Richard Street, Ex-Temptations Singer, Dead at 70

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LAS VEGAS— Former Motown vocalist Richard Allen Street (born October 5, 1942) a member of the Temptations from 1971 to 1993, has died. He was 70. Street’s wife, Cindy, says her husband died early Wednesday at a hospital in Las Vegas after a short illness.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Street was the first member of the Temptations to actually be a native of the city which served as Motown’s namesake and hometown; all of the previous members were born and at least partially raised in the southern United States.

Richard Street sang as a young man with Temptations members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin, but didn’t join the famed Motown group until the early 1970s. He later made the move from his native Detroit to Los Angeles with other Motown acts and stayed with the group until the mid-1990s.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but Cindy Street expects services to be held sometime next week in Cypress, Calif.

She says her husband “was a really good person” who should be remembered for his work with the Temptations.

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Temptations singer Ali-Ollie Woodson dies at 58

DETROIT, MI — Ali-Ollie Woodson, who led the legendary Motown quintet The Temptations in the 1980s and ’90s and helped restore them to their hit-making glory with songs including “Treat Her Like A Lady,” has died, a friend said. Woodson died Sunday in southern California after battling cancer, Motown Alumni Association President Billy Wilson said. Wilson said Woodson’s wife, Juanita, told him about the death Sunday.

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“Paul Miles Band “Live” on the Mitch Albom Show! Wed, Jan 12, 2010 WJR-760 am,

Listen Live 5pm-7pm to the nationally syndicated Mitch Albom Show as international Recording Artist Paul Miles will appear as guest band and play on various show breaks.

Paul is heading next week to compete in the International Blues Contest in Memphis,Tenn January 20-23. He has send off show at The Memphis Smoke- January 17 with special guest Carolyn Striho Band

WJR-760 AM Mitch Albom Show ABC- affiliation
Broadcasting Live On Top Of The Fisher Bldg!..
3011 W Grand Blvd…
Detroit, Mi 48202

Mitch Albom – http://www.facebook.com/l/4f198;www.mitchalbom.com

Guest Band members
Paul Miles-lead vocal /guitar
http://www.facebook.com/l/4f198
http://www.pauljmilesmusic.com
Tony Lannen – Bass
http://www.myspace.com/tonylannen
Tony Lannen will be going to NYC on full scholarship to “New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
Rob Schneider – Drums
http://www.myspace.com/256438337

Hear “Welcome To Detroit” by Paul Miles with special guest The Original Vandellas –
http://www.detroitcity.com/rob_schneider

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Introducing Missy Anderson

It’s always exciting for us to introduce a musician who is just breaking from Detroit. Missy Anderson is someone you should keep an eye on. She is going places.

2009 San Diego Music Awards “Best Blues Album” Nominee
#16 July 2009 Living Blues Chart
#2 September/October 2009 Real Blues Top 100 Albums

Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Queens, New York, Missy Andersen has been singing since her mother entered her in a child talent contest at age six. She practiced everyday with her mother, but for some reason the contest was canceled. The afternoon practice sessions stopped, but Missy was hooked from then on. “Singing would always be my friend and I would turn to it whenever I needed to express something I couldn’t find the words to say,” says Missy.

Her parents had an extensive music collection that included lots of soul, R&B, blues, jazz, and gospel. Her favorite songs were always the ones that told a story. It wasn’t always the most popular song on the album, but she would play them over and over. She listened to Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, The Staple Singers, Teddy Pendergrass and a host of others. And like many before her, Missy mimicked other singers until she found her own voice. Later she would discover Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, and Billie Holiday and that eventually lead her to O.V. Wright, Bobby Bland, Little Milton, James Carr, Ray Charles, Ann Peebles, and Irma Thomas.

Missy began fronting bands in her early teens, playing local venues and eventually doing studio sessions as a background vocalist. She continued honing her skills and moved to San Diego, California where she met local blues man, Earl Thomas in the late 90’s. It was then that she became one of the original Juke Joint Jezebelles, a gospel, blues, and soul quartet, who provided backup vocals for Earl’s stage show. She played and toured with Earl for several years hitting festivals and venues in the U.S. and Europe. Earl Thomas and the Jezebelles shared the stage with Ray Charles, B.B. King, Robert Cray, John Hammond, Keb’ Mo’, Kenny Neal, and The Meters.

