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Sept 14, 2012

Volume 7/Issue  37


Special Announcement!

News Flash

... More News Flashes & Reminders!

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!


Blues Harmonica players (Lt-Rt) Brandon Bailey, Doc Malone, Jason Ricci, Allen Stratyner and Carson Diersing digging their BFG's on "Hippie Hill," Saturday, August 25th at The Bean Blossom Bluesfest, Bean Blossom, Indiana!


Photo courtesy of Penny Lane who says, "We LOVE your Guide, thank you for making it possible and keeping The blues alive!"



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CD & DVD Releases

Rick Holmstrom : CRUEL SUNRISE

Cruel Sunrise is Rick Holmstrom's first solo recording in five years and features Mavis Staples on two tracks. All 12 songs on Cruel Sunrise were written or co-written by Rick Holmstrom. The recording is also available as a limited "Deluxe Edition" which features a second disc of all instrumentals. They are Rick's unique take on classic songs including "You Send Me," "Folsom Prison Blues," and "I'll Take You There." Both the single CD and Deluxe Edition were released on August 28.


Rick and his band have been recording and touring with Mavis Staples for the last five years. He received a Grammy in 2010 for his work on Mavis' You Are Not Alone, produced by Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco).


No doubt both blues aficionados and rock music fans will enjoy Cruel Sunrise, a record that honors Rick Holmstrom’s ongoing reign as a statesman of the blues while pointing to his future as a songwriter to be reckoned with.


“Great blues guitarists are about tone, mood, and style. Being nimble helps, but intensity and passion more often exist between the notes. Rick Holmstrom revels in this abundance.” All Music Guide


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For this new album Ian returned to the Zebra Ranch studio in Coldwater, Mississippi, where he recorded his Blues Music Awards nominated The Skinny. Candy Store Kid takes its name from a line in the song "Loose Cannon," and the thrill that Ian felt as he pick-‘n’-mixed some of the greatest players on the contemporary blues scene (“You get to feeling like the proverbial kid in a candy store,” he recalls).


Ian is renowned for his songwriting but killer songs were only half the equation. Spin Candy Store Kid and you’re also hearing chemistry. As Ian stepped up to the microphone he was flanked by his dream-team of local legends that he collectively coined The Mississippi Mudbloods. Cody Dickinson is a towering presence on drums, percussion and piano. Dickinson’s multi-instrumentalist brother and Black Crowes sideman Luther Dickinson was enlisted to add guitar and mandolin, and bass on several tracks. Ian first met Alvin Youngblood Hart during 2010’s The Skinny sessions, when the Grammy-winning guitarist swung by the studio and ended up tracking some guitar and backing vocals. There was a mutual desire to work together again, and he was welcomed back on bass, guitar and backing vocals.


Inevitably, when word spread that a limey musician was tearing it up at the local studio, Zebra Ranch became a drop-in centre, with cameos from Garry Burnside, who provides sizzling musicianship on four tracks and composition on "Strong Woman;" and Lightnin’ Malcolm, who penned "So Much Trouble." Ian’s gravel-flecked voice is also supplemented on several songs by the soaring backup of Stefanie Bolton, Sharisse Norman and Shontelle Norman. The candy store was open for business.


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News Flash





"She can sing like a bird or a bat out of Hell!"


A mayor of a small Texas town once introduced Teresa to the stage with this colorful description of the Texas singer. By all accounts, the new CD, Come On Home, by Teresa and her band, the Rhythm Tramps is a powerful example of this - combining her strong vocal presence with the immense songwriting talents of her partner, Terry Wilson, along with the world class musicians performing here, this is a CD that definitely deserves a listen. To quote Brett Fleming, from WEVL in Memphis... “the new disc by Teresa James is amazing!”


Come on Home is the eighth CD from this artist; nominated for a Blues Foundation award in 2008 and an IMA in 2010, this CD has been in the making for a while and it definitely shows. From the raunchy title track opener, "Come On Home," to the soulful, Otis-style ballad, "Forgetting You," this CD covers the spectrum of blues and R&B with the feel of a Texas roadhouse. It includes ten original songs that show the full range of the band’s talent and influences. As freelance music critic, Dave Barry wrote, “It’s just… natural soul coming through... a set of pipes that make me enjoy it so much I want to cry and smile at the same time.”


Check out her website: for sample cuts and live videos of the band.



