Friday, October 27, 2017

Mark Hummel And The Golden State Lone Star Revue Bring The Blues To Buz & Ned’s Real Barbecue

Harp master Mark Hummel and his backing band The Golden State Lone Star Revue arrived in Richmond’s West End and delivered a great blues show for a small but enthusiastic audience. Hummel, who has been leading bands and recording for years, is a Grammy-nominated and Blues Music Award-winning artist who is well versed in all forms of the blues, and makes it his mission to preserve that old-school sound.
That doesn’t mean his shows are museum pieces, no, he and the band swing hard and play strong danceable music, he just likes to find that cool West Coast sound with strong mixes of Chicago jump and Texas rhythms that will get into your soul and move you in ways many other bands can’t.
Last night they rolled into Buz & Ned’s Real Barbecue for a late show, taking the stage at 9 o’clock, sometime after the dinner rush had wandered out, leaving an audience of blues fans who hung on every note.
The Golden State Lone Star Revue consisted of three strong players: Mike Keller on guitar and the rhythm section of Wes Starr on drums and R.W. Grigsby on bass. Starr and Grigsby began playing together in high school and they were able to put a deep pocket into a song that allowed Keller and Hummel to take great leads on both guitar and harp respectively.
Most of the time Anson Funderburgh would be with the band, but due to scheduling difficulties, Funderbrugh was unavailable, but Keller is a monster guitar player and he took over the six-string chores without missing a beat. He took several extended breaks throughout the night and rocked them all beautifully.
Hummel and company kicked off the show with a great cover of My Love Is Here To Stay before moving on to a rocking version of Howlin’ Wolf’s Shake For Me. After a few minutes connecting with the crowd, they played a great version of Gatemouth Brown’s Midnight Hour before taking a quick detour to the Peach State for a rousing version of Georgia Slop.
While the band has been hot so far, Hummel took it higher with an amazing break on Percy Mayfield’s Never No More. While he would continue to provide great breaks throughout the night, this is one that caught everyone’s attention and Hummel received some extended applause for his effort.
The first slow blues song of the night was What’s That She Got which featured great guitar and harp breaks and they followed up with Pepper Mama Blues. Hummel wasn’t using a playlist for this show, he and other band members were tossing out suggestions based on audience response and the next song was from his Grammy Nominated album, Remembering Little Walter called I Got To Go.
That album featured several great harp players interpreting several different Little Walter tunes and the result is one of the best albums of 2012.
He followed up with a tribute to his old friend, Billy Boy Arnold, Aint’ Got You, and a rocking version of the recently passed Fats Domino’s Reading, Willing And Able. As there was no barrelhouse piano in the group, Keller took the lead and gave the song a nice twist.
The band kept moving with Blues Stop Knockin’ and Detroit Blues. The latter song was written by bass player Grigsby. From there, they played a great slow blues tune, You’re Breaking My Heart.
Hummel stepped back from the microphone to just play the harp and Keller stepped up to sing Baby Lee by John Lee Hooker and Just Keep Loving Her. As the night was winding down, they finished up with the Mose Allison song, Stop This World with a great call and response run between the guitar and harp, and The Hustle Is On.
There was no way the audience was going to let them go without an encore, so the band obliged with a hot instrumental, Walkin’ With Mr. Lee.
Hummel seems to always be on the road. I wonder if this is a problem for all blues artists? Is there enough of an audience to make it possible for these guys to play to larger audiences and support themselves without traveling 200 plus days a year?
I truly hope more people discover the artistry of Mark Hummel. He plays a mean case of the blues and he’s surrounded himself with strong sidemen who make every player sound their best. Maybe it’s a matter of perception, but the challenge comes to us to encourage more people to come to a show and discover what it means to be a fan of the blues.

Mark Hummel and the Golden State Lone Star Revue are welcome to come back any time, and when they do, I will do everything in my power to get the word out! I hope the other members of last night’s audience will do the same.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Harpdog Brown ~~ Travelin’ With The Blues

