It's All About The Music 
SINCE 2007
" Its All About The Music "

Everywhere around us is music and musicians, songwriters
and producers who each believe there is nothing else they
would rather be doing. Passion; it's the stuff that
dreams are made of......

Sanjaya Malakar

Sanjaya Malakar…

A few years ago American Idol featured a then seventeen year old singer from Seattle Washington who would not prove to win the contest, but would go on to become one of the most controversial and key performers to ever grace the series.  While as contestant, Sanjaya was subjected to ridicule and abuse by certain members of the judging staff but he would plow on, undaunted by the unprofessional snips.

Since those days of 2007, Sanjaya Malakar has continued on a journey with music and entertainment that began as a toddler. He has appeared on countless talk shows and reality programs, authored a nest-selling book “ I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here “ and has even tended bar so that he might be able to stay in the game and afford the best vocal coach that money can buy. Most of the most talented stars we can recount all had to work a day or night job so they could eat, afford acting or music lessons and just keep getting out there and auditioning, never letting go of their dreams.

Today Sanjaya Malakar is a twenty-five year old man with short-cropped hair and facial hair, but he still has the incredible smile that won the hearts of America and got him voted all the way into the Top Ten on Idol; no small achievement in itself. He’s stronger, wiser and worldlier than before but he has remained ever so humble and happy to be alive and to just be the entertainer he was born to become.

This Saturday, August second in a small city between Seattle and Portland Oregon called Centralia. Sanjaya Malakar will treat the community to a free show at the Pacific Northwest Custom Built Guitar Fest being held throughout the cities of Centralia and Chehalis Washington. (Various demonstrations and performances Friday August 1st  - see website for details ) There will be music starting outside the Chehalis Moose Lodge at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and then Sanjaya Malakar with a full band will perform at 7 p.m.

Various vendors such as Guitar makers, food and beverages will be available throughout   the day and a portion of the proceeds will benefit   the Loyal Order of the Moose with their Orphanage, which sees children all the way through four years of college. Sanjaya and his band are donating all their time and talents for this very worthy cause.

 by Bruce Maier



Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter played the electric guitar like no one before him and I doubt that anyone will ever play like this again. His style probably came form all the early greats he heard on record or saw playing Live, but he developed that special “ something “ that set him apart. From this writer’s view it was his incredible singing and being able to express the music like two people at the same time who would trade off riffs often with no two in a row exactly as the ones before them. He could sing low and controlled or full out balls-to-the-wall screamo with that high but rough and gravelly grit coming straight from his guts!

The first time I heard Johnny and his very famous brother, Edgar Winter playing and singing together it was on a vinyl LP. Then subsequent albums would be stacked near my stereos and I’d listen until I wore out the grooves. In those days of the early to mid seventies, Johnny and Edgar together or solo were taking the world by storm. Johnny Winter was being called names like the greatest Blues Guitarist Ever, back when he would have been the first to admit he was a work in progress. Soon afterward, Winter released a single cover of the Rolling Stones’ “ Jumpin’ Jack Flash “ and he would appear on every major concert arena with his Gibson Firebird or Explorer and a metal slide on his pinky – shouting out the lyrics and taking the Rock-Blues guitar somewhere we’d never been before.





Seattle Washington
June 28th 2014

On Saturday Night, June 28th 2014, Seattle was treated to a rare and outstanding taste of world class African music, put on by Abdul Ndiaye and African friends of the musicians in Seattle. They held it at the Washington Hall in the Central District. It was a wonderful event, with the musicians on the ballroom stage, and food and beverages being available to the concert attendees.(More Here)

The featured country at this event was Guinea, West Africa. A number of highly talented Guinean musicians live in Seattle, and Abdul was able to bring in two world famous musicians from Guinea, triple Juno Award winning Alpha Yaya Diallo, and Prince Diabate, master of the Kora, a 21-stringed instrument whose sound falls somewhere between the sonic territory of a harp and a guitar.


Thanks to our friends at Music Clout !

by Bob Doerschuk

Rocky Jones - Christian Dean
Courtesy of Render Records
© 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

DownDay could fit in equally at CMA Music Festival or on a bill with Metallica. But the Arkansas quartet’s hearts are pure, if power-chorded, Country.
Christian Dean and Rockey Jones, along with bassist Damon Shores and drummer Mike Martin, signed with Render Records in April 2013. Nearly two months later, the label released the band’s earlier, regional album, Chapter 1, along with “Back in the Day” (written by Jones, Dean, Steve Freeman and David Oneal). From the structure of the song to the catchy chorus, that debut single leaned strongly toward Country and began earning adds within a month on Country radio.( continued in CMA )

Loathing, Fear and Moonshine In Centralia
by Malcolm Kennedy

About 10 years ago, I got active in the local blues community and eventually joined the Washington Blues Society. Very quickly, I volunteered to help out. I began by delivering Bluesletters to some of the local haunts in and around Ballard, and I then served as Merchandise Director on the Board of Directors. I took the blues society’s merch booth to many local blues functions, set up at the monthly Blues Bash at the Salmon Bay Eagles in Ballard, and, of course, represented at blues festivals selling t-shirts, CDs, and other blues related items. Carolyn was instrumental in supporting every facet of my volunteer work for the blues society. From spending countless hours in the booth, to reconciling the inventory and proceeds, loading, unloading and setting up… you name it. When I started writing for the Bluesletter, she was my first editor helping me with grammar, spelling and phrasing while doing her best to retain my words and feeling for this music through words.  Carolyn was my partner in every sense of the word; she was there every step along the way. Carolyn also served a full term as Secretary on the Board as an elected officer: we were a team at home, in the blues community, and on the Board of the blues society.  To borrow from the gospel side of the blues, I was supremely blessed. Wait. Check that. We were supremely blessed.  FULL ARTICLE HERE

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