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Date Aug 8, 2013
Volume 8/Issue 32
Greetings from your Editor...
Left-Handed Blues...

Aug 6 marked the 24th year of my father's unexpected passing as well as his birthday in 1988. He was only 69 years old. My only solace at the time was that it seemed fitting he would "go home" on the day he'd come into this world. He had a wicked sense of humor, he was kind and he worked very hard his entire life ...and he loved music. My parents divorced when I was young but I always knew the love of my daddy, even if from afar. When I feel down sometimes I recall his fortitude and his love and I find the strength to press on.  
Aug 13th is "Left-Handed" Day. It's funny when we think of certain adversities we face growing up. Among other things, I am left-handed. Back in the day this was considered inferior by some. I never thought about it much (even though the world is built for right-handers), but oddly, the more people made a big deal out of it the more unique I felt... and I liked that. It still cracks me up when people exclaim, "Oh, you're a lefty!"
Even though we may only make up 10% of the population, there have been plenty of left-handers that have made impacts on our musical lives, for instance, guitarists like: Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, Coco Montoya, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Gales, Elizabeth "Libby" Cotten, Albert King, Otis Rush, Doyle Bramhall II, Paul McCartney, Buddy Miles, Dick Dale and more. Then there are left-handed people who play right-handed, such as Duane Allman and B.B. King. Other important left-handers include Albert Einstein, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Aristotle, Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, Bill Gates, etc. a ton of the funniest comedians!
Hey, I am anxious to hear how you celebrated "International Blues Music Day" last Saturday Aug 3rd. Please send me a note and a fave photo.
Talk to ya next week! Your ever-grateful, left-handed editor,
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CD & DVD Releases
 Kara Grainger :: SHIVER & SIGH
Shiver & Sigh, Kara Grainger's Eclecto Grooved debut features 11 tracks including five of her originals, as well as soulful re-imaginings of Robert Johnson's "C'mon in My Kitchen" and Al Jackson Jr./Timothy Matthews "Breaking up Somebody's Home." The CD was recorded at the Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles with Grammy Award winning producer David Z at the helm. Joining Kara in the studio are Kirk Fletcher and Josh Sklair (guitars), Mike Finnigan (keys), Hutch Hutchinson (bass), Jimi Bott and James Gadson (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion), Mitch Grainger (harmonica), Paulie Cerra (saxophone), Paul Litteral (trumpet) and George Stanford (trombone). The result is a recording that shows the richness and diversity of Kara's influences – Soul-contemporary pop-Americana-blues.  Read all about it here
Click to play "Little Pack Of Lies'"
Matt Baxter & Jake Sampson :: HAUNTED 
San Francisco, CA based Matt Baxter and Jake Sampson keep things simple and direct on their Auburn Records release, Haunted. Over the years Baxter has worked with a vast array of artists both on stage and in the studio. Sampson is an established bluesman with several acclaimed albums under his belt.
Both exceptional musicians, Detroit native Sampson possesses a voice that may remind listeners of John Lee Hooker or Taj Mahal. Haunted delivers some of the finest contemporary folk blues you’ll hear anywhere. Baxter’s dobro playing adds another dimension.
"Baxter's splendid slide guitar displays a delta blues influence."
Dorothy L. Hill / Jazz Now
“A commanding singer. Sampson’s originals span the range of contemporary blues.” Tom Hyslop / Blues Revue
Click to play "Someday'"
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Woohoo! Congratulations to Pete Lindstrand for winning the awesome "Arkansas Rumble" original painting of the late, great Michael Burks.
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Show us your BFG
Send us your fave photos with the 11th annual magazine

Blues-Soul songstress Sista Monica shows off her BF Guide at the Pennsylvania Blues Festival.
Photo: Mary Ann Haskell
Email your fave photos along with caption - credit to
You can enjoy the magazine in digital format! Click on cover at right to check out the online digital version!
If you'd like a hard copy to have and to hold, check with your local blues society or look for one at a blues festival or... you can find order information here.
News Flash
Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, August 16-17, 2013
The Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau proudly presents the last blast of Summer of Music in Jackson, Mississippi. Come out and enjoy the largest line up in the region at the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, August 16-17, 2013. During these two days the grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum will be transformed into a music haven with recreated juke joints; food vendors and over 30 artists performing for your enjoyment. 
How a Gang of Harmonica Geeks Saved the Soul of the Blues Harp
Collectors Weekly - Harmonica players will suck and harmonica players will blow, but mastering the harmonica is tougher than its diminutive size and simple mechanics suggests. “The harmonica is actually pretty hard to play well,” says harmonica virtuoso Mickey Raphael, who has shared the stage with Willie Nelson for the better part of 40 years. “If you have a harmonica in the right key for a song, you can play any note and it’ll sound good. But to be able play melody on it is a whole different skill set.”
A father's gratitude resulted in the Chesapeake Bay Blues Fest and now reaches to the 1st Southern Maryland Blues Festival

