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Nov 16, 2012

Volume 7/Issue  46


Early Bird Offer!

CD & DVD Releases

Blues Society News

Record Label News

Elwood's BluesMobile

Buddy and Hopkins

Festival Calendar

Show Us Your BFG

News Flash

Raise The Roof: Campaign for the Blues Hall of Fame

Video of The Week

Roots Blues Airplay Charts    

About Us

Early Bird Offer!



Show Us Your BFG


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Mark Wenner (The Nighthawks) and his lovely wife Kathy show off their 2012 BFG while standing in line waiting to board the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Oct 27, 2012


CD & DVD Releases


Heh, where's my knife and fork? Who took my plate away? Well . . . Biscuit (2006), gravi-Tas (2008), grizzle n' bone (2009) and Jus' Desserts (2010) is more buffet for a blues belly to fill up on than after church Sunday brunch at the Shoney's. Time to clear the table, clean the kitchen and stack the dishes.


Released Oct 2, 2012, Tired of Bluesmen Cryin' continues to solidify Tas Cru's reputation as one of the most unique of bluesmen plying his trade today. The eleven songs are a canvas for his blues poetry - telltale life lessons crafted with his signature rare verbal flair -songs that are powerful and passionate, eccentric and quirky, and often boldly irreverent. Cru's ability to craft a hook is magical and it is not for nothing he has been called "the master of the triple entendre."


Cru's love affair with both traditional and modern blues styles is in evidence, and as expected, the record will appeal to fans of both acoustic and electric blues. Cru proves he is equally at home on acoustic, resonator, and electric guitars and his trademark rawcuss homemade Tejano Cigar Box. Rich vocals and downhome delivery bring a front porch feel to this album.


Listen to "Tired of Bluesmen Cryin"

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Craig Chaquico : FIRE RED MOON

Craig Chaquico, platinum-selling guitarist and songwriter with Jefferson Starship and chart-topping Smooth Jazz solo artist, takes a walk on the bluesier side of the street with the release of his Blind Pig debut, Fire Red Moon.


From the radio-friendly opening track, “Lie To Me,” (with vocal by Noah Hunt of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band) to the thunderous conclusion of Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads,” Chaquico explores the thoroughfares and back alleys where blues and rock intersect. There’s an instrumental version of Albert King’s signature tune, “Born Under A Bad Sign,” a rousing cover of Muddy Waters’ “Rollin’ And Tumblin’,” and sterling originals that echo the sounds of blues/rock forerunners such as Cream, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, and Steely Dan. There’s even an instrumental tune entitled “Blue On Blue” that would appeal to Craig’s many smooth jazz fans.


Now entering the fifth decade of his illustrious career, with the release of Fire Red Moon Chaquico continues his improbable journey from the boy-wonder of 70's rock to genre-defying success as a top jazz and new age guitarist, returning now to the roots blues he listened to in his early teens.


Says Chaquico, "The multi-platinum stadium rock period in my musical life was as rewarding as it was fun, and part of my higher musical education. And as much as I still love instrumental smooth jazz, which for me was always blues-based anyway, I sometimes missed the edge that I could experience with blues-based rock and roll."


Listen to "Fire Red Moon" 

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The Capone Mob : DEVIL HAVE THE BLUES (listen to new track!)

Devil Have The Blues, the anticipated debut pre-release from The Capone Mob, is touted as one of the most important debut albums of this decade. Downloads are available here.



The Capone Mob, the vision of blues-rock guitar ace Mikey Capone, worked on the music for five years and recording began in August 2011. A result from those first sessions is "White Lightnin" which was named "Best Blues Song" by Backroads Blues and Mikey earning the title of Backroads Blues' "Best Blues Rock Guitarist" and "Best New Blues Artist."


