Thursday, December 31, 2009

A BLUE New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR BLUES BABES!!! Let us all resolve to celebrate the Blues this year, in whatever way we like the best!

This weekend is the last blast of the holiday season, and we should all go out with a big blue BANG as we ditch the old year and ring in the new one.

HOLY GUACOMOLE!! I just realized that NEW YEAR'S EVE is freakin' TONIGHT and not tomorrow night!! I thought I was just sliding this info in under the wire and instead I have left ya'll hanging high and dry with your New Year's Eve plans! Mea Culpa, my bad, and my apologies. In the interest of time and having run out of it, I will cut and paste and endeavor to post this BLOG without further ado.

At 8 pm on New Year's Eve, the Blues Doctor Drink Small and Smoky Weiner and the Hot Links will play in the covered and well heated dock on Bowens Island. This is a party you don't want to miss. Only $15 admission, full bar available. Great seafood will be available until 11. Oysters will be available as well! Old Milwaukee (the champagne of the Blues) and champagne (the blueblood of booze) toast at Midnight. Bring a sleeping bag if you're worried about driving or we'll get you a ride! Could there BE a better way to celebrate, or a location that represents all that is awesome about blues and the lowcountry? Wear your tux or your trunks, comb your hair or show up bare, whatever floats your blues-bound boat, but be there!! (I am going to be there and will be available for bashing with a wet noodle, verbal lambasting over my lateness, shivering of my timbers and hoisting of my keel exactly 15 minutes, then we will forgive and forget and enjoy the show...)

If you are not up for Blues at Bowen, you can enjoy New Year's Eve with The Wyatt Garey Band at A Dough Re Mi. Check with Stuart Johnson ( for more details.

Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ — Sullivan's
Southern-tinged rock/soul/blues quartet Gaslight Street — singer/guitarist Campbell Brown, drummer Brooks DuBose, bassist Frank Nelson, keyboardist Jason Stokes, and various guests — recently celebrated the release of their debut album Blue Skies for Fools. "I think while so many bands try to be different from song to song and album to album, we actually try to keep it consistent to our blues/rock sound," says Brown (formerly of Live Oak). With a rotation of skillful cats joining in this week, the two sets will surely deliver some extra-special twang. (

Looking ahead a bit, On Saturday night Jan 2nd, Shrimp City Slim plays at the Dough, 8pm, $5.

On Tuesday, Jan 5, the LBC board will meet before the jam, at 7pm at A Dough Re Mi. Everyone is invited. If you want to be included in the driving trip to Memphis, which is Jan 20-24, bring $100 per person towards renting a vehicle to get us there.

Again, major apologies for being so late with this info. I plead ennui and general ineptitude.

Sorry-I-am-so-slow Singing SAM

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays from the LBC!

We had a good jam this past week with Jeff Norwood as jam-master -- thanks, Jeff! And thanks to Mark Schleiss on bass and Greg Levkus on drums, rounding out the house band while Dan and Landon were out of town. We hope that all our Blues Club friends are having a happy time with friends and/or family this week, and we hope to see you back again for another Tuesday night jam in just a few days.

In the meantime, it's a quiet weekend blues-wise as far as I can tell. But if you like some rock music from time to time, and if you like the music of the Clash, you might want to go see The Sandinistas, a tribute band -- they will play at the Pour House on Saturday, Dec 26th, 9pm. Rumor has it that this is the last live show they'll be doing for the foreseeable future, so don't say we didn't warn you. . .

Be sure to keep an eye on the Dough's website ( On Wednesday Dec 30, the band Campfield will play. And keep in mind that The Wyatt Garey Band will play there on New Year's Eve, Dec 31. I believe that the cost of the evening will be $25, but that includes some food and drink, and champagne at midnight, I'll bet. Check with Stuart for all the details ( Another option is a Bowens Island New Years Eve, $15 With Smoky Weiner and Drink Small -- call Smoky for details, 330-4066.

Also, mark your calendar for the next LBC board meeting, which will be Tuesday, Jan 5 at 7pm. And if you want to be part of the crowd that plans to rent a vehicle to get to Memphis in, come prepared to kick in $100 per person. We plan to leave in the morning on Wednesday Jan 20, and drive back on that Sunday, Jan 24th. We hope that the $100 will cover the vehicle and the gas costs, but we've never done this before, so there's a chance that there'd be a need to add in a bit more for gas for the trip home, but we'll have to wait and see. . .

Wishing you a happy holiday season, and much good music in the year ahead!!

LMW, Dec 24, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Blues Club jam

This Tuesday, Dec 22, we'll have our Tuesday night jam at A Dough Re Mi, with special guest Jeff Norwood as jam-master, and Mark Schleiss on bass, with Greg Levkus on drums. Come on out, 8ish!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Blues for your weekend

Hello Blues People (and animals). Here’s what I’ve got for this week: Weekend gigs at Dough Re Mi are Friday 12/18, The Highway 17 Blues Band-10pm $5 cover andSaturday 12/19 it’s Jeff Norwood's Dobro Christmas Show-9pm. Go to for the full schedule.

Hometeam BBQ West Ashley has Joe Taylor’s trio Wicked Felinas on Thursday December 17th I know Joe Taylor. If you want to hear the guitar being played please go see his trio. Usually Stevie Kent plays drums and Paul Tucker on the bass. I could go on about who all of them they have played with but you might not believe me.

Danielle Howle and her group play on Saturday the 19th. One of the great local songwriters and performers.

