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(March 14) – San Diego’s Black Market III has officially signed to Rip Cat Records. They share the label with with many other remarkable artists such as The Blasters, Kid Ramos, John Clifton, The 44s (Johnny Main), Orphan Jon & The Abandoned, Alastair Greene (Alan Parsons), Gino Matteo, Jade Bennett, and many more greats on the worldwide Blues scene.
“Scottie..Roxy and band are a great fit for us. Their original songs and style are fresh, yet traditional. Their live show is an adventure of groove and feelings. Something for everyone to enjoy,” said Rip Cat Records who plan to release a Black Market III debut album in 2018.
Formed in the Fall of 2011 by Scottie Blinn* (former front-man for the iconic, multi-award winning San Diego band The Mississippi Mudsharks) and Roxanne Coverdale, Black Market III quickly turned into a red hot band focused on playing hard hitting, soulful Blues, American Roots, and Rock (the vein of Social Distortion and the Clash).
2018 has started with a bang as BMIII received a nomination for “Best Blues Band” by the SDMA’s, and con currently signed with Rip Cat Records, based out of Southern CA.
*Scottie Blinn–Multiple San Diego Music Awards and nominations to his credit (3 wins, 27 nominations), European Blues chart topping CD‘s (Two #1’s, a #3, and a #4 on the CrossCut Blues Chart), as well as 26+ years of experience recording, and touring the United States and Europe (18th Euro tour Fall 2018). Scottie has played with and opened for some of the biggest names in the business, including Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy, George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, Brian Setzer (Stray Cats), Dr. John, Dick Dale, Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Anson Funderburgh (Texas Blues Guitar Legend)…and many more!
“Americana from the heavy end of the CD bin. After a lifetime of exploring the history of the blues, Scottie Blinn and his bandmates turn their explorations to postwar and modern American folk and gospel…with big fat soul-shaking electric guitar!” ~~Joey Harris (vocals/guitar for The Mentals and The Beat Farmers, San Diego, CA)
(Story by Blues-E-News)
The burgeoning Southern California (SoCal) Inland Empire finally has it’s very own Blues Festival, the 1st Temecula Blues Festival on Saturday, April 21, from 12 Noon until 10 pm and featuring a solid lineup of multiple Blues Music Award nominee vocalist Tad Robinson, Shari Puorto Band, Stoney B. Blues Band and many more.
The person responsible for creating the Festival: Andy Doty, who also owns the recently-opened (renamed) Old Town Blues Club, in Temecula.
Blues-E-News did a ‘5 Quick Questions’ interview with Andy as part of its continuing series. Here’s how it went.
BEN: What led to your decision to create and promote a Blues Festival?
AD: I own a blues club in Old Town Temecula, and I am exposed to so much wonderful local and regional blues talent. The folks in the Temecula Valley are savvy music lovers and frankly, the area has also become a” Musical Mecca”, with musicians flocking to the area due to the demand for entertainment from the wineries, casinos, and Old Town. If you think about it for a moment, Temecula is centered within an estimated radius of twenty million Southern California residents. The town itself has become a viable “weekend destination” in SoCal for wine tasting, micro-brewery tours, and casino and entertainment activities. I recognized right away that the draw is here to support a festival, and that there was also a void in the Blues festival circuit in that there were no true Blues-oriented festivals in the Temecula Valley region. It just seems that the timing is ripe.
BEN: How did you decide on which acts to book for the Festival?
AD: It’s my first festival so the primary objective is to make it a great blues experience for blues lovers and to ensure success. I wanted a quality national headliner and we got that in Tad Robinson. I then wanted the SoCal region to be represented, by quality regional bands that also have solid followings. I have bands from the San Diego, Los Angeles and Inland Empire region. We accomplished that with the likes of Shari Puorto, Stoney B. Blues and Bill Magee. Lastly, I absolutely am an advocate for local talent and as previously stated, there is real talent in the Temecula Valley. JD Priest, Tim Cash and Harvey Freedman are solid, seasoned musicians and performers. Can’t wait.
BEN: You’ve also just established a new Blues club in Temecula. What is your vision for that going forward?
