Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sugar Blue is Back at Jazz alley in Seattle April 16th and 17th

Grammy winner harmonica genius Sugar Blue returns for two exclusive concerts in Seattle at Jazz Alley: the unstoppable and constantly touring harmonica wizard has recently returned from a series of concerts in Rome Italy and for the second year in a row won the prestigious Chicago Music Award as Best Entertainer of the Year. Performances will feature new original compositions as well as some classics from the live album RAW SUGAR recently released... and almost entirely recorded during last year's explosive performance at Jazz Alley.

CLICK HERE for ticket and show details for Sugar Blue's upcoming April 2013 performances at Jazz Alley. 

Tune into the Mighty Mouth Blues online radio show  8 pm Monday, April 8th at
Sugar Blue will be talking Blues with Oogie & Sweet Danny and they will be giving away a couple of tickets to the show!

Born and raised in New York, harmonica genius Sugar Blue began his career as a street musician, he grew up listening to the jazz greats and then honed his chops by wailing along with Bob Dylan (with whom he would later record...) and Stevie Wonder songs on the radio. Like many American musicians before him Sugar Blue left these shores and relocated to Paris, where he became a first-call studio musician and performing artist.

That’s his harmonica blasting on the Rolling Stones’ platinum disco hit “Miss You”. Considered to be one of the first harp pyrotechnicians, he uses awe-inspiring high-register runs, circular breathing and electronic effects on his harmonicas blending them into his unique, visionary and singular style, technically dazzling yet wholly soulful. Grammy winner Sugar Blue has been called the Jimi Hendrix of harmonica: he has played and recorded with Willie Dixon, Prince, Rolling Stones, Stan Getz, Bob Dylan, only to name a few...

Sugar Blue is accompanied by a powerful quartet with Rico Mc Farland and Harry Hmura on guitar, Ilaria Lantieri Blue, co-writer on most of the originals, is on duty as bassist again on this tour providing a solid rhythmic base along with percussionist par excellence James Knowles (Tyrone Davis, R. Kelly,...)
Sugar Blue and his top notch band are guaranteed to put on a high octane show that you will remember for a long time..

Sunday, February 17, 2013

CD Review "Nasty Habits and Dirty Little Secrets" – Coyote Kings w/Mush

Coyote Kings w/Mush
By Rick J Bowen  
For over a decade Wall Walla’s Rob Barrett and his Coyote Kings have been a driving force in the eastern Washington blues scene and now are the proud hosts of the 2nd Wall Walla guitar festival. In 2010 the Kings teamed up with power house vocalist Michelle “Mush” Morgan, releasing the critically acclaimed album Move, in 2011. Their follow up, Nasty Habits and Dirty Little Secrets, features eleven new songs immaculately produced and penned by Barrett who tag teams lead vocals duties with Morgan equally and offers a bonus instrumental track for good measure.

The album kicks off with the Texas BBQ styled funk of the title track featuring Morgan belting out vocals as gritty as the guitar riffs. The six eight blues of “the Best You Couldn’t Do,” burns icey hot with a feel reminiscent of Robert Cray including a jagged guitar solo from Barrett and moaning B3. Barrett pushes his baritone to the max on the low down blues of “Hard To Be a Man,” matching notes with the guitars on an infectious turn around hook, a nice touch on a classic theme. After the clever but maybe too cute sing along of the funky “Baby Wake Up,’ Morgan gets to stretch out on the mournful “Baby’s Gone.” Barrett gives us a fine twist on a classic lazy shuffle feel with his own “My Rider,” featuring some great barrelhouse piano from Doug Scarborough.

The surf rock boogie “That Hot Daddy,” is bound to be popular dance floor filler. The album hits it’s highpoint with the sweet southern fried backyard lullaby “Afternoon Sun,” with a laid back groove so smooth you can taste the ice tea and feel the warm summer breeze. The Album ends with the poignant honky tonk blues “Am I Getting’ Wise,” which finds Barrett doing his best Delbert McClinton and preaching the blues of an experienced road dog. Nasty Habits and Dirty Little Secrets will satisfy long time fans of the Coyote Kings and its high production value should win over some new ones as well.
The projected release for Nasty Habits and Dirty Little Secrets is March 8 & 9 2013, the weekend of. the 2nd annual Coyote Kings Invitational Walla Walla Guitar Festival!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

John Lee Hooker Jr. To Perform in Seattle Jan 29th and 30th

The son of legendary blues man John Lee Hooker will take the stage for two nights in January at Jazz Alley in Seattle. John Lee Hooker Jr. is touring in support of his latest release ALL HOOKED UP! Band members are James 'Gig' Anderson (keyboards), Frank “Tebo” Thibeaux (bass) , Jeffrey James (guitar), and Mike Rogers (drums). Set times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm. CLICK HERE for details.

