Drop Dead Red and Martin Henry & Freedom Street Band

Both of these bands would like to thank all of our followers, family, friends, and all the wonderful venues we played during 2015. We appreciate you all so much!
A big thank you to the Cascade Blues Association for having both of these bands perform during September and October. The audience was so appreciative and with lots of dancing, it made for wonderful fun-filled evenings!
We wish you all a healthy, happy and joyful holiday season and hope to see you out and about in 2016.
Check out the BluesNotes calendar and our websites for upcoming 2016 events!


The Ventilators

We had a good year in 2015 and hope you did, too. Thanks to Biddy Mcgraw’s, Duff’s, the Lehrer, Tigardville Station, and Division Sports Pub for booking us over the past 12 months. Thanks to Arthur “Fresh Air” Moore, Scott Clancy, and Bernie Keough for joining us on stage and for all the support. Thanks to Eric Thurber for keeping time. Thanks to Michael Bowman for engineering. And thanks to everyone who came out to hear us and dance.

Now The Ventilators are back after a productive hiatus. We’ve added Portland native and veteran drummer Kevin Shoepe to our lineup. We’ve written some hot new songs. And we’ve pulled some distinctive covers out the hat. Join us for the return of The Ventilators on January  at Montavilla Station.

All the best to you and yours for the New Year!

Bill, Bruce, Kevin, Randy, Tom, and Tom


Happy Holidays everybody!

From Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls, we wish you all Peace and Happiness through this wonderful season.

We had a ball at the CBA Holiday Party, and thank everybody involved for inviting us to perform with all the other great talent that gave of themselves to make your Holiday Spirits bright! Also thanks to the Spare Room & their staff, as well as James Patrick Hurley and his crew at JBL Productions for providing the super sound!

There were so many 8-Balls hanging on the stage, the stage looked like a decorated Christmas Tree. Thanks to David Alvey, our producer of our recent CD “Out Of The Blues”, for providing some super guitar licks and background vocals. Thanks to Franklin Spicer for laying down the organ parts he so tastefully put down on the CD! Thanks to Jim Toussaint for helping out on our only Christmas song performed that day, “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, and others. Which, by the way, is no reflection on his own personality! He’s a pretty nice guy and his fiddle adds a unique touch to our sound! Thanks to Randy Yearout and Johnnie Corrie, and to our new bass player, Todd Ommert, for putting down the signature mark on our music! And, last but not least, thanks to Mac Potts for joining us on saxophone. He filled in nicely on our tune “Mojo Bag”!

So, if you want to purchase on of our new CDs direct, just send a check made out to Randy Yearout for $21 (this also covers shipping and handling) to the following address and we’ll send one out to you right away.

Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls
14845 SW Murray Scholls Drive
Suite 110 PMB 153
Beaverton, OR 97007

You can also pick one up at Music Millennium here in Portland, or go on line to CD Baby or iTunes, and most other online distribution sites.

By now you have all shaken off the Holiday Cheer and sang in 2016 with Auld Lang Syne, so once again we hope to see out in the local and regional music venues, supporting local live music throughout the New Year!

Blues to You!

Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls


 Dean Mueller

I wanted to shout out a big congratulations to all the BMA nominees from the area. They are all very well deserved and we are so fortunate to be in a place with such a high concentration of talent. It’s also been a great year for Julie Amici and the Lake Theater & Cafe and I thanks you much for the support. Happy holidays to you all and best wishes for a great 2016!