Vol. 18.01 $1.00
Charlotte Blues Society
PO Box 32752
Charlotte, NC 28232-2752
Continue the celebration at the
“Send-off Party” for our
Talent Competition Winners!
BLUESunday ~ JAN. 3, 2010
The Swamp Doctors
The Swamp Doctors are Memphis bound!
This Raleigh-based Blues/Roots band officially opened their practice in July 2007. They had been
together previously under the name Bad Mojo but some member changes brought along a new identity
and a new sound. And that sound helped them win our Blues Talent Competition this past October.
Members are Sam Stephens (vocals/guitar/harp), Daniel Anderson (guitar), Eric Manning (bass), and
Tom Harris (drums). They all began playing music at an early age, and collectively have a wide range
of influences – Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Allman Brothers, Little Feat, Dr. John, Frank Zappa, Jeff
Beck, James Brown, Bob Marley, John Lee Hooker, Delbert McClinton, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, as well
as “environmental” influences such as Mardi Gras, Zydeco, Gospel, Key West, the Delta, and Life!
Doors open 7:00 Music starts 8:00 FREE – CBS Members $5 All Others
KBA’s – January 20
The Keeping the Blues Alive Awards recognize the significant contributions to Blues music made by the people
behind the scenes. Each is selected on the basis of merit by a panel of blues professionals. KBA Chairman Art
Tipaldi notes with respect to this year's recipients: "We are very pleased to bestow this recognition on people and
organizations who have promoted Blues music for many, many years. Increasingly, this is an international effort,
and this year's recipients reflect the worldwide impact of Blues music."
Tickets to the KBA ceremony are sold only as part of the IBC Big Blue ticket package, available online at
www.Blues.org or by calling 901.527.2583.
The IBC weekend, commencing Wednesday, January 20, 2010, is sponsored in significant part by ArtsMemphis,
bandVillage, Beale Street Merchants Association, Budweiser and its local distributor D. Canale Beverages, FedEx, Gibson
Guitars, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, Smokin’ Bluz, Tennessee Arts
Commission, and Tennessee Film, Entertainment Commission
The 2010 Keeping the Blues Alive Award recipients are:
Art and Photography: Michael Maness, Memphis, Tennessee
Blues Club: Bradfordville Blues Club, Tallahassee, Florida
Blues Organization: Connecticut Blues Society
Education: Spencer Bohren, New Orleans, Louisiana
Festival: Heritage Music Blues Festival, Wheeling, West Virginia
Festival International: Piazza Blues, Bellinzona, Switzerland
Historical Preservation: Eric Leblanc, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
International: Finnish Blues Association, Helsinki, Finland
Journalism: David Fricke, Rolling Stone, New York, New York
Literature: Crossroads: The Life and Afterlife of Blues Legend Robert Johnson, Tom Graves, Memphis, TN
Manager/Agent: Pat Morgan, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Print Media: Block, Almelo, Netherlands
Producer: Andy McKaie, Universal Music Enterprises, Santa Monica, California
Promoter: Pozitif Productions, Istanbul, Turkey
Publicist: Richard Flohil, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Radio Commercial: Charles Evers, Jackson, Mississippi
Radio Public: Rick Galusha, Omaha, Nebraska
Record Label: Crosscut Records, Bremen, Germany
Visual Broadcast: Film, Television and Video: Pocket Full of Soul, Houston, Texas
Blues Grammy Nominations Announced – Awards on Jan. 31
The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010,
and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The following recordings released during the eligibility year (October 1,
2008 through August 31, 2009) have been nominated for a Grammy:
Best Traditional Blues Album (Category 66)
-- A Stranger Here by Ramblin' Jack Elliott [ANTI]
-- Blue Again by The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band Featuring Rick Vito [429 Records]
-- Rough & Tough by John Hammond [Chesky Records]
-- Stomp! The Blues Tonight by Duke Robillard [Stony Plain Records]
-- Chicago Blues: A Living History by Various Artists -- Larry Skoller, producer [Raisin' Music]
Best Contemporary Blues Album (Category 67)
-- This Time by The Robert Cray Band [Nozzle Records/Vanguard]
-- The Truth According To Ruthie Foster by Ruthie Foster [Blue Corn Music]
-- Live: Hope At The Hideout by Mavis Staples [ANTI]
-- Back To The River by Susan Tedeschi [Verve Forecast]
-- Already Free by The Derek Trucks Band [Victor Records]
JANUARY 2010 (3)
January 3, 2010
The Swamp Doctors
Send-off Party for the Winners of our
2009 Blues Talent Competition
Come show your support as The Swamp Doctors get ready to make the trip to
Memphis for the International Blues Challenge Jan. 20-23, 2010
Ticket and Hotel Information at www.blues.org
Record Number of Acts in International Blues Challenge … The Blues Foundation's 26th IBC
set for Jan. 20-23 will see a record number of participants:111 bands; 83 solo/duo acts; and 32 youth. Participants
hail from 39 US states, plus the District of Columbia and 13 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Canada,
Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Latvia, Poland and Sweden. No pressure, heh?
