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

Thanks to everyone who have braved the snow and cold to come to our shows.  Thanks to the band.  Bobby, PT and Danny have been real troopers.

We have a few cool shows coming up before I head to the Virgin Islands with the Blues Disciples on March 24th.

Sunday, March 9th I'll be performing at the WORT benefit held at The Badger Bowl in Madison, WI with Westside Andy and Jimmy Voegeli. Party starts around 3pm and we go on at 6pm.

Monday, March 10th, it's the return of the Velveetatones at .....The Badger Bowl with Westside Andy, Jimmy Voegeli, Tony Menzer and more.  Show starts at 7pm

Saturday, March 15th I'm playing a benefit at The Terrace Inn in Gladstone, MI with Westside Andy and the Chain Smokers.  Show starts at 7pm.  

Friday, March 21 we return to our favorite Oshkosh venue, Becket's Restaurant with Westside Andy in tow.  Show starts at 8:30pm

Saturday, March 22, we're at The Fox & Hound in Hubertus, WI at 7:30pm.  Get there early as it packs up quick.

Sunday, March 23 we are throwing the second annual Up & Under Blues Reunion at Kochanski's, 1920 s. 37th, Milwaukee, WI with a great lineup for only $20 cover.

The Blues Disciples at 2pm

Reverend Raven & The Chain Smoking Altar Boys at 3:15pm

Leroy Airmaster at 4:30pm

The Jim Liban Combo featuring Joel Patterson at 5:45pm

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-25 degrees below zero?  So what, it's Wisconsin.  We'll be out and about this month (wish it was the Virgin Islands).

Westside Andy has been playing with us and has been ripping it up on the bandstand.  We opened for the Hoopsnakes last week in Medina, MN to a crowd of 1600 plus and the band nailed it.  The Hoopsnakes were great.  Charlie Bingham is a rock god LOL.  

The House Party at Kochanski's continues tonight 2/6/14 at 8pm.  Our guest tonight is Smokey Holman from Tweed Funk backed by the Chain Smoking Altar Boys.  Open stage for jamming on the second set.  Bring your axe, sticks or pipes and sit in.

Saturday, 2/8/14, we're at the 8th Street Ale House in Sheboygan at 1pm.  Yes, I said 1pm to 5pm.  

Sunday, 2/9/14, The Sunday Blues Matinee continues at Kochanski's, 1920 s. 37th, Milwaukee at 2pm.  Reverend Raven & The Chain Smoking Altar Boys and Tweed Funk.  

Wednesday 2/12/14, I'll join Benny Rickun, Rick Holmes and Dave Braun at The American Legion in Brookfield, WI at 7:30pm

Valentines Day 2/14/14 we'll be playing for you and your heart throb at Mamie's, 3300 w. National Ave at 9:30pm

Saturday 2/15/14 we return to Sir James Pub in Port Washington, WI at 8pm







Had a blast playing with Big Al Groth this weekend past.  Had Big Al and Westside Andy on the bandstand Saturday night.  What a cool horn section.

Gearing up for another great weekend at the Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis, IN on Friday/Saturday December 27/28.  Show starts and 8:30pm.

The 4th annual NYE Blues Bash with Lamont Cranston kicks off at 8pm at The Double Tree Inn, Bloomington, MN.  Get your tickets.  Last year we had 1000 + blues dancers in the house.

Benny Rickun is joining me Wednesday 12/18/13 at The American Legion Post 449 in Brookfield, WI at 7:30pm 

Westside Andy with be with us at Becket's Restaurant in Oshkosh on Friday, 12/20/13 at 8:30pm

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Hey now.  Relaxing at home in my recliner after our first 4 day run in two months.  Getting my sea legs back.  Band sounded great, people dancing like mad, especially at The Domes show.  Sorry to hear about Aspen Landing discontinuing music and The Adriatic Cafe's closing for a year for reconstruction.  Westside Andy was great as was Benny Rickun.  Nice to have such talented friends. Looking forward to Thanksgiving with the family.  Full house on Thursday LOL...

Listening to Chef Chris and the Nairobi Trio.  What a great, creative disc.  Their arrangements, musicianship and thinking out of the box made this one of my favorite cds of the last 10 years.  The were the 2003 (or around) winners of the IBC awards.  Sure you can find it on the web.

Danny Moore and I will be playing with Dave Potter & The Alley Kings on Monday, November 25th at Sara's Pub in Beloit, WI at 6pm.

Westside Andy joins us for three shows Friday thru Sunday.  Westside Andy is a Grammy nominated harp player from Madison Wisconsin.  Leader of his own band, The Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band, he's an alumni of The Paul Black & The Flip Kings, Tino Gonzalez and The Bryan Lee Band.  Just a world class, ass kicking harmonica player.  Make sure you get a chance to see him.  He'll also be with us on New Year's Eve at the Double Tree Inn, Bloomington, MN at 8pm opening for the Lamont Cranston Band.


Friday - The Minnesota Music Cafe - Saint Paul, MN  7:30pm (Swamp Kings open at 7:30pm)

Saturday - Cranky Pat's, Neenah, WI 7pm

Sunday - The Smiling Moose, Osman, WI 3pm



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