Thursday, March 23, 2017

THE HAWKS - SPAIN'S #1 ROCKABILLY BAND BREAKOUT THE BOOGIE IN BENIDOLEIG


The Hawks are the Special Musical Guests at the Costa Blanca Blues Music Appreciation Annual "Spring Fling" Lunch & Concert on Saturday April 8th out at El Cid's in Benidoleig. Bookings are a must if you wish to join this event!! BOOK NOW!! 

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.

"Everything comes from the 12 bar blues and legends such as Leadbelly, Jimmie Rogers and Big Joe Turner are all major influences in my writing," expresses Santiago who proudly announces that the Hawks have 4 recordings.

Santiago formed The Hawks back in 2010. He was working in a TV station and a cameraman who plays double bass asked him about creating a rockabilly band and that was it, the Hawks were born. They have shared festival stages with Crazy Cavan and the Rhythm Rockers, Matchbox, The Jets, The Rapiers, Johnny & The Jailbirds, to name a few.

"Soon after we formed the band, we were playing all the big festivals and best live music bars all over Spain," explains Santiago.

Santiago is a charismatic performer who likes to keep it real by singing in English. He admits, "I learned English by listening to the music, watching movies and travelling to the UK.

"I think Rockabilly never caught on in Spain during its day in the 50's," explains the frontman.

"But after the big Rockabilly revival in the UK in the 70's, it slowly started to move into Spain. UK bands like the Jets, Stray Cats, Crazy Cavan and the Rhythm Rockers, Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets, Rocky Sharpe and the Replays and Matchbox all had huge success in Spain! Even American Rockabilly stars like Robert Gordon and Sleepy LaBeef performed in Spain."

The Hawks are a four piece combo including guitarist Abelard Alba (guitarist), Isi Rockin (double bass), Kike García Benìtez (drums) and of course Santiago on vocals.

Isi Rockin is a very stylish double bass player and before slapping the bass, he was a normal bassist in other bands. Now, according to Santiago, "he is a very talented and experienced double bass player!"

According to Santiago, Abelard Alba is a "guitar genius."

"He´s a very skilled musician. He can play most any kind of music from Rockabilly to Flamenco. He is also a guitar instructor," explains Santiago about the Hawks guitarist.




Kike García Benìtez became a Hawk in 2014. According to Santiago, the Hawks toured the UK in that year and after the tour the band decided to fire their drummer. 

"When we met Kiki, he was playing in a contemporary rock band," explains the singer, "We had to change his style to suit our old fashioned type of music. Since then, we have played with him in festivals in Germany and France and everybody says he is a very skilled and talented drummer and handsome too!"




The Hawks are looking forward to performing for the CBBlues gang!




Monday, March 13, 2017

SHOW REVIEW MARCH 2017 - NASTY BOOGIE DELIVERED AND DELIGHTED!!

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!

It only took 5 years to get them to a Costa Blanca Blues afternoon show, but the wait was worth it.

Earlier in the day, I was talking with Danny Boy, who is a veteran blues performer known throughout Spain and he confirmed to me that Nasty Boogie, "were a super tight band and extraordinary talents!"

To remind everyone again the performers of this group...

Blowing our minds with his strong command of the blues harmonica is Daniel "Hoodoo Man" Tena. He is also the singer of the band and rocks a vintage stash and grin! We have had Daniel at our annual Harp Attack Showdowns but it was great to see him take centre stage.
Raúl Rabadán "T-Bonski" gets his stage name from the legendary T-Bone Walker. What impresses me the most about this axeman is his ability to pick out the edgy notes that define the blues music genre. Many players just strum their way through the riffs and never give up the notes. Raúl gives us a good show of his knowledge both as a musician but as a bluesman. And the swagger and ink... well it's all part of the making of a legend!
There is no doubt about it, Fran Moreno Saez on bass and dancin´ is a rocking rock solid player with plenty of charm and charisma. He just knew when to take the back track to another level. He also gave a crowd pleasing solo which brought out the whoops and whistles that confirm a happy crowd.
You have never seen such a smiling and happy drummer like Nasty Boogie's back bone: Juanjo Iniesta "Malasideas". The little stage at El Cid's was not really big enough for this stickman's talent. I kept looking over to see if he would break his serine content smile, but nunca, never! He also delivered a crowd moving drum solo. All great and wonderful
Our lunch and the service at El Cid's was 5 star. I could not eat the amount of home cooked goodies that were presented to us by the fabulous gals and amazing chef. Charlie, la duena at El Cid's has really stepped up the challenge of helping to host these grand musicians and more!!

Lizzie is the most amazing raffle seller and I thank her for getting them out to the pubic while I make my monthly announcements. All Good!! All Grand!! Keep it Real and the world behaves!!

Karla Darocas
news@CBBlues.com 

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

TRIBUTE TO CHAMPION JACK DUPREE AND HIS SONG NASTY BOOGIE


William Thomas ‘Champion Jack’ Dupree was an American blues and boogie-woogie pianist who got his name ‘Champion’ owing to his early career as a boxer.

Tribute by Lucky Bill

Champion Jack Dupree – ‘Nasty Boogie’
“Mama bought a chicken
She took him for a duck
Laid him on the table
Wit' his leg stuck up”
Read more: Champion Jack Dupree - Nasty Boogie Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Born in New Orleans on or around July 23rd 1908 and from colourful parentage, his mother was part Cherokee part African American and his father was from the Belgian Congo. He had all the credentials for a bluesman ingrained into his life from an early age.

He was an orphan by the time he was eight year old and sent to a home for delinquent boys on the grounds that he was a ‘dangerous and suspicious character’.

He did, however, go on to serve his country through military service as a cook in World War II and was held as a POW by the Japanese for two years before returning to the USA.

