Tuesday, October 17, 2017

R.D. Olson ~~ Keep Walking Woman

First of all, let me apologize for the long delay in reviews. Even though I’ve posted a few reviews of live shows, I’ve been way behind in getting reviews posted for all of the albums I’ve received. Suffice to say, I’ve had a few health issues that demanded most of my time, and I had to postpone reviewing until they were cleared up. I’m back, let’s rock!
At the top of my list is the latest from the soulful bluesman, R.D. Olson, known as "The Real Deal" to friends and who calls Arizona home. It’s my first time hearing his music, and I have to say that I really enjoy his voice and the way he blends down home blues with a sophisticated funk to achieve a unique sound.
The album is called Keep Walking Woman, and is available from their website or at a live performance. After listening to the album, I definitely recommend trying to catch them live. They swing hard!
Olson is the man behind the vocals and harp and he is joined by several quality musicians: Darryl Porras, Jamie Waldron, Robert Sellani, and Eric Williams. I have their names and when I get a little more information I will know who plays what instrument and update this review.
Baby Boomer Blues kicks off the album with a slice of funk that gets the blood pumping. The guitar sets it up and the keys and horns give it some backbone. This is a great way to hook an audience and get them engaged. Olson growls his way through the vocals.
He follows that up with Bleed Baby Bleed and more horn driven funk. That fat Chicago style blues crosses with some great dance music reminding me of R.L. Burnside’s line that you can sing about anything you want as long as you give people something they can dance to. Listen for some really good guitar work.
Olson changes things up with I Miss New Orleans. The song evokes the stormy nature of the city with its thunder opening followed by some deep brass that recalls a funeral procession. But New Orleans doesn’t mourn, it celebrates, and the lyrics celebrate some of the best things the Crescent City has to offer. This is a fine old-school number and you better believe I’ll be featuring it on Time For The Blues.
Petie Reed follows and it’s a slick number that straddles a couple of genres. With a little more punch it could fall into the genre of rockabilly, but Olson gives it a twist and it comes off more like the swing you would hear in the sophisticated nightclubs of the ‘30’s and ‘40’s. I love this song and Olson shows that his vocals can handle all of the variations of the blues. The piano work is outstanding.
Olson picks up the tempo for Up The Line. It’s got a good shuffle beat and the horns punctuate the song nicely. This is the chance for the drummer to shine, as he drives the song. Great harp work by Olson as well.
The next song on the album, Johnny Walker, is a great smoldering blues tune in the tradition of great drinking blues. At over seven minutes long, I’m going to be hard pressed to play it, but I really want to. It’s the kind of song that effectively evokes those wasted nights of my youth. This song alone is worth the entire album. Listen for the great guitar break.
The title track, Keep Walking Woman, follows and it’s an entirely different style of song. It’s a quick paced number that even includes someone adding some vibes and a vocal delivery that incorporates a hip hop flavor. It’s a cool song with plenty of high energy.
The next song has two different listings on my sheet. It’s labeled as both Can’t Spend It and Can’t Spend What You Never Had, but whatever you call it, it’s a damn fine old school song with that great delta feel. The slide guitar mixes with the harp and the vocals are recorded so they sound like they’re coming from far away – maybe some half remembered dream. It’s a lovely tune, and I can’t wait to share it with my audience.
Olson ends the album with Sheila, and he rocks it hard. The harp opens up the swinging song before the other instruments come in for a toe tapping shuffle. The horns add a different dimension and I can only imagine that this is the song that gets everybody out on to the dance floor. It’s a fun way to end the album and it just makes me want to hit the repeat button a couple of more times.
Like I said, this is my first time checking out R.D. Olson, but it won’t be my last. He’s got a strong presence and knows how to mix his songs so that just about every blues lover will find a few tasty morsels. I had a great time listening to the album and found myself enjoying every one of the songs.
Now comes the fun part. I need to check out his website, https://www.rdolsonband.com/, to see if he has any other releases and check his tour schedule to see if our paths are going to cross anytime soon. I hope you will take a few minutes to check him out yourself and see if you like his sound as much as I do.

