Albert King, (real name Albert Nelson), was a blues guitarist and singer whose playing influenced many others. He was born on a cotton plantation in Indianola, Mississippi. He is perhaps best known for the popular and influential album Born Under a Bad Sign (1967) and its title track.
He, B.B. King, and Freddie King, all unrelated, were known as the "Kings of the Blues".
Albert was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1983. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2011, he was ranked number 13 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
He died of a heart attack on December 21, 1992, in his Memphis home. His final concert had been in Los Angeles two days earlier. He was 69.
During his career he released 15 studio albums, 15 Live albums, has been included on more than 20 compilations & 47 singles.
This song comes from his 7th studio album, It was called Truckload Of Lovin & it was released in 1976. The song was released as a single & even though it didn’t make it to the Hot 100 it did chart at #40 on the R&B charts.
The song was written by Mack Rice who also wrote Mustang Sally & Respect Yourself among others.
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band is a rock band from Rhode Island which began its career in 1972.
Originally known as simply Beaver Brown, they got their name from a paint can. The classic lineup of the group (consisting of John Cafferty on vocals and guitar, Gary Gramolini on lead guitar, Pat Lupo on bass, Kenny Jo Silva on drums, Bobby Cotoia on keyboards, and Michael "Tunes" Antunes on saxophone).
They finally achieved international success when producer Kenny Vance, a longtime fan, offered them the score to a movie soundtrack he was helming based on a best-selling novel about a legendary bar band, Eddie and the Cruisers. Their music has also appeared on the soundtracks of several major motion pictures including There's Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber To.
Even though they are still active & touring, they have released just 4 albums with the most recent one happening in 1989.This song comes from their 2nd album. It was called Tough All Over & was released in 1985. The song was the second single from the album, it peaked at #18 on the Hot 100, & #9 on the US Mainstream Rock chart.
"C-I-T-Y" by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band
Jerry Reed, (his last name was Hubbard but he didn’t use it) was a singer, guitarist, composer, and songwriter, from Atlanta.
He was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum & he was an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame on April 5, 2017, and was officially inducted by Bobby Bare on October 24.
His association with Elvis ran pretty deep & resulted in this song:
In July 1967, Jerry had his best showing on the country chart (No. 53) with his self-penned "Guitar Man", which Elvis Presley soon covered. Reed's next single was "Tupelo Mississippi Flash", a comic tribute to Presley. Recorded on September 1, the song became his first Top 20 hit, going to No. 15 on the chart. Coincidentally, Elvis came to Nashville to record nine days later on September 10, 1967, and one of the songs he became especially excited about was "Guitar Man".
Jerry recalled how he was tracked down to play on the Presley session: "I was out on the Cumberland River fishing, and I got a call from Felton Jarvis (then Presley's producer at RCA Victor) He said, 'Elvis is down here. We've been trying to cut "Guitar Man" all day long. He wants it to sound like it sounded on your album.' I finally told him, 'Well, if you want it to sound like that, you're going have to get me in there to play guitar, because these guys [you're using in the studio] are straight pickers. I pick with my fingers and tune that guitar up all weird kind of ways.'"
Jerry died in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 1, 2008, of complications from emphysema at the age of 71.
This song comes from his Nashville Underground album. It was his 2nd & it was released in 1968.. The album got to #31.
Sir George Ivan Morrison OBE known professionally as Van Morrison, is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The Hall of Fame inductions began in 1993 with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was the first living inductee not to attend his own ceremony,– Robbie Robertson from the Band accepted the award on his behalf. When he became the initial musician inducted into the Irish Music Hall of Fame, Bob Geldof presented him with the award. His third induction was into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Three of his songs appear in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll: "Brown Eyed Girl", "Madame George" and "Moondance.
He has won two Grammy Awards. "Have I Told You Lately" for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 1995 & Don’t Look Back won the same award in 1997.
During his career he has released 42 studio albums, 7 Live albums & 9 compilation albums along with 80 singles. This was the title song to his 5th studio album it was released in October 1971. The album charted at number 27 on the Billboard charts.
