Lisa Biales

Well, it has been three months since I promised weekly updates.

Didn’t quite make the cut. I do have to mention that these have been a couple terrible months.

Five snowstorms in 6 weeks was probably the worst.

We usually don’t get five snowstorms in six years. Went through most of my firewood and all of my patience.

Major flu the week after I told my doctor that I didn’t think I needed a flu shot.

That’s ten days in bed.

Blew a head gasket in my old truck.

2400$ and a plugged heater core for the repair.

This list goes on and on.

However, I am back on my feet and ready to talk Portland, blues music, great restaurants and anything else that might come up in this crotchety old brain of mine.

This is about the 8th or 9th time I have started this blog entry. Hopefully, I won’t just sit here and stare at the keyboard, mind blank and coffee getting cold.

OK, it’s now been a week since I last stared at this screen, blank minded and with cold coffee.

There has been a some new music that has arrived, but now my CD player has dumped.

I was listening to some new tunes, ejected the CD, stood up and kicked the tray by accident and have now broken it.

3 of these 7 days was to order a new CD player and install it.

In local news,Our little town is having an uproar about the woman’s march from January.

Seems that a lot of the donations have disappeared.

Thieves. They are everywhere. Nothing is sacred.

I can’t help but wonder how much of this thievery is associated with the current proliferation of white drugs in our communities. Meth, coke, crank, oxycodon. That’s not all but those will do for a start.

I am no saint, but I have never stolen from others to get drugs. Or for any reason for that matter.

But I digress, I can’t allow myself to get irritated over something I cannot change.

So, lets do something that I do not want to change.

Great blues music. I just can’t seem to get enough.

Let’s start with Lisa Biales.

Her latest is “The Beat Of My Heart”.

While this is her ninth release, It is unique because it includes a song her mother wrote and cut to an old 78. Lisa found the album in storage and added it to this release in the form of adding her long departed mom onto the first lyric of the cover of the song “Crying Over You”.

I admit that I was amazed at how close these two sound alike.

They both have the similar resonate voices that have very clear diction and tonality.

When you listen to her, she hits her sharp and complex melodies with great accuracy. For a guy like me, this is a vocalist that stands out of the crowd.

There is not a single tune that I can say was merely OK.. They all shine for similar reasons.

Her studio musicians stand out as much more than competent, they worked on this for a long time.

This is evident in the finished product.

Very, very cool.

Produced by drummer Tony Braunagel and engineered by Guitarist Johnny Lee Schell, Lisa comes out on top with a winner CD that anyone would proudly own and play for their friends.

It is just that good.

On a sadder note, “Duff’s”, one of the best blues clubs in our city, is closing.

This Friday night is one of their last hurrahs with the talent of a shockingly entertaining local band named the Strangetones. Incredibly cool with their “crime-a-billy” style and smooth musicianship, this band has it all. Outstanding song writing, unique style and professional sounding arrangements. This is their calling card.

Another one of those bands that make you think “why are they not filling halls around the country or being played on radio or the movies or late night tv”.

A truly unique expreience at live venues and on CD.

One of our best local bands, fur sure.

That’s all for now. I’ll start an the next post… soon.

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