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Aug 24, 2012

Volume 7/Issue  34


Special Announcement!

News Flash

... More News Flashes & Reminders!

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts 

CD & DVD Releases

Blues Society News

Video of The Week

Elwood's BluesMobile

Festival Calendar

About Us

Special Announcement!


Henry "Dancing with the Blues" Tate shows off his BFG. He even helped distribute 1,100 of them at the Chesapeake Bay Blues Fest, Western Maryland Blues Fest, Billtown Blues Fest and Tinner Hill Blues Festival along with some help from the DC Blues Society and Baltimore Blues Society.


Henry says, “Only a nominal were placed on a table for picking up. I circulated through the festivals and blues events and explained to many recipients exactly what value they were receiving for free. I encouraged them to sign up for the free weekly emails.”


Thanks Henry… you’re our hero!

Photo courtesy of Jazs Web DC Blues Society



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CD & DVD Releases


It’s as thin as the edge of a razor, the road separating Heaven from Hell, sin from salvation, redemption from despair. It’s a lonely road to go down and like the old gospel says, you’ve got to walk it for yourself. Kelly Joe Phelps has been doing lot of soul searching since his last record, Western Bell came out in 2009. Three years later, his journey has wound its way to a recording studio in Vancouver, and Kelly Joe has once again beaten a path to Steve Dawson’s door with a new batch of songs tucked into his satchel that reflect both the new insights gained along the journey as well as things that have been dropped by the wayside.


Since his debut album, Lead Me On, came out in 1994, the Pacific Northwest based singer and songwriter has written and performed some of the most compelling slide guitar based music ever recorded. Playing a lap slide in a style that both evoked the sounds of the ancients and pointed towards new possibilities for the instrument, Kelly Joe’s music seemed to originate in another time as he sang with the voice of an old soul, weary with experience, yet excited with all of the prospects that life brings.

With song titles like "Talking to Jehova," "I’ve been Converted" and "The Holy Spirit Flood," there’s no escaping that something has grown and changed in Kelly Joe’s world.


Phelps explains some of the motivation behind the new songs. “When I found a way to allow myself to open up to creative impulse, this is what was staring me in the face and I did not want to say no to anything. “

Listen to Brother Sinner and the Whale and you’ll certainly agree.


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The blues have been the curative for "the blues" for nigh on a hundred and twenty-five years or so. However, it is the exceptional musician who understands and commands the universal power of the music so thoroughly that he can use it to literally create a healing force. Singer, songwriter, guitarist Zac Harmon has been producing the most soulful sounds forever, but rises above his own accomplishments with Music Is Medicine.


Zac Harmon was born and raised in Jackson, MS, cutting his musical teeth at Jackson's historic Farish Street District. As a teen, he gigged with local legends like Z.Z. Hill, Sam Myers, and Dorothy Moore. He moved to L.A. in the 80's and worked as a studio musician, writer, and producer for artists like the O'Jays, the Whispers, Alexander O'Neal, Karyn White, and Black Uhuru.


Though he enjoyed success, Harmon longed to return to his blues roots and, in 2002, he released a live disc, Live at Babe & Ricky's Inn, a strong release that put Harmon firmly in the "Next Generation" of blues artists. In 2004, his band won the IBC's "Best Unsigned Band" award, and followed up that release with 2005's impressive The Blues According to Zacariah, which won the BMA for Best New Artist Debut in 2006. Harmon followed up with a pair of releases, 2008's Europe-only Shot in the Kill Zone, and 2009's From the Root.


His music has always been biographical at times, but Music Is Medicine is probably his most personal album yet.


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News Flash




The annual Rhythm & Roots Festival on Labor Day weekend, Aug 31-Sept 2, 2012, celebrates its 15th year with a big bash and a wide spectrum of roots music from blues and Americana to Zydeco, New Orleans R&B, & all things roots - featuring Hugh Laurie & the Copper Bottom Band, The New Orleans Suspects, Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars, Johnny Nicholas & Hellbent, David Bromberg, Donna the Buffalo, Nanci Griffith, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, The Duhks, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys and more.


