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April 2, 2010 Volume # 5  Issue # 14

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As a bandleader and composer, Stubbs has earned himself a reputation for penning soul-drenched Roots & Blues guitar instrumentals.  His well-crafted songs are melodic and original; echoing the sounds of historic greats such as Booker T and the MGs, Earl Hooker, Lonnie Mack, and Freddie King. Blues guitarist Rick Holmstrom sums it up best: "The thing I like best about Matt Stubbs playing is that he leaves space. There are plenty of young blues guitarists who can play a whole lot of guitar, and Matt can hang with 'em all, but there are very few who understand that it's important to let it breathe. I dig the economy and simplicity of Matt's playing. He's got an old soul."
Matthew Stubbs released his first solo record “Soul Bender” on the VizzTone label group in August 2008, which received much critical acclaim. He has just released “Medford & Main” on Chicago based label Blue Bella Records.
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Currently, Matthew Stubbs is performing with the legendary Charlie Musselwhite Band, as well as his own band, The Matthew Stubbs Band. He recently was named the 2009 Outstanding Guitarist from Blues Audience Magazine and was a 2009 Boston Music Award Nominee for Blues Act of the Year.

Jeff Turmes  new CD, "Five Horses, Four Riders", comprised of thirteen original songs. "Five Horses" is produced by Jeff, engineered by Peter Malick at Chessvolt Studios (Norah Jones, Otis Spann), mixed and mastered by John Whynot (Lucinda Williams, Bruce Cockburn, Blue Rodeo), and features an array of brilliant Los Angeles-based musicians including Rick Holmstrom (guitar), Stephen Hodges, Don Heffington, and Steve Mugalian (drums), and Janiva Magness and Donny Gerrard (backing vocals). Jeff sings and plays acoustic and electric guitars, bass, banjo, saxophone, bass clarinet and dumpster. "Five Horses" traverses the country between acoustic folk and raw electric blues, and Jeff's singing and writing achieve new heights. In addition, the CD packaging features his photographs and distinctive artwork. "Five Horses, Four Riders" is coming. Be ready.
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Online Gambling Ban Hits More Than Casinos as Blues Site Blocked
The South Florida Blues Society informed members in an e-mail recently that Internet transactions for the group had been inadvertently blocked as Paypal listed the site as online gambling. The attempts by payment processors to meet the looming stipulations of the UIGEA has caused chaos for legitimate sites more so than the targeted online casinos.
SFBS says it has raised money legally for the organization for almost ten years by selling raffle tickets on its website, with winners getting a trip on the Blues Cruise through the Caribbean. But now, all sales from the site, including music, shirts, and other merchandise, are denied by Paypal, which has identified the music fan club as a gambling organization.
Even memberships to the society are blocked from payment, as the prediction by financial experts of the overblocking likely to occur when financial institutions are made responsible for UIGEA enforcement is realized. And SFBS President Blues Bobby writes that only checks mailed to the club will presently be processed, as Visa and Mastercard also look to screen sites for Internet gambling connections.
Treasury hearings into the implementation of the UIGEA were dominated by representatives of banks, credit card companies, and even experts from the Federal Reserve testifying that the Internet gambling block would disrupt normal business. State lotteries and horse racing sites have already been categorized as illegal gaming sites, despite wording in the law specifically exempting them.
Now, sites with only the most legitimate and tenuous connections to gambling are finding their commerce blocked by payment processors worried of running afoul of the vague law. If merchandise by a blues music site can be disrupted, then almost any Internet site is in danger of being caught up in the online gambling ban.

