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Sept 7, 2012

Volume 7/Issue  36


Special Announcement!

News Flash

Video of The Week

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About Us

CD & DVD Releases

... More News Flashes & Reminders!

Blues Society News

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Festival Calendar

Special Announcement!


Zigaboo Modeliste and Kaati, publisher of the Blues Festival Guide are shown here hanging out at the Lazy Summer Daze music festival in Strawberry, CA on August 27.


Zigaboo Modeliste is an American drummer best known as a founding member of the funk group The Meters. Considered to be one of the most innovative, and highly acclaimed drummers ever to hail from New Orleans, LA, Modeliste is a pioneer of second-line funk and is still a strong influence for drummers and for his syncopated style.



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CD & DVD Releases

Deanna Bogart : PIANOLAND

Keyboardist, pianist, saxophonist, vocalist and songwriter Deanna Bogart is best known as an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and multifaceted musician whose fans value the eclectic diversity of her genre defying sensibilities and talents. For her latest Blind Pig release, Deanna has produced something unique in her recorded work, a beautifully intimate effort entitled Pianoland that spotlights her considerable skills as a solo performer. Comprising instrumentals and vocal tracks, her own sparkling compositions and well-chosen covers by the likes of Errol Garner and Harold Arlen, and solo and small group arrangements, Pianoland stands as one of the highlights of Deanna's brilliant and varied career.


As usual, Deanna's easy mastery of a variety of musical genres allows her to segue from one to the next, delighting the listener with unexpected turns of mood and tempo. Errol Garner's melodically quirky "Boogie Woogie Boogie" segues into Deanna's own achingly beautiful ballad, "Couldn't Love You More". Later, she catapults us from Willie Dixon's big city blues, "I Love The Life I Live", through a pile-driving version of Pete Johnson's "Death Ray Boogie" into a lovely take on Harold Arlen's "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and, finally, to the magisterial, reflective title track. Throughout, Pianoland combines technical prowess with Deanna's signature soulful and utterly honest delivery. It's the real deal.


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Striking a rare populist "note," young guitar firebrand Chris Watson from Denton, Texas declares, "I make music for the American working man because that's what I am, and that's who I care about." Wise beyond his years with a burgeoning talent to match, his second release, Pleasure and Pain, reveals a modern master in the making.


Watson started playing guitar around 13 and joined his father's blues band as lead guitarist in 2005. In 2006 he formed the Chris Watson Band and years of blazing through the clubs in the D/FW area resulted in Just for Show in 2010. An impressive, all-original set, it quickly whipped around the world on the radio waves as Watson won the Future of the Blues Award from the Blues Underground Network. 


With the skin-tight backing of Billy Acord and Chris Gipson (bass), Jon Zoog and Jason Thomas (drums), Scott Morris and Eric Scortia (keys), Justin Barbee (trumpet), Jeff Dazey (sax) and Kristin Major (backing vocals), the nine varied originals and three select covers on Pleasure and Pain, combine for an exceptionally rollicking and enlightening listening experience. "Heart of My Sleeve," is a tasty slice of funk that displays the natural vocal and instrumental flow that is Watson's hallmark. His mature tenor voice exudes masculine confidence on the minor-key funk title track with syncopated rhythm and a fret-busting solo.


With a firm foundation on solid, soulful expression rather than flash, the "future of the blues" bodes well as Chris Watson has captured the indomitable spirit and made it his own.'


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News Flash



Tab Benoit’s guitar promises to be funky; Janiva Magness will bleed blues; Kim Wilson’s Blues All-Starswill soar deep into the blues; and, Henry Gray will settle all 87 of his years behind the 88s.


 Above: Tab Benoit, Janiva Magness


Mix in Chris James & Patrick Rynn, Zac Harmon, Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers, the Randy Oxford Band and up-and-coming talents Missy Andersen, Taryn Donath and Ben Powell, and you’ve got a potent recipe for musical fun.


The second annual San Diego Blues Festival will be held Sept. 22 at a picturesque park that juts into San Diego Bay. The waterfront park challenges you to name a more beautiful concert site anywhere.


The event features two stages, 10 acts and a day full of the best blues on the planet.


General admission is just $10 with a donation of two cans of food. And, all of the proceeds benefit The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank as it battles to make sure all San Diegans have enough to eat.


Above LT: Kim Wilson    Below CTR: Henry Gray



Don’t miss out. We’ve got VIP ticket and hotel room packages waiting for you. See the website at


Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival Comes Alive on 29 Stages!



