Monday, November 03, 2008

"Blues News Youse Can Use..."

Look. It's been several years now, and I've never used a corny two-bit Title Headline like that before. Gimme a break. This blogging stuff ain't easy...

Anyway, here is some legitimate Mighty No-Star News for ya:

* New Endorsement Deal-- Our favorite guitarist, Your Mighty No-Stars' Bruce Rounds, has inked an endorsement deal with Carr Amplifiers. Very cool, very hip hand-wired boutique amps used by many top stage and studio players, and a lot of the younger generation of up-an-coming musicians (Neko Case, for instance). Check them out on-line, and check Bruce's new amp out at an upcoming gig.

* New Website-- I know, I know, we've made this promise before, and to be fair to us, we've made quite a few upgrades and changes to our home site over the last couple of years, but this is BIG! I'm not talking little tweaks here. We will be sending out press releases soon about Bruce's new endorsement deal and our "Grand Re-Opening" at, but suffice it to say that Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars on-line have never looked better. We have lots of new photos, info, and cool features coming your way. We're still under construction until further notice, but you can take a sneak-peek at what we're up to by clicking here:

* Contest & Awards-- Congratulations to Mighty No-Sub J.J. Moscato, lead singer and crack keyboardist for J.J. Moscato and Blue Avenue, who will be representing Buffalo/WNY in the solo/duo competition at the International Blues Challenge this year (along with our old friend Reggie Evans). Great Job guys (it's great to see when one of these things turns out right). Congratulations also goes to a great group, the Todd Eberwine Band, who will represent Buffalo/WNY in the band division. Here's to WNY showing our stuff in Memphis. Go get 'em, boys...

* World Record-- Our drummer, Bret Norvilitis and I spent the afternoon Sunday helping about 150 drummers locally, and who knows how many (totals aren't in yet) Nationwide, in breaking the Guiness Book of World Records record for "Most Drummers Playing the Same Beat at One Time" on a rousing version of "Louie Louie" that lasted over five minutes, followed by some percussion-crazy rock chestnuts from the 60's. This was a great event sponsored by Buffalo Drum Outlet. We'll have a story and pictures up at the home site as soon as we can. In the words of one semi-retired drummer (me), this event was "insane."

* Upcoming Gigs-- Gregg Juke & the Mighty No-Stars will be at Vizzi's in Buffalo, and at the Double Diamond in Ellicottville in November (check our website schedule, or your local listings for more info). Also, 'tis the season, so we'll have information on lots of upcoming Christmas shows for you soon. We're still waiting to find out who will be on the upcoming "WBFO Gives Me The Blues, Vol. VI," but as soon as we know, we'll let you know too.

Until next time, as always-- God Bless & Good Blues,


Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Real Award Members of the No-Star Nation can vote for...

Just a note to let you all know that we are up for a spot on the new WBFO Blues compilation CD, "WBFO Gives Me The Blues, Vol. VI," available soon from WBFO and Digital Chips Records.

To vote for our song, "Battle Ax," go to: , hi-lite our song, add your name and e-mail, and click. That's it. You can vote as often as you wish, provided that you have seperate e-mail addresses for each vote (in other words, you can vote once for each e-mail address you own).

Thanks for your help, and we'll see you at a gig soon!

God Bless & Good Blues,


Friday, October 17, 2008

Ringo and Cut & Paste

Hey No-Star Nation;

Two Items--

1) We were the first (or at least we should have been) to establish that we will be accepting all of Ringo's fan mail after October 20th. Disregard the posers and imposters-- SEND IT TO US!!!! (But please follow the instructions provided-- see post below)

2) The Annual Cut & Paste Awards are swiftly approaching.
Cut & Paste here...


Thursday, October 16, 2008

News Flash-- Joint Announcement from Ringo Starr and Your Mighty No-Stars

Dear No-Star Nation and Beatles Fans Worldwide;

Ringo Starr recently announced that he will not be accepting anything to sign, nor any fan-mail whatsoever, after October 20th, 2008. This is understandable, in light of Ringo's intense schedule, and his 45-or-so-year commitment to fans and fan-mail (just watch "Hard Day's Night," if you don't believe us... Shake used to lock the boys in their hotel room until all of the fan letters where answered properly, often causing writer's cramp, and forcing the Fab Four to seek entertainment, and some kind of break from the fan-mail doledrums through protracted episodes of sneakin' out the window to cause mischief and mayhem on an unsuspecting public, ad executives, and various type-A television directors). Ringo is tired, and wants to enjoy his retirement, and perhaps a nice hang on the Riviera with Mark Hudson and other cool guys that can afford that sort of thing. Which again, is completely understandable.