To help with the cost of mailing, we’ve adjusted our membership pricing for readers who receive
their Bluesletter by mail. This new rate will take effect at your renewal.
Individuals Family (up to 4) Sponsorship
$20 ($25 for postal) $35 ($40 for postal) $75 ($80 for postal)
So many people to thank during 2009 --
Live Nation for bringing in B.B. King, and donating tickets and space at the event.
SoundVision’s Greg Willingham for bringing in Clarence Carter, Buddy Guy, and Bobby Blue
Bland, and donating tickets and space at the events.
Midtown Sundries - Harborside for their Summer Blues Series and to Greg Hatcher for letting
us have one day a month for our Fundraising events.
The Folks at Blues, Brews, & BBQ who do a great job showing the rest of Charlotte what the
Blues is all about!
All the Volunteers and Board Members who worked at the Talent Competition, and of course
all the Judges and Contestants who helped make it a great event.
Scott Cable, Mookie Brill, Jeri Thompson, and others who helped organize the Nappy Brown Benefit for a
headstone, to all the great performers who offered up their time to support the event, and to those of you
who made donations to the cause.
To all our DJ friends at WRFX, WSGE, WNCW, & WFAE who spread the word about Blues and about the
Charlotte Blues Society.
To all the Blues Record Labels who share CDs of their latest releases for reviews and for prizes.
To our local Blues agents at Piedmont Talent, Intrepid Artists, and Blue Mountain Artists for keeping
Blues entertainment alive and well in the Southeast.
The Double Door Inn for all their years of promoting Blues and giving us a “home” for the past 16 (soon
to be 17) years!
And of course to ALL OF YOU, our members, for supporting Blues and the Charlotte Blues Society.
Blues-Friendly Radio in North Carolina
WGWG 88.3 FM Boiling Springs
WCOM 103.5 FM Carrboro
WUNC 91.5 FM Chapel Hill Looking for Blues Music
on Your Radio Dial?
WFAE 90.7 FM Charlotte
WRFX 99.7 FM Charlotte A very helpful website for finding
WWCU 90.5 FM Cullowhee Blues radio programs is
WSGE 91.7 FM Dallas When you go to the Blewzzman's site,
WNCU 90.7 FM Durham you might just find something more of
WXDU 88.7 FM Durham bluesy interest to you.
WFSS 91.9 FM Fayetteville And check out www.MountainofBlues.com
WNAA 90.1 FM Greensboro with host and producer Michael Cloeren.
WXYC 89.3 FM Orange County Then there is Bluesville on XM Satellite
WSHA 88.9 FM Shaw Univ., Raleigh Radio at www.xmradio.com
WNCW 88.7 FM Spindale with host Bill Wax.
WHQR 91.3 FM Wilmington
Smokin' Bluz is now online at www.smokinbluz.com.
Click the "play" button and you're Smokin'.
Ad space available and reasonably priced.
Sean's Blues - A Memorial Retrospective
2010 Blues Music Award Nominee for Historical Album Of The Year
"The disc is a captivating, swinging, at times haunting collection of some of Sean's
best recorded work - both originals and a superb choice of covers. Costello had
such a mastery of the classic 1950s Chicago sound at his young age, it's as if he'd
breathed in the soul itself of folks like Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon...."
