Tuesday, December 30, 2014

THE LATE GREAT JOE COCKER - Tribute and Video Review by WilfRaydo for CBBlues.com

Singer Joe Cocker, whose career spanned more than 50 years, has died after a long battle with lung cancer.

Cocker, known for his rasping voice, rose to fame with his cover of the Beatles song With a Little Help from My Friends, which went to No 1 in 1968.

A longtime US resident, he lived on a ranch in Colorado with his second wife, Pam. His death, aged 70, was confirmed by Barrie Marshall, his agent for more than 30 years, who said Cocker was “without a doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain – and remained the same man throughout his life. Hugely talented, a true star, but a kind and humble man who loved to perform. Anyone who ever saw him live will never forget him.”

Friday, December 26, 2014

MUSICAL REVIEWS OF DEVON ALLMAN AND SAMANTHA FISH by WilfRaydo for CBBlues.com

WHO IS DEVON ALLMAN?

The dirty blond hair is the same, the body posture is also the same, and there are touches in the voice that have a similar genetic connection, but Devon Allman has toiled long and hard to establish his own musical identity, separate from his mega-famous dad, Gregg Allman.
 
In fact, Allman, who was raised by his mom (Shelly, not Cher) in Texas, took up the guitar on his own, and did not meet his father until he was 15 years old.

Monday, December 15, 2014

CHRISTMAS PARTY 2014 WAS A HAPPY HARP BLUES SHOWDOWN


The CBBlues Christmas Party brought the house down with Special Guest - Valencia Blues Harp King - Danny Boy Sánchez. Our favourite local bluesman Tom Poole was on guitar and keeping the rhythm section on point were Brad Marriner on bass - Alvaro Diez on drums and Verde Maria on percussion and flamenco dance. - VIDEO BY KLAUS

We were a full house with just enough space left to make a dance floor. Blues fans came from as far away as the UK, Valencia and Altea to celebrate with the CBBlues team - Namely Wilf Brown, Ray Wilcox and myself.

Joining the blues boogie showdown was another talent from the Valencia blues scene - Mr. Paul Tidiman on blues harp. 
DANNY BOY HARP WORKSHOP

The day before - Danny Boy lead a harmonica workshop that proved very positive. Some of this students got up and performed in a sort of jam-session. It was interactive and fun. 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

SAYING GOODBYE TO TWO MUSICAL GREATS


The passing of two great musicians, Ian McLagen and Bobby Keys, have brought back fond memories for both of us.

Obituaries by WilfRaydo for CBBlues.com

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

RED BEANS AND PEPPER SAUCE - SPICY VIDEO BLUES REVIEWS

With the (relatively) cold season coming up, why not think of some spicy food?
That is the case with this young band called Red Beans and Pepper Sauce.

Reviews by Patrick Van Denhove for CBBlues

This name evokes the kitchen of the bayous, in the deep south. Origin for this are the Cajuns, and there you have the link to France : indeed we have it here about a French blues band, from the Mediterranean city Béziers ( not so far from Spain... ), exactly as the New Orleans is the southern "bottom" of the USA...

The band is only three years old, and has already won several awards in Blues Festivals. The band is built around guitarist Laurent Galichon, who has the cloth to become a guitar hero; his instruments range from the Gibson Les Paul, with its greasy sounds, over the Dobro and its nostalgic roars, until the Fender Stratocaster allowing more, like funk ...

But let's introduce our first video:

This one is in fact a slide show at the honor of the USA who gave us the blues.
We go from Texas to California, accompanied by "I should lie", that gives a good sample of Laurent's skills from "blues with muscle" as in Texas to slower moods in the deserts.

The second video is chosen as to contrast with this pure blues mood, and is representative of a general tendency among young bands:  they do not feel trapped anymore by the label "blues band", and do not hesitate to take a look at other styles, like jazz of funk.

Of course, having some groovy black blood, like the singer Jessyca Aké, helps a lot, as does jazz-aware musicians like Denis Bourdié on bass ( see his slap bass on the video ), Thierry Imperato on drums and Serge Auzier on keyboards ( yummy solo in the video ).

Enjoy "Mr. Hyde":


If you like these ones, do not hesitate to check out some of their other vids at their home site www.redbeansandpeppersauce.com; my other favorites are:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TJPvS_N3C4#t=65 : "Alone",  classy nostalgic Dobro /slide introduction, don't miss if you like Ry Cooder's style

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea6L8Yth-IA : "forgive me", for blues-rock lovers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6mFwOG_POU : "2 minutes", studio making-of, Texas blues

My conclusion:  with young bands as this one, our future blues feed is on a good track!

