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August 20, 2010 Volume # 5  Issue #33

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"The Lost Atlanta Tapes" documents a live performance by Piano Red at the Excelsior Mill in 1984 and stands as his final recording. Of the eighteen cuts, eight are recorded by the artist for the first time. Michael Reeves, who managed the venue, has held onto the
tapes for 26 years and only this summer decided to release them. Reeves, who currently co-owns Smith's Olde Bar and Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q, was joined in the effort by Atlanta writer and producer David Fulmer. The CD is being released by Landslide Records,
joining a catalog that includes Widespread Panic, Colonel Bruce Hampton, and other Southern artists.

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HARMONICA BLUES celebrates forty years since Bob Corritore first picked up a harp. He maximized his early proximity to the 1970s Chicago Blues scene, befriending and learning from masters Louis Myers, Eddie Taylor, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Little Willie Anderson, Big Leon Brooks, Lester Davenport, Big Smokey Smothers, Little Mack Simmons, and others. Since relocating to Phoenix, Arizona in 1981, Bob has been prolific as a player, producer, radio personality since ‘84, and owner of the renowned Rhythm Room with which he’s been associated for nineteen years now. In 1999 his debut CD ALL-STAR BLUES SESSIONS was issued, an impressive selection of his productions and his own playing. Two years later the anthology RHYTHM ROOM BLUES confirmed his taste and the quality of his associates. Since the release of ALL-STAR BLUES SESSIONS, Bob has built on that illustrious foundation, contributing his authoritative harp to about forty releases.
Now the hard work, dedication, love and talent through which Bob has built a remarkable life and career in the Blues are brought to bear on HARMONICA BLUES, fifteen diverse but uniformly rewarding tracks featuring his harp and production, and a virtual Who’s Who of traditional Blues recorded between 1989 and 2009. A listen, or just a glance at the credits, makes it clear how well Bob is able to recruit stellar Blues players, then combine and accompany them in ways that bring the best out of the featured artist. Lockwood’s emphatic and only recording of “That’s All Right,” the Blues classic which he reputedly wrote, is a historic and musical highlight. Koko Taylor, Eddie Shaw, Eddy Clearwater, Henry Gray, Pinetop Perkins, Honeyboy Edwards and Little Milton are other leaders with deep Chicago roots, while Eddie Taylor Jr., Bob Stroger, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Chico Chism, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, Bob Riedy and Jon Hiller contribute as sidemen. But HARMONICA BLUES encompasses far more than Bob’s Chicago background, thanks to the likes of Louisiana Red, Dave Riley, Nappy Brown, Big Pete Pearson, Tomcat Courtney, Chief Schiabutte Gilliame and Carol Fran, and accompanists including Bob Margolin, Kid Ramos, Buddy Reed, David Maxwell and others including some Rhythm Room stalwarts.
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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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The Blues Foundation, the international organization dedicated to the past, present and future of blues music, has completed its election of its Board of Directors and officers, selecting ten individuals to join the 25-person Board.  Board members help to develop the vision for The Blues Foundation and acquire the resources to implement those plans. These new members join the board as The Blues Foundation investigates the possibility of a permanent home in downtown Memphis, to centralize the Foundation's educational, audio-visual and retail activities, in addition to housing staff and operations. The new board members will contribute their respective expertise in finance, marketing, consulting and development to the Foundation's efforts through 2012.
Five new members join the Board: Kathy Bolmer, KB Behavioral Healthcare, Franklin, TN; Ron Partain, Consulting Services Group, Germantown, TN; Hugh Southard, Blue Mountain Artists; Charlotte, NC; Eric Steiner, Washington Blues Society; Edmonds, WA; and Bob Trenchard, Jr., Catfood Records, El Paso, TX.
Five board members were re-elected; Gary Anton, Jostein Forsberg, Zac Harmon, Jerry "Boogie" Mason and Bill Wax. All recently-elected members will begin three-year terms on September 1, 2010.
Following the Board election, the new Board selected the following Board members to leadership positions, who will serve for one year each: President Bill Wax, Program Director of B.B. King's Bluesville on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and Vice President Eric Simonsen, a retired corporate executive and financial officer.
Additional members of the Executive Committee include: Memphis Convention and Visitor's Bureau CEO Kevin Kane, Jackson, MS performer Dorothy Moore, and Gary Anton, a Tallahassee, FL attorney and owner of Bradfordville Blues Club, In addition, Clay Purdom, an attorney with the Memphis law firm of Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, is the Treasurer.
The newly-elected members and officers join fellow Board members Phil Barkett III, Steve Bryson, Thomas Cain, Tom Jones, Kevin Kane, Stefan Levy, Jerry Mason, Dorothy Moore, Gaynell Rogers, Thomas Ruf, Joey Sichting, Ricky Stevens, Cassie Taylor, Laurie Tucker and C. Sade Turnipseed. 
In speaking about being elected as the new Board President, Bill Wax said "First let me thank the past two Board Presidents, Paul Benjamin and Pat Morgan for leaving the Foundation in such good shape.  I hope over the next 12 months we can begin to make real the dream of a permanent home for the Foundation as well as get the word out about our partnership with Sound Healthcare to help more folks in the blues get health coverage."
Executive Director Jay Sieleman added "This is a stellar group with directors elected from the blues music community and the business, finance and marketing worlds.  They all share a love for blues music and a commitment to aid The Blues Foundation going forward.
This past year, the Foundation celebrated the 31st annual Blues Music Awards and the 26th anniversary of the International Blues Challenge. They also announced two new programs to further assist blues musicians and those making their careers within the blues music community. Sound Healthcare offers musicians health insurance access and Generation Blues allows scholarships for youth under the age of 25 to study their instrument of choice at reputable camps, seminars and workshop programs. 
The following Board members will be concluding their Board service this month Pat Morgan, Betsie Brown, and Karen McFarland.