If you don’t find yourself swinging and bopping, you might want to call the doctor, because something is definitely wrong! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tommy Castro Wows Near Sold Out Crowd At Tin Pan

There are at least a thousand jokes that start out, “A man walks into a bar.” Well, let me tell you, last night Alligator recording blues artist Tommy Castro and his group The Painkillers, didn’t just walk into the Tin Pan, they absolutely lit the joint up for over 90 minutes of high octane music.
That’s not terribly surprising considering Castro’s years of touring, but you can tell when a performer is going through the motions, and Castro’s engagement with the audience and enthusiasm for the music were the driving force behind last night’s show. The man was non-stop from the first note until the last fan got a handshake from Castro and headed out the door.
The show started off on a high note as the band vamped their way through an instrumental while Castro ran on stage, strapped on his guitar, and started talking with the audience, whipping the near sold-out crowd up and jumping into the first song of the night, a cover of Elvin Bishop’s Rock Bottom.
Castro’s band is one tight trio: Randy McDonald is a badass bass player who along with drummer Bowen Brown formed a solid rhythm section and kept the groove going all night. The third member is Mike Emerson on keys whose playing occasionally acted like a second lead guitar and added a deeper dimension to the music.
After that opening, the group kept the energy level high with a great rendition of a song Castro wrote with Robert Cray’s former keyboardist Jimmy Pugh, Nonchalant. When I first heard the song, it struck me as one that really needs to be getting airplay – it’s a hot rocking blues number with a good hook and very strong lyrics.
They then moved into The Devil You Know without a pause or segue. Three hot songs in a row and the audience was cheering everything and applauding Castro’s guitar breaks. As soon as the song finished, Castro yelled out, “It’s Blues time! Blues on a Sunday night!”
With that, the band launched into the first slow blues songs of the night, a blistering version of Lose Lose. From there the band moved into a cover of Further On Down The Road which featured some great keyboard work from Emerson.
After that song was over and the audience was feeling mellow, Castro told a story of his early days when there were “three blues bars on every block in San Francisco.” When the band was playing, inevitably there would come a time when an audience member would yell, “Ride, boys, ride.” Castro took that exhortation and turned it into the song, The Ride, which featured another stellar run from Emerson.
Before the audience could respond to the song, Castro and The Painkillers played an outstanding cover of Tom Petty’s Breakdown. Afterwards he commented “and the music lives on” and more than a few people stood and applauded – a tribute to Petty and to Castro’s playing.
More great music followed with Blues All Around Me and from his second album, Can’t Keep A Good Man Down, which earned him another standing ovation. The great thing about both songs is they remind us that blues music is there to help lift our burdens, and even in the darkened room, you could see smiles on so many faces.
Castro was feeling a little sentimental at that point. It would be hard not too, and he introduced his son, Skyeler, who was running sound and who is a member of a California-based heavy metal band, Pantheon. He also introduced Sammi McDonald, Randy’s daughter, who is a fast-rising hip-hop artist, producer and director.
Under her performing name, Blimes Brixton, she joined the band for a break in the song, She Wanted To Give It To Me. It’s pretty obvious that I am not the target audience for hip-hop, although I will confess that I enjoy the verbal assault of the poetry, let me tell you that Brixton just might change my mind. Her lyrics were honest and her stage presence is commanding. After the show, I probably spent as much time talking to her about her career as I did Castro and the guys, and when she drops an album, I will gladly review it. In the meantime, be sure to check out her video, Look At Me Now on youtube
After that, Castro was feeling nostalgic and it was the perfect time to play My Old Neighborhood, a love letter to his home town of San José. The song is a beautiful look back at the images he remembers, and for so many of us, it perfectly describes the town where we grew up. After that, he played Love Is Love complete with some wicked slide work.
He closed with a great version of Changes and the audience stayed on their collective feet for a long standing ovation. There was no way the audience was going to let him go, and Castro and the Painkillers returned with an encore of Shake A Hard Time Lose.
Nearly every person on the around 200 that were packed into the Tin Pan stuck around to connect with Castro at the merchandise table. It has become an important part of every performance in these intimate venues. Not only can you connect with musicians you love, with the industry taking it on the chin with album sales, it gives the artists a valuable way to get physical copies of their work into our hands. Castro has done his last three albums on vinyl as well as on CD, so for those who love records, Castro (and a growing number of artists) makes them available.
Nothing will ever take the place of live music. Catching a hard working performer like Tommy Castro is a treat – hopefully we will continue to see performers of his status in venues like the Tin Pan all over the country. If you would like to investigate where Castro and other performers will be playing, be sure to check out the sister blog to this one where I will be listing more shows across the country.


