Monday, December 7, 2015

PIANO BLUES HISTORY GETS YOU JUMPIN & JIVING


A few months ago, while sharing a meal with the CrossRoads gang, a visitor mentioned that Clint Eastwood was a big blues fan!

They suggested that I find a specific documentary that was hosted by Clint and featured some of the major blues piano players of the century.

Clint sits at the piano next to people like Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, Marcia Ball, Dr. John and others and interviews them. He explores his life-long passion for piano blues, using a treasure trove of rare historical footage in addition to interviews and performances.

Says Eastwood: "The blues has always been part of my musical life and the piano has a special place, beginning when my mother brought home all of Fats Waller's records. Also, the music has always played a part in my movies. A piano blues documentary gives me a chance to make a film that is more directly connected to the subject of the music than the features that I have been doing throughout my career."

I found a copy of the documentary with subtitles in Spanish! Por los aficionados de blues piano tambien!!


Monday, November 30, 2015

CHRISTMAS CROSSROADS WAS A SENSATIONAL CELEBRATION

The last CrossRoads event of the year 2015 was super fantastic with lots of talent and friends.

Andy was visiting from France and kicked off the Coffee House morning with some slide guitar and some foot stomping delta tunes. Paul and Manel jumped in and kept the boogie rolling for another couple of songs.

Everyone who wanted to share got a chance to do a song or two. There were no poems this time around. I guess we could have done a Christmas poem but it didn't come up.

Sue and Mike topped it all off with a roaring 20's tune that came complete with costume.

Once again, the friendly atmosphere and talent sharing made for a perfect morning. Twenty of us stayed on for lunch.

We also got to try out the Musician Market with Andy and Dave bringing items to show and sell. Andy came up to me before the lunch and gave me a serious look and said, "About your Musician's Market?" - I got worried that he was going to say that he hated the idea.

Dave continued, "It was a big success. I sold everything!"

Merry Christmas to All and a Happy New Year
See you in 2016

Big Hugs & Keep it Real
Karla Darocas, editor / organiser
Paul Tidiman - music director

Friday, November 13, 2015

VALENCIAN COUNTRY BLUES DUO GROW TO NUMBER ONE - ON GLOBAL MUSIC PLATFORM

It is not every day that we can report on a Valencian duo winning an American country blues category for Spain, but there are always surprises in this universe, so here we go… xx - karla


CONGRATULATIONS to the Valencia-based country-blues duo of SARA GEE & RAMBLIN’ MATT for charting at number 1 on Reverbnation.com

ReverbNation is an online platform that provides tools and opportunities for musicians to manage their careers. It features the ability to view charts by location and genre as well as what’s popular globally and on the national level.

Unlike many of the musicians in Spain, Ramblin’ Matt has been taking advantage of this platform for quite some time and now fans are taking notice, hence the push to number 1.

According to CBBlues Music Director and regional entertainer Buddy Paul, “Matt and Sara are two of the hardest working people on the circuit. I have played with these musicians several times at various events. They are both fun and lively and they deserve all they get by living the music. Sara is an angel. Their music is cool. Blues On with Big Love.”


Monday, November 9, 2015

BOOM BOOM HIT THE ROOM ROOM WITH A BANG BANG OF FUN

Manel Llorens Arnal ripping up the blues riffs!
JOHN LEE HOOKER TRIBUTE 2015 

Our November CBBlues Sunday Social Matinee was a sold out show - full of Blues loving aficionados from all parts of the globe.

The matinee opened with Buddy Paul and Manel warming up the crowd and showcasing some fine duo blues abilities.

After a short break, the TRIBUTE was in full action opening with the big hit for John Lee Hooker - namely Boom Boom Boom Boom. From there the afternoon rolled between toe tapping blues to early twisting and dancing boogie and jive blues to slow grinding blues. There was something for everyone. 

Our star attraction Manel Llorens Arnal, gave us plenty of shuffles, riffs and picking as the lead guitarist in this Tribute matinee show.

Just to remind you all...

Manel started to wheel his axe in 1993 in a power blues band called Zri Blues Band. He then decided to perfect his passion by attending and graduating from the Musicians Institute of Los Angeles, California. Since that time, Manel has been strutting his stuff with world class American guitarists like Steve Trovato and Keith Wyatt as well as British guitarist and composer Allan Holdsworth, among others. Today, Manel shows up to showcase his chops at various jams around Valencia and has his own private guitar school in Moncada, Valencia.

