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Blues News - September 1990

Blues News - September 1990

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This publication is the Blues News newsletter for September 1990.
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KANSASCITYBLUESSOCIETY
SEPTEMBER1990
Featuredartistsatthe10thAnnualKCBlues
&
HeritageFestInclude:AlbertKing(below),AlbertCollins(above),LowellFulson(right),andRufusThomas(notpictured).
10thAnnualBlues
&
HeritageFest-Sept.22&23
T
he10thAnnualKCBlues
&
HeritageFestonSeptember22and23
is
afreeoutdoorfestivalatLibertyMemorialfrom11a.m.to7p.m.ItisabenefitforthehomelessandwillbededicatedtothememoryofGeorgeJacksonandStevieRayVaughan.HeadlinersforKCBS'10thAnnualBlues
&
HeritageFestincludeAlbertCollins,AlbertKing,LowellFulson,RufusThomas,MagicSlim
&
theTeardrops,ClarenceEdwards,ChickWillis,andAbbLocke.Manyofthebestlocalbluesbandswillalsoappear,suchasLittleHatch
&
theHouserockers,MilleageGilbert,KCBottomsBand,TheBonTonSoulAccordionBand,SDI,theDanDoranBand,andMamaRaywithRichVanSant.DonationsforthehomelesswillberequestedonthefestivalgroundslocatedatthenorthendoftheLibertyMemorialfortheMid-AmericaAssistantCoalition.TherewillalsobeaclothesdropoffwhichwillbenefittheLetUsGoFoundation.KickingofftheBluesFestisthe2ndAnnualBluesClubCrawlfeaturingKansasCity'sfmestlocalbluesnightclubs.Oneticket,$6.00forthepublicand$5.00forKCBSmembers,willgiveyouabusridetoallthebluesclubsinthecrawlorifyouprefertodriveyourself,a$6.00donationwillstillberequestedatthedoor.
If
youareplanningonstayingatonlyoneclub,thedonationwill$2.00.
SpiritFest
'90...KCBS'
10thAnnualBlues
&
HeritageFest
TheBluesBoulevardKCBSbeverageboothatSpiritFest'90
Ir=jl~-::===~l
wasanincrediblesuccessduetothehardworkofKCBS'volunteers.Weservedover12,000customersintwoandahalfdays.KCBSwouldliketothanktheSpiritFestcommitteeforal-lowingKCBStoparticipateplusbigbluesthankstoKCBSvolunteerswhoworkeddoublyhardonLaborDayweekendinblazingheat.Bepreparedvolunteers:yourenthusiasmwillbedesperatelyneededtomaketheBluesFesthappen.
If
youandyourfriendswouldliketosignupforashiftnowfor
NOTE
S
byShirleyOwens
CONTINUEDONPAGE
6
BLUESNEWS1
 
w.c.
Handy:FatheroftheBlues
Ai
ewweeksago,"Yesterday'sBlues"visitedtheW.C.crystalizethemusicalformandbringruralbluesintotheworldandyFestivalheldinY.B.'sformerhometownofofpopularmusic.WandandSealsdriftedintooblivion,whileorence,Alabama.Itwasaweek-long(August4-11)Handybecamerichandfamous,enjoyingalongcareerasacelebrationofthebluesandof
this
TennesseeValleycity'smostcomposer,musician,author,andmusicpublisher.Manyofhisfamousson,WilliamChristopherHandy.Dayandnight,bluessongshavebecomeclassicsofAmericanpopularmusic.concerts,jams,andstreetdanceswentonallovertown.TwoHandywasborninFlorencein1873,toparentswhohadbeennationallyknownperformers-Lit-slaves,butwhohadbecomelandownersandrelativelytieMilton,thebluessinger,andprosperousafteremancipation.Handy'sfatherwasalsoaJimmySmith,thejazzorganist-Methodistminister.WhenWilliamChristopherwasquiteyoung,headedupthelineoftalent,buthemadeuphismindtobecomeamusician.Inspiteofoppositionseveralregionalmusicianswerefea-frombothhisparentsand
his
teachers,hewassecretlyable
to
turedaswell.Theweekoffestivitiesbuyacometandlearntoplayit.AmajormusicalinfluenceonconcludedonSaturday,August11,youngHandywasanalcoholicfiddlerbythenameoflimTurner,withastreetstrutinwhichgailywhohaddriftedintoFlorencefromMemphis.Turnertaughtcostumedandumbrella-twirling,Handyalotaboutmusic.andhetoldhimalsoaboutastreetinhighsteppingmarchersprancedtoMemphisthatneverslept-BealeStreet.Handydeterminedthattheswingingrhythmsofabrasssomedayhewouldgothere,andwhilehewasstillateenager,band,allhighlyreminiscentofNewhestartedontheroadthatwouldeventuallytake
him
toMem-Orleans.
