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Fresh Biscuits! New Releases July 17, 2015

As of July 10, 2015, the day for new releases in the US has been changed to Friday to match the international new releases day. This rare instance of worldwide uniformity may help cut down pirating and will make music available at all outlets at the same time.

There have only been a few new releases from the world of Blues recently so here we present what has since the release day change on July 10. The list is eclectic and includes the third disc from the incredible Samantha Fish who is quickly rising through the ranks of blues musicians with her dynamic guitar playing, powerful voice, engaging songs, and authoritative stage presence. Lately she’s been incorporating cigar box and gas can guitars, adding a rustic rumble to many of her songs. Her slide playing is getting better all the time and she rips it up on the new disc Wild Heart.

Hammond B-3 wizard John Ginty is back with a strong new disc called No Filter. The title might allude to the fact there’s no filter when it comes to expressing himself musically. There is plenty of Blues on No Filter, but John takes listeners on trip around the musical solar system and stops at just about every planet. It’s another wonderful platter from this master keyboard player.

You may know Barry Levenson from his stint in Canned Heat, but Barry’s playing and writing extends far beyond the 15 minute boogie madness of the Heat. Barry is into old school tones and tunes and he concocts masterful musical excursions which perfectly suit his tasteful, sometimes delicate and always melodic playing. He plays things you wish you could play. Well I wish that, anyway. Make some time for The Visit and be prepared to pay attention while you sit back and listen to this sublime offering from a true master.

Speaking of master guitarists, Ronnie Earl returns with another celestial album. This time out, Ronnie’s already heavenly blues goes one step further into the universe with the addition of vocalist Michael Ledbetter from the Nick Moss Band on most of the album. The pair co-wrote the moving title track “Father’s Day,” a soul searching song of peace and forgiveness. The whole album carries a peaceful feeling and Mr. Earl’s playing is beguiling, spine tingling, and brilliant.

Beyond the big hitters is some interesting stuff like Blinddog Smokin’ and their funky High Steppin’John Lisi’s eccentric Shut The Front Door, and Erja Lyytinen’s powerful Live In London. That’s it for now. I hope you find something interesting for your ears.

 

Samantha Fish

Samantha Fish Wild Heart

Ronnie Earl

Ronnie Earl Father’s Day

John Ginty

John Ginty No Filter

Barry Levenson

Barry Levenson The Visit

Erja Lyytinen

Erja Lyytinen Live In London

Blinddog Smokin'

Blinddog Smokin’ High Steppin’

John Lisi

John Lisi Shut the Front Door

If you’d like to sample the music on these new releases, check out our Spotify playlist. If you don’t have a Spotify account, you can listen right here through our website.

Mighty Sam McClain Has Passed Away But Not Gone For Good

MightySamMcClainMighty Sam McClain, 72, suffered a stroke in April and died Monday night. The cause of death was not declared. “If you listen closely, you can hear his mighty voice and music from heaven,” McClain’s Facebook page wrote.

Mighty Sam McClain was born in Monroe, Louisiana and began singing with his mother’s gospel group. Sam hit the road as a teenager to escape his abusive stepfather and toured on the infamous “Chitlin Circuit.” In the mid to late 1960’s Sam worked in Muscle Shoals, Nashville and New Orleans with artists like the Neville Brothers and Wayne Bennett. Mighty Sam McClain even had a surprise R&B hit with a soulful rendition of Patsy Cline’s classic “Sweet Dreams.” His career never really took off after that but he never left music behind. By the end of the 80’s he had relocated to New England and got involved with the recording of Hubert Sumlin’s Blues Party album on Black Top Records. His work led to a recording deal and Sam never looked back, recording and touring consistently and collecting accolades for his work.

Mighty Sam was a Grammy nominated singer and he released numerous albums during his career, including 15 since 1992. Mighty Sam has been honored by The Blues Foundation with nominations for many of his releases in several categories, most recently in 2013 for “Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)” including Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and a nomination for Mighty Sam McClain as “Soul/Blues Male Artist” of the year. He leaves behind a lasting legacy that will keep him alive indefinitely.

