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Live At The Roadhouse

"Now, this is a hefty package! There are great performances all over these sets." - from Uncle Ray's Vinyl Scavanger Hunt

On February 8-12, 1984, four outstanding Northwest blues and r&b bands converged at the Jolly Roger Roadhouse in Seattle, Washington. The talent of these musicians who have been playing out of the Northwest, some for more than 20 years, was captured on tape for this historic compilation album. It is the first of its kind to feature only blues and r&b players of the Northwest.

"Bigtime Bluesman," Isaac Scott, originally from Arkansas and now a leading blues artist in the area, brought his electric gospel blues to the stage. "

Also playing the skidroad bars of Seattle's First Avenue in the early '70s was Tom McFarland. Originally from Oregon, McFarland moved from Seattle to the Bay Area where his original topical tunes, and his jazz-influenced guitar work, made him a popular contemporary bluesman [who] has toured and played with the likes of Otis Rush, John Lee Hooker and Lightin' Hopkins.

Another Oregonian, harp player and vocalist Paul deLay, started playing in folk and jug bands some fifteen years ago. Eventually he settled into blues and r&b with the Portland band, Brown Sugar. Today deLay delivers a steady and very popular dose of danceable blues and vintage r&b. Check out his jumpin' version of "Tiger In Your Tank."

Curtis Salgado for more than five years played with bluesman Robert Cray. It was while playing with Cray that Salgado so impressed John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd that they dedicated their first Blues Brothers album to him. Salgado's strong and earthy vocals are perfect for his '60s soul sound which is exemplified here in "I Got To Find A Way."

There was no place more fitting for this historic recording than the Jolly Roger Roadhouse. It has a history all its own. Originally named the China Castle, the Roadhouse was constructed during Prohibition. Atop the building is a two-tiered tower from which a guard could alert patrons to impending police raids. Since the repeal of Prohibition laws, the China Castle has been renamed the Jolly Roger Roadhouse and has become a thriving legitimate restaurant and music venue. In the past two years it has become a Northwest blues headquarters for players and fans from many parts of North America.

The right players and the right club were major components in the making of Live At The Roadhouse. So do what the audiences did on those rainy, chilly February nights-witness, get down, dance or just listen to a bit of living history.

- Roberta Penn, Seattle, WA - Spring 1984

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