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August 15-21, 2005

Detroit Junior Blue News    Emery "Detroit Junior" Williams Jr. Dies
Legendary and beloved blues pianist, vocalist and songwriter Emery “Detroit Junior” Williams, Jr., died at his Chicago home on August 9, 2005 of heart failure. He was 73. Over the course of his 50-plus year career, Detroit Junior led his own bands and appeared as a solo performer, in addition to playing in bands with Howlin' Wolf and Eddie Shaw. He wrote hundreds of songs, had numerous local successful 45s, as well as writing hits recorded by Albert King and Koko Taylor. - Alligator Records Press Release

Maria Muldaur: Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul CD Universe Top Ten Blues Chart
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John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers: Road Dogs

1Rod PiazzaFor The Chosen WhoPurchase from CD Universe
2Jimmy Witherspoon / Brother Jack McDuffThe Blues Is NowPurchase from CD Universe
3Fabulous ThunderbirdsPainted OnPurchase from CD Universe
4Rory GallagherBig Guns: The Very Best Of Rory GallagherPurchase from CD Universe
5Maria MuldaurSweet Lovin' Ol' SoulPurchase from CD Universe
6Ray CharlesModern Sounds In Country & Western MusicPurchase from CD Universe
7Joe BonamassaBlues DeluxePurchase from CD Universe
8John Mayall & The BluesbreakersRoad DogsPurchase from CD Universe
9Debbie DaviesAll I FoundPurchase from CD Universe
10Robert CrayTwentyPurchase from CD Universe

Blues Birthdays    This week's blues artists birthdays include:

Aug 15    Buster Brown (harmonica, vocals), 1911-1976
Aug 15    Jackie Brenston (sax, vocals), 1930-1979
Aug 16    Eddie Kirkland (guitar, harmonica, vocals), 1928
Aug 16    Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson (guitar, vocals), 1915-1976
Aug 17    Luther Allison (guitar, vocals), 1939-1997    <
Aug 17    Dave "Snaker" Ray (folk blues, guitar, vocals), 1943-2002
Aug 17    Albert Washington (clarinet, sax), 1935-1998
Aug 18    Curtis Jones (piano, vocals), 1906-1971
Aug 18    Maxine Brown (r&b vocals), 1939
Aug 19    Al Ferrier (rockabilly, guitar, vocals), 1935
Aug 19    Earl Gaines (vocals), 1935

Maxine Brown    CD & Biography Brief: Greatest Hits

"Having sung in two New York gospel groups, the Manhattans and the Royaltones, Brown made her recording debut on Nomar with "All In My Mind". A US Top 20 hit in 1961, this uptown soul ballad was followed by another hit single, "Funny". A period at ABC-Paramount then passed before Brown signed to Wand Records and proceeded to make a series of excellent singles. She is best recalled for the US Top 30 hit "Oh No Not My Baby" (1964), a beautifully written David Goffin and Carole King song that was later covered by Manfred Mann, Rod Stewart and Aretha Franklin. Brown also recorded with Chuck Jackson - their version of "Something You Got" made the US R&B Top 10 - but her position at Wand was undermined by the company's preoccupation with Dionne Warwick. Releases on a new outlet, Commonwealth United, resulted in two R&B chart entries, including the acclaimed "We'll Cry Together" (1969). Maxine signed with Avco in 1971, but her work there failed to re-establish her former profile." -

This week's new blues releases and re-issues: Click on any album cover to purchase CDs

Louis Prima: Boogie WoogieShemekia Copeland: The Soul TruthSiegel-Schwall Band: Flash Forward
Blind Willie McTellRegal Country BluesAcrobatAug 16
Louis PrimaBoogie WoogieFruit Tree (IT)Aug 16
Magic Slim & the TeardropsAnything Can HappenBlind PigAug 16
Rene AustinRight About LoveBlind PigAug 16
Shemekia CopelandThe Soul TruthAlligatorAug 16
Siegel-Schwall BandFlash FordwardAlligatorAug 16
Taj MahalEssential Taj MahalSonyAug 16
Willie DixonBoss Of The BluesFuel 2000Aug 16

Shane Dwight Shane Dwight Band    August 18, 2005
The Railhead, Boulder Station (432-7575) Free 8 & 10pm

"The Shane Dwight Band, known for it's high octane, dance 'till you drop Rock & Blues, is fast becoming the Sensation of the West Coast. The bands ability to draw a crowd is consistent and unparalleled as each show draws more and more fans who file in and literally 'Boogie' all night." -

Coming Soon    Next Thursday, August 25th, Duke Robillard will play the Railhead Lounge inside Boulder Station.