Condolence cards for the family can be sent to P.O. Box 322, Newmarket, NH 03857

Photo courtesy of Mighty Sam McClain’s Official Fan Page

Special Father’s Day Preview From Ronnie Earl And Stony Plain Records

Stony Plain Records to Offer Special “Father’s Day” Advance Present to Radio and Fans with Download of Title Track from Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters’ New Album

RonnieEarlFathersDayEDMONTION, AB – Stony Plain Records plans to offer a special present to radio stations and other media by making available the title track from acclaimed guitarist Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters’ new Father’s Day CD in advance of the Father’s Day observance on June 21. Stony Plain will make the track available by sending a link to DJs on June 15 as an exclusive early download to radio stations; and also offer everyone the song as a free download for two days only on June 20 and 21 at https://soundcloud.com/stony-plain-records/ronnie-earl-fathers-day/

Voted by The Blues Foundation as “Blues Guitarist of the Year” in 2014, guitar master Ronnie Earl and his band return with an even stronger package of music, his ninth album for the label. Added to Ronnie Earl’s spellbinding intensity and soulfulness on guitar, the presence of a horn section for the first time in decades on Father’s Day, set for release on July 17, adds another dimension to his sound. Stony Plain also plans to release the album as a vinyl LP later this year.

MichaelLedbetterThe title of the forthcoming CD has special significance to Ronnie, who found healing with his father, Jerry Akos Horvath, on Father’s Day of last year. Jerry was a Holocaust survivor, as was his mother Rose, and was liberated from Auschwitz in 1945. Both of Ronnie’s parents died in 2014. Ronnie made peace with his father after having had a rocky relationship, which had both its ups and downs, joys and struggles. In the song, realizing that time is short, Ronnie asks the listener to ponder the price of living with resentments in a series of questions: “Can you make peace? Can you be the generous one? Can you forgive? Can you cancel all the debt?” Ronnie’s deeply felt guitar voice and the equally heartfelt vocals, sung by Michael Ledbetter, lead the listener to a place of hope when forgiveness happens and resentments are left behind.
Click here to download a photo of Ronnie’s dad: http://bit.ly/ronnieearls-father

Ronnie Earl dedicated his new CD to his father thusly: “This album is made for my beautiful father, and we came to peace in the end. Don’t ever give up on your family and don’t quit until the miracle happens.”

For more information, visit www.ronnieearl.com and www.stonyplainrecords.com.

New Buddy Guy Album In July – Born To Play Guitar

BuddyGuySlippinInLEGENDARY AWARD-WINNING BLUES ICON BUDDY GUY TO RELEASE
NEW ALBUM BORN TO PLAY GUITAR ON JULY 31

Buddy Guy, the legendary award winning blues icon, will release his brand new studio album Born To Play Guitar on July 31 via RCA Records. The follow-up to his 2013 double disc release, Rhythm & Blues, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart, Born To Play Guitar is produced by Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter and Buddy’s longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge.

The recent recipient of the 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Buddy Guy’s incredible career spans over 50 years with just as many albums released. Career highlights include seven Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, NARM Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement, Billboard Music Awards’ Century Award for distinguished artistic development, Presidential National Medal of Arts, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to name just a few.

If you know anything about Buddy Guy, you know he was definitely Born To Play Guitar and he still does so in a dazzling manner, regularly shaming players half his age. Buddy is also a consummate showman who draws audiences into his performances and takes them along for an often wild ride. Buddy has been delivering consistently brilliant albums for over 20 years so collect them all!

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Fresh Biscuits! New Releases Round Up

It’s time for another new releases round up. New blues every week! It always happens. There is new blues out there for us every single week and we let you know the who and what so you can spend more time listening to the Blues.

