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August 22, 2002 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Blues musician Rick Holmstrom was clearly ready for negative reactions to his new album, "Hydraulic Groove." For the last couple of months fans have been invited to listen to a few songs on the Web site of Tone Cool Records and weigh in with their opinions. The title of the comments section: "Holmstrom Controversy Postings."
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August 22, 2002 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Blues musician Rick Holmstrom was clearly ready for negative reactions to his new album, "Hydraulic Groove." For the last couple of months fans have been invited to listen to a few songs on the Web site of Tone Cool Records and weigh in with their opinions. The title of the comments section: "Holmstrom Controversy Postings."
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 1999 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The blues will always be with us. And on Day Two of the Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point on Sunday, fans were treated to multiple generations of the eternal musical genre, from R&B veteran Etta James to Big Bill Morganfield, son of the great Muddy Waters. Morganfield is 42 but only this year released his debut album, a collection that recalls the raw, fiery blues associated with his father.
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April 21, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM
"The family that plays together, plays together" could be the motto for Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers. This modern-traditionalist blues institution from Riverside is founded on the considerable talents of singer-bandleader-harmonica man Rod Piazza, and his piano-playing wife, Honey Piazza--along with bassist Bill Stuve, who has been in the band so long he might as well be kin. The Piazzas write the songs, which are serviceable-to-good takes on a variety of blues and R&B forms.
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August 6, 1998 | JAMES E. FOWLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sandy Ross, who's having a CD release party at B.B. King's on Sunday, is a folk singer-songwriter who's been plying her craft for more than 30 years. As a teen, she was moved by the music of the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 1960s--artists such as Peter, Paul and Mary, and Judy Collins; writers such as Bob Dylan, Fred Neil and Phil Ochs. Ross grew up in Phoenix but rambled out of that Wild West town in the early 1970s.
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September 15, 1999 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So here's this Costa Mesa blues man I knew nothing about, with a debut CD on an unheard-of custom label, and it turns out to be something the whole blues world should toast with the best whiskey in the bar. Brooks is a Wichita, Kan., native who has been playing on the Southern California blues scene since 1989. His biggest credit to date has been teaming with Southland blues institution Bernie Pearl in the Big Muddy Trio and the Bernie Pearl Blues Band.
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January 23, 1997 | JAMES E. FOWLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
I think it was Mae West who once said, "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful." For those people who can't get enough of good blues harp playing, B. B. King's has a show for you this weekend. Two of Southern California's premiere blues harmonica players--Rod Piazza and John "Juke" Logan--will be featured Friday and Saturday at the Universal City blues joint. Riverside-based Piazza and his Mighty Flyers have garnered many accolades and a handful of awards over the last few years.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 1997 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's strange to think that blues harpist Rod Piazza has been playing professionally for more than 30 years, mostly on the road. His youthful face and potent energy level belie his 50 years, and his band, the Mighty Flyers, just gets tighter and hotter with each album.
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December 15, 1994 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For veteran blues harmonica master Johnny Dyer, the good ol' days aren't then, they are right now. Dyer and his sidekick, guitar whiz Rick Holmstrom, play the Underground in Santa Barbara on Saturday night, where they will showcase tunes off Dyer's latest, "Listen Up." Things have improved a lot for Dyer since the old days and his first gig in Mississippi. "I was about 13 years old at the time, and I made three bucks," said Dyer during a recent phone interview.
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January 30, 1997 | JAMES E. FOWLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Playing music usually is considered a young person's game. Few working musicians retain their youthful enthusiasm after years of dealing with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that come with the musician's lifestyle. But two performers whose careers fly in the face of that conventional wisdom are playing in the Valley this weekend. Miss Lavelle White of Austin, Texas, who's performing at Cozy's tonight, and Johnny Dyer of Los Angeles, playing at B.B.
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