Been a tough week for many. In case you’re not a sports fan, we’ll bring you up to speed on a couple things. Tragically on Sept 25th, amazing Florida Marlins pitcher, Cuban exile Jose Fernandaz was killed in a boating accident. He was only 24 years old. And the man who nearly single handedly took golf from an elitist sport to the common person, Arnold Palmer passed away at 87. On Saturday Sept 24th Buckwheat Zydeco passed and on Sept 19th co-founder of Living Blues magazine Amy Van Singel aka “Atomic Mama” also passed away. We’re a little earlier this week than what we had planned or hoped, but we’ve got an excuse. We ain’t gonna be around for a few days and thought we’d try and get something out before leaving. Also maybe best do so now before something else tragic happens.. so here goes.
“life is a tour…”:
Stanley Dural, Jr aka Buckwheat Zydeco passed away due to complications from lung cancer at 1:32am on Saturday Sept 24th. Quote his manager Ted Fox, “…keeping musician’s hours right to the bitter end. I am grieving for my best friend and colleague of more than 30 years… but as this great road warrior once said: ‘Life is a tour, and it’s all about how you decide to get where you’re going… I don’t want to ignore the bad things in life, but I want to emphasize the good things.'” Born Nov 14th, 1947 in Lafayette, LA he was backing up Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Joe Tex and others by the late 50’s. He began playing with legendary Clifton Chenier in 1976 and said he was amazed at the effect zydeco music had on an audience. In 1988 he joined with Eric Clapton on his North American tour and also a 12 night stand at Royal Albert Hall in London. Soon he was sharing stages with Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples and many others. During the 90’s and early 2000’s he recorded for his own label while touring world-wide for numerous festivals. His 2009 release on Alligator Records, “Lay Your Burden Down” was nominated for a Grammy.
Brought to our attention just this morning by our friend and occasional PB&J’s contributor AlanB of Southampton, UK. Thanks Alan!
Living Blues co-founder, blues radio DJ, author and photographer Amy Van Singel passed had away on Sept 19th. She described her work at Living Blues as “the chief bottle washer… I did all the great majority of subscriptions, typesetting, layout, photography, proofreading, etc (and all before personal computers)”.
She also worked as volunteer blues DJ at numerous stations in Chicago, Oxford and Holly Springs, MS, Memphis, and Anchorage. During which she was able to interview people like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed and Howlin’ Wolf. Her interview with The Wolf at Northwestern University became the first cover story for Living Blues.
Quote Bob Corritore: “Amy had an encyclopedic knowledge of blues music. She was a friend and one of the most knowledgeable people about blues in the world.”
One outcome of publishing Living Blues was the book, The Voice of The Blues: Classic Interviews From Living Blues Magazine. It won the 2003 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award and was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 2012.
Quote Amy: “I consider the blues an art with its own historical, cultural, economic, psychological, and political determinants… ” and by definition, “the blues was and will always be a black American working-class music, in spite of the number of white performers who adopt the genre as their own.”
Thanks again Alan for letting us know of this and please do stay in touch. For more see article from WERU Community Radio.
ODDS ‘n ENDS:
*Congratulations to Tony Harrah & The Putnam Prohibition for winning the Huntington Blues Challenge sponsored by the Huntington Blues Society! Also to Jeremy Short & Co as the solo/duo winner! See Tony’s heart-felt video thanks on HBS facebook.
Received this very cool video from our buddy D-Bone in eastern PA. Check out William Bell tiny desk concert. He was tipped off to this by none other than that great blue-eyed soulman Billy Price. BP says, “Drop what you’re doing right now and watch this”! It’s excellent but my own personnel favorite has to be “Private Number” with Judy Clay. Thanks D-Bone!
*damn! Chris Sutton’s staying busy! Thanks for continued bringing that “classic roots” blues to the masses…
Fri Oct 7th @ Rascal’s Saloon, Dover, OH 10pm
Sat Oct 8th @ Brewfest, Huntington 1:00pm
Sat Oct 8th @ The Bluegrass Kitchen, Charleston 7:00pm
Sat Oct 15th @ Bobby G’s, Huntington 7:00pm
Wed Oct 19th @ V Club, Huntington 7:00pm
BLAST FROM THE PAST: With the reception of last weeks “Blast From The Past” (A Fable…), thought might just do it again. This time coming from over 5 years ago. With the still growing popularity of vinyl albums opposed to digital recordings, seemed like the right time to show once again CLASSIC VINYL reprinted from May 11th, 2011.
