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Aug 3, 2012

Volume 7/Issue  31


Special Announcement!

News Flash

Record Label News

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts 

About Us

CD & DVD Releases

Blues Society News

Video of The Week

Elwood's BluesMobile

Festival Calendar

Special Announcement!


Buck Nelson shares this photo of some happy ladies showing off their BFG at the Prairie Dog Blues Festival, July 28, Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin. Photo: Buck Nelson



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CD & DVD Releases

Linsey Alexander : BEEN THERE DONE THAT 

Bluesman Linsey Alexander was born in Mississippi and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. His first guitar was never retrieved from the pawn shop where he left it almost 50 years ago. Using the money to help pay his way to Chicago, he now has a variety of guitars. Linsey has played with B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Buddy Guy, Little Milton, Magic Slim Johnnie Taylor, Larry McCray, A. C. Reed, Byther Smith, John Primer, Otis Clay and Eddie Clearwater. Been There Done That is Linsey's Delmark debut and it features an eight piece band including the LA Horns plus special guest Billy Branch on harmonica. Lots of brand new original songs brought to life by Linsey's powerful vocals.


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News Flash



Canada’s premier blues act and Juno Award winning, Powder Blues Band will be headlining Calabogie Blues & Ribfest this year. The band has over a dozen Gold, Platinum and Double Platinum records.


On Friday August 17th, festival goers can look forward to Terry Gillespie, Shakura S’Aida and the legendary Downchild Blues Band headlining the night. The Juno nominated Downchild is travelling the country on their Flip Flop & Fly Tour this summer.
























Starting on Saturday August 18th is Rocket Rached & the Fat City 8, followed by Bill Durst, Bob Walsh, Jack de Keyzer and headlining is the Powder Blues Band. Leader, Tom Lavin has written many well known blues tracks including “Doin’ it Right” (On the Wrong Side of Town) & “Boppin’ With the Blues”. Flying in from Vancouver exclusively for this bluesfest, Powder Blues is one of Canada’s most treasured blues acts.


Finally on Sunday August 19th, Jeff Rogers starts the day, followed by Trevor Finlay, JW-Jones and David Rotundo.


The event will take place at Calabogie Peaks Resort. There will be camping available at the foot of the beautiful Calabogie Mountain. Tents are welcome, as are trailers and RV camping.




More info at Calabogie Blues & Ribfest




The Associated Press 

JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Blues Trail is going international.


Mississippi has erected more than 150 Blues Trail markers to highlight the music and its influence on Mississippi. A marker to be unveiled Friday, August 3 in Notodden, Norway, is the first international marker. It will be unveiled during the 25th Annual Notodden Blues Festival.


Alex Thomas, with the Mississippi Development Authority's tourism division, says the marker reinforces the global influence of a genre born in Mississippi.


The Notodden Blues Festival has hosted dozens of artists from Mississippi. In 1996, Notodden and Clarksdale, Miss., became sister cities with cultural exchanges including performances by Norwegian artists at Clarksdale's annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival.




(Cat Head store in Clarksdale. Photo art by Chuck Lamb)


(CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI) – 10 years ago, marketing executive Roger Stolle left his corporate job in St. Louis to pursue a blues mission in the Mississippi Delta. He opened Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art in the historic downtown of Clarksdale, Mississippi. And the rest is history.


"Cat Head is the store I always wanted to walk into but could never find," Stolle remembers. "It's nothing but the blues – CDs, DVDs, books, magazines, artwork, T-shirts and souvenirs. We get tourists from around the world every week."


Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art will celebrate its 10th anniversary August 10-12 with free, live blues performances starting Friday afternoon and culminating Sunday with the store's annual Cat Head Mini Blues Festival.


Since opening in 2002, the Cat Head and its related projects have garnered numerous honors – from Keeping the Blues Alive and Blues Music Awards to multiple guidebook inclusions and accolades in music magazines such as Paste, which called Cat Head "one of the 17 coolest record stores in America."


(Lt: Stolle with Blues Music Award. Photo by Dusty Scott)


Still, Stolle is quick to point out that Cat Head is just about selling product.


"From day one, my mission – the Cat Head mission – has been to 'organize and promote from within'," he says. "I didn't really move here to open a retail store, specifically. I moved here to get involved with Delta blues music and promote the surviving culture behind it."


Starting with his Cat Head blues store, Stolle went on to co-found Juke Joint Festival and Clarksdale Film Festival. He is also a Blues Revue magazine columnist and Sirius-XM B.B. King Bluesville radio correspondent. He is author of Hidden History of Mississippi Blues and co-producer of films such as M for Mississippi and We Juke Up in Here.


"What makes Cat Head successful is Clarksdale, Mississippi – the locals as well as the tourists and transplants our town attracts," he asserts. "Customers often say to me, 'You must really love the blues to have moved here.' I say, 'Yes, the music brought me here, but it's the people that made me stay.'"