Once again, we all must bow down to our CBBlues Music Director for bring us the best of the best that he comes across - out there in the regional blues scenes. Thank you Buddy Paul for helping to bring the spirit and unique music of John Lee Hooker alive for us for one amazing afternoon!

I was very please that everyone at the show wanted to win one of my hand painted CBBlues tshirts. These iconic creations have become a tradition at the CBBlues Sunday Socials.

In conclusion, CBBlues aficionados are the best people on the planet and without you amazing blues loving folks, we couldn't keep the blues flowing through our lives here in our piece of paradise on the Costa Blanca.

Karla Darocas,
Keep it Real


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

TRIBUTE TO JOHN LEE HOOKER BY KARLA DAROCAS

"Boom, boom, boom, boom, I love to see you strut, up and down the floor And when you talking to me that baby talk, I like it like that". - John Lee Hooker

This blues tribute is to pay homage to a soul who spirited his life and ours with song. John Lee Hooker had an ear for music, a great sense of humour and personal vision. He pulled it all together with hard work and dedication. Music was his mission; if it wasn't, I would not be writing this tribute.

John Lee wanted to be heard and spread his spirited message to us all. Rooted in the growing vibrations of the gospel spiritual sound, John Lee broke all the rules of the day. Instead of singing songs that reach for an ethereal life after death, John Lee chose to "keep it real" and create lyrics and rhythms that were extracted from his everyday life - rooted in the here and now.

You know, I'm a crawling king snake baby, so before I continue to slide into my tribute of John Lee Hooker, I thought it best to ask some of my friends about their feelings towards this great legend.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

DOWN AT THE CROSSROADS * OCTOBER 2015


It was picture perfect day.

Instead of me going on about how great CrossRoads was today, I will share these photos with you.

Some of you know that I have been a photo journalist for many year - and I really love the great photos today. You tell me...

Thank you to all the CrossRoaders for helping me and now Paul, in creating these fun times that we share together.

For us there is no other way of life more beautiful than being creative - by making music, sharing and enjoying the talent, the soul, the energy, the vibrations of the human spirit. I love it.

Then have a Spanish menu - because we can!

Keep it Real
KARLA xx

Monday, October 19, 2015

A BRIGHT BLUE LIGHT SHINES ON HARP HEAVEN WITH LITTLE FONSI


CBBlues Fans who attended the September 2015 HARP ATTACK Show, you will remember that we had some surprise special musical guests come up from Alicante to join us for all of the fun and action.

Well, one of those musicians was a talented harmonica player who goes by the stage name of “Little Fonsi” and he definitely proved his weight in gold as a monster performers.

Who is this unique talent, many of you asked me after the show?

Friday, October 16, 2015

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BLUES HARMONICA SUPERSTAR * JASON RICCI


For those of you who have not heard of Jason Ricci, where have you been?
INTERVIEW BY BUDDY PAUL

Wikipedia: Jason Ricci (born February 3, 1974) is an American harmonica player and singer. In addition to his solo albums, Ricci has appeared as a guest harmonica player on albums with Johnny Winter, Nick Curran, Ana Popovic, Walter Trout, Cedric Burnside, The Mannish Boys and Joe Louis Walker among others. Ricci was named "Best Harmonica Player" at the 2010 Blues Music Awards, and has won a Grammy Award for his contribution to the 2014 Johnny Winter album Step Back. In February 2015, Ricci began a national tour with a new band named Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind.

I've been a fan for a long time and I have had the pleasure of talking to Jason online. We have been laughing, swapping cat pictures, SK8 stories (skateboard stories) and receiving advice on all sorts of harmonica related topics and more.

Friday, October 2, 2015

COSTA BLANCA BLUES IN THE COSTA BLANCA NEWS



CBBlues had a special guest in the crowd at the Harp Attack showdown - a Mr. Benny Davis who some of you might have seen with his big camera snapping shots of the musicians.

Mr Davis is 83 years young and a huge Jazz fan, reporter and photographer - so to have him come a our Blues show was a change from his usual musical haunts.