Friday, December 5, 2014

ROUND TOWN NEWSPAPER * SUPPORTER OF BLUES MUSIC SOCIAL SCENE IN TEULADA

Once again, it is the Round Town Newspaper who supports our CBBlues music scene. It supports all the music on the Costa Blanca - other newspapers - "just don't get it!!"

Thank you again to Jack Troughton - glad you understand the importance of our blues music social scene and we are all forever happy that you are able to keep live music - alive!!

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IF you cannot read this printed article - then read it online - CLICK HERE


Saturday, November 29, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH PAUL TIDIMAN - BLOWN HIS WAY THROUGH THE VALENCIA BLUES MUSIC SCENE

Everyday I discover more about The Valencia Blues Society. I know now that it is not just for Spanish blues musicians, as I thought, but also includes an international mix.  One of its members is turning up the boogie and bringing his brand of UK bluesmanship to the Valencian capital.

UK bluesman Paul Tidiman has “blown” his way into the Valencia blues scene and can be seen turning up the heat with CBBlues friend and fellow Valencia Blues Society member Danny Boy Sánchez.

Paul can also be found performing harp and singing for the Bulldog Blues Duo and the Zapatones Blues Band, as well as the F.B.I - a funky blues infusion act.

In this interview, I ask Paul what sparked his blues vibrations and how he ended up in Valencia and friends with the great blues master, Danny Boy.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH VICENTE ZÚMEL - SPAIN´S BLUES RADIO ICON

Vicente Zúmel is the ultimate blues aficionado in Spain.

Like a bull fighter, he has stepped into the ring with the best blues bulls on the planet. Fearless he has championed the blues and brought it into the Spanish music scene with an enormous amount to pride and devotion.

In his role as a journalist and photographer, the Barcelona-based Vicente has captured the blues greats from Europe, USA and Canada.

In his non-profit field as a radio host he has spun the blues and entertained the ears of a nation for over 3 decades.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

TRIBUTE TO THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS * Groove to Move Your Body Irresistibly

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By Patrick Van Denhove for CBBlues.com

Starting in 2000 with a new set-up ( hence the "new" ), the New Mastersounds were launched by producer and guitarist Eddie Roberts in Leeds, UK.

It is my favorite group, why ?

It must be a question of harmony of moods… when you need tonicity, you seek tonic music like funk; add improvisation allowed by talent and some jazz features (sometimes a singer with warm tones, sometimes  horns …) and you have them.

Key to the funk music:  the groove, you know, that rhythm pattern that makes the south part of your body move irresistible… it’s always there…beware, the virus could get you also.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

TRIBUTE TO JOHN CAMPBELL * A Hot Blues Flame Extinguished to Soon

JOHN CAMPBELL
Born: January 20, 1952 in Shreveport, Louisiana
Died: June 13, 1993 in New York, New York

* tribute by WilfRaydo for CBBlues.com

Singer, songwriter, and blues guitarist John Campbell was pegged by many to be the next big guitar hero of the blues in the wake of the death of the great Stevie Ray Vaughan.

A fiery player with a unique sound, Campbell was also an extraordinary vocalist and an imaginative songwriter that brought great power and emotion to his performances. Tragically, Campbell was destined to die young, suffering a heart attack in his sleep and passing away at the age of 41 years old.

Monday, October 27, 2014

OCTOBER WAS BEST COFFEE HOUSE EVER!

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Okay - it was only our 2nd Coffee House ever, but it was still the best so far!

We had great fun and lots of variety with music, poetry, singing, dancing and story telling.

I painted a raffle prize that was themed to the spirit of the Coffee House tradition.

We were blown away by the talent that came out to showcase and share with us.

I didn't get all of it on film - but I managed to capture a "feeling".

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Once again - thank you to Tom Poole and Ray Wilcox for hosting and being very encouraging to the "shy" people who are obviously creative but need a "gentle" push to get up to the microphone :)

LAST SATURDAY MORNING OF THE MONTH
11:00 START - then we usually hang around for lunch and meet and greet new folks. It is all good!! We Keep it Real - karla


VISIT THE CBBLUES YOUTUBE CHANNEL to see the video clips from this Coffee House event and other events. Click Here

Saturday, October 25, 2014

CBBlues IS FRONT PAGE NEWS

Everyone was so surprised when our local community English language newspaper came out this week!

