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May 13, 2011 Volume # 6  Issue # 18

Special Announcements
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House of Blues Radio Hour
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
Blues Festivals
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The Digital Edition of the 9th Annual Blues Festival Guide magazine is now available at your fingertips – literally – and it can be seen World Wide.
The Digital Edition can be accessed with a quick click of your mouse at a link on the Blues Festival Guide website, and it includes many improved features for 2011 when viewed with the latest version of Adobe Flash Player 10 (
• All 92 pages of the print magazine will open in a new window in a magazine format
• Browse through the magazine, page by page, with click of your mouse
• A tool bar at the top of the window offers options such as –
• Full page magazine view or vertical scroll in web format
• Print, email, or post individual pages – or the whole magazine
• A search option is also available to find specific pages by key words such as artist or festival name
• Navigate directly to specific pages from preview panes at the bottom of the screen
• Many of the advertisements in the Digital Edition contain links to take the reader directly to websites of Festivals and Artists for more detailed information.
Blues fans now have the opportunity to view the 9th Annual Blues Festival guide not only in its traditional print version but also online with ‘flip of a finger convenience’, and the online version allows blues advertisers to reach an almost unlimited audience.
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Too Slim and the Taildraggers new release Shiver is the 10th studio album from this group from Seattle who celebrate their 25th year of touring worldwide. Their last two releases, Free Your Mind and The Fortune Teller charted on the Billboard Top Blues Chart a total of 17 times reaching as high as #5 and #9 respectively. Shiver features some amazing guest performances by BMA award winner Curtis Salgado, Duffy Bishop and the Texas Horns. The band has sold approximately 100,000 albums since their debut release in 1988. Too Slim and the Taildraggers have won over 30 Northwest Music Awards.
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Seems the future holds a lot of mystery & excitement for me. Last year, I saw so much of the world, traveling far and wide to play music and now I've just signed my first record deal with Ruf Records to release my 2nd studio album "Love to Beg". I can't wait for the world to hear the new CD and I can't wait to bring it to life onstage with my incredible band.
I'm very proud of our new record. Together with my music partner Jon Diamond, we faced the challenge of trying to capture the live energy we're known for, while breaking out of that "on stage" comfort zone to experiment with the boundless potential that a studio environment, amazing musicians and a great engineer provides. Self-producing this body of work together was a daunting prospect, but it was also incredibly liberating - AND fun!
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This is the Weekend ...Get Yourself to Boulder Colorado
Sheryl Crow, Leon Russell, Lucinda Williams, Janiva Magness, and Davy Knowles are just a few of the names who will play the First Annual Boulder Roots and Blues Summit this weekend, May 13-15, in lovely Boulder, Colorado.
The shows will occur at the Boulder Theater, then move to the Fox Theatre for late-night fun. There is still time to join us: Friday, May 13: Lucinda Williams w/special guest at The Boulder Theater Fox Theatre late show with Vieux Farka Touré and William Elliott Whitmore Saturday, May 14 Leon Russell w/Janiva Magness at the Boulder Theater Davy Knowles with the Hazel Miller Band and Taylor Scott & Another Kind of Magick at The Fox Sunday, May 15 Sheryl Crow at the Boulder Theater.
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The National Jukebox
The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge.
The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.
Recordings in the Jukebox were issued on record labels now owned by Sony Music Entertainment, which has granted the Library of Congress a gratis license to stream acoustical recordings.
At launch, the Jukebox includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. Jukebox content will be increased regularly, with additional Victor recordings and acoustically recorded titles made by other Sony-owned U.S. labels, including Columbia, OKeh, and others.

The 22nd annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival on May 28th and 29th has added the Budweiser Clydesdales to the impressive lineup of nineteen bands performing on two giant outside stages. The Clydesdale horses will be at the festival throughout the Memorial weekend event. 
Featured Blues performers include Elvin Bishop and his “Hell Raisin’ Revue featuring his just released album.  Also appearing are Grammy nominee Maria Muldaur, The Mannish Boys with their special guests, Big Pete Van Der Pluijm with his Tribute to Lester Butler Feat, John Nemeth, Ana Popovic, the Mitch Kashmar Band, Grammy nominee Tracy Nelson, the Kirk Fletcher Band, Los Fabulocos featuring Kid Ramos, Arthur Adams, Shawn Pittman, The 44s, Mikey Jr. & Stone Cold Blues, and Cadillac Zack with special guests.
On the Cajun-Zydeco stage Grammy winner Buckwheat Zydeco will be featured along with Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Lil Pookie & The Zydeco Sensations, the Bayou Brothers and Billy Lee & The Swamp Critters. Also featured on the Cajun-Zydeco dance floor will be dance lessons led by Greg Benusa one of the world’s top Cajun & Zydeco dance instructors.
In addition to music and dancing, the festival features two dozen choices of food from exotic Cajun & Creole dishes to good old-fashioned barbecue. In addition there are over 100 craft and merchandise booths. And for those with children, there is an enormous kids area featuring a talent show, a variety of specialty acts, crafts and bouncers.
A special bonus this year is the addition of the Budweiser Clydesdales who will be on-site throughout the festival.
The pricing is family friendly with kids under 5 free. Kids 5 thru 12 are $ 15 and adults are $ 18. Tickets are available at the festival and on-line.


