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It looks like the vote board is starting to catch on a bit as I see consistently higher scores from almost everyone. So the Riverside community must be adjusting to it and having some fun too or they wouldn’t be voting. Glad to see it. I am also really glad to see some of the tunes aren’t known as hits too.

There are obviously some favourites out there as Joe Bonamassa making the list twice and Marc Broussard making it two weeks in a row with “Home” will attest but I also like the fact that three songs I am not familiar with were successful too. There were some old classics charting as well. This is exactly what I hope for when I think about what music is played at Riverside. Some contemporary favourites, some old classics and some lesser known artists getting some exposure. It makes for a good mix.

1.  The Chi-Lites – Oh Girl – 280.27 – Raymond65 Docherty
2.  Marc Broussard – Home – 227.62 – Mac Ronas
3.  Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey – 180.01 – MoonMaiden Horner
4.  Ruthie Foster – It Makes No Difference – 149.41 – Raymond65 Docherty
5.  Joe Bonamassa – Sloe Gin – 124.72 – Graylon Ash
6.  Trampled Under Foot – Heart On The Line – 124.48 – Jordan Morgenrote
7.  Joe Bonamassa – Feelin’ Good – 124.07 – Xavia Palmira
8.  Roomful Of Blues – Albi’s Boogie – 120.31 – Hy Gynoid
9.  Markus James – Need A Believer – 114.99 – Catrin Galaxy
10.Grace Potter and The Nocturnals – Paris (Ooh La La) – 114.84 – Xavia Palmira

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The Riverside’s vote board is certainly garnering a bit of attention. Most of it positive. Some negative. The negative comments are mostly concerned that the DJ’s will use the information to put greatest hits playlists together. Thus, becoming a “Top 40” style club. I am pretty sure that this won’t happen. I can speak for myself and a few other DJ’s in the club in that most of us are constantly looking for new songs and artists. We could pack our sets with Joe Bonamassa and Stevie Ray Vaughan. We don’t though because most of us have played these artists so much we would rather just play them as requests. I believe if the guest is bored with the music then the DJ is probably more so.

The vote board’s intention is only to be some fun for the guests not to decide what the DJ playlists will be. Most of the DJ’s know what is popular. They see it from the reaction in local. Most people will tell you when they like a song but not many will tell you when they don’t enjoy one. This is where the vote board becomes useful I think. It tells us the songs you don’t like or have no reaction too. This is more useful than showing us what song really did well. So instead of putting a bunch of ‘hits’ in our sets which would get really boring for everyone it does allow us to weed out the duds that people don’t like.

Here’s this week’s Top 10.

1. Levon Helm – When I Go Away – Moon – 189.66
2. Isley Brothers – Shout (Parts 1 & 2) – Sherman – 174.59
3. Johnny Sansone – The Lord Is Waiting And The Devil Is Too – Ray – 149.67
4. Leon Russell – Medley: Jumpin’ Jack Flash/Young Blood – BC – 145.68
5. Joe Bonamassa – Sloe Gin – Graylon – 124.72
6. Alvin Lee – I Hear You Knockin’ – Xia – 124.51
7. Jeff Beck – A Day in the Life – Ray – 106.00
8. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Shelter – Mackenzie – 99.34
9. Walter Trout – Apparitions – Westland – 97.06
10. B.B. Chung King & The Buddaheads – Better Day – Falconer – 90.26

 Editor’s Note: The vote board was acting up for a couple days again. So if someone’s song was omitted accept my apologies.

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Joan Osborne has always had it in her to be a great blues and R&B singer. She was particularly impressive in the movie “Standing In The Shadows of Motown” where she joined Motown’s immortal house band the Funk Brothers on stage to sing “(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave” and “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted.” After excelling with those performances it seemed only a matter of time before she would record a whole record of blues and R&B tunes.  What a record it is too. The best of her career so far.

The record features songs by artists such as Sonny Boy Williamson, Allen Tousaint, John Mayall, Ike Turner, Bill Withers, Otis Redding, Al Green, Muddy Waters and Slim Harpo. Leading off is a great cover of “I Don’t Need No Doctor”, originally recorded by the legendary Ray Charles. Her version is aggressive and tightly arranged. Osborne moves on to the title track, “Bring It on Home” which has a slow, sexy, ambling pace. Great stuff. Barbeque Bob Pomeroy provides some great harmonica on “Roll Like A Big Wheel” by little known but interesting, Olive Brown.

“Game Of Love” a song written by Ike Turner just for Tina is a defiant tune warning her significant other that what is good for the gander is good for the goose too. So straighten up.

Mayall’s “Broken Wings” gets a touching rendition. Toussaint’s “Shoorah! Shoorah!”, actually has the writer playing piano on the record and has ska feel to it and is the only song that is sonically different that the others on the cd. It fits though. Muddy Water’s “I Want To Be Loved” is up next and Osborne gives it simmering, mesmerising rendition. Wither’s “The Same Love That Made Me Laugh”, Green’s “Rhymes” and Clarence Carter‘s “I’m Qualified” are all given solid performances.

