Ahoy shipmates,

We had a great time in Florida last month.  Four Sold Out shows in a row, great weather and greater friends.  Thanks to all of our friends for making it the best so far that we have to come back in April lol.  Before we go tho we have some stops in Minnesota and St Croix lol

20th Anniversary Party @ The Blues Cafe

We head to Rothschild, WI tomorrow to play the 20th Anniversary Party at the Blues Cafe @ 8:30pm.  We share the bill with slide master and pal Howard "Guitar" Luedtke who goes on at 6:30pm.  

Big Al Groth Road Trip

We're kidnapping Big Al Groth and his honking saxophone for a quick run north next week while Westside Andy is in Maui. 

3/15 - Six String Saloon, Maiden Rock, WI 8pm

3/16 - TAK Music Venue, Dilworth, MN 9:30pm

3/17 - St Patrick's Day @ Wilebski's Blues Saloon, St Paul, MN 4pm 

St Croix Tour

We return to St Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands March 19th for two weeks worth of shows.  We'll be playing as trio with former Clyde Stubblefield bassist, Gary Zappa.  

3/21 - Lyric Sail, Fredericksted, VI 5pm

3/22 - Cheeseburgers in American Paradise, Christiansted, VI 7pm

3/23 - Backyard BBQ & Blues, Christiansted, VI 1pm

3/27 - Nauti Bar, Christiansted, VI 7pm

3/28 - Backyard BBQ & Blues, Christiansted, VI 5pm

3/29 - The Deep End, 5001 Tamarind Reef, St Croix 10pm

3/30 - Eat at Cane Bay, Christiansted,  VI 1pm

Florida Tour #2

We head back to Florida on April 9th for a two week run beginning at The High Cotton Music Hall in Hartwell, GA on April 13th. With a two night stand at Englewood's on Dearborn in Englewood, FL on 4/16 & 4/17 at 7pm.  The Blue Rooster in Sarasota follows on 4/18.  Make your reservations now to get a seat.  Bradfordville Blues in Tallahassee, FL follows on 4/20 and The Montreaux Bar & Grille in Summerville, SC on Monday 4/22 at 7pm.  More info to follow as we continue to book this trip.

 

Now for a commercial break from Nevermore Records

Our CD "My Life" is still in the Top Ten Chicago Style Blues cds on The Roots Radio Report.  Three of our most recent cds are in the Wisconsin Top 10 on The Roots Radio Report.

 “My Life” sat at # 1 on the Roots Music Reports Top 50 Chicago Blues Albums for 8 months and ended 2018 at # 4.

It’s was  # 14 on the Living Blues Magazine Chart

It’s was # 1 on the Wisconsin Top 50 Chart for 7 months

# 2 on Gil Anthony’s Blues Power Show

Get your copy at:  CDBaby.com.  It features Westside Andy, Madison Slim, Cadillac Pete, Benny Rickun, Big Al Groth, Pork Chop Moore, Jimmy Voegeli, Ron Kovach, Vic Span, Bobby Sellers Jr, Spencer and Craig Panosh, PT Pedersen, Brad Bill, Andre Maritato and yours truly.  Engineered  by Steve Hamilton at Makin Sausage Studio. 

You can purchase our cds at the following stores:

The Exclusive Company in Greenfield, WI (they also carry our t-shirts) 

Rolling Stone Records, 7300 W. Irving Road, Chicago, IL @ https://www.rollingstonesmusic.com

DWM Music, 3 Bedford Court, Iowa City, IA 52240

iTunes.com

Amazon.com

CDBaby.com

Get it here by sending $20 (includes S&H) to Nevermore Records, 3851 E. Holmes Avenue, Cudahy, WI 53110.  Every CD after that is only $10.

Live at the Big Bull

Our live cd from 2016 "Live at the Big Bull" is still on the Roots Radio Chart's Chicago Blues list at # 8.

Featuring Westside Andy, Big Al Groth, Benny Rickun, Pork Chop Moore, Bobby Sellers Jr and PT Pedersen.  

"Best Live CD of the Year" Blues Blast Magazine

"Best Live CD of the Year" Independent Blues                                Scene

Get a copy along with our new cd "My Life" for only $25 plus $3.50 sh.  Send your order to Nevermore Records, 3851 E. Holmes Ave, Cudahy, WI 53110

Add a copy of our CD Shake Your Boogie for another $5.00.  This CD features Big Al Groth on sax and Madison Slim on harmonica.  Still a top seller at CDBaby.com 

Westside Andy's "Blues Just Happen"

A 2015 Top 30 Blues CD that features the late Barrel House Chuck, Billy Flynn, Dave Wood and Steve Dougherty.  An excellent cd by some of the best players.  Go to www.westsideandy.com to check it out and buy a copy or two.  This CD is also sold at all CSAB shows too. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahoy shipmates, 

The USS Nevermore has returned to port Milwaukee after a long three week tour filled with an endless sea of wheat, corn, mountains, rivers, dancing dervishes, and lots of great blues friends.  Montana was great, Minot, Winnipeg and finally the Bayfront Blues Festival to cap it off.  Westside Andy, PT and Craig tore it up as usual.  The dance floors were full and we sold out a bunch of rooms thanks to the efforts of Kris Raymond at Record Events and Betsie Brown at Blind Raccoon.   Big Fun but we’re glad to be home and ready to play on home turf for awhile.