-- Living Blues magazine
Blues Man: The Life and Times of Sean Costello has received fiscal sponsorship
from the Southern Documentary Fund. This future documentary is “the story of the
brilliant and uncompromising blues musician, Sean Costello, who followed his
calling against considerable personal odds.” Sean's fans are encouraged to send footage and stills of him to
When you shop online with GoodShop.com (http://www.goodsearch.com/goodshop.aspx) and select The Sean
Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research as your charity, a percentage of your purchases from many online
retailers will go to Bipolar Research.
Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research (www.seancostellofund.org)
Sean Costello (April 16, 1979 – April 15, 2008) was an American blues musician renowned for his fiery guitar
playing and soulful singing. He released five critically-acclaimed albums before his career was cut short by his
sudden death at the age of 28. Tinsley Ellis called him “The most gifted young blues guitarist on the scene... he
was a triple threat on guitar, vocals and as a songwriter.”
JANUARY 2010 (5)
~ Arhooly ~
That name might catch your
attention if you’re a Blues Fan who
has been going to The Double Door
Inn since the ‘70s! Or if you didn’t
know Arhooly, you might recall
Cascade Street Blues Band or
the Shelia Carlisle Band.
In the 70's & 80's, Shelia Carlisle &
guitar slinger Max Drake toured
the east coast with a band called
"ARHOOLY." They worked with
such Blues Greats as B.B. King,
Lightnin' Hopkins, Robert Cray,
James Cotton, Carrie Bell,
Bo Didley, Jimmy Vaugn,
Mick Taylor, Gatemouth Brown,
Delbert McClinton, Nappy Brown,
Jimmy Thackery, Chuck Berry, &
the list goes on.
Musicians need a “strong
constitution” to do what they do –
but when there is a physical
breakdown, there are other
musicians who rally to the cause.
Such is the case for Shelia Carlisle
who has recently been in the
hospital with some sort of gastro-
bug that’s making the doctors
scratch their heads,
which also means the
medical bills are piling up!
Bob Margolin, Robin Rogers,
WSNB, Part-Time Blues Band,
Angie White, Max Drake, and
others are participating in a benefit
scheduled for late January. Spread
the word … and make the short trip
to Hickory to support one of the
south’s favorite Blueswomen.
Sunday, January 31 ~ Hickory, NC
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm @ VFW Auditorium
Street Named after Johnny Shines: The city of Tuscaloosa has honored Johnny Shines'
legacy, renaming the former 4017 11 St NE after the blues man. A dedication ceremony is being planned for
Johnny Shines was born John Ned Shines on April 26, 1915 just north of Memphis, Tennessee, in the suburb
of Frayser. He grew up playing the guitar on the streets of Memphis for tips except for the occasional
opportunity to play in a local juke joint for some cash. Johnny originally learned how to play guitar from his
mother, and honed his skills playing for anybody that would listen or give him their spare change. His early
musical influences include Blind Lemon Jefferson and Howlin' Wolf. Even his stature resembled a young
Howlin' Wolf. He recorded for Columbia and Chess in the 1940s and was part of the blues revival of the
1960s. He died in Tuscaloosa in 1992.
The Wolf in the New Orleans
Crescent City Sojourn-Past & Present
“Sweet Home New Orleans
I can sho’ ‘nuff hear you calling
Feel that gentle rain be falling
Saying “Where ya at?”
(“Sweet Home New Orleans”-Dr. John)
-- Michael Wolf Ingmire
I absolutely agree with Dr. John’s sentiments. New indians and the Voodoo queens. Titillating enough for
Orleans is my sweet home. I have visited the city you? Just wait... there is much, much more.
many times and it feels like a spiritual home to me. I
Going to New Orleans was always a particular ritual for
am absolutely comfortable there. It may sound
me as I got older. I always wanted to spend my
snobbish, but I do not consider myself a tourist when I
birthday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage
go to the Crescent City. I feel more like a seeker of
Festival in April. Something about turning another
information and experience. New Orleans is a city
year down there that made the previous year seem
where I could wake up everyday and not be bored.
like wisdom instead of work. I also started going to the
Every time that I go to New Orleans, I always learn
Halloween and All Saints Day celebrations. Baby, if you
something that is profound, moving, naughty, and
like Halloween then you must get ghostly in New
entertaining. Sometimes all four at once!
Orleans! Trust me – has the Wolf ever lied to you?