Redding’s “Champagne And Wine” is given a gorgeous arrangement and makes one want to go back and check out the original version of the song. Many of the performances on this cd do that. The highlight of the cd has to be Harpo’s “Shake Your Hips. An incendiary performance.

In reality, while some of these songs stand above the others there isn’t a bad track here. Highly recommended!

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This week’s Top 10 saw the Riverside place one song in the Grid ‘s Top 40 and another one made it to 11. Our highest placings yet. It’s always interesting to see what songs our guests like and I always like to see new DJ’s make the list as well.

There are still issues with the board. If I am online it sends the scores to me in my local window, so if I crash and can’t save it in time or miss it, I apologise. This happened with the score for “In The Midnight Hour” but the fact that it placed at # 7 on the Grid Top 40 means it was easy to place on our list. Same with Sherman’s “Gloria.” I never received the score for the song but it placed just above the Jeff Beck tune on the Grid Top 40 so I made up a score. Now! Why other folks on our list here weren’t also on the Grid Top 40 I have no idea. Far as I can tell we should have had 6 songs make the list. Maybe next week. 🙂

1. Wilson Pickett – In The Midnight Hour – Placed 7th on Grid Top 40 – Ray
2. Marc Broussard – Home – 11th on the Grid Top 40 – Mac
3. Sonny Landreth – Congo Square – 124.41 – Catrin
4. Eric Clapton – Promises – 112.58 – Rinda
5. Van Morrison & John Lee Hooker – Gloria – 107 – Sherman
6. Jeff Beck – A Day in the Life – 106.00 – Ray
7. Joe Bonamassa – Takin’ The Hit – 99.36 – Moonie
8. DreamBoogie – I’m Ready – Crossroads – 99.26 – Stusie
9. Walter Trout – Apparitions – 97.05 – Westland
10. David Gogo – Fine Young Thing – 96.13 – Xavia

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This weeks top 10 has some new DJ’s on the list which I think is great as more people get used to voting for songs they like. Beth Hart was a definite favourite placing on the list twice. It’s interesting that some of the old classics still place higher than newer songs. There was some data lost this week due to Second Life being, well, Second Life so please accept my apologies if your song should have been here but was lost.

So with no further ado, here is this week’s list.

1.   The Rolling Stones – Can’t You Hear Me Knocking – 211.3673 – Ray
2.   Stevie Wonder – As – 164.9780 – Moonie
3.   Jace Everett – Bad Things – 124.3733 – Xavia
4.   Beth Hart – Soul Shine – 115.1085 – Max
5.   Hugh Laurie – St Jame’s Infirmary – 104.0945 – BC
6.   Beth Hart – Am I The One – 99.0930 – Mackenzie
7.   Shane Dwight – A Hundred White Lies – 80.9728 – Catrin
8.   Carlos Santana & Rob Thomas – Smooth – 80.8838 – Graylon
9.   Curtis Salgado – Love Man – 80.7441 – Hy
10. Taj Mahal – Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes – 74.6153 – Lolli

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Another new feature that is being added to the blog that should be fun is a weekly music poll. Have a listen to a couple songs, click a button and you’re done. It will generally feature two songs from recently released cd’s but could pit two classics against each other. So let’s get started.

In this corner, from Southwest Detroit, we have the youngest of ten children, Jack White. With, “Blunderbuss”, his first solo album since the break up of the White Stripes, White is back loud and proud with a great cover of Little Willie John’s “I’m Shakin’.” Listen here.

In the opposite corner, we have Mac Rebbenack, better known as Dr. John. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, John, a legendary boogie and blues pianist with an instantly recognisable growl of a voice, returns with some more of his ‘voodoo’ music on “Locked Down”.  Co-written with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach “Big Shot” is the musical entrant in this poll. Listen here.

Vote here:

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With the addition of our new vote board on the Mudbug Pier we will now be able to keep track or the most popular songs of the week. This is done through collating your votes. The vote board has a thumbs down button and 5 other buttons from 1 to 5 stars. It is completely anonymous too. Nobody will know if you thumbed down a song. So please vote often and how you feel. This should be a great and fun way to get DJ’s and guests interacting even more on the music.

So with no further ado, here is this weeks list.

1, Joan Osborne – Shake Your Hips – Raymond65 Docherty – 148.92
2, Southern Culture On the Skids – Voodoo Cadillac – Hy Gynoid – 124.77
3,Otis Redding – I’ve Got Dreams to Remember – Raymond65 Docherty – 124.73
4, Stevie Ray Vaughan – Crossfire – Graylon Ash – 74.72
5, Grand Funk Railroad – Shinin’ On – Maggie Lowbeam – 74.54
6, Levon Helm – The Weight – Hy Gynoid – 74.11
7, Robin Barrett – She’s Hot! – Jordan Morgenrote – 64.87
8, Joe Bonamassa – If Heartaches Were Nickels – Sherman Wolfhunter – 65.30
9, Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic – Erotica Forster – 49.95
10, Gary Moore – Preacher Man Blues – MoonMaiden Horner – 49.65

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