However, he seems to have enjoyed the show and wrote this fabulous report and took these stellar photos.

Big thanks to Mr Davis and to all who support and appreciate the Blues from all over the globe.

Let's keep the blues alive!!
Support CBBlues - Share . Shake . Rattle . Roll
Keep it Real

Karla D.
news@CBBlues.com

DANNY BOY * CLICK TO ENLARGE
Angelillo & Buddy Paul & Daniel Tena
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Angelillo (Alicante), Little Fonsi (Alicante), Danny Boy (Valencia),
Peter Murphy (UK),
Daniel Tena (Valencia), Buddy Paul (Valencia)
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CBBLUES HARP ATTACK BLOWS HARPS AND MINDS

For the first time in Costa Blanca history - perhaps Spanish history or perhaps blues history - CBBlues guests witnessed an explosion of blues with 6 monster harmonica superstars on stage - blowing their harps and our minds!!

Angelillo (Alicante), Little Fonsi (Alicante), Danny Boy (Valencia), Peter Murphy (UK),
Daniel Tena (Valencia), Buddy Paul (Valencia)
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CBBlues fan Brian Hay had this to say of the Harp Attack, "This has to be the best gig CBBlues has held so far with 6 harp players jamming in the same room is something of a rarity anywhere, let alone in Teulada. The quality of musicianship seems to go up a notch at every event. Thank you Karla and Paul for putting together such an amazing event. The room was full and I reckon everyone had a great afternoon."

The September 2015 Season Opener, Buddy Paul and myself decided to try a Harp Attack event. These are common throughout the USA and there has even been a few in Spain - but we wanted our CBBlues Harp Attack to be special.

Well - the event opened with a bang and went from strength to strength as more and more harp players took to the stage.

Monday, September 28, 2015

OPENING SEPTEMBER SEASON CROSSROADS IS BACK TO FUN AND FRIENDS

CrossRoads Coffee Mornings are back at Bar Mediterraneo in Teulada on the last Saturdays of the month. It is all about the coffee, music, poems, limericks, songs, singing, dancing and jamming - followed by a lovely lunch.

These CrossRoads folks are fun and friendly and there are always surprises as talents come out to play.

Buddy Paul hosts the open microphone jam-style monthly event with his usual charm and kind encouragements. Before long, the boogie was grooving into woogie and folky rock and roll was winging its way to some smoky jazz.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

HARP ATTACK IN THE NEWS...

Thank you once again to the Round Town News and Jack Troughton for giving a plug to our small but loyal following of CBBlues Socials in the public newspaper.  kd

Monday, September 21, 2015

RICK ASTLEY CONNECTS WITH BUDDY PAUL FOR BLOW OUT JAM

Singer, entertainer and recording artist - Rick Astley - was in full swing at Buddy Paul's blues jam in Valenica.

Friday, September 18, 2015

SLIDESHOW * JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR & AUSTIN SLACK

Photos by Bryn Slack, Music by Joanne Shaw Taylor downloaded from her website

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR WORKING THE BLUES WITH AUSTIN SLACK

CBBlues fans since the early days will know of Austin Slack. Here at CBBlues webzine, I have watched this young blood bump and grind his way from show to show giving his heart to the music.  And, thanks to his proud managerial-type father Bryn, Austin has had many opportunities to learn his licks and toss his talent into each performance - all over Spain.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

BRITISH BLUES YOUNG BLOOD COMES TO THE JAVEA COAST

Joanne Shaw Taylor, a young blues guitarist and singer born in England, 1986, was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16. The rest of her biography reads like a veteran performer with recordings, special performances with superstars and a shelf full of Blues awards.

How is it that she is coming to perform on the Javea beach front on the 17th of September; a free concert no less?

Then I had another surprise phone call with some other news. CBBlues fans who do go to this show need to know that they will recognize another young guitar player on stage who CBBlues had the pleasure of showcasing when he was only 15 years old - Austin Slack.

Let's hope the show isn't just a rock show as it is being billed by the hosting local radio station - but maybe Joanne will dig down into her blues roots and perform some tasty blues riffs for us who love to KEEP IT REAL!!

I did find out some other more personal and interesting things about this young blues beauty and here they are...

INTERVIEW

CBBLUES - Hi Joanne. Have you ever been to Spain before?

