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November 11, 2015

The winner of the Solo/Duo challenge was established last night, before a full house, at the Pine Loft, in Berlin. Seven acts (preliminary winners) competed and all performed at the highest level. The audience appreciated the talent of each individual participating in the event. The duo of Ramblin' Dan Stevens and Clayton Allen won the competition, based on the scores of the experienced judges, using the criterion of the Blues Foundation, in Memphis.

RAMBLIN DAN STEVENS AND CLAYTON ALLEN - Dan Stevens is an acoustic bluesman, well known throughout the northeast, and a previous winner of this event. Clayton Allen has a unique style playing elec...

July 13, 2015

On June 13, 2015, the Connecticut Blues Society hosted its 20th annual Band Challenge, and this year’s competition was just as thrilling as the first. This year’s winners were The Mighty Soul Drivers who won with an outstanding set of blues and soul music. The intense, impassioned vocals of Bob Orsi helped defined their soulful sound and set them apart from the other preliminary winners and 2 wild cards. All of the fantastic blues fans in attendance were certainly appreciative of not just The Mighty Soul Drivers but the talents of all the finalists, and I expect they will continue to support them all as they play in venues across the state. T...

March 1, 2015

Before you begin interviewing an artist for a biography, you spend years emerged in the details of his life: doing online research; reading dozens of newspaper and magazine articles; listening to old albums and CDs; watching videos and DVDs; talking to his friends, family, musicians, managers, producers, and so many people that played a role in his life. So it wasn’t surprising that once I began interviewing

in his home in January 2003, I developed what I called “Johnny Fever,” enjoying our two to four hour interviews and the time we spent hanging out together after my tape recorder was turned off.

Even before I began our interviews, I knew we...

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