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November 18, 2011 Volume # 6  Issue # 46

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Highland Jazz and Blues Festival to bring rhythm, food
The Highland Jazz and Blues Festival returns from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Park, 2900 Creswell Ave., Shreveport.

Two stages will host performances by musicians such as Buddy Flett, Preservation Hall, Jazzania, Stiff Necked Fools and the Soulfish Blues Band. Artist’s Alley will feature artists’ works for sale, such as jewelry, paintings, home decor and more. There will also be two food courts with a variety of global cuisine including dishes from Jamaica, India and South Louisiana.

Admission is free. For more information, go to


Teeny Tucker Now Accepting 2012 Event Requests
Teeny Tucker is one of the most talented, dynamic, exciting, and creative personalities on the current Blues scene. Teeny creates “crowd frenzy” wherever she goes. Check out the Teeny “buzz!”

2011 Teeny Tucker is nominated by the Blues Foundation of Memphis Tennessee, for the “Best Traditional Female Blues Artist” (Koko Taylor Award)

2011 Teeny Tucker is nominated by Blues Blast for 2011 “Traditional Female Blues Artist of the Year.”

Teeny Tucker’s 2011 “Sun Session” TV episode plays on PBS TV stations in 376 USA Markets. Recorded live at the world renown Sun Studio in Memphis TN.

2010 “Monterey Bay Blues Artist of the Year” ~ First won by Etta James

Teeny Tucker – Nominated for “Best Female Blues Artist of 2008” - BluesBlast 

Following her 2008 critically acclaimed CD, “Two Big M’s,” Teeny Tucker and her band lay down one of the best CDs of the year! (2010) James “Skyy Dobro” Walker

"One of the 10 best closers in the business" - Marquette Blues Director

"Teeny always has em' on their feet ... she does it at every performance" - Poconos Festival Director

Teeny’s new CD (Keep the Blues Alive) may be the best 2010 Blues CD from a Female, or, for that matter, anyone. – Blues Underground

Teeny’s one of the very best, as proven on this fine recording ~ Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide

Two Big M’s ranked 15th in the top 25 best new 2008 releases - by Bob Davis of Soul Patrol.

“Tucker’s emergence into the front line of contemporary blues women” - Living Blues

“Two Big M’s is her best vocal effort to date.” - Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records

“Teeny is blessed with genuine star quality.” - Columbus Monthly Magazine

BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA - A Christmas show With Sara and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek
JMAX Productions Presents:

BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA - A Christmas show With Sara and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek

Sunday, December 18th, 2011
@ Grand Sierra Resort
Reno, NV
Doors – 7:00 pm Show – 8:00 pm
Tickets on-sale Friday 10/14/11
Tickets available at:
Grand Sierra Box Office (with no fees)
By phone at 775-789-2285 Outlets & online at
Tickets: $27.50-39.50 advance

Much in the world has changed since the original version of the Blind Boys of Alabama first raised their voices together. That was in 1939, when the members were just kids at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in Talladega, Ala. Today, more than 70 years later, founding member Jimmy Carter can look back on a career far beyond what he and his colleagues could imagine at that time. The group has won a long list of awards, including Lifetime Achievement honors from the Grammys and the National Endowment for the Arts, entertained around the world, been profiled on 60 Minutes, sung for two Presidents at the White House and been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Yet throughout this long adventure, they kept one secret to themselves. “All my life, I’ve loved country music,” confesses Carter. “I was raised up around it. Back in the 1940s, I remember listening to Hank Williams and so many others. Their voices were great. The writers were great. And every song had a meaning. I still have loads of country music in my home and I play it all the time. As a matter fact, I’ve got it on XM radio as we speak.”

Though the group has recorded and performed with a few country artists, along with others as diverse as Ben Harper, Tom Petty, Peter Gabriel and Prince, they never crossed the line and committed to doing a project inspired by the country genre until now, with the release of Take The High Road on Saguaro Road Records. This landmark recording draws from modern and traditional country to enrich the group’s gospel-rooted sound with fresh and illuminating insight.

