Monday, May 6, 2019

Rae Gordon: Gospel Blues Singer on Edge of Stardom




A Review by




Steven Masone

    I had watched some video's of Rae Gordon, and knew she was the real deal, but had never seen her live. The video's I watched were her Blues performances with The Rae Gordon Band, not the Gospel Band she is with every 1st Sunday at "Trails End Saloon in Oregon City, Oregon. I was looking at their Sunday Jam night schedule when I saw that Rae would be there at 2pm till 5pm on May 5th. *"The 1st Sunday Gospel at Trails End Saloon is a unique place once a month where you can come as you are, wherever you are to just listen to music and have a good time with each other. Whether you are an every Sunday church goer or it's been years since you have seen the inside of a chapel, you are welcome. Whether you are running to or running from a higher power or you are still finding your path, you are welcome." 

      When I walked in the door, Rae was working the crowd like a seasoned politician, chatting it up and making her way to the stage and I could tell right away these attendees were her people. Like the country song "My Church" ...I came for some of my church as music is my spiritual therapy. As she began her first song, I knew I was in church! Rae's friendliness exuded from her like "this little light of mine." She even had Sunday school songs for the several young children in attendance. But back to Rae's voice...she sounded like some of the Gospel singers I used to see and hear back in the south at an African American Pentecostal singspiration and revival! Her range and style reminded me of little bit of Mahalia Jackson, Janis Joplin, and Aretha Franklin thrown in for good measure. She can scat, she can hit runs one would expect, but also had such great control of her vocal instrument, she hit some runs that I've never heard any of the greats do. Possibly it was her Blues style that she pulled from that made her Gospel singing unique and originally her own. With a rasp and growl here and there, her intonation was perfect as well as her rich tone and the depth of her voice made me wonder how much more did she have to explore deep down for more potential to get better...if that is even possible? With her incredible singing talent and magnetic personality, music is not the only place Rae can excel in. TV, Movies, whatever and wherever she wants to go is hers for the taking. The Northwest is her springboard to launch her career to the next level. I look forward to seeing her blues show live very soon and will expand this review! Thanks Rae! That was an awesome Sunday at Church!




      





2017 – 3rd Place Band | International Blues Challenge | Memphis, Tennessee(Blues Blast magazine article with photos here)
2017 – Best Blues Artist | Willamette Week Reader Poll
2017 – Muddy Award, Best Contemporary Blues Act | Cascade Blues Association
2017 – Muddy Award, Best Northwest Recording (Better Than I Was) | Cascade Blues Association
Gordon had the audience in the palm of her hand” – Oregon Music News
“When the band launches into the more r2017 – 3rd Place Band | International Blues Challenge | Memphis, Tennessee
(Blues Blast magazine article with photos here)
2017 – Best Blues Artist | Willamette Week Reader Poll
2017 – Muddy Award, Best Contemporary Blues Act | Cascade Blues Association
2017 – Muddy Award, Best Northwest Recording (Better Than I Was) | Cascade Blues Association
Gordon had the audience in the palm of her hand” – Oregon Music News
“When the band launches into the more rollicking numbers, hands start waving” – Willamette Week
Mailing: PO Box 3217, Oregon City, Oregon 97045
Phone: 503.452.0440 | Email: Rae@RaeGordon.com
Recordings: Newest | Previous
“The amazing tone and the gospel inflections…Rae Gordon is one of the more sincere purveyors of torch blues that I have ever heard.”  James “Coach” Hurley, Stage Manager & Talent Coordinator, Gorge Brews & Blues

