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July 20, 2012

Volume 7/Issue  29


Special Announcement!

News Flash

Video of The Week

Elwood's BluesMobile

Festival Calendar

CD & DVD Releases

Blues Society News

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts   

About Us

Special Announcement!


Jeff Richards shows his BFG at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival in Simi Valley, CA May 26, 2012.  Photo courtesy: Rachel Nee Hall



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CD & DVD Releases

Debbie Davies :  AFTER THE FALL

After The Fall (MC-0069) is Debbie Davies' 11th solo recording and is an all-original affair with Debbie writing or co-writing six of the 11 songs. In 2010, Debbie lost her dear friend, blues musician Robin Rogers and later that year Debbie broke her arm. As she began to heal, she started writing and putting many of her experiences and feelings into songs. The result is 2012's, After The Fall.


In her amazing career Debbie has received 10 nominations for Blues Music Awards, and in 1997 and 2010 won the award for Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist. Debbie has recorded and performed with such blues luminaries as John Mayall, Albert Collins, Tab Benoit, Kenny Neal, Ike Turner, James Cotton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Coco Montoya, Duke Robillard, Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Charlie Musselwhite.


I don't often give endorsements or references, but once in a rare while I hear a musician of such talent that I want people to know. I believe my reputation backs up my ability to recognize exceptional blues guitarists. Such a one is Debbie Davies. Hear her now. - JOHN MAYALL


She wields an electric guitar as if it were a wand. - Los Angeles Times


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Listen Now!





Backed by former John Mayall Bluesbreaker guitarist Buddy Whittington and his band, Bryan Freeze and Jim Ashworth a.k.a. Dr. Wu', have released their most ambitious Texas blues project to date, An Evening With Dr. Wu'…Live From Texas.


This live, cd/dvd combo was recorded as it happened one a hot summer night in Texas.

The dual disc release contains a 15 song soundtrack CD as well as a DVD of the concert with over one hour of sizzling Texas blues action. Two additional Buddy Whittington Band video extras are also included on the DVD.


This new release is preceded by two earlier successful Dr. Wu's Vol. 1 and 2,Texas blues projects.


Easily considered the most bang for your buck (since the DVD comes free with the purchase of the CD version from CDBaby), An Evening With Dr. Wu' …Live From Texas featuring the Buddy Whittington Band, is sure to become a top favorite in your blues collection.


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News Flash



WHEELING - Heritage Music BluesFest 2012 is set to begin Aug. 10, in Wheeling, West Virginia again featuring national blues artists on the Main Stage and local and regional artists on the Second Stage for a weekend of continuous award-winning blues.


Five-time Grammy winner and 15-time Grammy nominee, legendary guitar icon Robert Cray, will be featured on the opening night of the festival this year at the Heritage Port Amphitheater on the bank of the Ohio River.


 Closing the festival on Aug. 12 will be blues rockers, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. "Kenny is one of the few artists whose name is synonymous with one instrument and how it's played in service to an entire genre. The hard-rocking, blues-based, guitar-driven band sounds young, it sounds fresh. Yet it has that distinctive energy and vibe drawn from the deep heritage of the blues," said Bruce Wheeler, festival producer.


"The response has been terrific with Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd appearing this year, but the entire 2012 lineup is generating great comments on Facebook and other social media," Wheeler said.


Also performing Friday Aug 10 will be Blues Music Award winners and nominees Southern Hospitality, Peter Karp and Sue Foley, and the Del Grosso/Del Toro Richardson Band, who will kick off the Heritage Music BluesFest with the high quality music festival fans have come to expect. 


On Saturday, Aug. 11, Blues Hall of Famer Lonnie Brooks and his two sons, Ronnie and Wayne Baker Brooks, will be performing as the Brooks Family Blues Dynasty. Also appearing on Saturday will be Nick Moss, Deanna Bogart, Homemade Jamz' Blues Band, Samuel James and Tee Dee Young.


Sunday's lineup will feature Hadden Sayers, the Joe Krown Trio with Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, the Sean Carney Band featuring Omar Coleman, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Trampled Under Foot and The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.