This is part one of a series that I am planning on Wait, don’t answer that!
writing about New Orleans music, food, culture, and
In 2001, I got married and the trips stopped for about
some outstanding people that I have met in my
a year. Then in 2002 my lovely bride Sharon and I
sojourns there. I will continue to be writing reviews of
went down to New Orleans for the Halloween/All Saints
CD’s and of performances by local, regional, and
Day celebrations. We had fun and made plans to
national artists here in NC. But I feel that it is time to
return and possibly live there. Well, as we all know,
commit to paper what truly moves me about, and
life happens. It became a topic of discussion. But we
towards, New Orleans.
did not make it back until 2004 when Sharon looked
I started going to New Orleans in the ‘70s as a very for a house down there. We had a deal on the table
naive, yet earnest, young man. At that time New when the guy selling our dream house reneged. We
Orleans meant liberal amounts of booze and babe- were heartbroken and through a strange set of
ogling on Bourbon Street. Thank God, I got past that, circumstances, too numerous to name here, we ended
eh? Starting on my return trips in the ‘90s, New up here in Charlotte, NC.
Orleans took on a whole different turn. The rhythms of
Then in 2005, Katrina ended up in New Orleans. New
the “city that care forgot” (to quote again Dr. John)
Orleans obviously changed and I along with it. My
have influenced and informed my music and my life. I
open despair about what happened when the levees
have always gone to New Orleans as a seer in search
broke surprised a lot of the people around me. I don’t
of a song.
think some folks understood the depth of my love for
I am going to give you a literary snapshot of some of New Orleans and for all of the people of the Gulf Coast.
my experiences in New Orleans and, as this series These were not some vacant images on the six o’clock
continues, will give you the some of the background of news. These were families, communities,
the people in those stories. Occasionally, the names neighborhoods I had walked in, and now they were
will be changed to protect the guilty. I have been lucky underwater.
enough to have seen, and danced in, some New
The horrors I experienced as an observer did not
Orleans second line Jazz funeral parades, casually
match the reality of the people affected for even a
shopped in the French Market with
fragment glass of a second. But it did leave a mark on
songwriter/singer/producer Allen Toussaint, talked
me and I could not see myself returning to New
with the late Ed Bradley, of “60 Minutes” fame,
Orleans and feel the same way about the city that I
about his love for the city. Watched the late great
used to. But in 2009, that would change.....
Snooks Eaglin blaze Blues guitar in the even hotter
sun of Jazz Fest with Alec Baldwin and Kim (To be continued)
Bassinger at my side. Seen some of the Mardi Gras
JANUARY 2010 (7)
B.B. KING'S STOLEN 'LUCILLE' FOUND AND RETURNED
One man's pawnshop find ends with
a new Gibson Custom Shop guitar and meeting B.B. King
Premiere Guitar.com-Las Vegas – Surely every gearhead has imagined walking
into a pawnshop and finding the guitar of their dreams. For Eric Dahl of Las
Vegas, that dream became reality two months ago—producing an ending even
he couldn’t have dreamed up.
Like many guitar collectors, Dahl routinely visits pawn shops. He’s also left his
contact information hoping to get a call when an interesting guitar comes up for
sale. He received such a call on Sept. 10, regarding a unique Gibson ES-345
B.B. King 80th Anniversary model a pawn shop had just purchased. Intrigued,
Dahl went straight to the shop to check it out.
Photo by Ted Vandell
“It was definitely a Gibson ES-345 B.B. King Lucille four years. He was so upset that it was stolen that he
guitar, but it didn’t have the original case, or any of asked Gibson to make him another one as close to the
the original paperwork, and I was disappointed that it original as possible.”
had been gigged pretty hard and full of pick scratches
Needless to say, King was overjoyed when he learned
and small dents,” Dahl said. “Also, I flipped it over and
his beloved Lucille had been found. He even arranged
looked at the headstock expecting to see standard
for Dahl to receive a brand new Lucille from Gibson
serial numbers, but to my surprise saw ‘Prototype 1’
Custom upon returning the original, which happened a
stamped where the serial numbers should have been. I
few days after Thanksgiving—an appropriate holiday
figured maybe it was a fake, or a really cool piece that
for Mr. King to celebrate the return of his beloved lady.