Two-time Grammy Nominee John Lee Hooker, Jr.'s 5th and arguably greatest CD release to date All Hooked Up features music luminaries such as the great Betty Wright, the legendary Lucky Peterson, harmonica master Dave Barrette, D'Wayne Wiggins of Tony, Toni, Tone, Eddie Minnifield, sax player for Sheila E and Prince, as well as outstanding vocalists Jeanie Tracy and Sakai.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Hooker Jr. was exposed to the blues as some children are exposed to a parent who practices carpentry, bricklaying or farming. The son of the blues legend, John Lee Hooker, naturally developed a curiosity and appetite for his father's livelihood. Hooker Jr. performed on Detroit's WJBK radio at the tender age of eight years old and toured with his father throughout his teens. Exposed to blues greats such as, Jimmie Reed, Washboard Willie, and Boogie Woogie Red, little Hooker Jr. would eventually perform his talents at prestigious venues such as Detroit's, Fox Theatre and other upscale Motown clubs in the shadow of his father. By the time little Hooker Jr. turned eighteen, he was a recording artist performing with his father, most notably on John Lee Hooker's, Live at Soledad Prison (ABC Records) release.

His 2004 release, Blues With a Vengeance was John's "celebratory redemption" from addiction and the sub-culture of life on the streets. In other words, he would celebrate his redemption through the hard work and dedication it takes to create a musical classic - and redeem himself he did. The newly awakened artist received 2004, "Comeback Artist of the Year Award" from the San Francisco Bay Area Blues Society, "Outstanding Blues Album of the Year" from The California Music Awards (formerly known as the BAMMYS), "Best New Artist Debut" nomination from the W.C. Handy Awards, and "Best Traditional Blues" nomination from the Grammy Awards. Etta James won the actual Grammy award but to be in her company along with fellow nominees, Eric Clapton, Pinetop Perkins, and James Cotton was a strong indication of the direction Hooker's career was taking.

In 2010, between sharing the stage with artists such as, Lenny Kravitz, Taj Mahal, and ZZ Top, Hooker Jr. was the musical face of America's prestigious, U.S. Open (CBS). He was also interviewed by the 700 Club, and in 2011, appeared on the cover of Healthy Living magazine. He is currently celebrating and touring in support of his new release All Hooked Up!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

An Interview With Nolan Garrett - Young Blues in the Pacific NW

By Son Jack Jr.
 "Playing in your garage won't get you anywhere. Get out, be seen, and be heard” - Nolan Garrett
There is obviously something special about the water in this region, as the Pacific Northwest seems to have more than its fair share of young up and coming blues players. This first issue of The Torch focuses on a young man who, in my opinion, is at the forefront of this next wave and yet only turned 15 last month. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Nolan Garrett…

SJ: How did you get started in music?
NG: My Mom was the one that really got me started. I was trying to do something new every year and sports wasn’t my thing. Music was next on the list so I started taking guitar lessons at 8 years old from Daniel Harris at Ted Brown Music in Tacoma. I didn't initially want to take guitar lessons, but Mom made me go, and it turned out that I really enjoyed it and found out I was good at it. From there I started performing with a family friend around town. I really enjoyed performing and being on stage. I realized then this is what I want to do. Now that my voice has changed I've been taking voice lessons from Sue Carr based out of Seattle.

SJ: Why play the blues?
NG: I started going to a lot of Jams. They were mostly blues jams so I started to naturally gravitate towards that style of music, plus I like the freedom and flexibility that blues presents. Also, the blues community is very supportive of all musicians and we all learn from each other, and appreciate each other’s' talents.

SJ: What are your main musical influences?
NG: I listen to all sorts of music with influences coming from all areas. The few that really made an impression are Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, to name a few. Musicians I really admire include John Mayer and JoeBonamassa because they are both out playing bluesy music, but presenting it in a way that a wide variety of audiences like it. Plus, they are great guitar players.

