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Blues Festival Guide

January 20, 2012

Volume 7/Issue 3


Special Announcements

News Flash

Roots Blues Airplay Charts    

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CD & DVD Releases

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CD & DVD Releases

April Mae & The June Bugs

April Mae & The June Bugs, the band’s debut album, features original songwriting along with some very special reinterpretations of songs by such artists as Cab Calloway, Bobby Bare and Eddie Cochran.


The breadth of the band’s material reads like a recipe for American music gumbo; equal parts jump blues, rockabilly, swing and the spirit of New Orleans permeate their music along with a dose of vintage vibes added like Tabasco sauce.


Traveling and performing through the deep south, soaking up the sounds of roots music forms like bluegrass, delta blues, rockabilly and swing led April to form the June Bugs. April Mae, lead vocalist, also plays washboard and percussion with the June Bugs. Dave “Catfish” Fecca sizzles on cigar box guitar, electric guitar and banjo, while JJ Culpepper’s rollicking, expressive bass lines provide the perfect balance between April’s hot-smoke-and-honey vocals and guitarist Catfish’s gritty leads.


"A solidly entertaining collection of American roots music." ~ Tom Cullen, Contributing Editor Blues Revue Magazine, President Bucks County Blues Society. 


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Bare Bones Boogie Band : Two

The Bare Bones Boogie Band was formed in London in October 2008 by four musicians from across the UK. 


The Bare Bones Boogie Band is a stripped-down, no nonsense blues band.


Our vision is simple - to strip the music back to the bare essentials and build from there.


Our roots are the electric blues of the late 60s and early 70s, when bands like Free, Fleetwood Mac and the Stones were inspired by BB King and Robert Johnson, and Janis Joplin was re-inventing Etta James. Live, we will not hold back. We do not apologize for our rawness, nor for our tenderness.


We deliver heavy, soulful blues! 


Our first album was released in 2010 and received very complimentary reviews and airplay at the BBC and across the world. This second album was released on 1st January 2012 and is already receiving worldwide radio play and 5 star reviews...!  

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Pages of Paperwork is the fifth installment in Levee Town’s catalog.  With a sound built on years of constant performing and songwriting, the band has created a hard-driving, smoothly-polished, soulful record.


Pages of Paperwork exhibits a maturity and sophistication borne of heartbreak and the joy of personal resurgence.  Songwriters Hudspeth, Garoutte, and Meade share a convergent vision of the world-at-large and craft their individual tunes in a similar vein.  The band chugs along with astonishing energy and focus.  Vocally, Levee Town is obviously comfortable performing an ever-widening array of styles.


 From rocking shuffles to grinding slow blues to North-Mississippi-style rockers to KC swing numbers, Pages Of Paperwork is an exhilarating breath of fresh air and a joy to take in.


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News Flash

Cancer has returned for 2012 BMA Nominee, Candye Kane

(From Candye Kane) regrets to announce that I have been diagnosed with cancer again.
I will meet with my oncologist on Monday and take it from there. In the meantime, I will continue to play as much as music as I can whilst undergoing treatment. I will miss my show tonight (1-19-12), only because the endoscopy has left my throat sore and voice hoarse.
Thanks for all your prayers and love. At least I have insurance this time. Hopefully it will cover all the treatments after my $800 deductible. I love you all.

In 2008 Candye was diagnosed with advanced Pancratic Cancer.  The same kind that took the lives of Steve Jobs and Patrick Swayze. Defying the odds she had a successful surgery and returned to recording (Super Hero and Sister Vagabond), travelling the world to perform her music and acting in a stage play in New York City and San Diego about her life (Toughest Girl Alive).

Candye is currently nominated for two Blues Music Awards; the 2012 Entertainer of the Year and 2012 Contemporary Blues Female Vocalist. 


Blues Singing legend Etta James dies at 73

The blues icon's 50-year career was marked by powerful tunes and an often tumultuous personal life. She died Friday at age 73 in California from leukemia, having influenced dozens of singers.


