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August 13, 2010 Volume # 5  Issue #32

Special Announcements
CD or DVD Releases
News Flash
Record Label News
Blues Society News
House of Blues Radio Hour
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
Blues Festivals
About Us
We have a wonderful contest to offer our readers
14 (fourteen prizes in all thanks to our friends at the city of Trinidad Colorado, and the Trinidaddio Blues Festival
See below (just past the CDs)
The Modern Day Bluesman
The Making Of A CD by - Albert Castiglia
On March 25, Albert & his band flew to Newark, New Jersey to prepare to record his new cd "Keepin On".  The CD was recorded in 3 days at Showplace Studios in Dover, NJ. Most of the cd was recorded live with very few overdubs.  We enlisted five session musicians to help us on the project. Harmonica master Sandy Mack played on "I Could Not Ask For More",  a Peter Green song. Sandy Played on "Ghosts Of Mississippi" from my "A Stones Throw" release back in 2006. He kicked butt then and he picked up where left off on this session. Bill "MightyQuinn" was the consummate professional.He came in not knowing any of the material and wound up playing keyboard parts on half of the cd. He did such a great job that I nicknamed him "The Quinn". Songstress Nicole Hart laid down background vocals on "Do You Love Me", She nailed it in one take,no surprise. She was in and out of the studio like a thief in the night. Emedin Rivera came in and brought his incredible percussion  skills to the recording. He added Congas to 3 tracks and added a cyclone shaker on one track. I did two acoustic songs and enlisted world renowned dobro genius Toby Walker for them. I can honestly sum up those two tunes with one word, "Magic". He did a great  job and I hope we get to work together again.  I also want to acknowledge my band for their patience and excellent work ethic,
               Thank you Bob & AJ. I'm very proud of "Keepin On"
1. Cadillac Assembly Line (Sir Mack Rice)
2. Till I Fell In Love WIth You (Bob Dylan)
3. Mojo 305 (Albert Castiglia, Steven Gaskell, Jerome Mascaro
4. Keep on Keepin on (Albert Castiglia)
5. My Baby Is Now On My Mind (T-Bone Walker
6. Do You Love Me? (Jack Fickel)
7. Could Not Ask For More (Peter Green
8. Sweet Southern Angel (Albert Castiglia)
9. Murderin Blues (Robert Nighthawk)
10. Going Upstairs (John Lee Hooker)
11 Getting By (Albert Castiglia)
12. Closing Time (Albert Castiglia)
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Les Copeland started his professional career as a country blues guy with a bottleneck stuck on one finger. By adding material by jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery and rock 'n' roller Chuck Berry to his repertoire, Les developed great versatility and chops. From down-home Delta to uptown Chicago blues, Les can improvise anything. Primarily selftaught, his unique sound has developed out of a rich mixture of influences including blues, jazz, Spanish flamenco, pop and classical music.
This album marks Les's Earwig Music label debut. It showcases Les's fine finger picking, melodic sensibility and chordal finesse, and his wry and ironic lyrical observations about everyday people. Blues legend Honeyboy Edwards, with whom Les has toured in Canada for 14 years, guests on guitar on two tracks, and Honeyboy's manager Michael Frank plays harmonica on three tracks. This cd is a healthy dose of Americana roots and blues, done Les's inimitable way.
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Boogie woogie has been the rock-ribbed foundation of the blues since it was called “fast Western” and itinerant musicians pounded worn upright pianos into splinters in the Southern lumber and turpentine camps after the Civil War. The spirit of those pioneers obviously made its way to the Florida panhandle where it was passed on to Steven Alan Wiggins through his musical family.
Precious Cargo (2009) is Steve's first true blues release and it smokes. A rollicking live affair recorded at the Marina Civic Center in Panama City, it is a striking departure that the loyal fans, who crowd his shows, will recognize and new ones will welcome. With his regular drummer and lead singer Lenwood Cherry, Jr., bassist Bruce Hebert and saxist Wally Tirado, Wiggins powers an 11-song set of originals and hip covers.
Wiggins is proof positive that very good things come to those who wait. Gaining chops and experience, musical and otherwise, has clearly provided him with a rich and colorful canvas from which to paint his expansive view of the blues. It is a great sight.
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Experience Hendrix LLC & Legacy Recordings Launching Second Wave of Monumental Jimi Hendrix Catalog Project With Deluxe Editions of BBC Sessions, Live at Woodstock, Blues & More
Legacy's next round of titles from the artist Rolling Stone magazine called "the greatest guitarist of all time" will include deluxe editions of Jimi Hendrix Experience: BBC Sessions and Jimi Hendrix: Blues, his legendary Live At Woodstock performance, and Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year, the highly collectible Jimi Hendrix Christmas EP.