Upcoming dates:

September 29 - Valencia Jazz & Blues Festival (Valencia, CA)

October – Lombardi Ranch Pumpkin Festival

November 2 – Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse (Durham, NC)

November 3 – Tater Jam (Kinston, NC)

January - Sandy Beaches Cruise – Delbert McClinton & Friends


More dates and details at and on Facebook: Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps





Presented by LoneStar 92.5 and Hooters, the 18th Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert is October 7, 2012, rain or shine.

While remembering the life of Stevie Ray Vaughan enjoy a fun-filled combination motorcycle parade and afternoon concert honoring Texas’ most beloved bluesman! All proceeds from the event benefit the S.R.V. Memorial Scholarship Fund established by Martha Vaughan, Stevie’s mother.

Sunday, October 7 begins at 9 am with one of Texas’ largest motorcycle parades at the World’s Largest Hooters restaurant in Dallas’ West End. The Dallas Police Department will completely shut down Interstate 30 and Hwy 360 at 11:15 am, bringing the parade to Cowboys Dancehall in Arlington, TX.


The doors open at noon at Cowboys Dancehall for the 6-hour concert starring the Ian Moore Band (the original lineup), Tallan Noble Latz (pictured below lt), Kayla Reeves with Wes Jeans, Van Wilks, The Harless Brothers with Kouichi Morita, and the Michael Lee Band with Bryan Schwab. Tickets are $20 advance / $25 day of event.



Cowboys Dancehall is a 3,500 tri-level venue which allows everywhere to be a great view of the stage and a Texas-size dance floor! Vendors will be inside and outside the venue selling all types of food and merchandise.


After the concert go one mile away for the After Party/All Star Jam hosted by Joey Love at Diamond Jim’s Saloon, 7pm – 2am.


More info:



“Chambers' brand of blues is a no-frills blend of Chicago, Texas,

and Delta styles, played with an understated sense of ferocity. “

Living Blues Magazine.



Sean Chambers toured with the legendary Hubert Sumlin as his guitarist and band leader from 1998-2003 and did several tours throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada with him. Britain's own Guitarist magazine named Chambers as “One of the top 50 blues guitarists of the last century.” After his tenure with Sumlin, he performed three more tours throughout England on his own, and in 2003 was asked to headline the prestigious Maryport Blues Festival there.




Chambers' latest release, Live From The Long Island Warehouse, was critically acclaimed and nominated for a Jimi Award for “Best Live Blues Album of 2011.” Canada’s Blues Underground Network rated the album #5 Top Ten Album’s of 2011 and named it Best Live Blues Album of 2011. SCB was recently featured in “Guitar Player Magazine” (Feb 2012) with a two page article, as well as a full page feature story in “Vintage Guitar Magazine” (Feb 2012).


Kenny Neal (lt) and Sean Chambers


Recently, Sean has taken on a great musical opportunity as lead vocalist and guitarist with the legendary Florida band Blackfoot. Blackfoot shows Sean’s diverse talent as well with his southern roots /rock background, FL based Blackfoot was a natural choice. Sean’s first love is the blues and he will continue to tour with his solo band worldwide and is booking dates in 2013. Sean is currently working on a North East tour in July 2013 and preparing for a studio release in 2013.


For booking and availability please contact:


Jo-Ann Freda Agency



Proudly Representing...






Voting has ended and the the Blues Blast Music Awards have been announced. Voters in the awards choose their favorite blues artists and albums from among eight different categories.


Award nominees are chosen by the Blues Blast magazine's staff and a board of music writers, managers, musicians, and other industry professionals. Through a partnership with public radio station WGLT-FM, a special web page is still set up so that you can listen to samples of music from this year's nominated artists.


Here's the list of the 2012 Blues Blast Music Awards winners:


Contemporary Blues CD

Janiva Magness - Stronger For It


Traditional Blues CD

Mud Morganfield (pictured at lt)

Son Of The Seventh Son


Song of the Year

Janiva Magness (pictured below)

“I Won't Cry”

(Janiva Magness and Dave Darling)


New Artist Debut Release

Sena Ehrhardt Band - Leave The Light On



Female Blues Artist of the Year

Janiva Magness


Male Blues Artist of the Year

Tab Benoit


Blues Band Of The Year

Trampled Under Foot


Sean Costello Rising Star Award

Mud Morganfield





PHL17.COM  The five honorees have been announced for the 35th annual Kennedy Center Honors, which salutes individuals or groups from a wide variety of the performing arts each year in Washington D.C.