James was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles to unwed 14-year-old Dorothy Hawkins, who never officially revealed the father. James claimed that her father was famed pool hustler Rudolph "Minnesota Fats" Walderone.


She died from complications from leukemia with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side.


She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, and also suffered from dementia and hepatitis C. James died at a hospital in Riverside, California. She would have turned 74 Wednesday.



Canada's Maple Blues Awards Winners Announced

Canadian Blues Artists from coast-to-coast were honoured by their peers at the 15th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala in Toronto this week as a crowd of blues lovers gathered to celebrate Canadian blues at Koerner Hall.






Monkey Junk



Matt Andersen



Matt Andersen



Suzie Vinnick



Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce



To Behold, MonkeyJunk


BLUES WITH A FEELING (Lifetime Achievement)

Paul James



Gregg Allman



Steve Strongman



Carlos del Junco



Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne



Chris Whiteley



Matt Sobb



Alec Fraser



Suzie Vinnick



Liz Sykes

The 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards will be held at Koerner Hall on Monday, January 21st, 2013.


Live in Australia, Run a Winery and Host a Blues Festival....It Could Happen to You!


(Australia) The famous Dingo Creek winery, just south of Gympie and home of the Dingo Creek Wine, Jazz and Blues festival, is up for sale, for $795,000 (AU$).


Hinternoosa agent Jim Ennis announced the sale on the internet, describing the property as offering "quality lifestyle with unlimited commercial potential".


The 10.5ha site is described as "large, fully fenced, usable acreage with high-producing vineyards, large dam, creek, bush and paddocks".


The house is described as "350sq m under one roof including four large bedrooms, huge living areas, enormous country kitchen and a fully licensed commercial kitchen geared to feeding the masses".


The home is raised to accommodate further development downstairs, with this said to be needed "to make the most of your vineyard's commercial kitchen and newly developed serving and dining areas".


The winery has been described as one of the prettiest on the Sunshine Coast. 


Quote By John Morrison the Mayor of Swing City:“Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues Festival is Australia’s only “personal” music festival.  Its a place where music lovers can meet and greet all their favourite musicians in a setting that is second to none!  Bring your sleeping bag and enjoy it the whole weekend.  There is NOTHING like it anywhere!” 




Blues Foundation annouces finalist for the Best Self-Produced CD Contest

The Best Self-Produced CD Contest has entered the final round. The initial list of 74 has been pared to five. The winner will be announced at the IBC band finals list of CDs still in the hunt are:


Saxophone Shootout II - Blue Lunch (Cleveland Blues Society)


Under the Influence - Bad Influence (Frederick Blues Society)


It Ain't Hard to Tell - Mikey Jr. (Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation)


Where I'm Coming From... - Dave Keller (Rhode Island Rhythm & Blues Preservation Society)


Me ‘n’ Mabel Suzie Vinnic (Toronto Blues Society)

The winner will be crowned February 4, 2012 at Band Finals on the stage of the Historic Orpheum Theater on the corner of Main and Beale Street in downtown Memphis, Tn.

iTunes Blues Masters FREE 


If you are a blues guitarist who wants to know how the legends build their solos then you will want to get Blues Masters iPad app.


The celebrated Blues Masters is the perfect app for anyone looking to pick up playing styles from the legends that have inspired us!


Utilizing notes and tabs with animation, this app can help you learn authentic licks by sixteen of the greatest blues legends. They are broken down from the familiar 12-bar blues form into six two-measure chunks. Learn each chunk separately and then combine them to create your own 12-bar Hot List solo with full rhythm backing tracks.


Blues Masters is easy for beginners but also includes 115+ riffs for seasoned pros. So it’s easy to compare the approach B.B. King takes, for example, on the V–IV turnaround, with that of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Duane Allman, or Eric Clapton.



Slow down each riff to 3/4 or 1/2 speed to help you learn it.  Selected riffs also have video instruction.



