August 6, 2012

Just a quick note from the road in Ohio…what a whirlwind the first 2 weeks have been!  Thanks to all who came to our St. Pete Blues Allstars sold-out show at the Palladium Side Door July 13- what a night!   And our last St. Pete gig at Beak’s Old Florida on July 21 was really special too.

We hit the road July 24 & played our first 2 tour gigs in Indianapolis at Tastings & Slippery Noodle Inn.  Indy is such a cool city, & it was great to see our fans & friends there.   Stayed a few days with the Grusecks in KY, then shared 2 gigs this past week with Cincinnati’s own piano star Ricky Nye- proving once again that “Piano is Fun!”   Also heard Ricky at Lebanon Blues Fest Saturday.

Spent Sunday visiting with all 3 of my sisters here in Lebanon, OH.   This week we’ll be resting & getting ready for this weekend’s Cincy Blues Festival & related events.

Look forward to seeing you all there & at the rest of our tour shows this month.   Please be sure to say hello & tell your friends.   Thanks for listening & all your support, Liz

April 26, 2012

2012 has been a good and hectic year so far, with new steady gigs including 8th AVENUE PUB in Safety Harbor, ON THE ROCKS in Indian Rocks Beach, and the first club in years with a grand piano- SEMERARO’S ITALIAN CAFE & PIANO BAR in St. Pete.

In addition to many shows in March & April, we were busy working behind the scenes on this new website.  We’re thrilled to have MIKE CONATY of Brunswick Media Services in New Jersey as our new webmaster.  Mike is a longtime fan, friend, radio DJ & drummer who contributed handclaps on our BLUE ILLUSION album, and also gave me the stage name of “DR. BLUES” way back in the 1980’s.  Mike has worked tirelessly and patiently with us in redesigning these pages.   Many thanks to our original webmaster, PETER FLEMING, and also BILL BOIS, for their expertise over the years.

After returning from our Summer Tour, we played the BOOGIE WOOGIE PIANO FESTIVAL at Satchmo in Ft. Lauderdale September 11th, hosted by PIANO BOB.  What fun to share the bill with the likes of DAVID MAXWELL, VICTOR WAINWRIGHT, BARRY CUDA and SHRIMP CITY SLIM.  On September 25th, we performed at SKIPPER’S in Tampa with ST. PETE BLUES ALLSTARS and others for a tribute to our friend & harmonica great ROCK BOTTOM, marking the 10th anniversary of his passing.

We appeared live on WMNF 88.5FM radio in Tampa  September 23rd on Bill Dudley’s “Live Music Showcase” with Rock’s colleagues KIM HARPO, TOMMY BELL, and TBONE HAMILTON.  We returned to WMNF on January 23rd, 2012 to chat with LARRY LISK on his “Mo Blues Monday” show about our upcoming boogie woogie concert.

Our 3rd annual BOOGIE WOOGIE/BLUES PIANO STOMP at the PALLADIUM THEATRE in St. Pete on January 28th was another huge success & magical evening!  Liz & I started out the show, followed by Detroit’s boogie woogie master BOB SEELEY, Indiana’s piano favorite CRAIG BRENNER, and Canada’s 35-year-old sensation MICHAEL KAESHAMMER.  Each set included a duet with another pianist, and the night finished with an incendiary finale by all the players together on the 2 grand pianos.

Liz’s song “The Same For You” from our SIX FINGERS BOOGIE CD was #11 song of 2011 on MUSICTAMPABAY internet radio.  Her piano playing was featured on RANDY HOCK’S #1 song of 2011, “OK Just Ain’t Good Enough.”  Thanks to everyone who voted for these songs!

Congrats and thanks to all our Frequent Fan winners of 2011:  #1 Judy R. (40+ gigs attended!);  #2 Dan H.;  followed by Terry G., Judi L., Barry S., Linda M., Wayne K., Priscilla H., Diann F., Art O., Hildegarde & Ralph N., Barry H., Jim I., Marlie & Rick, Lisa B., Teresa W., and Marlyn.  Please join these music lovers at a gig soon!

Check our SHOWS page for Summer Tour dates booked so far.  If you’d like us to play your town, let us know of any good gigs or festivals nearby, and refer the venue to this website.  We also do house concerts and private parties- please email us for info.