Blues Music on Tap Aboard the Alaska Railroad
Alaska Railroad hosts annual Blues Train to Seward
Blues band Champagne and Temporary Saint will play a live concert onboard the Alaska Railroad providing a complementing soundtrack to the scenic Chugach Forest, passing glaciers and wildlife. The special Blues Train is a tour package from the Alaska Railroad and Blues Central that runs from Anchorage to Seward on Sept. 18 and kicks off a blues weekend of dancing and dining.
Each year the Alaska Railroad wraps up its summer passenger season by partnering with Blues Central to host a music-inspired weekend onboard the train and continued in Seward. The roundtrip event begins in Anchorage at 1 p.m. delivering guests in style aboard the Alaska Railroad to Seward where the festivities continue at The Pit bar. The train returns to Anchorage on Sunday.
"It's just a fun way to unwind after a long summer," said Susie Kiger, Alaska Railroad Director of Passenger Sales and Marketing. "It's one of our most popular specialty trains with riders looking for a weekend getaway. This trip allows them to enjoy the fall colors on the scenic route between Anchorage and Seward. You don't have to be just a blues fanatic to enjoy this festive weekend."
The railroad package includes roundtrip transportation on the Alaska Railroad, an overnight stay in Seward, complimentary shuttle to participating venues, admission to live entertainment and an outdoor BBQ at The Pit. The cost is $249 per person based on double occupancy and guests must be 21 years of age or older.
For more information visit Tickets are available by calling (907) 265-2494.
The Alaska Railroad provides year-round passenger train service for a number of communities across Alaska. With summer and winter service, passenger trains run from Seward to Fairbanks.