Now, according to the Miriam Webster online dictionary boogie woogie is: ‘a percussive style of playing blues on the piano characterized by a steady rhythmic ground bass of eighth notes in quadruple time and a series of improvised melodic variations’ and this certainly comes through if you listen to ‘Nasty Boogie’ on this YouTube video.


And, according to a Wikipedia article that I was perusing, there are characteristics of the boogie woogie style in Beethoven’s 32nd piano sonata which was written in the 1820’s. I think you require more musicology than I to recognise any similarities. What do you think? Claudia Arrau plays it here - check out his link - https://goo.gl/3tJ8NW

Back to the song and as to the meaning of this song – well, that depends on your imagination but here are another few lines to give to a flavour.

Well, my grandma was to old to go
She listened in on the radio
Her feet got happy
And she pulled up her dress
The first thing she hollered
'That boogie's a mess! '

Ending his days in 1992, Mr. Dupree had a prolific musical output and provides a rich seam of enjoyment to be mined by lovers of the blues and boogie woogie.

Go forth and enjoy da Blues!!
Lucky Bill

Sunday, February 26, 2017

CROSSROADS CELEBRATING DIVERSITY AND FRIENDSHIP WITH MUSIC & ART


Once again the CrossRoads community Coffee Morning was a joy beyond measure. So much talent and fun in one sunny salon room at Bar Mediterraneo on a Saturday morning in Teulada.

We had some new guests and of course the regular gang. Always a pleasurable way to spend a Saturday morning. Good folks appreciating and celebrating music styles from all eras and cultures. AND - of course a CrossRoads morning is always full of surprises.

Check out the Playlist of video clips CLICK HERE

I was able to explain the era of Romantic art and show off a couple of my paintings too.

Thank you to everyone. I admire you all so much!
Karla Darocas, editor

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Friday, February 24, 2017

TIME TO GET DOWN AND DIRTY WITH NASTY BOOGIE


It will be so great to finally witness the blues energy of Nasty Boogie. It has taken a long time to get this band to perform for a Costa Blanca Blues music appreciation party - but now our time has come!

Valencia city based blues band Nasty Boogie came into being in 2006. Over the decade, they have perfected their craft and built on their repertoire ranging from upbeat boogies, jives and swings to deep blues, walking blues, train blues basically all the forms from the Delta, Chicago, California and Texas. Nasty Boogie are now the premier band in Valencia city who get asked to all the big blues festivals on this peninsula.

The guitarist, Raúl Rabadán is a powerhouse player when he needs to be but can pick out the notes with a light touch too. A working musician who performs with several other bands and performers including Danny Boy and Buddy Paul, this cat has this chops all sorted out!

Daniel Tena has been a featured guest in our annual Harp Attack Showdown Show and he is a master harmonica player. He is a real showman too. Like many of the Spanish vocalists, he sings in the English language in order to preserve the intensity of the blues songs.

Fran Moreno (bass) and Juanjo Iniesta (drums) are both professional musicians who are in charge of keeping the blues beat on track and with so much experience, I am sure they will do a fantastic job.



Nasty Boogie have two CD's in the marketplace. "Moanin' At Midnight" and "Fresh Little Fish".  You can find these tracks on YouTube. They are going back into the studio to record and EP of their own songs soon so stay tuned.

According to Raúl Rabadán, the band likes to get the audience involved by encouraging dancing and singing along to the songs. "We have a great time and we like to have fun with our fans!," admits the entertainer.

Karla Darocas, editor

Thursday, February 23, 2017

WATCH OUT - NASTY BOOGIE ARE PERFORMING AT THE CBBLUES MARCH MATINEE!!!


BOOK NOW! ** DO YOU LOVE a ripping and tearing blend of early boogie woogie blues with jumping and jiving early swinging blues to keep your motor running? 

On Saturday, March 11th * Valencia City's Hardest Working Nostalgic Blues Band ** NASTY BOOGIE ** & our CBBlues music director ** Buddy Paul ** BOOK NOW! 

Monday, February 20, 2017

MEDICINE MAN BRING SOME GREAT MUSICAL MAGIC TO CBBLUES PARTY


After many years, about 3 or 4, I finally got Alicante City's own 'Medicine Man' to perform for us at the launch of the Winter / Spring season of Costa Blanca Blues - AND they were fantastic!

Without a doubt, these musicians are dedicated to their craft and they gave us a 110% blues show with all the swagger of true blues showmen.

Report by Karla Darocas



Victor Jordé, the guitarist and founder of this legendary blues band performed to perfection. He is one of the best blues guitarists I have seen yet. His style is very laid back and confident. He also engages the audience, which I love. He had us all "calling back" like old cotton pickers out in the hot sun. I just love his voice too; all warm like honey but a bit gritty when needed.



It was also very exciting to watch how Little Fonzi commanded the floor and brought the blues harp action into crowd. We have had Little Fonzi perform for CBBlues before, as part of the annual HARP ATTACK SHOWDOWN that takes place in September, but never on his own with his band. It was a real treat. He really works hard to reach those scorching notes and digs deep for those low tones. He was really working up a sweat.



Rubén Marcet on drums was really great at keeping the beat smooth and tight. Near the end of the show, he gave us a really fun drum solo and the audience went wild. I just love these displays of talent and showmanship.



Rafa Navas on bass is also one of the original member of Medicine Man. He as totally in tuned with his bass and you could see each note move his back bone! Great players.

At the end of the show, and two encores later, a blues bass player from Norway came up to perform with the band. He and his wife are starting a Blues Music Union in Norway, something that doesn't exist here in Spain.

Once again, the staff team and chef at El Cid's out in Benidoleig were very helpful, lovely and adorable. Big Love to them all!!

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