OCTOBER 2016 – NEW CD!

We’re proud to announce the release of our seventh album Quirky Boogie on Upright Records!  Engineered by GEORGE HARRIS at Creative World Recording in Largo, Florida, the new CD contains 15 songs, 10 new originals and 5 cover songs.  Quirky Boogie was officially released July 25 when we began our seven-week summer tour, and it is now available on our “STORE” page- order now along with our other cool merch!  Also, since we are celebrating the 30th year of our Upright Records label, you will receive a FREE CD of our first album Bluesy Atmosphere (1986) with every $10 you spend in our store, or at gigs.  This FREE CD Offer expires December 31st, 2016, so hurry!

Amidst recording Quirky Boogie in April & June, Liz and I also flew to California for ten days in May, where Liz did five shows with the QUEENS OF BOOGIE WOOGIE, along with pianists WENDY DeWITT & SUE PALMER  with KIRK HARWOOD on drums.  Venues included the iconic jazz & blues club Yoshi’s in Oakland, Soper-Reese Theatre in Lakeport, and KRUSH Radio Concert in Santa Rosa.  To our surprise, DENNY CHANDLER flew in from Las Vegas for the Yoshi’s show; Denny was the engineer for our first 4 albums at Chandler Audio (Huntington, WV) , and he is now running sound at Wynn in Vegas.  Great to see you, Denny!

Our 2016 Summer Tour went well, and all the shows were basically CD Release Parties for Quirky Boogie.  In addition to club dates, the tour also included three festivals:  Diamond Teeth Mary Festival (Huntington), Bloomington Boogies Fest (Bloomington, IN), and our 22nd year at the Cincy Blues Fest (Cincinnati, OH).  This year in Cincy, we got to meet CHUCK LEAVELL (piano player for the Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton “Unplugged”, etc), who also played the Arches Boogie Piano Stage.   Chuck & his wife RoseLane are very cordial & engaging people, and it was pleasure to hang out with them and the other outstanding pianists for three days.

We had a great time when Doc’s older brother CHARLIE SHAMBARGER from Lincoln, Nebraska visited us in February.  Sadly, after returning home, Charlie suffered a stroke and passed away in April at age 70.  We’re so sorry to lose Charlie, yet we’re also grateful for the quality time we had with him during that final visit, and all the years of love we shared.

We were also shocked & saddened to lose longtime fan TERRY GREGORY in June, and also YANKEE BILL and JOEY GONZALES in October.    We miss them every time we play their favorite songs, and are thankful for their support over the years.

Losing so many in 2016 makes us love & appreciate all of you even more.   Hope to see you in the crowd soon!

DR. BLUES

2016- NEW GRANDBABY AND ANNIVERSARIES!

We’re gearing up for the 7th Annual Boogie Woogie/Blues Piano Stomp in St. Pete March 5th.  Bob Seeley & Daryl Davis return by popular demand, plus Luca Sestak from Germany.  See our SHOWS Page for ticket info.

Jan. 6, 2016 we welcomed grandbaby #3, Greyson Cash!  Congrats to Kristen & Drew, and to Greyson’s siblings Jackson & Julie, who are now three years old.

20 years ago in January, we drove our motorhome through ice & snow to make the big move from Ohio to Florida and finally bought a home here 11 months later in Nov., 1996.  Our first Florida show that year was at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, opening for Saffire:  The Uppity Blues Women, where it was a freezing 28 degrees-brrrr!

That June we played Chicago Blues Festival with Diamond Teeth Mary, then released our best-selling CD Six Fingers Boogie & toured the Midwest for nine weeks in the RV.  What a year!

30 years ago in 1986, we founded our independent label Upright Records & now have six releases plus a new one in the works.

40 years ago in 1976, Liz officially became a professional musician with her first paid gig.

So in 2016, to thank you & to celebrate our first recording Bluesy Atmosphere in 1986 (originally on LPs, then cassettes & now on CDs), for every $10 you spend on our merch at gigs or from our website, you’ll get 1 FREE CD OF THIS FIRST ALBUM.  (If you already have it, pass it on to a friend.)