had once been approved by B.B. King himself then
given away to a fellow musician, friend of the family or “We met at Mr. King’s offices here in Las Vegas,” Dahl
relative.” said. “He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in
my life. He just kept shaking my hand and thanking
Fortunately for Dahl, it was neither. After spending
me. He really wanted his birthday present back and
several weeks calling various guitar historians,
was amazed he was actually getting it back. He really
including Gibson’s customer service department, trying
thought he’d never see it again.”
to figure out the guitar’s history, Dahl felt like he’d hit
a wall—until he received a call on November 9, from Dahl got King to autograph his new Lucille from Gibson
Pat Foley, director of artist relations at Gibson Custom. Custom, and took a bunch of pictures of the meeting—
one of which will go back to King as a memento of
“First, he asked me if I still had the guitar here in the
their unlikely encounter.
United States, which seemed odd because where else
would I keep it?” Dahl said. “Then he informed me the “I’m just happy that I was able to return a prized
guitar had been stolen from Mr. King at the beginning guitar to one of my guitar idols and inspirations,” Dahl
of the summer . Gibson presented to him as his said. “Now he can continue to give joy to so many
80th birthday present in Los Angeles in 2005, and it other blues fans around the world.”
had been Mr. King’s main gigging guitar for the last
Looking for a Blues Festival in 2010?
The trend for the most frequent Blues Festivals per month traditionally reflects January............... 12
June, July, and August. Here’s how the numbers break down, based on festivals February ............. 16
a couple of years ago. March ................. 12
April ................... 20
For information on blues festivals, May .................... 58
visit Blues Festival Guide (www.bluesfestivalguide.com) June ................... 99
July .................. 105
or check out the list at Blues Revue. (www.bluesrevue.com)
August .............. 102
September .......... 69
Feb. 5-16, 2010 – 20th Annual LowCountry Blues Bash October............... 22
November ........... 17
Multiple Venues & Numerous Performers showing up in Charleston, SC December .............0
(check www.bluesbash.com for updates)
Last month’s Holiday Party featured
Rev. Marv Ward and His Blues Disciples
It was great to have him back to BLUESunday,
spreading the gospel of the Blues!
JANUARY 2010 (9)
Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin were off to Las Vegas the week before
Christmas to record with The Bluesmasters featuring Mickey Thomas. The
Bluesmasters, whose debut album releases March 9, 2010, are already hard at
work on their second release. Pinetop appears with the permission of Telarc
International that is releasing his new album in the Spring of 2010.
Pinetop Perkins' 80-year Career Still Going
Noisy crowds in smoky bars don't bother
96-year-old bluesman Pinetop Perkins.
It's all part of his job. Most nights, after he snuffs out his on a piano like that. He just lays back and relaxes and
menthol cigarette, Perkins slides onto the piano bench in seems like the music just pumps out of his fingers," said
some club and eases into a wail about hard times and Jimmi Mayes, a drummer who plays in the band of
treacherous women. another Muddy Waters band alumnus: Willie "Big Eyes"
Smith of Chicago.
Perkins is believed to be the oldest of the old-time Delta
blues musicians still performing. In an 80-year career, In addition to playing the blues, Perkins seeks to nurture
he's traveled through juke joints, nightclubs and festival them. The Pinetop Perkins Foundation was created to help
stages shared with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Sonny young blues artists. The foundation received a grant last
Boy Williamson and Muddy Waters. In a telephone week from Morgan Freeman's foundation to provide
interview after a gig a week before Thanksgiving at a jazz scholarships for a blues piano workshop planned for next
club in Oakland, Calif., the old bluesman summed up his August in Clarksdale, said Perkins' manager, Pat Morgan.
