SUMMER 2015

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. With the tremendous talents of bassist Brad Bensko, guitarist Sarah Rogo (both former Berklee students of Paul's) and vocalist Christie Flemming, we are exploring a veritable catalog of American roots music styles and their offshoots, from blues and folk to honky-tonk, pop and "oldies."
Roots will be the main course from June 24-26 at Berklee's American Roots Music Weekend, a 3-day intensive workshop for students aged 15 and up. Players of all levels of experience are welcome. The weekend features ensemble work, jams and small group study with a faculty that includes fiddle masters Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky and Matt Glaser, Celtic Harpist Maeve Gilchrist, banjo genius Tony Trischka and jazz wizard Matt Munisteri. We are honored to be part of this amazing gathering and are working hard to come up with a list of PG-13 blues songs.
We have a couple of public concerts confirmed for this summer: August 1 we're returning to the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA for an intimate acoustic show; August 8 Annie is playing a gig with the Mystix at Maudslay Park in Newburport; And on Friday, August 28, we'll both be sharing the stage with folk-rock icon John Sebastian at Johnny D's in Somerville.
In between we're playing a few birthday and retirement parties. This still leaves several open dates that would be perfect for playing at a BBQ. Feel free to contact us if you would like to arrange some summer entertainment in your own backyard!
We are looking forward to basking in the warm weather and pursuing some studio projects before the start of the next semester at Berklee. Wishing you all the joys of summer and hoping to see you in any season, in or out of doors.
Best to all,
Annie and Paul

Pocket Full of Soul Screening Feb. 28 - needs your help!

Calling all harmonica fans, blues history buffs, curious bystanders...we're promoting an exclusive, one-night-only screening of a new harmonica documentary, Pocket Full of Soul on Thursday, February 28 at the Landmark Embassy Cinema in Waltham, MA. The movie is narrated by Huey Lewis and features some big and small names in harmonica - I think I get my 3 seconds of fame here too. However, if we don't meet the threshold of 81 tickets reserved by February 21st, they will cancel the screening.

REMEMBERING SHIRLEY LEWIS

We're sad to share the news that Shirley Lewis, Boston's regal "Queen of the Blues," passed away on Sunday after a battle with cancer. Shirley was a musical mother and mentor to many of us in the Boston Blues community. She had seemingly limitless positive energy and a take-no-prisoners approach onstage that made her a popular draw for decades. She fostered many young musicians' careers, and when it was time to take wing she ungrudgingly let them fly the nest and continued to offer encouragement and support.

Our Visit to America, Summer 2013

If you live in the Metro West suburbs of Boston,you might be only 10 minutes away from the ocean, or some form of saltwater. Since Boston Harbor takes on a few too many “forms” in the summer ("coli-" is one of the less appealing prefixes), most of us opt for a slightly longer trip to any of the enchanting beaches that line our New England shores. An hour's drive either way and we can dip a toe in the bracing waters of the Labrador Current or frolic in the cool spray kicked up by the Gulf Stream.

Eyesight to the Blind

February 18, 2014 -- If you live in America and you love Roots Music, you celebrate Black History Month year-round. This month we'd like to take the time to mention four great musicians who also happened to be blind: Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Many rural blues artists found their way into musical careers because of disabilities that prevented them from getting regular work.

Southern Tour Planned for Fall

October in New England is a feast for all the senses. To encapsulate this, imagine biting into a sticky candy apple, bright red and yellow leaves crunching underfoot as you wind through a corn maze, navigating by the strains of a nearby polka band as the need for beer and a bathroom become increasingly urgent.

SUMMER CROP REPORT AND FALL SHOWS

July 27, 2014: How does your garden grow? In between visits to local farms for delectable summer vegetables and fruits, we've been raising up a crop of songs, students and shows to take to market in the summer and fall...

Summer 2015 - news and new shows

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.

Mojo Rodeo Rising

After years of playing country blues as a duo and Chicago blues with local bands, it was time to find people who were sympathetic to playing other kinds of music with us. We've always had a passion for a wide range of American roots styles as well as a passion for harmony singing. In 2010, Paul began teaching at Berklee as a Visiting Artist in their Roots Program. His first student was Brad Bensko, who was there to study recording engineering.