Subscribe/buy the Feb./March Big City Blues Magazine!   It’s a piano issue, featuring many of our friends, plus Liz’s 1st article/byline!

California here we come!   Liz is playing The Queens of Boogie Woogie in May- see SHOWS page for dates & info.

Congrats & thanks to all Frequent Fans of 2015:  1.Dan H. attended 40 shows!   2. Judy R., 3. Diann F. (30 shows!)   4. Teresa W., 5. Priscilla H., 6. Linda M., 7. Wayne K.  (2o shows!),  8. Art O., 9. Ralph N., 10. Hildegarde, 11. Barry S.,  12. Jerri E., 13. Larry I., 14. Barry H.  (10 shows each.)   Get your free card at any show.

2-26-16    RIP John Hursey,  Liz’s 2nd cousin & owner of The Canal House in Tuscarawas, Ohio.    John was a great, funny guy & true music/blues supporter & we loved playing there every summer for the past 11 years.

JUNE 2015 NEWS

Florida has been blazing in the 90’s since April, so our thoughts turn north, where we hope it will be cooler, as it was last summer.  We’ve been busy preparing for our August Summer Tour-   check for tourdates on our SHOWS page & hope to see you all on the road.   Be sure to say hello & visit the merch table- one new item this year!

Enjoying some good Florida gigs before we leave, including a special concert with the amazing Bob Seeley at the Side Door July 10.   We’ll also be sharing the stage with Bob at Cincy Blues Fest (Ohio) Aug. 8 & Bloomington Boogies (Indiana) Aug. 9.

Speaking of Boogie Woogie, our 6th Annual Boogie Woogie/Blues Piano Stomp at The Palladium in St. Pete on March 21, 2015 was another sold-out success.   This year featured Mr. B (Ann Arbor, MI), Bob Seeley (Detroit, MI), Victor Wainwright (Memphis. TN) & ourselves.

Congrats & thanks to these Frequent Fan winners of 2014:   #1 Dan H., #2 Diann F., #3 Judy R., #4 Teresa W. who each attended at least 40 shows!  Plus #5 Linda M., #6 Wayne K., #7 Barry S., #8 Judi L., #9 Priscilla H. (all attended 20 + shows), #10 Bob S. #11 Shirley S., #12 Sarah S., #13 Marlyn P., #14 Susan S., #15 Jim I. and #16 Walt H. (all attended 10 + shows.)  Ask for your free card at any show & join the club- the more the merrier!

RIP musicians David Maxwell, Rocky Ruckman & B. B. King;  fans Rick Graves & Barry Simms, & a fave English teacher of mine, Mr. James Creighton.

Happy Anniversary June 18 to Dr. Blues!

Happy Father’s Day & Summer to all,

Liz

Big City Blues & November 2014 News

Exciting news!  We (along with other Tampa Bay blues celebrities) are on the cover of the Oct./Nov. issue of Big City Blues Magazine, a renowned national blues publication based in Detroit, MI.  There are extensive interviews of each featured artist, and it’s been fascinating reading about our peers.  Visit their website to find outlets for this magazine in your area, to order copies or to subscribe, which we recommend.  See our LINKS page for their website.  Ironically, the last time we were featured in a national magazine was the Fall 1994 issue of Blues Revue, and only Liz’s name was on the cover.  Hope we won’t have to wait 20 more years for the next one!

Thanks to everyone up north for a great Summer Tour.  The highlight of the tour was meeting our newest fan, great-niece KHORA at the Cincy Blues Fest when she was two weeks old!  Another highlight was hanging out with our pal ROY BOOK BINDER at Liz’s mom’s farm in Hackney, Ohio & our show together at the ADELPHIA MUSIC HALL in Marietta.  It was also fun to celebrate Liz’s sister MARY’S 50th birthday with family.

Can’t believe the holidays are fast approaching.  Please visit our STORE Page to order unique gifts for yourself & others.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Liz & Doc

June 28, 2014

We’ve been busy preparing to hit the road in late July for our 2014 Summer Tour up north.  See our SHOWS page for upcoming dates & festivals in Ohio, West Virginia, and Indiana.    If you’d like to book us for your festival, club or house parties between Florida & the midwest this summer, please contact us right away.