Things we didn’t pay much attention back then, but are sure interesting looking back. Musicians that played on this album included Ronnie Montrose on guitar, John McFee on pedal steel guitar (he has been a long time member of The Doobie Brothers), & Ted Templeman on organ (he was previously a member of Harper’s Bizarre & would soon become a greatly in demand producer especially for The Doobie Brothers, he also co produced this album along with Van).
James Columbus "Jay" McShann was a jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and bandleader born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He led bands in Kansas City, Missouri, that included Charlie Parker, Bernard Anderson, Walter Brown, and Ben Webster.
He is a much awarded individual:
He was made a Member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, in 1998, a Member, Blues Hall of Fame, a Member, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 1989, he got a Pioneer Award, from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation & an American Jazz Masters Grant from National Endowment for the Arts, 1986.
Interestingly enough, the guy released albums called Goin To Kansas City Blues, Going To Kansas City, Kansas City Memories, Kansas City Joys, Kansas City On My Mind, Kansas City Hustle, & Blowin In From K.C., but this song comes from an album called The Last Of The Blue Devils , it came out in 1978.
Jay died on December 7, 2006, in Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 90.
There are tons of versions of this old Leiber & Stoller song, but I don’t believe I have ever heard one quite like this.
Charlie Parker, nicknamed "Bird" or "Yardbird", was an American jazz saxophonist, band leader and composer born in Kansas City.He was a highly influential soloist and leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique, and advanced harmonies.
His life was affected by mental health problems and an addiction to heroin. His addiction to opiates began at the age of 16, when he was injured in a car crash and a doctor prescribed morphine for the pain. In the jazz scene heroin use was prevalent, and the substance could be acquired with little difficulty.
Charlie died on March 12, 1955, in the suite of his friend and patron Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter at the Stanhope Hotel in New York City, while watching The Dorsey Brothers' Stage Show on television, he was just 34.
The official causes of death were lobar pneumonia and a bleeding ulcer, but he also had an advanced case of cirrhosis and had suffered a heart attack. The coroner who performed his autopsy mistakenly estimated him to be between 50 and 60 years of age.
Charlie was inducted into the Big Band & Jazz Hall Of Fame in 1979, he was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984 & was inducted into the Nehsui Ertegun Jazz Hall Of Fame in 2004.
He has 2 songs, (Billie’s Bounce & Ornithology) & 2 albums (Jazz At Massey Hall & Charlie Parker With Strings) that are installed in the Grammy Hall Of Fame.
Here are the folks that are playing on this song:
Alto Saxophone: Charlie Parker, Trumpet: Miles Davis, Piano: Walter Bishop, Jr., Double Bass: Teddy Kotick & Drums: Max Roach0
Cowboy Junkies are an alternative country and folk rock band formed in Toronto in 1985. Their sound, and their mix of blues, country, folk, rock and jazz earned them both critical attention and a strong fan base.
During their career they have released 16 studio albums and 5 live albums with the most recent one coming in 2022. They are still an ongoing enterprise with tour dates booked into 2023.
This song comes from a compilation album called Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons. It is a 1999 tribute album to pioneering country rock musician Gram Parsons, co-produced by his one-time singing partner, Emmylou Harris and featuring cover versions of songs written/co-written by or popularized by Parsons.
The album also includes his songs covered by The Pretenders, Elvis Costello, Wilco, Gillian Welch & duets from Beck & Emmylou Harris, Chris Hillman & Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams & David Crosby & Emmylou & Sheryl Crow amongst others.
There is relatively little information on these guys, here is the only blurb I have been able to find & I believe this is from an album other than the one the song I am linking to is from.
An alternative country trio from Massachusetts, the Lonesome Brothers feature an unadorned, stripped-down sound on this, their debut effort. Guitarist/singer Jim Armenti and bassist Ray Mason contribute the 13 originals collected here, and the songwriting is really the thing, as "Eyes Wide Open," "Strictly Pavement," "Three Sisters," "You Don't Have My Number" and "I Cry for You" show a fine ear for songcraft; one can hear a tune like "I Need a Second Chance" easily being covered by a modern-day hat-hunk country star. A promising debut effort.
