Arts & Entertainment

Celebrate singer's new album Oct. 3 in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- The coolest blues brother on the planet, Curtis Salgado, will celebrate the release of his latest album Clean Getaway on Oct. 3 at the CrossRoads Steakhouse in Walla Walla.

Salgado has journeyed far from the smoky nightclubs of Eugene, Ore., where he broke into the music scene, eventually earning the reputation as the original Blues Brother.

It was in one of those hot spots that the infamous John Belushi first heard Salgado sing the blues.

Salgado inspired the actor, who rose to fame from his roles on the TV late night series Saturday Night Live and the iconic film National Lampoon's Animal House, to create the film The Blues Brothers, which also starred Dan Aykroyd.

Salgado might not have reached the same level of megastardom as Belushi, but he's been a steady diet of nutritious cool on the music scene for more than 30 years.

He didn't even let a bout with cancer get him down for long.

A couple of years ago, he was diagnosed with liver cancer and wasn't expected to live much longer than eight months with a transplant.

Because musicians are pretty much self-employed without health insurance, that transplant looked like a shot in the dark.

But Salgado's got some powerful and influential friends -- like Bonnie Raitt, Steve Miller, Robert Cray, Taj Mahal and thousands of diehard fans.

Those fellow musicians held a plethora of benefit concerts for Salagdo, and the fans turned out in droves to support their blues brother of choice.

Salgado's release of Clean Getaway is his first since his transplant two years ago. His new liver seems to be performing nicely, which makes the Walla Walla gig an event worth celebrating.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;