We hope you’ll join us this Saturday night (6/7/14) at 11:00 on Time For The Blues as Henry and I are sampling some music with connections to the Bayou State. A lot of great music emanated from here, and we’re bringing you just a small sample. Also, the River City Blues Society of VA's 10th Annual Blues Challenge is this Sunday (6/8/14)!
First we want to tell you about our friends at the River City Blues Society of Virginia sponsoring their 10th Annual Blues Challenge at the Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall, Sunday, June 8th from 1:00--6:00 p.m.! I was a judge last year but this year Henry and I are planning to be there to support the blues and hear some great artists! Come on down and have some fun--we promise not to bother you!
Now...about this week's show! The state of Louisiana is deeply steeped in music. Especially in New Orleans, that cultural crossroads has given us so much in the way of blues, rhythm and blues, Cajun, Creole, Zydeco; and mixes of all of them have become part of our National Soundtrack. This week on Time For The Blues, Henry and I are featuring a couple of blues heavyweights with strong Louisiana ties.
Our first feature is a man we’ve played once or twice, but he was so prolific we could play him every week for years and still not exhaust his collection. Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown was born in Vinton, Louisiana and lived much of his adult life in New Orleans – it took Hurricane Katrina to make him relocate to his boyhood home in Texas, where he passed away in 2005.
Along the journey that was his life, Brown played blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, country, Texas blues, Chicago Blues, and rock and roll. Brown found ways to combine these different sounds into his own distinct signature voice. He was a multi-instrumentalist, a master of the guitar, violin, viola, harmonica, and mandolin. He even won a Grammy for his work on the Blues Violin.
And he had a cool nickname. Henry won’t admit it, but he’s always jealous of those of us with ultra cool nicknames.
But back to Gatemouth (who got HIS nickname from a teacher who said he, “had a voice like a gate”). We’re featuring a couple of sides from a 1996 CD on Verve that featured appearances by Eric “Slowhand” Clapton and Leon Russell. I’m not sure if Leon has a cool nickname, but regardless I’ve been a fan since the ‘70’s and any chance I get to play his work, I’m going to take it! We'll also sample sides from another Verve release Gatemouth made the folliowing year!
Our second feature will focus on the work of Homer, Louisiana native Bobby Rush. Rush spends much of his time in New Orleans now and he finds ways to meld elements of rap, funk, and blues into his own sound.
He’s been around for a while and we’ve had him on our radar, we just needed a little push to get him on the show. That push came in the form of his most recent release on Silver Talon Records where he teamed up with the group Blinddog Smokin’ and on one track, Dr. John himself. It’s some very powerful stuff and we hope you all will be as impressed as we were with the CD.
But wait, there’s more--Henry has cooked up another Retro Rewind, and even though he’s told me what he’s bringing to the show, he’s also sworn me to secrecy. All I can say is that both artists are great and you’ll love ‘em both.
We’ve got the music, we’ve got the scintillating conversation – yeah, like that would ever happen – all we need is you. So get on the phone, email, and tribal drums – just spread the word that Time For The Blues is coming at you with some really good stuff! Laisse le bon temps rouler! Time for the Blues with John Porter and Henry Cook airs Saturdays at 11:00 p.m.