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December 9, 2011

Volume 6/Issue 49


Special Announcements

News Flash

Record Label News

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts

About Us

CD & DVD Releases

Blues Society News

House of Blues Radio Hour

Festival Calendar

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CD & DVD Releases

Diaunna Greenleaf - Trying To Hold On


Diunna Greenleaf is a native Texan (Houston) who has a background steeped in gospel music. Influenced by the likes of Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Rosetta Thorpe, Sam Cooke, Charles Brown and her own parents Ben & Mary Ella Greenleaf (Gospel). She has developed "Diunna's style of Blues" in the same tradition as so many other great Texas blues men and women. She combines intricate patches of jazz, gospel and heartfelt soul to create a kind of blues that takes one on an emotional roller coaster ride.


Diunna and her band Blue Mercy have performed throughout the United States and Internationally. She has performed at the Lugano Blues Festival and the Bern Jazz Festival, both in Switzerland, as well as the Cahors Blues Festival in France.


Diunna has opened for and performed with the likes of Bob Margolin, Keb Mo, Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, James Cotton, Carrie Bell, Big Bill Morganfield, Smoking Joe Kubek and B’Nois King, Anson Funderburge, Sam Meyers and the Rockets, Bernard Allison, Odetta, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, I.J. Gosey, Sherman Robertson, Kenny Neal, the late great Teddy “Cry Cry” Reynolds, and numerous others.




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Sugar Ray & the Bluetones



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! 


“We approached this one like Hank Williams made records,” Ray said about the sessions. “I went in with my lyrics, just rough sketches of the songs and the great musicians in the Bluetones, who always play something exciting. This album’s mostly original and in the Chicago Blues vein. Last time, I used a full horn section, so My Life, My Friends, My Music was more jump Blues-oriented. For this one, I wanted to keep things spare and gritty.”


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Mark Scott LaMountain And The Blue Thunder Band


Originally from Springfield Ma. and Now kicking back in Hernando Florida, Mark Scott LaMountain has been playing guitar and singing in pro touring bands since the mid 80's He has played not only across the USA, but also in Jamaica, Firenze Italy and Canada. 




Having toured relentlessly in the hard rock bands 

Rude Attitude and Dead River, he finds himself at real musical and songwriting peace with the band of his own name. Where he can write and sing about any topic that comes to mind, with a full 180 swing back to the blues. 



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News Flash

Mick Jagger And Keith Richards Pay For Hubert Sumlin Funeral



The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards will pay for the funeral of blues great Hubert Sumlin.


( - Sumlin’s partner Toni Ann has posted, “I just wanted to share with you, Hubert’s loving fans, that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have insisted on picking up the full expenses for Hubert’s funeral. God Bless the Rolling Stones”.


Hubert Sumlin died on December 4 at the age of 80. Sumlin was one of the last great Chicago blues artists. He was the guitarist for Howlin’ Wolf and last year appeared with Kenny Wayne Shepherd on his ‘Live In Chicago’ album.


Keith Richards played on Sumlin’s 2006 album THEM SHOES.


A private service will be held in Homewood, Illinois on December 13. A public service for fans will be held on December 12 at 10am at the Festa Memorial Funeral Home in Totowa, New Jersey. There will also be a public viewing at the funeral home on December 11 between 2 and 4pm and 7 and 9pm.


Mick Jagger said today, “Hubert was an incisive yet delicate blues player. He had a really distinctive and original tone and was a wonderful foil for Howlin’ Wolf’s growling vocal style. On a song like “Goin’ Down Slow” he could produce heart-rending emotion, and on a piece like “Wang Dang Doodle” an almost playful femininity. He was an inspiration to us all.”


In announcing his death, Toni Ann said in a statement, “It is with a heavy heart that the worse has come to fruition. My little Hubert is living the life of a real angel. I’m overwhelmed with grief and so I really need to pull myself together. I’d really appreciate it if you would kindly respect our privacy during this most difficult time.

“I love you Hubert. You are eternally etched in my heart. And my life is not only richer and blessed for who you’ve been to me, but the world over. And I will never be the same because of you. May you be forever in God’s beautiful grace.


“I’ll spend the rest of my days loving and cherishing all you are and were to me”.



Editor's Note: Don't miss the Video of the Week a few stories below...just happened to be released in the last couple of Chris Jagger (yes that Jagger family) talking to Hubert Sumlin. Ironic timing.

Ana Popovic featured in Guitar Player Magazine

Ana Popovic was recently interviewed by Guitar World Magazine in which she discusses her new album "Unconditional".


Click here to read the full article!


In addition to the interview, Ana Popovic was also featured on Guitar World's "Lick of the Day" where she shares her passion for the blues tradition and demonstrates one of the many memorable licks from her latest album 'Unconditional'.


Click here to watch the video!

Sparky's Green Chile Room (a blues haven) celebrates 1st anniversary


Sparky's Burgers, Barbeque & Espresso, open slightly less than four years, has built a reputation on the tasty treats inside and super-sized statues outside. But in the past year, the Hatch eatery has also beckoned hungry travelers with a third option — some of the best tunes in the Southwest emanating from the adjoining Green Chile Room.


This weekend, the Green Chile Room — used for extra seating during the lunch rush and as a concert hall most weekends and some weekday nights — will celebrate its first birthday.


In the Year 1 scrapbook are concert photos of some of the best blues musicians in the world and the well-earned title as the Home of the Blues in Southern New Mexico.