Yes, our Sunday CBBlues matinee made the front page.

You can read our review and you can know what our guests thought but to see it reviewed by a reporter that has no affiliation with us - is different.

It confirms that we are indeed moving in a positive direction and we are making our niche in the world.

Thanks again to everyone who helps me to make this dream come true :)

Karla Darocas, editor / activist

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2ND ANNUAL BOOKS & BLUES FEST - BLUES MATINEE with DANNY BOY

What a show!!
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The CBBlues Matinee featured Spain's 30 year veteran blues harmonica king - Danny Boy Sanchez (member of the Valencia Blues Society). I have seen and hear the best in Blues harmonica players from the USA and Canada but Danny Boy was my first blues harmonica experience in Spain.

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Danny Boy commanded the band like an orchestra leader. He took the players - whom he had never met before - into big introductions, softer features and solos and rounded up each song with the big blues finales like the bad blues acts from Chicago.

All of the positive accolades that I had heard from radio hosts and reviewers were all true. He is without a doubt the King!

He can master all the unique techniques that you hear in the likes of Sonny Boy Williamson and ** . He was slurring and bending notes, tongue blocking and lip pursing like the pro that he is.

I was extremely please to capture one of the most iconic moment in our CBBlues history on video.

In one clip I was able to capture both the blues roots phenomenon of the "call and response" tradition and the train to freedom tradition.

2ND ANNUAL BOOKS & BLUES FESTIVAL 2014 - LITERARY MORNING

Report by Karla Darocas

Authors * Jana Petken & Ray Wilcox
BOOKS - LITERARY MORNING

The weather on the Costa Blanca was as perfect as a picture for the fans who turned out on October 19th Sunday at the CBBlues main headquarters in Teulada at Bar Mediterraneo.

It was the ultimate of literary mingle and mix with books, authors, writers and publishers. The networking opportunities were dedicated people of the page. I overheard publishing deals being made and outlines of books still in draft being told. There were not too many "non-booky" people in attendance but it was our first literary event and we laid the groundwork and attracted the sponsors and media that we need to launch another literary event in the future.

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Special guest speakers were - 2 time author Jana Petken. She told us about her books and her successes, along with some other funny tales and adventures.

First time author Ray Wilcox shared his new experiences with being an author and the learning rules of the road.

I even got to share words and tears about my e-cookbook that was transformed into a real book by UP Publications Ltd. Tears because the woman who pushed me to create the cookbook died suddenly and never saw this release!! However, I did sell out of my cookbooks and the publisher was very happy! She even won the raffle prize - one of my paintings. It was all good vibes!!



Saturday, October 18, 2014

CIGAR BOX GUITAR MAKER IS DEDICATED BLUESMAN

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WHO IS IVAN  "SMOOTHEAD"  PETRIČIĆ?
by WilfRaydo

A couple of years ago, after watching Seasick Steve, I had a hankering for a Cigar Box Guitar (CBG)

Why ?  I can’t play guitar!

Having struggled to master 6 strings, I thought at the time, I had a better chance with 3 strings.

After trolling the Internet and contacting several CBG makers, I happened upon “Smootheads” Little Shop of Blues.

Friday, October 10, 2014

HENRY’S FUNERAL SHOE IS A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE

Report & Interview by WilfRaydo for CBBlues.com
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And now for something a little different……………..

PROFILE

Henry's Funeral Shoe was formed by two brothers in 2008 from South Wales, inspired and influenced by many of the albums that singer/guitarist Aled Clifford had looted from his father's vinyl collection when he was growing up. The Who, CCR, Peter Green, Robert Johnson and the Beatles were favourites, and Aled quickly became a gifted guitar player, aided and taught by Ned Edwards, a long-time collaborator of Van Morrison.

Friday, October 3, 2014

BOOKS AND BLUES FESTIVAL 2014 LAUNCHES WITH ROYALTY


Danny Boy is the King!! He is the closest to Chicago blues that we can get in Spain!!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

COFFEE HOUSE MORNING STARTS A ROOTS TRADITION

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The first CBBlues "Open-Mic" Coffee House Morning was launched on Sunday, September 27th.

International author Ray Wilcox was the host and read for us some of his introspective poems. Local blues performer Tom Poole keep the music open jam moving along.

Ann Martin was there with her delicious cupcakes and Tash Lewis had her books and cards. Wilf Brown was selling some vintage music records, picture discs, 45's and other fun things. 

