Dicky James and the Blue Flames

We make the blues taste good!

The Juke Joint Festival

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Finally it’s April. This is a time we always look forward to not only for the warm weather but mostly ‘cause we get to head to Clarksdale, MS for the Juke Joint Festival! On Friday the 11th at 8 pm we’ll be playing the world famous Ground Zero Blues Club on Delta Ave. It’ll be a packed house so get there early even if you’re driving from Indiana. On...

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The Blue Flames @ The Apple Club

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Well, Dick seems to be back in the saddle. We’ll find out this week in rehearsal. He better be ‘cause we have a gig on Friday and Saturday. And this gig is where? I’m always happy when you ask. This weekend, April 4 & 5 at 9:30 pm, we’ll be back at the Apple Club in the Terre Haute Holiday Inn. This room is a staple so come in, eat a great dinner, and...

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Dicky James & St. Paddy

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Ok. Ok. I know St. Patrick’s Day is actually on Monday of next week but, just for fun, we will celebrating the green on the 15th. And where will that be? I’m glad I asked. DJBF will be at Ambrosini’s, 15th & Wabash in Terre Haute, Saturday night starting at 9 pm. The last time we were here, many moons ago, we had a wonderful time and made a ton of new...

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Dicky James @ The Noodle

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames This week we’re headed back to Indiana’s old tavern – The Slippery Noodle Inn in Indianapolis. We’ll be playing Friday and Saturday, March 7 & 8 at 9:30 pm. This is one of the top blues clubs in the country and toooo much fun. Don’t miss it! “No one could match Howlin’ Wolf for the singular ability to rock the house down to the...

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Dicky James – More Blues!!

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames This coming weekend should be fun. On Friday, 28 February at 9 pm, we’re playing a new room for us; Scooter’s Pub, which my friend Mrs. Google tells me is at 201 No. Main St., Clinton, IN. We just love new places. This gig will also be interesting because we will be bringing a pared down 3 piece version of the band. Fun. On Saturday, 1 March starting at 9:30...

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DJBF@ the Apple Club

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Just got back from another scuba trip. This time to Ramon’s Village On Ambergris Caye in Belize where the beautifully tanned Cass and I got a week’s worth of relief from the unrelenting winter. Truly paradise and the diving was fabulous! To vie for space with an 8’ shark while swimming through a small tunnel in the coral reef was a rare thrill. Now we’re...

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Dicky James – R & R

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames We will be taking the next couple weeks off for a little down time. Actually, none of us want to go outside in subzero temps. Hopefully, by the next gig on February 14 & 15 at the Apple Club in Terre Haute winter will loosen it’s grip. But even if it doesn’t make plans to bring your sweetie to Valentine’s Day with djbf. Maybe Dicky will give...

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Dicky James @ The Cabin

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames It has been a rough go with the weather but, hopefully, this week we’ll get to play some BLUES. On Saturday, 25 January at 9 pm, we will be at the Cabin, 1350 Hulman St. in Terre Haute, IN. This letter is finished so now I’ll put on my boots and head over to the studio. See you Saturday! “Of course, there are a lot of ways you can treat the blues, but it...

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The Blues on Dry Pavement

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames We are able to get beyond our driveway so it’s time to head to the next gig! Thank you warmer temps. This Saturday, the 18th, we’ll be back at the Salt Creek Brewery, 466 Old Sate Rd 37 in Bedford, IN. We’ll start at 7:30ish. Brad brews about the best beer in the state and they have excellent eats. What could be better than Blues, Brews, Food, and dry...

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The Colts game & Dicky James

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Alert! Due not to the weather but to the fact that on Saturday night Robert Mathis will be putting the big hurt on Tom Brady during the Colts /Patriots game our gig at the Cabin in Terre Haute has been moved to Saturday, January 25. I, along with much of the state of Indiana, will be relaxing with an adult beverage in front of the tv. Go...

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The Blues & Dicky James in the Winter

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Several years ago the perfect woman and I talked about moving south; Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, anywhere. We didn’t. As I look out my window at 12” of snow and -9F I realize what huge mistake we made. Huge. I have some friends who are in Florida and have posted pictures of their weather. It makes me want to say….uh…..unkind words to them. Of course, if...

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Dicky James starts the New Year

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames The new year is upon us and a welcome one it is. Should be a great year for the BLUES! DJBF starts the year with another fantastic gig at the Player’s Pub, 424 So. Walnut St., Bloomington, IN. This is one of our favorite rooms…..among many. Joe and Vickie have done yeomen’s work with the place since taking over last summer. Don’t miss this one. On January...