Originally released in 1994, the Jimi Hendrix: Blues album features 11 blues performances recorded by Hendrix between 1966 and 1970 showcasing the guitarist's mastery of the 12-bar form.-?The new deluxe Legacy edition comes packaged in a six-panel digipak with an expanded, 36 page booklet and includes a bonus DVD featuring an expanded, 30 minute version of "Jimi Hendrix and the Blues" from the Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues series.-?Directed and Produced by Alex Gibney, Janie Hendrix and John McDermott, the film features interviews and live performances not seen in the original PBS television broadcast.-?A double-disc 12" vinyl LP audiophile edition of Jimi Hendrix: Blues will also be available.
The Legacy edition of Jimi Hendrix Experience: BBC Sessions brings together recordings from Hendrix's appearances on a variety of BBC radio and television broadcasts from 1967 through 1969.-?The two CD Jimi Hendrix Experience: BBC Sessions comes packaged in a six-panel digipak and includes a never before released 30 minute bonus DVD documentary. The film features the group's famed January 1969 appearance on "Happening For Lulu" which featured Hendrix interrupting the live broadcast to perform a ferocious rendition of Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love" together with interviews with Jimi Hendrix Experience bandmates Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding as well as BBC staff producers Jeff Griffin and Bernie Andrews detailing the legendary sessions. The acclaimed 2 CD set includes Hendrix's unique interpretations of such classics as Bob Dylan's "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?," Muddy Waters "Hoochie Coochie Man" [with noted British blues enthusiast Alexis Korner on slide guitar], the Beatles "Day Tripper" as well as two songs featuring the dream pairing of Stevie Wonder with Hendrix. A single CD "best-of" the BBC Sessions as well as a three-disc 12" audiophile vinyl LP edition of the album will also be available. The 2 CD and 3 LP sets will feature a previously unreleased version of "Burning Of The Midnight Lamp" from Hendrix's August 24, 1967 appearance on "Top Of The Pops."
Jimi Hendrix's watershed Live At Woodstock album, the artist's most popular live performance, will be reissued in a two CD set, available in both digipak and brilliant box configurations as well as an audiophile, three-disc 12" vinyl LP edition.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, the Jimi Hendrix seasonal single, features the celebrated 1969 medley of "Little Drummer Boy," "Silent Night," and "Auld Lang Syne" backed with "Three Little Bears." Merry Christmas & Happy New Year will be reissued as a CD as well as on 7" vinyl in a picture sleeve.
The upcoming wave of 2010 Jimi Hendrix titles culminates in the long awaited release of West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology, a definitive career-spanning four CD box set which tracks Hendrix's remarkable journey from R&B sideman to international stardom. The deluxe set is filled with previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix Experience recordings plus demos, alternate takes and more.-?The newly curated and assembled Jimi Hendrix anthology will include a new Hendrix documentary directed by the Grammy award winning Bob Smeaton (Beatles Anthology, Festival Express, Beatles: The Studio Recordings).
Legacy's first round of Jimi Hendrix releases opened with the release of Valleys of Neptune, a long-awaited album of previously unavailable Jimi Hendrix studio recordings, which debuted on the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart at #4 while four additional Hendrix catalog titles -- Are You Experienced (#44),-?Electric Ladyland (#60),-?First Rays of the New Rising Sun (#63), and Axis: Bold As Love (#67) -- rocketed back into the Billboard 200 four decades after their original release dates.-?A testimony to the enduring vitality and importance of the trailblazing artist-guitarist-performer, Jimi Hendrix had five albums in America's Top 100 in March 2010.
"Jimi's music is as alive today as it was 40 years ago, and the success of our most recent releases with Sony Legacy provides thrilling confirmation. We have long maintained that the power of Jimi's music and the power of his message would stand the test of time and provide its own bridge to the future," said Janie Hendrix, CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC. "Being partnered with Legacy enables us to reach a more global audience with that message. And the best is yet to come. What we have in store will propel Jimi into a new decade, with unseen footage and unheard versions of his songs that will absolutely amaze today's music lovers. And we're confident that the distribution is in good hands, opening the door to new and fresh markets. The focus of our endeavors is, and always will be, all about Jimi's music."
"The partnership we've formed with Experience Hendrix to bring Jimi's music to new generations continues to be a potent one and the fan and critical response to our Jimi Hendrix catalog project is so gratifying," said Adam Block, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Legacy Recordings. "The soul and spirit Jimi's music is truly universal, reaching across time with its eternal vitality, power and beauty."

