29 May 2009

VizzTone News!


Congratulations to man-about-town Mookie Brill, once again winning the Blues Music Award in the Instrumentalist - Bass category! VizzTone nominees were well represented at this year's Awards show, with a stunning set by Gaye Adegbalola (featuring Bob Margolin), and dynamic appearances by Bruce Katz, Terry Hanck, and Rich DelGrosso. Hats off to the Blues Foundation for one of the best shows ever, and one hell of a weekend! For a Where's Waldo moment, check out these candid shots!


June 23 will see the release of TWO new Shane Dwight CDs! Shane's fiery talent is so big and bright that ONE new CD just isn't enough. Shane Dwight / Plays the Blues contains 10 original tracks (with guest appearances by VizzTone cohorts Bob Margolin and Richard Rosenblatt), and Gimme Back My Money features some of Shane's songs that cross over into Rock, Country, Urban R&B and Americana.
(click one of Shane's CDs to pre-order NOW!)

July 7 VizzTone will release two more great blues CDs: We are tremendously proud to present Born Lover, by the natural-born son of the great Muddy Waters, Big Bill Morganfield! We are also thrilled to be partnering with our good friend Bob Corritore's Southwest Musical Arts Foundation Records on the latest release by powerhouse singer Big Pete Pearson, Finger In Your Eye, featuring guest appearances by Pinetop Perkins, Duke Robillard, Henry Gray and more. (And contrary to popular rumor, Big Bill and Big Pete do NOT share a hat.)

We are also proud to announce the upcoming release of the much-anticipated David Maxwell & Louisiana Red / You Got To Move. Watch for more info on this one later in the Summer!
Gina Sicilia and Christine Santelli are hailed by acclaimed music critic David McGee in the most recent issue of The Bluegrass Special, in an article entitled "How Blue Can You Get? Gina Sicilia and Christine Santelli, equally at home in blues and country, scorch the earth and hurt so good on their stunning new albums." Yeah, I'd say he gets it. Read the whole, brilliant article HERE.

Super Chikan is the subject of a feature article in the latest Blues Revue. He is also prominently featured in the documentary Delta Rising, which has been receiving accolades at film festivals around the world. Later this Summer he'll be performing a major concert in New York City's Central Park and returning to Norway's acclaimed Notodden Blues Festival.
Gaye Adegbalola has been touring extensively with her group Saffire during their 25th and final year. As Gaye puts it, "For many years our visions coincided, but as we have aged and grown, our individual needs have changed. Our love of the music and our love for each other has not changed. As we move forward in different musical directions, we look forward to providing support and encouragement to each other... As Ann so clearly put it, she wants to be 'musically promiscuous, instead of faithful to the same partners.' Gaye and Andra say, 'Ditto.'"
Matthew Stubbs will be on tour with Charlie Musselwhite all summer.

Rich DelGrosso
has been invited to teach and perform this summer at the Accademia Internazionale Italiana di Mandolino. They want some mandolin blues! At the end of week 1 he'll be performing there in the Blues to Bop Festival.
Scissormen's Ted Drozdowski has just produced a new album for New England-based roots guitarist Peter Parcek, tentatively clled The Mathematics of Love. Guests include Al Kooper, Ronnie Earl, and bassist Marty Ballou as well as Boston music scene MVPs Jimmy Ryan (mandolin) and Dan Kellar (violin).

Bob Margolin is keeping up a strong summer touring shedule and working on a new live album.
Dave Gross has been on tour this year with his group as well as with label mate Gina Sicilia. When off the road, he has been very active in the studio, producing a slew of veteran as well as up-and-coming artists.
The Bruce Katz Band is currently on a 9-city tour in the Midwest, ending May 31. Recently, Bruce recorded a new CD, Project A, the music of Aretha Franklin. The band included Jerry Jemmott, members of Bruce's and Ronnie Earl's bands, and a great horn section. The CD will come out later this year on the Anzic label. In June, Bruce is going to Brazil with John Hammond, and July, he'll be on tour with Gregg Allman. Bruce is keeping busy!

come visit our family of artists, buy CDs, download tracks at www.vizztone.com

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18 May 2009

CeeCee James

Hello Everyone:

Well it's been a crazy two months working to keep my gigs going by finding players to cover them! At one point I had 24 hours in which to cancel gigs if I didn't find a lead guitar player. Luckily we had James Howard step up to the plate. James will be covering several of our upcoming gigs until our new regular lead player, Manuel Morais can step in in June. James played the lead guitar parts on all the tracks on our late October 09 release "Low Down Where The Snakes Crawl."

As well, we've got Chris Leighton and Ronnie Smith, both of whom many of you most likely know, coming in to fill the drum positions until we can find a permanent player for that position.

So you can just well imagine, the rehearsals and audition sessions have been something of a strange calendar arranging ride!

But at any rate... beyond all this update babbling... :), we have two shows in Washington this month and we hope you all at one or both.

(Come on you can call in sick on Thursday!).. umm humm.. yah right! NOT in this economy!

Walla Walla Blues Society's Monthly Bash - and their last of the season; AND a special benefit to Dan Greenwood, a dear friend, and long-time WWBS member, who unexpectedly passed on April 14th.

So we hope to see you and if not... well we've got some other good shows upcoming in June here in our beautiful state.. so stay tuned!

Hope everyone is well and hanging on in these tough times...

Cee Cee James
http://www.ceeceejames.com http://www.cdbaby.com/ceeceejames http://www.myspace.com/ceeceejames

"My thing is... in all my writing, singing and performance is to make the songs come alive for people. To open up the mind, heart and soul with the fire of an intense gut wrenching performance full of vulnerability, honesty and truth. What else am I up on that stage for?" - Cee Cee James
FWG Records P.O. Box 42 Langley, WA 98260 360/730-1886

16 May 2009

Byron Bay BluesFest 2009 Photos

My friend Anthony introduced me to another radio show host called Jerry when I attend Blues Fest 2008. He and his partner have loaded many great photos onto their myspace site. Take a look at these and then go visit their site for more excellent photos of Blues Fest 2009.

