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G.E. Celebrates and KeBS Benefits Sunday, July 1
The Grand Emporium' s 5 th Anniversary will be celebrated from June 28 through July 1. Albert Collins will kick off celebrations with 2 shows on June 28. Son Seals will steal you away on June 29 and 30.
On Sunday, July 1, Paris-based bluesman, Luther Allison will be joined by Saffire- The Uppity Blues Women to cap off festivities. All money raised from the door on July 1 will benefit KCBS.
Also, the Grand Emporium is offering a four-day Blues Anniversary party pass for $22.00. For more information, call 531-7557 .
Noted bluesman Luther Allison plays at the
Photo: Bill Cheshire Grand Emporium on July 1.
Tinsley Ellis & Little Hatch
June 5 - Blues Cruise
On Tuesday evening, June 5, meet the KC Blues Society at One River City Drive, Kansas City, Ks. to board the Blues Cruise with Tinsley Ellis and Little Hatch & the Houserockers. The Blues Cruise begins boarding at 7 p.m. Help support the KC Blues Society and buy your tickets today at the Grand Emporium, Nightmoves, Ticketmaster and the Mo. River Queen. If you're hooked on the blues, the June Blues Cruise is for you!
Mix up the electric sounds of Albert King, B.B. King and Freddie King, stir in some southern soul of James Brown, blend in Clarence Gatemouth boogie, New Orleans funk, and a splash of Chicago Blues, you will get a taste of Tinsley Ellis, an Atlanta-based fiery blues guitarist. He has been ranked alongside with Stevie Ray Vaughan and
Johnny Winter. Between '81 and '86, by Shirky Owens
Tinsley was a member of the
Heartfixers and recorded 4 albums. Since he left the Heartfixers, Tinsley has recorded two more albums - Georgia Blues and Fanning the Flames, on Alligator Records.
Tinsley Ellis' style is explosive and appealing to all blues fans.
Tinsley will be undoubtably making more than a few waves on the Mo. River on June 5.
Little Hatch and the Houserockers will join Tinsley Ellis on the June Blues Cruise. Little Hatch is KC's blues harmonica legend. On harp and vocals, Hatch hits the blues hard and heavy every weekend in KC at his own Blues Party every Friday at the Grand Emporium, 6 to 8 p.m. and every Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m. at his Blues Jam at Nightmoves. Little Hatch will be the "driving wheel" on the June Blues Cruise.
5th Annual KCBS Blues Amateur Talent Contest
eparations are underway for KC Blues Society's popular lues Amateur Talent Contest Preliminaries will be held on July 12 - Nightmoves, July 19 - Chateau Lounge and July 26 - The Roxy. The KC finals will be at the Grand Emporium on August 2. The winner of the KC contest will have their expenses paid to Memphis over Labor Day weekend for the National Amateur talent contest hosted by The Blues Foundation.
In order for an amateur blues band to participate, contact Kenny Taylor, 452-4393, immediately. On June 14 at the KCBS Jam Session, the competing Amateur Blues Bands will be randomly drawn to perform at the preliminary blues clubs. Each club can host 4 blues bands between 8 and 12 midnight As we go to press 6 bands have signed up.
Also, KCBS is currently seeking objective judges for the contests. If you have any suggestions, please call Shirley at 333-5462. 0
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Kess MEMBERSHIP MEETING BEFORE THE JAM SESSION
BLUES NEWS • 1
Hurry Sunrise, See What Tomorrow Bring!
N hard times settled in more and more in the late 1920's, his family had moved to Indianapolis. Since just about everyone in
black people migrated from rural areas to the larger north- his family played some kind of instrument, Scrapper's propensity
rn and eastern metropolitan centers. This change in their for music developed early. When he was just a little kid, Scrapper
lifestyle brought about changes in the music they made. The old made himself a cigar-box guitar and quickly learned to pick out
down-home country blues that popular folk tunes like "John Henry" and "Bully of the Town."
might have been just right for piney When the blues made its way to Indianapolis, Scrapper mastered
woods jock-joints or milltown barbe- that form of music also, having by this time graduated to a real guitar.
