Notes from 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….


Pop Culture reviews Getaway

Bay Area pianist/vocalist Wendy DeWitt (who was part of Hank Ballard’s band) sure knows how to boogie. Teamed with nifty Norton Buffalo drummer Kirk Harwood, she delivers a rousing set of blues and boogie-woogie. DeWitt wrote eight of the 11 numbers here. They’re impressive – authentically emotive lyrics and strong, stirring melodies. A Willie Dixon…


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…


Review of Train Full of Joy

Who says the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing? In the case of “The Queen of Boogie Woogie,” master pianist Wendy DeWitt, both hands find an equal home in her and partner, drummer Kirk Harwood’s “Train Full of Joy.” This delightful Christmas/holiday album makes for a highly enjoyable romp through several…


What is hip?

Starting off a beautiful Saturday and wondering about the world. Peace, raising children with love, taking care of each other. Light stuff, right? So what is hip? Hip is helping. Holding a door. Picking up a dropped item. Letting a pedestrian cross. What makes you feel good to do for someone? Call me a dreamer…


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…