By Ken Wallis, Blues & Roots Radio
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Blues Quote from the Past
“I don't play anything but the blues, but now I could never make no money on nothin' but the blues. That's why I wasn't interested in nothin' else." - Howlin' Wolf
History of the Blues
There’s a lot of information out there about the blues. One of the better pieces of work is the book The History of the Blues by Francis Davis. Francis Davis is a music critic who holds nothing back in this in-depth book. Not only is it a documentation of the world of blues music we love so much, but it’s also an in-depth look how race relations and prejudice impacted the artists and their music.
The book highlights the beginnings of the Mississippi Delta blues and just keeps rolling northward to the popularity of the Chicago blues scene and the electrified/amplified music that became famous sound of the Windy City. Along the way you’ll meet such legends as Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly, plus many of modern era’s biggest names like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Cray.
But don’t let your knowledge of blues history end with this iconic book. There are all kinds of videos, documentaries and information available on YouTube. You can literally find hours of material to watch and listen to. Just hop on YouTube and do a search on the blues. You’ll be travelling down a well travelled road of great blues music and information.
What’s Going On Around The Niagara Peninsula?
Lots is the simple answer. Blues galore should be the name of this region.
Monty’s Gastropub in St. Catharines, featuring Blues Etc, has a solid lineup for November’s afternoons. On November 11 is Rick Taylor, November 18 is Jerome Godboo and November 25 is Andre Bisson.
The Mighty Duck Blues Band continues at the Bar Upstairs with their special afternoon line up. Al Lerman drops by on November 11,
Robin Banks is there on November 18 and Paul Reddick joins the Ducks on November 25.
And boy could you pick up some serious cds while there. Duck Soup, the Mighty Duck Blues Band’s debut cd, will be available. Plus you can pick up Paul Reddick’s juno winner, Ride the One. And maybe, just maybe, Gary Kendall will have the new Downchild cd on hand.
Alfie Smith and Nicole Christian celebrate their Road to Memphis upcoming appearance at the International Blues Challenge. Come on out and support them on November 10 at the Bay City Music Hall.
Tim Gibbons is also preparing to travel to the I.B.C. in Memphis. He’s performing Saturday November 11 in the afternoon at the Casbah with an all star line up including Jesse O’brien, Ginger St. James, Steve Strongman, Mike Williams Band, Snow Heel Slim's Boogie Infection, Big Rude Jake,Chris Chambers, Hell Bent Rockers and Big Johnny Blue.
Jack de Keyzer is gonna be one busy guy in November. On Saturday November 11 he’s in Port Dover laying down some serious blues in the Lighthouse Festival Theatre. The next week on November 18th he and the band will be live at Simcoe Blues on Simcoe Street Oshawa. Then he heads to our nation’s capital to play at the Rainbow Bistro and wraps up the month by playing at the Canada Port Credit Legion in Mississauga, on Saturday, November 25.
Harrison Kennedy presents Blues in the Hammer Friday evening Nov 17 at the Corktown Pub on Young Street in Hamilton
Then get set for a night to remember. On November 18, it’s the 30 year celebration of the Women’s Blues Revue. It’s a powerhouse evening of great music as the Toronto Blues Society and Massey Hall co-present the concert. You’ll get a chance to see some of Canada’s most talented females. Dawn Tyler Watson,
Shakura S’Aida, Jenie Thai, Andria Simone, Sue Foley and Kellylee Evans are a star-studded cast of special guests who will join the Womens Blues Revue Band.
If you can’t make it to Toronto that night, drop by the 5West Pub in Headon Forest to catch the very talented Burlington Group called Blues Hammer
Joey Landreth arrives in Hamilton for a performance at Mill’s Hardware on Sunday November 19th. Begonia. Joey, who’s part of the highly successful Landreth Brothers, is sure to feature some of the tunes from his solo debut cd, Whiskey. Joey will be bringing Winnipeg songstress Begonia with him for a night of great music
Well if you’re a blues lover living anywhere near Hamilton, November 22nd promises to be quite a special night at the Hamilton Place Theatre. It’s being called the Guitar Event of the Year and it most surely will deliver cause Joe Bonamassa’s coming to paint the town blue.
Some folks say he’s more rock than blues (I don’t) but whatever you think, he’s one of the world’s premiere guitarists. I’ve seen him twice and he puts on one heck of a show. The second time I saw him, the stage was set up with a slew of acoustic guitars. He came on sharp at 8:00 and played a different song with a different guitar to the delight of the crowd. When he finished playing all the guitars, he said he’d be back in 20 minutes with an electric set. I swear it was virtually 20 minutes to the second when he re-took the stage. You gotta love a guy who knows punctuality and doesn’t want to keep a crowd waiting What a night! What a performance! Don’t miss it!
For more information on all these events, Google and Facebook can provide you with all the information you need!
Till next week
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