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Ramblings On My Mind – December 2016

ramblings201306BNGreg Johnson, CBA President

For the past several years I have made a tradition of naming my top ten favorite albums of the year in this column in December. As I have stated before that my choices can differ from day to day, there are just too many great recordings to choose from. And that means there are a number that could’ve been included on any other given day. I also made it a point that all choices had to be released in 2016. That left out a true favorite that came out in late November 2015 that I didn’t …

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Bandstand: December 2016

Lloyd Jones

Yes, it’s holiday season and I’m delighted to spend it with special friends (like you) at Jimmy Mak’s  Saturday, December, 17. Santa may drop in for a minute to sing with his sweet angels: Teresa James, LaRhonda Steele, and Lisa Mann. Don’t miss this one!

After the New Year Teresa and I will head south to Join Delbert McClinton’s “Sandy Beaches” cruise January 5-13. Then up to Canada in February. Yippes, it’s gonna be a crazy year already!!

 Lloyd Jones

Groove Merchant

www.lloydjonesmusic.com

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The Thunder Brothers

Hey Thunderheads,

We would like to thank the Cascade …

Will Porter

Tick Tock Tick
Gramafono Sound

Will Porter - Tick Tock TickThe first release by Will Porter, 2003’s Happy, was produced by the legendary New Orleans master Wardell Quezergue, and it featured a number of stellar musicians. The album received high praise despite low distribution, and it was soon realized that a second recording should be in the works. Over time Porter’s silky-smooth vocals have been heard working with a number of artists and he has himself been behind the scenes alongside longtime friends like Dr John, Leo Nocentelli, and Jimmy Haslip. Many recordings for Porter’s follow-up project were put together throughout the years while …

New Music To Note – December 2016

Here’s a list of new music received at the CBA office or purchased personally this past month that should be noted:

Ana Popovic – Triology (ArtisteXclusive Records)
Big Head Blues Club – Way Down Inside: Songs Of Willie Dixon (Big Records)
Biscuit Miller – Wishbone (Bluebass Music)
Derrick Procell – Why I Choose To Sing The Blues (Self Produced)
Devon Allman – Ride Or Die (Ruf Records)
Eric Johnson – EJ: Song Explorations On Acoustic Guitar and Piano (Provogue)
Gina Sicilia – Sunset Avenue (Blue Elan Records)
Jeff Healey – Heal My Soul (Provogue)
Jeff Plankenhorn – Soul Slide (Lounge …

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Third Annual Ken DeRouchie Band Food Drive

Ken DeRouchie BandPlease join the Ken DeRouchie Band as they seek to help feed the hungry in our region during the holiday season. For the third year collection barrels have been set up throughout the Portland metro area and they’ll be accepting your food donations through December 10.

Last year there were 1822 pounds of food collected and another $325.00 in fund donations. That was almost double the amount collected the first year. This year they’re aggressively seeking to collect 5000 pounds! Let’s make it happen!

Food collection barrels are located at:

KINK FM 101.9
Alpha Broadcasting
PacWest Center
1211 SW 5th …

Big Head Blues Club

Way Down Inside
Big Records

big-head-blues-club-cd-coverIn 2011, Todd Park Mohr gathered a group of established blues giants alongside his own band Big Head Todd & The Monsters. Calling themselves the Big Head Blues Club,  they released the tribute album 100 Years of Robert Johnson that was an incredible recreation of the Johnson’s material and also garnered a Blues Music Award nomination.

Well, guess what? He’s back with a whole new line-up of the Big Head Blues Club. Along with The Monsters, Mohr has been joined by Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Denver-based vocalist Erica Brown who spent …

AC Porter is a Live Wire on the Portland Blues Scene

By Laurie Morrisey

AC Porter is quite the character. In addition to being a great musician, when asked where he was born and raised, he responded, “I was born under the third ring of Saturn at a planetarium in Stockholm. Wait, that’s where I was conceived. I was born down the road apiece, in Eugene. Been in PDX since 1990—back when it was still a super cool lil’ city.”

AC says his music has “lots of room for improv within simple chordal structures, all blues oriented, even the slightly jazzy stuff.” His advice to other musicians is to “play it …

California Honeydrops Two Night Stand at The Star Theater

california-honeydrops-photo-by-keith-bersonThe California Honeydrops don’t just play music — they throw parties. Led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski and drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring a vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibe to their shows. They’ve taken the party all over the world, playing festivals of all kinds and touring widely across North America, Europe and Australia. In 2016 the Honeydrops were honored to support Bonnie Raitt on her North America release tour — and in the past have been privileged to support the …

Sista Otis Five Oregon Shows In Three Days!

sista-otis-photo-by-cm-bjornbergFollowing up on her October tour that saw New Orleans-based Sista Otis making stops in Southern and Central Oregon, the talented songwriting guitarist will be making a return whirlwind three-night, five-show run through Portland, Corvalis, and Hood River.

Renowned for her bluesy soul performances, Sista Otis cut her musical teeth as a traveling, street-kid performer, writing and singing her songs for pocket change, to later become a national touring and international recording artist. Originally from Detroit,  her 2004 breakout recording, Worldwide Release, generated high acclaim and airplay in twelve countries around the world. It received praise from publications such …

New Orleans’ Anders Osborne Coming To The Aladdin Theater

Anders OsborneWhile growing up in Sweden, Anders Osborne discovered enough of a connection to American blues that he decided to move to the United States and settle in New Orleans where he’s since become a mainstay on the city’s immense musical scene. Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely emotional, soulful vocals, and his piercing, expert guitar work, Osborne is a true musical treasure. He is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today and has been heralded by Offbeat magazine with being named the city’s best guitarist three times and best songwriter twice. Guitar