(Photos of Tommy Castro and the Painkillers by Anita Schlank. Used by permission.)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Time For The Blues ~~ October 14, 2017

Believe me, Henry and I are hoping that you will join us this Saturday Night, October 14, at 11 Eastern as we unleash the latest madness that is Time From The Blues! Yeah, we’ve been working hard on this one – especially since I misplaced one of the discs earlier and went on a mad scramble to locate it and finish the show!! 
Yes, mea culpa, we actually had planned to do this show a couple of weeks ago, but when we went to do the show – oops, one of the Delta Wires CDs was still in my computer at home. See, there’s a reason why Mrs. Professor calls me “The Absent Minded Professor,” and it’s not because I act like Robin Williams…
Fortunately, we were able to call an audible and with said lost disc located and retrieved, we’re going to try again.
First up, we’ve got the latest album from Rick Estrin and The Nightcats who have been tearing up the blues world for many years and show no signs of slowing down. We’ve been fans of the group since their earliest incarnation, when Little Charlie Baty was the driving force, and anytime they come out with a new album, we pounce on it.
This latest release, on Alligator natch, is called Groovin’ In Greaseland and we think you are going to like it a lot. Estrin is a great harp player and his singing isn’t half bad either and they have a wicked way with the lyrics. If you don’t know these guys, you’re in for a real treat, and if you already know them, then buckle in for a fast ride.
After that is the long-awaited set from Oakland, California based Delta Wires. I got to know them after I reviewed their album, Born In Oakland, on my review blog. They were kind enough to send me a copy of their disc Anthology so I could hear what they sounded like earlier in their career. I liked their sound very much, and I’m delighted to finally play their music for you. 
Since they don’t make it to the East Coast very often, it’s a good chance to check them out. They are already on my radar for the next time I go west – I’m already planning visits with a number of new friends, and Delta Wires is high on my list.
You know we’ve got more for you. I can’t wait to introduce you to Eilen Jewell. (By the way, her first name is pronounced “EE-lin” and I can’t wait to hear what Henry says to that.) Jewell is a very talented artist who works primarily in the folk-Americana-alt country arena, but has just released a brand new album of great blues tunes called Down Hearted Blues. Mrs. Professor and I had a rare date night and caught her at The Tin Pan and loved her and this is a very cool record. Believe me, you’ll be hearing more from her in the coming weeks.   
But there’s still more. You don’t think we’re going to stop there do you? We’ve got new releases from the great Benny Turner, Jason Buie, and Joel DaSilvia. We’ve got more music than you can shake a stick at, and if you go around shaking sticks at music, you’re probably some weird conductor wannabe and may need help.
So, do what you have to do to join us at 11. Sleep late, take a nap, grab that caffeine, just be sure to join us. We’re going to have a great time and we sure would love for you to come along for the ride. You know where we’re going to be, point your browser to http://ideastations.org/radio or join us on one of the Idea Stations: 89.1 WCVN, Northern Neck; 90.1 WMVE, Chase City; and the flagship, 88.9 WCVE-FM, Richmond, where it’s always Time For The Blues!

