Friday, November 25, 2011

Robert Ross Manhattan Sun & Tues, Bohemia NY Sun 12/4, Blues Hall of Fame Induction 12/4 Manhattan

2011 NY Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee!
Two-time New York Music Award winner!
Quote: "A blues icon. One of the great blues spirits." Bob Fass (Radio Un-nameable, WBAI-FM Pacifica Network).

Robert Ross & The BluesManian Devils @ Jule's Bistro
Sunday, November 27, 2011

12pm - 3pm Brunch  
Jules Bistro
65 Saint Marks Place, NY, NY 10003
Phone: 212-477-5560
We play for BRUNCH from 12 noon to 3pm. Featuring: Steve Holley on drums, Dave Hofstra on upright bass, and Robert Ross on vocals, guitar, & harmonica.
FREE Admission. Great French food.

Robert Ross & The BluesManian Devils @ Jule's Bistro
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

8:30pm - 11:30pm
Jules Bistro
65 Saint Marks Place, NY, NY 10003
Phone: 212-477-5560
We play from 8:30pm to 11:30pm. Featuring: Steve Holley on drums, Dave Hofstra on upright bass, and Robert Ross on vocals, guitar, & harmonica.
FREE Admission. Great French food.

Felix Cabrera & Robert Ross Band @ Connetquot Public Library    
Sunday, December 4, 2011

2pm - 3:30pm
Connetquot Public Library
760 Ocean Ave., Bohemia, NY 11716
The band will feature: NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee Felix Cabrera on vocals & harmonica, Thierry Arpino on drums, Dave Hofstra on bass, and two time NY Music Award winner and NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert Ross on vocals, guitar & slide guitar. FREE Admission!!

NY Blues Hall Of Fame Induction Celebration
Sunday, December 4, 2011
at: Kenny's Castaways
6pm - 12am
157 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212-979 9762
Other Info  
The New York Blues Of Fame Induction Celebration will be at Kenny's Castaways on Dec 4th starting at 6pm. This year's inductees are: Charles "Honey Boy" Otis, Michael Hill, Michael Powers, Roxy Perry, Angel Rissoff, Ivan "Funkboy" Bodley, Big Ed Sullivan, Felix Cabrera, & Robert Ross. Posthumous inductees are: Frankie Paris, Mo Holmes, Wally Gator, & Crusher Green. I have had the pleasure and honor of sharing the stage, working with, or jamming with nearly every one of these great artists. It is sure to be a night to remember. Admission is $15. There will be plenty of performances, and video taping as well as the Blues Hall of Fame tribute. Thank you to my old buddy Felix Cabrera and to my new buddy and NY Blues Ambassador Roxy Perry for this great honor.
6:00 Posthumous Inductions: WALLY GATOR, CRUSHER GREEN (received by Marsha Mayer, niece) - MO HOLMES (received by son Jamaal (presented by Jerry Dugger)
6:30 – 7:00 CHARLES HONEYBOY OTIS / Dave Keys kbd / Bob Fusco bs / Jim Moran gt
7:00 – 7:30 ROBERT ROSS - Steve Holly dr./ Dave Hofstra bs
7:30 – 8:00 ARTHUR NEILSON - Carl Lorentzen bs / Eric Heilner kbds /
Matt Mousseau dr
8:00 – 8:30 MICHAEL POWERS - Barry Harrison dr / Charlie Torres bs
8:30 – 9:00 BIG ED SULLIVAN - Bob Fusco bs / Dave Keyes kbd / Barry Harrison dr
9:00 – 9:30 ROXY PERRY - (presented by Michael Hill) / Dave Keyes kbd./ Scott Lebish dr / Bob Fusco bs / Jim Moran gt / Fred Clark gt
9:30 – 10:00 MICHAEL HILL- Dave Keyes kbd / Bill McClellan dr / Mike Griot bs
10:00 – 10:45 IVAN BODLEY & ANGEL RISSOFF (2 songs each) (FRANKIE PARIS TRIBUTE ADDED HERE WITH IVAN ON BASS - 1 SONG) Dave Keyes kbd / Scott Lebish dr./ Arthur Neilson gt
10:45 – 11:15 FELIX CABRERA - Bob Fusco bs,/ George Moralis dr / Dave Keyes, kbd, /Arthur Neilson gt
Kenny's Castaways induction (presented by Mike Packer + Roxy) at some point