First things first, that’s his real legal name. It may not be the name he was given at birth, but it is who he is. Harpdog Brown. The name fits him like a glove, too. He’s a master harmonica player and a helluva performer.
I just received a copy of his 2016 Dog House Records release Travelin’ With The Blues, and as soon as I put it on, I knew I had discovered a new favorite player. Brown is a seasoned player who manages to sound more old-school than just about anyone working today. He’s got a good vocal style that can swing, growl, or rock, and his harp is among the best I’ve ever heard.
Using a core group of players: Jordie Edmonds on guitar and Pat Darcus on bass, Brown supplements his players with several guests including Charlie Musselwhite on harp, Big Jon Atkinson on drums and guitar, Carl Sonny Leyland on piano, Jimmy Morello on drums, Kid Andersen on guitar, Little Victor on guitar as well as being the producer for the album, and Rusty Zinn on guitar.
The album starts off with the sweet swinging Better Days. Brown quickly establishes he’s got a good voice and knows how to wring out the best from a song and guest Kid Andersen shows he can make a guitar sing as well. It’s a good way to start and when Brown introduces his harp, business picks up in a big way.
Otis Spann’s Must Have Been The Devil follows. This is a traditional sounding version with Morello’s drums and Edmonds’ guitar setting the table for Brown’s vocals and harp work. Any blues fan will tell you, you just can’t go wrong with a song like this. Great number and I can’t wait to share it.
Next up is Sacrifice, a slower blistering song. When you hear a song start off like this one does, there’s absolutely no mistaking that this is a blues song! Three songs in and Brown has shown that he has a deep appreciation and a great respect for the old-school style of the blues and that he and his band came make them come alive.
Willie Dixon’s Bring It On Home is the next swinging track. Brown puts in a great harp shuffle and his rhythm section gives the song its backbone. It’s a great interpretation of a classic song and sure to give every blues fan a little rush.
Charlie Musselwhite joins Brown on the next number, Moose On The Loose. The dueling harps make for an exciting instrumental and while I don’t often find the opportunity to play instrumentals on Time For The Blues, I just might have to make the time. It’s a solid rocking tune and the harp work is outstanding.
For Better Or Worse is the second song on the album to feature Andersen and to be recorded at his home studio, Greaseland. Andersen is proving that he is not only a great guitarist, but runs one of the most in-demand studios around. This is a good rocking blues tune with some great guitar work and is sure to get an audience up on its feet. Just kick back and enjoy this one.
The next song is true old-school. Fine Little Girl Rag swings and sounds like it would be right at home in a 1920’s review or just about any other bandstand. It has a quaint charm and a certain innocence, but is still engaging and features a great harp run. I bet Louis Armstrong or Fats Waller would have had a field day with this one!
Brown follows up with Cloud Full Of Rain, a front porch toe tapper that is a great feel good song. It has a simple arrangement, but could easily be expanded for a larger feel. Or it just remain the kind of song you want to play on a cigarbox guitar with a harp and hand percussion. So much fun.
Next up is the autobiographical What’s Your Real Name. I confess that before I heard this song, I wondered the same question, but after listening to the album, I totally understand that Harpdog Brown is this man’s identity and the name is merely an extension of that. Stop wondering, start listening, and you can just enjoy his artistry. This number is a great talking blues number and it comes at the perfect time on the album, after you’ve had a chance to hear him and start to question the reality of Brown’s name.
Blues has to reflect life around us, and with Facebook Mama, it moves a little more into the cyber world. It’s just the latest way for someone to make some time with someone else – not their man or woman. Brown still finds a way to make it sound like a real old-school number. Love it!
Home Is Where The Harp Is is a newer interpretation of a song Brown recorded earlier in his career. This one has a very cool Jimmy Reed feel to it and it is a solid blues number. One thing about Brown and his players, he makes the older songs feel new and creates newer songs that feel like classics.
One of the hardest swingingest songs on the album is Another Fool Like Me. If this one doesn’t get to you, better get your meds checked because you’re probably not breathing. I love this Jesse Thomas number and it will probably be the first song off the album that I play on the show.
Muddy Waters wrote and recorded Hard Days Blues, the next song on the album and Brown and his friends do a great job on their version. They make it sound like how Muddy recorded it in the ‘40’s when he was unfettered and smoking hot. It’s raw and very very cool.
The album closes with Hayward Boogie, an end of the day throwdown with Edmonds, Darcus, and Morella creating a jam for Brown to lay down some hot harp licks over. I’ve always enjoyed the spontaneity of artists, and this is a fine example of some quick improvisations leading to a satisfying instrumental to end the album.
Harpdog Brown should be a household name among blues lovers. He’s a strong performer with good vocals and excellent harp chops. As a bandleader, he’s put together a tight core group and he knows how to pick guest artists that will enhance his sound beautifully.
I strongly recommend Travelin’ With The Blues and can’t wait to get my hands on his other albums. If you feel the same way, why don’t you join me and visit his website at http://www.harpdogbrown.com/ to pick them up and find out where he’s going to be playing live. If he’s ever anywhere near where I am at the moment, I’m dropping everything and heading for his show!


