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November 5, 2010 Volume # 5  Issue #42

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Exciting, energetic and soulful! Vasti Jackson's Sound is unlike any other in today's contemporary music scene. With a voice of equal parts honey and husk, and penetrating guitar playing that's fire and ice, soothingly cool and warm, with a vocal like quality that tells the story words can not speak.
"Vasti is one of the most talented, and creative Blues men of the younger generation. He is a masterful guitarist with a deep knowledge of Blues roots, and a terrific live showman."
                               -  Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records)
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Featuring the Robben Ford Band and special guest Larry Carlton"Chris Cain is for real. A great blues player with an intensity that can keep you on the edge of your seat, wondering what he's going to do next. Plus he knows how to write a song you haven't heard before, full of humor and insight." - Robben FordChris Cain's emotional blues singing and dynamic, jazz-tinged guitar playing have been praised by the likes of BB King and Albert King, among many others. This release of sparkling, newly recorded material marks the long overdue return of a modern blues master.
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When blues diva Ida Cox sang Wild Women Don t Have the Blues in 1924, she defiantly stated the obvious while providing the template for the hellions who followed, including Memphis Minnie and Sister Rosetta Tharpe on down to Janis Joplin. Now, fiery blues and R&B singer/guitarist Kirsten Thien blazes on the scene and stakes her claim as a contemporary wild woman while putting a decidedly modern spin on the description.
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Vietnam blues
Musicians, authors and scholars, many of the Vietnam veterans, will attend a three-day symposium in Madison on the role that music played during that war. The series of events, which will all be free, is being organized by a long list of supporters, including the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, UW-Madison, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Wisconsin Public Television.

The symposium’s events, which will run from Nov. 19-21, will be hosted at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and the Monona Terrace and Convention Center. They include a lecture from Dr. Hugo Keesing, a retired American Studies professor from Maryland who has curated a new box set on music of the Vietnam era. His thesis, however, is that the war is still impacting popular music today. The 13-CD boxed set, which comes with a 304 page book, is available on
Famed country music historian Bill Malone will join in a panel on the role Vietnam played in Southern music. Another panel will discuss African American music with input from William Bell, a Vietnam veteran and recording artist for the legendary Stax Records of Memphis, a recording label known for its soul releases. Bell was one of the first artists ever signed to the label. Also commenting will be Clyde Stubblefield, former drummer for James Brown. Other musician-veterans will be in town for another panel on folk music.
The authors of a soon-to-be-released history of music in the war, “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” Doug Bradley and Craig Werner, will discuss the new volume in another workshop.
Go here for a full schedule of events.

SAN JOSE, CA (Hypebot) – PayPal is making direct artist to fan sales easier and more profitable with a new micropayment system that lets consumers pay for low cost digital goods in as few as two clicks without leaving the seller's site.
Facebook was one of the first companies to sign on to the new service which, when available later this year, will offer fees of 5% plus 5 cents for purchases under $12. That's just 10 cents on a 99 cent download sale.
Several additional companies, including,, GigaOM,, Ooyala, Plimus, Tagged, Tyler Projects and Ustream announced that they are also using the new PayPal micropayment system.
PayPal is already one of the leading payment methods for digital goods. The company closed out 2009 with $2 billion of total payment volume for digital goods and reached $1.3 billion in the first half of 2010.

