Thursday, July 13, 2017


I rarely review a concert. There are generally none that are really worth reviewing. You know, you go to a concert and yada yada, its a good concert but its not one you really remember. Last night in Valencia I experienced a concert I'll remember for a very very long time.

The Lachy Doley Group ** Valencia 12 July 2017 ** REVIEW by Ray Goldberg

Australia blues keyboard superstar Lachy Doley came up to Valencia and blew the small stage right apart.

Selecting songs from his latest CD including the recently written Killer (which was a killer) around 60 people who had never heard of Lachy Doley experienced something they won't forget in a hurry.

Take Keith Emerson, Jon Lord, Manfred Mann and add a hell of a dose of originality and you have what Lachy and his band have. 

Don't think this is purely about Lachy. CP on bass and Mr Barnes, the fanatical drummer are one hell of a tight rhythm section and when I say tight I mean (in the Aussie vernacular) tighter than a fish's ass.

This was one hell of a concert. Im posting photos and a small clip from last night.

If you have not heard Lachy and you really love Blues, soul and old time R n B....... you owe it to yourself to listen to some of his stuff on Youtube.

Lachy, mate, you deserve all the success due to you.
The hell, come back. I promise we will be there again.

photos by Ray Goldberg

Friday, June 16, 2017


If you are like me and every now and then need a historical trip down to the roots of Americana blues, deep blues, Alan Lomax historical-type blues, then this recording is for you.

CD Review by Karla D.


I don't know much about Doc (Dan) Livingstone and his Griffintown Jug Addicts, except that they are Canadian like me and have a deep affection for the blues like me. In a brief conversation with Dan Livingstone, over the Internet, I asked him about this recording.

"We wanted to make sure that it had a vintage sound so it was recorded live off the floor on to two inch tape. Keeps it honest!", explains the founder of the Griffintown Jug Addicts, fingerstyle blues guitarist Dan Livingstone.

Livingston contacted me to let me know that he and the band were coming to Spain this summer.

"We will be in Barcelona at the Harlem Jazz Club on the 13th of July, the 14th at a festival near Perpignan, and we will be playing again (a matinee gig) on the 16th in Barcelona (continuing on into France after the 18th)"

Livingston sent over the MP3's from the CD and I have put them up into our CBBlues Jukebox for everyone to enjoy.

There is no doubt that Livingstone is a Americana revivalist, as many of the young Spanish are today. His fingerstyle guitar playing is light and on the dobro you can get the lift on the sound. The dobro with its resonation helps too!
[When it comes to blues roots, ragtime and dobro players, I am very picky because when I lived in Waterloo, Ontario I use to hang with Thomas Charles Roberts a.k.a. "Champagne Charlie" who was a Canadian Jazz, Blues, and Ragtime guitarist and singer. He was very keen to pass on his knowledge of the blues to me as a dedicated music journalist. Champagne was born in Ottawa, Ontario on January 5th, 1945 and passed away in Guelph, Ontario on April 4th, 2008. He recorded a CD with Carlos del Junco (harmonica) called Big Road Blues, 1995. Check it out!]
The other Canadian musicians- Griffintown Jug Addicts- on this CD are exceptional players as well and all have a  profound acumen for the truth, the originality, the tradition, the music.

A passionate New Orleans influenced player on tenor banjo and vocals is Dominic Desjardins hails from New-Richmond, in Gaspesie, ”Dom” Desjardins was educated and received his diploma in Jazz (guitar) at the CEGEP St-Laurent and continued his studies at Concordia University on Tenor Banjo.

Mathieu Roberge is recognized for his imaginative style and expressive performances on the upright bass and washtub bass, as well as vocals. Julia Narveson was born in Waterloo, Ontario, and settled in Montreal in 2005.

World Champion Jug Tubbist, Julia Narveson emerged from the classical milieu and gradually became a multi-instrumentalist on violin, ukulele "bass", saxophone, mandolin, musical saw, pitchers and contrabassoon.


1. Livingstone's dobro performance is stellar on his version of WRITE ME A FEW LINES is a bit more bouncy than the old Mississippi Fred McDowell original. The strong repetitive American hill country blues characterized by a strong emphasis on rhythm and percussion, steady guitar riffs, few chord changes and pronounced "groove" is executed with a swagger. Livingstone's voice suits this type of blues as does the rest of his band.

