Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Week As A Tortured Soul Day 5 - Indianola, MS

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Into the van at about 9:30 and off for the almost 3 hour drive down to Indianola...arriving at The BB King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center

A wonderful venue located down a road off the main drag.  We arrived and were greeted by the staff with smiles.  Ms Verna Ransom was our main contact and she was called to come meet us and show us where the event would take place.

When the children, who are part of their summer camp, went outside for some playtime, the band set up their equipment.

Then, one group at a time, the children entered.  First the 8-year olds, then group two with the pre-teens and then the teens and finally, the 18 year olds.

Tas Cru, Sonny Rock, Dick Earl and Joe Goehle then spent the next hour playing some blues for the kids, with Tas giving them information about each song and reminding them that this music, America's music began in their backyards.

The kids clapped and danced and smiled and had a great time and then each group came up to have their pictures taken with the band with the prizes being who got to hold Tas' guitar and his cigar-box guitar.

During the event, the local TV station, WABG sent a camera person/producer.  He filmed some of the event and then he asked me some questions which he filmed.

He could not wait for the event to end, as they are a small station....well the story aired during the top 10 minutes of the 5:00pm News!  Very cool indeed! (even getting an on-air credit for Music On The Couch!)














Even the teachers & assistants wanted their photo-op!






Then after a little rest time at the motel, we headed to The Blue Biscuit (located right across the street from The Museum).  Run by Trish Berry, it is a very cool juke joint with excellent food, and a wonderful atmosphere.  Our bartender for the evening was Sarah and she was most excellent with a great smile!

The crowd was smallish - the Biscuit is not normally open on a Monday evening - but the folks were so happy with the performance of the band, Trish asked me to please bring them back for a weekend performance...we will Trish...we will!










Onward to Clarksdale and The Bluesberry Cafe!

Monday, July 21, 2014

My Week As A Tortured Soul Day 4 - The Day Before The Journey Begins

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So, Sunday.. time to pack and get prepared for the trip..last minute emails for my booking services...finding out a legendary blues club has closed its doors...sad day indeed...

And then some dinner with Tas Cru & His Tortured Souls...

A little Mexican food.  Remember, it is Sunday and many places do not open here in Mississippi on a Sunday


Here is the schedule for the week coming up - come see us if you are in the area...

Monday - Indianola, MS -



Tuesday - Clarksdale, MS

  • BLUESBERRY CAFE 7:30 - come have some great eats and hear Tas Cru & His Tortured Souls play!
Wednesday - Travel to Houston, TX

Thursday - Houston, TX

Friday - Midland / Big Springs, TX - TALL CITY BLUES FEST

  • Day - Music On The Couch LIVE 2pm - 5pm Central Show Link http://goo.gl/cYSUIf
  • Night - Settles Hotel in Big Springs, Tas Cru & His Tortured Souls perform Doors 7pm - Start 7:30 pm

Saturday - Midland TX - TALL CITY BLUES FEST


  • Day - Music On The Couch LIVE 11am - 2pm Central Show link 
    http://goo.gl/DPJj2R
  • Tas Cru & His Tortured Souls perform
  • Night - TALL CITY BLUES FEST Midnight Troubadours

Sunday - Midland TX - TALL CITY BLUES FEST
Day - Gospel Brunch hosted by Cat Coleman
Then driving home

Tuesday - Cleveland, OH
Tas Cru & His Tortured Souls LIVE at WILBERTS


Some pictures from our dinner...





Miguel Making the Guacamole Tableside





 Dick checking out the sweet ride


Wish my baby was going with us...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

My Week As A Tortured Soul Day 3 - Oxford Blues Festival Day 3

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WOW!!

Three letters for three days of sensational music...incredible people and tons of smiles.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

My Week As A Tortured Soul Day 2 - Oxford Blues Fest Day 2

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SO, the rain forced Day 2 of the Oxford Blues Fest inside and the cool owners of The Corner Bar (Hudson & His Partner...forgot his dang name!) were cool enough to let the Fest use their bar.