It appears as though this song is from an album called Mono, released in 2006. They are still active & still touring. Sounds to me like they would be a fun group to see live.
For folks like me that really have no great artistic talents, it is irritating to run across people that do a little bit of everything & seemingly do it all well. That seems to be the case with this man.
Paul Pedersen Jr. is a singer/songwriter, a native of South Jersey and grandfather of ten. He is a screenwriter, author, glass jewelry artisan and can often be spotted on TV or the internet sharing his music, stories and his heritage immersed in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
He is an accomplished journalist, photographer, and musician and a multiple Grammy-nominated songwriter and recording artist. Seven of his songs, all sung by his wife, Cookie, appeared on the soundtrack of the 2012 movie "Breathless" with Val Kilmer and Ray Liotta. He has developed many of his short stories into screenplays.
Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, Paul fell in love with the Pine Barrens on his first camping trip with the Boy Scouts. He recalls another memorable camping trip, this one in 1966, when his Scout troop was terrorized by “a long blood-curdling scream the likes of which I’d never heard before and have yet to hear again.” The author believes the campsite had been visited by the legendary Jersey Devil, a view he says was shared by the scoutmaster as well as his fellow scouts. He credits the incident, along with his father’s scary bedtime stories, for inspiring the dark, mysterious, and often creepy themes that dominate his own inventive brand of storytelling.
If this guy isn’t the long lost twin of Waylon Jennings I don’t know who is.
In the Pine Barrens Night by Paul Evans Pedersen, Jr.
The Doughboys are a blues - rock oriented band from Plainfield, New Jersey, that began back in the early sixties. They were active in the mid-1960s, and re-formed in 2000. They have been active ever since, and have cut three albums of newly recorded material since their reunion.
When the band separated the first time, group members had some pretty interesting career opportunities:
Myke Scavone fronted Ram Jam who scored an international hit with Black Betty; Richie Heyman played drums for the likes of Link Wray, Brian Wilson and Jonathan Richman while simultaneously pursuing an acclaimed career as a singer/songwriter (under his full moniker Richard X. Heyman); Mike Caruso landed session work with such notable pop producers as Bo Gentry and Kenny Laguna, and even jammed with Jimi Hendrix!
During their on & off & back on career they have released 4 albums. This song comes from their 2nd album in their back on again phase. The album was called Act Your Rage & it was released in 2009.
There are many cities that have been nicknamed Queen City but in this case, I suspect the song is in reference to their hometown of Plainfield New Jersey.
Harpers Bizarre was a pop band in the 1960s, they were formed out of the Tikis, a band from Santa Cruz, California.
Group member Ted Templeman went on to become a prominent music producer for several established artists, including Van Morrison, Bette Midler, and Carly Simon, and help launch the careers of a number of new artists, like The Doobie Brothers, Nicolette Larson, Montrose, and Van Halen.
The band had one of the most bizarre things happen & lived to tell about it:
On October 31, 1969, while returning to San Francisco after playing a concert in Pasadena, California, the group's TWA flight was hijacked. All the passengers were safely released in Denver, Colorado. However, the plane and its crew continued on to Rome, Italy, where the hijacker was apprehended. This incident covered 6,900 miles, the longest distance ever covered in an airplane hijacking incident. Group member Dick Scoppettone later described the hijack as "the best publicity we ever had, by a mile"
This was their biggest hit single & they had some help from some pretty big names. Paul Simon wrote it, Leon Russell arranged it & Lenny Waronker was the producer. The single got to #13 on the Hot 100 Charts in March 1967. It was their only top 20 hit.
Simon & Garfunkel also recorded the song & released it on 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. The 59th Street Bridge is also known as Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.