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time For The Blues ~~ October 21, 2017

Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday night, October 21st, at 11:00 as we unchain the howling beast known as Time For The Blues! I guarantee we’ve got some fresh tunes for your listening pleasure and I’m sure our jokes will be as bad as always.

It’s been a wild Autumn so far, more like a sequel to summer than a separate season, and I have been busy sifting through the large collection of new CDs that have gathered on my desk. So many good albums to listen to and share with you. I’m glad to finally be able to get back to reviewing them – so keep coming back to see what’s new and what might appeal to you.

Our first special feature focuses a spotlight on Eilen Jewell and her superb new album, Down Hearted Blues. I’ve been talking a little bit about Eilen lately because of her great live show that I caught when she came through town and while this is her first foray into the blues, I sincerely hope it won’t be her last. She has a great voice and her band is extremely tight and they deliver some excellent interpretations.

One thing about Jewell is all of her previous albums are deeply rooted in roots music and the blues are a major component of that genre. It’s always been something that was at the heart of her music and I am delighted to hear that she has given voice to these great songs. I love what she does and think you will too.

Next up is a long overdue look at Eric Gales, a hot left-handed guitar wizard who was a member of The Gales Brothers before going solo. His latest release, Middle Of The Road, is available on Provogue and has been on the major charts for a while now. As you know, I am either jump the gun early or fashionably late with just about everything, and this time I am definitely the latter.

Gales is a strong songwriter and performer and this album represents some of his best work to date. The man has got some serious power and I’m glad I finally made sure to get him on the show. We’ve even got a song where he teams up with Gary Clark, Jr on a well-known number, and a nod back to the group he formed with his brothers a few years ago.

Plus we’ve got lots of newer releases for you to sample. Who do we have, you ask? Well feast your ears on the likes of Trevor Sewell from his latest CD, Calling Nashville: An American Adventure and the terrific sounds of Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers. Both of these performers’ latest albums are highly placed on all the major charts and I know you are going to enjoy them.

Rolling in like a cool breeze from Canada is Jason Buie who drops in a beaut of a song from his new album, Driftin' Heart. You know, we’re getting so much great music from Canada, and since we’re expecting a new release from Downchild (Blues Band), we just might have to do an all-Canadian version of Time For The Blues.

Will that step on the toes of our World Music Host, Ian Stewart? Tune in to see how that battle goes…

And there’s still more! I can’t wait to play some more of the soulful of Johnny Rawls, so I won’t. We’ve got another selection from his great album, Waiting for the Train, and a wickedly funny tune from our new friends Cassie Keenum & Rick Randlett from their independent release, Hauntings.
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!
**Recently I’ve been adding shows to the bottom of this missive and I’ll continue to do so. But if you want to check out my new blog of shows from all around – I would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to check it out here. Any suggestions and additions are appreciated, just drop me a line at timefortheblues@gmail.com.

** Here are some great shows coming to your area! All dates are subject to change, so check with the venue for all the correct information**

Thursday, October 19
Still Standing w/ Linwood Taylor @ Babes Boys Tavern, Waldorf
The Tony Janflone Jr. Duo ~ 7 pm         Atria’s Restaurant    4869 William Penn Hwy, Murrysville ~ (724) 733-4453
Dave Falcone          Twisted Tail            509 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia ~ 215.558.2471
Cash Box Kings       Music Box               1148 Main Avenue · Cleveland, OH
A Cup of Blues        421 Market & Grill   Kernersville, North Carolina          6:30pm

Friday, October 20
Syndicators             Bryan Park Bar and Grill    8:30 PM
Daniel Champagne, Hussy Hicks, Christie Lenee
All Strung Up Tour   Ashland Coffee & Tea, Ashland, 7:00 PM
The Balkun Brothers @ Blue 5 in Roanoke, VA
JJ Grey & Mofro @ The 9:30 Club in Washington DC
Carly Harvey @ Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape
Charlie Owen & Pocket Change @ Old Bowie Town Grille
Hard Swimmin' Fish @ New Deal Cafe
Patty Reese @ Falls Church Distillers
The Nighthawks @ Hank Dietle's
Vintage #18 @ Blackwall Hitch, Alexandria
The Tony Janflone Jr. Band         The Rochester Inn & Hardwood Grille               505 Lowries Run Rd, Pittsburgh ~ (412) 364-8166
Cash Box Kings       Moondog's              Blawnox/Pittsburgh
Nate Myers                       Rusty Rail Brewing Company, Mifflinburg
Philly Gumbo Jamey's House of Music              32 S Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne
Bev Conklin & the BC Combo      Twisted Tail            509 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia
Anders Osborne & Jackie Greene ~ acoustic    The Space at Westbury               Westbury, NY