For information, on the festival or any of the artists, visit the BluesFest website




~ July 27 to July 29 2012 ~

Please join us as the award winning Pennsylvania Blues Festival celebrates 21 years of blues in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains.  


Michael Cloeren, award winning founder and producer of the Pocono Blues Festival (1992-2010), announces that the Pennsylvania Blues Festival at Blue Mountain Ski Area, Palmerton, in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, will be held July 27 to July 29 2012.


The setting is beautiful a natural amphitheatre acoustically perfect, “Our goal is to showcase 15 National and International Performers that present the full spectrum of the music from acoustic to electric, traditional to contemporary, Blues, Soul, Gospel and New Orleans Style Music,” states Cloeren, “Several of these artists are returning after making a major impact on past Pocono audiences and many of this years bands have never performed in the Pocono's before.”


Lonnie, Ronnie and Wayne Baker Brooks


The lineup features The Brooks Family Blues Dynasty (Lonnie, Ronnie and Wayne Baker Brooks), Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues featuring Lurrie Bell, Carlos Johnson & Demetria Taylor, Joe Louis Walker, Earl Thomas, Corey Harris, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Teeny Tucker, Otis Taylor Band, Marquise Knox, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Wallace Coleman, and Dawn Tyler Watson & Paul Deslauriers.



Earl Thomas    ~  Joe Louis Walker


The Festival, which takes place over two days, Saturday July 28 and Sunday July 29, will feature two stages, a nine thousand square foot tent stage and an outdoor Main stage. A special feature of the festival will be the Friday evening, July 27, Pre-Fest Jam hosted by Mikey Jr and The Stone Cold Blues Band and The Saturday Evening Jam hosted by Steve Guyger & The Excellos located in a spacious air conditioned lodge on the festival site.
















Billy Branch  ~  Teeny Tucker 


The Pennsylvania Blues Festival also features dozens of food and non-food vendors conveniently located between the two performance stages, scenic chairlift rides, plenty of free parking and on-site camping adjacent to the main stage with hot and cold running showers For ticket and lodging information please go to or call during normal business hours at 610-826-7700.




     July 27 & 28 ~  2 DAYS  ~  2 STAGES  ~  12 BANDS

         St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin       


Trampled Under Foot          ~          JJ Grey & Mofro 


We're celebrating our year 15 for the Prairie Dog Blues Festival. We've packed it again with a star-studded line-up. Bands like Trampled Under Foot (possibly the most in-demand blues band out there), Rick Estrin & The Night Cats (the epitomy of a classy blues show band), and Indigenous (when have you seen them lately?). Mato, lead guitar & vocal, when not performing with Indigenous is touring with the Hendrix Experience! Now that is just some of the highlights for Friday! Saturday you've got your world flavor with Harper, Shemekia Copeland (just coming off her performance at The White House), and one of the most soulful awesome singer-songwriters out there, JJ Grey & Mofro. We've also tossed in a couple of newcomers that again you can say, "I first saw them at The Prairie Dog & they "blue" the roof off the stage!" We're not even going to mention who to watch out for because you'll figure it out real quick! Just check out the videos on our website


Blues and Roots music from Chicago Blues to West Coast Jump, hard-driving Mississippi Hill Country Blues, New Orleans horns and Texas Boogie, Zydeco, Gospel, Blues Rock – We’ve got it all!




The Prairie Dog Blues Festival is held every year on historic St. Feriole Island, right on the Mississippi River, nestled between jagged cliffs and green hills untouched by the Ice Age... one of the most beautiful venues anywhere. The Prairie Dog is one of the most laid-back blues festivals out there! It is located on St. Feriole Island in a beautiful city park right on the Mississippi River. Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin founded in the late 1600's has a ton of history. Wisconsin's most toured historical site, The Villa Louis (a stunning, fully restored Victorian mansion), is located on the island next to the fest grounds. 


There are some hard choices to be made at The Prairie Dog! You can either get up out of your chair, stretch and walk a few yards to the beer tent or you can have one of these lovely ladies bring your drink to you! Decisions, decisions!