For years the Blind Boys had imagined such a project. But it wasn’t until they were voted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2010 that their plans began to coalesce. The catalyst was their meeting rising country music star Jamey Johnson, who sang “Down by the Riverside” with them at the induction ceremony in Montgomery. Johnson, whose gifts as a songwriter and performer match his fierce commitment to country music’s history and tradition, is a longtime admirer of the Blind Boys. The experience of sharing the stage with him prompted the Blind Boys to seek his services to help bring their dream of doing a country gospel album to life.

They proved a perfect match. “The Blind Boys attract intense, artistically pure people like Jamey,” says Chris Goldsmith, their producer or executive producer on every album since 2001. (On Take The High Road, Goldsmith is a co-producer along with Johnson and Nashville musicians Chad Cromwell and Kevin “Swine” Grantt.) “Jamey is uncompromising, passionate, and an encyclopedia of music. He became the keeper of the flame on this project.”

That meant, first of all, making sure that every song they chose to cut connected with everyone involved. “On other albums, the Blind Boys might be hesitant to try a new song and I would have to make an effort to convince them that the song would be a good one to do,” Goldsmith said. ”But for this one, we sat in the control room, playing demos or old recordings of certain songs. Jamey would watch the guys, and if they started bobbing their head and tapping their foot, then we would do that one. We’d never done it like that before, and it was a lot of fun.”

Johnson was pivotal as well in lining up many of Nashville’s top country singers and A-list musicians for the sessions. All it took was a personal call to bring Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, the Oak Ridge Boys, Hank Williams Jr. and Lee Ann Womack onboard. Each of these guests brought a distinctive perspective into the mix, but according to Carter, aside from being icons of country music, they all had one thing in common. “When we bring people in to our projects, we look for those that have some soul in their singing,” he notes. “All these folks, they bring soul. That’s why it sounds so good. That’s what it’s all about.” There was no pre-production or rehearsal for Take The High Road. “Every song found its guest, and every guest found the center of that song,” Goldsmith said. “Lee Ann, Vince, Hank, Jamey – everybody just crushed it.”

For Carter, recording in Nashville for the first time in his career was another longtime dream finally coming true. Johnson set that ball rolling with a personal tour of legendary Music City hotspots. “I told Jamey, ‘I heard about this bar in Nashville but I thought it was a legend. Is there a Tootsies in Nashville?’ He said, ‘Yes, there is. Would you like to go?’ I said, ‘I sure would.’ I wound up onstage there, singing. That was a great, great moment in my life. And later Jamey took me to the Station Inn, where I sang along with Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers. That was the first time I ever met him.” Johnson also invited some of the city’s musical royalty, including “Whispering” Bill Anderson and the king of country singers, George Jones, just to stop by and witness the sessions. They bonded quickly with Carter and the Blind Boys, and the word got out that something special and historic was happening at the old RCA studio.

The musicians recruited by Johnson were equally touched by the opportunity to record with the Blind Boys. Each is a seasoned professional, yet the intensity of working for the first time with the group went beyond normal routine. Fiddler and mandolin player Glen Duncan bluntly stated “I’ve been recording music my entire adult life, and working with The Blind Boys of Alabama on this record was the most moving experience of my life and career.” The celebrated guitarist Reggie Young shed tears during an especially emotional moment of music. Johnson confirmed to the New York Times that “there wasn’t one person who didn’t bawl like a baby or bust their heart open at least once” during the sessions. And bassist Kevin “Swine” Grantt was so moved during the tracking of his own tune, “I Know a Place,” that he had to leave the studio and spend an hour collecting himself before he could continue.

That track is but one of many highlights on Take The High Road. The hypnotic, waltz-time sway and Jamey Johnson’s rough-hewn and reverent vocal on “Have Thine Own Way, Lord,” the timbres of Willie Nelson’s hushed singing and acoustic guitar on “Family Bible,” the Hank Jr. romp through his father’s “I Saw the Light” – each performance reveals a different perspective on faith, woven into one testimony and uplifted by the Blind Boys’ embrace.

The singers mirrored this deep feeling as they laid their unmistakable, church-inflected harmonies over beds of fiddle and steel guitar. The result isn’t just an album that explores the juncture of two great forms of American music; it’s an achievement that stands out even in the Blind Boys’ storied catalog as a demonstration of how divinely inspired music can transcend the borders of category.

