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November 11, 2011 Volume # 6  Issue # 45

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Many have long celebrated the fact that this dyed-in-the-wool bluesman has never been one to give in to fads, excesses or over-the-top antics. Sugar Ray sings, plays and writes from his heart.
This is apparent on Evening which also reunites Sugar Ray & the Bluetones with guitarist Monster Mike Welch for this set of Chicago Blues. Whether it's Johnny Young's "I'm Having A Ball," Otis Rush's "You Know My Love" or any number of the superbly crafted originals, Sugar Ray delivers - as do the Bluetones on this their 5th album for Severn Records!
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What would happen if you took the UK’s leading contemporary bluesman and put him in the midst of the music community of north Mississippi? That question was posed at a chance meeting between Siegal’s manager and Cody Dickinson, co-founder and producer of the North Mississippi Allstars.The answer is THE SKINNY, a captivating fusion of Siegal’s song craft with influences of the hill country.
The band of musicians backing Siegal was coined The Youngest Sons when it was discovered that each was a youngest son: Garry Burnside (guitar/bass guitar), the youngest son of R L Burnside; Robert Kimbrough (guitar) of Junior Kimbrough; Rodd Bland (drums) of Bobby Blue Bland; and Cody Dickinson (drums/bass/woogie board), the youngest son of producer and pianist, Jim Dickinson. There are also contributions from Alvin Youngblood Hart, Duwayne Burnside and Andre Turner.
The album brims with hooks and grooves, and is characterised by Siegal’s superbly crafted and intense lyrics about relationships lost, found, unrequited, cursed by human weakness or simply bedeviled by bad luck.
While his trademark voice makes this an instantly recognisable Siegal product, the visit to North Mississippi has taken him in new directions; notably the pounding drum and fife, call-and-response of Devil’s in the Detail and the hypnotic hill country grooves in songs such as Master Plan and Natch’l Low.
The album was produced by Cody Dickinson at Zebra Ranch - the studio forty miles south of Memphis created by his late father. The simple low-fi facilities of the Zebra Ranch have produced many successful recordings including two Grammy nominated albums by the North Mississippi Allstars.
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With her second international release, Shine, young British musician Dani Wilde does exactly what the title says.
Her newest album pulsates with a warmth, energy and maturity that belie her years. Following upon her breakthrough Heal My Blues from 2008 and her eye-opening performances on that year's Ruf Records Blues Caravan tour, Wilde now proves she's a true triple threat as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. She penned nine of the eleven tracks herself, and uses them as a vehicle to tell stories that go far beyond the tried-and-true blues formula.
Blues aficionados will feel a Howlin' Wolf current running through "Born to Love Him" and shiver and shake as Wilde turns up the heat on "Red Blooded Woman." The Rolling Stones' classic "Miss You" gets a very bluesy reading with Dani's little brother Will 'Harmonica' Wilde handling the harp riff made legendary by Sugar Blue over 30 years ago. Throughout, Wilde displays an uncanny knack for blending old-school Chicago blues with contemporary soul sounds. Her vision: to bring British blues back to the younger generation.
Under the guidance of renowned producer Mike Vernon (John Mayall, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac), Wilde employs a large and diverse band anchored by bassist Roger Innis (Chaka Khan) and drummer Jamie Little, and featuring keyboard veteran Pete Wingfield (Chris Rea, Buddy Guy). Horn players Martin Winning and Matt Holland are both veterans of the Van Morrison Band. Wilde shares guitar duties with fellow Englishmen Stuart Dixon and Ben Poole (winner of Total Guitar magazine's most recent "Guitar Wars" competition) as well as California girl Laura Chavez, who made a lasting impression on the 2008 Blues Caravan tour and has since built a strong reputation on both sides of the Atlantic.
This deep pool of talent helps bring Wilde's bluesy stories to life and allows her to sing them with depth and feeling. To give her heart and soul to the music. To do just what the title says. To shine.
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The North Central Florida Blues Society (NCFBS) is pleased to announce that Blues Award winner Kenny Neal will headline the Downtown Blues Concert in Gainesville, Florida on Friday, November 11.

Also on the bill will be Little Mike and the Tornadoes and Gainesville favorites Root Redemption.  Two members of Root Redemption, singer/guitarist Alan Yeatter and harmonica player Gus Olmos, will represent the region at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category.

The Downtown Blues Concert is a free show held annually at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza (111 E. University Avenue) in downtown Gainesville to kick off the Downtown Festival and Art Show.

