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July 8, 2011 www.bluesfestivalguide.com Volume # 6  Issue # 26

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BARRY LEVENSON : : THE LATE SHOW
Barry Levenson returns in 2011 with a brand spankin’ new record, The Late Show. To quote Frank Joseph from the CD’s the liner notes, “The Late Show is a high modernist masterpiece and the only question that remains is…does blues guitar have anything else to say after this?”
 
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KENNY 'BLUES BOSS' WAYNE : : AN OLD ROCK ON A ROLL
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne — resplendent in a brightly colored, French custom-tailored stage suit — hammers out rockin’ boogie woogie, deeply felt blues, and puts a fresh coat of paint on good old-fashioned roots rock and roll.
          Now with a brand new album, An Old Rock on a Roll on the Stony Plain label, he’s on the road again.
He’s been a traveling musician almost all his life, playing in show bands and cover bands in his youth, seeing the world from Texas to Hawaii and from Peoria to Paris. 
Rediscovering his own blues roots long ago sent his career into overdrive, thanks to his fresh approach to old music, the drive and roaring good-time attitude of his live performances, and his smartly original self-penned songs.
 
Deeply influenced by Fats Domino and Johnnie Johnson, Kenny Wayne’s other heroes include keyboard rockers whose names are beginning to fade into history — men such as Amos Milburn and Bill Doggett, both long overdue for rediscovery by the new generations of blues fans.
The new album has been produced by Duke Robillard, who has overseen sessions for Stony Plain by Jimmy Witherspoon, Jay McShann, Rosco Gordon, Long John Baldry, Herb Ellis, Ronnie Earl and many others. The co-founder of the band Roomful of Blues and a former member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robillard has more than a dozen of his own recordings on Stony Plain.
Robillard’s take on Wayne? “He’s a monster pianist, a soulful singer, and he captures of essence of old school blues and boogie while sounding totally fresh and contemporary,” he says.
 
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THE BOKEYS : : GOT TO GET BACK
Soul music lovers and crate diggers eagerly awaited the June 21 release of ‘Got To Get Back!’ on Electraphonic Recordings from Memphis soul music standard bearers the Bo-Keys, their first in seven years. New converts to the genre via Sharon Jones and others will embrace it upon first listen. Powerhouse guest vocalists join the band, including Stax Records hit-maker William Bell, soul/gospel great Otis Clay, classic Atlantic Records singer Percy Wiggins, and blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, who also blows some of his signature harmonica.
 
In describing the band in a nutshell, The Memphis Flyer puts it best, “[The] Bo-Keys pair great Stax/Hi-era session players with a younger generation of local session aces.” While the band’s debut, the all-instrumental ‘The Royal Sessions’ earned them raves from NPR (“A Memphis tour-de-force [and] a fine soul stew”), the new album features a lineup with soul greats among the new additions: Trumpet master Ben Cauley was the only surviving member of the crash that killed Otis Redding and the rest of his band; Drummer Howard Grimes comes from the Hi Records rhythm section that most famously backed Al Green; and baritone sax man Floyd Newman is the only surviving member of the BB King Orchestra (the 1955 big band that King handpicked after he had his first hits) besides King himself. Founding members include Charles “Skip” Pitts, who was Isaac Hayes’ guitar man for over 35 years (including on “Theme From Shaft”), and bassist/producer Scott Bomar, who recorded ‘Got To Get Back!’ to analog equipment at his Electraphonic Recordings studio in Memphis.


TO THE PEOPLE WHO STOLE MY LES PAUL......
Just trying to help this guy out. Keep an eye out for his guitar. Maybe you can help reunite him with his lost love.
 
 
 
 
To the people who stole most of my stuff out of my studio on June 5, including my main guitar of 43 years, let me tell you about it.
 
It’s a very altered, but very real 1953 Gibson Les Paul Model – Serial # 3 0621 (stamped on the back of the headstock)
 
This is not a gold-top. In the 1950′s, it was refitted with an ABR-1 bridge and stop tailpiece, and then refinished, all by Gibson. The green colour in the picture, (especially on the rear half of the body where the light reflection is less), is accurate. It’s one of the lightest Gibson Les Pauls, and the only one of its’ colour, that I’ve ever seen.
 
