I haven’t mentioned any rockabilly or swing music recently, so I thought I’d mention The Mighty 18 Wheeler. Those of you familiar with the best rockabilly in the industry probably have heard about these guys, and if you haven’t, well…you heard about them know. Recently their music has more of an edge to it, and could even be an introduction to metalbilly. Sounds goofy, I know. But the music is fantastic. Imagine if Brian Setzer joined AC/DC, you got Mighty 18 Wheeler.

The Mighty 18 Wheeler - Band PhotoThe guys are no stranger to the music scene. Smokin’ guitars and vocals come from Bobby Smith. Bobby previously belted out tracks with Jumpin Jimes, one of my absolute favorite rockabilly groups. I’ll write up a little bit about that particular band in the near future. Bobby is awesome, he adds the perfect elements necessary to make their music complete. Covering the upright bass and vocals in the Mighty 18 Wheeler is Jimmy Kolodziej. And of course on the drums is Gt Skragg, a very familiar name to the local Denver music scene.

Simply put, this group of musicians know how to jam. So go put on your rockabilly shoes and start listening to The Mighty 18 Wheeler.

The Official Site of the Mighty 18 Wheeler
Visit the Mighty 18 Wheeler at Myspace

Upcoming Shows:

Aug 17 2007 The Walnut Room – Denver, Colorado
Aug 18 2007 New West Fest – Fort Collins, Colorado
Aug 24 2007 Spot Light Lounge – Grand Junction, Colorado
Aug 25 2007 Mesa County Fairgrounds – Kruzin Car Show – Grand Junction, Colorado
Sep 01 2007 Desperate House Wives of Legacy Ridge – Westminster, Colorado
Sep 28 2007 The Tractor Tavern – 20th Annual Rockabilly Ball – Seattle, Washington


The Mojo FarmersThe Mojo Farmers is a fine group of musicians you may be familiar with if you are in the Southwest part of the United States.  Their unique style of music has been heard since the year 2000, when the band formed in Tempe Arizona.  They blend funk, blues, modern, and psychedelic rock to create the perfect jam band experience.  The Mojo Farmers have been quite active over the past few years, playing out extensively across the southwest part of the country, as well as Utah, Texas, and Colorado.  The band has two full length CDs in their collection. and it’ll be great to hear more material from these guys in the future.  They have an awesome gig lined up in Tempe, opening up for Rusted Root on July 11th.  I’ve listed a few other upcoming shows below.  Go on, get groovy with the Mojo Farmers.

The Official Website of the Mojo Farmers
Visit the Mojo Farmers at Myspace

Upcoming Shows:

Jul 11 2007    Marquee Theater – Opening For Rusted Root – Tempe, Arizona
Jul 13 2007    Goat Head Saloon – Mesa, Arizona
Aug 11 2007    Harper’s Bar – Northridge, California
Sep 21 2007    Spirit Room – Jerome, Arizona
Sep 22 2007    Spirit Room – Jerome, Arizona
Sep 23 2007    Spirit Room – Jerome, Arizona

Got the blues in your soul? Well make room for some more, and give it up for The Kilborn Alley Blues Band.  This group of Chicago blues musicians don’t mess around, and their music will tell you straight up what it’s all about.  Their blues is so gritty it’ll absorb you in no time, and let me tell you, that’s a good thing.
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The band consists of Andy Duncanson(vocals, guitar), Chris Breen(bass), Josh Stimmel(guitar), Joe Asselin(harmonica), and Ed O’hara(drums).  These guys all form some of the finest distinct blues sounds I have heard, and have been influenced by the best during their lifetime, and are now an influence to others.  There’s not much more I can say, other than tell you to listen to them.

The Official Kilborn Alley Blues Band Website
Visit Kilborn Alley Blues Band at Myspace

Upcoming Shows:

Jul 06 2007    Radmaker’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Tavern – Tolono, Illinois
Jul 12 2007    Chiefs – Champaign, Illinois
Jul 13 2007    Danville Summer Sounds Concert Series – Danville, Illinois
Jul 13 2007    Gino’s – Danville, Illinois
Jul 15 2007    Beluga Nights Summer Music Series – Fairbanks, Alaska
Jul 18 2007    Howling Dog Saloon – Fox, Alaska
Jul 19 2007    Denali Salmon Bake – Healy, Alaska
Jul 20 2007    Blues Central – Anchorage, Alaska
Jul 21 2007    Blues Central – Anchorage, Alaska
Jul 26 2007    Chiefs – Champaign, Illinois
Jul 27 2007    Allied Industrial Workers’ Hall (a benefit) – Decatur, Illinois
Jul 27 2007    Mac’s Tackle Box – Decatur, Illinois
Jul 28 2007    Paddy O’ Flaherty’s – Morton, Illinois
Aug 03 2007    Cowboy Monkey – Champaign, Illinois
Aug 04 2007    Decatur Celebration – Decatur, Illinois
Aug 11 2007    Heritage Music BluesFest – Wheeling, West Virginia
Aug 17 2007    Buddy Guy’s Legends – Chicago, Illinois

If you are into the blues, and just happen to be in the Chicago area sometime over the summer, there are several great opportunities to see Dave Specter.  Dave is no stranger to the blues scene and has many accomplishments under his belt.  Not only has he toured and played with the best in the industry such as Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, and Johnny Adams, Dave produces, teaches, and leads.  I have listed some dates below when you catch Dave in action.  Don’t pass up the opportunity.

