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Hey Blues Fans,

What a busy Blues week!  Wednesday we made it out to see Bryan Lee. We were thrilled and relieved to see that Bryan is on the mend from a bout of illness. He played as passionate as ever.

Bloomington/Normal, Illinois continues to be a great Blues town with both promoter and Blues Society support for bringing in live Blues.

Please support them by attending these great Blues events!

To see all the pictures of Bryan and his band, CLICK HERE



Blues And The Spirit Symposium

We also spent 3 days in Chicago last weekend at Dominican University for the Blues and the Spirit Symposium. Lots of great music and scholarly discussion about African American Culture and the relationship between Gospel and Blues. Each day there were keynote address's by noted scholars and professors, panel discussions by industry professionals and lots of live Blues, Gospel and Soul music.

Thursday started with a tour of Chicago's Bronzville Area famous for the development of the Chicago Blues sound that ended with a stop at the old Chess records recording Studio at 2120 S. Michigan Avenue.






Later Thursday after some interesting panels discussions Dominican hosted an opening reception  where we heard Bluesman Larry Taylor and the Taylor Family Band.

After wards a small group of us made it out for the Thursday night Blues Jam at our good buddy Ken Zimmerman's Harlem Avenue Lounge where Pistol Pete was holding down the stage show. See Ken's ad below for a less crowded alternative to an after fest Blues music destination following each night of the Chicago Blues Fest.




Friday it was more scholarly discussions and a concert by Jim Wheeler band. Later we got to see performances by Sharon Lewis and Texas Fire followed by Soul master Otis Clay.

Saturday the Symposium continued throughout the day ending with a performance by Fernando Jones students at the final fish fry.








After the final fish fry our good friend Steve from the Chicago Blues Tour had busses waiting to take the whole group of attendees on a Chicago Pub Crawl to see some real Chicago Blues in the neighborhood juke joints. Pubs we visited included Lees Unleaded Blues to hear Johnny Drummer and the Starlighters, Linda's Place to hear Fantastic L-Roy and The Bulletproof Band and Rosa's Lounge for another show by Sharon Lewis and Texas Fire.

Dr. Janice Monti put  together a great successful event a Dominican University. Look for this symposium to be even bigger and better next time as word of this great Blues conference spreads. Don't miss it next year!

To see some of the photos from this great Blues event, CLICK HERE


Rooms are still available for the Chicago Blues Fest.

LAST CALL! We are passing along the note below about some reasonably priced rooms still available at the Travel Lodge in downtown Chicago just steps away from Michigan Ave. & Grant Park and two blocks from Buddy Guy's Legends. (First Come First Served!)

2 full sized beds w/kitchenette $110 + 15.4% tax per room per night.   1 king size bed, suite, w/kitchenette $115 + 15.4% tax per room per night.  1 king size bed $99 + 15.4% tax per room per night. Contact Linda Kibak, Linden Travel 212 784 0265 email:

"Blues Basics" Series Returns

By popular request this week we re-run a series of brief articles aimed at those who are new to the Blues. We ran this series last year for those who get that blank look when you mention Robert Johnson,  Reverend Gary Davis or any of the Blues legends from the past. It becomes a monthly series starting this issue with another look at Blues Legend Albert King. 

Blues Reviews This Week

James Walker reviews a new CD by Rob Roy Parnell.  Rob Paullin is back this week with a review of Scott Albert Johnson's new CD. Ben Cox reviews a new CD by The Blues Experience w/Cash McCall and a review of of a CD by JW-Jones.  Jeremiah "Little Junior" James reviews a CD by Homemade Jamz Blues Band.  All this and much More! SCROLL DOWN!


