Hello and greetings from the syncopated and ever-more multi-instrumental world of Paul Rishell & Annie Raines. We’re happy to be trading our layers of snow, salt and polar fleece for a fresh dusting of pollen. Those itchy eyes tell us it’s time to see the world, and we’re hitting the road again this month, for short jaunts to Bethlehem and Barto, PA, and gearing up for longer trips in early and late summer. But first, we’re making our official “Mojo Rodeo” debut this Saturday, May 7 at the Bull Run in Shirley, MA (click on "Read More" to read more...). This project was born when Paul bought his first pedal steel and we thought we’d never see him again. This week we’re going to drag both Paul and steel out of the woodshed and introduce some honky-tonk into our blues band, making no attempt whatsoever to combine the two. There could be a Hatfield-McCoy showdown right on the stage! We’ll start the night as a duo and be joined by rootin’ tootin’ types Chris Rival, Billy Mac, and Marty Ballou.
IN OTHER NEWS: Paul is honored to be teaching at Berklee College of Music next year as a visiting artist in the Roots Program. The college will host two teachers every year (the other teacher this year is Woody Mann) to occupy the Bob Davoli – Eileen McDonagh Country Blues Visiting Artist Chair. This is a big leap forward for country blues and for Berklee. We’re excited for Paul and Woody and know they’ll do a great job corrupting young minds!
Paul recently recorded his first solo album in almost 20 years, a collection of country blues gems from the 20s and 30s and two original songs. Unlike his first two albums, this one is all acoustic, with only an occasional guest appearance on harmonica by yours truly. The album should be available by September.
Annie is keeping her nose to the grindstone but so far it looks about the same! More nose…er, news coming soon about “Blues Harmonica Blueprint,” a massive harmonica instructional video for Truefire that is nearing completion.
We’re looking forward to seeing you in places near and far, wherever you are. Hope you’re enjoying the warmer days.
Best to all,