The Official Website of Dave Specter
Dave Specter at Myspace

Upcoming Shows:

Jun     29 2007    Andy’s Jazz Club Chicago
Jul      03 2007    Shaw’s Crab House Chicago
Jul      06 2007    Nick’s Beer Garden Chicago
Jul      10 2007    Shaw’s Crab House Chicago
Jul      14 2007    Folk and Roots Festival Chicago
Jul      18 2007    House of Blues Chicago
Aug    02 2007    Millennium Park Chicago
Aug    07 2007    Shaw’s Crab House Chicago
Aug    10 2007    Andy’s Jazz Club Chicago
Aug    14 2007    Shaw’s Crab House Chicago
Aug    21 2007    Buddy Guy’s Legends Chicago
Aug    22 2007    AMA Plaza Chicago Summer Outdoor Concert Series
Aug    25 2007    Blues & BBQ Festival – Springfield, Illinois
Sep    15 2007    Berghoff Blues Festival – Monroe, Wisconsin
Sep    25 2007    Chicago Cultural Center – Chicago, Illinois
Apr    11 2008    Basel Blues Festival Switzerland
Apr    12 2008    Basel Blues Festival Switzerland
Jul      11 2008    Italy with Rico Blues Combo, Umbria

I have a very special place in my heart and soul for the blues. Most likely because I’ve been playing guitar myself for quite some time. It’s kind of hard not to enjoy the amazing soul filled style of the blues when you have a guitar in your hands. Weather you are someone young first discovering the power of blues greats such as Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, or BB King, or if you are someone who has been living your life quite some time living and breathing the blues, you both have something in common. You will enjoy the power of Joe Bonamassa.

I first heard Joe play guitar in the band Bloodline, he was only in his teens when he was part of that project. I instantly knew that this kid could seriously play the blues. The Bloodline song “Stone Cold Hearted” was in my CD player for a really long time. His style of today is compared to Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Johnny Lang. To me, Joe’s style of the blues is unforgettable. If you haven’t already, please give him a listen.

Listen to “I Don’t Believe”, an MP3 downloaded for free at Myspace
Official Website of Joe Bonamassa
Visit Joe Bonamassa at Myspace

06/12/2007 08:00 PM – Newport Blues Cafe – Newport, Rhode Island
06/13/2007 08:00 PM – Providence Performing Arts Center – Providence, Rhode Island
06/14/2007 07:00 PM – 3 Rivers Arts Festival, Point Stage Park – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
06/15/2007 08:00 PM – The Cellar – Struthers, Ohio
06/16/2007 08:00 PM – MKJ Farm – Deansboro, New York
07/06/2007 08:00 PM – Skanevik Blues Festival
07/07/2007 08:00 PM – Hede Rytmer – Festival Silkeborg
07/08/2007 08:00 PM – Bospop Festival – Weert
07/14/2007 08:00 PM – North Sea Jazz Fest – Rotterdam
07/16/2007 08:00 PM – Etna Blues Festival – Italy
07/17/2007 08:00 PM – Adro Rock Festival – Italy
07/17/2007 08:00 PM – Pistoia Blues Festival – Italy
07/19/2007 08:00 PM – Narcao Blues Festival – Italy
07/21/2007 08:00 PM – Piazza Blues
07/22/2007 08:00 PM – Green Hills Blues Festival – Italy
07/27/2007 08:00 PM – Bellinzona Festival
07/28/2007 08:00 PM – Norrtalje Sweden Blues Fest
08/01/2007 08:00 PM – Princess Pavilion – Falmouth
08/02/2007 08:00 PM – The Wharf – Tavistock
08/03/2007 08:00 PM – Mr Kyps – UK
08/04/2007 08:00 PM – Rhythm Fest with Dr John – UK
08/05/2007 08:00 PM – Picture Dome – UK
08/27/2007 08:00 PM – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, Pennsylvania
08/29/2007 08:00 PM – Saranac Brewery – Utica, New York
08/30/2007 08:00 PM – Sunoco Perfoming Theatre – Harissburg, Pennsylvania
08/31/2007 08:00 PM – Fraze Pavilion at Lincoln Park Center – Kettering, Ohio
09/01/2007 09:00 PM – KC Geiger Park – St. Marys, Ohio
09/02/2007 09:00 PM – On the WaterFront – Rockford, Illinois
09/03/2007 03:30 PM – Military Park – Indianapolis,  Indiana

09/14/2007 03:00 PM – Blues and Brews Festival – Telluride, Colorado