Saturday, April 30, 2016

To Barrie with Larry (and other gigs & news)

I've been getting a little lazy with these Blainletters but I'm sure that some of you out there are fine with shorter and less frequent...

Of course there's some gigs to promote up front. Once I wrap this up I'll loading up for a gig in Barrie with Larry Kurtz. Details below along with info on other upcoming gigs.

Sat Apr 30
Bull and Barrel, 75 Cedar Pointe Drive
Barrie, ON, CA | 8:00pm

Sun May 8
The Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, ON, CA | 5:00pm
Celebrating Mother's Day with Max Layton and Robert Priest

Fri Jun 3 12:00pm
TD Bank
Orangeville, ON, CA |
Busking in the Bank w/Larry Kurtz

Fri Jun 3 8:00pm
Orangeville Blues and J…
Orangeville, ON, CA |
guesting on main stage with Larry and the Lawbreakers

Sat Jun 4 2:00pm
Aardvark Boutique Audio
Orangeville, ON, CA |
part of Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival

Sat Jun 4 2016 6:00p
Steakhouse 63
Orangeville, ON, CA

I had some plans for another Motherless Day Blues Concert but Max invited me to sit in at his monthly residency at the Tranzac and that seemed a lot easier to manage for this semi-retired, part-time, barely-managing...But next Mother's Day I'm going to make a special event and invite a lot of my favourite musicians to play with. I've been doing something special on Mothers' Day week-end for the last 12 years and if there's anybody reading this who doesn't know why it's throwback to the song that provided my "fifteen minutes" way back in the 70's. There are lots of stories surrounding the recording of that song, record company horror stories, illicit bi-coastal love affairs, drugs, loss, betrayal and even murder. I'll save that for the gig but if you want to hear "Don't Forget Your Mother" click here.

The rest of the gigs are part of Orangeville Blues & Jazz, the perfect little blues festival which never fails to introduce me to some great artists (and maybe my music gets introduced to some new folks, too!)

On The Radio

People are always telling me I have a good radio voice so I got work it a bit this month guesting on Catwoman's funda-raising show on CIUT then an hour-long spot on Steve Fruitman's show with Allan Fraser previewing the just-released double LP of Fraser & DeBolt on Roaratorio Records in the US. You can hear the archived show here:

My electronica alter-ego now has a website. There's not much there except for a few tracks of me jamming in the basement (some with Joel) but it's an HTML5 template so it was quite straightforward to put together,  a flashback to my days as an HTML code-warrior. I should have cleaned it up before announcing it like this but it was that or get this Blainletter out before I head to Barrie. Ignore the greek text. We're all friends here, eh?