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Dicky James and the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Christmas is almost upon us and we hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season. What better present to give (or receive) than a night of the BLUES?! This Friday at 9 pm we’ll be back at the Main Event, 7038 Shore Terrace Dr. in Indy. This is great joint the hear some blues and, if you’re hungry, they have delectable eats. On Saturday the 21st, we’ll be at...

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Dicky James-Circadian Rhythms

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames After a much needed week off to return our circadian rhythms to a more normal pattern we are back at it this Friday with a return trip to Ripley’s at 9th & Oak St., in Terre Haute. This the old Dawghouse but waaaaay cooler. Ken and the boys have done a tremendous job remodeling and the place is tip top. We’ll be beginning the evening of blues pleasure at 9...

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Dicky James-Ushering the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames What great fun we had at Martha’s Midway and The Huntington last weekend. I love going to Wawasee to see my old friends and to meet new ones. Again we thank Andy and Chris for putting up with a bunch of old blues guys who come in and mess up the house and eat all the food……and yummy food it is. I wish I hadn’t forgotten the sesame dressing. This Wednesday...

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Dicky James in Indy

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames DJBF playing at Usual Suspects, 6319 Guilford Av., Indianapolis, IN. STOP Thursday, 14 Nov. STOP DJBF return to Slippery Noodle Inn, 372 So. Meridian, Indianapolis, IN. STOP Friday & Saturday, 15, 16 Nov. STOP Blues are imperative. STOP “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep” -Scott...

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Dicky James-A Full Week

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Time to lace ‘em up! We’ve got a full week ahead with a rehearsal tonight, maybe a little jamming somewhere around town on Wednesday then a trip to Indy on Thursday. That night we’ll be back in Broad Ripple at the Usual Suspects which is the upstairs section of our usual Thursday Casba gig. I think we’ll begin the begin at about 10 pm. Friday night at 8 pm...

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Dicky James- The Blog……maybe

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames The Colts have a bye this week so I have time sit down and write next week’s blog. I didn’t call it a “blog” until recently when it was referred to that way by a fan. Is it a blog? I’m not sure. Do I care? I’m not sure. On Saturday afternoon of  2 November around 2 pm Dick, Mark, and I will be at Rick’s BBQ in Terre Haute to benefit Princess Parker,...

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Dicky James-Oreos

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames In a bit of news that should be a surprise to no one; recent studies have found that Oreos are as addictive as cocaine or morphine. I hope that millions of tax dollars were not spent on this study. If so, they could have given me the grant because I knew this decades ago. What does this have to do with the fact that Dicky James and the Blue Flames are playing at...

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Dicky James-Back to the Casba

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames We’re home after some great fun at the King Biscuit Blues Fest in Helena, AR. We hooked up with our buddies Sean ‘Bad’ Apple, Big Boy, and Dixie and made a ton of new friends and fans. Yea, it was a good week. This Thursday at around 10 pm we’ll be back at for our regular bi-weekly gig at the Casba at 6319 Guilford Av. in the Broad Ripple section of Indy....

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Dicky James & the Bad Apple

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Here’s one we’ve been waitin’ for. Oh yea, this’ll be fun. This Thursday morning, bright and way too early, we’ll be assembling the caravan and heading down I55 to Helena, Arkansas for a series of gigs from that night to Sunday at the brand new Bad Apple Blues Lounge. This is new juke opened by our pal Sean Apple. It just so happens that this club is...

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Dicky James @ the Casba

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames About 10 pm this Thursday we’ll be breaking in a new gig at the Casba, 6319 Guilford Ave. in Broadripple which, for the uninitiated, is in Indianapolis. The Casba is below the Usual Suspects. Yes, below as in the basement. We had dinner there last week and, man, the food is goood. Blues is a new thing at the Casba so cruise in and support America’s art...

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Dicky James-Valley United Music Festival

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Kudos to Mark and Susie for the tremendous work they did on the ‘Raise the Roof’ Juke Joint party at the R.J. Hicks Theatre in Greenfield, IN last Saturday. Lots of great blues and a goooood time! This week, at 7 pm on Sunday, 29 September, djbf will be playing a set at the inaugural Valley United Music Festival located at 8355 East Margaret Av., Terre Haute,...

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Dicky James- Another big one!

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Yikes! I almost forgot to write this and I only have a few minutes left. If only I had a competent typist on staff. We had some wonderful gigs last week. Thanks to Connie and her great crew at Blues at the Crossroads and to Ken and his bunch at Ripley’s/The Cabin. Good people. This Saturday we’ll be at the R. J. Hicks Center for the Arts , 122 W. Main St.,...

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Dicky James-Let’s Do It !

