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John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Buddy Guy and Junior Wells 1984
January 9, 2023 6:00pm


John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Buddy Guy and Junior Wells 1984
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza
Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

Monday night I'm paying tribute to my dad, Harvey, who passed away on December 26th following years suffering with Parkinson's Disease. My dad played a huge role in my life from an early age, and my love of music comes from him.
Some of the earliest music I can recall my dad playing was electric Blues, something that I still love to this day. My dad brought home the first Blues Brothers record "Briefcase Full of Blues" shortly after it was released in 1978, and we played that thing to death! I memorized every word, every lick, every drum break, every horn part, and eventually every pop and scratch! I eventually had to purchase a second copy.

My dad loved that record because he grew up knowing most of the originals, especially "Messin' with the Kid" by the artists I'm playing tonight: Buddy Guy and Junior Wells.

My dad spent a lot of time in the Blues and Jazz clubs of Detroit in the early to mid-1960s seeing some really great acts, including Guy and Wells. My dad could spin a tall tale now and then, so I could not say for certain which shows were true and which were some he just wished he saw, but I am certain of his love for the Blues, and Rock and Roll.

This show tonight is a features Guy and Wells in a small club in Cotati, California, September 20, 1984, just ten days before my 14th birthday. Ironically we didn't live that far from Cotati, and this show was shortly after my parents split up. If my dad knew this show was happening he would have made his way there for sure. Little Charlie and the Nightcats are the backing band for this show.

Lineage: Soundboard (no knowledge of the generation)

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Support these bands. Buy their officially released music and merch, and never ever sell live bootlegs. These are for trade only.

Stick around Monday 8-10PM Pacific for a two hour tribute to my dad, which I'll be playing a bunch of his favorite music, and telling stories about a one-of-a-kind soul. I hope you tune in.

Enjoy and pay it forward.


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