Saturday, September 11, 2010

Autumn In The Beehive 2010

After a whirlwind summer that found me in Houston, Atlanta, Baltimore, DC and points between, I landed in New Orleans at the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, visiting with friends and participating in PazFest II, Michael Paz's benefit for the Ruth Paz Hospital for Burns and Pediatric Surgery in Honduras. Late August also saw the digital-only re-release of "Get You A Healin' " to benefit my pet charity, The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic, with original tracks by Irma Thomas, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and others. On the "bonus cuts" side, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez's "The Cradle DId Rock" from The Deep End joins tracks by BB King, Richard Thompson, The Subdudes, and Chandler Travis. So very proud to be included.

I decamp to Muscle Shoals, Alabama September 15 to sit in with Donnie Fritts and The Decoys on their regular Wednesday night gig and to visit with Rick and Linda Hall at FAME and tour other studios.....this journey to the heart of Southern Soul music will be like going down to the well for me. I'll report back on how it goes.

Reviews for The Deep End continue to come in, with wonderful mentions in Downbeat, Blues Revue, and Blueswax. Leading the pack are The Bluegrass Special's "The Deep End insists on telling the truth until it alters perceptions of love and loss and how it all works, especially when it falls apart so tragically as that which produced this work of art. Here comes the sun, healing and transcendent." and Dave Marsh's "Ohlman turns out the best blue-eyed soul of her career...'The Gone of You' fully exhibits how much grief a blues-drenched heart can bear. The whole history of soul music can be heard here, reflected in a passionate life--or two." (Rock n' Rap Confidential).

I am deeply grateful, and deeply aware of how much the connection with friends and fans through the music means. Hope to see you soon on stage.

And thanks to VENU Magazine, a fabulous new arts and music mag based out of Fairfield, CT, for their wonderful feature in the September/October issue.

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