It's been a year since I've sat down to bang on this ol' pc to talk with you but I got news!!! (some of you who drop by the G book have heard inklings perhaps?)
Code Blue is stable and out of the ICU and on its way to you… and a difficult patient it has been!
It's been a long time coming but that can be a good thing a lady once told me! Who wants a quickie any way?
I will be touring in the UK, Spain, Poland, Tunisia, Italy and I hope you can get out to hear us! The band is smokin' the new tunes are strokin' so don't you miss it, I ain't jokin'!
Thanks so much to you all for dropping by the web zone! It's wonderful to have your thoughts and feelings about the music, feelings and friends we all share and love.
OK now, a bit more about the record, (cd's are so small. Do you remember "My big twelve inch…record of my favorite Blues!?") We have some Badd Kats laying it down for you to groove in! Rico McFarland is blowing like a kilt on the moors! James Knowles booming power and subtle control are legendary in Chicago and beyond! Jessie Cross Known by his friends and fans as Slim is always silky smooth in his delivery and style in the bottom! (Don't ask me girls, it's the word on the street!?)
The legendary power and tradition of Chicago Blues guitar Lurrie Bell, brings his potency to the cauldron and a powerful wizard he is! Barrel House Chuck adds the knowledge and tradition of his mentors Little Brother Montgomery and Sunnyland Slim to create a seething, soothing acoustic set!
There are a lot of new tunes that have been boiling in my head and heart for a long time and I hope that you enjoy them. They touch on my adopted "Sweet Home Chicago", current events and the every day experiences we call The Blues!
We will soon be posting on the website a few sounds from Code Blue in the making... let us know what you think and holler back!
That's just for starters baby, there's more but we gotta keep some surprises for ya! Hasta La Vista mi amigos we hope you are hot, happy and ready for…….CODE BLUE!!!
November 3rd, 2006
Hope the Blues is being good to you!
I just got back from Eslov in Sweden where the
weather was cold but the people were hot!
Ralph and his band The Big Bang hosted a wonderful
festival that was sweeter than honey and sticky gooey good, and
we tried to taste it all!
Our crew were excited and when the time came struck like Thor’s
hammer! It was on baby! So much so we didn’t want to quit
and the audience was there from the one to the last cadenza!
There were wonderful players from all over the northern regions
and they played with the kind of fire it takes to keep those lovely
ladies up there warm at night (!), then when we thought it couldn’t
get better Mick Taylor screams onstage, slide
smoking and strutting with the flame that made The Stones slip
into his groove and rock til he got tired! I joined him for a
finale that left the crowd trembling with the pleasure we shared!
It was great and one of those shows you don’t want to end!
Thanks to you wonderful Swedes, especially you in Eslov for opening
your hearts and homeland to us and the music we all love so much!
Can’t wait to come and swing with you again, God bless you
and may some one you like undress you, real soon!
Check out pictures, reviews & more from the ESLOV Blues Fest: http://web.telia.com/~u41324778/englishopen.html
September 12th, 2006
Hello my dear friends and music lovers, I hope
you had a hot summer of sun, fun and soulful sounds to tan-talize
This season has been a blaze of blues, news and dues! The tour
in Italy this season was beyond reason! I love the sights, sounds,
the soul and flavor of this wonderful country and its people!
Among the many marvellous moments I spent there, the best was
to come at the end of the tour through Melvin Taylor the great
Chitown guitarist. We spoke long distance from the windy city
and he told me that Mama Rosa of Rosa's
lounge was in Italy and so we contacted her and she took
to the road with us!
I love that woman, her heart is as big as the international family
she holds within it! Thank you Mama,I can't tell you how much
it meant to see you and share your home and country!
On a more somber note I am very sorry to have to tell you of the
passing of a legendary voice of Chicago blues. Johnnie
Dollar the great guitarist and singer was a flame that
warmed the cold and windy nights in that tough town long before
I got there,I loved his music and treasure the times we shared
on stage together.
God bless you my friend I will miss you.
had the great pleasure of playing in Monaco at the Hotel du Paris
with the fabulous pianist Doctor Gabs of Lausanne Switzerland!