SoMdNews - During the years when a young St. Mary’s girl lived mostly in a hospital, battling a rare form of cancer, a charitable organization offered a trip to Walt Disney World. That gift spurred her father’s gratitude and brought an annual blues concert to the Chesapeake Bay [Maryland].
Brittany Hooker, now 23, was declared cured of the disease a dozen years ago, and the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival that began in 1998 at a state park in Anne Arundel County is still going strong. This year, Dennis Hooker and his daughter are gearing up, with her uncle and cousin’s impresario talents, to bring the music — and the help it provides — closer to home.
Buddy Guy makes the blues radio-ready
Chicago Sun-Times - Buddy Guy is a smart guy. Chicago’s living face of the blues — who turned 77 last week — is worried about the lack of blues music on commercial radio (with the exception of Chicago’s WXRT-FM). So he is using the polished sound of his new double CD, Rhythm and Blues, to back-door the blues into rock stations.
The first CD consists of 11 tracks packaged under Rhythm, and these are the radio-friendly cuts. They range from “Justifyin’,” anchored by a 1980s funk bottom, to the splendid, Muscle Shoals-influenced soul ballad “One Day Away” with guest vocalist Keith Urban (although Dan Penn would have been a better choice).
Guitarist Robert Randolph brings church-music tradition to blues
The Dally Record - You talk to a lot of guitarists – particularly blues-oriented guitarists – and their heroes are the usual suspects: Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton. Robert Randolph’s musical heroes are less well-known: Calvin Cooke, the Campbell Brothers, Willie Eason. All are masters of the pedal steel guitar as used in the church Randolph attended as he was growing up in Irvington in the 1980s and 1990s. “That’s the tradition I come from,” says Randolph. “When you grew up in our church, that’s who you listened to.” The style – called “sacred steel” – was developed in the 1930s in African-American churches that were unable to afford an organ.
Blues Foundation News: Thanks to Jostein Forsberg

Jostein Forsberg, blues performer and one of the organizers of the world-famous Notodden Blues Festival was the first-ever European member of The Blues Foundation Board of Directors. He served two terms beginning n 2007 and recently completed his service.
Art Tipaldi presented Jostein with a token of their appreciation in front of thousands of blues fans at the opening night of this year's Notodden Blues Festival last weekend.  (Photo by Tove Andersson)
Don't miss out on the LRBCruise #23 in Oct 2014
Booking is underway for LRBC #23 Mexican Riviera October 4~11, 2014! Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center (San Pedro, CA) roundtrip to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan on the Norwegian Cruise Line Sun.
A $250 per cabin deposit holds your spot in line to book a stateroom. Line-up and cabin selection dates will be announced as early as November.
See or (816) 753-7979 for reservations & info
More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Record Label News
Mud Morganfield's Severn Records debut is Album of The Year

Congratulations to Mud Morganfield who's debut Severn Records release, Son Of The Seventh Son, is Living Blues Magazine's Album of the Year (2012)!
All of the winners are featured in the August/September #226 issue of Living Blues.
Blues Society News
SABS presents Carolyn Wonderland
Friday Aug 9 the San Antonio Blues Society (SABS) and Sam's Burger Joint (330 E. Grayson), present Carolyn Wonderland. SABS members Ginger Pickett And The Troublemaker will open the show.
Doors 8p, show 8:30p. Tickets are $18 gen or SABS $15 and can be found here.
On Sunday Aug 18, SABS also presents a Back to School Sunday Matinee Blues Jam hosted by the SABS Blue Yutes. 
Elwood's BluesMobile
Robert Randolph & The Family Band new CD

Robert Randolph took his pedal steel guitar out of the church and into the secular world. The secular world responded with whoops, shouts, and booty shaking. Now Randolph rejoins his ensemble, the Family Band, to make more joyful noise. The new CD is called Lickety Split
New music from Robert Randolph. Next time in the BluesMobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
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August 8th-11th 2013
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August 8th-11th 2013
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August 9th-11th 2013
Wheeling, West Virginia USA
August 9th-10th 2013
Libby, Montana USA
August 9th-11th 2013
Duluth, Minnesota USA
August 9th-10th 2013
Delafield, Wisconsin USA
August 9th-10th 2013
Joseph, Oregon USA
August 9th-10th 2013
Navasota, Texas USA
August 9th-11th 2013
Bilble Hill, Truro Nova Scotia Canada
August 10th 2013
Gloucester, Mississippi USA
August 16th-18th 2013
Wespelaar, Belguim
August 16th-17th 2013
Jackson, Mississippi USA
August 16th-18th 2013
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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