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July 27, 2012

Volume 7/Issue  30


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!


Julia Lotito shows off her BFG on her birthday July 4, 2012 with Bobby & The Renegades at the Dive Bar, Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Photo: Doug Lotito



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CD & DVD Releases

Dorothy Moore:  BLUES HEART


After ten years, Dorothy Moore releases Blues Heart. This project features 10 tracks and is the fifth project on her label, Farish Street Records of Mississippi.


“Let the Healing Begin” is a slow blues that debuts Moore, aka the “Misty Blue Lady,” on harmonica singing an E.G. Kight penned song. Moore had harp lessons from L.C. Ulmer in his kitchen about three years ago.  


When Moore started this new project she called on many of her friends to send her songs. Most of the songs on Blues Heart have not been recorded before. One exception was written and recorded years ago by a Mississippi writer, Bobbie Gentry. You might remember "Ode to Billie Joe," but listen to Moore’s version of this Mississippi Delta song with a new spin. 


Blues Heart has a Dorothy Moore feel drawing from her blues roots that might be understood around the world. When asked to describe her singing, Moore says she’s a R&B singer with a blues heart. Today her R&B is called blues.


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Brad Wilson :  BLUES MAGIC


With the June, 2012, release of Brad Wilson's newest album, Blues Magic, Wilson once again proves he is a songwriter, first and foremost. Ten brand new originals in his blues/rock style that features excellent guitar playing and smooth vocals. The album has a stellar line up of musicians and world class production from Grammy Award-winning engineer Francis Buckley. The title track, “Blues Magic” and all of the album's songs will be the centerpiece for the 2012 tour dates.


Brad Wilson is a California guitarslinger who plays rocked-up blues and is a charismatic and talented guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. Performing 100 shows a year, Brad has become known as a smokin' hot blues player who can rock the house all night long with the best of them. His songwriting has a hard-charging Americana/Blues/Roots style and his guitar playing is contemporary blues and he can rip on lead.


Brad's live show is presented with spirit and class. Recent appearances include The House Of Blues, Biscuits & Blues, Café Boogaloo, the Julian Blues Bash and some of California’s biggest events.


Brad's music is on radio in over 30 countries worldwide and played in over 40 states in the U.S. ElectricBlues Radio Playlist and Listener Voting Report, voted by listeners, named Brad Wilson their #1 choice. Legendary national blues show, Blues Deluxe, which broadcasts throughout the U.S. featured Wilson and exclaimed, "Wilson's sound is that of liquid metal; hot and smooth!"


Brad was featured on the cover of Southland Blues, California's premiere Blues Magazine. Southland Blues did an in-depth interview with this award-winning musician, where Brad discusses his work with NBC Television, Paramount Films and his tours throughout the country.


Brad Wilson's music has also been featured in John Carpenter's last two films and soundtracks, Vampires and Ghosts Of Mars.


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Self-titled : BIG OL' DIRTY BUCKET


Big Ol' Dirty Bucket's self-titled album is the band's debut studio release and contains eleven pulsating tracks which highlight the unique style of funk that has become the band's trademark sound. Laden with big horns, rippling keys, slick guitar, and soulful vocals atop thumping bass and drums, each track showcases the vast sonic pallet that makes Big Ol Dirty Bucket's sound so modern and unique, while retaining an unmistakably classic funk feel. From the powerful funk/rock components of the album's opener "Photonic Amplifier People" and the James Brown-esque chicken pickin' of "Lite That Spliff", to the classic soul stylings of "Emotional Rollercoaster", all the way to the pumping dance floor burner "All Night Long and Once In The Mornin'", Big Ol' Dirty Bucket's self titled album is destined to spawn a slew of party playlist favorites across the board.


The song “Black Cloud Joe” is dedicated to all the Black Cloud Joe’s of the world: Those folks who just can't get a break. This funky soul song climaxes in a southern baptist revival frenzy, giving us all hope that the sun is bound to shine some day.


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News Flash



Every Labor Day weekend, St. Louis’ historic Laclede’s Landing hosts over 60,000 people from around the country for Big Muddy Blues Festival. This outdoor festival attracts an eclectic audience with the intention of celebrating the indigenous art form known as “the Blues.”


Big Muddy provides a platform for a wide range of artists who represent extensions of the Blues genre, such as, soul, R&B, rockabilly, gospel and jazz. Now in its 17th year, the region’s largest Blues music event features over 18 hours of music with 30+ bands on three stages throughout the cobblestone streets of Laclede’s Landing while boasting the Big Muddy itself as the iconic river backdrop for the weekend.


Regional and local bands are showcased on two satellite stages, while the main stage features national headliners, Grammy award-winners and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.


