Also available is Josie’s Uptempo, Rootsy, Americana Blues tune wishing everyone a Happy Independence Day while taking jabs at what has become the hallmark of American summer celebrations–bbq and beer drinking! The lyrics take a humorous look at how Americans are celebrating their independence while beholden–yet largely indifferent–to the economic and social inequities of our time.
Finally after the dramatic 13th Round when Referee Dykspykable Dick Slack moved in to separate the girls and received a couple of low blows which put him out of action we are happy to report he is now fit enough to use his scorecard to declare a winner after the judges had called a draw.
“It is always difficult for the referee to call the result from his scorecard, which has been under lock and key since I was put into a coma, but it has to be done.”
“The judges were split equally on the result (rumors about a pay-off could be true) so it is my decision that counts.”
“Kelly’s Lot came out “stronger” and more than once Donna “Got what she deserved” but she came back “fixin to die” and gave Kelly the “Black eye Blues”.”
“I had to delete points from both for excessive time spent repairing makeup and time cooking in the kitchen.”
“The seconds were both warned for excessive corner fondling”
“Plus not being able to score the final 13th round my card shows the contest was a draw.”
“A result I am sure the long departed crowd would agree with.”
So there we have it straight from the horses mouth. A DRAW.
Reviews of the competitors efforts will follow as soon as the reporters get over the shock of the result being called a Draw.
This will be Bucky and Marietta’s fifth consecutive release
Houston TX (May 27 2021) – Wild Rabbit Salad is back at it live and in the studio. Five songs into their 5th album and they are back with award winning producer Michael Mikulka at Lucky Run Studio in Houston. They’re last album charted a top 10 single on the Indie Country charts and reviewers tagged them as “one of the great under the radar Americana duos”. They will be performing two live shows over Memorial Day Weekend. May 28 at GuadalaHarry’s in Conroe Texas and May 29 at the 8th Wonder Brewery in Houston. Wild Rabbit Salad will be performing in full force as a five piece band. They’ll be looking to make you wanna get up and dance. Live this weekend and be sure to watch for the upcoming release date of their fifth album.
About Wild Rabbit Salad
Wild Rabbit Salad: Energetic and entertaining live. Marietta is a classically-trained Texan and Bucky is a home-schooled Bama boy. Associated Press, Steve Wine: Houston-based Bucky and Marietta, a duo professionally and personally, bring to their fourth album a relaxed, charming vibe. Both have striking voices. It’s a set unlikely to duplicate anything already on any musical menu. Bill Bentley, Bentleys Bandstand, Americana Highways “Bucky and Marietta fit together like grits and gravy, and zero in on backwoods wailing crossed with urban beauty. As the world spins in unpredictable ways, music like this can be an anchor to the challenges that confront those with the courage to take them on. Start a fire.” Chris Spector, Mid West Record Entertainment “One of the great under the radar Americana duos with a magic that makes even the somber sound celebratory. Mixing southern rock and classical chops, this duo is expert at finding the sweet spot where to all works in ways you wouldn’t believe. Even finding the bridge between Hank and Townes, it could only have gestated in Texas. Killer stuff.”
Marietta and Bucky Performing “Lying”
Jeff Burger: January 2020
“I’d never heard of Wild Rabbit Salad until the duo’s fourth album arrived in the mail, but I won’t soon forget them.”
Bentley’s Bandstand: January 2020
“Bucky and Marietta fit together like grits and gravy, and zero in on backwoods wailing crossed with urban beauty.”
One really cool CD
“Trouble in Town”
Great Birthday gift idea
I sent out the mail below and the response has been fantastic. In fact so good the same idea will be done on Radio BluesFlac.
Hi there fellow music lovers, music makers, music promoters and any one else on my mailing list.
First off an apology for sending you all the same email, I don’t enjoy receiving them much and I am sure you all don’t either.
As you may know I spend a lot of time working on my radio stations and sometimes I kinda run out of ideas of what to play next.
Yes I know I could play you or yours but I do like a bit of variety.
What I am planning on doing is a couple of times a week or maybe three or four, choosing a “Favorite Album” from the 20th Century.
The album will be played in its entirity from track one to the scratchy bit at the end. The event will be advertised so I can mention a few names the day before on social media and the radio web site for the person who reads it.
You would think at my age that would be easy but it’s not.
I have literally 10’s of thousands of physical CD’s plus one or two in digital form. I stand in front of them and start to decide what to listen to and of course it is one of the two or three I always end up choosing.
You have all been there. That is the kind of album I want you to name for me.
It doesn’t have to be the “album that influenced me” it’s the album you always listened to when you was younger and possibly still listen to.
One album that is all.
You don’t have to spend hours replying just the name of the artist and album.
One pick ok. But if you ask your producer or drummer, guitarist, piano tuner, husband come rythmn guitarist, wife come pot washer then add their choice too.
What do you get out of it?
A lovely warm feeling as I digitally cuddle you plus getting mentioned that you are a wonderful person on social media.
If you have music presently on or trying to get on the RMR Charts then it is more than possible you will get a few extra spins before and after the album of your choice.