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Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation - Chicago, IL

Dixon Landing Music has teamed with legendary bluesman Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation  to sponsor "HOT BLUES NIGHTS... LIVE AT 2120!" ( This 3-day event, held June 5th - 7th at the historic former Chess Records Studios, 2120 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, will be an after hours party when the Chicago Blues Festival retires each evening. The line-up schedule includes:
Thursday June 5th - Nellie "Tiger: Travis, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, The Blues Experience with Cash McCall, Alex Dixon, Steve Bell and Billy Branch Friday June 6th - David Jacobs-Strain, Billy Branch And The Son’s Of Blues, The Blues Experience With Cash Mccall, Alex Dixon, Steve Bell and Muddy Waters Jr. plus other Special Guests Saturday June 7th - David Jacobs-Strain, Lurrie Bell & Family, The Blues Experience featuring Cash Mccall, Alex Dixon, Steve Bell and Muddy Waters Jr. This is a limited attendee engagement......only selling approximately 115 tickets/night! Tickets are available at Additionally, the museum will be open from June 5th - 8th for tours.

Madison Blues Society - Madison WI

Madison Blues Society’s 6th Annual Blues Picnic is Saturday, June 21, 2008 from Noon to 9:30 PM at Warner Park in Madison, WI. Fantastic line-up of local and regional blues bands including Shari Davis & the Hootchy-Kootchy Band, Joe Nosek's Blues Kids, Cash Box Kings, Danny Miller Band, Mud Angels, Paul Filipowicz and Otis & the Alligators. The show is FREE and open to the public.

Illinois Central Blues Club Springfield, IL - Blue Mondays

Held at the Alamo 115 N 5th St, Springfield, IL (217) 523-1455 every Monday 8:30pm $2 cover  - June 2 Texas Groove from Springfield, IL, June 9 Shawn Kellerman from Ontario, Canada, June 16 Deak Harp Blues Band from Illinois, June 23 HARPER from Australia, June 30 Levee Town from Kansas City

The Blues Blowtorch Society - Bloomington, IL

Blues Blowtorch Society presents the 2008 Central Illinois Blues Challenge on September 21, 2008 at the Tri-Lakes in Bloomington, IL. The winner will be sent to Memphis in early 2009 to compete as our representative in the International Blues Challenge. This year we are limiting the number of bands to five. To be considered bands must apply by July 18, 2008. The solo/duo acts competition is to be determined based on interest.  For further information and submission guidelines, please contact Deborah Mehlberg, Entertainment Director at:

 Blues Basics

 NEW to the Blues? Sometimes it is hard for those new to the Blues to explore this journey called the Blues!'s weekly spotlight introduces (or reminds experienced Blues fans) about a Blues artist or subject worth knowing about. This week we take a look at one of the most influential guitarists ever, Albert King.

Albert King

Born Albert Nelson on Apr 25, 1923 in Indianola, MS he started out playing gospel music in Arkansas. After King heard some early Blues artists like Blind Lemon Jefferson, he began playing Blues instead.

A large man at 6 foot 4 and 250 Lbs, King's left handed guitar style had a significant effect on his sound.  Instead of bending notes up like a right handed guitarist, King pulled the notes down resulting in a distinct sound. The sound of his single note sting bending style is still copied by both Blues and Rock guitarists. His signature use of the Gibson Flying V guitar also continues to influence rock guitarists.

King played in Arkansas until 1953 when he moved to Gary, Indiana where he ended up playing drums in a group with Jimmy Reed. At about this time he changed his name to Albert King shortly before he met and played with Willie Dixon.

In 1954 King moved to St Louis where he headlined clubs and enjoyed his first successes recording. His single "Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong" made it to #14 on the national R&B charts in 1961.

King's real stardom started after he signed with Stax records in 1966 where he teamed up with Booker T. & the MG's to produce a soul Blues sound which provided some of his most notable work. His 1967 release "Born Under a Bad Sign" was a huge success that influenced both Blues and rock guitarists including Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. In 1972, he released "I'll Play the Blues for You" which continues to influence Blues artists today.

All Music Guide has a biography and a complete discography of Albert KingCLICK HERE to read to read more about him. They also include 15 second samples of most of his songs for you to listen to.  

There is also an good biography of him by Greg Johnson on the Cascade Blues Society's website. CLICK HERE to read it.

