Monday, August 29, 2016

HARP ATTACK! The Origins of a Phenomenon by Karla Darocas

The harmonica has a lengthy and respected tradition in blues music, and its role as a lead instrument is second only to the guitar in blues history.

From the earliest days of the Mississippi Delta blues, when traveling bluesmen would tuck a "mouth harp" in their pocket and grab a train, through the 1950s when giants like Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson brought new popularity for the instrument, to 1960s-era trailblazers like Junior Wells and Paul Butterfield, the harmonica has become a mainstay in the blues tradition world-wide.

AND - Long before Costa Blanca Blues created the tradition of bringing together the top blues harmonica players of this region together for a dueling showdown of talents, there was an American musical recording.

Harp Attack! the CD was the result of four recording sessions that brought together the best blowing legends of the blues scene together in 1990. These monster performers were James Cotton, Junior Wells, Carey Bell, and Billy Branch.

While Cotton and Wells were both big box office hits by 1990, Bell was less well-known but no less respected by blues aficionados. Branch, on the other hand was the "kid" of the gang. He had grown up listening to, and learning from the music of the others.

The challenge for Alligator Recorders owner Bruce Iglauer was to bring these harmonica players together in one setting. Unlike guitars jamming together, harmonicas are sol instruments and the concept of chording and rhythm isn't involved hence the evolution of "dueling".



The perfect showcase to all of these performers talents is the opening track on Harp Attack! "Down Home Blues," gets everyone into their grooves and spotlight.

The seasoned pro - James Cotton sings the first verse, and delivers a down-home, delicate flowing harp solo before handing it over to youngster Billy Branch. Branch blows up some ripping high riding notes and croons out some lyrics.

Then Wells, who again is a seasoned singer belts out his verse before launching into his amazing solo.

Bell then delivers his smokin' vocals and a red-hot solo before Cotton, Wells, and Branch play the song out.

Each harpist provides a unique tone and viewpoint to their solo, giving the song the feel of an extended blues jam as they riff on top of Lucky Peterson's piano and Michael Coleman's subtle six-string fills.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

IN THE PRESS...

What a surprise to see this 3/4 page promo appear in the newspaper. Thank you once again to RTN and Jack Troughton for supporting the blues! If you cannot read it - here is the text as the article was taken from our website - CLICK


Sunday, August 7, 2016

UK BLUES HARMONIC GREAT - PETER MURPHY - TO JOIN 2ND BLUES HARP ATTACK SHOWDOWN


This September 2016, Costa Blanca Blues is launching its 5th season of supporting, celebrating, appreciation and sharing the best Blues music and musicians and keeping this profoundly humanistic music form alive and kicking for future generations to enjoy.

CBBlues is planning its 2nd annual Blues harmonica showdown called HARP ATTACK on Sunday the 18th of September, 2016.

It will be a grand reunion of performers from last year plus some new ones, hence boasting the largest gathering of Blues harmonica players ever on one stage in Spain - dueling with each other and blowing the roof off of  the Grand Salon at Bar Mediterraneo in Teulada.

Back for his second year of dueling, will be UK born and raised performer Peter Murphy hailing from Dartford, Kent.

Peter was only nine years old when he got the Blues bug from his sister Mary (age 12) who was a big fan of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.  He was also influenced by his sisters other favourite singers - Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra and their songs.

From such a young age, Peter had a love for the blues and when he was only 18 he discovered the blues harmonica master Sonny Boy Williamson and then Peter knew his destiny was to blow a blues harp.

According to Peter, Sonny Boy came to perform at the Black Prince, Bexley in 1963 as a surprise guest to the YardBirds and Peter was there to witness the magic!

Peter and his wife Carol started coming to the Costa Blanca on holiday a few years ago and discovered CBBlues and before long they were part of this big blues family.

"In the Valencian blues scene, Danny Boy Sanchez really shines," expresses the British bluesman.

Peter with Danny Boy
"Danny Boy’s technique and variety of styles not only equals Sonny Boy Williamson, in fact I thinks Danny Boy surpasses Sonny Boy,” he concludes.

