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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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Fetch It! CD about to be released

The new Steve Cheseborough CD, Fetch It!, is now in production and should be available right around Dec. 30. A CD -release party is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Holman’s Bar and Grill (which as of January, like all bars and restaurants in Oregon, will be non-smoking), 15 SE 28th Ave (just south […]

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Was Blind Lemon Jefferson really blind?

Yes, he was really blind. (And his parents really named him “Lemon.”) Blind Boy Fuller was really blind too. And so were Blind Blake, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Mamie Forehand and all the other blues and gospel artists with “blind” in front of their names. It’s funny how often people ask me that question. I […]

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Habanero vodka

There’s a hot new drink on the menu at Casa Naranja (4205 N Mississippi Ave, Portland): Spicy Bloody Marys made with vodka that is house-infused with my homegrown hot peppers! Usually habaneros (of two different varieties, so the drink might taste different depending on what’s gone into the bottle that week) but also sometimes some […]

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What happened to the Subway?

A lot of people who enjoyed the movie Last of the Mississippi Jukes ask me, What happened to the Subway? Well, it’s gone. There is a plaque at the site. And, in an even better and living tribute, owner Jimmy King is hosting Subway nights at Schimmel’s restaurant in Jackson, bringing the musicians, the menu […]

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review of Marybeth Hamilton, In Search of the Blues

Marybeth Hamilton, In Search of the Blues review by Steve Cheseborough Marybeth Hamilton has dug up some good stories, and makes some good insights. But then she takes it too far. The stories are about white non-musicians obsessed with African-American music (she uses “blues” in the title and many other places in the book, but […]

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yodel lady who? 2008

yodel lady who? Originally published 3/26/2008 Oh boy, I get to yodel! Often I slip a yodeling number or two into my regular sets but this is the first time I’ve been asked to do an all-yodel show. Don’t worry, it’s only a 15-minute set. 9 to 9:15 p.m. April 10 at the World Famous […]

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Me on Oregon Art Beat 2008

Me on Oregon Art Beat Originally published 1/24/2008 Well, it’s exciting to be featured on a TV program anytime but it’s totally thrilling when the program turns out so well: http://http://www.opb.org/television/video/blues-musician-steve-cheseborough/ Check it out! My thanks and praise to Shawn Hutchinson and his crew for boiling down my life and work to a fine eight-minute […]

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"Philadelphia" Jerry Ricks needs help 2007

“Philadelphia” Jerry Ricks needs help Originally published 9/9/2007 “Philadelphia” Jerry Ricks has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The tumor is operable and he is scheduled for surgery this week. He and his significant other, Nancy Klein, are expatriate Americans living in Croatia, which (like the United States) does not have socialized medicine. So they […]

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