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July 6, 2012

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Volume 7/Issue  27

TABLE  OF  CONTENTS

Special Announcement!

News Flash

Blues Society News

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts   

About Us

CD & DVD Releases

Video of The Week

Record Label News

Elwood's BluesMobile

Festival Calendar

Special Announcement!

SHOW US YOUR BFG!

Cee Cee James, the "Vocal Volcano," shows off her BFG at the Bear Creek Blues Festival in Slater, MO, June 30, 2012. (Photo: Pam Palovick)

 

 

Send us your cool photos that display the Blues Festival Guide! We're so proud to be able to share the annual magazine with you for 10 years now! We'd love to see you enjoying it and spreading the good word!

 

Send your shots with subject, location, date and photo credit to editor@bluesfestivaleguide.com

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CD & DVD Releases

CAFE R&B : AMERICAN MUSIC

CAFE R&B have released their long-awaited new album, American Music.

This genre-defying Blues powerhouse, fronted by the high-heeled whirlwind known as “Roach,” busted out of Los Angeles in 1995. Roach and her husband, guitarist and songwriter Byl Carruthers, assembled a band, and began a weekly residency at Club Fais Do Do. Word spread quickly, and within months, the band had a slew of supporters including the likes of Buddy Guy, Elton John, and Ike Turner (who famously exclaimed “I ain’t seen nothin’ like that since me and you-know-who!”). Soon they were in Chicago opening for Buddy at Legends. Back in L.A., they opened a dozen House of Blues shows, along side legends like Etta James, and Little Feat.

 

In 1996 they self-released their debut, Black & White, to critical acclaim, and never looked back. They followed it up in 2002 with, Blues and all the Rest. In 2005, after countless club shows, and several trips to Europe, they released the Two-Disc Set, Very Live, appearing at The San Francisco Blues Festival, The Long Beach Blues Festival, and The Russian River Blues Festival. Sadly, that same year, their drummer Steve Klong was diagnosed with a tragic illness. For the next few years, they circled the wagons, limited performances, and halted production of their new album, as he underwent treatment and ultimately passed away in 2009.

 

When the dust settled in 2010, CAFÉ R&B got back on it’s feet, appearing at The Chicago Blues Festival, The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, and The Grolsch Blues Festival in Germany.

 

American Music is their emotionally charged new album, featuring 12 new compositions that tell the story of their uniquely American journey. CAFE R&B invited some of their favorite musicians to join the band in recording a record that "crept into every nook and cranny of American music we'd ever experienced. These songs are about lives... The joy, the sorrow, and all the beauty in-between."

 

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Listen Now!

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Strata-tones :  DRESSED UP TO FESS UP

 

This debut CD, Dressed Up To Fess Up, offers up some down in the alley Rhythm and Blues played in the style of 60's R&B, over dynamic female vocals.

 

The Strata-tones is the vision of the band’s founder, composer and lead guitarist, Bruce Krupnik. Bruce approached drummer, Rick Pittman, about putting together a show band featuring original tunes. Their goal was to create the most professional, tightest, best dressed, Blues and R&B band that the Central CA Coast had ever seen.

 

Next, Bruce called in local blues harmonica legend, Kevin McCracken, who also writes most of the lyrics for Bruce’s music. Bruce then secured Ken Burton to supply a big, full, Hammond B-3 organ sound to pull off the classic R&B shows he envisioned. The next draft pick was Wil Anderson, the funk bass player who fell in love with the blues years ago.

 

With this dedicated group of veteran blues and R&B musicians now assembled they were ready for rehearsals. Right from the first downbeat there was definate chemistry but they felt they still needed some hot sauce to kick the Strata-tones into the stratospheric heights they had in mind.

 

While conducting auditions, someone suggested Valerie Johnson, a vocalist whose extensive resume included filling the shoes of the legendary Janis Joplin for Big Brother & the Holding Company. Val was in and soon became a contributor of original material for the band.

 

With Valerie’s vivacious vocals, and stage presense, and the band well rehearsed and dressed to kill, they were ready to take the stage by storm... and they have

 

Now, their debut, Dressed Up To Fess Up, has been receiving glowing review. The CD is the culmination of six dedicated, top-notch musicians who have come together to not only thrill live crowds, but to joyfully make their way into your music-loving hearts.

