postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: November 4-5, 2017


“Mr. Blueberry Hill” himself made the transition on Tuesday, October 24th.  Born February 26, 1928, Eighty-Nine year old Antoine “Fats” Domino was Mr. New Orleans and was a pioneer in the surfacing of Rock and Roll.  His boogie-woogie style was like non-other, and all of his songs were recognizable when the first note of any of them were played.

Fats Domino live his entire life in New Orleans and from 1949 until the mid 1960’s, he was a fixture on the Pop Charts and R & B Charts.  He lived in the same house in New Orleans until his home was taken due to Hurricane Katrina on August of 2005.

When Fats was ten years old, his family bought a piano which he taught himself to play.  He would listen to records on an old Victrola, the hand cranked kind, and listened to the music to teach himself the music.  It is written that he practiced so much that the family had to put the piano in the garage to get some peace and quiet.

A talent scout heard Fats playing in a club in New Orleans early in his career, and invited a scout for Imperial Records to come and hear him.  He was immediately signed.  His first recording was “The Fat Man” in 1949 that hit the million selling mark in 1953.  Fats went on to record many records for Imperial Records including “I’m Walkin,” “Whole Lotta Loving,” “Ain’t That A Shame,” and “I Want To Walk You Home,” just to name a few.  But by far his biggest hit was the 1956 recording of “Blueberry Hill.”  His songs were covered in those early days by artists such as Pat Boone, Ricky Nelson and many others.

Het placed 37 songs on the top 40 charts, had 25 gold records and sold over 65 million records. He was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and in 1987, he was given the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement.  He’s been the topic of several documentaries including American Masters, and PBS’s Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll in which his story of segregation, white audiences, riots, and travels were told.  Fats even appeared in the film, “The Girl Can’t Help It.”

Our legends are leaving, and we must thank them and their families, especially the family of “Fats” Domino for what they have left us to cherish forever.


I don’t know if you were on hand last Monday in Greenwood Mississippi, but the authors of the book, Love in Vain: Robert Johnson 1911-1938 were in Greenwood at a local book store signing their book.  J.M. Dupont and Mezzo discussed their novel, and a French Documentary film crew was also on hand.  They are doing a film on the Life of Robert Johnson.  If you know of Robert Johnson, this is the guy that supposedly made a deal with the Devil at the Crossroads in Mississippi to become a great Blues Singer.  The book goes into detail of Robert’s childhood, his trysts with women, and all the good stuff.  If you were on hand last Monday, tweet me @rojeneblues and let me know what you thought about the event in Greenwood.

And on another note, somewhat brighter, last weekend I took part in the Tuskegee Alumni Student Success 2- person scramble golf tournament in Auburn Alabama.  I do this every year because I’m a true supporter of HBCU’s.  John Tolbert, my golfing partner, and a Tuskegee alumni and I have been doing this for almost ten years now, but have never won it.  Well, last Friday, we came in first place, when the completion was the greatest it’s ever been.  And the reason I’m telling you this is because it’s huge, and I have no idea of how we came in first place.  But we did.  Congratulations to the Tuskegee Alumni Association for another great event, and I’m glad we finally won this thing…..


Fats Domino
Robert Johnson
Ro and Tolbert on the Tuskegee Win
Clocks back



Fri Nov 10 Bobby Rush

William Bell

Milwaukee WI Wilson Theater

(Take me To The River Tour)

Fri Nov 10 Sir Charles Jones

T.K. Soul

Jeff Floyd

Pokey Bear

Jacksonville FL Jacksonville Memorial Arena
Fri Nov 10 James Armstrong Atlanta GA Blind Willie’s
Sat Nov 11 Vick Allen

Terry Wright

Marion AL Lincoln Auditorium
Sat Nov 11 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials Chicago IL Buddy Guy’s
Sat Nov 11 Columbus Toy

