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2010 News March 21, 2019   

February 11, 1937 - July 22, 2010

Phillip Walker From Delta Groove Music:

It is with deepest sorrow that we report on the sudden and unexpected passing of legendary blues guitarist Phillip Walker.  He died of apparent heart failure at 4:30 AM, early Thursday morning, July 22, 2010.  He was 73 years old.

Born February 11, 1937 near Lake Charles, Louisiana, in the small town of Welsh, Phillip Walker's earliest musical influences came via the Cajun and Creole rhythms he heard as a youngster.  A second cousin to Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and huge admirer of T-Bone Walker, Phillip began making a name for himself in the early 1950s with his first recording session backing pianist Roscoe Gordon.  At the age of 16, Walker left home to tour with Zydeco king Clifton Chenier (who incidentally gave the young fledgling Walker his first bona fide guitar) and never looked back.

After relocating to Los Angeles in 1959, Walker cut his first side as a bandleader; the storming "Hello My Darling", produced by J.R. Fulbright for Elko Records.  His first full length album didn't appear until much later though.  With the help of long-time supporter and producer Bruce Bromberg, Walker cut the excellent LP "The Bottom of the Top" in 1973 for Hugh Hefner's short-lived Playboy label.  Over the next three decades Walker's musical career continued to pick up steam with numerous recording projects for HighTone, Black Top, Rounder, JSP and Alligator Records.

In 2007, Randy Chortkoff signed Phillip Walker to Delta Groove Music and released the critically acclaimed CD "Going Back Home".  The recording session featured the renowned guitarist going back to his roots and exploring the rich musical history of Louisiana, Texas and West Coast Blues on classic material by Lowell Fulson, Ray Charles, Lonesome Sundown, Lightnin' Hopkins, Champion Jack Dupree and Frankie Lee Sims among others.  Going Back Home was later awarded Best Album of 2007 in the New Recordings / Contemporary Blues category by the Living Blues Awards Critics' Poll.

Label CEO Randy Chortkoff shared some of his fond remembrances of working with Phillip these last few years by stating "Phillip was a consummate gentleman and it was an absolute pleasure working with him over the years.  It was a pleasure producing his last album 'Going Back Home'.  We chose the music on that album based on Phillip's musical tastes and background.  He especially enjoyed doing the Champion Jack Dupree song 'Bad Blood'.  It later became a standard in his live repertoire, in addition to one I wrote for him, 'Lay You Down'.  We also had a great time with him years ago at the Moulin Blues Festival in Holland where he performed with The Mannish Boys, and then again at Ground Zero in Clarksdale, Mississippi for our 3rd Annual Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue.  There's some great footage of him playing at Ground Zero that we hope to one day put out and share with everyone.  He was definitely a one of a kind.  He will be missed."

July 11, 2010
Merced, CA

Our good buddies who just opened The Tone Shop in Fresno were burglarized in the early morning hours last weekend.  The thieves got away with a lot of guitars and amps.  What I need from all of you is to help pass the word anywhere you can to see if any of this gear surfaces.  We have helped in the past in retrieving guitars for Cole Fonseca and Tommy Castro by everyone spreading the word.  Here is a list of what was taken.  If you run across any of it please call the police and let them know ASAP.

•  2007 Marshall JCM 2000 DSL head
•  Fender Twin from around the early 1990s - red knob
•  Marshall JCM 800 1-12 combo, kinda beat and power plug was modified
•  Ibanez DJD 91 guitar with TV Jones pickups, red in color
•  1960s Silvertone Rocket, pretty good shape for its age
•  BC Rich neck threw Strat style guitar it was brand new two humbuckers still had factory sticker on tone control, natural wood color
•  Yamaha 4 string bass black like new condition
•  1993 Heritage 575 jazz guitar, sunburst, short scale - damn near mint condition
•  Epiphone Strat, red color, hockey puck headstock
•  Fender 62 reissue Strat from the mid 1980s - black, black pickgaurd and new jumbo frets
•  Epiphone Casino Elite - natural and was like new
•  GTX Super Strat - snake skin finish, floyd rose trem, new condition
•  Gibson Les Paul Studio - worn cherry wood color
•  Fender FMT Tele - flamed maple, set neck, two humbuckers
•  Fender MIJ Squire Strat - black with white gaurd

Jim Eachus
The Tone Shop

June 29, 2010
Merced, CA


Andrew Jackson Family members of Andrew Jackson, the 6-year-old son of bluesman Cooley Jackson who was killed this week after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle, are raising donations for the boy's funeral and have set up a fund.

