On June 24, producer Tommy LiPuma was honored in his hometown of Cleveland by Diana Krall, Dr. John and Leon Russell, amid of host of superstars like Elvis Costello, Randy Newman, Herb Alpert, Barbra Streisand, Willie Nelson and Paul McCartney who sent in their congratulations on video. Blogarrhea spoke to the legendary session man just days prior.
"Way down yonder in New Orleans in the land of dreamy scenes, there's a garden of Eden, you know what I mean." Henry Creamer wrote that line in 1922 and it holds up today as a fairly decent barometer of the allure that this great American city still holds. On 'The Prodigal Returns,' singer/songwriter/guitarist Keith Stone returns to his home town...and he's got Dr. John with him.
If you aren't in the know, Dr. John and his crazy theatrics are a worldwide phenomenon. And now, the New Orleans saint (yet, not a football player) will release a compilation of what he considers the most important tracks from Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.
Chicago will once again become the blues capital of the world during the Chicago Blues Festival, held this year on June 13-15 in Grant Park.