59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) by Harpers Bizarre
The Wallflowers is a rock solo project of American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jakob Dylan (the son of Bob). The Wallflowers were originally a roots rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1989 by Dylan and guitarist Tobi Miller. The band has gone through a number of personnel changes but has remained centered on Dylan & he is the only one that has been around for the entire history of the group. He now uses differing lineups of musicians on tour & in the studio.
This song comes from the Bringing Down the Horse album. It is the 2nd album from the band. It was released in 1996. The album was produced by T-Bone Burnett and includes four singles: "6th Avenue Heartache", "One Headlight", "The Difference", and "Three Marlenas".
The album reached number four on the Billboard 200 and went quadruple platinum, becoming their highest-selling album to date. Three songs from the album were nominated for Grammy Awards; in 1997 they got two nominations, both for "6th Avenue Heartache". In 1998 the band got three additional nominations; two for "One Headlight" and one for "The Difference". "One Headlight" won in both categories it was nominated in.
Jakob Dylan wrote the song when he was 18 years old and considers it the first real song he had written. It was meant to go on their self-titled first album, but the record company would not allow it. The lyrics are based on Dylan's own experiences while living in New York City, in particular the story of a homeless man who would sit outside Dylan's window and play the same songs every day. One day, the man was gone, but his things were still there, until gradually people started taking them.
Mike Campbell from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers played the slide guitar on the song, though he recorded the track in his own studio and never even met the band members. This was their 1st top 40 hit single. It got to #33 in October 1996.
Vince Gill & Jerry Douglas are two exceptional guitar players as can be seen from this video of their performance at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2004.
Vince has recorded more than 20 studio albums, charted over 40 singles on the U.S. Billboard charts as Hot Country Songs, and has sold more than 26 million albums. He has been honored by the Country Music Association with 18 CMA Awards, including two Entertainer of the Year awards and five Male Vocalist Awards. As of 2022, he has also earned 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other male country music artist.
In 2007 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. On February 4, 2016, he was inducted into the Guitar Center Rock Walk by Joe Walsh of the Eagles. In 2017, Vince Gill and Deacon Frey were hired by the Eagles in place of the late Glenn Frey.
Jerry Douglas has recorded 14 solo albums & has played on more than 1,600 albums. As a sideman, he has recorded with artists as diverse as Garth Brooks, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Phish, Dolly Parton, Susan Ashton, Paul Simon, Mumford & Sons, Keb' Mo', Ricky Skaggs, Elvis Costello, Tommy Emmanuel, James Taylor and Johnny Mathis, as well as performing on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack and the follow up "Down From the Mountain" tour with Alison Krauss and Union Station. He has collaborated with various groups including The Whites, J.D. Crowe and the New South, The Country Gentlemen, Strength in Numbers, and Elvis Costello's "Sugar Canes.
He has also been a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station since 1998. He has been nominated for thirty-two Grammy Awards, winning fourteen.
He has received the Country Music Association's 'Musician of the Year' award three times, in 2002, 2005 and 2007.
Vince hit #9 with his version of this song in 1985 from his album The Things That Matter. He co wrote e song with Rodney Crowell & Guy Clark.
Just watch em go. Pickin don't get much better than this!
Hoyt Axton was a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor from Duncan Oklahoma.
His mother, Mae Boren Axton, co-wrote the song "Heartbreak Hotel", which became a major hit for Elvis Presley. For better or for worse she also introduced a 19-year-old Elvis to Colonel Tom Parker after a performance in Jacksonville, FL.
Hoyt was a very successful songwriter as well. He wrote "Joy to the World", and "Never Been to Spain for Three Dog Night, "The Pusher", & “Snowblind Friend” for Steppenwolf, "No No Song" for Ringo Starr, & "Greenback Dollar" for The Kingston Trio, among many others.
He struggled with cocaine addiction, and several of his songs, including "The Pusher", "Snowblind Friend", and "No No Song", partly reflect his negative drug experiences. He was a proponent of medical marijuana use for many years, until he and his wife Donna were arrested in February 1997 at their Montana home for possession of approximately 500 g (1.1 lb) of marijuana. His wife later explained that she offered Hoyt marijuana to relieve his pain and stress following his 1995 stroke. They were fined, and given deferred sentences. He never fully recovered from his stroke, and he used a wheelchair much of the time afterwards.
