Smoke, wind force cancellation of Bluesdays

Terry Hanck
Terry Hanck at a previous Squaw Valley’s Bluesdays.
Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Bluesdays show on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at The Village at Squaw Valley has been canceled due to poor air quality and high winds.

Coast-to-coast Terry Hanck is back on the left side, making up for lost time.

The multi-Blues Music Award winner will play Bluesdays, the Tuesday summertime tradition at the Village at Squaw Valley. His 2020 appearance, along with the entire season, was erased.

A Florida resident, Hanck traditionally spends most of his summers in California, where he first made it big in the 1970s as the saxophone player in the Elvin Bishop Band.

Hanck’s West Coast band includes Johnny “Cat” Soubrand on guitar, Butch Cousins on drums and Tim Wagar on bass. The band has finished a two-week run at the Sonoma County Fair. Tuesday’s Bluesdays will start a stretch of five shows in as many days.

“It had been a year and a half since we’d played together when we started the fair, so we’ve had two weeks to tighten up,” Hanck told Tahoe Onstage “I brought in some new stuff and we have so many songs in our repertoire that we haven’t even gotten to all of them. I’ve got a bunch of new stuff I am working on that I am eager to play a while and then get in the studio and record.”

Hanck’s latest album, “I Still Get Excited,” was critically acclaimed and it spent months in the blues charts. However, it had barely been released when the pandemic hit, bringing a sour note to overall bandstand sales. But the prolific songwriter expects to make another record soon, and the producer, of course, will be Kid Andersen, who heads Greaseland Studios in San Jose.

Andersen is one of the most prolific producers in the business and he specializes in the blues. Hanck annually performs in Norway, and that’s where he found “the Kid.”

“He wasn’t producing then, he was just getting into recording and learning about it,” Hanck said. “I knew he was something special. He said he wanted to come over here and play and I was looking for a guitar player.”

Andersen played in Hanck’s band for four years. Then he played with Charlie Musselwhite. Now he’s with Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, which plays Bluesdays on Aug. 24.

Although Hanck is responsible for bringing Andersen to the United States, he’s reluctant to blow his horn too much about it.

“Something like that, it was going to happen. He’s just a force of nature,” he said. “Like I wrote in the liner notes, I got the better end of that bargain.”

While he’s in California, Hanck will spend a day at Greaseland to lay some horn tracks for Mighty Mike Schermer, a guitarist who lives in Truckee and is a member of Marcia Ball’s band.

Hanck’s blues-based sound is flavored in vintage rock ‘n’ roll. He’s an all-time Bluesdays favorite and the Village audience dances until it’s after dark.

“That’s the whole purpose of it,” Hanck said. “Get the people moving.”

-Tim Parsons

Bluesdays
Where:
The Village at Squaw Valley
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday
Admission: Free. Bring your own chair.
Aug. 17: Terry Hanck
Aug. 24: Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
Aug. 31: Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings

ABOUT Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons
Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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