performance simply: "Looks like the folks loved what I Perkins and Smith are wrapping work on "Pinetop Perkins-
was doing last night." Willie Smith Joined at the Hip" for the Telarc International
label. The record, expected to be released next spring,
And he's not done yet. The two-time Grammy winner is
includes mostly original songs written by Smith, Morgan
at work on another album, due out in 2010. "I thank the
Lord for me being here all the time. I play any piano with
a good tune," Perkins said. Perkins, whose real first name is Willie, was born in 1913
in Belzoni, Miss. He's lived the evolution of blues music,
He's outlived most of his contemporaries, though time has
spending his early years playing in the Delta. In the
slowed his steps and impaired his hearing. His colleagues
1940s, he performed with Williamson on the popular King
say the musical sagacity acquired from a lifetime in the
Biscuit Time radio show broadcast daily on KFFA in
blues remains strong. "Perkins is appreciated in 2009 not
Helena, Arkansas. Perkins backed slide guitarist Robert
just for his survival, but for being a classic Chicago
Nighthawk on an early Chess Records recording and
bluesman," said guitarist Bob Margolin, a former Muddy
toured with Turner in the 1950s. Later, Perkins joined
Waters band member. "While many younger musicians
Muddy Waters' band to replace pianist Otis Spann in
pay tribute to that music, Pinetop is that music." Perkins
comes from the generation of artists who worked their
way from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago, stopping in For more than half a century, Perkins was content being a
Memphis and St. Louis along the way. They eventually blues sideman. "He may not have been a front man all
fused a new sound of country twang and urban grit that those years, but he was there in the middle of it. He was
became known as Chicago blues. skilled enough to be able to stay and do it all of his life,
and move from one big band to the next and do it all as
Perkins wasn't formally taught on the piano. He learned
times changed," said Brett Bonner, editor of Living Blues
by watching others, and he still can't read sheet music.
Yet his style has influenced rock icons like the Rolling
Stones and Ike Turner. "I didn't get no schooling. I come "Boogie Woogie King" was Perkins' first solo record in
up the hard way in the world." … With age comes faded 1976. Beginning in 1992 with "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie,"
memories and blurred details, and Perkins has difficulty he released a string of 15 albums in as many years. He
recalling his experiences with Waters and other bluesmen. won a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2005, followed by
However, when asked about his longevity during a break the 2007 Best Traditional Blues Album for his
at a recent music tribute to him in Clarksdale, Perkins collaboration on the "Last of the Great Mississippi Delta
replied: "I always try to do something different all the Bluesmen: Live in Dallas."
With an ailing heart, Perkins moved to Austin, Texas, in
The Pinetop Perkins Homecoming was held in October at 2004. He has no family, and lives with Barry Nowlin, a
Hopson Plantation, where Perkins worked as a tractor- Morgan associate. "He got into a different environment
driver in the 1940s. About a dozen blues players and he started feeling better and got out of his health
performed before a crowd of hundreds while Perkins sat risk," Nowlin said. "Then, he won his lifetime Grammy
quietly at a table, smoking cigarettes, a habit he picked award, and after that he got up and decided he wanted to
up at age 9. He'd played the day before at the annual keep playing music and performing."
Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival. "It's simply
-- Sheila Byrd (AP), Clarksdale, MS
amazing for a 96-year-old man to still be able to perform
JANUARY 2010 (11)
The next Tosco Music Party will be Saturday, Jan. 30
Dale F. Halton Theater - 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Overcash Academic and Performing Arts Center
Central Piedmont Community College, 1206 Elizabeth Ave • Charlotte, NC
Tickets range from $8 to $12 - Advance ticket sales available
CPCC Online Order form (http://tix.cpcc.edu) or
Carolina Tix (http://www.carolinatix.org).
Group discounts and season tickets are available.
For more information, details, maps and directions, visit the TMP website.
Concord Blues Club’s Electric Jam and Acoustic Open Mic start back up in January.
Plans are for a new location – Amici’s (formerly First Round Draft)
To receive reminders and last-minute updates, write to Ken at
Lenny Federal joined
Rev. Marv and band mates
for an after-concert jam.
Highlights at The Double Door Inn
Check out The Double Door’s Website for
updates and future bookings, show times,
admission, nightly drink specials, & more!
Sign up for weekly updates. Purchase Advance
Tickets for selected shows.