But it does leave Beatles fans in a bit of a pickle. Ringo-- the down-to-earth, accessible, "Peace & Luv," really cool Beatle, suddenly cut-off from the masses of fans and swindling e-bay memorabilia peddlers that have come to know and love him for signing just about anything sent to him (I guess).

So we've put our heads together, and come up with a solution that we think will be win-win-win, for everybody except the swindling memorabilia peddlers... What's the answer to this conundrum, you might ask?

Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars will, after midnight on October 20th, 2008, accept all fan-mail that would have gone to Ringo. Simply take any mail or packages (including cards, letters, brownies, large boxes of tribute cash) that were going to go to any of Ringo's various country estates or castles for processing, replace the phrases "Ringo, we love you!" with things like "Mighty No-Stars Forever!" or one of my personal favorites-- "Gregg, you are incredibly outstanding in every way!"; and mail them to us instead. We will also take the liberty to initialize
on all servers worldwide a new program that our organization has had written expressly for the situation, "Grab Ringo's E-Mail 2.0," whereby all of your fan e-mail that would have gone to Ringo will now be sent to us. Again, please change all adoring phraseology from old economy
genuflections such as "Ringo, oh my Ringo!" to something more appropriate to the current reality, perhaps something like "Bret, you are awesome," or "Joel, you are a marvelous hunter," or simply "Gregg, we love you-- here is the password to our numbered Swiss account."

Bruce will have his own fan-mail account. And a line of tabletop bobble-head dolls. More on that later...

So, Never Mind The Bullocks, Here's Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars! Keep those cards, letters, and packages coming.

It was the least we could do, considering that we both have Star(r) in our name.

The way we see it, we have 45 or so years before we have to pass all of this on to some other band...


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Last Summer Update for 2008...

Wow. That went by fast (as always). We've had a great summer, and a particularly hectic couple of weeks.

We had an excellent time in Attica last week; thanks again to everybody there for making us feel at home. The Double Diamond on Friday night was, as usual, a great place to play with a lively crowd and some great dancers. We hope the rest of the "Taste of Ellicottville" festival went just as well on Saturday.

Saturday afternoon, we played at an incredible show called "Blues in the Valley" in Warsaw, NY. What a blast! We play quite a bit of festivals, multi-band music events, lawn fetes, town concerts, benefits, etc.; and I have personally played throughout the WNY region, the East Coast, and in Canada, and I have never performed at a more well-organized, artist-friendly event. The staff and volunteers were friendly and helpful, hospitality was excellent (great food), the staging and sound were pro, band parking and load-in and out were well thought out, the audience and the bands were completely covered from the elements, the talent line-up was great, and speaking of audiences, the crowd was very polite but enthusiastic, with some great dancers (and some great listeners). And did we mention the weather was beautiful, and it's all for charity?

Thanks to everybody at "Blues in the Valley," we sure hope we get the opportunity to play for ya'll again!

The "Blues in the Valley" concert marked our last official gig with Greg "GC" Connell, our crack saxophonist of the past several years. GC is moving down south to pursue an academic career, but we'll stay in touch, and we plan to have him as a special guest on our next album, which is due out in '09 and is currently in the pre-production stage. Thanks for everything GC; the No-Star Nation wishes you well and Godspeed...

We're going to take a few weeks off for our own bit of summer R&R/vacation, but we'll be back-atcha in September with a new stream-lined roster, more new tunes, and some surprises.

Until then, God Bless & Good Blues, and enjoy the rest of the summer!


Monday, August 04, 2008

Summer Update Number Two

Hi again No-Star Nation peeps;

Just a few items:

1) St. Chris' SummerFest was a blast! We always have a good time, but this was definitely one for the books. The dance contest was a smashing success, with some great swing/jump blues dancers, and even a costumed hip-hop act. Fun, prizes, a great band; what more can you ask for? We'll be doing that again, so stay-tuned for details...

