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The Subtleties of Peggy

I am learning "I Don't Know Enough About You" and despite it being a straight ahead little song, there's a lot of subtlety in it. The first 8 bars where she starts singing, the held notes between the 4th and 5th measures are quite winding. It's fascinating to count through ...
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Gig Report: Cafe Show 8/25/19

I love coffee. I have loved it even more with time. I even fantasized about have a zine (oh yes, a zine) called COFFEEHOUSE Magazine that is filled with local poetry, song lyrics, an event listing, some politcal ranting, and some artwork for good measure. Coffeeshops sometimes seem to be ...
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Gig Report: 8/24/19

"Let's play with rhythm," I said as I started out the night. I wanted to change the songs into something new, after all a folk tune can become reggae with a mere flick of the wrist. "Only if it makes the songs better," quipped Victor, an astute musician and observer ...
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A ‘”Hot Club” Feel’ on “Comes Love” says Review from Nashville Blues and Roots Alliance

Sheryl and Don Crow of the Nashville Blues and Roots Alliance have weighed in on my new jazz single and I am on cloud 10! It says: It has a “Hot Club” feel, thanks mightily to the contributions of the backing players—Chicago jazz legend Dennis Luxion is on piano, and ...
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“Comes Love” in Record Stores: Vintage Vinyl, Rattleback and Reckless Records

"Comes Love" is in the following local record stores, phone first to make sure: Vintage Vinyl Records (Evanston) Website: vvmo.com Phone: (847) 328-2899 Address: 925 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201 Rattleback Records (Andersonville neighborhood, Chicago) Website: rattlebackrecords.com Phone: (773) 944-0188 Address: 5405 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 Reckless Records (Chicago LOOP) Website: reckless.com Phone: (312) 795-0878 Address: 26 ...
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Gig Report: 8/10/19 at Ranger Studios

This was the most fun I have ever had at a gig. Period. It was like an amusement park ride. At one point, there was fog, then a thousand points of lights with lasers painting many snowflakes of light, I just had to smile, I felt like I was at ...
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July News: Historic Magazine Blues & Rhythm in UK Reviews “Comes Love”

In the July Issue #341 of UK-based Blues & Rhythm magazine there's a piece on "Comes Love"! I am in a magazine with Robert Johnson on the cover! Do you see me doing backflips? "Nice, unpretentious..." - Blues & Rhythm "Blues & Rhythm covers the full blues and R&B spectrum ...
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The Making of the Heart Hitter Video, with Bluesmen Martin Lang and Dean Haas

Ever have something hit your heart? Here is a blues-inspired song "Heart Hitter." The video was made by videographer Dave McGuire. We used imagery of birds and highways, which mirrored the song. Adding some artwork, bright, funky imaginary comic book characters painted on a mural under an overpass make cameos ...
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