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True Blue from Ellis Kell
Argus/Dispatch blues columnist

MAY - 2002

There is plenty of tasty new blues in the old mailbox this month, with the best in the midwest and hot new national releases from coast to coast. Of course everyone knows that it don't get no better than we get it, right here in River City.

The Janeys are back with a brand new CD packed with hot licks, funky rhythms, and that proven brand of houserockin' that keeps on shinin' through every time. Two of the midwest's most notorious guitar-slingers - Bryce Janey and his pa, veteran bluesrocker Billy Lee Janey - serve it up hot 'n spicy on their new, self-titled CD, "The Janeys". Searing blues guitar, soulful vocals, and solid bedrock and backing courtesy of Dan 'DJ' Johnson on bass and Don Timmons on drums complete this blues ensemble. Denny Gibbs is featured on the Hammond B3 organ. For more on one of the midwest's finest blues 'n boogie bands, visit their website at www.thejaneys.com .


Texas blues and R&B veteran, W. C. Clark, debuts this month on the Alligator label with "From Austin With Soul." W. C. Clark has been one of the most influential blues artists in Texas since the 1950's, and paid his dues with contemporaries like Joe Tex on the southern 'chitlin circuit.' He went on to mentor the likes of Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, Angela Strehli, Lou Ann Barton, and many Austin blues artists. Marcia Ball is also featured as guest on this new CD. W. C. Clark is reunited with producer Mark Kazanoff on this recording, as well as some of Austin's top session players. This is a hybrid mix of modern blues, hot guitar, and W. C. Clark's trademark Memphis-style vocals, that will leave you hungry for more. Visit www.alligator.com for more on this new release.

Slidemaster Roy Rogers is back, with a brand new all-instrumental collection entitled "Slideways," that features special guests Zigaboo Modeliste, Francis Clay, Norton Buffalo, Philip Aaberg and Freddie Roulette. Roy Rogers breaks new ground with this on the Evidence Music label, coloring outside the lines, and crossing musical genres with finesse and signature style. This new offering proves, beyond any shadow of doubt, that Roy Rogers talent knows no . He is a true master of slide guitar technique. For more on Roy Rogers, visit www.roy-rogers.com .


John Mooney delivers his no-nonsense brand of blues-bustin' on "All I Want," from the Blind Pig Records label. His vocals are almost hypnotic, and the Delta and New Orleans flavors compliment the mix to make for a savory blues stew. When Bonnie Raitt describes you as "the best slide guitarist in the country," you know you have arrived. This is powerful stuff, and not for the faint of heart. Get yourself some real soon, and for more on John Mooney, visit www.blindpigrecords.com .

Congratulations and kudos to everyone who participated in the local rounds of the Iowa Blues Challenge. John Resch & the Detroit Blues and The Whatever Blues Band, the top two bands from the local Blues Challenge semi-finals, held on Friday April 26 at Stars and Stripes, will now advance to the Iowa Blues Challenge finals in Des Moines on Saturday, May 18. John Resch & the Detroit Blues will also be awarded a slot in the 2002 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. For more on Iowa Blues Challenge 2002, this year's Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, upcoming blues events and artists in residency programs, visit www.mvbs.org on the web.

I can smell chicken fryin' in the kitchen, so I just can't be wastin' no more time. Until we meet again at this crossroads, peace and blessings to all, and...

Blues to ‘ya!



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