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December 3, 2010 Volume # 5  Issue #46

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Maxwell Street Kings pay homage to the early days of Chicago Blues, to a time when the open air market on Maxwell Street rang with the blues sound of street musicians; when musical giants like Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Hound Dog Taylor, Little Walter, Elmore James, and JB Hutto could be heard in steamy clubs on the city's south and west sides; and when the Chicago Blues of Chess Records ruled the air waves. Maxwell Street Kings capture the spirit of that era when Chicago Blues were raw, primal, and oh so vital. A prolific songwriter, Studebaker John's compositions have been covered by many other artists and his recordings have appeared in films and on television. Studebaker John on vocals, guitar, harp; Rick Kreher on guitar and Steve Cushing on drums. Contains 15 new Studebaker John songs.
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Lynwood Slim is a name synonymous with West Coast Blues. Over the years Slim has built up an impressive catalog of iconic recordings (including 1991’s Lost In America featuring Junior Watson, as well as the Big Rhythm Combo’s 1994 release Too Small To Dance with Kid Ramos), which subsequently helped him to attain world-wide renown and endeared him to a legion of fans around the globe with a devout affection for California Blues. While traveling on tour outside the U.S., Slim also obtained a considerable reputation for identifying fresh new talent, and soon found his skills and expertise enlisted to help produce numerous projects for gifted artists throughout Europe, Canada and more recently, South America.
In recent years, the Igor Prado Band has been quietly but steadily gaining their reputation as the foremost authority and leading practitioners south of the border of 1940s and 1950s style Chicago/Jump Blues. Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the core band is comprised of two brothers; Igor Prado (age 27) on guitar and Yuri Prado (age 26) on drums, harmoniously fortified by bassist Rodrigo Mantovani (age 28) and saxophonist Denilson Martins (age 23). As word spread regarding the group’s natural affinity for traditional American blues and roots music, the Igor Prado Band has become an increasingly popular and in demand unit for supporting many of today’s blues elite while touring South America. The band has admirably backed such esteemed artists as Eddie C. Campbell, Steve Guyger, James Wheeler, Phil Guy, Mud Morganfield (eldest son of Muddy Waters), R.J. Mischo, Gary Smith, Mark Hummel, Mitch Kashmar and Rick Estrin.
Brazilian Kicks teams up California native Lynwood Slim with the premier jump blues outfit, the Igor Prado Band from Brazil, for a surprisingly tasteful and swingin’ set of music featuring the smoldering guitar acrobatics of left-handed, upside-down guitarist Igor Prado. The resulting album is a tantalizing cocktail blend of American roots music – or as Lynwood Slim so eloquently puts it, “Jazz and Blues are different fleas on the same dog.” Hand-shaken and served straight up, this is one release guaranteed to go down smooth… Bottoms up!!!
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The beginnings of the Latvian Blues Band go back to year 1997, when three young latvians decided to form a blues band. They started out by listening to established blues masters, such as Elmore James, Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter. While working hard on their blues skills, the combo received its first local and international recognition by participating in several music festivals in Latvia and Lithuania.
Year 2000 appeared to be a start for the Latvian Blues Band as a blues formation. Johnny V, a well known Canadian blues player, came to Riga to record his CD "Blues Party" together with LBB. Johnny V also helped LBB to find their way to Canada, where they participated in several blues festivals (Blues Fest International - Windsor and London, South Country Fair, Fort Macleod) and played in different blues clubs, including Silver Dollar Room in Toronto.
Just before their trip to Canada, LBB went to Lithuania to participate in the International Blues Festival "Bliuzo Naktys" ("Blues Nights"). Since then they are an eagerly welcomed headliners every year.
The band was chosen to play the opening shows for Joe Cocker (Riga, 2002), Coco Montoya (Vilnius, 2003), and Victor Bailey Group (Riga, 2003). They have toured Croatia ("Century of Blues" Festival, Zagreb, 2004), Greece (Athens — "Euro Jazz 2004", Thessaloniki, Preveza), Poland (Suwalki, 2003, 2005), Lithuania (with Keith Dunn, 2005), and Spain (Madrid, 2006). In 2005 they played at the "Chicago Blues Festival" and several Chicago blues clubs — "Buddy Guy’s Legends", "Kingstone Mines", "B.L.U.E.S.", "Artist’s Lounge", "Puffers" and others. Same year LBB received recognition from the Thropees France Blues, which nominated them in the best European Blues Band category.