HIGHLIGHTS 
Pandora | iTunes | CDBaby
  • 2017 – 3rd Place Winner | International Blues Challenge | Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2017 – Best Blues Artist | Willamette Week Reader Poll |  Portland, Oregon
  • 2017 Better Than I Was receives Muddy Award for Best Northwest Recording | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2017 Rae Gordon Band receives Muddy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Act | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2017 Rae Gordon Band receives Muddy Award Nominations for Best Female Vocalist (Rae Gordon), Best Drummer (Ed Pierce), Best Saxophone (Scott Franklin)
  • 2016 Journey to Memphis Band Winner | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2016 Rae Gordon receives Muddy Award Nomination for Best Female Vocalist | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2015 Rae Gordon receives third consecutive Muddy Award for Best Female Vocalist, inducted into Muddy Award Hall Of Fame | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2015 Rae Gordon receives Muddy Award for Best Female Vocalist | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2015 Dirty Flowers receives Muddy Award for Best Northwest Recording | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2015 Rae Gordon receives Back What You Believe In Muddy Award (given by the CBA Board of Directors for going above and beyond for starting charity events for the organization including the Annual Rummage Sale & the Portland Blues Cruise Benefit for Acts going to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis) | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2015 Semi-Finalist Band | International Blues Challenge | Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2014 Semi-Finalist Band | International Blues Challenge | Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2013 Blue Lemonade holds #10 spot for 2 weeks on Billboard National Blues Chart (July 2013)
  • 2013 Blue Lemonade receives Muddy Award nomination for Best Northwest Recording | Cascade Blues Association
  • Opened for Lydia Pense & Cold Blood | Chris Cain Band
“Add equal parts of Janis Joplin’s pain, Aretha Franklin’s soul and Grace Slick’s power; mix them thoroughly, and add a big gob of gooey molasses and you have Rae Gordon’s voice” … Positively Entertainment and Dining
VENUES & FESTIVALS
Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival | Portland, Oregon
Big Blues Bender | Las Vegas, Nevada
Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival | Winthrop, Washington
KINK FM Radio/Skype Lounge | Portland, Oregon
Oregon State Fair | Salem, Oregon
Clackamas County Fair | Canby, Oregon
Blues by the Sea | Astoria, Oregon
Ventura County Blues Festival | Camarillo, California
Big Sky Blues Festival | Noxon, Montana
Gorge Blues & Brews | Stevenson, Washington
Walla Walla Guitar Festival | Walla Walla, Oregon
Sunbanks Music Festival | Electric City, Washington
The Orpheum Theatre | Memphis, Tennessee
Alfred’s | Memphis, Tennessee
BB King’s | Memphis, Tennessee
Club 152 | Memphis, Tennessee
Flinn’s | Memphis, Tennessee
The Country | Nashville, Tennessee
Aladdin Theater | Portland, Oregon
Alberta Rose Theater | Etta James Tribute | Portland, Oregon
Candlelight Bar & Grill | Portland, Oregon
Catfish Lou’s | Portland, Oregon
Columbia Theatre | St. Helens, Oregon
Duff’s Garage | Portland, Oregon
Jimmy Mak’s Jazz Club | Portland, Oregon
Roseland Theater | Lydia Pense & Cold Blood opener | Portland, Oregon
Wilf’s at the Portland Train Station | Portland, Oregon
Oregon Golf Club | West Linn, Oregon
Roadhouse 101/Rusty Truck Brewing | Lincoln City, Oregon
The Eventuary | Lincoln City, Oregon
Spirit Mountain Casino | Grand Ronde, Oregon
Sand Dune | Manzanita, Oregon
St. Josef’s Winery | Canby, Oregon
Christopher Bridge Winery/Satori Springs | Oregon City
The Wild Hare | Canby, Oregon
The Horseradish | Carlton, Oregon
Troon Tasting Room | Carlton, Oregon
Downtown Dog | Lebanon, Oregon
The Peacock | Corvallis, Oregon
Cascade Tavern | Vancouver, Washington
Vinyl Tap Bar & Grill | Portland, Oregon
Sunbanks Music Festival | Electric City, Washington
Maribeau Hotel | Spokane Valley, Washington
Sapolil Cellars | Walla Walla, Washington
Hwy 99 Club | Seattle, Washington
88 Keys | Seattle, Washington
Club Fox | Redwood City, California
Little Lou’s Aki Kumar Show | Campbell, California
Smoking Pig | Fremont, California
Biscuits & Blues | San Francisco, California
Guinda Commons | Guinda, California
Arcadia Blues Club | Arcadia, California
Cinegrill at the Roosevelt Hotel | Hollywood, California
Celebrity Centre | Hollywood, California
Carlos & Charlies | Hollywood, California
The Rose Tattoo | West Hollywood, California
Malarky’s | Long Beach, California
Maui Sugar Mill | Tarzana, California
Nick’s Hideaway | Garden Grove, California
Godmother’s | San Pedro, California
Palm Roadhouse | Palm Springs, California
Discography
2017 – Better than I Was (Written by Pat McDougall & Rae Gordon)
2015 – Dirty Flowers (Written by Gaddis Cavenah and Rae Gordon)
2013 – Blue Lemonade (Written by Gaddis Cavenah and Rae Gordon)
“They have struck paydirt in bringing out the beauty of Rae’s vocal abilities”…“Listening to the disc leaves no question on why she is a perennial nominee for female vocalist in the Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Awards”  “Blue Lemonade is a deeply accomplished work with superb original songwriting that stands up to the best releases of recent years anywhere”…Greg Johnson, President of the Cascade Blues Association.

