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Blues Festival Guide

April 6, 2012

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Volume 7/Issue  14

TABLE  OF  CONTENTS

Special Announcements

News Flash

Record Label News

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts      

About Us

CD & DVD Releases

Blues Society News

The Blues Mobile

Festival Calendar

Special Announcements

Reminders regarding the annual Magazine

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CD & DVD Releases

Mark May Band : Release My Soul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release My Soul, the 5th cd from Mark May (former guitarist and vocalist for Dickey Betts and Great Southern), is jam-packed with traditional blues, blues-rock and soulful ballads. 

 

Perfecting his craft playing rough and tumble biker bars and blues clubs in Houston, Texas for over 20 years, Mark recently returned to his hometown, Columbus, Ohio, where he performed in nightclubs before his 15th birthday. His astonishing live shows featuring dynamic twin leads and dual harmony guitar work are the perfect complement to Mark’s smooth vocals. 

 

The Mark May Band has performed at Telluride Blues and Brews, Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, King Biscuit, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Dallas International Guitar Show, Chenango Blues Festival, Lone Star Rally, Dogs on Hawgs, Houston International Festival, and in addition, was opening act for Allman Brothers Amphitheater Tour. 

 

Mark currently gets heavy rotation on Sirius/XM and Sonic Tap radio. He has been featured in Blues Review, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Vintage Guitar, Tone Quest and other major publications. 

 

“Equal part blues man and southern rocker, Mark has just released his fifth disc entitled “Release My Soul”, his most ambitious and stylistically diverse project to date. Eleven original tracks that showcase his talent to pen strong melodic songs, featuring warm confident vocals and stinging guitar work and instrumentation. If you dig your blues with an attitude, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.”

 

The Blues Hound, 90.1 FM KPFT Houston 

 

“Mark May is far and away one of the most talented and passionate bluesmen I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to. His songs work their way into your very soul…in a way that makes you feel naughty for liking them so much. His licks are like narcotic…you simply can’t wait for that next hit.”

 

Sue Leighton, Program Director QFM96…Host of “Blue Monday”

 

 

 

 

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TAIL DRAGGER & BOB CORRITORE : "LONGTIME FRIENDS IN THE BLUES"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On January 11, 1976, Tail Dragger and Bob Corritore first met at the 1815 Club on Chicago's West Side where they performed at a tribute to Howlin' Wolf, who had died the day before. This was the symbolic beginning of a lifetime friendship and musical collaboration which continues to this day. Now, veteran Chicago blues vocalist Tail Dragger combines forces with Arizona's very own blues ambassador and harmonica extraordinaire, Bob Corritore, to deliver a heartfelt album of pure, unadulterated, lowdown and dirty Chicago Blues. Joining the proceedings is an ensemble of first rate players including legendary pianist Henry Gray (who performed and recorded with Howlin' Wolf for twelve years beginning in 1956), guitarists Kirk Fletcher and Chris James, along with a rhythm section consisting of bassist Patrick Rynn and drummer Brian Fahey. Longtime Friends In The Blues is an album of raw, intense, emotional blues, performed ferociously and with no apologies. 

 

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Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans : Dallas Blues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One hundred years ago, the first blues was published—though, of course, blues was born long before that.

 

In celebration of the centennial of the first published blues, Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans are pleased to release

a digital single of Hart Wand's “Dallas Blues” to benefit The Blues Foundation’s H.A.R.T. fund. All proceeds from downloads of this single will go to the fund.

 

As we discovered via Samuel Charters’ book, “The Country Blues”, the first published blues was Hart Wand’s “Dallas Blues,” published (as sheet music) in March, 1912. Lyrics were added in 1918 by Lloyd Garrett. This was not only the first published blues, with “Blues” in its title, but it was actually written in the blues form. It was a big hit (and we think it’s a great song, too!) Later that year two more “Blues”were published. The second was Arthur Seals’ “Baby Seals’ Blues” in August, and finally, W.C. Handy’s “Memphis Blues” in September. Neither of these others were written in the blues form. They followed the popular cake-walk form of the era. You can learn more about Hart Wand and “Dallas Blues” in Charters’ book, and in Hart Wand's entry on Wikipedia. We love the “Hart” “H.A.R.T.” coincidence!

 

The Vestapolitans are thrilled to have special guest, Charles Burnham on violin. (Hart Wand was a violinist!) Also playing are Brad Vickers - guitar, vocals; Margey Peters - vocals, 2nd fiddle; Jim Davis - clarinet; Matt Cowan - baritone sax; Michael Bram - mandolin; Dave Gross - upright bass; and Bill Rankin - drums. 