** Here are some great shows coming to the area! All dates are subject to change, so check with the venue for all the correct information**

Friday, October 13
Blues and Brews - Tom Euler Trio   Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Eddie Cotton, Jr.  Richmond Folk Festival - Altria Stage, 9:00 PM
Mike Lucci Band   Steam Bell Beer Works, Midlothian, 7:00 PM
Jon Spear Band @ Glass House Winery, Free Union VA
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers @ Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA

Saturday, October 14
Eddie Cotton, Jr.  Richmond Folk Festival - Community Foundation Stage, 2:15 PM
Eddie Cotton, Jr.  Richmond Folk Festival - Dominion Dance Pavilion, 6:30 PM
Mike Lucci Band   Cogan's Deli & Sports Pub, Williamsburg, 8:00 PM
Mike Souder Band Andrade's International Restaurant, Petersburg, 8:00 PM
Tommy Castro at the Southern Cafe in Charlottesville -- show at 8 pm

Sunday, October 15
Eddie Cotton, Jr.  Richmond Folk Festival - Dominion Dance Pavilion, 1:15 PM
Saturday Night, Sunday Morning: Blues, Soul & Gospel       Richmond Folk Festival - Community Foundation Stage, 3:00 PM
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers   Tin Pan, 7:00 PM (doors 5:00), $32-37

Monday, October 16
Johnny A @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Friday, October 20
Syndicators Bryan Park Bar and Grill, 8:30 PM
Daniel Champagne, Hussy Hicks, Christie Lenee
All Strung Up Tour        Ashland Coffee & Tea, Ashland, 7:00 PM
The Balkun Brothers @ Blue 5 in Roanoke, VA
JJ Grey & Mofro @ The 9:30 Club in Washington DC

Saturday, October 21
ZZ Top       Altria Theater, 8:00 PM
Rollin' and Tumblin'      Sedona Taphouse, Midlothian, 8:30 PM

Sunday, October 22
Forrest McDonald Band Hanover Vegetable Farm, Ashland, 2:00 PM

Thursday October 26
ANDERS OSBORNE & JACKIE GREENE “Sitting Around, Singing Some Songs – Tourgether 2017” with CRIS JACOBS -7:30pm-  $35.00 Birchmere

Friday, October 27
Blues and Brews - Parker & Gray    Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover

Saturday, October 28
Brothers Hoodoo  Midnight Brewery, Rockville, 4:30 PM

Wednesday, November 1
Blues Flash Croaker's Spot Richmond, 6:00 PM, no cover

Friday, November 3
Mike Souder Band        Croaker's Spot Petersburg, 7:00 PM
Delbert McClinton with Daryl Davis @ The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA
The Lawrence Olds Band       Tin Pan

Saturday, November 4
Mike Souder Band        Isley Brewing Company, 6:30 PM
Forrest McDonald Band and Triple B Better Blues Band       Montpelier Center for Arts & Education, Montpelier, 5:30 PM (doors 5:00), $20-25
Syndicators          Marty's Grill, Mechanicsville, 8:30 PM
The English Channel     The Tin Pan (Not Blues, but good friends with Henry and John)

Sunday, November 5
Jimmy Thackery @ Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA

Friday, November 10
Blues and Brews - Bluz Catz  Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Mike Lucci Band   7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM

Saturday, November 11
Mike Lucci Band   Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Hampton, 9:30 PM
Eric Gales   Capital Ale House Downtown Doors 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Sunday, November 12
Doyle Bramhall II @ The Hamilton in Washington DC

Tuesday, November 14
Rollin' and Tumblin'      Rock Bottom Brewery, 6:00 PM

Friday, November 17
Mike Lucci Band   Steam Bell Beer Works, Midlothian, 7:00 PM
Forrest McDonald Band I Don't Know Sports Grille, Chester, 8:00 PM
Mike Souder Band        Charley's Waterfront Cafe, Farmville, 8:00 PM
Savoy Brown feat. Kim Simmonds @ Ram’s Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD

Saturday, November 18
Syndicators 7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM

Sunday, November 19
Bettye LaVette @ The Hamilton in Washington DC

Friday, November 24
Blues and Brews - Eli Cook    Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover

Saturday, November 25
David Bromberg Quintet @ Ram’s Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD
The Brian Setzer Orchestra @ The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA

Saturday, December 2
Syndicators Bryan Park Bar and Grill, 8:30 PM
Rollin' and Tumblin'      Sedona Taphouse, Midlothian, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, December 5
Blues Flash Croaker's Spot Richmond, 6:00 PM, no cover

Wednesday, December 6
Missy Raines & The New Hip The Tin Pan (not blues, but great Americana)

Friday, December 8
Blues and Brews - George Taylor Group   Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Mike Souder Band        Kindred Spirit Brewing, Goochland, 6:00 PM

