Thursday, September 30, 2010


FRI., Oct. 8 @ 8pm

"She belongs to the school of blues belters whose roars could move rocks up hills" - Jay Ruttenberg, Time Out NY

New Queen of the Blues, Shemekia Copeland has opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festivaland numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards from The New York Times and The Times of London and shared the stage with Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Taj Mahal and John Mayer. After the release of her debut album, "Turn the Heat Up", The Boston Globe proclaimed, "She roars with a sizzling, hot intensity".

Opening act: Barrett Anderson

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Reel Blues Fest - October 8, at the House of Blues

For Immediate Release: September 15, 2010 Contact: Ellen Gitelman American Graphiti


The Reel Blues Fest to Honor Delta Blues Legend & 2010 Lifetime Grammy Award Winner David “Honeyboy” Edwards October 8, at the House of Blues

95 year old to perform with Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford, the James Montgomery Band & more

BOSTON, MA— In honor of his 2010 Lifetime Achievement Grammy, the Reel Blues Fest presents a special tribute to legendary Delta Blues guitarist David “Honeyboy” Edwards at 7:00 PM on Friday, October 8, at the House of Blues in Boston. Edwards will be joined on stage by Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford, the James Montgomery Band featuring David Hull of the Joe Perry Project, Santana’s Mike Carabello, Barry Goudreau (former member of the band Boston), the Uptown Horns (Rolling Stones horn section), and other special guests. Ernie and the Automatics, featuring Barry Goudreau and Sib Hassian (also a former member of the band Boston), opens the show. The evening raises funds for musicians’ health care and first time filmmakers.

Honeyboy, who at age 95 still maintains a heavy touring schedule, is Robert Johnson’s only living disciple and one of the last original acoustic Delta blues players. His life has been intertwined with almost every major blues legend, including Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Charlie Patton, Big Joe Williams, Rice "Sonny Boy Williamson" Miller, Peetie Wheatstraw, Sunnyland Slim, Big Walter, Little Walter and Magic Sam. He has influenced a lifetime of musicians and won numerous awards, most recently a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album of 2008.

The Reel Blues Fest, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by blues musician James Montgomery and Woods Hole Film Festival founder Judy Laster. Musicians who have supported the festival in the past include members of Aerosmith, Jim Belushi, Delbert McClinton, Dr. John, Dickie Betts, Koko Taylor, Robert Cray, James Cotton, and Shemekia Copeland, to name a few.

Tickets are $30 and are available through VIP tickets, which include a buffet and meet and greet with the performers in the Foundation Room from 6:00-7:00 PM and a VIP lanyard, are $120 each. For more information about the festival call 508-495-3456 or visit


The 2010 23rd Boston Blues Challenge line-up

October 03 - semi-final #1 (top 2 bands will advance to finals)

1 - 5:30 - Kid Pinky

2 - 6:00 - Erin Harpe

3 - 6:30 - Barrett Anderson

4 - 7:00 - Lois Greco

5 - 7:30 - Drivin Blind

October 10 - semi-final #2 (top 2 bands will advance to finals)

1 - 5:30 - Delta Generators special preformance (not part of challenge)

2 - 6:00 - Sit Down Baby

3 - 6:30 - Gil Correia

4 - 7:00 - Gracie Curran

5 - 7:30 - Throw Down Blues

October 17 - solo/duos and finals

1 - 5:30 - Max Sullivan

2 - 6:00 - Satch Romano

3 - 6:30 - Willie McBlind

4 - 7:00 - final band #1

5 - 7:30 - final band #2

6 - 8:00 - final band #3

7 - 8:30 - final band #4

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CSB & Madeleine Hall at The Next Page this weekend‏

Hi all,

Been a very busy summer touring with Watermelon Slim. Hope you all had a great summer. As my touring season with Slim winds down I wanted to let people know that I'm playing several regional dates this weekend and that I'm aware my website is down. I've been working with my isp to remedy the problem but they're not very responsive (thanks rcn!). In any event here are a couple of the local dates I'll be on this weekend. I hope to see some of you at these dates before I leave next week for Australia!