 

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News Flash

Critics Sing In Unison Against Universal Bid

 

 

 

(politico.com) Universal Music Group’s pending $1.9 billion bid for the recorded-music business of EMI Group has some rival record labels, consumer groups and artists singing the blues in the nation’s capital.

 

The consolidation of musical talent under one corporate roof — Lady Gaga and Katy Perry would be represented, along with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and other artists — would give the company control of more than 43 percent of the American recorded music pie. 

 

That hits a sour note for critics of the deal.

They have been telling lawmakers and regulators in Washington recently that a combined Universal/EMI could have too much leverage in negotiating for radio airplay and store promotions, as well as in dictating terms of digital deals with the likes of iTunes, Spotify and future platforms.

 

“Concentration can be a dead end for innovators and consumers,” said Art Brodsky, communications director of Public Knowledge, a public interest group that recently met with Federal Trade Commission staff to outline concerns about the proposed acquisition.

 

So far, regulators and Universal are poker-faced on the prospects. The FTC, which is currently reviewing whether the transaction violates antitrust laws, declined to comment.

Universal spokesman Peter LoFrumento told POLITICO in a statement: “We are working closely with the commission and are confident that we will secure the necessary clearance.”

The music business has undergone so much M&A activity it puts banks to shame. These days, four players — Universal, Sony, EMI and Warner Music — control 90 percent of the recorded music market in the U.S., according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, a nonprofit that represents the recording industry worldwide.

Merging Universal’s 33 percent with EMI’s 10 percent share of the U.S. market would give the combined company a 43 percent market share in the U.S., IFPI figures show.

 

Universal/EMI’s clout would be even greater in some music segments — 51 percent of the Billboard Hot 100 for 2011, 60 percent of rap and 45 percent of Latin, country and R&B music — according to statistics compiled from Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan for opponents of the deal.

 

But Universal takes issue with those numbers because the final total includes independent record labels, for which the company acts only as a distributor.

 

Rivals have gone on record as saying they will fight the deal in Brussels and Washington.

 

Former Warner Music Group Chairman and CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. told an AllThingsD conference in January: “It strikes me as hubris that Universal will buy EMI.”

 

“What it will do is create a super-major that will have far too much power,” Bronfman said. “I think when Universal goes up over 40 percent market share, I don’t see how reasonable regulators can countenance. It will impact not just labels but artists and cultural diversity. … Warner is going to fight this tooth and nail, and I hope others will join us.”

 

To help wage its battle inside the Beltway, Warner enlisted lobbying help from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. At the end of last year, Warner brought on four lobbyists from Brownstein with previous experience working at the Justice Department and Senate Judiciary Committee to lobby on competition and antitrust issues, according to a recent lobbying disclosure. It spent $30,000 in the last quarter of 2011.

 

Universal has also hired lobbying help. It brought on Gary Slaiman of Bingham McCutchen to lobby on competition policy and spent $80,000 in the last quarter of 2011, lobbying disclosure forms say.

 

Criticisms of the deal also strike a chord with musicians.

 

“We are frankly enormously skeptical that mergers and acquisitions in our industry will result in positive benefits for creators … and consumers,” said Casey Rae-Hunter, deputy director of the Future of Music Coalition, a national nonprofit that supports policies that lets musicians and other artists flourish.

 

That goes for both the recorded music and publishing deals, the latter of which Rae-Hunter said could put the squeeze on indie publishers and songwriters.

 

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CELEBRATING 7 YEARS OF GREAT BLUES ON THE RIVER!

Coloma Blues Live! June 9th

 

 

Join us on June 9th for our seventh year of presenting the finest in Blues on the river in the friendly community of Coloma, 1hr East of Sacramento in the Mother Lode of Gold Country.

 

 

Gracing this year’s stage is El Dorado County’s home-grown national sensation Jackie Greene, the amazing guitar slinger.. Laurie Morvan, the San Francisco Bay Area Blues Band of the Year…the California Honeydrops, slide guitar prodigy…David Jacobs-Strain with guest Joe Craven, and the big band sound of the Sacramento Blues Revue.

 

 

 

Henningsen-Lotus Park is the venue, and the perfect place to get your blues groove on. Grab your low back chair, swim trunks, hat and dancing shoes! Music goes from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Gates open at 10:00am. Enjoy freshly prepared food, craft beers and local wine.