"If I could use only one word to describe Mikey Capone as a guitar player it would be WOW! That guy plays the F%$^ out of that guitar. Like a lightning bolt struck him. Not only was his guitar plugged in but he was plugged in. My jaw dropped watching Mikey play and he is about as tasty as you can get." - Steve Rosenberg


Devil Have The Blues

 includes “Iron Man,” a powerful, personal tribute to the late Michael Burks featuring deft slide work; “Mountain Man,” a cross between Hendrix and Allman Brothers with a sensational slide guitar solo; “Upon The Crossroads,” a masterful piece about the legendary bluesman who sold his soul to the devil, features a riveting slide intro and memorable guitar work; “Deal With The Devil,” a haunting, unique “call and response” chain-gang-style song reminiscent of the 1920’s, “Me And My Cigar,” a catchy, shuffle blues with flirtatious lyrics; “Good Time Blues,” a fun Rockabilly song; and “Garden of Love,” a melodic instrumental with a Hendrix vibe.


“The Capone Mob’s Devil Have The Blues really delivers. Without question, one of the most important debut blues releases of this decade”.

- Clayton Hamel, Backroads Blues


Devil Have The Blues was released November 2, 2012 and a tour is being planned for 2013.


Listen to "Mountain Man"

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News Flash




Kelly Richey has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out.” That’s an apt appraisal of the Lexington, Kentucky native who has been compared to such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Walter Trout, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Richey’s masterful guitar chops capture an audience with muscular, explosive guitar leads that will astonish even the most seasoned blues enthusiast.



Passionate and electrifying, Richey has been touring as a pro since her teens. For over 30 years, Richey has been burning up the fret board on her Strat with hard-hitting, riff driven, original, blues-based rock.





Kelly Richey fronts her power trio, The Kelly Richey Band, with a gutsy authority and fret board prowess that leave stunned audiences in her wake. Simply put, her live shows have to be seen to be believed. The heady combination of Richey’s powerful alto voice and the sheer intensity in her playing solidify Kelly Richey’s standing among the best blues guitarists known today.





Now Booking 2013 








Please join us and over 100 friendly blues fans and musicians, Monday, Nov 19, 2012, from 8pm-9:30 pm at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon, 18389 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA, for a tremendous evening celebrating sizzling, blues guitar and featuring three young blues guitar virtuosos who deserve the widest possible recognition. "The Last Blues Guitar Showdown of 2012" stars Kirk Fletcher, Lucky Lloyd and A.C. Myles.


Astounding blues guitar virtuoso, Kirk Fletcher is a Los Angeles native; The big man, Lucky Lloyd hails from Detroit, and A.C. Myles - fresh off the road with The John Nemeth Band - is flying in from Fresno for this one special show. All three will converge on the stage for one delicious Pre-Thanksgiving blues guitar feast!


Audience seating begins at 7:00 pm. A huge jam will rage after the concert, and go until 2 am. A suggested donation of $15-$20 will help keep our ongoing events afloat. Please note there is a 2-drink minimum at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon. The Sugar Mill does not currently serve food but there are plenty of take-out places nearby and you are always welcome to bring any and all food into the club. Come eat your food while we spin classic blues tunes on our nifty Hi-Fi stereo beginning at 7 pm sharp.


We greatly look forward to partying with you!

Thanks, Cadillac Zack


More info...







The Montgomery Advertiser

TUSCALOOSA, ALA. - The 2012 Evening of Art & Blues will be held at Hotel Capstone on the campus of The University of Alabama from 5 pm to 11 pm Dec. 8. This holiday season, the Alabama Blues Project (ABP) presents a unique opportunity for gift shopping and a fun night out with its 6th annual Evening of Art & Blues. The event is the ABP's annual fundraiser, raising money and awareness for its award-winning after-school and summer Blues Camps.


Evening of Art & Blues features an amazing silent auction that includes paintings, prints, photography, jewelry, pottery, getaway packages and gift baskets. There is something for everyone, right in time for the holiday season.


Guests will be entertained with live blues music from some wonderful Alabama acts. Birmingham's 2BLU and the Lucky Stiffs, a 2012 International Blues Challenge contender, will headline the Evening. The entertainment will be rounded out with Tuscaloosa's very own Naked Tater Blues Band, Simple Interest and the spectacular ABP Advanced Band.