Saturday, October 21
TIME FOR THE BLUES – WCVE-FM 11:00 PM http://ideastations.org/radio
ZZ Top         Altria Theater, 8:00 PM
Rollin' and Tumblin' Sedona Taphouse, Midlothian, 8:30 PM
Built 4 Comfort @ New Deal Cafe
Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes @ Hamilton Loft
Reggie Wayne Morris @ Bucket's Sports Bar, Lusby, MD
The Tony Janflone Jr. Duo The Arm’s Club                 39 South St., Washington ~ (724) 222-9966
Roger Hammer ~ 2:30-4:30 pm    Fall Furnace Festival                   Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Cumberland County
Tom Trovas Group  Twisted Tail            509 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia
Deb Callahan ~ 8:30-11:30pm     Bethany Blues                   18385 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE
Cash Box Kings; others TBA        Blue Earl Brewery Blues Soul Fest                   Smyrna, DE
South Jersey Blues Company      Racks Bar & Grill               2021 Blackhorse Pike, Williamstown, NJ
April Mae & The June Bugs          The VOODOO BALL @ Red Hot & Blue           Rt 70, Cherry Hill, NJ
The Doughboys       Record Collector               358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown, NJ
The Aldermans        Reidsville Festival    Reidsville, NC         12:30pm                
A Cup of Blues        Bistro 150     Oakridge, NC          7:00pm        
Johnny O & The Jumpout Boys    Brown Truck Brewery        High Point, NC          8:00pm
Tommy Castro        Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise         Fort Lauderdale, FL     
Elvin Bishop  Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise         Fort Lauderdale, FL
The Kentucky Headhunters          Rockers, Riders & Ribs      Longview, TX         
Coco Montoya         Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise         Fort Lauderdale, FL     
Selwyn Birchwood   Biketoberfest Daytona Beach, FL  at The Bank & Blues Club
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials        Silver Dome Ballroom        Neillsville, WI
The Cash Box Kings          Blue Soul Fest        Smyrna, DE  Blue Earl Brewing Company
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats          Fjordblues     Sandane, NORWAY         
Toronzo Cannon     Chrome Lounge      Omaha, NE  
Curtis Salgado        Mac's Place  Silverton, OR
Guitar Shorty Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza  Worthington, OH
Miss Freddye’s Homecookin’ Trio The Blind Pig Saloon         New Kensington, PA

Sunday, October 22
Forrest McDonald Band     Hanover Vegetable Farm, Ashland, 2:00 PM
The Tony Janflone Jr. Duo @ 5 pm        Guntown Beer                   585 W Pike St, Canonsburg
Cash Box Kings       Bucks Co. Blues Society Presents "An Afternoon of Old School Blues"                    Terchon VFW, 1315 Hardy St., Edgely

Monday, October 23
Anthony "Swamp Dog" Clark @ Westminster Church
Wolf's Blues Jam @ JVs

Tuesday, October 24
Mark Wenner & Blues Warriors @ JVs

Wednesday, October 25
Tony Janflone Jr.    The Firepit Wood Fired Grill @ North Huntingdon Square Shopping Center               8933 Route 30, North Huntingdon
Gabe Stillman ~ 7 pm        The Destination Blues Listening Room             24 E Main, Bloomsburg
Mikey Jr. & Filthy Rich ~ 8-Midnight        Twisted Tail            509 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia
Joe Bonamassa      Connor Palace Theater                Columbus OH


Thursday October 26
Mark Hummel’s Golden State Lone Star Revue           Buz & Ned's Real Barbecue      9:00 PM
ANDERS OSBORNE & JACKIE GREENE “Sitting Around, Singing Some Songs – Tourgether 2017” with CRIS JACOBS -7:30pm-  $35.00 Birchmere
Moonshine Society @ Hamilton Loft
Patty Reese @ Maryland Live
Tony Janflone Jr.    Old Trails                669 E National Pike, Washington
The Yardbirds         The Ardmore Music Hall               23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore
A Cup of Blues & The Mojos        Botanical Gardens   Kernersville, NC          6:00pm
Selwyn Birchwood   Last Concert Cafe   Houston, TX 
Toronzo Cannon     Club BLUES in Marseille    Marseille, FRANCE 

