Across the 160-page magazine and 23-song CD compilation, we’re celebrating one of the South’s greatest cultural exports: blues music. The issue comes in multiple covers, showcasing three generations of blues artists: John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, and Adia Victoria.
Bebop Beatniks and Friends tore it up at One Love People in Jonesboro on September 16, 2016.
Joining Kevin, Paul, and Larry were Chris Issom, drums and Jay Shepherd, guitar.
Rev. Rick read "The Madman" by Kahlil Gibran and did some autobiographical free style.
It's always a jazz party with Bebop Beatniks at One Love People.
Photos by Robin Gasaway.
Something Blue – Revolution – March 18, 2017 This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Robert Tooms, Don McGregor, Jay Shepherd, and Dan Hagen. For more about the … Continue reading →
This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Melvin Seals and JGB. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at http://sbblues.com. Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday … Continue reading →
Something Blue – Loft – March 4, 2017 This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Bear Country, Striding The Blast, Eden Prime, Azul and Midori, and Bebop Beatniks. … Continue reading →
Something Blue – Uncle – February 25, 2017 This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring theCause, JP Biondo, and Snarky Puppy. For more about the show visit the … Continue reading →
Something Blue – Silk – February 18, 2017 This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Elise Testone, The Back Talk Organ Sextet, and Voodoo Dead. For more about … Continue reading →
Something Blue – Meditations – February 11, 2017 This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring James Moody, Sebastian Ammann, Theo Croker, and Larry Coryell. For more about the … Continue reading →
Bebop Beatniks and Friends In The Loft at The Edge Coffeehouse. Guest
musicians are invited to sit in. Poets and storytellers are welcome to
read over jazz music. It’s always a jazz party with Bebop Beatniks and
First of all, please note that I’m sending you
this Bluegrass Monday reminder earlier in the month than usual. Our
next show is going to be a BIG one as we welcome one of the biggest
stars in bluegrass music to our concert series.
You will want to mark this show on your calendar now. Please make
plans to join us for a wonderful night of music and entertainment on
Chris Jones and the Night Drivers will perform a concert of bluegrass music Monday, March 27, at 7:00 p.m.
at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould,
Arkansas. The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday
concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM. KASU will literally “pass
the hat” to collect money to pay the musicians. The suggested donation
is $5 per person.
Chris Jones has spent over thirty years as a
professional bluegrass musician. Early in his career, he was a sideman
for bluegrass legends Dave Evans and Vassar Clements. He was also
member of the bands Special Consensus, Weary Hearts,
the Lynn Morris Band, and Whetstone Run. In 1995, Jones formed his own
group, the Night Drivers.
Jones has recorded 12 CDs as a leader, and he
has appeared as a guest on dozens of projects by other artists. For
his work on the CD “40” by Larry Sparks, Jones received an International
Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award in
the Recorded Event of the Year category.
Throughout his career, Jones has had great
success on bluegrass radio stations. Last year, he released his first
project for the Mountain Home Music Company. That CD produced two
number one hits, “One Night In Paducah” and “Laurie,”
which spent six weeks at the top of the chart. His follow-up project,
“Made To Move,” was released in February 2017, and that CD has already
produced another number one hit, “I’m A Wanderer.”
A prolific songwriter, Jones’ compositions
have been recorded by bluegrass artists including the Gibson Brothers,
the Infamous Stringdusters, the Chapmans, and Lou Reid. In 2007, Jones
won the IBMA Song of the Year award.
Jones is also well-known as a host on Sirius
XM’s Bluegrass Junction satellite radio channel. For that work, he is a
two-time winner of the IBMA’s Broadcaster of the Year trophy.
In addition to his work as a musician, Jones
has also found success as a columnist. He is a former writer for
Flatpicking Guitar magazine, and he currently writes a weekly humorous
column for the Bluegrass Today website. In 2014,
he won the IBMA’s Print/Media Person of the Year award.
The Night Drivers includes bassist Jon
Weisberger, a three-time IBMA award winner, including being named
Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year in 2012. When not touring and
recording with the Night Drivers, Weisberger is in-demand as a
fill-in bassist for bluegrass greats including Del McCoury, Larry
Cordle and Roland White. He is also a past member of the bands Union
Springs and the Wildwood Valley Boys. Like Jones, Weisberger also hosts
programs on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction satellite
radio channel. He has been a member of the Night Drivers for over a
Mark Stoffel plays mandolin for the Night
Drivers. He is a native of Germany who became a United States citizen
last year. Stoffel has made his home in Southern Illinois for over a
decade, and he is a former member of the band Shady
Mix which performed in the Bluegrass Monday concert series on two occasions in 2004. Stoffel has been a member of the Night Drivers for ten years.
The newest member of the Night Drivers is
banjo player Gina Clowes. She began playing bluegrass at a young age as
part of the Furtado family band. She was a frequent finalist in the
prestigious bluegrass banjo competition at the
Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention. For four years, she was a member of
the band Bud’s Collective, recording three CDs with that group. Clowes
joined the Night Drivers a year ago.
