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July 31 - August 6, 2006

BluesBeat Las Vegas Blues Events Calendar

Savoy Brown

Chrome Showroom Santa Fe Blues - 8pm August 2nd    Brithish blues rock pioneer Savoy Brown is scheduled for the Wednesday Night Blues series inside the Chrome Showroom. They will also appear at Boulder Station the following evening. See below for more information on these events. Check out Wednesday Night Blues at Chrome for a complete schedule of upcoming concerts. Santa Fe Station is located at 4949 N Rancho Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89130 Tel 702.658.4900    Santa Fe Station Map

Railhead

Savoy Brown    Thursday, August 3
Boulder Station Casino (702-432-7575)
Two Shows: 8 & 10 p.m. FREE


Kim Simmonds Legendary... a blues/rock institution... true innovators... These are just a few of the ways Savoy Brown has been described over the past thirty years by music critics and fans.

One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown (with founder guitarist and longtime member Kim Simmonds at the helm) helped launch the UK blues/rock movement that paved the way for such acts as Led Zeppelin.

"The music of Savoy Brown has never really got that far away from the blues", Simmonds says. "Today, I can still do a show that does straight traditional blues along with rock hits like "Tell Mama" and it all seems to fit. Everything that I have done with the band has had a blues stand point to it".

Coming Soon to Station Casinos    On Wednesday, August 9 Joe Bonamassa will play the Chrome Showroom, and the Railhead Lounge on August 10th. Go to the Station Casinos' Boulder Blues Page for a schedule of upcoming concerts. Boulder Station Casino is located at 4111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89121    Boulder Station Map


Blues Blues News News

Jessie Mae Hemphill Passes

Jessie Mae Hemphill Jessie Mae Hemphill died on July 22 at age 72. She had been admitted to a hospital in Memphis and was in a critical care unit. She had a perforated ulcer and her system had turned septic; doectors wanted to operate, but she refused the surgery; even so, she struggled on for 12 days.

Hemphill was unusual among women Blues singers in playing her own electric guitar and singing her own songs. She was not a Blues shouter, but sang a mellower Country Blues, accompanying herself with hypnotic guitar lines. Born near Como, Mississippi, she was influenced by her grandfather, Sid Hemphill, a legendary fife player; the sound of the fife-and-drum tradition survived in her use of leg bells and a tambourine attached to one foot.

She played and sang for friends and family until 1979, when University of Memphis scholar and Bluesman David Evans encouraged her to turn pro. Evans produced her first three albums, She-Wolf, Feelin' Good, and Get Right Blues, and toured with her. She won the W.C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Female Blues Artist in both 1987 and 1988, and Best Acoustic Album in 1991. Just as her career was taking off with gigs in Europe and Canada, she suffered a stroke in 1993 that left her unable to play guitar, but her voice was not affected.

Blues singer Olga Wilhelmine Mathus, founder and president of the Jessie Mae Hemphill Foundation, produced her last album, Dare You to Do It Again, on her 219 Records label in 2004. Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer plans to use one of her songs in his next movie

Hemphill could walk only with difficulty; in 2005 she was given a trailer to live in for the rest of her life, but the woman who gave it to her lost control of it, and Hemphill was in danger of being evicted. She had always cared deeply about the Blues community, which came together to look after her, relocating her to a home in Clarksdale

She made one of her last appearances at the Memphis in May festival, with Richard Johnston, who wrote this week, "My heart feels like a brick." He and Hemphill's next of kin were with her at the end.

The funeral was on July 30. Fans and friends can help with funeral expenses by sending checks made out to "Jessie Mae Hemphill Memorial Fund” and including as a memo "In care of Richard Johnston" to Community Bank, 475 E. Commerce Street, Hernando, Mississippi 38632. The bank’s phone number is 662-429-8484 and the account representative is Leca [Lisa] Dew.