There was a positive turn out of community performers and guests.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

THE VALENCIAN KING OF THE BLUES HARP IS DANNY BOY SÁNCHEZ

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Danny Boy Sánchez is the undisputed king of the blues harmonica in the Valencian region, hands down!

by Karla Darocas

All the CBlues crew and me more than most, are absolutely thrilled to have this incredible talent come and  celebrate with us at the 2nd Annual Books & Blues Festival. (October 19, 2014)

Back in June, I begged my music man Tom Poole to find me a champion. Tom really pulled a winner out of his contacts. Wow!!

Sonny Boy Sánchez is the real deal and he is CBBlues very special guest.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

VIDEO REVIEWS & PROFILE: WARREN HAYNES

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When Wilf first suggested that we review this piece I thought, yes my friend, the Allmans with a hint of Grateful Dead. But no. This is Warren Haynes oozing class without the comfort zone of other musicians around him.

BY WILFRAYDO for CBBlues.com

Do take a moment to admire the backdrop to his performance space but then concentrate on the man and his blues. His interpretation of 'Old Friend' is special on a number of levels.

Warren manages to combine his effortless vocal with a distinctive chord/slide guitar whilst still maintaining the dynamic of both. The man doesn't need to embellish his performance with unnecessary moves, his style is just fine.

I wonder what Duane Allman would have made of him.

Monday, September 8, 2014

BLUES VIDEO REVIEW & PROFILE * ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW

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I first saw Andy Fairweather Low on stage with Eric Clapton back in the 90s at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena. As he walked on stage, and I recognised him, one question filled my head, “How can a pop singer be sharing a stage with Eric Clapton, and even more incredibly, start warming up a Fender Stratocaster like he knew what he was doing?” 

REVIEW BY WilfRaydo for CBBlues.com

Friday, August 29, 2014

INTERVIEW: ANDREW DUHON SHARES HIS SOULFUL ROOTS APPROACH TO MUSIC

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CBBlues.com fans will have read our reviews of the recent Andrew Duhon concerts in our area of the Costa Blanca. We look forward to his next visit in 2015. The distance between the music of great artists is the thickness of a guitar string. We asked Andrew if he would go the extra mile and give us an insight into his life and music. This is what he gave us...

INTERVIEW by WilfRaydo

Monday, August 25, 2014

INTERVIEW: DEBBIE DAVIS IS AN AMERICAN BLUES LEGEND WHO LOVES SPAIN

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Debbie Davis is one of the greatest award-winning blues performers in the world today and guess what?? She loves Spain!!

Interview by Karla Darocas

So - we must pull our Mojo hands out of our pockets and get the vibe working in order to get her over to the Costa Blanca for a vacation and some blues workshops and performances!!

Debbie Davis is an easy-going soul with that LA swagger that I loved so much about the people when I lived in California.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FEATURE ARTICLE: KELLY FOX SINGS THE BLUES AND WINS HEARTS

Kelly Fox at Costa Blanca Blues Picnic 2013
with Graham Foster & Working Party Blues Band
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Kelly Fox has made many friends on the Costa Blanca as a wildly entertaining blues singer. She can be heard at local jam sessions belting out blues songs by the greats like Koko Taylor and Etta James. However, there is a back story to Kelly Fox that many folks on the Costa Blanca do not know.

Story by Karla Darocas

Now retired to the beautiful seaside resort of Moraira, Kelly Fox started her career as a disc jockey Sandra Broadbent from Rochdale, Lancs – UK. She branched out to singing and for 10 years she was a popular music singer. However, her agent thought she should move into storytelling and comedy.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

SHOW REVIEW: AMERICAN ANDREW DUHON BRINGS HIS BRAND OF ROOTS & BLUES SONGS TO THE COSTA BLANCA

It's Friday 9th August 2014 and it's 20:30 on a beautiful August evening. The sun is departing for the day and the Orba Valley is dressed and ready for an evening of superb music.

Review by WilfRaydo for CBBlues.com

The outside area at the El Cid Restaurant & Bar is the perfect setting for visiting American performer Andrew Duhon to showcase his unique blend of southern soul that combines blues, upbeat rocking, swampy folk music.

However, unfortunately, Andrew was set to entertain us in one of the indoor function rooms. Being entertained "alfresco" was a great opportunity missed but it did not detract from a superb evening of music.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

COSTA BLANCA SONGWRITER GETS BLUSEY AT DENIA CASTLE

Jalon-based singer, songwriter, musician - Markus K (Koehorst) wrote this song while living in Skelmersdale(UK). In 2007 he split up with his wife of 24 years and Exiled was manifested.

