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Febuary 4, 2011 Volume # 6  Issue # 4

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Hook, Line & Sinker features twelve carefully chosen songs from Little Richard, Dave Bartholomew, Amos Milburn, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Floyd Dixon and others. Produced by Vachon, the CD is a ferocious and enthusiastic blast of rocking guitars, punching horns and huge, room-filling vocals. The results are a non-stop, hip-shaking party. It’s clear why Peoplemagazine said Roomful’s music “can turn a dull evening at home into a heel-clicking night of fun.” 
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She sings straight from the soul. Even as a teen, she delivered her songs with an amazing intensity and maturity. Now she has grown up to be the finest, most-acclaimed female blues and R&B singer of her generation. With a performing and recording career that spans 15 years (and she is only 31!), she’s electrified audiences around the world. Shemekia Copeland has truly made a lifetime mark in a few short years.
Inspired by her late father, Grammy-winning Texas bluesman Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemekia first performed at the age of eight. She was on the road and on the stage with him at the tender age of 16. It was her father’s deep blues roots, combined with her experience growing up in the tough streets of Harlem, that brings such power and emotion to her music. “My dad knew ever since I was a baby,” she says. “He just knew I was gonna be a singer.” But she denied it. Then, when Johnny was diagnosed with heart problems and eventually had to have a heart pump implanted, she received the calling. “It was like a switch went off in my head,” recalls Shemekia, “and I wanted to sing. It became a want and a need. I had to do it.”
She burst onto the national scene with her 1998 debut album Turn The Heat Up, which shot her straight to festival headliner status. The title track hit radio hard, two songs appeared in Hollywood films, and she was declared to be “the future of the blues.” Giants like B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Ruth Brown, James Cotton and Mavis Staples sang her praises, and Robert Plant declared her “the next Tina Turner.” With her second Alligator release, the Grammy-nominated Wicked, she won the first of her three national TV appearances. Her next two albums, Talking To Strangers and The Soul Truth, produced by Dr. John, and soul pioneer Steve Cropper respectively, found her giant talent just continuing to grow. She’s opened for The Rolling Stones and won eight Blues Music Awards (and 27 nominations).
Shemekia is constantly on the road. Her career has taken her all across the U.S.A., to Europe, and even to sing for the troops in Iraq. Everywhere she goes, she leaves behind scores of exhilarated fans, bowled over by the sheer power, depth and humor of this young woman with the very grownup soul.
                                                    – Bruce Iglauer
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Blues Central
Carlos Malles of Spain poses for a picture by Lorea Mendizabal after the dedication of a musical note for blues musician Rosco Gordon on Beale Street as part of the International Blues Challenge. The pair are in Memphis scouting for talent for the Hondarribia Blues Festival in Spain’s Basque Country.
International Blues Challenge brings world to genre’s home - Memphis has long been known as the “home of the blues,” a moniker that’s on display this week at the annual International Blues Challenge.
The event, which draws participants from around the world, kicked off Tuesday with the opening FedEx International Showcase at the New Daisy Theatre and continues through Saturday.
The rain, wind and cold temperatures that greeted participants at Tuesday’s opening night didn’t deter the enthusiasm.
“It’s colder than I expected,” said Mihael Vlah, who traveled from Poland as a member of the Kajetan Drozd Acoustic Trio, one of the 20 international acts featured in the FedEx International Showcase.
The competition draws musicians from around the globe to compete in a battle of blues bands that culminates on Saturday at The Orpheum Theatre at 2 p.m. Participants have come from Australia, Israel, Italy, Finland, Norway, Germany France, Canada and Croatia.
The festival has grown through the years, bringing more contestants but also greater complexity to the event. This year is starting earlier than ever.
“It’s just like a basketball tournament. When you add more teams, you add more rounds,” said Jay Sieleman, executive director of the Memphis-based Blues Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving blues music history. The IBC is one of the Blues Foundation’s signature events.
This year there are some 200 acts including 110 contestants in the band competition and more than 80 people competing in the solo/duo division.
No matter who wins Saturday’s judging the city of Memphis will be a big winner.
“You’ve got to understand that only about 10 percent of (participants) are Memphians,” said Mike Glenn, owner of the New Daisy Theatre and Beale Street Merchant Association board member. The association sponsors the IBC.
Several Downtown hotels are booked to capacity and restaurant managers are preparing for larger than average crowds.
“We have 10 hotels partnering with us,” Sieleman said. “Every Downtown hotel benefits. The Doubletree is completely sold out and they have a four-night minimum.”
Meetings and conventions can mean big business. According to the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, the average convention delegate in the city spends about $400 per day. International visitors average a three-night stay with an average daily room rate of about $80, which with the various hotel and sales taxes, events like the IBC generates much-needed dollars.
“Personally, for my business, this is the second-busiest weekend of the year,” said Ty Agee, owner of Miss Polly’s Soul City Café and president of the Beale Street Merchants Association. “Winter can be horrible down here. So to know you have four to five solid days, really is a blessing.”
And so far this week, the event seems to be a blessing to the participants as well even if the path to Memphis wasn’t always easy.
Isaiah B. Brunt came all the way from Sydney, Australia – the hard way.
“I went from Sydney, to L.A. to Atlanta, then to Nashville and took a bus to Memphis,” said the very dedicated Brunt of his 27-hour pilgrimage. “I would not recommend that to anybody.”
Brunt uses blues at home as part of an outreach program in neighborhoods where poverty and drugs present challenges for kids from the aboriginal cultures.
“You cannot just go into those communities,” Brunt said. “You have to be invited. Blues seems to bring happiness and hope to these places.”
To be entered in the IBC, acts had to be sponsored by local blues societies who hold competitions to send only their best to Memphis. There were 195 affiliated societies that participated this year. Dues from these societies cover the considerable travel expenses.
The event runs through Saturday with acts at most Beale Street clubs. Visit for more information.

