Real blues and originals, fun-time band….
Americana, old-time blues, acoustic grooves and even an oil can guitar!.
Contact: Michael Handler at (505) 988-2666
Santa Fe’s Blues scene has been enriched during the last 2 years with the new group The Country Blues Revue. Starting as the acoustic blues duo of Marc and Mike, the group grew into Marc Malin and Harmonica Mike Handler’s Country Blues Revue, now called CBR for short. Consisting of Marc on guitar and dobro, Mike on Harp, guitar, drobro, oil can guitar and percussion, Larry Diaz on bass (along with the occasional stand up addition for Janice Nelson and/or Johnny Broomdust), Mr. Bob on mandolin, and Arne Bey or Gerald Rodriguez on drums, the band plays blues derived from the Delta (Robert Johnson, Tampa Red, Blind Blake) up to modern blues songs written by the band.
The band has a new CD, recorded at Santa Fe’s Frogville Studios by Bill Palmer. Titled “Blues For Too Long” (after one of Marc’s tunes), the new CD is a local hit, getting airplay on several show on Santa Fe’s Public Radio station KSFR, KUNM, KBAC, and other stations in Hawaii, KMHD and KLCC in Oregon, and possibly Sirius /XM Radio. The CD is now available on CD Baby and iTunes and Amazon will be soon to follow. They have played in Socorro at the Stage Door, The Alley in Taos, and in Santa Fe: the Tin Star, both Second Street Breweries, the first Santa Fe Blues festival, the last two Thirsty Ear festivals, and a very fun Sunday Christmas Blues Brunch at the Cowgirl BBQ. The group also played a spirited (but cold) afternoon last winter up at the Santa Fe Ski Basin. In summer 2011, the Country Blues Revue headlined an afternoon Summer Bandstand show on the Santa Fe Plaza (and sold 20 new CDs in the bargain!) The CBR in the Saturday afternoon “house” band for Happy Hour up at the Vivac Winery by Dixon, (including 2 more in October) and has a full late summer and fall schedule, including new venues, available on request.
Blues for Too Long