Friday, October 27
Blues and Brews - Parker & Gray Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
DCBS Halloween Happy Hour w/ Feelgood Band @ Silver Spring American Legion
Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes @ London Brewing Company
The Mojo Priests @ New Deal Café
Christopher Davis; Haunted Carnival Halloween Party with Mikey Jr.          Twisted Tail            509 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia ~
Billy Hector Band     Record Collector               358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown, NJ
Anders Osborne & Jackie Greene ~ acoustic (two shows)     City Winery             New York, NY
A Cup of Blues        Uptown Charlie's     Greensboro, NC      8:00pm
Marcia Ball    Antone's       Austin, TX     Clifford Antone's Birthday Celebration Benefitting HOME with Marcia Ball, Shelley King, Carolyn Wonderland, Rosie Flores and more!
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials        Kingston Mines       Chicago, IL  
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats          Dark Season Blues  Longyearbyen, NORWAY    
The Cash Box Kings          Shank Hall    Milwaukee, WI       
Selwyn Birchwood   Keys Lounge Fort Worth, TX       
The Kentucky Headhunters          Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally  Panama City Beach, FL        at Frank Brown Park
Toronzo Cannon     Club BLUES in Marseille    Marseille, FRANCE

Saturday, October 28
TIME FOR THE BLUES – WCVE-FM 11:00 PM http://ideastations.org/radio
Brothers Hoodoo     Midnight Brewery, Rockville, 4:30 PM
Vintage #18 @ Hamilton Loft
Wild Anacostias @ New Deal Café
Halloween Party with the Tony Janflone Jr. Band        Crafthouse Stage & Grill                    5024 Curry Rd, Pittsburgh
Nied's Hotel Band    Moondog's              Blawnox/Pittsburgh
Anders Osborne & Jackie Greene ~ acoustic    The Ardmore Music Hall               23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore
Brendan Johnson    Twisted Tail            509 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia ~
Harper & Midwest Kind      Lizzie Rose Music Room             217 East Main Street (Rt 9 ) Tuckerton, NJ ~ Exit 58 off the Garden State Pkwy ~
Halloween Part featuring the South Jersey Blues Cmpany     Filomena Cucina Rustica                   13 Cross Keys Rd., West Berlin NJ
Jane Lee Hooker; Sonny Moorman        Music Box               1148 Main Avenue · Cleveland, OH
Long Tall Deb & Colin John~ CD release party! Wolf Creek Trading Company Event Barn              Cleveland
Lawyers Guns & Money     Walkers        Greensboro, NC      8:00pm                  
BLUESTOBER FUNFEST & COSTUME PARTY         Van Dyk Performance Space Greensboro, NC      8:00pm                  
Smitty & The Jumpstarters Lexington Barbeque Festival        Lexington, NC          12:30pm
Tommy Castro        The Funky Biscuit    Boca Raton, FL      
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials        Kingston Mines       Chicago, IL  
The Kentucky Headhunters          Plaza Theatre         Glasgow, KY Halloween Bash with Kiss Kiss Bang
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats          Dark Season Blues  Longyearbyen, NORWAY
Selwyn Birchwood   Treaty Oak Distilling Co.    Dripping Springs, TX        

Sunday, October 29
Blues Crab Feast @ College Park Moose Lodge
Memphis Gold All Star Show @ JVs
Tommy Castro        OM Bar & Chill Lounge      New Smyrna Beach, FL    
Selwyn Birchwood   Antone’s       Austin, TX

Monday, October 30
Scott Ramminger & The Crawstickers @ Westminster Church
Wolf's Blues Jam @ JVs

Tuesday, October 31
Carly & Sol @ JVs



COMING SOON!

