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Little Joe McLerran: Facebook Blues

America's best loved and longest running blues radio program, Elwood's BluesMobile is hosted by Dan Aykroyd. Each week in the guise of Elwood Blues features the song of the week...

Elwood Blues presents his
favorite new song of the week.

Originally aired February 16-17, 2013
(Critters episode).

Listen to Elwood's Blues Breaker - Little Joe McLerran "Facebook Blues"
by TheBluesMobile.com:
Elwood Blues presents his
favorite new song of the week.

Facebook Blues review...

Blues Review Mag...

There are few musicians who have managed to breathe life into the older styles.....Little Joe McLerran is one of them that can...and this CD comes highly recommended!

Mark Thompson is a contributing writer at BluesWax.

For the complete review-click here

New 2012 CD Release - Little Joe McLerran, Facebook Blues
Little Joe McLerran: Facebook Blues


Little Joe McLerran - NEW CD - Facebook Blues
The recording of the FaceBook Blues CD began in Tulsa, Oklahoma following Little Joe’s triumphant US State Department tour to Paraguay in 2011. Constantly touring, Little Joe carried the project down to New Orleans and then on to Boulder, Colorado enlisting the talents and energy of the band mates who have traveled with him around the globe.The title song, FaceBook Blues is one of half a dozen originals on the CD, but all thirteen tracks have Little Joe’s signature all over them. [YouTube Video_FaceBook Blues]


Cali Blues Festival 2012 - Columbia South America
Cali Blues Festival 2012 - Columbia, South America

Cali Blues Festival 2012 - South AmericaOCTOBER 2012- The Cali Blues Festival was the anchor gig on this tour. I went down to Columbia with Andre Bohren and Robbie Mack and immediately started talking about the prewar blues. Colombia is the land of Salsa music and Cali is the world headquarters. They’re not exposed much to the natural Blues down there, but they dig it when they hear it. We visited several cities across the country playing concerts and reaching out to the folks explaining the Blues, and the impact Blues has had on all popular music forms from Jazz, Rock & Roll, Country & Western and even Salsa. We always make a few converts.

Besides the Festival and the concert schedule we gave workshops and master classes at schools ranging from elementary to college level. One of the most frequent questions asked was, “How do you dance to the blues?” Salsa music is more about the dance than it is a musical style. The local musicians explain and complain that you’re not really playing Salsa unless you have a 13 piece band. Otherwise the dancers complain. As a band leader that’s a lot of mouths to feed...

PARAGUAY-
Blues in the Southern Hemisphere Tour (March 26-April 3rd) includingconcerts at the US Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay - celebrating 200 years of independence.

Paraguay
Blues in the Southern Hemisphere Tour (March 26-April 3rd)

Paraguay, South AmericaBlues in the Southern Hemisphere Tour (March 26-April 3rd) includingconcerts at the US Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay - celebrating 200 years of independence.

Asuncion is the capitol and largest city in landlocked Parauay with a population of 512,000. Paraguay is bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. Of the twelve South American countries, Paraguay occupies 157,048 sq miles, which compares closely with the size of California at 163,696 sq miles. (Journal link)


BluesBlastMag-Cover
Cover photo by Bob Kieser © 2012 Blues Blast

Terry Mullins has our feature interview with Little Joe McLerran.

Bob Kieser has photos and commentary from the Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival Innovators Blues Festival.

Featured Blues Interview
- Little Joe McLerran

He didn’t know it at the time, but a simple act of kindness turned in when a buddy needed a favor would end up having a profound and lasting effect on his life – not to mention impacting his career as a bluesman.

But all Little Joe McLerran knew at the time was that a friend and his partner needed a ride from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Springfield, Missouri.

That friend was country blues picker Johnny Long and his 91-year-old partner was Chicago blues legend Homesick James.


“They were playing at the Tulsa Blues Festival (in 2004) and missed their ride back to Springfield (where Long and James were living). And I knew Johnny from Colorado – he’s an incredible talent and his singing is unreal – so he called me up at a friend’s house (in Tulsa) and him and Homesick was madder than hell about missing their ride,” said McLerran. “And I said, ‘OK, we’ll get in the car and I’ll drive you guys back to Springfield.’ And Homesick and I made quite a connection on that trip. He was the genuine-article blues guy. He’d been making records since the 30s. He was really quite a guy, a real sweetheart.”

That 182-mile trip down I-44 spawned a friendship between the 20-something McLerran and the 90-something James that would last right up until Homesick passed. (more)

 


Tulsa musician teaches the blues

- TULSA WORLD -

By JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Published: 11/11/2012  2:29 AM
Tulsa World
Little Joe McLerran at the Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman. He and his blues band have seen — and educated — the world and most recently toured Colombia as part of a U.S. State Department cultural exchange tour.

Tulsa World, Nov 11, 2012 - Tulsa musician Little Joe McLerran's specialty is finger-picking Piedmont-style blues - he's played it as long as he can remember.

He and his father, longtime local musician Robbie Mack, started performing together when McLerran was 8 years old.

"That was 21 years ago," he said. The blues have been good to McLerran. In recent years, the award-winning musician has visited the Persian Gulf, Paraguay, and most recently, Colombia, South America, in his work with the U.S. State Department's bureau of education and cultural affairs.

It all started three years ago, after he and his band performed for the bureau's Rhythm Road project at a concert at Lincoln Center in New York City.

"They really liked us, and we were asked to tour the Persian Gulf," McLerran said. "It's grown from there."

He's developed an education program he calls "American Roots Soup," which he and his band have taken into sold-out music halls, schools and other venues across the globe.

He and his father, longtime local musician Robbie Mack, started performing together when McLerran was 8 years old.

"That was 21 years ago," he said. The blues have been good to McLerran. In recent years, the award-winning musician has visited the Persian Gulf, Paraguay, and most recently, Colombia, South America, in his work with the U.S. State Department's bureau of education and cultural affairs.

It all started three years ago, after he and his band performed for the bureau's Rhythm Road project at a concert at Lincoln Center in New York City.
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