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Blues, shaken and stirred

Bluesman Willie May takes his music personally. The title of his 15th CD, “Shaken Tree Blues,” refers to hardships and triumphs in his life. After being sidelined for a few years by injuries, he is now back in the saddle, and “My Story” talks about how a songwriter makes use of the events that life hands him. “Going Home” is about courage and faith, and how we need both as we go through life. “Heart Break” makes haunting reference to a serial killer. May was inspired to write that song after finding a body near his rural home.

But May, who has recorded with the likes of James Cotton and Buffalo’s own Stan Szelest, also knows how to lighten things up. The CD’s title song is a Latin-tinged instrumental. “Talk is Cheap” is a straight-ahead rocker. “Greta” has a bayou flavor. And Grammy nominee Mark Hummel contributes hip harmonica to “Everybody But Me.”

Join May and his friends in celebrating “Shaken Tree Blues” at 6 p.m. Saturday in Nite Cappe Restaurant (1769 Abbott Road, Lackawanna). Admission is free. For information, call 825-9488.

– Mary Kunz Goldman

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