After fronting San Diego-based band, Tell Mama, Missy felt it was time to strike out on her own. Her self-titled debut album, Missy Andersen, released on Main Squeeze Records, is an organic mix of soul and blues that has a classic approach with a contemporary feel. She displays her talents on 8 tunes, including two originals – ‘New Feet’ (track 2) and ‘Stand Up and Dance’ (track 8). Missy Andersen (vocals) is joined by her husband and bandleader Heine Andersen (guitar), Asmus Jensen (drums), Jeppe Juul (organ) and Søren Bøjgaard (bass). Additional musicians include Nathan James playing Dobro slide guitar on track 8.

What the critics are saying about Missy Andersen:

“Andersen has a real feel for the blues and soul and richly resonant, at times throaty contralto tones that she uses to caress and bite down on the material at hand…. An impressive debut disc.”
Lee Hildebrand, Living Blues

“One of the truly great voices of our time.” Peter Merrett, PBS Australia

“Memories of Atlantic, Stax, Hi, and possibly Goldwax abound, but they are only memories, for this is music that is only inspired by that which was and builds upon those foundations and takes the music to another level. Missy does not dwell in the past recreating perfect copies of the old; she is forming new types and styles even if they are very familiar.” Brian Harman, BluesArt Studio

“Singer Missy Andersen’s self-titled debut dials a magical classic soul sound. Andersen is a sultry vocalist with range and power, and the musicians have absolute grasp of the idiom.” Blues Revue

“Soulful vocals is what you will find in abundance on Missy Andersen’s self titled debut album. Missy Andersen proves beyond a doubt that she’s the real deal.” Malcolm Kennedy, Washington Blues Society

“…Here’s one that deserves to be heard. Finally, a voice that runs the spectrum without breaking a sweat and has the ability to cruise through songs where others fear to even take the chance because they know they’d only look foolish.” Tim Richards, BluesSource.com

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Detroit Blues Society to Host a Second Headstone Fundraiser for Calvin Frasier on November 1, 2009

The Detroit Blues Society is holding a 2nd fundraiser to raise funds for a headstone for Detroit Blues legend, Calvin Frazier. The event will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at The Blue Goose Inn, 28911 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores, MI.

The afternoon of music kicks off at 4pm and will feature Leonardo, Carl Henry, Alberta Adams, George “Sax” Benson, RJ’s Rhythm Rockers, plus the No Cover All-stars featuring Billy Davis and Little Jr. Cannaday.

ABOUT CALVIN FRAZIER
An associate of Robert Johnson, Calvin Frazier never attained the notoriety of other Johnson protégés like Johnny Shines, Robert Jr. Lockwood or Honeyboy Edwards, but his scant recorded legacy reveals a performer whose take on prewar-era blues is as unique and distinctive as any in the canon. Born February 16,201915 in Osceola, Arkansas, Frazier began his career performing alongside his brothers, and in the company of Shines, he traveled to Helena, Arkansas in 1930; there they met Johnson, and together the three men slowly journeyed north to Detroit, where they sang hymns on area gospel broadcasts. Upon returning south, Frazier and Johnson also joined with drummer Peck Curtis in a string-band combo. However, in 1935 Frazier was wounded in a Memphis shootout, which left another man dead; he fled back to Detroit, marrying Shines’ cousin and settling into a life of quiet anonymity. Apart from gigs supporting the likes of Big Maceo Merriweather, Rice Miller and Baby Boy Warren, he resurfaced in 1938 long enough to cut a session for folklorist Alan Lomax; while the specter of Johnson undeniably haunts renditions of songs including “Lily Mae” (a rewrite of “Honeymoon Blues”) and “Highway 51” (lifted from “Dust My Broom”), Frazier’s incomprehensible vocals, menacingly surreal lyrics and exquisite slide guitar are the hallmarks of a total original. He did not record again until a 1951 date with T.J. Fowler’s jump band, and entered the studio one last time in 1954 with Warren and Miller; Frazier continued performing in the Detroit area to little notice until his death on September 23, 1972. His grave remains unmarked, thus creating the latest Detroit Blues Society history Project.

