December 2011

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Can you believe we are into the holiday season? I can’t! Seems like I was just wishin’ for good weather for Tuesday nights a week or two ago. The thing I do believe and am in a great Thanksgiving mood for is Keb Mo is coming to the Chippewa Valley! Is that ironic or what?! Just last month I was introducing this superb blues man to many of you and now he’s going to be appearing at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center (the State Theatre) on January 22. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on line at  They have a lot of stuff going on there, so take a look around.

Some other stuff goin’ on:

Thick Shoe
     12/3 - at The Snout in Chippewa Falls

Howard Luedtke & Blue Max
     12/9  at Sunset Tavern in Black River Falls

Left Wing Bourbon
     12/10 at The Snout
     12/17 at The 400 in Altoona
     12/21 at The Red Parrot in Eau Claire

Pete Neuman & The Real Deal
     12/10 at Brady’s Brewhouse

The Love Buzzards are often the house band for the Open Blues Jam
     12/4 at Shari’s Chippewa Club in Durand. Show off your chops. Otherwise just come and enjoy.

The Sue Orfield Band
     12/3 at Gelly’s in Stockholm

     12/3 at Obesessions Chocolate Lounge 2-4 p.m.
     12/4 At the Foster Cheese House 11 a.m. – 2p.m.

Keep an Eye out for Ross William Perry, he’s been playin’ around the area a bit recently.

There is a lot of good live blues goin’ on around west-central Wisconsin, these are just a few suggestions.

If you are thinking about getting someone some music for the holidays, here are this year’s Blues Blast Award winners.  You won’t go wrong with these artists!

2011 Blues Blast Music Award Winners

This years winners were announced at the awards ceremonies at Buddy Guy's Legends Thursday night in Chicago. Winners were chose by more than 6500 Blues Blast Magazine readers voting online. Congratulations to the winners and all the nominees

Contemporary Blues CD  Buddy Guy - Living Proof
Traditional Blues CD Pinetop Perkins & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith - Joined At The Hip
New Artist Debut Release   Chris O'Leary Band - Mr. Used to Be
Female Blues Artist  Robin Rogers
Male Blues Artist  Buddy Guy
Blues Band Of The Year  Trampled Under Foot
Sean Costello Rising Star Award  Trampled Under Foot

To find out more, go to

Here are some more suggestions brought to us by the Reverend Keith Gordon as the top 10 Blues Albums of the Year. #1 is Buddy Guy’s Living Proof which was selected by Blues Blast also as the #1 album.

2. Charlie Musselwhite – 'The Well' (Alligator Records)
3. Eric Bibb – 'Booker's Guitar' (Telarc Records)
4. Janiva Magness – 'The Devil Is An Angel Too' (Alligator Records)
5. Jimmie Vaughan – 'Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites' (Shout! Factory Records)
6. John Nemeth – 'Name The Day!' (Blind Pig Records)
7. Junior Wells & the Aces – 'Live In 1966' (Delmark Records)
8. Luther Allison – 'Songs From The Road' (Ruf Records)
9. Otis Taylor – 'Clovis People, Vol. 3' (Telarc Records)
10. Sugar Blue – 'Threshold' (Beeble Records)

Now this is just one man’s list, if any of you have suggestions, please send them to us at:

Blues Notes
c/o Chippewa Valley Blues Society
PO Box 803
Eau Claire, WI 54702

The next Chippewa Valley Blues Society meeting will be also be our Holiday Party at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 13 at Shari’s Chippewa Club in Durand. You all are invited, but please bring a dish to pass. There will be a brief business meeting and then party time! Hope you can make it.

Here’s wishing everyone a happy, safe and joyful holiday Season!

Thanks for lending me an ear! See ya around!