We’re excited about brand new posters we just got this week- the first official new posters since 2003!   Look for them at venues we’ll be playing.   We’ve also been working on some new original songs for the next (7th!) album.   Please visit our merch table or STORE page & buy some CD’s, etc.- gotta make room for a new one!

On January 19th, Liz & I saw LEON RUSSELL perform at Vinoy Park in St. Pete- awesome as always!   We also caught Bonerama at Ringside Cafe, & Lauren Mitchell Band opened for Vanilla Fudge at Largo Cultural Center in April.

Our 5th annual BOOGIE WOOGIE/BLUES PIANO STOMP at the Palladium Theatre in St. Pete on Feb. 22 was another huge success.  Featured performers this year were ROB RIO (CA), CHASE GARRETT (IA), BOB SEELEY (MI) and ourselves, and this was our second SOLDOUT Stomp in a row!  Bob, Chase, and Rob all did amazing performances. Special thanks to Paul Wilborn at the Palladium Theatre for making this event possible, & all of you for being there.

On March 11, we bought a new (to us) car!   It was mighty sad to trade in our beloved 2002 purple PT Cruiser, (see photo inside our Boogie Woogie Staircase CD) but if you catch a glimpse of our new car, you’ll see we got the next best thing to it.  Thanks to Bruce at Bay Pines Automotive for the advice,  & Rob Rio for the license plate cover!

It was an honor & pleasure to be included with several Tampa Bay blues musicians & luminaries in a photo shoot at the Don Cesar Resort on April 14th.  BIG CITY RHYTHM & BLUES MAGAZINE is doing a story on the Suncoast Blues music scene, and the group photo will appear on the magazine’s COVER this fall.  BIG CITY RHYTHM & BLUES is a fine bimonthly blues magazine- check them out & subscribe at www.bigcitybluesmag.com or ask for it at your local newsstand or bookstore.

Guitarist/singer Tommy McCoy gave Liz a copy of his CD “Late in the Lonely Night” on Earwig  Music Company.   She co-wrote & played piano on a cut.  From the liner notes: “The saucy  “Never Shoulda Listened” is a swaggering vocal duet with Karyn Denham powered by Liz Pennock’s muscular barrelhouse piano….”

Congrats & thanks to these FREQUENT FAN winners of  2013:   #1 Winner (attended at least 50 shows!!) Diann F., #2 & #3 (40 shows each) Dan H. & Judy R. -wow!   Those who attended at least 20 shows were Priscilla H., Judi L., Barry S., Linda M., Teresa W., Wayne K, & Jim I.    Attending at least 10 shows were Hildegarde & Ralph N., Jean M., Barry H., Art O., John & Helen M., Sarah S., Bob & Gwyneth S., Edna P. & Terry G.     These loyal fans & more of you truly make the crowd livelier & larger,  & therefore help keep us working.  Join them & get your free card at any show.

Speaking of fans, we had some real surprises at some gigs this year, including the Garris’ from Ohio & the Pearson’s from St. Augustine/WV.   We were floored when Beth B. from Ohio walked in one night- she was one of our best Columbus fans & we hadn’t seen her in years!

Sadly, in addition to losing my mom April 9, our good friend and fellow musician CAPTAIN BOB THOMPSON passed away in St. Pete on December 25th, 2013.  We attended each other’s gigs when possible & Liz & Bob often did a cool duet of “Deep River Blues”.    We also lost 2 of our (above mentioned) Frequent Fans recently:   Bob Starr on June 20, who always came out with his wife Gwyneth,  & Jim Isaacs on May 1, who always asked for our original songs.   They were all wonderful supporters of our music & are deeply missed.

We flew to Ohio May 30-June 9 for Mom’s Memorial Service & also niece Shannon’s wedding to Bharat.   It was wonderful to visit with both of our families, including our 18 month old grandbabies.  We even got in some really tasty barbeque at cousin John’s Canal House in Tuscarawas- we play there Aug. 15, so come hungry!

Happy 4th of July,

Dr. Blues