ROBERT ROSS wins NY MUSIC AWARD for Best Live & will be inducted into NY BLUES HALL OF FAME
2011 has been a pretty incredible year for Robert Ross. He will be inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame on December 4th, and he won his second New York Music Award for Best Live Blues Artist. The other blues artists to win this year were Cyndi Lauper and Mose Allison. Ross won his first New York Music Award for Best Blues Artist in 1989 and has been nominated a total of 7 times over the years alongside such stars as Johnny Copeland, Taj Mahal, John Hammond Jr., and Roscoe Gordon. Robert also won an East Coast Rocker Award for Best Blues Artist in 1991. He has also been nominated 7 times over the years along with the likes of John Hammond, Johnny Copeland, Taj Mahal, and Roscoe Gordon. The singer, songwriter, guitarist, slide guitarist, & harmonica player is known for a wide variety of blues, jazz, soul, rock 'n' roll, and other roots music. Robert worked and recorded with Big Joe Turner for Spivey Records & for Doc Pomus. He also worked with Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Brownie McGhee, Memphis Slim, Sunnyland Slim, Otis Rush, Dr. John, J.B. Hutto, Victoria Spivey, Louisiana Red, Eddie Kirkland, Floyd Jones, Homesick James, Bobby Lewis, Pinetop Perkins, Charles & Cyrille Neville, David "Honey Boy" Edwards, Linda Hopkins, Wilbert Harrison, & Champion Jack Dupree. One of Ross' songs was recorded and released twice by Johnny Winter. Two other originals appeared on ABC TV's daytime drama "All My Children". The Robert Ross Band has toured Europe and North America. Ross has performed at numerous festivals including the Chicago Blues Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival, and is a perennial at the Riverhead Blues Festival on Long Island. The Robert Ross Band has released 7 internationally distributed cds. Ross performs as a solo (acoustic or electric), as a duo, with The Robert Ross Band and with a new group called The BluesManian Devils.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mike and Ruthy (@MikeandRuthy) in Saugerties Nov 27 & Phoenicia Dec 4 #music

Hello Dear Readers,

We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

We have a few exciting winter shows and are grateful for the festival offers that are coming our way for next year.

We've been in the studio polishing some new songs til they shine - and hoping for an early 2012 release.

Mike + Ruthy

mike + ruthy tourdates:

Sunday, Nov 27th Saugerties, NY
at New World Home Cooking

A live taping of Dancing On The Air with Uncle Rock, Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower, and the Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Family Band.  It will air on WAMC on 12/14.  3pm, $10 adults, $5 kids.  

Sunday, Dec 4th  Phoenicia, NY
at the Phoenicia Train Museum

The acoustics are beautiful and this is the perfect place for an intimate acoustic concert.  7:30pm, $12 at the door or $10 with an RSVP to

Willy with Auntie Aoife on her birthday.  :)

the studio at night, willy rocking out at home, mike in ann arbor and new jersey, willy's hotwheels on the road, halloween pirate costume!

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The Flanks performing in Brooklyn Thurs Dec 1 #music

The Flanks
Country / Roots Music / Rock and Roll
Members: Tom Bouman, Nick Capodice, Tom Mayer, Margaret Mitchell, Danny Mulligan & Ayan Babi Pal

Next week, on Thursday night, the Flanks will triumphantly return to the floor of The Shop, playing a show with the very fun Spirit Family Reunion. Factory-certified musical performances and inspired motorcycle repair guaranteed.

December 1 (Thurday)
9 p.m. Spirit Family Reunion
10 p.m. The Flanks
290 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Between Roebling & Driggs
$5 cover
Take the L to Lorimer or G to Metropolitan

Monday, November 14, 2011

Matt Andersen (@matt_andersen), Canadian blues singer ~ @CyberPR

Matt Andersen

Blues, Country, Folk, Roots
New Brunswick, Canada
Joe Cocker, Gregg Allman, Otis Redding, Merle Haggard, B.B. King


