Friday, September 1, 2017

Time For The Blues ~~ September 2, 2017

Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday Night, September 2, at 11 as we bring you our latest episode of Time For The Blues. You know what that means, a couple of minutes of silly jokes, but lots and lots of great music.
I had a lot of fun putting together this week’s show, catching up on some artists that had slid over to the back burner for a variety of reasons and discovering a few new ones that just seemed to fit the mood of the show even better.
We’ve got one of my favorite rocking blues bands, the Cash Box Kings and they have released their first album on Alligator and it is a killer. The CBKs have still got it and I enjoyed their earlier work and they haven’t lost a step and we’ve got a few sides from the new album, Royal Mint, and also one from their Live CD, Cutting Heads: Live At the Cuda Café.
If you aren’t familiar with them, might I suggest you have your dancing shoes handy, because you just might want to leap out of that chair and shimmy across the floor.
Of course, if you’re driving while listening to us, don’t try that…
We’ve also got one of the more serious releases of the year from our friends Lew Jetton & 61 South. Jetton impressed us both with his last CD, Rain, and I’ve gotten to know him a little bit through correspondence. His latest effort, Palestine Blues, is a strong album, one of my favorite of the year so far. I can’t wait to share Jetton’s work with you and I hope you will like it as much as I do. 
Both The CBKs and Jetton work with personal blues as well as look at what’s going on in the world. It’s a cool approach and entertaining as well as illuminating.
Ah, but there’s more. We hope there’s always more. 
It would be difficult to not be affected by what is going on in Texas, and Henry and I both have many friends in the Houston area. Henry used to live there, and one of our favorite labels, Connor Ray Music is located there. Fortunately, it seems like Texas is bouncing back as the people of the Lone Star State are prone to do.
One family that has deep roots in Texas is the Vaughan Family with both Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan representing that great state. There’s a new member of that family making a name for himself, Tyrone Vaughan, who plays some wicked guitar with the Milligan-Vaughan Project. What better time to have a Vaughan Family Reunion, with all three of them getting a little time in the spotlight? We get to listen in to all of these talented performers, and when you hear Tyrone, you’ll know that the next generation is in good hands.
And yes, there is indeed more, thanks for asking. We’ve got new material from Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers – we introduced you to them last week and got a nice response so we’re bringing them back. Also in our new release set are tracks from Johnny Ray Jones and Delta Wires.
So, do what you have to do to join us at 11. Sleep late, take a nap, grab that caffeine, just be sure to join us. We’re going to have a great time and we sure would love for you to come along for the ride. You know where we’re going to be, point your browser to http://ideastations.org/radio or join us on one of the Idea Stations: 89.1 WCVN, Northern Neck; 90.1 WMVE, Chase City; and the flagship, 88.9 WCVE-FM, Richmond, where it’s always Time For The Blues!
From our Live Music Correspondent, Anita Schlank, here are some great shows coming to the area, and more are being scheduled all the time! Get out and support live music, just make sure you’re in front of your radios or computers by 11:00 p.m. on Saturday nights for the latest episode of Time For The Blues!
Wednesday, September 6
Lee Roy Parnell    Capital Ale House Downtown, 8:00 PM (doors 7:00), $25 

Thursday, September 7
Professor Louie and The Crowmatix Tin Pan, 8:00 PM

Friday, September 8
Blues and Brews - Moogly Blues Band      Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Mike Souder Band        7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM
Selwyn Birchwood        Capital Ale House Downtown, 8:30 PM
Tom Euler Band   Something Different, Urbanna, 7:30 PM, no cover

Sunday, September 10
Mike Souder Band        Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Goochland, 3:00 PM

Tuesday, September 12
Rollin' and Tumblin'      Fishin' Pig, Farmville, 6:30 PM

Friday, September 15
Ellersoul Revue    Buz and Neds' Real Barbecue - West Broad, 8:30 PM (doors 6:00), $20
Mike Lucci Band   Rare Olde Times, 8:00 PM

