Thanks to everyone who have come out to our shows in record numbers this summer.  It's humbling and a result of the good work of our promotions company, Recordevents.com, helmed by Kris Raymond getting the word out to our friends and the media. Here's what's up for the next few weeks.  Look forward to seeing you.

 

We kick off August with a show at the Legacy of Lakes Museum in Alexandria, MN on Friday, August 5th.  Doors open at 5:30pm and the music begins at 7pm sharp.   

Then we head to Plymouth, MN to play Higher Grounds - A Music Series from Mount Olivet presents BLUES ... August 6, 2016 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth, Plymouth, MN.  A great lineup includes, Cole Allen, Lisa Wenger and headliner's the Jimmy's.  We go on a 6:15pm on the Main Stage.  Go to: Higher Grounds Music Festival to see more information.  Then we rush home to play The Wisconsin State Fair on Monday and Tuesday, August 8th and 9th at 6pm.  We'll be on the Major Goolsby Stage.  Monday night features Westside Andy on harmonica and on Tuesday it's Big Al Groth on saxophone.  Pork Chop Moore will be with us on both evenings.  Lot's of dancing, food and old friends.  

 

 

 

 

Then....we head up to Duluth, Minnesota  the San Franscisco of the North lol for the Bayfront Blues Festival.  We're dragging Westside Andy, Big Al Groth, Tim Wick (Lamont Cranston), PT Pedersen and Bobby Sellers Jr for four nights of nothing but blues, dancing and big time fun with all the usual suspects like Bootsy, Hurricane Harold, Joan, Marni, Kathy, Harmony, Spike & Hammer, Bobo the Hun, Mikki, Julie, Patty, Henrietta, Bob & Janey hell I could go on and on.  We've turned down great festival offers every year to attend this festival because it's just excellent.   Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, August 11, 13, & 14 we'll be at the Pioneer Bar,  323 W 1st St.  Friday we play the new Dance Party in the Acoustic Tent at 9:45pm.  Click on the Bayfront Logo to see the schedule.

 

 

 

Our CD "Live at the Big Bull" received the "Best Live CD" of 2015 award from the Independent Blues Scene and Making a Scene Magazine. It was in the Top 30 list for 2015 along with Westside Andy's new CD "Blues Just Happen" and the Jimmy's Hot Dish. It's now up for the same at Blues Blast Magazine.  Help us get more $$$ at festivals lol by voting.  Our pals the Jimmy's are up for an award too so please vote.

Call your local Blues Radio DJ and ask them to play a tune from the cd.  If you don't know who call go to this link and look up your local station: Mary4music.com

The CD still has legs and is a still a top seller at CDBaby.com (so is Shake Your Boogie).  Get yourself a copy at www.cdbaby.com/reverendraven5.  It features Westside Andy Linderman and Benny Rickun on harmonica, Big Al on sax and Pork Chop Moore on piano.   Westside Andy's CD "Blues Just Happen" is also a top seller at CDBaby.com

The Press Section of this website also has some new reviews from Blues Music Magazine, Blindman's Blues Report and the Colorado Blues Society "Terrific CD"

 

Our CD "Shake Your Boogie" is still selling well on CDBaby.com too.  Featuring Big Al Groth on sax and Pork Chop Moore on piano with Madison Slim on harmonica and vocal on 4 bonus cuts.  It's on sale at CDBaby.com for $10.00.  Another top 30 CD for 2012 that ended up at #12 for the year after debuting at #6.  Help fight my personal war on poverty and get yourself a copy.

"Any fan of straight ahead tough electric blues will really like this record...A very enjoyable and professionally made record, everyone plays really well, it sounds good...I really enjoyed it a lot...my sincere compliments" Bruce Iglauer/President - Alligator Records

"Yeah... Mmmm... The next best thing to seeing the Reverend and his band live is to slip one of their CDs into your CD player. This new CD is just what the doctor ordered -- makes you want to dance, laugh, cry, get mellow, and more. Great vocals, wonderful guitar riffs, tight band. It's nice to be able to always count on that! Big Al's sultry, subtle sax on track 9 is some of his best. Thanks, guys, for another great CD!"  Melodie Carr/CT NPR Blues Radio

 

 

 

Our three week road trip was excellent. We started at the House of Blues in Chicago, headed to the Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis to play to a packed house and then jumped down to Florida to play four shows at clubs that were packed with dancers waiting to see us.

Brian Lee sat in at The Blue Rooster and received a well deserved standing ovation. What a treat to hang with my old friend.  He's coming up to Wisconsin this summer to celebrate his 60th year in the music business.

The Legendary Blues Cruise was a blast. Latimore, Elvin Bishop, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Ronnie Hicks, Mike Wheeler, Toronzo Cannon, Tommy Castro, Shinetop, Scottie Miller, Danielle Nicole, Tab Benoit, Mr Sipp, Eddie Cotton and so many more tore it up.  