In Latvia, LBB performs at the Bites Blues Club almost every weekend — here you can enjoy their own shows, as well as see them hitting the stage with highest rank blues artists from the U.S. So far the band has performed with more than 150 blues stars, including John Primer, Carlos Johnson, Bob Margolin, Carey Bell, Sugar Ray Norcia, Monster Mike Welch, Darell Nulisch, Duke Robillard, Bruce Katz, Bryan Lee, Al Coplay, Phill Guy, Rico McFarland, Zora Young, Tad Robinson, Nora Jean Bruso, Sonny Rhodes, Louisiana Red, Chico Banks, Bill Perry, Joanna Connor, James Solberg, Willie „Big Eyes” Smith, Debbie Davis, Lazy Lester, Jerry Portnoy,...and the the list is still growing!
In 2009 Latvian Blues Band released their first own studio album "Unreal" featuring 10 original songs written by the band during last 5 years. The entire album was produced by Duke Robillard. The year ended up with a powerful performance at the annual Baltic Blues Challenge competition in Eutin, Germany on October 30 and 31 where the Latvian Blues Band convincingly won in the category of blues groups and were promoted to take part in the International Blues Challenge 2010 finals in Memphis, U.S.A. January 2010.
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Oxford American's music issue has Alabama focus
The Oxford American's annual Southern music issue comes out today, and most of its 176 pages have an Alabama focus.
The same goes for a 26-song CD tucked into the magazine, a quar­terly publication that includes re­porting, criticism and fiction.
Editors at the Oxford American said they chose Alabama as the target state this year because of the "complexity and richness" of its music history, genres and art­ists.
Articles will include a fictional piece by rock critic Greil Marcus, a column about the blues from Jamey Hatley, top 10 lists from mu­sic aficionados and more.
The accompanying disc is de­signed to showcase a wide range of Alabama acts, from ultra-fa­mous icons to underground up-­and-comers. Birmingham-born Odetta, the late folk-blues legend, can be heard on one track, singing a Bob Dylan cover. Jazz diva Di­nah Washington, originally from Tuscaloosa, is memorialized with her rendition of Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart."
Other artists on the CD include soul singer Mary Gresham, from Muscle Shoals, and Phosphores­cent, a rock band led by Toney na­tive Matthew Houk.
The annual music issue, typ­ically one of the most popular edi­tions of the magazine, costs $10.95 and is available at newsstands, bookstores and the Oxford American website.

Best Traditional Blues Album
Vocal or Instrumental
James Cotton
Memphis Blues
Cyndi Lauper
[Mercer Street Records]
The Well
Charlie Musselwhite
Joined At The Hip
Pinetop Perkins & Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith
Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites
Jimmie Vaughan
[Shout! Factory]
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Vocal or Instrumental.

Nothing's Impossible
Solomon Burke
[E1 Music]
Dr. John And The Lower 911
[429 Records]
Living Proof
Buddy Guy
Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook
Bettye LaVette
Live! In Chicago
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Featuring Hubert Sumlin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Bryan Lee, And Buddy Flett
[Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records]
Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album
Vocal or Instrumental

Zydeco Junkie
Chubby Carrier And The Bayou Swamp Band
[Swampadellic Records]
En Couleurs
[Feufollet Records]
Happy Go Lucky
D.L. Menard
[Swallow Records]
Back Home
The Pine Leaf Boys
[Valcour Records]
Creole Moon: Live At The Blue Moon Saloon
Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole
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Benefit for C.O.P.P. to feature great Kansas City talent, Coyote Bill, many more
Coyote Bill (guitar) with Scottyboy Daniel (harp)Photo: Guinevere Patterson
The Kansas City blues crowd is a special kind of underground music community. Though Kansas City is well known as a blues city around the world, the average resident of KC may not be any more aware of what Kansas City blues is all about and where folks can go to find it than a visitor from anywhere else in the world. Kansas City has a proud, strong blues society (the KCBS) that is very active in putting together events and promoting them, and musicians and blues enthusiasts from the local blues crowd do more than their share of promoting blues related events as well; however, the blues community here is really comprised of about four or five thousand people in a city of about 500,000 people, one of the top forty most populated cities in the United States for more than twenty years. That being said, it is amazing how effectively our blues fans and musicians sponsor, initiate, and participate in helpful benefit shows and events.