cues would not do in big city bars and As he grew older, Scrapper began to play paying gigs at parties
brothels. The blues started to develop and in bars, but he didn't consider himself a professional musi-
a new urbanity, a more sophisticated cian. His main source of income when he started making his own
and smoother music in style and con- way was a thriving moonshine liquor business. It was with some
tent. reluctance that, in 1928, he agreed to record a few sides for an
More-or-less permanent piano Englishman named Guernsey Who was trying to establish a
players were common fixtures in recording business. Guernsey introduced Scrapper to a young
bars in those days, and when a guitar piano player named Leroy Carr.
player drifted into town, he would Leroy Carr
seek them out, hoping to sit in and Leroy, who was two years younger than Scrapper, was born
make a dollar or two. The piano-gui- in Nashville, Tennessee, and like Scrapper, his family had moved
tar duo was an ideal combination to
to Indianapolis when he was still a child. He taught himself to
play the new city-bread blues. Mern- play the piano, and by the time he was twenty, he had run away
orable teams like Tampa Red and to join the circus, gotten married, served time in the army, and
Georgia Tom, Big Bill Broonzy and served time in jail for bootlegging.
_ Memphis Minnie were formed. However, the most memorable of When Scrapper and Leroy met, an inseparable bond was
them all was Scrapper Blackwell and Leroy Carr from Indianapolis, formed that resulted in some fantastic blues. Neither of them were
that outstanding as solo acts, but together they were an incompa-
Indianapolis was a stopping-off point for migrants making rable team. The perfect timing, the driving movement, and a
their way from southern states to Chicago and Detroit. In the early bittersweet combination of Scrapper's complex finger-picked
1920's, you could have heard Scrapper Blackwell's clear and melodic lines and blues runs, with Leroy's melancholy voice and
fluent guitar in the blues joints that sprang up along Indiana mellow rolling piano, created a music that was enchanting and
Avenue, the main drag through black Indianapolis. infectious.
Scrapper Blackwell _ Most of the blues they recorded was written by Scrapper and
Francis Hillman (Scrapper) Blackwell was born in Syracuse, his sister Mae Malone. The songs were carefully composed with
North Carolina, but by the time he was three or four years old, a logical profession and a rare and simple poetry. Lines like "Hurry sunrise, see what tomorrow bring," and "In the wee midnight hours, just about the break of day," have passed into folk tradition. "How Long, How Long Blues" and "In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down" are songs that are in the repertory of blues musicians everywhere.
The Depression Years
After their first successful recordings in 1928, Scrapper and Leroy were able to tour extensively, playing clubs and concerts in Chicago, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Nashville. They spent a lot of time in St. Louis, mostly playing the BookerT. Washington Theater and the Jazzland Club. Their recording career was interrupted by the Depression, but they were among the first to start again when the business recovered. Their last session was with the Vocalion label in 1935, only seven years after their first.
Unfortunately, both men were too fond of the illicit beverage they had once purveyed. Leroy died suddenly on April 28, 1935, from an attack of nephritis due to acute alcoholism. Scrapper never recovered from his friend's death. He quit playing and spent the next thirty years in the grips of alcohol. In 1958, he made a small comeback, playing a few concerts and making a couple of records. By then, though, it was too late. Liquor had taken its toll. In 1962, Scrapper Blackwell was shot down in a back alley on the west side of Indianapolis. D
By Doyle M. Pace
The Kansas City Blues News is published monthly by the Kansas City Blues Society, Inc. Articles, reviews, band calendar dates, and items of interest must be submitted by the 20th of each month, and become the property of the Society.
Founding Edltor Roger Naber
Editor Shirley Owens
Contributing Writer Carolyn Wicker
Typesetting/Layout... Matt Quinn
Board of Directors and Officers
Chairperson Shirley Owens
President. Roger Naber
Vice-President Suzanne Colbert
Vice·President.. Patrick Flemington
Secretary Pam Jackson
Treasurer Jon Lowe
Membership Chairperson Marcie Ryan
Director Daisy Lujan
Director Kenny Taylor
Director Provine Hatch
Director SCOtt Mackey
Director (Alternate) Joyce Mourning
The Kansas City Blues Society, a Missouri not-tor- profit corporation was formed for the sole purpose of promoting and preserving various styles of blues music. Founded in December of 1980, the Kansas City Blues Society presents: monthly jam sessions, various local and national groups in concert, and our main presentation - The Kansas City Blues and Heritage Festival. Members receive the newsletter, discounts on Society events and discounts on purchases at certain participating businesses. Annual dues are $10 per person or $15 per family and $50 per Corporate Membership. To join the Society send your name, address, phone number and dues to:
Kansas City Blues Society, P.O. Box 32131, Kansas City, Missouri 64111.