Bluesin' Round Town

M o n d a y, August 15

Bunkhouse Saloon 10pm-2am Open Blues Jam hosted by Junior Brantley
124 S. 11th St. 702-384-4536 [new]
Golden Nuggett Showroom 10pm Lon Bronson All-Star Band
129 E. Fremont St. 702-385-7111
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-2am Al's Allstar Jam
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]

T u e s d a y, August 16

Bourbon Street Cabaret (inside the Orleans) 9pm-3am Bruce Conte
4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 702-365-7111 [new]
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Pink E's 9pm-1am Calvin Brooks w/ Jazzy Blues
3695 W. Flamingo Ave. 702-252-4666
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-2am Chicago Blues Showcase
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]
Tailspin 9pm Open Mic & Jam
6295 S. Pecos Rd. 702-436-7925

W e d n e s d a y, August 17

Brendan's Irish Pub (inside the Orleans) 9:30pm-1am Pete Contino Band
4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 702-365-7075
Bourbon Street Cabaret (inside the Orleans) 9pm-3am Bruce Conte
4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 702-365-7111 [new]
The Cellar 11pm-3am Billy Ray Trio
3601 W. Sahara Ave. 702-362-6712
Double Down Saloon 10pm-2am Blue Cherry & Friends
4640 Paradise Rd. 702-791-5775
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-2am Brad Cordle
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]

T h u r s d a y, August 18

Bootlegger Bistro 9:30pm Moody Scott or Ruth Brown
7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702-736-4939
Brendan's Irish Pub (inside the Orleans) 9:30pm-1am Pete Contino Zydeco West
4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 702-365-7075 [new]
Bourbon Street Cabaret (inside the Orleans) 9pm-3am Bruce Conte
4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 702-365-7111 [new]
The Cellar 11pm-3am Billy Ray Trio
3601 W. Sahara Ave. 702-362-6712
Euro Place 9pm Nathan Wolf Project
1243 E. Sahara Ave. 702-369-1556
House of Blues (inside Mandalay Bay) 8pm Jonny Lang
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702-632-7600 [new]
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Railhead (inside Boulder Station) 8 & 10pm Shane Dwight Band
4111 Boulder Hwy. 702-432-7777
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-2am Joey Vitale & Hur~Kane
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]

F r i d a y, August 19

Bourbon Street Cabaret (inside the Orleans) 9pm-3am Bruce Conte
4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 702-365-7111 [new]
Cafe De Tout (In Village Square) 7:00 p.m.
Junior Brantley w/ Frankie Paris & Cold Sweat
9330 W. Sahara Ave., Ste 160 Tel: 702-267-9844 [new]
The Cellar 11pm-3am Billy Ray Trio
3601 W. Sahara Ave. 702-362-6712
House of Blues Courtyard (at Mandalay Bay) 10pm-2am Pete Contino Zydeco West
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702-632-7600 [new]
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-2am John Earl's Boogieman Band
Late night, 2:30-6am Stoney Curtis
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]
Squiggy's Bar 9pm-1am Monk & The Po' Boys
3885 W. Sahara Ave. 702-871-4952
Take 1 - Live Blues Call for times & lineup
707 E. Fremont 702-433-8253 [new]
Tequila Cantina 10pm-2am Moanin' Blacksnakes
5486 Boulder Hwy. 702-457-3001