I get the chance to listen to some great albums and not just a few tracks so please spend a few seconds to reply and make me happy.
With a Day between Rounds in our “2021 FEMALE ACOUSTIC BLUES CHAMPIONSHIP (SUPER FLYWEIGHT DIVISION)” we are posting some post action from the ladies involved.
Here we have Donna Herula (vocals, slide guitar), Joanna Connor (slide guitar, backup vocals) and Katherine Davis (backup vocals) perform Donna’s original song “I Got No Way Home” (a tune on Donna’s May 2021 release Bang at the Door). The online Trading 4’s Slide by Slide Concert was through the Chicago Blues Network (aka At Home Chicago Blues). For more information, visit: http://donnaherula.com.
Everyone has done “The Artist of the Month”. Spun “The Album of the Week”. Chosen “The Song of the Season”.
Spotlighted everything down to the combination of nail varnish Artists wear on fingers and toes.
But not even BBC Radio 6s Chris “Snik” Hawkins has used a virtual combat between two of his favorite female Acoustic Blues Artists and their upcoming album releases as an excuse to give ’em extra airtime.
Going further no one has thought of using his Son to tweet this link to Mr. Hawkins ad infinitum ♾️ until “Snik” has sniggered and retweeted and mentioned this Virtual Sporting Event on his Morning show.
Queensbury Rules have been suspended.
Fight to the finish, probably (a) round 31 (May).
No double taps or back to back tracks from the same same artist. At least while the Referee is attentive.
Album with least number of tracks chooses corner and comes out fighting first.
No more than one hour between the end of round and “Seconds Out” for make- up repairs.
Seconds to be live-in #2’s and appear on the album in one or more roles.
According to a very small snippet in the Virtual Boxing News, the Referee enjoys looking at his collection of “signed “vinyls and CD’s as much as Rod Stewart trains. Dick. goes into a swoon when reading the ones signed “To Richard, my favorite Dick” or just ” To my favorite Dick.”
We had a Rumble in the Jungle and a Thriller in Manila in the good old 20th Century. Now in the virtual 21st we get Zirbes takes Belladonna.
Yes L.A’s Kelly’s Lot taking on Chicago’s Donna Herula in a battle of Voices, Guitars and Songwriting.
With Perry and Tony as Seconds in the corners this is a true no punches held, Mano a Mano fisticuffs.
With Donna banging at the door and Kelly asking where and when, everything is finally set up for a head to head cat fight, with the corners prepared for black eyes using black ice.
Referee (spellchecker used.) Dick “Dykspykable” Slack has been reportedly saying one contestant is “fixin’ to Die” and the other “Lost” and in “Heaven”.
The weigh-in was held in private as as not to cause any embarrassment (spellchecker again.) but rumors say there was plenty of hair pulling and eye scratching at the post weigh-in cup of tea after Donna demanded Kelly pass the biscuits and Kelly calling Donna “that fool”.
The bell for the first round starts roundabout now! so get that stream streaming and listen in to what the girls have to offer.
Below are the official statistics of both contestants collated by Rick J Bowen and thanks to Copy/Paste ®™ their pro’s and con’s in their own words!
Donna Herula is a Chicago-born singer and acoustic blues slide guitarist that has a passion for playing traditional Delta and country Blues, early Chicago Blues, folk, roots, and Americana in addition to original songs. Using acoustic and electrified resonator guitars, her sound combines her love for music of the Deep South and Chicago with her love of blues guitar improvisation. Her songwriting tips the hat to the tradition while creating a fresh, contemporary perspectives on blues and roots music.
Donna has been a regular performer at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago for the past 10 years and has opened for Buddy Guy multiple times. She has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival, the Juke Joint Fest, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, the Woodstock Folk Festival, Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival and was also the headliner at the Durban International Blues Festival in South Africa.
Donna is a guitar teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago where she teaches fingerstyle and slide guitar. She has taught at Blues & Swing Week at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College (WV) and the Great Guitar Camp (NC). She has provided numerous Blues in the Schools and blues educational programs. She plays solo, in a duo with her husband, Tony Nardiello, and in a trio/band. Donna’s inspirations include: Son House, Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, and Rory Block.
Kelly’s Lot was formed in 1994 by Kelly Zirbes, a folk singer/songwriter with a heart for the blues. With
15 CDs and lots of touring in the USA and Europe, the band celebrates 27 years since the first night the
band hit the stage at the Roxy in Hollywood. Kelly Z met guitar player and soundman, Perry Robertson in
1996, who soon after produced ‘Kelly’s Lot – Live at the Troubadour’. Within a year he joined the band,
started writing songs with Kelly Z and added the southern rock and Texas influences that have shaped
As a duo or band, they have played coffee shops, theaters, festivals, clubs, house concerts and a variety
of events. In the last 10 years they have played as a 5–8-piece blues band that is well respected in the
American blues scene. Some of the larger festivals they have played are Waterfront Blues, Simi Valley
Cajun and Blues Festival, Ventura County Blues Festival, and Lavaudieu Music Festival. Their songs have
been heard in movies and television and covered by other artists.