 

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News Flash

RAISE THE ROOF: CAMPAIGN FOR THE BLUES HALL OF FAME

 

Attention Blues Fans:

The Hall of Fame pays tribute to the greatest of the genre and educates new people about the genre. The Blues Foundation has been inducting into the Blues Hall of Fame for years; it was just a simple evening with web presence. Nothing permanent. But now we need physical presence, and withyour help, we are going to get The Blues Hall of Fame building built in Memphis, Tennessee!

 

Here is a link with more details about the Blues Hall of Fame campaign that we sent out last week:

(click line above or copy and paste URL into your browser)

http://www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/email/newsletter/1411379570

 

Doesn’t this project sound important and exciting?

If not us, who? If not now, when?

Our goal is to raise awareness and funds to reach the goal of 3.5 million.

 

How to donate:

1. Make a multi-year pledge by signing the form and mail it, fax it or e-mail it. The form is available online at: http://www.blues.org/capitalcampaign/index.php. The fax is 901.529.4030.

2. Make a multi-year pledge online at: http://www.blues.org/capitalcampaign/index.php.

3. Make a one-time donation by calling with a credit card or mailing a check.

3. Make a one-time donation online at: http://www.blues.org/capitalcampaign/index.php .

4. Text the word " blues " to 80077 to donate $10. When you receive a message to confirm, confirm by answering “YES.”

 

No effort is too small or unappreciated!

  

If not us, who? If not now, when? Just think, YOU can make

the Blues Hall of Fame a reality. Your support matters!

 

 

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TALL CITY BLUES OFFERS 4 STAGES & 9 EDUCATIONAL CLINICS

 

Tall City Blues Fest, nestled in downtown Midland, TX, will host more than 23 different performers this year! "Located in the heart of West Texas, halfway between Dallas and El Paso on the I-20 corridor, Midland was a perfect void begging for a blues festival", said Lisa Grissom, Producer of this year's Festival.

 

In it's 2nd year, this Festival showcases award-winning blues acts accompanied by emerging talent across four stages (3 Outdoor + 1 Indoor). The Festival also offers educational clinics, a Zydeco street dance, a Gospel Brunch & Blues Jam, family activity areas, juke joints, midnight jam sessions, interactive hospitality stations, art & memorabilia auctions and food vendors.

 

 

This year's headliners are Tommy Castro (Saturday Night) and James 'Boogaloo' Bolden Blues Band (Friday Night). Tommy Castro is a multi-time Blues Music Awards winner and James Bolden, ha

ving been B.B. King's Band Leader for 32 years, is also an award-winning performer. Bolden & his band have been voted Best Blues Band by Downbeat Magazine, received a W.C. Handy Award fo

 r Best Blues Band of the Year and performed at the White House for five Presidents with B.B King & the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

In addition to the music, this year's Festival will also offer nine different educational clinics, including harmonica 101 & advanced, harmonica for kids, blues bass 101, country blues finger-picking, bottleneck slide, acoustic blues, songwriting and cigar box guitar building.

 

In addition to the clinics, Apple (in conjunction with Best Buy) will be conducting Garage Band and iPhoto demonstrations and the Festival will also host The Real Blues Tour, a multi-media, travelguide performance that showcases the history of blues beginning in the early 1900's.

 

Tall City Blues Festival is an indoor/outdoor, family-friendly music festival. Our mission is to create an experience like none other that brings award-winning blues & roots music to West Texas and makes people feel enlightened, joy-filled & loved. SAVE THE DATES: July 26-29, 2012!

  

 


CURTIS SALGADO TO UNDERGO LUNG SURGERY

 

(AR NewsAward-winning soul blues singer/harmonica master Curtis Salgado will undergo surgery on July 18 in Portland, Oregon, to remove a cancerous growth from his lung, according to his manager Shane Tappendorf.

 

A partial lobectomy will be performed to remove a segment of Curtis's left lung where a metastasized mass was found. It is suspected to be the same type of cancerous mass that was removed from his lung in 2008.

 

Salgado will be hospitalized for a period of four to six days and will require a recovery time of up to four weeks. Salgado and his doctors anticipate a complete recovery.

 

Winner of the 2012 Blues Music Award for Soul/Blues Artist of the Year, Curtis Salgado has recorded eight critically acclaimed solo albums. He tours internationally with his own band and has also toured as vocalist with the Robert Cray Band, Roomful of Blues and Santana. Salgado is also credited with being the inspiration for John Belushi's character of Joliet Jake in The Blues Brothers. Salgado's new CD, Soul Shot, on Alligator Records, is being hailed as his greatest album to date and continues to receive rave reviews and radio airplay worldwide. Blues Revue calls Soul Shot, "A joyous celebration of life. Soul Shot is this millennium's finest soul blues record...deep, commanding, and essential."

