// November 11th, 2013
LONG AWAITED ANNOUNCEMENTS! Finally, new Kilborn Alley content. Enjoy.
2013 EUROPEAN TOUR BEGINS. Our friends at Blues Now! In Basel, Switzerland have included us in their wonderful music series for 2013, making it possible for us to tour Europe in November. The Basel show is at the Volkshaus Basel on November 22nd. Our first show on the tour is the BlauBlues Festival Haringe in Haringe, Belgium on Saturday November 9th. This festival has a fine international line-up, and we are looking forward to hearing new acts and making lots of friends. Also on the continent we have a show at an impressive club named Impuls in Frankfurt, Deutschland on Sunday 17 November, and we return to see our many friends in the Roermond, Netherlands area at Blues & More on Saturday, November 23rd. This is going to be fun. We’ve got some things we want to say, and some dedicated blues lovers in Europe have worked hard to give us the opportunity to put our stuff out there.
AND THE UK! Being one narrow channel away, we pick right up with being London’s American blues band. We’ve got six shows in the London metropolitan area—two at the Grape & Grain for the Sydenham Blues Club (Anerley / Crystal Palace), ’Round Midnight in Angel, plus return to The Moors Bar in Crouch End, Dusty’s Blues Club near High Wycombe, and The Effra in Brixton. As near as anyone can tell, we are still the only American blues band trying to capture the heart of London blues, neighborhood by neighborhood—and it has really been a blast doing it. Read the schedule page for the details.
DANG, DANG, DANG, it has been way too long since we have done this. What have we been up to? Plenty. Like our first ever bacon & brews festival. See, right there, we are unintentionally making some of you envious, but that is the kind of lives we lead. We got to have Michael Ledbetter from the Nick Moss Band down for the thirteenth anniversary party of the Iron Post in Urbana, Illinois—what a night. We had the privilege of playing with Brad Hatfield in Cincinnati. The Prairie Crossroads Blues Society came through with a huge night where we played with harmonica great R.J. Mischo at Bentley’s in Champaign. We’re still talking about that one. And then the Willow Ridge Winery near Shelbyville, Illinois, the amazing Friends of the Blues in Kankakee, that scalding night at Stevie Ray’s in Louisville, the festival tie-in show in Morris, Illinois (oh my, my, my, my, my), the off-the-hook sro reception at Blues City Deli in St. Louis . . .
AND WHEN WE GET BACK TO THE USA we are going to play a full schedule through New Years Eve, take January off, and get back in the bus in February. You’ll see. Look for us.
THE CD SITUATION IS that we will soon have a new shipment of Tear Chicago Down, and hope to have all four Blue Bella albums back in stock in 2014.
THE DON ODELL’S LEGENDS videos recorded in Massachusetts in May have enjoyed a big viewership. We can’t stress enough these are the highest quality combination audio and video out there on Kilborn Alley.
If you haven’t checked these out, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbB6-40A0Vg and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhtZihWlm0g are a couple to begin with. Copy the links and send them to your friends. Maybe also to the folks who run your local live music festivals.
AND AS FAR AS FESTIVALS AND COMMUNITY MUSIC SERIES GO FOR 2014, believe it or not, the next twelve weeks are the most important. Call us to get your event on our schedule now—(US)+217 351 1867 or follow the e-mail link on this website. If you want to be our advocate with a local festival or community music series, don’t be bashful; and if you would like some materials to help make your case, we will be glad to help. Be in touch!
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.
SPECIAL THANKS TO Mike "Mr. T" Tatro, who ran the Blues Cafe for the Great Northern Blues Society in Wausau, Wisconsin this year, for the great photos of the event.
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)
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
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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