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|Voo Davis :: MIDNIGHT MIST|
|Guitarist/singer Voo Davis’ Midnight Mist is the third CD from this talented musician whose musical sound gumbo encompasses the roots of blues, with additional flavorings from Americana and jam band spices. Produced by Davis and recorded in organic analog sound at Bogalusa, Louisiana’s Studio in the Country, Midnight Mist includes a bonus video of “Riverside Blues,” filmed in and around Clarksdale, Mississippi, that perfectly captures the spirit of the new music on the album. |
“Being able to return to Studio in the Country and expand my guitar sounds was something I really looked forward to on this project,” says Davis about the recording sessions. “The tones were something that I really wanted to play with, not just get stuck on one sound.”
Find more details about this release
"When I Get Back To You"
|John Cocuzzi :: DING DONG DADDY|
|Swingster John Cocuzzi has New Orleans flavor and East Coast class, singing and playing with passion and intensity on piano, vibes and drums. Ding Dong Daddy, his latest release, features an eclectic mix of swing, ballads and blues. For more than 25 years John has been entertaining crowds nationwide and in Europe. With dynamic style and diverse rhythms, John’s innovative style breathes new life into familiar tunes, from swingin' and burnin' jazz and jumpin' blues and boogie-woogie to lush and sultry ballads. An intuitive performer, John possesses that musical “fire in the belly,” igniting crowds with skillful improvisation, telling his story through spirited, high-energy solos. In addition to being a fine pianist, John has earned a nationwide reputation as a premier swing vibraphonist. Find more details about this release|
|2015 Pittsburgh Blues Festival Announces World-class Lineup for July 24-26|
PITTSBURGH, PA - Warm summer nights, great music and something for the whole family, The Pittsburgh Blues Festival, a benefit for Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, has become a summer favorite for two decades and, 2015 will be no different.
Gates opens Friday, July 24, 2015 at scenic Hartwood Acres (Hampton, PA) with headliner The Duke Robillard Band. Saturday night features Buddy Guy and the event closes on Sunday night with performances from Marsha Ball and Bobby Rush. In between, a host of local and national acts will fill two stages.
“This is going to be the most diverse, exciting Blues Festival we’ve had in a long time,” said Ron “Moondog” Esser, chair of the Blues Festival committee.
More details and lineup for the Pittsburgh Blues Festival
|Magic City Blues July 30-Aug 2|
|BILLINGS, MO - Tim Goodridge thought he would find a music festival to run while he looked for a real job. That was 14 years ago and since then, Magic City Blues has brought more than 150 music acts to Billings and brought people from throughout North America to Billings for what has grown to be a four-day festival with three venues.|
Goodridge announced on Tuesday that Buddy Guy, John Fogerty and Lucinda Williams will headline this year's festival on a new weekend, July 30 through Aug. 2.
Tim and his wife, Pam, had just moved back to Montana after spending a few years living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia, when they came up with the idea of bringing more music to Billings. More details about the Magic City Blues fest
|Blues On the Chippewa Festival, 7.31-8.2 adds Shaun Murphy & Eric Gales to lineup!|
|DURAND, WI - The 8th annual Blues On the Chippewa festival will run from July 31st-August 2nd 2015 in Durand, Wisconsin! This years lineup includes: Eric Gales, Charles Walker Band, Shaun Murphy, Rachelle Coba, Blue Rooster, Left Wing Bourbon, Jimi & the Band of Souls, Lamont Cranston, Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers, Papa John Kolstad, Don Scott, Code Blue w/ Catya & Sue Orﬁeld, the Claudettes, Mojo, Tommy Bentz Band, Nick Foytik Band and parades by Weapons of Brass Destruction.|
The festival is free as usual. On site vendors will provide food, beer, wine, soda and water. An ATM will be on site as well. There will be a craft fair both Saturday & Sunday and as is tradition the Blues brunch will run on Sunday morning prior to the start of the music.
