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Interview: Cool Disposition Blues Pursuits November 18, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Interview.
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How much higher praise can a band receive than to have the wife of the late, great William Clarke leave upon your Myspace comments, “I like what you guys are doing.” If anyone should recognize good music, Jeanette Clarke-Lodovici should. When she adds, ” Bill would have too.” This is an endorsement of the highest order.

Cool Disposition merits this praise. They have based their sound on the solid bedrock that is Muddy Waters, incorporated the very best elements of 40s West Coast swing and 50s Chicago blues, and have woven this into their own experiences.

Cool Disposition includes two members, Dan Schwalbe and Marty Bryduck, who were part of George “Mojo” Buford’s recording/performing bands for Blue Loon Records. (Mojo was, of course, one of Muddy’s last great harmonica aces after Little Walter, James Cotton, Jr. Wells). Cool Disposition is rounded out on harp by Boston transplant and KFAI radio personality Harold Tremblay, New York native Greg Beach on bass, and founder Mickey Bauer fronting the group.

Formed in 1999, they have received airplay on the internationally syndicated “Blues Deluxe” radio program promoting their 2003 Cold Wind Records release, “Rompin’ At The Ribshack”.

The band has performed at notable clubs such as Blues On Grand, Des Moines IA; Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as numerous festivals: Bayfront Blues Fest-Duluth, Minnesota: Central Iowa Blues Society Winter Fest-Des Moines, Iowa; Boundary Water Blues Fest- Ely, Minnesota; Marquette Area Blues Fest-Marquette, Michigan among others


The Vanessa Davis Band- November 20, 2010 – 7PM Live at the Cornerstone Building November 18, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.
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News Of Blues Event Reminder – The Vanessa Davis Band
Live at the historic Cornerstone Building in Peoria

Join us at Peoria’s newest entertainment attraction for great music from Vanessa Davis. Check out this awesome band and the newly re-opened historic Cornerstone Building on Madison and Spalding Ave in Peoria and get a beginning glimpse of this awesome building as we transform it in to a Music, Arts and Creative Center.

Saturday November 20th at 7PM, we are holding a Benefit Concert to kick off the Project Restoration. (more…)

“Winter Boogieland” by Rob Rio (Blues Artist from California) November 18, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Blues, Blues Piano, New Releases.
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If you’re finding you haven’t gotten into the holiday spirit yet, then the fantastic Christmas Boogie-Woogie/Blues CD, “Winter Boogieland,” by the extremely talented piano man Rob Rio, is just the right thing to set the mood.

Rio, who has performed with many well known artists, takes these traditional Christmas tunes and interprets them with a brilliant style and finesse.

Opening up the album, “Rudolph’s Red Nose Boogie,” is wonderful as Rio rips across the keys with a fury of energetic stylish flair. Taking it down a few notches, the songs, “Drummer Boy Blues” and “Silent Night Blues,” are not only soulful and rooted with exquisite Blues tonality but one can feel the emotive passion rising from Rio’s performance of these songs.

There is a tremendous amount of energy packed into this album and you will find these songs to be fun, vibrant, and brilliantly performed by Rio.

Fans of the great Jerry Lee Lewis will truly appreciate the magnificent Christmas Boogie-Woogie/Blues songs on the album, “Winter Boogieland,” as it is an excellent collection of Holiday music performed by a spectacular pianist.

About Rob Rio
Known by some as the “Boss of the Boogie”, pianoman/vocalist ROB RIO plays the boogie-woogie and jump blues of the 40’s and 50’s with a virtuosity and elan that has excited audiences around the world for more than 30 years. RIO has appeared with many of the original blues greats, such as Muddy Waters, Willy Dixon, Charles Brown, Joe Cocker,Paul Butterfield and many more, and has recorded with Mick Jagger, Canned Heat, Billy Boy Arnold, William Clarke, Coco Montoya,Finas Tasby, Walter Trout, Phillip Walker, Jody Williams, among others, and continues to do session work.

Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., RIO now resides in Los Angeles and currently performs at festivals, events and clubs at home and on the road and has been a favorite attraction throughout the Southland for the last 25 years, either as a solo performer or with his 5-piece band, THE REVOLVERS. RIO lists several commercial credits along with 13 CDs and DVDs under his own name.

Website: http://www.robrio.com/
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