SJ: What are some of your musical career highlights so far?
NG: Learning to play guitar (ha ha). Seriously though, the "Kids Got Talent" competition was great and led to a performance at the Paramount Theatre when I was only 12. I also won a video contest voted by fans on Facebook. More recently, getting to play with and perform for numerous well-known musicians has been awesome.

SJ: Any plans to release a CD in the near future?
NG: I'm currently working on finishing up my first album being produced by Jeff Kossack/Other Hand Studios in LA, set to release in the late spring or early summer of 2013. It will have 10-12 original tracks and the music is my own style that is influenced by many of the people I mentioned earlier.

SJ: What are your goals?
NG: I'm working towards being a successful touring musician, playing in front of tens of thousands of people. Location doesn't matter – I’m flexible and Mom can drive until I’m old enough (ha ha). As of now my immediate need is more paid gigs to help with studio, travel, recording expenses, equipment, lessons and the list goes on. I’m hoping that I can make some impact and connections while at the IBC to help drive
this. If music wasn’t my focus then I would like to be some kind of teacher. Both my parents are teachers and I love working with younger kids.

SJ: In closing, any words of wisdom for other younger and older musicians?
NG: I'm still working on stuff myself, but for younger players I would say play as much as you can and as often as you can, especially in front of people. Playing in your garage won't get you anywhere. Get out, be seen, and be heard. I started to practice about 2- 6 hours a day after I realized it was what I wanted to do. I don't think I am in any position to give advice to more experienced musicians. Although, I do appreciate
all of the older musicians who have helped me along the way and have taken the time for one on one advice.

Nolan typifies the ambitious young player and maintains a schedule that many a pro/semi-pro would kill for, and hopefully will start to get more paid gigs (hint, hint to any promoters reading this). Nolan will represent the South Sound Blues Association at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis and we all wish him the very best of luck! You can follow Nolan on Twitter at

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Dirty Rice - CD Release Party at The Triple Door Jan. 5th

Dirty Rice, a blues band out of of the Pacific NW, will be releasing their new CD: Rock-n-Blues at the Triple Door in Seattle on January 5, 2013. Dirty Rice was one of the nominees for the Society's "Best New Band" awards in 2012.

The blues talent and sounds coming out of the Pacific NW is catching the attention of the rest of the country. Dirty Rice is no exception to that trend. This trio, with a talented new  young drummer, Eric Rice and Scotty Harris, have put together a new project that you will want to experience. This band rocks relentlessly with the grace and class to offer up some of the prettiest ballads with sweet vocal harmony. Raw old school Rock-n-Blues with a lot of variety.

This is an opportunity to see the band in a a world class setting worthy of their new release. The party is at  the Triple Door Musiquarium on 2nd and Union in Seattle January 5, 2013 at 10pm. 

For more information on the release party you can CLICK HERE. For a taste of what this band has to offer, see below....

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

CD Review "Candy Store Kid" - Ian Siegal and the Mississippi Mudbloods

By Rick Bowen

British blues guitar man Ian Siegal returned again to the beloved Zebra Ranch studios in the north Mississippi hill country to record the follow up to his very successful album The Skinny and emerged with an even better and bigger band sound on the new album Candy Store Kid.

Once again Siegal is joined by youngest son Cody Dickinson, who produced and mixed the album while also supplying pile driving drums and additional keyboards and guitars; he is a true jack of all trades. Dickinson’s brother Luther adds superb slide guitar to the mix with Alvin Youngblood Hart and Garry Burnside rounding out the Mudblood band. The nine new songs at two covers roll out like well worn classics from a bygone age.

These are not your typical blues tunes, but rather a spicy gumbo of funk, soul, and country and swamp rock. Throughout them Siegel’s voice evokes a mixture of Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Iggy Pop, delivering lyrics that are often Dylan-esque and full of metaphorical alliterations. It seems Ian Siegal has truly captured lightning in a bottle with his foray to the hill country and is blessed to find kindred spirits in the Mudbloods. A kid in a candy store indeed.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

CD Review: Don’t Blame the Dynamite… If You Can’t Light the Fuse! - RJ Knapp & Honey Robin

By Eric Steiner 
I first discovered local bluesman RJ “Blues Master” Knapp when his 21st Century Bluzmen competed in the fourth semifinals of the Washington Blues Society’s International Blues Competition at the Oxford Saloon in Snohomish, Washington in 2011.  I was impressed by the way he powered through an original set that tilted heavily toward blues rock, and I could tell that his influences ranged from Led Zepplin and Black Sabbath to Popa Chubby.  RJ’s set featured high energy, plugged-in, and wonderfully over-the-top guitar histrionics thanks to the Blues Master.