You can see some videos of this great Bluesman on our website. Click the links below to see the videos

- Albert King with the Blues Breakers

- Albert playing "The Sky is Crying"  with BB King, A young looking Stevie Ray Vaughn and Paul Butterfield on harp.

- 1978 PBS Soundstage footage of Albert with Luther Allison, Pinetop Perkins, Jerry Portnoy along with Neal Schon and the rock band Journey.

We have many more videos of Blues masters on our website. CLICK HERE to view them.

Linden, Texas hosts the 3rd Annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest

Planned lineup so far:

Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, Kayla Reeves, Tyler Dow Bryant, TuTu Jones, Miss Blues (Dorothy Ellis), AJ & the Two Tone Blues Band, Betty Lewis and the Executives, Gary “Whitey Johnson” Nicholson, The Kesler Brothers, Wes Jeans, Almond & Johnson, Pocket Change, Big Red & the Soul Benders, Diddley Squat, The Blues Specialists, Dee Dee Williams, The Bluebirds, Stephen Bruton, Bobbie Oliver & Jam City Revue, Elliott Fikes & The Ezekiel Experience

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Rob Roy Parnell - Let’s Start Something
Blue Rocket Records

12 songs; 42:29 minutes; Splendid

Style: Southern Blues-Rock / Texas Roadhouse

Usually artists do not like to have their music put into any category. They like to think their songs and styling are unique enough to defy all labels. So, Rob Roy Parnell must be having a good chuckle at my expense as I try to describe his fine new album of very enjoyable music. It is we reviewers who feel the need to label and categorize as a service to our readers.

Attempting to label his second CD, I concocted the phrase “Southern Blues-Rock.” While the music is not “Blues” enough to satisfy purists, it is neither Country enough nor Rock enough for those purists either. It is thankfully blues based, and Rob Roy plays harmonica that clearly leans on 12-bar influences.

Similarities to Delbert McClinton can be heard, in both likeable vocals and instrumentation. Kevin McKendree plays honky tonk piano on most tracks lending both lead and rhythm support to mainly James Pennebaker on lead guitar. Delbert’s saxophone player, Don Wise, checks in on a couple of numbers. Recorded at Omni Studios in Nashville TN, all the songs reflect a full sound that comes from professional production verses the many home-grown-studio-productions.

The first track, “I Know Better” immediately illustrates that full production with Wise on saxophone and Scott Ducaj on trumpet. James Pennebaker provides both rhythm guitar throughout and lead in the first mid-song solo. Beside him is McKendree’s two fisted piano pounding, Lynn Williams on drums, and Steve Mackey on bass. Rob Roy takes a tasty harmonica solo, and all except the horns join in on background vocals supporting Parnell’s lyric about heartbreak causing him to get smarter faster.

Pennebaker’s lead guitar drives the second track, “Sorry As They Come,” over his double tracked rhythm guitar for a nice effect and sound. McKendree scoots over to B3 organ so that Lewis Stephens can take over on piano.

Sweet screaming Southern-style slide guitar opens the third track causing a quick look to the liner notes. Sure enough, it is Rob Roy’s brother, famed slider Lee Roy Parnell. “Long Distance Love” also keeps Pennebaker’s guitars for the road-house rocking drive accented with piano flourishes.

In a Cracker Barrel gift shop, I once saw a humorous plaque that read, “If Mama Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy!” Rob Roy must have seen the same sign, because he and Will Indian wrote lyrics to fill in the details for their song, “If Mama Ain’t Happy.” Jonell Mosser adds appropriate female background vocals to the bouncy, upbeat number. “Better get it right, and make it snappy!”

Rob Roy Parnell has already “started something” – it appears to be a successful recording career. Never mind the labels, just categorize it as a fun set.