Every year this underground community puts its efforts and its money into a wide variety of worthy causes, like cancer survivor funds, Harvesters food drives, keeping kids off the streets, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome benefits, and many more. And they're doing it again this December. The Hideout Bar & Grill will be playing host to a benefit on December 10, 2010 for C.O.P.P. Incorporated, an organization that works to do just what it's name implies; “Care of Poor People Incorporated” says it all. The benefit will feature loads of talent from our local blues community, including a well known slide guitar aficionado, Coyote Bill, who is organizing the event.
When asked how the benefit would play out, Coyote bill said, “It's a clothing drive for C.O.P.P. So far I have scheduled to appear: Crosseyed Cat, The Black Bottom Band, Bobby Carson's 11th Dimension, my band [Coyote Bill and His Wild Ones], and I have solo acts scheduled to play short sets in between bands. Stovepipe [Perkins of the band Knock Kneed Sally] said he'd do a solo set, Paul Wilkes too.... There's a handful of other possible surprise guests too. We are trying to raise clothing and survival supplies for homeless people.”
If you are reading this, then you are probably among the select few in Kansas City who can count themselves as part of a subculture that not only celebrates our blues heritage, but continuously focuses the forces of this small, but strong community on helping those in need.
According to their website, Care of Poor People Inc., otherwise referred to as C.O.P.P., “is a non- profit organization that is dedicated to helping those that are struggling in our community as well as teaching other communities how to do the same! We aid the homeless as well as people that have housing, but have fallen into hard times and simply need some assistance for the basic necessities to live.
“C.O.P.P. has put together on-going community programs and has several large warehouse events each year that are specifically targeted at providing food and clothing to those in need. It is through the help and generosity of many volunteers and businesses that these events are put on. Please look through our website to read further about our events and programs to see how you too can be involved with helping those in need in Kansas City!”
Please find out more about the December 18th benefit at the Hideout Bar and Grill by following information provided by Coyote Bill at his band's website,, and check out the C.O.P.P website to learn about the worthy cause which this event is dedicated to at
December 18, 2010, Hideout Bar & Grill, Benefit for C.O.P.P., Coyote Bill and His Wild Ones, Paul Wilkes, Bobby Carson's 11th Dimension, Cross Eyed Cat, Stovepipe Perkins, Black Bottom Band, more to come

Still the address of down-home sounds
EL CERRITO, Calif. — The sign on the wall of the building that serves as the home of Arhoolie Records here, just north of Berkeley, promises “down home music,” and for 50 years, often operating on a shoestring, and a thin one at that, the label has delivered a rich and quirky mixture of blues, folk, jazz, Cajun, Tex-Mex, country, zydeco and gospel — the full panorama of American roots music — to an equally diverse collection of music fans.
John F. Kennedy had just been elected president when Chris Strachwitz, Arhoolie’s founder and still its owner, sat pasting pictures on the cover of the label’s first LP, “Mance Lipscomb: Texas Sharecropper and Songster.” Driving across the South a few months earlier, Strachwitz had recorded that blues singer at home, dreaming of giving up his job as a high school teacher but never imagining that his homespun venture would outlive some of the world’s largest recording conglomerates.
To commemorate its 50th anniversary, Arhoolie is about to release a four-CD collection of songs, ranging in style from the blues of Jesse Fuller to the free jazz of Sonny Simmons, that Strachwitz recorded between 1954 and 1970 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Called “Hear Me Howling: Blues, Ballads & Beyond,” the package also includes a 136-page book that tells the history of the label; the set will be available for purchase at the company’s website,, beginning next week and from music stores early in 2011.
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Go Blues! Monthly Muskegon bash a musical team effort
Lance Karum, 56, second from left, has spearheaded the blue concerts effort. He's shown in a collage of his Buster Blues Band.