Finally, Freddie King's in Rock Hall of Fame


By Robert Wilonsky, Dec 7, 2011 -- Dallas Observer Blogs


Freddie King's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Per this morning's heads-up from Cleveland, the Gilmer-born guitarist, singer and songwriter is this year's entry in the Early Influence category; damn right. His newly penned Hall bio lists the myriad reasons -- for starters, "His '60s classics, 'Have You Ever Loved A Woman,' 'Hide Away,' 'You've Got To Love Her With A Feeling' and 'The Stumble' are part of the DNA of modern electric blues" -- and, he's the man who walked the guitar from T-Bone Walker to Stevie and Jimmie Vaughan. He brought the blues into the future.  Just ask Eric Clapton.




Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise 2011 Photo Montage


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Blues Video of The Week - I Got The Blues In Austin - Trailor

A brief look at the trailor for "I Got The Blues in Austin" featuring Hubert Sumlin.




I Got the Blues follows nationally syndicated radio hosts Chris Jagger and John Peyton through a whirlwind tour of the vibrant Austin blues and rock scene, as they interview Mick Jagger, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin and a host of others-- culminating in a backstage blues jam session with the Rolling Stones.


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Going after digital pirates

December 03, 2011|By Bruce Iglauer


Almost everyone in this world is inspired by, moved by or loves some kind of music. Music makes us smile, makes us dance and helps us when we hurt.


My favorite music is the music for which Chicago is world famous — the blues. It was my love for the blues that moved me to start an independent blues record label at the age of 23, one that I'm still operating with passion 40 years later. Record labels like mine give talented artists (who are often out of the pop mainstream) a chance to be heard and to build lifelong careers. Alligator Records takes great pride in having helped bring Chicago blues icons like Koko Taylor, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Eddy Clearwater, Hound Dog Taylor and Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials to a worldwide audience. 


Recording artists like these make their livings through live performances and through the songs they create and record. In this age of the Internet, the concept that both a song (created by a songwriter) and a recording (created by musicians) should have financial value seems to have been intentionally forgotten by a lot of the public. People who would never think of walking into a store and stealing even a stick of gum seem to have no problem with going to a rogue website that offers them a portal for stealing music from its creators and downloading that music without paying for it. 



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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 couldimagine 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. 



Link Website Gets a New Look




San Francisco, Ca. USA]  – officially launches a newly re-designed 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  


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”.







Record Label News

Alligator Records To Release Joe Louis Walker's Label Debut, Hellfire, On January 31, 2012

Alligator Records has set a January 31, 2012 release date for HELLFIRE, the label debut from Joe Louis Walker. The award-winning guitar slinger, passionate vocalist and gifted songwriter has been releasing groundbreaking music since 1986 and has toured -- and continues to tour -- worldwide. The New York Times raves, "Walker is a singer with a Cadillac of a voice. He delivers no-nonsense, gutsy blues. His guitar solos are fast, wiry and incisive, moaning with bluesy despair." Rolling Stone simply calls him "ferocious."


Walker's discography includes 23 albums and two DVDs. He has won four Blues Music Awards, including the 2010 Album Of The Year Award for BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE (Stony Plain Records), and has been nominated for 43 more.


Walker's also recorded as a guest with some of the blues world's best-known artists, including appearances on Grammy-winning records by B.B. King and James Cotton.





Stony Plain Records Signs Eric Bibb

Stony Plain Records announces the signing of acclaimed folk blues singer/

songwriter/guitarist Eric Bibb, and will release his debut CD for the label, DEEPER IN THE WELL, in March 2012.

DEEPER IN THE WEEL features Eric Bibb on vocals and guitar backed by multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell, guitarist Cedric Watson, drummer Danny Devillier and harmonica player Grant Dermody. Special guests on the CD include Michael Jerome Browne, Jerry Douglas and Christine Balfa.

Over the course of many album releases in the intervening years, Eric Bibb has been nominated for multiple Blues Music Awards in several categories.

In addition to the Grammy-nominated SHAKIN A TAILFEATHER children's album (which also featured Taj Mahal), some of his other noted albums during this period included A FAMILY AFFAIR, which teamed him up with his father for a series of duets and solo tunes; and Friends, which included special guests Taj Mahal, Odetta, Charlie Musselwhite and Guy Davis.



New Ringo Starr Album, 'Ringo 2012,' to Feature Joe Walsh and Kenny Wayne Shepherd


Ringo Star will release his 17th solo album, RINGO 2012, on January 31 in the US (January 30 everywhere else) on HIP-O/UMe Records.



The album title is a reference to Ringo, the drummer's most successful solo album, which was released in 1973.



This time, the sizable guest list includes guitarists Joe Walsh and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, plus Michael Bradford, Steve Dudas, Charlie Haden, Amy Keys, Kelly Moneymaker, Richard Page, Van Dyke Parks, Dave Stewart, Bruce Sugar, Benmont Tench, Don Was and Edgar Winter.


Blues Society News
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Festival Calendar

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 22nd Annual


Blues Bash


February 10-21

Charleston, SC, U.S.

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Phuket International

Blues Rock Festival


February 24-25

Phuket, Phuket,


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23 Annual Riverwalk

Blues & Music Festival


February 18-19

Fort Lauderdale,

Florida, U.S.

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Boquete Jazz

& Blues Festival


March 1-4


Chiriqui, Panama

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April 5-9

Byron Bay,

New South Wales,


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Cairns Blues


Saturday, May 12

Cairns, Queensland,


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River & Brews

Blues Fest


June 8-9

Red River,

New Mexico, U.S.

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Saturday, June 30


Northern Territory,


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Saturday, Jul 7


Massachusetts, U.S.

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