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames What a great week for the blues! I’ll get right to it. On Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 8 pm, our new friends from Australia, Storm Cellar, who have sort of a swampy Stones meets James Taylor sound, will be playing at the Cabin, 1350 Hulman St., Terre Haute. These guys are good so check ‘em out. On Thursday, DJBF will be joining Storm Cellar at the Player’s Pub, 424...

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Dicky James @ the Main Event

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Last week the guys and gals worked their busy little butts off getting ready for the Livingston Blues Fest. It was shaping up to be a great night. We played about a set and, lo and behold, the lightening came and the skies opened up. It doesn’t rain for a month then the rain gods pick that night. Bummer. Fear not! The blues are back this week when djbf heads...

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Livingston

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames First of all, a little housekeeping. I hope you notice, actually I hope your spam filter notices, that our emails now come from [email protected] instead of the old century80 address.. This is, it should go without saying, a naked marketing ploy to get more of you to open and read these fascinating eruditions. Now, on to the meat. What a great time...

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Dicky James-Downtown

Posted by on Aug 11, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames I am writing this waaaay early because I am about to embark on another deep sea adventure to the far side of the world and will be incommunicado for a while. When I get back I’ll be fired up to play the Downtown Block Party in Terre Haute, IN on Saturday, 24 August. We will start the blues about 9 pm at 7th & Wabash. This was great fun last year and should be...

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Dicky James @ the Noodle

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames First of all I need to say thank you to the kind officer in Westfield, IN who took pity on an old blues guy with a tendency to drive fast. She only gave me a warning. Must be a blues fan. I like her. This coming week we return to one of our favorite haunts, the Slippery Noodle in Indy. We will be starting a little earlier than in the past; 8:30 pm. If you love the...

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Dicky James-Fun & Food

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Gotta get this down before the beautiful Cass and I take the two little monsters over to the water park in Indy. I love water slides so I’ll have as much fun as them. This Friday, August 2, DJBF will be appearing at Weber Fest in Foster Park, Kokomo, IN. We did this one last year so bring your lawn chairs – the guys at Weber Speakers know how to put on a...

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Dicky James-Music of You Soul

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames We’re back at it on Wednesday of this week at the Cabin in Terre Haute. We start at 8 pm but if you are receiving this via Mailchimp at 6 pm you only have 2 hours to pack up the babies and grab the old ladies. Hey, you can make it! Hurry! On Friday, the 26th at 8 pm, we’ll be back at the Player’s Pub in Bloomington, IN. You gotta have dinner and try the Bayou...

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Dicky James – Movin’ On

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Normally I don’t write these in the morning. If you want to know why just ask my wife. Last week we had one of the best times ever on our little northern tour. Thanks to Fuji, Albertina, Mas & Cindi, Steve & Jean, and especially Andy & Chris. Also, thanks to Courtney and Tommy for great photos. But, hey, that was last week. The only gig that counts is...

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Dicky James-Up North

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames This week we get to make a trip we’ve looked forward to for a long while. Friday, July 12, we’ll head north to Mishawaka, IN where we’ll join countless blues greats when we play Martha’s Midway Tavern and Dancehall. We finally talked Albertina into letting us in. Saturday we’ll be in Niles, MI for a 3 pm show at the Niles Burn Run. Then, at 10 pm, we’re...

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Dicky James – Almost too late…..

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Almost forgot to write this. No time to be pithy. Tonight, Wednesday the 26th, the Blue Flames are playing at the Cabin, 1350 Hulman St. on the scenic south side of Terre Haute. The blues starts at 8. On Saturday, June 29th , we’ll be going back into the Corner Bistro on the square in Marshall, IL. I like this one ‘cause it’s only 10 minutes from my house. We...

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My Brain

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Man, I had to get away from the tv. The two little hellions are watching Spongebob. I wasn’t sure whose brain would rot first, mine or theirs. Of course they’re seven so my brain is a lot farther down that road than theirs. I’ve heard that playing music keeps you young. That’s why all the old blues guys live to be 97.…..or 37. This Saturday, the 22nd at...

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Rested up??

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Back from a couple weeks off and well rested. Well rested? Doesn’t it seem like you usually have to rest up from vacation – get back in the routine? Down time is exhausting. Thankfully that comes to an end this Friday, 14 June, when we head to Indy for another gig at the Southport Bar & Grille, 5220 E. Southport Rd. – one of our favorite spots. I...

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Dicky James……you know

Posted by on May 28, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames So, lately I have noticed that some talking heads on the news channels, starlets, teenagers, and others are now starting their sentences with “So”. So, why is that? It’s like “like” or “you know”, you know? You know, my talkin’ and writin’ ain’t , like, perfect but it’s seems to me that the quality of our discourse has, you know, fallen...