ROOSEVELT PARK — West Michigan has a history with the blues, a lineage of amazing local artists and a record of venues devoted to the genre.
So where have the blues and Muskegon’s blues artists gone?
Lance Karum, 56, a lifelong Muskegon resident and blues player, knows where the blues have gone and intends to keep drawing them out with his monthly Big Bad Blues Bash.
This weekend’s event spotlights the talents of Muskegon’s Vincent Hayes Project, a group with an album, “Reclamation,” that has reached No. 9 on B.B. King’s Bluesville XM radio show. 
Karum’s own band, The Buster Blues Band, will accompany them in celebrating a great year for local blues. 
“We were looking for a big venue to spotlight the blues. … a nice and clean place, no smoking,” explained Karum, whose blues outfit has been around for a decade and a half.
“The blues crowd is different,” he said. “They want something better.”
And better they will get. At least that’s what Ron Mumford, co-organizer of the Big Bad Blues Bash and manager of Sherman Bowling Center, believes.
“We could be like every other bar on this strip and have head-bangin’, rock ‘n’ roll every weekend, but I would rather have people come into The Room and experience something special,” he said.
The idea for the Big Bad Blues Bash sprang from the Susan G. Komen breast cancer research benefit in October of 2009, which featured blues musicians from all over West Michigan.
The event has since succeeded thanks to participation by some of the finest West Michigan blues artists— King B and the Buzztones, the Tomas Esparza Blues Experience, Tailshaker, Big Daddy Fox and Blues You Can Use, to name a few.
Besides that, said Karum, “The Big Bad Blues Bash works because blues people support each other — like WGVU, they advertise blues events for free. You got people like the West Michigan Blues Society calendar. It’s free.
“But what’s most important is that the players push it. We want people to know that the blues is still alive and well in Muskegon,” he said.
On Saturday, musicians will alternate sets throughout the night. The Buster Blues Band will play at 8  and 10 p.m., with the Vincent Hayes Project going on at 9 and 10:30 p.m.
A jam session will close out the night from 11 p.m. to midnight.
“Folks who want to jam with us should be sure to bring their own instruments,” reminds Karum.
Saturday’s Bash also will feature food by GBQ-Bar-B-Q & Catering.

Help keep a vital part of West Michigan’s music scene alive. Go blues!
• What: Big Bad Blues Bash, a monthly blues concert 
• When: 8 p.m. Saturday, doors open at 6:30 p.m.
• Where: Sherman Bowling Center, 1531 W. Sherman
• Admission: $5 (includes a drink)

Help The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research Win a $50,000 Grant for The Mojo Project in the Month of December!
Less than a minute of your day can potentially help save the life of a musician with bipolar disorder.
SCMF is competing for a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project during the month of December. The winners will be decided by popular vote. SCMF needs your votes every day in December! Voting is as Easy as 1-2-3. THREE votes. THREE ways. EVERY day.
Sleep Deprivation is a known trigger for mania. Mania is a symptom of Bipolar Disorder which may lead to reckless or dangerous behavior. Musicians are a population at risk for sleep deprivation because of their lifestyle. The Mojo Project is an online and mobile based application which musicians can access 24/7 and receive feedback when lack of sleep may be at a dangerous level. Support is part of the design.
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European Blues Union
Since the 1960s, professional blues activists in nearly every European nation have been committed to promoting blues music as well as the artists who create it. Festival promoters, tour organizers, agents, specialized magazines, radio DJs, labels, distributors, clubs etc are responsible for preserving a truly dynamic scene characterized by idealism, personal commitment and a passion for honest, handmade music. Few genres of music can boast such a loyal fan base as the blues.
Apart from a few scattered international partnerships between individuals, over the last three decades, those active in promoting the blues have generally been fighting alone within the borders of their native country. Until now, only in the USA has there been a kind of umbrella organization: the Memphis-based Blues Foundation. In 2007, a project in Italy recognized this deficit and took the first steps toward organizing a pan-European network of blues activities. In June 2008, the first European Blues Conference took place in Parma, Italy, during Parma’s Roots & Food Festival. More than 70 participants from 18 countries took part. In addition to making contacts, getting to know one another and engaging in extensive brainstorming on a variety of topics, those present also defined the conditions for the foundation of a European Blues Union.