                            ~ 400+ Musicians, 150 Performances                           

                         29 Stages, 6 Incredible Days, 6 City Blocks ~                   


One of Canada’s best-kept musical secrets, Fredericton, New Brunswick (Canada) comes alive for six days each September as hundreds of world class performers appear on dozens of stages, all conveniently located in the beautiful and historic downtown. Straight up the I-95, only one hour from the Maine border.


LT-RT: Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires (Photo by Michael James Christian),

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings


Known internationally for presenting the best in established international talent, up-and-coming discoveries from the East Coast and abroad, great musical memories, friendly community, and a touch of the unexpected are what Harvest is famous for!



LT-RT: Keb' Mo', Matt Scofield, John Mayall


Harvest 2012 Features: Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Avett Brothers, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Keb’ Mo’, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Maceo Parker, Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires, Rusted Root, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, John Mayall, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Kathleen Edwards 

 …and Many, Many More!


Visit or call 1-888-NB-BLUES for full festival line up, tickets, and information. 




Harpway 61 is an all instrumental album by Italian blues harmonica player Fabrizio Poggi. The CD is released by The Blues Foundation and for sale in their online store. All proceeds from the sale of the album go to The Blues Foundation. The music was donated by Fabrizio and the charming and evocative cover artwork with the portraits of blues greats painted in perfect folk-art style, was donated by Portland artist, Dan Dalton.


Harpway 61 is a tribute to the blues harmonica greats. Each song has the name of a city whose history is inextricably linked with a great harmonica player: Little Walter, Big Walter Horton, Sonny Boy Williamson I and II, James Cotton, George Harmonica Smith, Junior Wells, Slim Harpo, Paul Butterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Sonny Terry, DeFord Bailey, Peg Leg Sam and Johnny Woods. On this CD, the harmonica becomes Fabrizio’s voice, on the road marked by the great performers of the first two decades of last century. Great artists like the aforementioned Sonny Terry and DeFord Bailey, but also Jaybird Coleman, Palmer McAbee, Noah Lewis, Jed Davenport, Jazz Gillum, Hammie Nixon, JC Burris, Alfred Lewis, Freeman Stowers, Lee Brown, Robert Cooksey, Gwen Foster, Robert Hill, and Elder Roma Wilson.


Fabrizio Poggi is a singer, Hohner Award harmonica player, traveller, musicologist, writer, journalist and amazing performer. During his long career he has played on stage and/or on his own recordings with legendary artists. He has recorded fourteen albums and has written great books about blues and folk harmonica history. A tireless worker promoting blues on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, this CD is also a way for him to give something back to the musicians who have inspired and guided him during his long career.




LT-RT: Taj Mahal, Robert Randolph, The Blues Broads, Eric Lindell


Come enjoy the 36th Annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Fest at the beautiful backdrop of Johnson's Beach, Guerneville, CA, on September 22-23 for some great music, loungin' on the river and dancing with family and friends. The Sunday, Sept 23 Bluesy lineup as of this writing is Taj Mahal, The Blues Broads, Robert Randolph, Eric Lindell, and George Thorogood & The Destroyers (pictured below left) with more artists TBA.


Camping is available throughout Johnson's Beach but cabins and sites do go fast. The Beach also offers canoes, kayaks and paddle boats for rent. You can taste many flavors in the international food court with vendors offering world-class cuisine. There's also a vendor village with art, apparel and unique gifts available for sale all weekend long.


General Admission is open seating. You can bring a blanket and low-back chairs and high-back chairs and umbrellas must remain on the outer perimeter in order to not block people behind you.


Gates open at 10 am and tickets will be $10 more at the gate (while supplies last). Find tickets here or call the Omega Events Box Office: (707) 869-1595.

More info 




Tough times have long been a part of the blues, and now Delta Groove is doing something about it! Introducing the Delta Groove “Blues Stimulus Program,” an opportunity for blues talent around the world to become members of the successful Delta Groove Family.


Over the last decade, Delta Groove Music has set the new standard for producing, promoting, and booking exciting blues and roots music talent. Now they want to share in their success by inviting emerging blues acts to submit their recordings for review. Each year Delta Groove will choose two U.S. and one foreign blues act to come onboard with one of the biggest success stories in blues in this millennium. The staff producers at Delta Groove will personally review every submission and contact the selected acts with the good news.


To submit your music to Delta Groove, send a CD along with your contact information to the following address:


Delta Groove Music, Inc.

Artist Submissions

16501 Sherman Way, Suite 100

Van Nuys, CA 91406


Note from Delta Groove: "Due to the large volume of artist submissions that we receive, Delta Groove regrettably cannot respond to each one individually. We are a small but dedicated staff that must tend to our daily tasks and duties required of us in order to keep our artists and label thriving. While we personally review each and every submission sent to us, we only have the time to reach out and contact those that we feel are worth further consideration.


