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February 10, 2012

Volume 7/Issue  6


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    

About Us

Special Announcements

CD & DVD Releases

Joe Louis Walker : Hellfire













Blues master Joe Louis Walker's Alligator Records debut Hellfire reached number 38 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart for the week ending February 5, 2012. It also hit number 11 on the magazine's Blues Chart.


The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot declares Hellfire is Walker's "most rock-oriented release," bringing "the kind of fierce embellishments that Jimi Hendrix might've conjured" and that his guitar playing "spins ever wilder and wider into outer space with each solo."


The Wall Street Journal's Jim Fusilli says, "Walker's raspy, powerhouse voice is out front while his stinging guitar cuts through the uncluttered arrangements."


Radio response has been equally enthusiastic. SIRIUS/XM's Bill Wax produced a one-hour interview/album feature for his B.B. King's Bluesville radio show which aired on street date, January 31, and re-aired multiple times. On February 17, will broadcast Walker performing from the venue World Café Live in Philadelphia, in a program hosted by WXPN-FM. He'll also be featured on the nationally syndicated program, World Café, with the airdate to be announced in the coming weeks. In addition, on February 25 and 26, Elwood's Bluesmobile (formerly known as The House of Blues Radio Hour) will host Walker for a wide-ranging discussion and plenty of music.


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Jim Allchin : Overclocked













Jim’s contemporary blues-rock style has a uniquely modern feel with contemporary lyrics and explosive guitar lines, but it respectfully bows to the core soul that has been embodied in the blues throughout the ages. It is Jim’s dream to help foster the blues to a larger audience. His newest album, Overclocked, is an ambitious, perfectly crafted 13-song set of original blistering blues, sophisticated jazz, heavy rock and tender pop ballads spotlighting his virtuoso guitar chops, creative lyrics and mellifluous vocals.


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Pristine : Detoxing













Pristine, with the charismatic redhead Heidi Solheim in front, forges on with power, passion and intensity.


Bluesrock with traces of southern rock, soul and funk - with a compelling intensity and a persistent high energy level.

Pristines music has strong roots in blues and 70s rock. In addition to traditional blues, Heidi & Pristine draw inspiration from the likes of The Faces, Grand Funk Railroad, Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Keys, Cream og Led Zeppelin. Which is very noticable on the 2011 debut album "Detoxing".


The album was barely released before the accolades from the national press started pouring in:


"Pristine is so self-confident that it borders on arrogance", "Detoxing" is a record that is both true to the genre and innovative enough to rejuvenate a genre that can be experienced as rigid and old-fashioned." ( 


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News Flash

International Blues Challenge




28th International Blues Challenge Results!!



Quickly, to the point:


The Winner of the band competition is: The WIRED! Band (Washington Blues Society)

Band-2nd place: The Bart Walker Band (Nashville Blues Society);

Band-3rd Place: Paula Harris (The Golden Gate Blues Society)



The winner of the solo/duo competition is: Ray Bonneville (Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas)

Solo/Duo-2nd Place: Dr. Don's Double Dose (Sydney Blues Society).


Also, the Gibson Guitarist Award went to: Bart Walker ; and the Lee Oskar Top Harmonica Player was awarded to: Randy McQuay.


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Fred Delforge of France Blues has a day-by-day IBC photo spread here 




Axed Musicians To Protest Outside Grammy Awards show



( - Angry musicians will protest outside Sunday's Grammy Awards ceremony over a decision to cut 31 ethnic and minority musical categories from the music industry's top awards.


Organizers said on Wednesday they hoped dozens of music artists and fans of Latin jazz, gospel and blues music would join in the demonstration, and attend an alternative concert.

Some 23,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the Recording Academy reinstate Grammy awards for Native American and Hawaiian music, and reverse cuts in categories for Latin Jazz, Gospel, R&B and Blues that were axed in a major overhaul last year.


Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt and Bobby Sanabria are among the dozens of artists who have spoken out against the decision. Musicians say the Grammy cuts will harm their careers financially and diminish the profile of music enjoyed by minority communities.


Spokesman Robert Sax said on Wednesday that the protest would be held outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles as stars like Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, The Beach Boys and Tony Bennett arrive to perform at the Grammy Awards show on Sunday.