This week we have the long awaited new release from Royal Southern Brotherhood. The band has seen the departure of Devon Allman and Mike Zito but they have added equally powerful elements with Bart Walker and Tyrone Vaughan. Guiding light Cyril Neville is still front and center and the engine room is still manned by Yonrico Scott on drums and Charlie Wooten on bass. At the bottom of this post we have an RSB video for you so you can get a taste of the new lineup.

Sonny Landreth has a new disc out called Bound By The Blues. If you’ve heard Sonny before or have seen him live, you know he’s not really bound by anything. His technical skills are unsurpassed but he plays with heart and makes every note count. He’s a damned fine songwriter too. Don’t let this one slip by you.

Lucky Peterson has released a new live set which for the moment seem to be a European only release – however, it is available through Amazon.com. We have a lot of Blues fans here in the US but we’re spread out. There are tons of Blues fans in Europe but not as far between as here. Blues bands and acts can make a great living and pack venues all across Europe. It’s a wonderful thing but it’s a damned shame it’s so hard to make it happen here. This set has Lucky treating one of those crowds to an electrifying set of Blues.

And last but not least, we have the return of Barry Levenson with The Visit. The Visit is not yet available at retail. It hits the streets in July but right now you can order the CD from Rip Cat Records and Barry’s proceeds from the sales will go to MS research. We have a preview of a the disc for you below that Barry posted on YouTube a while back. Barry is an expressive player who follows the less-is-more approach and his rhythm chops are impeccable. Listening to his playing like getting a lesson in subtlety from a true master musician. Take advantage of this opportunity to get the new CD before it hits retail.

Sonny Landreth

Sonny Landreth Bound By The Blues

Royal Southern Brotherhood

Royal Southern Brotherhood Don’t Look Back

Lucky Peterson

Lucky Peterson Live In Marciac 2014

Barry Levenson

Barry Levenson The Visit

Royal Southern Brotherhood live at LMF JazzFest 2015

Barry Levenson “Ice Cold Kiss” from The Visit

Fresh Biscuits! New Releases Round-up

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen. It is new releases round-up time again. There is a wide variety of new blues and blues related music out recently. We start off with a pair of albums we overlooked in recent new releases features.

Ana Popovic recently released an album with her father Milton. Speaking about the album, Ana recently reminisced “My dad Milton is the reason I’m into music. It was his impressive blues and soul collection and nightly jam sessions in our modest apartment on the 11th floor in New-Belgrade, Serbia that kept me awake at night and drawn to this great form of American art. I wanted to record the songs we use to play together while I was still living at home. As a memory of my youth days but also to give people, who are into my music, an idea of how and where things started. It took ten years to convince him to record an album together. At last I got him to the studio with an argument he could not reject: ‘Just do it for your grandchildren.’ He did.” It’s just in time for Father’s Day and makes a perfect gift for those Blues loving Dads out there.

Another one we missed recently is Otis Taylor’s Hey Joe Opus – Red Meat. The album is centered around Taylor’s musings on how decisions can change the lives of those affected by the choices. The album is designed to be listened to as a single piece of music in ten parts, with the song “Hey Joe” as its overarching theme. “Hey Joe” is performed twice, each with contrasting instrumentation. The music incorporates spacey textures and interlocking guitars, with additional accents provided by violins and cornets. Four notable guests lend their talents to the proceedings including Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes, acoustic guitarist Bill Nershi from The String Cheese Incident, and singer/songwriter/guitarist Langhorne Slim. Once again Taylor is creating undefinable music and this one certainly seems like it may be pretty intense.

Charles Wilson is the nephew of the late great blues legend, Little Milton, and has been tagged as “The Crown Prince of Soul.” He has been nominated for two W.C. Handy awards (now Blues Music Awards) and returns now with another blues focused disc called Sweet & Sour Blues. The Kentucky Headhunters and Johnnie Johnson teamed up again back in 2003 for a bluesy romp which is just now seeing the light of day on Alligator Records which has me pretty excited. As you may know, Johnnie Johnson was the piano player in Chuck Berry’s band and the man responsible for all those swinging sixths riffs that Chuck churned out on the guitar. Johnnie may not be remembered as the father of Rock & Roll but he was definitely the cool uncle who taught his brother everything he knew! Thankfully these recordings are finally coming out.