If you enjoy full-throttle blues powered by solid electric guitar, you’ll enjoy Don’t Blame the Dynamite… If You Can’t Light the Fuse.  The straight-ahead country blues on “If the Bluz Was Money” relies on the spot-on rock steady beat from the considerably talented engine room of Rick “Dr. Demo” Bowen and “Rob “Powder Monkey” Baker on bass, punctuated by the Blues Master’s fluid slide work.  “Hole in My Heart” gives RJ a chance to stretch with some opening, low-key licks that frame Honey Robin’s sultry vocals, and his inspired noodling up and down the fretboard shows that, as a guitar player, he’s much more than a three-chord power player.  RJ’s been around the Seattle blues scene since the early 80’s, and he’s earned the nickname “Mr. Bluz” by paying his dues in Pioneer Square clubs. RJ’s inventive songwriting and innovative guitar playing are front and center on this CD. 

Since that International Blues Competition at the now-closed Oxford Saloon in downtown Snohomish, RJ and his band have played at the Big Sky Blues Festival in Noxon, Montana, and returned to the Blues to Benefit the Brave benefit held in Snohomish County in 2011 and 2012.  I hope that this CD will get RJ, Honey Robin, Rick, and Rob more attention and more gigs throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Their CD release party was held on December 7th at Cyndy’s Broiler in Stanwood, Washington, and I hope that we can feature the magic of that night in a future Washington Blues Society Bluesletter.

Listen to clips from the CD below. After you check out the 15 (yes, 15!) cuts on the CD, please tell your favorite blues club that this Bothell, Washington-based blues outfit can really put on a show!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bonnie McCoy (Memphis Minnie’s niece) At Garden House Country Blues Series in Seattle

Blues To Do, out of Seattle, Washington, has put together a unique series of world-class traditional blues is presented on the 3rd Friday of the month in November. On Friday, Nov. 16, The series will present Bonnie McCoy (Memphis Minnie’s niece) with special guest Mary Flower.

The concert is open to the public, all ages. The event includes popular meals from area food establishments all under $10, plus beer & wine will be available at the shows. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15 per show. Group discounts also available - please email Tickets are available at the door, via PayPal at Blue To Do's website, or at Brown Paper Tickets. The historic Garden House is just north of the light rail station at 2336 15th Avenue South.

This final event features the niece of Memphis Minnie, Bonnie McCoy. Her heritage includes her father George McCoy and his sister Ethel McCoy (who sang with Chuck Berry in the 50's). George’s brother, Kansas Joe McCoy, recorded and performed with Minnie in her hottest years. Bonnie raised her family and now has time to peruse her dream to be a blues singer in the family tradition. Last year, Seattle based Arcola Records released her debut recording "Child of the Blues" with liner notes by Dr. David Evans (Professor of music Memphis University). The CD was produced and released by Bob West, the host of "King Biscuit Time" on the now defunct radio station KRAB-FM 107.7. “Child of the Blues” features Eric Freeman along with Northwest artists Ashley Durant, Anthony Estrada and Mike Daugherty.

Mary Flower is a world-class guitarist and lap slide player who swings the blues. Along the way, she’s mastered the intricate, harmonically subtle Piedmont style, with its good-timey, ragtime feel. The Piedmont style forms the foundation of much of her work, but she’s an unrivaled interpreter of Mississippi blues and an ingenious composer in her own right. She’s twice placed in the top three at the prestigious National Fingerpicking Championship in Winfield, Kansas–the only woman to do so. She’s a warm singer who sings down-home yet sophisticated material. Mary was nominated for both “Best Acoustic Artist” and “Best Acoustic Album” in the 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Her latest CD is “Misery Loves Company” on Yellow Dog Records.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Not sure what to give the Blues Fan in your life?

Looking for that special gift to give that blues crazed friend or spouse of yours? Well... have we got the answer for you! 

Why not give the gift of a one-year membership to the Washington Blues Society? They are already a member? Not a problem! We’ll extend their membership for another year and send them a gift note along with their new Membership Cards.