It is always a pleasure to hear and play with this joyous and
talented man,you have to hear him to believe! Thank you maestro,let’s
do it again soon! I met Doctor Gabs in Zurich, where he
hosted a concert featuring the lovely and talented organist Shirley
Scott! I was playing at Splendid where Rosie presides over one
of the sweetest little piano bars in town,he heard me swinging
and voila Invited me to join the roster the next evening,we been
kicking it ever since! See you in The Big Apple at a very special
venue in 07???
were we? Ah,yes! We played in Croatia on a beautiful island in
the Adriatic sea, breath taking!
We were joined by Peaches Staten and the Nick Becattini band for
a marvellous concert under the stars, it was a night to remember,
and we will!
ran into Ronnie Baker Brooks band
at the Magic Blues fest in Switzerland and they were on fire!!!
It was such a pleasure to see and hear him again, slashing like
a razor through the nite, cutting the distance away and for a
few moments bringing my heart back to Sweet Home Chicago. Thank
man winter is on his way and so are we! The studio beckons and
preparations for the assault have been under way through the summer
months… it’s been so long since I’ve been in
the studio working on my own material, though I did join Peaches
Staten and Sandra Hall on their individual efforts!
Thank you ladies for making me a part of your musical lives!
My project I hope to have ready by January-February, keep your
eyes and ears open ‘cause The Harpzilla cometh!
it’s time to end this opus until next time, I must thank
Ila, Big Moe, Alberto, Sergio, our new agent Massimo of Break
Live Music and you!
In the words of one of my favourite bands “All you need
Take it easy Greasy, y’all got
a long way to slide!
June 24th, 2006
Well I'm back
from the road and it's been a blast babies!
I was in beautiful tuscany where they were having a celebration
of The Music, food and wonderful people of New Orleans!
I ran into an old friend who happens to be one of the finest exponents
of the rhythm board (wash board for you initiates!:-)) Washboard
Chaz and he was swinging harder than a pendulum in an earth quake!
If you aint hip to him,get hip quick!
I met Lil Malcolm and the House rockers and my my they sho'nuff
remember Jethro Tull? Blodwyn Pig? Well at this same fun fest
Mick Abrahams the guitar voice of these bands was wailing like
a banshee as well! It was a BOMB babies and we got to light the
We (Ila Lantieri,bass Big Mo Punzi,drums, Paulo Fabris,guitar
Michele Papadia, organ) were privileged to close the evening and
they all came up to join us in an orgiastic rendition of The Pontiac
Blues! Every body was singin’and swingin, jukin’ and
pukin’ ‘til the wee hours of the mornin’ and
I guarantee a good time was had by all! We wish you were there
Just a few lines to keep in touch and up to date with you to let
you know how much we love and appreciate your eyes and ears! God
bless you and may somebody you like undress you,real soon!
for now and keep New Orleans in your hearts and minds, the work
and need of your help is far from over…..
there again, I have been on the road quite a bit lately...
It seems like it will take a little more time than expected to
have the new CD released, as negotiations are still in process...so
in the meantime... if you want to hear the new tunes.....come
to the concerts!!
summer festivals are lining up, I will be playing in Croatia for
the first time and I am really looking forward to meeting the
Croatian blues fans... we gonna rock with you!
management is expanding our borders across Europe, while the band
and I are working on some new material...and a couple of interesting
Stay tuned! Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel...!
coming back and drop a line ...always good to hear from you!
It's the renovation, coming to you from the cyber soul of an analogue
man! Thank you first and foremost for visiting my site! Let me
update you on the happenings, and there have been a few. I have
relocated to the old country and for the last few years (Sweet
home Chicago,I'll love you always!) have been touring in the Czech
Republic, Switzerland, Slovakia, Italy, France and the UK!
I will release a new cd in the spring (promo tour ahead!) and
I am working on a couple of other interesting projects. As you
know if you have visited my site before it has been the cobweb
cavern since the 1900's! No more!! It's been updated, you can
find news and info about my doings, comings and goings. photos.
mp3s.etc. hope you'll enjoy surfing! Also there is Booking & Management
info, as well as a guestbook where you are invited to correspond
I will be looking forward to hearing from y'all and hope to see
ya on the road! May God bless you and someone you like undress