Cat Head is located at 252 Delta Avenue in Clarksdale. More of the "Cat Head story" as well as a live music calendar and guide to Clarksdale can be found on-line at




Friday, August 10th:

4pm - Zach Divilbiss from

Black Mountain Moan


Saturday, August 11th:

11am - SUPERBAD String Band w/R.L. BBQ & Mason Stevens

Noon - Piano Red

1pm - Christian Herring True Blues

2pm - Sean “Bad” Apple

3pm - David Raye

4pm - Davis Coen


Sunday, August 12th: CAT HEAD MINI BLUES FEST with Robert “Wolfman” Belfour, Big George Brock, Clarine Wagner, R.L. Boyce & Steve Toney, All Night Long Blues Band and more. Free event in street near Cat Head store. Rain or shine. Store opens 9am. Music 10am till. BBQ available from Big Red.

(Poster/T-shirt art above by Grego) 




The Delta Blues Museum will offer a full calendar of free events for this year's 25th Annual Sunflower Blues and Gospel Festival, August 8-12.

[Museum admission fees apply during regular hours.]


Wednesday, August 8

- 5:30 pm True Delta Screening at Delta Cinema, 11 Third Street, followed by panel discussion, "State of the Blues," moderated by Living Blues magazine co-founder Jim O'Neal. True Delta is a cinematic snapshot of the blues tradition in and around Clarksdale.

- 7 pm - 9 pm Reception for True Delta photography exhibit at Delta Blues Museum, featuring photographs by Michael Scanlan taken from the film. Also on display: "Celebrating 25 Years of the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival," a new exhibit, DBM galleries.

Thursday, August 9

- 1 pm Panel discussion: "25 Years of the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival," in the museum classroom. The panel will be moderated by Mississippi Blues Trail Historian Jim O'Neal, festival co-founder, and features Patty Johnson, festival co-founder; Catherine Clark, festival treasurer and volunteer since the beginning; and Melville Tillis, who co-founded the Gospel Festival with the late James Julius Guy. This is the inaugural program in the museum's "From the Archive" series ...


- 6 pm "Grits & Greens Party" for VIP Festival Patrons, on DBM grounds

Friday, August 10

- 10 am Mississippi Blues Trail Marker dedication for the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival, on DBM grounds

- 4 pm Sunflower River Blues Festival begins

Saturday, August 11

- 9 am Sunflower Festival performances begin


Sunday, August 12

- Noon - 5 pm DBM open, special hours for Sunflower Festival Weekend ($7 admission) Charlie Musselwhite and the Museum Band in the Muddy Waters Addition

- 2 pm Fundraiser for Arts & Education Program, featuring Charlie Musselwhite and his band; Lightnin' Malcolm, and others, at the Juke Joint Chapel, Shack Up Inn [donation required].

 - 5 pm Gospel Festival begins, on the DBM stage


For more information contact the Delta Blues Museum 662-627-6820

The Delta Blues Museum is located at #1 Blues Alley in downtown Clarksdale.



Freddie King

Alan Ayo/Dallas Observer  Don O. has been spinning blues records on KNON since 1983, literally about a month after they went on the air. See, he was a listener of the pre-KNON station at that frequency, KCHU, from '75 until they were switched off in '77. Heartbroken at the station's demise and subsequent absence of blues on the airwaves, Don jumped at the chance to volunteer a true blues show to the station. Among his projects at KNON is their series of blues compilation CDs, the first few of which are now highly collectible and out-of-print. Volume 5 just come out.


A huge fan of Freddie King in particular, every year around King's birthday he does a special show in tribute. This year, assuming their upcoming pledge drive goes well, the Freddie King tribute goes down on Friday, August 31, at 6 p.m.


In asking you to tell the story of the Dallas blues, it actually turns out there's another story behind that phrase. (Photo RT: Don O.)


One of the first blues songs ever published was titled "The Dallas Blues," in 1912. It was written by a white guy from Oklahoma City with lyrics added by a songwriter from New Orleans, but there it is, several months before W.C. Handy did his thing with it in Memphis. I can't wait to see what will happen in relation to that with the 508 Park project. Their first event back in June was marvelous.


I understand school played no role in your blues passion whatsoever?

None. Music class was always a bore to me. Maybe if they spent more time talking about T-Bone Walker, Bessie Smith, Freddie King or Albert Collins, I would have been more interested. It always fascinated me that most music classes concentrated on old dead European guys like Mozart and Beethoven. I'm all for that, but that's European culture. Where's the love for blues, jazz soul, and other true American forms of music? How can you have a class about music and not mention Ray Charles? I'm old and it's been a long time since I was in school. I hope things have changed.


