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June 2022
Like The Weather
Things Are Heating Up! 
A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend Run
I have often heard it said it is wise stay off the roads on this holiday weekend.
Nah – rolling down the road we went and, in fact ripped right through Indianapolis as the race was on.
I loved the flashing signs along I-70 that read “You are not in the Indy 500. Slow down!”
This was a great run that included shows in two new venues in Columbus and Dayton, OH and anchored by a great festival in Rockford, IL put on by the Crossroads Blues Society.
Society President, Steve Jones gave kudos to the band, proclaiming this is the best band I had yet to bring out with me. I could not agree more!
Much thanks to Bob Purdy and the “A” team – Chris & Christine Alexander.
Back in the Saddle Again –
Blues in Schools Face to Face
After 2.5 years it felt great to get back in front of an auditorium full of kids (grades K-2) and sing blues songs about dogs and caterpillars.
In these otherwise dark times, it brings me so much joy to see innocent children so happy and carefree, made to feel safe and secure by caring and
dedicated teachers armed with a fully loaded magazine of love.

Thank you to Albany City Schools! I am quite honored that the Capital Region Blues Network trusted in me to represent them.
Great Stuff Stirring
Festival season is full upon us and I am so looking forward to being back on those stages!
I’ll be flying the skies from the Northeast (North Atlantic Blues Festival) to the Pacific Northwest (Libby MT -Riverfront Blues Festival) as well as several big stages closer to home!
Check the website for details as things are always being added.
Riffin’ The Blue – October 22
We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! This album like all my others is all original.
What these songs have in common is that they are all written starting with their own distinct guitar riff.
These riffs, or hooks each informed the feel, concept, and eventually, the lyrics.
Riffin’ is a guitar album, make no mistake, but it also features great work by some of my usual bunch – Bob Purdy (bass), Mary Ann Casale (backing vox) and Andy Hearn (drums).
New to my crew is Bruce Katz who contributes plenty of top-shelf keyboard work.

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