2) Joel, Bruce, Tracy (Joel's wife) and I had the opportunity to play with world-renowned Bluesman, Muscle Schoals recording musician, and CCM artist Will McFarland in Houghton, NY on Tuesday. I got to play drums, because our man Bret was busy. This event was billed as a "pro jam session," and I was really surprised at the relatively low turnout, but those that were in the audience were treated to something really special. Will is a great vocalist, guitarist, and nice guy, and his wife Janet is no slouch in the vocal department either. We had a great time, and it was really fun to watch Bruce trade licks with Will. I hope we get to do it again!

3) I also had an opportunity to play drums with the Patti Parks band up in Canada on Sunday. A good time was had by all at Crystal Beach. Thanks Patti, Guy, and company.

4) We'll be in Ellicottville this Friday at the Double Diamond for the "Taste of Ellicottville" Festival. Also, at "Blues in the Valley" in Warsaw, NY on Saturday. Come out and see (and hear, of course) some great music, support some good causes, and enjoy the festival summer scene here in New York State. The season is all-too-brief, so get it while it lasts...

God Bless & Good Blues,


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Summer Update

Hey No-Star Nation,

Hope you're having a great summer. We are enjoying ourselves, both on and off stage, although it's been a little rainier than expected the last few weeks...

More live Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars action coming your way. A few items of note:

1) We are back on the Roots Report Chart for the month of July... Last week and this week on the New York State radio chart for most-played roots music-- the state charts are not "Blues-only," but include all roots genres like folk, roots rock/Americana, country, etc. We were listed with acts like Donna The Buffalo, Albert Castiglia, The Holmes Brothers, John Mayer, Popa Chubby, and Steve Earle-- heady company. So now we've been on the national/international Blues chart (back in May), as well as the New York State roots chart! Pretty cool! Keep calling those radio stations and requesting Mighty No-Star music...

2) Bruce, Joel, and I will be playing in Houghton tonight with Christian music artist and Bonnie Raitt guitar player Will McFarland. Stop by the Houghton campus if you're in the area.

3) Upcoming gigs-- St. Christopher's SummerFest (the big dance contest!), Blues in the Valley (Warsaw Blues festival with Maria Aurigema, Mick Hayes, and a bunch more cool acts), Attica (town concert), our triumphant return to the Double Diamond in Ellicottville (for the "Taste of Ellicottville" celebration), and more. Check out the schedule at the website or in your local listings, sign-up for the e-mail list, and we'll see you at an upcoming show!

4) We'll try to get the updated radio list up soon; too much to do, too little time, with more radio stations continuing to pick up "Blues Power" (we are now on the air in Italy!).

5) GC, our sax-player for the last several years, will be moving to the Carolinas (a sunnier clime), so come out and see him before September...

God Bless & Good Blues,


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Brief Blues Update

Hey No-Star Nation Peeps,

Just a quick "what up?" from Your Mighty No-Stars. We are on a brief gig sabbatical (but never a musical vacation!), as we are rehearsing new originals for upcoming shows and our next CD, while we are also learning some more jump blues/swing material for the big dance contest in August (visit and check the schedule for details). We're also taking care of business (TCB), after the flurry of activity over the last several weeks and months-- read the last bunch of posts to catch up.

A few items of note:

* The SuperJam was a great time; we enjoyed seeing everybody, watching the other acts, and catching-up with old friends. Hopefully we'll see you there next year.

* Radio stations around the country continue to add "Blues Power" to their playlists and rotation. An upcoming, updated list will appear right here at this blog soon (we originally intended to update the list at the main website, but the blog is actually a lot easier to get to on a frequent basis, so watch this space for a current list of media additions).

* Our main website is getting another update with some hip content. Stay tuned for news, more videos, photos, downloads, etc., etc. Coming Soon!

* For those of you that have been members of the No-Star Nation for several years, you may remember Red, father-in-law to our founding drummer (and now webmaster) Bill. Red passed away recently, which saddened us, but as we celebrated his life with Dr. Bill and his family, our spirits were lifted thinking of Red (who was 88?) cutting a rug with any woman (generally at least 40 years younger, if not more) game enough to punch his dance card at one of our many gigs over the last four or five years... Red was the life of the party at many Mighty No-Star events, and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go with his family...