The first step was to create a website ( that would compile and administer all the blues contacts and activities from throughout Europe. A delegation of four initiators from four countries organized the 2nd European Blues Conference during Norway’s Notodden Blues Festival the following year. Even the BBC heard about this European initiative and reported on the 2nd European Blues Conference and the growth of the organization. Several work groups – consisting solely of volunteer, non-paid idealists – were dedicated to the creation of a sustainable form of organization and the development of the union’s statutes. Finally, in June 2010, six charter members officially registered the union in Brussels, Belgium, as European tradition would dictate.
At the 3rd conference in Hondarribia, Spain in summer 2010, the EBU presented itself as well as its first public project: a European band competition that will take place in Berlin on March 18th and 19th, 2011. The conference participants present became the first to actively join the organization. The EBU currently has members from 16 countries. The first official meeting of members will take place during the Band Challenge in Berlin. Its goal will be to recruit large numbers of members throughout Europe who are interested in supporting and promoting the work of the EBU. Ultimate goal is the establishment of a permanent office to handle the Union’s work professionally, to coordinate activities, take charge of communication and organize EBU events.
The EBU is presently made up solely of volunteer, non-paid members. Current chairman is Thomas Ruf of Germany’s internationally renowned blues label Ruf Records.

Candye Kane - The Toughest Girl Alive
  Dear Friend,
                     When looking for a theatre to produce the world premiere production of the 99.9% true story of my life and music, The Toughest Girl Alive, I needed to find a very special kind of theatre.  I needed artists with the talent to tell my story in bright, vivid strokes, producers who could reach out to the kind of people who made this story so personal, and women with the guts to stand up and represent theatre with an edge.  I found that theatre with MOXIE. MOXIE Theatre is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed, non-profit, local theatre founded and operated by women, whose mission is to create more diverse and honest female images for our culture.  They do the kind of work that inspires, ignites and makes even the most ordinary of folks want to live a life full of art.  But they cannot do it alone.
 I’m writing today to ask for your help.  In order to have a truly successful production, we ask you to adopt an artist (donate funds to pay their salary), sponsor a night of the run (filling a full house), or underwriting a technical aspect of the play.  MOXIE is a registered 501(c)3, so any donation you make to our production is not only personally fulfilling, but completely tax-deductible.
Because we know that in this economy, your money has to work as hard for you as we do to create art, we will include the following perks to help identify you or your company as an arts ally:
· a profile of your business on MOXIE’s website (which currently has over 30,000 hits a month)
· mention and link to your website in our bi-weekly email blast which goes out to over 2,500 local supporters of the arts    
· we’ll list your support in all public and media related      appearances.              
· 2 complimentary tickets to Opening Night
· 4 complimentary tickets for the rest of the run.
 Please consider donating to The Toughest Girl Alive.  Your generous contribution ensures MOXIE can continue to bring diverse images of women and their voices to the San Diego stage.  To learn more about the organization please visit us at to speak with a MOXIE representative live about making a donation call the theatre at: 858-598-7620.
With Big Love and Gratitude,
                                          Candye Kane    

Include your band or business in the celebration of our 10,000th Friend on our Facebook site: Blues Festival Guide
In just under one year, we have almost reached 10,000 friends and we want to celebrate by giving that lucky person that signs up as #10,000 a goody bag full of blues-related gifts.
We are going to continue this Promotion for six months including asking blues-related trivia questions and awarding the winner a prize.
Steph Bravo is our Social Network Editor. She will be letting all 10,000 blues friends about you and your product. Free advertising for you!
Steph will make an exciting display/promo on our Facebook announcing the winner and repost it often so it remains on top so that your brand is seen again and again.
To participate, please send up to six units (CD, t-shirt, poster etc.) to:
RBA Publishing Inc/Blues Festival Guide
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Reno, NV 89513
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Also, please send your logo to Stephanie as a jpeg attachment and let her know what you are shipping so she can match up your logo with your product.