Care to assemble a starter kit of DFW-based blues for interested beginners?

The "starter kit" would have to include history. "Blind" Lemon Jefferson, Leadbelly, The Dallas String Band, "Blind" Willie Johnson, T-Bone Walker, Black Ace, 508 Park Avenue, Alex Moore, Lil' Son Jackson, Freddie King and others.


And the newer, lesser-known names?

That's a slippery slope for anyone who loves the scene as much as I do. I love 'em all. Well, most of them, but here's a few that deserve a lot more attention than they have been getting. Not that any of them are actually getting attention! Aaron Burton, one of the most talented blues songwriters I know of, and an outstanding acoustic guitarist. Christian Dozzler, imported from Vienna, Austria. He moved here because of our blues scene. A multi-threat on piano, harmonica, accordion, vocals and songwriting. An amazing talent. Larry Lampkin (pictured at left), a young man from Fort Worth that released his first CD last year. Great guitar playing and vocals on all original material. I can't wait to see what he does next. Jason Elmore, a protege of Jim Suhler and a fine guitarist, singer and songwriter. Already getting some notice out-of-state. Andrea Dawson, a talented lady with a huge voice, all she needs is fresh original material to start making waves. K.M. Williams, a Hill Country stomp-style guitarist who regularly plays in Italy. The country, not the Texas town. He was on the Chicago Blues Festival the last two years. He plays little BBQ joints in Big D. He also fronts a three-piece called Trainwreck which is loud, in your face, and a lot of fun. Then there's those musicians whose names you should know, but probably don't. These are the names who should be showing up on your "Best of Dallas" listings every year, but never do.


Please, enlighten us!

Lucky Peterson, Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King, Mike Morgan, Anson Funderburgh, Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones, Ernie Johnson, Bobby Patterson, Hash Brown, Gregg Smith, Tutu Jones, Josh Alan, Paul Byrd, Zac Harmon, Vernon Garrett, Paul Harrington, James Hinkle, Wanda King, who is Freddie's daughter, Cookie McGee, Dave Millsap, Johnnie Red, Holland K. Smith, Ray Reed, Texas Slim, Kenny Traylor, Chris Watson, Buddy Whittington, Blues Boy Bo, Jim Suhler, Sonny Collie, Kirkland James, J.B. Wynn, Big Charles Young, R.L. Griffin, Jerry Clark, Chester Burns, Butch Bonner, Joel Foy, James Butler, Lil' Jay, Perry Jones, Lady Lotion, Miss Marcy, Ray Sharpe, Jeff Stone, Harold Walker, Cheryl Arena and many more.

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Johnny Childs sent out this update about his new project:

"Hello, I'm contacting all my blues friends who may know about this little initiative I started last year to establish an International Blues Music Day!


WE HAVE SET A DATE! International Blues Music Day is coming: August 3, 2013. Our FB [Facebook] group has reached 12,000 supporting members and we have formed a non profit organization whose sole purpose is the establishment and promotion of International Blues Music Day.


We have launched the IBMD T-shirt line to help finance our start up costs. We have six designer prints plus the limited edition "Inaugural" T-shirt. If possible, please check check out the STORE or share with your blues loving friends. Thank you very much for your support.

For the latest updates on IBMD please visit or join our FB group: (12,000 members and counting)


Support the cause - Get the T-shirt - Spread the word! 

Sincerely Yours, Your friend... Johnny Childs"


Johnny Childs is a touring blues artist, star of the documentary film "The Junkman's Son", founding president of the NYC Blues Society and founder and director of the IBMD initiative.


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


Big Walter Smith (lt) has been selected as "2012 Blues Performer" and Cornbread Harris (below rt) has been named as the first "Blues Legend"


The Minnesota Blues Society is pleased to announce the results of the 2012 Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame balloting. This year's inductees will be: Big Walter Smith — "Blues Performer", James Samuel "Cornbread" Harris — "Blues Legend", Dan Schwalbe, guitar — "Blues Sideman", The Electric Fetus — "Supportive of the Blues (Non-Performer)", Cyn Collins, West Bank Boogie (Book) — "Blues Art & Literature", Lamont Cranston Band, Tiger In Your Tank — "Blues Recording" and Will Donicht, "Blues on the Bank" — "Blues Song."


The "Blues Legend Award" was created to honor an artist, who has made significant, timeless and historical contributions to the Blues genre in Minnesota. Unlike most other Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame categories, this award is determined by committee selection rather than by a vote of the membership of the Minnesota Blues Society. Cornbread Harris is the first recipient of this award.

For complete details about the inductees and the ceremony to be held on October 14, 2012 at Wilebski's Blues Saloon, please see the 2012 Hall of Fame Press Release.


