Helping Veterans with the Healing Power of Music

Plus, the Blues & Boogie Piano Summit returns, Dallas Moore receives high honor and MC Till and Sean Little launch Cincinnati Homeshow Tour

Nov 6, 2013 at 10:23 am
click to enlarge Sonny Moorman performs at Sunday's Guitars for Veterans benefit (Photo: Mic Chandler)
Sonny Moorman performs at Sunday's Guitars for Veterans benefit (Photo: Mic Chandler)

The nonprofit organization Guitars for Vets

has simple origins. In 2007, a guitar teacher in Milwaukee met a Vietnam veteran who was trying to learn guitar but was having difficulties due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Working together, the two found that learning and playing the guitar was great therapy for PTSD, so they visited a local veteran’s medical center where the program, Guitars for Vets, was first instituted.

Today, Guitars for Vets — which provides hands-on lessons, guitars and accessories for interested veterans — has programs set up in 17 states, including a chapter based out of the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. 

Sunday, on Veteran’s Day eve, the local chapter of Guitars for Vets will present a benefit where more than 30 guitars and several vintage tube amplifiers will be auctioned off. The benefit will be held at Legends nightclub ( in Cheviot, with doors opening at 4 p.m. and live music starting at 6 p.m. There is a $5 donation/cover charge. Scheduled to appear are local acts Dick & The Roadmasters

, Old Skool and Blues ace Sonny Moorman , who helps run the local Guitar for Vets chapter with its founder, Richard Hutchinson.

There will be three types of auctions associated with the event — live, silent and online. To take a look at (and bid on) several of the items up for auction online, click here. For a list of all items up for bid, send an email to [email protected]. 

For more information on Guitars for Vets, visit 

Ricky Nye Brings the Boogie Back to Newport

One of Greater Cincinnati’s most unique annual musical events — the Blues & Boogie Piano Summit

— was absent from last fall’s local music calendar, as the masterminds behind one of the area’s most beloved venues (and the summit’s longtime home), the Southgate House, were busy switching buildings and re-opening in Newport as the Southgate House Revival ( ).

Now that the club’s former church space is open and thriving, Cincinnati Blues piano master Ricky Nye

, organizer of the event that has celebrated the charming, rumbling piano stylings of Boogie Woogie Blues for more than a dozen years, is bringing the summit back.

The 14th Blues & Boogie Piano Summit goes down this Saturday at the Southgate Revival, once again featuring Nye and a collection of top players from around the world. The 2013 Summit features Maryland’s Daryl Davis, Seattle’s Arthur Migliazza and the Netherlands’ Mr. Boogie Woogie, plus Nye and the back-up crew of Paul Ellis (drums), Chris Douglas (upright bass) and George Bedard (guitar). 

Tickets are $20 in advance (available at or $25 at the door, if any remain. 

Visit for more info. Live CDs from several previous Blues & Boogie Piano Summits can be previewed and purchased at 

More Local Notes

• Cincinnati-based Outlaw Country singer/songwriter Dallas Moore

recently received a huge honor from the new Outlaw Music Hall of Fame , slated to open this coming spring in Lynchburg, Tenn. The Hall announced its first 17 inductees, ranging from influences and pioneers like Hank Williams and Bobby Bare to “Highwaymen,” the initial wave of artists who blazed the Outlaw Country trail (Waylon Jennings, David Allan Coe, etc.). While not (yet) inducted into the Hall of Fame, Moore was honored with one of the first Guardian Awards, given to contemporary artists carrying the Outlaw torch. Wayne Mills, Jamey Johnson, Whitey Morgan and Hank Williams III also received Guardian Awards this year.

Moore has somehow found some time in his busy touring schedule to start a pair of new albums — a new Dallas Moore Band full-length, tentatively titled Ridin’ High, and Ol’ Time Family Jam, a collection of traditional Bluegrass/Gospel tunes Moore’s recording with his mother, Madgelee Hanes Moore. Both albums are expected in early 2014. (

• Socially conscious Cincinnati Hip Hop artist MC (Till)

and Indiana MC Sean Little take their music directly to the people this weekend on their “Cincinnati Homeshow Tour,” a unique five-show jaunt mostly at fans’ homes all across the area. Till and Little will bring live Hip Hop (with a backing band and different guest artists) to houses in Hamilton, Reading, Westwood and Norwood on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In between, on Saturday between noon and 5 p.m., the artists will perform at tour co-sponsor (along with Deeper Roots Coffee) Everybody’s Records in Pleasant Ridge. The DJ group Selectas Choice

will also be spinning at the store in the afternoon.

All of the Cincinnati Homeshow Tour shows are free and open to the public. Visit or for the addresses and more info.

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