The demonstrators will later celebrate the Not Those Awards All-Star Latin Jazz Jam at a Los Angeles nightclub, with performers including two time Grammy winner Oscar Hernandez, John Santos and Bobby Matos.


"We are holding this concert to remind music fans about all the great music that has been eliminated from the Grammys. To paraphrase what Frank Sinatra said at the first Grammy Awards in 1959, 'Remember, the awards are about excellence, not popularity.'", Latin jazz artist Matos said.


The Recording Academy announced in April that it was slashing the number of Grammy categories to 78 from 109 for the 2012 Grammy Awards, saying the cuts were necessary to maintain "the prestige of the highest and only peer-recognized award in music."


Rapper Kanye West leads the field of Grammy contenders with seven nominations, followed by Adele, Bruno Mars and Foo Fighters.



Bonnie Raitt In Chicago For Safe-Energy Benefit




Chicago—Legendary singer Bonnie Raitt and her band will be performing at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago on Saturday, May 19th. She will hosting a special benefit reception following her show with singer songwriter Marc Cohn, in support of the Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS).


Preferred Gold and Green Circle seating tickets for the concert and the special dessert "meet-and-greet" reception with Bonnie Raitt go on pre-sale Thursday, February 9th at noon EST, only at . Public tickets will go on sale Saturday, February 11th at regular outlets. Tickets for the "meet-and-greet" are partially tax deductible.


Bonnie Raitt is touring again in 2012 after a two year respite and will premiere her new album Slipstream, which will be released on April 2nd. Bonnie is a nine time Grammy winner and inductee into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. She has an amazing 58 other recordings. She is a well known, long time social change activist and is a founding member of The Blues Foundation and Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) among others. Bonnie's web site: , is very complete and up to date with information on Bonnie and all of her work, including her activism. She has been a supporter of NEIS for over 20 years.



"Bonnie is not only well known as a great musician, but a dedicated social activist," notes Dave Kraft, director of NEIS. "We are grateful that she would support NEIS so generously to carry on work for something so personally important to her -- a less nuclear world."



NEIS ( is a Chicago based 30-year old nuclear power watchdog organization that promotes safe energy alternatives to nuclear power. "We're thrilled that Bonnie would pick Chicago — the birthplace of the Nuclear Age — to highlight the safe-energy anti-nuclear message," Kraft continued. "She's been supporting this message for over 30 years, and all the events — Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and now Fukushima — have proven her right. NEIS is honored by Bonnie's support to continue to promote this vision for a safe-energy future, a vision we both share."


The Guacamole fund has worked with Bonnie and other members of the musicians' community for over 35 years for peace with justice, the environment and a non nuclear future. More information is available at:,




Vallejo Blues Musician Now Facing Eviction



(Jessica A. York/ Vallejo, CA - The shock of being unable to find affordable housing in Vallejo has come like a pail of icy water dumped over the head of one of the Bay Area's most prominent blues musicians.

After a complicated falling out with a Vallejo senior home and subsequent court settlement agreement, Carl Roquemore, better known by his stage name of Carl "Good Rockin' " Robinson, said he will be homeless by 6 a.m. Thursday, the deadline for eviction.



In an interview, Roquemore, 64, was vague on what he would do if he can't find a place to stay by then.


"Why can this man not afford to live in a town he's given so much love to? Because, it's not like I don't have income coming in right now," Roquemore said this week. "There's only so much I can do under my health circumstances."


Beyond his heyday as a band leader with some of the blues greats in the 1960s and 1970s, Roquemore has spent his last 20 years in Vallejo, focused on the local music scene. In 2009, he was recognized at the 10th annual West Coast Blues Hall of Fame & Awards Show in Oakland.


He organized the former Vallejo Youth Music Awards in 2003 with partner "Lil' Frances" in an effort to combat a decreasing focus on music and the arts in the public school systems.


Then, for several months in 2009 and 2010, Roquemore needed to stay in a convalescent home to recover from a foot injury related to a calcium-deficiency disease. He said he always dreamed of the day he could once again live independently, a desire that helped him recover.


What the Detroit-born and Oakland-reared blues guitarist said he is not looking for is pity. His concern, he said, is that other seniors may find themselves in his situation and be afraid to come forward.