Fourteenth Annual Maple Blues Awards
The Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field.
The nominees are selected by a distinguished panel of some 50+ blues experts. Co-Chaired by John Valenteyn, long-time member of the TBS, and Brent Staeben of the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, the panel includes radio hosts, journalists, and festival organizers regionally distributed across Canada. Members of the Nominating Panel are not eligible for any of the awards.
The voting will be handled slightly differently this year. For most of the ballot, the winners will be selected by blues fans from across the country.
The Instrument categories, guitar, harmonica, piano/keyboards, horn, drums & bass, will be voted on by the Nominating Panel.
The winners of the Fourteenth Annual Maple Blues Awards will be announced at the Annual Maple Blues Awards Gala in Toronto, on Monday, January 17, 2011. This very special evening is Canada’s national annual celebration of homegrown blues talent. It’s also a night of great music by the Maple Blues Band, comprised entirely of Maple Blues Awards winners and nominees.
The awards program is proudly organized by the Toronto Blues Society.
Voting is open from Midnight Newfoundland Daylight Time October 29th, 2010, through Midnight Pacific Standard Time December 12th, 2010.
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Classic Rock Society Of America To Debut
PHILADELPHIA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) -- Rock producer and historian Denny Somach announced the establishment of The Classic Rock Society of America this week.
CRSA is developing as an organization devoted to the preservation, promotion and celebration of classic rock music by the artists, musicians, producers and fans. It will act as a resource center for students and teachers, enabling further enhancement of the study of classic rock in colleges and universities.
CRSA was inspired by the UK’s Classic Rock Society, with a membership of thousands, and 
Classic Rock magazine, a publisher, recording label and music promoter. The UK’s Classic Rock Magazine presents a number of live shows, including the recent High Voltage Festival, which featured ZZ Top, Foreigner, Asia, Bachman-Turner, Uriah Heep, Argent and a reformed Emerson, Lake and Palmer to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Rick Wakeman is the honorary Chairman of the U.K. Classic Rock Society. “When I contacted him 
about the Classic Rock Society of America we were launching, he immediately lent his support and 
thought it was about time something like this was established in America," said Somach according to the press release. Other founding board members of the U.K. Classic Rock Society including John Wetton of Asia and Dave Cousins of the Strawbs have also publicly announced their support.
The Classic Rock Society of America will debut as an interactive web site and radio 
channel. It will also include marketing and promotion entities. The virtual society will eventually 
have a physical location where musicians and fans can visit. “We have already been contacted by a couple of municipal development 
organizations about locating a facility in their communities," said Somach.

Bessie Smith Sings the Blues in "Devil's Music" at Seven Angel's Theatre
Bessie's got a right to sing the blues and so she will in Connecticut starting this week.
 "The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith" will begin performances Thursday and continue through Nov. 28 at the Seven Angels Theatre, Plank Road in Waterbury. Miche Braden stars and is musical director for the show which focuses on the life and times of the legendary blues singer.
Tickets are $29 to $39; $10 for students age 30 and under. Information: 203-757-4676 and

Blues festival to play on Guam and Saipan
Four concerts, three nights, two islands, and one island chain under a groove, the Micronesian Blues Society is celebrating their 20th birthday.
he musical event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Mermaid Tavern and Grille in Hagåtña, featuring Johnny Paniolo & Hula Blues.

The music plays on in Garapan, Saipan at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Wild Bill’s Bar & Grill on Beach Road, featuring the Big Island Playboys.
At 3 p.m. on Nov. 7, an afternoon luau takes place with Slack Key Soul at Wild Bill’s Bar & Grill.
The event continues at Wild Bill’s Bar with a performance from Diving with the Dead at 7:30 p.m. on the same day.
Admission is free but a small donation is welcome.
Featured musicians are from Hawaii, Korea, the Philippines, Saipan, Guam and the U.S. mainland.

For more informaiton, contact John Hoffman in Guam at 788-4413 or e-mail: or Mike Thorpe in Saipan at (670) 285-3533.

Gov’t Mule and Allman Brothers Band take part in Allen Woody benefit show
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Allen Woody, a respected bass player known for his work with Southern rock acts Gov’t Mule and The Allman Brothers Band. His passing in 2000 brought together former bandmates, friends, and fellow musicians (including The Black Crowes and Phil Lesh) to pay tribute to both Woody’s life and his contributions to the rock and roll world with the ”One for Woody” benefit show. Now, a decade later, The Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule camps are ready give back and celebrate the life of their friend by hitting the stage once again.
The original benefit was held at the historic Roseland Ballroom in New York City on September 21, 2000, less than a month after Woody was found dead of an apparent overdose. Thus, it’s only seems fitting that the legendary venue will also serve as host for “Another One for Woody” on November 22nd. Confirmed acts include The Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule, as well as country/blues rock act The North Mississippi All Stars Duo.
“Another One for Woody” tickets go on sale November 5th and you can get yours at the Roseland Ballroom official site. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to help raise money to keep music education alive in schools.

