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Goodbye, Lonnie Brooks

I went to my old friend Lee Baker Jr./Lonnie Brooks’ funeral service today. In the mid 1970’s, when I was starting to get involved in the Chicago blues scene, I was aware of Lonnie Brooks, and had seen him once or

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James Wheeler

I’m not sure how long I’ve known James, probably somewhere between 25-30 years. I first met James when Frank Pellegrino hired him to play with us at the Monday night blues jam at the Kingston Mines. He was not particularly

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Goodbye, 2014

It was a very good year, and I want to thank everybody who helped to make it that way. Thanks to “Sax” Gordon Beadle, Andy Lösche, Tad Robinson, and Alex Schultz for bringing me to the Dubai Jazz Festival in

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40 Years of Misspent Musicianship (or, I Fool Around With Matches and Dynamite)

I came across this recently. It’s an old article, but I’ve encountered this person’s editorializing before. http://racetraitor.org/blues.html (an interesting concept in itself) Go ahead and check it out. Did you? Are you back? Alright, then. Things have changed in the last

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To Hell and Back

Home sweet home. After 14 hours of travel on three planes, I get to finally unwind. Good thing after not sleeping well for four nights in Hell. Hell, Norway, that is, a very lovely little town near Trondheim. Nice blues

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A week in the life of a working musician

I played last night at the Sin City Blues & Soul Revival in Las Vegas with my old friend, singer extraordinaire Tad Robinson. Tad told me this joke once: “How do you get a musician to complain? Give him a

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Goodbye, Joe

Last Sunday, I learned of the passing of two friends. Neither event was unexpected, but it does cause one to stop and reflect. First, learned of Mike’s passing. I was copied on an email from Bobbie, his significant other. It

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