Hors d'oeuvres will be complimentary and a cash bar will be on hand. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at Manna Grocery, OZ Records, Guitar Gallery, Mary's Cakes, Southeastern Music Gallery, Chloe's Cup and Cole Band Instruments. Guests can also order tickets online at or by calling (205) 752-6263.





Utica-area native Joe Bonamassa now calls Malibu, Calif., home. / Christie Goodwin

Yes, Rochester and Joe Bonamassa go way back. Back to 1990, when he remembers playing here as cherubic 13-year-old, opening for B.B. King in the Downtown Festival Tent during the Lilac Festival. And poking around in the House of Guitars: “645 Titus Ave.,” Bonamassa says, proving he still remembers the address of that Irondequoit musicians’ Mecca.


And the Red Creek Inn, he remembers it as well. Bonamassa was minutes from taking the stage to play a sold-out show when someone from the state Labor Department showed up and said the kid didn’t have the right permits for a minor to play a place where liquor was being served. Bonamassa had been performing in clubs all over western New York for the year prior. New York City, Boston and Hollywood as well. But in Rochester he had to answer to, as he figures it, “some old woman concerned citizen.”


The morality police can relax. Bonamassa is 35 years old now, a handsome, smart guy showing no ill effects from his derelict pre-driver’s license days. His interest in guitar was first ignited at age 4, when he heard a recording of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and it has been an unrelenting upward spiral since then.



A case could be made that Bonamassa has been the busiest blues-rocker on the planet this millennium. He’s released 16 albums since 2000, plus three with his hard-rock side project, Black Country Communion. And he plays about 200 shows every year, including one Friday at the Auditorium Theatre.


Bonamassa long ago left his hometown of Yorkville, 15 miles northwest of Utica, fashioning a life as World Traveler With Guitar. He confesses to watching cable news on the tour bus when he’s not asleep, but that’s all you’ll get out of him on that angle.


“Politics, that’s something we will not discuss,” he says adamantly. “That’s something I’ve learned after 1,000 interviews. Do not discuss politics with news reporters.”


He’s careful what he reveals. Geography is a safe topic. “You go to Germany and see the dome in Cologne and you think, ‘That’s something I used to look at in books, and now there it is, for real,’ ” he says. “When you’re standing in Red Square, as someone who grew up in the ’80s, if I had gone there at that time I would have been arrested, tried as a spy, thrown in prison and never come back. Now you go to Red Square and you see a Cartier and Lenin’s Tomb. The paradigm has shifted. The world’s come a long way.”


Continued here...




Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

#20 Jan. 20 ~ 27, 2013 Caribbean

Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Tortola, St. Kitts & Half Moon Cay.

Sold out - join waitlist!


#21 Oct. 18 ~ 25, 2013 Fantasy/Big Easy/Mayan

Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Key West, New Orleans & Progreso, Mexico

Now Pre-Booking w/ $250 per person full refundable deposit.

Bands announced in November.


#22 Jan. 19 ~ 26, 2014 Eastern Caribbean

Ft. Lauderdale, FL to St. Barths, St. Thomas / St. John & Turks and Caicos

Now Pre-Booking w/ $250 per person full refundable deposit.

Bands announced in March. or (816) 753-7979 reservations & info.


You HAVE to experience this at least once in your lifetime! 


Blues Society News



The Golden Gate Blues Society (TGGBS) presents The Road to Memphis Revue, a night of the best San Francisco Bay Area blues, all in one show, at Redwood City’s Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City, Sunday, January 13 to help Howell Devine, TGGBS regional winner, get to Memphis, TN to represent the Bay Area at the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge, February’s 2013.



The Road to Memphis Revue includes Tommy Castro, Kenny Neal, Terry Hanck and Mark Hummel; past winners Tip of the Top, Wendy DeWitt and Paula Harris, and this year’s winners Howell Divine. This show will attract a full house to win prizes, drawings, and raise cash that goes directly to Howell Devine to pay for air fare and hotels. Early arrival is recommended to get a good seat. Showtime 6-10 pm.


