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 "Best Guitarist" winner at 2015 IBC 
Noah Wotherspoon

Wichita Blues Society
Blues Riff   
September / October 2015
In This Issue
Proud affiliate of theBlues Foundation Logo
Blues Foundation, awarded Organization of the Year in 2000. 
Welcome New Members:     
Jeff Kuhn, Frank Baker, Mark & Janelle Longwell, Bryan W. Clark, Jeff Dewey, Eric Happel, Kevin Carpenter, Kris Hill & Elizabeth Stewart, Lauren Anderson, Tom Collella, Joni Carney, John Torline, James & Tori Willett, and Brad & Chardy Hern

  Thanks for Renewing:
Sue Morningstar Shunatona, David & Annette Graham, Larry North, Brian Butler, Michael Cobb, Marvalee Huen, Alice Rogers-Simmons & Larry Simmons, Janie Gleason & Mike Clough, Lynn Avants, John R. Sullivan, Pat O'Connor, Greg Fox, Jan Fellers, Randy Crump, Carol Vester, and Bill Johnson
Blues Jam 
3rd Wednesday of the Month

Join us at The Shamrock for the Wichita Blues Society's open jam!


Starts at 8:30 p.m. 

Adults only.

At The Cotillion

Click on the image for info and get your tickets!


Other upcoming shows:

Nov. 27 - Thanksgiving Throwdown

Dec. 12 - Split Lip Rayfield


Now airing from Noon - 5p.m.

If you love the Blues, and we know that you do since you're reading the WBS newsletter, you are invited to a House Party every Sunday afternoon!  

Bring your appetite and you'll feel right at home when the Blues are served up on  Bacon Blues with Randy Crump, now airing from Noon to 5 p.m.

But don't go to you r radio. Instead, you can listen everywhere you can access!  There's a free mobile app you can download - just visit the website. 

Drawing from his 50 years of being a Blues fan, Randy will share his experience and knowledge to help make your Sunday afternoons seems just like a House Party!  He'll be playing a wide variety of blues, including music from local artists.  With the expanded time slot, there will be a lot more music with very few commercials!

Come on down to the House Party and have yourself a good time!
Interested in being a WBS Sponsor?
Here's some information, and if this isn't what you had in mind, we'll be happy to sit down and chat with you.   

Board of Directors

Debbie Johnston - President 

Todd Womacks - Treasurer 

Buck Goddard - Secretary and Volunteer coordinator

Don Bean - Events Chair

Michael Peltzer - Events, Jam

Richard Pina 

Lisa Wadsworth

Jim Lanzrath

  Save the Date
18th Annual Blues Ball
January 9, 2016
September 24
The Orpheum Theatre
It's All About The Backbeat  
from Musical Space, by Mark Foley

American pop music isn't about notes or chords or virtuosity. At its core is rhythm. And the defining aspect of pop rhythm is the "backbeat," the accent of beats two and four of a 4/4   measure.

Click here to read or listen to the entire article. 

Musical Space airs on KMUW 89.1 FM every other Tuesday
Music helps celebrate Carnegie Library's 100th anniversary
Click on the image to find out more about the celebration and schedule of events.
Throwback Blues!

"Nobody Knows My Trouble" - Otis Spann and Muddy Waters, Live in Copenhagen 1968

Crossroads Ad
  Crossroads is KMUW's contemporary blues and soul show. Hosted by Chris Heim, the program highlights blues, R&B and soul from the post-war era to the present, from classic recordings to new releases, and from mainstream sounds to a diverse and wide-ranging collection of artists and recordings with roots in the blues and branches in nearly every other musical genre.

Sundays - 9 a.m. to Noon 
92.3 FM The Q


From the President ...
Hello Blue Lovers,

It's been a great year for the WBS so far, and we're ready for more fun events through the fall months. 
Thanks to everyone who attended the Member Appreciation Party with KALO. It was a lot of fun giving away so many concert tickets, CD's and WBS t-shirts. We hope to do it again next year.

The WBS Blues Challenge on August 9 was another fun event. This year we did not have any solo/duo acts, but had four very talented bands compete in the Blues Challenge, which made for some very stiff competition. Congratulations to the Blue Dirt Daredevils who will represent the Wichita Blues Society in Memphis in January 2016. 

We gained several new members at both of these events, and we now have 275 members. Thank you for supporting the Wichita Blues Society!
Our monthly Open Blues Jam is always the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Shamrock. The August jam was very well attended, and we heard some really good music. Hope to see you there next month, as it is always entertaining. 

