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RIP Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor

My old pal and collaborator Vertamae Grosvenor has died. I didn’t keep in touch with her after our work on Nyam, but that was a great experience. It was a folk opera she had written about African-American foodways. She had performed it once before with her son-in-law, jazz singer/bassist Oscar Brown III, doing the music. […]

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Review of my book from Boston Blues Society

This is a review of the current (third) edition, but I never saw it until now. Very well written review that captures well what my book is all about: http://www.bostonblues.com/features.php?key=bookBluesTraveling

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I won!

A new music store in Southeast Portland, Saint Frank’s Music, held a Guitar Solo Contest yesterday, see the poster below. I entered. Not to try to win, but to expose the audience, judges, other musicians, everyone there, to an alternate style of guitar playing, to show them that there is more to the guitar than […]

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Now on Twitter

OK, I guess Twitter must be about obsolete, since I’m finally on it. (I usually am the very last person to adopt new technologies.) Follow my tweets @SCheseborough

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Dad, the Giants and the blues

My dad, Doug Cheseborough (1921-1997), was a Giants fan. He grew up in New York City and used to go see the Giants play when they were still based in that city. I don’t think he ever forgave them for moving to San Francisco, but he remained a fan. When I was a kid, Dad […]

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Blues and poker

As some of you know, I’m almost as avid about poker as I am about playing the blues. Is there any crossover between the skills required in each of those pursuits? Or, do bluesmen make good poker players? I’ve heard, in TV interviews, people claim that their professional backgrounds help them in poker. Everything from […]

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Mowing the lawn acoustically

I housesat for a friend for about a month this summer, and he had a grassy lawn and a push mower. (Grassy lawns are out of style in Portland, where the trend is to kill the grass and replace it with native, mostly edible, landscape, but my friend hasn’t quite got there yet. He does […]

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Nickel strings on nickel-plated guitar?

It sure sounded like a match made in heaven, nickel strings on my nickel-plated National. But after trying them, I am going back to the Gore-Tex-coated bronze ones! I know, I’m a traditionalist about a lot of things, but as my buddy Blind Boy Paxton says, “Sometimes the new things are better.” He’s the one […]

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Blues and brews at the Dude Ranch

I had heard (from Upright brewer/owner Alex Ganum) that there had once been a jazz club on the site of his brewery, where I play on Sunday afternoons. Alex was tickled to find out about the club, because he is a huge jazz fan. In fact the name of his brewery, Upright, is a tribute […]

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Guide to Portland Waterfront Blues Festival 2012

Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, coming up July 4-8, is one of the world’s biggest blues festivals. It also is the biggest annual event in Portland — an interesting idea, for any city’s big party to be a blues festival, and especially a Pacific Northwest city without a blues tradition of its own. First let me […]

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