AD: Ahhhh…ya know, it’s all about the vibe. Whether there is a band playing or not, people love to just “chill” at the Old Town Blues Club. It’s that kind of place. Warm, cozy, artsy, friendly, great lighting, great location….and again, very chill. One of my strengths is that I do have a knack for knowing what type of bands/music will appeal to my clientele, and so far, (knock on wood) I have been successful. The best part of my job is seeking out new talent for my club.
Going forward, we simply will keep on doing more of the same. I always say that when making a business decision, you must ask yourself, “what’s the story you want to be told the next day?” So, based on that philosophy, we want people to be talking about how great a time they had last night, last weekend, etc.,etc. and to be so pleased with their visit, that they spread the word.
It’s organic growth like that, that makes for a successful business.
At the Old Town Blues Club, we basically throw a house party every weekend and as a result we gain new fans and friends. The word spreads fast when a good time is had.
BEN: What’s your own background in the music/entertainment industry?
AD: This is my first venture. I’ve been a music lover all my life. Started by playing the piano, then saxophone and ultimately ended up on guitar. I’m still working at it! Yet, I believe that I have good taste in music and honestly one of my dream jobs when I was younger was to be a FM radio station programmer. You know, creating the playlist for the station and all of that. Well that never happened, but I kind of get to do it now! I set the house play list, choose the bands and turn my customers on to new music.
I love sharing great music with people more than just about anything else that I do.
BEN: What do you foresee as the future of the blues and live music in the Southern California market?
AD: I see a resurgence in blues, partly because of folks like myself, who are an advocate for keeping blues alive. I have a venue for blues artists and it makes a big difference in being able to get these artists exposure to new fans.
There are a couple of generations of our population who really don’t get or even know the blues, yet. They think they know the blues, but they don’t because most of them have never experienced it live.
I see these under 35-year-olds, experiencing blues for their first time in my blues club and I see their reactions. They are loving it. To them it’s new and exciting.
Once you see good blues, most people are hooked for life. I’m already feeling/seeing the interest in blues increase substantially.
I live in suburbia Temecula and blues typically tends to be associated with “metro” areas of our nation. Chicago, NY, KC, New Orleans, Memphis, etc., etc., you know, the city.
Many folks who live here, come from these metro areas from the Midwest or East Coast and they welcome with enthusiasm to hear live blues, without having to leave town.
I think were on a roll.
For more information on the Temecula Blues Festival, visit http://www.temeculabluesfestival.com/index.html;
for more on Old Town Blues Club, visit https://www.facebook.com/oldtownbluesclubmusic.
Harmonica player Dane Terry is one of the favorite sons of the San Diego Music community.
Dane had a life reaffirming heart procedure early February 2018, and as is too many times the story, Danes insurance will not be covering all his
Now the out of pocket expenses are going to be just short of devastating. As a community we are asking you to once again come together and lift up, with love and money, Dane and his family.
This GoFundme is attached to a music event that is planned to help raise money for them.
On Saturday, March 10th Wicked Harem Productions will sponsor “From The Heart,” a fundraiser for the love & support of Dane Terry at Proud Mary’s Southern Bar & Grill on Kearny Mesa Road with a mighty fine lineup for this event.
Donating their time and talent…
The Cadillac Wreckers with Bubba McCoy, Suspicious Grits, The Voice Of Leo, Plow, The Committee, and The Fremonts!!
There are going to be many opportunities to donate, particiapate in and enjoy. If you can’t make it to the show please donate here.
Time for the village to step up once again and help one of our own. Paying it forward to someone that has stepped up themselves for the whole village.
To donate now, go to: www.gofundme.com/from-your-heart-to-dane-terrys
It’s Margarita Mondays with Salsa and Bachata Dancing.
Our gal Margarita wants to introduce you to Serena Cuevas who will be teaching Salsa and Bachata dancing. After the free lessons there will be dancing to Sonero, Traverso and guest DJ’s
We have specials on Margaritas, other beverages and food specials.
So get in the door, put your feet on the floor.
8pm at Tio Leo’s Lounge
For more information and door cover specials.
My friend, Sergio Estrada, passed away October 1, 2017. He had just turned 56 in September and died unexpectantly of a very aggressive type of leukemia and shocked everyone who knew him.
It’s been just a few weeks since his passing, and I still can’t believe it. It was so sudden and so surreal.
