On this day in blues history

Today in 1935 Tampa Red recorded I’m Betting on You for the BlueBird label.  One of the ‘cheap’ offshoot labels, part of the “three records for a dollar” market scheme started by another company.  Yea.  I gotta think three records and something cold to drink would be a major chord in 1935.

Blues for Life

I just got the VERY first of a looooooong list of Featured Artists for this years Blues For Life …. and Mercy ME!  No–  I mean, that’s part of the incredible lineup–  Mercy Me!  also Nibblers, Bone MacDonald…  Kaye Bohler!!??  Walking Spanish and oh, hell…  let’s wrap this first list with Ron Hacker, ay?  An’ here’s the thing…  it’s only gonna get better as the train rolls by and the artists jump on.  Stay tuned….ya.

In English Pubs…

… drinks are served in pints and quarts. In old England, bartenders would advise troublemakers to mind their own pints and quarts. It’s the origin of “mind your P’s and Q’s.”

ohh, ya

Special Deal for a Friday with a No Cover Happy Hour with Torch Club favorites Pailer & Fratis, then at 9pm Blind Pig artist Hamilton Loomis comes in from Texas and brings us a “mixed bag of modern blues, modern funk and slick soul.”  It speaks volumes when the likes of Diddley, Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and Albert Collins take you under their wings.  I’m thinking you can’g go wrong with this one.

better too early than

too late, right?  When launching a weekend?  Yes, it is Thursday, and if you’re like me you’ve been at it since Monday.  4 DAYS?  Primitive.  Let’s put a stop to this with Chingus tonight, Hamilton Loomis Friday night, Saturday afternoon with our favorite Johnny Knox followed up by the legendary John Lee Hooker Jr.   Cool off Sunday afternoon at the Blues Jam then at 8, a lil’ Groove Session.  That’ll get ya through a brutal four day week.

save some skin.

Today post work you can either burn your butt on the seat of your car all the way through traffic, or you can step in for an ever-entertaining open mic, followed up at 9 by Mind X.

“Have a Great Week!”

Don’t you hate it when people say that?  Ugh, the pressure.  I’ll have whatever KIND of week I want, dude– back off. As it happens this midweek lineup at the Legendary Torch Club will in fact force you to “Have a Good Week…”  Like it or not.  Cool acoustic no cover Happy Hour every day..  followed up by a lil’ Dippin Sauce …  MindX … Bumpet/Chingus… Hamilton Loomis will be in ….  There ya go….no pressure.

are you kidding me??

a typo correction just came down the pipe at me and it seems the Legendary Torch Club is getting ready to pack the house for the unfathomable talents of Mr. John Lee Hooker, Jr. this coming Saturday the 23rd of July.  Be here early.

Ahhh…

4/5th’s of the entire country is melting under 90 – 100 degree heat, some places for 10 consecutive days?  Man. Primitive. Meanwhile, somehow Cali escaped this round of blistering, sweaty misery.  Woo. We all know how ugly that can be.. let’s be thankful.  I mean, really.

Possibly the Best Weekend Combo

Kick’n off a Friday with Electric Grease–  a sound slicker than snot a door knob .. followed up by the angel voice of the legendary Sista Monica on Saturday night  ..  and then a tight closer on Sunday with the smooth backwater sound of Bone MacDonald.  Good job!  Seriously.  Marina..  ur a genius, I’m jus sayin.

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