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					                                                                             January 2010
                                                                      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
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                                             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 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]
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                                                                   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

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.
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                           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
      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
      WNCW      88.7 FM     Spindale                                              with host Bill Wax.
      WHQR      91.3 FM     Wilmington

                            Smokin' Bluz is now online at
                                 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 ( 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 (

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.”
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                                           ~ 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
                 early 2010.
                 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.
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                                The Wolf in the New Orleans
                            Crescent City Sojourn-Past & Present
                                                    Part 1

“Sweet Home New Orleans
I can sho’ ‘nuff hear you calling
Feel that gentle rain be falling
Saying “Where ya at?”
My darling”

(“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
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                                      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 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 [2009]. 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 (                                      June ................... 99
                                                                                             July .................. 105
or check out the list at Blues Revue. (
                                                                                             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 for updates)
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           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!
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                                       Impressive Collaboration:
                                       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
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 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 ( or
                  Carolina Tix (
              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.
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                                      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.

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       Sunday               Monday              Tuesday                Wednesday                  Thursday                    Friday                 Saturday
                                                                                 12/31     NEW YEAR’S EVE             Jan. 1, 2010            1/2
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                                                                                       w/ Terminal Reynaldo                  CLOSED                (Blues)
                                                                                           & Marco Pollo                Happy New Year!        Adv Tics Online
                                                                                           (Rock / Indie))

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 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)
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     Booking)            All-Stars                               & the Love Revival                                                                 (Private Party)
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       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
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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.
                                                                                                                            -- GuitarOne
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                         Don’t Miss this Send-off Party! They’re Memphis bound!

                       BLUESunday ~ JANUARY 3, 2010
                                                                          The Swamp Doctors
                                                                   This Raleigh-based Blues/Roots band won the
                                                                   Charlotte Blues Society’s 2009 Blues Talent
                                                                   Competition. They’ll soon be making the trip to
                                                                   Memphis for the International Blues Challenge
                                                                   that starts Jan. 20. If you can’t make it to Memphis,
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                                                                   to offer – tunes influenced by Blues masters to
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