2nd Annual Vermont Blues Festival
Mount Snow Ski Area
August 27, 28 & 29, 2010
The 2nd Annual Vermont Blues Festival slated for August 27, 28 and 29 at beautiful Mount Snow Ski Area in Southern Vermont, produced by the Mount Snow Ski Area and the  management team of the Pocono Blues Festival, which for 19 years consistently is the biggest blues festival on the East Coast.
This year’s lineup features 13 national acts performing over the three day period on two stages headlining Grammy Award winner Johnny Winter, Marcia Ball, Kenny Neal, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Joe Louis Walker, Ruthie Foster, Ryan Shaw, Teeny Tucker, Big James Montgomery, Andrew Jr Boy Jones, Alexis P Suter, James Armstrong, Paul Rishell and Annie Raines.
The location is four hours from New York City and two and a half hours from Boston, Massachusetts. Last year’s event attracted blues fans from 15 states. There is plenty of free parking, scenic chairlift rides and many southern soul food outlets. Plenty of onsite and nearby lodging and camping. Save up to 30% on advance tickets until August 24 by going to The combination of the picturesque setting, national artists that rarely perform in new England and the talented staff that welcome festival goers from 15 states are the main reasons why you should put this event on your calendar.
“The First Vermont Blues Festival’s execution was nearly flawless. Expect this event to be a staple in the national blues festival scene for many years to come.” David &
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Stephen King takes shining to Toronto blues singer - When Nicole Christian was in Grade 5 in Rochester, N.Y., her teacher asked the students to write a letter to their hero. Christian chose horror writer Stephen King, whose books she was devouring.
“My teacher was a little miffed,” Christian says. “Everybody else was writing to world leaders and presidents.”
Remarkably, King wrote back. He thanked her “for taking the time to enjoy my work.” Christian had the letter framed and it hung in her bedroom until she left home at age 18 for the University of Toronto to study the concert flute.
Now married and living in Toronto, the 28-year-old works as a waitress in the Beaches while pursuing a career as a blues singer and songwriter. She performs around Toronto in a group called Nicole Christian and the Caravan.
A few months ago she once again wrote to King, although she felt sure he would not respond to her new request: She wanted to use his words.
A self-described “huge Stephen King fan,” Christian has read most of King’s 50-plus books, many repeatedly. “I read It, which is about 1,200 pages, every couple of years,” she says. Another favourite is Bag of Bones. “It has no cover, like a lot of my King books, because they’ve all been dragged over hell and earth.”
A central character in Bag of Bones is a blues singer who was murdered in the 1920s. King wrote some song lyrics in the book. “He would write a line and maybe 50 pages later another line, but there isn’t a complete song by him,” Christian says.
A few years ago, she got the idea to take what King had written, add her own lyrics and melody, and create a song. It took her two years to come up with the melody, which came to her one night this year while re-reading the book at a Pizza Pizza.
By May, as she was starting to work on a new CD, her third self-produced collection, she was ready to record the King-inspired song, which she called “Barn Dance.”
Then it dawned on her that she was likely violating King’s copyright. “I’d say the lyrics are 60 to 70 per cent Stephen King,” she says.
Christian searched the Internet for a way to contact King, a task that proved difficult. She finally sent a message through A day later, Marsha DeFilippo, King’s assistant, replied saying that the request had been forwarded to “Steve.”
Buoyed by the quick reply, Christian began recording the song. By late June, with her money already spent laying down tracks in the studio, Christian had not heard back.
She posted another message on the fan site (it doesn’t allow direct email contact to DeFilippo) repeating her request. Once again she received an answer within 24 hours. This time, however, it came from her hero.
“She can use the words, but I don’t get the sole credit,” King wrote via DeFilippo. “She and I share, with her name first. Steve.” He didn’t request any financial compensation.
“I flipped out when I saw that,” says Christian. “All my life I grew up wanting to be a writer and now I can put on my resume that I’ve co-written a song (which can be heard here) with Stephen King!”
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WRFG’s 25th Annual Labor Day Blues Barbecue
Atlanta, Ga. – WRFG’s 25th Annual Labor Day Blues Barbecue – the premier fundraiser for Atlanta’s only community radio station – will be on Monday, September 6, at the Park Tavern, located at 500 10th Street.
Michigan based Motor City Josh and the Big 3 will headline the event. This year’s honoree is Georgia bluesman Roy Lee Johnson, who wrote Mr. Moonlight which was covered by the Beatles on their Beatles ’65 album. Also appearing will be Little Brother Jones, the Liz Melendez Band, the Tony Bryant Band and the Breeze Kings.
Barbecue will be available throughout the day from Fat Matt’s Rib Shack.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the music starts at 1:00 p.m. This family-friendly fundraiser for WRFG/89.3 FM is supported in part by the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs, and funding provided in part by the Fulton County Commission, under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.
$15 donation at the door, children 12 and under are free. Advance tickets available now for $12 at For more information, please call 404-523-3471.

Papa J. W/Kofi Baker, Fran-Banish, Doug Lunn, The Alastair Greene Band, The Glenn Patrik Band, Oozie Blues, The Flames, and The P-Cats.
Great Food, Drink and Music. Children under 10 get in Free. 25% of all net proceeds will go to Saint Joseph's Hospital of Orange Cancer Prevention and Treatment Center.
Tickets Available at the Olde Ship in Both Fullerton and Santa Ana Pubs, Also through Band Web Sites 

