May 4, 2007
Vol 2 Issue 15

Special Announcements
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News Flash
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Festival News
Blues Society News
House of Blues Radio Hour
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
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Question: What happens when you cross a dynamic rock guitarist with one of the most powerful voices on the Canadian blues scene?

Answer: One of the most refreshingly honest records to come along in years!

This captivating new acoustic album from vocalist Dawn Tyler Watson and guitarist Paul Deslauriers is a pleasure from start to finish. A kind of musical holiday, the pair decided to take time off from their respective groups and to make an unpretentious, heartfelt record, without bass or drums, stripping their sound down to the barebones of voice and guitar. The repertoire includes some of rock’s finest songwriting, from The Miracles to Bruce Cockburn and from Steve Earle to Led Zeppelin, with some originals (by Dawn) added for good measure.

The result is fabulous. In this day and age of digital manipulation and computer-generated overkill, this album takes us back to simpler time

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The 2007 Blues Music Awards, universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues musicians, will feature world class performances by over 65 nominees who have decided the Memphis Cook Convention Center is the place to be on Thursday May 10. Amid the announcements of Award winners, the show will feature more than 25 performances, many involving multiple nominees.

As industry representatives and fans from around the world arrive in Memphis, the Home of the Blues, to honor the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year, the 2007 Blues Music Awards promises to be a highlight film of spectacular moments. The night opens with a reception, featuring the 2007 International Blues Challenge winning duo, Nathan James and Ben Hernandez, and winning band, Sean Carney Band, entertaining the 1500 or so in attendance.

Then the Blues fireworks will explode. The party will then move into the ballroom for dinner and a night of music wrapped around 25 award presentations by guests such as British Blues legend John Mayall, former Major League Baseball player and manager Dusty Baker and his Blues buddy Elvin Bishop.

Highlights are always difficult to predict, but the night will include Otis Taylor’s banjo quartet, a Soul Blues Revue featuring a five-nominee ensemble backed by the Steve Edmonson band, a once-in-a-lifetime harp blowout led by Mark Hummel and the full Bobby Rush show. But with an all-star lineup of nominees attending, May 10th will be a night of many surprises.

Here is a list of nominees planning to attend: Barbara Blue, Big George Brock, Bill Stuve, Bob Stroger, Bobby Rush, Calvin "Fuzz" Jones, Calvin Owens, Charlie Musselwhite, Chicago Bob Nelson, Chris Thomas King, Dave Gross, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Deanna Bogart, Dion, Diunna Greenleaf, Doug James, Dr. John, Duke Robillard, Eddie Shaw, EG Kight, Eric Lindell, Fiona Boyes, Frankie Lee, Guitar Shorty, Guy Davis, Irma Thomas, Jackie Payne & Steve Edmonson, Janiva Magness, Jimi Bott, John Long, John Mooney, Johnny Rawls, Kid Ramos, Kim Wilson, Larry Taylor, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Mannish Boys, Marcia Ball, Mark Hummel, Michael Powers, Mitch Kashmar, Mitch Woods, Mookie Brill, Nick Moss & The Flip Tops, Nora Jean Bruso, Otis Taylor, Paul Oscher, Rich Del Grosso, Richard Innes, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Rory Block, Sam Carr, Slick Ballinger, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Tab Benoit, The Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Trudy Lynn, Watermelon Slim & the Workers, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Zora Young, as well as the widow of Robert Lockwood Jr. and the late Henry Townsend’s son.

Tables and tickets can still be purchased by calling 901.527.2583.


2nd Annual Delta Groove Blues Revue

The 2nd Annual Delta Groove Blues Revue will take place on the following evening, May 11th at the Gibson Beale Street Showcase and will feature performances by many of your favorite Delta Groove artists and nominees in the 2007 Blues Music Awards. Doors open at 5:30pm.

Billed as "West Coast Meets Chicago", the event will include the Mannish Boys featuring Finis Tasby, Johnny Dyer, Kid Ramos, Frank Goldwasser, Kirk Fletcher, Leon Blue, Randy Chortkoff, Tom Leavey and Richard Innes, along with performances by the Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band, Phillip Walker, Mitch Kashmar, John Long and the Hollywood Blue Flames. As an additional bonus The Mannish Boys will also be featuring two extended members of the Delta Groove family - Bob Corritore and Big Pete Pearson, as special guests during their set.

Nick & Kate Moss from Blue Bela Records will kick off the show with a special set by Nick Moss & the Flip Tops with special guest Eddie Taylor, Jr. along with label mates Bill Lupkin and the Kilborn Alley Blues Band. The event will be hosted by Bill Wax of XM Radio and Bret Fleming of WEVL (Memphis). Rarely is there ever a chance to witness artists of this caliber on one stage together for a night of celebration.