I first met Sergio around 2007. He was the lead guitarist of the local cover band, Monsters of Rock. Not just any cover band, a METAL cover band. Not usually my cup of tea, but they were really good, with killer vocals and monster guitars! As I soon became a fan, Sergio became a friend. I often ran into Sergio out at different shows around town; even ones wasn’t playing in. He was always supporting other local bands. Sergio was one of the nice guys.
I’ve taken quite a few photographs of Sergio over the past ten years. Not much time in the grand scheme of things. He was one of the musicians I featured in my first Photo show at San Pascual Winery in September 2013. He attended the opening celebration and we posed for a snapshot next to a live photo of him. We got to talking about this particular live image, and Sergio noted that the guitar he was using in the photograph was not his favorite “G&L.” He then told me the story of his favorite G&L guitar. That’s when I got the idea for a collection of stories about musicians and their favorite instruments.
Now, after his passing, it’s time. I’ve decided to dedicate my collection of “Musician’s Stories” to My good friend Sergio Estrada. The first story, “Sergio and the #391st G&L”, is his, written in his own words. I couldn’t have told it any better.
Sergio Estrada and the #391st G&L
“A lot of people have been commenting on my new guitar at the Monsters of Rock gigs (G&L F100). It has an interesting story that I thought I’d share. It’s a guitar that was only in production for a few years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%26L_Musical_Instruments
Anyhoo, back in 1981 I saw a G&L at Guitar Trader in Clairemont Mesa and fell in love with it. It was $700, which today, would be equivalent to at least $2000. I asked my dad for a loan, but he did better. On Christmas morning he told me, “Let’s go get that guitar.” At the time I had no idea what a huge sacrifice this was for him. He was a working-class immigrant, and $700 was probably close to what he made in a month.
Years later, I traded it to my friend Mike Fenton, owner of Muzik Muzik, a popular music store in El Cajon. Turned out, he was a good friend of Steve Vai, who at the time was playing with David Lee Roth. Their equipment truck had been stolen and Steve’s roadie, Elwood Francis, also a good friend of Mike’s, put out a call to buy used guitars so he’d have spare parts for Steve’s guitars. I traded it to Mike for an amp and a mic. It was a fair trade at the time.
Fast forward 20 years. I’m playing in MOR and my dad asked me if I was still playing the G&L. When I told him I’d traded it, he was visibly upset. He was so proud that he was able to get that guitar for me and I realized that it represented more than just a guitar. It symbolized his love, faith, and the sacrifice he’d made for me. I had to get it back. Or at least replace it.
Looking through eBay, I soon found out that they were a rare find. Mostly going for $2000, but never in the gold finish like the one I had. I had all but given up. But then one day I ran into Mike in Julian. I asked about the guitar, and he told me that Elwood ended up liking it so much that he kept it as his own. I told Mike that if he ever ran into him to tell him I’d like to buy it back. At that time Elwood was a roadie for the Wallflowers and hard to track down. About a year later, though the magic of Facebook, I found and added Mike to my FB account. I sent him a message reminding, further explaining the significance that guitar had for me.
About a month ago he sent me a message telling me that he’d ran into Elwood and he’d agreed to sell it back to me. I contacted Elwood and he told me a little about the guitar. One thing he noted was that the serial number on the guitar was an early one, so I braced myself as to what he would ask for it. To my surprise, he only asked for $500, a steal for a vintage G&L F100. The story touched him and all he asked was that he’d get a picture of me and my dad holding the guitar. The thing about guitars is that to the purist, a guitar is like one’s kid. Elwood obviously understood that and he sent that G&L home to his dad.
The week that I got the guitar shipped to my home (from Oregon), MOR had a gig. I took it, just to have as a back up. I tuned all my guitars, then plugged the G&L in, tuned it up and struck a chord. As I heard the chord come out of my amp, I was like, Oh, my God, what was that? I guess 31 years have a way of making the wood dense and resonant. It sounded great and since then it has become my main guitar. I’ll never let it out of my hands again. I’ve even told my daughters that that guitar must stay in the family after I’m gone. Again, thank you, to Mike Fenton and Elwood Francis for making it all possible.”
I photographed Sergio many times since I heard this story. The great majority of those photos show him performing with his beloved #391.