This
paradesnakedaroundphis.throughtownandfinallyendedinaForafewyears,hewanderedaroundthecountry,takingparkwhereavarietyofbands
ByDoyleM.Pace
whateverjobshecouldfind,fromteachingschooltoworkinginprovidedbluesalldaylong.Inaddi-afoundry.Occasionally,hewouldbeabletoplayagigwithsometiontothisannualfestival,Handy'sband,untileventuallyhelandedafull-timejobwithaminstrelhometownhonorshimwiththe
w.e.
HandyMuseum,
based
introupethatledtoajobasabandleaderinClarksdale,Mississippi.alogcabinsimilartotheoneinwhichhewasborn.ClarksdaleisintheheartoftheDeltacountrywherebythistimeW.C.Handywasoneofthefirstthreecomposerstopublish(1903),theblueswerealreadypopular.theblues,allwithinafewweeksofeachother.
In
August1912,
In
hisautobiography,
Fathera/theBlues,
Handyrelatesthearagtimepianoplayer,ArtieSealspublishedthe"BabySealsincidentinwhichhefirstheardtheblueswhilewaitingforatrainBlues....Amonthlater,the"DallasBlues,"writtenbyHartWandatadepotinClarksdale.Heheardsomeoneplayingaguitarusingappearedinprint,and,finally,threeweekslater,Handy's"Mem-thecommoncountrybluestechniqueofslidingapocketknifeonphisBlues"waspublished.
Of
course;theblueshadbeenper-thestringsandsingingatravelingsong,"Goin'Wheretheformedforseveralyearsbeforethen,butpublicationhelpedtoSoutherCross'theDog."Handycalledittheweirdestmusichehadeverheard.
This
quainttunehadalastingimpressiononhim,andhebegantoponderthepossibilityofwritingdownandorchestratingthiskindofmusicforhisband.BythetimeW.C.HandymovedtoMemphisandBealeStreetin1909,hewasanaccomplishedmusicianandaverycompetentbandleader.Itdidn'ttake
him
longtobecomerecognizedasoneofthetopbandleadersinacityknownforgoodbands.Handy'sbandwashiredbytheelectioncommitteeofthenotoriousE.H."Boss"CrumpinanefforttowintheBealeStreetvoteinthe1909mayoralelection.Fortheoccasion,Handycomposedatunecalled
"Mr.
Crump."ThebecameenormouslypopularalloverMemphisandHandy,hopingtocapitalizeonthispopularityaftertheelection,publisheditasthe"MemphisBlues.'"Thesongbecameanationalhit.Handyformedhisownpublishingcompanyandsoonfol-lowedthe"MemphisBlues"withasuccessionofbluesbasedcompositions,including~TheYellowDogBlues,'"~JoeTurnerBlues,"andtheimmortal"St.LouisBlues."Bluespuristsareoftendisdainfulof
w.e.
Handy.Manydonotconsiderhima"true"bluesmusician.Heisoftengivenlittleornomentioninblueshistories.ButHandydidplayanimportantroleintheevolutionoftheblues.Largelythroughhisefforts,theblueswerenolongerconsideredjustquaintfolksongsfromthecottonfields,butasignificantpartofAmericanpopularmusic.
0
TheKansasCityBluesNewsispublishedmonthlybytheKansasCityBluesSociety,Inc.Articles,reviews,bandcalendardates,anditemsofinterestmustbesubmittedbythe20thofeachmonth,andbecomethepropertyoftheSociety.FoundingEditorRogerNaberEditorShirleyOwensContributingWriterCarolynWickerTypesetting/Layout...MattQuinn/472-4679BoardofDirectorsandOfficersChairpersonShirleyOwensPresidentRogerNaberVice-President...SuzanneColbertVice-President...PatrickFlemingtonSecretaryPamJacksonTreasurerJonLoweMembershipChairpersonMarcieRyanDirectorDaisyLujanDirectorKennyTaylorDirectorProvineHatchDirectorScottMackeyDirectorJoyceMouming
TheKansasCftyBluesSociety,
aMissourinot-for-profitcorpora-tionwas.formedforthesolepurposeofpromotingandpreservingvariousstylesofbluesmusic.FoundedinDecemberof1980,
the
KansasCftyBluesSociety
presents:monthlyjamsessions,variouslocalandnationalgroupsinconcert,andourmainpresentation-TheKansasCityBluesandHeritageFestival.Membersreceivethenewsletter,discountsonSocietyeventsanddiscountsonpurchasesatcertainparticipatingbusinesses.Annualduesare$10perpersonor$15perfamilyand$50perCorporateMembership.TojointheSocietysendyourname,address,phonenumberandduesto:
KansasCftyBluesSociety,
P.O.Box32131,KansasCity,Missouri64111.
