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September 17, 2010 Volume # 5  Issue #37

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Music has been Robin Rogers' consuming passion ever since her days as a teenaged street singer. Possessing a deeply expressive and soulful voice and an infectious enthusiasm for the blues, her Blind Pig debut, Treat Me Right, opened a lot of eyes and ears to Robin’s expansive talents. Among other accolades, Robin was the recipient of the Blues Blast Award for “Best Female Artist” of 2009. With Back In The Fire. she fulfills the promise of that first Blind Pig release, revealing herself as an accomplished artist of rare polish and originality.
Robin opens Back in the Fire with a song she co-wrote with her husband and guitarist Tony Rogers. “Baby Bye-Bye” is a barn burning vocal tour de force that sets the standard for all that follows. Varying mood and tempo, Robin and her band effortlessly move from the soulful balladry of “Need Your Love So Bad” (featuring a tasty solo by special guest Bob Margolin), through the bouncy, Louisiana feeling of “I Know I Done Wrong” to the heartfelt and hard won wisdom of the concluding “What We Are Worth.”
Robin’s journey hasn’t always been an easy one, but her resiliency informs her raw talent with rare power and emotional maturity. About Back in The Fire, Robin says, “I hope the listener picks up on the rawness and sparseness of this album. I wanted it to sound a bit looser than our last record. Our main objective was to be able to reproduce each and every song here in a live setting without any limitations. I think we achieved that. I'm extremely thrilled and excited about our latest effort. These songs come from the heart and every day is full of inspiration. It's everywhere!"
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 Robin Rogers benefit has moved to a larger venue.
The benefit for singer Robin Rogers, originally announced as taking place at the Double Door in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been moved to a larger venue, Amos’ Southend.    The move from a 200 seat venue to one holding more than 1,300 people was deemed necessary by organizers Jim Brock and Scott Cable because of the overwhelming response by fans and the blues community to the news of her devastating illness.  A large turnout is expected, as many people have expressed a desire to help and support the artist and her music partner, husband Tony.  The date of the event remains the same, Sunday October 24th, and features performances by Jim Brock, Bob Margolin, the Voodoo Brothers, WSNB, and special guest Sheila Carlisle.

