fly Old Glory ‘n keep the faith…

November 9, 2016

November 11th ~ Veterans Day

*This Friday, Nov 11th is Veterans Day. Fly Old Glory and keep the faith.



*Depending on where yer located, Friday Nov 11th could be a big night.


@ Court Street Grill

*First Returning to the Court Street Grill aka the “Ohio River juke joint” in Pomeroy will be The Kinsey Report. Last time they played the Grill was off the charts from start to finish and this go around looks to be no different. Out of Gary, Indiana; the Kinsey’s for a long time have been one of the most successful and popular blues, rock and reggae bands in the world. First with father/band leader Lester “Big Daddy” Kinsey and after his passing, the brothers have continued that same success. Showtime is 8:00pm and like always seating is limited (especially on this nite). Call 740-992-6524 for reservations and more.



Rachael Franks

*Second- if you find yourself some 130 miles to the east, this show should not be missed. The first of the “Elkins Auto Winter Blues Series” will also be Friday Nov 11th, at The Arts Center in Elkins, WV. Featuring guitar/vocals Dennis McClung, keyboards Randy Franklin, and drums Pat Sutton. Also one of our long time favorites (even we haven’t seen her in awhile…) vocalist Rachel Franks as well as Seth Maynard on guitar. Tickets can be purchased online at $60 for a table of four or individuals for $15. Seating is limited and reservations can be made by calling 304-637-2355.




Pittsburgh’s “Lady of the Blues”

*Third- 100+ miles north near Pittsburgh in Blawnox, PA Miss Freddye’s Blues Band with special guest Creek Don’t Rise from Beckley will be at Moondog’s. Showtime is 8:00pm, doors open at 6:30. cover $7.







*Saturday Nov 12th Chris Sutton will be at Taylor Books in Charleston. Located downtown on Capitol St., showtime is set for 7:00pm

*don’t forget each Wednesday the Hey Hey Club in Columbus, OH host one of best blues jams around beginning at 7:00pm.



GoFundMe #1-
Lady D could use a new ride. For that matter ANY ride. Currently one of our favorite vocalists anytime or anywhere is without basic transportation and is reaching out to her fans and general public. Recently we received the following notice.

“My name is Doris Fields. My stage name is Lady D. I make my living as a singer, actress and director. That means I do not make much money. Couple that with the fact that I have been without a car for two years now. It makes trying to earn a living even more difficult, especially in an area with no real public transportation …currently rely on friends to take me to gigs, the store; everywhere… I have very good friends but even they have their limits and cannot always accommodate me, therefore sometimes I’m forced to turn down paying jobs. I am trying to raise at least $2500 to get a good used vehicle so that I can begin to become self sufficient.”

“The goal is to have a vehicle by early December before winter sets in. I’ve tried other avenues and been unsuccessful. In my line of work, I have to have a car and at this point, have to ask for help. Understand that I am NOT asking for your help and NOT offering anything in return. Please look at the reward levels posted in return for whatever small amount you may be able to help with. I will be forever and eternally grateful! Thanks again!” Click on to support Lady D’s Car Fund


GoFundMe #2-
Mid-Ohio Valley Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society, a nonprofit organization, is also asking for a little help. We just received the following from them.

“Would love it if you took a moment to check out our GoFundMe campaign. Our mission is to bring national acts of zydeco, blues, celtic, oldtime, bluegrass, folk etc to our community. Striving to have quality intertainment, but keeping cost of tickets low for working families. We also sponsor ‘Blues in the Schools’. A national program that educates children in the oldest genre of blues. If we do not have quality sound and lighting, then the quality of the show is compromised. Please consider a donation towards the sound and lighting. Your support means a lot and no amount is too small. Thank you so much!” Click on to help support BJFM.





14608805_1395605820457124_3221657629885689806_o*coming soon… The Holiday Jazz Stroll in Clarksburg, WV has now blossomed into the Holiday Jazz Weekend. Dec 9th and 10th will feature TWO nights with TEN different bands spread through out the downtown area. And we’re happy to report, one of which will once again be the great Sharon Clark. Pour an extra dry vodka martini and check out Tenderly to see what we’re talking about. For more go to or









*Thanks to Jesse Kreitzer in Vermont for this excellent short video. Quote: “During my grad studies at Iowa, I wrote, produced and directed Lomax, an award-winning short film inspired by folklorist Alan Lomax 1941 journey through the Mississippi Delta. The film toured film festivals worldwide and received an official endorsement from Lomax’s founding organization, the Association for Cultural Equity. Rather than produce a conventional documentary, I knew a narrative film would be a more accessible way to get Alan Lomax’s story out into the world. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your questions or comments.”
Best Regards,
Jesse Kreitzer

The film is currently streaming online: Also see Harrowing Sounds from Jackson Free Press.


*Newly discovered! Thanks to– Nat Reese & Bob McGraw Follow This Old Highway at 1989 Vandalia Gathering, Charleston, WV


bradfordvilleblues*Say it ain’t so! Is another one going down? Bad news for the Bradfordville Blues Club near Tallahassee, FL. For a long time the BBC  has been one of the best blues clubs/juke joints anywhere. If you happen to live near or are thinking of a road trip… it’d be a great idea to go support this classic spot. Word from the owners: “Can’t sugar coat it. Short, plain and simple: Attendance at the BBC is down so much that the survival of the club is in jeopardy. If you haven’t been out in a while, come on back. If you have been coming out, we thank you for your continued support. Please know that we could have not come this far without you. We want to continue so please help us keep this jewel alive!”



*Thought this just too good not to pass along-
Recipe: Kermit Ruffins’ Barbecue Smoked Turkey You have to love a recipe whose first two ingredients are a “couple of Louis Armstrong records” and an “ice chest full of beer.” Kermit Ruffins’ contribution to That Sounds Good: A Cookbook Celebrating 30 Years of WWOZ, this recipe offers a very New Orleans, barbecue-swinging’ take on Thanksgiving’s main course.

delta-blues-musum-logo*The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale is about to get a substantial contribution. Exec Director of The Grammy Museum Robert Santelli says, “I don’t think that there’s any question that blues is the bedrock of all American music… take away the blues, and you’re left with a very shaky hierarchy of American music.” See Oct 31st article from Memphis Commercial Appeal.



blues-museum*Interview with Exec. Director of National Blues Museum, Dion Brown discussing screening of I am the Blues documentary.





*From Huntington Blues Society posted yesterday Nov 8th, we were sorry to hear of the passing of Tommy Fountaine drummer of the Diablo Blues Band. No other details available at this time.




After months leading up to Tuesday Nov 8th the election of 2016 is over. No doubt to go down as one of the worst and ugliest elections in history. So at least for now, no more disgusting, mudslinging tv ads and get all those uglyass signs stuck in the ground removed!

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