Roquemore lives off a fixed income of $820 a month, severely limiting his housing options. A daughter living nearby, Roquemore said, has three children and lives up two flights of stairs -- a nonstarter for the mostly wheelchair-bound senior.


Housing problems


In March 2010, Roquemore moved in to Ascension Arms, a nonprofit federally subsidized senior housing complex not far from Vallejo City Hall. At the time, he was placed on a waiting list to receive further subsidy, known as "Section 8" funding, which limits rent costs to 30 percent of the client's income. His rent was initially $537, and increased to $587 -- more than 70 percent of his income.


From there, Roquemore and the Ascension Arms management disagree on a few points. Roquemore said he felt the pending subsidy was "dangled like a carrot" in front of him and he expected to qualify immediately for Section 8 help.


Ascension Arms property manager Judy Huffman said Tuesday, however, that the waiting list for the complex's ever-growing Section 8 funding is as long as 18 months for all of her residents.


By October, the dispute wound up in court. Ascension Arms, represented by attorney Osby Davis, claimed unpaid rent, while Roquemore, representing himself, told the judge his rent was raised instead of being reduced. In a settlement, both sides agreed to give Roquemore three months, paying a lowered rent, to find new housing.


"It is kind of a difficult situation," said Davis, who also serves as Vallejo's mayor.


Roquemore said this week that he had planned to be gone before the Jan. 31 deadline, but his housing exit plan fell through and his other housing applications are pending, dragging out his stay until Thursday.


He has received some music community support. The MusiCare Foundation out of Santa Monica wrote a check for Roquemore's last three months rent. Fellow Oakland-based musician and filmmaker Earl Crudup, meanwhile, said he is interested in creating a movie based around Roquemore's "very profound" life.


"I find (Roquemore's housing problems) kind of ironic, in a way, because one of your other Vallejo people, Sly Stone, is kind of going through the same thing," said Crudup, reached by phone this week. "I guess it's a sign of the times." Stone, founder of the group Sly and the Family Stone, received media attention in September, reportedly living in a camper in Los Angeles.





Vail-Leavitt Two-Day Blues & Music Fest Gets Thumbs-Up From Town Board



 ( - Vail-Leavitt's special event permit to host a music festival on the Peconic Riverfront June 16 and 17 was approved by the Riverhead Town Board at Tuesday afternoon's regular board meeting.


Vail-Leavitt treasurer Vince Tria, who has been the organizer of the event for the past several years, said he wants to make this festival "the best one ever" because it will be his last. Tria, who turned 80 in December, said he's getting too old to produce the music festival.


Grammy-nominated "Texas guitar slinger" Johnny Winter has been booked to headline on Saturday night, Tria said.

The event in June marks the resumption of the annual festival, which had run for 12 consecutive years, after a one-year hiatus. It was called off last year in the midst of turmoil that began brewing in early 2010, when Supervisor Sean Walter asked the Riverhead BID Management Association to work with the Vail-Leavitt on the festival. Vail-Leavitt board members saw the move as a power play to take wrest the festival from the Vail — which the supervisor and BID board members denied. Things went downhill from there over the next year, with officers of both organizations publicly exchanging harsh words on several occasions.


But things warmed up in the new year, when Vail-Leavitt treasurer Vince Tria showed up at a Town Board work session and hashed out an agreement with the board and members of the BID management association board.


Tria told the board on Tuesday the Vail-Leavitt will provide the town with an accounting for the music festival, even though that was not made a condition of the permit. Vail-Leavitt's reluctance to give the board an accounting helped fuel the controversy a coupe of years ago. Board members said they wanted an accounting because Vail-Leavitt was using town property free of charge to host an event which limited admission to paid ticket holders.




Video of the Week

Valentine Blues....


           Bobby "Blue" Bland with "I'll Take Care You" 




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Blues harmonica master James Cotton will join Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland and many other musicians live at New York's famed Apollo Theater to pay tribute to the late guitarist Hubert Sumlin. The event will take place on Friday, February 24 and is a benefit for the Jazz Foundation Of America.



Other artists scheduled to appear are Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark, Jr., Billy Flynn, Barrelhouse Chuck Goering, David Johansen, Steve Jordan, Danny Kortchmar, Dr. John, Keb Mo, Todd Mohr, Ivan Neville, Robert Randolph, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Larry Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Jimmie Vaughan, Jimmy Vivino, Willie Weeks, Jody Williams, Kim Wilson and special surprise guests.


