// November 23rd, 2014

WE ARE ON 0UR WAY EAST as we write this. We start at Beer Geeks in Highland, Indiana to play a show with the amazing multi-BMA nominated Gerry Hundt, then head east for shows at Chan's in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, several media appearances in the Boston area, and then Cady's-- also in Rhode Island. Who knew, the future of Kilborn Alley passed through Rhode Island?

IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN AT ANY OF THESE SHOWS, you are probably tired of us carrying on about our gigs with Jackie Scott. So, you need to get to the next one so you know what all the noise is about. Ms. Scott is amazing, and the show she did with us at the Iron Post in Urbana, Illinois in late October was just plain out there. It was a great week all around, with us sponsoring Josh Hoyer at the Clark Bar in Champaign, playing with Bobby Rush and Bob Corritore on WEFT-FM, and seeing lots of old friends at the BLUES BLAST MUSIC AWARDS, now in Champaign. But Jackie Scott: we're pretty sure as we write this she will be back for Valentine's weekend.

WE'VE DONE SO MUCH FUN STUFF IN THE LAST MONTH OR SO, it really isn't fair. We went out and did our special Bobby "Blue" Bland set at Knucklehead's in Kansas City. We returned to play for our good friends at the Rock-n-Blues Haus in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. They are working on a concept like James Walker's now nationally notable "Friends of the Blues" in Kankakee, Illinois-- not a blues society, but a handful of people who will just do it. Bless them all, because, private venues, public bodies, blues societies, friends of the blues, we need them all to bring forth the opportunities for wonderful blues music. We had a great time at the Wicked Moose in Rochester, Minnesota, playing on a bill with Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers and Sena Ehrhardt. We got to do a Blue Monday in Springfield, Illinois, one of the stops along the trail that has kept the "working" in the phrase "Working musician" for years. It was a hoot to play for old friends at the new South Street Saloon in Danville, Illinois, and a memorable Halloween with The Curses (The Curses! in costumes!) at the Cowboy Monkey in Champaign. Hell, we even got to play a great Willow Ridge Winery show!

EARLY NOVEMBER has been sublime. Yeah, sublime. For the first time in a year we returned to BB's Jazz, Blues, & Soups in Saint Louis. It was just a great Friday night. We played StL on our way to Clarksdale, Mississippi for the (first annual, we hope) Mississippi Saxophone Harp Festival. We were the band that provided the backing for most of the harmonica players. Watermelon Slim was there with his band, so, you know, right there. And Blind Mississippi Morris did his thing. We backed Mitch Kashmar in a memorable set, as well as Johnny Sansone, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, and Deak Harp. We got to hang with our friends Mississippi Bill Abel and Reverend Robert. This was all done outside the Delta Blues Museum. We hope you've heard Deak's new album, ably assisted by Bill Abel and others. This last weekend we played a new venue in Chicago-- Nick's Beer Garden in the Wicker Park neighborhood. It was one of those wild blast off, & see how many times you can orbit nights. It was a fantastic crowd.

ALL SORTS OF SHOWS COMING UP BEFORE WE SAY adios to 2014. We are playing in the Sunday series at Pop's in Decatur, Illinois, and are going to open a barbq restaurant called the Humble Hog. We are going back to the Blues City Deli in Saint Louis, and you can put a * by that, because those are always crazy fun nights. We got shows at Digger's, the Clark Bar and the Iron Post, a new place called Uncle Martin's, and Goldy's, and Wild Willy's and the Wild Dog. And more wildness. Come see us!

ED O'HARA, our rocket on drums since 2005, is on a little hiatus from the band to recuperate his hands. Ed is still playing some shows, like the upcoming Wisconsin-Minnesota trip. Aaron "A Train" Wilson is brilliantly filling in on most other shows.

Josh Stimmel's Blues Blast Magazine interview-- share this with your friends. Here is the link: http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/featured-interview-josh-stimmel/ . One tiny correction, Kilborn Alley never competed in the International Blues Challenge at any level-- we met Jackie Scott at the Blues Blast Music Awards in Chicago in 2010.

