photo by Michel Verlinden
photo by Michel Verlinden
We are privileged to join our friend Geoff Bartley in hosting this month's folk open mic. Geoff has been running the Monday night open mic at the Cantab for close to 30 years, and it still one of the most welcoming scenes in the Boston area, with some of the most amazing and durable talent.
We are playing the feature set for all 4 Mondays in October, and will be joined on some of the dates by our Mojo Rodeo bandmates and other special guests!
First Unitarian Church, Worcester, MA
showtime: 7 PM
With special guests from Mojo Rodeo - stay tuned!
We have had a busy year, teaching country blues at Berklee, traveling to Minneapolis to teach and play for a group of 450 Music Therapists, and playing gigs with our growing band, Mojo Rodéo (pronounced Ro-DAY-oh). We've just posted a video of the band on YouTube (and on our "Video" page) singing 5-part harmony on a Junior Wells and Buddy Guy song, "Little by Little." We've always been privileged to have great musicians in our band and well as great people we can learn from.
A few musings on the change of seasons as time yanks us forward like a puppy on a leash: Musicians are in the business of keeping time. With or without formal training, we need to recognize the difference between quarter notes and triplets, "swing time" and "straight eighths," and revere the existence of a "pocket." Ironically, many of us are chronically tardy for real-world appointments, and frequently have empty pockets.
(Annie is traveling by train and other conveyances to Mississippi and St. Louis to teach and perform at some harmonica workshops, "jam camps" and festivals this week and next. The following road blog is a work in progress.)
Day four,Tallapoosa, GA, Alabama State Line
Available now from Mojo Rodeo Records
"Talking Guitar delivers exactly what its title and its creator's reputation promise: lucid translations of prewar records and expert insight into what made them so good. After hearing Paul Rishell's blues, you'll have a hard time denying the power of such bare, organic, and emotive sound."
- Katie Lambert, LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE
In 1960, when I was 10 years old, I returned to the U.S. after living in England. A lot had changed since I had left the country 3 years earlier. My old team, the Brooklyn Dodgers, were no more. We lived in New York, and occasionally I'd go to Yankee Stadium and watch the Yankees play. I never liked the Yankees. It never seemed that they needed me as a fan; they had plenty of fans. The worst team in the league in 1960 was the Baltimore Orioles. I chose them as my team because I felt they needed my support.
We're driving to Florida where on Saturday, January 23, we will embark on our first Blues Cruise. Other performers on the boat include Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Johnny Winter, Guy Davis, Ruthie Foster, Joe Louis Walker, Duke Robillard, Jason Ricci and about 20 more acts and 1800 blues fans. It's a long trip so we thought we'd share some of the highlights of the 1500-mile drive from Boston to Fort Lauderdale as they happen (well, almost):
Sunday: Rain, germophobia and a surprise for Paul
May 2009: We just returned from a 3-week tour that centered around the 30th Annual Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee. It turned out to be a star-studded, action-packed gala: Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Curtis Salgado and too many others to mention were on the stage or in the crowd, along with some of the most enthusiastic blues friends and fans who walk or wheel on this earth.
Paul Rishell and Annie Raines’ first live album, A Night In Woodstock, releases today as the flagship recording on their Mojo Rodeo label, distributed worldwide by Burnside Distribution. The album features special guests John Sebastian (harmonica), Bruce Katz (keyboards), Reed Butler (bass), Chris Rival (guitar), and Billy MacGillivray (drums) joining the duo for an eclectic, high-energy set of acoustic and electric originals and classic blues songs.