1:25-2:25 PM-Westport (CT) Brews & Blues Fest with Dave Howard & Black & White

9:15 PM - NEXT PAGE CAFE-Weymouth, MA - Madeleine Hall with Chris Stovall Brown - Live Recording


11:30 AM - 1PM - MT. Ida College - CSB with Shirley Lewis-Gospel show- MT. IDA family day

3-7 PM - Cady's Tavern, Chepachet, RI - CSB (on harp) with Rick Russell & Rick Harrington

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Gracie Curran and The High Falutin' Band - Live at The Tap

Gracie B. Curran & The High Fallutin’ Band
Live - The Tap
September 18th, 2010
Review by Georgetown Fats

It was a great night for blues music in the Merrimack Valley. Gracie B Curran, making her debut at The Tap in Haverhill, backed by the High Fallutin’ Band channelled Etta, Janis and others to deliver a high impact show to the assembled and disassembled masses.

With the support if Marty Phillips as a guest sax player, Tommy Carroll on guitar and band leader, Ross Liberti in drums and Geoff Murfitt on bass the high energy Gracie B Curran lead her band through sets of well travelled covers tweaked appropriately for a female vocalist.

Curran’s command of the microphone was only exceeded by her command of the crowd; full of vocal talent and sass she had already whipped the assembled crowd into a party before we had arrived. With deft ability, Curran made sure to throw bon mots to her assembled colleagues and band mates while never interrupting the flow of her own show. She owned the room with a combination of pure vocal talent and exuberance.

Almost as entertaining as the show was Curran’s handling of a a gentleman who may have had a few bad ice cubes. Allowing the gentleman ‘just enough rope’ to add to the entertainment, Curran kept her cool and never lost her command of the room.

In between sets, I also had a chance to steal away to the new club opening in the former function room for The Tap. Schedule to open in the beginning of October and featuring dedicated blues nights the room is bound to enhance an already burgeoning Haverhill music scene.

For more information on Gracie and The High Falutin’ Band check out;

For more information on The Tap check out;

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Boston Blues Society Presents - The 23rd Annual Blues Challenge


 SOLO/DUO ENTRANTS:                                                      BAND ENTRANTS:                                                 
MAX SULLIVAN- SOLO                                                          ERIN HARPE  AND THE DELTA SWINGERS
WILLIE AND BABE/DUO                                                        LOIS GRECO BAND
                                                                                                   KID PINKY BAND
                                                                                                   SIT DOWN BABY !
                                                                                                   DRIVIN BLIND
                                                                                                   THROW DOWN BLUES BAND
                                                                                                   GIL CORREIA  AND THE BLUGILS
                                                                                                   GRACIE CURRAN AND HER HIGH  FALUTIN  BAND
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ALSO VOTED TO SUBMIT THE NEW CD “HARD RIVER TO ROW” BY THE DELTA GENERATORS INTO THE IBC’S BEST SELF PRODUCED CD CATEGORY.                                                                                       

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King - New England Tour Dates

"Raucous, high-energy Texas roadhouse blues-rock. Blistering guitar solos, irresistible shuffles and subtle ballads." -Living Blues

The red-hot rockin' Texas blues band Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King will celebrate the release of their new CD, Have Blues, Will Travel with a live performance at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry on Friday, September 17, 2010.

Kubek's raucous roadhouse fretwork is expertly complimented by the equally fiery guitar and soulful vocals of Bnois King. Together, the two create a one-two punch of raw, tough, Lone Star blues-rock.

Concert information is as follows: 

Date: Friday, September 17
Venue: Tupelo Music Hall
Address: 2 Young Road
City: Londonderry, NH
Phone: 603-432-5100
Showtime: 8:00 p.m.
Ticket price: $22
 The red-hot rockin' Texas blues band Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King will celebrate the release of their new CD, Have Blues, Will Travel with a live performance at the Venue Music Bar in Portland on Saturday, September 18, 2010.

Kubek's raucous roadhouse fretwork is expertly complimented by the equally fiery guitar and soulful vocals of Bnois King. Together, the two create a one-two punch of raw, tough, Lone Star blues-rock.