S a t u r d a y, August 20

Brendan's Irish Pub (inside the Orleans) 9:30pm-1am Pete Contino Zydeco West
4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 702-365-7075 [new]
Bourbon Street Cabaret (inside the Orleans) 9pm-3am Bruce Conte
4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 702-365-7111 [new]
Cafe De Tout (In Village Square) 7:00 p.m.
Junior Brantley w/ Frankie Paris & Cold Sweat
9330 W. Sahara Ave., Ste 160 Tel: 702-267-9844 [new]
The Cellar 11pm-3am Billy Ray Trio
3601 W. Sahara Ave. 702-362-6712
Golden Nuggett Showroom 12am Lon Bronson's All-Star R&B, Rock & Soul Revue
129 E. Fremont St. 702-385-7111
Moon Doggies 1opm The Bounders
1750 S. Rainbow Blvd. 702-878-3392 [new]
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-2am Moanin' Blacksnakes Late night, 2:30-6am Swollen Blue
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]
Squiggy's Bar 9pm-1am John Earl & the Boogieman Band
3885 W. Sahara Ave. 702-871-4952 [new]
Take 1 10pm $5 American Roots Night
707 E. Fremont St. 702-433-8253 [new]

S u n d a y, August 21

Bourbon Street Cabaret (inside the Orleans) 9pm-3am Bruce Conte
4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 702-365-7111 [new]
The Cellar 11pm-3am Billy Ray Trio
3601 W. Sahara Ave. 702-362-6712
Mr. D's 5-9pm BluesStorm
1810 S. Rainbow Blvd. 702-362-8777 [new]
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-2am Shuffle-Aires
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]
Willy's American Saloon 4-8pm Blues Jam hosted by Blues Society
2202 Paradise Rd. 702-369-1438

Blues Beyond the Neon

Phoenix, AZ    Buckwheat Zydeco, J.D. Simo, and Louisiana Red Play The Rhythm Room

Wednesday, August 17th    Buckwheat Zydeco

"Buckwheat Zydec is spearheading the hybrid Creole dance music's move into rock venues. Mr. Dural's playing was expressive, soulful, dynamically varied and rhythmically incisive. ...Buckwheat leads one of the best party bands in America; he can pump out zydeco two-beats or shift into rolling 12-bar blues, steaming all the way." - The New York Times

Thursday, August 18th    J.D. Simo

J.D. Simo's showmanship and ability are every bit as good as musicians twice his age [J.D. is 19]. Whether playing behing his back or running around the room, J.D. always conveys the joy he has for preforming. And this joy is passed on to those in the audience. - Don Brown Sr., Caught Live Too!

Friday & Saturday, August 19-20    Louisiana Red

When Red performs, the songs are often only launching pad for expressing his immediate feelings in the almost lost tradition of spontaneous composition that goes back to the original Delta Blues artists an even further to the West-African griot bards. (Source:

The Louisiana Red shows include a CD Release Party and Live Recording Session. Both nights will be recorded by the award winning Clarke Rigsby and will be part of Louisiana Red's next CD!

Tickets for Buckwheat Zydeco are $20-$23, J.D. Simo $5, and Louisiana Red $10 Friday Night, $12 Saturday Night. All shows begin approximately at 9 p.m. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014, Tel: 602.265.4842    < map >

Beyond The Neon Listings    For a more extensive list of Blues artists playing Nevada and neighboring states go to the SoCal & Southwest Calendar. The schedule has been updated! Look for more additions soom.

'Nuff Said    Now it's your turn. If you have any information you would like to see in this column send an e-mail to We especially welcome club listings. Telephone numbers are supplied for all venues.

All shows, dates and times are subject to change. Call the club or venue for confirmation before diggin' any of the music. May all your Blues be minor. -- Bion

Chris Hiatt & Band
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Biography Brief

Chris Hiatt at Boulder Station Chris Hiatt's musical road has taken him to many places. These days it's taking him down some pretty bluesy streets. Though Stevie Ray Vaughan IS one of Chris Hiatt's main musical influences, one also hears the influences of Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits), Johnny Marr (of the Smiths), the Beatles, R.E.M., and scores of other guitarists whose records lurk in the back of Hiatt's collection. The band includes Pennsylvania native THE GERM on bass guitar and drummer CHRIS 'CRASH' KLETTKE, originally from Washington State. Germ's solid attack and his sense of groove made him an obvious choice to work in Hiatt's band. A veteran of many area bands, Germ also brings a mountain of both live and studio experience under his belt. Crash was the prestigious INLAND EMPIRE BLUES SOCIETY's 1997 BEST BLUES DRUMMER OF THE YEAR, an honor presented by his peers and by regional blues fans. The music, is best described by a Portland, Oregon critic as 'Blues-based-British-influenced-Pop'.