Here are the finalists announced last night at the conclusion of the semi-finals. They are listed in the order in which they will perform at the finals at the Orpheum theater tonight. The band finals will begin at 2:00pm (doors open at 1:00pm) and the Solo/Duo finals will begin at 7:30pm (doors at 6:30pm).
1. Randy Oxford Band - South Sound Blues Association
2. Stevie J & the Blues Eruption - Central Mississippi Blues Society
3. Grand Marquis - Topeka Blues Society
4. Rob Blaine's Big Otis Blues - Windy City Blues Society
5. Alex Wilson - Grafton Blues Association
6. The Lionel Young Band - Colorado Blues Society
7. The Sugar Prophets - Illinois Central Blues Club
8. The Mary Bridget Davies Group - Kansas City Blues Society
1. Back Porch Stomp - Washington Blues Society
2. Izzy & Chris - West Virginia Blues Society
3. George Schroeter & Marc Breitfelder - Baltic Blues
4. The Juke Joint Devils - Massachusetts Blues Society
5. "Sweet Taste" Kennedy - Canal Bank Shuffle
6. The Mighty Orq - Houston Blues Society
7. Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen - Colorado Blues Society
8. JT Blues - Billtown Blues Association
Congratulations to the finalists.  Wow, well done my friends.
There was so mighty tough competition to get to the finals.  The artists making the semi-finals are listed below.
            27th IBC Semi-Finalists  
Semi-Finalists In alphabetical order by venue
Solo/Duo Semi-Finalists
In alphabetical order by venue
Blues Hall
Back Porch Stomp
D'Mar & Gill
Micah Kesselring
Sweet Willie Tea
Club 152 3rd Floor
Bongo Joe & Little Steve-O
Michael Jerome Browne
Rick Taylor
Valerie June
King's Palace
Cotton Boys
Gary Applegate with Sal Barbera
Roberson 7 Beese
Stew Moss
Lil' Anthony's
Billy Jones Bluez
Izzy & Chris
Jason & Ginger
Reverand Robert
Pig on Beale
Big Daddy 0
Frank & Kerry Coalition
The Juke Joint Devils
Silky O'Sullivans
Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen
George Schroeter & Marc Breitfelder
Tom Hunter & John Stilwagen
Westin Lobby Bar
Harrison "Sweet Taste" Kennedy
Michael Lee Ammons
Ralph de JonghThe Mighty Orq
Wet Willie's
Jimi V & Screamin John
Karl Kabbage & Jimmy Zolo
Lee Pons
Mountain Men
Band Semi-Finalists
In alphabetical order by venue

