The Pittsburgh Blues Society - Where did it go?

Friday, 08 October 2010 12:00 AM Written by 

I was wandering around the web, looking for the latest blues news, when I noticed a link to the Pittsburgh Blues Society. I bit, of course, wondering if there was a new group in town, and found myself reading about the group, formed in the early 1980s, according to the site, at the Penn Cafe in Bloomfield.

The founders included Mike Sallows, Randall Troy, Lucy Van Sickle, Emory Early, Bill Weiner, Kevin Kelly, Duane Stackhouse and Fred McIntosh, who seemed to have created the web site in 1999.

So I'm wondering if anyone from that era with memories of that group would like to comment, or reminisce.

I wrote about this a while back, but here's a clever piece from the LA Times about that Viagra commercial with the Howlin' Wolf song "Smokestack Lightnin'" as background music. Too bad he doesn't get an onscreen credit in the ad.

Leon Russell has a new album due out called "The Union," in which he's joined by Elton John. Here's an interview with Leon.

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