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Sept 28, 2012

Volume 7/Issue  39


Special Announcement!

News Flash

Elwood's BluesMobile

Video of The Week

Roots Blues Airplay Charts 

About Us

CD & DVD Releases

Blues Society News

Record Label News

... More News Flashes & Reminders!

Buddy and Hopkins

Festival Calendar

Special Announcement!


From left to right: Linda McShane, Tom Nolan, Jan Kelley, Rick Nolan and Kim DuVall show off their BFG at the Harvest Moon Blues Festival in Lebanon, OR on August 19, 2012. Jan, Rick and Kim are on the Board of Directors for the Sacramento Blues Society.


Photo courtesy Bob Cosman



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CD & DVD Releases

Michael Burks : SHOW OF STRENGTH

Show Of Strength, the final album from modern day blues guitar hero and vocalist, Michael "Iron Man" Burks. Burks had completed work on the album and was returning from a tour of Europe on May 6, 2012, when he collapsed and died while changing planes at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport He was 54 years old. Show Of Strength, on which Burks wrote or co-wrote five of the CD's twelve songs, is the album he felt would take him to the very top of the blues world.


Burks' fiery music was driven by an intense, blue collar work ethic that won him a devoted worldwide fan base. His "Iron Man" moniker was born from his hours-long, intensely physical performances, his fearsome guitar attack and his tough, smoky vocals. It also came from the thousands of miles a year he personally logged behind the wheel of his touring van. 


From Show Of Strength's explosive opening blast, "Count On You" to the closing strains of Charlie Rich's elegiac "Feel Like Going Home," Burks' signature combination of feral yet tuneful guitar work with his gritty, dynamic vocals provide a searing, emotional autobiography in blues.


The unstoppable, heartfelt intensity that Burks brought to the stage was the very core of his appeal. His passionate music and undeniable charisma made him an overwhelming force in the blues. On Show Of Strength, Burks is captured at the absolute height of his musical powers. With taste, melodicism, and always in full command of his mighty guitar playing and soul-baring, fervent vocals, Michael "Iron Man" Burks leaves a legacy of extraordinary music, including the Show Of Strength ...a timeless statement of universal truth from a larger-than-life musician certain to become a blues legend.


Listen Now!

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Mississippi Heat : DELTA BOUND

Delta Bound celebrates Mississippi Heat’s 20th year in the business, and their 10th recording. This is a strong and heartfelt post-war blues CD, with a true vintage feel. Fourteen original songs, twelve by the band's founder, Pierre Lacocque, and two written and/or arranged by Inetta Visor. Chubby Carrier, Billy Flynn, Carl Weathersby, and Deitra Farr appear as guests.


Delta Bound is both a showcase for fresh material and an affectionate look back – Deitra has returned to sing a few songs; guitarist Billy Flynn, another early member, is also on hand to contribute his deft meld of rootsy integrity and forward-looking flash. As usual, the special guests – including Zydeco great Chubby carrier, keyboardist Chris "Hambone" Cameron, and fretboard mainstay Carl Weathersby – ignite almost as many sparks as the core unit itself.


Through it all, the group's shared passion for blues expression, in all its soul-baring honesty, is palpable. "Sweet Ol' Blues, I'm so glad you're my friend," sings Deitra, in what could stand as both Pierre's and the entire band's theme song. "You are my trusted companion, now – yes, my pal, forever on end."


Listen Now!

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News Flash




Presented by LoneStar 92.5 and Hooters, the 18th Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert, will be held October 7, 2012, rain or shine. The S.R.V. Remembrance Ride & Concert has become a family friendly event for motorcycle enthusiasts and music fans that come together every year to honor Texas’ most beloved bluesman... Stevie Ray Vaughan, a Texas legend.


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

 (LT: #1 SRV Replica Guitar)


One of Texas’ largest motorcycle parades will kick off Sunday, October 7 at 9 am at the world’s largest Hooters restaurant in Dallas’ West End. The Dallas Police Department will shut down Interstate 30 and Hwy 360 at 11:15 am, bringing the parade to Cowboys Dancehall2540 E. Abram St., Arlington, TX.