Here’s what to look for this week…

Ana & Milton Popovic

Ana & Milton Popovic Blue Room

Otis Taylor

Otis Taylor Hey Joe Opus – Red Meat

The Kentucky Headhunters and Johnnie Johnson

The Kentucky Headhunters and Johnnie Johnson Meet Me In Bluesland

Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson Sweet & Sour Blues

Travis Haddix

Travis Haddix It’s My Time Now: Best Of

Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker Look My Way

Chuck Willis

Chuck Willis My Story: All The Hits & Other Classic Tracks

Daddy Mack Blues Band

Daddy Mack Blues Band Bluesman Looks At Seventy

B.B King Funeral Arrangements Announced

Details of the funeral services for B.B. King have been announced by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and the board of the B.B. King Museum. On Saturday, May 23, a memorial service will be held in Las Vegas, NV. On Wednesday, May 27, Mr. King’s remains will be flown to Memphis and a procession from the airport will begin around noon and move to Beale Street’s Handy Park for a tribute. Then, on Friday, May 29, a public viewing will be held at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, MS from 10 am – 5 pm The funeral services will be held at the Bell Grove M.B. Church in Indianola on Saturday, May 30, from 11 am – 3 pm. From the church, a procession will travel to the Museum around 4 pm. There will also be a private graveside service for family and friends at 5 p.m.

BBKingHomecomingPosterMississippi Governor Bryant commented “There are any number of reasons we are glad B.B. is being brought back to Mississippi. First and foremost, he’s one of our state’s most beloved native sons.” Mr. King never forgot his home and community. According to long-time friend and former Museum board member Carver Randle, B.B. King maintained strong personal ties to Indianola and always considered it home. The B.B. King Homecoming Festival has been a destination for Blues fans for over 30 years and brings thousands of fans to Indianola each year.

Executive Director of the B.B. King Museum Dion Brown said “From a practical standpoint, we feel comfortable knowing his final resting place will receive perpetual care at the Museum. Also, he had requested that his funeral be held at the Bell Grove M.B. Church in Indianola, and that the Rev. David Matthews conduct the service. Sadly, Rev. Matthews passed away just over a month ago, so that part wasn’t possible. Everyone involved is trying their hardest to fulfill the remainder of his wishes.”

Governor Bryant added “I, along with fans that number in the millions from all over the world, feel a connection to this gentleman who left the earth a better place with his kindness. On a personal level, my mother was born in Berclair one year after B.B., and I grew up in Moorhead just down the road. I can’t help but feel a certain kinship over our shared geographical roots in the Delta soil.”

“Mississippi couldn’t have asked for a better ambassador for our state. When everyone from every corner of the globe knows an individual by two initials and knows the state they’re from, that’s pretty impressive,” said Gov. Bryant, “and we’re humbled that it’s our state.”

While B.B. King’s death may seem sad to many, Mr. King had a wonderful life full of achievements, friends, and good will. Celebrate the life of B.B. King by being kind to someone today and every day. If you are considering sending flowers, please consider a donation to the B.B. King Museum instead and help keep B.B. King’s legacy Live & Well.

Fresh Biscuits! New Releases May 12, 2015

Alright Buiscuiteers, it’s new releases time again. This week, we have two brand spankin’ new discs and a reissue of a lesser known classic.  Sure it’s not much, but look at this week as time to appreciate some acts that may have dropped below your Blues Radar. take some time to really get to know the new Blues you pick up this week.

King King is a Blues band from Britain, currently ripping it up on the European festival circuit. King King won five awards at the 2014 British Blues Awards including Best Band for the third consecutive year and Best Album for 2013’s Standing In The Shadows. The new disc is Reaching For The Light. Reach for your copy at their website or at fine online retailers everywhere.