Hoyt died at age 61 at his home in Victor, Montana, on October 26, 1999, after suffering two heart attacks in two weeks.
This song comes from his 1972 album called Less Than The Song.
Halfway to Hazard is a country music duo composed of singer-songwriters David Tolliver and Chad Warrix. Though Tolliver and Warrix grew up in different towns in southeastern Kentucky, their band's origins are in Hazard, Kentucky, which was halfway between their hometowns.
In May 2008, they were nominated by the Academy of Country Music for the Duo of the Year award, they lost out to Sugarland.
During their career they released 3 albums with the most recent one coming in 2017, but there was an 8 year gap between 2 & 3.
This was the title song to their 1st album. It came out in 2007 & I’d have to say upon hearing the lyrics,for obvious reasons it was not released as a single. The album got to #14 on the Country chart & 87 on the Billboard albums chart.
Boy howdy, we got some folks that are pissed off at Nashville today.
Jello Biafra, is a singer and spoken word artist from Boulder, Colorado, now living in San Francisco. He is the former lead singer and songwriter for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys. His real name is Eric Reed Boucher.
In October 1998, three former members of the Dead Kennedys sued Biafra for nonpayment of royalties. The other members of Dead Kennedys alleged that Biafra, in his capacity as the head of Alternative Tentacles records, discovered an accounting error amounting to some $75,000 in unpaid royalties over almost a decade. Rather than informing his bandmates of this mistake, the suit alleged, Biafra knowingly concealed the information until a whistleblower employee at the record label notified the band. In the end he had to pay $200,000 back to the band.
Some people just go out of their way to do the most unusual things. He married Theresa Soder, a.k.a. Ninotchka, lead singer of San Francisco-area punk band the Situations, on October 31, 1981 The wedding was conducted by Flipper vocalist/bassist Bruce Loose, who became a Universal Life Church minister just to conduct the ceremony, which took place in a graveyard.
Oh, & he ran for President as a member of the New York State Green Party in 2000.
During his career he has released multiple albums with many different groups & has even released 9 different spoken word albums.
This song comes from a collaboration album with Mojo Nixon, that is Mojo on banjo. The album was called Prairie Home Invasion & it came out in 2008.
Leticia ("Tish") Hinojosa is a folksinger from San Antonio. She records in both Spanish and English. She is the youngest of 13 children born to two Mexican immigrants. Influenced by traditional Mexican, folk, Tejano, conjunto, and country music, Tish considers her music to be music of the US/Mexico border.
Even though she had never written music before, she won the New Folk Songwriters contest in 1979 and launched her career as a writer.
She has played at the White House for President and Mrs. Bill Clinton and at The Texas Governor’s mansion for then Governor George W. Bush.
She was inducted into the Texas Songwriters Association Music Legends Hall of Fame in 2018. She was awarded membership to The Texas Institute of Letters in 2019, as only the second songwriter ever to be given the honor of membership.
During her career she has released 14 studio albums. This song comes from her 5th album it was called Culture Swing & it came out in 1992. The album won the National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD) Indie Folk Album of the Year.
Son Volt is a rock band formed in 1994 by Jay Farrar after the breakup of Uncle Tupelo. The band's current line-up consists of Farrar (vocals, guitar), Andrew DuPlantis (bass guitar), John Horton (guitar), Mark Patterson (drums), and Mark Spencer (keyboard, steel guitar).
In addition to playing alternative rock, the band is considered a staple of the alternative country rock movement of the 1990s. The band's sound also is rooted in folk rock and Americana.
The group recorded in the Minneapolis area in late 1994 and performed its first concert at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis in 1995. While half of the band was from Minneapolis area, Farrar and others lived in St. Louis, and the band used both cities as bases for its operations during the first couple of years.