The doors open at noon at 3,500 sq. ft., tri-level Cowboys Dancehall for the 6-hour concert starring the Ian Moore Band (the original lineup), Tallan Noble Latz, 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. All types of food and merchandise will be available for purchase at the event.



Get you tickets now for the S.R.V. #1 Replica Guitar Raffle Package. Raffle tickets are only $5 each and there is no limit to number of tickets purchased. Drawing will take place at the October 7 concert at Cowboys Dancehall. You need not be present to win. The "Package" includes (but is not limited to): the S.R.V. #1 Replica Guitar by Texas Guitar Workshop; Replica Guitar Strap by Christian Brooks; and "You Can't Stop A Comet," a book by Cutter Brandenburg filled with first hand memories of his good friend Stevie's road to history and 100 pages dedicated to photos. If winner is not present at the drawing, he/she will be contacted by phone and/or email. Odds of winning depend on the number of tickets sold. 



More info:






"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




The Blues Foundation is proud to announce that the world Famous Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp is partnering with them to help "Raise the Roof!"


The Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp Salutes the Blues will take place at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, November 7-11, 2012. For 3 or 5 days you can jam, rehearse, record and perform the Blues live with superstars such as Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule, Jack Bruce of Cream and John Popper from Blues Travelers and 15 other amazing blues musicians. 


The Salute the Blues Fantasy Camp is offering an exclusive offer to Blues Foundation members and affiliates. Book your spot and use the code BF 1000 to receive $1000 OFF your camp package. Not only will you get a $1000 discount on your admission to camp, but Blues Fantasy Camp will contribute an additional $500 to the Campaign for the Blues Hall of Fame.


For more information visit: or call Beth Porter at Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp at 888.762.2263 Mention the code: BF 1000 to receive your exclusive discount!


After each band's final performance, Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp will auction off signed memorabilia and will split the profits 50/50 with The Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Please help us spread the word about this camp and this offer.





Keeping The Beat with the Delta Blues Museum/ Vol 5 No 2...

This year's festival season ends with quite a fanfare. From Thursday, September 27 through Monday, October 8, the whole Delta region, including Mississippi, Arkansas, and Memphis, will be jamming to the music of America's great blues artists. Leland's Highway 61 Blues Festival will take place on September 29-30, followed by the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, October 4, 5, and 6.


"Bridging the Blues" is 12 days of musical, cultural, and culinary events and activities, bookended by the two festivals. For a full list of Delta doings from Sept 27 - October 8, click here.


We'll be busy at the Delta Blues Museum, maintaining our normal business hours Monday-Saturday, 9-5 pm, while opening extra hours for the many King Biscuit Blues Festival visitors who take the opportunity to cross the river to visit us: we'll be open on Sunday, October 7, from 1 to 5 pm. We're only 30 minutes away from Helena, come on by!


King Biscuit caps an unusually busy summer at the Museum, with the completion of the construction of our new Muddy Waters Addition, the large crowds drawn to the DBM Stage by Robert Plant at the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, a reception for the "True Delta" film and photographic exhibit, and even "American Idol" auditions conducted on our grounds! It has been wonderful and hectic at the same time.


 Crowd at Sunflower Festival for Robert Plant. Photo: Travis Calvin

More info...





The Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition takes place at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival every September. The competition seeks talented musicians who excel in the blues music genre and is open to any solo acoustic performer who is not currently signed to a record label or publishing deal. It draws over fifty entries from around the world each year. With over eighty hopefuls competing this year for one of the final six spots performing in front of a panel of judges, the competition was especially fierce.


Walking away with the top honor, $300 in prize money and a Dobrato Resophonic Vibrato Guitar (valued at $1200) was Colorado Springs musician Jim Adam, known professionally as “Big” Jim Adam. Almost more important than the prizes, winning the competition meant that he would have a coveted featured spot on the festival itself. Adam performed before thousands of blues fans between headliners Anders Osborne and Trombone Shorty on Saturday afternoon, September 15, 2012.