Miss Lady Blues

Greenwood MS Joe’s Place
Sat Nov 11 Nellie Tiger Travis Flint MI Empire Event Center
Sat Nov 11 T.K. Soul Rayville LA Club 425
Sun Nov 12 Cool Ricky Blues Houston TX Shrine Cultural & Event Ctr
Mon Nov 13 Bobby Rush Kalamazoo MI Outreach
Tue Nov 14 Bobby Rush

William Bell

Chicago IL City Winery

(Take Me To The River Tour)

Tue Nov 14 Lucky Peterson Andresy France
Thur Nov 16 Lucky Peterson Bordeaux France
Wed & Thur Nov 15-16 Grady Champion Lucerne Switzerland Lucerne Blues Festival
Fri and Sat Nov 17-18 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials Chicago B.L.U.E.S
Sat Nov 18 Vick Allen

Terry Wright

Mobile AL Ferdinand’s
Sat Nov 18 Nelson Curry Bowman SC TBA
Sat Nov 18 Big Bill Morganfield Atlanta GA Blind Willie’s
Sat Nov `18 Lacee

Tre Williams

Fat Daddy

Gulfport MS Good Deeds Center
Sat Nov 18 Eddie Cotton Jr Dallas TX Margaret Johnson Center
Wed Nov 22 T.K. Soul

J Wonn
Bishop Bullwinkle

Montgomery AL Montgomery Performing Ctr
Fri Nov 24 Mr. Sipp Vicksburg MS Bottleneck Blues Bar
Fri Nov 24 Calvin Richardson

Pokey Bear

Lady Audrey

Houston TX Power Center
Fri Nov 24 Ronnie Bell Quincy FL LR’s Sports Bar
Sat Nov 25 Eddie Cotton Jr Vicksburg MS Bottleneck Blues Bar
Sat Nov 25 Nellie Tiger Travis

Omar Cunningham

J Wonn

Maurice Wynn

Tre Williams

Wilson NC Bill Ellis Center
Sat Nov 25 Theodis Ealey Jenkinsburg  GA McDowell Place
Sat Nov 25 Sweet Angel Jonesboro AR Legends BBQ Smokehouse
Sat Nov 25 Willie Clayton San Antonio TX TBA
Sat Nov 25 Vick Allen Lexington MS Harvester Bar and Grill
Sat Nov 25 O.B Buchana

LaMorris Williams

Karen Brown

Greenville MS Convention Ctr
Sat Nov 25 Eddy The Chief Clearwater Chicago IL Buddy Guy’s
Sat Nov 25 Betty Wright

Lenny Williams

Charleston SC Performing Arts Ctr
Sun Nov 26 Nellie Tiger Travis East St Louis IL Blackmon’s Plaza
Sun Nov 26 Cool Ricky Blues Houston Shrine Cultural & Event Ctr
Thur Nov 30 Nellie Tiger Travis Chicago IL Kingston Mines
Mon Nov 27 Syl Johnson Paris France Pan Piper
Fri Dec 1 Nelson Curry Columbus GA TBA
Sat Dec 2 T.K. Soul Fort Worth TX Guys and Dolls
Sat Dec 8 Clarence Carter

Theodis Ealey

Pat Cooley

Yanceyville NC Caswell County Civic Ctr
Fri and Sat Dec 1-2 Lil Ed and The Blues Imperials Atlanta GA Blind Willie’s Blues
Sat Dec 2 Sweet Angel Hooks TX American Legion Post 248
Mon Dec 4 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials St Augustine FL Café Eleven
Tue Dec 5 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials Delray Beach FL
Sat Dec 9 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials Bradenton FL Ace’s Live
Sat Dec 9 Avail Hollywood

L.J. Echols
Summer Wolf

J Redd

Clarksdale MS Coahoma County Expo
Sun Dec 10 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials Gainesville FL High Dive


And that my friends is the BluesNews from the World of the BluesBlues and THROUGHOUT THE SHOW, WE’VE BEEN LETTING YOU  know “WHERE THEY AT:”



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