10pm Friday, May 11th at the Blues City Cafe on Beale Street, Candye Kane will be previewing her new CD titled GUITAR'D AND FEATHERED.

Candye is a natural-born, supremely-gifted vocalist who can sing her humanity and touch ours. Known for her exciting and entertaining - and sometimes adult-oriented - stage show, Candye will be introducing her new CD to blues fans in Memphis: home of the Blues.

GUITAR'D AND FEATHERED will be officially released on May 22, 2007. Tour dates promoting the new CD include:
5/3      Austin, TX               Continental Club
5/4      Houston, TX            Continental Club
5/5      Dallas, TX               KNON show, Sons of Hermann Hall
5/6      Oklahoma City, OK   VZDS
5/11    Memphis, TN            Blues City Cafe on Beale Street
5/12    Montgomery, AL        Capital Oyster Bar
5/13    Gulf Shores, AL         Lulu's
5/14    Nashville, TN            Bourbon Street
5/15    Huntsville, AL           The Flying Monkey
5/16    Maryville, TN             Brackins Blues Club
5/21    Charlottesville, VA     Gravity Lounge
5/22    Washington, DC        Claredon Ballroom
5/23    Baltimore, MD           House party
5/24    Bladensburg, MD       Chick Halls Surf Club
5/25    Charlotte, NC            Double Door Inn
5/26    Asheville, NC            Jack of the Wood
5/27    Arlington, VA            Iota Club & Café
5/30    Angola, IN                Skips Lounge
5/31    Cleveland, OH           Wilberts
6/1      Columbus, OH           Thirsty Ear Tavern
6/2      Knoxville, TN             Barley’s Tap Room
6/8      San Diego, CA           El Cajon Street Fair
6/24     Long Beach, CA         Long Beach Bayou Festival
6/30     Phoenix, AZ              The Rhythm Room
7/3       Lincoln, NE               The Zoo Bar
7/5       Omaha, NE               Murphy’s Lounge
7/6       Des Moines, IA          Blues on Grand
7/15     Ottawa, Ontario,        Canada Ottawa Blues Festival
8/16     Wichita, KS               Sedgewick Zoo
8/18     Kansas City, MO        Knuckleheads
9/23     Scottsdale, AZ           Blues festival with the Neville Bros,
                                          Bo Diddley and Irma Thomas
The Billy Gibson Band "LIVE" at the Rum Boogie Cafe

The Billy Gibson Band will be holding a CD release party on Saturday, May 12th for their new CD titled THE BILLY GIBSON BAND "LIVE" AT RUM BOOGIE CAFE. The party will be held, naturally at The Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale Street from 3-6pm.

THE BILLY GIBSON BAND "LIVE" AT RUM BOOGIE CAFE captures the live musical experience that has elevated The Billy Gibson Band to a household name in the blues and has crowned Billy Gibson"The Prince of Beale Street."

Acclaimed vocalist-harpist Mark Hummel,nominated in the "Best Blues Harp" category at this year's BluesFoundation Blues Music Awards will be performing at the Blues Music Awards in a special "Blues Harp Blowout" with fellow harp aces Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), John Mayall, Magic Dick (ex- J. Geils), Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and Big George Brock.

Mark Hummel, and his band, The Blues Survivors, are embarking this weekend on their Spring/Summer
"Aint Easy No More" Tour. Tour stops include:

May 4 (Fri.) THE ZOO BAR Lincoln,Nebraska
May 5 (Sat.) MCKENNA'S BLUES Omaha, Nebraska
May 6 (Sun.) CHEROKEE CASINO Tulsa, Oklahoma
May 8 (Tues.) PRIVATE PARTY Nachez, Mississippi
May 10 (Thurs.) BLUES MUSIC AWARDS Memphis,Tennessee
May 11 (Friday) DOTHAN GOLF CLUB & RESORT Dothan, Alabama
May 12 (Sat.) 1048 JAZZ AND BLUES Montgomery, Alabama
May 13 (Sun./2 p.m.) PHELAN PARK Birmingham,Alabama
May 16/17 (Wed./Thurs) GREEN PARROT Key West, Florida
May 18 (Fri.) TOM AND MONI'S Orlando, Florida
May 19 (Sat.) BAMBOO ROOM Lake Worth,Florida
May 20 (Sun.) THE BEACH SHACK Cocoa Beach,Florida
May 23 (Wed.) FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Bennington, Vermont
May 25 (Fri.) CHAN'S Woonsocket, Rhode Island
May 26 (Sat.) ROUGH SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Cape Neddick, Maine
May 27 (Sun.) ROUTE 66 ROADHOUSE Millers Falls, Mass
May 28 (Mon.) INN ON THE BLUES York Beach,Maine
May 31 (Thurs.) JACKSON BLUES FESTIVAL Jackson, Michigan
June 1 (Friday) LEGENDS/"BLUES HARP BLOWOUT"* Chicago, Illinois
June 2 (Saturday) FAMOUS DAVE'S Minneapolis, MN