Performing is very important to Jim. To ensure an active schedule is maintained, he performs as a solo, with John Stilwagen, as the duo Adam & Stilwagen (sometimes adding percussionist Dave Deason to the act) and with the seven piece, Jim Adam Blues Band.


Most fans will agree, it is Big Jim’s powerful baritone voice and songwriting that draws attention. Two of his songs, "Open Door Policy" and "100 Reasons," were recorded by Edgar Winter. Jim can be heard performing "Open Door Policy" in the 1992 film The Waterdance, starring Helen Hunt, Eric Stoltz and Wesley Snipes. The 2010 PBS documentary For Love of Liberty features Jim playing guitar and Diddly Bow for the soundtrack. 



One of the highlights of the Danish Blues scene is the annual Copenhagen Blues Festival. From Sept. 26th to 30th the Blues once again sounds all over the city.


This is their 12th season, and they invite all blues fans to visit the city's clubs and venues for five days of world class international and homegrown blues.


The festival's musical ambition is to find a good balance between the traditional and the new expressions of the Blues, and to cover all style variations in the best possible way. As always you'll find seasoned blues veterans alongside younger talents, who'll carry the torch into the future.


See full program with artist articles and photos for each concert at:



Blues vocalist Jes Holtsoe (Jes Holtsø) recently was awarded “Danish Blues Musician of the Year 2012." The award ceremony took place September 26th at the Copenhagen Blues Festival.


Holtsoe catches his audience with personality, integrity, honesty, soul and charm and especially his unusual and intense voice. He and his swinging, rocking blues band offer a refreshing take on how blues, soul and rock can be mixed into a broad, contemporary and lasting musical expression.


This year’s award recipient was born in 1956 and raised in a musical home, with a singing mother and blues and jazz on the record player. His first claim to fame was as a child actor in the Danish Olsen Banden movies and on TV in the series The House at Christianshavn. After 13 years in the movie business, he disappeared from the screen, but then returned 20 years later in the talent show Talent 09 on Danish National TV, as a blues and soul singer.


In the 20 years away from the spotlight, life on the edge was hard on him, but he managed to get back to life, very possibly by way of accepting the fact that “living the blues” could be transformed into “playing the blues”, as he describes in his book, The World is Waiting. The idea, and the willpower to carry it through has certainly paid off, and has surprisingly and quickly brought him to the forefront of the Danish blues scene.


The rise happened only after taking part in Talent 09, where he met his, now permanent musical partner, Morten Wittrock (pictured below with Jes). They released their debut CD in 2010. In the spring of 2012, Jes released, Big Easy, with lyrics by Ray Weaver and music by Morten Wittrock, who also produced it. The CD was mixed in Nashville with producer Matt Andrews who has worked with artists like Sheryl Crow, Delbert McClinton, John Mellencamp, Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers and many others.



The ambitions were high, and the close Danish-American co-operation has lifted Big Easy to a level where blues music and audio doesn't get much better. With his personal background, his raw voice, and a swinging and rocking blues band behind him, this is a true Bluesman.


The award was founded in 2001 by Copenhagen Blues Festival as appreciation of a Danish blues musician who has made a special musical and artistic effort of importance for Danish blues music.


Blues Society News



Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley were commissioned by the Toronto Blues Society to create a work of music titled "Blues Suite" with support from Canada Council. On Friday October 19, the Blues Suite will be performed live for the first time at Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front Street West, Toronto, ON Canada).


The culmination of two years of work for vocalist Diana Braithwaite and vocalist/multi- instrumentalist Chris Whiteley, this concert is a collection of original blues songs commissioned by the Toronto Blues Society. It is yet another remarkable accomplishment for a duo that has committed itself to keeping the blues alive since joining forces in 2005 for the acclaimed breakthrough release, Morning Sun.


