Mesa Gets a Blues Night at Stacey's Smoke House BBQ on Main

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Photo by The Jazz Cat
Toolshed, Buzz Fowler's band, enables blues jams across the Valley.

The blues keep hopping throughout the Valley during the weekdays, thanks to Buzz Fowler.

Fowler started blues jam parties at the El Dorado Bar and Grill in Scottsdale on Wednesday nights and the Steel Horse Saloon in Deer Valley on Thursday nights. Now, Stacy's Smoke House BBQ on Main Street in Mesa has joined in the fun. The new blues night kicked off on September 30 with a mix of BBQ and blues. There is no admission, just the cost of the award-winning BBQ and the drinks.

The first several weeks have been a smashing success. The crowds have been coming out. More than 20 musicians have been showing up each week.

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Elvin Bishop Remembers Blues in the Era of Segregation on New Album

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Elvin Bishop hasn't always been about the blues, but he's always been around the blues.

His new CD Can't Even Do Wrong Right personifies his career, which has usually focused on the blues, but often hit on many other genres of music.

Bishop loved the blues early enough that he went to college in the Chicago area just so he could be around the them.

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Yes, Acoustic Blues Is Still Alive and Well, as Proven by Phoenix Blues Society Concert

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Diane Banyai, from artist's Facebook page
Nina Curri

Local blues musicians and their acoustic guitars will get the spotlight Aug. 11 at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). Nina Curri, Jimmy Pines and Washboard Jere, and Mikel Lander and Meridith Moore from the Sugar Thieves will provide the entertainment, presented by the Phoenix Blues Society.

Curri plays roots blues, Jimmy Pines and Washboard Jere perform country blues, and the Sugar Thieves are known for their dancing blues music, but Lander and Moore (billed and Mikel & Meredith) often perform as a duo.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band the Oldest Type of Supergroup

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Mark Seliger

They're the oldest type of supergroup. Husband-wife team Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks have tightened the screws on their blues-rock for second album, Made Up Mind, loosening the caboose even as they sharpened their focus on song and melody over their 2011 Grammy-winning debut Revelator. The musical pair met when she opened for his band, the Allman Brothers, in '99. They've been together ever since.

We caught up with Tedeschi to learn how life can be easier with more hands on deck and what they plan to do as their Sony deal runs out.

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Steel Horse Saloon Wants to Be North Valley's Blues Bar

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Jenny Flores Photography
Buzz Fowler

The Steel Horse Saloon hopes that Buzz Fowler and First String can make their club into a destination blues venue just as they have for the El Dorado Bar & Grill in Scottsdale. The idea is to establish the Steel Horse Saloon as the North Valley's blues venue.

Every Wednesday for the past three-and-a-half years, the El Dorado has come alive with a blues jam that brings in 20-30 musicians and customers. The event has grown so big that there have been as many as 58 musicians..

The Steel Horse Saloon, known as Arizona's original biker bar, will have their kick-start Jam Party at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, pick it up again July 31, and run every Thursday through August. If it's successful, then the blues jam will be adopted on a regular basis.

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Who Needs a Singer? When You Play Harmonica Like Bob Corritore, You Don't

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Dave Blake
Bob Corritore

Bob Corritore's new CD Taboo, which was released earlier this year, is unique. Why? The master harp-player's album is all-harmonica. Not a single voice appears anywhere on the album. In place of vocals are the sounds of Corritore's harmonicas.

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Janiva Magness, Eden Brent Headline Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival

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Julia Bailey
Eden Brent is performing at the Flagstaff Blues and Brews festival.

Those looking to get out of the Phoenix heat can find no better reason than the Flagstaff Blues and Brews festival on Saturday, June 21.

The event goes from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Continental Driving Range.

Eden "Little Boogalo" Brent is a good place to start. Her Mississippi piano can bring an audience to life with a mix of blues, soul, jazz and pop. Her three-piece band includes Bobby Walker on drums and David Barard on bass.

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Lonesome Shack's Blues Rooted in the Desert

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Andrew J.S.
Lonesome Shack is scheduled to perform Wednesday, June 11, at Lost Leaf.

You could easily be forgiven for mistaking More Primitive, the new LP by Seattle-based blues trio Lonesome Shack, for a mid-'70s recording from the North Mississippi hill country, the fertile blues scene that gave listeners artists like R.L. Burnside, Fred McDowell, Jesse Mae Hemphill, and more. But no, singer/guitarist Ben Todd's lineage isn't southern in origin. Growing up in Bellingham, Washington, he departed for the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico, where he built a shack next to his travel trailer. For four years he dedicated his time to the blues, a passion that continued when he moved to Phoenix.

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How Beatles Fangirls Inspired Lewis Ray Cammarata to Strum His First Chord

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Courtesy of Lewis Ray Cammarata
Lewis Ray Cammarata, far left, can be found playing music all over the Valley.

The beautiful excited girls dancing on the TV screen were the ones who caused Lewis Ray Cammarata to go into music. That was when he was watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. Cammarata remembers it likes it happened yesterday because his dad was wincing with disgust, but his mom thought the Beatles were cute.

His older half-brother, Marty Goldscher, bought him a guitar after watching the eventful Beatles performance.

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Dax Riggs Brings His Demons to Scottsdale

Danin Drahos
Dax Riggs

Demon tied to a chair in my brain/ black bird a-tapping on the window pane/ sittin' and smilin' at a stray dog in the rain/ demon tied to a chair in my brain.

With these haunting, bluesy lyrics, Dax Riggs opens with on the first track of his 2007 album We Sing of Only Blood or Love, introducing his then-new solo project to fans and gaining the respect of those who had him pegged as just a heavy metal guru. The song, aptly titled "Demon Tied to a Chair In My Brain," certainly picks up pace from there and serves as a perfect prelude into the blues-based album that ranges from slow to fast; filled with dark imagery, soothing tones and even the blood-pumping growls that Riggs has been associated with since his sludgy heavy metal outfit of the early '90s, Acid Bath.

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