Ruf Records and Stony Plain Records

In July, Ruf Records will be releasing a compilation CD called SUMMERTIME BLUES. It promises to include all the ultimate
Summer Blues Songs that will make you want to celebrate in the car, at the
beach or in the middle of your living room.

Stony Plain Records announces a June 26 release date for (2-disc set) Duke
Robillard’s World Full of Blues
, the latest CD from the
Grammy-nominated legendary blues and roots music guitarist.

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Simply the Blues Festival in Fort Madison, Iowa

When the train, it left the station with two lights on behind. Well the blue light was my blues and the red light was my mind.”

Blues legend Robert Johnson sang these words in “Love in Vain.” The Simply the Blues Festival is taking advantage of the rails this year by bringing people to town from Chicago and Kansas City on the blues train. The Amtrak train will feature live blues artists performing for the passengers.

Festival organizer Matt Eimer said Grammy nominee John Primer, with Dan Beaver, will be performing on the Chicago to Fort Madison train - the Southwest Chief - on May 11, while acoustic blues artist Rich Berry will be playing on the Southwest Chief that morning while it travels from Kansas City to Fort Madison.

Eimer said this is something that has never been done before. (That is, with the blues.) He said he has heard about jazz players playing on trains before. He decided to try this out this year in hopes of expanding the idea in the future.

“We may set up packages, with tickets for the train, a hotel room and tickets to the show,” he said.

The musicians performing on the train will be performing not only for people on their way to the Simply the Blues Festival, but others on the train will hear the artists as well. Eimer said perhaps the music will introduce some more people to the blues.

Amtrak also is offering a 10 percent discount off of the lowest fare to Fort Madison between May 8 and 15. A code to receive the rate can be found on the Simply the Blues website, The festival is being held at Rodeo Park on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12.

Toronto Blues Society

On May 26th, the Toronto Blues Society will be celebrating with birthday bash featuring a performance by Jack de Keyzer. The party will be held at Jeff Healey's Roadhouse, 56 Blues Jays Way. Admission is free for card-carrying Toronto Blues Society members. For more information (such as what time it starts) call 416-538-3885 or toll-free 1-866-871-9457. Or visit the Toronto Blues Society website

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LONE STAR STATE BLUES:with Johnny Winter, Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughn, Freddie King and more

Texas has a long tradition of great blues music. And now that tradition continues with the arrival of the House of Blues Dallas. Join Elwood Blues as he prepares for the opening of the newest House of Blues nightclub, with great lone star state blues from Johnny Winter, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Freddie King and more, this weekend on a texas-sized House of Blues Radio Hour.

Whitney Bank Tampa Bay Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, May 4-6, 2007

St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.

Hotline: 727-502-5000
Beale Street Music Festival

Friday-Sunday, May 4-6, 2007

Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

Hotline: 901-525-461
Sunday In The Park

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Jonesboro, Arkansas, U.S.

Hotline: 870-219-9650
3rd Annual Robert Johnson Music Festival

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Hazlehurst, Mississippi, U.S.

Hotline: 601-892-7883
Leland Crawfish Festival

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Leland, Mississippi, U.S.

Hotline: 662-686-7646
Deep Delta Festival

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Rolling Fork, Mississippi, U.S.

Hotline: 662-873-1685
(no website)
Carolina Blues Festival

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.

Hotline: n/a
Desert Jam Blues Festival

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.

Hotline: 480-266-0176
Hornby Island Blues Workshop

Monday-Friday, May 7-11, 2007

Hornby Island, BC, Canada

Hotline: 250-335-0570
2007 Blues Music Awards

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

Hotline: 901-527-2583
Kwadendamme Blues Festival

Friday, May 11, 2007

Kwadendamme, Zeeland, Netherlands

Hotline: 0113-649673

Simply The Blues

Friday-Saturday, May 11-12, 2007

Fort Madison, Iowa, U.S.

Hotline: 319-470-2082
Osceola Heritage Musicfest

Friday-Saturday, May 11-12, 2007

Osceola, Arkansas, U.S.

Hotline: 870-563-6177
(no website)

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