Wednesday, November 1
Blues Flash   Croaker's Spot Richmond, 6:00 PM, no cover
John Primer  St. George's Country Store                    St. George, DE
Selwyn Birchwood             The Rhythm Room  Phoenix, AZ 
Shemekia Copeland with Matt Andersen The Washington Center For The Performing Arts       Olympia, WA
Tommy Castro                  Dosey Doe    The Woodlands, TX

Thursday, November 2
The Tony Janflone Jr. Band with special guest, and Birthday Boy, Tony Janflone Sr.  Headliners Lounge @ The Meadows Racetrack and Casino            210 Racetrack Road, Washington
Indigenous    Moondog's              Blawnox/Pittsburgh
Bonerama     The Ardmore Music Hall               23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore
John Primer            Terra Blues             New York NY
Selwyn Birchwood             Boulder Station Casino      Las Vegas, NV       
Shemekia Copeland with Matt Andersen           Edmonds Center for the Arts          Edmonds, WA        
The Kentucky Headhunters          Courtyard Texas Music Series     Plano, TX          at the Courtyard Theater

Friday, November 3
Mike Souder Band   Croaker's Spot Petersburg, 7:00 PM
Delbert McClinton with Daryl Davis @ The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA
The Lawrence Olds Band   Tin Pan
Slam Allen; Gabe Stillman & the Billtown Giants                              Rusty Rail Brewing Company, Mifflinburg
Popa Chubby          Mauch Chunk Opera House                   Jim Thorpe
The Tasers (Bubba Klinefelter D.J. Durham, Rick Chestnutt, David Wheeler          2 Witches Winery and Brewing Co.        Danville, VA  7:00pm
Marcia Ball    Dan’s Silverleaf       Denton, TX
Shemekia Copeland with Matt Andersen           Mount Baker Theatre          Bellingham, WA               
Selwyn Birchwood   No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series Bakersfield, CA          at World Records
Tommy Castro        Stargazers Theatre Colorado Springs, CO      
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials        The Zoo Bar  Lincoln, NE  
Toronzo Cannon     Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar    Nashville, TN

Saturday, November 4
TIME FOR THE BLUES – WCVE-FM 11:00 PM http://ideastations.org/radio
Mike Souder Band   Isley Brewing Company, 6:30 PM
Forrest McDonald Band and Triple B Better Blues Band        Montpelier Center for Arts & Education, Montpelier, 5:30 PM (doors 5:00), $20-25
Syndicators             Marty's Grill, Mechanicsville, 8:30 PM
The English Channel         The Tin Pan (Not Blues, but good friends with Henry and John)
Tony Janflone Jr. Duo        American Croatian Citizens Club            329 Castner Ave, Donora ~
The Twin Sinners (IBC Memphis bound in the solo/duo category); 3rd St Blues Band (IBC Memphis bound in the youth showcase category); The Jeff Fetterman Band (IBC Memphis bound in the band category); Mystery Trayne; Vanessa Collier       Fall into the Blues Concert           Genetti Hotel Ballroom, Williamsport ~ All tickets sold at the door, day of show. Showtime 4-9 pm. General Admission $15, BBA Members $10. Convenient access to parking in the Genetti Hotel Parking Lot until 6 pm.
Blues, Brews, & Barbecue featuring: Tab Benoit; Gabe Stillman; Triple A Blues Band; Ramblin' Dan Stevens; and Felix & the Hurricanes      The State Theatre                    State College
Deb Callahan ~ 4-8 pm      The Cats Eye Pub             1730 Thames St. Baltimore, MD
Travis Feast  Lizzie Rose Music Room             217 East Main Street ( Rt 9 ) Tuckerton, NJ ~ Exit 58 off the Garden State Pkwy
John Primer            Upper Room           Albany NY
Marcia Ball              Odeon Theater        Mason, TX
Selwyn Birchwood   Arcadia Blues Club  Arcadia, CA 
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats          Blues Heaven Festival       Frederikshavn, DENMARK   
Tommy Castro        The Oriental Theater         Denver, CO 
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials        The Zoo Bar  Lincoln, NE  
Jarekus Singleton    20th Annual Blues Ball       Wichita, KS   at The Cotillion
Toronzo Cannon     Sambuca      Nashville, TN

Sunday, November 5
Jimmy Thackery @ Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA
The Wood Brothers Sherman Theater              Stroudsburg
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix with Buffalo's finest Horn Section, the Hit Men    Sportsmens' Tavern          326 Amherst St., Buffalo, NY
Selwyn Birchwood   Moe's Alley   Santa Cruz, CA      
Elvin Bishop  Sanibel Blues & Jazz Festival      Sanibel, FL   Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio

Monday, November 6
Wolf's Blues Jam @ JVs
Tuesday, November 7
Nate Myers   Grotto Pub              104 Market Street, Enola
Nicki Sbaffoni ~ 6:30-9:30 pm      Twisted Tail  509 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia
The Wood Brothers Stone Pony             Asbury Park NJ

Wednesday, November 8
The Wood Brothers Rex Theater            1602 E. Carson Street, Pittsburgh
Mikey Jr. & Filthy Rich ~ 8-Midnight        Twisted Tail  509 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia ~

