February/March/April gigs!

217SRI’ve been remiss in updating this site for a little while because TOO MUCH HAS BEEN GOING ON, which is a first class problem to have and I should just shut up and update which is what I’m doing now. I hope to see all of my European friends out there for the Sugar Ray and the Bluetones tour and the two special French dates with Curtis Salgado! As always, the complete list can be accessed with the Upcoming Shows link above.

February 21 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival, Lancaster, PA

February 22 – Rosedale American Legion Hall, Rosedale, MD

March 1 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Chan’s Eggroll and Jazz, Woonsocket, RI

March 6 – w/Anthony Geraci, Michael “Mudcat” Ward and Marty Richards, Turner’s Yard, Pembroke, MA

March 13 - w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Muziek O Droom, Hasselt, BE

March 14 - w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Le Bikini, Toulouse, FR

March 20 - w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, CC de Steiger, Menen, BE

March 21 - w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Arvern Blues, Clermont-Ferrand, FR

March 22 - w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, La Nuit Du Blues, Talant, FR

March 23 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Muhle Hunziken, Bern, Switzerland

March 27 - w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Blueskartellet, Horsens, DK

March 28 - w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, MOJO, Copenhagen, DK

March 29 - w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Crossroads Bluesföreningen, Vejle, DK

March 30 - w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, De Gouden Leeuw, Dongen, NL

April 4 - w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, CC de Palethe, Overpelt, BE

April 5 - w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Bluesphere, Liege, BE

April 11 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Hanafin’s, New London, CT

April 18 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Johnny D’s Uptown, Somerville, MA

April 22 – MONSTER MIKE WELCH and CURTIS SALGADO, Tavastia Club, Helsinki, Finland

April 24 – MONSTER MIKE WELCH and CURTIS SALGADO, Jazz Club Lionel Hampton, l’Hotel Meridien Etoile, Paris, FR

April 26 – MONSTER MIKE WELCH and CURTIS SALGADO, Bain de Blues Festival, Bretagne, FR

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December gigs!

As always, more gigs can be found with the Upcoming Shows link above.

December 2 – Blues Jam w/Mr. Nick, Whippersnapper’s, Londonderry, NH

December 5 – w/Mr. Nick, Turner’s Yard, Pembroke, MA

December 7 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Chan’s, Woonsocket, RI

December 8 – w/Parker Wheeler’s Blues Party at the Grog, Newburyport, MA

December 11 – Blues jam w/the Double D’s, Tavern, Plainville, MA

December 13 – Sugar Ray Norcia and Monster Mike Welch Duo and Luther “Guitar Jr” Johnson, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

December 14 – w/Cheryl Arena, Smoken’ Joe’s BBQ, Brighton, MA

December 19 – w/Anthony Geraci, Michael “Mudcat” Ward and Marty Richards, Turner’s Yard, Pembroke, MA

December 20 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Johnny D’s Uptown, Somerville, MA (7 pm)

December 27 – w/Lydia Warren, Danny Banks, Anthony Geraci, and Mudcat Ward, Ming Dynasty, Marshfield, MA

December 28 – w/Danny Banks (filling in for Lydia Warren), Acton Jazz Cafe, Acton, MA

December 31 – New Years Eve w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones Big Band, Haddad’s, Marshfield, MA

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October/November gigs

Kind of a mellow couple months after the insanity of the last few.  More could be added later.  The full list is, of course, on the Upcoming Shows page.

October

October 25 – w/Shirley King and the Double D’s, Harry’s at the Depot, Hyannis, MA

October 27 – Special guest at the Blues Jam, Cady’s Tavern, Chepachet, RI

October 30 – Blues Jam w/the Double D’s, The Tavern, Plainville, MA

November

November 1 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Knickerbocker Cafe, Westerly, RI

November 7 – w/Anthony Geraci, Michael “Mudcat” Ward and Marty Richards, Turner’s Yard, Pembroke, MA (NEW VENUE)

November 9 – PRIVATE FUNCTION

November 13 – w/Alizon Lissance, Smoken Joe’s, Brighton, MA

November 24 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Narragansett Cafe, Jamestown, RI

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August/September gigs!

Looking forward to my first time in Brazil with the Mannish Boys, and hitting the Midwest with Sugar Ray and the Bluetones! As always, the complete list of shows is available by clicking Upcoming Shows here or or the links bar above.

