TO HELL AND BACK:, The intrepid blues duo recently returned from playing the Hell Blues Festival in Norway. Says Raines: "I didn't think I'd like Hell, but I met so many great musicians there." Also on the festival bill were Duke Robillard and his excellent band; Janiva Magness; Johnny Nicholas; Henry Gray and Andy Cornett; and Paul Jones and the Blues Band from the UK.After their return from Hell, the duo played a church service in downtown Boston. So the score is sitting at 1-1 so far.
PROFESSOR PAUL: The big news this fall is that Paul will be teaching at
Berklee College of Music as a Visiting Artist, one of the flagship artists
occupying the Bob Davoli & Eileen McDonagh Country Blues Visiting Artist
Chair, which will be part of Berklee's new Roots Program under the direction of violinist and historian Matt Glaser. So with a little help from ourfriends, we're already corrupting another generation of young minds!
HARMONICA CLASSES: Annie Raines is teaching a mixed level harmonica ensemble class Wednesday evenings from now through October 19. Saturday afternoon classes will start up again in November. send an email through our contact form for more information.
SKYPE LESSONS: Both Paul and Annie offer private guitar and harmonica
lessons in the comfort of your living room or workshop via Skype! "In
person" lesson times are also available for students in the Boston area.
Email us for more info.
TALK SOON: Paul's new acoustic solo album, Talking Guitar, will be available shortly! The album will feature 13 beautiful country blues songs with a few guest appearances by Annie. Stay tuned for updates.
LEARN TO SPEAK HARPLISH: Blues Harmonica Blueprint, Annie's harmonica instructional video, is slated for an early December release on Truefire. It will make an excellent holiday gift for your harp-obsessed spouse / parent / significant other / ex and so on. Check in here or at Truefire.com for news.
FAREWELL TO FRIENDS: This has been a hard year for fans and friends of the blues as we bid farewell to some of the giants of the genre: Joe Willie
"Pinetop" Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Honeyboy Edwards. They were all great talents on the stage and great people off the stage. The sadness of losing them can't erase the years of joy and music they gave us. Our condolences go out to their families and bandmates.
And remember, "You only live once and when you're dead you're done, so let the good times roll."
Wishing you safe travels as you roll through the holidays,
Best to all,