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Febuary 5, 2010 Volume # 5  Issue # 6

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Tommy Keys’ 3rd solo effort is due to be released January 31st 2010 and is already generating a lot of excitement. Co-produced by Mario Staiano of Savoy Brown, “The Man in the Moon” showcases Tommy’s sizzling piano work and soulful vocals. The material is varied, containing seven originals including a tribute to Big Joe Duskin, “Big Joe the Boogie Man”, along with songs from Memphis Slim (“Born with the Blues”), Floyd Dixon (“My Wish”) and Professor Longhair (“Hadacol Bounce”). The title song, The Man in the Moon, is a moody type of bounce, with a New Orleans feel. Another of the original tunes on the disc, No Money, is a comical take on making ends meet while having a good time.
Tommy calls it a jab at “Rap-Boogie-Blues”. Tommy cranks into high gear with Rock A Boogie Woogie, a high energy tune about a band playing on a Saturday night and the excitement to crowd feels.
"Tommy Keys is a triple threat of songwriter, engaging vocalist and ace barrelhouse boogie and Blues pianist..." - Noggin, Blues Matters! Magazine

"Songs From The Road" documented one of the magic moments of the blues-legend Luther Allison, who dies in 1997. Recorded in Montreal by the Canadian Television at 4th July 1997, only 4 days before he had to cancel his tour, and to come back on stage never again. In a set about nearly 90 minutes (which is documented on CD in nearly the whole length, and the TV-Edition about 56min. on DVD) Luther burns down a real blues-firework for his fans. As he has known, that this concert would be the last documented one.
A blues legend at his best and an essential collectible for his true friends.
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Derek Trucks Band Wins Grammy Award
Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Buckwheat Zydeco Also Win Grammy Awards
The Derek Trucks Band won the Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Sunday on Los Angeles.
Derek edged out other nominees, including spouse Susan Tedeschi, Robert Cray, Ruthie Foster, and Mavis Staples.
The Best Traditional Blues Album went to legend Ramblin' Jack Elliott, over fellow nominees Mick Fleetwood, Duke Robillard, John Hammond, and a Chicago blues album featuring Billy Boy Arnold, Lurrie Bell, Billy Branch and John Primer.
Buckwheat Zydeco's Lay Your Burden Down won in the Zydeco/Cajun category.
Little Walter: The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967) won for the Best Historical Album.

The event typically draws tens of thousands of music fans to Marine Park.
NJ - It’s official: the Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival is leaving town, for this year at least. The annual three-day event, which traditionally draws tens of thousands of visitors, and at least one good downpour, to the natural amphitheater in Red Bank’s Marine Park, is packing up and moving to Monmouth Park racetrack, forced out by a riverside construction project that town officials couldn’t guarantee would be finished in time for the early June event.
This year’s edition has been pared down to two days — Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6 — and rechristened as the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival. It will be held in a parking lot just outside the the entrance to the Oceanport horse-racing mecca. Whether the festival returns to Red Bank is unknown.

Canada’s international blues vocalist, Shakura S’Aida,
is using her voice to aid relief efforts in Haiti. “Angels on High” — a fitting title from her new album, Brown Sugar — is now available for download to aid victims of the Haiti Earthquake.
Every time the song is purchased for $1.00 proceeds will be donated to Free The Children, an international children’s charity which is working together with Partners in Health to provide long-term health care, education and relief for children affected by the disaster.
The track is downloadable through the artist’s website:
The song was written by Shakura S’Aida and her band partner Donna Grantis, and is a highlight of her new album, which has already been released in Europe, and will be on sale in Canada and the United States April 13. Both Shakura and Donna are currently on tour in Europe as part of the Blues Caravan tour.
Said the singer: “Both Donna and I feel that the earthquake in Haiti has reminded us that we are all connected, we are all family. We are indeed each other’s angels and we need to take care of each other now and always.”