Allman Brothers Return to the Road This Fall
Derek Trucks to play guitar
The Allman Brothers will return to the stage on November 18th for the first time since Gregg Allman's liver transplant, kicking off three nights of shows at Boston's Orpheum Theatre. "I've been itching to play since I got the operation," Gregg Allman said in a statement. "Can't thank everyone enough for their help and support." The dates will launch the Allmans' "Evening With" tour of intimate East Coast venues. Allman also plans to perform a pair of solo shows at New Brunswick's Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival on September 15 and 16.
Allman underwent successful liver transplant surgery in late June after years of health trouble stemming from Hepatitis C. In 2007, doctors deemed the damage to Allman's liver so severe that they recommended he put his name on a transplant wait list; a donor liver arrived on June 23. The Allman Brothers were then forced to cancel their performance at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago the weekend following Allman's surgery. He finally left the hospital on July 2.
Gregg Allman will perform with the longstanding Allman Brothers lineup of guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes, drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones. Tickets for the Orpheum shows go on sale this Thursday, August 12th.

Foundation News
The 3rd European Blues Conference was held in Hondarribia, Spain July 7-10 in conjunction with the 5th Hondarribia Blues Festival. Hondarribia is situated in the Basque region on the Bay of Biscay, just across from the French border. The conference is held under the auspices of The Blues Foundation. Executive Director Jay Sieleman has served as a “facilitator” at these meetings while Board member Thomas Ruf has served as de facto chair as representatives from seventeen European countries join together to form the European Blues Union. The fruits of their first initiative is their website which is

Member Drawing for Pacific Blues Cruise September 1
Check out the details at, but you will be sailing, dining, drinking, talking and dancing with Johnny & Edgar Winter, Irma Thomas, Elvin Bishop, Los Lobos, Tommy Castro, Kim Wilson, Marcia Ball, Eric Bibb and dozens of others.
Imagine sippin’ pina coladas and talkin’ soul food seasoning with Taj Mahal, singing ‘til sunrise with Tab Benoit, or taking in a beautiful Carribean sunset poolside with Keb’ Mo’. This is just a small taste of the karma that came my way for giving a small donation to the Blues Foundation. In my first year as a member, I can’t tell you how many new blues friends I’ve made from Maine to Miami and Denmark to Detroit. I have a place to crash when I go see a festival in some far flung town no matter the county, country, or continent. But I also can’t even begin to tell you how great it was to see so many of my new blues friends come to Memphis for the BMAs and to show them local juke joints off the beaten path. My membership to the Blues Foundation led to my membership in a special family of blues fans. Because of the Blues Foundation and the cruise, I will never be a stranger in your town. Join the Blues Foundation today, and become a part of the Global Blues Family.Good Mojo to you all. Blues Foundation member Rattlebone Jones, winner of the 2009 member drawing.
We could not have said it better ourselves.
Second prize will be an autographed Gibson guitar. Ten copies of Robert Cray’s latest release This Time will be awarded as well.
To be eligible, you must be a current individual or corporate member of The Blues Foundation. Each $25 in membership equates to one opportunity to be the lucky winner. Being a member or officer of one of our 185 affiliates does not count. Youth members are not eligible.
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Blues For The Gulf
Our Mission:
A global initiative by The Blues Community, including musicians, club owners and fans who are donating their time and talents raising money to assist the people of the Gulf Coast States suffering economic devastation from the oil disaster.
On Sunday, September 26, 2010, Blues musicians, Blues fans and Blues club owners will be performing, attending and hosting a global musical event to raise money to help those in the Gulf of Mexico who are losing their livelihoods. A benefit CD spearheaded by veteran bluesman Bob Margolin is in the works to promote this cause.
Here is a message from Bob Margolin regarding the oil spill in the Gulf of  Mexico-
Those of us who love Blues music have a special love for the Gulf  Coast, for its music legacy as well. Please join us in trying to give what we can. can give you more information and an  opportunity to contribute money, a song, or organize or attend a benefit event.

