Category: Tails of the road

2018 is off with a bang

Lots to look forward to… Florida in March for the St. Pete Stomp, The Queen of Boogie Woogie Presents Hella Piano Night at Soper Reese Theater on March 24 and in October it’s the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise. 2017 had some unexpected challenges and now we’re back on track… new music, recording, more travel….


Hitting the road

Happy travel tips not just for road warriors…


Ohio is gorgeous by moonlight

Out in the woods near Cadiz, OH spending the day recording with Sean Carney and some friends. Just over an hour out of Cincinnati gets you woods, lake, rolling hills. The terrain changes quickly from hour to hour when you’re driving across the country and it’s breathtaking. From the Rhythm Room in AZ to here…


Just wondering… what have you been listening to?

I stumbled upon an article about Bettye Layette and realized I’d never paid much attention to her work so I hit YouTube and found some great stuff. She’s tuff, and delivers with passion. http://www.bettyelavette.com. Her repertoire is broad and always well delivered with a good sense of subtlety that draws in the listener. Not just a…


Gearing up for another trip, this time across the south through AZ, NM, TX then up to MS, TN, and OH. Know any good restaurants? Trouble with driving is all those garage sales to stop at. The van only holds so much…


More on Memphis

The winners… 36th Blues Music Awards Acoustic Album Timeless – John Hammond Acoustic Artist John Hammond Album Can\’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop B.B. King Entertainer Bobby Rush Band Elvin Bishop Band Best New Artist Album Don\’t Call No Ambulance – Selwyn Birchwood Contemporary Blues Album BluesAmericana – Keb\’ Mo\’ Contemporary Blues Female…


Journey to Memphis and Back

Driving to Mississippi and back from California is a great adventure. Stoppin in Memphis only made it better. Stay tuned for more on playing at Brandon Santini’s Beale Street Mess Around, the thrill of seeing people we love walk away with Blues Music Awards, and harrowing tales of… oh wait, nothing bad even came close…


Spain and France had me in a trance

Four weeks of great shows, beautiful people, train rides, delicious food, inspiring music and friendship. Starting with landing in Barcelona things were immediately off to a good start. Early the next morning we met Lluis Coloma and trained out to Terrassa where the jazz society has their own building and have been putting on shows for over 25 years. The walls told it all.. McCoy Tyner, Miles, and on and on. A church to music and just being there felt joyfully peaceful. I met Balacz Daniel, my Facebook friend, in person and was wowed by his depth and talent. Still a young man and already top skills and ideas. Lluis Coloma was our host for Spain and was top notch, guiding us to shows, setting up details, and sharing his musical passion. First installment on the trip….

Photos as soon as I figure out how to do that…

 


Spain and loving it

We’re three dates into our almost month long visit to Spain and France. Hecho in Leon with Lluis Coloma, and Blues and Boogie Reunion at Jazz Terrassa with Lluis, Balazs Daniel and Stefan Ulbricht, and Lluis’ trio members Manolo and Marc on bass and drums, plus Kirk Harwood on drums. At one point all of…


Armando’s takes over where the old Sweetwater left off…

Years ago Mill Valley, CA was home to a notoriously music friendly venue on Throckmorton Ave. Called Sweetwater and everyone who came through California played there. Partnering with VIllage Music Sweetwater hosted Little Jimmy Scott, John Lee Hooker and a whole lot more. Well those days of the old small and very intimate club are…