Updates, Blues Bits & important info
FULL TILT BECOMES
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 BENEFIT
Kane was scheduled to play Gravity Lounge on May 12.
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).”
CATAWBA SOUND STUDIOS
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
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
BIG LICK TROPICAL
GRILL HOSTS OPEN MIC
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
"JOHNNIE BE GOOD"
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 RISHELL & ANNIE RAINES NEWS
recorded an instructional video / CD-Rom for Truefire which
will be out later this year, including classic country blues and some
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:
Year to all,
Annie & Paul
KEVIN SELFE AND THE
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
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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Get your copy of the latest edition of the JRBS'
"VIRGINIA BLUES LEGACY" pamphlet!
With just a slightly different
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