Reviewer James “Skyy Dobro” Walker is a noted Blues writer, DJ and Blues Blast contributor. His weekly radio show “Friends of the Blues” can be heard each Thursday from 4:30 – 6:00pm on WKCC 91.1 FM in Kankakee, IL

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Bluesfest International
July 10 - 13, 2008
Windsor, Canada

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Homemade Jamz Blues Band - Pay Me No Mind

Northern Blues

Wow! These kids can play. They are collectively 37 years old and are as good as anyone out there three times there age. They got that hungry and lean sound that the old blues used to have. 15-year old Ryan Perry holds down the guitar and vocals like a young Buddy Guy used to up in Chicago. With 13-year old Kyle Perry on bass and sister Taya Perry at nine on drums, these kids have a long future ahead of them.

This family all hails from the great state of Mississippi and carry the musical heritage of the state around with them. With their dad Renaud Perry helping with harmonica and writing most of the songs, they keep the blues alive and well.

Check out young Ryan’s howl on the lowdown on the first track “Who Your Real Friends Are” and the soul of “Time For Change.”  Ryan also pegs John Lee Hooker with “Boom Boom.” It is not a two-bit version of this song but straight ahead boogie like John Lee used to do it.

These kids cover all the versions of the blues. They can put soul and funk and that nasty Chicago sound all into it. This CD has it all right here. Who said you have to be an old man or woman to sing blues? These young kids will show you all you have to have is that feel. They got that raw sound you would hear in a Mississippi Juke Joint or a South Side Chicago club. Kyle & Taya on the rhythm are in the pocket. They never sound too fast or too slow. “Boom Boom” is a hard song to play the rhythm to right. These kids have got it down pat. Also, check out that chug-a-lug sound of the song “Jealous” and you’ll see what I mean.

You might be a little hesitant for a kid to preach to you about the love and heartache between a man and a woman but young Ryan can preach it just as good as any old man can. Don’t let there age fool you. This is one of the best blues CDs I’ve heard this year. They may have come in second place in Memphis last year at that blues challenge but they proved that they don’t need a trophy to be the best. Definitely get your hands on these jamz cause they are spreading the blues so thick, it’s just like jelly roll.

By Jeremiah "Little Junior" James

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11th Annual Briggs Farm Blues Festival
July 11 & 12, 2008
Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, USA
Camping On Site

Nora Jean Bruso, Big George Brock, Johnny Rawls, Lonnie Shields, Clarence Spady, Bobby Kyle, Colin John & Michael Hill, Kelly Richey Sarah Ayers Band, Donovan Roberts, Mickey Jr. Acoustic Blues Revue Mark Armstrong, Bret Alexander   570-379-2003

The Code Blue Band

Tight at Midnight

Intensely energetic R&B, funk, and rockin' Blues

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 Chicago Blues Update

Live Blues reviews by Chicago Blues editor Lordy

Blues Beat: Chicago (Photos by August Lord)

Lordy will return soon with more live Chicago Blues reviews.

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To see a Chicago Area list of upcoming events CLICK HERE

17th Annual

Pocono Blues Festival

July 25 - 27, 2008

Big Boulder Ski Area
Lake Harmony, PA

Root Doctor, Teeny Tucker, Lil' Dave Thompson, Joey Gilmore, The Kinsey Report, Sharrie Williams, Michael Burks, Nappy Brown, Kenny Neal, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Jimmy McCracklinMichael Roach, Johnny Mars, Byther Smith, The Holmes Brothers, Lurrie Bell, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Bobby Rush, Eric Bibb, Geno Delafose

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The Blues Experience w/Cash McCall - The Vintage Room
Dixon Landing Music
Run Time: 46:23

Sometimes the blues run in the blood. This CD unites the first generation of postwar Chicago blues with the modern day offspring (literally) of today. Featuring Steve Bell (Carey Bell’s harmonica-playing son), Alex Dixon (piano-playing grandson of the great Willie Dixon) and the old school Cash McCall, this CD is a throwback and not a throw away.

Produced and mostly written by Alex Dixon, the album features Chicago Blues tried and true. Nothing fancy here. No wah-wah pedals, no special guitar effects, just the bare bones. Most of these themes and riffs you’ve heard before. However, these themes and riffs are coming from the source of their originality, handed down a generation of course.