Story by Karla Darocas

"My son Dave and I ended up at the castle one evening, looking for an interesting setting. The light through the trees made it rather surreal and Dave really loved it," explains Markus about why the Denia Castle grounds was the location for this video.

As a songwriter, Markus experiments with many styles of music, however his choice for this song was a deep blues genre.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

LET'S GET THE PARTY STARTED WITH BOOKS & BLUES FESTIVAL 2014

SUNDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2014
Mediterráneo, Teulada * Accessible by car, bus and train *

ALL DAY EVENT DETAILS:

* Literary Event * COFFEE MORNING * FREE TO PUBLIC 


* Blues Music Appreciation MATINEE SHOW
*ALL*STAR* CONCERT & PARTY



COFFEE & COCKTAILS ALL DAY AT THE BAR

LOTS OF FREE PARKING

GET A ROOM / BEDS * 20 EUROS

TAKE THE TRAIN * Walk over to the event.
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MORE INFO? CLICK HERE

Saturday, August 2, 2014

VIDEO REVIEW: Mahjun & Giroux play "Shake it Babe". Dunkerque Guitar Picking Festival

Jean-Louis Mahjun, “born” as violinist, but later evolved as mandolinist, and Alain Giroux, guitarist and singer, who became blues professional after a fruitful career as commercial performer.

VIDEO REVIEWS by Patrick Van Denhove for CBBlues.com

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I had the opportunity to see their last show on stage in the small town Romans-sur-Isère in southern France. That day there were other festival concerts going on in town, drying up the potential listeners…plus a misunderstanding about a jam session with the others, who did not show up ; at the end they played in front of about 15 persons ; well no problem, they played as enthusiastically as ever.

Friday, August 1, 2014

VIDEO REVIEW: Andrew Duhon 'Sidestep Your Grave'

Twelve months ago we heard about a young American singer/songwriter who was coming to the Costa Blanca. We duly arrived at El Cid in Benidolieg and were introduced to the talent and music of Andrew Duhon.
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His music crosses many boundaries but ‘Sidestep Your Grave’, from 'The Moorings' album demonstrates his understanding of the blues at its best. His 'down and dirty' slide playing compliments the lyrics in one hell of a song. Andrew is a sensitive, inspiring artist who will pull you into his world and you will be reluctant to leave. See Andrew whilst he's in Spain, he's too good to miss.

New Orleans songwriter Andrew Duhon grew up just outside town in Metairie, Louisiana. Though he tried taking piano lessons as a child (his mother had a passing interest in the instrument as well), it wasn't until he had a sports injury in high school that he picked up the guitar and started picking around Andrew moved into the French Quarter - the heart of New Orleans - and was finally able to soak up all the music and culture the city had to offer.

It was then that he began playing electric guitar with his roommate, driving around the state with their music, playing in dive bars. Slowly but surely, Andrew Duhon earned an audience in New Orleans, and self-released his first album - Songs I Wrote Before I Knew You in 2009.

He gathered a band called the Lonesome Crows for that disc's 2010 follow-up, released a record he made live at JazzFest. It was during a trip to Scotland that he started thinking about the mournful melodies inherent in that nation's traditional music.

Of the disc, he says, "I wrote The Moorings after opening for a fiddle player in Glasgow, Scotland. He played lots of old English and Scottish folk songs, and I couldn't get that cadence or that feel out of me. I had a story of leaving with a heavy heart that seemed to fit, so I just sang my story with seafaring imagery, and it came along fairly naturally."

Andrew is again appearing at the EL CID in Benidoleig on August 8th. If you’re lucky, you may still be able to get tickets. You will not be disappointed.

Video Review by WilfRaydo

Andrew Duhon With Maxwell Zandy on drums & Myles Weeks on upright bass Performs 'Sidestep Your Grave'

Monday, July 28, 2014

VIDEO REVIEW * Ian Siegal – Live at Paradiso, Amsterdam Performs ‘Mortal Coil Shuffle’

Sit down and lose yourself in this slow, hypnotic blues. ‘Mortal Coil Shuffle’ will find its way inside your head and you will want to play it again and again.

Ian's simple, chord-based guitar style cut with his distinctive solo's is complimented with the sympathetic but powerful rhythm section of Andy Graham on bass and Nikolaj Bjerre on drums. 