Perry Robertson, who shares songwriting and band leader credits with Kelly Z, has recorded and
produced most of the band’s music including the 2019 release ‘Can’t Take My Soul’ which featured
Americana, Blues, Folk and Roots/Rock creations. In May and June of 2020, Kelly Z and Perry worked
with Doug Pettibone to record a new selection of songs, ‘ANOTHER SKY’ that also fit in
those Americana genres including six of the tracks on the album that were inspired by words from fans
on Facebook. The album charted for several months in the top 10 on the Roots Music Report
Contemporary Folk and top 20 on the Folk chart as well as in the top 50 Folk DJ chart in the fall 2020. In
2021, it was back to the Blues with Kelly and Perry working again with Pettibone to record this ‘LIVE to
Digital’ Acoustic Blues release, ‘WHERE AND WHEN’ that releases on June 11.
A brief perusal of their strong points by the ladies themselves.
TRACK NOTES FROM KELLY
1) Stronger – Kelly and Perry were inspired to write this song by everything happening in the world. So
many are feeling down, depressed, and trapped. We wanted to remind them that maybe these
challenges will make us all stronger. A hopeful song to help us come out of a tough situation.
2) Somebody In My Home – Kelly chose this song from Howlin’ Wolf for its slow-moving groove and
message about infidelity and who’s to blame. We all want love in a relationship but without it we may
stray. Howlin’ Wolf writes the lyrics as the person who didn’t love their partner enough, which created a
path for his lover to welcome someone else into his home.
3) Heaven – Kelly wrote the lyrics to this song after hearing Perry fiddling around on the guitar. Took
them about 15 minutes from fiddling to finishing the song. They like to think of this song as a spiritual
that doesn’t want to surrender. The truth is we don’t want to miss out on things when it is our time to
leave this earth.
4) Jealous Hearted Love – Lovie Austin wrote this, and Ma Rainey made it known. It’s one of Kelly’s
favorite Ma Rainey tunes and Lovie’s lyrics about jealousy makes for some smiles instead of the ‘pit in
your stomach’ jabs you get when you feel it.
5) Lost – Perry challenged Kelly with a few guitar riffs to sing slower than she was used to and these
words just came out. Depression is universal and those who feel it also know what it’s like to be lost.
6) Nature – Another great twist by Howlin’ Wolf. His lyrics explain how it is natural for a man to be lookin’
around or even being unfaithful. The twist is singing it as a woman who also has that choice. The upbeat
vibe makes for a little fun.
7) Where And When – This song was written for a project Kelly did about grief. But it was also inspired by
the idea that we don’t spend enough time with each other.
8) Stones In My Passway – Kelly knew she had to do this song by Robert Johnson because everyone can
find a message in these lyrics. We all have stuff that gets in our way including those who love us and
promise to respect us. You can also find a darker message too if you look for it, but it will come from
your own experience because these lyrics let you do that!
9) That Fool – Kelly and Perry wrote this to express the deep sorrow of loving someone who doesn’t love
you back and the quest to find a way to stop doing it.
10) Black Eye Blues – The hard part about covering this song is Kelly’s mother lived the same experience
as ‘Miss Nancy Ann’. Domestic violence is too common of a thread in our world, but these lyrics and
upbeat music give some hope in finding strength and hopefully making the decision to leave
11) Ship – The phrase, “My ship is about to come in” morphed into this song about waiting for your ship
when all along it is waiting for you to get on board.
TRACK NOTES FROM DONNA
Bang at the Door: Pop/rock blues about a late-night visitor
Pass the Biscuits: New Orleans style about relationship between musician and radio DJ host
Can’t Wait to See My Baby: Chicago-Blues style duet about the excitement of love
Promise Me: Folk song about the loss felt when a loved one is in prison (with slide guitar and mandolin)
Not Lookin’ Back: Jazz lounge singer style about leaving a partner with a drug addiction
I Got No Way Home: Chicago blues jam with piano, harmonica, guitar and three-part harmonies
Black Ice: Brooding slide guitar instrumental
Fixin’ to Die: Traditional Delta Blues with slide guitar solos (cover)
Jackson: Ballad with acoustic guitar and slide with male lead and harmonies (cover)
Movin’ Back Home: Comical ragtime song with call and response
Got What I Deserve: A woman’s view on the tribulations of motherhood (with fiddle)
Who’s Been Cookin’ in My Kitchen: Double entendre solo, acoustic blues
Something’s Wrong With My Baby: Heartfelt vocals, desperation with loving a man with depression
The Soul of a Man: Blues gospel with harmonies (cover)
The after fight press conferences will also be held “in camera” and no cameras allowed.
There will be no questions asked and an Official Press Release will be passed round.
Finally a round by round summary will be posted here after being written with two of the three most influential voices in my life resonating in my head.
Proudly dedicated to Eammon Andrews, Harry Carpenter and “mi Dad” whose knee I sat on to listen to the Boxing. “Why Dad?”