Concert information is as follows: 

Date: Saturday, September 18th
Venue: Venue Music Bar and Grille
Address: 865 Forest Ave.
City: Portland, ME
Phone: 207-899-4350
Showtime: 9:00 p.m.
Ticket price: $15

Friday, September 10, 2010

Bob Malone - Johnny D's Uptown - September 18th, 2010

BOB MALONE - Johnny D's Uptown
The "Ain't What You Know" New England CD Release
Saturday, September 18 at 7:00pm
17 Holland Street, Somerville, MA    617.776.2004
"Bob Malone doesn't just accompany himself on piano. He supports his singing with pulsating, roaring keyboard work that grabs you and shakes you until you cry for mercy" 
Keyboard Magazine
(Los Angeles) - Blues/rock piano man Bob Malone has been touring nonstop for a year behind his latest album "Ain't What You Know," which has been receiving raves in magazines, newspapers and blogs on three continents. Bob kicked off the "Ain't What You Know" Tour at Los Angeles's The Mint for a special release show with the all-star musicians featured on the album, including Leland Sklar (Jackson Browne, James Taylor), Mike Baird (Bob Dylan, Journey, Hall & Oates), Marty Rifkin (Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty), and Lee Thornburg (Tower of Power, Chicago, Rod Stewart). The tour has since continued on to Europe, Australia and most of the US, including high-profile support slots with Dr. John, Leon Russel, and Subdudes. 
Bob's show at Johnny D's will feature his great East Coast touring rhythm section and the first 20 people in the door will receive a free copy of the video single for "No One Can Hurt You." Cover is $10, and children are welcome with parents with dinner reservations.

Called a musician's musician and a pianist's pianist, Malone is touted by critics across multiple genres.

"A new peak in what's been a rather mountainous career, Malone's latest shows off everything that makes him great and more...the kind of record you can listen to over and over, the way records used to be. Great songs, amazing production and playing, it doesn't get much better than this" says Filter Magazine.
"The presence of first-call players like Leland Sklar and Marty Rifkin, alongside the artist's New Orleans drenched piano, raises the bar for this troubadour. On "Ain't What You Know," Bob Malone is clearly in the big leagues," raves Music Connection.
"US blues pianist Bob Malone cakewalked all over the keys with rip-roaring pyrotechnics that were part skill and part showmanship, often eschewing the piano stool and jumping around like a rock star. [But] beneath the banter and the wizardry Bob Malone revealed a raw and splendidly large heart" says The West Australian.

Known for his dazzling stage show, Bob Malone is a favorite across the country, across the pond and even down under.  "Ain't What You Know" was produced by Bob DeMarco of DeMarco Productions ("Entertainment Tonight, "Dr. Phil.") through Delta Moon Records and is distributed by Burnside Distribution.

For more information on Bob Malone 
Hi-res photos at 
CDs and vinyl available for review!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Popa Chubby coming to Franklin MA

Raucous guitar-slinger Popa Chubby is bringing his Hi-Octane show to Franklin, NH as follows:
(570) 822-2992
8PM / $25  

Charlie Musselwhite - Touring New England in support of The Well

Famed harmonicist/vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Charlie Musselwhite celebrates his return to Alligator Records with his new CD, The Well, and a live performance at;

Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry on Thursday, September 16, 2010
Venue Music Bar and Grille in Portland on Friday, September 17, 2010.
The Met in Pawtucket on Saturday, September 18, 2010.

The album is an authentic slice of Charlie's deep blues roots with musical flavors from Mississippi to Chicago to California, including help on one song from legendary vocalist and friend Mavis Staples.

The Well is the first full-band recording in Musselwhite's almost 50-year career in which he wrote every track on the album, and it is the most personal and emotionally open cycle of songs he has ever created. The revealing, autobiographical songs recall specific events and places in Musselwhite's amazingly colorful life. His worldly-wise vocals and masterful harmonica work are perfectly matched with the stories he tells. Simply put, The Well is Charlie Musselwhite at his very best.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Peter Blewzzman Lauro on Chuck Van Riper and Dave Thomas About The Blues