Louisiana native Kenny Neal has won two Blues Music Awards and was nominated for a Grammy, and is known for his soulful singing and excellent guitar and harmonica playing.  Little Mike and the Tornadoes have been called this generation’s closest thing to the original Chess Records sound. Little Mike has played with such blues heavyweights as Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, and Big Walter Jacobs.

The concert’s schedule will be:
7:00 – Root Redemption
8:00 – Little Mike and the Tornadoes
9:00 – Kenny Neal
The NCFBS is a not-for-profit organization organized to preserve, cultivate, nurture and promote the blues in the Gainesville area, and is funded in part by the Alachua County Tourist Development Tax.

A songwriter, singer and a versatile guitarist — that’s Jimi Hocking. The musician performed in India recently and he talks about music, his everlasting love for the guitar, and lots more. “For all the ups and downs of spending my life in the music industry, I still love to play the guitar. Even I’m surprised at the longevity of my obsession. I love to meet good musicians and I love to see people who are passionate about their art,” says Jimi.
Having toured with Joe Satriani, Edgar Winter and George Thorogood, he says, “It was a great honour to open for these artistes. I had a long discussion about guitars and gear with Joe one day. He is really a very cool guy. Edgar was amazing and could play any instrument like it was his main thing, he really blew me away,” he says.
Talking about his old band, Jimi says, “I played in a number of bands. I had success as lead guitarist in The Screaming Jets but that was before I had my own rock group, Spectre 7. It was a great band and we had a top 20 album in 1990. When our album started selling, people coming to the gigs were singing the songs I had written, it was very special.”
Who’re your favourites? “I love T Bone Walker, BB King and Les Paul. I guess I sound more like Gary Moore than T Bone. I’m always listening to that old stuff, I just got some old recordings of Les Paul. I know its jazz and not blues, but Les was a gun! He inspired me to want to rip it up in my own way. I also saw Stevie Ray Vaughan play in ‘84, it was incredible. I am still learning about Indian music. I’ve listened to Ravi Shankar. I played at the Himalayan Blues Festival in 2009. I became friendly with members of Bengaluru band, Parachute XVI. They were playing cool psychedelic blues like early Cream. I loved them. They were so free spirited, it really made me think about my own music,” says Jimi.
What is different about Electric Mojo Machine? “I used the old Les Paul guitar that I favoured in my rock playing and just cut loose. The album has a heavier edge to it; I guess it is a rock/blues album,” says Jimi, who loves his priced collections. “My old 1973 Les Paul Gold Top is really ‘my’ guitar. I also play a Paul Reed Smith at many of my gigs. At home, I love to play an old Jazz hollow body I have.”
Your love for blues… “It would be hard to be a guitar player and not eventually discover the blues. It is an important part of an instrument’s voice. I have broad tastes in music, but when I hear good blues, it really goes deep. Blues can make you cry, blues can make you dance — I always come back to it.”

