Thursday, December 07, 2006

Little Pink Anderson Is Ill, Needs Help:

Alvin “Little Pink” Anderson has recovered from a stroke, but has now been diagnosed with diabetes, as well as other problems. He could use some help now; his meds alone are about $500 a month. He was born in 1954 in Spartanville, South Carolina, and began his career tap-dancing at the age of three as his father played for medicine shows. (The senior Pink Anderson [1900-74], and Floyd Council [1911-76], were legendary Piedmont Bluesmen whose names were swiped by Pink Floyd.)

You can buy copies of Little Pink's CDs Carolina Bluesman and Sittin Here Singin the Blues, as well as his father’s CDs Carolina Bluesman, Ballad and Folksinger, and Medicine Show Man, directly from him. The CDs are $15 each plus $3 per disc shipping in the U.S.A. or buy all five and pay no shipping. Cash donations would also be greatly appreciated, but Pink would rather sell his music and earn the cash. Place your order by mail (certified checks or money orders please) to Alvin Anderson, 807 Cottage Avenue #30, Vermillion SD 57069.

Curtis Salgado Doing Well But Still Needs Help

Curtis Salgado Doing Well But Still Needs Help:

Curtis Salgado, who was diagnosed with liver cancer in March and received a liver transplant on September 30, has spent the past two months at The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, and his recovery is going well. There were post-op issues, which have been resolved, and doctors say that his liver function is normal and that he should be home in Portland by the end of the year.

Fundraising continues to be important. Two substantial loans had to be secured for the transplant, plus future expenses including medications, follow-up medical care, and travel expenses. All merchandise available at will help with the expenses and donations to the Curtis Salgado Fund can be made at any U.S. Bank or can be mailed to U.S. Bankcorp, 2550 NW 188 Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97124.

**as peported in BluesWax Dec 7, 2006

Monday, December 04, 2006

Lever's Blues Chat Room

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Wordie Perkins Passes

It is with a heavy heart that I bring this announcement from Inside Sounds in Memphis, TN.
I am reprinting with permission the notice on the passing of Wordie Perkins. My thanks to Inside Sounds. I thank Kieth Soltys and Eddie Dattel for keeping me informed and allowing me to share the information.


Wordie Perkins, one of the great Memphis blues guitar players of all time, passed away November 24, 2006. Featured as Will Roy Sanders’ foil in the fabulous Fieldstones since 1974, Perkins and Sanders’ two guitar attack created legions of blues fans from every country in the world, who either saw the Fieldstones on their infrequent tours of Australia and South America or came to hear them play in Memphis’ wildest area juke joints like J&J’s Lounge, Green’s Lounge, and, most recently, the Blue Worm.

Perkins died due to heart failure after a year of various operations. While the operations and sickness slowed him down and made him weak, the potential for one final European tour kept Perkins’ ebullient spirit going through difficult times. Always a prankster with a quip, Perkins constantly had a smile on his face and tune ready in his guitar.

Growing up near Senatobia where he learned to play guitar as a youngster, Perkins moved to Memphis in 1950, joining the Thrillers in 1960. Soon thereafter, he began playing with Leroy Hodges, Sr’s. band, the Funky Four, from 1962 until 1974, when the Fieldstones formed out of the remnants of Hodges’ band (Hodges became the conduit that connected all future Fieldstone band members). Perkins sharp guitar style created some of the Fieldstones’ most memorable dance songs like “The Thing,” “The Squeeze,” and “Let’s Do It.” He also recently wrote the Memphis River Kings’ theme song, “River Kings Rock.” His total discography includes 2 full length cds and 2 45s with the Fieldstones as well as the cd single for the River Kings. Perkins amazing guitar playing, cool composure, and positive spirit is already missed by blues fans everywhere.

The family requests that any memorial donations be made to the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Memphis, TN 38114."

**I removed the funeral information as it took place Decmber 1, 2006.

Rest in Peace Wordie, you will be missed...

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Randy Dawson - D'Nile Blues

Here is the most recent release from Canadian artist Randy Dawson titled D’Nile Blues.

This release consists of ten tracks, nine of which are Randy Dawson originals. The cd fits into the blues rock category and is a good effort. The musicianship is great, the vocals clear, and songs well written.

Randy opens with Shiver, a song with a great beat and nice guitar work. Next is Randy’s Blues, a really nice bit of guitar throughout. This song is a nice showcase of his skills on guitar and some of his best vocals I thought. He follows with Singing 4U, the first slower temp tune. This was the song I enjoyed the most. Randy seems to really excel on ballad type songs in my opinion. I really enjoyed the minimalist approach used on the guitar solo as it held the continuity of the rest of the piece well. Randy shows he has nice vocal skills here as well. Benefit Blues is next a song with a great beat as he laments about not being treated well or respected. These Shoes is next and was my least favorite I am sorry to say. The lyrics are cute and the beat reminds me of an Irish folk song type. Irish Queen follows and is a beautiful ballad. He follows with Half A World Away. I really enjoyed the lyrics to this song. Next is the only cover tune on the cd and is a very good cover of Standing On Shaky Ground written by Bowen/Boyd and Hazel. Maniac Insomniac follows and is an interesting song lyrically. The music is very good as well. He closes the offering with the title track D’Nile Blues. A nice shuffle beat with nice guitar solos behind a combination of spoken story and a chorus which is sung. A very interesting combination.

Randy Dawson – Vocals & Guitar

Bob Bilton – Bass

Tom Bona – Drums

Art Wanders – Keyboards & Percussion

This recording has an interesting dedication. Interesting enough in it’s originality I decided to include it here.

“This record is dedicated to the deer with big antlers on the side of the road who decided not to kill us of himself on hwy. 10 while on our way home from our final recording session.

God bless all that is nature and God bless Canada

P.S. I could have sworn I saw that young buck grinning at me.”

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