  • JOANNE - I have but only as a child on family holidays of which I have some lovely memories. Needless to say I'm really looking forward to returning.


CBBLUES - Have you even been to our coastal area before?

  • JOANNE - Yes actually Alicante was where we used to vacation.


CBBLUES - How did the show in Javea come about?

  • JOANNE - My manager Barney Vernon has a house in Javea. He has always told me how lovely it is. We hooked up with the local radio station Bay Radio when we heard they were playing my songs and the concert was born.


CBBLUES - Do you know who is Jools Cooper?

  • JOANNE - I know of Jools via the introduction from Bay Radio, and look forward to meeting him.


CBBLUES - Who is your favourite Spanish blues performer?

  • JOANNE - To be honest, I don't really know much about the spanish blues scene. However, I actually started playing classical and flamenco guitar when I was 8 before I moved to electric guitar and the blues. Paco de Lucia is still one of my favorite guitarists ever.


CBBLUES - What is it about the blues that made you want to perform this genre?

  • JOANNE - I had been studying classical guitar, which is great, but for me I found it too disciplined. I found that the Blues enabled me to put more of my own personality and touch into the playing.


CBBLUES - Has winning blues awards opened any doors? If so - what doors?

  • JOANNE - I'm not sure if it has really opened any doors. It's certainly nice to receive an award but at the end of the day it is all about the hard work and perseverance that really opens the most doors.


CBBLUES - Do you know who Debbie Davis is? and if so - what do you think of her?

  • JOANNE - I do, Debbie is a friend of mine. I love her playing and she's one of the nicest people in this business!.


CBBLUES - Thank you and good luck at the show :)

VIDEO BELOW - not the greatest visual quality but showcases a chicago blues picking style and raspy Janice Joplin meets Koko Taylor vocal style - kd

Friday, September 4, 2015

CD REVIEW * JOHNNY TANNER IS THE JUKE JOINT RAMBLER

It is so great to hear from blues performers all over the world, but when a blues CD arrives in the post, that is very “old school” and special and I like it. Before even confirming the name of the CD, it was quickly ripped open and tossed in the player.

Right from track one, Arizona Blues Hall of Fame harmonica player Johnny Tanner delivers a harmonious harp style with shouting, jumping perfect-pitch vocals making for a fine combination and mix of blues styles.

The musicianship on this CD entitled “Juke Joint Rambler” is tight and on the money.  There are ballads like “Searching the World Over”, whereby Tanner has let his mastery of his harp really shine. The guitarist Jr. Watson really knows his notes - picking them up clear and clean.

The production of this CD is really well done from the packaging down to the photography of the happy Tanner smile reaching out across the cover.

I sent a quick question off to Johnny about his production and this was his response…

“Both recording sessions were in the studio. The Pasadena session was on ADAT (digital)  , everything was recorded in four hours , no rehearsal , one take per song , I over dubbed the horns later. The Berkeley session was recorded on 2 inch tape (1960's machine )  , that was a full day in the studio.  I did my best to try and blend the different sessions together.”

“Bring her Back to Me” is my favourite track as it has that jump and jive, swinging blues beat that I adore.  Fred Kaplan on keys brings the syncopation to the front and Larry Taylor on bass keeps the song solid.

However, the track called Blue Vapor is really the Tanner showcase with its haunting walking blues strut and fine note picking. Buddy Paul is really going to enjoy it.

When I was reading Johnny Tanners profile, the best story in it takes place in 1974 when Johnny hit the road and literally ran down to get in line for the Muddy Waters concert in Scottsdale and no one was there. He was able to hang out with the band and the legendary Jerry Portnoy (Muddy’s harp player) showed him how to properly play the harp. How special is that CBBlues fans?

In his younger, impressionable days, Tanner decided to hitch hiking up to Chicago. It was there that Johnny took some lessons from Big Walter and James Cotton. He later went on to perform a show or two with them, as well as Jr. Wells. All the big boys as they say were in the house!!

From there on, Johnny’s CV reads like a who’s who of blues history and legends.  Check out this link to Tanners history pictures - really fun stuff - http://johnny-tanner.com/johnnys-blues-archive/johnny-tanner-blues-archive-photos.html

The CD is dedicated to his good friends Kim Wilson and Lazy Lester. How cool is that?