Cabin Fever Blues Series
Cabin Fever Blues Series resumes with Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials
Once again, the West Michigan Blues Society and WYCE-FM (88.1) are sponsoring its annual mid-winter Cabin Fever Blues Series at Billy's Lounge, 1437 Wealthy St. SE, kicking off at 9:30 p.m. Saturday with Chicago's Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials. The band, led by Lil' Ed Williams, was named 2009's band of the year by the Blues Foundation. Admission is $10 at the door. The blues series continues Feb. 13 with another award-winning Chicago-area band, Mississippi Heat, followed by Chicago blues guitarist Lurrie Bell on Feb. 20 and East St. Louis harmonica player and singer Boo Boo Davis on Feb. 27.
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TargetCancer Launches 'The Right Track: Tunes To TargetCancer'
Series Will Raise Critically Needed Funds to Combat Rare Forms of Cancer
TargetCancer - a non-profit organization devoted to helping fund research into rare and lesser known cancers - has launched a new download series called 'The Right Track: Tunes To TargetCancer.'
The series features exclusive downloads of new and rare music from Weezer, Ween, The Donnas, Cowboy Junkies, Dean & Britta, Buffalo Tom, Linda Thompson, Drug Rug and others, with more artists to be added in the coming months. In addition to these exclusive pay-what-you-wish downloads ($.99 minimum), The Right Track will sponsor a series of concerts and events, with 100% of proceeds from all its initiatives going directly to research funding.
"We jumped at the chance to give an exclusive track for TargetCancer Charity," said Weezer. "We feel this is an extremely worthy and urgent cause and are all too happy to help out."
"Like so many others we have had friends and loved ones deeply affected by cancer," added Dean & Gene Ween. "We believe everyone should stand together in the hopes that we someday might find a cure."
"We are happy to be able to support TargetCancer, especially its goal to find better treatments for rare cancers," agreed The Donnas. "Contributing one of our unreleased songs is a good way for us to combine raising awareness about a cause that matters to us, and sharing new music with our fans and new people too."
TargetCancer was founded by Paul Poth, a Boston-based attorney and devout music fan. From classical to punk, jazz to rock, Paul listened to it all. An accomplished cook, he might begin an evening playing Tchaikovsky or Chet Baker during dinner, and move on to Husker Du, The Feelies, and The Figgs by dessert.
In 2007, at age 38, Paul was diagnosed with hepatobiliary duct cancer, an extremely rare form of cancer - so rare, in fact, that no treatment protocol existed for it. Instead, Paul's doctors had to determine a course of treatment based on other cancers. It was this fact that drove Paul to create TargetCancer. After fighting for close to two years, Paul passed away in August 2009, but his fight, and his passion, lives on through TargetCancer and The Right Track series.
"Not one of us will escape being touched by cancer in some way," says TargetCancer's Director and President, Kristen Palma, who was married to Poth. "We are so grateful to all of these amazing artists for understanding this, for sharing their talents, and for joining with TargetCancer as we work towards finding a cure."
About TargetCancer:
TargetCancer promotes the development of lifesaving treatment protocols for rare cancers. Through fundraising, outreach, and advocacy, TargetCancer supports those living with rare cancers and funds research initiatives at the forefront of cancer treatment - efforts that treat the individual as well as the disease.
Songs Currently Available from 'The Right Track: Tunes To Target Cancer'
Weezer- "The Rat Race"
Ween - "DC Won't Do You No Good"
The Donnas- "Can't Keep It a Secret"
Cowboy Junkies- "In My Time of Need" (Ryan Adams cover)
Dean and Britta- "International Velvet Theme" (Caledonia Mix)
Buffalo Tom- "Thrown" (Live From Somerville Theater)
Linda Thompson- "Never the Bride"
Mike Viola- "This is Love, This is Life"
Drug Rug- "Coffee In the Morning" (Alternate Version)
The Gravel Pit- "Yellow Light Purple"
Happy Ending- "Through Your Eyes"
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For more information about TargetCancer, please contact Brendan Gilmartin ( or Matt Hanks ( at Shore Fire Media

