Monday, February 24, 2014

Mit dem Frühling kommt der Blues

Die Festival-Saison in Mississippi beginnt

Mit dem Frühling kommt der Blues


Die ersten heißen Tage im US-Staat Mississippi bringen viel Sonne – und den Blues. Die Saison der Open-Air-Musikfeste am „Ole Man River“ beginnt mit dem Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale vom 10. bis 13. April; mehr als 30 weitere folgen bis zum Oktober.

Einst stellten die Feldarbeiter am Samstagabend die Möbel vor die Tür und packten die Gitarren aus. Vor hundert Jahren entstand der Blues in diesen „Juke Joints“: uramerikanisch, als Unterhaltungsmusik der Ärmsten weitab von den Städten. Heute nennt man so die urigsten der Blueskneipen im weiten Baumwoll-Land am Mississippi River. Die Kleinstadt Clarksdale im „Mississippi Delta“ – dieses Delta liegt mehr als vier Autostunden vom Meer entfernt – feiert den Blues jährlich aufs Neue mit dem Juke Joint Festival.

Auch wenn das Stadtfest offiziell schon am Donnerstag beginnt – so richtig los in Sachen Blues geht es am Samstag. Dann wechseln sich gut 100 Bands und Solokünstler auf zwölf Livebühnen ab. Wenn es dunkel wird, ziehen sie in die Juke Joints um. Auf dem Programm stehen auch international bekannte Namen wie Super Chikan, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, Gearshifter, Cadillac John, Big T und die Homemade Jamz. Die Alterspanne reicht vom Teenager bis zu mehr oder weniger 90 Jahren. Der Eintritt für das ganze Festival mit allen „Juke Joints“ kostet 15 Dollar.

Clarksdales Juke Joints heißen Messenger's, Red's Lounge oder Delta Blues Room. Am berühmtesten ist der Ground Zero Blues Club. Sein Besitzer ist Morgan Freeman: Oscar-Preisträger und unerschütterlicher Blues-Enthusiast.
Das Delta Blues Museum erzählt im alten Güterbahnhof die Geschichte des Blues im Delta. Auch die Memorabilien-Sammlung des Rock & Blues Museum ist einen Besuch wert. Und fast jeder Tourist lässt sich unter zwei Gitarren hoch auf einem Mast fotografieren, an den „Crossroads“. Hier, an der Kreuzung des „Blues Highway“ 61 und dem Highway 49 hat der Übervater des Blues, Robert Johnson, einst dem Teufel seine Seele verkauft – um noch besser in die Saiten greifen zu können.

Das Juke Joint Festival von Clarksdale ist das erste große Bluesereignis einer Saison, die in Mississippi bis weit in den Herbst hinein reicht. Weitere Highlights sind das Bentonia Blues Festival am 20. und 21. Juni, das Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival vom 8. bis 10. August ebenfalls in Clarksdale sowie das Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival am 20. September in Greenville und das Highway 61 Blues Festival am 3. und 5. Oktober am selben Ort.

Reiseinformationen: Verkehrsbüro Memphis & Mississippi, Horstheider Weg 106a, 33613 Bielefeld, Deutschland, Tel. 0521-986-0420, www.memphis-mississippi.de.

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CD: Lucy Malheur Little Blue Devils

Lucy Malheur
Little Blue Devils

Fine, Double fine 3:30 Fag and Booze Blues 3:24 Count My Blessings 5:22
Toad in my Throat 4:38 From Now On 5:45 Southern Comfort on My Mind 4:32
Half a Bottle, Half a Life, Half a Song 4:31 I Got the Blues 4:10
Your Blues Got Nothing but the Ain’t 2:56The Shit and Chillum Blues 4:14 Barrister Blues 3:07 Blame it on the Change 3:39 Coochee-Coo 5:09 I Got the Blues- Reprise 4:09
Bonus Track- Count My Blessings (unplugged) 6:07

Seriously, all the moping around since a few weeks ago has me feeling way too much about time.
From any of my previous writings, most people can only begin to grasp my mood. I went to a hearing and learned that no operation can relieve what happened. After the car accident, I was in a coma for a while. When I awoke they told me I had brain surgery. The doctors here just keep telling me that I may have to have another operation, not telling me what was wrong. I had to actually hear the doctor’s report from my lawyer. The only reason I’m explaining this is because every day, as was the case today, I feel like time on this Earth is again slipping past.