Saturday, December 9
Syndicators 7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM

Friday, December 15
Mike Lucci Band   Cogan's Deli & Sports Pub, Williamsburg, 8:00 PM
Forrest McDonald Band I Don't Know Sports Grille, Chester, 9:00 PM
Mike Souder Band        Iron Horse Restaurant, Ashland, 9:00 PM
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes @ Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD

Saturday, December 16
Mike Lucci Band   7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM
Rev. Horton Heat @ The Broadberry in Richmond, VA

Sunday, December 17
A Crooner's Christmas w/ The Good Shot Judy Little BIG Band

Thursday, December 21
Shemekia Copeland @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Friday, December 22
Blues and Brews - Jon Spear Band  Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Shemekia Copeland @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Saturday, December 23
Shemekia Copeland @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Friday, December 29
Delbert McClinton @ The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, VA

Saturday, December 30
Mike Lucci Band   Rare Olde Times, 8:00 PM
Mike Souder Band        Triangle, Williamsburg, 8:00 PM
David Bromberg @ The Tin Pan in Richmond, VA

Sunday, December 31
The Skip Castro Band @ The Tin Pan in Richmond, VA

Monday, January 1
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Tuesday, January 2
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Wednesday, January 3
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Thursday, January 4
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Friday, January 5
Popa Chubby @ The Hamilton in Washinton DC
Jon Spear Band @ The Tin Pan, RIchmond VA

Tuesday, January 16
Tinsley Ellis         Capital Ale House Downtown  Doors: 7:00 pm Show: 8:00

Friday, January 19
Mike Souder Band        Croaker's Spot Petersburg, 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 8
Marcia Ball          The Tin Pan

Saturday, March 10
Mike Souder Band        Midnight Brewery, Rockville, 4:30 PM

Friday, March 16
Mike Souder Band        Croaker's Spot Petersburg, 7:00 PM

Saturday, March 24
Brews And Blues Festival Steam Bell Beer Works, Acts TBA

Wednesday, March 28
Mike Souder Band        Kreggers Tap and Table, Ashland, 7:00 PM

Friday, May 18
Mike Souder Band        Croaker's Spot Petersburg, 7:00 PM

Saturday, August 4
Mike Souder Band        Kreggers Tap and Table, Ashland, 7:00 PM


**HEY PERFORMERS** If you want to get your gig listed on our weekly page – send me your info to timefortheblues@gmail.com. Be sure to include all the pertinents – who, when, where, time, and price. If there’s anything else you want folks to know, tell me, and I’ll try to pass it along. I have readers from all over, so send away, will ya?



        


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Madeline Laine Releases First EP ~~ David

What is it about Madeline Laine that sets her apart from all of the other fresh-faced chanteuses that seem to pop up year after year? For me, it’s that I’ve been able to watch her develop into the confident performer that belies her young years.
I first encountered her via a shaky video that her proud father showed me on his smartphone. Honestly, I had a frozen smile on my face as I was sure it was going to be another awkward encounter, but as the minutes ticked on, I grabbed the phone from his hand so I could hear her beautiful voice better.
After that, I caught her live and a local club, and when I discovered that she was working on her first EP, David, I quickly arranged to get an early copy. Simply put, Madeline Laine has a gorgeous voice and an inviting stage presence. She doesn’t sing the blues, but my God, can she sing everything else!
This EP truly reflects where she is at this stage in her career. Laine wrote all four songs as well as handling the lead vocals and playing the piano and ukulele. While there are a few rough moments in the songwriting, that is a skill that will continue to grow as she matures, and there are plenty of indications that she is on the right track.
She opens the EP with Tumble, a song that features her vocals and piano. It’s a song of young angst and she pours her emotions into it. While there is some percussion in the song, it might have benefitted from a slightly different orchestration, but that’s something that may develop with more experimentation in the future. It’s a good song, and a nice opening salvo.
Laine follows up with the title track, David. Here she sings a light, bouncy song that has the possibility of airplay. I think this one has the potential of going viral and the song shows off the playfulness of her voice.
After that is Oh No, with a bass opening that gives the song a slightly more ominous feel than Laine established with the two previous songs. Her voice seems very comfortable in this mysterious jazzy vein. I know she’s trying different styles to find her true voice, and if this song is any indication, she could find a great home among the best jazz singers.
Laine ends the EP with my favorite song from the group, Caffeine & Nicotine. Maybe because both of those ingredients have played a big part in my own life. The song is one with a decent hook that I found infectious. Yes, I will admit to humming the number for several hours after I first heard it.
Overall, the EP is fun and shows a young performer at the beginning of what could become a great career. I don’t possess a crystal ball that will guarantee that Madeline Laine will become a big star, but I do recognize talent when I see it, and believe me, this young lady has got a lot of it. I hope that more people will take a chance on this EP (available at her website: http://www.madelinelaine.com/home.html), or better yet, catch her live so you can see just how good she is.