Blues, gospel music part of Texas' cultural soundtrack
JOSH BIRNBAUM / The Dallas Morning News  
Blues is not dead – yet. 
Many famous bluesmen and soul singers have come out of Texas: Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lightnin' Hopkins, T-Bone Walker and Freddie King, just to name a few.
Dallas still has a bustling blues culture, at R.L. Blues Palace and Tucker's Blues, just to name a couple. This photo essay is about the roots of blues, gospel and soul in East Texas; it is a glimpse into the culture, history and motivations of the music.
This is a journey into the soul of Deep Texas.
Lona Strange
The lovely Lona Ree English Strange is a 93-year-old gospel singer who can belt a tune with more soul and conviction than any recording artist you will find. That is because Lona's music is her music, not anybody else's.  
"All my life," Strange says. "It's a part of me." 
Strange attends services at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Crockett, a small town north of Houston. She has been going there since 1942, when she helped build the church with four other women. She is the last living original member of the church.
"I was young then, and I could work and I wanted a church," Strange says. "We was determined to do it." 
So began a lifetime dedicated to the music of the Lord. 
Strange sang, for me and it nearly put me into shock. She starting off with one her “daddy loves so well,” a rendition of “Since I Laid My Burden Down.” 
She started off slow and timid with the “Glory Glory” part of the song, but by the third word, “Hallelujah,” she was able to pull some deep notes that must have come from some other place. her words echoed through the halls of the empty church and bounced back emphatically at me. 
The church's pastor, Rev. Harry Fred Scott, helps her along like a one-man backing choir. He gleams with pride."This region of East Texas is such an incredible wealth of any kind of music you can think of," Scott said. "It's a crossroads." 
K.M. Williams
I had a born-again experience, an actual conversion," the Rev. K.M. Williams says. "At that point, my musical abilities seemed to just multiply. It was like a gift." 
Rev. Williams was playing guitar in a corner of the Alligator Café in Dallas, trying to be heard over the din of the crowd. Dressed in a black suit and wearing a black preacher's hat, he was playing mostly deep blues tunes, originals with names like "I Don't Want No Skinny Woman" and "Preach These Blues."
Williams is also the associate pastor of Wayman Chapel in Ennis, where he leads songs and prayer every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening.
"I don't differentiate between gospel music and blues," he says. "It's kind of all the same to me because it comes from the same source. Really, all black music started from spirituals or work songs."
  In fact, many of the early blues masters were also preachers. Blind Lemon Jefferson was called Deacon L.J. Bates on his first records, and Charlie Patton and Son House were both preachers.
 Williams' new album was released on Dialtone Records on Sept. 1, but that's not changing anything in his life.
"They call me the Texas Country Blues Preacher," Williams says. "I can preach you the blues, or I can play you the blues. I'm kind of a throwback to a generation, but I just happen to be in this generation doing it." 
Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church
Many of the old gospel traditions are still upheld by this generation, such as revivals that continue to use the old-style music in new contexts. 
As soon as the four-hour service begins, Charles Easterling preaches from the pulpit as his wife's keyboard chords punctuate his points from the corner of the room. A storm is brewing outside, and the windows turn a deep blue, lightning and thunder shake the room, and the lights flicker as the power goes on and off. But they keep on reviving. 
"Praise the Lord, play those things, make a joyful noise unto the Lord!" Easterling says to his musicians and choir in Crockett.
After the revival is over close to midnight, congregants commune over a fish fry in the church's dining hall.
The pastor believes music is man's connection to God. He and his wife have been preaching together at Mt. Moriah for five years now.
 Both the pastor and his wife are looking forward to the next life – and to the music they will play when they get there.
"I tell my wife, 'You know what, baby? When all this over down here, we gonna be able to go home and sing in the heavenly choir,' " Easterling says confidently. "You got to know that you going home to live with the Lord and sing in that angelic choir." 
'How did you start singing?' "How did you come upon gospel music?" Strange meets the question with silence and a stare.
New question: "How did you discover gospel music?" Still silence. Finally, "How did you start singing?" She reacts immediately, saying, "Oh, you mean my singing? My church music?"  
To her – a member of an older generation who has survived into this one – gospel music is what her parents sang to her on their way to church in a wagon. It is what she sang in church all her life. It is what she does now to praise God.
