Sunday, December 4, 2016

Dec 3th, 2016

Last night we were at the Midway Tavern to see the BRUCE KATZ BLUES BAND from the east coast.  We were happy to see our old friends keyboard master BRUCE  KATZ and guitar wizard CHRIS VITARILLO.  We met the band's new drummer RAY HANGEN that replaced former percussion man RALPH ROSEN.  We missed seeing Ralph but Ray is doing a great job in his place.

If this GREAT BAND comes to your area DON'T MISS THEM!

Ray Hangen's Facebook

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Our dear friend Barrelhouse Chuck, Chicago’s premier Blues Pianoman

has a NEW CD OUT….it’s a “MUST HAVE” for your collection.

ORDER  YOURS  TODAY at the link below

Barrelhouse Chuck is the only Chicago blues pianist to have studied under Sunnyland Slim, Pinetop Perkins, Detroit Junior and Little Brother Montgomery. Barrelhouse Chuck draws on this distinguished lineage to create a blues, boogie-woogie and barrelhouse piano style that places him at the forefront of this celebrated tradition. Chuck spent the next 16 years studying with the living legend, who Chuck called 'the great-granddaddy of all the blues piano players.' Through Sunnyland he met all the great blues musicians in Chicago, and often ended up playing with and hanging out with them. People like S.P. Leary, Smokey Smothers, Erwin Helfer and Little Brother Montgomery took Chuck under their wings.  He was a great student and now a seasoned journeyman piano master.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

6 JUNE 2016

Down and out in Sweden

Our dear friend Barrelhouse Chuck recently made another trip to Finland and Sweden to entertain all his blues loving fans over there. He was accompanied by another great Chicago piano man, Erwin Helfer, Westside Andy (harmonica),  and Oscar Wilson (frontman for the CashBox Kings).  They had several sets in Finland...then Chuck was overcome with pneumonia and hospitalized.  He's still there recuperating.  He's asking for your thoughts and prayers.  He was to entertain at the great CHICAGO BLUES FEST next week.  He'll have to miss that gig, but perhaps, he'll be well enough to travel and be back home in Illinois with his lovely wife, Betsy, soon.  I painted this sign that Sheila posted on Facebook.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sheila and I had a real treat Friday night at Albertina’s Midway Tavern.

First our long-time friend, Tom Moore and his brother David entertained with an acoustic session….David on guitar and Tom on harmonica and vocals.  It was a CD release party for their new “TRICKERATION” album. In addition to the two of them…lots of our other musical friends are featured…Barrelhouse Chuck, Erwin Helfer, Brad Ber, George Bedard, Steve Nardella, Ricky Nye, Jonny Viau…and lots more guest artists.  


The “main event” Friday was Cincinnati Boogie-Woogie Piano man, RICKY NYE(We hadn't seen our buddy for a couple years...don't stay away so long, Ricky)

He was backed by his regular bass wizard Chris Douglas….and was joined by…direct from Paris FranceAnthony Stelmaszack (vocalist and guitar man) and Simon “Shuffle” Boyer on drums….from the Paris Blues Band.  That great band regularly backs up touring Americans while in Europe.  They play traditional American style blues....and they are exceptional!



It was a great evening being there with our friends, Ed, Jenni and Kevin.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

17 MARCH 2016


I thought that you might like this 30 minute documentary by film maker LES BLANK featuring the legendary Texas singer/guitarist performing back in his hometown of Centerville, TX in 1968


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

17 Feb 2016

B. B. KING - KING of the BLUES
Video narrated by Morgan Freeman
If you have a full hour available to watch a're in for a real treat
We just discovered a GREAT video on the life and times of the one and only
Riley B. King.   WATCH won't be disappointed. HERE'S THE LINK
By the way...we have several pieces of B. B. KING ARTWORK available
LOOK HERE!  .....and then search B B KING


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

10 Feb 2016

with a concert of BLUES, JAZZ & BOOGIE-WOOGIE.

Was happy to read a couple stories last week in the Chicago Tribune about an old friend…Piano Great ERWIN HELFER celebrating his 80th birthday.  

Thru the years, Sheila and I have had the good fortune to meet and get acquainted with some GREAT blues musicians, that are great geniuses at the piano…but still so “down to earth” off the stage.  Erwin Helfer is in that category.

We were introduced to Erwin a few years ago by our good friend, BARRELHOUSE CHUCK, Chicago’s premier traditional Chicago Blues Pianoman.  Chuck promoted a PIANO EXTRAVAGANZA…three piano greats all in one package.  Chuck was jointed by Erwin and by LLUIS COLOMA: Barcelona, Spain’s Boogie-Woogie genius.  At that time Chuck was producing a CD by Lluis called: Rockin My Blues in Chicago.  (I was honored to have the album and attached booklet feature a dozen pieces of my artwork.)

Here’s links to the Tribune stories:


LLUIS COLOMA - Barcelona, Spain