"Springing The Blues" FREE festival in Jacksonville, FL
April 9-11, 2010   Next Weekend and it's FREE!
Springing The Blues is a free outdoor blues music festival designed to celebrate America's indigenous musical form and promote support of the arts. The three-day oceanfront event features a number of renowned blues performers as well as numerous displays and activities geared for the entire family. It is held at Jacksonville Beach, Florida's Oceanfront SeaWalk Pavilion on the 1st weekend of April each year.
About The Event
• Named by Downbeat Magazine as one of the top 50 Music Festivals in the World
• Named by SouthEast Tourism Society as one of the top 20 destination events in the country
• Voted in 1997 as "Best Festival in Northeast Florida" by the popular Folio Weekly Magazine annual poll.
• Known as Florida's largest free outdoor blues festival, Springing the Blues will feature performances from renowned blues artists.
This year's headliners include such heavyweight blues stars as:
*Magic Slim & The Teardrops
*Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials
*Jo Ann Shaw Taylor
*Shane Dwight
*Michael Burkes
*John Nemeth
*Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm
For more information visit their website

Steve Miller to release a pair of Blues & R&B albums
Steve Miller hasn't released a new studio album in 17 years, but he plans to make up for lost time with a pair of blues and R&B cover sets that will come out this year and next.
BINGO!," Miller's first Steve Miller Band release on his own Space Cowboy Records label, comes out June 15 and features songs by the likes of B.B. King ("Rock Me Baby") and Lowell Fulson ("Tramp"), Jimmy Reed ("You Got Me Dizzy") as well as three Jimmie Vaughan compositions. Miller plans to put a companion album out in the spring of 2011.
"This is a party record, man," Miller tells "It's about getting up and getting ready to dance. It's like the fraternity party gigs I used to play in college. I went through and picked all my favorite tunes that I really, really loved. I wanted to make this record forever; it started off as just kind of a goof, and then it got real serious."
The sessions for "Bingo!" and its successor started in 2008 with co-producer Andy Johns at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in northern California. The two were working on Miller's last concert DVD, "Live From Chicago," and he recalls that "Andy said, 'Boy, I would really love to do a guitar album with you,' and I said, 'Y'know, I'm getting ready to do one.' The next thing you know...we go into Skywalker and cut 42 tracks."
Besides his regular band, including the late harmonica player Norton Buffalo, Miller -- who's been playing many of these songs on the road during the past few years -- was also joined by Joe Satriani on "Rock Me Baby" and Vaughan's "Sweet Soul Vibe," as well as by Santana percussionists Michael Carabello and Jose Areas.
Among the songs slated for the next album are Reed's "Close Together," Junior Wells' "Snatch It Back and Hold It," Roscoe Gordon's "No More Doggin'," Muddy Waters' "I Can't Be Satisfied," Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago" and Jimmy McCracklin's "The Walk."
"It's a great group of songs, and it gives us a lot of new material to play," Miller notes. "I'm excited about releasing some new music for the audience and for my band and for me to play. This material we're just releasing now we've been working on stage for the last couple of years and it's been going over really, really well and it's just worked out that now seemed like a good time to release a record."