2. Once again Mississippi Fred McDowell is represented with his classic 61 HIGHWAY and Livingston belts out the lyrics with the same hurtful moan, while the dobro resonates and whines. Exceptional finger picking lightens up the melody as notes peak out behind the dobro. Lord, that 61 Highway is the longest road I know.

3. CHUMP MAN BLUES pays tribute to Blind Black but again, this song has been perked up with light touch finger playing and a wee bit of callback from Julia, adding a nice female touch. Since this song is about a man missing his woman, it makes sense to have a female subject in the tune. Just saying chump!

4. RAG MAMA RAG is such a happy tune with all of its ragged rhythms. Of course this song was a favourite of Blind Boy Fuller but the way that this band brings the banjo into the mix is really fun. And the extra "do-wha-diddy" scatting is also a plus. Oh - do that Rag... You gonna reap just what you sow!

5. Blind Arthur Blake would admire this band's version of his BLACK DOG BLUES because this version has harmonies and a small bit of banter by Julia. Great strumming and finger picking action give this tune a contemporary feel. Livingstone's voice is rather ragtime"ish" reminding me of Disney's Michigan J. Frog. (

6. I LIKE MY CHICKEN FRYING SIZE by Merle Travis is really fun. On this CD track the banjo takes the lead and the horns are not left out. I can hear the washboard too! The only thing that wasn't included was the according but this is an cover song.

7. DEATH DON'T HAVE NO MERCY is one of the most representative pieces that brought me to the Rev. Gary Davis many moons ago and this song is treated with respect on this CD. The tempo, the truth, the depth that death will come to your house and he won't stay long are captured by Dan's vintage vocals. The original track is mournful and soulful and Livingstone brings the "dirge" out with his rendition. It's a grave digging classic!

8. I actually like this rendition of DONE LEFT HERE by Mississippi Fred McDowell performed by Livingstone more than the Fred! Livingstone's performance on his dobro is clean and impeccable. Okay, maybe that isn't a better reason to prefer it over Fred's version but I like it better? Again, the tempo is quicker showing off the dobro's ability to create its unique sound.

9. Finally, the last track on this CD caught me off guard. I was not familiar with the song nor the composer. Doc Livingstone really showcases his finger picking perfection on this complicated ditty. He breezes his way through LAST STEAM ENGINE TRAIN composed by John Fahey.

So there you have it.


Here are some European dates for Doc (Dan) Livingstone and his Griffintown Jug Addicts

July 13th- Harlem Jazz Club - Barcelona
July 14th - Les Musicales d'Agly - Planèzes (close to Perpignan)
July 15th- Girona (venue to be confirmed)
July 16th-  Le Cinc-Santa Coloma de Gramenet (matinée)
July  20-  La Source- Desaignes
July 21- La Cause Toujours- Valence (France)
Aug 4-5-6, Festilasai- Biarritz

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Monday, June 5, 2017


The Up For It Trio from Valencia city gave us an excellent performance on Saturday, 3rd of June, 2017 at El Cid's in the party room.

Accompanied by our friend and blues harp master, Buddy Paul, these talents mixed some of my favourite jazz standards with some boogie blues and it all blended into an unstoppable show of high caliber musicianship.
Vocalist BÁRBARA FERNÁNDEZ who began her career in music because of her great devotion to Jazz, Swing, R & B and Soul was a real gem. She was singing from her heart. You could feel her love and joy of the music as she reached for the high notes and dipped deep into the very low notes... and then ripped right back up the scale again!

Organist on a vintage B3, SERGIO ALBENTOSA was a real incarnation of Jimmy Smith! He really had the swagger of the genre and the notes were clean and pretty. He was not shy on the solos and really gave that Hammond organ a work out!!

As always, DANILO ARGENTI was his super cool self, giving up 2 solos that were completely different and totally fun. 

And then there was BUDDY PAUL, who was gimping around on his bad leg but that didn't affect his pipes as he blew out some of the most powerful perfection notes that a mouth harp has to offer.

Everyone was thrilled by this spectacular show and said so by not allowing our musical guests to leave! They yelled for MORE and brought them back on stage for 2 encores. It was amazing!

