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KCBS Annual Election Party Jan. 10

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January 28, 2017

This weekend, The Old No. 5s are resuming their Sunday night jam spot at the old Freddy T’s, now known as the Sports Shack and Brew Pub. It has been nearly two years since they hosted the jam there at 2111 E Crossroads Lane. “At first it was a relief not to have the constant demand on our schedule,” said 5s drummer Aaron Thomas, “but after a few weeks, I started missing our friends and the conversations we used to have.” Around January of 2015, Freddy T’s relocated to a new building near 143rd...

January 24, 2017

Releasing a CD of Blues covers is nothing new. Sometimes the results are rather dubious and occasionally the results are a success. “Blue & Lonesome” by the Rolling Stones is the latter. 

Their first new studio album in over a decade, “Blue & Lonesome” is a collection of songs that long time Blues purists would recognize, but most fugacious Blues fans may not be accustomed to. Basically, “The Thrill Is Gone” is not on here. The set harkens back to some of the Stones’ earliest recordings- think “...

January 23, 2017

Kansas City Blues Music lovers may assume they would have no interest in the 29th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference ("FAI") set to descend on Kansas City February 15th-19th. That assumption could deprive said music lover from experiencing a diverse sampling of genres and "lightning in a bottle" performances that INCLUDE Blues artists from all walks of life and points of view. FAI draws over 2,000 artists and industry professionals dedicated to folk and roots (including Blues) music....

January 20, 2017

This is a wonderful CD, and so also a sad one, as it is the last to be recorded by Mr. Toussaint. It had just been completed when Allen passed in November of 2015. The tunes are beautifully sparse and richly played. Allen wrote only two, the others are covers, well chosen to be sure. He covers “The ‘Fess” twice.  In a turn of events, that changes to four if you purchase the vinyl version. I don’t believe I would have known I was hearing Mardi Gras in New Orleans had I not had the CD case in fro...

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