Clover Blue
The Sugar Prophets
The Vicki Stevens Band
Toni Dodd & Southbound Blues
B.B. King's
Curtis Maraltt & The Kicks
Lisa Man & Her Really Good Band
The Ezra Charles Band
Theresa Malenfant & The Instigators
Blues City Café
Josh Lamkin & Automatic Heat
The Mary Bridget Davies Group
The Pitbull of Blues Band
The WIRED! Band
Club 152
Pryor Baird and The Deacons
Stevie J and The Blues Eruption
The Lionel Young Band
The Shaun Booker Band
Flying Saucer
Adrian Niles Band
David Shelley & Bluestone
Grand Marquis
Hard Rock
Anthony "Swamp Dog" Clark and The Blues Allstars
Randy Oxford Band
The Blueshounds
Historic Daisy
Alex Wilson
Bryan Dean Trio
Sweet Felicia & the Honeytones
The Lefty Collins Band
New Daisy
King Mo
Tee Dee Young
The Rusty Wright Band
Vince Johnson & the Plantation Allstars
Red Rooster
Clarence "The Blues Man" Turner
Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers
Mikey Junior & the Stone Cold Blues
Rob Blaine's Big Otis Blues
Rum Boogie
Al Wood & the Woodsmen
Carlos del Junco & the Blues Mongrels
Kajetan Drozd Acoustic Trio
Tip of the Top
Superior Bar
6 Hands Down
Another Kind of Magick
Gregg Jackson & the Mojo Band
Gregg Wright

13th Annual Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival
"Featuring Blues and Jazz  bands led by female band leaders" 
October 15, 2011
200 West Fisher Street
Downtown Historic Salisbury, NC
Eden Brent
Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins  
Brenda Morie
 and others to be announced.
"Once upon a time in a Piedmont town in North Carolina the first Blues and Jazz Jam was organized with the assistance of several local musicians, business sponsors, the United Arts Council of Rowan and other Blues and Jazz enthusiasts of Salisbury, NC.  It was held in a casual setting on the parking lot of the Rowan Health and Fitness Center in downtown Salisbury.  Everyone brought their lawn chairs.  They listened to two hometown  celebrities,  Jackie Torrence, storyteller and Bob Paolino, blues guitarist, perform an excerpt from "Blues Story", a play written by Ms. Torrence...."
       Several other local bands performed that day as well.  It was a triumphant afternoon and evening.  As word spread about the event it was suggested that a Blues and Jazz Society be formed.  In October of 1999, Ms. Eleanor Qadirah organized a meeting and the Rowan Blues and Jazz Society was born.  A second Blues and Jazz Jam was held in September of 2000 and it has been an annual event ever since. This year will be our 13th Annual Blues and Jazz Festival.
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                               Ms. Eleanor Qadirah

The girls hit Beale Street - Willette Romius from Alligator, MS, future site of one of the Blues Trail Markers (her family founded the town) with Tracy Sow - Bobby Rush's publicist and Cheryl O'Grady - Sales Manager, Blues Festival Guide 
Cheryl and Kaati with Bobby Rush in the hotel lobby. He just dropped by totell us hi!
Kaati, publisher of the Blues Festival Guide with the Blues Brothers on Beale Street
Kaati and Cheryl from the Blues Festival Guide are in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge, a 4-day/5 night event with 110 bands, 80 solo/duo acts, 30 youth acts, 700 musicians from 40 states and 13 countries.

510 performances ­ all the venues are on Beale Street.
The weather is COLD! The music is HOT!
This is an annual, not-to-be-missed event. Mark your calendars for next year and check out  for more info.
Thanks to Joe and Jay and crew for making the IBC the industry's best networking event.

Blues Harp Blast, Blues Harmonica Workshop At Blind Willie's in Atlanta - Wednesday, Feb. 9
(ATLANTA) - Blues harmonica greats both past and present are featured during the "Groovin Like Big Walter" Workshop and "Blues Harp Blast" events at Blind Willies, 828 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, Wednesday, February 9. Workshop: 7-8:30 p.m. ($40.); Blues Harp Blast: 9:30 p.m.- till? ($10., or $5. with Workshop admission). Info: (404) 873-BLUE (2583) or log onto
             The "Groovin' Like Big Walter" Workshop is a must for fledgling harp players and/or enthusiasts, guaranteed to help you play with more of a groove and better understand the style of one of the giants of blues harmonica, "Big Walter" Horton.  To register for the workshop log onto or Following the Workshop will be a "Blues Harp Blast," featuring renowned harpist Dennis Gruenling, plus Atlanta-based harpists Doug "Joe Lee" Bush and Carlos "The Breeze" Capote. All three are backed by guitarist Doug Deming of Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones acclaim. 