Can you name these artists???

4 May 2009

May 2009 Bulletin of the Hamilton Blues Society

Welcome to the May 2009 Bulletin of the Hamilton Blues Society

The April Jam was a fantastic fusion and a rocking good night: we had several ladies singing and
another playing the viola, plus a different kind of "number one squeeze" - a well-loved piano
accordion - and everyone seemed to have only great words to say at the end! Tony our webmaster has done some great work to get our photo pages updated so take a look soon.

All photos are taken by Sönke Dwenger www.dithmarschen-wiki.de/Soenke_Dwenger - be sure to read his Biography (in English) or email him on soenke@dwenger-online.de

Next jam for 2009 is Thursday 14th May at Biddy Mulligan starting at 7pm with ‘Have a Go’ Hour

Gumboots and Blues Saturday 23rd May 7.30pm ~ Founders Theatre, Hamilton
PROCEEDS TO HOSPICE WAIKATO. A Variety Show Extravaganza featuring:
Blues Legend Midge Marsden, Entertainer Jackie Clarke, Compere Frankie Stevens, Opera Star
Julia Booth, Hamilton Gospel Choir and many more exciting local acts including Hamilton Blues
Societies Johnny Stash and Pauline Sinel.
Tickets from Ticket Direct $60, or $50 if group of 4 or more + Fees, Pre-Sales at all Hamilton
Libraries, Phone Sales 0800 224 224, Door Sales one hour prior to event.

HBS presents its 2nd Annual…
Ladies Sing the Blues show
with special guests from Wellington Mojo Mama (and the Hired Guns) featuring
Bullfrog Rata.

Thursday 28th May 8pm ~ Altitude Bar (the old ‘Lady H’ for those that remember those
days!) 30 Alexandra Street, Hamilton
Tickets $10 for members, $15 for non-members, pre sold tickets available at May Jam night
and from Altitude Bar, Shearers Music Works or from Pauline on 021 109 5630.
This is the show of the year with Chris Maydon, Pauline Sinel & Zeb Davies on stage as
Hamilton„s Ladies singing the Blues followed by a rocking good night with Mojo Mama and
one of New Zealand‟s favorite blues men BullFrog Rata. So come along and support us in this
new Big venue enlisted especially for this night. It‟s going to be a big one!
Ladies Sing the Blues in Rotorua featuring the HBS women Sunday 31st May 7pm ~ The
Belgian Bar, 1151 Arawa Street, Rotorua.

AGM of the Hamilton Blues Society
Thursday 11th June 2009 7pm, prior to the Jam ~ Biddy Mulligan’s Irish Bar, 742
Come along early to support the club and help vote in the new committee. All 08/09 financial
members have a vote.

BOP Blues Jam ~ The Belgian Bar, 1151 Arawa Street, Rotorua.
The BOP blues jam is held on the first Wednesday of the month over in Rotorua. Door charge is
$5 for non-members and no charge for BOP Blues members and participating musicians.

Hamilton Jazz Society ~ Centennial Lounge, Te Rapa Racecourse, Hamilton
The Jazz Society meets for a Regular monthly jazz evening on the last Sunday of the month.
Members of HBS who show their membership cards can enter at the Hamilton Jazz Society
Members $7, Non-members $12, Meals $13.

Hamilton Acoustic Music Club ~ Biddy Mulligan’s Irish Bar, 742 Victoria Street
The Acoustic Music Club meets for a Regular monthly jam on the first Wednesday of the month.

Other Notices & Reviews
I am still keen to hear from anyone who might be interested in taking over this email bulletin
once a month. It‟s mainly a gig guide with a few reviews and points of interest.
I can provide a lot of the detail of what needs to be included, but would love someone with a
creative flare/flair to put their mark on it. Email Pauline at hamilton@blues.co.nz if you are
Review of National Jazz Festival Jazz Village Tauranga Easter Sunday – by Pauline Sinel

The Hamilton Blues Society did it so well. We hosted the „Jamming Stage‟ at the TV3 Jazz Village from 11am through to after 4pm on Sunday the 12th April 2009. The Jazz Village was new venue and concept for the National Jazz Festival in Tauranga. It was located at the old historic village near the hospital. It was a roaring success with 11,000 through the gates on the Sunday. The setting was magic with the overall feeling of a New Orleans village oozing from every street corner in the miniature village. They had 5 stages running throughout and it was open on Sunday and Monday from 10-6pm. The only complaint of that first day was they had under catered for the numbers so it was taking an hour to queue for coffee and food. They got it right for the Monday crowd however.

HBS took over 5 bands to cover the 5 hours, they were Blue Print, Johnny Stash, the HBS Band with the Ladies (and the Man) Sing the Blues show, River Rockers and the Stienikins. We had great technical sound support from Peter Wood & Kevin as we had to take our own PA. This totaled 22 of us Hamiltonians showing them how we do the blues over the hill. The venue was a replica of the ‘Grand old opery’ as someone put it and it was packed with a constant turnover of people all day.

HBS has a lot to be proud of and they have already asked us back for next year‟s festival.
Comments from the Tony Joe White 23rd April 2009 Power Clarence Street Theatre
"Wow, Ian Moss was just amazing as a solo performer; I really found that aspect a bonus to the
night. Tony Joe and band were just great from where I sat, sound was good and the keyboards were grunty. Could have done more for an encore though, I felt a bit let down there" and on the other side of the fence. “It was awful” which I think stemmed from the heavy bass sound.