Scott Ellison has been putting out blues albums since 1993 but before that he worked with a long list of artists including The Box Tops, The Shirelles, Marvalettes, JJ Jackson, The Drifters, The Coasters, and Gary “US” Bonds. Ellison has written several songs that have appeared in hit TV shows and movies including Sister Sister, Santa Barbara, Reindeer Games, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Joan of Arcadia, Saving Grace, Smash and four songs on 2012’s hit TV show Justified. Scott recently sang and performed a song he co-wrote called “Jesus Loves Me” (Baby Why Don’t You) for the movie “Home Front” starring Jason Statham and Kate Bosworth. “Jesus Loves Me (Baby Why Don’t You)” was on the film soundtrack, but is also on Elevator Man. Elevator Man was produced by Walt Richmond, who has played keyboards on the last five Eric Clapton records. Scott is on tour in the US and Canada so head on out and catch this veteran musician live.

Last but not least this week is a a reissue on Wounded Bird Records of Johnny Winter’s Raisin’ Cain album from 1980. This was the last record Johnny made for the Blue Sky label. Four years later he would turn up on Alligator and dedicate the rest of his career to playing Blues. Raisin’ Cain has plenty of Blues though, and Johnny was clearly influenced by working so closely with Muddy Waters. Highlights include “The Crawl,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Bon Ton Roulet,” “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” “Mother-in-Law Blues,” and “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” So, if you missed this one originally, or if you haven’t been able to find it since it has been out of print for a while, check it out. You can’t go wrong

King King

King King Reaching For The Light

Scott Ellison

Scott Ellison Elevator Man

Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter Raisin’ Cain Reissue

36th Blues Music Awards Announced

Another year for the Blues Music Awards is in the books. Elvin Bishop and Bobby Rush came out on top as big winners this year in Memphis. The even this year coincided with the opening of the long awaited Blues Hall of Fame. According to The Blues Foundation president Jay Sieleman, the foundation built the Blues Hall of Fame after raising nearly $3 million, finally providing a destination for fans and a location where blues legends are remembered for their contributions to America’s unique musical creation. The Blues Hall of Fame is located at 421 South Main St. in Memphis and is open 10a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is only $10 so get your Blues loving self to Memphis.

I see lots of my favorites on the list as winners but I still can’t figure out who voted for Joe Bonamassa over Ronnie Earl in the Guitarist category. Anyway, without further delay, the winners are…

B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year
Bobby Rush
Elvin Bishop
John Németh
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford

Band Of The Year
Elvin Bishop Band
John Németh & the Bo-Keys
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Mannish Boys

Album Of The Year
Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
Living Tear To Tear – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
Memphis Grease – John Németh
Refuse to Lose – Jarekus Singleton
Wrapped Up and Ready – The Mannish Boys

Song Of The Year
“Can’t Even Do Wrong Right” written and performed by Elvin Bishop
“Another Murder in New Orleans” written by Carl Gustafson & Donald Markowitz, performed by Bobby Rush and Dr. John with Blinddog Smokin’
“Bad Luck Is My Name” written and performed by John Németh
“Let Me Breathe” written by Janiva Magness & Dave Darling, performed by Janiva Magness
“Things Could Be Worse” written by Ray Norcia, performed by Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

Contemporary Blues Album
BluesAmericana – Keb’ Mo’
Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
Original – Janiva Magness
Refuse to Lose -Jarekus Singleton
Hornet’s Nest – Joe Louis Walker

Soul Blues Album
Memphis Grease – John Németh
Blues for My Father – Vaneese Thomas
Decisions – Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’
In My Soul – The Robert Cray Band
Soul Brothers – Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls

Acoustic Album
Timeless – John Hammond

Hard Luck Child: A Tribute to Skip James – Rory Block
Jericho Road – Eric Bibb
Jigsaw Heart – Eden Brent
Son & Moon: A Tribute to Son House – John Mooney

