Monthly Archives: January 2016

A Review of Johnny Rawls’ Tiger in a Cage

January 28, 2016
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A Review of Johnny Rawls’ Tiger in a Cage

            Soul music, with its ‘Glory, hallelujah!’ gospel influence, is such a big, beautiful branch of the blues. Can I get an ‘A-men’? One of my favorite soul artists perched on that branch is Mississippi’s Mr. Johnny Rawls, who has been keeping the blues alive for nearly four decades. He seemed particularly excited about...

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“It’s alive! It’s alive!

January 16, 2016
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“It’s alive! It’s alive!

  In a recent article for PB&JS, my blues mentor crawlinkingsnake responds to a reader’s concern by rhetorically re-asking, “Is the blues dead?” After re-establishing the tendency for all things, including blues music, to evolve, he rightly re-resolves, “Nope, don’t think so. Actually, far from it.” As a fact-check, he suggests making a trip...

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Nemeth @ Ace’s

January 15, 2016
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Nemeth @ Ace’s

        John Nemeth has become one of the top neo-soul singers, blues harp musicians in the business today. Quote Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “…a real tribute to his talent that he’s not just imitating a genre, but that he’s re-creating it, complete with its original style and feeling, but re-creating it in his...

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More Otis Clay Tributes

January 11, 2016
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More Otis Clay Tributes

I’ve been reading and watching so many great tributes to Otis Clay in the past few days, I’m overwhelmed. Today NPR’s talk show “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross replayed a wonderful interview with Otis from 1999, which you can get here. And here is a great article from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, which quotes...

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sad day…

January 10, 2016
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sad day…

Received word yesterday that the great Otis Clay had passed away. Although we didn’t know him, we felt as if we did. Had never seen him perform live but certainly knew of his music… especially his more recent music. We do indeed feel bad for a two artists that we do consider to be...

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Farewell to a Good Soul

January 10, 2016
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Farewell to a Good Soul

The Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society sends its condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Otis Clay. He passed away Friday, January 8th, and he will be sorely missed. His music will forever be remembered as a reflection of the talent, warmth, and sincerity that lay within this good soul. A very good...

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RIP Long John Hunter

January 6, 2016
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RIP Long John Hunter

Sad to say but just received word today from the “ole blueshound” of the passing of Long John Hunter. Quote OBH: “saw him three times… first time was a last minute fill in for Jr Wells in Marietta. Got to meet him backstage at the Kansas City fest in 2000 with Lonnie Brooks and the late great...

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is the blues dead?

January 2, 2016
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is the blues dead?

Hmmmmm? Is the blues dead? Friend of ours had been doing some reading recently and came across this age old question. We’ve had this question presented to us way more than just once. What’s our answer… ? Well…. seems to me many parts of American society have gone thru many different changes over the past few years. “Past...

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