07 June 2022

Remembering the Metropolitan Blues All Stars

When I lived in Kentucky in the 1980s,  I had several opportunities to hear the Metropolitan Blues All Stars perform.  The group members came from in the hills of Eastern Kentucky; they came to Lexington for concert performances (or to Louisville for Lonesome Pine Specials as in the 1987 one embedded above).

I particularly remember Rodney Hatfield's prolonged harmonica riffs, and I have an old VCR tape with Caroline Dahl really rocking the keyboard; I understand she later moved on to San Francisco for a successful career there.  Here's her Boogie Woogie Piano with the Metropolitan Blues All Stars, recorded in 2007 (here's another boogie woogie performance, with Tom Rigney and Flambeau in 2007).  Is boogie woogie still popular? (I don't know - don't get out much)

I wonder if any other readers here remember the group.  Miss C?

After some internet searching, I discovered Rodney Hatfield playing with a group called Tin Can Buddha (profiled in this KET recording).

Reposted from 2017 to embed the harmonica riff linked above:


  1. They were awesome, my Uncle David played drums

  2. Heard them at the Black Mountain Folk Festival (I think) in the early 90's and wish I still had the cassette I bought. They were great!

  3. Use to see them at Down Home in J.C. Tennessee. Never missed them when
    they were in town. I play the harp ever since the first time I saw them.

  4. Saw them several times in the 80’s in a downtown club in Lexington. Always a good show. Hard to believe it’s been 35 yrs

  5. Oh yeah, I remember them, but I never saw them live.

  6. I don't know if boogie woogie is popular per se, but it is definitely alive :-)
    Here are some recent examples:
    Enjoy :-)


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