Hiatt and the band have released three CDs, the last ,'THE BALLAD OF TEXAS FLOYD', is the bluesy follow-up to Hiatt's 1999 release, 'CATHARIS' and appeals to fans of Hiatt's brand of Rockin' Blues.

Fans will get the best taste of Hiatt guitar work yet to come. Hiatt and company are working on, what the band and those within hearing range say, is a culmination of the best songs Chris Hiatt's ever written. Add to that, Hiatt has the best band line-up in a decade, and the valuable lessons learned in those years. (Source:

Photo by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2001-2005 Moondog Productions

Luther Allison Biography
Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Luther Allison: Reckless b. 17 August 1939, Mayflower, Arkansas, USA, d. 12 August 1997, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Born into a family where he was the fourteenth child of 15, the young Allison worked with his siblings in the local cotton fields. In his youth, guitarist Allison sang with a family gospel group and moved to Chicago in 1951, where he attended school with one of Muddy Waters' children. Around 1957 he formed his own band with his brother Grant to work on the west side. They gigged occasionally under the name of the Rolling Stones and later the Four Jivers. After a year the group disbanded and Allison went on to work with Jimmy Dawkins, Magic Slim, Magic Sam, Muddy Waters, Little Richard, Freddie King and others until the mid-60s.

In March 1967, Allison recorded a session for Bill Lindemann, later issued by the collector label Delmark Records. He toured California, recording there as accompanist to Sunnyland Slim and Shakey Jake. He made his first album under his own name in 1969 and was one of the major successes of the Ann Arbor festivals of 1969 and 1970. In the early 70s, he recorded for Motown Records' subsidiary label Gordy and from the late 70s spent much of his time in France, living and working for a large and faithful following. He also recorded for many labels, usually live albums or studio sessions comprising funk or Jimi Hendrix- and Rolling Stones-influenced rock.

In the late 80s, following two well-received albums, Serious and Soul Fixin' Man, Allison found his career in ascendance. By the mid-90s, he was reaching a peak, winning W.C. Handy awards and experiencing financial success with a bestselling album, Blue Streak. This Indian summer of his career was cruelly cut short when in July 1997 he was diagnosed as having lung cancer; tragically, just over a month later, he died. It all happened so quickly that the interviews he had conducted for various magazines had not even gone to press. His son, Bernard Allison, released his debut album shortly before his father's death.

Love Me Mama (Delmark 1969)***, Bad News Is Coming (Gordy 1973)***, Luther's Blues (Gordy 1974)***, Night Life (Gordy 1976)***, Love Me Papa (Black & Blue 1977)***, Live In Paris (Free Bird 1979)***, Live (Blue Silver 1979)***, Gonna Be A Live One In Here Tonight (Rumble 1979)***, Time (Paris Album 1980)***, South Side Safari (Red Lightnin' 1982)***, Lets Have A Natural Ball (JSP 1984)***, Serious (Blind Pig 1984)***, Here I Come (Encore 1985)***, Powerwire Blues (Charly 1986)***, Rich Man (Entente 1987)***, Life Is A Bitch (Encore 1988)**, Love Me Mama (Delmark 1988)***, Let's Try It Again - Live '89 (Teldec 1989)**, More From Berlin (Melodie 1991)**, Hand Me Down My Moonshine (In-Akustik 1992)**, Soul Fixin' Man (Alligator 1994)***, Bad Love (Ruf 1994)***, Blue Streak (Ruf 1995)***, Reckless (Ruf 1997)****, Live In Paradise (Ruf 1998)****, Live In Chicago (Alligator 1999)****, South Side Safari (Catfish 2000)**, Play It Forward (Ruf 2002)***.

Sweet Home Chicago (Delmark 1993)***, The Motown Years 1972-1976 (Motown 1996)***, Where Have You Been? Live In Montreux 1976-1994 (Ruf 1997)****.

Live In Paradise (RUF 1998).