El Cid's have been good sports about our parties and the owner, Miss Charlie, had this to say, "The music is absolutely fab. You get some great bands. It's been a pleasure hosting your events in our party room. Looking forward to future events and more exciting music. Take good care."

Well, that is it for yet another year!

Thank you to everyone who supports these events, because without your support I could not afford to bring these big city talents to us!!!

Have a great summer ;)
Karla Darocas xx

Saturday, May 27, 2017


The May 2017 CrossRoads event brought out folks from far and wide. 

We had some fabulous folks come all the way up from Torrevieja and some other from Pinoso.

Big Thank You to Roger for bring out his PA and hosting this community event. 

We had 22 for the lunch after the showcase = it was super special. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Duende or tener duende ("having duende") loosely means having soul, a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity, often connected with flamenco. The artistic and especially musical term was derived from the duende, an elf or goblin-like Magic creature in Spanish mythology.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Costa Blanca Blues will end its 6th party season with a mega-fun "wrap-up party" hosted by Buddy Paul and his musical friends including a retro-band from Valencia city who call themselves "Up For It".

This band promises an amazing repertoire of Americana music ranging from blues to late 50's & 60's soul, jazz, swing and even some calypso!

Who is "Up For It"?

Monday, April 10, 2017


The 2017 Costa Blanca Blues annual Spring Fling Party featured the legendary Hawks who proved to all of us that they know their early rolling blues and rockabilly music to the maximum!

And the swagger??? All part of the show!!

Thursday, March 30, 2017


One of the great things about hosting a group of musical performers who have 4 recording is that they will have produced MP3's too.

MP3's are perfect for filling up your musical collection on your phone, computer or in your car. Most devices have MP3 players!!

Get your FREE MP3 music to download or play by clicking HERE

OR Visit our JukeBox and get all the MP3 songs from other CBBlues musical guests!

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Over the past decade, Spain has developed not only a love of the blues but a fanatical attraction to its "whitish upbeat" counterpart namely Rockabilly.

"As you know, Rockabilly is Rhythm & Blues played by white cats," announces singer, songwriter, performer and recording artist Santiago who fronts Spain's number one Rockabilly band The Hawks.

Monday, March 13, 2017


NASTY BOOGIE  are considered the Grandees of Blues from Valencia City. They sure gave us a stellar show with lots of grit, grind and energy enough to boost a rocket to the moon!

Sunday, March 5, 2017


William Thomas ‘Champion Jack’ Dupree was an American blues and boogie-woogie pianist who got his name ‘Champion’ owing to his early career as a boxer.

Tribute by Lucky Bill

Champion Jack Dupree – ‘Nasty Boogie’
“Mama bought a chicken
She took him for a duck
Laid him on the table
Wit' his leg stuck up”
Read more: Champion Jack Dupree - Nasty Boogie Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Born in New Orleans on or around July 23rd 1908 and from colourful parentage, his mother was part Cherokee part African American and his father was from the Belgian Congo. He had all the credentials for a bluesman ingrained into his life from an early age.

He was an orphan by the time he was eight year old and sent to a home for delinquent boys on the grounds that he was a ‘dangerous and suspicious character’.

He did, however, go on to serve his country through military service as a cook in World War II and was held as a POW by the Japanese for two years before returning to the USA.

Now, according to the Miriam Webster online dictionary boogie woogie is: ‘a percussive style of playing blues on the piano characterized by a steady rhythmic ground bass of eighth notes in quadruple time and a series of improvised melodic variations’ and this certainly comes through if you listen to ‘Nasty Boogie’ on this YouTube video.

And, according to a Wikipedia article that I was perusing, there are characteristics of the boogie woogie style in Beethoven’s 32nd piano sonata which was written in the 1820’s. I think you require more musicology than I to recognise any similarities. What do you think? Claudia Arrau plays it here - check out his link -

Back to the song and as to the meaning of this song – well, that depends on your imagination but here are another few lines to give to a flavour.

Well, my grandma was to old to go
She listened in on the radio
Her feet got happy
And she pulled up her dress
The first thing she hollered
'That boogie's a mess! '

Ending his days in 1992, Mr. Dupree had a prolific musical output and provides a rich seam of enjoyment to be mined by lovers of the blues and boogie woogie.