Thanks for listening & we’ll be looking for you in the crowd soon,

Dr. Blues

June 09, 2011

Hello, Readers! This is our first news report of 2011- time does fly.

Congrats to the FREQUENT FAN winners of 2010. The #1 winner is Judy Rada with over 40 gigs attended, followed by Terry, Judi & Barry, Priscilla, Dan, Mary, Jim, Art, Harriet, Wayne, Linda, Marlyn, Ralph & Hildegard, & Genevieve. We truly appreciate your ongoing support at our shows.

The 2ND ANNUAL BOOGIE WOOGIE BLUES PIANO STOMP at the Palladium Theatre on January 29th was a huge success with over 700 in attendance. Thanks to Bob Seeley, Rob Rio, and Joe Krown for lending their immense talents to the show. We were also delighted that our Belgian friends Andre & Lil Hobus were there! The concert garnered rave reviews from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette & France’s Soul Bag magazine, & the one-hour video of this event is posted on YouTube (just enter “Liz Pennock” on YouTube & the video will come up). The next Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp is scheduled at The Palladium for January 28th, 2012.

Our three biggest gigs of this year so far all occurred within one week! We followed the Boogie Woogie Stomp by returning to the Palladium the following week for our show with the ST. PETE BLUES ALLSTARS on Feb. 5th. Unfortunately, Doc pulled several ligaments in his foot during this week, resulting in his wearing a special boot for the next two months. The day before the Allstars show, we were scheduled to open for PINETOP PERKINS with WILLIE “BIG EYES” SMITH & his band at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa. However, Pinetop was snowed in at the Austin airport & had to cancel, so we did the show with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith for a 600+ audience. Seeing, hearing & hanging out backstage with these true Chicago blues veterans, along with MADISON SLIM on harp, brought back wonderful memories of when we first heard them in the 1980’s with the Legendary Blues Band.

Shortly after that show, Pinetop & Willie won a Grammy for their new album “Joined at the Hip.” Then, sadly, Pinetop Perkins passed away on March 21st at age 97. Pinetop’s blues/piano legacy will live on, and we feel privileged to have known him.

This has been a very good year for us on MUSICTAMPABAY.COM Internet Radio. Liz played piano on Steve Arvey’s recording “Living The Life Of The Blues” (with Randy Hock & Pug Baker), which was the #1 SONG for 2010 on MusicTampa Bay. Also, Liz’s song “The Same For You” was on the station’s TOP TEN List this spring for 8 weeks, & it was the #! SONG for two weeks in a row. Special thanks to all of you who voted for these songs. Listen to MusicTampaBay internet radio by clicking on their link on our “LINKS” page.

Look forward to seeing you in the crowd soon, & please remember our CD’s, DVD’s & shirts for every gift-giving occasion….thanks for listening!

November 11, 2010

It’s hard to believe it’s already November & the holidays are fast approaching. Our CDs, shirts, & DVDs make special gifts, and we ship anywhere. Please visit our STORE Page for easy ordering.

On June 30th, Liz went into Clear Track Studios in Clearwater to record on Randy “Bluesman” Hock’s new project. In addition to Liz on vocals & piano and Randy on bass, the other musicians included STEVE ARVEY on vocals & guitar, PUG BAKER on drums & HANA LI on vocals. In one afternoon, they completed four tracks: 1) “Honky Tonk Rhythm,” 2) “Just Ain’t Good Enough,” 3) “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” & 4) “Living The Life Of The Blues.” Parts of this recording session can be seen on YouTube (search “LIZ PENNOCK”)

Liz & I thoroughly enjoyed RINGO STARR in concert with his Allstar Band at Ruth Eckerd Hall on July 13th. This was our first experience seeing a Beatle LIVE, & we weren’t disappointed. The band, which included Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter & others, played for 2 hours straight to a packed house, & they played alot of Ringo’s Beatles hits as well as his solo classics.

Liz & I did 15 shows on our six-week 2010 Summer Tour from July 26th through September 7th. The first gig of the tour was in Bloomington, Indiana for the 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT CONCERT on July 29th. Thanks to CRAIG BRENNER, fine piano player, for booking us for this cool event. It’s the first time we’ve had a giant poster of us on the sides of city buses! We surprised Craig by staying in town & going to his gig with THE RAGIN TEXANS at the Bluebird on July 31, where Liz sat in on piano.

