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May 23, 2007    

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 Blues Review of the week!  Yeah We Got Blues!

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Illinois Blues offers free reviews of local, regional and nationals acts on our website.  Each week the Blues Blast will feature a review of a blues performance or recording. This week we feature a sample of our review series by James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and contributor.  James reviews the new Ruf Records release by Candye Kane - Guitar'd and Feathered.


Candye Kane - Guitar’d and Feathered
Ruf Records   13 songs; 40:04 minutes

We are approaching the day when the “professional studio” recording will be the exception instead of the norm. With digital recording systems meaning virtually anyone can record a CD, many albums that reviewers encounter sound exactly like they were recorded “at home.” Candye Kane’s latest release since White Trash Girl in 2005, also on Ruf Records, is fully competent with professional recording, mixing, mastering, and co-production by Bob Margolin.

Guitar'd & Feathered is a treasure chest of varied guitar, soulful music, and torch blues. There is a wide variety of styles, tempos, and guests, but Candye sings with such depth and power that she is always the central focus. Known for her exciting and entertaining - and sometimes adult-oriented - stage show, Candye is a natural-born, supremely-gifted vocalist who can sing her humanity and touch ours.

Kane’s vocal acumen is complimented by featured guest guitar players: Junior Watson, Dave Alvin, Bob Margolin, Sue Foley, Jeff (Jeffrey P.) Ross, Kid Ramos, Ana Popovic, Bob Brozman, and Popa Chubby. Bob Brozman’s guitars are pictured on the cover along with the curvaceous Candye adorned in feathers.

Guitar'd & Feathered begins with the retro swing of Junior Watson’s guitar, Bill Stuve popping on bass, and Kane’s eldest son, Evan Caleb, on drums. “My Country Man” kicks the party off in style. Next up, Dave Alvin slides into the atmosphere on a National Steel-bodied Guitar to make it clear: the listener is in for wonderfully different styles.

Other highlights are Candye’s convincing rendition of Guitar Slim’s “I Done Got Over It,” mutual laments from “Jesus and Mohammed” over today’s misguided religious violence, Ana Popovic’s playing on Kane original “I’m Lucky,” and the closing break-neck-speed Rock and Roller, “Crazy Little Thing” propelled by Popa Chubby. What’s not to love when there is something for everybody?

By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker  Recommended     To purchase this CD Click Here

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JULY 28, 2007 - NOON TO MOON


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Chicago Blues Festival
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2007 IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
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Friday June 29th
Damon Fowler Group  Albert Cummings  Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band  Robert Randolph & the Family Band  Robert Belfour  Paul Oscher  Big Bill Morganfield  Nappy Brown  Bob Margolin  Willie “Big Eyes” Smith 
Mookie Brill

Saturday June 30th
Kelly Richey  Jason Ricci and New Blood  Big James & the Chicago Playboys 
The Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson Band  Blues harp blowout featuring Mark Hummel  James Harman  Paul Oscher  Bad Luck City featuring Matt Woods and Michael Swanger  Jimmy “Duck” Holmes  Alberta Adams & RJ’s Rhythm Rockers with CeeCee Collins  Ari Brown Quartet  Watermelon Slim  Trudy Lynn with The Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings

Sunday July 1st
 Dona Oxford  Tom Principato  Ruby Wilson  Little Charlie & the Nightcats  Drink Small “The Blues Doctor”  Dave MacKenzie  Bruce Katz  Henry Gray & the Cats

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  July 27th & 28th, 2007
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Friday, July 27, 2007

The Tom Hunter Band - Shannon Curfman - Alvin Jett & Phat noiZ - Tab Benoit 
Plus Big Daddy Cade & The Blues Masters

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Everett Smithson Band - Kevin "B.F." Burt & the Instigators - Mark Sallings & the Famous Unknowns 
Steve Arvey & The Saxtelles  - Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials  Anthony Gomes
Plus  Pete Cornelius  (from Australia)

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 Best Blues Links of the Week

Blues Glossary - Language of the Blues
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WORTH REPEATING - The link above mentions Stagger Lee

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A very interesting blues-oriented website which explores the meaning and significance of the legend of Stagger Lee. (The song has also been called Billy Lyons and Stackalee; Mrs. Delion's Lament; Stagger Lee; Stack O'Lee Blues; Stagolee; Stackerlee; Stack O Lee; Stagolee Was a Bully)

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 Blues Society News


This Thursday , May 24, Friends of the Blues from the Kankakee area is presenting NICK MOSS AND THE FLIP TOPS, 7:00 pm, Brandon Casey's, 235 N Kinzie Ave (Route 50), Bradley IL 60915 (Kankakee metro area). Cover $5.00

Nominated for 4 Blues Music Awards in 2007 including Band of the Year and Guitarist of the Year, Nick Moss and the Flip Tops tour nationally and internationally and are recognized as the best "younger band" playing real deal Chicago Blues. Visit: 

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