This year’s lineup will include a multitude of Blues talent featuring artists such as Dr. John, Ana Popovic, Royal Southern Brotherhood, and Joe Louis Walker. Laclede’s Landing has always been a hot spot for aspiring Blues artists and – through this festival – continues its role as the proving ground for this generation of musicians.


Big Muddy Blues Festival coming Sept 1-2, 2012

More information...





Chuck Jackson (lead singer of the Downchild Blues Band) will once again host a week-long event in which you can choose the days you want to participate.


The new format (Create Your Own Adventure) has allowed many more people to attend. Many will stay for the entire week while others will come for three to four nights in the Birthplace of America’s Music, Mississippi.



The International Golf and Blues Experience will take place the week of October 7th – 14th, 2012 in Tunica where you’ll stay at the fabulous Gold Strike Casino Resort and golf at five Championship Golf Courses and be escorted to unique and blues infused locations each evening. Chuck will be singing and playing his harmonica all week. You will also be entertained by local performing artists at many of the spectacular locations.



Some highlights of your trip will include; Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club, Hopson's Plantation, Graceland, Sun Records, Beale Street, Dinner Buffet Cruise on the Tunica Queen Riverboat on the Mississippi River, and much more.



Golf courses include: Tunica National, Riverbend Links, Cherokee Valley Golf Club, The Links at Cottonwoods and Clarksdale Country Club.


Packages available for both golfers and non-golfers. For more details and pricing visit










Festival dates are August 4th and 5th, with a pre-festival kick off party on August 3rd at the Naughty Pine Saloon in near by Trout Creek, Montana.


The 3rd annual Big Sky Blues Festival will feature David Raitt (Bonnie Raitt's brother) and his Baja Boogie Band, The Randy Oxford Band, The Brooklyn Blues Project, Big Daddy & the Bluenotes, Franco Paletta & the Stingers, Yellow Dog & the Jubilation Singers, The Rafael Tranquilino Band, The Sara Brown Band, VIBE, Ravinwolf, Yabba Griffith and more.



The Sunday evening Big Sky All-Star Jam is hosted by Randy Oxford and will close out the Festival.


With unlimited space for Camping and RV and held on the River, in the mountains under the Big Montana Sky, The Big Sky Blues Festival is rapidly becoming a festival circuit favorite in the Pacific NW region. Family friendly with lots of outdoor activities available.


Festival attendees who are staying at the festival site are welcome to come a day early and stay a day later to take in this beautiful vacation area.

Located just 2 hours NE of Spokane,WA in Noxon, Montana.


There will also be a raffle going all weekend for a 3-day Sail Boat Cruise on the "San Juan Full Moon" for 2 adults, with Randy Oxford and Friends around the San Juan Islands off the Washington state coast.




Tickets and info at or call 406-827-4210  


Amelia Island Museum of History Launching New Exhibit


The Amelia Island Museum of History is launching a new exhibit in partnership with the Amelia Island Blues Festival committee. The “History of the Blues” exhibit will launch August 3rd at 5:00pm, with a reception and lecture about the genre and an acoustic guitar performance by Blue Storm recording artist Roger "Hurricane" Wilson. In addition, the official 2012 Amelia Island Blues Festival musical line-up will be announced.


Following the Amelia Island Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and reception, visitors can explore the exhibit, which will feature a blues history timeline, blues memorabilia, historic photos, and an informative video.


The two-month exhibit also features a tribute to the famed "Chitlin' Circuit," a collective name for venues throughout the southern and eastern United States that allowed African-American musicians and entertainers to perform during segregation.


The exhibit along with an electric guitar performance with blues artist Roger “Hurricane” Wilson and his band at Slider’s Grill on Amelia Island the following evening at 6:00 – 10:00 pm, will lead up to the 2012 Amelia Island Blues Festival scheduled for September 14-16 at Main Beach in Fernandina Beach, Florida.


Tickets to the festival are available by visiting the website. For more information, visit or




Freeport (WIFR)  The Freeport Art Museum (FAM) will host its 9th Annual Blues, BBQ and Beer event on Saturday, August 4, 2012 on the grounds of the Freeport Art Museum from 5pm-9pm. Open to the public, this fundraising event features great food, lively blues music and your choice of beer. New to the event this year is barbeque by Mt. Calvary Church of Freeport. They will be serving barbeque chicken and pork rib tips.


We are pleased to feature the addition of the Basement Blues Band, one of the area’s premier blues bands. The band consists of Bob Schmidt on drums, Paul Klukken on harmonica, Steve “Spider” Leigh on guitar and Rich Gordon on bass. With a strong guitar attack and harp, the band carries on the tradition of the Chicago Style Blues. Covering classic blues as well as blues/rock, the band has participated in On the Waterfront in Rockford and many other outdoor festivals.


