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Bayfront Blues Festival Artist Selwyn Birchwood [INTERVIEW]

Selwyn Birchwood has been called "a shooting star in the blues world," a "blues fireball" and Selwyn is "making waves, surprising people and defying expectations." Having interviewed him, and listening to his first album, 'Don't Call No Ambulance', I agree.

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(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
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Dunkin Donuts Soon to Arrive in the Northland, But Not Soon Enough for Rayman

It's no secret to my Kool listeners that Dunkin' Donuts is my all time favorite place to pick up a coffee with a doughnut.  When I lived in Boston, I had one strawberry or raspberry filled doughnut , and one coffee each day. In less than seven months, I dropped seventy pounds, and I wasn't hungry during the day either!

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Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Crazy On You by Heart [VIDEO]

Ann and Nancy Wilson wrote this song about Mike Fisher, who was an original guitarist for Heart (he eventually stopped performing and became their sound man) - he and Ann were dating. According to Ann, she felt that the world was crazy and sometimes maddening, but her relationship with Mike kept her balanced

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Category: Featured, Music History
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reverendraven.com/Chuck Ryan Photography
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Bayfront Blues Festival Artist Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin Altar Boys [INTERVIEW]

Bayfront Blues Festival favorite Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin Altar Boys will be burnin up the Acoustic Tent at the 26th Annual Bayfront Blues Festival Saturday August 9th from 8:35 to 9 p.m. You'll hear your favorites as well as songs from their acclaimed "Shake Your Boogie" album

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Photo Kool Staff
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Why You’ll Want to Attend This Year’s Bayfront Blues Festival

We are extremely fortunate to have the Bayfront Blues Festival in our community, and there are many reasons why we should both support and attend. Over the past several years, I've had the privilege of interviewing many of the artists, and they all look forward to playing here. The first reason is because of the beautiful scenery, right by the lake. One artist mentions it to another, and word gets around fast in the blues community that Duluth is the place to play.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Fooled Around and Fell in Love by Elvin Bishop [VIDEO]

Although Bishop is known as a Blues musician, this song was a huge Pop hit and still gets considerable airplay on Adult Contemporary radio. The song does not represent the body of Bishop's work, but he does love playing it live.

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Category: Featured, Music History
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Living The Blues, Canned Heat’s Story of Music, Drugs, Death, Sex and Survival [REVIEW)

Over the years I've read hundreds of books on music, but in all honesty, this is by far the best, and most thorough I've ever read. Where many other band books may briefly touch on the dark side of music, my friend, Fito de la Parra holds nothing back. He tells it exactly as it was, with brutal honesty.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Back on the Chain Gang by Pretenders [VIDEO]

The "picture of you" Chrissie Hynde sings about is a picture she found in her wallet of Ray Davies, leader of the band The Kinks. Hynde and Davies were a couple and had a daughter together. This song started off about him, but the meaning changed when Honeyman-Scott died

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Category: Featured, Music History
(Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
(Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield [VIDEO]

Who is Jessie's girl? We may never know, but in an interview with Rick, the real story unfolds. Said Rick: "I don't know her name. It was a brief relationship I had when I was making stained glass for a while. I was going to a stained glass class in Pasadena, and I met this guy and his girlfriend. I was completely turned on to his girlfriend, but she was just not interested. So I had a lot of sexual angst, and I went home and wrote a song about it.

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Category: Featured, Music History
Kool Staff
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Superior Police Department Opens Registration for the Citizen’s Police Academy

If you've ever toyed with the idea of becoming a police officer now may be your chance. Registration is now open for the thirteenth annual Superior Police Department’s citizen police academy. The free nine-session program starts Wednesday, September 17, and spans eight weeks.

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Kool Staff
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Russ King & Reed Grimm Appearance Helps Out Lake Nebagamon Library

Russ King & Reed Grimm will be appearing at Bridges Bar in Lake Nebagamon this Thursday July 24th as part of the Imogene McGrath Memorial Library's "Night Out For Literacy." Russ and Reed are award winning musicians from the Twin Cities. Russ is a graduate of Superior High School, and spent many summers in Lake Nebagamon

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Barbara Helgason
Credit Barbara Helgason
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane [VIDEO]

This song was inspired by Cochrane's trip to West Africa, where he was gaining exposure for the World Vision famine relief organization. Cochrane devotes a great deal of his time to activism and causes, blending them together with his music, similar to artists such as Neil Young

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Category: Featured, Music History

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