Tuesday, September 29, 2015


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


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


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


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

Friday, September 18, 2015


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


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


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...


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


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.