 

El Dorado Arts Council presents this annual party, and proceeds of the fest benefit EDAC’s mission of nurturing “More Arts in More Places”.

 

There are Early Bird, Late Bird and Later Bird ticket prices, and can be purchased on-line at www.colomablueslive.com or at the EDAC office on Main Street in Placerville. For more information: (530) 295-3496

 

www.colomablueslive.com

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Guitar Center's Battle of the Blues Launches Sixth Annual Nationwide Search for the Next Great Undiscovered Blues Guitarist

World's Largest Guitar Competition to Feature Career-Altering Prize Package Including $25,000 in Cash, Gear, and Studio Time with Grammy Award-Winning Producer Pete Anderson

 

 

 

PRNewswire -- Guitar Center, the world's largest musical instrument retailer, continues its ongoing support of and commitment to aspiring artists with the launch of the sixth annual Battle of the Blues competition. The search to find the next great undiscovered blues guitarist begins today. Aspiring blues guitarists can sign-up at any Guitar Center location across the country to enter for the chance to win over $50,000 in prizes which includes $25,000 cash, gear from Gibson, Epiphone, Egnater, Shure, Ernie Ball, and Boss, plus studio time with Grammy Award-winning producer Pete Anderson. Six finalists will be handpicked to perform for a panel of celebrity judges at the Battle of the Blues finals in Los Angeles, CA, playing alongside acclaimed blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa.

 

"Guitar Center's Battle of the Blues is more than a celebration of the blues guitar, it's an opportunity to unmask the multitude of undiscovered artists out there," said Joe Bonamassa. "Each years' contestants have raised the bar on the level of talent and I'm looking forward to an even higher caliber of competition this year."

 

"Battle of the Blues is a great example of Guitar Center's commitment to providing musicians across the country with the tools and opportunities that enable them to network with a musical community, expose their music to large audiences and attain recognition for their skills," said Maria Brown, Manager of Music and Entertainment Marketing for Guitar Center.

Local preliminary competitions will be held at each of the 230 Guitar Center locations nationwide, beginning May 8th. Each contestant will be required to perform one live guitar solo from the thirty five original backing tracks varying in different blues styles provided and developed by Grammy Award-winning producer/guitarist, Pete Anderson.

 

One winner from each store finals competition will be chosen to move up to district competitions (hosted at 26 Guitar Center locations nationwide), followed by regionally hosted semi-finals (6 locations). The winners from these 6 semi-final locations will convene in Los Angeles, CA to compete in the Battle of the Blues grand finals in front of a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges. The solos from these 6 finalists will provide an exciting opening act for a highly anticipated performance from world-renowned guitarist Joe Bonamassa.

 

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Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival

 

 

 

PERFORMERS SPOTLIGHT:

 

THE MUDDY WATERS TRIBUTE

Featuring James Cotton, Mud Morganfield, Darrell Nulisch, Bob Margolin, Paul Oscher, Johnny Dyer, Bob Corritore and more!

 

James Cotton

 

Bob Margolin

 

 Paul Oscher

 

Muddy Waters was king of Chicago blues, and he chose only the best for his top-notch band.† Headlining an all-star lineup of musicians performing as part of the Tribute is Waters alumni James Cotton. Joining the legendary Cotton on the bill is the guitarist who shared many a stage with him alongside Muddy in the 1970s, Bob Margolin.† Rounding out the alumni is multi-instrumentalist Paul Oscher, who toured and recorded as Muddy's harmonica player in the '60s and '70s.† Joining them are Mississippi native Johnny Dyer, who has been performing Muddy’s music since the 1950s, and Muddy's oldest son, Mud Morganfield, who as vocalist embodies the essence of Muddy's sound like virtually no one else on earth.

 

Johnny Dyer

 

Mud Morganfield

 

Keeping with Muddy's tradition of surrounding himself with the only the finest accompanists, we have assembled an all-star band including Darrell Nulisch and Bob Corritore, the rhythm section of Jimi Bott and Bill Stuve, guitarists Kirk Fletcher and Frank Goldwasser, and Otis Spann disciple Rob Rio on piano.†

 

This show promises to be the next best thing to taking a time machine back to a 1955 Muddy Waters gig at a south side Chicago club, and is not to be missed by any fan of the blues!

 

EVENT INFO:

 

The 23rd Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend,May 26th & 27th, 2012. 2012 promises to continue our tradition of bringing fans a full weekend of nonstop award-winning entertainment, more food choices than you can sample in two days, and activities to keep kids of all ages entertained too.

