Beyond This Door…

November 3, 2016

photo stolen from Dennis McClung….

Our thoughts and prayers are with our buddy “tTkaRn” aka Train Kept a Rollin’ in Morgantown. He’s down right now, but far from out. A hugely talented musician can play and sing everything from Hank Snow’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” to Monte Ballou’s “The Torch” to Stevie Ray Vaughn & Lonnie Mack’s “Oreo Cookie Blues”. He’s got a strong support group of family and friends around him as he continues to improve. Keep that train rollin’ Rolly, we’re thinking of you and needing another jam session on the front porch at Donny Cove!




*returning to Court Street Grill:
Fri Nov 4th Red Stone Souls via Detroit bringing their own version of blues, psychedelic and vintage rock ‘n roll.
Sat Nov 5th from Columbus is Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons with rootsy rock ‘n roll
Fri Nov 11th will be the one and only Kinsey Report. What else ya need to know ’bout these guys!
For tickets and/or dinner reservations to any and all shows call 740-992-6524. It’ll fill up fast.


*Sun Nov 6th has Micah Kesselring & Noah Wotherspoon at Riff Street Music House in Logan, OH Showtime 4pm. Together they will hold a guitar workshop before the show from 1 til 3pm.

*Our pals Miss Freddye’s Blues Band with the great Creek Don’t Rise via Beckley are at Moondog’s in Blawnox (Pittsburgh), PA on Friday Nov 11th. We saw CDR for first time at Simply Jazz & Blues Fest a few weeks ago and came away gape jawed! And of course we already knew of the wonderful Miss Freddye and her excellent band. This is sure to be a good’en y’all.

*One we ain’t heard a lot from lately (at least in our neck of the woods) is Patrick Sweany. Friday Nov 11th he’ll be at Rumba Cafe in Columbus.

*Sat Nov 12th Chris Sutton is at Taylor Books in Charleston. Located at 226 Capitol St, Taylor Books is a cool venue should provide for a most excellent show. Showtime 7pm.




*Looking for a band for your upcoming holiday party? Be certain to check out Hip Pocket from Parkersburg. Great mix of soul/blues/rock ‘n roll, and contemporary from the 60’s til now. Call Buddy @ 304-295-7034 or Dave @ 740-374-5419 or Scott @ 740-336-8000. You won’t be sorry.





*and now a little vent please…


sirius/xm radio

Didn’t watch the Country Music Awards for pretty much same reason don’t watch any other music award shows. Lately I been tuning in to Willie’s Roadhouse more and more on sirius/xm radio. The other night while tooling down US 50 found myself doing just that very thing. Listening to some great “classic country“, not this stuff they try to pass off as country music today.
roots music as good as it comes:
Hank Williams- Your Cheatin’ Heart
Jeanne Pruett- Satin Sheets
Charlie Pride- Is Anybody Going to San Antone?
Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard- Pancho & Lefty
Loretta Lynn- Coal Miner’s Daughter
Tom T Hall- Old Dogs & Children & Watermelon Wine
Red Sovine- Phantom 309
Willie Nelson & Ray Charles- Seven Spanish Angels
Buck Owens- Streets of Bakersfield
Johnny Cash- I Walk the Line
Roy Acuff- Wabash Cannonball
the list goes on and on….

108 years!
Ever since my Orioles lost to Toronto, and the Pirates didn’t even make the playoffs, I’d been pulling for the Tribe. But WOW!!, ya gotta tip your hat to the Chicago Cubs! So here’s to you, Go Cubs Go! What a 7th game and what a World Series. Experts are calling it the greatest deciding major league game 7 ever played. Reports today say over 71% of all tv’s in Chicago were turned to watch it and near the same in Cleveland. The story that put it all into perspective for me was this. A guy in North Carolina drove to Indianapolis to listen on radio at the grave of his father! Yes 108 years is a long time. Now it’s over, but soon pitchers and catchers will report to spring training and all will be right with the world and once again there’ll be Orioles Magic!


January 2017

*speaking of Chicago… ‘fo to long it’ll be time for Buddy Guy in residence at his club Legend’s. Buddy will be appearing with many other well known blues artists all the month of January. On Jan 27th he’s with one of our favorites, Toronzo Cannon. Just how good would that be! Tickets are NOW available. Click HERE for more.


180px-delmark_records_logoHappy Birthday Bob Koester. The owner of Delmark Records and once the larget jazz & blues record store in the world, Jazz Record Mart in Chicago was born Oct 30th 1932. Due to rediculous high rent at the original site of 27 East Illinois Street he was forced to close. But has now reopened at 4121 North Rockwell St in 2016.




November, or at least the early part of the month has been kinda rough…
Nov 01 1956 Tommy Johnson Crystal Springs, MS
Nov 01 1986 Beaulah “Sippie” Wallace Detroit, MI
Nov 02 1966 Mississippi John Hurt Grenada, MS
Nov 02 1996 William Clarke Fresno, CA
Nov 05 1967 Robert Nighthawk Helena, AR
Nov 08 1998 Lonnie Pitchford Lexington, MS
Nov 09 1945 Frank Hutchison Dayton, Ohio


*Proof there’s plenty of characters pass thru Clarksdale, MS. Part of Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour recently on The History Channel has Ozzy and son Jack Osbourne visiting with Deak Harp and SuperChikan. Click HERE and HERE for The Devil Made Me Do It.

*And now as we’ve began to face up to a few financial facts (no we ain’t destitute, but sometimes a little common sense needs to apply) it looks as if we’re gonna pass on next springs semi-annual trip to Clarksdale and the 2017 Juke Joint Festival. Even though it’s 5 months away we’ve come to the conclusion it’s best for us at this particular time. Yes, of course come April we’ll be missin’ mississippi once again. But just gonna have to buck up….

4 Responses to Beyond This Door…

  1. crawlinkingsnake on November 3, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Just received a good question from Steve Salter on “is Bud Spires still alive?” 1/12/2013 at
    Steve is of Killer Blues, a non-profit organization dedicated to placing headstones on passed blues artists who are in unmarked graves. If anyone knows the answer to his question please let us know here. Or reach out to Steve at Thanks Steve and you might check with Jimmy “Duck” Holmes at Blue Front Cafe 662-528-1900.

  2. crawlinkingsnake on November 4, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Message from Chicago on Bob Koester. See “Happy Birthday Bob Koester” above. Karen of Chicago BLUES News corrected and updated us.
    Quote: “…briefly opened a store in the front lobby at Delmark (on Rockwell), but now actually has a real store called Bob’s Blues & Jazz Mart at 3419 W. Irving Park Rd. It’s a lot smaller than the old store on E. Illinois, but is still fun. The name is that because he sold the name Jazz Record Mart to Wolfgang’s Vault when he sold the inventory of the store.” Thanks Karen!
    see photos of the party held at the store.
    and the Chicago Tribune article

  3. curt shugart on November 4, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Speaking of Willie Nelson, check out veteran newscaster Dan Rather’s recent interview with him on the AXS-TV program, THE BIG INTERVIEW.
    Entertaining. Willie talks about his major influence…Frank Sinatra. Rather asks Willie about his reputation of “smoking opponents under the table”, then taking their money at the poker table (“Poker isn’t a game…it’s business”).
    Rather is a consummate interviewer. His recent interview with Neil Young was also outstanding.

    • crawlinkingsnake on November 4, 2016 at 12:21 PM

      thx Curt and speaking of Toronzo Cannon, which we were above under the Legend’s logo… here’s a newly discovered (at least to us) video of him. This is why he’s a favorite of ours. Chicago blues at it’s BEST!

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