Blues Masters has received high recognition from a variety of reputable music and app professionals alike.



It was named app of the week by IK Media, makers of iKlip and recently was named the 2012 MacWorld | iWorld APPALOOZA! winner of top apps which will be celebrated during the MacWorld Conference in San Francisco.



HP NEWQUIST Former Editor-in-Chief, GUITAR Magazine and the current Executive Director, The National GUITAR Museum, had this to say: “The Blues Guitar app created by G-Men is so full of enjoyable and entertaining elements that it's sure to inspire everyone who uses it to grab the nearest guitar and start playing! They've taken the age-old process of teaching guitar and infused it with stunning animation, sound, photos, and video.”



Check out Blues Masters for FREE!




Sarasota Blues Fest has earlier date, new name

SARASOTA, Florida -- The long-running Sarasota Blues Fest has undergone some changes.


For starters, the popular event typically takes place around the first Saturday in November.


But the 22nd annual edition has now been dubbed the Sarasota Blues and Music Fest. And it will take place Saturday, Sept. 29.


ExtremeTix and Three Zebras Entertainment took over ownership of the Sarasota Blues Fest last year.


The Houston-based made the announcement via email Thursday morning.


Later that same day, Barbara Strauss told the Herald from her home in Sarasota that she had parted ways with the festival.


She ran the Sarasota Blues Fest since 1993, sold it last year to ExtremeTix but continued on as executive director through the latest festival in November.


“The Sarasota Blues Fest is very important event to the community and I wish them nothing but the best,” said the Riverview High graduate. “But my days with the blues fest are finished.”


The debut Bradenton Blues Festival is scheduled to take place at the Bradenton Riverwalk at Rossi Park (currently under construction) in downtown on Saturday, Dec. 1.



Town Board absences lead to delay on Blues Festival vote

The Riverhead (Long Island, New York) Town Board held off on voting to approve the 2012 Riverhead Blues Festival permit application Wednesday at the request of Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, who wanted to discuss it with the full Town Board.


Two board members were absent at Wednesday’s meeting in Town Hall, which meant that resolutions needed a unanimous vote of the three members present in order to pass.


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall hich runs a downtown nonprofit theater by the same name, has yet to provide insurance for the festival, which will cost about $3,000; the town was planning to the group a waiver on the requirement that insurance be provided 120 days before the event. Insurance would still be required prior to the event, just not 120 prior.


Preliminary dates are set for June 16 and 17.


The Blues Festival had been an annual event until last year, when Vail-Leavitt cancelled it because theater officials were worried it would run into opposition, as had happened in 2010 when Business Improvement District and the Chamber of Commerce leaders sought to take over management of the event.



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Dr. John's New Album Produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys


( - Dr. John has recruited the very busy Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys as producer of his new album, Locked Down. The album is due April 3 and is Dr. John's debut with Nonesuch Records.


Not only is Auerbach's group's album, El Camino, currently at number 3 in the U.S., but they will be one of the headliners at this year's Coachella festival as part of their upcoming world tour. Still, he made time to work with Dr. John, saying "Mac [Rebennack, Dr. John's real name] inspired me every single day we were in the studio together: musically, spiritually, cosmically ... something special seemed to be happening and everyone involved could sense it. For my money, Mac's one of the greatest who ever was and who ever will be ... I'm so honored to have had this opportunity to work with him."

Dr. John returns the love, saying "It was way cool cutting this record with Dan and the crew he put together for it. It's real HIP."


Early word is that Locked Down is a departure from the artists latest few albums. He used a band of young musicians which he handpicked for the sessions, recording at his own Easy Eye Sound in Nashville.


It was Rebennack's children that first turned him on to the Black Keys and Auerbach, which led to the two men collaborating on last year's very successful Bonnaroo Jam at the yearly festival.


More details are expected on the album in the coming weeks.




Knology Clearwater Sea Blues Festival


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Festival Calendar

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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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Chicago Bluesgrass & Blues


January 21, 2012

Chicago, IL, 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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