Anthology should help keep the experience of Hendrix alive - Jimi Hendrix died 40 years ago this fall after accomplishing enough by age 27 to secure his perch in the pantheon of rock gods. His music still haunts us, in movies, video games and CD releases such as the new multi-disc set and DVD, West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology, out Nov. 16.
But just how long can the guitarist expect to engage pop culture before time tarnishes his luster? After all, even Elvis and Frank Sinatra find it increasingly tough to win over new fans in 2010.
Hendrix, however, may have a musical legacy that sets endurance records. One singularly simple reason? Guitar lessons, says Brian Hiatt, senior writer at Rolling Stone, which has named Hendrix the greatest guitarist of all time in a critics' poll.
"Think about it — every new kid who starts up with guitar is going to at some point be introduced to Hendrix's music," Hiatt says.
With guitar remaining one of the most popular instruments for kids (not to mention its video-game alter ego, Guitar Hero), that guarantees Hendrix a steady flow of potential new fans for years.
Helping fan those Hendrix flames is Experience Hendrix, gatekeepers of the musician's legacy after decades of legal wrangling. Run by Janie Hendrix, an adopted daughter of Jimi's father, Al, the company has plans to release music from its vaults for the next 10 years.
This most recent box set includes a DVD that features funk bass icon Bootsy Collins reading Hendrix's letters. The point is clear: Hendrix may have been a guitar deity, but he was also a dutiful son who wrote home often.
By demystifying the man, he becomes even more accessible, says Steven Roby, co-author with Brad Schreiber of the new book Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, The Untold Story of a Musical Genius.
"The obstacles he overcame are impressive: He was poor, couldn't read music and was left-handed in a right-handed guitar world," Roby says. "When people understand what Jimi dealt with, they get an even better appreciation for his accomplishments. His legacy will last another 40 years. Just look at his last album (the March release Valleys of Neptune). It debuted at No. 4 (on Billboard's album chart), amazing for a guy who's been gone 40 years."
Much of what keeps Hendrix viable is his chosen musical genre, the blues, a cornerstone of ever-popular rock.
"Jimi is still revered because he was so creatively free," says John McDermott, who is in charge of the Experience Hendrix catalog. "He was not part of some movement that can feel dated. He was just being him, and that sound still works."
And Hendrix, a studio hound, made a lot of it.
"All you need to do is look at my dad to understand that driven side of Jimi," says Janie Hendrix, 49. "Dad was a gardener, and he would work tirelessly. That really made an impact on my brother."
In fact, Hendrix's all too brief musical career was filled with discipline, says Eddie Kramer, Hendrix's engineer.
"First it was his father, but after that it was the Army (Hendrix was in the 101st Airborne Rangers), then it was the strict R&B bandleaders (such as Little Richard). Later it was (producer) Chas (Chandler), who had a great pop sensibility, pushing Jimi to hone his work down to the perfect three-minute song.
"So when it came time for Jimi to go off on his own, all he knew was hard work."
And Experience Hendrix has it all. Finished songs. Outtakes. False starts. Fuzzy ideas. Goofy banter. Though not all of that will serve Jimi's legacy, Hiatt says.
"They just need to be judicious," he says. "If the music is treated with great respect and care, there's no telling how long Hendrix can last."

The Blues Blast Music Awards
The Blues Blast Music Award last Thursday were a spectacular gathering of Blues artists at Buddy Guy's Legends. The awards  featured great performances, great awards presentations, and a wonderful mix of musicians, blues professionals, and fans. The winners of the 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards were:
Best Contemporary Blues Recording: Nick Moss / Privileged
Best Traditional Blues Recording: Mississippi Heat / Let's Live It Up
Best Blues Song: The Kilborn Alley Blues Band / "Better Off Now"
Best Blues Band: Tommy Castro Band
Best Male Blues Artist: Magic Slim
Best Female Blues Artist: Shemekia Copeland
Best New Artist Debut Recording: Jackie Scott & The Housewreckers / How Much Woman Can You Stand?
Sean Costello Rising Star Award: The Cash Box Kings
2010 Lifetime Achievement Award: Otis Rush

Nissan names car after the famous Little Walter song!
 Coincidence or not, it has come to our attention that Nissan has new car model called Juke! This is also the name of Little Walter's classic harmonica instrumental hit of 1952, that launched his solo career. Juke also is a term widely used for a roadhouse or rural bar where blues music is performed (also known as a Juke Joint). To find out more about the Nissan Juke click here. To hear the classic Little Walter instrumental called Juke click here.