 

 

 

The return of Madison Slim.

Slim has moved back to Wisconsin and will be playing with us on Tuesday, August 21st at the Italian Community Center, Milwaukee at 6:30pm.  Slim is a veteran of the Legendary Blues Band, The Sam Lay Band and the Jimmy Rogers Band.  He is featured on our new CD "My Life", "Live at the Blues on Grand" and his recent CD "Close But No Cigar".  Benny Rickun will also be on the show.  One of the best harp players of his generation he is also featured on "My Life" and "Big Bee". 

 

Benefit for Cadillac Pete Rahn

We're throwing together a benefit for Cadillac Pete on Sunday, August 26th at Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall, 1920 S. 37th Street, Milwaukee, WI from 2:30pm to 6:30pm.  $20 Cover charge, donations are encouraged.  Guitars and other swag will be raffled and auctioned off.  Here's a flyer witht he lineup.

 

Now for a commercial break from Nevermore Records

Our new CD “My Life” sat at # 1 on the Roots Music Reports Top 50 Chicago Blues Albums for 7 months.

It’s was  # 14 on the Living Blues Magazine Chart

It’s was # 1 on the Wisconsin Top 50 Chart for 7 months

# 2 on Gil Anthony’s Blues Power Show

Get your copy at:  CDBaby.com.  It features Westside Andy, Madison Slim, Cadillac Pete, Benny Rickun, Big Al Groth, Pork Chop Moore, Jimmy Voegeli, Ron Kovach, Vic Span, Bobby Sellers Jr, Spencer and Craig Panosh, PT Pedersen, Brad Bill, Andre Maritato and yours truly.  Engineered and co-produced by Steve Hamilton at Makin Sausage Studio 

Or come out to The Italian Community Center in Milwaukee on Tuesday 8/21 and get a deal on multiple purchases of all or our music and shirts, hats etc....

You can purchase our cds at the following stores:

The Exclusive Company in Greenfield, WI (they also carry our t-shirts) 

Rolling Stone Records, 7300 W. Irving Road, Chicago, IL @ https://www.rollingstonesmusic.com

DWM Music, 3 Bedford Court, Iowa City, IA 52240

iTunes.com

Amazon.com

CDBaby.com

Get it here by sending $20 (includes S&H) to Nevermore Records, 3851 E. Holmes Avenue, Cudahy, WI 53110.  Every CD after that is only $10.

Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys Nail It On ‘My Life’

'My Life' is an album that’s ahead of its time by staying behind the times.

The blues took an interesting leap in the 1960s, quickly going from traditional black American artists to the Rolling Stones and their straight blues covers, to The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, who moved the blues needle right into Cream, who used the blues to segue into manic jams.

Before the 1960s ended, Led Zeppelin would release its debut album, and the blues was officially something almost completely different than it had been at the start of the decade. In the span of a decade, the blues became completely reinvented, its limits pushed to something very different from its origins. Those 1960s bands had the swagger of the blues, but it’s questionable to what extent Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, or any of the Kings might have recognized their music. Boundaries had been pushed and the blues exploded into something completely new and different from what it had been.

But what if it hadn’t changed? That question is answered by Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys. My Life is a blues album that sounds like it could have come out of the mid-1960s. It’s what the blues might have been had it not have become a departure point for acrobatic musicianship, breakneck tempos, and often-ridiculous lyrics.

My Life is a band revisiting its catalog. Reverend Raven takes original songs from his band’s four studio albums and uses various lineups to reinterpret the tracks. If you’re not familiar with Reverend Raven’s work, it’s a great and fun way to easily cover a lot of ground. The album plays like a live show. Reverend Raven is the common thread, providing guitar and laid-back vocals.

The laid-back vibe is what separates the album from so much of that later 60s blues rock. The sound is reminiscent of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, with lots of impressive harmonica work and guitar solos that show flash, but that don’t overpower the songs.

The songs represent a survey of the blues. “Handyman,” the lead-off track is jazzy, featuring lots of impossibly clean guitar. “Creature of Habit” is a bluesier rockabilly take on “Stray Cat Strut.” “I Can Do You Right” is a slow blues with a huge organ sound that will make you feel like it’s Sunday. “My Life” is pure Elmore James. But where The Paul Butterfield Blues Band pushed that classic riff to its limits on “Look Over Yonder Wall,” Reverend Raven lets it breathe.