We were fortunate enough to see Ian and his band at a gig in Nottingham a few years ago. His ‘Meat & Potatoes’ album was in his set and 'stunning' but doesn't do justice to the music we heard that evening.

We asked him if he was planning to come to Spain to gig in the future. Sadly, he answered no. This is one artist that we must encourage to come to the Costa Blanca. Believe me, you will not be disappointed.

The first time I got to hear Ian Siegal was in 2007 when his second album Swagger came out and I was immediately hooked ! I sought out his first album and managed to get the limited edition copy with a free DVD. The DVD was made at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and is amazing. 

Ian dropped out of college in the late ‘80’s and busked in Germany for several years. His break came in 2003/2004 with two successive European Tours opening for Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.

He then toured the UK with Muddy Water’s son, Big Bill Morganfield. During this time Ian was also building up a following in Holland, Belgium, Austria & Hungary.

Ian plays with sweat, passion, humour & amazing slide guitar ! I have bought every album Ian has made, both solo albums and also the more recent collaboration albums with the Mississippi MudBloods & The Youngest Sons.

Albums includes Meat & Potatoes Swagger The Dust Broadside The Skinny Candy Store Kid Man & Guitar You can also hear tracks from his ( almost ) annual trip to the Mustique Blues Festival on YouTube.

VIDEO REVIEW by WilfRaydo

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

INTERVIEW with BLUES KEYBOARD MASTER * GENE TAYLOR

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American born blues piano player and showman, Gene Taylor has a list of accolades and has performed with so many of the blues greats, it boggles the mind.

His powerful, foot stomping, heart pumping, dance driven syncopated boogie woogie piano playing is what everyone in the blues music world now thinks of when you mention the name Gene Taylor.

That is not to say, that Gene doesn't know how to take it slow on the keys and drive home a heart stopping blues ballad too!

There isn't a blues fan alive today in the USA or Canada - and now spreading across Europe -  that has not been touched by the music of this magic man! He is even archived in Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Taylor_(pianist)

I was very surprised and pleased to see that Mr. Taylor since 2007 has been living and working part-time in Europe spreading his brand of boogie blues to the Belgians and to the rest of Europe – even Spain. (Visit GENE-TAYLOR.COM - to see his tour dates in Spain)

Karla with Gene at the
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Over the many years that I have been a music journalist, I have only met Gene Taylor on two occasions – once in Ontario, Canada and once in California. Both times, I felt like I had known him forever. This time was no different as I got right down to asking the questions that were on my mind.

I had to know what Mr. Taylor thought of Spain and of course how he felt about the Spanish people and musicians adopting and integrated the blues into their culture.

Gene Taylor offers some interesting and insightful wisdom into the world of blues music and its effects on all cultures reinforcing the knowledge that the blues is truly an international music format that comes from the heart and soul.

INTERVIEW 

CBBLUES: You are probably the hardest working blues musician in the world today!!! You have been travelling far and wide and I am very curious as to what you think of Spain? What parts have you seen? Do you like the culture, the wine, the food, the beaches, and the history?

  • GT: I'm certainly not the hardest working blues musician in the world (ha-ha-ha), but I do get around. I've been to quite a few of the different areas of Spain (north, south, central, the beaches, mountains, most large cities and some small towns) and enjoy the culture, food, wine and — most of all — the friendly people. 



Gene Taylor performing with Valencian blues band the Fabulouso Blueshakers

CBBLUES: I know that you have played with some Spanish musicians while on tour here. Do you find that their interpretation of the blues is different or the same? If so - how do you think it compares or is unique?

  • GT: The many fine Spanish musicians I've played with do have slightly different interpretations of the blues. I've found that the more experienced players, those who are already quite comfortable in basic blues, are able to incorporate various Latin rhythms into the music to great effect. The drummers and bass players in Spain are particularly good.

Gene Taylor performing with Valencian blues band the Fabulouso Blueshakers

CBBLUES: Does it surprise you that Spanish musicians have a keen interest and understanding of the blues? Please explain..

  • GT: It doesn't surprise me because blues, and its subject matter, is fairly simple music that the average person can relate to. I've found in virtually all countries that, despite any language differences, most people can relate to the emotion of blues music, even if they can't always understand the precise meaning of the words of a particular song. 


CBBLUES: Do you think you will back in Spain again, after this tour? If so - perhaps with some planning, you could come and meet our small but loyal blues aficionados here on the Costa Blanca :)

  • GT: I plan to keep coming back to Spain as long as the audiences want me. And I would enjoy playing for the blues fans in Costa Blanca.