Friday, October 6, 2017

David Garfield Releases GO HOME From Upcoming Studio Project

It’s not very often that I review a single. It’s not for a lack of opportunity, it’s just that I usually like to look over a few songs or an entire album to get a sense of what the artist is doing.

But, there’s always an exception to the rule, and David Garfield’s jazzy reinterpretation of Stevie Wonder’s Go Home is not only an exception, it’s exceptional!

While Garfield is not necessarily a household name, he is well-known to music fans for his collaboration with a myriad of top artists. For this six-minute excursion into jazzy R&B, Garfield works with the amazing saxophonist Kirk Whalum.

For other collaborations on this particular project, Garfield works with such luminaries as George Benson, David Sanborn, Smokey Robinson, Oleta Adams, Rick Braun, Marcus Miller, Michael McDonald, and in his final appearance, Larry Coryell.

Jazz and R&B fans will definitely want to check this out and Go Home is currently available and others will soon follow. I’m not waiting and have already gotten my copy of the single and have added it to my private playlist. If you are a fan of great music, I suggest you do the same!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Time For The Blues ~~ October 7, 2017

Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday night at 11 Eastern for the latest rootin’ tootin’ rockin’ rollin’ and other things that dangle a participle, episode of Time For The Blues! After our outstanding performance on last week’s Pledge Show, they decided that Double Secret Probation Rules are back in play!
This is going to be a fun show as we focus on a great performer who is coming to town, Tommy Castro! We’ve featured Castro several times in the past – most recently for his albums Method To My Madness and The Devil You Know – and now we’ve gotten our hands on an advance copy of his newest Alligator Release, Stompin’ Ground and can’t wait to play it for you! 
We’re doubly excited as Castro is coming to Richmond and will be playing The Tin Pan on Sunday, October 15. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you better get them post haste as I have a feeling this one’s going to sell out. I’ll be there, and just might be able to get Henry out there as well. Check out the Tin Pan’s website (http://www.tinpanrva.com/) for all the details.
Richmond has had several great shows lately – I had the pleasure of introducing my friends Jason Ricci and The Bad Kind for their show at Buz & Ned’s Real Barbecue and new friends Vintage #18 at The Tin Pan recently and saw a number of great blues fans. Lots more great shows coming up that you don’t want to miss, and if you see us hanging around, be sure to stop by and say hello!
If you want an autographed picture of us in our rally jackets, we just might have to oblige you…
(Sorry, we don’t actually have any pictures of us in rally jackets. We’re going to have to correct that. Henry, get on that will ya?)
Another big set we’ve got cooking is the soulful blues of Johnny Rawls. We played a few sides from his last album, Tiger In A Cage, and have been waiting to see what would be his next album. The wait was worth it, as Waiting For The Train is very strong as well. You know I love soul music and when I get a chance to share some with you, I’m going to take it.
But just like the announcer says when you are thinking about ordering those Ginsu Knives, wait, there’s more! It’s time for another look at some Virginia Blues Artists and this week, we’ve got three who are making their Time For The Blues debut. The first up is a gentleman who unfortunately is no longer with us, Billy Ray Hatley. Hatley was a driving force in the Roots Music Community and was often played on Page Wilson’s Out Of The Blue Radio Revue. Recently I acquired a copy of his release Big City Blues and we’re going to share a side with you this weekend. We have two other Virginia Artists, including the duo of Parker & Gray from Staunton, who will be representing the Richmond area at this year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis and Tom Dikon And The Jukes Revival from the Tidewater area. All this music is hot and you just might walk away with a little more appreciation for our local performers.
You know we’ve got even more new music for you! We’ve got great sides from Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes (yes, that’s the real name of the group), Cassie Keenum and Rick Randlett from their album Hauntings, and a sneak peek at Kim Wilson’s new CD, Blues And Boogie Volume 1.
So, do what you have to do to join us at 11. Sleep late, take a nap, grab that caffeine, just be sure to join us. We’re going to have a great time and we sure would love for you to come along for the ride. You know where we’re going to be, point your browser to http://ideastations.org/radio or join us on one of the Idea Stations: 89.1 WCVN, Northern Neck; 90.1 WMVE, Chase City; and the flagship, 88.9 WCVE-FM, Richmond, where it’s always Time For The Blues!
Check these shows out!
** Here are some great shows coming to the area! All dates are subject to change, so check with the venue for all the correct information**
Tuesday, October 10
The California Honeydrops @ Gypsy Sally’s in Washington DC

