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from the Maine Blues Society
is checking out the magazine and checking into the International Blues Challenge at the New Daisy Theater in Memphis Jan 20. Eric is competing in the solo duo category.
Photo: Tim Parsons
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Dana Fuchs :: SONGS FROM THE ROAD
The road has led Dana Fuchs everywhere. But when it came to choosing a location for her version of Ruf Records’ highly anticipated live double CD/DVD set, Songs From The Road
, it had to be New York. The singer and the city have history. Almost two decades have passed since Dana left her home in rural Florida and beat a path to the Big Apple. Stepping onto the mean streets of the Lower East Side at age 19, she was an unknown singer with a voice and a dream, ready to slug it out on the city’s jam-circuit.
Since then, New York has been the backdrop to Dana’s well-documented rise.
"Livin' On Sunday"
Davina & The Vagabonds :: SUNSHINE
Twin-Cities based Davina and the Vagabonds CD, Sunshine, on Roustabout Records, is distributed nationally by Burnside Distribution. Sunshine was produced by the band, recorded and mixed in December, 2013, at The Pearl Recording Studio in Minneapolis and mastered at Treelady Studios.
Recorded in exquisite analog sound and set for release on both CD and vinyl, Sunshine is a bold statement from a songwriter and band that draws from the last 100 years of American music and sounds truly original. Through the 11 songs (and one bonus track), many facets of the group are represented:
Bill Wharton has blended brilliance and darkness, true-life stories, and legends surrounding his outlaw mystique. This album mixes blues songs with gene-bending selections, however, it is 100% Pure
Sauce Boss! Mostly recorded in the one-man-band format, 100% Pure
grooves hard and deep, with a large sound. Plenty of bottom, with a voice begging for mercy, and a slide guitar that crawls out of the swap like a twelve foot gator.
100% Pure is the latest opus from the Sauce Boss. A gumbo slingin, slide playin, drum kickin, high hat stompin, low down, gut bucket blues singin, romp. Straight out of the true life adventures of "Sauce Boss" Bill Wharton.
"Marquis de Swamp"
Shane Dwight’s bluesy rockin’ country is a definite crowd pleaser!
Shane Dwight is “An Ace Songwriter,” says USA Today. “Dwight definitely sings and writes the blues, but he also rocks — and rocks hard — on vocals and guitar” Guitar World Magazine. Performing
over 200 shows per year worldwide, Dwight has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music, including B.B. King, Etta James, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Marshall Tucker Band, the Doobie Brothers, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Johnny Winter. Additionally, Dwight has performed at numerous prestigious music festivals and events around the world, counted among them the Ottawa Bluesfest, Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, Beale Street Music Festival, Bayfront Blues Festival, Bethlehem Musikfest, the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, as well as the Monterey Blues Festival where he was crowned winner of the “Battle of the Bands.”
Kick off the 2015 Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival with the 4th annual Blues Walk!
CLEARWATER, FL - Visit downtown Clearwater on February 20th and fish for all the “blues” deals and specials Cleveland Street businesses have to offer! Grab something to eat (Chicken Cordon Blues anyone?) and drink while listening to live music from local blues artists from 6:30-10pm! Enjoy specials from some of your favorite hot spots including Capital Beer House, Tony’s Pizzeria and Ristorante, Cafe Milano, One Stoppe Shoppe, and many more! Don’t forget to drop your name into the Sea-Blues raffle boxes to win some awesome prizes! See you there! For more information, please click here
Now entering its 9th year, the Clearwater Seafood & Blues Festival Presented by Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, Feb. 21-22, 2015, will feature...
Mar 1st Blues Cause for Paws to benefit homeless animals
ST. LOUIS. MO - Sunday, March 1st from 12pm - 8pm, HALO (Helping Animals Find Loving Owners) presents the 5th annual Blues Cause for Paws benefiting homeless animals of the St. Louis/Metro-East area. HALO is an organization whose mission is to make a positive impact to end the euthanizing of animals simply because they are homeless.
Enjoy 8 hours of blues music, raffles, 50/50 and pot-shots at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups (700 So. Broadway, St. Louis, Missouri). There will be lots of cool things to win and HALO merchandise will be available for purchase. 100% of proceeds will be donated to the areas "no-kill" animal rescue organizations. Bring your dancing shoes! It's gonna be a party for a great cause.