Finalists Announced in 10th Annual Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands
PRNewswire/ -- Eight of the best rock bands from top companies across the country have advanced to the finals of the 10th Annual Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands. The national competition is in search of the best amateur, company-sponsored bands, with the goal of promoting the benefits of making music, which have been shown to increase employee morale and productivity in the workplace. The eight qualifying bands will take the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 1 - 2, and have the opportunity to earn the title of best corporate band in the U.S. Proceeds will benefit the Rock Hall's award-winning education programs
Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands is collaboration between the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), Fortune magazine and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Gibson and Air Products also sponsor the competition, the proceeds of which benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's educational programs.
"The 10th annual Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands illustrates how playing music remains a significant part of people's lives," said Joe Lamond, NAMM president and CEO. "While dreams of touring around the country in an old van may have been replaced with work and family responsibilities, these bands are showing everyone how playing music with friends at work is guaranteed fun. And more Fortune 500 companies are finding that what's good for their employees is also good for business."
Selected from more than 30 qualified entries, the best 16 bands from across the country were chosen to participate in one of two semi-final regional competitions, and in the end, eight top finalists were selected by a panel of judges to compete for the title of Fortune magazine's best corporate band.
The eight finalists of the 10th Annual Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands include:
"D7" from Allied World Assurance Company – Farmington, Conn.
"D7" is made up of five employees of Allied World Assurance Company. Formed more than four years ago during a company summer outing, the band quickly became a big hit and continues to play company gigs!
"Pete Dale & The Dealmakers" from BTI Systems (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
Pete Dale and the Dealmakers are employees of BTI Systems, a privately funded telecom systems supplier located in Ottawa, Ontario. A one-time gig at last year's corporate sales conference has led this blues-influenced, classic rock band to the finals of the Hall of Fame's 2010 Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands.
"Shale Play" from Chesapeake Energy – Oklahoma City, Okla.
An Oklahoma City-based band, Shaleplay is an eclectic mix of pop and rock. Made up of 100% Chesapeake Energy employees, their music features powerful vocals with confidently executed instrumentation.
"DaVita Blues All Stars" from DaVita – Brentwood, Tenn.
The DaVita Blues All Stars comprises 11 DaVita employees (called "teammates" at DaVita) representing work functions across all parts of the company (collectively called the DaVita "Village"). Formed in 2000, the All Stars have been dedicated to entertaining the DaVita Village with a blend of funk, country and rock and roll.
"Unrestricted Entity" from Deloitte Consulting (New York, NY)
What do you get when you put music and corporate America side by side? Clash of the Titans? Maybe. Passion? Definitely. Yin meets yang? Possibly. At Deloitte Consulting, an eclectic mix of exceptionally talented professionals from the Northeast puts their own unique stamp on the concept of a corporate band. Not exactly the Beatles, and not yet old enough to be a Rolling Stones, they call themselves Unrestricted Entity.  
"The Nuisance" from Hinshaw & Culbertson (Chicago, Ill.)
Made up of four lawyers from Hinshaw & Culbertson, "The Nuisance" is a modern rock band that plays a blend of original music and cover tunes. In 2009, the Nuisance recorded its first demo, which includes two original songs - Away in My Mind and Politician. 
"Title 14" from GE Aviation – Hamilton, Ohio
Title14 was formed in 2003 to participate in a band competition within the GE Aviation Engineering Division. From that performance, the idea was formed to reach out to those in the community who could use a little fun and excitement. The 12 member band plays a wide range of instruments including; guitars, keyboards, percussion, and a large brass section. The varied musical interests of the individual members influence the band song selection which ranges from rock to jazz, blues to heavy metal.  
"Underpaid" from iTelligence (Cincinnati, Ohio)
iTelligence SAP Application Consultant, Brian Widrig, formed "Underpaid" in the winter of 2007. The 5-member band plays at company gatherings, as well as various gigs in Ohio. The band's main interest is to just play music, and as they don't want to be paid, they selected the name Underpaid.
About NAMM
The National Association of Music Merchants, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization's popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion global musical instruments and products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of more than 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM, interested parties can visit or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).

OZZIE TO TRY BLUES? - Ozzy Osbourne may be the prince of the heavy metal fiefdom, but the legendary singer recently told the folks at VH1 that he would like to flex his creative muscles and perhaps record something that's not metal. While that may seem shocking, since his name is practically synonymous with metal, it might do the former Black Sabbath frontman some good to try something new.
"Being Ozzy Osbourne is great, I mean it's been wonderful being the singer of Black Sabbath, having all those hits through Sabbath and then on my solo career is one thing," Osbourne admitted, "But then if I want to do anything branching away from the heavy stuff, people will go, 'Oh, he's sold out. Oh, he's not doing it. Oh, he's singing a love song. Oh, he's singing about the ...' or whatever."
Osbourne also said he'd like to form a fake band in order to be able to expand his creative horizons. He commented, "I would like to form a fictitious band just to make a different record but it's the time it would take. I mean, it takes me all my time just to do an Ozzy record. But I would dearly like to get a mini-supergroup together. Nothing like heavy rock, like a bluesy vibe."
Ozzy Osbourne does the blues? I can just hear it now. While these may be wistful Ozzy daydreams, metal fans shouldn't get their knickers in a knot over this news, as he'll be touring in support of 'Scream' for the next year, starting with this month's rebooted Ozzfest.