We'll see you soon, and please keep calling those radio stations and requesting music from Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars.

In the meantime, God Bless & Good Blues,


Monday, May 26, 2008

Blues Deluxe, SuperJam, and Memorial Day...

Hey No-Star Nation,

Just a reminder that we'll be featured on "Blues Deluxe," this coming week (May 25-31) with David Fusco. Blues Deluxe is an internationally syndicated program on 106 stations worldwide, plus internet streaming/podcasting, with over 2 million listeners! Thanks David... You can find the stations that run the show at

Also, for those of you in the WNY area, check out this month's "Blues Beat" magazine; Sharon Schneider gave us a really nice review. Thanks Sharon and Rich.

Also, check us out at the "SuperJam" event on Sunday, June 1st (details at We're looking forward to good weather and great music!

Set politics aside today. If you live in the U.S., and are enjoying the freedoms that we all-too-often take for granted, Thank A Veteran!

Happy Memorial Day, God Bless & Good Blues,


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Spirit of Radio

"One likes to believe in the freedom of Music..."

Well, here you go. A current "On The Air" list of worldwide terrestrial and internet radio stations, podcasts, networks, and syndicated programs where you can hear (and request!) music from your favorite band and ours-- Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars.

We'll be adding this list to our home website in the very near future, and updating it there from now on.

More being added as we speak...

Gregg Juke & The Mighty No Stars: "On The Air"

* KTEP 88.5 FM, El Paso, Texas,

* WPKN/WPKM 89.5 FM, Bridgeport, Connecticut

* WVOF FM, Connecticut

* WRUW 91.1 FM, Cleveland, Ohio,

* WUCF, 89.9 FM, Orlando, Florida,

* WYAV, Myrtle Beach, SC

* WNTI 91.9 FM/, Hackettstown NJ,


* KMXT 100.1 FM, Kodiak, Alaska

* KMSU 89.7 FM, KMSK 91.3 FM, Mankato and Austin Minnesota, “The Maverick Radio Network,”

* KMFB 92.7 FM / 96.7 FM , FM 100.5 KTDE, Willits, CA,,,

* WWCU FM Power 90.5, Cullowhee, NC,

* KZUM 89.3 FM, Lincoln, Nebraska,

* KHEN 106.9 FM, Salida, Colorado

* WICN, 90.5 FM, Worcester, Mass.

* “Blues Deluxe,”

* Radio ZRO, 106.2 FM, and Radio Goud, 107.7 FM, Belgium,

* WebRadio Golden Flash

* Uptown Jazz Network

* WBFO, Buffalo, NY

* WJJL AM, Niagara Falls, NY

* The Lake 107.7 FM, Buffalo, NY

* WGR 55 AM, Buffalo, NY

* WIUT FM, Canada

* “Blues & Friends, Netherlands

* Osnabruecker Radio, Germany

* “Hambone’s Blues Rumshack,” Scotland

* “A World of Blues,” Colorado



Sunday, May 11, 2008

"Have you seen the charts?"

Roots Music Report International Blues Chart: Top-50 (#36), May 2008...


Thanks so much to all of the radio and music press that have supported us.

God Bless & Good Blues,


Friday, May 09, 2008

Blues Deluxe

Along with all of the acclaim and airplay (see entry below), we just found out that we will be featured on "Blues Deluxe"with David Fusco, an internationally syndicated radio program that is heard on 106 broadcast stations in the US, Canada, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, and the Virgin and Mariana Islands, plus internet replay at, along with other internet portals.

The combined total listenership for these stations is 2, 243, 950.

That's what I call market-share.

Thanks David, and thanks to all of the radio and press people that have gotten behind Blues Power in the last several weeks! We are overwhelmed with excitement and gratitude...

God Bless & Good Blues,


Monday, April 28, 2008

April Showers Bring International Airplay...

Well, time for another update.

