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