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'