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R & R

Posted by on May 14, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames This blog letter is mainly to say that there will be no blog this week. We are taking 2 weeks off for some R & R and to do a little rehearsing. We have a cool new song in the queue and we’ll spend a little time working on it. I’ll be back in a couple weeks to let you know about our next gig at the Banks of the Wabash on 1 June. Well. I guess I just did. I...

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Dicky James-Expanding the Mind

Posted by on May 8, 2013

I have been sort of interested in meditation ever since a close friend learned how to do it when we were about 19-20 years old. Needless to say that was some time ago. Well, last night I finally went to a beginner class. It was all very ‘60s, minus the acid. The instructor taught us some simple techniques then talked at length about the benefits. I will admit after a long day I had a little...

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Dicky James – Hurricane & Tornado

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames I’m trying to write this while my twin 7 year old grandsons, Hurricane and Tornado, ravage the living room as they watch a Star Wars video on the laptop. I may have to snatch some headphones from the studio just to save my hearing. I’ve been playing music for a long time and I’m not sure I’ve ever played as loud as those little monkeys can be. Ok, that’s...

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Dicky James – If Memory Serves……

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames This may be the first time I have written this little blog a week early. Wouldn’t want to rush into anything but, what the heck, it’s a rainy night in Georgia. DJBF starts out this week with a gig at The Cabin, 1350 Hulman St. in Terre Haute. If memory serves, and it seems to less and less, we go on at 8 pm. This is a fantastic place and it holds a special...

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Thanks before we move along.

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Wow. That describes it. What a cool week we had in Clarksdale at the Juke Joint Festival. We played 4 or 5 gigs, depending on which one of us you talk to. Started Thursday night at the Bluesberry Café. On Friday we played for a large and fun group of Australian blues fans. Saturday I started it out by sitting in with Robert Kimbrough, son of Mississippi Hill...

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Delta Blues

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013

Had a great gig at the Noodle last night but didn’t get home ‘til about 5 am. Hmm. A little tired today but it‘s the good kind of tired. After my coffee IV I noticed while reading the Sunday Trib that today (7 April) is the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition. A welcome ending it was. I love these little tidbits of history. See how educational this newsletter can be. Aren’t you...

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Back to the Noodle

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013

Another week gone by and another gig coming up. Can’t get enough. Tonight we’ll be doing a little rehearsing and I think we’ll be starting on a new tune. You never know how practice is going to go ‘til it’s over. This Saturday we’ll be at the Slippery Noodle Inn, 372 So. Meridian, Indianapolis, starting at 9:45. It’s always a highlight to play at the Noodle…..always. That will get...

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Gigs & Bling…ish

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013

We just received some new bling that we will have for sale at the gigs. Well, t-shirts are sort of like bling. Anyway I think you’ll like ‘em and they’re only, yes only $12. A bargain at any price! Just another added incentive to come hear Dicky James and the Blue Flames. That’s easy to do this weekend because we’ll be at the Southport Bar & Grille, 5220 E, Southport Road,...

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Singin’ the BLUES!!

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013

I thought had better get this down before I start cooking dinner. Thanks to my wife Cass and her cookbooks, my pal Andy at the Wawasee Culinary Institute, and my own hunger I am becoming quite the just barely better than mediocre cook. I must say I do enjoy it. Cleaning up the mess is the part I don’t like. It’s a good thing we have a rule in our house that whoever cooks does not have to do...

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Dicky James-Inspired??

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013

What will I write this week? What is my inspiration? Where is my muse? Hmm……………..Duh. I dunno. Actually I’m trying to remember what I wrote a couple weeks ago. When I finished I hit the ‘post’ button and KERBLOOEY! The site went down. Yes. I said “kerblooey”. Like many thoughts and ideas it’s disappeared into the cosmos. Oh well. As I wrote only last week, this Wednesday,...

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DJBF – Spring……Please!

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013

Since I sat down at the computer about an inch of snow has fallen from what looks like two different directions. We are supposed to have rehearsal tonight but I’m not going to have the boys out driving if the roads are too slick. They’re not kids you know. Well, except for me. This is March 5th. It’s time to put this winter to bed. Hang on. Spring’s comin’! This...

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Dicky James – The Pub etc.

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013

At one time our worth was measured by how many cows we owned or how many vassals worked our corner of the shire. In more recent times people determined their value by money or income. Some of the enlightened, believe it or not, measured worth by character. Not any more. Now we determine what rung we’re on by how many ‘likes’ we get on Facebook. Yes, society has come a long way....

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Dicky James – Bragging Rights?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013

The ever diligent staff at the Indiana Blues Society has let me know that the Dicky James and the Blue Flames’  ‘Hard Rain’ album is, after almost 2 years, still in the top five on the Indiana Roots charts. We think that’s pretty cool.  Just ask us. Hopefully the next record will do as well. Of course, you have to release the record for it to be successful. It’s...

