Album Review: I AM
Kansas City Blues Society Blog
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1M ago
I AM Artist: Kelsey Miles Label: self-produced Released: 2023 Number of Tracks: 12 Duration: 43:00 Website: https://kelseymiles.com/ Review by Bob Sutcliffe, Knuckleheads Saloon staff Kelsey Miles is a new musician to the Kansas City music scene, having recently relocated to Kansas City from Wisconsin. She just released her new album, “I AM” and it’s a very good look into the passion and soul of this very talented lady. Whatever mood you are in or feelings you are having, there is a song on the cd to go along. From her soul-baring opening track “Beautiful Mistake” to the great horns on the ..read more
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Album Review: LaVette!
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1M ago
LaVette! Artist: Bettye LaVette Label: Jay-Vee Released: 2023 Number of Tracks: 11 Duration: 54:06 Website: https://www.bettyelavette.com Review by Mixmaster Linc I was listening to my friend Jeff Harshbarger’s show during the last week of the year, and he dedicated the last hour of his show to playing songs that were nominated for Grammys this year in the jazz category. The concept inspired me, and I decided to look at the Grammys’ blues album nominations for the choice of this month’s CD review. Well, I’m here to tell you, the Recording Academy does not define blues the same way I do, an ..read more
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Guess Who’s Going to Memphis
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1M ago
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2023 Road to Memphis winners! Support our winners by attending their shows! Your presence and support for our musicians will be greatly appreciated! Thank you to all of the talented musicians who entered this year’s challenge! BAND WINNER, Big Luke & The Soul Disciples upcoming dates Friday and Saturday, December 29 and 30, 7-9pm, at Jonathan’s Restaurant in Overland Park, KS. Friday Jan. 12 at BBs Lawnside BBQ, 7 – 10:30pm – IBC Sendoff Show with Drum & Dye! Can’t make the show? You can still support the band by donating at: CashApp: $SoulDisciplesKC Venmo: @Ad ..read more
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Album Review: Buried in the Hail
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2M ago
Buried in the Hail Artist: Dom Martin Label: Forty Below Released: 2023 Number of Tracks: 11 Duration: 39:43 Website: https://www.dommart.in Review by Mixmaster Linc I first reviewed Dom Martin’s Spain to Italy (from 2020) back in February, and now I’ve run across his brand new release, Buried in the Hail, that came out this September. The album is fairly short (less than forty minutes), but the music is strong. It opens and closes with short acoustic instrumentals, and sizzles at most points in between. The album contains two ballads, “Government” which comes off as kind of flat for me, a ..read more
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Monthly Spotlight – The “Youngsters” of da Blues!
Kansas City Blues Society Blog
by Admin
2M ago
Legendary Rhythm & Blues cruise (LRBC) #39, which set sail from San Diego on October 28, had a new crop of blues musicians on board. We called them the “youngsters” of blues music. They’re young, talented, have great vocals and play instruments, love blues music, and are the future of blues music. If anyone tries to convince you that blues music is losing momentum, just introduce them to Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, D.K. Harrell, Mathias Lattin, and Dylan Triplett, and members of their bands. Their presence on the cruise was a collaborative effort between Kimberly Horton, President of the ..read more
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KC Juke house Looking for Blues Band
Kansas City Blues Society Blog
by Admin
2M ago
The Kansas City Juke House, 1700 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, MO, located in the historic 18th and Vine entertainment district, is searching for a blues band or band that plays blues music to host either a brunch or evening happy hour event starting in 2024. If you are interested, please contact Andrea Shelby, owner/operator, at (816) 668-4647 or kcjukehouse.com for details ..read more
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Records with Merritt
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by Admin
2M ago
Smack in the middle of a Westport neighborhood in Kansas City is a music store that bills itself as the place “where vinylists come to play.” It’s a small store located at 1616 Westport Road and owned by Marion Merritt. She prefers to keep a low profile, but if you’re into vinyl records, it’s the place to visit. If she doesn’t have it in store, she can find it for you. She can also dazzle you with her in-depth knowledge of all things’ vinyl. Over the past several years, vinyl has had a resurgence and is now either outselling CDs or is on par with their sales. Marion is an enthusiastic particip ..read more
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Calling All Designers
Kansas City Blues Society Blog
by Admin
2M ago
KCBS is in search of a new design for its t-shirts and hats. We love our iconic MO and KS license plates but, after about 30 years, it’s time for a change. Our criteria are simple: a contemporary design relevant to blues music, incorporate Kansas City Blues Society name; doesn’t contain too many colors (more colors cost more), and is simple and not too complicated or expensive to recreate. We are looking to print the new design on merchandise for 2024. We’re asking for anyone interested to submit their design for consideration to blueskc.org@gmail.com. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2 ..read more
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Monthly Spotlight – Guitarist Mike Elrod
Kansas City Blues Society Blog
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4M ago
Interview by John “Junebug” Stuerke This month’s spotlight shines on longtime local musician, Mike Elrod, who has been a professional guitar player since the 1970s. Mike has submitted his self-produced CD to the International Blues Challenge and believes this one is a departure from his past music in that he’s introduced some psychedelic elements, along with the blues. On this CD, Mike plays every instrument, recorded it by himself, and wrote all the songs. Mike has performed at the King Biscuit Blues festival in West Helena, AR, the famed Ground Zero blues club in Clarksdale, MS, and Poor Mon ..read more
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The Blues is Everywhere Word search – November 2023
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4M ago
How many bluesy words or phrases can you find? Click below to play the word search! (A popup will load ..read more
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