Thursday, July 13, 2017


I rarely review a concert. There are generally none that are really worth reviewing. You know, you go to a concert and yada yada, its a good concert but its not one you really remember. Last night in Valencia I experienced a concert I'll remember for a very very long time.

The Lachy Doley Group ** Valencia 12 July 2017 ** REVIEW by Ray Goldberg

Australia blues keyboard superstar Lachy Doley came up to Valencia and blew the small stage right apart.

Selecting songs from his latest CD including the recently written Killer (which was a killer) around 60 people who had never heard of Lachy Doley experienced something they won't forget in a hurry.

Take Keith Emerson, Jon Lord, Manfred Mann and add a hell of a dose of originality and you have what Lachy and his band have. 

Don't think this is purely about Lachy. CP on bass and Mr Barnes, the fanatical drummer are one hell of a tight rhythm section and when I say tight I mean (in the Aussie vernacular) tighter than a fish's ass.

This was one hell of a concert. Im posting photos and a small clip from last night.

If you have not heard Lachy and you really love Blues, soul and old time R n B....... you owe it to yourself to listen to some of his stuff on Youtube.

Lachy, mate, you deserve all the success due to you.
The hell, come back. I promise we will be there again.

photos by Ray Goldberg

Friday, June 16, 2017


If you are like me and every now and then need a historical trip down to the roots of Americana blues, deep blues, Alan Lomax historical-type blues, then this recording is for you.

CD Review by Karla D.


I don't know much about Doc (Dan) Livingstone and his Griffintown Jug Addicts, except that they are Canadian like me and have a deep affection for the blues like me. In a brief conversation with Dan Livingstone, over the Internet, I asked him about this recording.

"We wanted to make sure that it had a vintage sound so it was recorded live off the floor on to two inch tape. Keeps it honest!", explains the founder of the Griffintown Jug Addicts, fingerstyle blues guitarist Dan Livingstone.

Livingston contacted me to let me know that he and the band were coming to Spain this summer.

"We will be in Barcelona at the Harlem Jazz Club on the 13th of July, the 14th at a festival near Perpignan, and we will be playing again (a matinee gig) on the 16th in Barcelona (continuing on into France after the 18th)"

Livingston sent over the MP3's from the CD and I have put them up into our CBBlues Jukebox for everyone to enjoy.

There is no doubt that Livingstone is a Americana revivalist, as many of the young Spanish are today. His fingerstyle guitar playing is light and on the dobro you can get the lift on the sound. The dobro with its resonation helps too!
[When it comes to blues roots, ragtime and dobro players, I am very picky because when I lived in Waterloo, Ontario I use to hang with Thomas Charles Roberts a.k.a. "Champagne Charlie" who was a Canadian Jazz, Blues, and Ragtime guitarist and singer. He was very keen to pass on his knowledge of the blues to me as a dedicated music journalist. Champagne was born in Ottawa, Ontario on January 5th, 1945 and passed away in Guelph, Ontario on April 4th, 2008. He recorded a CD with Carlos del Junco (harmonica) called Big Road Blues, 1995. Check it out!]
The other Canadian musicians- Griffintown Jug Addicts- on this CD are exceptional players as well and all have a  profound acumen for the truth, the originality, the tradition, the music.

A passionate New Orleans influenced player on tenor banjo and vocals is Dominic Desjardins hails from New-Richmond, in Gaspesie, ”Dom” Desjardins was educated and received his diploma in Jazz (guitar) at the CEGEP St-Laurent and continued his studies at Concordia University on Tenor Banjo.

Mathieu Roberge is recognized for his imaginative style and expressive performances on the upright bass and washtub bass, as well as vocals. Julia Narveson was born in Waterloo, Ontario, and settled in Montreal in 2005.

World Champion Jug Tubbist, Julia Narveson emerged from the classical milieu and gradually became a multi-instrumentalist on violin, ukulele "bass", saxophone, mandolin, musical saw, pitchers and contrabassoon.


1. Livingstone's dobro performance is stellar on his version of WRITE ME A FEW LINES is a bit more bouncy than the old Mississippi Fred McDowell original. The strong repetitive American hill country blues characterized by a strong emphasis on rhythm and percussion, steady guitar riffs, few chord changes and pronounced "groove" is executed with a swagger. Livingstone's voice suits this type of blues as does the rest of his band.

2. Once again Mississippi Fred McDowell is represented with his classic 61 HIGHWAY and Livingston belts out the lyrics with the same hurtful moan, while the dobro resonates and whines. Exceptional finger picking lightens up the melody as notes peak out behind the dobro. Lord, that 61 Highway is the longest road I know.

3. CHUMP MAN BLUES pays tribute to Blind Black but again, this song has been perked up with light touch finger playing and a wee bit of callback from Julia, adding a nice female touch. Since this song is about a man missing his woman, it makes sense to have a female subject in the tune. Just saying chump!

4. RAG MAMA RAG is such a happy tune with all of its ragged rhythms. Of course this song was a favourite of Blind Boy Fuller but the way that this band brings the banjo into the mix is really fun. And the extra "do-wha-diddy" scatting is also a plus. Oh - do that Rag... You gonna reap just what you sow!