Just download or print the form below,  fill out the information and mail it and your check to:

Washington Blues Society,
P.O. Box 70604
Seattle, WA 98127

It’s as simple as that! It's a gift that will give all year long... Give the Gift of Membership

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Review: Westport “Dock of the Bay” Blues Festival

Photos by Michael Bruce
I’m a gonna raise a fuss, I’m gonna raise a holler…!

Eddie Cochran’s ghost came to me one night. He told me I had a fever and taking my case to the United Nations won’t help. The only cure for the summertime blues he said was the 4th annual 3-day Westport “Dock of the Bay” Blues Festival September 7th through the 9th …and more cowbell!

Minutes south of Aberdeen on Highway 105, I rolled into this Pacific costal community in search of the cure. Noting that Westport has an annual Pirates Day Festival, I was immediately impressed and felt at home. This town welcomes pirates!

by Michael Bruce
Westport, the beautiful diamond in the rough on the Pacific coast of Grays Harbor County, is now home to a growing cadre of blues aficionados. At the very end of the summer festival season when it seems everyone heads east to Sunbanks Blues Festival in Grand Coulee, Westport Blues non-profit hosts its annual event to showcase Washington blues bands and the ocean beach area as a destination for fun. The tallest lighthouse in the state still beams its Fresnel lamp to passing ships, and t’s also at the same time as the Brady’s Oyster Feed just down the road.

Near the harbor of this quiet little fishing village on the grounds of the Westport Inn and RV Park, owned and operated by festival hosts Mark and Desiree Dodson, the event is tucked into a flat area just a skipping stone’s throw from the Pacific beach. Offering clean rooms and friendly staff, Mark and Desiree have worked hard to create a charming setting for this great blues music attraction. There is lots of spacious parking is just across the street. Centrally located at the very end of the main drag, these gracious hosts have shaped this blues music event with all the allure of a Siren’s song. Sport-fishing charter boats rock on the flowing tides as tourists flock to the restaurants and curio shops along the wharf. Rent a crab pot and try your luck, take a long walk on the beach or… go fly a kite!

by Michael Bruce
With pelicans and seagulls soaring on the gentle ocean summer breeze, the event began late on a warm, sunny Friday evening. In preparation for a “rain or shine” gig, the stage was protected by a large tent that could accommodate well over 200 blues fans.

“Next year,” predicted Mark, “our larger tent will hold 800!”

It was also a real community effort. I commented to Mark on the local major fisheries sponsorships for this event. “Mayor Michael Bruce has worked very hard getting sponsorships,” continued Mark. “He also is taking photos of the bands and staying in contact with the bands.”

Blues Attitude, hailing from Olympia and Tacoma, started out the Festival around 6:00 PM on Friday. They got the crowd up and jumping to solid blues ‘tude! Festival newcomer The Tim Hall Band played an incredible high-energy set to close Friday night to a very enthusiastic crowd.

Beer and wine was sold in the beer garden, two food booths, merchandise vendors and others gave it a carnival atmosphere. Oozing excitement, local Deborah Tiedemann sported a name tag with her title, Beer Wench. She was as bubbly as fresh sea foam on wet beach sand. As she handed out Washington Blues Society Bluesletters and beer on Saturday, I asked her if she was having the obvious fun she poured out.

“I’m having a fabulous time” she told me as the Pleasure Hounds finished their set. A bit later I wanted to know her thoughts about local homegrown singer Mia Vermillion.

by Michael Bruce
“I just finished listening to Mia, she’s fantastic!” she said as Mia left the stage. “If I were a guy, I’d be in love with her! She’s got the whole package. She has an awesome voice, an awesome stage presence and not too hard on the eyes!” Noting her stunning beauty and deep, sultry voice, I couldn’t agree with her more.

