Archive > May 2009

Beethoven’s Ninth on the harp

This past Friday night, I had finished my gig at a restaurant and was sitting at the bar having something to eat and drink. A goateed man, probably in his early 60s, was also sitting there and drinking good Scotch. He asked about the music and I told him sorry, but he had just missed […]

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EaT your greens

You can go to EaT: an Oyster Bar (N Williams at Failing Street, Portland) to hear me on Saturday nights. And of course for the oysters, absinthe, shrimp etouffee etc. But here’s another excellent reason to visit that fine restaurant: greens. I love many things on the menu, but I want to make special note […]

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Blues Revue’s review of Fetch It!

From Blues Revue magazine, June/July 2009: Fetch It! is another intriguing, self-released collection of prewar-style blues from Steve Cheseborough. Cheseborough’s harmonica overdubs are effective, but at the heart of his sound are his percussive, rhythmic guitar and highly individual singing. The combination brings new light to Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “One Dime” and Tampa Red’s “Love […]

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Say Amen, Somebody!

I enthusiastically recommend Say Amen, Somebody. It is a movie about gospel music but a major part of it is blues singer Georgia Tom, who rechristened himself Thomas A. Dorsey when he became the Father of Gospel Music. The reasons you, a blues fan, ought to run right out and get it from your library […]

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Review of Fetch It!

From the fun and and authoritative country-blues website weeniecampbell.com comes this review of my new CD: Fetch It! – Steve Cheseborough Written by Andrew Mullins Fetch It! – Steve Cheseborough Independent Portland-based musician and author Steve Cheseborough has put together a strong set of country blues for his latest CD, Fetch It!, which was released […]

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Stinging nettles — don’t try this barehanded!

Well, I have burned, cut and bruised my precious guitar-picking fingers before. But now I’ve subjected them to a new and very painful indignity: stinging nettles. You’d think I would have realized that the word “stinging” is in their name for a reason. Maybe I thought they were “singing nettles” when I noticed them at […]

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Willie “Big Eyes” Smith at Mississippi Studios

Willie “Big Eyes” Smith (L) and Steve Cheseborough at Mississippi Studios, Portland, April 30, 2009. Photo by Greg Johnson. I was the opening act for Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and his band April 30 at Mississippi Studios in Portland. Unfortunately it was also the night of the Portland Trail Blazers’ final playoff game, so many […]

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