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Date Event Location
On Tour: Chris James and Patrick Rynn Sposored by Dorothy Hill Sposored by Dorothy Hill
On Tour: Ben Rice Sponsored by Gelb Music Sponsored by Gelb Music
Ashbolt Stewart's Beats Working Sponsored by Stewart and Associates Sponsored by Stewart and Associates
Fillmore Slim  
The Lucky Losers CD Release Party Sponsored by Gelb Music Sponsored by Gelb Music
Paula Harris and the Beasts of Blues 123 Awards 123 Awards
ON TOUR: Hot Roux Sponsored by Gelb Music Sponsored by Gelb Music
On Tour: Alastair Greene  
Aldwin London Band  
The David Landon Band Sponsored by Gelb Music Sponsored by Gelb Music
Mark Hummel Sponsored by BlowsMeAway Productions Sponsored by BlowsMeAway Productions
Featprints - a tribute to Little Feat Sponsored by the Maloof Clan Sponsored by the Maloof Clan
The Daniel Castro Band Sponsored by Murray Anixt Sponsored by Murray Anixt
ON TOUR: Quique Gomez  
Chris Cain  
On Tour: Annika Chambers Sponsored by Dorothy Hill Sponsored by Dorothy Hill
Terrie Odabi Sponsored by Gelb Music Sponsored by Gelb Music
Marina Crouse and Garth Webber Sponsored by BlowsMeAway Productions Sponsored by BlowsMeAway Productions
On Tour: Whitey Johnson a.k.a. Gary Nicholson  
Big Harp George's Uptown Cool CD Release Party  

This Wednesday

Blues fans have long been aware of vocalist and lead guitarist Chris James and Patrick Ryan as th leaders of their own band, the Blue Four, as well as for their stellar work with a dazzling array of blues legends. Gonna Boogie Anyway, their second album for the Earwig label following their Blues Music Award-nominated 2008 set Stop And Think About It, triumphantly marks the latest chapter for the San Diego-based duo, whose high-energy approach remains deeply rooted in traditional electric blues from Chicago to all points south.

Chris’ dazzling guitar work is featured even more prominently than on its acclaimed predecessor, and for the first time on disc, the pair performs four unplugged selections, James’ vocals ringing with extraordinary force over rollicking grooves anchored by Patrick’s rock-steady bass. Original material dominates; the album’s four covers include two Bo Diddley gems (“Little Girl” and “Dearest Darling”). Piano legends Henry Gray and David Maxwell and veteran Chicago drummers Sam Lay and Willie Hayes are all on board, as is their harp-blowing cohort Rob Stone. Chris and Patrick return the favor on Rob’s new Earwig CD, Back Around Here.

Neither Chris nor Patrick can fully explain their ESP-like musical compatibility. “When I started playing with Chris, I didn’t know anything,” ventures Patrick, whose bass influences in addition to Dave Myers include Willie Kent, Ransom Knowling, and Big Crawford (as you might expect after encountering the latter two names, he’s just as conversant on upright bass as on electric). “Because I’ve learned all that stuff, I have the tools and I have the way of playing to make the chemistry between me and Chris just work.”

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Ms. Dorothy Hill

The Grand Dame of Bay Area Blues

Thank You Dorothy