Friday, February 4th at The Upstage in Port Townsend at 8pm, $12, ph.360 385 2216 Saturday, February 5th at The Phinney Community Center in Seattle, 7:30pm, $15, ph.206-782-0505
Three Northwest Women In Blues features blueswomen Alice Stuart, Mary Flowers, and Anne Weiss.  They are among the best in their field, on instruments, vocals, original songwriting and overall presentation.  These two evenings bring three signature solo shows together for a magical two night collaboration.  Expect a set from each artist and surprise natural collaborations as well.  In the Native American culture, there is nothing more powerful than a circle of decided women.  This gathering of three decidedly blues artists, Alice Stuart, Mary Flower and Anne Weiss will manifest that power musically.
Olympia-based and Grammy and Handy Award nominee Alice Stuart blazed the trail for women in rock and roll and blues as one of the only females in the country to write her own music, front a male band, and play lead guitar on national and international circuits during the 1970s.  According to Taj Mahal, "Alice cut the road that Bonnie Raitt traveled."  Having collaborated with Frank Zappa, Bob Jones (We Five & Southern Comfort) and Karl Sevareid (Southern Comfort & Robert Cray), Alice has performed alongside Joan Baez, Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, Jerry Garcia, Commander Cody, Michael Bloomfield, John Prine, Asleep at the Wheel, John Hammond, Richard Greene, Elvin Bishop, Dave Mason, Sonny Terry, Tower of Power and Lightnin' Hopkins, Jesse Fuller, Albert King, and Van Morrison.  She has appeared on The Dick Cavett Show and with George Carlin as guest host.  The Washington Blues Society awards include Best NW CD in 2003 and 2004 and 2005 Best Songwriter. In 2005, Alice was inducted into the WBS Hall of Fame.  The Seattle Weekly Music Awards awarded her and her band, The Formerlys, Best Seattle Blues Band for 2004. In 2005 Alice was given the award for Seattle's Best Guitarist.  In 2006, Alice and The Formerlys again won the award for Best Blues Band.       
Mary Flower, based in Portland, Oregon, is a world-class guitarist who swings the blues.  The Piedmont style forms the foundation of much of her work, but she's an unrivaled interpreter of Mississippi blues and an ingenious composer in her own right whose tunes take American music into uncharted waters.  She's twice placed in the top three at the prestigious National Finger Picking Championship in Winfield, Kansas, the only woman to do so, but Flower goes beyond technique.  Mary brings smarts and sublime equipoise to her music. Nominated for a 2008 Blues Music Award, Mary won the coveted Vox Populi award at the 2009 Independent Music Awards.         
Anne Weiss, based in Portland, Oregon is a national and international touring artist.  She has been performing and touring nationally for over 20 years. Her recent album, Concrete World and the Lover's Dream, features David Jacobs-Strain and was produced by rock great Kenny Passarelli.  It received a Radiolndy Gold Artist award and has been receiving national and international accolades. Known for her enormous bluesy voice, signature guitar chops, poetic lyrics, and humorous stage presence, Weiss has appeared with everyone from Dar Williams to Taj Mahal, and appears on recordings with The Indigo Girls, Greg Brown, Shawn Colvin and others. Anne's songs draw on the richness of her life - daughter of an opera singer, classical pianist turned blues guitarist, NY street gang member, mountaineer, social activist here and abroad, and writer/performer of songs that will stay with you forever.
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The Blues is over a hundred years old and, since its first appearance, it has influence all musical genres.
In France, Blues music is very much alive thanks to a strong determination from its young people to keep it vibrant. Various music competitions have indeed confirmed the talent of these young artists.
This vitality is found throughout Europe, particularly in the Northern countries, and various people involved thought that a coordinated action was now needed. After 3 annual European Blues conferences,  the “European Blues Union” was finally set up and this year, for the first time, it organises the “European Blues Challenge” on the 18th and 19th of March in Berlin (16 countries are competing). Please visit the Union site:
France will be represented at:
-          The “European Blues Challenge” by the Toulouse quartet, Awek
-          The “Memphis International Blues Challenge”, thanks to the support of  Institut Français and Sacem, by the Toulouse band, Awek and the Grenoble duo, Mountain Men, introduced by Blues sur Seine.
A number of people involved in the French Blues community and related music genres considered that, as for many other performing arts, it was time to set up a common structure, hence the creation of FRANCE BLUES.
The association aims to promote the Blues and related music genres, those involved in the Blues community and in particular the artists but also associations, festivals, media and specialised websites, to encourage  international exchanges and more specifically in terms of cooperation between European festivals as well as to promote initiatives for young people (such as Blues at school).
Making up of a directory listing all those involved in the French Blues community and a study of the organisation of annual music awards.
Is made up of website managers, the “Chaîne du Blues” , festival organisers and volunteers, journalists, lawyers, film maker and educator, etc.
Jean Guillermo
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The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1970s
While the blues-rock trailblazers of the 1960s received their inspiration from the blues giants of the 1940s and '50s like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Sonny Boy Williamson, the blues-rock artists of the 1970s would in turn be influenced by bands like John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, and others. As it smoothed out some of the rough edges of the previous decade, blues-rock would become much more commercial during the 1970s, with bands moving from small clubs to massive stadiums. These are the albums that carried the torch for the blues-rock sound throughout the 1970s.

