Dicky James and the Blue Flames

We make the blues taste good!

Christmas with Dicky James

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames (and The Headcutters) ‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring except Dicky James and the Blue Flames pulling up to the Terre Haute Show Me’s for a gig on Saturday, 20 December at 9:30. Cheesy Huh? This is the last chance to see the whole band until the end of next month so, on the way to grandmother’s house, stop...

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DJBF – Holiday Cheer @ Wild Willy’s

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames (and The Headcutters) After a week of something sort of like rest we’re back in the game on Saturday, 13 December, at Wild Willy’s in Brocton, IL. The blues starts at 8 pm cst. For the rest of this year we have a few gigs left. The aforementioned Wild Willy’s, the 20th at Show Me’s, and the 26th at Haney’s, both in Terre Haute, IN. After that we’ll...

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A Blue Flames Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames (and The Headcutters) It’s a short week for most but we are still on the go playing the Terre Haute Turkey Jam on Wednesday, 26 November, at the Cabin, 1350 Hulman St. Get your BLUES fix before settling in for a wonderful Thanksgiving feast with beloved family and friends. Or, many of you may be seeking moral support for a day of putting up with members of your...

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The Blue Flames in Boilermaker Country

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames (and The Headcutters) I guess I can put away my shorts now. Probably won’t get to go out in the boat any more this year. Yikes. I’m ready for spring. But in the meantime I have a cheesy segue for you. This coming Friday, 21 November, the Blue Flames will be at playing at the Lafayette, IN Fall Fling Festival. (I think they’re one season off.) Our show is in...

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Dicky James in the Lounge this Evening.

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames (and The Headcutters) What a great night playing to a packed house at the Player’s Pub! We want to thank Margaret for inviting us to party on her birthday. And a party it was! Big thanks also go out to Joe and Vicki for providing a fantastic venue to play the blues. The Java Porter wasn’t too shabby either. It’s supposed to turn cold this week so the best way...

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Dicky James in Bloomington

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames (and The Headcutters) Although I’m usually up at this time, it’s difficult for me to formulate thoughts at this hour. (Some may say the hour doesn’t matter.) I stayed up watching the Colts put the hurt on the Giants. That’s my reason du jour for fatigue. This Friday night, 7 November,  DJBF will be celebrating Margaret’s 29th birthday at the Player’s...

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The Blue Flames in a Scary Situation

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames (and The Headcutters) Another exhilarating week of the blues coming up! On Halloween we will be in Brocton, IL at Wild Willy’s for an eerie and frightening gig. I expect to see zombies, vampires and other assorted bizarre creatures. We’ll temper the fear at 8 pm with some smoking’ hot blues. On Saturday, 1 November, we’re in the Teepee Tavern for the first...

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Dicky James – A Little R & R

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames (and The Headcutters) The band will be taking some much needed time off this week. Maybe I’ll go to a movie, out for some sushi, or maybe take a little trip. Hmm, I don’t know. For a scary good time the blues will be back on Halloween, October 31 @ Wild Willy’s in Brocton, IL and November 1 at the TeePee in Terre Haute. I’ll fill you in on the details next...

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Dicky James-One of Our Favorite Haunts

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames (and The Headcutters) This coming Saturday night, the 18th, the Flames will be back at one of our favorite haunts, the Cabin at 1350 Hulman St., Terre Haute. “Haunt”….,,get it……Halloween? Ah come on! Work with me here! We’ll start the Chicago Blues at about 9 pm. The Cabin is, uh, intimate so get there early for a seat. It’ll be so much fun it’s...

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Dicky James – Blues and Football

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames ( and The Headcutters) How about those Colts?! Huh? Huh? As you can tell this is Sunday afternoon and I just watched the Colts murderize the Titans. Not a Colts fan? Oh well. How about those Colts?! I like football. We’ll spend our Tuesday rehearsal writing a new tune but after that, on Friday, 3 October, the Headcutters will be at Archie’s at 2640 Prairieton...

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Dicky James – Two, Two Bands in One

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames ( and The Headcutters) I thought I had better get this DJBF note written before I sit down to the latest episode of ‘Boardwalk Empire‘. I love all those HBO series. The Sopranos was best of all. I could tell you about all my favorite TV shows if you like. Do you have time? No? Well all right then. This coming Friday, 26 September at 9 pm, the Headcutters will...

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Dicky James – Thrill a Minute

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames ( and The Headcutters) Thank you to Jason and all the great people at the Richland County Blues Fest. A great gig was had by all. Another fun filled thrill packed week is coming up. In spite of this awkward sentence I really have your whistle wet now don’t I? On Saturday, 20 September, the Headcutters will be blastin’ the BLUES at Rafter’s, 2918 Wabash Av. in...

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Dicky James & the Headcutters

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Only one gig this week and it’s for the Headcutters, our 3 piece version. On Saturday, September 13 we’ll be be-bopin’ down to the Richland County Fairgrounds near Olney, IL for the Richland County Blues Fest. I think we play about 6 pm IL time. This whole time thing caused some confusion a couple weeks ago at the Livingston Blues Fest. Next year we’ll try...