Kenny Neal is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and is widely renowned as a modern swamp-blues master. His new release, Hooked On Your Love, follows the triumph of his multi-award winning 2008 comeback album, Let Life Flow. An outstanding success, the CD raked in the accolades: three prestigious Album Of The Year awards, two Song of The Year awards for the title track, and Kenny himself garnered two Artist of the Year honors.
It was clear that Kenny touched something deep in the blues community with his soulful guitar playing and uplifting songwriting, and his hot streak continues with a batch of new songs.  Hooked On Your Love covers the plethora of accomplished roots styles Kenny has become known for. The tasty musical gumbo of swamp-boogie, jazz, R&B, and straight-ahead blues all swirl together on this new CD.
The new album casts that potent Neal spell of deep grooves and deep feelings that put him where he is today. With tunes like swampy Louisiana look-back “Down In The Swamp,” the funky shuffle of Memphis in his take on “Blind Crippled Or Crazy,” or the soul searching blues of “Bitter With The Sweet,” Hooked On Your Love extends the spirit of his acclaimed Let Life Flow.
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Chris O'Leary got turned on to blues records as a teenager in upstate New York, where he sang and played a little guitar in high school. In a fateful foreshadowing of things to come, the very first concert he attended was The Band at the Palace Theater in Albany. When Chris joined the Marines right out of high school, he went with a harmonica in his pocket, and he became an Infantry Squad Leader in Desert Storm.
After 6 years of active duty and reserves, Chris went to college in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he became embroiled in the fertile local blues scene and began to blossom as a remarkable singer, harp player and songwriter, playing in a hot local band. A mutual friend brought their music to Levon Helm, who came and joined in on some of the band's early recording sessions, then began to sit in on their regular gigs. Soon, Levon asked Chris and his compadres to join the house band at his new club in New Orleans — Levon's Classic American Cafe, on Decatur Street. Of course this was an offer they could not refuse, so Chris quickly relocated to New Orleans, where he spent the better part of a year at the club as a focal point of Levon Helm's Barn Burners. This was the best education any musician could hope for, as Levon and the band backed up touring stars and opened up for New Orleans' finest players 4-5 nights a week.
Levon's club closed in 1998, but the Barn Burners continued to tour, garnering fans and critical acclaim. Noted music journalist Griel Marcus wrote, "Front man Chris O'Leary carries the group... with a huge shout and force of nature harmonica sound, he generates authority."
Throat problems sidelined Chris for much of the early 2000's, but he came back stronger than ever with the wealth of new musical and songwriting influences he had absorbed in New Orleans and beyond. In 2007 Chris formed a new band, including fellow Barn Burner (and True Ayatollah Rock & Roller!) Frankie Ingrao on bass, guitarist Chris Vitarello (already known from his tasty, incendiary work with the Bruce Katz Band), and drummer Sean McCarthy. They were soon joined by Willa McCarthy on background vocals, and Chris DiFranco and Andy Stahl on horns.
The Chris O'Leary Band's new CD, Mr. Used To Be, is the fruit of many years on the road, many nights absorbing the great blues, R&B, and and rock'n'roll that graced so many stages across the country. While Chris's music is rooted in the blues, you can hear shades of New Orleans, Rockabilly, and more in this CD. A special treat is "Dress Blues", his homage to his brothers in the U. S. Marine Corps, which begins and ends with field recordings of Marines drilling, and borrows cadences and lyrics from the chants of the Marines and their NCOs. This is a particularly poignant moment in a uniformly impressive set of music.
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Paul Reed Smith Guitars Announces ‘One Night One Show One Cause’ Benefit
Sunday Evening, October 3rd Paul Reed Smith Guitars will again host the acclaimed One Night One Show One Cause Benefit for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Bourbon Street in Downtown Baltimore, Maryland.
Headlining One Cause, guitar prodigy Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers and the Derek Trucks Band along with storied vocalist Susan Tedeschi will bring their unique southern blues rock style to this intimate venue. After appearing on each other’s Grammy nominated albums in 2009, Derek and Susan are performing together only a handful of times this year, building anticipation for this performance – their only local engagement.
The Paul Reed Smith Band will also appear, joined on guitar by special guest, Dr. William Nelson, Director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. A live auction featuring local artist embel-lished guitars will be hosted by Jon Levinson of Alex Cooper Auctioneers.
One Cause is the flagship benefit concert of PRS Guitars. Since 2000, PRS Guitars has raised over 2 million dollars for the Living with Cancer Resource Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. The Living with Cancer Resource Program offers supportive care programming and edu-cation to patients and families, free of charge.
General admission $40. VIP admission of $100 includes open bar, food and access to VIP upper level viewing area. Doors open 7pm. All ages show.
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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.  
Please go to our "Participating Venues!!" page and get your tickets now!