The 2011 Highland Jazz and Blues Festival, presented by MetroPCS, will take place 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 at Columbia Park in Shreveport’s historic Highland neighborhood. The annual festival, which features two stages of non-stop live music, food vendors, and an Artist’s Alley, is free to attend. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a critically-acclaimed Dixieland Jazz collective from New Orleans, will headline a roster of blues and jazz performers including Buddy Flett, Wes Jeans, Jazziana, David Egan, Fannin Street Players with Danny Wilder, Stiff Necked Fools, Soul Fish, Jimmy Wooten Trio, and more. Columbia Park is located at 700 Columbia Street in Shreveport.
In addition to live music, the festival is known for attracting an uncommon variety of food vendors. Offerings include Cajun jambalaya, Caribbean jerk chicken, locally-roasted gourmet coffees, and more. Artist’s Alley will feature local artists and artisans selling items including hand-made jewelry and original works of art, jams and jellies, and home décor.   
Now in its eighth year, the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival is supported by the City of Shreveport and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. The Highland Jazz & Blues Festival is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit arts organization
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DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Nov. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa kicked-off his 2011 U.S. Fall Tour on October 25, 2011. On his tour, Bonamassa has performed to sold-out crowds in Minneapolis's State Theater, Detroit's Fox Theater, Chicago Theater, Boston's Wang Theater and most recent, sold-out a two night performance at the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York, NY on Friday, November 4, 2011 and Saturday, November 5, 2011. During the two-night show in NY, Bonamassa performed with special guests:  Legendary Classic Rock Singer Paul Rodgers (Bad Company and Queen)John Hiatt, Nashville Music Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for songwriting, and American Music Award (AMA) winner for Hit song "Have a Little Faith in Me" and Blues-Rock Songwriter Beth Hart. Bonamassa's U.S. tour is in support of his 12th solo album Dust Bowl, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Blues Chart and #37 on Billboard's Top 200, making it his highest-selling and chart-ranking U.S. debut to date. To get a free download of the single "Dust Bowl" Click Here  
The two night show at the Beacon Theatre will be released as Bonamassa's fourth live concert DVD, following a hugely successful DVD release "Joe Bonamassa - Live At The Royal Albert Hall"  featuring a special guest appearance from Eric Clapton. "Joe Bonamassa - Live at the Beacon Theatre" DVD is set to release early 2012.
Bonamassa collaborated with John Hiatt on the album Dust Bowl and most recently, with Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Beth Hart, known for her raw and powerful blues-rock sound, on a record called Don't Explain, released Sept. 27, 2011 through J&R Adventures. Don't Explain features Hart's interpretations of ten classic songs first made famous by artists including Billie Holiday, Etta James, Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Delaney & Bonnie, Bill Withers, and Aretha Franklin with Bonamassa on guitar. Fans can get a free download of the first single "Well, Well".  
About J&R Adventures
J&R Adventures was founded by Joe Bonamassa and longtime manager Roy Weisman. The company prides itself on its ability to diversify and stay nimble in the ever-changing music industry landscape using a vertically integrated business model to meet the needs of Bonamassa's career and fans. Since its inception, J&R has been able to combine customary label operations with artist management, album production and mastering, merchandising, publishing, licensing and concert promotion – all under one roof through these methods, together with the utilization of social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube).


Mae Mercer's "Careless Love"

Unorthodox and impressive perfomance with Sonny boy Williamson II, Willie Dixon and Memphis Slim. Great Dame Mercer.
This year's winners were announced at the awards ceremonies at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago on October 27. Winners were chosen by more than 6,500 Blues Blast Magazine readers voting online.
Contemporary Blues CD
Buddy Guy - Living Proof
Traditional Blues CD
Pinetop Perkins & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith - Joined At The Hip
Song Of The Year
Living Proof - Tom Hambridge & Buddy Guy
New Artist Debut Release
Chris O'Leary Band - Mr. Used to Be
Female Blues Artist
Robin Rogers
Male Blues Artist
Buddy Guy
Blues Band Of The Year
Trampled Under Foot
Sean Costello Rising Star Award
Trampled Under Foot

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Bridgetown and the Blues go hand in hand. The town has become a hub for blues music in Western Australia, particularly each November when the annual Blues at Bridgetown festival takes place. But how did Bridgetown get the Blues in the first place?
Each spring the Bridgetown Blues festival rolls around and music fans from across the state and country flock to the small South West town to see some of the best blues acts in the world.
Blues and Bridgetown are now synonymous but when did the blues first come to Bridgetown?
Blues artists had been playing in the town in an adhoc fashion until 1993 when support was offered for a festival to take place.
Chairperson of the Blues at Bridgetown board, Mike Fletcher, said, "It really commenced in Bridgetown with just a small group of Blues enthusiasts and they said, let's develop it as a festival for the Blackwood region."
The first Blues at Bridgetown festival in 1993 was organised in just six months and attracted about 5000 people.
The following year 12,000 people attended and these days' visitors to the festival triple the town's population overnight.

Paul Geremia did not grow up picking cotton in the Mississippi Delta or hopping freights in Texas. The Rhode Island-bred bluesman grew up paying close attention to those who did. Consequently, when Geremia puts thumb and fingers to six-string and 12-string guitars and blows rack-mounted harmonica, he's able to cut through the 21st-century musical clutter just as his mentors cut through juke joint and street corner noise.
For his first new album in seven years, Geremia turns in a career overview, 18 songs recorded live at venues across the country. Geremia has been working bars, coffeehouses, concert halls and festival stages for 40 years, and he's comfortable doing so. Songs - blues, old-line jazz and classic pop, originals such as Cocaine Princess, Stray Dog Shuffle, Where Did I Lose Your Love?, and Kick It in the Country" and covers by Gus Cannon (My Money Never Runs Out), Blind Willie McTell (Stomp Down Rider), Leadbelly (Silver City Bound) and King Oliver (Dr. Jazz) - flow together in a blues stream of consciousness.
A masterful guitarist and a vocalist who feels what he sings, Geremia keeps blues history alive and well, loving the stuff and prompting listeners along the way to feel that love.