Allman Brothers Band – 'At Fillmore East' (1971)

 After two excellent studio collections of blues-and-soul-inspired rock music (1969's self-titled debut and the following year's Idlewild South), the Allman Brothers Band broke through nationally with the two-album live At Fillmore East. One of the best blues-rock albums ever assembled, At Fillmore East includes extended, instrument-driven live jams on some of the Allman's signature tunes. From Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues" and T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday" to the band's original "Whipping Post" and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," this is the band's definitive artistic statement...and it rocks like a twister in a trailer park!

Derek & the Dominos – 'Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs' (1970)

After touring behind Delaney & Bonnie & Friends as just "one of the guys," Eric Clapton used many of his D&B "Friends" to record his 1970 solo debut and this shot in the dark, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. With the core group of bassist Carl Radle, drummer Jim Gordon, and the multi-talented Bobby Whitlock performing on both albums, it could be argued that it was the addition of guitarist Duane Allman that made Layla stand head and shoulders above Clapton's self-titled debut. Allman's participation helped spur Clapton to greater artistic heights, and whether covering Big Bill Broonzy's "Key To The Highway" and Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" or getting down and dirty on Clapton's "Bell Bottom Blues" and the classic title track, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is a landmark album for both Clapton and Allman.

Foghat – 'Foghat' (1972)

Formed by Savoy Brown alumni "Lonesome" Dave Peverett (guitar, vocals), Tony Stevens (bass), and Roger Earl (drums) along with guitarist Roger Price, Foghat took the Savoy boogie-rock sound to arena-rock heights. The band's 1972 debut is its bluesiest, Foghat adding a hard-rock edge to Willie Dixon's "I Just Wanna Make Love To You," Chuck Berry's "Maybellene," and the Bobby "Blue" Bland gem "Gotta Get To Know You" as well as introducing their own boogieing sound to originals like "Trouble, Trouble." While later albums would vault Foghat to the peak of the mid-1970s blues-rock mountaintop, their first effort offers up pure, un-distilled blues-rock cheap thrills.

Humble Pie – 'Smokin'' (1973)

 England's Humble Pie had stumbled around the continent for a number of years with mixed results, never really breaking through in the U.S. or their homeland. After Peter Frampton left to purse solo stardom, former Small Faces frontman and Humble Pie mastermind Steve Marriott brought in a proper blues guitarist in the talented Clem Clempson. Following up on the soulful R&B-tinged hard rock sound of the band's Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore album, Marriott decided to go all-in with a bluesier sound and scored a Top Ten chart hit with Smokin'. Fueled by success on AOR radio, songs like "Hot 'n' Nasty" and "30 Days In The Hole" found an eager U.S. audience and put the band on the fast track to stardom.

Janis Joplin – 'Pearl' (1971)

The best female blues vocalist in rock music, Janis Joplin's death before the completion of Pearl left many questions unanswered even as it sealed the singer's legacy. Delivering her best studio performance since recording Cheap Thrills with her former band Big Brother and the Holding Company, Pearl offers a wealth of rock, soul, and blues. From Joplin's original "Move Over" or her Kris Kristofferson-penned hit "Me and Bobby McGee" to the Etta James' classic "Tell Mama" or the Southern soul treasure "A Woman Left Lonely," Joplin knocks 'em all out of the park. Nick Gravenites' "Buried Alive In The Blues," captured as an instrumental due to Joplin's tragic death on the day of recording, is a fitting epitaph for the troubled singer.