Next, we played a House Party for LES REYNOLDS & friends in New Albany, IN on August 1st. It was a treat to see Louisville blues afficionados KEITH & PEGGY CLEMENTS there after many years. We played Liz’s “Last Song” & “Boogie Woogie Staircase” in memory of Mary Gregory, dear friend & Frequent Fan. It seemed fitting that we were in her home state of Indiana when we got the sad news that she passed away July 31. Our love & sympathy go out to son Terry & the family. She surely is missed at our gigs.

Then, we were off to Cincinnati, Ohio for the “BEATING THE MELANOMA BLUES” Fundraiser at the Frisch Estate on August 5th, followed by the annual Piano Party in Cincy on August 6th. Great times, great food, & loads of fantastic piano players and music!

We performed at the CINCY BLUES FESTIVAL (Arches Piano Stage) on Saturday, August 7th, our 16th year at this fave festival. There were two nice surprises at the fest this year: Liz’s entire family (her mom & all 4 siblings)) showed up- the first Cincy fest for some of them. Liz’s brother Rodney & niece Jessica were even captured in a photo along with other fest attendees on Metromix’s website. The other special guest was John Burns M.D., Liz’s eye surgeon from Columbus, Ohio whom we hadn’t seen since 1993; it was his first time ever to hear us live & his first blues festival, as well!

August 20 marked our 25th year of playing ATWOOD YACHT CLUB in Ohio, our longest running gig. Mama Blues, son Drew & wife Kristen from VA were there, plus many members from way back in 1985.

Among our other shows, the next festival we did was a very special event: THE DIAMOND TEETH MARY BLUES & ARTS FESTIVAL in Huntington, West Virginia on August 27th. Coordinated by CHRIS SUTTON (guitarist & singer for C&S RAILROAD) and sponsored by the West Virginia Blues Society among others, this event featured West Virginia blues musicians, and was also the unveiling of Diamond Teeth Mary’s HISTORICAL MARKER at Heritage Station, where Liz & I had spread Mary’s ashes almost ten years ago to the day! You can see a photo of Mary’s marker on our GALLERY Page.

The following day (August 28th), we performed at EARTHSTOCK: MOTHER EARTH FOODS 35TH ANNIVERSARY in Parkersburg, WV, where we saw many old friends & shared the stage with longtime friends MIKE MORNINGSTAR and RICKY ROBERTS.

The final gig of the tour (Sept. 4th) found us in Nitro, West Virginia at CASTAWAYS for the first time. You know a gig’s gonna be good when, upon our arrival, guys are lined up to help us load in our equipment! Chris Sutton also sat in with us here before the terrific audience, & our old friend STEVE POLING from Parkersburg, surprised us by showing up after many years, wearing a vintage Liz & Doc beret!

This summer Liz’s song “BLUE ILLUSION” reached #8 on the charts at Internet Radio. At this writing, her song “BLUES LOVING WOMAN” is at #35 and moving up the charts. Also, Randy Bluesman Hock’s song “LIVING THE LIFE OF THE BLUES” featuring Steve Arvey on guitar/vocals & Liz on piano is at #6. Listen & vote!

October found us playing 3 Florida Festivals: Gulfport’s 100th Birthday Bash on the 9th, our 8th year at Jazz Up Dunnellon on the 16th, and Pigz in the Z’Hills BBQ & Blues, Zephyrhills on the 30th.

On October 22nd, Liz had her long-awaited eye surgery (DCR) in Tampa to replace one of her glass artificial tear ducts, her first replacement since 1993. To her relief, stitches were removed last Friday & her black/purple eye is almost faded. Thanks to all for the well wishes!

On this Veteran’s Day, we’re grateful for the sacrifice of our Veterans & soldiers, and especially thinking of our nephew David Pennock who just arrived in Korea for a year’s deployment in the Army. Brings back memories of the year I too served in the Army in Korea many years ago.

We are also most thankful to all of you for your love, friendship & support of our music this Thanksgiving. Whether you’re in the crowd, buying a CD, DVD or shirt, or requesting our songs on the radio, it means the world to us. Wishing you Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & New Year!