Over the years members have come & gone, the band has broken up & reformed & nothing has ever been static. They had members departing as recently as 2021, but those that remain continue to tour & record.
As they say on this performance, this is a cover of a song 1st recorded back in 1970 by Charley Pride. The song was Charley’s third number one in a row on the country charts. Other versions have been recorded by Nancy Sinatra, George Strait, The Texas Tornadoes & Doug Sahm after he left the Sir Douglas Quintet.
Lonely Avenue is Jon Ranger, Ryan Fergon, Derek Chaney and Ryan Culberson. Hailing from all over the country, these guys currently reside in Bakersfield, California and play anywhere they are welcomed. While the music is ever-evolving, the spirits of the region's rich musical history are always there. If you listen hard enough, you can hear Merle and Buck mingling with more contemporary influences like Wilco, Ryan Adams, and Jeff Buckley, all filtered through the band's own voice and experiences.
That info above comes from the website of their booking agency. It is all I can find. In all honesty I wouldn’t be surprised if the band continues under a different name & the connection isn’t being made. There is another band with the exact same name from Sacramento. They are a high energy punk band. These guys are certainly not those guys, but 2 bands with the same name, releasing music at the same time, usually doesn‘t fly.
I have mentioned before about the corruption that takes place in the music industry, this guys’ life seems to be a prime example.
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup was a Delta blues singer, songwriter and guitarist from Forrest Mississippi.
He 1st visited Chicago in 1939 where he stayed to work as a solo musician but barely made a living as a street singer. The record producer Lester Melrose allegedly found him while Crudup was living in a packing crate, introduced him to Hudson Whittaker, better known as Tampa Red, and signed him to a recording contract with RCA Victor's Bluebird label.
Arthur stopped recording in the 1950s because of disputes over royalties. He said, "I realized I was making everybody rich, and here I was poor". After a dispute over royalties, he returned to Mississippi and took up bootlegging. He later moved to Virginia, where he lived with his family, including three sons and several of his siblings, and worked as a field laborer. He occasionally sang in and supplied moonshine to drinking establishments, including one called the Do Drop Inn, in Franktown, Northampton County.
In 1968, the blues promoter Dick Waterman began fighting for Crudup's royalties and reached an agreement in which Crudup would be paid $60,000. However, Hill and Range Songs, from which he was supposed to get the royalties, refused to sign the legal papers at the last minute, because the company thought it could not lose more money in legal action.
Four years before his death, Crudup said, "I was born poor, I live poor, and I am going to die poor.
Arthur has been honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, placed at Forest. Elvis Presley acknowledged Crudup's importance to rock and roll when he said, "If I had any ambition, it was to be as good as Arthur Crudup".
One of the experts who consider Crudup's "That's Alright" to be the "first rock and roll song" is Southeastern Louisiana University rock historian Joseph Burns. He adds that "this song could contain the first ever guitar solo break". Another source is equally definitive, stating that the recording "stands as a convincing front-runner for rock ‘n’ roll’s ground zero".
The Blues Hall of Fame stated that Crudup "became known as 'The Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll' after Elvis Presley recorded three of his songs" but adds that "Crudup was a classic victim of music industry exploitation, and despite the commercial success of his music, was never able to even support his family from his music"
Arthur died in 1974, four years after the failed royalty settlement, he was 68.
It’s almost impossible to determine when this was actually recorded, but it came out on a compilation record in 2016 called The Definitive Collection 1941-62, Vol. 2 so that kind of narrows the date a bit.
Well, this took an unexpected turn. This is not so much a biography of a band as it is a reminiscence of a couple of blues bars & the guys that gave them life.
