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The first story up this week is that the Clapton Crossroads show from a few months ago will be coming to a theater near you.On August 13th in theatres across the country there will be a special one night only event broadcasting highlights and backstage footage from this pasts Aprils CrossRoads Guitar Festival. Musicians featured in the cinema event include Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Booker T., Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill and Warren Haynes. It will be shown in nearly 500 select theatres around the country, and to see where and to buy tickets head to www.fathomevents.com.
We went to the theater event last year and it was awesome you almost feel like you’re there.
Blues Blast magazine has had 2 great interviews in the last 2 weeks. The first one was with frontman for the Fabulous Thunderbirds Kim Wilson. It talks about the T-Birds new record and how he has gone from being influenced by the greats to becoming influential on the careers of a new crop of performers and the first time that he met Muddy Waters. It is a great interview. I will leave the link in this week’s write up.
The second interview is with the legendary James Cotton. Though a bout with throat cancer and the ensuing loss of a vocal cord back in the mid-90s has left Cotton unable to do much singing, the Grammy Award winner and Blues Hall of Famer has steadfastly refused to allow that malady stop him from blowing the harp with as much power and gusto as he ever has. “I was a harmonica player before I was a singer. I didn’t really become a singer until I started fronting a band,” he said. “So, that (his health) has kind of made me be able to concentrate on playing the harmonica again. It kind of put me back on track.”
Cotton’s health issues have also not put the brakes on his recording career, either. He just requires a little more help in the studio these days. And when you’ve got friends like Gregg Allman, Keb Mo, Warren Haynes, Delbert McClinton, Darrell Nulisch, Joe Bonamassa and Ruthie Foster to call on, well, you’ve got it made.
You should read the entire interview and pick up a copy of Cotton Mouth Man on Alligator records.
Lastly; The self-proclaimed ‘Boss of the Blues,’ James Lewis Carter ‘T-Model’ Ford, passed away from respiratory failure July 16 in his Greenville, Mississippi home. Depending on which account you believe, T-Model was somewhere between 89-93 years old (editor’s note: He told Blues Blast in an interview from Feb. 14 of this year that he was 92 years old).
T-Model was the very embodiment of the blues and spent a couple of years on a chain gang for murder as a young man. He also claimed to have been married six times and fathered over 20 children. With his unique style of guitar playing – chopping off chords that were very reminiscent of a bell chiming – T-Model paired with R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough to help bring the Fat Possum Records label to national attention with four classic albums for the Oxford, Mississippi-based label. T-Model is survived by his wife Estella and grandson (and drummer) Stud.
BLUES IN THE AREA:8/7 WEDNESDAY
CHRISTINE OHLMAN & REBEL MONTEZ - WESTERLY TOWN BEACH (6-8PM) - WESTERLY, RI
DAN STEVENS - THE OLD LYME INN (6 PM, WEATHER PERMITTING) - OLD LYME, CT
THE CHRIS D'AMATO BAND - THE HARTFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY (NOON-1PM, 500 MAIN ST.) - HARTFORD
THE TRAVIS MOODY BAND - BLUES, BERRIES & JAM FARMERS MARKET ON THE GREEN (NOON-1:30PM) - NEW HAVEN, CT
BLUES JAM W/BRANDT TAYLOR - BLACK-EYED SALLY'S (8 PM) - HARTFORD
TOMMY CASTRO - CHAN'S - WOONSOCKET, RI
ANA POPOVIC - STEARNS SQUARE (WORTHINGTON ST.) - SPRINGFIELD, MA
SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY - BLACK-EYED SALLY'S (8 PM) - HARTFORD
ERIN HARPE & THE DELTA SWINGERS - THEODORES' - SPRINGFIELD, MA
DAN STEVENS - THE CONNECTICUT RIVER MUSEUM (5:30 PM) - ESSEX, CT
BRANDT TAYLOR - THE SPRING HOUSE - BLOCK ISLAND, RI
TOMMY CASTRO - THE KNICKERBOCKER CAFE (8PM) - WESTERLY, RI
JOHNNY RAWLS - CHAN'S (8PM) - WOONSOCKET, RI
RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS - THE OUTER SPACE (8PM) - HAMDEN, CT
DAN STEVENS - THE CAPTAIN DANIEL PACKER INN - MYSTIC, CT
THE WALTER LEWIS BLUES TRIO - THE LAKEHOUSE (7PM) - SEYMOUR, CT
ERAN TROY DANNER (ACOUSTIC) - THEODORES' (9PM) - SPRINGFIELD, MA
BRANDT TAYLOR - THE CANOE CLUB (9PM) - MIDDLETOWN, CT
STAFFORD SPRINGS BLUES FESTIVAL - HYDE PARK & THE PALACE THEATER - STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT
HYDE PARK LINEUP (STARTS AT NOON):
JUNIOR KRAUSS & THE SHAKES
JOHNNY CHARLES & 706 UNION BAND
JOSH SCUSSEL & THE RUDE BLUES BAND
Palace Theater lineup (starts 7:15 pm):
AJ JANSEN CHRISTINE
OHLMAN & REBEL MONTEZ
George Thorogood / Buddy Guy - MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods (8pm) - Mashantucket, CT
JOHNNY A. & JEFF PITCHELL - BRIDGE STREET LIVE (9PM) - COLLINSVILLE, CT
THE RICH BADOWSKI BLUES BAND - SAM THE CLAM'S - SOUTHINGTON, CT
RIVER CITY SLIM & THE ZYDECO HOGS - BLACK-EYED SALLY'S (9PM) - HARTFORD
KING CAKE - THE LEBANON FAIRGROUNDS (3PM) - LEBANON, CT
BRANDT TAYLOR - T.J. O'BRIEN'S (9PM) - STURBRIDGE, MA
RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS - CHAN'S (8PM) - WOONSOCKET, RI
DAN STEVENS - BURKE'S TAVERN (5PM) - NIANTIC, CT
THE MIDDLETOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL - MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE (NOON-8PM) - MIDDLETOWN, CT
THE MIGHTY SOUL DRIVERS
THE MICHAEL CLEARY BAND
J-CHERRY & THE STRAWBERRIES
Black-Eyed Sally’s Weekly Rundown:
Wed Aug 7 Blues Open Mic hosted by Brandt Taylor
Thurs Aug 8 Southern Hospitality
Fri Aug 9 Jen Lowe
Sat Aug 10 River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs
Mon Aug 12 Monday Night Jazz
Tues Aug 13 the return of 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.
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