Here’s your scenario:
–No collector will want this instrument because it’s not even close to original.
–No legitimate business will buy it from you.
–Any creep who would knowingly buy a stolen guitar will give you a pittance for it.
–If you keep it for yourself, you’ll never be able to play anywhere with it, and it will tie you to the crime and to all of the other stolen equipment for as long as you have it.
–You didn’t even take the case.
 
It’s my most personal possession, and I have always planned for my son to have it one day. By the way, the other Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier head you took was his.
 
You haven’t ripped off a money making business. You’ve ripped off my life and my spirit immeasurably by taking away the tools of the pursuit of my passion. I’ve worked extremely hard for my whole life to earn my right to do so, and you took it all away in an hour or two. You’ve also ripped off my son, now, and in the future. I don’t have the money to replace the gear, so it’s just gone.
 
Just give it back – NO QUESTIONS ASKED. PLEASE
 
Maurice

PORTLAND OREGON'S SAFEWAY WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL BREAKS ITS RECORD
We were lucky enough to be able to attend the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon, this last weekend. The show was packed with big names that included Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Lucinda Williams and too many others to mention (check www.waterfrontbluesfest.com for the full schedule). This is a huge fund raiser for the Oregon Food Bank, and this year the festival raised $726,000 and brought in over 95,000 lbs of food, breaking their previous records. Though billed as a “blues festival,” the show offers musical variety including zydeco, cajun, rock, and more. Riverboat cruises, featuring some of the artists from the festival, are also offered in the afternoons and evenings, and all-star jams are hosted by nearby venues after the festival closes at night.
 
BOBBY RADCLIFF

Some of personal highlights included:
Bobby Radcliff mixing big chords and intricate picking on the guitar (reminding us of Jimmy Dawkins and Magic Sam)
A King & Two Queens, backed by Ronnie Stewart on guitar and Carl Green’s tasty saxophone, proved to be a lively revue. The “Two Queens,” Demetria Taylor and Deitra Farr, offered distinctly different styles in blues vocals – Taylor powerfully belting out her songs while Farr employed a smoother, more controlled approach to deliver her message with equal intensity. The “King,” Taildragger, then worked the crowd with a style he’d learned as a young man at Howlin’ Wolf’s knee.
 
 
  DEITRA FARR & RONNIE STEWART                         CHUBBY CARRIER

2011 Grammy winner Chubby Carrier, with the Bayou Swamp Band, took the Front Porch Stage on Saturday to make us all Zydeco Junkie’s (the name of their Grammy winning album). With Carrier’s high energy and very personable performance, it’s easy to see why they were selected. They do a particularly funky rendition of “Cisco Kid.”
 
 
                    GRADY CHAMPION                                      JAMES HARMAN

Grady Champion did an amazing job of dishing up some good Mississippi Rockin’ blues and soon had the crowd up and having a great time.

The Workshop Stage quickly became a favorite as it provided an intimate setting where performers were able to interact with the fans. We heard stories about life from Fiona Boyes and about how she used them in her songwriting. James Harman demonstrated some of the intricacies of playing blues harp and told some intriguing “road stories” from his years in the business. Bobby Radcliff did the same for blues guitar and told of his short but memorable time in his teens of meeting Magic Sam in Chicago.
The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is a massive show. With music for everyone, good food, friendly volunteers, and a great cause, it’s an amazing opportunity for blues fans. Waterfront will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012, and organizers say they’re stepping it up a notch to celebrate! Don’t forget to mark your calendar.
 
See ya on the blues highway,
 
Cheryl and Tom Yearnshaw

PENNSYLVANIA BLUES FESTIVAL AT BLUE MOUNTAIN SKI AREA, JULY 30 & 31, 2011
PALMERTON, PA: The Pennsylvania Blues Festival will be held at Blue Mountain Ski Area, Palmerton, Pa. July 30th & 31st “Celebrating 20 years of Blues In The Pocono's” .This National Event is produced by Michael Cloeren, who was the Founder &  Producer of The Pocono Blues Festival [1992-2010], and features 15 National Recording Artists performing throughout the weekend.
 
