I will put 2 different links in this week’s write up the first is if you want to make a donation to Walter’s cause the second is if you want to read the article. We here at the Black-Eyed & Blues show want to wish Walter a speedy recovery when he gets his transplant.
You know how we love the IBC on this show well this next piece is about an IBC winner.
Alligator Records announced the signing of Florida’s rising young blues star, Selwyn Birchwood, the winner, in a field of over 125 other bands, of the 2013 International Blues Challenge.
Birchwood is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy who delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma. He plays high-octane blues — at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute — with true passion and honest emotion.
Living Blues says, “Selwyn Birchwood is making waves, surprising people and defying expectations. Be on the lookout. He revels in the unexpected.” His label debut, Don’t Call No Ambulance, is set for a June 2014 release. That is great news for Selwyn and Alligator Records. If you want to read more about it the link is also in this week’s write up
Johnny Cash’s heavily anticipated “lost album,” Out Among the Stars, is currently streaming in full at The Guardian, one week before its March 25th release date.
The LP features 12 previously unheard songs recorded between 1981 and 1984, during a low-point in the country legend’s career. Producer Billy Sherrill was brought on to help maximize Cash’s commercial potential, but the label eventually dropped their fading superstar and set the master tapes aside. Last year, the recordings (which include duets with June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings) were unearthed by archivists at Sony Legacy and Cash’s son, John Carter Cash.
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Blues In The Area:
Robert Cray – Infinity Music Hall (8pm) – Norfolk, CT
Corey Harris / Vapors of Morphine – The Worcester Art Museum (8pm) – Worcester, MA
Neal Vitullo & the Vipers – Chan’s (8pm) – Woonsocket, RI
A Ton of Blues – Theodores’ – Springfield, MA
The Rich Badowski Blues Band – The Cambridge Brew House – Granby, CT
Easybaby – The Stomping Ground (8pm) – Putnam, CT
Paul Gabriel – Hanafin’s Irish Pub (8:30pm) – New London, CT
CT Blues Society’s Blues Blizzard – Hannon-Hatch VFW Post (5pm, 83 South St.) – West Hartford, CT
Jake Kulak & the Low Down
The Danny Draher Band
Shaka & the SoulShakers
The Mike Crandall Band
Junior Krauss & the Shakes
The Balkun Brothers
Experience Hendrix – The Palace Theater (8pm) – Waterbury, CT
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Doyle Bramhall II
Keb Mo – The Garde Arts Center (8pm) – New London, CT
Rory Block – Bridge Street Live (8pm) – Collinsville, CT
Jeff Pitchell – The Hungry Tiger (10pm) – Manchester, CT
Mike Law & the Playboys – Sam the Clam’s – Southington, CT
The Nick Moss Band – Bridge Street Live (7:30pm) – Collinsville, CT
Dan Stevens – The Benjamin Muzio Townhouse – Stafford Springs, CT
The Mike Crandall Band – Dunny’s Tavern (3pm) – East Brookfield, MA
Blues Jam – Gibson’s Bar & Grill at the Clarion (6-9pm) – East Windsor, CT
Blues Jam w/The Cobalt Rhythm Kings – Cafe Nine (8pm) – New Haven, CT
Black-Eyed Sally’s Weekly Rundown:
Wednesday March 26th Blues Open Mic hosted by Tim MacDonald
Friday March 28th Charlie Allen
Saturday March 29th Mark Mercier & the Big Yams. Most of Max Creek is in this lineup so definitely come out for the show last time it was awesome
Monday March 31st Monday Night Jazz
Tuesday April 1st Mike Palin’s Other Orchestra
I hope to see you out and about this week but if not please continue to support live music wherever you are.