 

The The Cajun & Zydeco Stage will feature 9 hours of continuous music each day.† Featured will be international and award winning Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music acts.

 

The Blues Stage will feature the 7th Annual Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue in addition to world class Blues & Roots acts both Saturday and Sunday.

  

Both stages feature lots of viewing space plus large dance floors. In addition, this family friendly event has a giant kids area featuring bouncers, rock walls, specialty acts, crafts and talent shows. There are also food booths and many crafts and merchandise booths.

 

Tickets available now at: www.cajun-blues.com

 

 

 


 

Big Love : A Benefit For Candye Kane

 

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Explore.org and the Ground Zero Blues Club Presents

America's Delta Blues: The Blessissippi Crossroads Concert

 

 

 

This April, dozens of Delta Blues greats from Mississippi and beyond will converge in Clarksdale, MS to play their hearts out to blues fans around the world. The event, America’s Delta Blues: The Blessissippi Crossroads Concert, is an effort by philanthropic media organization explore.org and the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale to raise attention around the value of music and music technology education in the Mississippi Delta region, and to benefit the America’s Delta Blues Scholarship Fund at Delta State University. Acclaimed actor/narrator Morgan Freeman and explore.org founder, Charlie Annenberg Weingarten, will be on hand to host the night, which will be broadcast live nationwide on LINK TV and streamed live globally via explore.org and delayed and/or live on Sirius XM's Bluesville Channel.

 

The Blessissippi Crossroads Concert will feature some of the best blues and Delta Blues acts on the scene today including performances by Bobby Keys and Sugar Blue of the Rolling Stones, Bill Payne of Little Feat, Grammy nominated singer Maria Muldaur, Albert Bashor, James “Superchikan” Johnson, Bill “Howlin Madd” Perry, T-Model, Robert “Wolfman” Belfour, Alphonso Sanders, King Edward, Mickey Rogers, Jeremy Jemmot, Rick Lewis, Jimmi Mayes, Sharo Perry, Stacy Mitchhart, Mark Yacavone, Big T, Big A, Big Dave, Mark “Muleman” Massey, Stan Street, Watermelon Slim, Heather Cross and Heavy Suga, Kingfish, All Night Long Band, Abdul Rasheed, Lightening Malcolm, Andy Frasco, La La, Rachel Coba, Daddy Rich, and Josh "Razorblade" Stewart. The musicians will perform in an effort to raise money for the America’s Delta Blues Scholarship Fund, which will help children and young adults achieve an education in music or music technology through various programs run by Delta State University’s Delta Music Institute (DMI), and the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale.

 

Explore.org, the multimedia arm of the Annenberg Foundation, will donate the first $250K to help start the fund, which they hope will give underprivileged kids and young adults a chance to pursue their dreams and change our world. “Music is the soundtrack to our life and follows us everywhere we go,” said Charlie Annenberg Weingarten. “By giving underprivileged kids the chance to pursue their dream of working within the music industry, we are giving them a chance to not only change their own lives, but to possibly change ours too.”

 

America’s Delta Blues: The Blessissippi Crossroads Concert takes place from 8pm to midnight CST on April 28, 2012 at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, MS. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and cost $45 for General Admission and $150 for VIP. VIP includes a private catered reception on Friday evening at The Delta Blues Museum featuring the premiere of the Explore.org documentary Blessissippi - Blues Ground America, live music by Delta Blues musicians and special guests.

 

 

The event will be aired live on LINKTV from 8 to 11pm CST, and streamed live on explore.org from 8pm to midnight CST.

 

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The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival Is Unique!

 

Outside of being one of the premier festivals in the country, it is the only festival, blues or otherwise, of its size that donates 100% of the net proceeds to charity.  Not only are the proceeds donated, but there are no salaries paid to the Promoter, Event Coordinator or any staff.

 

This year’s festival features: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jonny Lang, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, JJ Grey and Mofro, Ruthie Foster, Shemekia Copeland, Philipp Fankhauser, Delta Guitar Slingers with Michael Burks, Lurrie and Bernard Allison, Janiva Magness, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Michael Williams Band, Honey Island Swamp Band, Albert Cummings and The Chesapeake Bay Blues Band with Patty Reese, Tom Principato, Gaye Adegbalola, Ron Holloway and Tommy Lepson.  Most of the performers are either Grammy or Blues Award winning.