Full story in the Merced Sun-Star:  www.mercedsunstar.com/2010/06/29/1477790/6-year-old-boy-killed-in-fatal.html

Donations can be made at:

Farmers Federal Credit Union
17 W. Alexander Ave.
Merced, CA  95348
Phone:  (209) 384-5712
Fax:  (209) 723-0117
Account #:  143589519

The fund is in the name Erika Willis Jackson, Andrew's mother.
Read more:  www.mercedsunstar.com/2010/07/02/1481714/fund-set-up-for-boys-funeral.html#ixzz0sXtBAO5J

April 30, 2010
Club Mercedes, Merced, CA

Lil' Dave Thompson On Friday, April 30th, Merced's Club Mercedes will bring together two guitar greats - east coast blues royalty Steve "Mouse" Johnson, and Merced's masterful blues showman Mike Hammar.

While building a solid reputation at blues festivals and clubs throughout California, Mike Hammar & The Nails won top honors at the Monterey Blues Festival's 2009 "Battle of the Blues Bands".  That puts them before an international audience as Monterey Blues Festival's Main Stage opening act this coming June.

Steve Johnson has recently added the distinction of winning New York Blues & Jazz Society's 2009 "Battle of the Bands" to an already lengthy musical resume - rich with glowing recognition from the music industry.

Steve's recordings have been heard in television episodes of "Medium", "Monster Garage", and "Chopper Build-Off".  He's exchanged licks on stages with Albert Collins, Paul Butterfield, Johnny Copeland, Jaco Pastorius, Lonnie Mack, Leslie West, Eddie Martinez, Paul Schaeffer and many other keystones of blues and jazz.

Steve's west coast cohorts Those BOBtones will be on hand.

Club Mercedes
569 West 9th Street
Merced, CA  95340
Phone  (209) 383-9906.

Doors, bar and kitchen open at 5:00 pm.  Live blues 7:00-11:00 pm.

$10 tickets can be purchased at Rudy's Encore at 1628 Canal at Bob Hart Square in Merced - phone (209) 233-9614 or (209) 233-9489.



March 27, 2010

CVBS / Blues Lovers Newsletter Week of March 21 Issue 417

Hello Blues Lovers, this is it.  We are making history for the CVBS by putting on 4 events on the same night in 4 different cities.  When I asked folks to step up to the plate I could have never dreamed it would grow like this.  Now all we need is the rest of you to show up and bring lots of friends to which ever show you will be attending.  If you don't forward anything else this year please forward this.

Before I list the shows I want to thank some hard working folks, sponsors and volunteers who made all this possible.

First off, Susan Neville and the Tower Theater for providing the Fresno Venue.  Jerry Burns Sound company for providing the PA for the Tower show.  Jerry Liles and Sound Stage for the back line of equipment and the Fender Guitar for our raffle.  Lucky Lopez for helping with organizing the bands, getting the fliers designed by his guys at Digi Signs.  Glen Rhoads of Premier Printing for doing our fliers.  The Houndog of KFSR 90.7 and Carter of 95.7 The Fox

Lennie Mendoza, Sandy Shelton and Tim Garcia for organizing the event in Visalia.  Lennie also is providing the PA system in Visalia.  The Moose Lodge in Visalia and all their volunteers.  Bill Balsley of KVLP 101.8 of Visalia for being MC and radio support.  Visalia Sponsors, Figaro's Mexican Southwest Grill, Curry Printing & Copy Center, Sterling Bishop.

Tony Westlake and Nino's Place for organizing the event in Modesto.  Marc Chenault and the Voodoo Lounge for organizing the event in San Jose.  All the CVBS volunteers who will be helping work these events.  Also, thanks to all the bands who volunteered for these performances.  I can't say thanks enough.  I apologize if I forgot to mention someone.