McCall’s guitar and vocals sound like a seasoned veteran filled with raw emotion and informed living. McCall’s vocals are assured on the tired standard of “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” recorded here for the sake of posterity. As written by Dixon, McCall has performed the song for over 25 years in his live shows and never touched it in the studio. It shows. He has the vocal nuance of the once-famed partner of Dixon’s grandfather, Muddy Waters.

What Dixon has borrowed in melody from his grandfather he hasn’t stolen in songwriting. He talks of people’s zeal to get ahead in the world with “Slice of That Pie.” Bell’s harmonica soars up and above the stinging guitar and vocals of McCall. Always in the background adding the Otis Spann-like piano is Dixon. Dixon tells us a story about the modern-day Job from the Bible in “Catch Me Before I Go,” telling us of a man who has everything taken from him but instead of enduring, he runs off. “One Touch” talks about a man’s arrogance to get any woman he damn well pleases. “Gypsy Woman” is an interesting prequel (hey I thought they only had those in Star Wars movies) to the classic song “Hoochie Coochie Man” about what went on before he came around.

If you’re a traditional Chicago Blues fan and are itching for that old sound, this album is just as it states on the cover, vintage, in sound. This is coming from the source. No frills. Just straight ahead, no watered down blues lite here! Expect a lot more of this great sound from the second generation of Willie Dixon and his friends!

Album is available from CD Baby. Find out more about The Blues Experience at  and .

Ben Cox is a Blues Songwriter, Musician, DJ and Journalist.

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Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Kal David, The Kinsey Report, Elvin Bishop, Ben Prestage, Steve James and Del Rey, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Otis Taylor and the Black Banjo Project, Little Bobby and the Storm, Phil Guy, Teresa James, Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers, Koko Taylor, Kent Burnside & New Generation, Paul Geremiah, Big Pete Pearson & Rhythm Room Allstars, Great Black Music Ensemble, Billy Boy Arnold with Jody Williams, Iowa Blues Challenge Winner, Alexis P Suter, John Nemeth with Junior Watson, Denise LaSalle, Tinsley Ellis, Boo Hanks, Doug MacLeod, Marie Knight, Big George Brock, The Holmes Brothers

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JW-Jones - Bluelisted
Northern Blues 

Run Time: 51:59

On his fifth release for Canadian stalwart Northern Blues, JW-Jones enlists two of the greats in West Coast guitar and produces one of the best blues guitar albums of the year. With Little Charlie Baty (Little Charlie & the Nightcats) and Junior Watson partnered up, JW-Jones tries to solidify his credentials with the ten originals and four covers on this latest offering.

The first track “Double-Eyed Whammy” quickly hammers the nail in the coffin that the offering is going to be a good one with JW, Little Charlie, and Junior calling and responding back and forth on the R&B laced bounce. JW shows his growth and maturity on the next disc as both a singer and a guitar player conjuring the funk and soul-blues of Stax-era Albert King on “Looking the World Straight In the Eye.” JW gets his regular band mates to take over on “Can’t Play A Playboy” and they are able to stand up to special guests Larry Taylor and Richard Innes who guest on most of the album in the rhythm section. Jones never pails next to all the experience, but shows depth, control, and excitement throughout the album.

A prime example of control is Jones’ ability to lay back and just sing a song on “Wasted Life” where Little Charlie noodles out his jazzy style while Watson interlaces “dynamic rhythm” as the liner notes state, throughout the melancholy tale of a wasted lover. “Heavy Dosage,” a West Coast swing number, allows all three players including the rhythm section to just stretch out into familiar territory.

Little Charlie Baty drifts into a former part of his trick bag, slipping into a phenomenal amplified harmonica solo on the slow cell phone blues of “Out of Service Blues.” Baty gives the guitar work fully over to Jones and Watson and gives quite an expressive solo that usually would have been reserved for band mate and harpsmith Rich Estrin in the Nightcats. However, Baty demonstrates once again why he’s a revered player in all circles, even though this is rumored this might be his last full on effort in the blues arena for some time.