Thursday, November 9
The Wood Brothers Stuart's Opera House                  Nelsonville OH

Friday, November 10
Blues and Brews - Bluz Catz        Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Mike Lucci Band      7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM
An Evening with Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt          Sherman Theater              Stroudsburg
Deb Callahan          Puck Live                Printers Alley, Doylestown ~
The Wood Brothers Town Ballroom                  Buffalo NY
A Cup of Blues        3rd Branch Cafe      Yadkinville, NC        6:00pm        

Saturday, November 11
TIME FOR THE BLUES – WCVE-FM 11:00 PM http://ideastations.org/radio
Mike Lucci Band      Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Hampton, 9:30 PM
Eric Gales     Capital Ale House Downtown       Doors 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
The Wood Brothers Beachland Ballroom          Cleveland OH
Yngwie Malmsteen  Cone Denim Entertainment Center         Greensboro, NC          8:00pm        

Sunday, November 12
Doyle Bramhall II @ The Hamilton in Washington DC

Monday, November 13
Wolf's Blues Jam @ JVs
Tuesday, November 14
Rollin' and Tumblin' Rock Bottom Brewery, 6:00 PM

Thursday, November 16
Deb Callahan          Mauch Chunk Opera House                   Jim Thorpe
Marcia Ball              The Palms Playhouse        Winters, CA
Miss Freddye’s Homecookin’ Trio The Blind Pig Saloon         New Kensington, PA

Friday, November 17
Mike Lucci Band      Steam Bell Beer Works, Midlothian, 7:00 PM
Forrest McDonald Band     I Don't Know Sports Grille, Chester, 8:00 PM
Mike Souder Band   Charley's Waterfront Cafe, Farmville, 8:00 PM
Savoy Brown feat. Kim Simmonds @ Ram’s Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD
The Nighthawks      Godfrey Daniels                7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem
Davina & the Vagabonds   Chris' Jazz Cafe                Philadelphia
The Blues Beatles             Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club          Bethesda MD
Kelly Richey  Third Street Cigar Bar                  Waterville, OH
Marcia Ball              Cabaret Jazz Las Vegas, NV        at The Smith Center

Saturday, November 18
TIME FOR THE BLUES – WCVE-FM 11:00 PM http://ideastations.org/radio
Syndicators   7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM
Deb Callahan          Jamey's House of Music             32 S Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne
Davina & the Vagabonds   Chris' Jazz Cafe                Philadelphia
Roomful of Blues     Lizzie Rose Music Room             217 East Main Street (Rt 9 ) Tuckerton, NJ ~ Exit 58 off the Garden State Pkwy ~
Marcia Ball              Cabaret Jazz Las Vegas, NV        at The Smith Center

Sunday, November 19
Bettye LaVette @ The Hamilton in Washington DC
Marcia Ball              Belly Up Tavern      Solana Beach, CA

Monday, November 20
Wolf's Blues Jam @ JVs
Wednesday, November 22
Whiskey Kreek        Saucony Creek Gastropub           15032 Kutztown Road, Kutztown
Mikey Jr. & Filthy Rich ~ 8-Midnight        Twisted Tail            509 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia

Friday, November 24
Blues and Brews - Eli Cook          Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Kelly Richey  The Winchester Music Hall           Cleveland, OH

Saturday, November 25
TIME FOR THE BLUES – WCVE-FM 11:00 PM http://ideastations.org/radio
David Bromberg Quintet @ Ram’s Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD
The Brian Setzer Orchestra @ The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA
The Nighthawks with special guest Rev. Billy C. Wertz ~ 8 pm         BBS Event @ The Rosedale American Legion                   1331 Seling Ave., Baltimore, MD ~ BYOB ~ Advance Tix $25 -Gate $30 ~ Send Self Addressed Stamped Envelope with check (please include contact info) to: BBS - TIX, PO 4522, Baltimore, MD 21212, before Nov. 13
Joe Zook & Blues Deluxe   Record Collector               358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown, NJ
Joe Bonamassa      Conner Palace Theater                Cleveland OH

Wednesday, November 29
Bret Alexander ~ 7 pm       The Destination Blues Listening Room             24 E Main, Bloomsburg
Mikey Jr. & Filthy Rich ~ 8-Midnight        Twisted Tail            509 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia ~ 215.558.2471