Then I press play on the CD player, and on comes Lucy Malheur singing Fine, Double Fine. Uplifting me while reassuring through the speakers that, “I’m gonna be fine, double fine.” The message is the same that all these years I’ve said, “I don’t mind if you don’t like me, and if you don’t like being around me, that’s okay.”

Fag and Booze Blues revs up next. For those uncultured “Fag” means cigarette in Europe, not the negative connotation that people in the U.S. have stuck to it. Take a break and enjoy the scene, get lit up, drink yourself silly. Remember every one may be like you and enjoying the blues as well.

I Count My Blessings is what everyone should take a moment or two and do. Take your memories and enjoy them. Sometimes there are those that you have to take in stride and not count on. Those are the passing ones you walk by casually.

I’m sure everyone has woken up with the idea that there’s, A Toad in my Throat. Surely you may have just said something and truly regretted it, wanted to climb in a hole or moved on. From Now On seems shaking with the tears flowing from what was said. Sometimes you got to just hide your heart instead of wearing it on your sleeve.

I believe I just got in trouble from the next one. Southern Comfort on my Mind is such a great idea. I definitely got it on mind from those 4 years I spent bartending on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. And what else can I say cause, “I got Southern Comfort on my Mind,” just let those old best friends go away.

Half a Bottle, Half a Life, Half a Song. I’d see a lot of friends just have to go out and play. They’re the entertainers but they want to enjoy themselves with the audience instead of being at “Work.”

I Got the Blues are those feelings that all of us feel; some more than others. When you’ve either had to leave someone or they’ve left you. That despair, or desperation, you feel when you wake up by yourself for one of the first times and seem confused about what to do.

This song title leapt out at me. It’s one of those titles that you see and want to learn more about it. Your Blues Got Nothin’ but the Ain’t, is the title that just makes you want to hear why. It’s very mellow but it seems to be telling some bands that just because some friends support them it’s not really the blues because they haven’t lived it. I feel the same way about poetry and writing, if you haven’t lived it you can’t really describe it.

The Shit and Chillum Blues has a really nice acoustic beginning. It has some great lyrics that any artist has felt. The family doesn’t respect the way of life. I had to look up Chillum in the dictionary. It’s a word I didn’t know but I did. I suggest you do the same because right when you do you’ll understand.

What I love about the next song is the horn that comes in. Barrister Blues makes a lot of sense if you know what a barrister man is. The horn just helps you imagine the strut that’d go with the gear. Blame it on the Change is true; at least I’ve found it to be.

Coochie-Coo is exactly what I expected when I saw the title. The saxophone just adds to the sexuality of the song. I could just envision the guy in the audience who this was written for, blushing as she’s trying to call him over with her fingers. Everyone else turning and glaring at him with the spotlight on him.

I Got the Blues- Reprise this adds the album together and explains its main theme. It shows you the storyline that progressed from the beginning to end.

Bonus Track- Count My Blessings (unplugged) - I’m glad this album ends with an unplugged Count My Blessings, I’d have to say that this one probably my favorite song on the album with the strongest message. If the song is a story all the way through then I believe this should be attached at the end.