The Mini-Blues Festival, presented by PNC Bank and with major support from The Skylands Music & Arts Alliance and elite sponsorship from Kevil Chevrolet, is a weekend filled event for the Hackettstown area, with Centenary Stage hosting music both nights, preceded by "matinee shows" at Marley's Gotham Grill in the late afternoon from 4-6 p.m. and "post-show parties" both nights at Charlie Brown's, from 10:30 p.m. to midnight. The Centenary shows begin at 6:30 each night and go to 10 p.m.
The Mini-Blues Festival,  features Friday night headliners Peter Karp and Sue Foley, who will play together as part of their "He Said, She Said Tour", as well as taking the lead on some of their own tunes for a 3-for-1 like performance. Peter Tork and his band, Shoe Suede Blues, will headline Saturday night. While Tork and his band usually plays a few Monkees hits, its focus in concert is on traditional blues sounds, such as those on their latest CD, "Cambria Hotel."
 In all, six different acts, three each night, will be performing at Centenary as part of the Mini-Blues Festival, a Centenary Stage Company and Joe Hirsh Production, in association with MoPromo.
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The Blues Foundation announces the release of its 30th Anniversary Blues Music Awards DVD. There is no other place you will find such a stellar collection of today's blues music stars. The show itself is a more than six hour extravaganza but all the performers were captured on this two-hour DVD.
There were great pairings like Taj Mahal and Maria Muldaur singing "What About The Soul of The Man," Curtis Salgado teaming up with B.B. King on "4 O'clock," Marcia Ball and Irma Thomas together on "Morning Rain," and the late Koko Taylor performing "Wang Dang Doodle" with the Mannish Boys.
Other memorable performances on this DVD include a hair-raising "Joy" by Bettye LaVette, a smokin' "Empty Promises" by Michael Burks, and a classic Chicago Blues jam with drummer Kenny Smith, harmonica player Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, bassist Bob Stroger, guitarist Lurrie Bell, and others.
This offering consists of acceptance speeches including some very powerful words by several musicians that said the blues had saved their lives; like Candye Kane who talked about the power of the community during her pancreatic cancer fight and thoughtful words from Jeff Healey's widow Chris, who choked back tears when accepting his award for the first-ever Rock Blues Album Award.
The Blues Foundation is gearing up for their 31st Blues Music Award show in Memphis on May 6th, 2010 and tickets are available now at
In his review of the 30th Anniversary BMA ceremony for BluesWax, Don Wilcock stated, "Maria Muldaur is purported to have said that the event was better than the Grammys. Veterans and neophytes alike agreed that the event had reached a new level of excitement, importance and stature. I predict next year's awards will sell out in advance. You've been advised. Get your tickets early."
The DVD is a real bargain, two hours of blues music at its finest for only $20, available at ONLY.

ONE NIGHT ONLY with The Awesome Outlaw Country Blues Band outta California featuring a kick-ass female front woman ''KELLI & THE SHADOW MEN'' on the parking lot stage 10pm-11pm. 1130pm-1230am.
with Miami's own Harp master Eric Garcia and his band ''JUKE''on the patio 1030pm-1130pm. 12am-1am. 130am-230am.
and Very special guest from Orlando Florida, The ROCKING BLUES sound of ''THOMAS WYNN & THE BELIEVERS'' 11pm-12am. 1230am-130am. 2am-3am.

Singer Etta James Still In Hospital Fighting Sepsis Infection
The singer, Etta James, who is is made famous for the song “At Last,” has been in a Riverside California hospital after coming down with sepsis which was caused by a urinary tract infection.
James' son Donto told local news station KTLA that she has
 been addicted to painkillers and has been in rehab for it for the past month. He also told CNN news that she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease last year, and that she is very confused at the moment. James has two sons and she is 72 years old.

Music legends set to perform at the Phuket International Blues Rock Festival has announced that legendary blues musician Charlie Musselwhite will be heading to Phuket for one of the island’s biggest annual events next month.
On February 26th and 27th, music fans from around the world will be heading to the Hilton Phuket Arcadia near Karon Beach for the Phuket International Blues Rock Festival.
A total of 12 acts have been confirmed for this year’s event, with Musselwhite and his band joined by artists such as Australian singer-songwriter Richard Clapton and US bluesman Rich Harper.
The rest of the line-up also has an international flavour, with Latino blues performer Andy Gonzales featuring alongside the Prodigal Sons, a blues rock group from Norway.
People staying in Phuket hotels can buy tickets for the festival two weeks before the opening night.
A number of VIP entries, which offer access to a backstage area with free beer and wine, are available.
There will also be a festival warm-up event taking place at the Tai Pan nightclub in Patong on February 25th, giving people staying in Thailand hotels an opportunity to get the party started early.

