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.
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.
Then....we head up to Duluth, Minnesota the San Franscisco of the North lol for the Bayfront Blues Festival. We're dragging Westside Andy, Big Al Groth, Tim Wick (Lamont Cranston), PT Pedersen and Bobby Sellers Jr for four nights of nothing but blues, dancing and big time fun with all the usual suspects like Bootsy, Hurricane Harold, Joan, Marni, Kathy, Harmony, Spike & Hammer, Bobo the Hun, Mikki, Julie, Patty, Henrietta, Bob & Janey hell I could go on and on. We've turned down great festival offers every year to attend this festival because it's just excellent. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, August 11, 13, & 14 we'll be at the Pioneer Bar, 323 W 1st St. Friday we play the new Dance Party in the Acoustic Tent at 9:45pm. Click on the Bayfront Logo to see the schedule.
Our CD "Live at the Big Bull" received the "Best Live CD" of 2015 award from the Independent Blues Scene and Making a Scene Magazine. It was in the Top 30 list for 2015 along with Westside Andy's new CD "Blues Just Happen" and the Jimmy's Hot Dish. It's now up for the same at Blues Blast Magazine. Help us get more $$$ at festivals lol by voting. Our pals the Jimmy's are up for an award too so please vote.
Call your local Blues Radio DJ and ask them to play a tune from the cd. If you don't know who call go to this link and look up your local station: Mary4music.com
The CD still has legs and is a still a top seller at CDBaby.com (so is Shake Your Boogie). Get yourself a copy at www.cdbaby.com/reverendraven5. It features Westside Andy Linderman and Benny Rickun on harmonica, Big Al on sax and Pork Chop Moore on piano. Westside Andy's CD "Blues Just Happen" is also a top seller at CDBaby.com
The Press Section of this website also has some new reviews from Blues Music Magazine, Blindman's Blues Report and the Colorado Blues Society "Terrific CD"
Our CD "Shake Your Boogie" is still selling well on CDBaby.com too. Featuring Big Al Groth on sax and Pork Chop Moore on piano with Madison Slim on harmonica and vocal on 4 bonus cuts. It's on sale at CDBaby.com for $10.00. Another top 30 CD for 2012 that ended up at #12 for the year after debuting at #6. Help fight my personal war on poverty and get yourself a copy.
"Any fan of straight ahead tough electric blues will really like this record...A very enjoyable and professionally made record, everyone plays really well, it sounds good...I really enjoyed it a lot...my sincere compliments" Bruce Iglauer/President - Alligator Records
"Yeah... Mmmm... The next best thing to seeing the Reverend and his band live is to slip one of their CDs into your CD player. This new CD is just what the doctor ordered -- makes you want to dance, laugh, cry, get mellow, and more. Great vocals, wonderful guitar riffs, tight band. It's nice to be able to always count on that! Big Al's sultry, subtle sax on track 9 is some of his best. Thanks, guys, for another great CD!" Melodie Carr/CT NPR Blues Radio