“Out of all the records we’ve done together, this has been the most natural,” Goldsmith insists. “The connection between the material, the Nashville guests, and the Blind Boys felt like destiny. Somewhere in history, these two almost identical styles of music – country and gospel – went their separate ways. This record brings them back together.”

Carter puts it this way: “These two traditions are very similar. There’s a lot of common ground in all kinds of music, and it keeps getting closer and closer together. That’s why we want to involve everybody in our music. We want to sing good music, no matter what kind it is. Most of all, we want to touch people’s lives. We want to leave them a message they can feed upon throughout their lives.”

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Blues Video Of The Week - Candye Kane
Candye Kane was born in Ventura, California in 1965 and had a rough childhood growing up to say the least but she never let it stop her from making the most of every situation.

Candye was a talented singer from a young age and even accepted into USC's music conservatory's junior opera program in 1976 but soon learned that opera just wasn't her thing.

In 1986 she studied Woman's Studies in college and fell in love with the Blues and singers like Bessie Smith, Ruth Brown, Big Mama Thornton and and Etta James and pursued a career in the Blues.

Since then Kane has won many Blues awards and honor including being included in Dan Akroyd's "30 Essential Woman of the Blues" CD set released by the House of Blues and her last album debuted at #9 on the Billboard Blues Charts.


______________________________________________________ Website Gets a New Look
San Francisco – officially launches a newly re-designed website. is the companion website to the House of Blues Radio Hour hosted by Dan Aykroyd (Elwood Blues).

Now music fans have easy and exclusive access to "Elwood's Briefcase Full of Blues" that features The House of Blues Radio Hour audio stream, set lists and sneak previews. includes original Blues music, the Top 15 Blues Chart, the Blues Breaker and Elwood's favorite new song of the week. The site also contains Blues photos, podcasts, videos and interviews, merchandise and contests.

Fans can become members of the Blues Brethren and Soul Sisters, our online Blues community. Brethren/Sisters regularly win guitars, CDs, DVDs, signed merchandise and other prizes. Brethren/Sisters are the first to receive news about new Blues artists, Elwood's contests, the Blues industry, and everything happening on the radio series and at .

Producer Ben Manilla says, “For over 19 years, Dan Aykroyd and I have been collaborating on The House of Blues Radio Hour - the longest running syndicated blues series in U.S. history. The is an active extension of the radio show and plugs into the vast library of video and audio we have amassed and still gather. We feel the new website is a continuation of our mission to celebrate this great American music”.

is a presentation of Media Mechanics and partners Manilla, Paul Marszalek and Mike Henry. Media Mechanics is a multiplatform consulting and production company. Media Mechanics helps great organizations expand their businesses by developing and leveraging branded content across all platforms, including radio, television, broadband internet, mobile, satellite, print and live events.


Launched in 2007, is a place for everything Blues and home of The House of Blues Radio Hour. Hosted by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Dan Aykroyd (as Elwood Blues), The House of Blues Radio Hour is the longest running nationally syndicated blues radio show in history and is currently heard on over 200 radio stations nationwide. The series has been on the air continuously since September 1993 and has won numerous national and international awards including The New York Radio Festival Grand Award (twice), Billboard magazine's Syndicated Radio Show of the Year Award, the Music Journalism Award (twice), and the WC Handy Keeping the Blues Alive Award.

is the official media sponsor of The Boulder Roots & Blues Summit. Located in Boulder, Colorado, the 2011 inaugural event featured Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, Leon Russell, Vieux Farka Toure, Davy Knowles, Janiva Magness, William Elliott Whitmore and Lionel Young. The 2nd annual Boulder Roots & Blues Summit is scheduled for May 18-19, 2012, with headliner Taj Mahal.
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Ever wonder what BLUES albums had the longest "staying" power on the radio in the last year?  So did we....
Wonder no's the Top 100 Albums receiving airplay from Nov 1, 2010 thru October 31, 2011....hmmm, these just happen to be the dates of eligibility for CDs to be considered for the Blues Music Awards.  Check it out!

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