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May 20, 2011 Volume # 6  Issue # 19

Special Announcements
CD or DVD Releases
News Flash
Record Label News
House of Blues Radio Hour
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
Blues Festivals
About Us
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.
This new studio CD by Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers introduces ten original songs by Thackery that will please fans of all styles of music. Thackery unleashes an intense volley of rockin’ blues guitar and mood-inducing instrumentals, perfectly blended in surf, harmonic chords and Hawaiian interludes. His masterful, double-edged guitar dynamics allow him to fire off tracer missiles, bend a note so it will fit under a limbo bar, run off dive bomber rifts and find space within the trembling of one stinging note. Two cuts receiving significant airplay and thunderous audience response are Blind Man in the Night and Take My Blues, both with vocals by Thackery. The final cut, Fading Heart, is an emotionally charged ballad co-written by Ernie Cate, who is also a featured performer, with Reba Russell providing the background vocals. Whether you like high-speed instrumentals, grooving dance tunes or heart-wrenching ballads, this CD has you covered. Buy it today, sign up for our newsletter and check out our touring schedule at .
Brad Vickers learned on the job playing, touring, and recording with America's blues and roots masters: Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Odetta, Sleepy LeBeef, Rosco Gordon - to name only a few.  Now his own group, The Vestapolitans, offer a good time mix of originals and covers spanning blues, ragtime, hill country breakdowns, rock & roll, and more great roots music.  Their two cds, "Le Blues Hot" (2008) and "Stuck With The Blues" (2010) have met with terrific reviews, radio play on 250+ stations and audience response!  ManHatTone Music proudly presents a brand new release from Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans, "Traveling Fool".
The new band release by the legendary co-founder of The Doors and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Ray Manzarek is a collaboration with Grammy nominated producer and slide guitarist Roy Rogers - world renowned for his mastery of slide guitar and sstellar performances.  As Ray and Roy grow their already stellar reputations as some of the most respected musicians and players, their new project features songs with multi-layered arrangements, solid driving grooves and stylistic depth.  Their ability to connect with concert audiences is inspiring and some describe as "transformational".  The new release "Translucent Blues" is a hard driving blues/rock project with in fluences from blues, rock and jazz and lyrics that include tinges of poetry and literature.  A contemporary blues/rock project with soul, intensity and creative energy.

by Terrance Vestal
SILVER CITY - With the 16th Annual Blues Festival a little more than a week away, organizers said Wednesday they still are searching for more "enthusiastic and energetic" volunteers.
The Blues Festival, to be held Memorial Day weekend at Gough Park in Silver City, draws between 5,000 to 7,000 people and is considered one of the major events of the year for the area. The event is spearheaded by the Mimbres Regional Arts Council.
"It really takes a team to produce an event like this and a number of people have already started signing up for volunteer opportunities," said Heather Castello, Blues Festival volunteer coordinator. "We still have several important positions to fill."
Particularly needed are volunteers to help with raffle sales and cleaning up the area during the festival, Castello said. Help also is needed on both days to keep key parking areas accessible as well as for breakdown on Sunday evening after the close of the festival.

We are happy to announce that the third annual festival will take place the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of September, 2011 and will feature bigger stages, additional Morningstar Turf, and thirty-nine shows.
We have confirmed the king of funk, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic for Sunday night, and they are bringing a 26 person entourage to fill the giant stage with an exciting and colorful party. Warming up the arena for P-funk will be New Orleans brass sensations, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave., and that's just the tail end of three days of music and fun.
We are featuring many styles of music for those of you who like variety, but for you roots music fanatics, we'll always have a blues band going on one of the three stages. We have the big band sound of Davina & the Vagabonds and the zany antics of Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband. We have humorist band leader and songwriter Paul Thorn, and this year we are featuring a dance set with the Colorado Blues Dancers backed by California guitarist, Bernie Pearl and his fine band.
The days will be filled with exciting world class performers you haven't heard before, such as Sherman Robertson out of Houston, Texas, David Maxwell the sensational keyboardist out of Boston, and Paul Oscher who played in Muddy Waters band. England's young, handsome, guitar sensation, Oli Brown, will make his American debut since signing a recording contract with Ruf Records and winning several big awards in Britain. Also Miss Blues, Moreland & Arbuckle, and the return of Wyoming's Taylor Scott & Another Kind of Magick after their trip to Memphis and the fame it brought them.
Check the web site in the coming days for early bird ticket specials, news, updates, lineup and other announcements about the festival.

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.


by Yvonne Varner
Show that you can do some of the things on your own to create an audience, so that a record label can hit the ground running with you rather than starting from scratch.  The main thing is to do as many performances in as many places as you can.  What the band can do for exposure is to play, to perform - what the label then, can do for exposure is to tell that story to the media, radio and get you into retail.

