It’s been a month since I last wrote for this blog and feel that it is time to get off my ass and get something written.
Being that nothing of note has happened, I will start off with a review of recent offerings of cool blues music.
Let’s start with the latest from “Kat Riggins Blues Revival”
Her self-titled release has real Wow factors.
The songs are powerful and very “Blues Diva” sounding with great guitar, strong bass & drums for a backbone, incredible songwriting and, of course, vocals that demand your attention.
The first song, Now I See (Ooh Wee) starts this release with a bang, while the next tune, a ballad called Good Girl Blues is one of those slower tunes with a story. This release has a little of lots of things.
Wail Away is a ballad that plays straight to the heart of classic Diva sounds.
Ten tunes, no disasters.
The whole release is mastered with the clean guitar licks out front. The only sounds that really compete with the guitar are the powerful vocals.
A very good release and an outstanding first effort. Solid 4 of 5.
Atta girl Kat Riggins.
I listen to these releases while I write about them to reflect how I feel when I listen to them.
I also like to crank ‘em up while I do those pesky domestic things that always need doin’.
Living alone means that if it’s not done, I need only look at myself.
This is both good and bad. The good is that I know who made that mess. The bad is if it wicks me off, I got nobody to blame but myself.
Being a slob does have its drawbacks and all of them are domestic.
One of the great things about Portland is the Cascade Blues Association.
This is our local blues music hub. If you like blues and want to find out who’s playing where, these are the people that know. It is an incredible resource that I use regularly.
Wednesday night (8-3) I went to their regular meeting, met up with a couple good friends there, chatted and listened to some very good blues music.
A very nice time, no drama, just cool people who share an affection of blues music.
It has gotten very warm here. Hot even. We will hit 100 degrees this week-end.
Time to crank up the 20 year old air conditioner and hope it still works.
I do miss cool, damp and windy conditions at these times.
Maybe I will miss these 90+ degree days this winter.
Probably not, but just maybe.
All set to get my firewood in for the year in early September.
I have a friend that has 23 acres in Veneta Oregon. They planted about half in Christmas trees several years ago and did not cut them. Now, he has a glorious fir tree forest that he thins, bucks up, splits, stacks and covers in blue-tarp. He ends up with about 8 or 9 cords of wood each year.
I am lucky to be one of his friends that he will allow to buy firewood from him.
Nothing like cheap, dry fire wood to make a native oregonian warm and happy all winter.
I did not know this before, but if you drag a song onto a word file, it will add over 17000 pages of code, three of four lines per page. I am currently trying to delete them. I am using a deck of cards placed on the “delete” key and rested on my desk. It is slow going but I got time.
Another hot day out there.
Thursdays are my day to go out to dinner to my favorite bar and grill. Cleary’s is the name and I believe that they have one of the best burgers in town. The fries, not so much. I go for the waffle fries as they are crispy and spicy.
Getting hungry, so, I’m off to Cleary’s.