"...an irreducible love for the fullest dimensions of the art." "Take Your Time is ample demonstration that no matter how long you work at it, the guitar and the blues contain depths that just keep opening up. And that's what you get this time out: the added luster, warmth, and degree of exposition that comes only of toil, discretion, long familiarity..."
Mark S. Tucker Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange http://www.acousticmusic.com/fame/p09399.htm
"I am very impressed with this album ...this is a GREAT body of work!"
Chuck Purcell WDPS FM 89.5 Dayton.Ohio
Best "Acoustic Blues Album" 2014 Nomination!
Dear Friends I'm honored and overjoyed to announce that our latest recording, "Take Your Time", has been nominated by the Blues Blast Music Awards' "Best Acoustic Album"!
Hats off to my talented colleagues: co-producer and bassist Mike Barry, percussionist Albert "The Beatman" Trepagnier, Jr., superb tenor man Bobby "Hurricane" Spencer, and our extraordinary guest vocalist Barbara Morrison. Many thanks also to the man whose keen ear and exquisite taste gave us an extraordinarily beautiful sound, engineer de luxe Glenn Nishida at Pacifica Studios. And, great appreciation for the outstanding photography and graphics of E.K. Waller.
Blues Blast Magazine also provided this information:
The 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine. Blues Blast Magazine is the largest FREE weekly internet Blues magazine with over 26,000 Blues fan subscribers located in all 50 states and in more than 90 countries. Free subscriptions are available at: http://www.BluesBlastMagazine.com
Voting begins on July 15 and runs until September 15. Vote on the Blues Blast website above. Voting is open to everyone.
We had a great time last Saturday celebrating the 7/11/58 opening of the Ash Grove in its' original location.
The Improv Comedy Club folks were great to work with. Could be the start of a great relationship...
Wednesday, July 15 My "How to Jam the Blues" classes resume this Wednesday at Boulevard Music, Acoustic
7:00, Electric 8:00, all instruments welcome. $100 for 8 weekly sessions. 4316 Sepulveda Bl., Culver City.
(310) 398-2583. Limited seating. boulevardmusic.com.
Tuesday, July 21 Acoustic Blues in Pasadena
I'll be playing solo, acoustic blues for your dining and drinking pleasure at the Red, White + Bluezz restaurant
on Tuesday, July 21, 6:30-9:30. I'm happy to be playing in Pasadena again, after all, it is also where I started my
radio career and originated "Nothin' But the Blues". With your support, it could turn into a steady gig, I'd love to
see you there.
37 S. El Molino, Pasadena, reservations: (626) 792-4441. And please mention code word "BLUEZZ", so that management knows
that "Bernie sent me".
Saturday, July 25 I'll be back at the Willmore Wine Bar in Long Beach,
also on Saturdays, August 1, 15, 22 & 29. I always look forward to playing there.
Please join me for an evening of solo, down-home acoustic blues, and enjoy the fine wine (and beer),
and the warmth of this popular neighborhood nook. You'll have a great evening.
7:00-10:00, Willmore Wine Bar, 3848 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, between Bixby and Roosevelt. (562) 492-5951. No Cover.
On the Road Again Mike Barry and I will being going to Upper Lake CA to play a weekend at the Tallman Hotel.
We'll be all-acoustic, playing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 7-9. One set each night at 6:30, followed
by a featured band. We're looking forward to a great time in a picturesque No. Cal. setting.