Blues Musician, Hugh Laurie Goes to New Orleans
This Sunday tune in to watch 'Down by the River', an exclusive film that documents Hugh's journey to New Orleans and sees him exploring the roots of the music he loves; blues and jazz.
Make sure you tweet your thoughts with the hashtag #DownbytheRiver for your chance to win a signed copy of Hugh's new album 'Let Them Talk'
The show will air this Sunday 15 May on ITV1 at 10:15pm, but if you can't wait watch a short trailer below:
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Called New Zealand's queen of rhythm and blues, Bulls' resident jazz singer Mahia Blackmore and her band Paradise will be in Fiji at the International Blues and Jazz Festival this week.
They will join Billy TK Junior, who invited them after a concert in Palmerston North in the early summer.
In November, Blackmore and her band will travel to Samoa for another international music festival.
Blackmore has a musical career which spans more than 40 years, including 30 in the Auckland music scene.
She is renowned for the song Little Tui, which she wrote while sitting in the garden of her parent's Parewahawaha Marae home.
The song, recorded in the 1980s when she was with Meg and the Fones, won her the 1986 Australian Performing Rights Association's song of the year.

On Sunday, June 26, 2011 the Sacramento Heritage & Blues Festival will take place at the Sacramento Horsemen’s Club, at 3200 Longview Drive in Sacramento. As a final gift to the Sacramento community, for the “Best Show Ever” we will be bringing in some of the top blues acts in the country.
Featured will be Bobby Rush, a fifty-year veteran of the chitlin circuit, and a Blues Hall of Fame inductee. Also featured will be Magic Slim & the Teardrops, one of the last original blues bands from the southside of Chicago, along with Joe Louis Walker & the Bosstalkers, the West Coasts’ premiere contemporary blues band.
Rounding out the show will be blues-rock-funk legend Lydia Pense & Coldblood, and a special Sacramento showcase with Arbess  Williams, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Knox, and the W.D. Gospel Singers.
Tickets are just $10, and are available mail order, from the website Advance tickets are highly recommended as we expect this show to sell out.

MUMBAI: Contemporary blues pianist-vocalist Ron Tanski kicks off a month-long residency at Club 705, 705 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, Thursday, May 12, starting, also performing Thursday, May 19; Thursday, May 26; and Friday, June 3.   
The Torrance-based musician  - who credits legendary keyboardist Jerry Lee Lewis as a main influence -  has been busy of late, recently performing with guitarist Randy Scott at the Simi Valley Blues Festival while getting ready to be one of the Main Stage headliners at the Real Blues Festival Of Orange County 2 on Sunday, May 15. Showing his versatility, Tanski performed at the renowned Coachella Music & Arts Festival in 2009 for a completely different crowd than the blues people he generally plays for.  
Ron has been nominated in the "Best Blues, Roots or Americana" category for the 21st Annual (2011) Los Angeles Music Awards, taking place Thursday, November 10 at The Avalon in Hollywood. Past nominees include pop stars The Black Eyed Peas, rock singer Gwen Stefani, and  blues guitar ace Walter Trout, among others.

Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues  singer and musician. His landmark recordings from 1936–1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that have influenced later generations of musicians. Johnson's shadowy, poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend, including a Faustian  myth. As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson enjoyed little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime. 
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May 13th 2011
In an attempt to keep things fresh - I have changed gears.  Thank you so much to all of the photographers who volunteered their photos and time for this series.  Next week, I impress upon you a new series that I am at present preparing for your blues entertainment and pleasure.  "What is it?"  You may ask.  Well, you'll just have to read on next week and see.  Keep on Blusin'!

ARBROATH will be the blues centre of Scotland during the last weekend in August when some 30 bands will take part in the seventh Bell Rock Blues Festival. 
And for the first time, the festival will extend over three days. It will run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 26, 27 and 28.
Participating venues are the Anchor Bar, Bowlers, Burns Bar, Coast, Commercial Inn, Fisherman’s Inn, Foundry Bar, Lorne Bar, Millgate Bar, Pageant Bar, St Thomas Bar, Station Bar and West Port Bar.
Despite the recession the organisers have decided that there will be no admission charges, so music lovers will be able to attend at any of the 13 venues without having to pay an entry fee.
Organiser Sandra Nicoll revealed that the Bell Rock Blues Festival has gained worldwide acclaim. “We have had requests from bands in Italy, France, Spain, Finland and the United States asking if they can take part, but unfortunately, we do not have the money to bring them over.
“However, we have two new venues this year, the Fisherman’s Inn and the West Port Bar, so we are able to spread our wings a little.
“And this year it will not be just blues music on offer, as we have introduced an element of different styles to suit everyone.”