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Hugh Laurie's Blues Album To Be Released In Spring 2011 - For Hugh Laurie fans, his forthcoming blues album is a source of great anticipation. Enticing kernels of information have been doled out on Twitter and the official “Hugh Laurie’s Blues” Facebook page by Conrad Withey, president of Warner Music Entertainment.
Mr. Withey has been doing an excellent job promoting the release, plying his followers on Twitter with information, as well as playing the occasional guessing game (who’s in the the studio with Hugh today?).
No, this will not be just another album from some TV star who just felt like recording an album. Sure, Mr. Laurie had the money and the contacts to make it happen but Warner approached him (and not the other way around). There is a good reason for this: Mr. Laurie has a proven track record as a singer and musician, writing and performing songs for his 90’s sketch comedy show A Bit of Fry and Laurie, as well as his current hit show House. He has also played in bands, most notably the Band From TV, a group of television luminaries who perform for charity. On their CD/DVD set, Hoggin’ All the Covers, you get a taste of just how musically talented Mr. Laurie is. His renditions of Billy Preston’s “Will It Go Round In Circles” and an updated version of the chestnut “Goodnight Irene” are standout performances in the set.
If you’re waiting impatiently for Hugh Laurie’s blues record, here is the information Mr. Withey has provided us with so far:
The album is complete and slated for release in the spring of 2011.
Among the guest artists are Tom Jones (who sings on a cut called “Baby, Please Make a Change”), David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), steel guitar aficionado, Greg Liesz, and blues legends Irma Thomas and Dr. John.
According to Mr. Withey’s tweet from October 7th, the collaboration between Ms. Thomas and Mr. Laurie was filmed for posterity: “Hugh’s recording with Irma Thomas has been a triumph. Whole thing filmed and stilled ready for web fans soon. Keep watching facebook!”
Renown producer and songwriter, Allen Toussaint, worked with Mr. Laurie in New Orleans, writing and arranging the horn parts for the record.
Hopefully Mr. Withey will be able to provide a us with a taste of what’s to come soon. This project sounds like it could be a lot of fun and quite possibly a rare musical treat.

EDDIE FEST is a 3 day musical Event taking place @ PARADISE BAR & GRILL In Pensacola Beach FL, Friday November 12, Saturday November 13 & Sunday November 14, 2010
The Event will begin at 6 PM on Friday & 2 PM on Saturday & Sunday
The Event is free to the public with FOOD & DRINK available at the BAR! 
Friday November 12            
Saturday November 13   
THE JOHNNY NO BAND                   3:00 PM   
REDDOG                                      4:15 PM
THE FORMERLY KNOWN                  5:30 PM   
BLUES JAM WITH EDDIE                 9:00 PM  
Sunday November 14 
VIBE IRIE                                    3:00 PM 
PAT PRITCHARD GROUP                  4:30 PM  
DOUBLESHOT BLUES                      6:00 PM 
TIM O’DONNELL BAND                    7:30 PM                 
with EDDIE KIRKLAND                    9:00 PM
At 2PM Saturday & Sunday, Eddie Kirkland will present EDDIE’S BLUES SCHOOL ‘Blues in the Schools’ for adults!
Eddie will talk about his latest Release: THE LOST FORTUNE featuring 28 tracks of rare & out of print songs.
$25.00 includes a copy of the CD & Eddie’s oral history from over 70 years of being on the road!
Lodging packages are available for the weekend!
Please contact Harty Wiedemann @ for additional info!