 

"I am extremely grateful for the overwhelming support of my family, friends and fans and the courageous people that have faced this fight before me," the 58-year-old Salgado wrote from his home this week. "I also want to thank the promoters and venues for their understanding regarding my medical situation. We will do our best to reschedule all of our performances affected by my surgery."

 

Salgado, who was diagnosed with liver cancer on March 23, 2006, underwent successful liver transplant surgery on September 30, 2006 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

Donations to help with Curtis's expenses can be made online at: http://curtissalgado.chipin.com/curtis-salgado-medical-fund. Donations can also be made to the Curtis Salgado Fund c/o Odaglas LLC Donation Account at all US Banks or by mail to US Bancorp, 2550 NW 188th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97124. For additional information please visit www.curtissalgado.com and www.facebook.com/CurtisSalgado.

 


 

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MARINE UNWINDS BY PLAYING BLUES HARMONICA

 

(DVIDS) 

One recent morning, while waiting in line for breakfast at the field mess hall at Forward Operating Base Nolay, Marines could hear the sound of blues music coming from a harmonica.

 

“They’re out of eggs right now, so I’m going to wait out here for them to finish the next batch,” said Cpl. Nathan Karasch, taking a break from his music.

 

Karasch, with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, has had a longtime passion for music. Karasch, of Twin Cities, Minn. said, “I played the trumpet in school from the fourth grade, and then in high school I picked up piano, drums and guitar.” He studied music in college, majored in percussion and received an associate’s degree.

 

Karasch says he taught himself how to play the harmonica on this deployment. He says it’s a way to pass time since he doesn’t have his other instruments with him. “I got it in one of the care packages from my family,” he said. “I picked it up pretty quickly just because I have a background in music.

 

“I wanted to learn how to bend notes just to get that bluesy sound,” Karasch said. He spent his evenings in the base’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation tent searching the Internet for harmonica lessons. Sometimes other Marines in his unit will ask him to play songs. Occasionally, he’ll play the Marines’ Hymn to lighten the mood, but said he usually just keeps his music to himself.

 

Although Karasch says enjoys playing blues music with his harmonica, he admits that he doesn’t really listen to blues. He grew up listening to classic rock. “I’ve gotten into jazz and metal and every other type of music under the sun, especially since music school,” he said, “but the harmonica sort of has a blues history to it, so it’s really fun to try and get a blues song out of it.”

 

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Video of The Week

Kilborn Alley Blues Band : BLUESVILLE

(filmed 7/2/2012 at Cadillac Zack's Monday Blues Party & Jam, Tarzana, CA)

 

  

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 


 

Blues Society News

WESTERN NEW YORK BLUES SOCIETY PRESENTS COMPELLING DUO

(Buffalo, NY) - One of today's most compelling duos in Contemporary Blues, harmonica master Dennis Gruenling and guitarist Doug Deming (and his band, The Jewel Tones), perform swinging jump blues rich with gritty shuffles and driving boogies.

 

Harpist Gruenling and guitarist Deming (the latter who fronts longtime group, the Jewel Tones) have once again joined forces for an ambitious twenty-eight city tour in just twenty-six days, each in support of a new CD ("Rockin' All Day" by Dennis Gruenling; "What's It Gonna Take" by Doug Deming).

 

Dennis Gruenling along with Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones will perform at Paradise Island, 4701 Transit Rd., Depew, New York, Friday, July 13. 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. advance, $15. at the door. This is a Western New York Blues Society-sanctioned event.

 

Info: (716) 656-7946 or more info here

 

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Record Label News

"BIG SHANTY" STRUCK DOWN WHILE PREPARING FOR NEW ALBUM

 

 

(King Mojo Newsletter)

King Mojo Records announces that Georgia-Blues-Man "Big Shanty" is currently resting comfortably in his Smyrna Georgia home after receiving quadruple by-pass surgery at Atlanta’s Emory/VA hospital. Shanty is expected to regain a full-recovery and said he will complete his fifth in a series of original blues albums after a period of rest and convalescence

 

Since the 2007 release of Big Shanty’s internationally-acclaimed breakout CD, Ride with the Wind, Shanty has clawed his way into the consciousness of blues music fans eager for something outside the 12-bar blues box that’s new and exciting. That same year it was named "Number-One Blues Album of 2007" by Real Blues Magazine. The release, stayed #1 for five weeks in Paris on Midnight Special charts and remained at the top 10 of internet blues giant’s Blues Critic chart for over five months.