Reasons to hang on to your vinyl and perhaps buy more…
1.) Talk about yer backups! KING CURTIS (sax), BILLY PRESTON (organ), THE MEMPHIS HORNS, THE SWEETHEARTS OF SOUL (backup vocals) and the sho’ nuf’ right reverend, RAY CHARLES (piano)… out front of it all “The Queen of Soul” ARETHA FRANKLIN. All this and more made up 1971 Atlantic Records recording “ARETHA/live at fillmore west”. 14 reviews on Amazon. 13 were 5 stars and 1 gave a 4. Although not at Fillmore West, still same year Spirit In The Dark.
2.) “In Concert” by RARE EARTH was recorded “live” in Jacksonville and Miami, FL; Ithaca, NY and Detroit. It was released in 1971 for Motown Records. Of 25 reviews on Amazon, 22 gave 5 stars. One of the 3 stars was due to price. Seems Motown has decided not to re-issue and it remains out of print. The 3 available new on CD go from $89.95 to $207.21. Rare Earth was NOT the 1st all white band signed by Motown. But was the 1st to have success. “I Know I’m Losing You”
3.) 57 out of 68 reviews were 5 stars for “Hot Buttered Soul” by ISAAC HAYES. Only 4 gave it only 3 stars. Some reasons were flawed, overrated, terrible female chorus and self-indulgence. Wow… what were they listening to? In 1969 Isaac told Stax Records he would NOT cut a follow up to“Presenting Isaac Hayes” unless given complete creative control. They agreed and it worked out big time. Written by Jimmy Webb… originally recorded by Johnny Rivers… made famous by Glen Campbell… but nobody dun it like Isaac. All 19 minutes of “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”
4.) Called one of the greatest blues albums ever. B.B. KING recorded “Live at the Regal” Nov 21st, 1964 at The Regal Theater in Chicago. Reviews use words like- amazing, incredible, rare, magical and most of all “essential.” Rick Ward in the liner notes says, “When you play this album, shut the doors and windows, unless you want a houseful of company, because these are the blues, and this is the King–B.B.!” “It’s My Own Fault”
Thur Sept 29th- Miss Freddye @ Hard Rock Cafe, Pittsburgh
Thur Sept 29th- Lady D w/pianist Robert Gray @ Arts Mon, 201 High St, Morgantown, Jazz & Blues 101
Fri Sept 30th Creek Don’t Rise @ Willies, Barboursville, WV showtime 8pm
Fri Sept 30th- Sean Carney and The Joint Rockers @ Roadhouse 66, Worthington, OH
Sat Oct 1st- Hurricane Jerry & Stormfront @ Jimmy V’s Pub, Westerville, OH
DOWN THE ROAD:
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials @ Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza, Worthington, OH Wednesday Oct 5th
Classic British blues-rock of Kofi Baker’s CREAM Experience will be at Court Street Grill, Pomeroy on Thur Oct 13th. Kofi Baker, the son of Ginger Baker, founder of British blues-rock band Cream
*Pastor,Storyteller and Blues Activist, Rev. Robert B Jones at Marietta High School, Marietta, OH Friday Oct 7th, 7:30pm. “Perhaps the world’s most highly educated blues musician, an ordained minister, a longtime DJ, and a living encyclopedia of blues history, the Reverend Robert Jones is comfortable among juke joint loud talkers, fancy-hatted church ladies, and PhDs alike.” From Mid-Ohio Valley BJFM Society. Click HERE for more.
Friday Oct 14th Shouts & Whispers brings smooth blues and R&B to Court Street Grill. Call 740-992-6524 for more.
Eric Steckel @ Court Street Grill Friday Oct 21st.
Word from West Virginia Jazz Society says, “The Holiday Jazz Weekend is on the calendar. Two cities (Clarksburg and Bridgeport), ten bands, one movie, and an all star concert. December 9th & 10th“. For more see attached newsletter.