Monday, May 14, 2012

Johnny Winter, Dick Wagner shows scheduled

Callahan’s Music Hall in Auburn Hills continues to bring top national talent to the Detroit area.
On Thursday, July 19, Johnny Winter will perform at a release party for his "Roots" CD, which pays homage to the blues legends who influenced him. The “Roots” CD, which is available now, features guest appearances by Edgar Winter, Sonny Landreth, Jimmy Vivino, Warren Haynes, John Popper, Vince Gill, Susan Tedeschi, and John Medeski, among others. It received 4.7 out of five stars by the 43 individuals who reviewed it on
Tickets for Winter’s show start at $45.
On Saturday, July 28, Callahan’s will host The Dick Wagner Show. Wagner is a Detroit native whose songs and lead guitar have been featured on more than 200 albums, garnering more than 35 Platinum and Gold records, BMI songwriter awards, Emmys, and numerous international awards.
He has played guitar or written songs for some of the biggest stars in music, including Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, the late Etta James, and many more too numerous to mention.
He started his musical career as a teenager, backing up performers such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Little Richard. He first garnered local attention with his group The Bossmen and later formed the successful bands The Frost (“Rock N’ Roll Music”) and Ursa Major.
Tickets for his show start at $35.
Other upcoming shows at Callahan’s include Lucky Peterson (new date of June 18), Chris Duarte (June 19), Bernard Allison (June 22), Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-A-Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton (June 24) and the Royal Southern Brotherhood (featuring Devon Allman, Cyril Neville and Mike Zito) on June 26.
Fans of blues guitar will not want to miss the birthday party for guitarist extraordinaire Jim McCarty on June 9. McCarty will be joined by his “Guitar Army,” including Johnnie Bassett, Bobby Murray, Jeff Grand and Big Al Grebovic. Wow!
Another show to mark on your calendar is the CD release party for singer Shaun Murphy’s “Live at Callahan’s” album on July 14.
For information on all of Callahan’s shows, click

Slide wizard
Fans of slide guitar will want to catch Sonny Landreth (who played on Winter’s “Roots” CD, see above) on Friday (May 18) at the Magic Bag in Ferndale.
Landreth will be celebrating the release of his new CD “Elemental Journey.” The all-instrumental CD, which drops May 22, features guest appearances by guitarists Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson, steel drum master Robert Greenidge and members of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets for his appearance at the Magic Bag are $25. For information, click

Next generation of the blues
The Scarab Club/Detroit Blues Society Blues Heritage Series presents the program Next Generation of the Blues at 2 p.m. Saturday (May 19) at the Scarab Club in Detroit.
The performance features five outstanding young performers – guitarist John Rhoades (Motor City Josh) and Ari Teitel (Thornetta Davis), 17-year-old saxman Nolan Young, bassist Alex Lyon (Motor City Josh) and drummer Julian Van Slyke (Doug Deming, Chef Chris).

Michael Burks Memorial
The family of late bluesman Michael "Iron Man" Burks has announced plans for a memorial and musical celebration on Sunday (May 20). The event, open to the public, will take place rain or shine at 3 p.m. CST at Riverwoods On The Ouachita in Burks' hometown of Camden, Arkansas.
Burks died in Atlanta on May 6, 2012. He was 54 years old.

Janiva Magness on NPR’s ‘World Café’
Singer Janiva Magness, a Michigan native who recently released the fine CD “Stronger For It” (Alligator Records), will appear on NPR's “World Café” on May 24.
The live concert will air on over 250 stations nationwide and will also be available to stream on demand.
To see more on Magness and her work as an advocate for foster children, click here.
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Monday, May 7, 2012

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Michael Burks
Chicago's Alligator Records reports that guitarist, vocalist, songwriter Michael "Iron Man" Burks died in Atlanta on Sunday, May 6, 2012. Burks, who was born July 30, 1957, was 54 years old. He was returning from a tour of Europe and collapsed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He was rushed to South Fulton Medical Center where he could not be revived. The preliminary diagnosis for cause of death was a heart attack.

Burks  won the 2004 Living Blues magazine Critics' Award for Best Guitarist and received a nomination for the 2012 Blues Music Award for Best Guitarist.

Burks released three albums on Alligator. GuitarOne named his debut album, "Make It Rain," one of the Top 200 greatest guitar recordings of all time. Burks had just finished recording his fourth Alligator CD, which is due for release at the end of July.

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