Executive meeting held last week at Three Forks Gazebo aka Hillbilly Gazebo. With only one person there, decision was unanimous to cutback number of emails. Plan now is to send out on Wednesday’s or Thursday’s. There are however other writers who have contributed to pomeroyblues.org and certainly are encouraged to continue. If they do, those articles could be posted immediately or they could be shown later. But we could use some help. PLEASE bar owners, blues/jazz societies, bands & fans, keep websites up to date… do give feedback… leave comments… send any and all information our way as no news is too trivial.
*Highly anticipated event this weekend will be the 8th annual induction ceremony to the West Virginia All Black Schools Sports & Academics Hall of Fame. However this year is different. This years “special” ceremony is all about the arts. As HOF President Helen Gillison said, “it’s a celebration of the arts” with over 80 new members to be inducted. Names like Fairmont native Sonny Turner, from Charleston Priscilla Price and Beckley’s Spyder Turner with many more. The event will be held over both Fri & Sat at Embassy Suites in Charleston. For much more see “WVABSSA Hall of Fame” 9/6/2016. Tickets can be purchased by calling 304-395-7671 or 304-748-7116 or email Helen@hlj-glaw.com.
*Many people looking forward to the “grand opening” of Parkersburg Brewing Company this Sat Sept 17th 4pm-12am. See “finally!!” 8/23/2016. Located at 707 Market Street downtown will feature what we’re sure will be great creaft brews, “live” blues with ‘ole favorites the Dennis McClung Blues Band, along with many drawings and giveaways. Also Parkersburg Brewing Company will have a booth at the Downtown Throwdown BBQ & Brewfest hosted by the Blennerhassett Hotel just down the street.
*Favorite of many is the WV Wine & Jazz Fest is Sat & Sun Sept 17-18 at Camp Muffly just south of Morgantown. To reach this annual fall event, Exit 146/Goshen Road off I-79. Drive 2 miles to 4-H Camp Road then turn left. Go another mile and ya can’t miss it. The 21st year for the festival that’s scheduled each fall when WVU football has an open date or playing away.
*”Damn fine blues” coming to the barbershop. Thanks to Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation our buddy Austin Walkin’ Cane will appear Friday Sept 16th at Archie’s Blues Barbershop in Riverdale Park, MD. Inside the beltway, Riverdale is a suburb of Washington, DC. Washington Post says, “If you like Muddy Waters, go see Austin Walkin’ Cane“. The AEBHF is dedicated to keeping East Coast acoustic blues alive through weekly jams, performances, workshops, exhibits and lectures.
*Columbus Blues Alliance will hold their annual Columbus Blues Challenge Sunday Sept 18th. Doors open 12 noon at King Avenue (945 King Ave, 43212). Challenge will have eleven competitors and runs 1pm-7:10pm with a break at 4:20 ’til 4:50pm Click HERE for more.
*ODDS ‘n ENDS:
*In the many times we’d seen Chris Sutton perform, don’t think ever seen him performing with a partner. Not to surprising since he and Charlie Barath have only played together a handful of times. But this night the crowd at Court Street Grill was in for a treat. Chris is always great and partnered with Charlie, who takes a backseat to nobody when it comes to playing blues harp, they were awesome. Afterwards we heard it said that together they made up one of the best duos anyone had heard in awhile. The two first met 5 years ago at a Diamond Teeth Mary Festival and ever since it’s been magic. Together they played thru a 90 minute set of everything from Tommy Johnson to Elmore James to Blind Willie McTell to Nat Reese… with Chris’ normal outstanding originals in between. At one point they joked about possibly recording in the future. From what we all heard think most would say, “haellya, it’s definitely time“, and thanks for another great night at the “Ohio River juke joint“.
*Been a fan of Janis Joplin a long time. So when saw this article last week couldn’t not mention it here today. It begins by saying, “Hollywood loves its messed-up, tragic rock stars, and a biopic of hippie icon and ‘white blues’ singer Janis Joplin has been in the works for longer than anyone can remember… That it never seems to come together is telling…” However the documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue released in 2015 for PBS is now on Netflix. Most all reviews have been very positive and after watching it I’d have to agree. Telling of her troubles growing up in Port Arther, Texas… moving to San Francisco… joining with and decision to leave Big Brother & the Holding Company… Monterey Pop Festival… the forming and eventual breakup of The Kozmic Blues Band… Woodstock… The Full Tilt Boogie Band, it’s all there. For any fan of the blues, pop, rock ‘n roll, the 60’s, etc it’s well worth viewing. Even though you know it’s tragic ending.