Tommy Castro and Kenny Neal, both popular, international acts, are big supporters of The Golden Gate Blues Society and along with the rest of the line up, the evening is a blues bargain and more affordable than many concerts. Tickets are priced at $20 for TGGBS members, and $25 for non-members (and you can join TGGBS at the door).  


More 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


Blind Pig Records has announced the opening of a digital music store on its Facebook page. Blind Pig, considered one of the pre-eminent indie blues and American roots labels in the world, now has nearly 180 albums and over 2,100 individual tracks directly available for digital download.


The offerings cover a wide spectrum of the finest in contemporary and traditional blues, R&B, roots rock, gospel, zydeco, Americana, and soul music from Blind Pig's illustrious thirty five year history.


Included are gems from traditional blues icons such as Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, Otis Rush, and Magic Slim; sterling contemporary blues-rock guitar from Craig Chaquico, Albert Cummings, Tommy Castro, and Jimmy Thackery; soulful R&B from singers Nappy Brown, Otis Clay, John Németh, and Big James and the Chicago Playboys.


Also represented are roadhouse rockers Commander Cody and Webb Wilder; fan favorites Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop, and Kenny Neal; gifted songwriting performers Deanna Bogart, Peter Karp & Sue Foley, and John Mooney; Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Ray Manzarek and Jeremy Spencer, and rising newcomers Sena Ehrhardt, The Cash Box Kings, and Damon Fowler.


To browse or shop their Facebook store, please click HERE.

To purchase physical CDs for only $10 each, please visit their 5 CDs for $50 store HERE.

Help Raise The Roof!

Raise The Roof: Campaign for the Blues Hall of Fame

YOU can make the Blues Hall of Fame a reality. Your support matters!

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 with your help, we are going to get The Blues Hall of Fame building built in Memphis, TN!

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 print out and sign form at: then 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!



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.


Elwood's BluesMobile


Elwood Blues invites you to join him in the BluesMobile where his guest will be the handsome and erudite actor, musician, writer - Dan Aykroyd. The occasion: the twentieth anniversary of the House of Blues.


Then, in the second hour of the program…it's been a great couple years for Canadian blues man Matt Andersen. This year he won the Maple Blues Awards for Entertainer of the Year, Acoustic Act of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year. And in 2010 he became the first Canadian to win the International Blues Challenge. He is a big guy. And he makes big music.


Dan Aykroyd (below top) is Elwood's guest to tell tales of 20 years of the House of Blues PLUS Canadian blues sensation, Matt Andersen (below bottom). Next time, in The BluesMobile.










 For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 

Click Here


Video of The Week

Carey Bell & The Sons Of The Blues

"Easy To Love" 





Carey Bell November 14, 1936 – May 6, 2007


Buddy and Hopkins

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


This week's Roots Report was delayed beyond our control

We hope to have it all updated for you by next week...

Roots Blues Airplay Charts 


Festival Calendar

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










More Info

13th Annual

Southwest Florida Blues Festival


November 17th 2012

Cape Coral, Florida USA

La Quinta Blues & Brews


November 17th 2012

La Quinta, California USA

St. Johns River Blues Festival


November 17th-18th 2012

Palatka, Florida, USA

Mississippi Delta Blues Festival


November 22nd-24th 2012

Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul Brazil

Sullivan County Blues & Music Festival


November 23rd-24th 2012

Rock Hill, New York USA

Otis Taylor's Trance

Blues Jam Festival


November 23rd-25th 2012

Boulder, Colorado USA

Bradenton Blues Festival


December 1st 2012

Bradenton, Florida USA

Southern Pines

Blues & BBQ Festival


December 7th-8th 2012

Perry, Florida, USA

Join the waitlist for LRBC (at rt)

or signup to get onboard

Oct 2013 or Jan 2014




Saturday- Saturday

January 20th - January 27th 2013

Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA

Blues Foundation's

International Blues Challenge

Tuesday- Saturday

January 29th - February 2nd 2013

Memphis, Tennessee USA


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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.


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