1218 Charlottetown Ave. 704-376-1446
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Bill Hanna’s Jazz Jam Moves to Tuesdays
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
12/31 NEW YEAR’S EVE Jan. 1, 2010 1/2
Sugar Glyder Michael Burks
w/ Terminal Reynaldo CLOSED (Blues)
& Marco Pollo Happy New Year! Adv Tics Online
(Rock / Indie))
1/3 BLUESunday 1/4 1/5 1/6 1/7 1/8 1/9
Goin’ to Memphis! (9:30) (9:00) (9:00) (9:00)
The Moderate Robin Rogers
Send-off Party Monday Night Bill Hanna Grayson Capps Baby Black
w/ Mama’s Love (Blues)
for All-Stars Jazz Jam (Blues / Ssouthern (Funk / R&B)
The Swamp Doctors & Folk Rock) Adv Tics Online
(Jazz / Fusion)
1/10 1/11 1/12 1/13 1/14 1/15 1/16
CLOSED (9:30) (9:00) (9:00) (9:00) Robinella Bobby Lee Rodgers
(Available for Monday Night Bill Hanna Future Ryan Montbleau Band w/ Brian Ashley Jones w/ Gaslight Street
Booking) All-Stars w/ Eyes of the Elders (Acoustic Folk / Soul) (Rock / Jam Band)
Jazz Jam (Americana / Jazz)
(Jazz / Fustion) (Progressive / Hip-Hop) Adv Tics Online
1/17 1/18 1/19 1/20 1/21 1/22 1/23
CLOSED (9:30) (9:00) (9:00) (9:00) The Bridge
(Available for Monday Night Bill Hanna Brother Joscephus Town Mountain (Blues / Roots Rock)
Booking) All-Stars & the Love Revival (Private Party)
Jazz Jam (Bluegrass / Country)
(Jazz / Fusion) Revolution
(Roots / Neo-Soul)
1/24 1/25 1/26 1/27 1/28 1/29 1/30
CLOSED (9:30) (9:00) (9:00) (9:00) Velvet Truckstop Crowfield
(Available for Monday Night Bill Hanna Chasing Edison Christabel w/ Caleb Davis Band (Rock)
Booking) All-Stars w/ The Walrus & The Jons
Jazz Jam (Rock / Indie)
(Jazz / Fusion) & The Carpenter (Folk / Swing /Roots) (9:30)
(Funk / Fusion)
TAKE NOTE OF THESE DATES!
Feb. 7......... Super Bowl Sunday
The first ever book about the legendary N.C.
Feb. 14....... BLUESunday featuring Special Jam! music venue. Over 100 pages of stories and
Mar. 7 ........ BLUESunday featuring Jeff Norwood
Home of the Blues –
Apr. 4......... Easter Sunday 35 Years of The Double Door Inn
Apr. 11 ....... BLUESunday (17th Anniversary Party)
by Debby Wallace & Daniel Coston
AVAILABLE AT THE DOUBLE DOOR INN!
featuring Peggy Ratusz & Big Road
JANUARY 2010 (13)
Michael “Iron Man” Burks
Jan. 2 - The Double Door’s First Blues Performance for 2010!
Michael Burks is a guitarist/ vocalist/songwriter who stands tall as a major contemporary blues figure.
With a nickname earned by his hours-long, intensely physical performances, fearsome guitar attack,
tough, smoky vocals and the thousands of miles logged behind the wheel of his touring van, Burks is a
modern blues hero. Nobody in today’s blues world successfully bridges searing electric guitar blues with
unbridled rock and roll energy like Burks.
Boasting remarkable natural talent and a blue-collar work ethic, Burks signed with Alligator Records in 2001 and released Make It
Michael Burks is a musician with deep roots in the blues tradition. Rain – critically acclaimed by fans and media, including Billboard
He performs every song he plays with intensity, conviction and who declared, “Burks is a powerhouse blues guitar slinger… he
soul. Even though he has been playing music since he was a child, blasts through licks like Clapton used to play–think lightning–just
it was the release of Make It Rain, his Alligator Records debut in because he can. He is a great guitarist.” Michael immediately hit
2001, that brought Burks well-deserved national recognition and the road bringing his blistering blues to fans across the country
made him one of the blues world’s fastest-rising stars. His 2003 and throughout Europe and Australia as well, with gigs at clubs,
follow-up, I Smell Smoke, continued his upward trajectory, as his concert halls and major festivals everywhere.
fan base increased as quickly as his bookings. With inspiration
In 2003, his next album, I Smell Smoke, featured songs fueled by
from Albert King, Freddie King and Albert Collins, Burks’ sound
Burks’ feral guitar playing and tough, soulful vocals. As raw and
and style are all his own.