Lil Blue Devils is my favorite album by Lucy Malheur yet. Cruising around with it playing takes you into an alternative world. As if you’re driving through the reels and onto a yellow brown off color movie screen from those movies a long time back. Sometimes the old tape would break and you’d hear that whipping sound as the reel would just keep rolling while you’re sitting there waiting for it to be fixed. You see that 10, 9, 8, 7……beginning the adventure through the past years, feelings and memories of your own life. Some good times, some bad, some innocent, some animalistic, some joyous, engulfed in happiness, some painful, some heartfelt, some tearful, some attached, some lonely, some loved, and some lost. But, I guess that’s why they call it the blues.

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CD: MIKE JOHNSON Livin' Lost Love


MIKE JOHNSON
Livin' Lost Love
 
Livin' Lost Love On The Jukebox Again - The Heartaches Are Callin' - Old Lovesick Fool - The Day Hank Williams Died - Corner Of The Bar
 
Mike Johnson is a 'well known' country music singer, composer, recording artist, producer, fan, just about anything you have to be to be in country music in the Washington DC area.  He is well known in the area for his work, especially in Virginia where he lives.  He's also a well known yodeler as so aptly demonstrated on "The Heartaches Are Callin'"  Mike is an inductee in America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, deservedly so.  He's still at it on this project, although a couple of the songs did not cue in as I was listening.  "Old Lovesick Fool" has some interesting backing, and Mike's voice is easy to identify.  I can tell it's him singing just as soon as the first note comes out.  He's also the producer of James Adelsberger, and I can hear Mike's work there as well.  Between the two of them, we have some pretty neat country music coming out of Virginia.  I'll be sending this CD of Mike's along to the Rural Roots Music Commission, we'll let them decide who gets what.  Roughshod Records, P O Box 100933, Arlington, VA 22210.  
 
Reviewed by Bob Everhart www.ntcma.net  
for Country Music News International

CD: JAMES ADELSBERGER Back Home Again


JAMES ADELSBERGER
Back Home Again
 
Back Home Again - The Holy River - Liquid Hell - Or You Can Tell Her That You're Sorry - Anybody Here Love A Nut
 
Roughshod Records has a couple of projects going that are not quite complete yet.  I have two submissions for James Adelsberger and Mike Johnson, so I'm going to try to combine them in single projects even though they might not eventually be together.  James did the creation, recording, and mastered the first two songs on this project.  The last three songs are Mike Johnson originals.  Outstanding is Michael Romans on fiddle which really sets this entire CD in a real 'country' atmosphere.  I really like Jame's voice.  He's a young country singer, not fully mature in his voice yet, but the indications are already blinking loud and clear...HEY THIS BOY CAN SING!  Given a little time, and guidance I can see James Adelsberger doing some terrific country music.  I got to hear the first and second song on the second disc, but none of the others would cue up.  Anyway, "Liquid Hell" a song written by Mike Johnson sounds good in the voice of James, so I see a warm comfortable future for this young guy in country music.  I'll be forwarding this CD to the Rural Roots Music Commission, and let them have a good listen.  Roughshod Records, P O Box 100933, Arlington, VA 22210.  
 
Reviewed by Bob Everhart  www.ntcma.net  
for Country Music News International

CD: DALE ROBIN Sweet & Salty



DALE ROBIN
Sweet & Salty
 
Old Green Sweater - Boatman - Same Old World - If He's Gone - Waltz Across Texas - Where Did You Get That Hat - A Taste of You - One, I Love - Delta Mama Blues - True Blues - Maple Sweet - True Love Real - Movin ' Day - Workin' Girl Blues
 