It is on CD BABY - here is the direct link - http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/johnnytanner1

Thank you for the CD - Mr. Johnny Tanner and we hope to see and hear you in Spain one day soon :)

karla d.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

CBBLUES PROFILE: HERME WAITS * KEYBOARDS TO BLUES YOU UP!

There are not a lot of blues keyboard players in our neck of the coast, but we have been lucky to find one that shines - Herme Waits. 

CBBlues fans will have met Herme at our 2015 Spring Blues Picnic and remembered his stylish grin and funky finger action. Well, he is back with us at our first BLUES HARP ATTACK at the end of September 2015.

MEET HERME WAITS

Herme admits to admire and enjoy the bluesy jazz that comes out of New York because of the "chords and minor touches". However, he also loves his Chicago blues and the British blues movement as well.

Herme started playing his keyboards in bands when he was 17. His first group was called Psychoblues. He doesn't hold much place in his heart for this band and labels it as "very bad".

Later, with more experience, he joined a rock n roll blues band that also did versions of sonic type garage blues like the Doors and other lysergic styles. It was called Morrigan Blues and they played for many years in Valencia.

Herme then moved to live abroad and spend a few years "undisturbed" without his music. Luckily a friend called him back to music and the blues and they formed a band called Yer Blues. Sadly this band fell apart after a couple of years.

His next band was called The Builders and they mixed the blues up with rock. Then followed yet another band that was a 70's classics called the FUN FANATICS.

Today, Herme performs in a blues band called Middle Ways Blues but he is always open to collaborations and pairs himself up to play both blues and jazz with friends who are musicians and singers.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CBBLUES PROFILE: DANIEL TENA * HARP ATTACKER * DEDICATED TO BLOWING THE BLUES


It's all about blues music appreciation here at CBBlues Webzine and Blues Fans who attend our Socials will know that these events are guided with gratitude by CBBlues.com's excellent music director, Buddy Paul Tidiman. It is because of his monster connections into Spain's under and above ground - blues vibrations, that we all benefit by being introduced to the exciting players in this genre. .

At this year's CBBlues HARP ATTACK PARTY - all in attendance will be introduced to a busy blues professional with a passion to keep all forms of the blues alive!

MEET DANIEL TENA

Born in Valencia in 1977, Daniel is a blues harmonica performer and singer. He is part a unique generation of Spanish blues revivalists; a movement that I just adore. He has been a professional musician since 2007.

Daniel hooked up with blues guitarist Raul Rabadan T-Bonski and in 2007 and created the their own blues band called Nasty Boogie. Since that time they have released two CD recordings - 'Moanin' at Midnight' (2009), and 'Fresh Little Fish' (2012).

In 2010, Daniel and Raul created yet another style of blues tribute act called Big Holler, which is the only pre-war blues genre duo in Valencia. This act is filled with music influenced by the pre-war blues, country blues and the more primitive visions of American Folk Blues Music.

Big Holler's CD is called "Burn Your Bridges" (2011) and it was a big hit for the duo being promoted at some hot spots including Hell Paso de Leganes (Madrid), the Honky Tonk (Barcelona), the Museu d'Art Modern de Barcelona, who recorded a 45 minute appearance for a TV3 program called "Cava de Blues" ( see below video )

Needless to say, these revivalist are finding a bevvy of welcoming blues supporters making them one of the most active and present blues performers in Spain.



Daniel Tena has some great backbone performance experiences, bumping notes with musical masters such as Igor Prado, Lynwood Slim or Gene Taylor.

He is also a member of other bands such as Medicine Show Company and The Moneymakers.

Don't miss Daniel Tena

Daniel Tena LINKS TO MORE PERFORMANCE VIDEOS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hDxMNPNV80

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xonrAJbBAbE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOCIFBI_jrI

Monday, August 10, 2015

INTERVIEW with MADRID'S MONSTER BLUESMAN * EDU "BIG HANDS" MANAZAS by Buddy Paul for CBBlues.com


OK Edu Manazas (Edu Big Hands) is a bluesman from Madrid. This interview came about because Edu's manager Dina came by our jam looking for a gig for Edu. She liked my harp style and mentioned a duo possibly.