Bubba and his son Mac opened the famous Bubba Mac Shack in Somers Point NJ in early 2000. They envisioned a club of their own to bring together many of the great blues acts; including Bubba's own Bubba Mac Blues Band. A passionate musician, Bubba has traveled to many of the hallowed blues halls around the world. This influence was palpable in the flavor of the Shack's food, entertainment lineup and décor. Bubba and Mac's goal was to create a restaurant that was New Orleans meets South Jersey, upscale but down-home. The Shack built for musicians held five bars and three stages. Hundreds of nationally recorded blues acts including James Cotton, Levon Helm and the Barnburners, Bob Margolin's Rolling Fork Review, and the Radiators amongst others, rocked the Shack day and night. A TV show was created called "Live at the Bubba Mac Shack" to showcase the shack's unique blend of auditory and culinary delights. The show featured clips of great acts performing live, as well as cooking segments.
Without missing a beat, Bubba and Mac opened the second Bubba Mac Shack located between ninth and 10th St on the Ocean City Boardwalk. The popularity of the Bubba Mac Shack was reflected in the returning customers showcasing their favorite Bubba Mac tee shirt. The second restaurant resembled the old Somers Point location with the red-and-white striped awnings, Blues Brothers statues, stuffed alligators and, of course, local artist Nancy Palermo's famous murals spicing up the Shack's exterior.
Bubba and Mac's passion for the blues, and live music in general, was the motivation for creating the restaurant and continues to be a driving force behind everything they do. Bubba and Mac created and presented the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Blues and Music Festival in Atlantic City, NJ. Paul Benjamin of the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, ME came on board to help make the festival a success. As you can see from the lineup, the festival had the best of the best. We want to thank all the musicians, fans, and volunteers for coming out and enjoying our first blues and music festival. It was a great weekend.
Both restaurants are now closed but the memories will always live on.
Kate Voegele is a singer-songwriter and actress born in the Cleveland suburb of Bay Village, Ohio. She made her musical debut in 2002 at the age of 16 when she recorded and released her debut extended play, The Other Side.
As an actress she played the role of Mia Catalano in 37 episodes of One Tree Hill.
During her career she has released 4 albums with the most recent one happening in 2016.
This was the 1st song on her 1st album. The album was called Don't Look Away & it came out in 2007. To promote the album she opened for American Idols Jordin Sparks on her Battlefield Tour.
The album hit the top 10 on 3 of Billboards charts, #5 on the US Heatseekers, #7 on the US Independents Albums & #6 on the US Rock Albums. It also came in at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 albums charts.
Steve Goodman was a folk and country singer-songwriter from Chicago.
Sometimes the breaks come from unexpected sources. In 1971, Steve was playing at a Chicago bar called the Quiet Knight as the opening act for Kris Kristofferson. Impressed with Goodman, Kristofferson introduced him to Paul Anka, who brought Goodman to New York to record some demos. These resulted in Goodman signing a contract with Buddah Records.
He wrote the song "City of New Orleans," which was recorded by Arlo Guthrie and many others including John Denver, The Highwaymen, Willie Nelson and Judy Collins. Steve won 2 Grammy Awards & they were both given posthumously. In 1985 he won for Best Country Song for Willie Nelson’s version of City Of New Orleans. He won his second Grammy, for Best Contemporary Folk Album, in 1988 for Unfinished Business
Steve died of leukemia in September 1984, he was just 36. Even in illness he kept his sense of humor. Prior to death he had anointed himself with the tongue-in-cheek nickname "Cool Hand Leuk"
This song comes from his 3rd album. It was called Somebody Else's Troubles & it came out in 1972.
Wayne Toups is one of the most commercially successful Cajun singers & songwriters he is from Crowley, Louisiana.
Wayne has been granted numerous awards and honors throughout his career:
In 2010, he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. In 2011, he entered both the Gulf Coast Hall of Fame and the Cajun French Music Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.
He has recorded more than a dozen albums and toured to more than 20 countries. His songs have been heard on such film soundtracks as Steel Magnolias and Dirty Rice. Wayne won the Grammy for Best Regional Roots Album in 2013 for his album The Band Courtbouillon.
This song comes from the More Than Just A Little album, released in 2002.
Widespread Panic is a rock band formed in Athens, Georgia in 1986. The current lineup includes guitarist/singer John Bell, bassist Dave Schools, drummer Duane Trucks, percussionist Domingo "Sunny" Ortiz, keyboardist John "JoJo" Hermann, and guitarist Jimmy Herring.