 

Big Shanty’s sonic rain of acid guitars and incendiary beats has captivated fans all over the globe in search of something outside the blues/rock mainstream. By word of mouth and the internet, the buzz about Big Shanty spread world-wide, with fans registering over one million downloads from his indie-label-website, www.kingmojo.com.

 

Big Shanty has successfully navigated through the usual music business maze without the benefit of big corporate radio, corporate media sponsorship slick videos or any of the trappings in the star-making machinery of the music business.

 

Big Shanty’s style of renegade blues has been compared to Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young and Van Morrison. His classic motorcycle tune, "Whiskey Woman" is an homage to Jim Morrison, and his "Born Up in Trouble" may be the "Born Under a Bad Sign" of our day. His true alternative blues music has Jeff Beck-ish trance-like beats and he grinds his aesthetic hit, a full-on anti-establishment, anti-war anthem, "Killing Fields," into something that would fit into pretty much any biker-bar juke box; but Shanty is blues at heart.

 

Big Shanty’s catalogue is available at www.kingmojo.com, as well as at Amazon.com, CDBaby, iTunes, Rhapsody and other major music sites.

 


 

Buddy and Hopkins

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Elwood's BluesMobile

STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN & JAMES BROWN

Summertime is here. For many that means finding a spot in the shade with a good book. If it's a book about the blues, so much the better! Elwood has prepared a fun summer reading list and he will have two authors on the show, to talk about new biographies of Stevie Ray Vaughan and James Brown.

 

New appreciations of Stevie Ray Vaughan and James Brown, next time in the BluesMobile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Briggs Farm Blues Festival

Friday-Saturday

July 6th-7th 2012 

Nescopeck, Pennsylvania USA

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Vallemaggia Magic Blues

Friday - Friday

July 6th - August 3rd 2012

Vallemaggia, Maggia, Switzerland

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Thunder Bay Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday

July 6th-8th 2012

Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada

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Tremblant International

Blues Festival

 Friday-Sunday

July 6th-15th 2012

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

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Hayward Russell City

Blues Festival

Saturday-Sunday

July 7th-8th 2012

Hayward, California USA

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Beacon Hill Blues Festival

 Friday - Wednesday

 July 7th 2012

Ashland, Oregon USA

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Newburyport BluesCruise

Saturday, July 7th 2012

Newburyport, Massachusetts

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Tremblant International

Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday

July 6th-15th 2012

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec Canada

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Kalamazoo Blues Festival

Thursday-Saturday

July 12th-14th 2012

Kalamazoo, Michigan irUSA

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16th Annual

Black Potatoe Music Festival

Thursday-Sunday

July 12th-15th 2012

Clinton, New Jersey USA

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Louisville Blues-n-Barbecue Festival

Friday-Sunday

July 13th-15th 2012

Louisville, Kentucky USA

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Big Rib BBQ & Blues Festival

Thursday-Sunday

July 12th-15th 2012

Rochester, New York USA

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NY State Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday

July 13th-15th 2012

Syracuse, New York USA

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7th Annual

Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival 

Friday, July 14th 2012

Roanoke, Virginia USA

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North Atlantic Blues Festival

Saturday-Sunday

July 14th-15th 2012

Rockland, Maine USA

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Blues Peer

Friday-Monday

July 13th-16th 2012

Peer, Belgium

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Lighthouse Blues Festival

Friday-Saturday

July 13th-14th 2012 

Kincardine, Ontario Canada

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12th Annual

Greenwood Blues Cruise

Thursday-Saturday

July 12th-14th 2012

Greenwood, South Carolina USA

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Animas River Blues

and Brews Festival

Saturday, July 14th 2012

Aztec, New Mexico USA

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BluesExpress

Saturday, July 14th 2012

Differdange, Luxembourg

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Fountain Blues Festival

Saturday, July 14th 2012

San Jose, California USA

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Grassroots Blues Festival

Saturday, July 14th 2012

Duck Hill, Mississippi USA

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25th Annual

Winthrop R&B Festival

Friday-Sunday

July 20th-22nd 2012

Winthrop, Washington USA

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Pittsburgh Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday

July 20th-22nd 2012

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA

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We produce the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine (publishing our 10th annual in 2012) , affiliated with the top-ranking website:

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We look forward to your suggestions, critiques and questions!

Reach the (new) E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen, editor@bluesfestivaleguide.com or michele@bluesfestivalguide.com

 

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