BACKGROUND
Rae cut her singing teeth in the piano bars and comedy clubs of Los Angeles, and it gave her the sense of humor she brings to her show today.  She has played the big and little stages of northwest’s favorite clubs, dance floors and festivals helping to mold a signature sound that spans from a danceable get up and groove to a haunting slide tone that will make you want to find a back porch and sit a spell. Rae enjoys playing intimate venues where she can connect one on one with people in the audience to large festivals where she can connect with a whole community.  Her style and approachability hasn’t been contained in the northwest only, with performances in Montana, Nevada, Memphis, California and back.
RECORDINGS
Her much awaited first CD release of original tunes, written with former bandmate Gaddis Cavenah called “Blue Lemonade” debuted in 2013 to a sold out venue and rave reviews. It highlighted Gordon’s extensive range and ability to move effortlessly from soul to blues-infused gospel. In July of 2013, it hit the Billboard Charts for Blues at number 10 and held that spot for 2 weeks just a few notches down from Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart and was in the semifinals for the Best Independent Recording for the Blues Foundation. The following CD in July 2015 Dirty Flowers, also written with Cavenah, is now getting airplay and was the 2015 Muddy Award Winner from the Cascade Blues Association for Best NW Recording.ollicking numbers, hands start waving” – Willamette Week
Mailing: PO Box 3217, Oregon City, Oregon 97045
Phone: 503.452.0440 | Email: Rae@RaeGordon.com
Recordings: Newest | Previous
“The amazing tone and the gospel inflections…Rae Gordon is one of the more sincere purveyors of torch blues that I have ever heard.”  James “Coach” Hurley, Stage Manager & Talent Coordinator, Gorge Brews & Blues