LITTLE ED & THE IMPERIALS
 
The Music will have something for everyone’s taste encompassing  the full spectrum of the music, both traditional and contemporary, Acoustic and Electric Blues, Soul, Sacred Steel, Gospel and New Orleans themed; Seven of the performers have been to the Pocono's before and are back by popular demand; Otis Clay, Shemekia Copeland, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Kenny Neal, Bettye LaVette, ,Magic Slim and The Teardrops and The Lee Boys] and the other 8 National Acts are making their 1st appearance in The Pocono’s [Cyril Neville, Shakura S’Aida, John Nemeth, Samuel James, Linsey Alexander, Big Daddy Stallings and Steve Guyger & Billy Flynn.
 
SHEMEKIA COPELAND
 
Friday Evening July 30th from 8pm to Midnight a Pre-Fest Jam featuring Studebaker John & The Hawks from Chicago  and Saturday Evening July 31st Post Fest from 9:30pm to 1:30am Big Daddy Stallings from Baltimore. These Jams will be located in an air-conditioned Lodge on The Festival Grounds with a late night menu provided.
 
 
 
Camping is available On Site in close proximity to the main stage for RV’s, Pop-Ups/Tents and Trailers. Pennsylvania Blues Festival will feature dozens of familiar & eclectic vendors, scenic chairlift rides, free parking and great food and beverages.
 
Blue Mountain is located 45 minutes south of the original Pocono site; A short drive from The Allentown/Bethlehem- Easton Area/ New York/Philadelphia and New Jersey. For lodging and ticket information please go to www.skibluemt.com or call 610-826-7700.

BUDDY AND HOPKINS - BAND ROAD TRIP
 
Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips and Comic Pages as gifts?
Great for "Super" spouses or Anniversary gifts!

THIS BLUES FESTIVAL BRINGS MAGIC TO MONTANA
 
 
BILLINGS, MONTANA: In a state that’s known more for hunting, fishing and wide-open spaces, fans from all over the world have discovered something wonderful and unexpected in the heart of Montana: two days and two nights of world-class music in Downtown Billings. Our natural Montana hospitality and unique settings create intimate atmospheres where it’s easy to relax and enjoy the fabulous lineups.
 
GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS
 
2011 is our 10th Anniversary.  We anxiously await the return of several fest favorites and the arrival of musicians we will see and hear ‘live’ for the first time. This year we are especially thrilled to expand the festival to 3 stages and 19 performances. The addition of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana Stage in beautiful South Park will bring the excitement and energy of the festival to an ALL-AGES daytime audience.
 
JANIVA MAGNESS
 
Montana is a rare and special place. Our Big Sky, open land, majestic mountains and friendly people combine to make Montana the “Treasure State”. We invite you to explore Big Sky country and discover all the treasures we have to offer.  Start with Magic City Blues – Montana’s Urban Music Festival – August 11-14 in downtown Billings, Montana.
 
Montana Avenue night shows – Fri Aug 12 & Sat Aug 13
 6pm-midnight - six bands on 2 stages
 Night shows are 18+
 
South Park day shows – Sat Aug 13 & Sun Aug 14
 11am – 5pm – 3 bands
 Day shows are all-ages
 
  
               CHICAGO MASS CHOIR                   REVEREND PEYTON'S BIG DAMN BAND
 
INFORMATION
1. Online WWW.MAGICCITYBLUES.COM
2. By Phone: (406) 670-2329
 

BLUZAPALOOZA SHIPS OUT TO GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA
 
On September 2nd, the world famous BLUZAPALOOZA celebrity concert tour will be making Blues history again when it ships out to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to entertain our troops.
 
Starring BLUZAPALOOZA veteren Billy Gibson, the "Prince of Beale Street", this amazing Blues concert tour will be another historic event for the Blues.
 
"It is an honor to be able to bring the Blues to our men and woman in uniform.......men and woman who have made so many sacrifices to keep us safe at home.  We will be giving them a show that they will never forget and that will remind them how much they are loved and prayed for by all of us," said BLUZAPALOOZA co-founder and co-producer Steve Simon.
 