Friday, September 22
Blues and Brews - Bobby Kyle and the Administers    Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Mike Souder Band        Charley's Waterfront Cafe, Farmville, 8:00 PM

Saturday, September 23
Rattlesnake Shake       Poe's Pub, 8:00 PM, no cover
Virginia Chili, Blues n' Brews Festival       Lumos Plaza, Waynesboro, 2:30 PM

Friday, September 29
Mike Lucci Band   Charter Colony Amphitheater, Midlothian, 5:00 PM
14401 Charter Park Drive, Midlothian, VA 23114
Mike Souder Band        Croaker's Spot Petersburg, 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 30
Mike Lucci Band   7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM
Forrest McDonald Band Andrade's International Restaurant, Petersburg, 8:00 PM

And If You Really Like To Plan Ahead

Sunday, October 1
Tom Euler Band   2nd Sundays Williamsburg, 11:00 AM, no cover

Tuesday, October 3
Blues Flash Croaker's Spot Richmond, 6:00 PM, no cover

Friday, October 6
Mike Lucci Band   Iron Horse Restaurant, Ashland, 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 7
Mike Lucci Band   Rare Olde Times, 8:00 PM
Mike Souder Band        Kindred Spirit Brewing, Goochland, 5:00 PM

Friday, October 13
Blues and Brews - Jack the Bag      Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Mike Lucci Band   Steam Bell Beer Works, Midlothian, 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 14
Mike Lucci Band   Cogan's Deli & Sports Pub, Williamsburg, 8:00 PM

Friday, October 20
Syndicators Bryan Park Bar and Grill, 8:30 PM

Saturday, October 21
ZZ Top       Altria Theater, 8:00 PM

Friday, October 27
Blues and Brews - Parker & Gray    Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover

Saturday, October 28
Brothers Hoodoo  Midnight Brewery, Rockville, 4:30 PM

Wednesday, November 1
Blues Flash Croaker's Spot Richmond, 6:00 PM, no cover

Friday, November 3
Mike Souder Band        Croaker's Spot Petersburg, 7:00 PM

Saturday, November 4
Mike Souder Band        Isley Brewing Company, 6:30 PM

Friday, November 10
Blues and Brews - Bluz Catz  Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Mike Lucci Band   7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM

Saturday, November 11
Mike Lucci Band   Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Hampton, 9:30 PM

Tuesday, November 14
Rollin' and Tumblin'      Rock Bottom Brewery, 6:00 PM

Friday, November 17
Mike Lucci Band   Steam Bell Beer Works, Midlothian, 7:00 PM
Mike Souder Band        Charley's Waterfront Cafe, Farmville, 8:00 PM

Saturday, November 18
Syndicators 7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM

Friday, November 24
Blues and Brews - Eli Cook    Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover

Saturday, December 2
Syndicators Bryan Park Bar and Grill, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, December 5
Blues Flash Croaker's Spot Richmond, 6:00 PM, no cover

Friday, December 8
Blues and Brews - George Taylor Group   Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Mike Souder Band        Kindred Spirit Brewing, Goochland, 6:00 PM

Saturday, December 9
Syndicators 7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM

Friday, December 15
Mike Lucci Band   Cogan's Deli & Sports Pub, Williamsburg, 8:00 PM
Mike Souder Band        Iron Horse Restaurant, Ashland, 9:00 PM

Saturday, December 16
Mike Lucci Band   7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM

Friday, December 22
Blues and Brews - Jon Spear Band  Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover

Saturday, December 30
Mike Lucci Band   Rare Olde Times, 8:00 PM
Mike Souder Band        Triangle, Williamsburg, 8:00 PM                                             
                                    


                                          
                                                                            
                                                           