HIGHLIGHTS 
Pandora | iTunes | CDBaby
  • 2017 – 3rd Place Winner | International Blues Challenge | Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2017 – Best Blues Artist | Willamette Week Reader Poll |  Portland, Oregon
  • 2017 Better Than I Was receives Muddy Award for Best Northwest Recording | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2017 Rae Gordon Band receives Muddy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Act | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2017 Rae Gordon Band receives Muddy Award Nominations for Best Female Vocalist (Rae Gordon), Best Drummer (Ed Pierce), Best Saxophone (Scott Franklin)
  • 2016 Journey to Memphis Band Winner | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2016 Rae Gordon receives Muddy Award Nomination for Best Female Vocalist | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2015 Rae Gordon receives third consecutive Muddy Award for Best Female Vocalist, inducted into Muddy Award Hall Of Fame | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2015 Rae Gordon receives Muddy Award for Best Female Vocalist | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2015 Dirty Flowers receives Muddy Award for Best Northwest Recording | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2015 Rae Gordon receives Back What You Believe In Muddy Award (given by the CBA Board of Directors for going above and beyond for starting charity events for the organization including the Annual Rummage Sale & the Portland Blues Cruise Benefit for Acts going to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis) | Cascade Blues Association
  • 2015 Semi-Finalist Band | International Blues Challenge | Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2014 Semi-Finalist Band | International Blues Challenge | Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2013 Blue Lemonade holds #10 spot for 2 weeks on Billboard National Blues Chart (July 2013)
  • 2013 Blue Lemonade receives Muddy Award nomination for Best Northwest Recording | Cascade Blues Association
  • Opened for Lydia Pense & Cold Blood | Chris Cain Band
“Add equal parts of Janis Joplin’s pain, Aretha Franklin’s soul and Grace Slick’s power; mix them thoroughly, and add a big gob of gooey molasses and you have Rae Gordon’s voice” … Positively Entertainment and Dining
VENUES & FESTIVALS
Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival | Portland, Oregon
Big Blues Bender | Las Vegas, Nevada
Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival | Winthrop, Washington
KINK FM Radio/Skype Lounge | Portland, Oregon
Oregon State Fair | Salem, Oregon
Clackamas County Fair | Canby, Oregon
Blues by the Sea | Astoria, Oregon
Ventura County Blues Festival | Camarillo, California
Big Sky Blues Festival | Noxon, Montana
Gorge Blues & Brews | Stevenson, Washington
Walla Walla Guitar Festival | Walla Walla, Oregon
Sunbanks Music Festival | Electric City, Washington
The Orpheum Theatre | Memphis, Tennessee
Alfred’s | Memphis, Tennessee
BB King’s | Memphis, Tennessee
Club 152 | Memphis, Tennessee
Flinn’s | Memphis, Tennessee
The Country | Nashville, Tennessee
Aladdin Theater | Portland, Oregon
Alberta Rose Theater | Etta James Tribute | Portland, Oregon
Candlelight Bar & Grill | Portland, Oregon
Catfish Lou’s | Portland, Oregon
Columbia Theatre | St. Helens, Oregon
Duff’s Garage | Portland, Oregon
Jimmy Mak’s Jazz Club | Portland, Oregon
Roseland Theater | Lydia Pense & Cold Blood opener | Portland, Oregon
Wilf’s at the Portland Train Station | Portland, Oregon
Oregon Golf Club | West Linn, Oregon
Roadhouse 101/Rusty Truck Brewing | Lincoln City, Oregon
The Eventuary | Lincoln City, Oregon
Spirit Mountain Casino | Grand Ronde, Oregon
Sand Dune | Manzanita, Oregon
St. Josef’s Winery | Canby, Oregon
Christopher Bridge Winery/Satori Springs | Oregon City
The Wild Hare | Canby, Oregon
The Horseradish | Carlton, Oregon
Troon Tasting Room | Carlton, Oregon
Downtown Dog | Lebanon, Oregon
The Peacock | Corvallis, Oregon
Cascade Tavern | Vancouver, Washington
Vinyl Tap Bar & Grill | Portland, Oregon
Sunbanks Music Festival | Electric City, Washington
Maribeau Hotel | Spokane Valley, Washington
Sapolil Cellars | Walla Walla, Washington
Hwy 99 Club | Seattle, Washington
88 Keys | Seattle, Washington
Club Fox | Redwood City, California
Little Lou’s Aki Kumar Show | Campbell, California
Smoking Pig | Fremont, California
Biscuits & Blues | San Francisco, California
Guinda Commons | Guinda, California
Arcadia Blues Club | Arcadia, California
Cinegrill at the Roosevelt Hotel | Hollywood, California
Celebrity Centre | Hollywood, California
Carlos & Charlies | Hollywood, California
The Rose Tattoo | West Hollywood, California
Malarky’s | Long Beach, California
Maui Sugar Mill | Tarzana, California
Nick’s Hideaway | Garden Grove, California
Godmother’s | San Pedro, California
Palm Roadhouse | Palm Springs, California
Discography
2017 – Better than I Was (Written by Pat McDougall & Rae Gordon)
2015 – Dirty Flowers (Written by Gaddis Cavenah and Rae Gordon)
2013 – Blue Lemonade (Written by Gaddis Cavenah and Rae Gordon)
“They have struck paydirt in bringing out the beauty of Rae’s vocal abilities”…“Listening to the disc leaves no question on why she is a perennial nominee for female vocalist in the Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Awards”  “Blue Lemonade is a deeply accomplished work with superb original songwriting that stands up to the best releases of recent years anywhere”…Greg Johnson, President of the Cascade Blues Association.