All the obvious questions about this are answered on the website,and the website will track our progress in the arrangements, so  check back often if this grabs you.
                                       Thank you for your consideration,
                                       Bob  Margolin

This fall, the Academy of Contemporary Music will open up a new live music venue located in Oklahoma City's Bricktown District, the 350 capacity club has yet to open its doors, but it's already become an in-demand stop for touring bands.
The Performance Lab, as the space is currently known, will serve not only as a venue for bands on the road, but also as a public performance space for local student bands. In addition, it will offer music business students hands-on experience in the world of booking, producing and promoting shows.
Since its creation, The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma has generated worldwide buzz with its innovative, groundbreaking approach to music education - the first of its kind in the United States. The school, which grants a two-year associate's degree in music performance and production, is the U.S. branch of Britain's groundbreaking Academy of Contemporary Music, based in Guildford, England.
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The 'Bluesman' of Vancouver
From the first live show 12 years ago, musicians have had a place to showcase their talent - Borrowing a quote from the legendary Van Morrison as he takes a break at his packed Cottage Bistro on Vancouver's Main Street, Eugene Dong says: "Hearing the blues changed my life."
It also changed the blues scene in Vancouver. Two decades ago, Dong left his native China for a new life in Canada and opened a small fish-and-chip shop in White Rock's Crescent Beach.
"Business was poor and my wife and I were thinking of going back to China, but we decided to stay and try something else," Dong says.
That "something else" brought Dong to Cottage Bistro -- first as a chef, then as a partner and today, as its owner. Most importantly, Dong became a saviour for Vancouver's blues musicians.
It began on a hot summer afternoon in 1998 when blues was as foreign to Dong as the local music scene. Jack Lavin, a prominent Vancouver blues musician, walked into an empty Cottage Bistro ordered a beer and some prawns with chips, Dong recalls.
"Jack asked me if I would be interested in turning the place into a blues-music venue . . . I was excited but there was one problem . . . I did not know what blues was," the affable Dong says.
It didn't take long for Dong to fall in love with the sounds of the blues. Two months later, with Lavin's help, Cottage Bistro staged its first live blues act. "The place was jammed and I knew this was what I needed to do," says Dong, a father of two.
One year later, Dong staged a multi-day blues festival which has become a Vancouver music tradition, as much as Cottage Bistro's Saturday afternoon jazz sessions with local blues maestro Steve Kozac.
This year's Cottage Bistro Blues fest, the 12th, runs from Sept. 6 to Sept. 10 and will feature 30 artists.
"In a city with such a limited stock of available venues for performing artists, Cottage Bistro exemplifies the kind of dedicated proprietors that take up the slack," said Stuart Derdeyn, The Province's arts columnist.
As Cottage Bistro's reputation for live music grew, it began attracting the likes of Jeff Simmons, who played with Frank Zappa, Russell Jackson, who played bass with B.B. King, as well as locals such as Kenny Wayne, Joe Mavety, Yukon Slim and Grammy winner Donald Ray Johnson.
Dong now has a bigger dream to promote blues music in Vancouver.
"What we really need is a big outdoor Vancouver blues festival, like the jazz fest or the folk fest," says Dong, who together with local blues legend Jim Byrne and other musicians are working behind the scenes to persuade the City of Vancouver to allow the event.
"I want this to happen for the local blues musicians . . . they are very talented and this city can become a blues destination," Dong says.
While blues music is the mainstay of Cottage Bistro, Dong and his wife, Carrie, have also opened their stage to a variety of up-and-coming local musicians looking for a place to showcase their talent.
"We have jazz on Mondays, comedy nights and Sunday soul service," says Dong, a scotch whisky connoisseur who boasts one of the city's biggest single-malt collections.
Having trained as a chef, Dong has made the Cottage Bistro's menu as varied as the music onstage, offering everything from prime-rib burgers to spicy Szechwan Tofu to appeal to the eclectic Main Street crowd.
Local bluesman Jon Gale, whose band performs regularly at Cottage Bistro, sums up Dong's musical journey best: "Blues has been really good for Eugene, and Eugene has been really good for us."
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THE RENTIESVILLE BLUES FESTIVAL - number 20!! is on it's way, Sept 3, 4, and 5. There will be 30 bands on three stages, indoors and outside. 200 musicians will celebrate the OK - TX contribution to the blues along with 5 international headliners.