The long and the short of it; our CD, "Blues Power," is on a roll, and we are picking up stations all over the country and all over the world. A new media page with links will be coming soon to the home website, along with a long-promised overhaul (, but suffice it to say that we are getting airplay in Texas, Colorado, New Jersey, Connecticut, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alaska, Minnesota, California, Florida, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Scotland. We have also been reviewed and/or played on several international Blues websites, and reviews are coming out next month in two French magazines that cover Blues and roots music-- "Blues," and "Le Cri du Coyot" ("The Cry of the Coyote").
I was blessed to be a part of a really fun gig at Buffalo's Tralfamadore Cafe last Friday, April 25th (see photo above). I was invited to sing and play some harp with Van Taylor's world-travelling jazz/funk/soul/r&b roadshow, Taylor Made Jazz. The band has toured the world several times over, and has been in existence, in one form or another, for (get this) 21 years! The show at the Tralf was both a benefit for some great charities helping inner-city youth, as well as an anniversary party to end all anniversary parties. A great cross-section of talent from the group's storied 21-year history was featured, and, thanks to my dual role as both the original drummer for the band, and the guy who actually booked the first paying gig (!), I got to sing with this dynamite outfit. Check them out sometime (when they're in town, and Your Mighty No-Stars aren't playing)...

More to come! Our promotional blitz is just gearing up, so watch for more news, media coverage, and radio additions, and please call your local stations and Blues DJ's and request music from Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars.

For an overall update on what's happening, here are a few items from our MySpace page, including a re-cap of some of this past year's major events:

* We were named one of the Top-10 independent Blues recording acts in the World by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN. We also made Real Blues magazine's Top-100 new artists. We are getting a lot of "action" overseas, and have recently started a major domestic media/radio campaign, so expect to be hearing a lot more from Your Mighty No-Stars!

* We will be appearing on another WBFO compilation CD ("WBFO Gives Me The Blues, Vol. V")...

* We are starting to get into pre (pre) production for the next CD...

* Another major website overhaul is in the works...

* We are gearing-up for a great summer season of shows!

* We are now a 5-piece, with yours truly handling the keyboard duties...

* Bruce, Joel, and also Bret (our new drummer!) have endorsement deals (check out the story at our home website)...

* Our CD ("Blues Power") is now available (in physical form as well as through digital distribution) at,, CD-Now, iTunes, Rhapsody, PayPlay, Napster, BuyMusic, CD-Connection, Emusic, MusicMatch, MusicNet,, iTunes/Yahoo Japan, and at finer record stores worldwide through Super D One-Stop Distribution...

* Bruce's (our guitarist's) new website is up and running-- check it out!!

Anyway, that's all for now, but check back again.

God Bless & Good Blues,


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

"WBFO Gives Me The Blues, Vol.V"...

...will feature another cut from Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars! "No Parasol," from the award-winning album Blues Power, will appear on the upcoming WBFO compilation. Call or e-mail WBFO 88.7 FM to request Mighty No-Stars' music, and listen to the Blues on WBFO or check out for information on how to get your copy of the CD.


God Bless & Good Blues,


Thursday, March 06, 2008


So much happening right now, it's hard to keep up!

Your Mighty No-Stars had a very successful showcase, were recently featured on WBFO's "Buffalo Avenues," are generating a lot of press and excitement overseas, are signing more endorsement deals, booking more gigs and public appearances, and are about to sign with a publicist that is going to help us crack the domestic Blues market in a major way!

By the way, we were recently named to Real Blues magazine's upcoming "Top-100 New CD's" list!!!!

We also still have a major website update and a few surprises "in store," (nudge-nudge), so stay tuned for more info soon!


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Long Time No Post (Again)

Hey No-Star Nation;

Sorry it's been so long since our last update. We've had a whirlwind of activity since we made the
Top-10! (In case you haven't heard, we were listed as one of the Top-10 independent Blues recording acts for 2007/2008 by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN, at this year's International Blues Challenge).

Anyway, we'll have a proper update with all kinds of info coming soon. In the meantime, we'd love to see you at an upcoming show! Watch this site, our home website
(, or our MySpace page for news and information. Call WBFO FM 88.7 and The Lake 107.7 and request music from Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars... We have been getting all kinds of action and inquiry on the band from all over the world (France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, and across the U.S.), but we still need to raise awareness locally and regionally, and you can help!

Thanks for your support, God Bless & Good Blues,