The State Theatre presents the 4th annual New Jersey Blues & Jazz Festival at the Backstage Jazz Club, September 23-26, 2010. It’s an all-star musical lineup in an intimate setting for serious and casual jazz and blues fans alike.
Featured performances during the festival include Sugar Blue (9/23/10 at 8pm); Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Septet (9/24/10 at 8pm & 10pm); Maria Muldaur and Her Red Hot Bluesianna Band (9/25/10 at 8pm & 10pm); and violinist Regina Carter (9/26/10 at 11:30am). All four performances take place in the exclusive 230-seat club-style venue on stage, called the Backstage Jazz Club. This on stage venue is custom designed to give patrons an exclusive club-style experience just inches away from the artists.
 The Backstage Jazz Club provides a unique environment for patrons to relax on stage, face the beautiful interior of the magnificently renovated 1921 hall, and experience music from living jazz and blues greats up close and personal. The venue’s entrance and all accommodations are backstage. There will be assigned table and chair seating, as well as light fare, and a fully-stocked bar. The New Jersey Blues & Jazz Festival is sponsored by New Millennium Bank and The Karma Foundation.
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Benefit for Blues Pioneers: Kansas Joe and Papa Charlie McCoy
On October 3rd the Old Town School of Folk Music will host a benefit for two under appreciated pre-war blues musicians, Kansas Joe and Papa Charlie McCoy. The show, preceded by a free walking tour of other blues grave sites at Restvale Cemetery (including Muddy Waters) will be a survey of their musical development from Mississippi to Memphis to Chicago, as well as a fundraiser to buy gravestones for their unmarked graves.
From string band music in Mississippi to country blues in Memphis to jump blues in Chicago, Joe and Charlie McCoy played important roles in several musical genres. Their careers not only mirrored the "great migration" of African-Americans to the north, but also the development of African-American music from its rural roots to the foundations of rock and roll. But after 20+ year careers, they were both buried in unmarked graves when they died in 1950. Join musician Arlo Leach and a lineup of bands inspired by the McCoy Brothers in a benefit concert to raise money for their gravestones.
Tickets are $20 General Public/$18 Old Town School Members/$16 Seniors & Children and can be purchased in advance
One very famous band inspired by the McCoys was the great Led Zeppelin (no, they won't be there) whose cover of "When the Levee Breaks" written by Joe McCoy (but changed a bit by Jimmy Page for the 1971 Led Zeppelin IV album) is a classic.
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'The Defenders' eyes Dan Aykroyd
Ready for a "Blues Brothers" reunion? CBS' upcoming rookie legal drama "The Defenders" certainly is, according to co-creator/executive producer Kevin Kennedy.
The creative team behind the series, in which Jerry O'Connell and Jim Belushi play Las Vegas defense attorneys, has eyes on Dan Aykroyd to guest star as a tough judge who clashes with Belushi's unorthodox lawyer.
"We have a lot planned and we certainly have a dream list," Kennedy told THR on Friday at the Paley Center's CBS Fall TV preview night in Beverly Hills. "The [guest star] we've talked about most recently, and we'll see if we can get it arranged -- it's a scheduling thing and it wouldn't happen until the end of the year if it happens this year -- we want to get Dan Aykroyd together with Jim."
Jim Belushi's brother, John Belushi, and Aykroyd, originally played brothers Jake and Elwood Blues as part of a musical sketch on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and later on the big screen in John Landis' 1980 film "The Blues Brothers." Jim Belushi has stepped in for his late brother and continues to make regular appearances with Aykroyd at music festivals.

Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Percy Sledge, will perform during the Legends Concert in Columbus, Miss.
Big Ben Atkins and the Class of '65 will open for the two legendary musicians.
The Legends concert is the closing event for a four-day celebration honoring the achievements of a man who distinguished himself at every level of baseball during his professional career spanning more than 50 years, Sam Hairston. A native of Lowndes County, Miss., Samuel Harding Hairston, January 20, 1920 - October 31, 1997) is credited with being the first African-American player signed by the Chicago White Sox. Hairston's professional baseball career as a player, scout and coach spanned 53 years, 47 of which he spent with the White Sox organization. Hairston played for the Negro Leagues' Birmingham Black Barons and the Indianapolis Clowns before debuting with the Major League's Chicago White Sox on July 21, 1951. As the father of MLB players Jerry Hairston, Sr. and John Hairston, and the grandfather of MLB players Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Scott Hairston, Sam is patriarch to the largest three-generation baseball dynasty in baseball history.
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2010 British Blues Awards winners were revealed and trophies presented at The Newark Blues Festival on Saturday 11th September. Oli Browne and Joanne Shaw Taylor were among the winners. Click here for all the results.

The 11th annual Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration will take place on Sunday, October 10th at Hopson's Commissary and the Shack Up Inn from 2 to 7pm.   It is held each year on the site of the old Hopson's Plantation.  In the late 30s and early 40s, Hopsons was one of the first farms testing the newly invented cotton picking machine and Joe Willie Pinetop Perkins was their ace tractor driver.  He was so good, in fact, that he had a deferment during the war to work for Mr. Hopson. This freed Pinetop to join the King Biscuit Boys on the radio in Helena and show a young precocious boy named Ike Turner how to play the piano.
Sixty years later the folks at the Shack Up Inn and Hopson's Commissary welcomed back Pinetop naming a shack in his honor and hosting the first homecoming event.   Occupying three stages, this year's event will also be a benefit for the newly formed Pinetop Perkins Foundation. Its mission is to provide encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career; and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career.  
Headliners slated to perform at the Homecoming this year include Bob Margolin, Willie 'Big Eyes" Smith and his band on the Commissary stage; Cedric Burnside and Lighting Malcolm in the Juke Joint Chapel; and Blue Mother Tupelo on the Commissary Acoustic Stage.  In keeping with the mission of the Foundation, the Homecoming also features an up-and-coming youth group. 
This year showcases the very talented Peterson Brothers 11 and 13 year-old blues phenoms from Bastrop Texas.  Also as in previous years, the celebration will feature a number of surprise guests on all three stages. 
A $10 donation will cover all three venues. For more information on the Pinetop Perkins Foundation and the workshops, please visit their website at

