From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Earl Oliver (born June 23, 1948) is an American writer, musician, variety and street entertainer. An accomplished blues guitarist and singer in the Northern California area. Known as the Walkin' Blues Man, he hosted a cable-access TV program, Live from LaVal's that aired in 16 stations throughout the region from 1992 to 1995. In 2001, he was called "one of San Francisco's undiscovered treasures" by San Francisco Arts Magazine. From May, 2005 until August, 2013, Oliver was an entertainer on the Skunk Train, which runs daily from Fort Bragg and Willits, California.
"He can shout the blues with the best of them, scat like Ella, or croon like Old Blues Eyes." Nite Out column, The Daily News (10/2/89)
Trip Advisor Review of Earl at Cucina Verona:
"The food was excellent. The service was impeccable. They have live music every Friday and Saturday night. The night we ate there, the entertainment was a musician named Earl Oliver who played blues and country takes on some old favorites, he was wonderful. He is there the 4th Friday of every month, would highly recommend going to hear him. The ambiance was perfect, quiet enough to both hear the music and still have a conversation. I was so relaxed after my dinner I felt like I had meditated and had a massage!"
More Coming Engagements!
Headlands Coffeehouse 9/22/13 - with Dorian May (piano), Dorothea May (bass), Tom Rickard (drums), Kaleo Larson (trumpet), and Earl Oliver (vocal).
Copyright music and lyrics reproduced by kind permission of Exile.
consists of a core trio featuring guitarist/vocalist Earl Oliver - known throughout Northern California as the Walkin' Blues Man, bassist Erick Kolberg - known for his guitar work with the Gypsy Jazz band, Swingnoodle,and also The Swing Doctors, and drummer, Tom Rickard - a veteran jazz player who performs regularly with John Gilmore, Queen Jane, Dorian May, and a host of other bands. The Trio plays a potent combination of original and traditional Blues, Jazz, and Swing rendered into their own inimitable style. We invite you to...
Whether playing a large dance venue with full sound reinforcement, or an intimate gathering using little or no sound equipment at all...
are always a crowd favorite.
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With Special Guest, Greg D'Augelli (sax)
Groovinators Dance REVIEW: "It was an absolute big-time blast. The band was over-the-top great! We had so much fun. I barely remember sitting down.
Those guys are fantastic!"
Photos by Elizabeth Arnold
Click on Earl and Butch's photo to listen to the Pipeline Medley, from the Local Licks Live XII concert.
Here's Earl with Kevin & the Coconuts!
There's Earl on the right of the photo, playing the cello pans with Kevin & the Coconuts.
To his right is Steve Paul, on the seconds, and Kevin Grant on the lead pans.
Dorian May - Leader of Bongo Latte and the Dorian May Trio.
John Gilmore - Pianist extraordinaire!
My Bay Area accompanist and one of the best slide players on the planet!
The King of Hillbilly Rock 'n Roll! Earl's former partner.
Greg Schindel - the guy I used to alternate with on the Skunk Train
Mendocino Coast Television
My former day job...
Classic TV Episodes!
Scenic Photography by Earl Oliver
My other business...
Our home base and hang out. Great friends.
These guys play our music. Thanks, KOZT!!
Frankie's of Mendocino
Great ice cream and pizza - and a great place to perform
TrainWeb - the web site for Train enthusiasts
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