The Oregon Music Hall Of Fame will be holding their 2013 induction ceremony and concert at The Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, on Saturday, October 5th, beginning at 7:00 pm. Of the nine individuals and bands to be inducted this year, blues artists Kelly Joe Phelps and Janice Scroggins are amongst the honorees.

Kelly Joe Phelps (press photo)

Kelly Joe Phelps (press photo)

Kelly Joe Phelps grew up on folk and country music but gravitated to jazz and playing bass. He began discovering the legends of acoustic blues and moved to playing blues and roots influenced music on guitar. He released his debut album Lead Me On, on Portland’s Burnside Records in 1995. He has since released an additional 10 albums moving into many different directions of roots music including his critically acclaimed 2012 release Brother Sinner & the Whale. He regularly tours around the world.

Janice Scroggins (photo by Greg Johnson)

Janice Scroggins (photo by Greg Johnson)

Janice Scroggins moved to Portland in 1978 and has been a permanent fixture on the music scene here. She was part of the band The Esquires who made three albums with Portland’s Flying Heart label, her solo album Janice Plays Scott Joplin was well received and received a Grammy nomination. She’s one of the most in-demand pianists in town playing with the likes of Norman Sylvester, Lloyd Jones, Thara Memory, Curtis Salgado and Linda Hornbuckle to name a few, both live and in the studio. She can play all genres of music but is most heard on the blues and gospel scene. Her second release came out in 2009, a duet album with OMHOF inductee, Linda Hornbuckle.

The OMHOF will also honor Curtis Salgado’s album Soul Shot as the 2012 Album of the Year. Soul Shot was his first solo album to come out on Alligator Records. It also proved to be the best album of his career. Curtis picked up a Muddy Award for “Best National Blues Album.” He also recently took home the Soul Blues Album of the Year Award along with Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year honors in Memphis at the Blues Music Awards.

The Oregon Music Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert serves as a fundraiser for the organization’s efforts to support music education in Oregon schools. This year’s concert line-up will feature emcee Tony Starlight, Quarterflash, Richmond Fontaine and The Kingsmen who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their timeless hit “Louie Louie.” Fifteen autographed guitars will be sold by auction with 100% of the proceeds supporting music education.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. VIP tickets, which include prime seating and other amenities, are available for $100. Along with admission to a catered after-party with inductees, VIP ticket-holders will receive an autographed Gary Houston poster. Tickets are available at and at the Aladdin Theater box office. For up to date information, check out


Dave Mathis CD In Your Face

In Your Face

Dave Mathis has long been one of the premier harmonica players in the Portland blues scene. This new release by Mathis may be referred to as his debut recording, but it is filled with highlights from his career over the past twenty years, really only a drop in the pond for as long as he has been blowing that tin biscuit around these parts. And that career has seen him perform with some of the very best talent around.

The disc starts out with a trio of numbers with Mathis playing alongside Kelly Joe Phelps; two from past Phelps’ recordings and a third previously unreleased take on “Poor Old Mattie” from a 1993 session. These are followed by a handful of selections from Adam Scramstad’s solo release Down The Muddy Creek; a jazzy piece from Kacy Colleen; a rocking blues tune from Seattle’s Bobby Holland and the Breadline; and a pair of songs with Mathis working with Michael Osborn & the Drivers, including a superb cover of The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ “Why Get Up.” In between are a couple entries from his outstanding pairing with guitarist Steve Cameron as The Blues Police with special note to their reading of “St. James Infirmary” which is perhaps one of the finest renditions of this song on disc by anybody. There are also five cuts of live performances of Mathis working with K.G. Jackson and Papa Salty recorded at Vancouver’s The Longhorn Bar & Grill which make this collection indispensable.

Dave Mathis is a true Portland blues icon. He always blows a breath of fresh air to any track he is a part of. There may be portions of his career missing from this album, but regardless, Mathis at any period of his lengthy time amongst the blues heavyweights in the Northwest is worth hearing over and over again. This reflection is a tasty bite of what the master has to offer.

Total Time: 70:44

Screaming & Hollering / Poor Old Mattie / Piece By Piece / Louisiana Blues / Hot Rod Tracy / St James Infirmary / The Sprawl / Brother Can You Spare A Dime / Same Thing / Blues Don’t Bother Me / Woke Up Evil / One Of These Days / Ol’ Main Line / Cold Grave / Bright Lights, Big City / Why Get Up