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True Blue from Ellis Kell
Argus/Dispatch blues columnist

JUNE - 2002

True Blue News Flash!
ABC to broadcast live from the 2002 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Thursday, July 4th!


John Resch & the Detroit Blues, along with The Whatever Blues Band, headed out to the Iowa Blues Challenge Finals in Des Moines on Saturday, May 18, after finishing first and second respectively in the local QC round of the competition. That evening in Des Moines, the area favorite Fat Tuesday & the Greasefire Horns tied with John Resch & the Detroit Blues for first place. Challenge officials were then forced to make a hard choice as to who would take the brass ring between these two fine bands. John Resch & the Detroit Blues (on the web) were selected as the winners, and will go to Memphis next February to compete in the International Blues Challenge. They will also be awarded a slot in the 2002 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, as will the other Quad Cities favorite The Whatever Blues Band on the web). For more on this year's blues challenge, including a complete run-down on the local competition, visit on the web. Congrats to John Resch & the Detroit Blues on their win, and True Blue salutes everyone who participated in this year's challenge!


"2 Johnsons Are Better Than 1!" Syl and Jimmy Johnson (Evidence Music) The Johnson brothers are united for the first time in the studio on this recording, and the soul and blues combination on these tracks is a mighty potent mix. Get yo'self some of this stuff real soon!

"Can't Look Back," Coco Montoya (Alligator Records) Whether it's a hot rocker, molten blues, or a passionate blues ballad, Coca Montoya delivers it right on the money. This new collection showcases a bluesman at the top of his game, and "Same Old Thing" is a classic nod to his mentor, Albert Collins. The ol' Iceman has just got to be smilin' down on the boy again!

"We Got It," Jimmy Thackery (Telarc) Guitar-slinger extrordinaire Jimmy Thackery and his band dig deep into the inspiration of Muscle Shoals legend Eddie Hinton for this new recording. This promises to be one of the most unique blues and R&B recordings of the year. Thackery will also be featured live at this year's River Rockin' Ribfest event on August 24, on the Davenport levee.

"One Night in America," Charlie Musselwhite (Telarc) This is the harmonica wizard's debut on the Telcarc label. It's a tasty serving of new tracks, revisiting the influences and flavors that seasoned Charlie Musselwhite's stylings, while growing up in Memphis. "Blues Overtook Me" is one track destined to become a true blues classic.

"James Cotton's 35th Anniversary Jam," James Cotton (Telarc) Blues harpmaster James Cotton and his legendary band (Mike Williams, Dave Maxwell, Noel Neal and Per Hansen) are joined by Koko Taylor, Bobby Rush, Lucky Peterson, Shemekia Copeland, Syl Johnson, Ronnie Hawkins, Maria Muldaur, Kim Wilson, Kenny Neal, Tab Benoit, G. E. Smith and Jimmie Vaughan for a blues bash to rival them all.


We just love true blue soul food and, as an added tip each month, we'll direct you to some seriously 'good groceries' to be found in the Quad Cities area. This month's choice with all the right fixins is none other than Mann's Soul 4 Real Café, at 629 11th St., Rock Island. Smoked ribs, chicken, catfish, and super side dishes. Dining and carryout hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. Mann's is closed on Mondays. For carryout orders, or reservations, phone 788-0397.

I'll take mine with plenty of hot sauce, but light on the gravy. Peace and blessings to all and, until we meet again at this crossroads...

Blues to 'ya!

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