Fears for future of De Valence Pavilion, Tenby
IT HAS played host to Cerys Matthews and the cream of British folk and blues music but a major cultural landmark could be lost forever.
The De Valence Pavilion, in the seaside town of Tenby has been put on the market a month after the trust set up to run it went into liquidation.
There are fears the next owners or leaseholders could apply for change of use, ending the long tradition of entertainment at the pavilion.
Tenby Town Council, which owns the building, last night said no decision has yet been made to sell or redevelop the building.
The pavilion was taken back under public control by the town council, which said the facility was in a “financial black hole”.
Tenders of interest are now being invited to take over the pavilion, either on a leasehold or freehold basis.
Applicants should submit outline proposals to run the facility, which includes offices, a cafe, the dance and function hall, and a meeting room and bar, currently used as the mayor’s parlour.
The deadline is September 24. The submissions will be considered by Tenby Town Council and a shortlist of applicants drawn up.
Property agents Birt and Co said the pavilion could be put to a number of uses.
“The De Valence is a well located facility within the town walls and could be put to a number of uses, either to continue as an events venue, an attraction such as a museum or exhibition hall, or other ideas to be put forward as part of the initial submission,” a spokesman said.
Tenby mayor Julie Evans said the council was exploring all options for the future use of the building.
“At this stage we are seeking expressions of interest in the use of the building,” she said. “This does not mean that any decision has been made to sell or redevelop the building.”
“The council is firmly of the view that the De Valence is an important community asset and the public will be consulted on future proposals.”
Following the pavilion’s closure last month, this year’s Tenby Arts Festival and Tenby Blues Festival had to find alternative accommodation.
Blues festival organiser Chris Osborne said the pavilion was a key venue in West Wales and has played an important role in establishing Tenby as a cultural destination. Artists who have played at the event include The Animals, Eddie Martin, Ian Sergal, The Revelators and Nine Below Zero.
Tenby Blues Festival, set up four years ago, is a fixture on the UK blues calendar. It had booked the pavilion for the November event.
“Without the pavilion, or an alternative venue with a similar capacity we cannot secure bookings for big name acts,” Mr Osborne said. “The council has said it wants to retain the pavilion as a community asset but I can’t believe that it is discussing selling it in the same breath.
“Unfortunately it could be a case of money will do the talking here but we feel that it is absolutely crucial that Tenby has this kind of facility, and if not this one then another like it.
“Unfortunately as event organisers we are left in a catch-22 situation where we cannot now expand events like the blues festival.
“There is no way we can afford to pay big name acts unless we can accommodate the people who pay for tickets. And without big names we attract fewer people.”
Festival artistic director Declan Connolly said the venue was an important one for Tenby. “It would obviously be a great shame if Tenby were to lose the De Valence as a prominent arts and music venue. Let’s hope everything will be done to secure its use as such.”


Join Us August 27 – 29, 2010!

The 2010 Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest is scheduled for Aug. 27 – 29, 2010 at Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater in Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno, Nev.
We’re celebrating our 6th year as the Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest with three eveings of all the blues you can handle.
Annually, the Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest celebrates the history, culture and spirit of the blues with a multi-day festival attracting audiences from around the country to hear some of the biggest names in blues. The event’s mission is to support music education for youth in the Reno-Tahoe area through a scholarship program and ongoing assistance for school music equipment purchases and jazz band programs.
Featured Artist's
  • Tia Carroll
  • Ronnie Baker Brooks
  • Floyd Taylor
  • Ms. Jody
  • Chick Willis
  • Barbara Carr
  • Zac Harmon
  • Alabama Mike
    & The 3rd Degree
  • Miss E.C. Scott
  • MC Larry La La
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Join thousands of Sarasota music fans as they gather at Ed Smith Stadium Complex , November 6th for the 20th Annual Sarasota Blues Fest. Bring your Blankets & Lawn Chairs for Festival Seating.
Elvin Bishop, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Tommy Castro Band, Moreland & Arbuckle, Jake Haldenwang and More TBA
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Proceeds to Benefit All Faiths Food Bank

Seagal: Blues legends ‘praise me’
WENN.COM - Action man Steven Seagal has lashed out at critics of his music, insisting blues greats like B.B. King and Albert Collins have given him reason to believe he's good at what he does.
The Under Siege star has been ridiculed for playing the blues but he's not planning to put down his guitar anytime soon - especially after earning praise from his musical heroes.
Seagal tells Hustler magazine, "I've played with the greatest blues masters and legends of our time. They love, respect and praise me. That should mean f**king something.
"I've shared the stage with Albert Collins, Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown and B.B. King and they say I belong there... I really don't give a f**k (about the critics)."

