Sunday, March 30, 2008

How's it goin' cats n' kittens?! Just a heads-up about my dear friend Naomi Caryl and one of her songs from 1956- "No other love can ever do" on the 'Cambria' label- which can now be heard on my "Butchie Boys Doo Wop Diner" show on "Rock-it Radio"! Its an internet broadcast... so you and friends can link to the "Rock-it" playlist at:

or from the "Rock-it Radio" home/front page:

('ll find me in the "DJ's @" section on the left-column of home-page )

Once there just left-click the audio play button to the left of my show title. If you or anyone have trouble getting the show to play just scroll-down and there is a link for help.

This one is a special "All Girls" show... so its appropo that my 1st offering of one of Naomi's tunes is among the 4 "opener" songs at the top of the show! Naomi's song is 4th... but remember- in the 45rpm world that means she's at the " of the stack"!!

Enjoy everyone!... and thank you Naomi for allowing me the opportunities to play your songs!!

Lord hug you tight... - Butchie

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

We're #29 in "Our Stage March 08 Blues Competition"

Not so long ago I was blessed with the opportunity to record with Canadian blues artist, Michael Coleman on his new CD/Album "Harmony Mill"... on track #8- "Nothing we cant do". Michael heard me play and wanted my blues-harp ( harmonica ) for accompanyment in "Nothing We Cant Do". Michaels own soulful voice seemed a bluesy cry-in-the-night to me... and what I offered up was what I described "...a lost cat, up some dark and lonely street." It seemed to shake-out pretty well. Well, just on no more than a whim I placed our collaborative "Nothing We Cant Do" in the "Our Stage March '08 Blues Competition"... and was shook to find we've already climbed to #29th ( at this writing ) out of 324 other blues competitors- and believe me, some hot blues bands and artists all! Anyhow, talk about some good mojo baby!! Even if we dont go to #1 its been cool enough getting this far in 2 weeks!! My thanks to Michael Coleman who let me be part of his soul and art!!

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Buddy Miles, drummer with Jimi Hendrix, Electric Flag dead at 60...

Buddy Miles, drummer with Jimi Hendrix, Electric Flag dead at 60...

Buddy Miles, 60; drummer with Hendrix, The Electric Flag and an American blues & rock icon of the 60's and 70's has passed away, Tuesday February 28th.Buddy Miles, the rock and R&B drummer, singer and songwriter whose eclectic career included stints playing with Jimi Hendrix has died. Buddy was only 60 when he died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his home in Austin, Texas, according to an announcement on his website. A massive man with a distinctive, sculpted afro, Miles hit his peak of popularity when he joined Hendrix and bassist Billy Cox to form Hendrix's Band of Gypsys, which the New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll called "the first black rock group." Miles had played with Hendrix on the guitarist's influential "Electric Ladyland" album released in 1968. The Band of Gypsys made just one album, a live set recorded on New Year's Eve in 1969-70, and two of Miles' songs, "Them Changes" and "We Got to Live Together," were included on the album. He gave the recording a memorable drum riff on one of Hendrix's signature songs, "Machine Gun."But, according to Miles, the Band of Gypsys association was brief and stormy. He told The Times in 1988 that Hendrix's management, not the guitarist himself, fired him within a month of the concert. He thought Hendrix's managers were leery of continuing with an all-black group."It had to be a racial thing," Miles told The Times. "I think it had to scare them because of the political aspect at the time."Miles was born Sept. 5, 1947, in Omaha. He developed an interest in drums at an early age and by 12 was playing in his father's jazz combo. Within a couple of years he was in demand as a session player and a sideman, working with top-name R&B groups, including Ruby and the Romantics and the Delfonics. According to the Rolling Stone encyclopedia, he played on the session that produced the Jaynetts' 1963 hit "Sally Go Round the Roses."While playing with Wilson Pickett in 1967, he was approached by guitarist Mike Bloomfield, who asked him to join the blues, rock and soul group Electric Flag. Miles played on three of the band's albums before forming his own group, the Buddy Miles Express, in 1968. Next came his association with Hendrix.Over the years, Miles recorded two albums with Carlos Santana, one of which went platinum, and worked with other leading music figures, including Muddy Waters and John McLaughlin. He re-formed the Buddy Miles Express in the mid-1970s and had a hit with his song "Them Changes".

The Rock & Blues Music world has lost an iconic legend in the inimitable Buddy Miles.