"Another great harp player on the Valencian scene that stands out for me is Buddy Paul.”

Peter is very excited to be joining the CBBlues Harp Attack / Dueling Blues Harmonicas Showdown this year and he promises fans that it will be a grand contrast of styles as each player brings their personalities to the stage and encourages and challenges each other!

“It was an honour and a pleasure to play with them all last year at Bar Mediterraneo in Teulada,” admits Peter.  “And, I am really looking forward to September 18 and the opportunity to join them all again!”.

“All the participating performers were more than willing to pass on their advice and techniques, so if there are any wannabe Blues harp players out there, then come along and enjoy this years event!”

In conclusion, Peter announces, “We have made some good friends through the Costa Blanca Blues and their events including Karla Darocas and her husband José.¨

READ REVIEW OF LAST YEARS EVENT - click here

Saturday, July 2, 2016

BLUES IS BACK AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL * SAMANTHA FISH Video Reviews by Patrick Van Denhove


Samantha Fish:  Blues is Young and Female!

Hello blues lovers. Patrick reporting from France. 

We elderly people are often trying to make sure that the "transmission" is working. I wonder if the younger generations are building upon the corner stones that our generation laid for them?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

CAPTIVATING CONCLUSION TO CROSSROADS SEASON 2015/2016


CrossRoads - Open-Mic - wrapped up with most of the regular Open-Mic gang showing up and a few new spectators.

Of course, Paul and his friend Manel were on hand to help round out the musical performers.

I did a spoken word piece at the microphone - lyrics from the legendary  Ida Cox (February 26, 1896 – November 10, 1967). She was an African-American singer and vaudeville performer, best known for her blues performances and recordings. She was billed as "The Uncrowned Queen of the Blues".

The lyrics I recited were from her hit song, "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues", and it is remembered as one of the earliest feminist anthems.

Monday, June 27, 2016

BELOVED BLUES/ROCK BIKER LEGEND Delivers Delightful Acoustic Selections * CD REVIEW by Karla Darocas


Ever so humble but there is nothing better than some great Canadian music. Yes, the legendary blues / biker rock music superstar - Pat Savage is Canadian and together with his love of music and motorcycles has been a major force in the music world.

Friday, June 24, 2016

FABULOUS FUN with Víctor Jordá & Little Fonzi


On Wednesday, June 22, I had a surprise visit from three members of the Alicante Blues Society. Two of the members I had met before at the 2015 CBBlues Harp Attack because both were performing and kicking it up!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SENSATIONAL SEASON CLOSER FOR COSTA BLANCA BLUES - Wow What A Party!!


Valencia city's multi-talented - Dixie Jumble Trio were our pick to close the Costa Blanca Blues 2015 / 2016 Monthly Afternoon Concert Series and they were fantastic!!!!

Friday, June 10, 2016

2 AMAZING TALENTS WARMING UP!!


VALENCIA CITY'S MOST CHARMING & SWOONING TRADITIONAL AMERICAN MUSICAL TRIO are our very special musical guests at the 2015/16 Season Finale of the Costa Blanca Blues Matinee Concert Series 
 ... a Sunday Social for Blues Fans.

DIXIE JUMBLE appreciate and celebrate all of the romance, adventure, truths and humanism that abound in blues, ragtime, jazz and swing music genres. 


It is so wonderful to witness a whole new generation of musicians from the Costa Blanca and other parts of Spain sharing the rhythms and stories and keeping these musical genres alive and kicking! 

Our musical guests include Marian Zorio, Raoul T-Bonski, Andrés Lomas with Buddy Paul harping it up in on his favourites! 

It's going to be a very special show!

June 19th. TEULADA
BOOKING A MUST - www.CBBlues.com
CALL 648 156 066

Friday, June 3, 2016

AWESOME ANDRÉS LOMAS PROMISES TO STIMULATE YOUR NEURONS


Stupendous stand-up / double bass players are a rare breed and few and far between!

That is why we are so fortunate to have Valencia’s hottest double bass player at our "End of Season" party on the 19th of June, 2016. Andrés Lomas is “all about the standup bass” for Dixie Jumble, our invited musical guests at this celebration.