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Dicky James – Movin’ On

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013

Well we’re back from Memphis. We didn’t win but we had a great time playin’, schmoozin’, and eatin’ BBQ. But now it’s time to move on to the next gig…..and the next…..and the next…………. This Friday we’ll be at the Southport Bar & Grille, 5220 E. Southport Rd., Indy starting  at 9 pm. We always have fun...

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Memphis & More

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013

After returning from the ocean deep we have wasted no time in getting back in the swing. Get it? Back in the swing. Huh? Ok. Ok. This Friday, January 25, starting at 8 pm CST we’re making our first appearance at the Castle Finn Winery in Marshall, IL  Actually it’s not in Marshall but it’s close. Here are the directions. Head north on Route 1 out of Marshall, (watch for Blue...

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Dicky James – Back to work…almost

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013

There are two types of scuba divers; ones who pee in their wetsuits and ones who lie about it. The perfect woman, who is at this moment aboard the great silver bird, and my dive buddy Todd and I have spent the last week on the island paradise of Tobago. Early this evening Todd and I went for a night dive and caught several unsuspecting lobsters for tomorrow’s dinner. Pass the butter and...

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Dicky James – New Year??

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013

Well, we’ve come to the start of a new year. One good thing I can say about the year ahead is that there is no election. Hopefully in the next several months I can listen to the news again. We’ll see. We have been busy busy little boys so are taking a couple weeks off to rest all the parts. Some of us will be skipping town. Others will be just mellowing out for a bit. We have some...

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DJBF – Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Posted by on Dec 24, 2012

The members and staff (we’re the staff) of Dicky James and the Blue Flames wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Happy New Year! Hold your families close. After the big holiday I’m sure you’ll need to rest up and the best way to do that, the absolute best way is to head over to the Slippery Noodle Inn in Indy for 2 nights of blues on Friday and Saturday, 28 & 29...

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Dicky James and the End of the World

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012

It’s Over! Kaput! The End! 23 Skidoo! Unless you’ve been living in the Philippine jungle you know that this Friday, according to the Mayan calendar, is the end of days. I love disaster movies. What better way to go out than with Dicky James and the Blue Flames playing the blues at the Main Event, 7038 Shore Terrace in Indy. We start at 9 pm and only the Mayans know what time we...

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Dicky James – History

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012

What with gigging, rehearsals, grandkids, and who know what else, the beautiful and vivacious Cass and I don’t get to go to the movies very often.  This past Sunday after a great couple nights at the Apple Club I went (by myself) to see ‘Lincoln’.  It’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time and based on an excellent book, ‘Team of Rivals’ by...

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Dicky James – Holiday for the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012

Ah, the joys of home ownership! Every winter our kitchen is freezing because of the cold air coming down the stove vent. So, after living here for 23 years, I spent the morning devising a Rube Goldberg damper ‘system’  to open when the fan runs and close when I’m trying to stay cozy. When I can find a right angle drill to borrow I’ll see if it works. Oh, I know...

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DJBF-Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012

Except for rehearsals we will be taking this week off to spend time with our families. We hope you are able to do the same. To all of our loved ones, friends, and  fans we give thanks. We couldn’t do what we love without you. Happy Thanksgiving. Now go watch some football.   dickyjamesandtheblueflames.com indianabluessociety.org

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Dicky James – Metal Head? Nah.

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012

We had great fun last week. Packed houses all week. People yelling and cheering. Dicky down on his knees playing like a 25 year old metal head shredder. I was just thankful he was able to get back up! I did get a good chuckle out of it though. This week we’ll be writing but we don’t play on Friday so I may have another date night with the lovely Cass.  On Saturday the Flames will be...

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Dicky James – Another busy week

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012

I didn’t write last week because we played some private stuff and I didn’t think our gracious hosts would want a gaggle of strangers crashing the party. Not that you guys are strange. We have a busy week coming up. Thursday we’ll be starting to put together another tune for the next album. I think it may be an instrumental…..don’t know yet. Friday we’ll be at...

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Dicky James – FB Disclaimer Du Jour

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012

It has come to our attention that a disclaimer is floating around Facebook advising users against unauthorized use of materials contained in personal profiles. We feel this disclaimer does not presently meet our needs, therefore we have advised our crack legal team, Dewey, Cheatum, & Howe, to draw up another as follows: ‘You are hereby notified that you ARE strictly authorized to to...

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We won again!!!