Charlie Musselwhite & Cyndi Lauper in NYC
Photographer Arnie Goodman has been kind enough to share some of his pictures from the Charlie Musselwhite show at Joe!s Pub in NYC. Click here to see more of Arnie's great work.

Hambone holds fall concert
One of the last outdoor concerts of the year comes up Sept. 25 when the Hambone Blues Jam Music Festival's fall benefit concert is held at the History Center of Olmsted County.
The event is intended to raise money that will help fund the 10th anniversary Hambone Blues Jam next summer. The festival's first Rochester-based concert was held June 18-19 after being held previously in the Austin-Albert Lea area.
Music will start at 2 p.m. with Annie Mack & Core on stage, followed at 3:30 p.m. by Doghouse Jon & the Misbehavers, at 6 p.m. by a band yet to be determined, with the Swamp Kings closing the show from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The event will be held rain or shine under the picnic shelter on the grounds of the history center, 1195 West Circle Drive S.W. There will be vendors, as well as barbecue food. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Coolers and beverages are allowed.
Tickets are $10 for adults; children 12 and younger are admitted free with a paid adult. Tickets available at the gate.
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Monument Valley Film, Blues and Arts Festival
The fourth annual Monument Valley Film, Blues and Arts Festival will be held Friday through Sunday in Kayenta Township.
Founded in 2006, the Monument Valley Film Festival is the only festival of its kind on the Navajo Nation. The film festival highlights the appreciation of Native American film as an art form. The film festival this year will take place in collaboration with two other major events: the first will be the "Rez Dog Biographies": a James Sables photo exhibit and fund-raiser to be held under the tutelage of Dr. Charlotta Begay at the new Kayenta Animal Care Facility located near the Transfer Station in Kayenta.
To kick off this year's festival, an outside stage will open its doors Friday at 5 p.m. for the Blues Festival. The evening of blues music will be hosted by comedian James Junes. Five blues bands are scheduled to rock the festival: The Plateros, Aaron White (Grammy nominee and Native American Music Award Winner), Coalition, Chucky Begay and the Mother Earth Band, and Skylar Wolf.
The second event will showcase new, up-and-coming artistic talent at the Kayenta Recreation Center. "Art For The People" will be a showcase for the fine arts -- people who work with gold, silver, sculpture, painters and other mediums. Art for the People, Inc. is a non-profit collective of Native American artists who organized as a union.
"The goal of the Monument Valley Film, Blues and Arts Festival is to serve as a repository for up and coming Native filmmakers," said Malcolm Benally, community development coordinator for the Kayenta Township. "It is a chance for film buffs to meet Native filmmakers and learn about the craft. There is a lot of talent here on the Navajo Nation."
The films will be shown at Kayenta Town Hall. For a schedule of events, visit or call (928) 429-0671. Entry to the festival is free to the public.