"We are so proud of Billy Gibson and the all-star Memphis Blues revue that he is bringing to Guantanamo to entertain our troops," stated John Hahn, co-founder and co-producer of BLUZAPALOOZA.
 
BLUZAPALOOZA is sponsored by Armed Forces Entertainment, Telarc Records, Alligator Records, NorthernBlues Records, Yellow Dog Records, Ruf Records, XM Sirius Radio's Bluesville, Blues Revue and Steve & Jeff Simon Presents.
 
For additional information contact Steve Simon at stevesimonlive@yahoo.com

MICK JAGGER'S SUPERHEAVY SUPERGROUP TO DROP ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
 
LOS ANGELES, CA :Universal Music will release the album from SuperHeavy, a group featuring Mick Jagger, Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart, singer Joss Stone, composer A.R. Rahman and reggae artist Damian Marley. No exact release date is set, but Universal Republic will handle the United States and A&M will handle the rest of the world.
 
An official release said the album will be unveiled in September; the first single is titled "Miracle Worker" and the five stars will be recording a video for the track. Jagger and Stewart co-produced the album.
 
Recording in various studios around the world -- France, Cyprus, Miami, India -- the majority of the tracks laid down over three weeks in Los Angeles earlier this year. The quintet wrote 22 songs in their first six days together. The term "SuperHeavy" was inspired by Muhammad Ali.
 
Jagger and Stewart had worked together on the 2004 soundtrack to the film "Alfie," and Stewart produced Stone's last album. Both wanted to bring in a Jamaican musician and Damian Marley entered the picture with his rhythm section, bassist and composer Shiah Coore and drummer Courtney Diedrick. They met Rahman while recording in Los Angeles.
THE GAIA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL ARTISTS
 
(San Francisco North Bay, CA) — Back Roads Productions is excited to announce additional artists scheduled to appear at this year’s The Gaia Festival, August 5th, 6th, 7th at Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, CA.
 
MUSICIANS added to this year’s already stellar lineup include the highly anticipated Open Door project from Grammy-winning singer/songwriter India.Arie and Idan Raichel, the legendary R&B singer Aaron Neville, the hard-driving base-fueled funksters Galactic, deep funk and blues sound of The Funky Meters, the magnetic fusions of rock ‘n’ roll and West African sounds of Toubab Krewe, rocking blues and psychedelic tunes from John Trudell & Bad Dog, and DJ Shaman’s Dream – Craig Kohland.
 
MUSICIANS already announced include the soulful harmonies of The Mighty Diamonds, reggae icons The Wailers, funky danceable reggae grooves with Clan Dyken, one of the brightest new bands on the west coast festival scene Delhi 2 Dublin, Grammy Award winning “Afropop Superstar” Chris Berry & Friends, the ultra-funky Orgone, Grammy nominated singer Sister Carol, Toubab Krewe’s fusion of rock 'n' rolland West African music, award winning Afrobeat ensemble Albino, the captivating sounds of Zili Misik, legendary Cuban-born singer and percussionist Bobi Cespedes, tight vocal harmonies of MaMuse, North Bay Bohemian pick for “best world bandDgiin, folk/blues singer Melissa Crabtree, musical adventurer DJ Cheb I Sabbah, plus Baraka Moon, Joanne Rand, north coast theatrical group Human Nature, and ancient soul arts drumming with the Sons & Daughter of Orpheus.
CLASSIC BLUES VIDEO OF THE WEEK
 
 
JULY 8, 2011
 
Bonnie Raitt grew up in Los Angeles and had music in her blood as her father was a Broadway singer and her mother an accomplished pianist.
 
Bonnie received her first guitar at eight years old for a Christmas gift and fell in love with the Blues when she heard the album 'Blues at Newport 1963' at fourteen.
 
While in college studying Social Relations and African Studies she realized music had to be her full-time thing and left school after three years to embark on her career.
 
Soon Raitt was opening and learning from masters like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Sippie Wallace, Son House, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.
 
This legendary Blues woman is still going strong!
 
