Before we get into it properly, have you been down to Pistol Pete’s Food and Blues recently? The renovations are over, the place is twice the size it used to be, and the blues bands are fitting better than ever with the food service. Don’t miss it!
Bands making a stir at the Black Hatt or Pistol Pete’s Food & Blues isn’t unusual, but this year there has been a decided disruption, which can be put down to one thing: Andy Phillips & The Cadillac Walk. Not satisfied with that, they’re back again!
The last time I saw Archie Roach was up in Melbourne at Hamer Hall. It was an intensely moving concert; his songs are his life which he shares with us, from the heart. If you have not seen him live you have an amazing opportunity on November 14.
Anyone remember Canned Heat? Canned Heat is an American blues/boogie rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1965. Canned Heat was founded by blues historians and record collectors Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson and Bob “The Bear” Hite. Hite took the name Canned Heat from a 1928 recording by Tommy Johnson.
When I moved to Victoria in 1998, one of my new colleagues told me I had to listen to Marco Goldsmith’s Blue Heat. He lent me two CDs, one of which, Marooned, has remained a staunch favourite since then. I put up with a copied CD for quite a few years until a bloke at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival pulled one out from under the counter and placed it in my hands.