Robin Trower – 'Bridge of Sighs' (1973)

 When former Procol Harum guitarist Robin Trower lit out on his own, he received no little criticism for the obvious Hendrix influence felt on his 1973 debut Twice Removed From Yesterday. A year later, the guitarist released the classic Bridge of Sighs, a groundbreaking collection of psychedelic-blues with a deep R&B undercurrent that not only stretched the limitations of the power-trio format but redefined what could be accomplished with the blues-rock form. Fueled by Trower's transcendent and, at its core, bluesy guitar playing and singer James Dewar's soulful vocals, Bridge of Sighs would rise into the Billboard Top Ten albums chart and make Trower an arena-rock attraction for the rest of the decade.

Rolling Stones – 'Exile On Main Street' (1972)

The troubled creation of the Rolling Stones' classic Exile On Main Street album is a subject worthy of several books, but suffice it to say that fans and critics alike didn't quite know what to make of the album upon its release in 1972. A ramshackle and dark-hued collection of rock, blues, R&B, and even a little country twang, the double-album set featured odd cover art, singer Mick Jagger's vocals were often buried in the mix, and the lyrics were oblique in a manner befitting Bob Dylan. The album gradually won over a legion of fans, influenced a generation of blues and rock artists, and led to what could arguably be considered the greatest rock 'n' roll tour of all-time in the Stones' 1972 trek across the United States.
Rory Gallagher – 'Irish Tour' (1974)
The Irish-born Rory Gallagher earned his reputation as the singer and guitarist for blues-rock band Taste. By the time of his controversial 1974 tour of strife-torn Northern Ireland, he had been pursuing a solo career for half a decade. Gallagher was always more at home on stage than in the studio, and the performance caught on tape for Irish Tour is among one of his best. The guitarist rose to the occasion and delivered a red-hot set of fan-fave originals like "Walk On Hot Coals" and "Tattoo'd Lady" along with a couple of notable covers – Muddy Waters' "I Wonder Who" and J.B. Hutto's "Too Much Alcohol." This is one of Gallagher's best, and if you've always wondered what all the brouhaha was about, Irish Tour will let you know.
Savoy Brown – 'Looking In' (1970)
The British blues-rock stalwarts Savoy Brown had been flogging away at the brass ring for almost four years and five albums before finding the perfect chemistry with Looking In. The first album with "Lonesome" Dave Peverett on vocals, Looking In included some of bandleader Kim Simmonds' most scorching fretwork, and a powerful rhythm section in bassist Tony Stevens and drummer Roger Earl (who would later defect to Foghat with Lonesome Dave). Benefiting from constant touring across the U.S., the album would inch into the Billboard Top 40 albums chart, and kick off a string of modestly-successful early-1970s releases like Street Corner Talking and Hellbound Train that nevertheless fell short of the mainstream acceptance enjoyed by Foghat.

ZZ Top – 'Tres Hombres' (1973)

The "little ol' band from Texas" had been kicking the can around the Southwest for years by the time they recorded their third album, the band honing their skills on stage and in the studio. Boiling down their boozy Texas-boogie and blues-rock sound to its essence, Tres Hombres is the epitome of the guitar-driven power-trio. Billy Gibbons' fretwork is as greasy as any you'll hear west of the Mississippi River, and songs like "Jesus Just Left Chicago," "Master of Sparks," "Hot, Blue and Righteous," and the classic "La Grange" buzz and rattle with the angry ghosts of a hundred Delta bluesmen. The Reverend's buddy Grimey says that this stuff is so simple that anybody could play it, but the truth is that nobody plays it quite like ZZ Top.