The festival will be held at Niningret Park (4890A Old Post Rd), Charlestown, Rhode Island, 5 pm–12 am (Fri) and 12 pm-12 am (Sat/Sun). Features include dancing on two, large-tented dance floors, dance instruction, artist workshops, and family activities with four stages plus on site camping, a wide variety of food and merchant vendors. Parking is free.


(above) Johnny Nicholas & Hellbent


Kicking things off on Friday at 5 pm is Sarah & the Tall Boys with their country blues and killer vocals followed by Pine Leaf Boys, Geno Delafose and festival favorites, Donna the Buffalo.

Best known from TV’s House, Saturday's headliner, Hugh Laurie (pictured at rt) along with the Copper Bottom Band, are touring behind their debut CD, Let Them Talk - a celebration of New Orleans blues.


Sunday features Johnny Nicholas & Hellbent, whose CD, Future Blues garnered nationwide, critical acclaim last year; also the New Orleans Suspects – a supergroup featuring members of the Neville Brothers, The Radiators, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and James Brown’s band.


(Lt: New Orleans Suspects)


Rhythm & Roots has been selected among the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association and has been hailed as, "… a perfectly organized, flawlessly run major destination event that music fans from all over the country will be drawn to.”


More info...


Blues Society News


The Real Blues Festival Of Orange County, Southern California’s only true grass-roots festival for the Blues now in its third year, takes place Sunday, August 26 at Malones, 604 E. Dyer Rd., Santa Ana. Info: (714) 979-6000. 


Presented by the Orange County Blues Society, this year’s lineup features a pair of Rip Cat Records artists, colorful Whiteboy James And The Blues Express (pictured at rt) plus acclaimed Delta Blues guitarist, K.K. Martin (pictured bottom lt); up-tempo jump ‘n’ swing from the Jumpin Jack Benny Blues Band; hot blues-rock from OC’s own Tricia Freeman Band (pictured top lt); searing blues-rock guitar-istry courtesy of Jay Gordon and Blues Venom; KOCI-FM’s's Dave Toole and his band, bornBlue; plus Real Blues Festival founder, and a talented harpist/vocalist in his own right, the always-energetic Papa J and Friends. 12 noon-10 p.m.


Tickets $20. in advance, $25. day of show. $5. discount with any active Southern California Blues Society membership. Purchase advance tickets here.


19th Annual Blues At The Beach Festival


Presented by the Natchel Blues Network, the 19th Annual Blues At The Beach Festival will be held September 7-8, 2012 on the 17th Street Stage in Virginia Beach, VA. Free and open to the public. Rain or shine.


Blues at the Beach Festival features two days of free concerts on an outdoor stage. Local, regional, and nationally-recognized blues acts share the stage for a riveting and heartfelt tribute to the sights, sounds, and soul of the American experience. Local and national headliners have brought their intensity and knockout live performances to Virginia Beach. Performers who are talented writers, singers, and guitar players have appeared at the festival and enthralled blues enthusiasts of all ages. Instrumental workshops led by Natchel’ Blues Network personnel and festival performers plus a Blues Dance Workshop, are offered free to spectators. 


Bob Corritore ~ Teeny Tucker


Friday Sept 7 (in order of performance)The J.D. Silvia Band - Bobby Messano -  Li'l Ronnie's Blues Harmonica Revue featuring Mitch Kashmar, Bob Corritore, Kurt Crandall & Li'l Ronnie and the Grand Dukes.


Saturday Sept 8 (in order of performance): The Incognito Brothers

Julius Pittman & The Revival, Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones, Teeny Tucker, Ronnie Baker Brooks


NBN's Blues Party will also be held Friday September 7th with Hamilton Loomis, plus Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos (NBN's IBC Winner for 2013) at Jewish Mother Hilltop in Virginia Beach.

General Admission for that party is $12.00 Adv/$15.00 door and NBN Members: $12.00. Tix are available at Birdland Records (Virginia Beach), at the Blues at the Beach Festival or on-line at (fees apply)


More info...


... More News Flashes & Reminders!


Only a handful of ocean view cabins left!

CALL (816) 753-7979 to reserve your cabin!


The 19th Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise will set sail along the Southern Caribbean on the Celebrity Summit, Oct 27 from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica and returns to San Juan Nov 3Click to checkout the AMAZING Artist Lineup...


