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Interview: Cool Disposition Blues Pursuits November 18, 2010

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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

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Interview: The Christy Howard Band I Crossed the Tracks October 21, 2010

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Another of the long-thought lost interviews.

Christy Howard is originally from the small town of Clifton, Tennessee. Singing and playing piano by age 6, she is today a Blues vocalist and songwriter based in Detroit, Michigan. Her diverse musical background, combined with her smooth and sultry vocal style, gives her a unique sound.

Drawing on her long career in the seedy music business for inspiration, her lyrics deal with cheating, mistreating, gambling, drinking and other debauchery familiar in the Blues.  She won the 2006 Detroit Blues Challenge (acoustic duo with guitarist Jeff Howard) and competed in the 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Interview: Rick “BlueRick” Solomon Rocking the Blues on the Net September 16, 2010

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You may recognize Rick “BlueRick” Solomon, under one of the many aliases he has adopted if you spend any amount of time exploring blues guitarists on the web. He did this initially to gain a wider internet recognition, although as of the past several years, he has been known almost exclusively as BlueRick. It’s on the net that he does most of his business.

But he has not restricted himself to the web. BlueRick also demo’s guitars for various manufacturers…and performs in jazz pickup bands and blues ensembles during the scheduled performances. He also performs as a solo acoustic/electric act.

Rick “BlueRick” Solomon gave us this interview, where else–but on the web.
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Interview: Ron Michaels (of Blue Plate Special): Can You Dig It! September 9, 2010

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This interview was originally given to me in 2009. One of twenty four interviews with different Blues artists, this was to be part of an eBook. When my hard-drive froze, the ebooks that I had written (all seventeen of them) were irretrievably lost (or so I thought. ALWAYS back up your work). This was as devastating as losing original manuscripts to a fire or a flood.

Just recently these interviews were discovered saved on my ISP. Although they do not have the photos intended for the book, the interviews were all here; all complete and in their entirety.

They will now be offered in their entirety as given to me in the weeks to come.

What a record! With a history that stretches back to a day when the band opened for Howlin’ Wolf, Blue Plate Special has had 24 songs chart #1 on Blues radio stations throughout the world–not because of some big-moneyed corporate push, but because their listeners liked them.

Formed in 1969 by blues singer/songwriter R. P. Michaels, Blue Plate Special was there at The Cellar in Arlington Heights, Illinois in ’69-’72 opening for Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon’s Chicago Blues Allstars, Zephyr w/Tommy Bolin on guitar and The Bob Seger System.

They were among the artists that played at the Otis Spann Memorial Benefit where Willie Dixon and Buddy Guy introduced the Blues community to Koko Taylor singing Wang Dang Doodle. They have been the house band at John Belushi and Dan Akroyd’s Blues Brothers Bar on Wells Street; and they have entertained at the Chicago Bears Fan Convention and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Convention, as well as other big corporately sponsored events.

Over the years, Blue Plate Special has shared the concert stage with Charlie Musselwhite, Paul Butterfield, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Siegal-Schwall Blues Band, Heartsfield, Leon Russell, Edgar Winter, Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, Mitch Ryder, The Kinsey Report, Larry McCray and Wayne Baker Brooks.
Ron Michaels, the founder of the band,  gave us this interview and gave us the low down on Blue Plate Special. This band has brought a lot to the table, and will likely be there long after the dishes have been cleared away.

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