Arts, Entertainment, Living
I got an interesting email last night from the webmaster of the Porky Chedwick web site, with some updates on what's happening in the Bossman's life these days.
Some of you may already know this, but it seems that Porky, who just turned 93, is back in Tarpon Springs, Fla., with his wife Jeannie, after spending some time in Pittsburgh in the past couple of years. He's in the process of selling his Florida home and moving back to the Burgh, where he says he belongs -- and where he really does belong. He plans to be in Pittsburgh soon for a Roots of Rock and Roll Show at the Benedum on March 12, and at least one other appearance, March 19 in Stockdale.
Even more importantly, Porky has attracted the attention of film producer Josh Gilbert, who is planning a long-overdue documentary on the Bossman's life. You can read more about that here. Note that Gilbert is raising funds for the production. If you give enough, you can be a co-producer! It's all important because Porky brought blues and R&B and doo-wop into the hearts of Burghers long before most people had ever heard the music he played.
You can find even more on Porky's Facebook page. Seems he was tossed quite a 93rd B-day party last month in Sarasota.
I'll try to get some more info on this as it develops and pass it along. Regular readers will know that if it wasn't for the Bossman, BlueNotes would never have acquired the musical blues gene that changed his life and brought him to this illustrious position today. Thanks, Porky.