There's nothing I like better than old-time country music.  This CD is one of the best I've heard in awhile.  Dale Robin is a songwriter much like Terry Smith, and her song "Old Green Sweater" has the same story as Terry's "Mama's Quilt."  Pure old-time country through and through, much of it original written by the recording artist Dale Robin.  She not only plays an extremely great sounding Guild guitar, she is also a clawhammer banjo picker as well as a lap dulcimer player.  Yes, perfect old-time country.  Add to this a 'real' country-folk voice with the just-right vibrato in the voice, and you have the epitome of what early country music was all about.  The sincerity, the honesty, the truth, the gift.  Add some incredibly good pickers and you come up with a winning champion of the genre.  Don Barry on bass; Jonathan Danforth on viola, fiddle, whistling, and bones; Jack Radcliffe on piano; John Cote on drums; Don Wessels on chromatic harmonica; Andy Cohen second guitar; Gail Wiegner vocal harmony, at different and various locations in the CD.   My favorite song right off the bat is "Waltz Across Texas" an Ernest Tubb song, that Ernest would most assuredly have liked a lot.  The rest of my listening pleasure likes include Dale's excellent frailing or clawhammer banjo.  It's old-timey, easy to listen to, and fun.  Original songs are just that, except perhaps for "If He's Gone" which is a take on "St. James Infirmary."  The bass work of Don Barry is especially excellent on "A Taste of You" along with some delicately placed whistling.  I also enjoyed "Delta Mama Blues" which failed to mention Jack Radcliffe's piano on the liner notes.  "Maple Sweet" is au capella, and done extremely well, just like it might have been done during the sugar-sap gathering.  Sometimes, at least for me, miracles happen in music, especially with those that have the 'ear' to play it. Even city folks get the 'ear' sometimes, and they become 'real' folks.  Maybe that happened to Dale Robin, but I'm impressed as well with her ability to ease a little blues into her work, even a slight touch of jazz, but none of this takes away from her work, it adds to it.  This is why the project is labeled 'Sweet & Salty.'  This is one of the last CD's I have to review for this incredibly well directed recording company Wepecket Island Records.  I'm impressed, not only with the artists, but with the way the company stays true to it's course. The last song "Workin' Girl Blues" was the clincher, though I didn't need that.  Imagine an Eastern European Jewish girl yodeling her little heart out.  OK, I'm sold, this is 'real' country, Patsy Montana would be proud of this cow-girl! This one goes directly to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their CD of the Year consideration.  Wepecket Records, 573 Rockdale Ave., New Bedford, MA 02740  info@wepecket.com  
 
Review by Bob Everhart www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International