Thursday, October 12
MINDI ABAIR & THE BONESHAKERS  -7:30pm-  $35.00 Birchmere

Friday, October 13
Blues and Brews - Tom Euler Trio   Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Eddie Cotton, Jr.  Richmond Folk Festival - Altria Stage, 9:00 PM
Mike Lucci Band   Steam Bell Beer Works, Midlothian, 7:00 PM
Jon Spear Band @ Glass House Winery, Free Union VA
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers @ Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA

Saturday, October 14
Eddie Cotton, Jr.  Richmond Folk Festival - Community Foundation Stage, 2:15 PM
Eddie Cotton, Jr.  Richmond Folk Festival - Dominion Dance Pavilion, 6:30 PM
Mike Lucci Band   Cogan's Deli & Sports Pub, Williamsburg, 8:00 PM
Mike Souder Band Andrade's International Restaurant, Petersburg, 8:00 PM
Tommy Castro at the Southern Cafe in Charlottesville -- show at 8 pm

Sunday, October 15
Eddie Cotton, Jr.  Richmond Folk Festival - Dominion Dance Pavilion, 1:15 PM
Saturday Night, Sunday Morning: Blues, Soul & Gospel       Richmond Folk Festival - Community Foundation Stage, 3:00 PM
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers   Tin Pan, 7:00 PM (doors 5:00), $32-37

Monday, October 16
Johnny A @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Friday, October 20
Syndicators Bryan Park Bar and Grill, 8:30 PM
Daniel Champagne, Hussy Hicks, Christie Lenee
All Strung Up Tour        Ashland Coffee & Tea, Ashland, 7:00 PM
The Balkun Brothers @ Blue 5 in Roanoke, VA
JJ Grey & Mofro @ The 9:30 Club in Washington DC

Saturday, October 21
ZZ Top       Altria Theater, 8:00 PM
Rollin' and Tumblin'      Sedona Taphouse, Midlothian, 8:30 PM

Sunday, October 22
Forrest McDonald Band Hanover Vegetable Farm, Ashland, 2:00 PM

Thursday October 26
ANDERS OSBORNE & JACKIE GREENE “Sitting Around, Singing Some Songs – Tourgether 2017” with CRIS JACOBS -7:30pm-  $35.00 Birchmere

Friday, October 27
Blues and Brews - Parker & Gray    Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover

Saturday, October 28
Brothers Hoodoo  Midnight Brewery, Rockville, 4:30 PM

Wednesday, November 1
Blues Flash Croaker's Spot Richmond, 6:00 PM, no cover

Friday, November 3
Mike Souder Band        Croaker's Spot Petersburg, 7:00 PM
Delbert McClinton with Daryl Davis @ The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA
The Lawrence Olds Band       Tin Pan

Saturday, November 4
Mike Souder Band        Isley Brewing Company, 6:30 PM
Forrest McDonald Band and Triple B Better Blues Band       Montpelier Center for Arts & Education, Montpelier, 5:30 PM (doors 5:00), $20-25
Syndicators          Marty's Grill, Mechanicsville, 8:30 PM
The English Channel     The Tin Pan (Not Blues, but good friends with Henry and John)

