Merry Xmas, Happy Hanukkah and Festivus for the Restivus.  Had a great time at Von Trier with The Leroy Airmaster Band on Wednesday, thanks to Bill Stone, Dave Kasik and Marc Wilson for a night of cool Magic Sam and Otis Rush tunes I haven't played in years.  Mother nature is being uncooperative this weekend and we had to cancel our show at the Knuckle Down Saloon.  Couple shows this Xmas week to promote. 

12/19 - Boundaries Pub - Beloit, WI 6pm w/Dave Potter & the Alley Kings
12/22 - Potawatomi Casino  Milwaukee, WI 8:30pm w/Westside Andy
12/23 - Short Branch Saloon, Neenah, WI 9pm w/Westside Andy 
12/29 - The Intermission, Wausau, WI 8pm w/Westside Andy
12/30 - The Blind Pig, Duluth, MN 8pm w/Westside Andy

12/31 - The Double Tree Inn, Bloomington, MN 7:30pm w/Westside Andy

            The Jimmys and The Lamont Cranston Band

 

 

Live at the Big Bull is still going strong.  After winning two awards this year for "Best Live CD of the Year' from Blues Blast Magazine and The Independent BluesScene.  We just received another great review from the Natchel' Blues Network of Virginia written by Brian "The Bluesman" Beachum. It's still a top seller at CDBaby.com and you can purchase it at CDBaby.com/reverendraven5 or at The Exclusive Company, 5026 S. 74th St. Greenfield, WI 

Westside Andy's CD "Blues Just Happen" is also a top seller at CDBaby.com and features Billy Flynn and Barrel House Chuck (RIP) on piano. Living Blues Magazine called Chuck the greatest living blues pianist and it's true.  You can purchase this cd at: CDBaby.com/westsideandy2. Come to a show and get both of these cds for a special price.

Speaking of special prices.  Our cd "Shake Your Boogie" is also a top seller
and going for a special Holiday Price of $10 on CDBaby.com.  I'll sell it to
you for $5.00 as an add on to an order for "Live at the Big Bull". Send a
check or money order for $20.00 plus $2.50 for shipping to Nevermore
Records, 3851 E. Holmes Avenue, Cudahy, WI 53110 and I'll send both cds
to you right away.

We're winding down the summer schedule and finishing up with a benefit and a Blues Festival before we head to Canada for a 3 week tour.  

Wed - 9/28 - Morton's Inn, Cedarburg, WI 6:30pm w/Benny Rickun on harmonica

Thu -  9/29 - Kankakee Valley Boat House, Kankakee, IL 7:30pm w/Westside Andy on harmonica 

Fri -    9/30 - Knuckle Down Saloon, Madison, WI 8pm w/Westside Andy on harmonica

Sat -   9/31 - Quivey Grove, Fitchburg, WI 1pm w/Westside Andy & Mel Ford

Blues Blast Music Awards
2016 Best Live CD of the Year

Live at the Big Bull garnered another best of award (first was from the Independent Blues Scene) from Blues Blast Magazine.  Thanks to everyone concerned.  Exclusive Company in Greenfield, WI carries the CD....otherwise give it a whirl at www.cdbaby.com/reverendraven5

Thanks to everyone who have come out to our shows in record numbers this summer.  It's humbling and a result of the good work of our promotions company, Recordevents.com, helmed by Kris Raymond getting the word out to our friends and the media. Here's what's up for the next few weeks.  Look forward to seeing you.

We kick off August with a show at the Legacy of Lakes Museum in Alexandria, MN on Friday, August 5th.  Doors open at 5:30pm and the music begins at 7pm sharp.   

Then we head to Plymouth, MN to play Higher Grounds - A Music Series from Mount Olivet presents BLUES ... August 6, 2016 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth, Plymouth, MN.  A great lineup includes, Cole Allen, Lisa Wenger and headliner's the Jimmy's.  We go on a 6:15pm on the Main Stage.  Go to: Higher Grounds Music Festival to see more information.  Then we rush home to play The Wisconsin State Fair on Monday and Tuesday, August 8th and 9th at 6pm.  We'll be on the Major Goolsby Stage.  Monday night features Westside Andy on harmonica and on Tuesday it's Big Al Groth on saxophone.  Pork Chop Moore will be with us on both evenings.  Lot's of dancing, food and old friends. 

Our three week road trip was excellent. We started at the House of Blues in Chicago, headed to the Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis to play to a packed house and then jumped down to Florida to play four shows at clubs that were packed with dancers waiting to see us.

Brian Lee sat in at The Blue Rooster and received a well deserved standing ovation. What a treat to hang with my old friend.  He's coming up to Wisconsin this summer to celebrate his 60th year in the music business.

The Legendary Blues Cruise was a blast. Latimore, Elvin Bishop, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Ronnie Hicks, Mike Wheeler, Toronzo Cannon, Tommy Castro, Shinetop, Scottie Miller, Danielle Nicole, Tab Benoit, Mr Sipp, Eddie Cotton and so many more tore it up.  

We had the honor of hosting the Pro - Jam the second night on the pool deck at midnight and you can see the result on our video page or go to: LRBC 26 and check it out.  Big thanks to Jimmy Voegeli, Westside Andy, Bobby Sellers Jr, and PT Pedersen for laying it down all week long.

We have finally begun work on our 20th anniversary CD. The cd is a compilation of our original songs, remastered, mixed and sometimes re-imagined. With some special guests and former Chain Smoking Altar Boys. I was in the studio yesterday and finished up 3 songs with Bill Stace from Walls Have Ears Studio. You can help us fund it by going to http://www.gofundme.com/ReverendRaven20th.  

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