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Tom and Mary Evans,
Guitars: From Renaissance to Rock. New York Facts on File.
Paul Oliver, The Story a/the Blues. Philadelphia: Chilton Book Co. Larry Sandberg and Dick Weissman,
The Folk Music Sourcebook. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Blues in School
by Carolyn L Wicker
I'm happy to report our second visit to Van Horn High School, May 5, 1990, for the Blues in School project was another success. As you mayor may not recall, in October of 1988, the Kansas City Blues Society brought Oliver Riley and the Blues Notions to Van Horn for the first time. The project is slow to start, but with another success and a third invitation we are slowly under way.
This time we asked Glen Patrik and Friends to share in this rare educational event. The format was similar to last time, two seminars with the music students beginning in the morning. Tom "Trashmouth" Baker (formally with Stevie and the Iive Tones, currently with The Blues Notions), began with harp descriptions, basic layout and theory of "cross position" for his instrument. the harmonica. Glen explained basic guitar theory, and did a presentation of emotion as the true force of the blues. He also talked about the fact that blues is the only true native American music form. Paul Hartfield (with Little Hatch and the House Rockers, and the Dan Doran Band) started with bass theory, then emphasized the importance of the relationship with the drummer to underpin the band. He also played a sample of a blues progression. Pete Cole (also plays with KC 's own, Horace Washington) reiterated the relation between drums and bass. He then borrowed a pair of sticks, and played what the students called a "Chicago" riff on a table. The students were more than enthusiastic.
After breaking for lunch, the afternoon was filled with music performed by these fine musicians. The auditorium filled with students dancing, swaying, and screaming as Glen belted out some fine tunes. "Leave My Little Girl Alone" by Buddy Guy stands out in this writer's mind, as Trashmouth "left de stage and testified!"
We will be back to VanHorn next year, in October or November, to help them celebrate their Fourth Annual Falcon Blues Festival. They began this tradition in 1987, before our program began. In 1988, when we first approached them with it. they simply combined the two. They even present a plaque to the performing musicians! Thank you, Van Hom High School, for letting us be a part of your activities. And thank you, Glen Patrik and Friends for your participation!
We are still talking with other schools about this program. If you know a school or musician that would like to be involved in next year's project. please call Carolyn at 384-5355. Thanks, and see ya in school! 0
Three recently released blues recordings are exceptional Jimmy Rogers' Ludella on Antone's, Koko Taylor's Jump for Joy on Alligator, and Earl King's Sexual Telepathy on Black Top will shake, rattle, and roll you.
JIMMY ROGERS: LUDELLA
Ludella is Jimmy Rogers' first recording in 15 long years. Rogers will be 66 years old on June 3. He is a legendary Chicago bluesman who has worked with blues giants like Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Big Walter Horton. On Ludella. Rogers (guitars and vocals), jams with the best He is joined on this date by producer and T -Bird harpman, Kim Wilson who Muddy Waters declared the best harp player since Little Walter. You win agree. Also, on board this heavyweight and credible blues all-star lineup is the great Pinetop Perkins (piano), Hubert Sumlin (guitar), Bob Strogher (bass), Calvin Jones (drums), Willie Smith, and Ted Harvey. This is an historic record.
Half of Ludella is captured live. Here's you chance KC to hear Jimmy get down with classic cuts such as "Sloppy Drunk, " "Chicago Bound," "Got My Mojo Working," and, of course, everyone's favorite, "Ludella."
KOKO TAYLOR: JUMP FOR JOY
Koko Taylor's Jump for Joy gives every blues fan a reason to jump and shout because Koko is back after a 3-year recording absence. Nobody sings the blues better than Koko.