 Truly the most family friendly blues festival, children are free 12 and under. We keep them busy in the Kid's Village next to the back porch stage. Face painting, costumes free harmonicas and a lesson if they are there on Saturday nite. This is an all night event. 5 pm until 5 am. The outdoor stages go until midnight or 1 am on Saturday and then the field basically closes up. The indoor stage in the Juke Joint ,(adults only) however, goes on until 5 am in the tradition of the blues. $15/day for 15 bands each night. If it is hot remember that down in the country (no pavement) the temperature quickly drops after sunset. We call it the WORLD'S LARGEST BACKYARD PARTY!  D.C. was born and raised on this spot. After 30 years on the road performing with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, OV Wright, Freddie King and many others he returned with wife/bassist Selby and reopened his Grandma Lura's Cozy Corner as the Down Home Blues Club in 1988. D.C. did not want to farm the 5 acres out back and over the years he personally - with the help of many music-loving friends transformed the area into a festival site!! The first Festival was in 1991, and the OK Blues Hall of Fame was founded in 2003. D.C. passed away in 2008, and Selby and the Friends of Rentiesville Blues and many volunteers are KEEPING D.C.'s DREAMS ALIVE with the Hall of Fame and the Festival. Number 20 - awesome!!

Keeping D.C.'s Dreams Alive!

The 2nd Annual Pat Ramsey Big Bend Hospice Benefit Music Festival
Join us to support the Big Bend Hospice of Tallahassee in Pat Ramsey's honor. One of Pat's last wishes was to provide on-going support for the Hospice which helped him so much during his final days. Last year's event had a great turnout and raised over $5000 for the nonprofit organization. The funds are used to care for terminally ill patients regardless their ability to pay for the services. They cared for Pat with love as they do everyone, Please come on out and support local music for a good cause while having a whole bunch of fun !
The music lineup for the Pat Ramsey Big Bend Hospice Benefit Music Festival is excellent. The region's best known musicians and bands have all offered their services to support this cause. We're going to have two stages this year with the main stage under the oak trees, and a solo stage by the fire pit. THIS IS AN OUTSIDE EVENT & CHILDREN FRIENDLY .... with music by
1pm Cheap & Easy
2pm Swingin' Harpoon
3pm Harvest Gypsies
4pm Road House
5pm Major Bacon ( Blues Disciples Guitar player Dave Renson & Bass player Eloise Davis with their new band ,coming to town from New Orleans )
6pm Wiley Coyote Band
7pm Acme R&B
8pm JB Zydeco Zoo
10pm Blues Disciples All Star Jam with special guests Duane Wader (drums) , Rick Peraz (guitar) Choo Choo Charlie (slide guitar monster) Clyde Ramsey (Harp & Keys)
11:30pm Pepper Drive (with Steve Howell on drums )
2:45 pm Big Daddy
3:45 pm Drew Reid
4:45 pm Michael Brawer
5:45 pm Rick Perez
6:45 pm Steve Taff
7:45 pm Lori Kline 
20 dollars donation per person
30 dollars donation per couple
kids 12 & under FREE
There will be camping, RV space available, and plenty of parking !
Most all of these bands are from Tallahassee , I can't thank all the musicians enough for their support , they are all playing for free for this cause !
There will be silent auctions, raffles and a motorcycle poker run to help raise money. Lot's of great food & drink !
Now, we need donations for the silent auction and this is where you can help .
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If you'd like to donate to Big Bend Hospice in Pat Ramsey's name

Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival
On Friday & Saturday, August 20-21, delicious smoke-cooked barbequed meats, tasty desserts, family fun and live entertainment will take center stage during the City of Kennesaw's annual Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival.

The event features a non-sanctioned Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt and Peach Dessert Contest, as well as a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned Professional Contest, which is recognized as a Georgia State Championship Barbeque Cookoff. Over $14,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners. Besides food for sale, and free music from a number of local and national acts, festival goers will be treated to a large Kid Zone, unique vendor booths and sponsor exhibits.

