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Blues Festival Guide

January 13, 2012

Volume 7/Issue 2


Special Announcements

News Flash

Blues Society News

House of Blues Radio Hour

Festival Calendar

CD & DVD Releases

Record Label News

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts    

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CD & DVD Releases

Scott Ellison : Walkin' Through The Fire

Tulsa, Oklahoma singer, songwriter and guitarist Scott Ellison gained his street cred via his rich Southwestern heritage and the inspiration of Motown and Memphis. A stint playing with Gatemouth Brown, a beloved mentor, years of leading his own band and having many of his songs featured in the movies and on TV has provided him with an enviable resume as do eight critically-lauded solo albums that attest to his burgeoning creative energy.


Walkin’ Through the Fire is his bust-out effort with 15 dazzling originals penned by him along with either Charles Tuberville or Walt Richmond (Eric Clapton's keyboard player). He plays lead,

rhythm and slide guitars and bass backed by Tuberville (guitar, bass, background vocals), Richmond (producer, engineer, keyboards, drums), Spenser Sutton (piano, Hammond B-3), Jalon Brown (drums, percussion) and the Hot Tamale Horns. “


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Debbie Bond: Hearts Are Wild

Singer, guitar player and songwriter Debbie Bond has been paying her dues in the Alabama backwoods for over 30 years.


Her singing is often described as a cross between Bonnie Raitt and Janice Joplin, both of whom she cites as big influences on her music. The truth is that Debbie does it her way, playing a dynamic mix of house-rockin’ covers and searing originals. Her impressive musical story includes years of performing with older traditional Alabama blues musicians, including Johnny Shines, Eddie Kirkland and Willie King.


Her immersion in the blues has deeply flavored her guitar playing, soulful voice and original song writing, yet her sound is contemporary and original, incorporating soul, blues, rock, jazz and even country influences. This unique musical synthesis can be heard on her latest album, 2011's Hearts Are Wild.


She was the co-founder and executive director of the award-winning Alabama Blues Project, an educational non-profit devoted to preserving and promoting Alabama's rich blues heritage.

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Lisa Mills : Tempered In Fire


It’s a long way from south Mississippi, where she was born, to Glastonbury, in southwestern England. But Lisa Mills has played Glastonbury and 

many more European festivals enough to feel comfortable on both sides of the Atlantic. In fact, the artistic connections she formed as she gained international fans are counted as her musical next-of-kin; they just happen to be in the UK, while she now makes her home on Mobile Bay.


Recording her latest album, Tempered in Fire, at Rimshot Studios in Kent was a celebration of creative connections reaching near and afar. She chose songs by writers from her native South as well as Britain to complement her own songs and teamed with old and new musician friends from England and the U.S. Joining her in the vintage analogue studio—and laying down several of the songs as a live band—were her long-time performing partner, Ian Jennings.


Tempered in Fire was her second album collaboration with Jennings, who co-produced her 2005 I’m Changing.


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News Flash

Guitarist Magazine Presents BB King Fan Pack

Pre-Order – UK Release Date: 2nd February 2012


Guitarist magazine is set to release an exclusive BB King documentary film along with a special edition fan pack magazine.


Exclusive DVD: The one-hour documentary film tells the greatest living bluesman’s life story with superb new interview footage and archive material. There are guest contributions from Carlos Santana, Derek Trucks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Cray, Paul Rodgers, Slash and many more.


Magazine: The included magazine will be a beautiful retrospective of BB’s life, telling his amazing story from sharecropping in the Mississippi Delta, to becoming an international blues legend. It will also include specialist technical sections on his guitars and gear, and playing lessons and techniques.


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Terry Evans Now Booking For 2012


His musical journey began in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in the heart of the Delta, where he was born. He was in the church choir as a young person and used to sing tenor, baritone and bass. He jokes that he wasn't allowed to sing the "rough stuff" like rock and roll in those days and that he was only allowed to sing gospel. He'd have to "slip away" to sing secular songs.


In the sixties, Terry worked with an a cappella group called The Knights, touring throughout the South in clubs and juke joints. From there Terry was lured to the west coast where he first picked up the guitar, started writing music and soon became a prolific songwriter. Pops Staples as well as the late, great Louis Jordan (among others) have recorded his songs.


Long before Terry made his first recording fronting his own band, music fans were probably well acquainted with his amazing voice. For years, the soulful singer was one of Los Angeles' foremost session vocalists, receiving a gold record for his work on John Fogarty's "Eye of the Zombie" and recording with Ry Cooder, Joan Armatrading, John Lee Hooker, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur, Pops Staples, and many other well respected artists.  Most recently Terry can be heard on Eric Clapton’s CD, “Clapton,” and Ry Cooder’s album “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down.”


In addition to his work with other artists, Terry recorded two albums with Bobby King, as well as ten of his own. Terry is one of the most dynamic soul and blues singers performing today, writing and singing about all aspects of human emotion, and creating a connection with his audience in the process.


Terry tours the U.S. and Europe music festivals regularly, with plenty of club dates in between.  Visit for his latest itinerary.


Terry’s latest CD, “Anthology” is now available online or as a download at




James Armstrong has released his first album in 11 years on Catfood Records. He has been described by one music writer as "an artist in a world of craftsmen, harking back to a time when each bluesman had a distinctive musical voice." Known as the Ambassador of Blues for his constant touring internationally as well as in the U.S., James manages to honor the sound of traditional blues, while giving it the contemporary feel of a modern groove.



Blues At The Border was recorded in New York and Texas with top studio musicians. Drawing on his deep blues roots, James also displays his rock, country and soul influences as well. He is a master of the slide guitar and a first- rate singer who knows how to deliver a song.



His earlier releases on HighTone Records resulted in several of the songs being used on movie and television soundtracks. With years to prepare, James has chosen great songs to create the best recording of his career.




