Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Too Much Tryptophan Blues...

Happy Thanksgiving from Your Mighty No-Stars!

Lots of news since we were last in the blogosphere:

1) We hired a new drummer! His name is Bret Norvilitis, he's a prince of a guy and a great drummer. We'll be getting more info out on him in future installments here, and you can watch the sight for an upcoming feature on Bret.

2) We're going to be featured on an international radio program/podcast called "Hambone's Blues Rumshack" out of Scotland. We've already heard the show, and, to borrow a phrase from its host James Carlyle, it's "crackin'." We'll let you know which program to download so you can hear this great show and Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars at the same time!

3) Well, there's so much going on right now, I guess you might as well just read the press release--

For Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars, “Good Things Come In Threes”

Awards, endorsement deals, and interviews with the masters-- Apparently, the old adage is true, at least in this case, as a trio of recent events involving Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars shows:

Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars’ debut album, “Blues Power,” was selected as the winner of the Blues Society of WNY’s 2007 “Best Self-Produced CD” contest at this year’s “Memphis Bound” competition. This is the first leg in the “Best Self-Produced/Independent CD” contest at the IBC held in Memphis, Tennessee each year. The IBC (International Blues Challenge) is the premier independent/unsigned Blues artist competition in the world, and features live performances and recording acts from all over the globe and across the United States. The Mighty No-Stars will be representing Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara Falls, and the entire Western New York/Niagara Region in this prestigious event. Representing the WNY area in the live competition will be Rochester’s own “Blues Hounds.” Watch for more info on the IBC (held from January 31-February 2, 2008) in your local news, on the World-Wide Web, and at www.Blues.Org/IBC, the official site of the International Blues Challenge.

Gregg Juke recently spent some time with one of the acknowledged elder statesmen and masters of the Blues, Charlie Musselwhite, who is currently on the road with the “Solid Blues” tour, featuring Charlie alongside The North Mississippi All-Stars, Mavis Staples, and Joe Krown. Mr. Musselwhite took time out from his busy schedule to talk with Gregg over the phone, and the contents of that interview will appear in-print at the Blues Society of WNY’s website (, which is now averaging approximately 1,000 hits per day. A special audio version of the interview, along with music from Charlie Musselwhite’s latest major label CD, “Delta Hardware,” will be broadcast on an upcoming episode of the Saturday afternoon Blues program with host Jim Santella, on WBFO FM in Buffalo, New York. This will be followed by a podcast release of the entire interview at Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars’ official website ( Check the web and listen to the radio program to hear words of wisdom and some great music from Charlie Musselwhite, brought to you by Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars and Nocturnal Productions.

Mighty No-Stars’ guitarist Bruce Rounds has signed a deal with First Act to endorse their new Delia (semi-hollow body) guitar. Listen for the new axe at live shows and on future recordings by Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars.

First Act is a well-known maker of student instruments, and is now moving into the professional/high-end guitar market. Bruce joins a number of well-known First Act endorsers, including David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Larry McCray, Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney), Henry and Jo Jo Garza (Los Lonely Boys), Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick, Paul Westerberg of The Replacements, Tommy Byrnes (Billy Joel), and many others.

Earlier this year, bassist Joel Thomas signed an agreement to endorse the uniquely elegant, hand-crafted, incredible-sounding Barker Vertical Bass. Check out Joel's Barker at live shows and listen for it on future recordings with Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars.

Gregg Juke uses Lee Oskar harmonicas, and Vic Firth drumsticks (through an agreement with the Vic Firth Corporation as a member of the Vic Firth Education Team).

Musicians that may be interested in either First Act guitars or the Barker Bass should see Bruce or Joel at an upcoming show; they'd be happy to discuss their new instruments and the companies that made them.

Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars are an original Blues, Roots, Soul, and R&B act from Amherst, New York. Their new album, "Blues Power," is available on Blue Buffalo Records. Visit them on the World-Wide Web at, or view their electronic press kit at


Have a great holiday, God Bless & Good Blues,


Thursday, November 01, 2007

This Town's In Tatters; We Can't Give It Away On Elmwood Avenue...

Don't forget to vote in this year's Cut & Paste Awards 2007.

In other news, last week was Guy Nirelli and Patti Parks' wedding celebration at the Tralf. A great time was had by all. It was great to see all of the talent and hang with the cats (Donna Rose, Wally Jederman, Guy, Patti, and band, George DeValle, Billy B, my No-Star pals, Dolly Durante, and many more)...

Coming soon (watch for details)-- An interview with blues legend Charlie Musselwhite! (For Real!)...

God Bless & Good Blues,