(Sad Note: Big Walter Smith recently passed July 24, 2012. There will be a memorial service for Big Walter at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel, 5125 W. Broadway Ave in Crystal, MN on Sunday, August 5 from 4-7 pm. Three benefits and tributes are also planned. Click here for more information.)


Record Label News


Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson and Angela Strehli, all highly regarded vocalists in their own rights, have joined forces as The Blues Broads. Reflecting more than two centuries of collective experience in blues, country, gospel and rock, the awesome aggregation is nothing less than a roots music "super group" of the first order. The Blues Broads, the group's recording debut is a CD/DVD combination set, recorded live, that will be released by Delta Groove on September 18th.


The Blues Broads CD/DVD includes both familiar songs associated with their respective august careers as well as newly written material that underscores the creative might of these four remarkable women. Each brings a unique perspective and history to the group that coalesced earlier this year under the aegis of Bob Brown, the album's executive producer and whose Rancho Nicasio venue in Marin County serves as The Blues Broads' unofficial home base. The DVD was directed by John Korty, the noted filmmaker, awarded both an Oscar and Directors Guild Award for the documentary Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids? and an Emmy for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. 


The start of Tracy Nelson's career in music dates back to the mid-1960s when she recorded an album of acoustic blues songs with Charlie Musselwhite's backing for the Prestige label. After moving to San Francisco, she founded Mother Earth and rose to the front ranks of the era's great female singers, sharing stages with the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and many more.


Dorothy Morrison rose to international renown as the lead vocalist on the Edwin Hawkins Singers hit "Oh, Happy Day," the biggest selling gospel recording of all time, is now a Blues Broad in good standing. A member of the singing Combs Family, she rose to prominence in East Bay church circles and has been a force in gospel since the late 1960s.


Angela Strehli had been one of Austin's most highly regarded female vocalists prior to her move to the Bay Area in the 1990s. She was a fixture at Antone's in Austin where she initially played a key role in that legendary club's development. At Antone's she was mentored and encouraged by many of the artists she booked including Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert Collins and her love for the blues literally found a voice as she transitioned from the back office to the stage. Her collaborations with Lou Ann Barton and Marcia Ball were, in some way, a template for The Blues Broads concept.


Annie Sampson is a triple threat, bringing a rock, gospel and theater background to The Blues Broads. She played one of the leads in the original San Francisco production of Hair in the late 1960s and would go on to be a founder of Stoneground, the communal rock band that included Sal Valentino of the Beau Brummels in its line up as well as Cory Lerios, Steve Price and David Jenkins who would go on to form Pablo Cruise. 


The Blues Broads recently completed a tour that took them to festivals and clubs in Texas and California and plan on more extensive touring in support of the release of The Blues Broads CD/DVD set. 


Video of The Week

Robert Randolph Band : NOBODY

(Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007)





Buddy and Hopkins

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


Elwood's BluesMobile


This week on the BluesMobile: songs about drinking to forget, songs about drinking to remember, and songs about just plain drinking - never mind the reason. Booze and blues. They kinda go together.


Blues about booze. 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

Notodden Blues Festival


August 2nd-5th 2012

Notodden, Norway

Mount Baker R&B Festival


August 3rd-5th 2012

Bellingham, Washington USA

Port Townsend Acoustic

Blues Festival

(cont.) Friday - Saturday

August 3rd-4th 2012

Port Townsend. Washington USA

Calgary International

Blues Festival

(cont.) Friday - Sunday

August 3rd-5th 2012

Calgary, Alberta Canada

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


August 4th 2012

Big Bear Lake, California USA

Bluesmore Festival


August 4th 2012

Cedar Rapids, Iowa USA

Sky High Blues Festival


August 4th-5th 2012

Rock Creek, British Columbia Canada

Magic City Blues


August 9th-12th 2012

Billings, Montana USA

Kitchener Blues Festival


August 9th-12th 2012

Kitchener, Ontario Canada

Bronze, Blues, & Brews Festival


August 10th-11th 2012

Joseph, Oregon USA

Riverfront Blues Festival


August 10th-11th 2012

Libby, Montana USA

Heritage Music BluesFest


August 10th-12th 2012

Wheeling, West Virginia USA

24th Annual

Bayfront Blues Festival


August 10th-12th 2012

Duluth, Minnesota USA

Sunflower River Blues

& Gospel Festival


August 10th-12th 2012

Clarksdale, Mississippi USA

Navasota Blues Festival


August 10th-11th 2012

Navasota, Texas USA

Cincy Blues Fest


August 10th-11th 2012

Cincinnati, Ohio USA

Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival


August 11th 2012

BurnabyBritish Columbia Canada

Cat Head Mini Blues Fest III


August 12th 2012

Clarksdale, Mississippi USA

The Jewel Foundation

Blues Festival


August 11th 2012

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA

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