Also in lieu of flowers, friends and fans can send donations to the Delta Blues Museum. Barbara Blue is going to be working on developing a permanent exhibit on women in Blues, which will feature Jessie Mae. Checks may be mailed to Delta Blues Museum, P.O. Box 459, Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614. Please earmark contributions "women in Blues". -- BluesWax

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Hollywood Blue Flames: Road To Rio CD Universe Top Ten Blues Chart
as of Monday, July 3, 2006
Check the complete and current blues chart
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials: Rattlesnake

1Walter TroutFull CirclePurchase from CD Universe
2Joe BonamassaYou & MePurchase from CD Universe
3Hollywood Blue FlamesRoad To RioPurchase from CD Universe
4Magic SlimThat Ain't RightPurchase from CD Universe
5Jimmy ThackeryIn The Natural StatePurchase from CD Universe
6Keb' Mo'SuitcasePurchase from CD Universe
7Lynwood SlimLast CallPurchase from CD Universe
8Lil' Ed & The Blues ImperialsRattlesnakePurchase from CD Universe
9Mike Bloomfield/ Al Kooper / Steve StillsSuper SessionPurchase from CD Universe
10Chris Thomas KingRisePurchase from CD Universe

Blues Birthdays    This week's blues artists birthdays include:

July 31    Ernest "Big" Crawford (bass), 1891-?
July 31    Roy Milton (drums, vocals, leader), 1907-1983    [
biography]
Aug 01    Deitra Farr (vocals), 1957
Aug 01    Piano Slim (piano), 1928
Aug 01    Robert Cray (guitar, vocals), 1953
Aug 02    Big Walter Price (vocals, songwriter), 1914
Aug 02    Mark Naftalin (keyboards), 1944
Aug 03    Alex "Easy Baby" Randall (harmonica), 1934
Aug 03    Joseph Spence (guitar, vocals, composer), 1910-1984
Aug 03    Mercy Dee Walton (piano, vocals), 1915-1962
Aug 06    Lillian Boutte (vocals), 1949
Aug 06    Willie Lee Brown (vocals, guitar), 1900-1952
Aug 06    Lem Johnson (sax), 1909-1989
Aug 06    Willie "Earthquake" Blackmon (drums), 1934
Aug 06    Willie Nix (guitar, drums, vocals), 1922-1991

blues on the internet Robert Cray

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Robert Cray - Smoking Gun
The Robert Cray Band at the San Francisco Blues Festival in 1982. Runtime: 04:02


Roy Milton    CD and artist biography brief:    Roy Milton & His Solid Senders

That Roy Milton gets nary a mention in documentaries or surveys of American music reflects how far we have to go in recognizing the true pioneers of this music. Louis Jordan may have created the small swing combo, but Roy Milton boiled it down to its absolute essence--the blues--and emerged as one of the biggest stars in the golden age of jump blues. With a slick combo of big-band veterans (all stars in their own right), rock-solid boogie rhythms, and a sly wit, Milton and His Solid Senders churned out hit after hit, the best of which are to be found in this excellent collection. "RM Blues" is the song that put Specialty Records on the map, while "Hop, Skip & Jump" may be the finest jump-blues song ever recorded. The others merely bridged the gap between R&B and rock & roll. Just buy it. -- Ken Hohman :: amazon.com :: editorial review

This week's new blues releases and re-issues:

Furry Lewis: Fourth And Beale Professor Longhair: Rock N Roll Gumbo Sunnyland Slim: The Sonet Blues Story
Bo DiddleyBest Of Bo DiddleyDirect SourceAugust 1
Eddie BoydThe Sonet Blues StoryVerveAugust 1
Furry LewisFourth And BealeVerveAugust 1
J.D. ShortThe Sonet Blues StoryVerveAugust 1
Lightnin' HopkinsAn Introduction To Lightnin' HopkinsFuel 2000August 1
Jeff FielderLast DisguiseChroma SoundAugust 1
John FaheyOn The Sunny Side Of The OceanBrookAugust 1
Lightnin' HopkinsThe Sonet Blues StoryVerveAugust 1
Otis RushThe Sonet Blues StoryVerveAugust 1
Otis RushTroubles, TroublesVerveAugust 1
Professor LonghairRock 'n Roll GumboSunny SideAugust 1
Robert Pete WilliamsThe Sonet Blues StoryVerveAugust 1
Sonny Boy WilliamsonThe Best of Sonny Boy WilliamsonFontana Int'lAugust 1
Sunnyland SlimThe Sonet Blues StoryVerveAugust 1
Various ArtistsTexas & Louisiana Slide MastersVerveAugust 1
Jesse JamesI Can Do Bad By MyselfGunsmokeAugust 4
Jesse JamesOperator Please Put Me ThroughGunsmokeAugust 4