Jones turns in some great earmarks on this record, demonstrating more maturity in his vocals and guitar playing compared to last year’s Kissing In 29 Days. His covers of B.B. King’s “That’s Wrong Little Mama” and “Waiting On You” never border on sheer imitation but sound more like Jones’ own.

Running on the heels of being dubbed one of Canada’s best blues bands and with the instant street credentials with Junior and Little Charlie in his corner, JW-Jones is ready to continue on his already successful path. If anything, this should at least garner him a nod next February in the Best Guitarist category. With his vocals and songwriting following quickly in tow, JW-Jones is ready to be put on your Blues List.

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Ben Cox is a Blues Songwriter, Musician, DJ and Journalist.

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Mud Angels

A Bolt From The Blue

 "A wealth of vocal & guitar melodies, performed by front woman Laura "Torch" England and guitarist Kenny Cobb." - Blues Blast Magazine

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Scott Albert Johnson - Umbrella Man

Umbrella Man, the first release by Jackson, Mississippi-based singer-songwriter Scott Albert Johnson, is a bit of a tricky album to write about. Not because it doesn’t have a lot of quality material on it—it does—but because it takes a jolting turn well into the cut list. I was all set to write, “Summertime is almost here, and here is the perfect collection for a long, slow summer…,” but as I got closer to the end….. More on that as you read on.

It is good to get to review a disk with virtually all original material, especially when it’s all quality stuff.

Umbrella Man, recorded at four different studios in Jackson, Mississippi, and New Orleans over a span of three years, and featuring a variety of backing musicians, offers up ten cuts, nine of which are Scott Albert Johnson originals. Most of the cuts are good, easy listenin’ blues or soft jazz, tailor-made for a hot summer evening. Here’s a look at what we found:

Cut one, “Spaceship,” is a non-sensible but lyrically clever song about hopping on the old space ship and escaping, all done in a pleasant New Orleans shuffle style. Next comes “Turn Out Fine,” a Little Feat style, almost improvisational jam featuring a wide-ranging harmonica solo, all as a tribute to seeing an old girl friends who, as the title suggests, turned out just fine. Following is Wynton Marsalis’ “In the Court of the King,” a breezy harmonica instrumental featuring the laid-back keyboard stylings of Mike Hood and the complimentary stand-up bass of Jason Stewart.

“What About Your Man?” conjures up images of Robert Cray as Johnson segues into the first real blues song on Umbrella Man in a song about our sometimes confusing inability to avoid temptation. “Hollywood” is next, a thoughtful song about chasing dreams—and the occasional consequences. “Hollywood” is easily the strongest and most commercial song on the disk, and if Randy Newman were to get tired of writing his own stuff….

Finding one’s roots and trying to re-learn some of life’s lessons is the theme of “Magnolia Road.” Then Johnson picks up the tempo with “The Yuppie Husband’s Lament,” a wailing blues number about dumping your cheating old lady and bailing out—in your BMW!

Next is “Walkabout.” Here’s where the disk begins to take a somewhat unpleasant turn. “Walkabout” is an unusual sounding instrumental featuring Phil Jones on the Didgeridoo, a traditional Australian wind instrument. Light up the bong and lava lamp…. Then comes the title song. “Umbrella Man” starts with some heavy-sounding guitar licks and ends up making you wonder when he’s gonna go shoot up the local post office. Frankly it’s a bit disturbing, although well done and thought provoking. Both “Walkabout” and “Umbrella Man” are interesting songs, but to me, they just don’t seem to fit the overall tone of this collection.

The disk ends with “The Best of Me,” a transition back to light blues, or even folk music, as Johnson sings of leaving something of value to the next generation from the troubles of the current generation. It’s a nice one to wrap up the CD.

If you’re into harmonica blues and having some summertime fun, this one may be for you. And if there’s some cuts on it you don’t like, with today’s technology you can just zap the cuts you don’t want when you download Umbrella Man to your I-Pod. That’s what I’ll probably do! One and a half Jax Beers up for Umbrella Man.

By Rob Paullin

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