Tickets are available through the Massey Hall box office. If you are a Charter Member of the Toronto Blues Society, call the TBS office at 416-538-3885 to get the discount code for 20% off the ticket price! Public tickets can be purchased by clicking here.


More artist info...



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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:


Record Label News


Please help Bruce Conte as he battles leukemia. The former Tower Of Power guitarist (1972-79), has been diagnosed with Leukemia. Bruce is responding well to prescription medications and, as Bruce explains, "the good news is that I can stay alive as long as I continue taking them."


Due to a pre-existing diabetic condition, Bruce has no insurance and there is no generic available for these new prescriptions. The bills are quickly mounting and Bruce needs our help.


Family and friends have stepped up, but more help is needed. Please consider donating any amount here or by visiting the Tower Of Power website. 100% of the money will go towards Bruce's medical expenses.


Thank you.




Elwood's BluesMobile


You know Stax, and Motown, and Atlantic, but there is another great blues and soul label you may not know at all. And yet it was home for over twenty years to some of the most famous R&B artists out there – James Brown, Wynonie Harris, Little Willie John, and Freddie King, to name but a few. Elwood is talking King Records, out of Cincinnati Ohio.


Elwood visits the Queen City and hears the amazing story of King Records. Next time, in the BluesMobile.









 For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 

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... 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!




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:


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 mail to:

The Blues Foundation, 421 South Main, Memphis, TN 38104-4464; OR fax to 901.529.4030; OR e-mail 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

Juan Meier :


(A renowned player from Argentina discovered by our publisher! Click photo for website)





Buddy and Hopkins

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


Roots Blues Airplay Charts 

Festival Calendar

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










More Info

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

Chain O' Lakes Blues Festival


September 28th-29th 2012

Waupaca, Wisconsin USA

Highway 61 Blues Festival


September 29th-30th 2012


The Polk Street Blues Festival


September 29th-30th 2012

San Francisco, California USA

Sarasota Blues & Music Fest


September 29th 2012

Sarasota, Florida USA

Spirit & Soul Festival


September 29th 2012

Richmond, California USA

Valley Bank Big Lick

Blues Festival


September 29th 2012

Roanoke, Virginia USA

Po'Boyz End of The

Summer Blues Fest


September 30th 2012

Sacramento, California USA

King Biscuit Blues Festival


October 4th-6th 2012

West Helena, Arkansas USA

 16th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival 


October 4th-6th 2012

Camden, South Carolina USA

Old Town Blues & Jazz Festival


October 4th-6th 2012

 YorkSouth Carolina USA

Daytona Blues Festival


October 5th-7th 2012

Daytona Beach, Florida USA



October 5th-7th 2012

Downtown Mobile, Alabama USA

Second Street Blues Party


October 6th-7th 2012

ClarksdaleMississippi USA

Blues and Brews


October 6th 2012

Gloucester, Virginia USA

Paoli Blues Festival


October 6, 2012

Paoli, Pennsylvania USA

Blues on the Red


October 6, 2012

Paris, Texas USA

Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival


October 6th-7th 2012

GreenfieldMassachusetts USA

International Golf & Blues Experience


October 7th-13th 2012

Tunica, Mississippi USA

Cat Head Mini Blues Fest IV


October 7th 2012

Clarksdale, Mississippi USA

Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert


October 7th 2012

Dallas, Texas USA

Historic Mansfield

Music & Arts Festival


October 8th-14th 2012

Mansfield, Texas USA

Crescent City

Blues & BBQ Festival


October 12th-14th 2012

New orleans, Louisiana USA

About Us



RBA Publishing Inc is based in Reno, Nevada USA. We are woman owned and operated.


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.


We look forward to your suggestions, critiques and questions!

You can reach the E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen at or


Contact our home office to find out how to advertise in this e-weekly newsletter 775-337-8626.


Information, both editorial and advertising, in the Blues Festival E-Guide, is believed to be correct but not guaranteed. Double check info carefully before you attend any event or send money for anything. We do not write the news... we just report it!

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