Los Lonely Boys have confirmed the March 29 release of their new album 'Rockpango.' A Spanglish word coined by the band, Rockpango translates more or less to "rock party," and that's exactly what the 11-track collection is. The album stands as the most personal work yet by the Grammy-winning Garza brothers--Henry, Ringo, and Jojo--who wrote, recorded and produced it themselves. 'Rockpango,' which will also be available in a Deluxe Edition featuring three bonus songs, behind the scenes video, and a fold-out poster of the cover art, marks the first full-length studio release of original material on the band's own Lonely Tone imprint for Playing in Traffic Records.
Engineered and mixed by Steve Chadie (Wilco, Sublime), 'Rockpango' follows 2010's critically acclaimed 'Keep on Giving: Acoustic Live!" which captured collaborations with fellow Texans Alejandro Escovedo & Carrie Rodriguez and other inspired moments from the multi-platinum band's Acoustic Brotherhood Tour. All Music Guide praised the album's "seamless three part harmonies" and "blazing guitar/bass interplay," while Vintage Guitar raved that Henry's work earned him a spot amongst "the top guitarists of his generation."
Since their breakout 2004 self-titled album, which went twice platinum and garnered a Best Pop Performance Grammy for the No 1 hit single "Heaven," Los Lonely Boys have toured all over the world, performing roughly 200 shows to more than 350,000 fans in 2009-10 alone. Their last studio album, 2008's 'Forgiven,' earned the band even more critical favor, with the LA Times extolling that it "oozes bone-deep feeling throughout." The band recently performed at the March for Immigration Reform on the National Mall in Washington before an audience of 90,000.

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Phoenix Blues Society
The Phoenix Blues Society is proud to announce that the Tommy Castro Band will headline the 20th anniversary of its signature event, Blues Blast. 
Blues Blast 20 will be held at the Mesa Amphitheatre on Saturday, February 19th, 2011.  The Mesa Amphitheatre is located at 201 North Center Street, Mesa, AZ 85201.  Doors will open at 10:00 a.m. and the show will start promptly at 11:00 a.m.
We’re pleased and honored to have the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year with us at Blues Blast and are looking forward to an outstanding performance by Tommy and the Tommy Castro Band.
Joining Tommy Castro at Blues Blast is the three-time Blues Music Award Winner for Horn and a fixture in Tommy’s Living Blues Cruise Review project, Deanna Bogart.  Down Beat magazine describes Deanna Bogart as "an extravagant entertainer"-- and entertain is what Deanna does best. The Maryland-based blues and boogie pianist / saxophonist combines the energy of 1930's style boogie piano blues with contemporary blues sounds emanating from places like New Orleans, Chicago and Memphis. "The goal when we play live," says Deanna, "is to create a fusion of all these different musical styles with the blues and boogie genuinely at the core."  A PBS favorite, Deanna and the band recently completed a successful performance and DVD concert filming at the Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts.  This will be Deanna’s second appearance at Blues Blast.
Traveling to Arizona and the Southwest for the first time, Trampled Under Foot (TUF) brings their high energy show to Blues Blast fans who will appreciate the unique family nature of the band.  Winners of the 2008 International Blues Challenge; Nick, Kris and Danielle Schnebelen are just back from playing the Notodden Blues Festival in Norway and are currently in the studio recording their next studio album.  Big brother Nick won the Albert King Award for the most promising guitarist at the 2008 IBC and Danielle wowed the IBC audience with her amazing vocals as well as her chops on the bass.  Kris keeps it all together on the drums and the result is non-stop action from the minute TUF hits the stage.
Valley favorites Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns hit the stage this year celebrating their 20th year of entertaining music lovers all around the Valley and Arizona.  Founded by Ted Kowal, Cold Shott has evolved from a three piece Blues trio to a tour de force that features eight members in the band now.  An amazing high-energy band, Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns are known for their infectious brand of Blues, R & B and Funk.
Rounding out this year’s Blues Blast lineup is the Krimson Chord.  Heavily influenced by early 60’s Chicago Blues; Geoff, Jim, Bernie and John have been rocking the Southwest for over 25 years and are the winners of the 2010 Arizona Blues Showdown.  Fresh off their trip to Memphis, Krimson Chord will entertain you with their own version of “Blues you can use!”
Tickets are available from the Phoenix Blues Society and the Mesa Amphitheatre Box Office.  Their phone number is (480) 644-2560 and tickets are also available through their website at  Additional information on the festival can be found on its website,
Should you have further questions about this event; need photos or for any other inquiry, please contact Phoenix Blues Society President Kyle Deibler at  He can also be reached at 602.770.5936

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 Buddy Guy is back to talk about his brand new CD, Living Proof. Now in his seventies, he is still knocking the blues out of the park. Tasty portions will be served, including duets he recorded with Carlos Santana, and BB King.  You will be introduced to a guitar prodigy Buddy discovered, Quinn Sullivan (not yet 12 years old). And you will experience new music from the British guitar woman, Joanne Shaw Taylor.
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