Candye Kane photo by Greg Johnson

Candye Kane photo by Greg Johnson

Seven-time Blues Music Award nominee Candye Kane, The Toughest Girl Alive,” returns to one of her most favorite cities to perform at one of her favorite venues when she returns to Portland for a show at Duff’s Garage on Friday, November 15th. She will be supporting her latest CD, Coming Out Swingin’, filled with outstanding tracks featuring her band of Kennan Shaw on bass, “Baldhead” Fred Rautmann on drums and one of the world’s most amazing guitarists Laura Chavez who is also Candye’s principal songwriting partner. To make the night even more special, Candye will be celebrating her birthday, a miracle in itself considering the lengthy battle she has faced over the past few years with pancreatic cancer. She is a survivor and fighter, and she will not let cancer stand in her way of giving her all in each and every performance. If you have never witnessed a Candye Kane show, make a point of attending as you’ll be treated to a fun, raucous, maybe a bit raunchy and highly entertaining event.

Duff’s Garage is located at 1635 SE 7th. Showtime is 9:00 pm and admission is $15.00. Read more

Alongside BB King, Buddy Guy is without doubt one of the most recognized blues artists throughout the world today. Known for his fiery guitar performances, Guy has influenced generations of players including greats like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Stevie Read more

 Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 24th to help support Ben Rice and his bandmates with their expenses to travel to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this coming January. Ben has put together an all star line-up that will be playing starting at 2:00 pm at The Lehrer Pub & Eatery, 8775 SW Canyon Lane, Beaverton.

Not just one band going to Memphis will be involved, but three entries representing t Read more

Grammy Award winning roots musician Ben Harper will be bringing his special acoustic show featuring songs from his entire career that has been an eclectic mix of blues, reggae, soul, folk and rock music to Portland for a performance at The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Sunday, November 10th. On the heels of his most recent recording, Get Up!, a collaboration with blues legend Charlie Musselwhite that debuted on Billboard’s blues charts at #1, Harper’s acoustic East Coast tour last year was sold out, including a much Read more

The Jim Mesi Band

Hey Kids!! We want to thank you for the great response to our new CD, I’m Ready, and a very heartfelt thank you to Greg “Slimlively” Johnson for the outstanding photo’s and also Mike Strickland for the great artwork. Hope to see you all soon and continue the great work you all do supporting live music. Thanx again.

The Jim Mesi Band

Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls

Hi Everybody! Well, summer is over, but things are still heating up with Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls! We had a lot of fun all summer long, playing throughout the Portland area and a small tour in Montana that took us to Great Falls, Kalispell, and Whitefish. While we were there we were able to take in some of the majestic scenery of Glacier National Park. If Read more

We recently posted this list on the CBA Facebook page. It received a thankful response from so many that we thought we would run it in the BluesNotes, too This list is a compilation of regional musicians who were nominated for the 2013 Muddy Awards. Though the final ballot is limited to only a few in each category, all of the following artists were recognized by our members in the ballots returned to us for nominations in the first round.

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Ben Rice Band
Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes
The Strange Tones

Curtis Salgado
Linda Hornbuckle
Sylvester Band

Ben Rice Band
Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes
Tevis Hodge Jr.

Beacon Street Titans
Roseland Hunters
Sonny Hess & Vicki Stevens Band
Tevis Hodge Jr.

Ben Rice Band
Hank Shreve Band
Randy Oxford Band
Tommy Hogan

LaRhonda Steele
Lisa Mann
Rae Gordon

Ben Rice
Kevin Selfe
Phil “Suburban Slim” Wagner

Ben Rice
Kevin Selfe
Phil “Suburban Slim” Wagner

Alan Hager
Ben Rice
Mary Flower
Tevis Hodge Jr.

Allen Markel
Dave Kahl
Lisa Mann

Brian Foxworth
Dave Melyan
Jimi Bott

Hank Shreve
Jim Wallace
Mitch Kashmar

Dave Fleschner
DK Stewart
Steve Kerin

Brad Ulrich
Joe McCarthy
Peter Moss

Duff’s Garage
The Blue Diamond
Trail’s End Saloon

Hank Shreve Band – I’ve Had It
Kevin Selfe – Long Walk Home
Rae Gordon Band – Blue Lemonade

Candye Kane – Coming Out Swingin’
Kevin Selfe – Long Walk Home
Nikki Hill – Here’s Nikki Hill
Southern Hospitality – Easy Livin’
Too Slim & The Taildraggers – Blue Heart
Trampled Under Foot – Badlands

Ben Rice Band – Journey To Memphis Finals at Waterfront Blues Festival
Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes Big Band – Waterfront Blues Festival
Nikki Hill – Waterfront Blues Festival

Bronze, Blues & Brews
CBA Membership Picnic
Ilwaco Blues Festival

HURLEY AWARD” For Behind the Scenes Stage Crew Achievement
Chris Culligan
Darren Mack
Steve Gross

Dave Kahl
Joey Scruggs
Norman Sylvester

DK Stewart
Jimi Bott
Norman Sylvester

The Rides CD coverCan’t Get Enough
429 Records

In a time that it seems that so-called “super groups” are emerging somewhat frequently, The Rides are one that mixes a couple of the originators of the concept with a young guitarist who is certainly accustomed to working with legendary musicians. Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg are icons of the 1960s rock scene and were participants in arguably Read more

Sugaray CD coverDangerous
Delta Groove

Sugaray Rayford is a modern day blues shouter with a voice so strong it is hard to take your attention away when he sings. Like many people, I had my first exposure to Sugaray at the 2006 International Blues Challenge. As part of the second place winners Aunt Kizzy’s Boys from San Diego, Rayford took total command of the stage at the New Daisy Theater, gliding and dancing his way back and forth as he enchanted the audience with his fierce vocals and energy. He is a mighty presence indeed. Since that appearance, his career has been on an upward spiral. He joined the Delta Groove family as a member of The Mannish Boys, taking on the vocal role when their leader Finis Tasby took ill. He also did a stint as one of the lead characters in the play Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues when it did its run in Portland a year ago. Now, Delta Groove has given Rayford the chance to create his own Read more

Shawn Holt CD coverDaddy Told Me
Blind Pig Records

With the passing of Morris Holt, better known to the world as Magic Slim, it left a huge void in the Chicago blues scene. These are big shoes to fill, but it appears that his son Shawn Holt is open and willing to take the challenge of pursuing his father’s legacy. Scott is an exceptional guitarist and vocalist who crafted his skills while working with his father and he has taken on the role of his daddy by leading his former Blues Music Award winning band The Teardrops, releasing their first disc under his leadership on Blind Pig Records titled Daddy Told Me. This recording definitely continues that great Chicago feel Read more