Seating at the concert is first-come, first-served. Doors to the theatre will open at 6:00.
In addition to the concert, Terry’s Café, 201 South Pruett Street in Paragould, opens on Bluegrass Monday nights to welcome bluegrass music fans. The café serves a buffet meal beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the evenings of Bluegrass Monday
concerts. Concessions will also be available at the Collins Theatre.
Bluegrass Monday concerts are held on the fourth Monday
night of each month. These concerts are presented with support from
the Northeast Arkansas Bluegrass Association, Bibb Chiropractic, the
Posey Peddler, Holiday Inn Express and
Suites of Paragould and KASU.
KASU, 91.9 FM, is the 100,000 watt public
broadcasting service of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. For
more information, contact KASU Program Director Marty Scarbrough at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-972-2367. Bluegrass Monday is also on Facebook (search “Bluegrass Monday”). To be removed from this emailing list, reply to this message.
Again, the concert is Monday, March 27,
one week from this Monday. Invite your friends, family and neighbors.
Let’s fill the Collins Theatre for a memorable night with Chris Jones
and the Night Drivers. See you on the 27th.
first discovered BlueHouse Project by hearing a song of theirs on a
compilation CD titled “Virginia
that I reviewed and distributed for Bobby BlackHat Productions.
Liking their track on the disc, I contacted the band for a copy
of their full recording and as the expression goes - the rest is
got started by a bunch of old musician friends running into each
other at a reunion concert for the Bayou Club in the DC area.
The usual, but rarely ever happening, “we should get together
and do some shows” were thrown around and lo and behold, "their
people" actually did contact “their people” and
wah-lah - BlueHouse Project was formed. The band consists
of: Ron Fetner - composer of all eleven songs - on
electric & acoustic guitars, mandolin, and
lead & background vocals; Mark Tramonte on keyboard,
piano and background vocals; Tom McCarthy on bass and background
vocals; and Corey Holland on drums. There’s also a sax crew on
some tracks and they are: Mike Caffi, Bobby Reed and Scott
Ramminger. On this, the bands’ debut disc, special guests
include: Mark Wenner (The Nighthawks) and Tom Dikon on harp; Tim
Tanner on guitar, slide guitar and background vocals; Randy Short on
drums; Rich Ridolfino on bass; and Jordan Ponzi on upright bass.
disc opens with "Piece
Of My Heart"
and as an opening track should, it did indeed make an excellent first
impression. Ron’s formidable lead vocals; the quite tight
rhythm Tom, Corey and Mike T. were locked into; and the guitar
and sax leads by Ron and Bobby respectfully, were all outstanding.
is one of the tracks that features Mark Wenner on harp and if that’s
all I said about it, it’s reason enough to listen…..but, there are
others. Ron’s guitar leads are some of the disc’s best,
Tom M. & Corey are all over the rhythm and the vocals, with
some harmonious backup help, are contagious.
Can’t Lose These Blues”
is the track I referred to in my opening paragraph. It's an
absolutely beautifully done ballad that’s highlighted by tender,
story telling style vocals backed by silk like rhythm with
sultry sax and mesmeric guitar leads. Ron, if they’re
all going to be like this then this listener hopes you’ll never
lose these blues.
hearing this one you’ll surely want to sit down beside Ron and
let him “Play
You The Blues”. His
vocals and acoustic guitar work, along with Jordan’s upright
bass mastery make this very laid back song a must hear
one is the disc’s smoker. At the hands of Rich and Randy on the
bass and drums, It features some of the disc’s hardest driving
rhythm; plenty of barrelhouse piano from Mike T.; fiery hot sax
leads by Mike C. and Bobby; and Ron and Tim getting rough and
raunchy on guitar. Oh yeah, by mid track you’ll be joining the
background vocalists as they melodically chant “Going
Down To Texas”.
disc closes with “Black
Cat Blues (For Velvet)”,
acoustic track that features some fine pickin' by Ron and
some equally fine blowin’ by Tom.
a cleverly and humorously written track that, as a cat person, I was
totally able to relate to. It’s about a stray cat that Ron lets
into his house and as cats do, it takes over.
tracks on the album include: “White
Cotton”, “Coal Mine”, “Newport Blue”,
“Uptown Strut” and
“It’s A Good Thing”.
learn more about BlueHouse Project check them out at
Zoot Sims is the well-deserving subject of this NPR Jazz Profile, hosted by Nancy Wilson. Zoot Sims was always an excellent improviser, but on those days when the gods were smiling on him, he surpassed Getz and touched the hem of Lester Young’s garment. He was also one of the absolute great dry wits in jazz (and there were many). Weaving and teetering off the rickety stairs from the stage at the center of the bar at the Half Note, a fan asked, “how can you play so well when you’re like this?” Zoot replied without hesitation, “Oh, I practice drunk.”
As we mark the centennial of the first jazz record, read this thought-provoking piece by Christian Blauvelt of the BBC, who delves into the possible origins of the music, both from a musical and a sociological standpoint.