Summer is coming to an end, but there's still a lot of opportunities to enjoy great outdoor live music. I'm especially excited about the Fall Blues Crawl at the end of September with eight really great bands including IBC Finalists Noah Wotherspoon Band. Hope you can join us on Sunday, September 27, and see why Noah won the 2015 IBC Guitarist of the Year Award. At that time, there will be some announcements about what's in store for the 18th Annual Blues Ball on January 9, 2016. Save the date! 
As always, go out and support live music and thank the venue for supporting the artists. 
" The Blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song, inspiration, feeling, and understanding."   Willie Dixon
See you at a Blues show,
Debbie Johnston
Don't miss the WBS Fall Blues Crawl

Already?  I know that is what you are asking yourself too. It feels like we just finished the spring crawl.  Time flies when you're having fun.

Join us on Sunday, Sept. 27 for the Fall Blues Crawl in Old Town.  Crawl runs from 5 - 8 p.m. and the after party rocks from 8 - 10 p.m. And it will be crazy good again this time with the Noah Wotherspoon Band.

$10 gets you into seven venues PLUS the After Party!  What a great way to kick off fall.
Several of the venues allow entry to those under 21 for the crawl portion. But the after party is 21 and older. 

Here's the full line-up:
  • Kingtones
  • Blue Dirt Daredevils 
  • Mr. Lee & The Just Us Band
  • Ms. Lady D 'Me & The Boyz'
  • Dirty Red and the Soul Shakers
  • Made From Scratch
  • Tara Carr & Kirk Sorensen 
  • After Party with Noah Wotherspoon Band 

This great event does't happen by magic.  We need volunteers to work the doors and at the merchandise tent.  If you are interested in volunteering, email us at [email protected].
Blue Dirt Daredevils to represent WBS at IBC 2016

Congratulations to Lynn Avants (guitar), Larry Sanders (drums), Aaron Underwood (bass) and Sloan Tash (guitar) - the Blue Dirt Daredevils - for winning the Wichita Blues Society's Blues Challenge back on August 9.   

It was a great competition with every band deserving to win.  

The competitors were Lauren Anderson Band, Code Blue and Made From Scratch.  Thank you to our judges, who volunteered their time: Brad Hern (Topeka Blues Society), Bill Fish (Kansas City Blues Society) and Matt Kemp (Oklahoma Blues Society).


Make plans to support our winner by attending the IBC in Memphis.  All the info is right here!  

Anthony Gomes headlines 12th Annual Paxico Blues Festival - Sept. 19

Held Annually in downtown Paxico, Kansas, on the 3rd Saturday in September, the Blues Festival delivers BIG CITY BLUES in a small-town se tting. Brought to you by the Paxico Merchants Association.

Admission is always free. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring a chair, just in case their dancing feet get tired! Concessions and official FESTIVAL T-SHIRTS will be available for sale, as well as plenty of food from local vendors.

Local antiques dealers offer special sales on this day just for visitors. Live music from morning until night!

This years is the BEST FEST YET so bring your rocking chairs because you won't be able to sit still! 

The Line Up
11:00 A.M. Brandon Hudspeth & Jaisson Taylor
12:45 P.M. Lauren Anderson
2:30   P.M. Connie Hawkins & The Blueswreckers
4:15   P.M. The Old No. 5s
6:00   P.M. Anthony Gomes

Mill Creek Campgrounds & RV Park: 47 campsites along scenic Mill Creek, Cabins Available,
WiFi, Laundry & Bath House, Pets Welcome!

The Simmer Motel - Wamego, KS: AAA Approved, Outdoor Pool, Picnic & BBQ Facilities,
Non-Smoking Rooms
Community Give Back Night at Delano Barbecue Company 

Did you know that Delano Barbeque has great food?

Did you know that Delano Barbeque has 10%
Community Give Back Nights on Thursdays? 

Did you know that September 24 the local non-profit to benefit will be the Wichita Blues Society? 

You do now!  So there's no excuse not to get out and enjoy great BBQ every Thursday, but especially on Thursday, September 24. Maybe before you go see Robert Cray at The Orpheum!

Delano Barbeque donates 10% of the restaurant and carryout sales from 3-8 p.m. to the selected non-profit organization.  Plus, if any catering that day mentions the non-profit, Delano Barbecue will throw in 10% of that ticket too! 

To make the deal even sweeter, the restaurant provides a free S'mores Bar with meal purchase!