Now onto the show lineup and times.

All shows are this Saturday, March 27 (pay attention for different time's)


Fresno's Tower Theatre show starts at 6pm till 11pm
Artists:  Cole Fonseca Band, Deja Blues, Lucky Lopez Band, Loose Gravel Blues Band and The Rudy Parris Band.  MC will be The Houndog from 90.7 KFSR.  Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 for 13 and under, under 6 FREE.  Bring the whole family.  Win an autographed Fender Guitar / raffle tickets are only $2 each / 6 for $10.  Must be present to win!  The Tower Theatre is located at 815 E. Olive Ave. in Fresno's Tower District.

Visalia's Moose Lodge show starts at 5pm till 11pm
Artists:  Bad Luck and Trouble, The Stepsons, Lance Canales and the Flood, The Creative Center's "Blues Brothers", Fat Daddy Blues Band, Phil Goodwin Band, Brandon Z. Howard.  Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 for 13 and under, under 6 FREE.  Bring the whole family.  Visalia Moose Lodge is located at 3360 S. Fairway.

Modesto's show will be at Nino's Place 3pm till 7pm
Artists:  Rhythm Deluxe, Cynthia Huddleston and the Juke Joint Jokers, Shad Harris of the Groovenators, Big Earl and the Cryin' Shame, Tony and the Tuff Times.  Tickets are $15 atd, 21 and over.  Nino's Place is located at 5219 McHenry Ave.

San Jose's show is at the Voodoo Lounge.
Artists:  Gary Smith, Coleman Head, Billy Davis Band, Random Status and Comedian Veronica Porras as the MC.  Tickets are only $5 at the door with additional donations possible inside.  The Voodoo Lounge is located at 14 S. 2nd St., Downtown San Jose

May 21, 1969 - February 14, 2010

Lil' Dave Thompson By Reverend Keith A. Gordon

It is with great sadness that we report the death of bluesman Lil' Dave Thompson.  The noted blues guitarist was killed in an auto accident outside of Augusta, Georgia at 7:00 AM on Sunday morning, February 14, 2010.  Thompson and his band were returning home to Greenville, Mississippi from Charleston, South Carolina where they had performed Saturday night, the last gig on a lengthy and successful tour.  None of Thompson's band members were seriously hurt in the accident.

Thompson was born in Mississippi in 1969 into a blues family, his father Sam having performed alongside artists like Asie Payton, Willie Foster, Paul Wine Jones, and others.  He began playing guitar at the age of nine, and was playing in local bands in his early teens.  Thompson made his recording debut in 1995 with the release of Little Dave and Big Love on the Fat Possum label.  Although he would literally disappear from the blues scene for better than six years, Thompson would reappear in 2002 with his album C'mon Down To The Delta.

It was with a pair of albums for the Electro-Fi Records label, however, that Thompson would make a big noise in the blues world.  Thompson's Got To Get Over You (2006) and Deep In The Night (2008) would be accompanied by constant touring and critical acclaim, and would earn the guitarist a loyal and growing audience.  Our thoughts go out to Thompson's family, friends, and many fans worldwide.

Lil' Dave is survived by his wife of 15 years, Susan White; children David Jr. (20), Danielle (19), Shequeena (18), Shirleiah (16) and Destiny (13); sisters Patricia, Barbara Denise (twin sister), Jennifer and Pasty Thompson, Zenovia Henderson and Rose Marie Richmond; and brothers John, Sam, Elijah Allen and Tyrone Thompson.

Contributions to the family can be mailed to:

Community Bank
P.O. Box 28
Indianola, MS  38751

Or wire transfer to routing # 084204301
For the benefit of Dave Lil' Dave Thompson
c/o John Thompson

Direct mail to the family can be sent to:
John Thompson
P.O. Box 512
Moorhead, MS  38761
Email to John Thompson:  thomp964@bellsouth.net

The funeral will be at 2:00pm, Saturday, February 20th, 2010
Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church
1301 BB King Road
Indianola, MS  38751


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