August

August 13 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Music on Main St, Sprakers, NY

August 15 – w/Darrell Nulisch, Anthony Geraci, Michael “Mudcat” Ward and Marty Richards – The Bailey, Marshfield, MA

August 18 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, 4 Points BBQ and Blues House, Winterport, ME

August 21 – w/The Mannish Boys, SESC Prudente, Presidente Prudente, BRAZIL

August 22 – w/The Mannish Boys, SESC Rio Preto, Rio Preto, BRAZIL

August 23 – w/The Mannish Boys, SESC Ribierão Preto, Ribierão Preto, BRAZIL

August 24 – w/The Mannish Boys, SESC Piracicaba, Piracicaba, BRAZIL

August 31 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Bobby Q’s BBQ and Grill, Westport, CT

September

September 7 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Knickerbocker Cafe, Westerly, RI

September 12 – w/Brian Templeton, Fundraiser in Woburn, MA

September 15 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Narragansett Cafe, Jamestown, RI (4-7pm)

September 19 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones (double bill w/Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers), Callahan’s, Auburn Hills, MI

September 20 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Old Town Blues Fest, Lansing, MI

September 21 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago, IL

September 22 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, B.B.’s Blues, Jazz and Soups, St. Louis, MO

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May/June gigs!

This is a huge couple of months for me: a “New England Independently Blue Tour” with the Duke Robillard Band, a Sugar Ray and the Bluetones trip to California and Europe, my first time playing with the Mannish Boys (as well as another chance to play with the great Curtis Salgado), local gigs with everyone from the Bluetones to Darrell Nulisch to James Montgomery to Barrett Anderson, and some recording with Sugaray Rayford and a mix of East and West Coast blues heavyweights.

May

May 3 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Acoustic Brew, Voluntown, CT

May 10 – w/The Duke Robillard Band, Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH

May 11 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, The Knickerbocker, Westerly, RI

May 16 – w/James Montgomery and Brad Hallen (trio) – Charles Cafe, Millis, MA

May 18 – w/The Duke Robillard Band, Regattabar, Cambridge, MA

May 23 – w/The Duke Robillard Band, Bridge Street Live, Collinsville, CT

May 25 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival, Simi Valley, CA

May 26 – w/The Mannish Boys featuring Curtis Salgado, Audrey Turner, Mike Finnigan, Sugaray Rayford, Frank Goldwasser, Kevin Selfe, and more, Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival, Simi Valley, CA

May 29-30 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Le Sonograf, Le Thor, FRANCE

May 31 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Blues Now, Basel, SWITZERLAND

June

June 1 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Blues Station, Tournon d’Agenais, FRANCE

June 3 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Blues au Chateau, Oupeye, BELGIUM

June 14 – w/Barrett Anderson, Smoken’ Joes BBQ, Brighton, MA

June 16 – Blues Jam, Cady’s Tavern, Chepachet, RI

June 21 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Chan’s, Woonsocket, RI

June 22 – TENTATIVE – w/Darrell Nulisch, Powderhouse Park, Somerville, MA (1 pm)

June 22 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Black Eyed Sally’s, Hartford, CT (9 pm)

June 26 – Blues Jam with the Double Ds, Tavern, Plainville, MA

June 30 – w/Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Mystic Blues Festival w/Al Kooper, Knickerbocker, Westerly, RI

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Independently Blue Out Today!

Buy it on Amazon or iTunes
Official websites: Stony Plain Records (North America), DixieFrog (EU)
Duke Robillard’s website
Duke, the band, and I will be promoting it on select New England dates in May.
Check “Upcoming Shows” for more info.
Go see Duke with Bob Dylan, too.  He’s quite good.

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Thoughts on Duke Robillard on the eve of Independently Blue’s release, Part One

485327_10151382210084352_1803326885_n-1This ended up being much longer than I anticipated, so I’ll be splitting it into two parts. Tomorrow, April 9, marks the release of The Duke Robillard Band’s Independently Blue, on which I’m honored to be a featured guest and collaborator. Duke Robillard is a genuine hero of mine, and as I’ve said before, getting the call to make a record together was like being asked by Batman to join him on his crusade against crime. The coincident release of Independently Blue and Duke’s new gig with Bob Dylan made me want to share some thoughts about what Duke’s music means to me. Hope you enjoy it.

Here’s a confession for you: for years, I didn’t quite “get” Duke Robillard. Don’t get me wrong – I was a fan from the first time I heard him, and he profoundly influenced my playing. I just didn’t fully understand what he did. Although the word “encyclopedic” is thrown around a lot to describe Duke’s knowledge of roots guitar styles – and have no doubt, it’s accurate and deserved – I feel like the word does Duke’s greater talents a disservice. Duke’s knowledge and skill are consummate and worthy of the praise they receive, but there’s a lot more going on with Duke’s music, and I feel like it’s worth talking about.

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