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012

We are thrilled that again this year we won the Indiana Blues Challenge. We were up against some extraordinary talent so we ‘re humbled and fortunate to represent Indiana at the International Blues Challenge which takes place in Memphis on Jan. 29 – Feb. 2, 2013. Big thanks goes to Mark & Susie Novak and the Indiana Blues Society, Penny Lane of WSVX radio, the Slippery Noodle Inn,...

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DJBF-Challenge & More

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012

I tried to write this yesterday but my internet was down all day……again.  What did Bill Gates say? Something like; “If airplanes were like computers nobody would be stupid enough to fly”. I better write what I need to write before it crashes once more. This Friday, Oct. 12, we’re in a new venue, the Southport Bar & Grille at 5220 E. Southport Road in Indy....

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Main Street Blues

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012

I woke up bright and early this morning. Yuck. Before I came over here to write this I was on line and noticed that one of my dear friends implied in a post that if I wasn’t a musician I might be running the streets stealing hubcaps. Why, I am shocked, shocked that someone that might think that a harmless blues guy such as myself could possibly be a...

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DJ & the Blue Flames and a Bunch of New Stuff

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012

I ride a motorcycle so after rehearsal tonight I thought I would give ‘Sons of Anarchy’ a try. I don’t think so. It’s more of a soap opera than it is about bikes. I turned back to ‘Modern Marvels’ on my trusty History Channel. Can’t get enough history. I have a lot to tell you so I better get moving before the battery on this laptop goes dead. This...

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Dicky James Fun Fests

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012

If you were born the same year the Rolling Stones formed you are now eligible for AARP. Although DJBF did not officially play last week I should have gotten on here anyway. Dick and Tommy and I had a fun weekend playing with Carson in Logansport, IN for  ‘Arts on the Avenue’. After that early gig we headed to Lake Wawasee and met up with Andy & Chris who were kind enough to put...

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A Fest weekend

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012

What a great night we had at the Linton Music Fest last week. Thanks to Jerry and Ryan and all the guys for making it easy for us. Also big thanks to our video dudes, Scott and Michael, for taking their Saturday to man the cameras.  We were a little disappointed with the weather on Sunday ’cause it rained out the Livingston Blues Fest. We had fun anyway. It’s what we are inclined to...

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Labor Day Blues

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012

You know when I was a kid I hated Labor Day. It meant the end of summer and we had to go back to school the next day. Depressing. Well, I haven’t been in school for a long time, and besides, that was then, this is now and now it’s turned  into a pretty special weekend. We start it out 8 pm Friday at the Player’s Pub, 424 So. Walnut St. in Bloomington, IN. We love this place....

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Downtown

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012

It’s late and I’m a little sleepy but, since I can’t take listening to any more politics on the tube, I better take a break. Wait a minute……let me find the remote…..so I can…..mute the tv. Ah there. That’s better. We had a good rehearsal tonight. Went over a some tunes we’ll be playing this week and enjoyed some adult beverages. Any time you...

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Sushi & Blues

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012

I just came from one of our excellent local sushi bars where I had some of my favorite food. In this case it was a seaweed salad, a Rainow Roll and some eel nigiri. MMM MMM MMM I love that stuff. You know, my dinner really has nothing to do with the Blue Flame gigs this weekend but it was an easy way to come up with a title and a beginning. Friday night we are not booked so I will probably go...

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Kids, the Blues, and other stuff

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012

Last night we had a good rehearsal with our friends Carson and Rick in prep for a ‘Carson Deirsing and the Mighty Flames’ gig at the Cincy Blues Fest on Friday the 10th. Carson is a 14 year old harp phenom who Dick and I, with the help of old rock buddy Rick Bozzio on bass, gig with whenever the Blue Flames and not booked.  Dick has sort of taken Carson under his wing...

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New Stuff

Posted by on Aug 2, 2012

Our web guru, the Magnificent Shawn will soon be redoing our website so that I (a computer nincompoop {Is that spelled right?]) can more easily send you our updates. There’s no escaping me now! He’ll also be adding a some cool features.  I can’t wait. In the meantime I’ll let you know that we are appearing on Friday, August 3rd at the 2nd annual Weber Fest in Kokomo, IN...

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Blues and more Blues

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012

After about the best weekend ever at the Apple Club we will he hitting the road this coming Friday, June 30th. Well, the short road over to Bloomington. 1316 East 3rd St, to be exact. And what is that address? I’m glad you asked. Bear’s Place! This is a cool sort of retro place with an excellent dark beer selection and good eats. We start playing the Blues at 9 pm. On Saturday...

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Overdo Update

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012

You know, if our web guru, the Magnificent and Meticulous Shawn, has signed on here lately I’m sure he is not too happy to see that I haven’t signed on lately. We took the whole month of May off to do some mechanical work but, man, did we come back with a bang. Last weekend we did the world famous Slippery Noodle Inn to packed crowds. We appreciate all the great compliments. We also...

