I’m excited to be part of this new CD “HOWLIN’ AT GREASELAND”,  release date 9.1.  Here’s a the story of how this unique recording came to be: THE PLACE:  Guitarist and recording engineer Kid Andersen started Greaseland Music Services in San Jose CA as a humble home studio to record and rehearse with his musician friends.  In the last five years, Greaseland has grown to be a locus of exciting blues activity that is known to blues lovers the world over, with a client list including the best in the business such as Chris Cain, Elvin Bishop and more– that’s where I did my last two CDs!   The consistent stream of exciting and notable recordings from Greasleand garnered Kid Andersen a Keeping the Blues Alive Award in 2016 from the Blues Foundation.   THE MUSICIANS:  Over the last few years, a core group of loosely affiliated Bay artists became a sort of blues “wrecking crew” — regular players for sessions which seem to go on practically every week, year-round.  These players have an easy camaraderie that comes from working with each other consistently in various combinations, and many of them are featured on “Howlin'”:  Alabama Mike, Rick Estrin, Terry Hanck, Aki Kumar, myself, Johnny Cat Soubrand, Vance Ehlers, long-time Robert Cray pianist Jimmy Pugh, John Blues Boyd, D’Mar Martin and many others.   Each of the participants has always been inspired by the gripping voice and haunting music of the Chicago blues legend Howlin’ Wolf.  To collaborate with this group and bring the music and spirit of Howlin’ Wolf back to life and back on disk, producer Stephanie Tice brought in two legendary blues singers, Taildragger and Henry Gray.  These two artists have deep personal and professional connections to Howlin’ Wolf.   Taildragger started singing in the early 70s under Wolf’s strict mentorship, and has since performed much of Wolf’s material in addition to his own.   Henry Gray played piano on many of Wolf’s most famous recordings and at 92, he’s considered a national treasure.
For the cherry on top, Kid kept the recording light on as the musicians  spoke among themselves, informally and between takes, about personal remembrances of Howlin’ Wolf.  These unguarded anecdotes turned out to be precious spoken word histories.  Interspersed through the songs on this CD, they illustrate in a unique way the impact Howlin’ Wolf and his music has had over the decades.   This CD will be available on CD Baby and at the CD Release Party Aug 22 at The Poor House Bistro in San Jose, the show will feature Aki Kumar, myself, Alabama Mike and others.

I had a great time at the Calgary Blues Festival.  I haven’t played in Calgary since the King Eddie with Sam Lay back in 96 or so!   This time around I’ll be playing there with Sugar Brown (Ken Kawashima).   We started out together at the University of Chicago playing with Taildragger on the West Side, and Sugar has become a great songwriter and performer based in Toronto, CA.   Stay tuned for Sugar’s next CD, which I had the pleasure of playing on, “It’s a Blues World”.   This weekend, Aug 10-13, I’m at the Bayfront Blues Fest in Duluth MN and some connected Midwest club dates featuring one of the very best guitarists working today, Jeremy Johnson.

My spirits are high because another long tour is about to start– 50 dates in 17 states!  I’ll hit the road Aug 23, play three dates in Salt Lake City with the hard-working harpman Tony Holiday, then work my way East– Nebraska, Des Moines, Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago,  Akron, OH, then out on the East Coast from September 6-20 with dates in CT, RI and NY and more TBA.   September 21-Oct 1 I’m back in the Midwest with dates in St. Louis, Kewanna IN, Springfield IL, and a special show at the Mineral Point Opera House in Mineral Point WI.  Then I head down to Clarksdale, to do the King Biscuit Blues Festival with Taildragger and work my way West to LA with dates in Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Tucson.  I’ll be in the LA area from 10.15 through 10.23 and wrap up 8 weeks on the road by 10.25.   I’m still filling a few dates here and there– pm me for house parties– I squeeze in a few on every tour.  See you on the road!

Critics and DJs are loving “Neoprene Fedora”, my latest CD, which is currently available on CD Baby and at my shows.  It’s 70+ minutes of music,  is chock full of original tunes and exciting guest appearances as well.   It was recorded at Greaseland studios, and features Kid Andersen on guitar, keyboards, baritone guitar and bass; Aki Kumar on harp, percussion and vocals; Bob Welsh on guitar and piano; June Core and Stephen Dougherty on drums; Vance Ehlers and Chris Matheos on bass; Nancy Wright on sax; Billy Wilson on rub board, and Steve Willis on accordion.  Here are some recent reviews:

From Reflections in Blue by Bill Wilson: Click here.


B-man’s Bues Report just published this interview: http://www.bmansbluesreport.com/2017/02/interview-with-dynamic-rockin-johnny.html

And this from Chicago Blues Guide:  http://chicagobluesguide.com/reviews/cd-reviews/rockin-johnny-cd/rockin-johnny-neoprene-fedora-page.html

This one’s just in from Roots Time in Belgium:  http://rootstime.be/CD%20REVIEUW/2017/JULI1/CD17.html