Cotton's latest CD is the Grammy Award-nominated Giant.


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Record Label News

Earwig Music

Clarksdale resident musician, Guitar Mikey, has signed with Earwig Music of Chicago to release a new studio album, Out of the Box, with a street date of April 17, 2012. The music was recorded in Hideaway Studios, Coahoma County, MS over a two-year period, 2010 to 2011, and is produced by Guitar Mikey and engineered/mixed by Mark Williams.


On the 15 original tracks, Guitar Mikey is joined by many of his talented friends; Billy Gibson, harmonica , Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters), guitar, Mark Yacovone (Thacker Mountain Radio Show), keyboards, David Maxwell, keyboards , Peter Nunn (Gowan, The Jitters, Honeymoon Suite), keyboards, Marty Richards (Joe Perry Project, J Geils), drums, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, vocals, and Clarksdale's own Super Chikan and Terry "Big T" Williams.

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Blues Society News

 The 22nd annual Lowcountry Blues Bash Offers An Eclectic Lineup


The 22nd Annual

Lowcountry Blues Bash

FEBRUARY 8-21, 2012


14 days, 25 venues, 59 acts, 100 shows


(T. Ballard Lesemann/ - For more than two decades, the Lowcountry Blues Bash has been one of the most prestigious blues and roots music festivals in the Southeast. A variety of acoustic and electric blues are on the roster again this year. The schedule features 59 acts in 26 local venues across the Charleston area.


Charleston musician Gary "Shrimp City Slim" Erwin (of the Lowcountry Blues Society) organizes the two-week series every year, booking a healthy mix of genres at a variety of clubs, restaurants, and community gathering spots. Erwin is an accomplished blues pianist and singer who regularly tours, records, and collaborates with blues and soul artists. He knows his stuff, and he often reaches out beyond standard blues genres to invite solo acts and groups who specialize in blues, gospel, old-school soul, funk, jazz, and Americana.


Many of this year's shows offer low ticket prices or free admission. Visiting artists from the heart of Texas, the Mississippi Delta, Atlanta, the Windy City, and the Carolina Piedmont will be on hand alongside some of the South Carolina's finest blues veterans and up-and-comers.


Listed here are five standout acts during the festival's first week. Looking ahead, week number two's schedule is loaded with fine performers and visiting acts, including Paul Geremia, Big Bill Morganfield, the Scissormen, Drink Small, Gail Storm, John Primer, Robert Lighthouse, Daddy Mack Blues Band, and local guitarist Sarah Cole, among others.


For more show and ticket information, check out or call Erwin directly at (843) 762-9125.  







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House of Blues Radio Hour




Take A Ride In Elwood's Bluesmobile!


This weekend Elwood pursues his Auto-Erotic obsession by playing blues about cars.


  • On the BluesMobile sound system: Steve Miller, Taj Mahal, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Chuck Berry sing about their favorite rides. Plus Memphis Minnie, Shemekia Copeland, Sue Foley, Deborah Colman, Roxanne Potvin, and Janis Joplin tell us what they look for in a car - and driver.
  • When things break down, the North Mississippi Allstars, Johnny Winter, Big Bill Morganfield, Darcy Perry, Craig Bracken, and ZZ Top know what to do - strike up the band!
  • Plus: new music from New Orleans bluesman Little Freddie King.

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Folk-2-Funk Festival


February 10th-12th 2012

Long Beach, NEW YORK

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 22nd Annual


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February 10-21

Charleston, SC, U.S.

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Big Easy Blues Festival


February 11th 2012

New Orleans, LA

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Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball


February 18th 2012

Wakefield, RI U.S.

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23 Annual Riverwalk

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February 18-19

Fort Lauderdale,

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Knology Sea-Blues Festival


February 18th-19th 


Florida, U.S.

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Annual Blues BQ


February 18th 

Orlando, Florida

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Winter Blues Festival 


February 20th-25th

Petoskey, Michigan

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Phuket International Blues Rock Festival


February 24th-25th

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Boquete Jazz

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March 1-4


Chiriqui, Panama

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April 5-9

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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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Massachusetts, U.S.

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