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R & R

Posted by on May 4, 2012

We’ll be taking off the month of May to rest and recoup before the busy summer…….and so Tommy and I can continue our 26 year tradition of going to the 500.  We go back to work on June 1 & 2 at one of our favorite places, the Slippery Noodle.  In the meantime make sure you get your daily dose of the BLUES!

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The Juke Joint Fest and other stuff

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012

Man, we had a super time in Clarksdale at the Juke Joint Fest! We played 3 gigs on Saturday on the Wade Barbershop Stage. the Delta Furniture Stage and at Channel Zilch. The whole band and/or parts of it got to play with some blues greats including Earl the Pearl, Robert ‘Wolfman’ Belfour, Fiona Boyes, Butch Mudbone and more. We need to thank Sean ‘Bad’ Apple for...

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Back up and running

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012

If you’re reading this you already know that, thanks to the efforts of the webmaster, Maharishi Shawn, our site is back up and running. It’s good thing because I know you must be getting DJBF withdrawal and because I need to remind you that next week we’ll be heading for the home of the BLUES, Clarksdale, MS to perform at the Juke Joint Festival. On Friday the 13th we’ll...

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And A Fun Time Was Had By All

Posted by on Mar 25, 2012

We discovered a new place in Shirkieville, IN called the Midway and played there for the first time last night.  Owner Charlie made us feel more than welcome and what a blast we had! It’s a late crowd but when they roll they roll in. By the time we finished at 2ish the place was packed an hopin’.  I’ll let you know the next we’re there ’cause I highly recommend it.

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Lazy

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012

I admit I have not been on here posting as I should. I know that you have been sitting on the edge of your seats for weeks wondering when, oh when, is he ever going to let us know what the Blue Flames are up to. We have been busy starting on some new tunes for the next album and, unlike in the past, we may even learn them before they get recorded……….nah. Next month we’ll...

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Home

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012

We have returned from Memphis safe and sound. We didn’t win but we did have fun and, I think, impressed a lot of people.  We also connected with a ton of great blues people, did some interviews and learned a wealth of information about the blues world. We are already looking forward to next year. Hey, that’s past history. This week we’re playing three nights at the Apple Club...

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On To Memphis

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012

We had a great gig at Hoosier’s Bar in Bloomington, IN last night. I didn’t get to bed until anout 4:30 am so I’m a little sleepy but I thought I better get on here and fill you in on our upcoming trip to Memphis. Since winning the Indiana Blues Challenge some great things have happened and we expect much, much more as we compete in the International Blues Challenge which runs...

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“Best Of” in Canada

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012

Our tune ‘ A Real Good Blues’, from the ‘Hard Rain’ CD, has been selected as one of the Best Songs of 2011 by Rue D’Auteuil on CKRL-FM in Quebec, Canada. We are honored to be included with such artists as Gregg Alman, Elvin Bishop, and Joe Bonamassa. Thank you! We love you Canada!! We are really looking for good things to happen with our upcoming trip to Memhis. But...

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Merry Christmas

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011

We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! (I refuse to say “Happy Holidays”.) We had a tremendous weekend at the Noodle last week. Got to see a lot of old friends and met some new ones. We also had fun talking with our buddies Biscut Miller and his band – good guys. We’ll be off until Jamnuary 14 when we’re back at in The Corner Tavern in Marshall, IL. Until then

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Reviews and Stuff

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011

Mark, our bass player and resident electronic guru, reminded me that I haven’t put enough reviews on the site so here they are, at least some of them. I couldn’t list any more ’cause my eyes are starting to hurt. We are taking next week off so that some of us can head to grandma’s house for Christmas. But, just as your hands start to shake from blues withdrawal,...

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Lazy

Posted by on Nov 25, 2011

You know if our web guru, the Magnificent Shawn, knew I hadn’t written anything on here for over a month he would not be pleased. I am a little lazy sometimes…….but only sometimes. Even since our win in the Indiana Blues Challenge, our Best Self Produced CD award, and our #1 position on the charts (Notice how I deftly work those in.) we’ve been gigging and writing some...

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On to Memphis!!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011

We’ve  been on a great run lately. Last month our album, ‘Hard Rain’, went to #1 in the nation on the Blues Roots charts. Last night at the Slippery Noodle Inn, we won both the Indiana Blues Challenge and the Best Self Produced CD. We are on cloud 9. We want to thank the Noodle, the judges, the Indiana Blues Society without whose help we never could have achieved this, and...