BACKGROUND
Rae cut her singing teeth in the piano bars and comedy clubs of Los Angeles, and it gave her the sense of humor she brings to her show today.  She has played the big and little stages of northwest’s favorite clubs, dance floors and festivals helping to mold a signature sound that spans from a danceable get up and groove to a haunting slide tone that will make you want to find a back porch and sit a spell. Rae enjoys playing intimate venues where she can connect one on one with people in the audience to large festivals where she can connect with a whole community.  Her style and approachability hasn’t been contained in the northwest only, with performances in Montana, Nevada, Memphis, California and back.
RECORDINGS
Her much awaited first CD release of original tunes, written with former bandmate Gaddis Cavenah called “Blue Lemonade” debuted in 2013 to a sold out venue and rave reviews. It highlighted Gordon’s extensive range and ability to move effortlessly from soul to blues-infused gospel. In July of 2013, it hit the Billboard Charts for Blues at number 10 and held that spot for 2 weeks just a few notches down from Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart and was in the semifinals for the Best Independent Recording for the Blues Foundation. The following CD in July 2015 Dirty Flowers, also written with Cavenah, is now getting airplay and was the 2015 Muddy Award Winner from the Cascade Blues Association for Best NW Recording.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

ICM Restaurant in Florence, Oregon Hosts: Friday Nite Blues with Marco Resurrection Blues Band With 15 year Old Guitar Prodigy Marco Pena & Resurrection Blues Band

Resurrection Blues Band With 15 year Old Guitar Prodigy Marco Pena….
Appearing At April 26th     

 1498 Bay St., "Old Town Florence"                                        6 pm - 9 pm  
Oregon (OR 97439)
(541) 997 9646
                                                                               


                                  

                                              
A Review by 
Steven Masone

The ICM is a great place to get fresh seafood and good service. Reading some of the Yelpers poor reviews, leaves me a bit mystified. But...not really, tourists who do foodie reviews usually find their complaints at motels, and other tourist stops fall on deaf ears...and this usually clouds their perception looking for good food and good service. Finding perfection is a fools errand. The day I dined at ICM, a Saturday, I found out they had served over 500 customers that day. I ordered the Cod Fish & Chips. which was fresh filets of Pacific Cod deep fried to perfection. My coleslaw was delicious and the chips were as well. Expecting servers who are as busy as they are on week-ends there to be over friendly is a two way street. Help them smile with your friendliness and you will reap what you sow. I also spoke with the owner and found him professional and interested in his customers enough to try and make sure their experience is going well. That goes a long way with me. As far as prices are concerned, quality fresh seafood costs have gone skyhigh in recent years and you are not going to find seafood priced to compete with Skippers or Long John Silver fast food joints using chopped and preformed frozen fake fillets. My Fish & Chips were on special for $9.99 anf my dinner mates spent an average $15-$19 for their entrees and were raving about their food as well. I have reviewed Florence's top Italian Restaurant that was comparably priced. I recommend any customers considering ICM to not be daunted by some of these other Yelper reviews. This is one of your best choices not only in Florence, but at any of the other tourist seaside stops you will find in Oregon.

***ICM Restaurant just won "First Place" in the People's Choice Chowder Contest at the "Chowder Blues & Brews" festival in Florence, Oregon at the Event Center on Saturday, October 8th, 2011.***
                                             


Referred to as ICM's Unique Seafood Restaurant., International C-Food Market Restaurant, built by Owner Ed Millerstrom, with the help of many talented local people,is the newest and most exciting seafood restaurant on the Oregon Coast - in Old Town Florence, overlooking the Siuslaw River.
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Monday, February 18, 2019

School of Blues Fri Nite Blues Jam Presents: Mississippian James Funk!