Story and photos by Stephanie Pillar
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (October 14, 2017) – The “Hippie Rock Revival” band Daring Greatly released their newest CD entitled ‘Works of Art’ during a show at the home of Dave and Judy Lasage in Rancho Sante Fe. More than 200 friends and fans rocked the release party under the skies of a perfect Saturday evening. It was a glorious celebration for Daring Greatly and their supporters.
The show icluded a fashion show to introduce the new line of Daring Greatly apperal designed by Diane Coal and her team of “Wearable Design Artists.”
Daring Greatly began playing as the sun was setting on the California hillside performing all the songs from the new CD. Comedien Brian Simpson kept the crowd entertained while the band took a break, then returning to play the rest of their hits from the ‘Cornerstones” Cd along with popular cover tunes from Crosby-Stills-Nash, The Guess Who, and a few Beatles hits.
DG is currently on a their #OneTownAtATimeTour through Idaho, then up to Canada, then back to Seattle before returning to Southern California in December.
CD Available on Google Play
All photos by Eiji Fuller
“An individual can dispose of up to 81lbs of clothing per year.”
A local group of inspired artists has come together to outfit San Diego hippy rock band Daring Greatly with new stage threads using old (previously loved) clothing and costume jewelry. The community of artists and music lovers have the vision to reduce, repurpose and recycle lightly used clothing and costume jewelry to create an inspired collection of wearable art.
The Daring Greatly apparel line made its debut this past Saturday night October 14th at a Record Release party in Rancho Sante Fe for the band’s new album titled ‘Works of Art.”
“It’s a way to express yourself with purpose and intention,” says Diane Coale, Daring Greatly Apparel lead wearable artist. “I dare to be different – detached from the fads, trends and mass production. Our Daring Greatly community hopes to bring back meaningful apparel,” says Diane.
“Our team has been working on original designs for months now. Jeans, chokers, dresses, they’re all one of a kind. We’re thrilled to offer the entire premier line for sale on Saturday night,” says Teagan Bullard creative lead for the wearable art group. Shop for Daring Greatly Apparel at an online shopping site coming soon.
Daring Greatly, an independent, five-piece, hippy-rock band, is comprised of a dad, his two sons, and their two best friends – their goal is to continuously share the message of being fearless, free, and vulnerable. Daring Greatly’s three-part “blood harmony” evokes memories of Crosby Stills Nash and Young. The boys write original lyrics and music and were recently Dubbed “the hardest working band in San Diego” by Boogie Magazine.
Patch, Liam, Dail, Brayden, and Brandon are heavily influenced by music from the 60s and 70s. Their blazing and current sound with crunching guitar solos and a Powerful B3 organ seriously impressed Jon Bon Jovi’s team. Daring Greatly entered a contest to open for the rock legend, and they were selected to open for a Bon Jovi show on February 25th at the T-Mobile stadium in Las Vegas.
“To have a group of people like “Daring Greatly” that can make such an impact on so many people in such a short period of time has been enlightening and a guide to great hope looking ahead. Their music, their story and their character will rise above the fray and impact many others.” Rich Singley – Radio Host/Producer – Happy Hour San Diego
The VizzTone label group has just signed Casey Hensley and will officialy release her ‘LIVE’ album on October 20th, 2017.
Recorded in front of a live audience at the Thunderbird Analog Recording Studio in Oceanside, ‘Live’ captures the essence of the Casey Hensley Band that San Diego audiences have fallen in love with. Having played at some of San Diego’s top venues and festivals such as the Casbah, The Pour House, Gator By The Bay, The Music Box, Belly Up, as well as the Doheny Blues Festival and the Las Vegas Big Blues Bender, Casey’s powerful voice has amazed all who have come to see her live performances. ‘Live’ is exactly what her many fans have been waiting for, eleven of her favorite tunes, as performed on stage, by some of her favorite artists such as Big Mama Thorton, Dorothy LaBostrie, Willie Dixon, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and Koko Taylor, including the powerful rendition of Thorton’s “Ball And Chain” that can give goosebumps to Janis Joplin fans.
This CD also features guitar powerhouse Laura Chavez, Marcos C., Jonny Viau, and Evan Caleb Yearsley rounding out one of the top hard working blues bands that San Diego has to offer, and dedicated to the late, great Candye Kane who has inspired and supported them since the inception.
Live’ was also engineered by Thomas Yearsley of The Paladins
Order her new VizzTone record now at caseyhensleymusic.com