Deal was, the music had to stop by 9:30pm, because they had an EDM (electronic dance music) DJ coming in for the younger crowd...but things don't always end up as planned...now do they???

Friday, July 18, 2014

My Week As A Tortured Soul Day 1 - Oxford Blues Festival Day 1

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Day one of this adventure was opening night of the OXFORD BLUES FESTIVAL

Mother Nature spit on us on and off throughout the evening, but nothing horrible.

Opening night was THE JEFF JENSEN BAND, Bill Ruffino on bass, Robinson H. Bridgeford on drums and Jeff Jensen on guitar and vocals.

Monday, July 14, 2014

07/14/14 COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Michael Packer "I Am The Blues Vol. 2"


Michael came back to talk about the second volume of his I Am The Blues album.

We also talked about the other parts of his live both musical and personal.

07/14/14 WORLD PREMIER - Peter Novelli "St Amant Sessions"


Peter Novelli returned with pre-mastered music from his upcoming album The St Amant Sessions.

 We talked about the album, and Peter's current tour and what he looks forward to in 2014.

07/14/14 Carolyn Fe Sat on The Couch


Carolyn Fe was born in Quezon City, Philippines.

Her band is called Carolyn Fe Blues Collective and they have been recognized with nominations for their work over the years and were the winners of the 2012 Quebec's Lys Blues Best Blues and Associated Styles Album for Original Sin.

Their latest album is entitled Taboo.

Carolyn joined me to discuss her many talents besides vocals, the formation of the Blues Collective and where she hopes this road is taking her.

07/14/14 Bob Eike Sat On The Couch


Bob Eike grew up in Texas and is a self-taught guitar player.

Throughout his youth, he had a passion for the Blues and Americana music.

Bob just released happy little songs about futility and despair and he joined me to talk about his career, why he stopped playing for years, what got him back to playing and much more.

Of course we checked out songs from the album.

07/14/14 Mick Kolassa Talks About The Oxford Blues Festival

An update on the Oxford Blues Festival which takes place on July 17, 18 and 19...

Monday, July 7, 2014

07/07/14 COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Too Slim & the Taildraggers "Anthology"


Tim Langford, Too Slim, originally sat on The Couch back in August of 2013 and tonight he came by to back to talk about the new release, Anthology, a collection of 34 songs that spans the 28 years of the band.

3 of the songs are brand new releases; 2 were written with Tom Hambridge and one written with Tom and Jim Suhler.

We talked about the last year for the band and where they are heading in the coming months while we listened to tracks from this 2 disc collection.

07/07/14 The Cazanovas Sat On The Couch


The Cazanovas come from Atlanta, Georgia and bring their own incomparable "Kick Ass Blues" for each and every show, melding timeless blues style that every audience relates to with a fresh energy that keeps them hungry for more.

The band is Maurice (Reece) Nazzaro on Harp & Vocals, Danny Vinson on Guitar, Theron Peterson on Drums and Jacob Holliday on bass.

0707/14 Blues 411 Report With Chefjimi Patricola


Chefjimi Patricola came by with his July Blues411 Report and, as always, the subjects were varied including The PA Blues Festival, and his Baker's Dozen for this week.

07/07/14 Oxford Blues Fest Preview


The Oxford Blues Fest takes place on July 17, 18 and 19.

Darryl Parker came by to talk about how the festival came to be and the acts that will grace their stage for the 5th Annual addition of the "Only Festival Held In The Shade" on the grounds of Old Miss

07/07/14 Steve Hill Sat On The Couch


In 2012 Steve Hill released Solo Recordings – Volume 1, which won Best Self-Produced CD at the IBC, 5 trophies at the 11th annual Lys Blues gala – including Blues Album of the Year – and a Juno nomination for Blues Album of the Year.

He just released Solo Recordings - Volume 2 and joined me to talk about his life and career and the many twists his music has taken along the way.

We played some of the tunes on Volume 2 during our chat.