James showed up at the Fri Nite Jam session last month and stole the show. With his homemade cigar box guitar, and a hot harmonica, this Mississippi transplant (Now living in southern Oregon) comes up once a month for military reserve duty. Been playing harmonica since age 12,  James was in high school choir, played music at college also, then joined the Navy Seabees in 2012, stationed in Europe then back home in Mississippi in 2014. "Murky Waters"... a blues joint in Gulf Port MS. was his first blues venue where he cut his teeth playing with real Mississippi bluesmen, and will always be home base for him. 

James made his first cigar-box slide guitar in 2016 from a box of Cuban cigars a piece of cedar and some concrete anchor bolts. Played music from Mississippi to Baton Rouge down to Florida to Alabama and New Orleans, before moving to Oregon. Recently separated from the military now bringing some of that authentic delta blues once a month to Eugene. 

James has an energy and charismatic stage presence that will get you grinning from ear to ear. His singing is both delta swampy as well as a cross of Chicago blues styling with his excellent harmonica playing.  Don't miss this show...Friday Feb 22, 2019...Fri Nite Blues Jam @ Jalisco Mexican Restaurant 941 Pearl St. Eugene 7pm. Jam starts after 1st set w/ James Funk. Sign up starts @ 6:30 pm For further info call (541) 517-5224

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Veteran's Administration Vocational Rehabilitation Pgm Broken!

VA Chapter 31 Voc Rehab Needs Overhaul!

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Veterans Administration Watch:

The story is many Voc Rehab workers pick and choose who they will help and hinder those who is not worthy of their time. Many veterans fight with VA Vocational Rehabilitation for years before figuring out that program administrators are straight up lying to them about what the program can do for any veteran.
Want to know what those lies are before you fall victim?
Thousands of disabled veterans apply for Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation every year. Some are successful in getting the benefits they deserve and some are not.
In my time researching and writing on the subject, there seems to be a common theme arising: lies. Many veterans are misled about what Voc Rehab can do for them even though policies exist that contradict what counselor say.
This leads one to conclude that either there are guidelines to excuses somewhere that Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors live by, or there is an underlying discussion between offices as to what excuses can be used to keep deserving disabled veterans from their benefits.
It reminds me of a period of my life when I spent a great deal of my recreational time researching the Bible. Living in England at the time, I used the ESV Bible, the Cambridge Companion to the Bible, the Nag Hammadi Scriptures, and a copy of The Living Buddha, Living Christ that my grandmother sent me. Over the years, scholars have found there to be such commonality between the New Testament Gospels that they came to believe there existed a fifth text referred to as “Q.” Q is believed by many scholars to be the first written gospel that contained many of the quotes and anecdotes of Jesus’ time on Earth.
In a similar way, one cannot help but speculate that there is a similar text that creates a common set of lies Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors tell disabled veterans when denying claims. In my searches for it, I seem only to find regulations that support veterans’ claims for benefits -- strange.

VOC REHAB BACKGROUND

Background. The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (DVA OIG) ordered an audit of the VR&E program in 2007 and a subsequent survey sampling of 80,000 veterans to find out why so many disabled veterans never complete the program. While VR&E boasts a success rate of close to 75 percent to the U.S. Congress, the real number is much lower. According to the DVA OIG, the true success rate is closer to 18 percent. Most qualified veterans drop out of Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) before developing an Individual Written Rehabilitation Plan (IWRP). Many more drop out before finishing the program. VR&E has not been including these cases in their reported success rate.
In Corporate America, this is called “cooking the books,” for which people have gone to jail and been sued. Lucky for VR&E, the officials of this ENRON of the federal government are largely blanketed by sovereign immunity. The government has to agree to let you sue the government. Convenient.   See original story...http://usveteransvoice.blogspot.com/2018/11/va-chapter-31-voc-rehab-needs-overhaul.html