TRADITION BULLETIN FEBRUARY 24. 2014


TRADITION BULLETIN


Do you remember the Roys?  They pretty much stay in the limelight of activity and attention.  They performed for us several times at the Oak Tree in Anita, parking their big black bus in front of the theater, making many people in Anita ponder who they could be.  It's a brother and sister, Lee and Elaine Roy, who put the group together.  They have just been named "Top Bluegrass Artist" at the 10th annual International Acoustic Music Awards.  This is pretty high- roller participation in acoustic music from an organization that promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry of acoustic artists in various genres.
The Kramer Sisters will be at LeMars this year, specializing in Czech music and old time music in general.  We are certainly looking forward to having them with us.
WIDR-FM is a student-run, non-commercial radio station at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.  The station airs a wide variety of music unlike many other stations, in that it provides it's listeners with music like folk music, old-time music, early country music, bluegrass music, mountain music, etc., any musical art form that has created a unique and distinctly American culture.  As they say, "forged in the mills, reaped from the fields, and dug from the hills of this great land we Americans share an unparalleled musical legacy."  The program is called the Heritage Hour Folk Show which reveals the past while looking towards the future of American culture, and airs on Saturday 1pm-3pm.  They also do on-air phone interviews as well as live in the studio interviews and performances.  If you fall into the category as listed above, send a CD to Justin Gish, PD, WIDR-FM, 1501 Faunce Student Svcs., Kalamazoo, Mi 49008
Imagine this.... wood salvaged from the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, will be made into guitars by the Glen Morgan Guitar Co.  There will only be 55 guitars made from the wood of this historic building.  You're going to pay big bucks though if you buy one at $12,000.00 a whack, or twang, or strum, whatever you call it.  Here's the good news.  It includes shipping and handling.  If you are interested give Robbie Wittkowski a jingle at v_wittkowski@bellsouth.net
Most astonishing thing came up regarding SpringFest that takes place at the Oak Tree in Anita on April 11-12-13.  It's going to be a grand three days (four shows) weekend, the usual fund raiser to fix the roof.  We discovered, in a round about way, that the folks who bought the Anita Grand Motel, her name being Sandra Bullock, yes Sandra Bullock, is a cousin to the one and only Doris Day.  We also discovered that Ms. Day is not only still alive (at the age of 90) she still manages the hotel she owns in Carmel, Calif., called Carmel-By-The-Sea Resort.  Well who knows, maybe she would like to come visit cousin Bullock, and why not on April 11-12-13?
Oklahoma native Vince Gill was honored with the 2014 Country Radio Broadcasters Career Achievement Award.  Emmy Lou Harris and Rodney Crowell doing the honors entertainment wise.  This award is presented to an individual artist, or act, that through their creativity, vision, performance, or leadership has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country music and country radio.  With more than 17 studio albums recorded and more than 26-millin sold, Vince Gill has had an incredible career, as a singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.  He has 20 Grammys and 18 CMA Awards.  He also performed at the Ryman Auditorium along with several other country acts during the big gathering of the radio broadcasters.
It's not enough that Billy Ray Cyrus's daughter Miley makes vulgarity an art form, he has re-mixed "Achy Breaky Heart" creating a version of the song that those who hated it in the first place, especially trying to label it 'country' in 1991, find it even more repulsive today.  The thing with today's so-called country artists is not the performing or the presenting of real country music, it's a contest to see who can make the most people angry with their vulgar trash.  Step right in Satan, and enjoy Billy Ray Cyrus at his best.  No wonder Disney dumped daughter Miley.  The duo's porno would not quite make it next to Mickey and Minnie.
Peggy Seeger led the tributes to her half-brother Pete Seeger at the BBC-Radio 2 Folk Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Wednesday February 19.  4,500 in attendance made anti folk-singer Blake??? concerts look a little small. Loaded with celebrity folk artists, the awards show also celebrated its 15th anniversary year.
Got a bit of news that Tim Atwood, the keyboard player for the Grand Ole Opry for 40 years, and Hoot Hester, a great fiddler for the same organization, have been fired from the Opry.  Apparently his was done entirely on the phone.  You know, ring ring, hello you're fired. click 
Did you stay up to see Sarah Davison on the Craig Ferguson show.  That particular show is on really late here in California, but we stayed up for it anyway.  Craig Ferguson is the show that follows Dave Letterman on CBS national television.  Anyway, Sarah was playing keyboard for her friend Krystal Keith, whose song "Down Into Muddy Water" is doing really well on the national charts.  Sarah's 'organ' sounds from her keyboard were great. The song is a great 'dance tune' as Dick Clark may have contributed, and the singing, especially the harmony parts were really really good.  Good going Sarah, we enjoyed it very much.  If you can find Sarah on Face-Book you can also see a video of the taping there as well.
Willie Nelson has confirmed he will be holding his 4th of July picnic at the Fort Worth Stockyards this year.  The restaurant-bar-dancehall is called "North Forty in Texas" and I suspect it's probably a pretty large place.  Willie started this way back in 1973, and he's still doing it.  Tickets start at $40 and go up to $250 depending on where you sit.
Randall and Dwayne George are selling their Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down theater in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, to Larry Reitz, who already owns the next door Cinnamon Valley Resort.  The Georges are expected to sign a recording contract with Way Out West Records, and Carl Acuff, Jr., becomes the new star at the Hoe-Down.
The Academy of Country Music will pay tribute to members of the Armed Forces with an annual television special featuring Merle Haggard, George Strait, and Carrie Underwood, a 2-hour special that will air May 20 on CBS.
Bob Everhart for Country Music News International

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