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Minus John (formerly “Full Tilt”) has performed together for several years. Its members include: Jeff Wood- Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica; Jeff Hair- Drums, Vocals; Steve Glass- Bass; and Mike McKinney- Guitar, Vocals.
The recent addition of Steve Glass on bass has brought a fresh perspective to their sound and helped solidify their unique brand of hard-driving, bar room, blues-rock. Minus John has performed at numerous bars, nightclubs, festivals, and private parties in the central Virginia area and can easily fit in most venues. Demos and song lists are available on request and a web-site is forthcoming! For booking, contact Mike McKinney at (434)546-1643 or Jeff Wood at (434)525-0762. Experience Minus John Now!!!!!!


Candye Kane was scheduled to play Gravity Lounge on May 12. Because of her recent cancer diagnosis (pancreatic cancer) she has had to cancel her East Coast spring tour, and will be rescheduling for the fall. Candye's treatment will be expensive, and she (like so many of the rest of us) does not have insurance.  In addition, her treatment and recovery will put her out of work for some time---but her expenses will keep adding up. I would like to put together a musical benefit on the May 12 date, to raise some money for Candye, and also to get a little buzz around town about who Candye is, and how wonderful she is (not to mention the music).”

All very best,

Bill (Gravity Lounge)


Wayne Weikel announces that Catawba Sound Studios has just switched to a different web host and asked if any of you that have links to our website with "Surfbest" in the address,  to please change it to http// .  Thank you so much!  (See another change below)

you that have not had a chance to view and hear our February/March Newsletter yet, to view our newsletter and hear all the great new songs available for your listening enjoyment, please use the following link:


On Thursdays Big Lick Tropical Grill in Lynchburg will start something completely new.  Casey Wood is going to be hosting open mic night at Big Lick.  Some of you already know Casey, he plays in a band called Dickie Retardo that we have had at the Lick a few times.  Casey is an awesome entertainer and he will be jamming on stage every Thursday from now on.  We have a complete sound system so come on out and plug in and show your stuff.  You can get some stage time for you or your band, or you can just sit in and jam with Casey.  Either way it will be fun.   434-528-3604


Director Art Holliday is trying to raise awareness in the blues community about a documentary project he's been working on for five years. JOHNNIE BE GOOD is the life story of Johnnie Johnson, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,  recipient of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, and the man who hired Chuck Berry, teaming up to help create rock and roll. A who’s who of musicians have done on-camera interviews and lent their support to the project: Eric Clapton, Bo Diddley, Bob Weir, Bonnie Raitt, John Sebastian, Buddy Guy, Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Chuck Leavell of the Rolling Stones, Michael McDonald, Bruce Hornsby, drummer/producer Steve Jordan, Conan O’Brien band guitarist Jimmy Vivino, Big Bill Morganfield, James Young of Styx, Al Kooper, Dr. John, Richard Young of the Kentucky Headhunters, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame president Terry Stewart, Johnny Rivers, Henry Townsend, and movie director Taylor Hackford. Holliday is writing and producing. He hopes to finish by the end of the year and is trying to let the music community know. Please check out the website,


Paul recorded an instructional video / CD-Rom for Truefire which will be out later this year, including classic country blues and some original songs. 
Annie’s latest ‘blog entry: Road Restaurant Reviews! on; from a delicious and nutritious tour of Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida, all by way of Rein’s Deli in Vernon, Connecticut.  Feel free to add your favorites!
Vintage Raines – Two videos recently posted on Youtube feature a 22-year old Annie playing with Butch McClendon and Kenny Holladay in the band Some Blues By Butch in 1991.  There are two songs: “Dust My Broom” and “Deep Down in Florida”.  They can be found by doing a search for “annie raines” on Youtube or by going to our video page:

Happy New Year to all,
Annie & Paul



The Cascade Blues Association located in Portland, OR has announced its nominations for the 2007 Muddy Awards.   Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes have been nominated for "Best New Act" and "Best Electric Guitarist".
The Muddy Awards are the CBA's annual achievement awards, given every November at the CBA Monthly Membership Meeting. The "Muddys" are named after the renowned Blues legend, Muddy Waters. It is in his honor that the CBA presents these awards, representing outstanding achievement in the field of Blues music, with emphasis on the local scene. Both the nominations and the winners are selected and voted on by the CBA Membership.  The CBA is the city's "Ambassador Of The Blues" and has built a strong association over its 21-year existence. The organization has expanded to over 1,300 members, making it one of the largest Blues organizations in the country, if not the world!


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