She teams up cleverly with Lonnie Brooks on "It's a Dirty Job (But Somebody's Got To Do It)." Koko knows how to tell it like it is in 1990. Koko's creative songwriting abilities are revealed in "Can't Let Go," "Stop Watching Your Enemies," and the title song "Jump for Joy."
"Time Will Tell" if Koko's new release will take off but Jump jorJoy is long overdue. Hopefully, the "Queen of the Blues" won't stay away from the studio next time too long.
EARL KING: SEXUAL TELEPATHY
New Orleans R & B King. Early King's Sexual Telepathy is impressive. King's past hits like "Those Lonely. Lonely Nights," "Come On," and "Trickbag" are standards and are as hip today as 30 years ago. On Sexual Telepathy, you have to hear "Time for the Sun to Rise." It does pave the way to your soul. On his new release, Earl King (guitar and vocals) features Snooks Eaglin (guitar), Ron Levy (organ), Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff(sax), George Porter, Jr. (guitar) and Ronnie Earl (guitar). It's a Black Top all-star blues team.
Earl King's legacy continues it's course in Sexual Telepathy.
Like Jimmy Rogers, Earl King rarely makes an appearance in Kansas City, you have to buy Sexual Telepathy to stay in touch.
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June Blues Birthdays
2-Baby Doo Caston 3-Memphis Minnie, Buster Pickens, Jimmy Rogers; 8-Billie Pierce, James Harman; 9-Skip James; 10-Howlin' Wolf; 13-Lafayette Thomas; 17-Cool Gran; 18- Sugar Martin, Sugarcane Harris; 19-D.C. Bender, Shirley Goodman; 20-Lazy Lester Johnson; 22-Ella Johnson; 23- Helen Humes, Lucille Spann; 24-Ransom Knowling, Lester Williams; 25- Clifton Chenier, Roger Naber; 26-Big Bill Broonzy, St. Louis Jimmy Oden, Larry Taylor; 27-Big Moose Walker; 28-Honeyboy Edwards; 30-Jewell Long, Dave Van Ronk.
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Jammin' Around Town
Most of Mya'll" are familiar with various jams around town. The KeBS monthly jam, Nightmoves, Harlings, Roxy, etc. (see full listing on back page). But once in a 1IIIIiiI1IIIIiiI1IIIIiiI1IIIIiiI1IIIIiiI1IIIIiiI1IIIIiiI1IIIIiiI1IIIIiiI;;;;;;;;;;;;=
while, a party just turns out that way!
On Monday, May 8, ===========
1990, this writer had the by Carolyn Wicker
pleasure of attending just _
such a party. It was called the
Glen Patrik Birthday Pasty Blues Bash with none other that Glen Patrik himself (and friends) performing at Blayney's.
Glen Patrik and Friends normally consists of Tony McKinney on bass and vocals, Pete Cole on drums and Glen on guitar and vocals for an outstanding trio of "nothin' but the blues." But for this special event, Don Doran was asked to join as part of the hosting band.
The audience consisted of either musicians, or just pure blues fanatics! What followed was a great line-up of locals. First Tom "Trashmouth" Baker shared a few licks with the audience on his harp. Another local harpist, but not seen too frequent (this writer wasn't able to find out exactly what's keeping this boy busy) was Mark Dufresne. Gralin Neal pounded out some drums, and Reggie (I didn't catch his last name, sorry) kept it going with his bass. Hoytus Rolen shared a few of his original but not so bluesy tunes. (The audience roared.) We also enjoyed the slick licks of Cal Green on his guitar (accompanied, of course, with vocals) and Greg Green with his guitar.
Next month, the KCBS will be back to having our jam. featuring
the KC Bottoms Band on June 14. So, see ya at the jams! . 0
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BLUES NEWS • 5
KC BLUES JAMS
SUNDA Y JAMS • = JAMS - Bring your Instruments
• The Roxy, 7230 W. 75th Street, 236-6211, featuring The Blues Notions, 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. (see advert.)
• Blayney's, 415 Westport Road, 561-3747, 10 p.m.
• The Fabulous Inferno Show Loung, 4038 Troost Avenue, 931-4000,
Sonny Kenner's Blues Band
• Hurricane, 4048 Broadway, 753-0884, KC Blues Band, 10 pm-2 am
• City Light, 7425 Broadway, Blue Monday jam 8 pm - midnight
• Chateau Lounge, 5938 Prospect, Blue Monday Jam 523-9333, 4-8 p.m.