Go forth and enjoy da Blues!!
Lucky Bill

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Once again the CrossRoads community Coffee Morning was a joy beyond measure. So much talent and fun in one sunny salon room at Bar Mediterraneo on a Saturday morning in Teulada.

We had some new guests and of course the regular gang. Always a pleasurable way to spend a Saturday morning. Good folks appreciating and celebrating music styles from all eras and cultures. AND - of course a CrossRoads morning is always full of surprises.

Check out the Playlist of video clips CLICK HERE

I was able to explain the era of Romantic art and show off a couple of my paintings too.

Thank you to everyone. I admire you all so much!
Karla Darocas, editor

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Friday, February 24, 2017


It will be so great to finally witness the blues energy of Nasty Boogie. It has taken a long time to get this band to perform for a Costa Blanca Blues music appreciation party - but now our time has come!

Valencia city based blues band Nasty Boogie came into being in 2006. Over the decade, they have perfected their craft and built on their repertoire ranging from upbeat boogies, jives and swings to deep blues, walking blues, train blues basically all the forms from the Delta, Chicago, California and Texas. Nasty Boogie are now the premier band in Valencia city who get asked to all the big blues festivals on this peninsula.

The guitarist, Raúl Rabadán is a powerhouse player when he needs to be but can pick out the notes with a light touch too. A working musician who performs with several other bands and performers including Danny Boy and Buddy Paul, this cat has this chops all sorted out!

Daniel Tena has been a featured guest in our annual Harp Attack Showdown Show and he is a master harmonica player. He is a real showman too. Like many of the Spanish vocalists, he sings in the English language in order to preserve the intensity of the blues songs.

Fran Moreno (bass) and Juanjo Iniesta (drums) are both professional musicians who are in charge of keeping the blues beat on track and with so much experience, I am sure they will do a fantastic job.

Nasty Boogie have two CD's in the marketplace. "Moanin' At Midnight" and "Fresh Little Fish".  You can find these tracks on YouTube. They are going back into the studio to record and EP of their own songs soon so stay tuned.

According to Raúl Rabadán, the band likes to get the audience involved by encouraging dancing and singing along to the songs. "We have a great time and we like to have fun with our fans!," admits the entertainer.

Karla Darocas, editor

Thursday, February 23, 2017


BOOK NOW! ** DO YOU LOVE a ripping and tearing blend of early boogie woogie blues with jumping and jiving early swinging blues to keep your motor running? 

On Saturday, March 11th * Valencia City's Hardest Working Nostalgic Blues Band ** NASTY BOOGIE ** & our CBBlues music director ** Buddy Paul ** BOOK NOW! 

Monday, February 20, 2017


After many years, about 3 or 4, I finally got Alicante City's own 'Medicine Man' to perform for us at the launch of the Winter / Spring season of Costa Blanca Blues - AND they were fantastic!

Without a doubt, these musicians are dedicated to their craft and they gave us a 110% blues show with all the swagger of true blues showmen.

Report by Karla Darocas

Victor Jordé, the guitarist and founder of this legendary blues band performed to perfection. He is one of the best blues guitarists I have seen yet. His style is very laid back and confident. He also engages the audience, which I love. He had us all "calling back" like old cotton pickers out in the hot sun. I just love his voice too; all warm like honey but a bit gritty when needed.

It was also very exciting to watch how Little Fonzi commanded the floor and brought the blues harp action into crowd. We have had Little Fonzi perform for CBBlues before, as part of the annual HARP ATTACK SHOWDOWN that takes place in September, but never on his own with his band. It was a real treat. He really works hard to reach those scorching notes and digs deep for those low tones. He was really working up a sweat.

Rubén Marcet on drums was really great at keeping the beat smooth and tight. Near the end of the show, he gave us a really fun drum solo and the audience went wild. I just love these displays of talent and showmanship.

Rafa Navas on bass is also one of the original member of Medicine Man. He as totally in tuned with his bass and you could see each note move his back bone! Great players.

At the end of the show, and two encores later, a blues bass player from Norway came up to perform with the band. He and his wife are starting a Blues Music Union in Norway, something that doesn't exist here in Spain.

Once again, the staff team and chef at El Cid's out in Benidoleig were very helpful, lovely and adorable. Big Love to them all!!