passionate as ever, Burks played with the precision and
With the release of his newest CD, Iron Man, Burks is set to take dedication of the seasoned veteran that he is. Living Blues said,
his place beside the biggest names in the blues. Produced by “Burks’ fretwork is skin-tight yet emotionally expressive. His voice
Burks and Alligator president Bruce Iglauer and fueled by Burks’ is dusky and sensual yet shot through with virility. Burks burns
hard-driving road band, Iron Man is an electrifying slice of his signature onto almost everything he touches with aching
emotional, rocked-out blues. His fiery fretwork, gruff, fervent passion and the probing intensity of his guitar. He has the ability
vocals and overwhelming intensity are captured here live in the and the imagination to fuse the best of the old and the new.”
studio. The album features some of the hottest guitar playing and Burks received three Blues Music Award nominations for his
most soulful singing Burks has ever recorded. work on the CD
Born in Milwaukee in 1957, Michael quite literally entered the Michael Burks relishes his role of being a road-dog so much, he
world with blues in his blood. Joe Burks, Michael’s grandfather, forgets to devote time to making new music in the studio – that’s
played acoustic Delta blues guitar in his hometown of Camden, why it took five years before his next release, Iron Man.
Ark., and his father, Frederick, was a bass player who spent his
A performer known for giving marathon sets of music that could
evenings performing in dimly lit blues clubs, often backing
leave other musicians drained, Michael Burks doesn’t hold back as
harmonica legend Sonny Boy Williamson II, as well as other
he unleashes torrential blues licks underscored by soulful vocals.
touring blues stars and local front men.
His road band members are seasoned veterans who can keep up
Michael first held a guitar when he was two years old, and his with their boss in sheer adrenaline factors.
father immediately began teaching his son how to play. By the
It’s these very same musicians who lend
time he was six, he played his first gig during a trip to his family’s
their support on Burks' 2008 CD, Iron
hometown in Arkansas. The fledgling guitarist took the stage with
Man. Clocking in at little more than an
his cousin’s band and thrilled an unsuspecting audience. In the
hour, there's enough hot licks on this
early ‘70s, the family moved back to their southern home, where
puppy to satisfy hard-nosed skeptics. Of
they opened a 300-seat juke joint where Michael led the house
course the likelihood Burks would have
band. The club closed in the mid-‘80s, and Michael worked a “day
any doubters at all is slim to none. Ever
job” until he formed a new band in 1994. Despite his not having a
since he began his career with Alligator
record, the diesel-powered energy of Michael’s performances
Records, he has laid nothing but serious
began to earn him festival offers from Florida to California.
grooves on his CDs.
Michael released his self-produced debut CD, From The Inside
The unstoppable, heartfelt intensity that Michael brings to the
Out, in 1997. His impassioned, string-bending solos, combined
stage lies at the very core of his appeal. Dedicated fans around
with his fiery tone and smoldering vocals, left no doubt that this
the country and in Europe, Australia and South America already
was an emotionally-charged blues powerhouse. Blues Access
know and appreciate the sweat, passion and intensity he pours
proclaimed From The Inside Out to be “the most impressive indie
out each night. A constant string of performances at premier
in recent memory,” and Living Blues rated it as one of “the best
festivals and clubs continues to add even more word-of-mouth
debut discs of the year.” In 2000, Burks was a Blues Music
fuel to the fire. Burks’ deep, soul-infused music and undeniable
Award nominee for Best New Artist, even though he was already
charisma make him an overwhelming force in the blues. The
a hard-working professional.
music on the new CD – forged by his unquestionable talent and
Fueled by a tank full of positive reviews, Michael began to play fueled by the experience of years on the road – proves that
more festivals than ever before, including the Chicago Blues electric guitar blues is alive and well in the skillful hands of the
Festival, Telluride Blues Festival, Blind Willie Blues Fest, and Iron Man, Michael Burks.
Sources: Alligator Records, Blue Mountain Artists, and
Iron Man CD Review [“Blues on Stage” Gary Weeks]
Michael Burks will singe the whiskers right off your face, kicking every tune in the butt with the chunkiest sustaining siren-wail of a
tone this side of Albert King, by mixing back-snapping funk and traditional postwar blues grooves. He's a big, bad blues guitar slinger
with a brawny tone. Fans of rompin', stompin' blues power are the beneficiaries of Burks' trials and tribulations, as his deeply
emotional playing and singing derives from his personal experiences. In a blues world desperate for a post-Stevie Ray guitar hero,
Michael Burks is an immensely talented guitarist and singer poised to fill the void.
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