Main Stage (Friday)
5:00pm - KenneSong Performances
5:30pm - Roger “Hurricane” Wilson (feat. Steve Gornall)
8:00pm - A1A – The Official & Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show
Blues Stage (Saturday)
11:00am - Tommy Keys (boogie/blues)
12:30pm - Steve Arvey (blues)
2:00pm - Microwave Dave & The Nukes (blues)
3:30pm - Roger "Hurricane" Wilson (blues)
5:00pm - Steve Gornall with Roger's Band (blues/rock)
6:00pm - All-Star Jam Session
Acoustic Stage (Saturday)
10:00am - Don Nichols (inspirational)
11:00am - Paul Porter (inspirational)
12:00pm - Tortoise and Hair (folk/eclectic)
1:00pm - TBA
2:00pm - Martha Ann Brooks (folk/Americana/blues)
Main Stage (Saturday)
10:00am - Music & Announcements feat. 97.1 The River
11:00am - Jeff Robbins (Mountain Music/Stories/Dance)
11:30am - Music & Announcements feat. 97.1 The River
2:00pm - Jeff Robbins (Mountain Music/Stories/Dance)
2:30pm - Music & Announcements feat. 97.1 The River
3:00pm - KenneSong Awards Presentation
4:00pm - BBQ Contest Awards Presentation & Announcements
5:00pm - The Folsom Prison Gang (Johnny Cash Tribute)

Waukesha BluesFest Set to Go - A Blues-Based Smorgasbord of Regional and National Talent and Local Artisans
Waukesha, WI – July 30, 2010 – The entertainment line-up for Waukesha BluesFest, August 13 & 14 at Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield, Wisconsin features 14 national regional and local blues acts, an art show and an exceptional dining experience from local restaurants.
“Once again this year we are excited to present one of the most unique festival line-ups in Southeastern Wisconsin,” said Bob Mittnacht, who manages the entertainment for Waukesha BluesFest.   “We have a great range of music to showcase, with Tommy Castro, a highly regarded guitar hero and soulful singer and Chris Duarte, a six-string, blues guitar wizard offering performance styles from Jimi Hendrix to B.B. King and everything in between.”  
The Tommy Castro Band, San Francisco-based blues/funk kings are the featured headliners for Friday night.  Born in San Jose, California in 1955, Castro first picked up a guitar at age 10 and he then came under the spell of Eric Clapton, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield and other blues rock players. Later, Castro moved forward by falling in love with the blues guitar work of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James and singers like Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and James Brown.  In 1991 he formed The Tommy Castro Band and subsequently won numerous Bay Area Music Awards. In the mid-1990s The Tommy Castro Band served as the house band for three seasons on NBC Television's Comedy Showcase, airing right after Saturday Night Live. Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer says "Tommy Castro has earned his huge and devoted fan-following the old-fashioned way, by delivering thousands of totally knockout live performances, coast to coast. The Tommy Castro Band is currently touring in support of their 2009 release Hard Believer. 
The Chris Duarte Group, featuring the guitar slinger from Atlanta, Georgia will headline the Saturday line-up.  Since emerging in the mid-1990s from Austin, Texas, a blues guitar hotbed, Duarte has forged new pathways for the blues. Lauded for the exquisite artistry and vivid tonality of his six-string work, over the last decade Duarte has also proven his considerable mettle as a songwriter, singer and bandleader.  Born in San Antonio, TX, Duarte moved to Austin, TX at the age of 16 and bought a ‘63 Fender Stratocaster for $500. He enjoyed a blues epiphany when he heard the then largely-unknown Stevie Ray Vaughan at Austin’s Continental Club.  “Blues was king in Austin,” Duarte recalls, and he soon earned a virtual PhD in the blues.  He was named “Best New Talent” in Guitar Player’s 1995 Reader's Poll, and finished fourth in the magazine’s “Best Blues Guitarist” category behind legends Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and B.B. King.  With a nine album discography under his belt, the Chris Duarte Group continues to play well over 200 dates a year across the U.S. and in countries abroad.
The entertainment line-up for Friday and Saturday night does not stop with these highly acclaimed musicians. On Friday, Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio will perform at 7:30 pm. Duke Tumatoe, started as a south side of Chicago blues-loving youth who went on to play with REO Speedwagon until he left in 1969.  He has been the leader of his own blues bands ever since including the All Star Frogs (1970 to 1983) and The Power Trio (1983 to present).   Friday’s line-up also includes performances by Andrew Gelles Band, South End Blues Band, Keith Weisling Group, Maple Road and Matt Tyner.
On Saturday, additional performances include Shane Dwight, a fresh and highly acclaimed guitarist originally from San Jose, CA and now living in Nashville, who will hit the stage at 7:30 pm. Shane’s energetic performances have made him a regular at blues festivals across the country and a repeat performer on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruises.  He has also appeared twice as a featured guest on the nationally syndicated House of Blues Radio Hour. Samuel James, a unique resonator-top acoustic slide guitarist will perform at 6 pm featuring Louisiana style delta blues songs from his latest album For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen which has been a fixture on the blues charts since its 2009 release. Also on Saturday’s bill are Alex Wilson, The Danny Miller Band, The Delta Jets (who in addition to their stage performance will play throughout the afternoon in the audience between sets) and Serious Trouble.
Waukesha BluesFest, “An American Music and Art Festival,” is in its fourth year and is held at Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield, 1/2 mile north of I-94 on STH 83.  Gates will open at 12:30 pm both days, and live music acts will perform from 1 pm to 10:30 pm.
The Restaurants:  There won’t be a shortage of variety for hungry blues fans with the exceptional selection of food from Weissgerber’s Seven Seas and Gasthaus restaurants and the Café Esperanza.   Ala carte and full menus will be offered.  A full selection of beverages will be available.
Along with great music, food and beverages, Waukesha BluesFest also includes an Art Show featuring 13 talented and local artists representing a broad variety of affordable art.   The Artists: Michelle Kobriger-jewelry, Waukesha; Lynn Gaffey-fused glass, Waukesha; Al Benedict-sculpture, Whitewater, Connie Pelzek-mixed media, Hales Corners; Gene Goetz-wood, Waukesha; Ryan Peters-ceramics, Waukesha; Susan Tobias-jewelry, Hartland; Neil Zimmerman-photography, Oconomowoc; Craig Scotland-photography,  Texas; Mary Wyatt-painting, Waukesha; June Kilgren-sculpture, Waukesha; Don Priewe-sculpture, Harford.
Major sponsors include the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel / JS Online, the Waukesha law firm of Cramer, Multhauf & Hammes, LLP, Clear Channel Outdoor and Time Warner Cable.
Admission prices will remain the same once again this year.  In advance, a single-day pass will cost $15 and a two-day pass will cost $27 through August 12, 2010.  At the gate admission will be $19 for a single-day pass and $34 for a two-day pass.  Special rates are also available for groups of 10 or more.  Parking and taxes are included with the admission price.  Tickets are on sale on-line at  Tickets are also available by mail and at a number of local area businesses.  Proceeds from the event will be distributed by the Waukesha Rotary Club Charitable Fund to local charities and civic projects.
For additional information on the event visit, email, or call 1-800-366-1961.