Grammy-winning and internationally acclaimed singer, Celine Dion will headline the 2012 Jazz and Blues festival in Trelawny.
The French-Canadian artiste was announced as the show’s main act during the official launch of the Jazz and Blues festival at the Iberostar Suites hotel in Montego Bay on Wednesday. The festival, set to take place at the Trelawny multi-purpose stadium from January 26-28 next year, will showcase Dion, amongst other international acts, for their 17th edition.
Chairman of the Jazz and Blues festival, Walter Elmore expressed his joy regarding being able to land a singer of Dion’s stature for the event.
"Bringing an act the magnitude of a Celine Dion is something I have dreamt since the day I started the jazz festival 16 years ago,” Elmore said.
Elmore waxed poetic of Dion’s performance skills; insisting that her presence will add a certain aura to the annual festival.

KATHMANDU, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- People from the Nepali capital Kathmandu are swinging in the melody of the Blues music in the 5th Himalayan Blues festival that kicked off in Kathmandu from Nov. 10.
The festival has an array of world class musicians from different parts of the world including Ireland, Germany, Australia, Russia, Sweden along with bands from Nepal performing in the festival.
Talking to Xinhua on Friday, festival Director and Founder of Himalayan Blues Festival Samik Kharel said that "the Himalayn Blues Festival is a Nepali originated artistic-cultural event, whose objective is to promote Blues music in Nepal."
Blues music is a music developed in the United States.
Kharel also said that the objective of the festival is to integrate the Blues music with the roots and the folklore of Nepal, as well as to offer a different alternative from those that are generally presented on festivals and artistic-cultural activities in Nepal.
The festival which originated in 2007 has also been expanded to India promoting Himalayan Blues as an Asian Music festival.
The festival which is very popular amongst the tourist is also been supported by the Nepal Tourism Board and by the missions based in Nepal through cultural grants.

CANADA - NEWSEUM -Free admission for veterans
All veterans and active duty personnel will receive free admission, with up to three family members this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to commemorate Veteran's Day Weekend. The Newseum is open from 9 to 5 p.m. daily.
Veterans' Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Riverdale Park
Ceremony at the Veteran's Memorial, across from the Riverdale Park MARC Station at 11 a.m. on Friday.
College Park Blues Festival
Enjoy the fourth annual College Park Blues Festival at Ritchie Coliseum on Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. with holiday vendors, food, beverages and dancing.

From the Sacramento Blues Society.
Membership Show
Join the Sacramento Blues Society in celebrating our 32nd annual "Membership Show" and "Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" on Sunday, December 4, 2011. 
This year's entertainment will be by headliner Karen Lovely Band with Delta Paul, our second place finisher at our SacBlues IBC competition! 
32nd Membership Show & HOF Induction
December 4, 2011
4:00 PM. to 8:00 PM.
VFW Hall #67
2784 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 712-7277
General: $25 - FREE for SBS members
All Ages Welcome
Full Bar & Food Available

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Guest Host Robbie Robertson:
Elwood steps away from the vehicle to let music legend Robbie Robertson spin the disks.  Robbie  will play his latest CD, How To Become Clairvoyant, plus other music from his solo career.  The Band will be heard, naturally, and some of Robbie’s favorites, including, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Little Walter, Eric Clapton, Jimmie Reed, and Freddie King.  Plus some new jump and jive from harmonica man Sugar Ray and his great band, the Bluetones.
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Thursday-Saturday, November 4-19 
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Saturday-Sunday, November 5-13 
Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
Bear Creek Music Festival
Friday-Monday, November 11-13
Live Oak, FL, U.S.
Blues at Bridgetown
Friday-Sunday, November 11-13
Bridgetown, WA, Australia
St. Johns River Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, November 11-14
Downtown Palatka, Florida, U.S.
Tenby Blues Festival
Friday-Monday, November 11-13
Tenby, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
Blaublues Festival Haringe
Saturday, November 12
Haringe (Poperinge), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Southwest Florida Blues Festival
Saturday, November 19
Cape Coral, Florida, U.S.
Moinho da Estaccedilatildeo Blues Festival
Thursday-Saturday, November 24-26
Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Downtown Blues Concert
Friday November 11th
Gainesville, Florida
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