At Sullivan’s Island Hometeam they have a sort of throwback celebration of Bert’s Bar with the Bert’s Bar Christmas Reunion this Friday and Saturday with Burnside Exploration. I am hoping this has something to do with the influence of iconic bluesman R.L. Burnside and his son who is part of the North Mississippi All Stars. Also appearing are Rik Cribb, Graham Whorley, Triple Lindy and others. Mac Leaphart plays on Thursday.

Ann Caldwell and Loose Fitt play the the Jazz Factory at the South of Broadway Theater, 1080 Montagu Avenue in North Charleston on Saturday from 7-10pm. $20 tix covers dinner, beverages and dancing. Check out She welcomes local musicians to join the band but please don’t go up there just to entertain yourself. You should have something specific in mind to add to the band and the enjoyment of the people Ann will be trying to entertain! Play something that fits what she’s trying to do and don’t just “noodle” around.

Steve Padgett and myself, Smoky Weiner will have a little jam at Bowens as we do every Friday night from 6:30 until 10. You can come and play anything you want at this jam because its more just for fun. On Saturday Steve Padgett and I will play at Iacofano’s in Mt. Pleasant which is at 625 Coleman Blvd. near Wild Wings. You can bring three cans of food or a toy and get to chow down on their appetizer buffet for free!

The Mill on Montague Av. in North Charleston has Chuck “The Cat” Morris and Shrimp City Slim on Tuesday night December 22nd. The Mill is smoker friendly if that is important to you.

Blues for the weekend of Dec. 17 -22

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Greetings Blues Fans. For those of you who may have forgotten Dan Wright and the New Beat, along with Sarah Cole will be traveling to Memphis on January 20th to compete in the International Blues challenge, and you can go with them . For $100-150 you can ride with them to Memphis to cheer them on in the challenge. If you are interested in purchasing a seat(s) then please contact the LBC at For more information about memphis please go to

The Jason Ricci Show at A Dough Re Mi has unfortunately been cancelled, but there is a Highway 17 Blues Band show on December 19th, starting at 9:00 p.m. with a five dollar cover charge.

Also don't forget to come out to A Dough Re Mi for the weekly Blues Jams on Tuesday Nights starting at 8:00.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Greetings Blues Babes! Lots of info to share with ya’ll this week. Our Holiday season has started with a Big Blue Bang!
As ya’ll know, every Tuesday is jam night at Dough Re Mi, and I missed the boat by not getting this blog notice sent in time. Mea Culpa and 100 lashes with a wet noodle!
So, the Quebec Societe de Blues, in an effort to promote Quebec blues in Canada and the US, want us to know that they will be holding a concert in Quebec on December 1st. This event is to celebrate the participation of 25 Quebecois Blues Groups, including the duo of Claire “Lady Blues Theriault and Denis Viel; in the Memphis International Blues Challenge in January (in Memphis, of course!). If you happen to be in Quebec next month, pop in and show your support!
Our own SHRIMP CITY SLIM will be tinkling ivories (or is it tickling the ivories??) all around our fair state this week. On THURSDAY the 3rd, the SHRIMP CITY SLIM TRIO guys will be in GreenWOOD at TW Boons! The next day, Friday the 4th, the SHRIMPS will play with Wonderful WANDA JACKSON in GreenVILLE at the Brown Street Club. This makes for a happy combination of vocals and outstanding instruments done right by people who really enjoy what they do! (they may hold the keys to happiness in their hot little hands…) Finally, Saturday the 5th, the SHRIMPS will be back in Mount Pleasant at Dough Re Mi, seasoning the pizza with their spicy blues. Be there at 8, pay your 5 dollars, and come feel the blues! Go HERE: to get more details… (I know the plural for shrimp is shrimp, but I hate to call a trio a shrimp, hence the SHRIMPS…)
Friday, December 5th, TOMMY THUNDERFOOT and the ACCELERATORS will bring out the studio line up and smoke the ribs at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ on Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island. Come and see the big dogs play -Tommy, Tommy, and Jo Jo to keep them straight! The show starts at 10:30, admission is 5 bux, memories are… priceless! More information is available at:
Jumping the gun and gazing into next week (crystal balls are sooo handy!) don’t forget about Blues in the Pews with SHRIMP CITY SLIM, at the Circular Church, Wednesday December 9 at noon.
And mark your daytimer for the awesome Jason Ricci and New Blood , bringin’ it on at the Dough on Friday, December 11th. The 12 dollar cover will be money well spent to hear their amazing rock/blues/jazz/jammin’ band!
So, here is my conundrum for the week. I personally think that Blues and Jazz are two distinct types of music. However, the rest of the world likes to lump them together. I decided to include the following information based more on fear of what we might miss, then certainty that the events belong in our Blues Blog. Better safe then sorry…
JIC (Just In Case) Jazz and the Blues are pretty much the same type of music, it might be worthwhile to check out the Christmas Jazz Vespers at the Circular Church, December 13th at 6 pm.
Just to make absolutely sure that we get our Blues on the 13th, catch David ‘Honeyboy” Edwards, Grammy winner for ’the best traditional blues album‘; on the Today Show and the NBS Nightly News Segment (info on Honeyboy can be found at his website,
And while we are wondering about Jazz, The College of Charleston and the Charleston Jazz Initiative just got a donation of music and songs written by a local boy, Robert Spann Cathcart, Jr., between 1920-1960. The music provides insight into the culture, music and society of Charleston during this time frame, and is supposed to contain some cool blues tunes. Contact Avery’s Archives at 843-953-7609 or Karen Chandler at 843-953-5474.
Finally, JAZZ & BLUES in Florida wants us to know that they will have Blues shows all over their beaches and all over their long skinny state this week. They also have some cool-looking festivals coming up and their information can be found here :
Have a Happy Blues week, all!
Singin’ SAM