 

 

 

As if this lineup wasn’t enough, the festival also features delicious food from local vendors, beer and wine, a large crafter village and plenty for the kids to do including moon bounces, a playground, face painting and a large sandy beach all on the beautiful shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

 

Charities that will benefit from the festivals attendees are: Special Love, Inc., which puts on a camp for kids with cancer, Camp Face, which is a summer camp for kids with facial anomalies, We Care and Friends. which helps the less fortunate of Annapolis and End Hunger in Calvert County. which provides not only food to those in need but the opportunity to become self sufficient.

 

The festival is held at the beautiful Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Maryland on May 19th and 20th 2012.  Tickets and information are available at www.bayblues.com.

 

It’s a great event with great music, food, scenery and people all for a great cause. 

 

 

 


 

Harbor Humane Blues Benefit Extravaganza

 

 

 

Saturday, April 14th, 2012 - Blues Benefit Extravaganza

 

(HOLLAND, Mich) Harbor Humane Society is proud to partner with 92.7 the VAN Radio for a fantastic night of blues music, comedy, and fun! It’s the Blues Benefit Extravaganza featuring music by three local blues bands (including headliner NICK OTTING & INDACODA BLUE), comedy, great door prizes, and MORE! 

 

Doors Open at 6:30 pm | Show starts at 7:00 pm

Tickets: $15 at the door

 

Tickets are also available for purchase online by clicking here and at select local outlets before the show.

 

All proceeds from ticket sales directly benefit Harbor Humane.

 


 

 

Video Of The Week

 

Laverda Motorcycle Blues - Alec Martin

 

 

 

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Sean Carney’s Blues For A Cure Spring Show 2012

 

 

Sean Carney’s Blues For A Cure “Spring Show” 2012 is our second annual event centered around the best Blues in Ohio.  Once again, we will be hosting our event at Woodlands Tavern.  Proceeds from this event will benefit Nationwide’s Children’s Hospital where we’ll be performing a small acoustic concert for the kids on Friday, April 6 at 1pm.

 

What: Sean Carney’s Blues For A Cure “Spring Show” 2012 is our second annual event centered around the best Blues in Ohio.

 

When: Friday, April 6, 2012 at 6:00pm

Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 6:00pm

 

Where: Woodlands Tavern

1200 West Third Avenue

Columbus, OH 43212

614.299.4987

 

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Record Label News

Joe Bonamassa Works with Aerosmith Guitarist on New Solo Album "Driving Towards The Daylight" - Releasing May 22

Bonamassa stars in reality Web TV series "Countdown to Daylight" which will premiere 10 episodes beginning April 3 featuring never-before-seen interviews and behind the scenes footage of Joe in the studio

 

(PRNewswire)  On May 22, 2012, internationally renowned guitar superstar Joe Bonamassa will release a brand new solo album Driving Towards The Daylight (J&R Adventures) - his "lucky" 13th album. Driving Towards The Daylight was produced by Kevin "Caveman" Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin). This is their seventh collaboration in six years.  To support the release, Bonamassa's label J&R Adventures premieres the reality mini-series "Countdown to Daylight" which had it's debut on April 3 and can be viewed here.  The official music video and free download for title track "Driving Towards The Daylight" will be unveiled on May 1. 

 

Recorded at Studio At The Palms in Las Vegas, NV, The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, CA and The Cave in Malibu, CA, Driving Towards The Daylight is a balanced back-to-basics album that highlights Bonamassa's signature style of roots blues with rock-and-roll guts, while honoring the traditions of the original blues musicians. "We've taken some really traditional old blues songs - the Howlin' Wolf song 'Who's Been Talkin'?' and the Robert Johnson song 'Stones In My Passway,' and we've tried to imagine how they would do them in a rock context," said Shirley. "It's a very exciting return to the blues in a very visceral way. It's vibrant and it's gutsy and it's really, really rugged."

 

To challenge Joe and move him out of his comfort zone, a unique group of musicians was gathered including Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford (guitar), Blondie Chaplan (guitar), Anton Fig (drums and percussion), Arlan Schierbaum (keyboard), Michael Rhodes (bass), Carmine Rojas (bass), Jeff Bova and The Bovaland Brass, Pat Thrall (guitar), and Brad's son Harrison Whitford (guitar).

 

Brad Whitford, speaking from the studio in Vegas, said, "This is definitely more influenced by the stuff that the guys and musicians in this room love, early '60s English and American rock and blues. I guess we'll never get that out of our system and its fun to come in here and find our own path down that highway."