5. Blind Arthur Blake would admire this band's version of his BLACK DOG BLUES because this version has harmonies and a small bit of banter by Julia. Great strumming and finger picking action give this tune a contemporary feel. Livingstone's voice is rather ragtime"ish" reminding me of Disney's Michigan J. Frog. (

6. I LIKE MY CHICKEN FRYING SIZE by Merle Travis is really fun. On this CD track the banjo takes the lead and the horns are not left out. I can hear the washboard too! The only thing that wasn't included was the according but this is an cover song.

7. DEATH DON'T HAVE NO MERCY is one of the most representative pieces that brought me to the Rev. Gary Davis many moons ago and this song is treated with respect on this CD. The tempo, the truth, the depth that death will come to your house and he won't stay long are captured by Dan's vintage vocals. The original track is mournful and soulful and Livingstone brings the "dirge" out with his rendition. It's a grave digging classic!

8. I actually like this rendition of DONE LEFT HERE by Mississippi Fred McDowell performed by Livingstone more than the Fred! Livingstone's performance on his dobro is clean and impeccable. Okay, maybe that isn't a better reason to prefer it over Fred's version but I like it better? Again, the tempo is quicker showing off the dobro's ability to create its unique sound.

9. Finally, the last track on this CD caught me off guard. I was not familiar with the song nor the composer. Doc Livingstone really showcases his finger picking perfection on this complicated ditty. He breezes his way through LAST STEAM ENGINE TRAIN composed by John Fahey.

So there you have it.


Here are some European dates for Doc (Dan) Livingstone and his Griffintown Jug Addicts

July 13th- Harlem Jazz Club - Barcelona
July 14th - Les Musicales d'Agly - Planèzes (close to Perpignan)
July 15th- Girona (venue to be confirmed)
July 16th-  Le Cinc-Santa Coloma de Gramenet (matinée)
July  20-  La Source- Desaignes
July 21- La Cause Toujours- Valence (France)
Aug 4-5-6, Festilasai- Biarritz

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Monday, June 5, 2017


The Up For It Trio from Valencia city gave us an excellent performance on Saturday, 3rd of June, 2017 at El Cid's in the party room.

Accompanied by our friend and blues harp master, Buddy Paul, these talents mixed some of my favourite jazz standards with some boogie blues and it all blended into an unstoppable show of high caliber musicianship.
Vocalist BÁRBARA FERNÁNDEZ who began her career in music because of her great devotion to Jazz, Swing, R & B and Soul was a real gem. She was singing from her heart. You could feel her love and joy of the music as she reached for the high notes and dipped deep into the very low notes... and then ripped right back up the scale again!

Organist on a vintage B3, SERGIO ALBENTOSA was a real incarnation of Jimmy Smith! He really had the swagger of the genre and the notes were clean and pretty. He was not shy on the solos and really gave that Hammond organ a work out!!

As always, DANILO ARGENTI was his super cool self, giving up 2 solos that were completely different and totally fun. 

And then there was BUDDY PAUL, who was gimping around on his bad leg but that didn't affect his pipes as he blew out some of the most powerful perfection notes that a mouth harp has to offer.

Everyone was thrilled by this spectacular show and said so by not allowing our musical guests to leave! They yelled for MORE and brought them back on stage for 2 encores. It was amazing!

El Cid's have been good sports about our parties and the owner, Miss Charlie, had this to say, "The music is absolutely fab. You get some great bands. It's been a pleasure hosting your events in our party room. Looking forward to future events and more exciting music. Take good care."

Well, that is it for yet another year!

Thank you to everyone who supports these events, because without your support I could not afford to bring these big city talents to us!!!

Have a great summer ;)
Karla Darocas xx

Saturday, May 27, 2017


The May 2017 CrossRoads event brought out folks from far and wide. 

We had some fabulous folks come all the way up from Torrevieja and some other from Pinoso.

Big Thank You to Roger for bring out his PA and hosting this community event. 

We had 22 for the lunch after the showcase = it was super special. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Duende or tener duende ("having duende") loosely means having soul, a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity, often connected with flamenco. The artistic and especially musical term was derived from the duende, an elf or goblin-like Magic creature in Spanish mythology.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Costa Blanca Blues will end its 6th party season with a mega-fun "wrap-up party" hosted by Buddy Paul and his musical friends including a retro-band from Valencia city who call themselves "Up For It".

This band promises an amazing repertoire of Americana music ranging from blues to late 50's & 60's soul, jazz, swing and even some calypso!

Who is "Up For It"?

Monday, April 10, 2017


The 2017 Costa Blanca Blues annual Spring Fling Party featured the legendary Hawks who proved to all of us that they know their early rolling blues and rockabilly music to the maximum!

And the swagger??? All part of the show!!

Thursday, March 30, 2017


One of the great things about hosting a group of musical performers who have 4 recording is that they will have produced MP3's too.

MP3's are perfect for filling up your musical collection on your phone, computer or in your car. Most devices have MP3 players!!

Get your FREE MP3 music to download or play by clicking HERE

OR Visit our JukeBox and get all the MP3 songs from other CBBlues musical guests!

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Over the past decade, Spain has developed not only a love of the blues but a fanatical attraction to its "whitish upbeat" counterpart namely Rockabilly.

"As you know, Rockabilly is Rhythm & Blues played by white cats," announces singer, songwriter, performer and recording artist Santiago who fronts Spain's number one Rockabilly band The Hawks.

Monday, March 13, 2017


NASTY BOOGIE  are considered the Grandees of Blues from Valencia City. They sure gave us a stellar show with lots of grit, grind and energy enough to boost a rocket to the moon!