2010 On The Road with Big City Rhythm & Blues
Magazine, Robert Jr & Shirley Mae: “We are “Happy To
Have The Blues!”
For the upcoming April/May 2010 Big
City Rhythm & Blues Magazine returns to one of their favorite “Big
Cities” - New Orleans—Robert Jr.’s muse. With its
rich musical heritage, our new issue will be dedicated to Louis Armstrong
entitled "The Horn Issue" with Trombone Shorty as the cover
photo/story. Subscribe today at www.bigcitybluesmag.com and be the first
to see the new issue out on newsstands in April and you will also be
entered into our new autographed guitar raffle. Plus all subscribers
will receive "Jump For Joy" CD Sampler #7 that features another
photograph by Robert Jr. of a once famous New Orleans landmark--The
House of Joy on its cover and the Dew Drop Inn on the inside. Our cover
photo shoot “Horn Issue” began on Mardi Gras Sunday around
Noon. Two hours later we were still unable to get to uptown Tipitina’s
due to blocked streets due to parade routes. Thousands began to converge
on sidewalks and neutral ground early to get a spot to catch a bead
and see Saints hero Drew Brees as the King of Bacchus. Finally Robert
Jr. somehow managed to get near Tipitina's where Troy Andrews aka Trombone
Shorty had just finished up his sound check, waited for Robert Jr.’s
arrival. Junior quickly got it together, set up the shoot in no time
and his cover photo looks great!
In The House Of Love - CD Sampler #8 is coming!
Speaking of CD Samplers, Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine is so
overwhelmed with the popularity of our CD Samplers. The positive response
has been unbelievable, absolutely amazing that we are now working diligently
with musicians/bands to help promote their music on our 2010 Summer
CD Sampler--"Spy In The House Of Love." There are only a few
remaining slots left! They fill up fast so get your song on it today!
Our free CD samplers connect you with the well connected and with new/renewal
subscribers, radio personalities and music/fest promoters. For more
information: email@example.com or 248-582-1544.
On The Road with Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine Photos--We'll
take you there!
As a travel destination music magazine, we shoot hundreds of shots and
only a quarter of them can possibly be featured in our magazine. Therefore,
we will be featuring our photographs monthly on www.BigCityBluesMag.com.
Plus you can still check out Robert Jr.s past work including his historic
group shots and cover shots plus Artwork On Website: Rick Ruby,"Millenium Man"
Robert Jr," Happy To Have The Blues!"
Mark Arminski, "SRV"
Dane Tilghman"Janis Joplin"
Lindsay Shannon, "Running Shoes"
Eric Z Manning, "Willie Dixon"
Dagmar Chaplin, "Robert Johnson" & "Muddy Waters"
Check it out at www.bigcitybluesmag.com.
Big City Rhythm
& Blues Magazine hits the High Seas--LRBC & Super Mardi Gras
We began the year on the biannual Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise--Caribbean
on the first class Eurodam. Since 2002 we have not missed a LRBC. Every
cruise gets better and better. Tragically, eleven days before we sailed
a earthquake hit Haiti. Quick thinking Robert Jr. thought how we could
help by auctioning off a large Haiti flag and small Haiti flags would
be given to
those who donated. Thanks to Joni Elensen
& Rob Ramirez for finding & purchasing the flags and making
it work. Thanks to all the LRBC musicians who signed the flag and money
was raised for Doctors Without Borders. Besides working on fundraising
efforts for theSailin' On The High Seas Auction, our highlights included
jamming at Junior's Jukejoint with Deak Harp and many others who stopped
by—Dave Fields, Billy Gibson, Steve Simon, Watermelon Slim, Washboard
Jo, Steve Wiggins... We loved meeting Johnny Winter backstage to autograph
items and he was in good spirits and loved being aboard. We do have
to say that from 10 am
10 pm we have never been so busy, nonstop! Thanks to all the cruisers
who subscribed and helped us out! Thank-you Scrap Iron! There are so
many more highlights of the cruise. We love Taj Mahal with The Phantom
Blues Band! Curtis Salgado blew everyone away and people are still talking;
as reported, Johnny Winter was hot and it was great to see The Mannish
Boys on board--no longer virgins! We barely caught up Keb Mo but it
looked like he was also enjoying the cruise and his adoring fans loved
him. Magic Slim had a natural ball and we always found him enjoying
himself in his chair by the pool stage. We spied Johnny Winter checking
Magic Slim out too. Deanna Bogart's stuning show in the Crows Nest was
standing room.Tab Benoit did sets and then did VOW sets with Big Chief
Monk Boudreaux, Jumpin' Johnnie & Mike Zito. Tommy Castro Band is
lovin' it like us and has sailed on every LRBC. For his LRBC Revue it
featured Kenny Neal. And always entertaining was Watermelon Slim. Jason
Ricci also has a devoted following and fans seemed to follow him constantly.
Ricci hosted the blues party at Half Moon Cay. Paul Richell & Annie
Raines wooed cruisers as well with their authentic blues. And such an
entertainer is Ruthie Foster who is a standout and the closest we have
heard to conjuring up Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Congrats to new Big City Rhythm &
Blues subscriber and cruiser Louise Recktenwall from Colorado who won
an autographed antique Fender guitar just by subscribing. All cruisers
who subscribed (new/renewal) during the LRBC Jan. '10 were entered into
the raffle. More on the cruise in the upcoming April/May Horn Issue....
Super Mardi Gras 2010!
When the Saintscome marching in! Who Dat!
When the Saints won the Super Bowl, New Orleans cranked up their festivities
even more since it happened during the Mardi Gras season. We couldn't
wait to get there. The grips of winter didn't want to let us go as we
drove south in high winds and drifting snow.
We stopped first at our new neighborhood
bar--BJ's where we found our cookie lovin' landlord & artist Lou.
Soon we were unpacked and ready to roll but due to the rain and possible
snow, all parades were cancelled that evening so we decided it was a
perfect time for a carpetbagger steak at Jacque A Mo's. Friday we found
Muses and parked near Napolean & Magazine in time to see the Rolling
Elvi and Bearded Oysters. We caught 3 shoes! Saturday Little Freddie
King performed at BJ's to a standing room only crowd. Sunday we focused
on the cover shoot with Trombone Shorty & John Sinclair. Sugar caught
a football thrown by Drew Brees! We have to thank our host Gina Farago
who let's us invade her home to watch the parade outside her door. Thanks
Gina! This year the King of Orpheus was Peyton Manning the Saints coach
who held the Lombardi trophy tightly and let Sugar touch it.
On Mardi Gras morning we were up at dawn
to make our way cross town to the Zulu Parade that rolls early--8am.
Somehow we got behind a fully loaded Zulu fire truck with its sirens
& lights blaring and a Zulu Krewe that we followed. After we saw
the Zulu King & Queen and with plenty of coconuts in hand we found
our big chiefs--Bo Dollis, Monk Boudreaux & John Sinclair. All on
a Mardi Gras Day!
Hear Robert Jr. & Shirley Mae live every Monday on BB King’s
Bluesville Sirius XM Channel 74, 5 pm on the Eastside of town.