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The Blue Flames – Bikers and Blues

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames This weekend starts early on Thursday, 4 September, when we travel to the Bean Blossom Biker Fest in the Bill Monroe Music Center. We open the show at 5:30 pm. This should be a good one so hop on your HOG and cruise over. On Saturday the 6th we’re back at Ripley’s, 830 Oak St., in Terre Haute, IN. Ken and crew has done a great job with this joint so you have no...

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The Blue Flames-Labor Day

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Another week of gigs gone by. Where does the time go? Last week I started writing this letter by venting about the fact that most retail employees no longer say “thank you” when they do you a favor by letting you spend your money in their stores. Then I decided nobody wanted to hear me rant so I deleted it. Labor Day weekend is coming up and we’ll be on stage...

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The Blue Flames Heading East.

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames This Friday, August 22 at 8 pm, we return to one of our favorite spots; The Player’s Pub on Walnut Street in Bloomington. Great beer. Great food and an eclectic offering of music. We love this joint. Margaret we except to see you there. On Saturday we head to Richmond, IN to headline the, wait a minute, get a breath, Big Dawg on My Trail Grassroots Brews, Blues,...

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The Blue Flames at the Noodle

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames After our sojourn to Wolverine country. and a couple nights’ sleep, we’ll be cruising over to play at the Slippery Noodle this coming weekend, August 15 & 16. It always packed and always a blast; a blues lover’s paradise. Don’t miss this. I’m tellin’ ya – don’t miss it! You might see Dick sit on somebody’s lap. “Music isn’t just...

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Dicky James – Travelin’

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames We’ll be doing a little traveling this weekend. On Friday, 8 August, we pack up the babies, grab the old ladies and head for Niles, Michigan where we’re playing a cancer benefit for the wife of one of our great northern pals. It should be a wonderful event with a packed house. After the long trek home on Saturday we play in downtown Terre Haute at the Verve...

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Dicky James – Go Go Go

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames We have a busy week coming up. I’m a little sleepy so let me see if I can remember it all. Hmm. Oh yea. On Friday, August 1, Dicky James and the Headcutters will be at Mogger’s, 908 Poplar St. in Terre Haute, IN. We will start the blues at 8 pm. Mogger’s probably has the best selection of beers in town so, if you are a fan of obscure dark microbrews like Mark...

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The Blue Flames at Work

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames We had a great rehearsal last night. Always fun. Well, almost always. But I know you’re thinking; Why is he telling us this? We don’t care. Kind of like when someone posts on Facebook what they just had for lunch. Why doesn’t he just get to the meat and let us know where we can hear some blues this week?! Ok! This coming Saturday DJBF will be at Scooter’s...

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Dicky James – New Stuff

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames For those who like their music a little more raw we have a new configuration of the band which we have named, or actually Dick named, the Headcutters. I don’t know where that came from. This does NOT mean that the Blue Flames won’t be playing every gig we can find. It just means we’ve come up with another fun project to keep us busy. Idle hands do the...

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Dicky James Naked …..or Not

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Although we have played here before this week’s gig is always …..uh……interesting. Saturday night the 28th we are at the Fern Hills Club in Bloomington, IN. They don’t wear clothes at Fern Hills so some of us will be overdressed. (I wouldn’t do that to my drum throne.) We are hoping that Dick doesn’t drink a beer and run around the stage naked. Believe...

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Dicky James in Beautiful Brocton

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Since it is waaaay too hot outside your best bet is to head to Wild Willy’s in lovely downtown Brocton, IL on Saturday night at, let me see if I can get this straight, 8 pm Illinois time, otherwise known as CST and 9 pm Indiana time, or as they say, EST. Next time I’ll try to write a longer sentence and use more commas. The A/C works, the beer is cold, and the...

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DJBF-A watershed event…for one of us.

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames A watershed birthday for me next week……60. It’s an eye opener to realize that at 60 my life is almost half over. (I intend to live forever or die trying.) A few days before that momentous occasion, on Friday and Saturday June 6 & 7, the Blue Flames will be at the Apple Club in the Holiday Inn in Terre Haute, IN. That’s a lot of ‘ins’. We start the...

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DJBF in Clinton

Posted by on May 28, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Well my spring projects are mostly completed; pool open, new 4X4 fence posts set, gutters repaired, etc. Sore muscles remind me that I have a lifelong friend whose advise I should heed……..’just pay’. I’d like to but, as my wife says, I’m tighter than two coats of paint. Enough of this. On to the latest. This Saturday, 31 May, we’ll be playing...

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Dicky James on Memorial Day Weekend

Posted by on May 20, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames Gotta hurry and get this typed out ‘cause the Pacer game is on in a few. It’s hard for me to type in a hurry. I make so many mistakes that I could go at a snail’s pace and finish quicker. Hmm, I wonder how fast a snail can type. This Friday at 8 pm we’re back at the Player’s Pub in Bloomington, IN. A great venue; good food, exotic beers, eclectic live...

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A little Dicky

Posted by on May 13, 2014

Dicky James and the Blue Flames I have had a few people ask why they haven’t received their fascinating DJBF blog. Apparently they just can’t start their day without a little Dicky. The band has been off for a few weeks however we’ve all been playing some other gigs. Dick and I were down in Memphis playing with various bands. Bob has been gigging with our pals in the Dave Frisse Band. Mark...

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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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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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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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