5th Clarksdale Film Festival features workshops, tours and special guests Jan 29-31
CLARKSDALE, MS - For its 5th year in a row, the Clarksdale Film Festival aims to make you laugh, cry and, occasionally, rock out. Organizers promise attendees a feast of Mississippi and music filmmaking – plus a little fresh popcorn.
As Garden & Gun magazine put it, "Mississippi gets its close-up... to celebrate the Magnolia State's films and filmmakers" at the Clarksdale Film Festival. And that means something for everyone — all for $5 or less per day.
The festival runs Thursday-Saturday, January 29-31, at the historic Delta Cinema (11 Third Street) — two theaters plus the lobby. Tickets are $5 per day or $10 for a weekend pass; available at the Delta Cinema box office during festival hours.
Quebec Blues Artists Sweep Maple Blues Awards
TORONTO, CANADA – Blue Monday, thought to be the most depressing day of the year, was anything but on January 19th at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, as internationally renowned Canadian Blues Artists from coast-to-coast were honoured by their peers at the 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala. Montreal’s one-man band, Steve Hill took home all of the awards he was nominated for including Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Recording of the Year for Solo Recordings Vol. 2, and Guitar Player of the Year. Angel Forrest won two awards including Female Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.
~ LRBC #25 Cabins AVAILABLE and ON SALE now!
LRBC #25 Cabins AVAILABLE and ON SALE now!!
See lineup for LRBC #25 here!
LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE 313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO
More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
International Blues Challenge in full swing in Memphis
MEMPHIS, TN - The complete program can be viewed here
. The 31st IBC quarterfinals began Wednesday afternoon January 21, as about 220 acts competed in 20 venues up and down Beale Street.
Here is the schedule
for Thursday January 22. SEMI-FINALISTS will be announced at various Beale Street clubs when the scores have been tabulated. The semi-finalist schedule will be available at Club 152 (2nd Floor) and online at blues.org around NOON on Friday. Semi-Finals begin immediately following the Youth Showcase performances on Friday January 23. Sse page 14 of the program for the Youth showcase schedule.
Jan 24-25 Radio Show: MARCIA BALL
Our very favorite tall gal blues piano player, Marcia Ball, is back with a great new album, The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man. She might be telling us about the sideshows, but she will always be in the center ring of our three-ring circus.
New music from the great Marcia Ball. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Teeny Tucker :: KEEP THE BLUES ALIVE (Sun Studio Sessions)
~ Birthdays of note this week: Jan 22 Hammie Nixon (1908), Sam Cooke (1935), “Blind” Willie Johnson (1897), Teeny Tucker; Jan 24 Aaron Neville (1941), Johnny B. Moore (1950), John Belushi (1949); Jan 25 Sleepy John Estes (1899), Etta James (1938); Jan 26 Huey "Piano" Smith (1934); Jan 27 Andrew "Smokey" Hogg (1914), Elmore James (1918), Bobby "Blue" Bland (1930); Jan 28 Drink Small (1933); Jan 29 Eddie Taylor (1923), Jonny Lang (1981)
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
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Saturday - Saturday
Jan-17-2015 - Jan-24-2015
Ft. Lauderdale, Grand Cayman, Roatan/Honduras, Costa Maya/Mexico, Florida, USA
Winter Blues Fest/21st Annual
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival
Wednesday - Sunday
Feb-4-2015 - Feb-8-2015
Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama
Lancaster Roots and Blues
Friday - Saturday
Feb-06-2015 - Feb-07-2015
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Friday - Saturday
Feb-06-2015 - Feb-07-2015
Lapeer, Michigan, USA
Destination Blues Music Festival
Friday - Sunday
Feb-06-2015 - Feb-08-2015
Berwick, Bloomsburg, Danville
Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival
Saturday - Sunday
Feb-14-2015 - Feb-15-2015
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea
Tuesday - Saturday
Feb-17-2015 - Feb-21-2015
Miami, Key West, Nassau/Bahamas, Bahamas
Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
Sunday - Sunday
Feb-21-2015 - Feb-22-2015
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Saskatoon Blues Festival
Monday - Sunday
Feb-23-2015 - Mar-01-2015
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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