The most thrilling thing in Canadian blues since Jeff Healey.
Globe and Mail
Every now and again you hear an artist that just pulls you up short, stops you dead in your tracks, like being on a top flight cutting horse that can stop on a dime, rollback and give you a nickel in change, Matt Andersen's voice did that to me the first time I heard it. He is the whole package and can play guitar, write relevant songs and present them in a way that will just bring you to a standstill...
Bob Gottleib, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange (
There are some amazing blues musicians coming out of Canada recently, they have been far too long overshadowed by their southern neighbours. This cd shows that Canada matches them with ease.
Blues Matters (UK)
Canada's greatest guitarist made one acoustic guitar sound like a fully staffed band. Outrageous skill and contagious joy.
The Times, London (UK)
New Brunswick, Canada’s Matt Andersen has a larger than life showmanship that has been earning him a fervent and steadfast audience wherever he graces the stage. Matt’s sprawling blues, roots and rock musical hybrid with his sorrowing and soulful voice and astonishing guitar-playing has sparked a phenomenal buzz across Canada.
Canadian Folk Music Awards

About Matt Andersen

MATT ANDERSEN: Breaking Through, One Audience at a Time
The best performing songwriters, the ones who sound like they really mean what they’re singing about, tend to come from areas known for hard times and hard work. Like say, Perth-Andover, a rural blue-collar village in the Canadian Maritime province of New Brunswick—the home of acclaimed singer-songwriter and guitarist Matt Andersen.
“Perth-Andover’s a really small, family-oriented community,” says Matt. “Everybody knows everybody. My dad’s worked as a logger pretty much his whole life. But there’s always been music around: My grandfather played fiddle, my mom plays piano in church. Most of my cousins have had bands at some point. Whenever there’s a get-together there’s always about nine or ten fiddles or guitars in the room.”
Matt’s musical household got him interested playing early on and by junior high he was in the school band, first on tuba and later on trumpet. He took up guitar at 14, and before long was playing classic rock and Top 40 covers in pub bands while he studied studio engineering. Things changed dramatically, however, when he discovered the blues.
“Through Eric Clapton I got into B.B. King, which led me to the Chicago electric stuff and eventually back to the Mississippi Delta guys,” says the 30-year-old singer. “What really hit me most about the blues was its total honesty.”
Matt began to build his name on the Canadian circuit, his imposing voice and slashing slide guitar making a monolithic impression on audiences. He debuted with 2002’s One Size Never Fits, and followed with the likewise-warmly received Solo at Session (2004) and Live at Liberty House (2005).
After playing the prestigious 2004 East Coast Music Awards, Matt continued cultivating crowds, appearing with Randy Bachman, Bo Diddley, Little Feat, America, Loverboy, April Wine, and others. He signed with Busted Flat Records for a string of exalted albums: 2007’s Second Time Around, 2008’s Something in Between, and 2009’s Piggyback (a duo set with harmonica king Mike Stevens) and Live at the Phoenix Theatre.
By 2009 Matt had become a frequent guest on Stuart McLean’s CBC radio show “The Vinyl CafĂ©” and had completed his fourth tour of the UK, where The Times called him “Canada’s greatest guitarist.” In 2010 he became the first Canadian to win Memphis’s famed International Blues Challenge, which led to festival dates in France, Italy, and the US, where he toured with Old Crow Medicine Show.
Matt’s newest album, Coal Mining Blues, was produced by Colin Linden (who co-wrote and plays on several tunes) and recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York. Featuring the Band keyboardist Garth Hudson and Olabelle singer Amy Helm, it’s a rich vein of new songs, many addressing the trying lives of working people: There’s the self-explanatory “Work Hard for the Luxury,” and the moving title track, which rings true in mining communities from Cape Breton to Sheffield and West Virginia. But not all of Coal Mining Blues is about hard work, as rollicking up-tempo cuts like “Lay it on the Line” and “Fired Up” bear out.
What is it Matt hopes audiences experience when they hear him? “I’m not trying to change anyone’s lives in a big way, but I love it when [listeners] really get involved in the music,” says Matt, performs over 200 shows a year and in 2011 won the Maple Blues Awards for Entertainer of the Year and Acoustic Act of the Year and was nominated for four East Coast Music Association awards. “That’s what really makes it a great night, for everyone.”
As Matt Andersen continues to do what he was born to do—play his exhilarating music—fans can look forward to many great nights, indeed.




Fired Up
Coal Mining Blues
Feel Like Goin' Home


Matt Andersen - FIRED UP (official music video!!)

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