Chuck Van Riper & Dave Thomas
"About The Blues"
Pitkethly Music
By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © September 2010
    "About The Blues" is the debut release by the duo of Chuck Van Riper & Dave Thomas.  Although the band is a true duo, by no means would I consider this release a duet.  You see, between them they play six instruments and sing as well.  On guitar, bass, trumpet and vocals is Chuck and on guitar, piano and lead vocals is Dave, with the drum samples written by Chuck.  On the project - a mix of electric and acoustic blues as well as a mix of blues styles - they're both responsible for all the original music.....and obviously lots of overdubbing.
    It took me all of three notes of the opening track to realize I was going to like this disc.  The song was "Free To Go" and those notes were from a scorching guitar riff that lasted the length of the track.  
    The title track is based on some poor soul's life that truly is all "About The Blues".  It seems that the lyrics of blues songs were written from him being followed and having his life written about.  Damn, that's sad.  This one features great lead and harmony vocals with good guitar and piano work from Dave.  
    This one is a slow, soft and absolutely beautiful love song about a couple that are a "Perfect Fit".  Dave's emotional and tender vocals make it sound as if he were singing the song to the love of his life.  If you have someone in your life who is that perfect fit, make sure you let them know - as a matter of fact, play this song for them.  Sensual guitar work is another of this tune's jewels.
    There will come a time in all of our lives - despite admitting it or not - where we just "Can't Rock No More".  You'll know it when you "can listen but - not take the floor" or when you "watch pretty girls shake it so nice, but joining them just ain't worth the price".  Besides being very clever, the lyrics will one day be all too true.  Great vocals and rhythm highlight this sing-along song. 
    "Please Don't Tell Me Now" is another of my many favorites.  The tears Chuck's guitar is weeping and the melancholy lyrics so sadly and soulfully sung by Dave are - to use the words of a previous song title - a perfect fit.  Great stuff!
    On "I'll Follow You", the guys actually had this usually non acoustic liking listener enjoying what he was hearing.  Dave's outstanding down home vocal style and Chuck's pickin' at the acoustic guitar strings have them sounding as good as any acoustic duo these ears have heard.
    Other tracks on "About The Blues" include" "Do You Know Who You Are?", "Mexicali Blues", "Get Outta My Way", "One Last Time", "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow", "When We Get Together"and "Look What I Found".
    Right about now you should be thinking you'd like to hear more from these guys.  That's why you need to go and let them know.  Once you're there, also let them know the Blewzzman sent ya.
Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Johnny Barnes - Post Hurricane Party

Johnny Barnes & The NightCrawlers are playing a Hurricane Earl After Party at The Boat Show at The Seaport Inn and Marina at the Rte 6 Fairhaven- New Bedford Bridge.

SATURDAY SEPT 4 ...  we're on stage from 5 to 7 PM.

Its in a big tent....  if the tent don't get blown away!!!  Come and check out the cool boats.  Bands all day and night.

A Note from Blewzzman regarding Robin Rogers health..

Hello to all my Blues Society contacts.

Below is a copy of an email that was forwarded to me by my friend Tom. It contains information about the serious situation Robin Rogers is involved with. I thought you might like to pass this along to your members.

Let's all hope for the best for her.


Pete the Blewzzman

Hi Tom

Wish I had some good news to pass along but things are pretty rough. Robin

finished the tour with Debbie (8 weeks), was home 2 days, went to Europe with

Janiva and Thorreta Davis for a week, home 2 days, off to St Louis and a couple

other stops, back home and collapsed on the 18th. She was in ICU in very serious

condition until the 29th when she moved to a regular room. I spent a few hours

with her yesterday, and the Doctor was talking about her going home or to a

physical therapy center the next day. I left around 3PM and Tony called around 7

saying the internal bleeding had started again and she was back in ICU. Today

they transferred her to The Med in Charlotte and surgery is being scheduled now.

All this comes from her liver not functioning properly due to Hep C.

There are a couple benefits being put together in Charlotte and a medical trust

fund has been set up. Her new CD comes out this month and the planned release

party has been scrapped along with all tour dates for the rest of the year. A

bunch of DJs around the country are sending out mass press release to let

everyone know about the new disc and to tell them to go to to

order. Maybe we can get some decent sales generated through the web site, cause

there ain't gonna be any sold from the stage for a while.

The girl is fighting her ass off right now and she has a very long and hard road

to recovery. I'll tell Robin and Tony you were asking about her. Wish I had

better news.