Eilen Jewell Brings Heart To The Tin Pan

The last day of August is one of those days where people realize that the heat of summer is finally going to break, kids are going to be going back to school, and there’s one more long weekend before the serious business of Autumn begins. It’s the kind of day where part of us mourns the loss of summer fun, and enjoys one last long throw down.
For me, it was a day I had been looking forward to for a few weeks since I discovered that Eilen Jewell was coming to town. Until six weeks ago that wouldn’t have been a blip on my radar, I’m sad to say. I discovered her thanks to a chance listen to her on satellite radio.
While taking a scenic drive with my wife we heard a show that featured a couple of tracks from her album, Sundown Over Ghosttown. Within moments I was under her spell and found her songs to be haunting and lyrical. Then the hosts of the show went into a spiel about her upcoming album being an all blues release.
My spidey senses began to tingle as I immediately knew I would have to get a copy in order to share her work with our audience.
While checking out her tour schedule, I found out she was going to be appearing at one of my favorite places to catch a show, Richmond’s own Tin Pan. I made reservations immediately, and it’s a good thing I did, because a couple hundred of my closest friends also made plans to attend and the venue was close to overflowing.
The evening started off with a low key vibe as Jewell made her way to stage to strong but not raucous applause. She took center stage in front of her seasoned trio: Jerry Miller on guitar, husband Jason Beek on drums (and later washboard), and Johnny Sciascia on stand up bass. She welcomed the audience and opened up with Rich Man’s World.
Even though everyone was obviously here because of her, she seemed soft spoken, almost shy, while connecting with the audience. She said she wanted to go honkytonking and since it was a Thursday night, that was close enough to the weekend. That led into Honkytonk Boulevard, and fairly quickly into the great Loretta Lynn tune, Deep As Your Pocket.
There was a great deal of applause that greeted Pocket, and was a strong choice to represent the album she released as an homage to Lynn, Butcher Holler.
That quickly moved into Needle And Thread and Rio Grande, both dealing with her impressions of time spent in the American Southwest. Jewell introduced the next song, Santa Fe, as a “collection of memories that mostly happened.”
I found that description to be poetically apt, and it reminded me of how another writer of the myth and memories of the Southwest, Sam Shepherd, was often characterized.
One more song of memories, this time about her formative years in Boise, Idaho, Hallelujah Band, and then she moved into some selections from the upcoming blues album, Down Hearted Blues. While the album is scheduled for release on September 22, she had advance copies and the crowd was most enthusiastic to hear the new work.
She played one of Big Maybelle’s numbers, Don’t Leave Poor Me and followed up with Albert Washington’s You Gonna Miss Me, and ended the mini set with Lonnie Johnson’s Another Night To Cry. The audience responded with some of the most sustained applause of the night.
After taking a couple of minutes to come out of the spell she wove arounf the audience, she came back with the Jimmy Rogers inspired Where They Never Say Your Name, and closed her first hour with Sea Of Tears.
By now, pretty much everyone in the audience was enchanted by her, and the shyness was long gone. Jewell told the audience she tended to “get tired of her set list” at this point in the show and asked for requests.
Before anyone else could say anything, a voice called out for Dusty Box Car Walls, the Eric Anderson tune, and Jewell and company obliged. They followed this with great renditions of Worried Mind and Rain Roll In.
From there, she went all the way back to her first album, Boundary Walls, for the title track, then Mess Around (her version, not the Ahmet Ertegun number) and a stellar rendition of I Remember You.
Then it was back to the upcoming blues album for a rocking version of Charles Sheffield’s Is Your Voodoo Working, and a strong version of Bessie Smith’s Down Hearted Blues.
Jewell then closed the show with versions of Flatt & Scruggs’ Head Over Heels and a blistering delivery on Otis Rush’s You Know My Love.
All in all, it was among the fastest 90 minutes that I have ever spent in a show. Eilen Jewell is a strong songwriter, truly among the best working today, and she builds a rapport with her audience so well, it almost feels you’re just sitting around someone’s living room enjoying a pleasant conversation with great music and good company. If you get the chance to catch her on this tour, do it. And pick up a copy of Down Hearted Blues on September 22. You won’t be sorry.