HILLSBOROUGH, NC- Cathead Vodka is teaming up with Music Maker Relief Foundation to help elderly blues musicians. The Mississippi-based company is donating $1 from the purchase of every bottle of Cathead Vodka in South Carolina to Music Maker, continuing their corporate mission of supporting live music.
Cathead Vodka, created by Austin Evans and Richard Patrick, is the first legally distilled spirit to come out of Mississippi. When Cathead was set to launch in South Carolina, Evans came to Music Maker Founder Tim Duffy with a proposal to benefit the Foundation through sales in the state. Proceeds that go to Music Maker will enable them to further assist South Carolina musicians.
Tim was incredibly enthusiastic about the idea, noting that Cathead was an ideal partner for Music Maker. "It is wonderful to be partnering with a company from the land where blues began, Mississippi! It is an honor Music Maker to have Cathead help us keep the bluest of the blues alive."
The Cathead founders are no strangers to music support, their business has already partnered with the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council in Mississippi to assist them in presenting live music.
For more information visit the Music Maker Web site at, send an
e-mail to or call 919.643.2456

AUBURN, ALABAMA: The lawn of antebellum Pebble Hill will become a modern music venue when the Auburn Arts Association's fourth annual Jazz and Blues Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday.
"This year Auburn blues aficionado Willi Cox, owner of Hair It Is, has put together an impressive group of fine musicians, including two who regularly appear at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival," said arts association member Susan Braden.
"John Mooney and Grayson Capps have deep roots in New Orleans, and the versatile band Tapestry is popular on the club scene in Montgomery," she said. "All musicians will perform in front of historic Pebble Hill, home to Auburn University's Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for Arts and Humanities. Bring a blanket and chairs, and food items will be available for purchase."

B.B. King will come home to Indianola for his annual Homecoming appearance on Saturday, June 11, 2011. This year’s event has been moved to the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center at 400 Second Street in Indianola. Additional performers include Willie Clayton, Jake and the Pearl Street Jumpers, and Muleman Massy.
The festivities begin at 9:00 a.m. on the grounds of the Museum with Blues, Bikes, and BBQ featuring a “Kid’s Zone”, open air farmers’ market, art and antiques. A “Backyard BBQ” will also be held with cash prizes, and there will be live music all day long. Second Street in front of the Museum will be closed from Pershing Street on the east end to Sunflower Avenue on the west.
The concert begins on the green to the west of the Museum at 2:00 pm.  Concert tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate.
For more information call 662-887-4454 or 662-299-0018 or 662 887-9539, or visit Tickets may be purchased online.

Singer Etta James, known best for her iconic recording of "At Last," is gravely ill, diagnosed with dementia and undergoing treatment for leukemia, according to court documents.
The 72-year-old Woodcrest resident's illness came to light as part of a civil case in Riverside County Superior Court in which Artis Mills, her husband of 41 years, is seeking control of more than $1 million of James' money.
Side note:  Etta James is in our thoughts and prayers as she goes through this difficult time with her health.
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May 20th 2011
Here's your fresh, new gear.  Radio personalities!  This week I begin with Thom Myers, Broadcaster -The World Of and 
Q:  Why Blues, of all the genres of music to choose from to promote with radio airwaves, why Blues? 
A:   As a young teenager Thom was turned on to the blues by his older sister's Huddie Ledbetter album, aka. Leadbelly. "For hours I'd listen to that old recording. Rock n' roll just didn't do everything for me. I always liked blues and R&B music better," he recalls. As a preteen, Thom was peeking at Ray Charles and James Brown from the other side of the fence ... he was not old enough to get in!
"To sum most of the reason for the Blues is because it’s big part of my coming to grips with reality. Always has been in hindsight. It permeates everything we all do because ‘Blues is a Feelin’’ and a reflection of the soul. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly………"
Are you a BLUES radio personality and would like to be in on this interview series?   It's so easy, and low calorie, too!  Shoot me an email at with your radio link and I'll send you a question.

May 12, 2011 -- The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), the world's preeminent global songwriting event, is pleased to announce its 2010 winners. Called “thesongwriting competition to take note of,” by the New York Times, ISC was established in 2002 and awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes to amateur and professional songwriters around the globe. Winners are selected from over 15,000 songs submitted from 115 countries worldwide.
First Place
"Daddy's Little Girl" - John McAneney, Jesse O'Brien - The Johnny Max Band (Mississauga, ON, Canada)
Second Place
"Georgia Redsnake" - Nick Moss (Elgin, IL, USA)
Third Place
"Rock 'N' Roll Ride" - Thorbjorn Risager (Copenhagen, Denmark)
For a complete list of 2010 ISC winners and to hear the winning songs, go to

