"Blind-Dog" Gatewood
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"Blind-Dog" Gatewood


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"(“Flip Flop and Fly”: C. Calhoun, W. Turner)"

Evansville Courier & Press-Rebecca Coudret
Musician helps others “get” the blues
By Rebecca Coudret (2002)
Well when I get the blues I’m gonna get me a rockin’ chair;
Aw, when I get the blues I’m gonna get me a rockin’ chair;
I’m gonna take that chair and rock right away from here.”

“Blind-Dog” Gatewood sings the blues.

Old traditional blues.

With his right foot on a pedal that shakes a tambourine, a harmonica strapped around his neck and a chrome-plated brass acoustic, resophonic Dobro in his hands, he closes his eyes and sings music that’s in his soul.

Gatewood sings “old, traditional, street-corner style blues, with nothing plugged in”- and is proud of it. A wile back, he played Downtown outside The Jungle for a couple of months, and the reaction was varied.” I don’t understand people who think playing street corner blues is degrading. I love it.

“Some people crossed the street to get away from me,” he says, shaking his head, but smiling. “ Some would stop and watch, listen. Some would drop a dollar or two in my case. But the money wasn’t why I did it. “ Artists and musicians should be down there. I say the Walkway as a place people could live, painters could paint, singers could sing, people could get a hot dog and enjoy the atmosphere. It just didn’t happen.”

“Gemmie one last kiss and hold it a long time;
“Gemmie one last kiss, baby, and hold it a long, long time;
“Let me taste that kiss till I feel it in my head like wine.”

Born with the un-bluesy name of Michael Allen Gatewood in Detroit nearly 48 years ago, “Blind-Dog” has a voice that’s gritty and gravely but can be smooth as ivory piano keys.

Gatewood won the KBS Unsigned Blues Talent Competition in Louisville, KY., Aug 18th. He’s the first solo act to win; nine previous winners were bands. The victory will allow him to enter the Blues Foundation’s International “Blues First” competition in Memphis, Tenn., in February. But before then, hell try to add a few more regional wins to his resume.

“I don’t play much around here - not much call for it,” he says, more matter-of-factly than with disappointment; he’s used to it. “I’m kind of a recluse. But now that I’ve won, I hope to be on the road a lot more.” He’ll be in the Crossroads Blues Challenge at the Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis Sept 8 and the Telluride, Colo., Blues Challenge Sept. 13.

“Like a Mississippi bullfrog, I’m sittin on a hollow stump.
“Like a Mississippi bullfrog, I’m sittin on a hollow stump.
“ I’ve got so many women, lord, I don’t know witch way to jump.”

“There’s a major, massive interest in the blues in other parts of the country. When I lived in California, I played seven nights a week. But the bars here that have music go with whoever can draw the biggest amount of people. There’s always a fight over the hottest kid band in town.”

Gatewood stays here because his family’s close by, his wife Eleanor, is from the area and, frankly, the music hasn’t taken him anywhere else. Yet.

“I’d love to have a regular gig here, but so far it hasn’t happened. So I go where people want to hear what I’m doing. I’ve had visitors (to the city) say, ‘Why aren’t you in Texas or somewhere else, where they’ll appreciate your music?’ The blues just aren’t respected here. But this is home”

For now, he’s a bartender at J.J’s in Newburgh, has a few music students - and a few gigs hear and there.

Several years ago, someone in Owensboro, Ky., where he used to live, gave him the name “Blind-Dog.”
“There have been a lot of ‘Blinds’ in the blues; ‘Blind-Dog’ Taylor out of Texas, ‘Blind-Lemon’ Jefferson in the ‘20s; he did country-rockabilly blues. I liked the name and kept it.”

While Gatewood writes a lot of music, he doesn’t do original works exclusively. “There’s some great blues out there. I have to do some of it.”

He plays an array of instruments; Dobro, six-string banjo, acoustic guitar, harmonica, tambourine, “Backpacker” guitar (streamlined to pack up and take anywhere), keyboards, electric guitar - even a homemade instrument he calls the diddlestick. “It’s based on the instruments ( early blues and bluegrass musicians) used to make on the back porch. Some call it a ‘diddley bow’ - it’s how Bo Diddley got his name. It’s just an old folk instrument that intrigued me, so I made my own. It’s a cat- food can on a stick. It really resonates.”

He makes digital recordings as he plays all those instruments, and if the gig calls for it, he’ll play “back up music’ as he sings and plays guitar. “But when I do that, people think it’s Karaoke. It’s not,” he says, shaking his head. “I m playing all the instruments, but it’s nice to sometimes have backup tracks.”

To explain, he turned on the computer-recorder on the microphone stand and began singing Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful World.” So much Satchmo in his voice. Eyes closed. Music filling the small studio room.

The closed eyes aren’t intentional. It just happens. “I get lost in the music,” he admits. “Blues is a mingling of black music, white music, bluegrass - it’s pure Americana, and it’s in me. A lot of people don’t get the blues.

“it’s like I’m channeling the spirits of great blues artists of the past. It’s kind of a joke that my eyes are closed so much of the time. It makes people think I’m blind. But lets me see what’s inside me.”

“Honey, don’ tcha ever leave me; don’tcha ever , ever say good bye.”

