We knew he hadn’t been feeling well for some time and while we were away Bruce DeMoll passed on Wednesday Oct 12th at his home in Vienna, WV. He was one of our favorites and to many others also. (see SPOTLIGHT! May 11, 2015) We often would catch him during Martini Monday’s at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg, (see “jazz at the blenny…” July `2, 2015) or the weekly Sunday Brunch at the hotel. Once perhaps 10 years ago we were able to do an interview with him while writing for Mid-Ohio Valley Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society. Bruce had quite a story to tell and believe it was published as a hard copy in a BJFM newsletter. Got no idea if there’s any copies around today but if anyone knows of one please let us know. Bruce will be missed by all who knew him. The obiturary can be seen at Parkersburg News & Sentinel from Oct 13th.
Also we were unaware but long time friend of Court Street Grill, Beth Ann Clark passed away due to complications of Cystic Fibrosis. There was a Celebration of Life held on Friday Oct 21st at the Grill. Quote Jackie, “Nobody enjoyed the live music scene here as much as Beth and we’re pretty sure this is what she would have wanted.” Please see article from Oct 21st in Meigs Independent Press.
ODDS ‘n ENDS:
Attention Gumbo Charly!
Coming to Sarasota. Our friend Dane Tilghman will be at [blank] Slate Gallery Fri Nov 4th thru Sat Nov 26th. We’ve seen Dane and his work many times at various events. A really good guy with beautiful art work. Check him and his art work out if you get the chance in the Burns Court area of Sarasota at 538 South Pineapple Ave.
It might be too late but we’ll say so anyway. Received via JW Juke the following notice:
Dear President of the Blues Society,
I would like to ask you to forward this message to the Members of your Blues Society, cause every Blues Lover might be interested to know about this Blues News.
I am pleased to inform you about, that my art photo book “showtime“ 10 years of – mainly blues – music history in images (2004-2014) will be out in a few days. I’m happy and proud to let you know, that this art book (limited edition) will be presented by the Jazz Fest Vienna, as well as by “Reigen“ the best blues club in Vienna Austria and by the Cognac Blues Passions in July 2017 in France, and it was born to benefit The Music Maker Relief Foundation in Hillsborough, NC.
Only 3 days left to get this “must have“ blues art photo book without shipping and handling costs. If you order it directly from the website: www.beatesandor.com you’ll receive not only a beautiful book, a huge collection of exceptional musician photo portraits, but the perfect Christmas present for yourself or for your loved ones. With every purchased copy you too! will support the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
I thank you for that, bluesingly, Beate Sandor
Chicago’s Alligator Records is having a Halloween Storewide Sale the entire month of October.
Word from Shelly Ritter: If you find yourself in the Delta next week check out the Martin Hawkins book signing. Author of Slim Harpo: Blues KING BEE of Baton Rouge will be at The Delta Museum in Clarksdale Tuesday Nov 1st at 1:00pm.
Brand new album by Bobby Rush is available now. “Porcupine Meat” includes guest performances from Keb’ Mo’, Joe Bonamassa, Dave Alvin and Vasti Jackson.
“Cab Driving Man” by Mississippi Heat is now available.
Early notice from our friends in Chester, SC:
The MLK Jr. Blues Festival is set for Jan 12-13-14-15, 2017. Stellar line up includes Austin “Walkin’ Cane”, Johnny Rawls, Kingbees, Lady D and more.
The MLK Jr. Blues Festival celebrates the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., freedom, nonviolence, harmony, peace, love, brotherhood, justice through a uplifting music of freedom, the blues, in recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King National Holiday weekend. The microphone will be opened as audiance members all will have an opportunity to share their thoughts of times past and present and their hopes for the future. 2nd Thursday Blues a South Carolina nonprofit whose mantra is “Revitalizing Chester,SC One Song at a Time” presents this festival and all proceeds will benefit 2nd Thursday Blues in continuing establishing Blues Music Tourism and cultural enrichment in Chester County. Listen to your heart, hear with your soul, brotherhood & the blues is for everyone!