Lots of incredible music came out of the 1960s blues revival. But the time was so fertile, and creativity was so strong, that no one really dwelt in the sounds. Instead, artists built and built and built. My Life captures a moment that never was, or at least wasn’t long enough, in a fun, interesting way. It’s an album that’s ahead of its time by staying behind the times.

My Life – Twentieth Anniversary – Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
Label:                  Nevermore Records
Tracks:                16
Running Time:     65 Minutes

 

Our new cd "My Life" was released on February 9th and the reviews are coming in from around the worlds  It contains 16 originals from our previous cds that have been remixed or recorded with a new lineup of musicians that includes, Westside Andy, Madison Slim, Cadillac Pete Rahn, Benny Rickun, Big Al Groth, Jimmy Voegeli, Mickey Larson, Danny Moore, Ron Kovach, Andre Maritato, PT Pedersen SC, Brad Bill, Jeff Roberts, Spencer and Craig Panosh and Victor Span.  Recorded at Making Sausage Studios in Milwaukee and engineered by Steve Hamilton. 

 

It has debuted at # 9 on the Living Blues Magazine Radio Chart for March 2018.  It's number # 2 on the Roots Music Radio Chicago Blues Charts for the third week in a row and #17 on the Top 30 Blues CDs for the week of 3/5/18.  Seven of our songs are in the top 20 for the Chicago Radio Blues Charts too.  You can help out by calling your local blues radio station and asking them to play My Life by Reverend Raven & the Chain Smoking Altar Boys.  Go to www.Mary4music.com/radio.html for the nearest radio station.

 

 

 

"Top 30 CD for Dec/Jan/Feb" Blues Power

"Your new CD is great" Gil Anthony/Blues Power

"Top Ten Pick" Smokestack Lightning 

"Sounds excellent" Mark Thompson/Suncoast Blues Society

 

"Here Comes My Baby" collectively account for nearly three minutes (4:16 total time) of the track and from what I just heard, I want them spliced  2-3 times. WOW! Reverend's at disc's best with some all out rippin' guitar licks;"together, quadrupled in length and played over

 

"We are in the presence of a Chicago-born artist, currently based in Milwaukee who has scoured the Midwest and Florida up and down with a dream line up to perfectly perform a most traditional blues..."  - Cesar, Blues Again (Mar 01, 2018).

 

"Tasty stuff from some of the hardest working blues road warriors out there, it’s time for them to be less of local Milwaukee treat and let the word get out.  Hot stuff." - Midwest Record Review, Midwest Record Review (Feb 02, 2018).

 

"This is an album I would suggest getting several copies of...that first copy is sure to wear out quickly. "  - Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blue (Feb 01, 2018).

 

"Every aspect of the album is everything you could ever wish for from a Blues album so my recommendation is that this is the album you have to have in your collection and there is no better way to kick off 2018. Blues can be interpreted in many ways but then again we want it to remain Blues not some shallow imitation. Trust me this truly is the skinny." - Peter Merrett, PBS 106.7FM Melbourne, Australia (Jan 29, 2018).

 

"Reverend Raven “My Life”! Twenty years of the best of the best. Just ace top drawer! Better check it out." - Blue Barry, Smokey Mountain Blues Society (Jan 18, 2018).
 

 

"What can I say? This is some great stuff to commemorate 20 years of some of the blues worlds best music from one of my all time favorite artists and his band. As I said earlier, this is blues the way blues were meant to be played. Run do not walk, and go buy this one NOW! You will not regret it!"

 

"Picking only sixteen cuts was arguably tough to do, but Reverend Raven And The Chain Smoking Altar Boys and “My Life” effectively traces the history of one of the Midwest’s , er, “smokin-est” blues bands ever to lay down a groove! Roll back the rug, and dance your ass off until….next time! Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society." - Sheryl & Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society (Feb 23, 2018).

 

"Reverend Raven & the Altar Boys have been playing originals for over twenty years with a nod to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Junior Wells & the three Kings. They are still working on their mission today: "to spread the gospel of the Blues ...". 'My Life' is an excellent compilation album that, in view of the line-up, cannot be missed by any blues enthusiast!"  - Eric Schuurmans, Rootstime (Belgium) (Feb 17, 2018).
 

 

“Recommendation: " This amazing collection belongs in your library, regardless of your musical tastes. Get it before it’s gone."”

 

"This eighth album from our pastor is a compilation album with old songs in a new mix and in some cases re-recorded. It is mainly Chicago blues that hits the clock here. In the style of, for example, Little Charlie & The Nightcats or The Fabulous Thunderbirds." - Peter Marinus, Blues Magazine (Feb 14, 2018).

 

"As their name implies these guys are smokin’ hot. This is highly recommended Chicago blues".  - Richard Ludmerer, Making a Scene (Feb 14, 2018).

 

Get your copy by sending $17.50 to Nevermore Records, 3851 E. Holmes Avenue, Cudahy, WI 53110

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