(“Flip Flop and Fly”: C. Calhoun, W. Turner)
Rebecca Coudret - Evansville Courier & Press (Sep 5, 2005)
- Evansville Courier & Press-Rebecca Coudret


"I Hear the Blues Callin' and the Devil is near!" Castle EL Records/ ASCAP
“Blind-Dog’s” cable access show “The Blues Connection” aired in southern Indiana on
Sigecom Public access channel 9 starting December 24th 2005 and was played Daily from
December to March 2006
*****“News Blast!”*********************
Blind-Dog’s CD racks up International Sales!
As of October 28th 2006 Michael “Blind-Dog “ Gatewood’s CD ,“ I HEAR THE BLUES CALLIN' AND
THE DEVIL IS NEAR" has sold in these places outside of the United States. This does not include
Digital downloads.
Madrid, Spain
Scotsburn, NS, Canada
NorthHolla, Netherlands
Osaka, Japan
CS, Netherlands
Heemstede, Netherlands
Kenfig-Hill, Bridgend, UK
Glen Waverley, Austrailia
Swansea, NSW, Australia
Igney, France
Orne, France
Hagersten, Sweden
Sointula, BC, Canada
Devon, England
Dublin, Ireland
Drogheda, Louth None, Ireland
Tokyo, Japan
Filishbach, Switzerland
Trofors ,Norway
Paris, France
Sydney, NSW ,Australia
Belfast, N.Ireland, GB
Victoria, BC
Spelle, DE
Den Bosch, NL
Hobart, Tasmania, AU
Muenchen Munich, DE
Heisdorf, LU
Hannover, DE
Ppukalani, HI
Napoli, IT
Stockport, ENG
Somerset, ENG
Borlange, SE
Friesland, NL
Dürrhennersdorf, DE
Gelderland, NL
This Success is all due to the efforts of “Derek Sivers” and the Staff at CD- Baby,
http://www.cdbaby.com/ (The CD- Baby on line record store), and the Soulful, acoustic blues

Music lovers “World -Wide”, who took the time to look for independent recording artists and
Record labels through CD-Baby.
Live Radio appearances and performances:
October 5th and 7th 2006
"Blind-Dog" was a Guest and performed live at KFFA 1360, Helena Arkansas, with Sonny
Payne, and Terry Buckalew, on the Delta Sounds Show
Michael “Blind-Dog” Gatewood Appeared and performed live on Bob Holden and Joe Terry’s
Juke N’ Jam Blues Show on WQOX-RF 88.5 Memphis, TN. June 18th 2005, and January 21st
2006 at 1:00 PM.
"Blind-Dog" performed Live on Scot Mullins, Saturday Night Blues Party 2002.
WFPK Louisville KY. http://www.wfpk.org/programs/BlueswithScott.html
Live at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival 2002
http://www.koto.org/, http://www.tellurideblues.com/
Blind-Dog"performed Live on King Biscuit Time 2003
KFFA 1360, Helena Arkansas, with Sonny Payne
Stations that Play "Blind-Dog" in rotation
The Upper Room with Joe Kelley"
WVOF 88.5 FM Fairfield, CT, Mondays 4-8 pm EST
"The Upper Room with Joe Kelley" NOW
24 Hours/ 7 Days- Interviews, Creative Music, & Studio Performances
Midnight Special Blues Radio
Based in Paris, France, but broadcasting from Live365.com in Foster City, California, the
Midnight Special Blues Radio was founded on January 16, 2004with the goal of cultivating the
Contemporary Blues music. The station play list features artists who emphasize innovative
Approaches to authentic Blues traditions. Providing unsigned / independent artists with free
support, promotion and airplay, Midnight Special Blues Radio, member of the Blues Foundation,
partner of garageBand.com takes part in this important and joyful movement -
Keeping the Blues Alive!
Thanks for listening to us in 50 countries: the United States, France, Poland, Spain, Canada,
Belgium, Estonia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Japan, Israel,
Switzerland, Australia, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Italy, Mexico, Romania, Russia,
Argentina, Chile, Malaysia, Norway, Hungary, Thailand, Peru, Colombia, Bulgaria, Hong Kong,
Morocco, India, New Zealand, Turkey, China, Luxembourg, Korea, Dominican Republic, Czech
Republic, Senegal, Slovak Republic, Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Uruguay,
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison - May 13, 2006 Saturdays 6am - 9am on WFMU 91.1 fm
90.1 fm wfmu.org http://wfmu.org/



"Blind-Dog" Gatewood is a native of the Motor City and has been a music teacher, instrument technician and professional musician since the age of 16. His early exposure to some of the diverse musical influences in Detroit created the framework for his extensive mastery of the blues via R&B, funk, rock, and fusion. He is an award-winning one-man act who has polished his chops in places as diverse as the Sierra Foothills, the Mojave Desert, Mississippi Delta and the streets of New Orleans. In September 2002, he took the first prize in Colorado at the Telluride Acoustic Blues competition. First place winners are honored with a performance on the main stage the following day at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival for over seven thousand attendees. That same year he won the Kentuckiana Blues Society’s Blues Challenge out of Louisville Kentucky and represented the Society at the International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis Tennessee. In 2004 “Blind-Dog” was a Finalist for the first Annual International Acoustic Music Awards ( IAMA) in the category of AMERICANA/ROOTS/AAA, for his song “TELLURIDE”. In addition, a Simi finalist in 2006 in the International Song Contest ( ISC), Blues category, for his song “Monkey On My Back”. In June of 2005, "Blind-Dog" took first place in the Memphis Blues Society's Battle of the Blues solo division on Beale Street and represented them at the 22nd annual International Blues Challenge that January in Memphis. In 2006 “Blind-Dog” wins the Battle of the Blues two years in a row and represented the Memphis Blues Society at the 23rd annual International Blues Challenge, this was his third time to compete at the IBC in Memphis.
Truly, a one-man band, "Blind-Dog" is now based out of Newburgh, Indiana.