 

The album features four Bonamassa-penned originals including the bruising opener "Dislocated Boy," the road warrior title track (and first single) "Driving Towards The Daylight," "Heavenly Soul," and "Somewhere Trouble Don't Go." Other tracks include Bonamassa's versions of Tom Waits' "New Coat Of Paint," "Lonely Town Lonely Street," by Bill Withers (Lean On Me, Ain't No Sunshine), "A Place In My Heart" by Bernie Marsden of White Snake (Here I Go Again), and "I Got All You Need," by Willie Dixon, widely considered the "father of modern Chicago blues." On the album closer, Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes sings lead vocals on his 1987 hit "Too Much Ain't Enough Love."

 

Premiering on April 3 and continuing each week for ten weeks is "Countdown to Daylight," the new reality series of 3-4 minute webisodes featuring interviews with Joe and his band as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the band recording Driving Towards The Daylight in the studio. Tune in every Friday for a new episode on Joe's official YouTube channel 

 

Tickets are on sale now for the spring tour. Tickets for the fall dates will officially go on sale to the public on April 6.

 

Currently available for sale on DVD and Blu-ray and airing on PBS and Palladia HD is the brand new Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre - Live From New York, which showcases the stunning sold-out two-night performance at New York City's legendary Beacon Theatre last November. Special guests include Paul Rodgers, John Hiatt and Beth Hart.

 

Fans have been vigorously active on social media such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, growing Bonamassa's reputation exponentially in the U.S. and abroad. Endorsements from Gibson, Ernie Ball, Seymour Duncan and Guitar Center have helped to fuel his popularity.

 

Bonamassa's other recent projects include the 2011 CD/DVD Live Over Europe as well as the sophomore album 2 from Black Country Communion, Bonamassa's hard rock band with Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol). His last studio album, 2011's Dust Bowl, is his best-selling album to date.

 

For more information and updated tour schedule, visit www.jbonamassa.com .

 


 

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Blues Society News

BUCKS COUNTY BLUES SOCIETY

Spring Fever Footstomper

Sunday 4/15/12, 2 - 6 pm

Terchon VFW, Airport & Hardy Rds., Edgely, PA

 

Featuring, the surprise hit of the 2011 R&B Picnic, back by popular demand, 2011 best new artist, Vizztone Records' Matt Hill, the 2011 best new blues artist nominee, Vizztone Records' Chris O'Leary Band, plus, just added, Delta Groove recording artist, former sax man for Elvin Bishop, direct from Cali, Terry Hanck Band. Donation of $22 in advance includes free buffet & door prizes; cash bar only, no BYOB.

 

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Blues Spring Fling, 17th Annual

Saturday

April 7th 2012

Mobile, Alabama, USA

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Juke Joint Festival & Related Events

Thursday-Sunday

April 12th-15th 2012

Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

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French Quarter Festival

Thursday-Sunday

April 12th-15th 2012

New Orleans, Louisiana

USA

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Georges Music Springing The Blues

Friday-Sunday

April 13th-15th 2012

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

USA

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Tampa Bay Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday

April 13th-15th 2012

St. Petersburg, Florida

USA

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McDowell Mountain Music Festival

Friday-Sunday

April 13th-15th 2012

Phoenix, Arizonia

USA

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Blues On The Mountain

Friday-Sunday

April 13th-15th 2012

New Paltz, New York, USA

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Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival

Saturday-Sunday

April 14th-15th 2012

Glendale, Arizonia USA

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Comedy And Blues Tour

Saturday

April 14th 2012

Batesville, Mississippi, USA

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International Golf & Blues Experience

Sunday-Saturday

April 15th-21st 2012

Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

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Blues By the Sea - 8th Annual

Sunday

April 15th 2012

Kiawah Island, So. Carolina, USA

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Dry Bones Blues Festival VIII

Saturday

April 21st 2012

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

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About Us

RBA Publishing Inc is based in Reno, NV with a satellite office in Beverly Hills, Florida. We are woman owned and operated.

 

We produce the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine (now approaching our 10th year), the top-ranking website:

 

www.BluesFestivalGuide.com,

 

and this weekly blues newsletter: The Blues Festival E-Guide with approximately 28,000 weekly subscribers.

 

We look forward to your suggestions, critiques and questions!

 

Reach the E-Guide editor, Gordon Bulcock, editor@bluesfestivaleguide.com

 

Contact our home office to find out how to advertise on this newsletter 775-337-8626.

 

Information - both editorial and advertising - in the Blues Festival E-Guide - is believed to be correct but not guaranteed - so check it carefully before you attend any event or send money for anything. We do not write the news... just report it.

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