Monday, October 31, 2016


Saturday, October 29th, 2016 was a perfect fall day to enjoy one of my favourite monthly events - namely CrossRoads. It was great to see some of the gang who go off during the summer - now returned to participate in our 3rd season of songs and stories!

Our music / stage director, Buddy Paul - launched the group off with some blues and then let all the participants solo or duo and then jam it up at the end. One of our gang even brought out her saxophone - to which Buddy Paul commented, "Look at Ann getting all Saxy".

I read a small selection from one of my favourite books "Creating A Charmed Life" by Victoria Morgan. And another CrossRoader read a really funny prose by Woody Allen about Living Life Backwards! *see below*

After the CrossRoads Session - there were 12 of us that stayed to share lunch. It was fabulous as always.

Enjoy the slideshow video xx

Karla Darocas, editor / empressaria

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


On the 23rd of October, our CBBlues Friend John Le Sueur organised a massive fundraiser event to support the fearless firemen and their equipment. He invited all of his classic car club and the local biker clubs, plus the Red Cross and food, beverage and other stands.

The Town Hall supplied a massive stage and thanks to Chris Williams at Total Fm we had a big PA system which we ran all the amps through.

Just when we were setting up that is when all the bikers arrived - 185 in total. 

The sun was shining - and that was a Godsend considering that the 2 days before was OK for ducks but not for Valve amps on a stage at a big fundraiser! 

I kicked off the show with a couple of sound check numbers to a grand round of applause. (ha ha). It was so great to see so many people. There were hundreds. I even saw our CBBlues Friend Dennis Hankey who was parading on his Harley - Good one Den!!

Next up were two young lads from the UK. They were awesome and only16 and 19 years old - unbelievable. They promise to send over the CD discs for anyone to hear that missed the event. 

My Smoking Blues Band was just about to launch into our set when the Stop Blues Band turned up, all the way from Murcia city. So we had to stop and get them sorted out.

Then we kicked off and ripped into some blues for the crowd. 

A big thanks to Xavi Alaman who stepped in to play bass for the Smoking Blues Band at the last minute.

After a strong blues set, we took a break and some other guys from the UK jumped up and performed a nice selection of classic rock songs.

Then it was time for the Stop Blues Band - who are fantastic!!!

German Ramallo is the guitarist and singer in the band and he called me up to harp for them and WOW did we kick!! Then they all asked me to join their band!! I was so blown away by the invite - hence I ended up on stage all day! That will teach me to be so talented!! (hahahaha)

There was great support and everyone had a great time. 

A big THANK YOU to our pal John Le Sueur who called me in to be his music director for the day. 

Also many thanks to the Big BBQ Company, Total FM, Bay Radio, Jennifer Cunningham Insurance (support and finances) and Karla Darocas (Mama Blues) for the pics and never ending support and efforts to promote blues music - and all her friends like Carol Lynn, Kathleen, Lizzie, Steve, Jose, and more!!

It was a big success!!

Blues it Up,
Buddy Paul, Music Director - Costa Blanca Blues

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Buddy Paul, our devoted Costa Blanca Blues music director, popped into Bay Radio FM in Javea and shared some important information with DJ Moody about the Fireman's Fundraiser taking place in Javea on Sunday, October the 23rd.

Buddy Paul's Smoking Blues Band and our CBBlues friends - STOP BLUES BAND will be there on Sunday too.

It's going to be full Classic Cars, BBQ's, Bikes & Blues - just how we like it!! kd

Monday, October 17, 2016


The CBBlues Octoberfest Sunday Social appreciated and celebrated with Murcia's #1 Blues act - STOP BLUES BAND.

I really enjoyed this band for many reasons - here are a few...

1. PROFESSIONAL. From the start of their arrival until the time they packed up - they were extreme professionals. They arrived early, unloaded quickly, got sound check out the way, had time to relax and enjoy their home-cooked menu of the day at Bar Mediterraneo, and then launched into a truly unique concert that blended blues with Spanish roots music.

2. CULTURAL. Singing many of our favourite blues standards in Spanish was a real treat and a profound experience. I love the way that Costa Blanca Blues embraces cultural integration - music is the divine leveler.

3. REHEARSED. The band was so tight that you never doubted their ability give you a perfect performance. They knew when to push the emotions forward and when to pull back. They were so rehearsed and professional again!

4. VARIETY. Their songs were full of interesting changes from tempos to styles. One song started as a slow blues and then worked its way into a Spanish Bolero - super cool.

5.SHOWMANSHIP. They all had fun stage garments that made them into more than musicians; they were showmen!

6. ENTREPRENEURS. They brought with them well produced and packaged CD's and groovy and tshirts; again the signs of professional hard working musicians. These are the kind of entrepreneurial musicians that I like to support and encourage because they are ones that bring us good music without the hassle and attitude. CBBlues Friends likes to Keep it Real when they appreciate and celebrate!

7. HARMONIC. They often sang in two and three part harmonies and to me there is nothing more amazing than that ability to blend voices. Love it!

8. QUALITY. Their level of musicianship was superior. They knew how to command their instruments but with that ease that makes every note perfect in pitch and tone.

9. FRIENDLY. They were all very friendly and respectful and mingled with our CBBlues friends.

If you get a chance to support these musicians, I highly recommend them for real live music ./ blues lovers. They are not for the uncultured pop music crowd because they are musicians musicians, if you know what I mean.

Thank you again to Jorge García (bass) and Germán Ramallo (guitar) and Raúl García (drums) - the ultimate power trio!!

Report by Karla Darocas, editor CBBlues Webzine


Saturday, October 8, 2016


The great thing about these full-time professional, hard working musicians is that in an acoustic performance they can let their talents be up-front and focused.

Monday, October 3, 2016


One of the hardest working blues acts in Spain are the legendary STOP BLUES BAND.

Hailing from Murcia city, which has a deep blues tradition for many years, STOP BLUES BAND have been involved in many blues concerts with a host of international blues performers from the highest levels of the tradition. The band has also been involved in all of the big blues festivals and conventions that are well promoted and supported throughout Spain including the Cazorla Blues Festival. They are also releasing their 2nd CD which promises to be a unique blend of blues with other roots and modern music styles.

Here are some interesting facts about the ONE STOP BLUES BAND and the performers...