The band plays Southern rock, blues-rock, progressive rock, funk and hard rock. They have been compared to other jam bands such as the Grateful Dead and Phish. As of 2018, they hold the record for number of sold-out performances at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison, Colorado) at 60 and State Farm Arena (Atlanta) at 20.
The band's original guitarist and sometime songwriter, Michael Houser, died of pancreatic cancer in 2002, and the original drummer, Todd Nance, left in 2016 and died in 2020. Terry Lavitz who played keyboards for the group in 1991& 92; died 2010.
The band has released 12 studio albums, 8 live albums, 1 compilation album and 5 archive albums.
I don’t see where this song was ever included on a studio album. This version comes from their 4th live album. The album was called Night Of Joy, it was recorded during a show in 2003 at the House of Blues in South Carolina. It was released in 2004 and features the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Emma Burgess, is an American actress and singer-songwriter from Massachusetts now living in L.A. Her real name is Brandi Emma.
As an actress, she appeared in the films Nightstalker Under the Pieces & Little Savant. She has also provided soundtrack material for TV shows Die Detective, Chastity Blues, The Glades, & Blackish.
This song comes from her debut album called Swim, the title song of which Rolling Stone Magazine named Best Independent Song of 2007. Prior to that, her 2005 collaboration with The Stellar Project landed her on the No. 1 position for 8 straight weeks on the US. Billboard dance charts with the song Get Up Stand Up. The song reached No. 1 in France and Italy, and peaked at No. 14 on the UK Singles chart.
Arlo Guthrie is a retired folk singer-songwriter, born in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, now living in Florida.
He is known for singing songs of protest against social injustice, and storytelling while performing songs, following the tradition of his father Woody Guthrie.
Arlo's best-known work is his debut piece, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree", a satirical talking blues song about 18 minutes in length that has since become a Thanksgiving anthem. His only top-40 hit was a cover of Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans".
On November 26, 1965, while in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, during Thanksgiving break from his brief stint in college, 18-year-old Arlo and his friend, Richard Robbins, were arrested for illegally dumping on private property what he described as "a half-ton of garbage" from the home of his friends, teachers Ray and Alice Brock, after he discovered the local landfill was closed for the holiday. Guthrie and Robbins appeared in court, pled guilty to the charges, were levied a nominal fine and picked up the garbage that weekend.
This song comes from his 1976 album Amigo, it was his 7th studio album. The song was adopted by the Legislature in July 1981 as the official folk song of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Blondie is a rock band co-founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the American new wave scene of the mid-1970s in New York.
The group disbanded after the release of its 6th studio album, The Hunter, in 1982. Debbie continued to pursue a solo career with varied results after taking a few years off to care for partner Chris, who was diagnosed with pemphigus, a rare autoimmune disease of the skin.
They eventually re formed & released their 11th studio album, Pollinator, in 2017.
They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
Their song Heart of Glass has been inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame.
During their career they have released 11 studio albums, 4 live albums, 14 compilation albums, 3 remix albums, 3 EP's and 38 singles. The band has sold an estimated 40 million albums.
This song comes from their 2nd album, Plastic Letters, released in 1978. The album came in at #72 on the Billboard Top 200, but it got to #2 in The Netherlands.
During his career he has released 7 albums. He and his bandmates have released 3 albums as Sam Roberts and 4 albums as Sam Roberts Band. He is also a member of Canadian supergroup Anyway Gang, who released their debut self-titled album in 2019.
The Juno Awards is a Canadian awards ceremony presented annually by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Sam & his band has been nominated, for 15 Juno Awards, winning 6, including Artist of the Year twice (2004 and 2009) and Album of the Year once.
This song comes from his Love at the End of the World album. It was his 3rd album & was released in 2008 & won Juno Awards for Artist Of The Year & Rock Album Of The Year. The video also won for Video Of The Year.