 
 

NEWS FROM JUS' BLUES
 
Jus' Blues Music Voting Party
Friday July 8th - 8am - 10am
89.3 WRFG FM, Atlanta
 
Listen online Friday morning by clicking the link here -  www.wrfg.org
 
The Jus` Blues Music Awards will be hanging out with the Friday Morning Blues Show with Abdul & the Blues Doctor.  You can tune in or go on line and hear some of the music of the nominees from the 2011 Jus' Blues Music Awards   
 
Last Day To Vote Online
 
Cast your vote for your favorite Blues and Soul artist, song, radio DJ or industry professional online for the 2011 Jus' Blues Music Awards at  www.jusbluesmusicfoundation.org.
 
Make your reservations to be in Memphis, August 3rd - 5th for the Jus' Blues Music Awards Conference.   For more information, go online to www.jusbluesmusicfoundation.org

SUNNYLAND SLIM BLUES MARKER CEREMONY July 19, 2011
 
 
Hope you can join us!

MICKEY THOMAS: MUSICAL MARAUDER!
 
WORLDWIDE: Mickey Thomas is a musical marauder, always on the search for worthy treasure to challenge his outsized vocal talents. The golden-throated singer from Georgia blindsided blues fans in 1976 when he sang like an angel on Elvin Bishop’s “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.” He then thrilled arena rock fans when he joined the Jefferson Starship/Starship in 1979 and starred on “We Built This City on Rock and Roll,” “Sara” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” among others, through the eighties and beyond. After years engaged in a variety of projects, like a fearless vocal gunslinger in 2009 he trained his sights back on the blues for a stunning and authentic set of classics with the stomping Bluesmasters. Now, seven years after his last album of original rock, Over the Edge, Thomas has harnessed his muscular and versatile chops to present a hip and wide-ranging selection of classic rock covers spanning decades and styles that only he could perform with such utter confidence and conviction. 


M.C. RECORDS SIGNS ROOTS SOUL MAN ERIC LINDELL
Northport N.Y. - Eric Lindell’s West County Drifter (MC-0067) marks the first release by the roots rocker for M.C. Records and his first national release in over two years. Special guests include Delbert McClinton, Peter Joseph Burtt and Ivan Neville. West County Drifter combines two self-released titles by Eric, Cazadero (2011) &  Between Motion and Rest (2010). Neither title was ever presented to retail or serviced to media or radio.
 
 
Check out Eric performing "Sentimental Lover" from West County Drifter
at Jazz Fest,


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Louisville Blues-N-Barbecue Festival
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New York State Blues Festival
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10th Annual Thunder Bay Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 8-10
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6th Annual Animas River Blues Festival
Saturday, July 9
Aztec, New Mexico, U.S.
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Grassroots Blues Festival
Saturday, July 9
Duck Hill, Mississippi, U.S.
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Hayward Russell City Blues Festival
Saturday-Sunday, July 9-10
Hayward, California, U.S.
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Beacon Hills Blues Festival
Sunday, July 10
Ashland, OR, U.S.
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Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival
Wednesday-Saturday, July 13-16
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
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Etna in Blues
Thursday-Saturday, July 14-16
Mascalucia, Catania, Italy
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Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Festival
Thursday-Saturday, July 14-16
Sioux Falls, SD, U.S.
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Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest
Thursday-Sunday, July 14-17
Rochester, NY, U.S.
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California WorldFest 2011 15th Annual
Thursday-Sunday,
July 14-17
 
Grass Valley, California, U.S.
www.worldfest.net
Ain't Nothin But The Blues Festival
Friday-Saturday,
July 15-16
 
Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.
www.aintnothinbuttheblues.com
BBQ'Loo & Blues Too
Friday-Saturday,
July 15-16
 
Waterloo, Iowa, U.S.
www.mainstreetwaterloo.org
The Bogart Music Festival
Friday-Saturday,
July 15-16
 
Uric, Missouri, U.S.
www.cedarhillmusic.com
Sterling Main Street Blues Festival
Friday-Saturday,
July 15-16
 
Sterling, IL, U.S.
http://sterlingblues.blogspot.com
23rd Annual Beaches International Jazz Festival
Friday-Sunday,
July 15-24
 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
www.beachesjazz.com/
Bluesfest International
Friday-Sunday,
July 15-17
 
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
www.thebluesfest.com
6th Annual Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival
Saturday,
July 16
 
Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.
www.blueridgeblues.org
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