Newtown Beerfest 2010
Blues and Brews is presented to you by the Newtown Fire Association
Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Beer Tasting - Live Music, Food & Fun
The Stocking Works
410 South State Street
Newtown Borough, PA
87 breweries have confirmed attendance for the Newtown Beerfest 2010 – Blues and Brews
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Jack White 'invents triple-decker vinyl'
Jack White has unveiled the Triple Decker Record from his Thirdman Records label.
The musician presented a video on his website showing how the invention will work for a 300-run limited edition release available from September 17.
White said: "The new 12" for The Dead Weather - it's the song 'Blue Blood Blues'. But this isn't any ordinary 12". It's the new Thirdman Triple Decker Record. A 12" with a 7" hidden inside it.
"The 7" contains an unreleased song by The Dead Weather. You can't get the song unless you crack the 12" open. And that might require a Swiss army knife or a screwdriver."
He added: "It's one of the many mind games we'd love to play with you here at Thirdman Records."
Other special editions released by White's label have included Texas-Sized 13" LPs, Under Label Groove, Glow In The Dark Halloween 45s, Black and Blue Live Series LPs, Tri-Color 45s and a Peach Scented Karen Elson LP.
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"Fundraiser for the Blues"
Saturday October 2 starting at NOON
Museum Cafe, 10466 W. Yulee Drive in Old Homosassa, Florida
FREE as our way to say
Thank you for your support in 2010
Band Line up
Virtual Volume
The Deja Blue Band
and more
Fundraisers on site inclued the Silent Auction with over 50 items, a 50/25/25 drawing, Membership Drive and donations are tax deductable.
Bring a chair, NO COOLERS, NO PETS, Cuban cuisine and drinks available.
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Editors note: Congratulations to Susan Mitchell, founder of the Friends of the Nature Coast Blues Society, for being chosen as one of the "Ten Most Admired Women" in Citrus County for her work in the Arts. Way to go Susan!

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Forty years after his passing, Jimi Hendrix continues to attract a huge following and be a major influence on blues players. 2010 saw the re-release of the major Jimi Hendrix Experience albums (each with its own DVD), and the release of VALLEYS OF NEPTUNE, more than an hour’s worth of previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix music. Elwood shares some of that with us,.  And Elwood talks with sister Janie Hendrix about what Jimi was really like. Plus: new music from Florida swamp rocker JJ Grey. On the contest page this week: copies of our DVD of the Month, The Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert. Dave Alvin, Geoff Muldaur, John Hammond, and Van Dyke Parks got together in Vancouver to perform the music of the Mississippi Sheiks. Plus, take a chance on a free blues tee-shirt from, a new website with tee-shirts, posters, music and more. Check us out, then check them out.
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Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
September 14-19, 2010
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Paramount Blues Festival
September 17-18, 2010

Grafton, Wisconsin, U.S.
Tommy Johnson Blues Festival
September 17-18, 2010

Terry, Mississippi, U.S.
Old Town Blues Fest
September 17-18, 2010

Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
September 17-19, 2010

Telluride, Colorado, U.S.
Orkney Blues Weekend
September 17-19, 2010

Stromness, Orkney, United Kingdom
Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival
September 18, 2010

Greenville, Mississippi, U.S.

Klamath Blues Festival
September 18, 2010

Klamath Falls, Oregon, U.S.
Blues by the River
September 18, 2010

Redding, California, U.S.
Delta Blues Festival
September 18, 2010

Antioch, California, U.S.
2010 Brick City Blues Festival
September 18, 2010
Ocala, Florida, U.S.
EC's Jook Joint Blues Series
September 22-26, 2010

San Francisco, California, U.S.
Chili, Blues n' Brews Festival
September 25, 2010

Waynesboro, Virginia, U.S.
3rd Annual Tangerine Blues Fest
September 25, 2010

Gulfport, Florida, U.S.
1st Annual Blue Gypsy Bluesfest
September 25, 2010

Virginia Beach, VA, U.S.
Wing Dang Doodle Festival
September 25, 2010

Gaddis Park, Forest, Mississippi, U.S.
The Polk Street Blues Festival
September 25-26, 2010

San Francisco, California, U.S.
Adams Avenue Street Fair
September 25-26, 2010

San Diego, CA, U.S.
Mississippi Delta Blues Harmonica Jam Camp
September 28-2, 2010

Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
Durban International Blues Festival
September 28-3, 2010

Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Copenhagen Blues Festival
September 29-3, 2010

Copenhagen, Denmark
Old Town Blues & Jazz Festival
September 30-2, 2010

Rockhill, SC, U.S.
Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival
October 1-2, 2010

Columbia, Missouri, U.S.
Columbia’s 16th Annual Blues Festival
October 1-2, 2010

Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
Amanda's Rollercoaster
October 1-3, 2010

Phoenix, AZ, U.S.
SunTrust Big Lick Blues Festival
October 2, 2010

Roanoke, VA, U.S.
Paoli Blues Fest
October 2, 2010

Paoli, PA, U.S.
American Music Celebration
October 3, 2010

Kiawah Island, SC, U.S.
16th Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert
October 3, 2010
Arlington, Texas, U.S.
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