Loose Blues News

The Carolina Chocolate Drops will perform at Luminato in a free concert with Corey Harris on Monday, June 17 at 8p.m. in David Picaut Square (formerly Metro Square, next to Roy Thomson Hall). In addition to a busy touring schedule for the band, Chocolate Drops singer Rhiannon Giddens has teamed up with her sister Lalenja on a project for Music Maker Relief Foundation called “I Know I’ve Been Changed.” On the 15-track album, Rhiannon Giddens, of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and her sister Lalenja Harrington team up to perform both traditional and original tunes. Rhiannon plays banjo and fiddle on the album, in addition to singing. Lalenja lends her vocals, along with her skillful poem and songwriting. Tim Duffy, Founder of Music Maker Relief Foundation and co-manager of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, says, “Rhiannon Giddens showcases her lifelong musical partnership with sister Lalenja, through gospel duets, old-time music and original poetry. Mixing these three genres has never been done before on one album, especially by artists of this magnitude. We are so lucky that these brilliant and virtuosic sisters have teamed up to bring this art to the world.” The songs and poems on I Know I’ve Been Changed were inspired by a range of styles and musicians, from gospel to banjo finger picking-from Billie Holliday to Ola Belle Reed. I Know I’ve Been Changed will be officially released on April 30, 2013.
Music Maker Relief Foundation is an organization dedicated to assisting elderly Roots musicians and preserving American Traditional music and the musical traditions of the American South. Since 1994 they have partnered with traditional artists over 55 years old who survive on a yearly income of less than $18,000, sustaining their day-to-day needs while building their careers.
Paddock Tavern Blues Revival: Previously known as a former Toronto hang for Frank Sinatra with a weekly gig by Oscar Peterson, The Paddock Tavern is reviving its live music policy with Friday and Saturday night blues programming. The bar has been open since 1946 and still has much of the original wood decor. Mark your calendar for Sugar Brown with Bharath Rajakumar on May 3, and keep your ears open for more upcoming blues shows at this historic Toronto venue. During the summer months, the stage window will open onto the street and patio. And if you take a look behind the bar you will see a few bourbons the LCBO isn’t selling as well as some excellent Canadian whiskeys. www.thepaddock.ca twitter: @thepaddockTO (Hours: Tues-Fri 4:30pm-2am; Sat 6pm-2am. No Cover)

Canada In Tune: The April issue of Canada In Tune online music magazine is now available and includes a feature by Gary Kendall called Canada`s Got The Blues. Gary does a Q & A with Rico Ferrara, producer and artistic director of Toronto`s Waterfront Blues Festival.You can read it online at at http://canadaintune.uberflip.com/i/120982 To subscribe to Canada In Tune (it’s free) go to http://www.canadaintune.com/index.php/subscribe-free-magazine

Boogie Stomp Live! If you like that two-piano thang popularized by Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, Pete Johnson and our own “Professor Piano”, Scott Cushnie you will love Boogie Stomp Live! with Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza, two of the greatest living purveyors of boogie and stride piano. They will be performing live as part of the Green Door Cabaret Spring 2013 Series at the Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Avenue, Friday-Sunday, April 26-28.
This performance (on two grand pianos) explores the relationship between blues, jazz, boogie, swing, stride, rock, R&B and contemporary pop music.
Arthur Migliazza has been inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame. It was through his love of Blues music and his dedication to the piano that he came under the wing of such mentors/teachers as Henry Butler, Ann Rabson and Mr. B. Aside from these direct influences, Arthur spent many years listening to and studying the recordings of piano players such as Otis Spann, Champion Jack Dupree, Jimmy Yancey, Professor Longhair, James Booker, Jay McShann, Katie Webster, and many more. A common response to watching Arthur perform is “Wow, I didn’t know it was possible to play the piano like that!”
Boogie Bob Baldori has been a mainstay of blues, boogie and rock in the midwest for over 40 years. He has performed hundreds of dates in venues from Detroit to Chicago, LA to New York and to the White House for President Clinton. He has been playing piano and harmonica with Chuck Berry since 1966. Along the way he developed a style of piano playing heavily influenced by boogie, jazz, and the relentless blues styles of Lafayette Leake, Otis Spann, James Booker and Johnny Johnson.
When these two sit down together at the keyboards, you will be dancing in your seat! To purchase tickets visit: www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
Duke joins Dylan: Duke Robillard has joined Bob Dylan’s touring band — he began on April 5 — but will continue touring with his own group on the rare occasions when Dylan is not on the road. His new Stony Plain release, Independently Blue, is already earning powerful advance reviews. The term “road warrior” may well have been invented for Duke Robillard, who racks up more than 200 shows a year and has been involved — as artist and producer — with more than 30 albums for Edmonton’s Stony Plain Records and recently produced a new recording for Toronto’s Robin Banks.