On Tuesday, May 17, The Blues Festival Guide staff was invited to a local (Reno, NV) middle school to enjoy acoustic blues guitarist and blues educator, Hawkeye Herman. We joined hundreds of kids and teachers at Billinghurst Middle School at 7:50am (yawn) as “Mr. Hawkeye” (as he calls himself to the thousands of kids around the world that he teaches to each year), amused, educated, entertained us all for one hour.
He taught the kids the history, progression and culture of blues music, and how it influenced most of today’s modern music including jazz, hip-hop and rock ‘n roll. Accompanied by guitar, a slide show, Hawkeye’s presentation was pitch perfect.
He told the history of the blues in terms that kids today can relate to ­-- like how when a kids does a chore, and moans and complains the whole time, the chore seems endless, but when music is added, time goes by more quickly and/or enjoyably. He explained that was the basis behind work/field music with the cotton pickers.
The kids left the auditorium all singing: “The Blues had a baby and they called it Rock and Roll…”
The event was sponsored by PPG Industries, Billinghurst Parent's Club, and Boomtown Casino; we Bonnie Hardy from Boomtown.
For more information about Blues in the School Programs or Hawkeye Herman visit

May is the perfect time of year to enjoy festivities outdoors, and this weekend is no exception.  Check out the events below—most are also listed on the Patch calendar—for nearby celebrations of arts, music, community, wine and wellness.
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
When/ Where:
May 21 and 22 marks the date for the 11th annual Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival at Sandy Point State Park. Gates open at 11 a.m., and the music ends at 8 p.m.
Why Go? In 2010, the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival raised $50,000 for local charities. If contributing to that effort again is not a good enough reason for you to go, let the music be your motivation!  With a lineup that includes Chris Issak, Little Feat, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, blues enthusiasts will not be disappointed.
Pricing: In advance, expect to pay $55 for one day, and $95 for two days. At the gate, one day is $70 and two days' admission is $120.

Stony Plain Records is a major Canadian independent record label, which specializes in roots music genres such as country, folk and blues. 
In 1976, Holger Petersen along with partner Alvin Jahns, launched ‘the little label that could’, and despite all odds in this fickle business of music, they have made a success of it. Now 35 years later, it doesn’t look like Petersen plans to slow down at all. He also hosts the weekly series, ‘Saturday Night Blues’ on CBC Radio, a well-listened to and well-rated radio show, as well ‘Natch’l Blues in on the CKUA Radio Network in Alberta  and also os programming the ever popular GALAXIE Blues Time channel  on Satellite Television.

Mario Van Peebles
We sure hope Renton is ready for its close-up, because the big, bright lights of the Seattle International Film Festival are about to swing decidedly eastward. Tonight is SIFF's Opening Night in Renton, with a 7:30 p.m. screening of "Black, White and Blues" at the Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center and a scheduled visit from its director, Mario Van Peebles.
Peebles has quite the Hollywood pedigree, with a 30-year career as a producer, screenwriter, actor ("Cotton Club," "Ali") and director ("Panther," "New Jack City)."
His film "Black, White and Blues" is a road-movie portrait of a down-on-his-luck bluesman who sets out to rediscover his missing mojo. Filmed on location in juke joints throughout the South, it stars Morgan Simpson, Michael Clarke Duncan, Seattle's own Tom Skerritt and a host of blues musicians.


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Chris Strachwitz, founder of the small but mighty roots label, Arhoolie, is in the House this week to share his new four CD box set and book, Hear Me Howling – blues, rock, zydeco, and reggae, all recorded live in the San Francisco Bay Area back in the sixties. He will share some great memories, and play some rarities from legends like Big Mama Thornton, the Reverend Gary Davis, the Staple Singers, Country Joe and the Fish, Fred McDowell, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Clifton Chenier, and more. This week’s blues breaker showcases a new funk ensemble out of Nashville, The Coolin’ System. Plus: a chance for you to win the debut CD, Bringin' It, from the Milwaukee band, Tweed Funk, and Memphis Still Got Soul, brand new from bluesman Johnny Rawls.
For a list of stations where you can find House of Blues Radio

Click on festival name to click through to festival website.
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.
Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival
Saturday, May 21
Thomson, Georgia, U.S.
BluesBaltica Eutin
Thursday-Sunday, May 19-22
Eutin, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
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 
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
Kerrville Folk Festival
May 26 - June 12
Kerrville, Texas, U.S.
Blues Rules Crissier Festival
Friday-Saturday, May 27-28 
Crissier, Lausanne, Switzerland
Bayou & Boogie Fest
Friday-Sunday, May 27-29
Rehobeth, MA, U.S.
Joe Fusky Creek Music Festival
Friday-Sunday, May 27-29 
Philadelphia, Mississippi, U.S.
Silver City Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, May 27-29 
Silver City, New Mexico, U.S.
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