From Up Around The Bend

Our contributor Spider has a great outlook on life and music…

Charlie’s Place: A June Musical Mosaic

June 21, 2016
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Charlie’s Place: A June Musical Mosaic

  Queen Biscuit and I were on our way to Charlie’s Place recently for the Foothills Music Foundation’s first of two live blues music events this year. The Sheets family’s charmingly renovated Red Barn venue was featuring solo artist Todd Burge, house band Mudfork Blues, and the Virginia based Corey Harris Band. It promised...

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Beale Street Bound

February 27, 2016
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Beale Street Bound

Last week, a commendable competition lineup was presented by the Blues Jazz and Folk Music Society of the Mid-Ohio Valley to a full ballroom of blues lovers at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta, Ohio. Each of the ten top-notch acts brought along its best ‘briefcase full of blues,’ striving for the society’s sponsorship to...

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A Review of Johnny Rawls’ Tiger in a Cage

January 28, 2016
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A Review of Johnny Rawls’ Tiger in a Cage

            Soul music, with its ‘Glory, hallelujah!’ gospel influence, is such a big, beautiful branch of the blues. Can I get an ‘A-men’? One of my favorite soul artists perched on that branch is Mississippi’s Mr. Johnny Rawls, who has been keeping the blues alive for nearly four decades. He seemed particularly excited about...

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“It’s alive! It’s alive!

January 16, 2016
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“It’s alive! It’s alive!

  In a recent article for PB&JS, my blues mentor crawlinkingsnake responds to a reader’s concern by rhetorically re-asking, “Is the blues dead?” After re-establishing the tendency for all things, including blues music, to evolve, he rightly re-resolves, “Nope, don’t think so. Actually, far from it.” As a fact-check, he suggests making a trip...

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Farewell to a Good Soul

January 10, 2016
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Farewell to a Good Soul

The Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society sends its condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Otis Clay. He passed away Friday, January 8th, and he will be sorely missed. His music will forever be remembered as a reflection of the talent, warmth, and sincerity that lay within this good soul. A very good...

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An Open Letter and Photo Journal to Doris Fields (Lady D) and Antonia Ritchie

September 29, 2015
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An Open Letter and Photo Journal to Doris Fields (Lady D) and Antonia Ritchie

  September 28, 2015 Dear Ms. Doris and Ms. Antonia, Please forgive my tardiness in writing to you, but after taking in the Saturday and Sunday events of the third annual Simply Jazz and Blues Festival, I knew that eventually I would have to testify. Even more than a month afterwards, the good feelings...

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“Tapping a Frequency”

July 21, 2015
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“Tapping a Frequency”

In all of my years of jukin’ at Rev’s Court Street Grill, I never managed to catch Tennessee guitarist Scott Holt. He has performed in Pomeroy more than a few times, and whenever his name comes up in Court Grill conversation, good commercials go back and forth. Last Saturday evening this trio was in...

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Maintenance and Repair

June 25, 2015
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Maintenance and Repair

  Spring brings with it a rebirth of nature and all of its intricate beauty. In addition, it brings about the rebirth of our need to maintain or repair the material reality around us that was left by circumstance to winter neglect. “Spring cleaning” the house, putting in screens to welcome the fresh spirit...

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A Trend on the Way to a Tradition

April 14, 2015
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A Trend on the Way to a Tradition

  In these unsettled and uncertain times, we cling to tried and true traditions, whether religious or secular, to provide us with occasions to which we can look forward with assured anticipation. Last Saturday, April 11th, the Second Annual One-man Band Contest was held at Rev’s Court Grill, marking the beginning of a trend...

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Dancing to the Beat of a Different Drum

March 16, 2015
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Dancing to the Beat of a Different Drum

Queen Biscuit and I drove down along the Ohio River Saturday, March 7th led by the constantly changing hues of a vanishing sunset. It felt good to escape from winter’s recent, closeting clutch of crusted snow and below freezing temperatures. We were off to the default “we be jukin’” atmosphere of Rev’s fine and...

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