I went to a gig of Edu's when he was in Valencia and we played the blues and had a real laugh. We got off on each others playing, which will possibly lead to more in the future, but right now Edu is all over the country - and I got hungry goats to feed!

INTERVIEW

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

QUIEN ES? ** WHO IS?? ** ÁLVARO DÍEZ

ÁLVARO DÍEZ is one of the regional musicians that CBBlues can count on when we need him for our concerts. He is one of the regional musicians who genuinely loves the blues and he is an extremely wonderful blues drummer. He is one of the regional musicians who comes out to jam with us and share his gifts. He is an all around talented human with a good spirit and friendly personality. So - here is the one and only ÁLVARO DÍEZ.
ÁLVARO DÍEZ @CBBlues Picnic - photo: Simon Taylor

ÁLVARO DÍEZ es uno de los músicos regionales con que CBBlues puede contar cuando lo necesitamos para nuestros conciertos. Él es uno de los músicos regionales al que realmente   le encanta el blues y él es un  maravilloso percusionista de musica blues. Él es uno de los músicos regionales que viene a tocar con nosotros y a compartir sus dones. Él es un ser humano con talento y con un buen espíritu y personalidad agradable. Así que - aquí está el unico ÁLVARO DÍEZ. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

LAST CROSSROADS COFFEE HOUSE OF SEASON BRINGS SONGS & SMILES



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WOW - What an expression filled morning at the last CrossRoads Coffee House OPEN MIC social event for the 2014-2015 season hosted by CBBlues, Buddy Paul & The Dirty Dog Blues Band.

It was mostly music as regulars got up to strum, sing and sizzle up the boogie! There was so much happiness in the room, it was infectious.

Firstly, our music director Buddy Paul and his visiting spectacular band the Dirty Dogs launch the morning with some smoking hot blues. Then player after player came up to showcase their talents.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BUDDY PAUL & DIRTY DOG BLUES BAND MAKE CBBLUES FANS VERY HAPPY


Another season of fabulous blues comes came to a close on Wednesday June 24th as we wrapped up the regular matinee concerts for 2014 - 2015 term.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project to keep the blues alive and well in our neck of the coast. We have been entertained by the amazing talents of a variety of blues musicians from Spain, UK and America.

Each and every show has been a mad adventure where all possibilities are left to chance; a whirlwind of magic mojo at work to bring the boogie to the backbone.

Our music director Buddy Paul had been bragging about his friends' band coming down from Wales for the summer. Well all boasting claims were put to rest at the Closer Party at Laguna Ribs venue in Javea on Wednesday

The band was awesome and Buddy Paul was true to form, as alway - friendly, fun and extremely gifted with great chops!!

And, as promised - Dirty Dog Blues Band frontman Vince Price performed his blues riffs with perfection. A vintage voice straight out of the 30's, Vince was charming and talented to say the least.

The backbone of the band was played to perfection with never a beat out of place by drummer James White. He kept it cool and in control.

Steve Davies on bass was down right solid with a soulful edge to his bluesy baseline. A true talent, this blues boy has a great future.

As the last event of the season, all the faces in the crowd were all the CBBlues Fans - except one. He came in because he saw the article in the newspaper. I chatted with him and he was loving the music as a newbie.

All in all - we have a great vision for where next season has to go and I feel blessed to be surrounded by such great musical talent and wonderful blues-loving folks. It is easy to Keep it Real with such real people having real fun with real music!!

Karla Darocas, editor / impressaria
news@CBBlues.com

Friday, June 19, 2015

CBBLUES IN THE NEWS...

COSTA BLANCA BLUES ENDS ITS THIRD SEASON WITH A BIG BBQ BLUES BASH

The Costa Blanca Blues Social Network (CBBlues.com) wraps up its 2014-2015 season with a big BBQ & BLUES BASH at the newly reopened Laguna Ribs in Javea’s beach zone. The musical host will be blues harmonica great – “Buddy Paul” from Valencia and the visiting band are the“The Dirty Dog Blues Band” from the UK. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WELL GUYS N GIRLS, it is not long till the last bash before summer break by Buddy Paul

CBBlues fans have not heard of the Dirty Dogs Blues Band yet, but you won't be disappointed!

