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Wooden Blues, April 15: Lou Shields, Micah Kesselring, Art by Philip English

Wooden Blues returns on Friday, April 15 to J&J Winery / Noble Order Brewing, in Richmond, Indiana. The music begins at 7 PM with an opening performance by Achilles Tenderloin. I’ve included a map below for any  first-timers, out there. Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook!

Each month, the Wooden Blues concert series features a different pair of the finest acoustic blues artists around, carefully selected and hosted by Achilles Tenderloin.

April’s featured acts are Lou Shields and Micah Kesselring. We are very lucky to have these two phenomenal players join us on Friday, April 15. Please drop in and give them a warm welcome.

Each Wooden Blues event also kicks off a monthly art show! April’s featured artist is Phil English. Show up between 5 and 7 to check out Phil’s paintings and meet the artist himself.


Lou Shields

Lou ShieldsA self-described “artist, musician, rambler and teacher,” Lou Shields recently relocated from his Chicago area homeland to a remote cabin in Southwest Wisconsin.

Drawing inspiration from early and mid-twentieth century folk and country blues, Lou uses guitar, harmonica and banjo to belt out impressive original songs. All the while, his feet tap out the rhythm, with on a bass stomp on one foot and a skateboard with bottle caps nailed to it on the other.

American RelicVisit Lou’s website to learn more about the man himself and drop by Reverbnation to sample a few tunes. His 2015 release American Relic is currently available for purchase here.

 


Micah Kesselring

Hailing from Southeastern Ohio, award-winning Piedmont and Delta style guitarist Micah Kesselring has wowed audiences the world over, from Columbus to Colombia — Memphis to Washington — with guitar licks that slide from dolorous to dizzying. In 2016, Micah made the finals at the 32nd International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, placing in the Top 8 out of nearly 300 acts worldwide.

Micah’s latest studio album, Cabin Fever Blues (2015), features seven original songs alongside adaptations of four Delta blues classics. Check it out on Micah’s Bandcamp page, along with his 2013 release, Log Cabin Blues. You can also visit Reverbnation to learn more about Micah and his music.


Map to Wooden Blues

Here is a map to Wooden Blues at J&J Winery / Noble Order Brewing, in Richmond, Indiana.


 

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Wooden Blues, March 18: Will Scott, Joe Waters, Art by Aria-Blair

Wooden Blues returns on Friday, March 18 to J&J Winery / Noble Order Brewing, in Richmond, Indiana. The music begins at 7 PM with an opening performance by Achilles Tenderloin. I’ve included a map below for any  first-timers, out there. Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook!

Each month, the Wooden Blues concert series features a different pair of the region’s finest acoustic blues artists, carefully selected and hosted by Achilles Tenderloin.

March’s featured acts are Dayton’s Joe Waters and, hailing from Indianapolis, Will Scott​. We are very lucky to have these two gentlemen with us on Friday, March 18. Please drop in and give them a warm welcome.

Each Wooden Blues event also kicks off a monthly art show! This time, the feature is Aria-Blair Bottorff. Show up between 5 and 7 to check out Aria-Blair’s paintings and meet the artist herself.

 


Will Scott

Will is known for his distinctive voice, original roots songwriting, and guitar stylings. Blending blues and Americana with a dash of rock and outlaw country, His soulful, live performances, and his acclaimed recordings have captivated crowds in the US and Europe for over twenty years.

Gnawbone, produced by Gold Record recipient, Preacher Boy (Blind Pig Records, Coast Road Records, Eagle Eye Cherry) is Will Scott’s second release under his name and his studio debut. The album features guest performances by Jolie Holland, Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas), and Jan Bell.


Joe Waters

Joe, eighteen, has played the blues his whole life. He picked up the harmonica as a kid and by age 10 was already playing shows and recording with his dad, Jack Waters of Dayton. Now a seasoned player and singer, Joe has been a mainstay of the Dayton area blues festival scene for years and also teaches harmonica lessons.

You local folks might remember Joe and Jack from the blues festival we hosted at the winery in July of 2014. However, Joe first played in Richmond nearly a decade ago at Charlie’s Coffee Bar, back when I was hosting the weekly open mic night there. I’d say he’s a solid two or three feet taller, today, though.