Find more about Blues On The Chippewa
|Delta Blues Museum's Award-winning Arts and Education Program is focus of the Film by True Delta Project|
|CLARKSDALE, MS - The Delta Blues Museum Band is featured in a documentary film making its debut on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) television on July 14th at 10 pm. From the Crossroads to the White House documentary direced by Lee Quimby (see trailer), follows a group of young musicians on their journey from the Mississippi Delta to the White House to receive a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented by First Lady Michelle Obama. Five members of the Delta Blues Museum Band performed for Mrs. Obama and guests.|
Last year, the Delta Blues Museum, Mississippi's first music museum dedicated to the Blues, was recognized with the award for having one of the best youth programs in the nation. Find more details on the film and program
|Dig in to Decades of Recordings, Photos and more from folklorist William R. Ferris|
|CHAPEL HILL, NC - More than 1,000 audio files are now available for streaming from the collection of noted Southern folklorist, documentarian, author and teacher William R. Ferris. Made available by the National Endowment for the Humanities and presented by the Southern Folklife Collection, From the Piedmont to the Swamplands: Preserving Southern Traditional Music is a decades-long overview of life in the region in all its marvelous diversity—songs, prison work chants, gospel services and children playing on a Mississippi porch, all recorded by Ferris.|
There are interviews, too, ones in which Ferris largely gets out of the way to let the voices come. There is no order to this procession: Photographer Walker Evans appears alongside faith healer Fannie Bell Chapman, while author Eudora Welty speaks in turn with acoustic blues musician and sculptor James “Son” Thomas. Read more and find links to photos and recordings
|Forgotten Heroes: Johnny "Guitar" Watson|
|By Michael Ross / Premier Guitar - It seems odd to call someone whose soulful guitar work and flamboyant showmanship influenced artists as diverse (and acclaimed) as Etta James, Frank Zappa, Prince, and Rick James a “forgotten hero.” But, unfortunately, Johnny “Guitar” Watson never achieved the level of fame that those he inspired did—a point that is painfully underscored by the fact that he’s occasionally confused with “Wah- Wah” Watson (also a wonderful player who deserves praise). Johnny “Guitar” Watson had a groundbreaking—if up-and-down— career that spanned five decades of American popular music. A career that included everything from a Grammy nomination to having his drug problem spotlighted on VH1’s Behind the Music.|
Read more about Johnny “Guitar” Watson
- 2nd Annual Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival
|BUFFALO, NY - The 2nd Annual Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 beginning at 12pm located at the historic Silo City in Buffalo, New York produced by the Western New York Blues Society (WNY). National blues acts to include Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King, Teeny Tucker, Mississippi Heat and more. Enjoy a day of blues music, vendors and food. This FREE event is funded in part by The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, administered by the Arts Services Initiative of WNY. |
PLYMOUTH, MI - Plymouth-Ann Arbor Elks Lodge No. 325 in Plymouth will present "Blues at The Elks" the second Tuesday of each month ($5 donation at the door) in partnership with the Detroit Blues Society. The Lodge is located at 41700 Ann Arbor Road, in Plymouth Township. For more information, call 734-453-1780 or go to www.plymouthelks1780.com.
|SHORT Waitlist for LRBC #25 + Join Waitist for #26 |
|LRBC #25 Oct 24-31,2015 Big Easy / Fantasy LRBC #25 Fort Lauderdale to Key West (Fantasy Fest Finale), New Orleans & Cozumel.
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Prebook for LRBC #27 starts July 21 for... *Southeastern Caribbean, Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2016* San Juan, Puerto Rico to Barbados, Dominica, Grenada & Guadeloupe Celebrity Summit. Prebook starts July 21st!
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|- Blues Music Awards Date May Change|
- 2016 Blues Music Award Nominations Open
|MEMPHIS,TN - BLUES MUSIC AWARDS DATE |
In our June newsletter, we said the 37th Blues Music Awards would be Thursday May 12, 2016. That may or may not be the date! The Blues Music Awards is always the Thursday after the Beale Street Music Festival. The Memphis in May organization has not officially set the date for next year’s festival. As soon as we know, we will update all our members. It will either be May 5 or May 12.
BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINATION PROCESS:
Calling all blues artists and labels! The submission process is now open for artists and labels to register their releases for consideration for the 37th Blues Music Awards in 2016. The Blues Music Awards honor those professional artists and recordings that stand out within the eligibility period, which runs from November 1 through October 31 of each year. In addition to the awards for the past year’s top recordings, additional categories honor individual, actively touring artists for their overall excellence and accomplishment in that year.
The nomination process is set out here. Artists and labels can register here. The sooner you do this, the more time a nominator has to listen to your release. Read more about what's going on at The Blues Foundation
|JULY 11-12 Radio Show: ARLEN ROTH|
|You may not know Arlen Roth, but you’ve heard him. A master of the Telecaster, he has backed up everybody from Art Garfunkel to Duane Eddy and beyond. He is also a major slide player, and has just released an album of duets with other major slide players, called Slide Guitar Summit. |
Jaw-dropping slide guitar. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
Victor Wainwright :: STOP BOSSIN' ME BABY
~ Birthdays of note this week:
July 10 Mavis Staples (1939); July 15 Willie Cobbs (1932);
Washboard Sam aka Robert Brown 1910); July 16 Denise LaSalle (1939)
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July 17 Peppermint Harris (1925)
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Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jul-10-2015 - Jul-11-2015
Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, USA
Jul-10-2015 - Jul-12-2015
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
NY State Blues Festival
Jul-10-2015 - Jul-11-2015
Syracuse, New York, USA
Wallace Blues Festival
Jul-10-2015 - Jul-12-2015
Wallace, Idaho, USA
Hayward Russell City
Jul-11-2015 - Jul-12-2015
Hayward, California, USA
Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
Jul-17-2015 - Jul-19-2015
Winthrop, Washington, USA
Animas River Blues & Brews Fest
Aztec, New Mexico, USA
Porretta Soul Festival
Jul-23-2015 - Jul-26-2015
Porretta Terme, Bologna, Italy
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Magic City Blues
Jul-31-2015 - Aug-02-2015, Billings, Montana, USA
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-31-2015 - Aug-01-2015
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
Mount Baker Rhythm and Blues Festival
Jul-31-2015 - Aug-02-2015
Bellingham, Washington, USA
Blues on the Chippewa
Jul-31-2015 - Aug-02-2015
Durand, Wisconsin, USA
Big Sky Rhythm and Blues
Aug-01-2015 - Aug-02-2015
Noxon MT, Montana, USA
Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-06-2015 - Aug-09-2015, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
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