Entries by Greg Johnson

Eddie Turner Brings His Guitar Mastery Back To Portland-Dec. 11th

Eddie__0059-600[1]“Otherworldly”, “scorching”, “polyrhythmic” and “chilling” have all been used to describe Eddie Turner’s guitar playing. His ethereal style is an amalgam of the Afro-Cuban rhythms of his heritage and the music that influenced him as a teenager: Chicago blues, jazz, r&b and psychedelic rock. A multi-nominee for the Blues Music Awards with numerous highly praised recordings, Eddie “Devil Boy” Turner had toured as a member of the Otis Taylor Band prior to taking on his successful solo career, Eddie Turner & The Trouble Twins. “If anybody ever went down to the Crossroads and let the Devil tune his guitar it …

Blues Roots Triple Header Concert Healined By Joe McMurrian – Mississippi Studios- Dec. 28th

Here’s an exciting night happening at Mississippi Studios on Sunday, December 28th, featuring three fantastic popular blues-roots acts from the Portland area. Headlined by guitar/banjo master Joe McMurrian, the night will also present some old-time roots music by the Smut Jellyroll Society and The How Long Jug Band. Tickets are $8.00 – $10.00 and available through TicketFly.com. This is a 21 & over only show. Mississippi Studios is located at 3939 N Mississippi Avenue. Showtime is 8:00 pm.

Joe McMurrian & The Eclectica

Progressive blues/roots band from Portland, Oregon led by guitarist/songwriter Joe McMurrian. WOODBRAIN (formerly JMQ) is …

Sister Mercy CD Release Concert – Dec. 14th

Sister MercySister Mercy is a band that has deep roots in the Portland music scene featuring former members of the local favorite act The Rose City Kings and introducing to the region’s blues scene the sensational voice of April Brown. Originally from Los Angeles, Brown has worked renowned rooms in that city including The Whiskey and The Roxy, as well as being trained in comedy.

You may have caught Sister Mercy this last summer at the Cascade Blues Association’s summer picnic and will remember the fiery and exciting set they delivered. The band has just finished recording their debut CD, titled …


Still Water Vibes Combines Traditional and Modern Blues into an Explosion of Funk

still waterBy Laurie Morrisey

“Still Water Vibes is…putting classic blues guitar, grooving bass lines, funky drumming and ‘Where did that come from?’ vocals into one tight group…With original tunes that bridge the gap of traditional blues and modern blues funk, you’ll find yourself going out of your way to catch another show!” That is how their website describes them, and that description is spot on.

Still Water Vibes, a blues band out of Salem, is made up of: Nick Wixom, lead vocals; Brandon Logan, guitar; Jarred Venti, bass; Mike Windsor, keys; and Derek Jones, drums. Nick and Brandon began working together …


NW Film Center Offering Two Films Of Blues Music At The Annual Reel Music Festival

The NW Film Center presents their 32nd annual Reel Music Festival, and as usual they have included a little blues music as a treat. This year’s event will be held at The Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum from October 10th through the 22nd.

Gary DavisOn Saturday, October 18th, at 7:00 pm, be sure to catch “Harlem Street Singer: The Guitar Gospel Of Reverend Gary Davis.” One of the truly great American ragtime, blues and gospel musicians, Reverend Gary Davis’ (1896-1972) unique style and virtuoso skill on the guitar made him an icon during …

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats CD coverYou Asked For It . . . Live!

Alligator Records

If there is any one way you can describe Rick Estrin and The Nightcats, it would have to be it’s time for some fun so let’s get this party started! And you get exactly that whenever you attend one of their performances. It’s no wonder why so many people have begged for a live recording over the years. In fact, that is just what they decided to name the new album, too, You Asked For It . . . Live!

This isn’t the first time that Estrin has been involved …

David Vest Joins The Terry Robb Trio For Show At Vie de Boheme

Head out to Vie de Boheme on Friday, October 10th, for what is certain to be an incredible evening of great music as two of Portland’s favorite musicians join forces. Well, one Portlander and a former local. Terry Robb, the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame Muddy winner for acoustic guitar and 2009 inductee into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, will team up with one of the great boogie players of our time, David Vest, the multi-Maple Blues Award winning pianist and former Portland resident now living in British Columbia. This pair matches up well, as Terry …

Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls

Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls CD cover

Soul Brothers

Catfood Records

Can it get any better than teaming up two of the greatest soul-blues legends performing together? Why, yes it can. They can do an album together. And that is exactly what we have here. Soul Brothers is the new collaboration of Blues Hall of Fame member Otis Clay paired up with the incredible voice of Johnny Rawls. The two had worked together on Rawls’ previous Blues Music Award nominated tribute disc honoring his late mentor and employer O.V. Wright. And it was so good, you could only dream that they would do a full recording together.…

Harpdog Brown

Harpdog Brown CD coverWhat It Is . . .

Dog Breath Records

There is never going to be any second-guessing with what you’re going to receive when you place a Harpdog Brown disc onto your player. It’s going to be pure, traditional sounding blues that’s fun, often with a touch of humor. Brown blows harp in the classic Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter manner and does it with precision and style. That’s exactly what you get with his latest release, What It Is . . . . This is music that makes you want to move. Makes you want to feel good …

Ramblings On My Mind



Greg Johnson / CBA President

Wow, just where has the time gone? Things seem to be flying by as of late. It seems like the Waterfront Blues Festival and the summer picnic were both just a couple of weeks ago. But we’ve already stormed past those as well as the annual rummage sale and now we’re full steam ahead working on this year’s Muddy Awards and making plans for the holiday party.

And let’s not forget about the annual voting for the elected officer positions. Though it seems like a ways off, the Cascade Blues Association truly does need …