Niki Dakota hosted this fantastic radio interview with Joe and Jack a few years, complete with live, in-studio performances, on WYSO 91.3 FM:

Excursions hosts Father/Son duo Joe & Jack Waters

Today Joe and Jack Waters joined Niki Dakota in the performance studio. They will be performing at Big Brews and Blues, a fundraiser to benefit Diabetes Dayton, tonight in Dayton. It’s been five years since Joe and Jack Waters came onto Exursions to talk about their newly released album, 10 + 50.


Feminine Fantasy: Paintings by Aria-Blair

Painter Aria-Blair Bottorff presents Feminine Fantasy, an exhibition of her latest work, at Noble Order Brewing / J&J Winery (see map, below). Aria-Blair is an Indiana native multimedia artist. Feminine Fantasy explores the conceptual boundaries of gender identity, occultism, and horror from a soft feminine perspective in acrylics and oils.

Come out at 5 PM to say hello and see Blair’s stunning paintings. Hang around after for refreshments and some phenomenal acoustic blues from around the region. Music begins at 7. Click here for more information about the exhibit and opening reception.

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Map to Wooden Blues

Here is a map to Wooden Blues at J&J Winery / Noble Order Brewing, in Richmond, Indiana.


 

Feminine Fantasy: Paintings by Aria-Blair

Painter Aria-Blair Bottorff presents Feminine Fantasy, an exhibition of her latest work, at Noble Order Brewing / J&J Winery (see map, below). Aria-Blair is an Indiana native multimedia artist. Feminine Fantasy explores the conceptual boundaries of gender identity, occultism, and horror from a soft feminine perspective in acrylics and oils.

Aria-Blair Bottorff 1Come out at 5 PM to say hello and see Blair’s stunning paintings. Hang around after for refreshments and some phenomenal acoustic blues from around the region. Music begins at 7.
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Aria-Blair recently sat down for an interview with Eric Chisholm to discuss the role art plays in her life. Read the full interview:

The Best Jobs in the World: Artist

I am writing a series called The Best Jobs in the World. This series is dedicated to people who have rare or interesting jobs. My aim is to give options, hope, or motivation for people who do not feel the need to get a nine-to-five.


Check out Aria-Blair’s Tumblr, too!

Salt & Sulfur

My name is Aria-Blair and these are the things I make.

 


Wooden Blues

Each month this season will feature the work of a different artist (or pair of artists), with an opening reception on the night of that month’s Wooden Blues concert. This month’s featured blues musicians are Will Scott and Joe Waters. For more information about this month’s concert, see the related post on this site.

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Map to Wooden Blues

Here is a map to Wooden Blues at J&J Winery / Noble Order Brewing, in Richmond, Indiana.


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Wooden Blues, February 19: Delta Duo and Chris Yakopcic

Wooden Blues returns this Friday, February 19 to J&J Winery / Noble Order Brewing, in Richmond, Indiana. The music begins at 7 PM with an opening performance by Achilles Tenderloin. I’ve included a map below for any  first timers, out there.

This Wooden Blues concert series features a different pair of the region’s absolute finest acoustic blues artists each month, selected and hosted by Achilles Tenderloin.

February’s featured acts are Dayton’s Chris Yakopcic and Delta Duo, of Indianapolis. If you’ve heard me go on about either, you know they’re among my personal favorite living blues artists anywhere. Read more

Wooden Blues: First Night! Photos by Erin Lee

Wooden Blues got off to a great start last Friday at Noble Order Brewing in Richmond, Indiana. We heard some phenomenal acoustic blues from featured musical guests Bob Dellaposta and Todd the Fox, after Achilles Tenderloin kicked off the festivities.

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Art Exhibit: Sontina Reid & Joe Swanson – Internal Mythology

Tonight! Joe Swanson and Sontina Reid open their new exhibit at Noble Order Brewing at 6 PM. Come say hello and see what these two have been making. I was there when Joe and Sontina were hanging their work, Tuesday night– and you’re going to love it. I will be there tonight, too, of course!

Each month this season will feature the work of a different artist (or pair of artists), with an opening reception on the night before that month’s instance of Wooden Blues. That means I’ll back tomorrow night, too, to play some Achilles Tenderloin brand blues with Todd The Fox and Bob Dellaposta.

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