R.I.P QUEEN of the blues

There was a moment where even the blues took a break, Grammy Award-winning blues legend Koko Taylor, 80, died on June 3, 2009 in her hometown of Chicago, IL, as a result of complications following her May 19 surgery to correct a gastrointestinal bleed. On May 7, 2009, the critically acclaimed Taylor, known worldwide as the “Queen of the Blues,” won her 29th Blues Music Award (for Traditional Female Blues Artist Of The Year), making her the recipient of more Blues Music Awards than any other artist. In 2004 she received the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award, which is among the highest honors given to an American artist. Her most recent CD, 2007’s Old School, was nominated for a Grammy (eight of her nine Alligator albums were Grammy-nominated). She won a Grammy in 1984 for her guest appearance on the compilation album Blues Explosion on Atlantic.

Please see the entire news piece from Miss Taylor’s website here and take a moment to remember how she sang those blues to you.


Dale Watson the Trucker Session II

Maybe it was because on of my favorite people in the world when I was younger, grandpa was a truck driver, maybe not….I have always dug certain country sounds and let me tell you Dale Watson has exactly what I search for. On Hyena Records, the Truckin’ Sessions Vol. 2 is a tribute to the truck driving men (even a truck drivin’ queen) and pays great homage to those who commandeer the mighty 18-wheeler rig as a way of live. His soulful baritone voice tells you to listen and it means it…..his songwriting is so sharp I listen and feel like I am aboard the rig myself. Some of the tales carry on with wit and others take loneliness & sadness and gives them a face atop the body of these mystical characters on America’s highways. I often wonder about the tales of the road that grandpa NEVER told me about….


Dale Watson will be in my area here in WI, but keep a look out for when/if he is playing out near you
06-12 | Chicago, IL | Martyr’s
06-13 | Middleton, WI | Club Tavern (2PM set)
06-13 | Janesville, WI | Bass Creek Golf Course @ The Big Red Open (8PM set)
08-09 | Green Bay, WI | Oneida Casino
08-10 | Green Bay, WI | Oneida Casino
08-11 | Green Bay, WI | Oneida Casino
08-12 | Green Bay, WI | Oneida Casino
08-13 | Green Bay, WI | Oneida Casino
08-14 | Green Bay, WI | Oneida Casino
08-15 | Green Bay, WI | Oneida Casino