TUESDA Y JAMS
• The Point, 917 West 44th, 531-9800, Lonnie Ray Blues Band,
9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
• Etha/o's, 911DS Parker, 764-3884
• Blayney's, 415 Westport Road, 561-3747
• The Levee, 43rd & Main, Sonny Kenner Blues Band, 8:30-12:30 pm
WEDNESDA Y JAMS
• Nightmoves, 5110 NE Vivion Rd, 452-4393, Blue Knights, 8-12 pm
THURSDA Y JAMS
• The Tuba, 333 Southwest Blvd at Broadway, 471-6510, Mo Paul, 7:30 pm
SA TURDA Y JAMS
• Nightmov.es, Little Hatch & the Houserockers, 3-7 p.m.
• Harlings Upstairs, 3941 Main, 531-0303, Diana Ray & Rich Van Sant, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• H & M Barbecue, 1715 N. 13th, Kansas City, Ks, Abb Locke, 10 pm
• MC's Lounge, 5709 Troost, 363-9376, Saturday & Sunday, King Alex and The Untouchables, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
o The Boulevard Beat, 320 Southwest Blvd., 421-7207
o Birdland, 1600 E. 19th, 842-8463
o Eblon's, 1601 E. 18th Street, 221-6612
o Kiki's Bonton Maison, 1515 Westport Road, 931-9417
o Grand Emporium (see advert.), 3832 Main, 531-7557, Friday~Uttle Hatch's Houseparty, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
o Sidetracks, 1331 W. 40 Highway, 229-9455
Keep the Blues Alive ...
Support the KC Blues Society
KANU-FM 91.5 Saturday, 8 to 11 p.m. - ·Blues in the Night" with Kyle Neuer
KCUR-FM 89.3 Saturday, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. - ·Saturday Night Fish Fry" with Chuck Haddock
KKFI-FM 90.1 Daily, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. - "Traffic Jam"
Tuesday & Thursday, 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. - ·Breakfast Club" with Dave Creighton
KCFX-FM 101 Sunday, 7 to 10 p.m. - "Kansas City Blues Show'
with Lindsay Shannon
KPRS-FM 103.3 Monday-Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. - "Lunch at the Oldies'
June 8,9,10 7th Annual Chicago Blues Festival
Grant Park: John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Luther Allison Ruth Brown, Fenton Robinson Lowell Fulson, Charlie Musselwhite, Kinsey Report, Saffire- The Uppity Blues Women, Cephas & Wiggins in a showcase of Piedmont Blues with a special tribute to T-Bone Walker and much more. For more information: (312) 744-3370.
June 29-July 1 Blues In '90, Pistoia, Italy
June 29-July 1 2nd Annual Eureka Blues Festival, Eureka Springs, Ark. FeaturIng: John Hammond, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Catfish Keith, Walter Liniger and tribute to Johnny Woods, Saffire- The Uppity Blues Women.
For more infor: (501) 253-9344
July 6, 7,8 6th Annual Mississippi Val/ey Blues Fest
Davenport, Iowa on the banks of the Mississippi River: ZuZu Bollin, Tom Principato Band, Duke Robillard, Buddy Guy, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, John Jackson, Saffire- The Uppity Blues Women, Taj Mahal, Bobby Radcliff, Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Earl King, Joe Hughes, James "Thunderbird" Davis, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Johnny Copeland, Marcia Ball, Buckwheat Zydeco, Holmes Brothers, Drink Small, Henry Townsend and much more. For more info.' (319) 391-1293.
July 8-13 Blues Week (workshop), August Heritage Center,
Elkens, W.V (304) 636-1903.
July 12-14 Cahors Blues Festival, France
July 21 Chunky Rhythm and Blues Festival, Richardson
Farm, Chunky, Ms. (601) 483-5309
July 21 8th Annual Bucks County Rhythm & Blues Picnic Levitown, Pa. Featuring: Cephas & Wiggins, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Mitch Woods, William Clarke, Joenne Connor.
July 28 Arkansas River Blues Festival
Little Rock, Ark. (S01) 753-4353.
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