Camp right on site with your friends and meet new friends! Typical walk from your site to the gate of the festival is 200-300 yards. Food and drink as well as campfires, singing, playing music and telling stories is strongly encouraged. The festival is a one block walk off The Island and you are downtown surrounded by family owned pubs, restaurants and small retail stores. If staying in a motel is more your style, blues fest shuttles will get you to the fest in a 5 minute drive or less!  


Tickets and camping are available by calling 1-888-567-1567 or online at Information on accommodations can be found at or by calling 800-732-1673.

Visit our website for a chance to win free tickets to the Fest!




After winning the Blues Foundation Award for Best Self-Produced CD at the 2010 IBC, the Laurie Morvan Band was featured in a half-hour TV special, airing nationwide on the Big Ten Network. Their successful coast to coast touring includes festivals, city events and clubs throughout the USA and Canada, the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, and later in 2012, their first European Tour. 


“Scary good. Get out of the business good. Why everyone doesn’t know about this woman or her rocking blues band is beyond me.”

- Bill Scheft, head writer, David Letterman show.























A charismatic performer, both powerful and inviting, Laurie writes from a fresh perspective, and her in-between-song banter alternates between inspirational and flat out hilarious. Audiences feel a sincere connection with her. 


“Morvan is a stellar guitar player with consummate phrasing…one of the rising stars in the blues guitar world” - Blues Blast. 


The LMB’s creative arrangements feature the beautiful harmonies of backup singer Lisa Grubbs, dueling solos between Laurie, keyboardist Tom Salyers and bassist Pat Morvan, with drummer Kevin Murillo driving this high-octane train. 


07/20  Bourbon Barrel, Decatur, IL

07/21  4th Floor Blues Club, Richmond, IN

07/22  Legend’s, Cincinnati, OH

07/24  Bradley Bourbonnais

Sportsmen's Club, Bourbonnais, IL

07/25  Goodfellas, Pekin, IL

07/27  Blues in the District, Quincy, IL

07/28  Beale on Broadway, St. Louis, MO

07/29  Live 59, Plainfield, IL

08/01  GasLamp,Des Moines, IA

08/02  Trouser Mouse, Blue Springs, MO

08/03  Uncle Bo’s, Topeka, KS

08/04  Legacy Blues Lounge, Fayetteville, AR

08/05  Sun, Squid and Whale,

Eureka Springs, AR

08/09  NRoute Concert Series,

North Platte, NE


08/10  Boulder Outlook, Boulder, CO

08/11  Steve’s Guitars, Carbondale, CO

08/17  Friends of the Auberry Library, Auberry, CA

08/18  McConell Estates Winery, Elk Grove, CA

08/19  Crystal Basin Cellars, Camino, CA

08/21  Mac’s, Eugene, OR

08/22  Northside Pub & Grill, Bend, OR

08/23  Duff’s Garage, Portland, OR

08/24  Highway 99, Seattle, WA

08/25  Upstage, Port Townsend,WA 

08/26  Spar, Tacoma, WA

08/29  Oxford Saloon, Snohomish, WA

09/01  Blues by the Bay Festival, Eureka, CA

09/02  Biscuits & Blues, San Francisco, CA

09/07  Café Boogaloo, Hermosa Beach, CA

09/23  Blues in the Park, Simi Valley, CA

09/28  Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, CA

09/29  Torch Club, Sacramento, CA


For more info see:





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:

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


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: The fax is 901.529.4030.

2. Make a multi-year pledge online at:

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

3. Make a one-time donation online at: .

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! 




Editor's Note: Thanks to Tall City Blues Festival, Music Matters Entertainment, A Music Company Inc., and Garvin Gate Blues Festival for helping to raise awareness about the Blues Hall of Fame. You too can get involved. Email us: to get logos and links for your website or Facebook.



Blues Society News


Hayward Russell City Blues Fest promoters Paula and Ronnie Stewart of the Bay Area Blues Society do it right! The festival was held July 7-8, 2012 and this year and they had two stages.