The five chosen for 2012 are blues legend Buddy Guy, actor Dustin Hoffman, rock band Led Zeppelin, comedian and host David Letterman and ballerina Natalia Makarova. Might we suggest for the broadcast that Makarova dance to the greatest hits of Led Zeppelin while Guy joins them on the guitar. That would be rather amazing.


Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein says in a statement:

"With their extraordinary talent, creativity and tenacity, the seven 2012 Kennedy Center Honorees have contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world. Buddy Guy is a titan of the blues and has been a tremendous influence on virtually everyone who has picked up an electric guitar in the last half century; Dustin Hoffman's unyielding commitment to the wide variety of roles he plays has made him one of the most versatile and iconoclastic actors of this or any other generation; David Letterman is one of the most influential personalities in the history of television, entertaining an entire generation of late-night viewers with his unconventional wit and charm; Natalia Makarova's profound artistry has ignited the stages of the world's greatest ballet companies and continues to pass the torch to the next generation of dancers; and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant transformed the sound of rock and roll with their lyricism and innovative song structures, infusing blues into the sound of rock and roll and laying the foundation for countless rock bands."


The 2012 Kennedy Center Honors will air Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS


Blues Society News




(Ventura, Ca) The California Beer Festival takes place Saturday, September 15 (12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) and Sunday, September 16 (11 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.) in Ventura's Mission Park, 36 Figueroa St., in the downtown district. CBF is one of the year's biggest entertainment events featuring everyone's favorite three B's: Beer, Barbeque and the Blues!


Sunday, September 16, it's the CBF Blues, Brews & BBQ Blues Festival. Members of the Ventura County Blues Society with I.D. receive $5 off the price of Sunday's admission. Appearing on Sunday are The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Walter Trout, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, Chris Cain, Crossfire (Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute band) and Michael John and the Bottom Line. Sunday tickets are $30 (children 5 and under are free on Sunday only). Advance tickets available at


Tickets for the California Beer Festival "Craft Beer Heaven" on Saturday are $50 for General Admission, $70 for a special Saturday-only "V.I.P. Meet The Brewer", or $25 for a Designated Driver Ticket.


CBF event proceeds benefit DARC (Dyslexia Awareness And Resource Center) and the

Gen Giammaco Foundation.


More info...




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:


... 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

The Duke Robillard Band & John Hammond : TOO TIRED

(hip, live performance at "Ohne Filter Music Pub" Germany 1994)





Buddy and Hopkins

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


Elwood's BluesMobile


When Little Charlie retired from Little Charlie and the Nightcats, singer, harmonica man, and songwriter Rick Estrin stepped up to the plate. One Wrong Turn is the second album from Rick Estrin and the Nightcats.


Rick Estrin. 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

New Jersey Blues

& Jazz Festival


September 11th-21st 2012

New Brunswick, New Jersey USA

Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival


September 11th-16th 2012

Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada

Port Angeles Blues Festival


September 14th-15th 2012

Port Angeles, Washington 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

 8th B-Town Blues Festival


September 15th 2012

Bakersfield, California USA

Bisbee Blues Festival


September 15th 2012

Bisbee, Arizona USA

1st. Annual Leavenworth

Blues, Brews & BBQ


September 15th 2012

Leavenworth, Washington USA

The 14th Annual

Delta Blues Festival


September 15th 2012

Antioch, California USA

Paxico Blues Festival


September 15th 2012

Paxico, Kansas USA

California Beer Festival


September 15th-16th 2012

Ventura, California USA

Old Town Blues Festival - MI


September 21st-22nd 2012

LansingMichigan USA

Chowder, Blues & Brews


September 21st-22nd 2012

Florence, Oregon USA

Hound Dog Blues Festival


September 21st-22nd 2012

Tulsa, Oklahoma USA

Boogie, Blues & Brews


September 21st-22nd 2012

League City, Texas USA

Castro Valley Blues Festival


September 22nd 2012

Castro Valley, California USA

San Diego Blues Festival


September 22, 2012

San Diego, California USA

Virginia Chili Blues n' Brews Festival


September 22nd 2012

Waynesboro, Virginia USA

Russian River

Jazz and Blues Festival


September 22nd-23rd 2012

Guerneville, California USA

Cruzin For A Bluzin


September 23rd-29th 2012

Miami, Florida USA

Bikes, Blues & BBQ

Motorcycle Rally


September 26th-29th 2012

Fayetteville, Arkansas USA

Copenhagen Blues Festival


September 26th-30th 2012

Copenhagen, Denmark

Kansas City Blues

and Jazz Festival


September 28th-29th 2012

Kansas City, Kansas USA

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