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Black-Eyed & Blues Show 120
Air Date 11 Dec 2013
Tas Cru- Brand New Shoes, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez- Everybody’s Got A Heartache, Mike Crandall Band- So Many Times, Max Creek- Angel of My Mind, Roxy Perry- Whole Dog, Damon Fowler- You Go Your Way, Shaka & the Soul Shakers- Mr. Levy’s Grave, The Mighty Soul Drivers- Everywhere You Go, Alexis P. Suter- Hole That I’m In, Tom Sanders & the Hornets- Holiday, Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts- Real Prince Charming, Cyril Neville- Swamp Funk, Anni Piper- If You Be My Baby, Gracie Curran & the High Falutin’ Band-Even With The Rain, XY Eli- Something Else On My Mind, The Superpowers- S.L.D.R. Devon Allman- Turn Off The World, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood- Whiskey River, Mojomatics- Soy Baby.

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Black-Eyed News:
A lot of really interesting stuff in the news this week.
First up the Grammy Nominees for Best Blues Album are in and they are:
Remembering Little Walter
Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia & James Harman
Label: Blind Pig Records
Cotton Mouth Man
James Cotton
Label: Alligator
Get Up!
Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
Label: Stax
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa
Label: J&R Adventures
Down In Louisiana
Bobby Rush
Label: Deep Rush Records

My guess is that it will go to James Cotton but I have heard the Charlie Musselwhite/ Ben Harper album and it’s great.

The guitar that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold at auction Friday for a record $965,000.
Christie’s auction house did not immediately identify the absentee buyer of the sunburst Fender Stratocaster. The instrument went for the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction, Christie’s said.
The festival performance cemented Dylan’s move from acoustic folk to electric rock ‘n’ roll. Now viewed as a defining moment that irrevocably changed American music, the raucous, three-song electric set at the Rhode Island festival was met with boos from some in the crowd, and folk purists saw Dylan as a traitor and a sellout.
The presale estimate by Christie’s for the guitar, which was sold with its original black leather strap and Fender hard shell case, was $300,000 to $500,000.
The previous record for a guitar sold at auction was held by Eric Clapton’s Fender, nicknamed “Blackie,” which sold at Christie’s for $959,500 in 2004.

The Kennedy Center’s annual gala this year honored Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Shirley Maclaine and opera star Martin Arroyo. There are lots of great performances or the show and is set to be aired on CBS on December 29th.

Larry Lisk – St. Petersburg, Florida
Now in his 16th year hosting Mo Blues Monday on Tampa’s WMNF 88.5 FM, a 70,000-watt community radio station, Larry Lisk has made his show the definitive place for west-central Florida blues lovers to get their weekly fix of music, information, and commentary. On the show, Lisk emphasizes the diversity of the blues, from its roots to classic blues to current performers. Introducing new artists to his faithful audience is a show mainstay, along with the popular Blues Goodie Bag, which has put more than 1,200 CDs, tickets and other blues-related items in the hands of his listeners. When not on the air, Lisk is the emcee for area festivals such as the Tampa Bay, Clearwater, and Sarasota blues festivals, and can generally be found where blues music is playing. In addition, he was a co-founder of the Suncoast Blues Society and served as president from 1997 to 2005. Congrats Larry!!

The New Yorker had a tremendous article about the Wrecking Crew who were the session musicians that played on all of the great recordings of the 60’s to include:
Crystals (“He’s a Rebel”), Jan and Dean (“Surf City”), Paul Revere and the Raiders (“Kicks”), Simon and Garfunkel (“Bridge Over Troubled Water”), the Association (“Windy”), the Mamas and the Papas (“California Dreamin’ ”), Frank Sinatra (“Strangers in the Night”), the Monkees (“Last Train to Clarksville”), Herb Alpert (“A Taste of Honey”), Nancy Sinatra (“These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ ”), or Sonny and Cher (“Bang Bang”)—not to mention the “Batman” theme, the “Mission: Impossible” theme, the “Hawaii Five-O” theme, or the “Born Free” theme—then you’ve heard the Wrecking Crew. When producers called musicians, these were the musicians who got called first. I put the link to the article in this week’s write up

Blues In The Area:
Johnny Winter / James Montgomery - Olde Mistick Village Arts Cinema (8:30pm) - Mystic, CT
Popa Chubby - Theodores' (8pm) - Springfield, MA
The Balkun Brothers - The Hungry Tiger (9pm) - Manchester, CT
12/13 FRIDAY
Joe Louis Walker - The Iron Horse (7pm) - Northampton, MA
Duke Robillard - Chan's (8 & 10pm) - Woonsocket, RI
EasyBaby - La Boca - Middletown, CT
The Mighty Soul Drivers - Smokin' Spokes (9pm) - Canton, CT
Mike Law & the Playboys - Black-eyed Sally's (9pm) - Hartford
Wildcat O'Halloran - Theodores' - Springfield, MA
The Danny Draher Band - The Pulaski Club (8:30pm) - New Britain, CT
Johnny & the East Coast Rockers - The Knickerbocker Cafe (8pm) - Westerly, RI
Jr. Krauss & the Shakes / Trinity College Quirks - Bridge St. Live (8pm) - Collinsville, CT
Johnny Winter - Mill Street Brews - Southbridge, MA
Savoy Brown - The Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA
Jeff Pitchell - Black-eyed Sally's (9pm) - Hartford
Albert Cummings - Chan's (8 & 10pm) - Woonsocket, RI
The Tom Sanders Band - Donovan's Reef - Branford, CT
Shaka & the Soulshakers - Sam the Clam's - Southington, CT
Brandt Taylor - NY Pizza (7pm) - Plainfield, CT
The Dave Keller Band - Theodores' - Springfield, MA
12/15 SUNDAY
Memphis Bound Fundraiser - The Pine Loft (2pm) - Berlin, CT
To help send CT Blues Society Solo/Duo Challenge winners to Memphis for the Blues Foundation's International Challenge
Bill Shaka & Tony C.
Dan Stevens
Mike Law
The Balkun Brothers
Rich Badowski w/Shawn Leonard
and more surprise guests
Blues Jam w/The Cobalt Rhythm Kings - Cafe Nine (8pm) - New Haven, CT

Black-Eyed Sally’s Weekly Rundown:
Wednesday Dec 11 Blues Open Mic hosted by Tommy Whalen
Friday Dec 13 Mike Law & the Playboys
Saturday Dec 14 Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood
Monday Dec16 Monday Night Jazz featured performer Steve Davis
Tuesday Dec 17 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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