Please DO NOT attempt to contact us regarding the status of your submissions through phone calls or emails. Also DO NOT attempt to email MP3s or other digital files to any Delta Groove staff members, as the large files tend to overload personal inboxes and disrupt the flow of our daily business." 


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 online or by printing out and signing the form at: and mailing it to:

The Blues Foundation, 421 South Main, Memphis, TN 38104-4464; OR faxing it to 901.529.4030; OR e-mailing it to

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

or online at: .

3. 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! 




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

Little Milton Campbell : WE'RE GONNA MAKE IT

(great live performance on a late 60's TV show called "The Beat")





Blues Society News


It’s all about the love of the blues, says Pat Warford, coordinator of this weekend’s Greater Ozarks Blues Festival.


It takes a full year to plan, a legion of volunteers to pull it off and blues musicians who love what they do.


“No more than we’re spending on our lineup … these artists are doing us huge favors,” Warford says with a laugh. “It’s done with 100 percent volunteers. They know that and know the money goes to the Blues Society (of the Ozarks).”


Warford says she’s particularly excited about this year’s lineup, which features a number of rising and proven performers including Curtis Salgado and Guitar Shorty, both of whom are signed to Alligator Records.


Guitar Shorty, born David Kearney, has been at it for about 50 years and has played with such performers as B.B. King, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker and Sam Cooke. Shorty attributes his long music career to God and to the folks who’ve helped him along the way. And staying fit doesn’t hurt.


“I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. And all my life I’ve been very active and that keeps me in shape,” Shorty says. “After all these things that have happened to me in my life, I’m still strong and able to keep moving.”


His love of performing also remains strong.


“I love what I’m doing and I love having people come see me perform,” says Shorty, who’s currently writing songs for his next album.


“I am excited about the material I’m working on for Alligator Records. I just hope they like it. That’s all I can say … it’s all from the heart,” Shorty says.


Salgado says he plans to play a few songs from his latest release, Soul Shot, along with others that have never been recorded.


Salgado says the band he’s touring with now is the tightest of his career, which began in the late 1960s.


Read more here...



If you represent a Blues Society and have a very special announcement or a not-for-profit event coming up, send your brief news or Press Release (300 words or less) with "Blues Society News" in the subject line to:


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Blues in Hell


September 6th-9th 2012

Stjørdal, Norway

Blues at the Beach 


September 7th-8th 2012

Virginia Beach, Virginia USA

Greater Ozark Blues Festival


September 7th-8th 2012

Springfield, Missouri USA

Boxstock - The 3rd UK

Cigar Box Guitar Festival


September 7th-8th 2012

Manchester, Greater Manchester UK

Paramount Blues Festival


September 7th-8th 2012

Grafton, Wisconsin USA

Dock of the Bay Blues Festival


September 7th-9th 2012

Westport, Washington USA

Niagara Falls Blues Festival


September 7th-9th 2012

Niagara Falls, New York USA

Harvest Time Blues Festival


September 7th-9th 2012

Hot Springs, Monaghan Town Ireland

Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle


September 7th-9th 2012

Mississauga, Ontario Canada

Big Easy Music Festival


September 8th, 2012

San Jose, California USA

Phoenixville Blues Festival


September 8th 2012

PhoenixvillePennsylvania USA

Mississippi Gulf Coast

Blues Festival


September 8th 2012

Pascagoula, Mississippi USA

3rd Annual Sharon City

Blues Festival


September 9th 2012

Sharon, Pennsylvania USA

Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival


September 11th-16th 2012

Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada

New Jersey Blues

& Jazz Festival


September 11th-21st 2012

New Brunswick, New Jersey USA

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival


September 14th-16th 2012

Telluride, Colorado USA

Amelia Island Blues Festival


September 14th-16th 2012

Fernandina Beach, Florida USA

Blast Furnace Blues


September 14th-16th 2012

 BethlehemPennsylvania USA

Port Angeles Blues Festival


September 14th-15th 2012

Port Angeles, Washington USA

Bisbee Blues Festival


September 15th 2012

Bisbee, Arizona USA

 8th B-Town Blues Festival


September 15th 2012

Bakersfield, California USA

The 14th Annual

Delta Blues Festival


September 15th 2012

Antioch, California USA

Old Town Blues Festival - MI


September 21st-22nd 2012

LansingMichigan USA

San Diego Blues Festival


September 22, 2012

San Diego, California USA

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