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Welcome Autumn! 

Happy First Monday Of Autumn! I know I waste a lot of time commenting on the weather here in the desert southwest, and probably think about it more than is healthy, but hey, when you live in a place that…
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Slidin' past Summer.... 

Happy Monday! Finally, the mornings here in the desert carry just a hint of coolness, giving us hope that the days of triple digit temps are behind us for another year!  This Sunday I'll be at the legendary Rhythm Room…
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It's Monday!!! 

And the middle of the month, and we're deep into the election season. Fear not, I promise nothing political here! However, I will suggest you check the video of the great Mose Allison (link below) to get an idea of…
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Happy Labor Day! 

Here in the desert Southwest, Labor Day signifies the end of Summer's cruel reign and the advent of cooler temperatures. Well, that's what we want to believe, anyway. The unfortunate reality is that while most of the rest of the…
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Sizzlin' in the Desert 

Sizzlin' both in reality and metaphorically! The 110+ heat takes its toll on us musicians during the summer - so I took the opportunity to slip a little family vacation and a concert on the coast of California near Santa…

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…