CBBLUES: Have you heard about or seen the new Mel Brown tribute movie. I have only seen bits of it - as I am in Spain, but everyone says it is very well done :)

  • GT: I haven't seen it but have heard good things about the film.


CBBLUES: All the best - and hope to see you soon. Karla Darocas xx

  • GT: All the best to yourself and the blues fans of Spain.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

VIDEO REVIEW * Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi & Warren Haynes at the White House

With the President and First Lady occupying the best seats in the house, Trucks, Tedeschi and Haynes performed the blues classic "I'd Rather Go Blind" written by Ellington Jordon and originally sung by Etta James & covered by practically every blues singer in the world.

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Warren Haynes is seen comfortably playing rhythm as Derek Trucks displays his incredible slide guitar skills on his Gibson SG. Susan Tedeschi swayed to the music until her turn came to join Haynes on the hauntingly-simple lyrics.

The President and First Lady are glimpsed moving in time to the music and the exchange of lines between Haynes and Tedeschi was the highlight of a truly incredible four minutes and thirty six seconds of sublime blues.

Derek Trucks (born June 8, 1979) became an official member of The Allman Brothers Band in 1999 and formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2010 with his wife Susan Tedeschi (born November 9, 1970). Warren Haynes lead guitarist with Govt Mule, also plays with the current Allman Brothers Band. However, on January 8 2014, Trucks announced that he and Warren plan to leave the Allman Brothers Band by the end of 2014. ( More on Warren Haynes in another review. )

Nephew of  Butch Trucks ( drummer with the Allman Brothers Band ), Derek’s musical style encompasses several genres – including qawwali music (a genre of music from Pakistan and Eastern India) and he has twice appeared on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Trucks bought his first guitar at a yard sale for $5 at age nine and became a child prodigy who played his first paid performance at age 11. Trucks began playing the guitar using a "slide” because it allowed him to play the guitar despite his small, young hands.  By his 13th birthday Trucks had played alongside Buddy Guy.

In 2006 Trucks began a studio collaboration with JJ Cale & Eric Clapton called “The Road to Escondido” and performed with three bands in 17 different countries that year. Trucks was invited to perform at the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival and after the festival he toured as part of Clapton's band.  An article in the Wall Street Journal described him as "the most awe-inspiring electric slide guitar player performing today.

Susan Tedeschi  born November 9, 1970 met Derek Trucks in New Orleans when she was the opening act on the Allman Brothers Band's 1999 Summer Tour. They married in 2001. They have two children; Charles Khalil Trucks, born in March 2001, is named for saxophonist Charlie Parker, guitarist Charlie Christian, and author Khalil Gibran. Sophia Naima Trucks, born in 2004, takes her unusual middle name from the John Coltrane ballad, which was also the jazz legend's first wife's name. They reside in Jacksonville, Florida.

She opened for The Rolling Stones in 2003 and played in huge venues, gaining national exposure. Her voice has been described as a blend of Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin who she admits were two of her greatest influences.

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If you would like to see more of the Tedeschi Trucks Band * check out the second video below. It is from the Peach Festival 2012 – one & a half hours of blues delight !!
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CBBLUES FANS SHOW OFF THEIR SPECIAL RAFFLE PRIZE

At the last CBBlues Summer Social event, I quickly painted up some freestyle blues-with-a-feeling artworks as raffle prizes for the draw.

Happy winners - Jim & Sue Harper (UK Residents) are blues aficionados and were over joyed to win this token of my blues appreciation at the raffle. Jim and Sue also shared their enthusiasm for the blues by telling us about their blues trips to America - visiting the top blues clubs in Chicago and the Southern USA.

We were surprised to find out that they also belong to a blues appreciating group up in the UK. Jim and Sue will be visiting us again in the fall and winter, so we had better live up to their expectations and get our next social sorted out!!

Karla Darocas, editor

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

LETTER FROM DAVID WALTON

Hi Karla,

I’d just like to thank you once again for treating us so well and for creating the conditions for such a great afternoon for us.

We really loved playing for you all and met so many nice people (including your good self!). We felt the concert went very well and that was partially owing to such a welcoming crowd - small but sensitive.

When Tom got up with me to jam 'Rock Me Baby' I nearly dropped the guitar - he’s a great bass player and it was so much fun to jam a classic with him and Nat, who really came alive!