PLUS... The San Juan Pre-Party on Friday, Oct. 26 features Sista Monica All-Star Band w/ special guest Deanna Bogart PLUS Samantha Fish Band. The party goes from 8pm – Midnight. Doors @ 7:30. Purchase Tickets

Plus more Surprise Guests!... SEE YA THERE!


The International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

is Now Taking Submissions.


Now is your chance to enter what the NY Times calls “the songwriting competition to take note of,” and for a chance to share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and over $25,000 in prizes. Renowned for having the most prestigious judges of any music competition in the world, ISC’s judging panel is comprised of high-profile recording artists and influential music industry professionals. Judges for this year include: Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, John Mayall, James Cotton, Bruce Iglauer (President, Alligator Records) and many more. For entry information and a complete list of judges, please visit:



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.


Video of The Week

Jimmy Rushing : I LEFT MY BABY (classic!)

(with the Count Basie Orchestra... Remembering Jimmy Rushing's Birthday Aug 26)





Buddy and Hopkins

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


Elwood's BluesMobile


Curtis Salgado was a prime inspiration for the Blues Brothers. The Oregon based soul singer can really tear it up. On the heels of winning the 2012 Blues Music Award as "Best Soul Blues Artist," Curtis has a brand new album, SOUL SHOT, backed by the hottest funk combo out there, the Phantom Blues Band.


A righteous shot of soul with Curtis Salgado. Next time, in the BluesMobile.







 For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 

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Roots Blues Airplay Charts 

Festival Calendar

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










More Info

Bean Blossom Blues Fest


August 23rd-25th 2012

Nashville, Indiana USA

Hot August Blues Festival

Friday- Tuesday

Aug 24th-Sept 25th 2012

Hardin, Kentucky USA

Edmonton Blues Festival


August 24th-26th 2012

EdmontonAlberta Canada

Summer Blues and Brews Festival 2012


August 25th 2012

Staunton, Virginia USA

Baja Blues Fest


August 25th 2012

Rosarito, Baja Mexico 

Real Blues Festival

of Orange County


August 25th 2012

Santa Ana, California USA

North River Blues Festival


August 25th-26th 2012

MarshfieldMassachusetts USA

16th Annual

Hot Springs Blues Festival

Thursday - Saturday

Aug 30th - Sept 1st 2012

Hot Springs, Arkansas USA

17th Annual Howlin' Wolf Memorial Blues Festival


August 31st 2012

West Point, Mississippi USA

15th Annual

Rhythm and Roots Festival

Friday - Sunday

Aug 31st - Sept 2nd 2012

Charlestown, Rhode Island USA

Snowy Range

Music Festival


Aug 31st - Sept 2nd 2012

Laramie, Wyoming USA

Illinois Blues Festival


Aug 31st - Sept 1st 2012

Peoria, Illinois USA

Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival

Friday - Sunday

Aug 31st - Sept 2nd 2012

Rentiesville, Oklahoma USA

Muddy Roots Music Festival

Friday - Sunday

Aug 31st - Sept 2nd 2012

Cookeville, Tennessee USA

24th Annual

DC Blues Festival 


September 1st 2012

WashingtonDistrict of Columbia USA

Blues For Food Fest


Sept 1st 2012

Seattle, Washington USA

Blues By The Bay

Saturday - Sunday

September 1st-2nd 2012

Eureka, California USA

 Big Muddy Blues Festival

Saturday - Sunday

September 1st-2nd 2012

St. Louis, Missouri USA

Marquette Area Blues Fest


September 1st-2nd 2012

Marquette, Michigan USA

Bowlful of Blues


September 1st-2nd 2012

 NewtonIowa USA

Memphis Music

and Heritage Festival


September 1st-2nd 2012

Snohomish, Washington USA

Bedford Labor Day

Blues & BBQ Festival


September 1st-2nd 2012

Bedford, Texas USA



September 1st-3rd 2012

Seattle, Washington USA

Alonzo’s Memorial Picnic


September 2nd 2012

Baltimore, Maryland 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:, and this weekly blues newsletter: The Blues Festival E-Guide with approximately 28,500 weekly subscribers.


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