Stony Plain Records
Stony Plain Records announces a September 28 release date for multiple Grammy and Blues Music Award-winner Joe Louis Walker’s new CD, Blues Conspiracy: Live on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, featuring special guests Johnny Winter, Duke Robillard, Tommy Castro, Kenny Neal, Tab Benoit and a host of other blues all-stars. Stony Plain Records is distributed in the U.S. by ADA.   
Recorded live during the most recent Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise earlier this year,
Blues Conspiracy follows on the heels of Walker’s Between a Rock and the Blues CD, which won the coveted “Album of the Year” at the Blues Music Awards in May. Joe also recently won the 2010 Living Blues magazine Critics’ Poll as “Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar).”
The truly inspired performances captured on Blues Conspiracy: Live on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise showcase a wide assortment of songs originating from his debut 1987 release, Cold Is the Night (“Ten More Shows to Play”) and its critically-acclaimed follow-up, The Gift (“747”); to four tracks from his last two albums, Witness to the Blues (“Sugar Mama” and “It’s a Shame”) and Between a Rock and the Blues (“Eyes Like a Cat” and “Tell Me Why”).
Among its many highlights, the CD boasts some truly magical pairings, as on “Ain’t that Cold,” where Walker and the great Johnny Winter trade some amazing energized guitar licks; the soul-drenched ballad, “You’re Gonna Make Me Cry,” with Walker, Curtis Salgado and Mike Finnigan’s earth-shaking vocal testifying; the jumping “Eyes Like a Cat,” with Tommy Castro, Tom Poole, Joanna Bogart and Keith Crossan taking that song to new heights; and the Windy City classic, “Born in Chicago,” where Walker is joined by harmonica whiz Jason Ricci and guitarists Nick Moss and Paris Slim for a Southside showdown that just won’t let up.    
“I would like to thank all the great musicians involved in this project for giving their heart, soul and talent to this collaboration,” says Walker. “This was not about money, ego and so called fame. It was about the music. For me, it was the completion of two of my earlier projects: the first was Live At Slims Vol. 1 & 2; and the second was Great Guitars. Many times I’ve been asked if, and when, I would reprise these projects. Well, here it is. I do believe this is a continuation of what I started. As you can see, these artists are a mixture of ages and styles. The one thread running through us all is the blues. For all the fans of live music, what you hear on this CD is what the audience heard at the performances. There are no enhancements or overdubs. In other words, what you hear is what it was and what it is. What a tribute to the quality of all the wonderful musicians involved.”
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The Jimmy Wolf Band will host the Mohawk Valley Blues Society’s August jam session on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m.
The jam will be held at the Electric Company on Varick Street in Utica.