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Bluesin' Round Town

M o n d a y, July 31

Casbar Lounge (inside the Sahara) 9pm-12am Moanin' Blacksnakes
2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. 702-737-2111
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-2am Blues Jam with Chris Tofield and Friends
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651

T u e s d a y, August 1

Bunkhouse Saloon 10pm-2am Open Blues Jam
hosted by Lipz & The Bunkhouse Blues Band
124 S. 11th St. 702-384-4536
E-String 8pm Katie Logan & The Songwriters Session
2031 W Sunset Rd. 702-437-8674 [new]
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Tailspin 9pm Open Mic & Jam
6295 S. Pecos Rd. 702-436-7925

W e d n e s d a y, August 2

Brendan's Irish Pub (inside the Orleans) 9:30pm-1am Pete Contino Band
4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 702-365-7075
Chrome (inside Santa Fe Station) 8 & 10pm Savoy Brown
4949 N. Rancho Dr. 702-658-4900 [new]
E String 8-11pm Blues Chicago Style
2031 W. Sunset Rd. 702.437.8764 [new]
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Sand Dollar Blues 8pm-12am Katie Logan & The Songwriters Session
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]

T h u r s d a y, August 3

Bootlegger Bistro 9:30pm Ruth Brown
7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702-736-4939
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Railhead (inside Boulder Station) 8 & 10pm Savoy Brown
4111 Boulder Hwy. 702-432-7777 [new]
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-2am Junior Brantley Band
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]

F r i d a y, August 4

BlueStorm CD Release Party & Andy Walo at the Sand Dollar

BluesStorm: Live In Las Vegas Andy Walo appears at the Sand Dollar Aug 4, 2006

Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-3am Andy Walo
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]
Squiggy's Lounge 9pm-1am Monk & The Po' Boys
3805 W. Sahara Ave. 702-871-4952
Tequila Cantina 10pm-2am Moanin' Blacksnakes
5486 Boulder Hwy. 702-457-3001
Thunderbird Lounge (Aruba Hotel & Spa) 7-9pm BluesStorm
1215 Las Vegas Blvd. S. 702-383-3100

S a t u r d a y, August 5

Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-3am Moanin' Blacksnakes
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]
Squiggy's Lounge 9pm-1am Larry Travis Band
3805 W. Sahara Ave. 702-871-4952 [new]

S u n d a y, August 6

The Heights 4-8pm Blues Jam hosted by The Gonnerz
4655 S. Decatur Blvd. 702-870-7009
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-2am Al Ek & The All Star Open Jam
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651

KUNV's Nothin' But The Blues Current Playlist
The Blues Dr. Brian Spencer
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Blues Beyond the Neon

Dennis Jones at Martini Blues
Satturday, August 5

Dennis Jones at Martini Blues"... Dennis Jones reminds us why the blues gives so much to what we feel from day to day." -- Southland Blues Review

Huntington Beach, CA    Dennis Jones began his music career in his early teens in Baltimore County, Maryland and played guitar in several cover and original bands throughout his youth. Later he relocated to Europe for a few years and played with notable blues and R&B bands. Dennis played in Zac Harmon's band and was featured on "Live At Babe & Ricky's" as well as co-writing a song on " The Blues According to Zacariah" CD. Dennis was also in Zac's group when they won the 2004 IBC Championship. He has also sat in with such artists as Guitar Shorty and Kenny Neal and for over ten years has fronted the Dennis Jones Band.

Showtime: 9pm Cover: $10 plus $10 Food/Drink Minimum. Martini Blues is located at 5874 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 Tel: 714.840.2129    Martini Blues Map

'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 bluesbeat@jazzinternet.com. 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

Hear The Blues With Russell

Russell Luzio is the nations only deaf DJ turn talk show host. With only 1% hearing Russell still hears the blues loud and clear. And "wow ee!" - as he's often prone to exclaim - he sure does play 'em on his internet radio show. Hear The Blues With Russell airs out of Los Angeles every Thursday from 7-9pm PST.


BluesBeat Review

Bob Brozman    Blues Reflex
cd review by
Don Brown Sr.