A Blues Infusion at the Simi Valley Cajon Creole Music Festival
Delta Groove Music is teaming up with Simi Valley’s Cajun Creole Music Festival to present the 5th Annual Delta Groove All Star Blues Review.
For the past 20 years, Simi Valley has honored a fundraiser founded in 1988 to benefit the charities supported by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise.  The festival features multiple stages, over 150 food, beverage, craft and sponsor booths, hosts around 15,000 attendees and donates one hundred percent of all profits to charitable, educational and humanitarian causes.  Last year, the Cajun Creole Music Festival introduced a blues stage and this year turned to veteran blues promoter, Randy Chortkoff, to supply the blues acts.
Entertainment chair, Gary Stewart, makes it a point to go out into the crowd every year and speak to the patrons about how they can improve the festival for the upcoming year.  Last year he noticed a new face in the crowd and after speaking with him briefly, learned he was there for the blues music.  The gentleman also suggested to Stewart that they call Delta Groove Music if they wanted some really great acts.
“When I spoke to Randy Chortkoff, you could tell in his voice he had some enthusiasm and had a game plan,” said Stewart about the initial conversation with label owner, Chortkoff.
Every year, for the past four years, Chortkoff has held his Annual Delta Groove All-Star Blues Review in conjunction with the Blues Music Awards in May.  The stage has been set in Memphis, Tennessee at the New Daisy Theatre, The Gibson Theatre and Clarksdale, Mississippi’s Ground Zero Blues Club.  The audience has grown year after year and the annual review has become something blues fans from all over the world permanently mark on their calendars. 
For the fifth anniversary, Chortkoff wanted to do something really special to make a huge splash.  When he got the call from Stewart, not only was he honored to supply the blues stage with the best of his artists; he knew right away what would make his 5th Annual Blues Review something to celebrate.  It was then Chortkoff decided to bring his show back home to Southern California, where Delta Groove Music began.
“I’m extremely honored to be able to feature my labels’ artists on a stage with such a well seasoned crew.  After 20 years of experience, these guys know how to put on a festival.  I’ve always wanted to be hands on with a blues festival and I’m really excited to be involved with Gary Stewart and the rest of the crew in Simi Valley,” said Chortkoff about the association with the Cajun Creole Music Festival.
This year the blues stage will feature six acts from the Delta and Eclecto Groove labels each day.  The tentative lineup will include soul blues sensation Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band, Arthur Adams, Lynwood Slim with the Igor Prado Band, The Insomniacs, the Kirk Fletcher Band, Los Fabulocos featuring Kid Ramos, The Soul of John Black, The Hollywood Blue Flames, Mike Zito, Candye Kane, the legendary Elvin Bishop and a very rare Southern California appearance by The Mannish Boys! 
The Cajun Creole performers include Acadiana, Theo & the Aydeco Patrol, T-Lou & His Super Hot Zydeco Band, Bonne Musique Zydeco, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, and Lisa Haley & the Zydecats.
 The schedule will be confirmed in the coming months and, as usual, there are sure to be several surprise guests joining the lineup.
Simi Valley’s Cajun Creole Music Festival, now with a Blues Infusion, is put on every year by the Rotary Club, with one hundred percent of the profits going to charity. 
The festival will be held Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 29th and Sunday, May 30th.  For more information, please visit the Delta Groove website at or the festival’s website at


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Bierbeek Blues'd Up Festival
April 3, 2010

Bierbeek, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
Spring Harp Fest
April 3, 2010

La Mesa, California, U.S.
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
April 9-11, 2010

St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
George's Music Springing the Blues Festival
April 9-11, 2010

Jacksonville Beach, Florida, U.S.
French Quarter Festival
April 9-11, 2010

New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
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Hampton Acoustic Blues Revival
April 10, 2010
A Tribute to John Cephas
Hamtpon, VA, U.S.
21st Annual Maple City Blues Fest
April 10, 2010

LaPorte, IN, U.S.
International Heritage Celebration (Louisiana Stage)
April 11, 2010

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
The Six-String Showdown
April 11, 2010

Long Beach, California, U.S.
Barbourville Redbud Festival and Quilt Workshop
April 9-10, 2010

Barbourville, KY, U.S.
Wanee Music Festival
April 15-17, 2010

Live Oak, Florida, U.S.
Juke Joint Festival & Related Events
April 16-18, 2010

Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
Michael John's Simi Valley Blues Festival
April 17, 2010

Simi Valley, California, U.S.
Free State Blues Showtime & Review
April 17, 2010

Milford, New Hampshire, U.S.
27th Annual Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival
April 17-18, 2010

Glendale, Arizona, U.S.
Cat Head Mini Blues Fest I
April 18, 2010

Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
Barnesville BBQ & Blues Festival
April 23-24, 2010

Barnesville, Georgia, U.S.
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
April 24, 2010

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
Mac Arnold Cornbread & Collard Greens Blues Festival
April 28-1, 2010

Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
Beale Street Music Festival
April 30-2, 2010

Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
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