Friday, December 1
Pokey Lafarge         Black Cat                Washington DC

Saturday, December 2
TIME FOR THE BLUES – WCVE-FM 11:00 PM http://ideastations.org/radio
Syndicators   Bryan Park Bar and Grill, 8:30 PM
Rollin' and Tumblin' Sedona Taphouse, Midlothian, 8:30 PM
Billy Price      Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks                    Millheim
Parker Millsap (bluesy folk); Sara Watkins        Zankel Hall @ Carnegie Hall                    New York, NY

Sunday, December 3
Travis Haddix; Gaetao Letizia & The Underworld Band; Colin Dussalt Band; Bluescasters; Sam Hooper Group ~ 2-8 pm      Blues vs Opioids               Opioid Awareness Benefit Concert, Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH ~ benefits to be distributed to local treatment facilities

Monday, December 4
Wolf's Blues Jam @ JVs
Tuesday, December 5
Blues Flash   Croaker's Spot Richmond, 6:00 PM, no cover
Steve Earle & the Dukes; The Mastersons        The Ardmore Music Hall               23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore

Wednesday, December 6
Missy Raines & The New Hip The Tin Pan (not blues, but great Americana)

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
The Suitcase Junket                              Rusty Rail Brewing Company, Mifflinburg

Saturday, December 9
TIME FOR THE BLUES – WCVE-FM 11:00 PM http://ideastations.org/radio
Syndicators   7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM
Craig Thatcher & Friends Rockin' Christmas     Mauch Chunk Opera House                    Jim Thorpe

Monday, December 11
Wolf's Blues Jam @ JVs
Wednesday, December 13
Rev. Horton Heat              The Ardmore Music Hall               23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore

Thursday, December 14
Abbie Gardner & We're About 9   Uptown Concert @ Baldwin Station                  Sykesville, MD

Friday, December 15
Mike Lucci Band      Cogan's Deli & Sports Pub, Williamsburg, 8:00 PM
Forrest McDonald Band     I Don't Know Sports Grille, Chester, 9:00 PM
Mike Souder Band   Iron Horse Restaurant, Ashland, 9:00 PM
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes @ Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD

Saturday, December 16
TIME FOR THE BLUES – WCVE-FM 11:00 PM http://ideastations.org/radio
Mike Lucci Band      7 Hills Brewing Co., 7:00 PM
Rev. Horton Heat @ The Broadberry in Richmond, VA

Sunday, December 17
A Crooner's Christmas w/ The Good Shot Judy Little BIG Band

Monday, December 18
Wolf's Blues Jam @ JVs
Tuesday, December 19
Samantha Fish        The Ardmore Music Hall               23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore

Wednesday, December 20
Samantha Fish at Gypsysally’s in Washington DC

Thursday, December 21
Shemekia Copeland @ Blues Alley in Washington DC
Miss Freddye’s Homecookin’ Trio The Blind Pig Saloon         New Kensington, PA

Friday, December 22
Blues and Brews - Jon Spear Band        Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Shemekia Copeland @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Saturday, December 23
TIME FOR THE BLUES – WCVE-FM 11:00 PM http://ideastations.org/radio
Shemekia Copeland @ Blues Alley in Washington DC

Monday, December 25
Wolf's Blues Jam @ JVs
Tuesday, December 26
Johnny Winter All-Star Band                  Rusty Rail Brewing Company, Mifflinburg

Friday, December 29
Delbert McClinton @ The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, VA
Anthony Hannigan ~ 7 pm The Destination Blues Listening Room             24 E Main, Bloomsburg
Mikey Jr. & Filthy Rich ~ 8-Midnight        Twisted Tail            509 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia

Saturday, December 30
TIME FOR THE BLUES – WCVE-FM 11:00 PM http://ideastations.org/radio
Mike Lucci Band      Rare Olde Times, 8:00 PM
Mike Souder Band   Triangle, Williamsburg, 8:00 PM
David Bromberg @ The Tin Pan in Richmond, VA
New Year's Eve Eve Celebration with Deanna Bogart Band ~ 7:30 pm          Weinberg Center for the Arts                 Frederick MD
New Year's Eve with the David Bromberg Quintet       Keswick Theater               Glenside
Mikey Jr. & Filthy Rich ~ 8-Midnight        Twisted Tail            509 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia

Sunday, December 31
The Skip Castro Band @ The Tin Pan in Richmond, VA
Santini-Jensen Project; Somethin's Cookin'       Blues Society of Western PA's New Year's Eve Bash                  Doubletree Hotel, 8402 University Blvd., Moon Township (Pittsburgh Airport Region)