Don't miss this great opportunity to support the WBS!  
WBS launches new website  

Have you visited our website lately? If so, I hope you noticed our new web design at!
The website was due for a makeover with a splash of color and a little pizzazz. More importantly, it needed a mobile-friendly design, which makes it easier to view on mobile devices such as phones, tablets, etc. If you are a little "techy" then you understand the importance of this feature as well as search engine optimization (SEO).  We want to be at the top of search results, when people Google "blues and Wichita" for example, so the new website has improved SEO capability.  We think these are great improvements.  
Aside from all of that technical jargon, we hope you find it functional and easy to navigate.
We're updating the event calendar every few days to help promote great live music around town and promote our own events too. Musicians, if you have a gig to add to the calendar, please send the details (band, date, time, venue, etc.) to [email protected] and a WBS volunteer will add it to the calendar within a few days.
Many thanks to Mary Volkmann at for a wonderful new website. 
Junction City will be rockin!
Click on the image for full details
Review: Doug MacLeod, master blues storyteller, performance at WSU 

Every summer, WSU's Ulrich Art Museum presents the "Art For Your Ears" music series. This year, Doug MacLeod, a 2014 Blues Music Award winner for Best Acoustic Artist and Best Acoustic Album of the year, performed in early August. The Kansas weather cooperated with a warm evening, which felt even better since there was plenty of shade.
MacLeod, who is a master storyteller and very entertaining, explained the blues to an audience of over 300 people. Drawing on his 40 years on the road as a bluesman, he introduced each song with a great story about why and how it came about. He painted a picture in each audience member's mind as he prepared to deliver a masterpiece. Then he did just that. 
For example, he asked the audience if they knew who Louis Jordan was. He proceeded to tell them that Jordan was one of the original musicians to develop rock n' roll.  Then he explained how a Louis Jordan rift was the basis for his tune "Vanetta," which is on MacLeod's award winning album "Exactly Like This."  "Do you know who Louis Jordan is now?" he asked after playing the song. This is how the night went along; two great hours of Doug laughing, sharing songs and stories from his last three albums. 
In the many performances over the years that I have witnessed, Doug has asked the same question about numerous legendary artists - those whom people should become acquainted with to better understand this music called the Blues. 
A wonderful night, thanks to the Ulrich Art Museum and staff. With special thanks to Ron Starkel (long-time WBS member) who knew the right people for me to talk to make this happen. 
With some luck, Doug MacLeod will return to Wichita again real soon. Then, you will have a second chance to hear this multi Blues Music Award winner in Wichita.

I need to also mention that Doug is a fine guitar player too. If you do not own any of his CD's, do yourself a huge favor and buy a couple. 

Randy Crump
Blues Masters at the Crossroads at two venues this year!



CD Review:  Hound Dog Taylor
"Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers"
Alligator Records 1971

Sharing classic blues that inspired me and many others over the years.

Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers - First album  Alligator Records 1971.

Hound Dog Taylor (Theodore Roosevelt Taylor) was playing around the predominantly black areas of Chicago until he was discovered by Bruce Iglauer of Alligator Records. 

"Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers" became the label's first release and was also Taylor's debut album. The HouseRockers were Brewer Phillips on second guitar and Ted Harvey on drums.  Recorded in two days, the sound was rough, raw and raunchy, quite different than the classic Chicago blues people were used to.

Taylor's electric slide guitar, which favored Elmore James, has inspired many musicians and fans over the years.  His song, "Gimme Back My Wig" has been covered by a ton of musicians over the years, including Stevie Ray Vaughan and George Thorogood. It has also been heard in many bars in Wichita over the years, and recently at Barlycorn's performed by Coyote Bill Boogie Band.

Do you want to have a party? Want to get up and dance?  Then buy this record and Houserock it!

Randy Crump, Host of Bacon Blues.

CD Review:  Albert Cummings
"Someone Like You"
Blind Pig Records 2015

Albert Cummings, the master guitar player, returns to his roots with his latest release and he sounds like he's back with a vengeance.  With Grammy-winning producer David Z. (Buddy Guy, Prince, Jonny Lang, Government Mule) at the board, Cumming is in a groove that never stops throughout the album.
"No Doubt" kicks off with a raw chord that means business as it sways into action and my head started bobbin'.

 "Up Your Sleeve" rolls across the speakers and made me
This album is begging for Cummings to appear in Wichita sooner than later for another great show.  Until that day comes, "Someone Like You" will make me happy.  Buy this record! want to hear it live and in person.  "Movin' On" slides along with an easy feeling leading into "So Strong," a slow soulful blues tune that made me stop and listen more intensely. 

Randy Crump, Host of Bacon Blues
The Wichita Blues Society is a Kansas /on-profit organization, dedicated to preservation, education and enjoyment of America's music: the Blues.