The lead singer and guitarist is Vincent Price and he is a great guy. We met 5 years ago in Glastonbury at a jam in the Rifleman’s pub.  We never met each other before but we both got called up to play at the same time. Vincent liked my harp and I liked Vince’s guitar style. We sank a few ciders and played some tunes and then Vincent started dating my sister for a bit...lol.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

GENE TAYLOR BRINGS THE BOOGIE TO VALENCIA - Report by Paul Tidiman

Buddy Paul with Gene Taylor
The weekend of June 5th & 6 was crazy because American boogie woogie keyboard legend was in Valencia city and I was his host. I connected to the legendary blues performer Gene Taylor via CBBlues as the Music Director, so I really wanted to do a good job so all of you CBBlueseros would be proud.

Gene Taylor was in great form. He played awesome! He was in full control and knew what he wanted and was giving more direction than a traffic cop in New York!


Sunday, May 24, 2015

3RD ANNUAL MOJO PARTY * ONE SURPRISE AFTER ANOTHER!

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I think the title really sums up this season's Mojo Party!

I think I can speak for both Paul Tidiman and myself  when I say, the Mojo Party was a bite larger that we could chew. But, as hard working, no time-wasting, blues loving people, we both looked at the prospects of merging the CrossRoads gang into the Sunday Social Matinee Show with an open mind and a full heart in the hopes that we would be pleased with the outcome.

And, even though the best laid plans did go a bit sideways - the outcome was fantastic!!!

So that was a big surprise!!

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Then early in the day, I was saying to a few of the guests that we really need to start to integrate some young blues blood into the scene - and who walks in the door at the very moment?

It was Javier Hernández from Valencia city with guitar in bag!! Who is he? Don't you read CBBlues?

Well, he is the youngest professional blues player and recording artist on the scene. His parents brought him down by car to us - bless!!

Surprise, Surprise - his father won the hand-painted CBBlues tshirt. He was crazy and over the moon with glee!!

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Then the invited musicians / performers turned out to be a real treat. Harmonica George, Peter Gun (guitar), Capitan Wilson Puerto (bass)

Very stylish, nervous - because they were late - got lost - oh well - another a surprise. They quickly set up and transported us back in time to a musical performance better than a theatre show. These guys could easily perform at Edinburgh's big summer showcase festival in any theatre if given the chance.

You can read more about them here -
http://www.cbblues.com/2015/05/vintage-50s-jump-n-jive-blues-at-its.html


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

VINTAGE 50'S JUMP 'N JIVE BLUES AT ITS BEST

No matter what you wish to call it - Jitterbug Blues, Jump Blues, Swing Blues, Jive Blues or Boogie-Woogie Revival - it is all based on dancing and is the precursor to the arrival of rhythm and blues and rock and roll in music history.


It isn't hard to imagine that eventually Spain would cotton to this fun up-tempo style of dance music and it is because of musicians like Peter Gun, Harmonica George and Capitan Wilson Puerto that this type of music is making people jump and jive!!!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

YOUNG BLUES BLOOD ENCOURAGED BY GREATS ON NEW CD

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Last month at the CBBlues CrossRoads event Paul Tidiman (music director), our local favourite blues harp player, asked us to listen to a CD that he had brought from Valencia.

- Review by Phil Arcman for CBBlues.com

The recording features 18 year old Italian/Spanish blues sensation Javier Hernández who plays guitar like a young Buddy Guy.

Sit up and take notice. This kid has the chops.

No, it’s not quite the mature Buddy Guy guitar and the voice does not yet have the husky adult blues character, but it is happening sound.

These are early days. In five years this kid could easily become Spain’s greatest blues guitar player.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

APRIL CROSSROADS BRINGS OUT FRESH FACES

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Another great CBBlues CrossRoads event for April brought out new faces and talents. CrossRoads seems to be growing each month with more and more interesting and sharing folks.

Paul Tidiman, our new music director, was on hand to help direct performers and poets, dancers and storytellers of all types.

We had 30 or so guests and 19 for our group lunch. It was fabulous and fun!! Much respect. karla

Sunday, April 19, 2015

CBBlues BBQ & Picnic PROVES THAT DREAM DO COME TRUE!




Under Costa Blanca blueness of open April skies, we were mesmerized by the fantastic views of Montgo mountain and the Benitachell church. Awe-inspiring. A photographic and breathtaking day filled with visions and vistas to behold.