Mia, a Westport native, spent her summers commercially fishing these waters as a young girl. She now calls Anacortes home, and tours with a two piece band: drummer Jason Edwards and guitarist Rod Cook.

by Michael Bruce
“It’s fun playing with Mia” said Rod. “We have great material and it’s just a lot of fun!” Rod talked to me as they loaded their gear after their set to travel clear across the state to Sunbanks Blues Festival and play again the next day. “I like the venue here too! The tent makes it nice and cozy! ”

Many blues fans told me that they were impressed with the band’s full sound, even though there were just two instruments and Mia’s booming vocals.

by Michael Bruce
Kim Archer and her band was indeed fantastic including an almost note for note back up singer who absolutely belted out harmonies and impressive gyrations in time with the band. “The Westport Dock of the Bay Blues Festival is a great event and attracts some diehard blues lovers and people who appreciate music in general” Kim told me as she walked to the stage for her part of the show. “It’s just a good feeling here of community around music and it’s definitely something I like to be a part of.” She showed the crowd why she loves what she does by nailing a perfect set. Folks moved to the music at the sparse area at the front of the stage and boogied to the funky R&B sounds.

by Michael Bruce
Guitarist Spider Murphy closed Saturday’s lineup. “I was lucky enough to get up with Spider Murphy last night,” Blues Attitude bassist Peter Crossman told me on Sunday. Peter, who provided the sound backline added, “It was totally off the cuff without rehearsal, he’s an amazing musician, old Chicago blues style. I love his new CD, Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato!”

That night, Blues Attitude hosted a jam session worthy of the name as folks crowded together en masse. The Coho Room, adjacent to the Westport Inn, was at capacity until well after midnight; the joint was rocking so much that even breathing room was at a premium.

by Michael Bruce
Sunday’s sea mist with heavy winds was cured by getting most people huddled casually underneath the tent. The chilly nip of the first taste of fall weather blew in quickly to bring the temperatures down. Ranging from 90 degrees on Friday to 55 on Sunday, the extremes failed to dampen these blues fans’ enthusiasm. It was great, typical western Washington weather!

A friend and I had breakfast, and later Bloody Marys, at the VFW Hall on East pacific Avenue before the day’s music started. It’s the best deal in town! Open to the public for Friday Steak Night and Sunday breakfast, the short order cooks serve up quite an extensive board of fare.

by Michael Bruce
Westport’s local band, Catch of the Day, featured both Mark and Desiree (playing a custom fit washboard) with guest artist Andy “Badd Dog” Koch, got the party started. They introduced some original numbers including "Pack My Bags and Scoot" and "Papa's Song" that seamlessly weaved in a stirring country blues version of the 23rd Psalm in a salute to our nation's unsung heroes for 911. Andy also got the crowd going with his gritty Harp playing and great showmanship.

by Michael Bruce
Master of Ceremonies Merri Sutton, photographer, music promoter and self proclaimed “fetchin’-stepper” chatted with me while Little Bill was playing.

by Michael Bruce
“The Billy Shew Band and the Kim Archer Band played here last year and lit up Westport Saturday afternoon and evening,” she said. “Little Bill and the Blue Notes where here last year, too. They returned this year and are playing another amazing crowd-pleasing set.”

I agreed that Bill and the Blue Notes were in great form and having fun.

by Michael Bruce
To end the festival, Randy Oxford Band’s drummer Steve Sabol brought more cowbell and even more wood block to the stage! Randy Oxford, trombonist extraordinaire, set a frantically intense pace for his band, and they responded in kind! Song after song was full of blazing passion and outstanding technical mastery which had the small audience demanding not one, but two encores! Each band member made a potent, wonderful contribution to the band's sound and stage presence.

by Michael Bruce
“They played totally over the top, brought the house down and had a blast doing it!” Merri told me later in an email after the show. “All of these bands are made up of top-notch musicians who also just happen to be top-notch humans. I love and respect each and every one of them!”

The Coho Room was also the location of Sunday night's dinner to thank the hard-working volunteers. They were thrilled to be "breaking bread" and chatted with members of the Randy Oxford Band, who had just finished their set.

Mark and Desire are also planing music workshops at the Westport Inn this winter.“We are having a Steve Kaufman Flatpick Guitar workshop at the Westport Inn Nov 30, Dec 1st and 2nd” said Mark. “This  includes lodging, meals, parties, workshop and a full concert on Sunday.”

I asked if he had more workshops planned to attract music lovers to the ocean this winter. “We are also working with Lee Oskar and Mia Vermillion for additional winter workshops, but we don't have the dates solid yet. We’ll have to let Bluesletter readers know when we confirm these great opportunities with these great artists!”

You will not be disappointed by the lyrics of the classic hit by Eddie Cochran, “Summer Time Blues.” The cure is right on the beach at Westport Blues “Dock of the Bay” Festival, second weekend in September! CLICK HERE for more information on the Westport Inn.

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