Media Contacts
Steve Allen–Detroit Blues Society PR
(248) 249-5287 steveallen@detroitbluessociety.org

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Seven Acts Ready To Battle In The Detroit Blues Challenge Finals

The six preliminary rounds are now complete for the 2009 Detroit Blues Challenge and the seven (7) finalists are prepared to do battle on Sunday, October 18, 2009. The six preliminary rounds leading up to these finals make the Detroit Blues Challenge one of the largest regional competitions of it type anywhere.

The Detroit Blues Society is proud to sponsor and host this prestigious series of competitions each and every year, for the past seven years.

What: Detroit Blues Challenge Finals
When: Sunday, October 18, 2009
Starting Time: Doors at 8:30PM – Show Begins at 9:00PM
Where: Callahan’s Music Hall
2105 South Blvd. Woodward Avenue Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Tickets: $10 at the door – General Admission
Telephone: (248)-858-9508
Websites: http://www.detroitbluessociety.org and http://www.atcallahans.com

The 2010 event will also be simulcast on 94.7 WCSX-FM on Mark Pazman’s “Motor City Blues Project” radio show. The show airs from 9pm to 12 midnight every Sunday.

All 7 finalists will be competing in both the solo/duo division and band division for the opportunity to represent Detroit at The Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN on January 20-23, 2010. There will be one winner each in the Solo/Duo and Band categories. Travel expenses for the trip to Memphis will be provided to the winners by the Detroit Blues Society. All of the proceeds from the Finals goes directly to this fund. The winners in each division will also each receive a superb prize package donated by Mannino Photography, Just Roots PR, No Cover Productions, Callahan’s, Bluesfest International, Groovedaddy Graphics, and the Canada South Blues Society.

This years competing finalists and their time slots are:
Solo/Duo Division

* Carl Henry – Plymouth (9:00pm)
* John Latini – Ypsilanti (9:30pm)

Band Division
* Broken Arrow Blues Band – Brighton (10:00pm)
* Josh Boyd and the VIP Band – Temperance (10:30pm)
* Crossroads Blues Band – Kalamazoo (11:00pm)
* Christopher Leigh Band– Detroit (11:30pm)
* Big B and the Magic Bullets – Davisburg (12:00am)

The Winners will be announced at approximately 12:15am.

About the International Blues Challenge
This annual event is the world’s largest gathering of Blues acts representing an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues act ready to take their act to the international stage.

In 2009, 100 bands and 60 solo/duo acts entered, filling the clubs up and down Beale Street for the semi-finals on Thursday and Friday and the finals at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday. For more information visit http://www.blues.org.

About Callahan’s Music Hall
At Callahan’s we strive to present the BEST Entertainment to metro-Detroit! Whether it is local, regional, or national artists there is always something happening at Callahan’s! It’s no secret that the Callahan Brothers have always had a thing for the BLUES and we strive to showcase the best BLUES artist in the world. Our goal is continue the legacy established by Detroit’s legendary blues rooms including Sully’s, The Soup Kitchen, Sisko’s, and Tenny Street Roadhouse, to name a few.

We operate Callahan’s with both the artist and music lover in mind. We provide a professional stage, professional lighting, and professional sound for the artist. Comfortable booth and table/chair seating along with reasonable priced food and beverage with the music lover in mind. Whether its to see your favorite national artist, your friends band, or just because your in the neighborhood be sure to stop in for Great Entertainment we know you’ll meet some great people and have a great time! For more information visit http://www.atcallahans.com.

About the Detroit Blues Society
The Detroit Blues Society (DBS) is a registered federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the blues tradition. It has as its primary goals to promote a wider appreciation for the blues by the general public and to serve the members of the Society. DBS provides members with the monthly newsletter Blues Notes. This serves to inform members and the general public regarding relevant news, schedules of upcoming events and profiles on our members. DBS schedules free blues jam sessions, usually on the first Sunday of each month, arranges discounts on merchant sponsored merchandize and administers an educational program. For more information visit http://www.detroitbluessociety.org.