Tom Petty 1977-11-29
Tower Of Power 1974-05-14
David Sancious and Tone 1976-02
Bruce Springsteen 1973-07-31
Steppenwolf 1980-02-16
Police 1979-10-02
Papa John Creach 1978-10-07
Aerosmith 1974-07-02
David Bromberg 1976-10-16
Jimmy Cliff 1978-11-24
Pure Prairie League '80-06-12
Elvin Bishop
Michael Franks
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UPCOMING WEB CAST SHOWS - Dates announced via email
Richie Havens
Daryl Hall
Todd Rundgren
The New Rascals
(The Young Rascals)
*Sorry, Shows are not available for sale or download due to copyright restrictions
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"Blue Skunk Music, a blues/roots label based out of Chicago, is looking for touring blues and roots music artists that have existing recordings currently not being distributed. We are looking to expand our catalog with existing recordings from touring artists, to release and distribute digitally and/or physically. We currently have digital distribution across the globe with 120 different companies that distribute to 300+ digital download and streaming music services. We have physical distribution throughout the US, Canada and parts of Europe. A list of distributors and submission information can be found at our website,"

Hello, I'd like to add more BLUES to our Blues show for airplay. If someone would like to donate a library of CD's or any artists would like to submit material for consideration. We are listener supported non commercial Radio.
Our broadcast range is Philadelphia to Allentown, Pa.,
to New Brunswick and Trenton/Princeton, NJ.
WDVR-FM, 89.7, 91.9,,
Blues Director, WDVR, PO Box 191,
Sergeantsville, NJ 08557.
Jeffrey Apoian, Blues Director

KPOV FM Radio in Bend Oregon is now requesting new music from Labels and Artists
KPOV radio plays a really diverse range of musical genres...if you check out our website at you can find anything from blues to bluegrass, funk, jazz, roots/americana country, reggae, cowboy western, do wop, oldies, techno and the beat goes on. KPOV Radio plays all music genres if we like the sound.
To send any music format to the station send to:
501 NW Bond St
Bend, OR. 97702
Attn: William Johnson
Phone 541-322-0863

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One thing is for certain, Karen Lovely is the real deal. Straight off the heels of their success at the 26th annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, the Karen Lovely Band is turning heads wherever they perform. With Karen's powerhouse voice and a "shoulders back" confidence, she has no thoughts of ever turning back. "Going to the IBCs was one of the greatest experiences of my life. We were honored to represent the Cascade Blues Association, and thrilled to make the finals. Being a finalist had us over the moon!" she exclaims.

To put it in perspective, the challenge started with 1600 bands from 90 countries and 43 states. One hundred and eleven of those bands won their regional competition allowing them to compete at the semi-finals. Of those, eleven made it to the finals, and when it was all over they took 2nd place.
Karen found success early in her career, but took a twenty year hiatus to raise her children and earn her degree. "I never lost my love of music, I would just sing to an audience that consisted mainly of my children." Her influences include Etta James, Big Mama, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Bessie Smith, and Tina Turner, women with character. Her first release "Lucky Girl" was the #1  on XM Radio's B.B. King's Bluesville. She debuted at #13 on the Living Blues Chart and hit #1 on Blues City Radio.
After surviving a horrific break-up with her husband and two near death experiences, it would seem that the only way out was up. She would say, "This is why I love the Blues…it’s real, no judgments. It’s life affirming!" Her star has steadily risen over the last six years and it appears that there are no limits to her blues elevation.
Her latest release due out in March 2010 is produced by Dennis Walker. ”Dennis is the perfect fit for me. I have always admired him as a songwriter. He is my mentor and has become a good friend. He is not just a songwriter, but a story teller." Dennis is a multi Grammy & Handy (BMA) award winning producer & songwriter. He has produced Robert Cray, Bettye LaVette, B.B. King, Joe Louis Walker, The Mavericks, and Maria Muldaur. There is no doubt about it, Dennis Walker has found a new voice for timeless story telling.
"We began recording in August 2009. The record is a mix of contemporary & traditional blues, with an R&B/soul feel. Each of the songs tells a love story, a knock-down dragged out~ain't but one kind of blues, love story" she says. She is a force of nature stirring the melodies of love, loss, self respect and determination through the vulnerable substrate of the blues. Four of the songs off this next record were performed at the IBC, including the original tunes "Blues Ain't Far Behind", "Knock Knock" (which got a standing ovation at each performance) and "I've Had Enough." The record showcases what she can do vocally. Some songs she can really belt out, others are down in the basement, soulful blues ballads. Her voice is as full as the blues she is singing.
In the song "Still the Rain", written by Al Mirikitani, Karen identifies with the plight of a battered woman. It's about a woman who opens up the front door of her house during a Louisiana thunderstorm and allows the flood waters to wash her drunken abuser away. The song is soulful and swampy, taking you to a place where you can see the characters breath on the window pane: creating images that remains imprinted upon your soul as she delivers competent blues notes. "The song hit a chord with me." she says, "I have always been an advocate for women and children against violence."  In an ironic twist, her new CD includes the song, "I gave you what you wanted" by Ike Turner.
Her band consist of  Karen on vocals, Joe Diehl on guitar, Bob DiChiro on bass, Teri Cote on drums and Allen Crutcher on keys. Other musicians on the new recording include: Lee Spath (drums), Alan Mirkitani (guitar), Michael Vannice(sax) and Richard Cousins and Jim Pugh from the Robert Cray Band.
"With original songs written by Dennis Walker, Alan Mirikitani, Ike Turner, Karen Lovely and bandmate Allen Crutcher, this woman is poised to take the Blues world by storm."
                                                          - James Kurt Byrum

