Walkin' In Memphis, pt. 6 - A Post-Mortem

Perhaps Post-Mortem is inaccurate - that title would suggest something  died. This couldn't be further from the truth: Arizona music is alive and very, very well.

I wasn't able to catch every note of every performance by our Arizona contingent…

Walkin' In Memphis pt. 5

And walkin' we did, today. Since there was no need to prepare for this evening's semifinal round (harrumph!), we (St. Marci and I) decided to take in a few more sights in Memphis. We walked to Sun Studio and took…

Walkin' In Memphis pt. 4

And now we wait.... Thank you all for your ongoing support and continuous mojo supply!

The Quarterfinals are over - for me at least. Sometime later tonight, when the final note has faded from the final act the scoresheets will…

Walkin' In Memphis pt. 3

The International Blues Challenge started in earnest this evening. Yesterday there were some band showcases at various venues, but the actual competition began about 5pm local (CST) time. Before anyone got to play a note, though there were the obligatory…

Walkin' In Memphis pt.2

Well, Walkin' In Clarksdale would be more accurate, I guess. We made the hour-plus-change drive down this morning to check out the spot where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil for some guitar chops. I have to say…

Walkin' In Memphis. pt.1

Memphis! In the meantime, baby.... The International Blues Challenge starts Wednesday! I'm joined here by my incredible wife, friends Smokestack Lightning - who won the Phoenix Blues Showdown Band division, and Sweet Baby Ray (Ray DeSylvester) and the RD Olson…
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Sometimes the Best Stuff Happens Before the Curtain Goes Up!

Happy June! Summer's finally hit here in the desert. We spent the month of May (traditionally the start of triple-digit temps) enjoying wave after wave of storms, and while they didn't provide much precipitation the odd weather patterns did keep…
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Reflections on a Cloudy Morning 

Happy post-Memorial Day, and I'm sitting here thinking about the most recent holiday. It's cloudy and cool this morning, so that probably influences my state of mind. 

Yet another typically American holiday has come and gone. There's evidence that the…
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Thank you, BB King 

We lost a true gem last week, when BB King joined the rhythm section of Heaven's Badass Band. Can you imagine he and the Alberts (King and Collins) trading licks, while Stevie Ray licks his chops waiting his turn? No…
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In Praise Of Live Local Music

There's an amazing array of talent all around us. Immediately around us, not just what's accessible via the internet, the TV or our favorite streaming service. I'm talking about what can be found at some of the local open-mic venues…
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Patriots Win! I Am A Patriot!

Remember when it was OK to love your country without feeling the need to kill everyone who didn't support or believe the tenets upon which your country was built? Seems these days it's all too easy to hate, all too…