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TV

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011

Several months ago we recorded a couple segments for airing on the Full Circle television show starring Susanne McAlister. One of these segments will be rebroadcast this month. Tune into the following stations to see us all dressed up on TV. WHMB Indianapolis- Oct 11- 10a, Oct 13- 10:30p, Oct 15- 11a. WHME South Bend- Oct 14- 10p. WIWU Marion- Oct 11- 9:30p, Oct 12- 5:30p, Oct 13- 9a. For more...

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Number 1

Posted by on Sep 10, 2011

http://rootsmusicreport.com/index.php?page=charts&name=int_blues When I first clicked on this link and read what it said I had to pinch myself. Dicky James and the Blue Flames album, ‘Hard Rain’, is #1 in the country……..the country!! We’ve all been at this music thing for a long time and it is extremely satisfying after all these years to be recognized. We want...

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Kickapoo Kick

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011

Thanks to all our new friends and fans from the Kickapoo Kick Festival. We were fortunate enough to win the battle of the bands over some stiff competition. A our prize we will be to headline the Kick next year and also play at the big ABATE meet next July. I think that’s also known as the Boogie.  (If that’s not right somebody please staighten me out.) We had a great time and I...

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Nashville Blues Society Review

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011

Richard Wagster is better known in the blues world as Dicky James, and he and his Indiana-based band, The Blue Flames, have been tearin’ it up in the Midwest since their formation in 2008. With their second album, “Hard Rain,” they have taken a major step forward in the heady playing field of contemporary blues. It consists of nine originals and two covers, and showcases...

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On the Charts!!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2011

So we just found out that as of July 29 our new album, ‘Hard Rain’ is #2 on the Indiana blues charts and #29 in the country. That, combined with a two SRO nights at the Slippery Noodle, made for a tremendous weekend.  Life is goooood!!

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The Noodle

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011

Next weekend on July 29 & 30 we’ll be back at the Slippery Noodle Inn. We start playing about 10 pm so, even if you have to get up early to head to the Brickyard 400, you’ll need your dose of blues. Things are really happening. We are now getting airplay in many major markets around the US as well as at least 10 countries around the world and it’s growing daily. The blues i

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More news

Posted by on Jul 13, 2011

In addition to our new association with Blind Raccoon we are happy to announce that we are now hooked up with Kross Productions out of Houston, TX. Kent and his staff will be handling the booking…….so I don’t have to. This is beginning of a beautiful relationship. But, more immediately, this Saturday, July 16 at 10 pm, we’ll be playing the Blu Katt in dowtown Terre...

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On The Move

Posted by on Jun 25, 2011

Dicky James and the Blue Flames would like to annouce that we are now associated with publicist Betsie Brown of Blind Raccoon in Memphis.  This is our first step in this direction and we are hoping for a long beautiful relationship. It’s all about the BLUES baby!!

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LottaBLUESah!!!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011

Reposted from LottaBLUESah headquarters: In this, the 65th edition of the wildly-popular LottaBLUESah! dance concerts ~ Every Third Friday at Players Pub ~ I am tickled blue to tell you that we are featuring two of the most fun and talented bands in South Central Indiana! Both deliver a Chicago Blues style with an Indiana smile. Dicky James and The Blue Flames and O2R Blues Band will fill the...

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Got your cd yet?

Posted by on May 24, 2011

Well do ya? Better get ‘em while they’re hot ’cause we got babies to feed!  The band will taking Memorial Day weekend off so we can enjoy the time with our families and so I can go to the Indy 500 which I never miss.  If you are a Hoosier you should go at least once in your life. But let not your heart be troubled! We will be back on June 3rd at Show Me’s in Terre Haute...

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Hard Rain

Posted by on Apr 24, 2011

After months of anticipationwe have finally released the follow up to our first cd, ‘The Blues Taste Good’, entitled ‘Hard Rain’! This is a collection of 11, or maybe even 12, tunes that we wrote and recorded over the last year and a half in our top secret studio location. You are gonna love these songs. They run gamut from hard core blues...

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Big Week

Posted by on Apr 9, 2011

We have a big week coming up. On Thursday we will be traveling to Indy to do a taping for the Full Circle television show. I’m not sure when it will be broadcast but I’ll let you know. Friday we’ll be cruising to Bloomington, IN for a return engagement at the Player’s Pub. We love this place but how can you not love a bar that serves Flying Dog Gonzo! On Saturday...

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Finally!!

Posted by on Apr 2, 2011

Well, after months of making up stories, delaying and obfuscating, our new cd is actually, really, positively about to come out. It’s in post production and will be released in about  two weeks. It will be a good one. You’re gonna like it. In the meantime you should think about joining us next Friday, April 8th, at the Hollywood Bar in Robinson, IL; one of our favorite places to...

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