· Curtis Marlatt has been a busy fellow of late, what with playing full time and running a little promotion company on the side. He has also been handling some of the booking at the Stage Deli.
Now he's going to marry his business partner, J. Lynn Maltais. The happy event is set for Ocotber 26, with a reception to follow at the Stage Deli.
· Ol' Mo' blues is sure enough busy these days — now add Willie's 537 Club to the lengthening list of clubs where da blooz is featured.
· In last month's column, I mentioned that Will Cary and the Nightcrawlers were going to be playing at the Phoenix Hill Tavern. What I neglected to mention was that it was part of the PHT's 15th Anniversary celebration. Yessiree, boys and girls, Benny's little Taproom has been in business for fifteen years! Some of us are old enough and have been around long enough to recall when he opened that little room over the package liquor store. It certainly has grown. Congrats to Ben and all the staff of the Phoenix Hill, and thanks for all the good music that's been there.
· Jazz fans will be pleased to know that Jim Porter's has added jazz to their Sunday lineup. They're also keeping their Country Sundays.
· Rumor Mill Dept. What local studio session player is in line to get a tune (co-written with another famous musician) cut by a Very Big Country Star? Stay tuned for the answer.
· More Rumors Dept. Is Murphy returning to Murphy's Law? Yes. Is Murphy leaving Hank, Jr? Good question. No confirmation yet.
· Not a Rumor Dept. Alan Rhody is having a nice run of luck with his "Trainwreck of Emotion." It seems that the version that was cut by bluegrass stalwart Del McCoury received a nomination for Song of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. The awards show is set for September 26th at Owensboro, Ky.
· Steve Ferguson's star continues to rise on the national music scene. It seems that he has three tunes on the new Johnny Johnson release, Johnny B. Bad. He even handles the vocals on one tune, plus he trades leads with none other than old Slowhand, Eric Clapton, on another.
In addition to that, Blacktop Records continues to be interested in the Ferguson project, Jack Salmon and Derby Sauce, according to Mark Smalley, who has been helping Ferguson with the production and promotion of the project. Smalley's publishing company also has the publishing on some of Steve's tunes.
Ferguson and band also appeared on APR's Mountain Stage radio program, broadcast on WFPL-FM on August 18. (We had said the 11th.) The full eight-piece Midwest Creole Ensemble, with three horn players, will be at the Air Devils Inn on September 14.
· Nightclub News of Note — Fans of alternative music will be pleased to know that Tewligans is still in business — or back in business, depending on how you look at it. What was formerly (sometimes) known as Snagilwet has reverted to its old name. The new owners have removed the great many layers of, um, stuff that had provided the previous ambiance. They painted the place up considerably. The dominant odor is now of paint, not, um, well, whatever it was.
The plan is to bring in even more national bands with recordings to promote, so hang on to your hats and sharpen up yer CD players, there's good rockin' tonight.
· Meanwhile, downtown aficianados already know about the Stage Deli, in what was formerly Othello's at Third and Broadway. Owner Pat Reilly is booking the blues in on Fridays and Saturdays. Check the calendar for acts.
Pat told me this story: the Stage Deli sits across Third Street from one of the largest parking lots in the southern part of downtown, a distance of perhaps fifty feet. In the rear of the building is another large parking lot. Next to that is the parking lot behind the Cumberland building on Second Street. There is also on-street parking in front of the SD and along the Third Street side.
So Pat was talking to one of his lunch-time customers and suggested that the customer might come down for dinner.
Huh? sez the guy. Dinner? Downtown? Where would I find any place to park?
· Mark Stein called to say he and Mark Hoekstra are starting a new band in October, to be called The Rib Tip Kings. A blues band, no doubt.
· Some Guys Have All the Luck Division. Down in Springfield, Charlie Walls was spending a Friday night helping his lovely spouse assemble a trinket from a local department store when the phone rang. Could Charlie come and run some sound down at Staglino's in Lebanon? Since the caller was a friend, Walls agreed.
The act in need of last-minute sound help turned out to be none other than David Alan Coe. After the gig, songwriter and publisher Walls pitched Coe a few tunes and was back home at 12:30.
He didn't say whether or not he finished the assembly job.
· Over at Mom's Recording, the Shufflin Grand Dads have cut an atypical version of an Alan Rhody tune, "Louisville Loves the Blues," replete with horns courtesy of Bob Ramsey, backup vocal section, etc. The tune is being shopped to various govenment officials in Louisville for possible use in a promotional piece.
· Dan Gediman and Peter Searcy have been working on a "song suite" (Gediman's description) about child sexual abuse. The pair got a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council to compose the suite. Some of the compositions will be debuting at Uncle Pleasant's on September 8, when they open for the Fabulous Twister Sisters.