Bob Brozman: Blues Reflex The new Ruf Records release Blues Reflex by the talented Bob Brozman takes you on an acoustic blues quest. Brozman's hands are overflowing with his National guitar expertise. Bob keeps the ride filled with adventure at every turn. Isn't it time you were schooled by a master?

From the first notes of "Dead Cat On The Line" you're a real student of the blues. Bob and his National guitar continue their momentum on the traditional "Rattlesnake Blues." The timeless vibe of "One Steady Roll" proves that he is more than a casual observer of the game. The rich quality of Brozman's voice floods "Death Come Creepin'" with emotion.

It's all about the fretwork on "Vieux Kanyar Blues." The soulful sound of "Poor Me" reminds me of Leon Redbone. Professor Brozman breezes through the lesson with "Cypress Grove Blues." A quick rave up on "Little Tough Guy Blues" does a one eighty for "New Guinea Blues."

"It's Mercy We Need" turns out to be a powerful statement. "Mean World Blues" is a good source of inspiration. "More Room At The Edge" is a real showcase for Bob's talent. "Workman's's Song" ends this terrific journey back in time.

copyright © 2006 Brown Ink

JazzBeat Nevada

Charles Lloyd Charles Lloyd's Blues Beginnings

Before he became a jazz musician, Lloyd worked in Memphis with B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland during the early '50s.

Charles Lloyd was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 15, 1938. Like New Orleans, 400 miles to the south on the Mississippi, Memphis has a rich river culture and musical heritage saturated in blues, gospel and jazz. Lloyd's ancestry of African, Cherokee, Mongolian, and Irish reflects a similar rich culture. He was given his first saxophone at the age of 9, riveted to 1940's radio broadcasts by Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington, he was transported by jazz. Lloyd's early teachers included pianist Phineas Newborn and saxophonist Irvin Reason. His closest childhood friend was the great trumpeter Booker Little. As a teenager Lloyd played jazz with saxophonist George Coleman and was a sideman for blues greats Johnny Ace, Bobby Blue Bland, Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King.

Lloyd has come a long way since those early Memphis blues beginnings. He went on to become a master of the cross-pollination of various world musics. During the sixties he was embraced by that era's "flower children" when the Charles Lloyd Quarter appeared at the 1966 Monterey Jazz Festival. Forest Flower was recorded live at that historic event and the album became jazz soundtrack of the Flower Power movement.    read more

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Roy Milton Biography
Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Roy Milton: Specialty Profiles b. 31 July 1907, Wynnewood, Oklahoma, USA, d. 18 September 1983, Los Angeles, California, USA. Growing up on his Chickasaw grandmother's reservation, Milton encountered blues music when his family moved to Tulsa. In the late 20s, he was a vocalist with the Ernie Fields Orchestra; while on tour in Texas, he replaced the band's drummer after the latter was arrested. He left the Fields band in 1933 and moved to Los Angeles. After a couple of years he formed Roy Milton And The Solid Senders with pianist Camille Howard, Buddy Floyd and Hosea Sapp. In December 1945 they recorded "R.M. Blues", which became an immediate hit, establishing both Roy Milton and Specialty Records and spearheading the wave of small R&B units that tolled the death knell of the big bands.

Milton remained with Specialty for 10 years, recording ballads and pop tunes alongside more popular blues and boogie material such as "Milton's Boogie", "Hop, Skip And Jump", "T-Town Twist" and "Best Wishes". After Specialty, he recorded for Dootone, King and Warwick, but by the end of the 60s his style of music had become outdated. He appeared with Johnny Otis at the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival and resumed a solo career that also brought him to Europe. He fell ill in 1982 and was confined to his home until his death a year later.

Compilations::
Big Fat Mama (Jukebox Lil 1985)***, Grandfather Of R&B (Jukebox Lil 1987)***, Roy Milton And His Solid Senders (Specialty/Ace 1990)***, Groovy Blues (Specialty/Ace 1992)***, Blowin' With Roy (Specialty/Ace 1994)***, Rhythms and Blues from California 1945-1949 (EPM Musique 2000)***, 1945-1946 (Melodie Jazz Classic 2002)***, Blues (P-Vine 2003), Instant Groove (Hepcat 2004), Specialty Profiles (Specialty 2006).

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