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International Blues Challenge Tickets are going fast!

Tickets will be mailed January 17th for all domestic orders.

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Only a few Big Blue Tickets left!!

To avoid purchasing a lanyard for your pass (all proceeds benefit The Blues Foundation), bring one from HOME!

Downtown Hotels are almost full!

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Supplies are limited;

make sure you get YOUR size before we run out!


Go to the Blues Store to order yours today!


  Short Sleeve - $20    Long Sleeve - $25



IBC Poster - $10







Cruzin For A Bluzin



Come and join the Cruzin For A Bluzin blues cruise sailing from Miami, Florida, on September 23rd through the 29th on Carnival's Valor. This is sure to be a fun-filled week of fantastic music on the open water.


David Shelley and Bluestone's hard driving grooves with soulful blues guitar and vocals are the heart of the sound. Lead vocalist/guitarist David Shelley has toured the world with top name stars.  He has been invited to share the stage with the Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes' band Government Mule. David Shelley and Bluestone jamming blues rock is all at once ancient and modern and totally original.


In addition, we have Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl. These guys will get you moving to their rocking blues. I guarantee that you will not be able to keep your feet still listening to these guys jam! Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl have an impressive resume including performances with B.B. King, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Reverend Horton Heat.


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Video of the Week

B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Albert Collins & Buddy Guy - Apollo Theater 1993 Part 2



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Record Label News

Bluesman Otis Taylor's 'Contraband' Due Feb. 14

The 14-track album was recorded before and after major surgery to remove a cyst that had connected to his liver and spine and the blues master is once again telling deeply personal, provocative stories that have long been the heart of his songwriting.


Songs on the album again tell tales of love, loss, injustice, inequality, and war but Taylor doesn't consider his music an act of activism, but of art.


"I'm not really a protest singer or even a very political person," he said. "I just try to tell an interesting story."


Contraband is again built on a foundation of traditional blues sounds, styles, and structures and the unusual rhythmic and instrumental sounds that have become the hallmark of Taylor's sound. He is joined by Ron Miles on cornet, Chuck Campbell on pedal steel, Guinean master drummer Fara Tolno and djembe, his daughter Cassie and Todd Edmunds share bass dutie, Brian Juan plays organ, Larry Thompson adds drums, and Jon Paul Johnson additional guitar.


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Guy Davis To Release 2-CD Version of One Man Show "The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed with the Blues" Feb 21


Guy Davis will release a 2-CD "audio play" version of his one-man play The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed with the Blues. Davis, the son of noted, treasured actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, has performed this play all over the world since 1994 and he'll be performing exceprts from it throughout 2012 to support this first-ever audio release through his own label Smokeydoke Records.



The play includes original Davis compositions as well as songs by Robert Johnson, Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy.


"Story telling is the most ancient, most powerful magic of the universe," said Davis, and next month those of us who have never seen the performance will have a chance to hear the stories of his character Fishy Waters. Waters travels across the South and meets a host of other characters, all with their own stories.


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Ruf Records will soon release -- Dani Wilde: Juice Me Up

Since debuting in 2008 with HEAL MY BLUES, singer/songwriter/guitarist Dani Wilde has established herself as one of the leading lights in contemporary British blues.


A passionate artist gifted in all facets of making music, Wilde continued to turn heads with her second international release, Shine, as well as through her successful collaboration with Cassie Taylor and Samantha Fish on the GIRLS WITH GUITARS project. Following a busy year of touring that introduced her to new audiences across Europe and the USA, the native of Brighton, England now returns with her third solo effort, JUICE ME UP


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Ruf Records will release Omar & the Howlers' Essential Collection, a special 2-CD set on February 14


The twin-disc pack is comprised of one CD titled "The Best of," while the second one is called "Omar's Picks," which are songs that "represent a snapshot of influences and heroes throughout my career and are special to me for one reason or another," says Omar.


The 30 studio and live recordings on the Essential Collection were culled from albums originally released beginning in the early 1990s and includes selections from such albums as Courts of Lu Lu (named after a blues laundromat in his hometown of McComb, Mississippi), Muddy Springs Road, World Wide Open, Swing Land and his Blues Music Award nominated collaboration with Jimmie Vaughan, Jimmy Reed Highway. Also featured are such fan favorite Omar & the Howlers' classics as "Magic Man," "Border Girl," "Hard Times In the Land of Plenty," "Wall of Pride," "Mississippi Hoo Doo Man" and "Boogie Man," among many others.


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Blues Society News

Things are heating up in Minnesota!



Has now become the 



Congratulations on the name change, and the increased influence of Blues all around the wonderful state of Minnesota.


As evidenced by their January 22, 2012 Fundraiser




This year Javier & the Innocent Sons (Band) and Annie Mack (Duo) will represent the Minnesota Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN February 1-4. The acts participating in the IBC are not paid for their performances or their travel expenses to and from Memphis. Three or four nights in a hotel, plus gas and meals can add up. The purpose of the "Get Out Of Town" Fundraiser on Sunday, January 22 at Minnesota Music Café is to help the acts offset some of those expenses.


You can help by attending the event and donating the suggested $10 or more at the door. You can also help by taking part in the Silent Auction event either by donating items for auction, bidding on items in the auction or both. To donate auction items contact Grant Wibben, or call 612-616-2233. All auction items and cash donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.





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Legendary Rhythm & 

Blues Cruise #18

Ft. Lauderdale, FL to San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, Virgin Islands & Philipsburg, St. Maarten, AN on the Holland America ms Nieuw Amsterdam

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Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival


January 13th-14th 2012

Cherokee, Iowa, U.S.

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Luckenbach TX, Blues Festival


January 28, 2012

Luckenbach, TX, U.S.

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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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