We had the honor of hosting the Pro - Jam the second night on the pool deck at midnight and you can see the result on our video page or go to: LRBC 26 and check it out.  Big thanks to Jimmy Voegeli, Westside Andy, Bobby Sellers Jr, and PT Pedersen for laying it down all week long.

Next up was the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. We played five shows. Two on Beale Street at the Rum Boogie's Blues Hall. Great to see our friends from all the Blues Societies and musicians like Rockin Johnny Burgin and Bob Walesa.  

Back home we played a great show with Howard "Guitar" Luedtke, Cadillac Pete Rahn and the Blues Disciples at the Wicked Moose in Rochester, MN to another full house of dancers. Who says The Blues is dead?  Not in our world.   

We're off to the Virgin Islands on Tuesday for a three week tour of the Caribbean with PT and Craig Panosh but first we stop at 

Friday - Hollyrocks, Wisconsin Rapids, WI - 7pm w/Westside Andy Linderman on harmonica

Saturday - The Cimmaron Bar, Menasha, WI - 8pm w/Westside Andy Linderman on harmonica

New Videos

Go to our video page and check out the new videos posted from the Blues Cruise with Jimmy Voegeli and Westside Andy.

Live at The Big Bull

Our new live CD, ended up at in the Top 30 at # 26 on the Roots Music Report's Contemporary Blues Charts for 2015. It's still at #28 as of February 21, 2016. Not bad for a hinky dink band from Wisconsin. It is available at all shows, Exclusive Company in Greenfield, WI, Fox Music Company in Watertown, WI and at CDBaby.com. It was recorded at the Big Bull Falls Blues Festival, Wausau, WI in 2012 and 2014 under a huge tent filled with a couple thousand blues fans. The cd features Westside Andy and Benny Rickun on harmonica with an appearance by Big Al Groth on the saxophone.  

"The new cd is great" ~ Steve Busha/Chairman Big Bull Falls Festival

"Powerful Juju" ~ Cadillac Rob/WORT Radio

"Will be in heavy rotation on my show" ~ T-Bone Erickson/KFMG 99.1 FM

"I really love it and know my DJ will also" ~ Todd Glazer/Glazer Promotions

"I love the album and I dig the energy" ~ Pat Graham/KKJZ 88.1FM

Now for sale at The Exclusive Co. in Greenfield, WI
All of our previous cds are on sale there.

Blues Just Happen Westside Andy's new live cd was also in the Top 30 at #27. Get both for a special price.

New Merchandise

New husband beaters in stock in red to add to your collection too. Send $15 plus $2.50 for shipping to Nevermore Records, 3851 E. Holmes Ave, Cudahy, WI 53110

We have finally begun work on our 20th anniversary CD. The cd is a compilation of our original songs, remastered, mixed and sometimes re-imagined. With some special guests and former Chain Smoking Altar Boys. I was in the studio yesterday and finished up 3 songs with Bill Stace from Walls Have Ears Studio. You can help us fund it by going to http://www.gofundme.com/ReverendRaven20th.  

Different perks for every funding level and an opportunity to be part of the band's history.

Big Al is joining us for our Canadian Tour via Minnesota starting Wednesday April 16th at Legend's in St Cloud, MN.  Thursday we're at The Forada Bar & Grill in Forada, MN and Friday play our new home in the Twin Cities The Minnesota Music Cafe.  Friday the 19th we head to Minot ND to play for our friends at the Moose Lodge.

We jump into Canada on the 20th and start out one week run at the Blues on Whyte in Edmonton, Alberta.  Pass the word and hope to see you at a gig.

Rev

On the the road with The Blues Disciples, Barefoot Jimmy, Pauli Walnuts, Hot Karl and 3x Gannon are shuffling our way thru the Virgin Islands.  Highlights includes massive amounts of blues, jamming, herbage, rum and great meals.  On St Thomas we played at Latitude 18 and Danny Silber and Morgan sat in and I heard "I've Got My Mojo Working" played on a steel drum by Morgan, and it was excellent LOL.

Found out at Iggies that you can't drive a Ford Flex on the sand.  Hull Bay was great (thanks Joel) were our buddy Paul Dirks sat in on bass.  On St John we tore up the beach bar and jammed with Kenny B, Andy and Pat.  The staff, Joe, 2x Jen, Mike and Chris were great.  At the Tamarind we had a great meal and shook the shack.  Thanks Stephanie, Sarah and The Chef of the Future.

I'm sitting on the deck of "The Doctor's" mountain retreat right now looking out at the Caribbean.  This is 100% Hollywood/Malibu luxury that we wouldn't be enjoying if it wasn't for Pauli's sister Kay and her husband David.  They also are the owners of Porky's Backyard Blues & BBQ where we play tomorrow afternoon.

We return April 10th and on April 11th I fire up the van and pick up the Chain Smoker's and meet Westside Andy at The Knuckle Down for some Madison, WI blues partying.  On Saturday the 12th we play a new venue in Love Park Il, The Hope & Anchor Inn with Westside on the harp.  See ya

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