Ruf Records announces a March 9 release date for I Want It All Back, the new release from acclaimed blues guitarist, Coco Montoya, distributed in the U.S. by the Allegro Corporation. Produced by Keb’ Mo’ and Jeff Paris, I Want It All Back showcases Montoya in his most innovative setting thus far, tapping into his roots of blues, soul, rock, rhythm and blues and doo wop, while showcasing a soulful, passionate vocal sound that will serve as a revelation to those who only know him for his guitar prowess.

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The Mississippi Sheiks is one of those groups famous among blues musicians, and not so well known to the outside world. Their songs will be familiar to many of you, though, especially “Sitting on Top of the World,” and “Things About Coming My Way,” which is also the name of a new tribute album to the Sheiks. The producer of that album, Steve Dawson, is Elwood’s guest. The North Mississippi Allstars, John Hammond, Madeline Peyroux, and more prrovide the music. Plus Sheiks covers by Jack White, Howlin’ Wolf, and Eric Clapton. New music from old school Mississippi blues man, the great Super Chikan. And hear this!  Next month, there will be a new Jimi Hendrix album. You heard right. A new CD with twelve never-before-released tracks, recorded between February and June, 1969. As soon as the album gets sprung, we will send copies to five of our blues brethren and soul sisters. Courtesy of our friends at Sony Music. 

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Lowcountry Blues Bash
Friday- Tuesday,
February 5-16, 2010

Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
21st Annual Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival
February 12-14, 2010
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Charleston Blues Festival
February 13, 2010

Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Broadstairs Blues Bash
Friday-Monday, February 19-21, 2010

Broadstairs, Kent,
Fat Tuesday - The Fish House's 6th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration
February 16, 2010

Miami, Florida, U.S.
Saskatoon Blues Festival
February 25-28, 2010
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
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Seia Jazz & Blues
February 26-27, 2010

Seia, Guarda, Portugal
Phuket International Blues Rock Festival
February 26-27, 2010

Karon, Phuket, Thailand
Costa Rica Blues Festival
February 27, 2010

San Jose, Costa Rica
Blues Blast
Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
Kissimmee Festival of Rhythm & Blues
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.
Mr. Sam's 2nd Annual Love Cruise
Monday-Saturday, March 1-6, 2010

From New Orleans to Progreso, Yucatan and Cozumel, Mexico
Pickle's Blues Extravaganza
Friday-Saturday, March 5-6, 2010

Lima, Ohio, U.S.
Tri-City Blues Fest
Sunday, March 7, 2010

Fremont, California, U.S.
Bonita Blues Festival
Friday-Saturday, March 12-13,
2010 Bonita Springs, Florida, U.S.
Johnnie Walker St. John Blues Festival
Wednesday, March 17-21, 2010

St. John, United States Virgin Islands, U.S.
Breda Blues Night
Friday, March 19, 2010

Breda, Noord Brabant, Netherlands
Plymouth Rock Blues Festival
Saturday, March 20 2010

Plymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.
Blues Harmonica Jam Camp
Tuesday, March 23-27, 2010
Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
4th Annual "Blues & Art Fiesta
Saturday-Sunday, March 27-28, 2010
San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
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