Media Contacts:
Detroit Blues Society
Steve Allen
Telephone: 248-249-5287
Email: challenge@detroitbluessociety.org

Callahan’s Music Hall
Mike Moss, Owner
Telephone: 248-858-9508
Email:mmoss@mossworld.com

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The Detroit Blues Society to Host Fundraiser to Raise Funds for a Headstone for Detroit Blues Legend Calvin Frazier

The Detroit Blues Society is holding a fundraiser to raise funds for a headstone for Detroit Blues legend, Calvin Frazier. The event will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at Callahan’s Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd. Auburn Hills, MI.

The evening of music kicks off at 8pm with local Blues/Rock jam specialists, Jam Samich and continues with New Orleans Funk/Blues Kings, Mem Shannon and the Membership. Doors open at 7:30pm and admission is a $10 tax deductible charge per person.

Calvin Frazier
An associate of Robert Johnson, Calvin Frazier never attained the notoriety of other Johnson protégés like Johnny Shines, Robert Jr. Lockwood or Honeyboy Edwards, but his scant recorded legacy reveals a performer whose take on prewar-era blues is as unique and distinctive as any in the canon.

Born February 16, 1915 in Osceola, Arkansas, Frazier began his career performing alongside his brothers, and in the company of Shines, he traveled to Helena, Arkansas in 1930; there they met Johnson, and together the three men slowly journeyed north to Detroit, where they sang hymns on area gospel broadcasts.

Upon returning south, Frazier and Johnson also joined with drummer Peck Curtis in a string-band combo.

In 1935 Frazier was wounded in a Memphis shootout which left another man dead; he fled back to Detroit, marrying Shines’ cousin and settling into a life of quiet anonymity.

Apart from gigs supporting the likes of Big Maceo Merriweather, Rice Miller and Baby Boy Warren, he resurfaced in 1938 long enough to cut a session for folklorist Alan Lomax; while the specter of Johnson undeniably haunts renditions of songs including “Lily Mae” (a rewrite of “Honeymoon Blues”) and “Highway 51” (lifted from “Dust My Broom”), Frazier’s incomprehensible vocals, menacingly surreal lyrics and exquisite slide guitar are the hallmarks of a total original. He did not record again until a 1951 date with T.J. Fowler’s jump band, and entered the studio one last time in 1954 with Warren and Miller.

Frazier continued performing in the Detroit area to little notice until his death on September 23, 1972. His grave remains unmarked, thus creating the latest Detroit Blues Society history Project

Mem Shannon and the Membership
Mem Shannon is a former 15-year Bourbon Street cab driver who’s since released 6 albums worldwide (2 on Rykodisc, 2 on Shanachie, 2 on Northern Blues). Mem Shannon and the Membership are from New Orleans and while their music is rooted in the blues, it’s soaked through with that Big Easy syncopated sound, oozing with funk. They’ve played the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 15 years.

Mem has won or been nominated for a ton of “Best Of” awards for Louisiana music and national blues – including several Blues Music Association(formerly
W.C. Handy Award) nominations. Mem emerged onto the scene in 1996 with his first release, “A Cab Driver’s Blues” on Hannibal/Rykodisc. The breakthrough buzz album led to national media coverage from folks like ABC World News, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, E! Entertainment Television, The New York Times, NPR and a much anticipated/celebrated performance at SXSW.

Mem’s 2001 release “Memphis In Morning included the song “S.U.V.” The catchy rant against SUV’s and their drivers became a mini-hit at blues radio, syndicated and specialty shows, and even a few Triple-A formats. It was named Song of the Year by Living Blues Magazine in 2002 and received a Handy (Blues Music Award) nomination for the same. Not to mention being added to NPR’s great show “Car Talk” and one of their yearly compilations.

Mem has shared bills with: Buddy Guy John Scofield Toots and the Maytals, Gov’t Mule, Josh Kelley, Junior Brown, James Ingram, Mavis Staples, Blues Traveler, Kim Richey, Branford Marsalis, Paul Cebar and The Milwaukeeans, Buckwheat Zydeco, Walter Trout, Karl Denson, Taj Mahal, Galactic, Robert Cray and many more.