Chicago, IL - Chris Harper & Dave Katzman are proud to announce the launch of their new Chicago-based blues label SWISSISSIPPI RECORDS on SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 with three new releases:  SWISSISSIPPI CHRIS HARPER "Four Aces and a Harp" (also featuring JIMMY BURNS, JOHN PRIMER, WILLIE "BIG EYES" SMITH AND BOB STROGER),   ROB BLAINE's "Big Otis Blues" and
PEACHES STATEN "Live At Legends".
Swississippi Records represents a hybrid name, adventurous concept and intense advocacy for a classic sound. CEO Chris Harper and General Manager Dave Katzman see their company as a bold 21st century venture designed to utilize state-of-the-art technology and business acumen on behalf of the blues, a music whose roots and lyrical vision continues to inspire fans and performers around the world. (CEO Harper performs/records under the moniker "Swississippi" Chris Harper).

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The Mississippi Sheiks:
You may not know the Mississippi Sheiks, but blues musicians sure do. These 1930’s blues pioneers gave us “Sittin’ On Top of the World,” “Things About Comin’ My Way,” and many more American standards. Guest Steve Dawson is producer of and player on THINGS ABOUT COMIN’ MY WAY, a new CD, and live-performance DVD-- a tribute to the Sheiks, with John Hammond, Geoff Muldaur, Madeleine Peyroux, John Hammond, the North Mississippi All Stars, and more. They will be played. Plus, the Sheiks done up by Howlin’ Wolf, Cream, and Jack White. Also: new music from Toronto blues diva, Shakura S'Aida. And a shot for you to win one of three Labor Day prize packages for free admission to a Blues Festival. You can also register on our contest page to win cool blues t-shirts from a brand new website, bluescentric dot com.
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Over 500 festivals are listed on the website
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.
Foradafest 2010
August 20-21, 2010

Alexandria, MN, 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.
Hot August Blues
August 21, 2010

Cockeysville, Maryland, U.S.
Potlatch Blues Fest
August 21, 2010

Potlatch, Idaho, U.S.
A Case of the Blues and All That Jazz
August 21, 2010

Yakima, WA, U.S.
Big Dave's Blues A Que
August 21, 2010

Cocoa Beach, Florida, U.S.
Shenandoah Summer Blues Fest
August 21, 2010

Staunton, Virginia, U.S.
9th Annual Blues'N'Brews Festival
August 21, 2010

Westford, MA, U.S.
Marshfield Music Festivals
August 21-22, 2010

Marshfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Bean Blossom Blues Fest
August 26-28, 2010

Nashville, Indiana, U.S.
August 26-29, 2010

Sierre, Valais, Switzerland
The Foothills Blues & Arts Festival
August 27-28, 2010

Pomeroy, Ohio, U.S.
Mendocino Acoustic Blues Workshop
August 27-28, 2010

Mendocino, California, U.S.
Ozarks Music Fest
August 27-28, 2010

Springfield, Missouri, U.S.
(Ge)Varenwinkel Blues & Roots Festival
August 27-28, 2010

Herselt, Antwerp, Belgium
Saint Louis Bluesweek Festival
August 27-28, 2010

St. Louis, Missouri , U.S.
The Vermont Blues Festival
August 27-29, 2010

West Dover, Vermont, U.S.
Trinidaddio Blues Fest XII
August 28, 2010

Trinidad, Colorado
RBA Publishing Inc is based in Reno, NV with a satellite office in Beverly Hills, Florida. We produce the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine (now in its 7th year), the top-ranking website:, and this weekly blues newsletter: The Blues Festival E-Guide with approximately 20,000 weekly subscribers. We look forward to your suggestions, critiques, questions, etc.

Reach the E-Guide editor, Gordon Bulcock,

or contact our home office at 775-337-8626,

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Information - both editorial and advertising - in the Blues Festival E-Guide - is believed to be correct but not guaranteed - so check it carefully before you attend any event or send money for anything. We do not write the news... just report it.
Blues Festival E-Guide • PO Box 50635 • Reno, NV 89503
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