MIDDLEBURY, Conn. – An all-star lineup including Billy Squire, Roomful of Blues, Elvin Bishop and The Fabulous Thunderbirds will highlight the New England Jazz and Blues Festival slated for June 18 and 19 at Quassy Amusement Park here.
  Tickets can be purchased in advance online at New England Jazz Festival dot com or by calling 1-800-526-3040. Those purchasing online will receive a $5 discount by entering the coupon code RIDE on the ticket purchase page before May 25.
 VIP tent, tent and lawn ticketing options are priced from $40 the day of event.
  Tickets also include parking and all-day Quassy Amusement park wristbands, valid for the rides and “Saturation Station” waterpark.

Boats, Blues and Record Breakers at the Cotee River Festival
The Blues By The River Concert runs for two days starting on Saturday, May 14, at 12 p.m. Various artists, both local and national, will play the event, with six performances on Saturday and three on Sunday afternoon. 
Headlining the event on Saturday night is renowned blues player Debbie Davies, who will perform from 9-10:30 p.m. This veteran musician has been nominated for several Blues Music Awards and was the 2010 winner in the Best Traditional Female Artist category. In an impressive career, Davies has collaborated with artists such as Ike Turner, Peter Green and Mick Taylor.

Isle of Man based musician Simon Campbell has been nominated in the best male vocalist category at the 2011 British Blues Awards.
Campbell has been shortlisted as one of six singers in the fiercely competitive category, which is nominated and judged by blues fans.
The singer-songwriter said it was a tremendous honour to have his music recognised.
"I am absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for a British Blues Award. Music is what I love doing and to have fans saying they like it means the world to me.

Specializing in Beginners and Intermediates Learn from and Jam with the Stars, and Help the People in this Special Town Where Sonny Boy II is Buried.
$55 in advance,
$65 at the door,
Held at The Shack Up Inn Clarksdale, Ms. From Noon to around 8pm Monday, May 23, 2011 could be an important day for you! The following day, Jon and his coaches start their world-famous 5-Day Blures Harmonica Jam Camp for $995 at the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, Mississippi. (There is room for a few more campers.) The 1 -Day Charity Tutwiler Camp is a way to experience that Jam Camp magic in one day. And yes, you can do both!
This Years Schedule of more camps:
May 24-28, 2011
September 27 to Oct 1, 2011
See video of camp we just had:
Your coaches are...
*Jon Gindick, Best Selling Music Instruction Author & Harp teacher
*Cheryl Arena , Dallas Diva of the Blues harp
*Watermelon Slim, Award Winning Genius Bluesman of International Fame
*Hash Brown, World Class Jam Master in Harp and Guitar
*Brian Purdy, Developer of Harpgear Amplifiers, and Monster Tone Teacher
*TJ Klay, Nashville Singer-Songwriter, Harp Master
Teaching, Performing, Jamming with You!
Food, air conditioned facilities, local crafts, quilts and band.

Johnnie Taylor’s daughter, all grown up, joins Elwood to talk about her life on the road as an honorary Blues Brother, and her very D-I-Y CD, Taylor Made. She produced it, wrote most of the songs, sang them, and put the album out on her own label. It is a fine compilation of sweet soul music, and will be played, along with music from her Dad, and some of her contemporary soul sisters: Candye Kane, Shemekia Copeland, and Sharon Jones. Aretha Franklin will be played as well. Then old blues gets a new beat from Dutch re-mixologist Mix & Dorp. Here on the website this week, a chance for you to win the latest CDs from blues rocker Kristin Thien, and Philadelphia’s own Gina Sicilia.
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Over 500 festivals are listed on the website
Bob James Jazz Festival
Saturday-Saturday, May 5-21 
Marshall, Missouri, U.S.
Juneau Jazz Festival
Friday-Saturday, May 6-21
Juneau, Alaska, U.S.
UnTapped Blues & Brews Festival
Friday-Saturday, May 13-14
Kennewick, Washington, U.S.
Boulder Roots & Blues Summit
Friday-Sunday, May 13-15 
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
24th Spring Blues Festival
Saturday, May 14
Ecaussinnes, Hainaut, Belgium
White Lake Blues Festival
Saturday, May 14
Whitehall, MI, U.S.
Real Blues Festival of Orange County 2
Sunday, May 15
Santa Ana, California, U.S.
BluesBaltica Eutin
Thursday-Sunday, May 19-22
Eutin, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival
Saturday, May 21
Thomson, Georgia, U.S.
Bourbon Street Blues Fest
Saturday, May 21 
Califon, New Jersey, U.S.
Kansas City BBQ Wine & Blues
Saturday, May 21
Temecula, CA, U.S.
Spyglass Ridge Winery's Sixth Annual Bluesfest
Saturday, May 21
Sunbury, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
Saturday, May 21
Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
Escondido, California, U.S.
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22
Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.
Doheny Blues Festival
Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22
Dana Point, California, U.S.
Hill Country Harmonica at Foxfire Ranch
Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22 
Waterford, Mississippi, U.S.
May I Have The Blues Festival
Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22
Oakland, California, U.S.
Blues Harmonica Jam Camp
Tuesday-Saturday, May 24-28 
Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
Blues On Broadbeach
Thursday-Sunday, May 26-29
Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia
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