The private villa idea turned out to be a wonderful solution to our growing numbers.

I was pleased that CBBlues fans turned up on-time and in record numbers, from all over!

They came from everywhere to adventure, relax, mix and mingle, eat, drink and enjoy the music created by some of the finest "dedicated  blues musicians" on this coast but from around the world... all together in a marvelous rural setting.


* TO SEE VIDEO CLIP - click here

* SEE PAUL'S VIDEO CLIP ON FACEBOOK  - click here

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* TO SEE SIMON'S PHOTOS - click here


Ray, our host and chef, rocked it over at the BBQ pit and served up some fine hot food with the aid of his personal helpers on salads and drinks - namely - Ann, Kath and Jorge. It was a zone of total community cooperation and great aromas.
Buddy Paul Tidiman - Herme Waits
 - 
Jorge Champez - Enrique Portolés

Then, at 14:15, I locked the gates to the villa and by 14:30, it was showtime!

Paul Tidiman (new music director at CBBlues ) decided to launch the CBBlues April Matinee with a slow and smooth bluesy number that got everyone's attention!

Then, in a showmanship tradition, he started to showcase and introduced us to an extravaganza of blues performers. Some we knew from past CBBlues socials but most were new to us and that was exciting.

NEW GUEST MUSICIANS

  • Jorge Champez - guitar
    Alvaro Dìez &
     Alejandro Quevedo Zamora
  • Alejandro Quevedo Zamora - bass
  • Simon Campbell - guitar
  • Suzy Campbell - bass
  • Simon Taylor - sax
  • Herme Waits - piano
  • Stephan Markgraf - guitar
  • Enrique Portolés - guitar


REVISITING GUEST MUSICIANS

  • Danny Boy - harp
  • Alvaro Dìez - drums
  • Peter Murphy - harp
    Danny Boy Sanchez -
    Peter Murphy 
    & Paul Tidiman


MUSIC DIRECTOR

  • Paul Tidiman - harp


Count them folks, that is 12 musical talents sharing their passion for the blues with us. A very rare experience!


Stephan Markgraf
Simon Taylor
Then of course, the dancing broke out as the mojo started to motive people to move. Tailbones were shaking everywhere under the bluest of blue skies.

All the musicians came together for a big finale and then it was time to pack it up!!

As I said - no word could really tell you about this event - but hopefully the video clip and photos will give you an idea. There were other photographers at this event and if you wish to share your photos, I would be happy to archive there on CBBlues.com Webzine.


SPECIAL THANK YOU'S
On the right - Suzy Campbell
& Simon Campbell

A real dream come true for me as I always thought it a good idea,
but would it come true? And yes! It did come true. So here's to celebrating and appreciating  blues music, right here in our backyard?!

It is also a joy to find out that your "villa host" is not only a loyal blues aficionado but an excellent Aussie chef ,who knows his way around a BBQ.

So - Thank you to Ray of Benitachell for the fabulous use of your villa and BBQ cooking skills. And of course, I must also thank Ray's wonderful helpers - Ann and Kathleen, who also prepared some rockin home-cooking desserts to die for.

Also - Thank you to my helpers - Bruce, Maureen, Philip and Frances for raffling with me. Always a big job that takes several helpers as I am learning. The shapely walks or short runs, depending on the raffle prize to be delivered.

Plus - Thank you for raffle donations of books, art, music and other gifts that help us to raise the money to pay top musical professionals to come and give us a good show!!

Of course - Thank you to my new music director - dedicated to his new position in the war to win over the blues with the word of the boogie! He is handling it like a pro! We are so lucky to have him as our music director. He knows how to bring to us an ace show. Yes!

Most of all - Thank you to the Subscribers who read the webzine, get the news and updates and ultimately share at events. It is your support that keep this mission on point: to build blues music appreciation, while improving social integration.

EDITORIAL NOTE:

From start to finish, this April 2015 event was amazing!
I cannot even describe in words, other than it was spirit moving, in so many ways!!
The senses were filled with beautiful sights, sounds and smells.
It really felt like a real roots and blues music community - social experience - integration of all types. All one under the sun! Music and Fun!

Karla Darocas, editor / publisher
"Keep it Real" that's the deal :) xx