Copyright Muze UK Ltd. 1989 - 2005

Caught Live! Barley's 4th Annual Brewfest
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Chris Hiatt, Danny Rhodes, Pete Contino * May 14, 2005
Don Brown Sr.

Pete Contino at Barley's BrewfestDanny Rhodes at Barley's Brewfest

Barley's 4th Annual Brewfest is a day long celebration of beer and music. For only twenty bucks you got to sample all the microbrews you wanted and also get to listen to three talented up and coming bands. The Pete Contino Band, Danny Rhodes and The Messengers, and Chris Hiatt. It was going to be a special day at Barley's Casino in Henderson Nevada.

The Pete Contino Band took the stage at noon to start the music. They got the party started with Zydeco favorites and classic songs with a zydeco flavor. They worked the crowd up quickly with their party style and tight instrumentation. "Little By Little" and "Hey Pockey Way" showed the crowd just how talented they are. Guitarist Skip Eaton turned in some fine licks on Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower." "Little Mama" lead into a wild "Iko Iko" and "Jambalaya" jam. "Zydeco Train" and "Hot Tamale Baby" ended a cooking set.

The band kept up the early afternoon excitement with "Say Hey" the first song off of their new cd Push It. The hit "Hey Baby" lead straight into "Life On The Bayou." The all time hits "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" and Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry" had the fans dancing. "Sweet Home Alabama" was lead by saxophonist Ed Judd gave this Lynyrd Skynyrd hit a different taste. Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" helped the Pete Contino Band finish off another great set.

Northern Arizona's own Danny Rhodes & The Messengers had to follow the Pete Contino Band, and follow they did. Rhodes quickly lead his band through the instrumental "Sissi Strut." Danny played the lap steel on the party anthem "I Got Loaded." "Real Party Now" from their first cd Home Cookin' went over well with the crowd. "Trouble In Paradise" was lead by saxman Greg Aiken taking a vocal turn. The band finished up with "Runaway Child" and won over many new fans with that set.

Danny Rhodes & The Messengers really let it fly with their second set. Songs like "I Want A Big House" featured some nasty bass work by Richard Neville. "Check Out Her Mama" had that taste of Louisiana< through and through. Bill Whiters "Ain't No Sunshine" was given a new treatment.

The next run included a few tunes from their latest cd Welcome To The Night which kept the party going. The blues rock of "Way Past Midnight" gave way to the slow blues of "Baby Please Don't Go." James Brown's mega hit "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" lead into their closer "Play Time" and leaving their new fans cheering for more.

Chris Hiatt at Barley's Brewfest Last but not least to hit the stage was Chris Hiatt. Chris and his bandmates "Crash" and "Germ" have been rocking Vegas and Henderson for years, but this time it would be different.

Hiatt and his band rocked the place on Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Couldn't Stand The Weather" and "Look At Little Sister." The latter was helped by Greg Aikens on saxophone, "Superstition" and "Cold Shot" kept his fans happy. The solo "Life At The Drop" gave theb rhythm section a chance to catch their breath. They came back in time to tear it up on "Pride And Joy" and the closer "Let The Good Times Roll."

The second set was going to be the first time Chris and his band has played his new songs in Henderson. Hiatt eased into it with two tunes from The Ballad Of Texas Floyd. The instrumental "Statoil Stomp" and "Oath Of Love" got it off to a fine start. One of the best new tracks "Rise Again" had the fans on their feet. His ode to Las Vegas "Sin City Jump" kept it up.

"Mean Old Frisco" and "Straight Up" lead into more new tunes. The hot "Next To My Woman" and the slow blues of "2 Day Blues" showed the quality of his songs. The band broke into the Beatles' "Birthday" for a couple of fans. "Thangs Together," and "Play This Way" lead into another of my new favorite's "Undestand." Drummer Chris "Crash" Klettke wrote the fun "One O'Clock Girl" before the band finished up with an odd combination of classics - the Johnny Cash hit "Ring Of Fire" and Black Sabbath's "Fairies Wear Boots". This ended a wild day of beer and music at Barley's Casino. I can't wait for next year.

Photography by Jeff DeMarco copyright © 2005 Brown Ink

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