Best New Artist Album
Don’t Call No Ambulance – Selwyn Birchwood
Chromaticism – Big Harp George
Heavy Water – Fo’ Reel
Making My Mark – Annika Chambers & the Houston All-Stars
One Heart Walkin‘ – Austin Walkin’ Cane

Traditional Blues Album
For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters) – Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson
Common Ground: Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy – Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin
Livin’ it Up – Andy T-Nick Nixon Band
Living Tear To Tear – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Hustle is Really On – Mark Hummel
Wrapped Up and Ready – The Mannish Boys

Rock Blues Album
Step Back – Johnny Winter
Goin’ Home – Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Time Ain’t Free – Nick Moss Band
heartsoulblood – Royal Southern Brotherhood
The Blues Came Callin’ – Walter Trout

Historical
Soul & Swagger: The Complete “5” Royales 1951-1967 – The “5” Royales (Rock Beat)
From His Head to His Heart to His Hands – Michael Bloomfield (Columbia/Legacy)
Live at the Avant Garde – Magic Sam (Delmark)
The Modern Music Sessions 1948-1951 – Pee Wee Crayton (Ace)
The Roots of it All-Acoustic Blues – Various Artists (Bear Family)

Acoustic Artist
John Hammond
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
John Mooney
Rory Block

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Janiva Magness
Beth Hart
Bettye LaVette
Marcia Ball
Shemekia Copeland

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Lurrie Bell
Billy Boy Arnold
John Primer
Sugar Ray Norcia
Sugaray Rayford

Koko Taylor Award
Ruthie Foster
Alexis P. Suter
Diunna Greenleaf
EG Kight
Trudy Lynn

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Gary Clark, Jr.
Elvin Bishop
Jarekus Singleton
Joe Bonamassa
Joe Louis Walker

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Curtis Salgado
John Németh
Johnny Rawls
Otis Clay

Soul Blues Female Artist
Sista Monica
Candi Staton
Missy Andersen
Sharon Jones
Vaneese Thomas

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Marcia Ball
Barrelhouse Chuck
Bruce Katz
David Maxwell
Eden Brent

Instrumentalist – Harmonica
Charlie Musselwhite
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Rick Estrin
Sugar Ray Norcia

Instrumentalist – Guitar
Joe Bonamassa
Anson Funderburgh
Johnny Winter
Kid Andersen
Ronnie Earl

Instrumentalist – Drums
Jimi Bott
June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist – Horn
Deanna Bogart
Al Basile
Jimmy Carpenter
Sax Gordon
Terry Hanck

Instrumentalist – Bass
Lisa Mann
Bob Stroger
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
Willie J. Campbell

 

B.B. King Hospitalized Amid Charges Of Elder Abuse

The King of the Blues, B.B. King has been treated by doctors after his daughter Patty King charged the blues legend’s longtime manager with elder abuse. Patty lives with her 89-year-old father and told TMZ she became worried when her father’s urine turned orange, and also mentioned he hasn’t been eating. Laverne Toney, who has B.B.’s power of attorney, allegedly refused to take him to the hospital. Patty King subsequently called the police, who summoned paramedics. B.B. King was then treated at a local hospital, where his daughter said he suffered a minor heart attack. She is now pushing for authorities to step in and protect King.

This occurrence isn’t Patty King’s first complaint against Toney. TMZ reports that last November, Patty charged Toney with elder abuse and burglary, saying that the manager and her assistant have siphoned off as much as $30 million from B.B. King, while allegedly withholding medications during King’s tour, plus pilfering jewelry valued at $250,000. According to TMZ, Police investigated the claims but no charges were filed. Toney has not yet commented on the current allegations.

King was rushed also to the hospital in early April 2015 after suffering from dehydration. An erratic show a year ago, in April 2014, was attributed to a missed dose of diabetes medication. Dehydration was also blamed when a series of shows was postponed in the fall of 2014. The King of the Blues reluctantly canceled all of his remaining concerts last year.

We wish B.B. King a speedy recovery and we hope he is getting the care he deserves and requires. Keep him in your thoughts.