MEDIA PLAY. We are pleased to say that our songs "Breakaway" and "Couple of Days" from the Don Odell's Legends show have each logged over 2,000 views in less than a year. How about we drive "Watch It" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcBXwsPywSQ and "Can I Get a Hello" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM9YGK9Ln9c and "Better Off Now" over that mark real fast? You can do this.

HEY! Tear Chicago Down cds are in. Get a copy or three for all your loved ones next time you see us, or from your local recorded music retailer via Burnside Distributing.

SOMEONE JERKED OUR CHAIN THE OTHER DAY to let us know you can now see the entire "Jubilee: A Celebration of American Music" episode dedicated to our most recent appearance at the 2010 W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival at Henderson, Kentucky. See this offering from KET at http://www.ket.org/jubilee/program.fwx?programid=JUBI1512 and support this fine American roots music series by asking your PBS stations to run it or keep running it.

YOU WANNA SEE ED singing and playing harp? Check out this video from our December show at Memphis on Main in Champaign, Illinois: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbEkHa_xGjU

SPECIAL THANKS. Years ago in an interview we were asked about our clean traditional guitar sound and never having any effects pedals on stage, and our pithy Josh replied, "We don't play amplifiers, we play guitars." Dude. Well, the fine folks at Big Joe Stomp Box sent Andrew and Josh their "stomp box," and we are really having fun with them. Andrew especially likes to use his to punch up his guitar solos. More cracklin' tube fun for everyone.

WE REMIND our friends in Champaign County that it is time to renew your membership in the Prairie Crossroads Blues Society, and that our friends in Macon should re-up with the Decatur Blues Society, our friends in McLean should join or rejoin the Blues Blowtorch Society, that our friends in Sangamon County need to be sure they are members of the Illinois Central Blues Club, our friends in Peoria and Tazewell counties need to get up to date with the River City Blues Society, and our pals in Kankakee County need to pester James Walker about how they can make a contribution to his amazing "Friends of the Blues."

WEFT-FM (and streaming on-line throughout planet Earth) has blues Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 2 Central Time (US). We are especially drawn to the Tuesday show, usually hosted by our pal Dave Wright, and with frequent guest fill-in, Mr. Andrew Duncanson. It is interesting, given basically a whole room of blues albums to pick from, to see what Andrew plays. Listen to WEFT, try to read the tea leaves of Andrew's inscrutable tastes.

HOPE YOU LOOK AROUND the site, now you are here. The Press page has been spiffed up and now takes you to a bunch of recent reviews, The Media page has downloadable photos, our album covers, song samples, and video links. We are contemplating adding even more. Jessie Gillan, librarian extraordinaire and jill of all honorable trades in Gotham City, makes this possible.

DON'T BE BASHFUL about following us on Twitter, friending us on Facebook, or on Myspace. Myspace is usually the first place we update new shows; it has remained an exceptionally good platform for a band to present itself, even though it has lagged in general use. We can't tell you what this means, but we have over 9,000 Myspace friends, over 102, 000 profile views, and over 58,000 song plays.

CHECK THE SHOWS PAGE, and just check back often to see what we're doing!

DID YOU KNOW, or maybe you knew and forgot, Kilborn Alley Blues Band has a distribution agreement with Burnside Distribution Corporation of Portland, Oregon? What this means is, when you are looking for the four Blue Bella releases, BETTER OFF NOW, TEAR CHICAGO DOWN, and PUT IT IN THE ALLEY have your local records store contact BDC about getting the cds.

. . . it is the music which changes the place from the rear room of a
saloon in back of the yards to a fairy place, a wonderland, a little
corner of the high mansions of the sky.

---Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (1906)

Best Band

The Kilborn Alley Blues Band does gritty Chicago blues and southern fried soul for all the generations of blues lovers. This music speaks for itself; better still, it convinces you to listen.

Andrew Duncanson
- vocals, guitar
Josh Stimmel - guitar
Chris Breen
- electric bass guitar
Ed O'Hara
- drums, vocals

Abraham Johnson - guest vocals
Dave Fauble - guest saxophone

Anthony Decerbo - drums '00
Brian Johnson - harmonica '00
Yasufumi Sono - drums '00
Joe Asselin - harmonica '00 - '09
Jaden Brooks - drums '00 - '05
Will Smith - drums '05
"Deak Harp" - harmonica '09 -'10

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