Many thanks, too, for your kind words in the CBBlues review and on the day. I admire what you’re doing up there in Teulada and I hope everyone appreciates the incredible effort you are putting in to 'make it real’ - you’ve really done a great job.

 David Walton - (DAVOID BLUES TRIO) = Murcia City

Monday, June 30, 2014

REVIEW: CBBLUES SUMMER SOCIAL 2014

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OMG. What a party!! It was a smaller and more intimate crowd, as many regular cbblues fans were on vacation, but the blues fans who came out were really digging the vibes.

Tom Poole had two of his musical friends come and jam with him during the dinner service. Argentinian-born Natiel was there with his rhythm box. This player is a big name in Madrid but we are so lucky that he has decided to come and settle on the Costa Blanca.
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The other friend of Tom's to show up was Craig Rhind. Blues fans out of Leicestershire, England will certainly know of the blues power trio called the DIRTY ROBBERS. This is Craig Rhind's current band, however he has a list of blues performer greats on is own personal roster for whom he has keep the back beat. That list includes Steve Marriott, Dr Feelgood, Carey Bell and Phil Guy (Buddy's brother) Occasional Craig gigs with Steve Gibbons, Eric Bell amd Tony McPhee.

After the lunch service, next up was our special invited performer, all the way from Murcia city, the incredible diverse guitar great - Mr. David Walton and his band including Jesús Luna on drums and Pascual Pérez on bass.

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David lit up the room with his animated songs and staging. He played some of his original tracks from his new CD. He also gave some blues background to the crowd, historical and interesting. This kind of banter is educational and perfect for our club of blues lovers!! He also shared personal insights into his songwriting, which is always a bonus.

We had a lovely break with lots of prizes in the raffle and lots of winners too!!

David and his band mates mingled with the crowd and sold CD's. And then it was time for the second set. David entertained us with some wild finger picking, fantastic fret work, string bending and mind blowing guitar work. Again, his eye contact and interaction with the audience was impeccable.

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Then, just when I thought the show as all over, Tom Poole and Natiel came up and ask to do a final closing song with David. Tom picked up a bass and Natiel jumped onto the drum set and the three of them closed the show with a bang!! Yes! I did say that Tom picked up a bass guitar and played solos alongside David. It was again - mind bending!!

Stay tuned for the videos, which will be posted when they are processed and posted to YouTube.

Also - if you have FEEDBACK you can use the form on the news page or the feedback page.

Don't forget to DOWNLOAD for FREE the MP3's gifted by Davoid Walton Blues Trio on the JUKEBOX page!!

Thank you to all who made this event very special!!
Karla Darocas, editor (blues junkie)
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

VIDEO REVIEW: UNCUT STUDIO SESSION WITH THE LATE GREATS * ALBERT KING & STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN

What a wonderful blues artifact! The genuine personalities of both of these monster performers shines through on this live recording done in Hamilton, Canada back in 1983.

I just loved the way that Albert King keeps trying to remember Stevie Ray Vaughan on past occasions. About 2/3rds of the way through the session, Collins admits that he was glad to have been there on that day with Stevie in the studio doing this one-on-one session.

He keeps saying to Stevie, " There are lots of guitar players out there but they got no soul. You man, you got soul!" Stevie Ray Vaughan is obviously star-struck to be performing with one of his biggest legends, Mr. Albert King. He looks over at King and you can see his eyes absorbing the fret board as Kings' big black fingers fly up and down the notes.

King asks Vaughan about his hit song, Pride and Joy, and you see Stevie's face light up at the idea of playing one of his original songs with this blues master. Collins picks up on the melody quickly and starts to enhance the song with his own freestyle licks and riffs.

I don't think I have ever heard Stevie sings better than on this session. This historical video is a joy to watch and even better to just listen!!

 Enjoy Blues Aficionados
Karla D. (editor)

Monday, June 23, 2014

BIG NEWS!! RE: SUNDAY BLUES MATINEE * TEULADA * 29TH JUNE * 14H

CRAIG RHIND is now part of the all-star lineup of performers for the 2014 COSTA BLANCA BLUES Summer Party!
YES - UK "slap" bassman - Craig Rhind - is on holiday and this backbeat master is a bluesman and cool cat!!
He and TOM POOLE will be bringing you some backyard blues to the party!! It's going to put a spell on you!




Friday, June 13, 2014

LAST MATINEE OF THE SEASON FOR CBBLUES.COM IN REGIONAL NEWS

The announcement I wrote about of our last Sunday Matinee Show made it into the Round Town Newspaper. kd.
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