Good morning, the Reverend got off his stage pulpit long enough to email from the road and I thought I'd pass along some good news:
Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys have been nominated for best blues band, and two of the boys have earned individual nominations as well: Big Al Groth for best horn/brass instrument and Bobby Sellers for best drummer.
These are People's Choice Awards -- the best kind, if you ask me -- for the Wisconsin Area Music Industry. Now WAMI may sound like small potatoes, but in a very indirect way it helps buy strings for the Reverend's Ephiphone guitar, reeds for Al's sax and sticks for Bobby. As well as other deserving artists who play their hearts out for little publicity or compensation.
The Reverend's not asking for donations, just a little ballot support. Click here to read the ballot and cast a vote for your favorite Badgerland band and players.
"We won last year thanks to you and it does help our resume so please vote no matter who you choose to vote for," says the Reverend. Well put.
The Chain Smoking Altar Boys completed their Florida tour and they're heading back north after a night at the Shed Barbeque in Mobile, Ala. Here's the band's "home" schedule:
Feb. 24: Morton's Inn, Cedarburg, 6:30pm
Feb. 25: The Milwaukee Ale House, Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Feb. 26: Mamie's, Milwaukee, 9:30pm
Feb. 27: The Painted Parrot, West Allis, 9 p.m.
Mar. 3: Knights of Columbus* 1820 S. 92nd St., Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Mar. 6: The Delafield Brewhaus, Delafield, 9:30 p.m.
*The Jump & Jive Club's Friday Night Swing Dance
Catch 'em if you're in the neighborhood before they head back out for 16 days in the Virgin Islands. "Somebody has got to do it," concedes the Reverend, "so we've elected ourselves to represent Wisconsin in the islands again this year."