Sunday, November 5
Jimmy Thackery @ Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA

Friday, November 10
Blues and Brews - Bluz Catz  Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Mike Lucci Band   7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM

Saturday, November 11
Mike Lucci Band   Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Hampton, 9:30 PM
Eric Gales   Capital Ale House Downtown Doors 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Sunday, November 12
Doyle Bramhall II @ The Hamilton in Washington DC

Tuesday, November 14
Rollin' and Tumblin'      Rock Bottom Brewery, 6:00 PM

Friday, November 17
Mike Lucci Band   Steam Bell Beer Works, Midlothian, 7:00 PM
Forrest McDonald Band I Don't Know Sports Grille, Chester, 8:00 PM
Mike Souder Band        Charley's Waterfront Cafe, Farmville, 8:00 PM
Savoy Brown feat. Kim Simmonds @ Ram’s Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD

Saturday, November 18
Syndicators 7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM

Sunday, November 19
Bettye LaVette @ The Hamilton in Washington DC

Friday, November 24
Blues and Brews - Eli Cook    Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover

Saturday, November 25
David Bromberg Quintet @ Ram’s Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD
The Brian Setzer Orchestra @ The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA

Saturday, December 2
Syndicators Bryan Park Bar and Grill, 8:30 PM
Rollin' and Tumblin'      Sedona Taphouse, Midlothian, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, December 5
Blues Flash Croaker's Spot Richmond, 6:00 PM, no cover

Wednesday, December 6
Missy Raines & The New Hip The Tin Pan (not blues, but great Americana)

Friday, December 8
Blues and Brews - George Taylor Group   Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Mike Souder Band        Kindred Spirit Brewing, Goochland, 6:00 PM

Saturday, December 9
Syndicators 7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM

Friday, December 15
Mike Lucci Band   Cogan's Deli & Sports Pub, Williamsburg, 8:00 PM
Forrest McDonald Band I Don't Know Sports Grille, Chester, 9:00 PM
Mike Souder Band        Iron Horse Restaurant, Ashland, 9:00 PM
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes @ Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD

Saturday, December 16
Mike Lucci Band   7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM
Rev. Horton Heat @ The Broadberry in Richmond, VA

Sunday, December 17
A Crooner's Christmas w/ The Good Shot Judy Little BIG Band

Thursday, December 21
Shemekia Copeland @ Blues Alley in Washington DC


Friday, December 22
Blues and Brews - Jon Spear Band  Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Shemekia Copeland @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Saturday, December 23
Shemekia Copeland @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Friday, December 29
Delbert McClinton @ The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, VA

Saturday, December 30
Mike Lucci Band   Rare Olde Times, 8:00 PM
Mike Souder Band        Triangle, Williamsburg, 8:00 PM
David Bromberg @ The Tin Pan in Richmond, VA

Sunday, December 31
The Skip Castro Band @ The Tin Pan in Richmond, VA

Monday, January 1
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Tuesday, January 2
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Wednesday, January 3
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Thursday, January 4
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Friday, January 5
Popa Chubby @ The Hamilton in Washinton DC
Jon Spear Band @ The Tin Pan, RIchmond VA

Tuesday, January 16
Tinsley Ellis         Capital Ale House Downtown  Doors: 7:00 pm Show: 8:00

Friday, January 19
Mike Souder Band        Croaker's Spot Petersburg, 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 8
Marcia Ball          The Tin Pan


Saturday, March 10
Mike Souder Band        Midnight Brewery, Rockville, 4:30 PM

Friday, March 16
Mike Souder Band        Croaker's Spot Petersburg, 7:00 PM

Saturday, March 24
Brews And Blues Festival Steam Bell Beer Works, Acts TBA

Wednesday, March 28
Mike Souder Band        Kreggers Tap and Table, Ashland, 7:00 PM

Friday, May 18
Mike Souder Band        Croaker's Spot Petersburg, 7:00 PM

Saturday, August 4
Mike Souder Band        Kreggers Tap and Table, Ashland, 7:00 PM