"It dwells in your heart, and you just feel the spirit moving in your heart," Strange says. "As long as the Lord let me, as long as he give me the voice, I'm going to do my best."  
Josh Birnbaum completed this project while an intern at The News. He's now a freelance photographer based in Ohio.

11th hour talks to save Burnley Blues Festival
Oli Brown opens the festival in 2009
ELEVENTH-hour talks are taking place to safeguard the future of Burnley’s international blues festival for 2011.
Council bosses have denied any firm decision has been taken over staging next year’s Easter gathering, which attracts music industry legends from around the world.
But blues music insiders have been already been told that the festival’s future is in jeopardy over sponsorship and funding.
Alan White, of music website, who was informed of the festival’s problems by Burnley Mechanics staff, said it would be ‘so sad’ if the festival did not continue in 2011.
He told the Telegraph: “In the UK blues community Burnley Blues Festival has always been held in high esteem for the quality of the blues music, including many rare appearances from very well respected US blues artists over the years.
“The likelihood that no further sponsorship will be forthcoming in 2011, coupled with the dark cloud of government cutbacks looming, paints a bleak picture for the future.
“Over the years Burnley has given blues fans nationwide treasured memories of the finest blues artists and bands to appear in Britain and it will be so sad if the festival does not continue in 2011.”
The festival this year was reduced to a single day after a major-name sponsor could not be found. The council has not revealed the level of sponsorship it would need for the event to go ahead.
Several fringe venues including the Press Room, Sparrowhawk Hotel and The White Hart are either closed or seeking permanent landlords.
But publicans at others, including The Bridge Inn, The Talbot and Coach & Horses are understood to be concerned at fresh doubts over the festival’s future.
Mick Cartledge, Burnley Council’s community services director, said: “No decision on next year’s blues festival has been taken yet. We will be meeting with representatives from the fringe venues shortly to discuss the event.”

New plans for old Blues on Grand location
The former Blues on Grand, 1501 Grand Ave. in Des Moines, is being resurrected as a bar and venue for a variety of live music from blues, to rock to country to pop.
Frankie Farrell, an owner of Liar’s Club, is one of the business partners working on the project. His goal is to open the bar, to be called The Gas Lamp, in mid- to late December.
Bar hours will be daily during lunchtime to 2 a.m. Live music will be offered two nights a week, at least to begin with.
There is no kitchen there, but Farrell’s father, Tommy Farrell, will provide catering of Vienna hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches from his Fourth Street Chicago Italian Beef business downtown. Happy hour specials are also being planned.
Frankie Farrell said the Blues on Grand location appeals to him because of its history and dive bar aspect, which fits the eclectic throwback look he is going for. The plan includes keeping the interior pretty much untouched for now. The exterior will get a makeover, most likely when the weather warms up. It will include large windows that can be opened up.
The bar holds about 200.

Suzy Bogguss's Swingin' Little Christmas featuring Suzy and her 6-piece band is a joyous, festive evening of traditional songs and spontaneity. The musicianship is jaw-dropping and Suzy's rich, fluid voice takes us through sentimental songs like: "I'll be Home for Christmas" to her own raucous "Two Step Round the Christmas Tree". It's a fun-filled night of Christmas classics plus all of Suzy's hits through the years like "Drive South," "Someday Soon," "Hey Cinderella," "Nobody Love, Nobody Gets Hurt," and "Goodnight." The whole family will enjoy hearing Suzy sing her heart out in the spirit of the holiday season. This lady has been around since 1992, when her string of popular songs began hitting the airwaves. The late-great Chet Atkins called her one of the best vocalists he had ever worked with. She was named the Academy of Country Music's Top New Female Vocalist in 1989 and had the Top Ten Video of the Year in 1993 for "Drive South". She won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award in 1992 and Album of the Year Award in 1994, ASCAP Country and Pop awards for her songwriting, and in 2005 a Grammy for her contribution to the Best Folk Album, Beautiful Dreamer. 
The Bull Run Restaurant is located at 215 Great Road in Shirley, MA. Just 30 miles from Boston and 15 minutes from Rt. 495. Their farm-to-table menus and old-world charm make this newly renovated concert venue a truly exceptional night out for the holidays. 