Back by popular demand is our headliner for the evening, the Barstool Bob Blues Band. "Barstool Bob" Levis has toured and recorded with blues greats like Lonnie Brooks and Otis Rush in addition to performing for seventeen years as a member of the house band at the Kingston Mines club in Chicago, and will perform with his five band members.


In addition to the blues, beer and barbeque, the Art of the Car exhibit takes on a whole new meaning this year with an interactive activity that allows you to “paint bomb” a car! Using paint-filled water balloons participants can take a turn pelting our education director, Barry Treu’s car with color—the car will be driven around town with the FAM logo for a week or until the rain washes it clean, whichever comes first!


Proceeds benefit the Freeport Art Museum. Tickets are $20 for FAM members, $25 for non-members, and $5 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under are free. To purchase tickets, stop by the Freeport Art Museum at 121 North Harlem Ave., Freeport, IL.


*Become a member of the Freeport Art Museum and receive the discounted member price for this event and other member benefits all year long.

The Freeport Art Museum is located at 121 North Harlem Avenue, Freeport, Illinois. Call 815-235-9755 for more information.




"American Idol" has announced three new ways to audition for Season 12. The show will embark on the "American Idol Small Town Audition Bus Tour," a 10-town nationwide tour that will give hopefuls who couldn't make it to one of the large audition cities a chance to try out.


The cities are Idaho Falls, ID; Billings, MT; Casper, WY; Rock Rapids, IA; Iowa City, IA; Bowling Green, KY; Clarksdale, MS; Joplin, MO; Dodge City, KA; and Grand Junction, CO. Specific locations and dates to be announced.


Step on up blues and roots artists and show 'em what you've got!



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



The recently-formed Orange County Blues Society presents its first-ever concert event - "The Muck Blues Roots Festival" - under the stars at the scenic outdoor Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, Thursday, August 16. 8 p.m. Advance tickets available at or through the Muckenthaler ( ). Info: (714) 328-9375 or (714) 738-6595.


Portion of proceeds to benefit San Diego-based Better Vision For Children Foundation, a non-profit charity working to prevent and cure partial or total blindness in pre-school children resulting from Amblyopia (Lazy Eye), Autisim, Diabetes or Eye Cancer.


Artists scheduled to perform include "The Brooklyn Bluesman," acoustic guitarist-vocalist Calvin B. Streets; "Mistress Of the Blues," bassist-vocalist Randa Lee and Friends; L.A. blues-rock trio, The Hellhounds; and teenage trio blues upstarts, the Chase Walker Band featuring 13-year-old Chase Walker on guitar and vocals.


The Orange County Blues Society was formed this past Spring by musician Papa J, who also created the Real Blues Festival of Orange County. "The Orange County Blues Society was formed in 2012 as a public benefit corporation to keep the Blues alive. Its purpose is the education, presentation and preservation of Blues music as an original American art form for the next generation through teaching, publications, festivals and concerts.... The Blues Society's purpose is to promote, preserve and advance the culture and tradition of blues music as an American Art form, and to help local blues artists get the attention needed to keep the blues alive. The Orange County Blues Society is focused on providing high-quality music and member satisfaction - we will do everything we can to meet your expectations."


Video of The Week

Beverly McClellan : I CAN'T HIDE ME

(One of "The Voice" 2011 Final 4 )





Buddy and Hopkins

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


Elwood's BluesMobile


Next time, Elwood explores the electric fiddle, with violin master, Lionel Young, who has won the International Blues Challenge. Twice! Elwood will play his music, and he will play for you in-studio, live. Also, Gatemouth Brown, The Mississippi Sheiks, and Papa John Creech with Hot Tuna.

Rosin the bow friends, and join Elwood.


The electric fiddle, with maestro Lionel Young. Next time, in the BluesMobile.







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Roots Blues Airplay Charts 

Festival Calendar

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










More Info

W.C. Handy Music Festival


July 22nd-29th 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

Fleetwood Blues Festival

Sunday, July 29th 2012

Fleetwood, Pennsylvania USA

Calgary International

Blues Festival

Tuesday, July 31st - Sunday, August 5th 2012

Calgary, Alberta Canada

Notodden Blues Festival


August 2nd-5th 2012

Notodden, Norway

Mount Baker R&B Festival


August 3rd-5th 2012

Bellingham, Washington USA

Willamette Blues & Brews Festival


August 3rd-4th 2012

Springfield, Oregon USA

Canal Winchester

Blues and Ribfest


August 3rd-4th 2012

 Canal Winchester, Ohio USA

Riverfront Blues Festival


August 3rd-5th 2012

Wilmington, Delaware USA

Mammoth Festival of

Beers & Bluesapalooza


August 3rd-5th 2012

Mammoth Lakes, California USA

Big Sky Blues Festival


August 4th-5th 2012

Noxon, Montana USA

Blues For the Zoo

Saturday, August 4th 2012

Big Bear Lake, California USA

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