Hard to believe in a couple weeks she’ll have been gone 46 years. Dying of an overdose Oct 4th, 1970 at only 27 years old. As said before, I can still remember buying “I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!” on vinyl in the Fairmont State bookstore and still today one of my all time favorites. Sometimes wonder, as sure some others do too, what would she be like today in her early 70’s? What about that soulful, raspy voice? Wouldn’t ya love to hear her just one more time doing Ball & Chain or Summertime today?
*Susan and Slack Action send news about Johnny Miles of Clarksdale, MS. Johnny had a wonderful store up until just recently. Johnny Miles Farmers Market located 2 miles east of town closed July 1st. Good news however is the same day Johnny and Delores opened a new store, Miles Grocery in historic Friar’s Point. The hometown of country music legend Conway Twitty is located just outside the levee about 14 miles north of Clarksdale. Be sure to check out St Louis Frank’s website for great photos, pertinent and some not so pertinent information, and a whole lot more. Thanks Frank!
*Nice to have ya back Karen! Editorial Director for Chicago BLUES News, Ms Karen Murphy has been away from her desk a couple weeks. No doubt for a much needed vacation. We can only hope on a secluded tropical isle with a cool beverage in hand. Glad yer back Karen, we’re lookin’ forward to more Friday afternoon newsletters. If you’re a fan of the Blues, especially Chicago Blues click HERE to sign up for Karen’s newsletter.
*Phone conversation with Vera Johnson-Collins (niece of Tommy Johnson) recently. She’s in the process of writing grants for funding for the 11th annual Tommy Johnson Blues & Gospel Festival as well as Tommy Johnson Blues Foundation and grave site in Crystal Springs. This years event will be Saturday Nov 5th, at Jackson Medical Mall in Jackson, Mississippi.
*Quote Jimmy Buffett- “will play for gumbo“… after all we’re all “just tryin’ to reason with hurricane season”
*Speaking of hurricanes ‘n gumbo- Charly since yer heading up thru them southeast states fo’ long… if ya happen upon a watering hole, hooch-house, brew-thru, pop shop, package store, aka liquor store, see maybe ya pick up a bottle that Cathead? If not, it’s fine… if so, forever grateful. And if ya happen upon this place… stay right there, I’ll be along shortly.
*Last week WOUB-TV “Song of the Mountains“, Doc Watson w/Jeff Little amazing version of the classic Milk Cow Blues. Written and recorded by Sleepy John Estes in 1930. Kokomo Arnold did a version 1934 and Robert Johnson did a renamed version called Milkcow’s Calf Blues in 1937. Recorded by such notables as Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley and many more. But never sounded any better than this time ’round. Doc Watson passed away in 2012.
*Saturday Sept 24th, one of the coolest venues around, Charlie’s Red Star Blues Barn near Pomeroy, OH will hold their final show for the season. Bound to the a good’en with The Mississippi Bluesman, Johnny Rawls at 7:30pm. Also on the same bill will be Noah Wotherspoon, Mudfork Blues and The Wild Honey Bees. The 2016 Music & Arts Series is sponsored by the Foothills Music Foundation. Tickets for Sept 24th are $7.50 online and $10 at the door.
ON DOWN THE ROAD:
*Johnny Winter memorabilia will be put on auction Sept 30th and Oct 1st at Gibson Brands Showroom in New York City. Features guitars, song notebooks and other memorabilia of the late Texas blues legend. Winter passed away July 16th, 2014. His collection of canes was auctioned off this past spring in Johnson City, Tennessee. Included in this auction will be five uniquely shaped Gibson Firebirds. Also jewelry, scarves, hats (sweat stains and all) and some extremely rare rock and blues posters and vintage photos. Collection is being sold for Winter’s family. Although we’ve not seen how yet, they say internet bidding also will be offered.
*King Biscuit Blues Festival is just around the corner. Oct 5-6-7-8 in Helena, Arkansas is one of THE BEST anywhere in the country.
*The inaugural PigMania State Championship BBQ & Blues Festival is set for Oct 7-8-9 at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Marion, OH. Located a little over an hour north of Columbus on State Rt 423.
*Marshall Keys gives a “thumbs up“… Keys who hails from the DC area is one of the top jazzmen anywhere. Seen him perform more than once in Clarksburg actually we’re waiting on a SPOTLIGHT! article on him. So we trust his opinion and he says, “Greg (Abate) is the truth!” Abate will be in Clarksburg at one of our favorite venues, Washington Square Sat Oct 8th and Sun Oct 9th.
*Classic British blues-rock of Kofi Baker’s CREAM Experience will be at Court Street Grill, Pomeroy on Thursday Oct 13th. Kofi Baker is the son of Ginger Baker, the founder of British blues-rock band Cream.
*Oct 13-14 Deep Blues Festival, Clarksdale, MS. See “not your daddy’s blues fest” 8/30/2016.