This is one of the most "user friendly" festivals. The host hotel, The Hampton Inn, provides you a great festival rate and the promoters throw in tickets to the event if you stay at the hotel. The festival is located down the street from the hotel and covered free parking is available right next to the festival. There is quite a bit of shade if you get there early and good food vendors. There is no backstage and the performers mingle with the fans in a relaxed setting.


         Ronnie Stewart   ~   Wingnut Adams and Grady Champion jam


You're always guaranteed to see a number of incredible musicians performing at the festival including the Bay Area Caravan of Allstars. Ronnie Stewart always throws in surprises from around the country too.


Marquise Knox   ~   Artwork Jamul


This year Grady Champion, harp player, singer and former IBC winner from Mississippi, won over the crowd. Wingnut Adams from Northern California proved to be a seasoned harp player also and the combo was a treat. Marquise Knox, a twenty one year old guitar player from St. Louis, MO, really lit up the stage with his vocals and guitar.


This is definitely a festival to put on the calendar. Make any lodging reservations months ahead since they can run out of rooms.


See ya on the blues highway,

Cheryl and Tom Yearnshaw


Video of The Week

Champion Jack Dupree : ALBERTA

(Playing at home...)




Classic... cool!


Buddy and Hopkins

Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips and Comic Pages as gifts?


Elwood's BluesMobile


Every year hundreds of bands descend on Memphis, Tennessee for the International Blues challenge, sponsored by the blues foundation. It is a global battle of the bands. Folks like Susan Tedeschi, Tommy Castro, and Homemade Jamz all started there. This year: the winner is The Wired band…a power trio out of Washington state.


The Wired. Winners of the 2012 International Blues Challenge. Right here, next time, in the BluesMobile.







 For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 

Click Here


Roots Blues Airplay Charts 


Festival Calendar

To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals click here!










More Info

No Boundaries Blues Fest


July 20th-21st 2012

Proctor, Minnesota

Ain't Nothin' But The

Blues Festival


July 20th-21st 2012

Bloomington, Illinois USA

25th Annual

Winthrop R&B Festival


July 20th-22nd 2012

Winthrop, Washington USA

Pittsburgh Blues Festival


July 20th-22nd 2012

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA

Oxford Blues Festival


July 20th-22nd 2012

Oxford, Mississippi USA

Beaches International Jazz

and Blues Festival


July 20th-29th 2012

Toronto, Ontariok Canada

Blues Under The Bridge

Saturday, July 21st 2012

Colorado Springs, Colorado USA

Blues and Bones Festival

Saturday, July 21st 2012

Angels Camp, California USA

Riverside Blues Festival

Saturday, July 21st 2012

Elkins, West Virginia USA

Dodgeville Blues Fest

Saturday, July 21st 2012

Dodgeville, Wisconsin USA

W.C. Handy Music Festival


July 22nd-31st 2012

Florence, Alabama USA

Tall City Blues Fest


July 26th-29th 2012

Midland, Texas USA

Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Festival


July 26th-28th 2012

Sioux Falls, South Dakota USA

Big Bend Blues Bash


July 27th-28th 2012

Pomeroy, Ohio USA

Pennsylvania Blues Festival


July 27th-29th 2012

Danielsville, Pennsylvania USA

Prairie Dog Blues Festival


July 27th-28th 2012

Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin USA

Fargo Blues Festival


July 27th-28th 2012

Fargo, North Dakota USA

Cape Fear Blues Festival


July 27th-29th 2012 

Willmington, North Carolina USA

Rock Cut Blues Festival


July 27th-28th 2012

Kettle Falls, Washington USA

Klamath Blues Festival

Saturday, July 28th 2012

Klamath Falls, Oregon USA

Playing with Fire

Saturday, July 28th 2012

Omaha, Nebraska USA

Blues Under the Trees

Saturday, July 28th 2012

Fort Dodge, Iowa USA

Port Townsend Acoustic

Blues Festival

Sunday, July 29th - Saturday, August 4th 2012

Port Townsend. Washington USA

Maryport Blues Festival


July 29th-31st 2012

Maryport, Maryport United Kingdom

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