Thursday, October 6, 2016

Guess Who's Coming To Richmond

Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday night at 11 as we are taking a look at some great musicians who are coming to town, and a few who were recently here.
You know, it used to seem like Richmond got passed over by a lot of blues acts. Maybe we weren’t considered much of a blues town – but thanks to the work of the River City Blues Society who have tirelessly promoted blues and even helped introduce blues into school curriculums, they have created more of a demand.
Also, clubs like The Tin Pan, The Capital Ale House, The Camel, The Broadberry, The National, and now even Buz and Ned’s Barbecue on Broad Street are giving so many blues acts a chance to play. Sorry if I left anyone off that short list, it was in no way meant to be exhaustive – I just wanted to mention some of the places I’ve been lately to see shows.
This Saturday night we’re checking out Tom Principato who will be coming to the Tin Pan on October 14. I had heard of Principato, but unfortunately did not have any of his music. After trading emails with him about the show, he graciously sent us four of his latest CDs and we are going to feature a cut from each of them just to give you a sample of what this talented singer-songwriter-guitarist is all about.

If you are half as impressed as we were, you’ll want to make sure to get your tickets now! This guy can blow the roof off the joint and I am really hoping to see him do it.
Another great show coming to town (October 23rd at the Tin Pan) is Tommy Castro and the Painkillers. If you’ve never seen this high energy bluesman, stake out a table pronto and get ready to have a great time. Castro is one of those guys who pours every ounce of his soul into a show and leaves you feeling like you have witnessed a force of nature.
To celebrate his return to Richmond, we’ve put together a few songs from his two most recent Alligator releases, Method To My Madness and The Devil You Know.
Speaking of Alligator, another one of their artists is coming to town (and one of our personal favorites) as Shemekia Copeland will be stopping by The Tin Pan on October 16 in support of her album Outskirts of Love. Copeland was one of the headliners at last year’s Folk Festival and she puts on one helluva show. You don’t want to miss this one!
We’ve also got a song from Tinsley Ellis, another hard working hard driving bluesman who will setting up shop on November 11 for one show only.
And one of the biggest shows of the year is happening on November 23rd at the Altria Theatre when Joe Bonamassa rolls into town. We’ve got one of his songs for you, and you know we’ll be featuring more later.
We can’t forget some of the great shows that have recently played in Richmond, like Popa Chubby, Robert Cray, and our friends the Hard Swimmin’ Fish. We’ll spin a song from each of them just to remind us how much fun we had at their shows.
These are not all the acts coming to town by any means. If you want more information, may I suggest checking out the River City Blues Society’s calendar page at And if I can shamelessly promote one of my projects, check out to find out what’s going on throughout the area.
So plan on joining us Saturday night at 11 as we sample some great music and tell a number of bad jokes. We’ll be up late so come as you are and join in the fun on 88.9 WCVE where it’s always Time For The Blues!


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