The band will kick-off the evening with a set, with jammers from the blues society and special guests performing throughout the evening. Admission is $1 for Mohawk Valley Blues Society members who show their membership card and $3 for nonmembers. Anyone wishing to join the blues society can do so at the door or online at

From Rome, Wolf has backed up and toured with Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, Larry “Texas Flood” Davis, Jeff Healy and Bill Doggett. He was invited to Washington, D.C., to perform at the grand opening of the National Museum of the American Indian and has shared stages with Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Albert King, Albert Collins, Johnny Copland, Millie Jackson and “Little” Johnny Taylor.
Wolf lived in Memphis for five years in the 1990s playing, jamming and recording with Donald “Duck” Dunn, “Little” Jimmy King and Preston Shannon and the Hi-Rhythm Section. He played Handy Park as a sideman with Levi Williams’ Low-End Blues Band. Wolf also fronted his own band with Jerome Miller on drums and Harry Bridgewater on bass.

More recently, Wolf, who is of Native American decent — Turtle Clan, Mohawk Nation — has gotten quite a bit of notice in the Native American music scene, being twice nominated for Best Blues Release in the 1999 and 2000 Native American Music Awards. He won the Best Blues Recording at the Native American Music Awards in October 2008. Wolf was also recently nominated for a Syracuse Area Music Award — the SAMMY — as Best Blues Guitarist.

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 Stanley Dural Jr. played keyboards for soul bands, until he got a gig with Louisiana legend Clifton Chenier.  He promptly picked up an accordion and has been Buckwheat Zydeco ever since.  He sits down with Elwood to talk about his musical journey, and play music from his CD, LAY YOUR BURDEN DOWN.  We will also hear Clifton Chenier, the swamp rock of JJ Grey, and brand new music from Swedish guitar player and songwriter, Anders Osborne, who now calls New Orleans his home.
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Magic City Blues
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Libby, Montana, U.S.
Navaosta Blues Fest
August 13-14, 2010

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Caledonia, Michigan, U.S.
Heritage Music BluesFest
August 13-15, 2010

Wheeling, WV, U.S.
Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival
August 13-15, 2010

Salmon Arm, BC, Canada
Snowshoe Mountain's Blues, Brews and BBQ
August 13-15, 2010

Snowshoe, WV, U.S.
Bayfront Blues Festival
August 13-15, 2010

Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
Fire on the Mountain Sonora Blues Festival
August 14, 2010

Sonora, California, U.S.
Bronze Blues & Brews
August 14, 2010
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Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival
August 14, 2010

Burnabyh, BC, Canada
Norwalk Reggae & Blues Festival
August 14, 2010

Norwalk, CT, U.S.
Art & Soul Oakland
August 14-15, 2010

Oakland, California, U.S.
Mile High Music Festival
August 14-15, 2010

Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Big Bull Falls Blues Fest
August 19-21, 2010

Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.
Chenango Blues Fest
August 20-21, 2010

Norwich, New York, U.S.
Pigs and Peaches BBQ Festival
August 20-21, 2010

Kennesaw, Georgia, U.S.
Madison Ribberfest BBQ BLUES & BALLOONS
August 20-21, 2010

Madison, Indiana, U.S.
Rollin' on the River Blues Festival
August 20-21, 2010

Keokuk, Iowa, U.S.
Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival
August 20-22, 2010

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
White Mountain Boogie and Blues Festival
August 20-22, 2010

Thornton, New Hampshire, U.S.
Georgia Bluesfest 2010
August 21, 2010

Dahlonega, Georgia, U.S.
5th Annual LaPorte Firefighter Blues Festival
August 21, 2010

La Porte, IN, U.S.
Brew Thru's Bluez'n Brewz Festival
August 21, 2010

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, U.S.
Ohio City Blues Fest
August 21, 2010

Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
BluesNBrews Festival
August 21, 2010

Westford, Massachusetts, U.S.
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