JJ Grey, driving force behind Jacksonville's JJ Grey & Mofro, has just released a video for the song, The Sweetest Thing, the first single from his critically acclaimed new CD, Georgia Warhorse. The song features JJ singing a duet with vocalist Toots Hibbert (of Toots & The Maytals). The video, directed by Brendan "Spookie" Daly, was filmed in Jamaica and can be seen here

TICKETS  $12.00 (All proceeds will go to help Robin)
Performers scheduled to play include Matt Hill, Matt Walsh, Contagious Blues Band, Marty Cofield, Coop & Melon, Justifyed, Logan Lewis, and Chris Dixon.  There will also be a raffle and silent auction to raise additional funds.

Rogers has been at home under hospice care since being diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer in August after returning from a festival in Norway.  She and her husband and musical collaborator, Tony, have no income because they're unable to tour, so fans and friends have stepped in with benefit concerts to raise funds for medical bills and living expenses.

A number of benefit concerts have already been held in Colorado, Washington, New York, Michigan and New Jersey, and the largest one took place October 24th in Charlotte.   The Charlotte Blues Society has set up a PayPal account on her behalf, with all the proceeds going directly to the singer.  Click here 
Rogers' new album, Back In The Fire, debuted at #3 on the Billboard Blues Chart in September and is currently #1 on the Blues Chart of the Roots Music Report, which means it was the most played album in the country last week on blues radio.

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The Golden Gate Blues Society
The GGBS will hold the finals of its International Blues Challenge on Sunday, November 7, at Club Illusions in Palo Alto, California. This fundraiser will help pay expenses to send the winning band to Memphis. The four finalists are The J.C. Smith Band, Twice As Good, Wendy De Witt, and Tip of the Top.
We have a distinguished panel of judges: Barbara Hammerman, veteran judge of International Blues Challenges and 2009 recipient of The Blues Foundation's Keeping the Blues Alive award; Kathleen Lawton, KCSM Blues DJ; and Lee Hildebrand, Journalist for Living Blues and other publications.
We are pleased to announce that the winner will open for the Robert Cray Band at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City on November 12, 2010. For more information visit

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No blues player has had a bigger and wider influence than the mysterious Robert Johnson. This week the Radio Hour explores his music and the musicians who ran with it: Cream, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones…  Eric Clapton tells us what made Johnson’s guitar playing so unique. You will hear some Johnson contemporaries, Muddy Waters, and Elmore James. Also Johnson music as interpreted by The White Stripes, Chris Thomas King, and The Blues Brothers. There is also new music from harmonica giant James Cotton, and a chance for a few lucky members of the Blues Brood to win a DVD of the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival – you know, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Winwood, Jeff Beck, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks… Win right here.
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Twelfth Annual Blues & Boogie Piano Summit
November 6, 2010
Newport, KY, U.S.
Downtown Blues Festival
November 5, 2010

Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
Blues sur Seine
November 5-20, 2010
Mantes-la-Jolie, Île-de-France, France
Blues Weekend at Cricket St Thomas
November 5-8, 2010

Chard, Somerset, United Kingdom
Lucerne Blues Festival
November 5-14, 2010
20th Annual Sarasota Bluesfest
November 6, 2010

Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
Blues at Bridgetown
November 12-14, 2010

Bridgetown, WA, Australia
Samoa 2010 International Jazz & Blues Festival
November 12-14, 2010

Apia, Samoa
Blaublues Festival Haringe
November 13, 2010

Haringe (Poperinge),
West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Highland Jazz & Blues Festival
November 13, 2010

Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
Moinho da Estação Blues Festival
November 18-20, 2010

Caxias do Sul, West-Vlaanderen, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
St. Johns River Blues Festival
November 19-21, 2010
Palatka, Florida, U.S.
Southwest Florida Blues Festival
November 20, 2010

Cape Coral, Floridal, U.S.
4th Annual La Quinta Blues & Brews
November 20, 2010

La Quinta, CA, U.S.
White Mountain Boogie and Blues Festival
November 22, 2010

Thornton, New Hampshire, U.S.
Moinho da Estação Blues Festival
November 25-27, 2010

Caxias do Sul, RS , Brazil
Sean Carney's Blues For A Cure
December 11-12, 2010
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
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