He has toured consistently and has played most of the premier blues and roots festivals (King Biscuit, Montreal Jazz Fest, Kansas City Jazz & Blues Fest, Monterey Bay Blues Fest, Kerrville Folk Festival…), while headlining clubs night after night across the US and into Canada, Europe and Australia.

He was also presented in Hong Kong by the House of Blues and in Venezuela by the U.S. Embassy, and was part of an all-star tribute to Muddy Waters at The Kennedy Center for a televised special for PBS and NHK/Japan. He has played the huge Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle featuring diverse bands like Nickleback, Nas, The Pixies and Koko Taylor. He also played the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, an event that includes B.B. King, Gov’t Mule and Greg Allman. Mem Shannon’s name and persona appear coincidentally in (2)two horror novels:”Fat White Vampire Blues”by Andrew Fox and “Bad Moon Rising” by Jonathan Mayberry Not bad for a former cab driver.

Contact: Last Load Music: 504-616-3570
Email: memchandise@yahoo.com
For U.S. and North American Bookings Contact: Marie Walker
Email: bookMEMwest@gmail.com, Telephone.248.275.3959.

Jam Samich
Hailing from the outskirts of the Motor City in the great state of Michigan, a group of dedicated musicians have come together to create Jam Samich, an improvisational-rock band serving up a plate full of delicious tunes that will satisfy your musical hunger. Turning people on to the music they create hasn’t been a problem. Jam Samich combines elements of all the music they have soaked in to create their own unique sound. Combining rock, progressive-rock, funk, blues, jazz, soul, and metal, the songs are crafted with patience and conveyed with true musicianship. Jam Samich is fully armed with dueling guitars and a ground shaking rhythm.

Media Contacts
Steve Allen–Detroit Blues Society (248)249-5287 steveallen@detroitbluessociety.org

Mike Moss – Callahan’s Music Hall
Telephone: (248) 858-9508
Email: mmoss@mossworld.com

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Paul Miles CD Release Party-“Blue Collar Man”-Sunday Sept 20- Memphis Smoke-Royal Oak, Michigan


Paul Miles is inviting the music community to his CD Release party introducing to the world 14 new tunes. The album is titled “Blue Collar Man”

The event takes place Sunday, September 20, 8pm at the Memphis Smoke-100 Main St, Royal Oak,Mi 48067, phone – 248-543-4300

Award winning “Michael On Fire” will be Paul’s special music guest for the evening http://www.michaelonfire.com

Paul’s Backup band for the show and album:

Ken Murphy-Drums – tubspanker@comcast.net
Tony Lannen-Bass- http://www.myspace.com/tonylannen
Larry Everhart-Harmonica- http://www.myspace.com/larryeverhart
Zhelin-Violin- http://www.ladyzhe.com

The 2009 Detroit Music Award Winner for R&B/Blues Songwriting hopes this album shows his growth as he adds other instruments in his presentation. The topics cover his concerns about people, the city of Detroit, and a poignant song dealing with the health care crisis. The album will be a mix of solo and band performances. With this album and future live shows, he is preparing for the International Blues Competition in Memphis,Tenn in Jan- 2010. He qualified by winning a recent blues contest sponsored by the Marietta Blues Society-Ohio as the best in the solo/duo category.

Future plans include touring Europe in 2010 and more collaborations in creating music for the masses. He recently did filming for a upcoming movie ‘Little Murder” with one of the stars Terrance Howard. There are plans for future stage presentations as well.

He dedicates this album to the “Blue Collar attitude” in all of us. His late parents were of that same stock and he has passed this on to family as well.

The album was recorded at Northside Studios- Owner/engineer – Reverend Robert Sexton-248-672-2402

Photography for the album is by Garret Urbaniak who will also serve as Master Of Ceremonies 248-701-6774

Contact info for “The Blues Man”
http://www.pauljmilesmusic.com
http://www.myspace.com/pauljmilesmusic
http://www.twitter.com/pauljmilesmusic
http://www.facebook.com listed Paul Joseph Miles

booking/info pauljmilesmusic@aol.com 248-352-9611

“We change what’s around us by changing what’s within us” PM

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