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International Blue Challenge Coming Soon! Memphis, TN
The 2011 International Blues Challenge will be the 27th year of Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition.
The Blues Foundation will present the 27th International Blues Challenge February 1-5, 2011 in Memphis, TN. The world's largest gathering of Blues acts represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to take their act to the international stage.
In 2010, 110 bands and 80 solo/duo acts entered, filling the clubs up and down Beale Street for the semi-finals on Thursday and Friday and the finals at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday. We will have at least that many in 2011.
The 27th year of the International Blues Challenge will once again include a youth showcase for those under the age of 21. Smokin' Bluz of Charlotte, NC has signed on again as the Presenting Sponsor. The 27th IBC will include an afternoon (Friday, February 4, 2011) of talented young people showcasing their talents for record labels, media, festivals, managers, talent buyers and the fans.
The week of events will once again kick off Tuesday night with a Meet & Greet hosted by the Beale Street Merchants Association at the New Daisy Theater, followed by the FedEx International Showcase. In addition to the evening Blues competition, the days are filled with seminars and workshops and topped off in a moving Saturday morning brunch in which the Blues community will honor its own with the prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) awards that honor the men and women, who have made significant contributions to the Blues music world, in 20 categories such as journalism, literature and photography and to the best clubs and festivals, as well as managers, promoters and producers.
Media Sponsors include Beale Street Caravan, Big City Rhythm and Blues, Blues Festival Guide, Blues Revue, Downtowner, House of Blues Radio Hour, Living Blues, Memphis Flyer, Memphis Music Magazine and WREG-TV.
The 27th International Blues Challenge is sponsored by ArtsMemphis, bandVillage, Beale Street Merchants Association, Budweiser and its local distributor, D.Canale Beverages, FedEx, Gibson, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, Smokin' Bluz, T. Clifton Art, Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission.
The list of current blues artists that have competed in the IBC over the years is impressive indeed: Slick Ballinger, Barbara Blue, Fiona Boyes, Eden Brent, Keith Brown, Michael Burks, Sean Carney, Albert Castiglia, Tommy Castro, the late Sean Costello, Albert Cummings, Delta Moon, Larry Garner, Joey Gilmore, Diunna Greenleaf, Zac Harmon, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Richard Johnston, Joe Moss, Jason Ricci, Robin Rogers, Matthew Skoller, Super Chikan, Patrick Sweany, Susan Tedeschi, Teeny Tucker, Watermelon Slim, the late John Weston and Michelle Wilson.
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Severn Records announces the signing of veteran bluesman Big Joe Maher and the February 15 release of his new CD, You Can’t Keep a Big Man Down, with national distribution by City Hall Records. The new CD was produced by Kevin McKendree, a long-time keyboard player for Delbert McClinton’s band, who also contributed piano and organ on the sessions. The rest of the players on You Can’t Keep a
Big Man Down included Texas blues guitar great Bill Campbell, who played bass on the new CD, as well as guitarist Rob McNelley and sax player Dennis Taylor. McNelley is also a regular in McClinton’s band, as was Taylor, who sadly passed away recently.
The new CD reunites Big Joe Maher with Severn Records, which released both his 1998 album, I’m Still Swingin’ (winning a Washington Area Music Association award for “Best Blues Recording”), and his 2000 release, All Night Long.
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Superstar Tom Jones joins Elwood this week. He has stepped away from the pop music that made him famous to create Praise & Blame, a stripped-down record of raw gospel. He talks to Elwood about what blues and gospel music means to him. We’ll also hear Mahalia Jackson, John Lee Hooker, Otis Redding, and a bit of blues with Sir Tom and Jeff Beck. Plus hot new talent out of Salem, Oregon – the Ty Curtis Band. And keep those votes coming in for the top ten CDs of 2010. One lucky listener will win all ten. And one of you still has a chance to win a Fender Stratocaster guitar. The contest ends New Year’s Eve, at midnight.
In celebration of the release of the Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 DVD, Rhino Records, Fender, and are giving away a brand new black sunburst Stratocaster guitar. Register now - the contest ends 12/31
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