2SEPTEMBER1990
Sources:
WilliamBarlow,
LookingUpatDown.
Philadelphia:TempleUniversityPress,1989.SamuelB.Charters,
The
CountryBlues.
NewYorkRinehart
&
Co.,1959.BruceCook,
Listentothe
Blues.
NewYork:CharlesScribner'sSons,1973.
 
"BluesforRent"atCajunBistro
T
hereisajamthatneedstobebroughttolightThereisaplacewhereeveryMondaynightfrom9to1a.m.,greatfood,greatdrinksandgreattraditionalandoriginalbluescanbeheard.ItisoneofthebestkeptsecretsintownandIintendtoletthecatoutofthebag.TheCajunBistroat3421Broadwayisnotjustanother"jamintown"!ThefoodispreparedbyBuckGosserand.Heusetobeoneoftheownersofthe
============;;;
CajunSeafoodRestaurant.Hehastakenthatconceptonestepfurther.Buck
=============
believesthatgreatfoodand
byBigEd
ambiencehas
to
beaccom-_____________paniedbygreatmusic.SurehehasexcellentmusicontheweekendsbyeveryMondayhehasBluesforRent.BluesforRentisLisaSchnebelen(vocals),
Les
Poston(slideguitar),Snarlin'Bob(guitar,vocals),LouisBernal(percus-sion)andKevinLake(bass,vocals).FirsttojamwasAndyQuick,harpoftheSuburbanBluesBand.Andyjammedon"YoungFashionedWays,"anotherMuddyWaterstunesungbySnarlin'Bob.Next,Andy'spartnerinbluesTonyMartin(guitar,vocals),fromthesamebandjoinedthejam.Theydidtheirusualoutstandingjob.TheywerethenjoinedbyDougCee(percussion).DougisaprothathasbeenontheroadfromNewYorktoVegasinthepastcoupleofyears.After"HelpMe"byLittleWalterandanuptempooriginalbluesbyTony,ScottJewett,bassoftheRockin'Daddies,joinedthejamsforseveraltunes.Heisarealrock-steady!ThestagethenunderwentacompletetransformationwithLouieBernal(percussion)andKevinLake(bass)fromthehostband,joinedbyJohnPaulDrum(harp,vocals),JimKeeley(guitar),andTomGary(keysfromtheHellhounds).Theyproceededtolayeveryoneflatbackforabout20minutes.Johnisanextremelycompetentharpplayerandhasdevelopedagreatstagepresence!JohnPaulandtheHellhoundsareveryfineplayers.ThelasttojointhejamwereCalGreen(guitar)andMikeBraden(bassfromATouchofClass).TheyslippedinatunebyZ.Z.Hill,"WhileYouBeenSteppin'Out!"Theyweredefinitelybackinthealley.BluesforRentthentookthestagetoclosetheeveningwithtwooftheirmanyoriginalbluestunes."OneofThoseDays"sungby
Les
Postonand..ItWouldBeNice"sungbyLisa.
In
caseyouhaven'tnoticed,I'dliketostate.Yes!BigEdisbackandI'llseeyouAttheJams!!
0
ATTHE
JAMS...
StevieRayVaughan
at
theNewOrleansJazz
&
HeritageFest,May1990.
PhotobyRuthEvelynSmith.
"IneversawT-BoneWalkerlive,butlotsoftimesonrecords.Butmybiggestinfluence
has
beenmybrother,Jimmie,becauseofprobablyalltheotherinfluenceshemadeitpossibleformetohave.ThosepeopleincludedFreddieKing,B.B.King,AlbertKing,LonnieMack.ThefirstrecordIeverboughtwasLonnieMack's
Wham....
ButtherewasFreddie,B.B.andAlbert,BuddyGuy,HubertSum-lin.HubertisstilloneofthewildestguitarplayersIeverheard,withoutadoubt.Ofcourse,fr~mHendrixIheardallthesedifferentinfluencesthatIcouldn'tputaftngeron.BoDiddley,AlbertCollins.Thisis1966or'67thatJimmiefirstbroughthomeaHendrixrecord....StevieRayVaughanfrom
MeetingtheBlues
byAlanGovernor.
*The10thAnnualKCBluesFestisdedicatedtoStevie
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