Joe Louis Walker Brings His Brand of Blues to Rhythm Room on Wednesday

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Michael Weintrob
Joe Louis Walker is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, April 2, at Rhythm Room.
Joe Louis Walker first got his hands on a guitar at age 8, and he hasn't stopped playing since. The internationally acclaimed bluesman, who was well renowned for his playing skills by his teenage years, has done much during his 50 years in the music business.

He's released more than 50 albums of his own material, appeared on hundreds more with other musicians, traveled the world, and performed alongside such legends as Thelonious Monk, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker. On Wednesday, Walker's travels bring him to the Rhythm Room on his current tour in support of his latest CD, Hornet's Nest.


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Kansas City's Samantha Fish Brings Youth and Energy to the Blues

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Benjamin Leatherman
Samantha Fish performs with her band at Margaret T. Hance Park earlier this month.
The month of March has been rife with big concerts and unforgettable performances. And one of the more memorable moments thus far was when the Samantha Fish Band played her first-ever show in Phoenix while headlining Blues Blast 2014.

The 25-year-old blues wunderkind, who hails from Kansas City, Missouri, is renowned for her sultry voice and talents of the guitar, both of which she showed off during the event, which took place earlier this month at Margaret T. Hance Park.

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How John Mayer, a Strat, and a Show Helped My Music Writing

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As a 15-year-old growing up in Prescott, where lifted trucks, military dreams, and D-grade metal bands are the norm, I was often a black sheep for playing blues music. Showing up to open mics with a Fender Stratocaster under my arm elicited raised eyebrows from guys 50 years my senior, but if John Mayer could do it, then I sure as hell could -- and Mayer is the reason why I started in the first place, almost eight years ago to the day.

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Blues Blast 2014 - Hance Park - 3/8/14

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Benjamin Leatherman
Samantha Fish performs at Blues Blast 2014 on Saturday.

Blues Blast 2014
Margaret T. Hance Park
3/8/14

It might have been a bit warm this past Saturday when the annual Blues Blast went down at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, but that didn't keep both local musicians and fans of the genre alike from attending the outdoor music festival.

While a few of the musicians and patrons present at the event, which is organized and sponsored by the Phoenix Blues Society, sang the blues about the weather, the air was largely filled with 12-bar melodies and plenty of down-home harmonies.


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Six Must-See Bands at Blues Blast 2014

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Samantha Fish is scheduled to perform at Blues Blast 2014 on Saturday, March 8, at Margaret T. Hance Park.
If you're a fan of blues music, particularly the kind proffered by local bands and artists, plan to spend part of this weekend soaking up some 12-bar down-home sounds in the great outdoors. The latest Blues Blast, the Valley's premier festival celebrating the genre, will be held on Saturday at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix and features a star studded lineup of locals and touring blues artists.

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Rhythm Room's Raise the Roof Benefit Earns $5,000 for the Blues Hall of Fame

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Local blues lovers are sure to be raving about next month's Blues Blast if the daylong festival is nearly as successful as last weekend's Raise the Roof benefit at the Rhythm Room.

The fundraiser, which took place on Valentine's Day night at the popular CenPho music venue, earned somewhere in the neighborhood of $5,000 for the construction of the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis.

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The Paul CruiZe Blues Crew on Their Trials and Triumphs at the International Blues Challenge

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The Paul CruiZe Blues Crew performs at the International Blues Challenge 2014.
When the esteemed International Blues Challenge took place in Memphis late last month, one local band got an opportunity to go for blues immortality. Namely, the Valley's Paul CruiZe Blues Crew, which represented Arizona at the annual competition and made it all the way into the semifinal round before bowing out.

Although Cruize says the experience of competing at the IBC was great, the vocalist and guitarist for the local three-piece -- which also features Royce Murray on the Hammond organ and Tim Robinson -- had a few issues with how the world-renowned blues battle went down.

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Rod Piazza Continues His 60-Year Blues Odyssey

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Gary Saretzky via themightyflyers.com
Rod Piazza in 2006.
For Rod Piazza, playing the blues isn't just an ordinary pursuit. The legendary harmonica player considers it to be his life's calling.

"It wasn't a choice for me. I heard the blues, and it chose me," he says. "I never looked back."

During his 47-year career in the genre, Piazza, 66, has won or been nominated for almost every blues award out there. He has played thousands of gigs around the world and released more than a dozen well-known albums.

Piazza, who performs a few times a year at the Rhythm Room (including an appearance last weekend), got his first taste of the blues at age 7 by way of his siblings, and it helped launch him on a 60-year journey.

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Chuck Hall Looks Back and Forward as He Joins Fervor Records

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Phoenix blues guitarist Chuck Hall has signed on with local label Fervor Records, who specializes in licensing music, and the move has already paid off -- the label has landed his songs in an episode of Justified.

The record deal calls for his band to produce a CD, and for its part, Fervor will have more of his band's songs placed on TV shows and in movies. Those songs might come from as far back in the back catalog as 1986.

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Big Nick and the Gila Monsters: "We've Been Together Longer Than Any of Us Has Been Married"

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Big Nick and the Gila Monsters
Big Nick and the Gila Monsters have some experience ringing in new years -- they've been together for 21 of them. Last week, they closed out 2013 with a New Year's Eve gig at Janey's in Cave Creek, where they play at least once a month; they'll return this Saturday.

The idea behind their New Year's Eve gig was to get the music in before, in Big Nick's words, "All the crazies came out."

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