|February 9, 2007
Vol 2 Issue 4
Back from the INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE
What an afternoon in the beautiful Orpheum Theater on Saturday, February 3rd, where Mighty Lester of the Triangle Blues Society placed third, the kids from Tupelo, sponsored by the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola, the Homemade Jamz' Blues Band--14, 12 and 9!!!--amazed the crowd and took second place. First Prize went to Sean Carney Band from the Columbus Blues Alliance. Sean also took the Albert King Award for best guitarist and was also the Best Dressed!!
The Solo/Duo Finals Saturday night at the New Daisy Theater were presented before--go figure--a packed house. First place went to Nathan James and Ben Hernandez, sponsored by the Blues Lovers United of San Diego. Second place was awarded to Sonny Moorman of the Cincy Blues Society.
"We are Mighty Lester" was named the The Best Self Produced CD.
There were 155 blues bands competing in 17 venues both Thursday and Friday. What a wonderful experience. Next year you just have to experience it for yourself.
THE SEAN CARNEY BAND : : Life of Ease
2007 International Blues Challenge BAND Winner
Acclaimed blues band's new release covering a wide range of styles from The West Coast, Louisiana, Texas and Chicago, featuring bold originals, well chosen covers and cameos from Teeny Tucker, Willie Pooch, Gene Walker and Detroit icon Joe Weaver. Recently selected by the Blues Foundation as one of the ten best self produced CD's of 2006.
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NATHAN JAMES & BEN HERNANDEZ : : Make a Change Sometime
2007 Internatioanl Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Winner
On 'Make a Change Sometime'the first official duo album by Nathan James & Ben Hernandez, these two young & talented artists bring forward a fresh and knowledgable showcase of an American roots music known as country blues. Within the 16 cuts filled with both traditional and original songs, they cover all the styles including: delta, piedmont, gospel, string band, and jug band country blues.
With various tools of the trade; during a live show an audience may not know what to expect. During one song, James may be laying down a hypnotic delta rhythm on a National resonator slide guitar, stomping out his foot in time on his percussion board; while Hernandez is singing like a Sunday morning baptist preacher, and chugging a trian whistle sound on his harmonica. A next song could be James creating a ragtime jump on guitar as Hernandez coaxes a jazzy melody on the Kazoo, or bassline on the jug or the washtub bass; as the two sing a timeless song in harmony. Meanwhile all of this never failing to grab anyones attention, and forces smiles, applause, and even dancing feet to all lucky enough to experience. Night after night, this is how Nathan James & Ben Hernandez carve out a living for themselves.
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Various Artists : : Black Snake Moan Original Soundtrack
This soundtrack to the film written and directed by Craig Brewer is as steeped in the Southern blues as his Hustle and Flow was in hip-hop. The biggest surprise here is how well actor Samuel L. Jackson (who seems to have a thing for "Snake" films) holds his own as a blues singer against selections from Son House and R.L. Burnside. He sounds like a throwback to the classic Delta bluesmen on "Just Like a Bird Without a Feather," does a convincing take on the Blind Lemon Jefferson title track, and rocks the juke joint on "Alice Mae" and a down-and-dirty recasting of "Stack-O-Lee." Produced by the Bo-Keys' Scott Bomar (who also scored Brewer's previous movie), the 17-cut soundtrack features a kaleidoscopic array of blues, from the primal throb of the Black Keys' "When the Lights Go Out" and the funk of Bobby Rush's classic "Chicken Heads" to the spiritual lilt of Precious Bryant's "Morning Train" and the North Mississippi Allstars' expansive finale, "Mean Ol' Wind Died Down."
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Enter this contest and win! |
LAST WEEK TO ENTER
If you live in one of the following cities, you could win a complimentary ticket for two to an advance movie screening of
BLACK SNAKE MOAN
All screenings will take place the week of February 19th.
To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to include your full name, address, phone number and birthdate.
No purchase necessary. Limit one entry per person. While supplies last. All entries must be received by Tuesday, February 13th.
Winners will be notified by phone or email. This film is Rated R. No one under 17 will be admitted without parent or guardian.
In theaters Friday, February 23rd
www.moanmovie.comFor the movie trailer visit
Introducing the World's First Upright Bass made exclusively from cardboard!|
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Blues Brother becomes Booze Brother|
These days, former Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd is investing more time and money into the tequila Patron than acting.
Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, taking the place of his late brother John, arrived in Calgary last week before making their way to Edmonton to perform as the Blues Brothers for the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce’s chamber ball.
The 54-year-old Aykroyd has also been visiting bars and liquor stores around the province to educate Albertans about the virtues of premium sipping tequila.
Specifically, the Patron brand, owned by his friend, business partner and entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria. Aykroyd is the registered Canadian importer and distributor for Patron.
“We’ve been having a lot of fun with it,” he says. “J.P. started Patron about 12 years ago. They started out with 1,000 cases and they’ve just done their millionth …
“I wasn’t actually a tequila drinker. My experience with it has been waking up in Mexico in the pen with the performing mules — with technicolour vomit everywhere.
“But one night, we were in the House of Blues and J.P. was there. We’d been selling so much of it, but I’d never tried it before.”
Aykroyd’s special now consists of two ounces of silver Patron and one ounce of lime juice cordial shaken with ice.
“When I drink it and close my eyes, it’s almost like a fine scotch,” he says.
These days, Aykroyd is more content being recognized as a Blues Brother and booze brother than comic and actor.
Aside from a role in the Adam Sandler-starring I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, due out later this year, Aykroyd says he’s pretty much done with acting after a fun, 30-plus year run.
About a year and half ago, Aykroyd announced his $1 million investment into the four wineries owned by Diamond Estates – Lakeview Cellars, EastDell Estates, Birchwood Estates and Thomas & Vaughan – Aykroyd will further solidify his position in the Canadian wine business by launching two ranges of Canadian wines, the Dan Aykroyd Signature Reserve Series of super-premium offerings and the Dan Aykroyd Discovery Series of mid-priced wines.
COREY STEVENS RELEASES NEW CD AT "BLUES FOR FOOD" BENEFIT|
Skilled blues singer/guitarist, Corey Stevens will be performing songs from and releasing his 6th and newest CD “Albertville” on Friday, February 16, 2007 at Myth in Maplewood, MN (a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul). The event is also a “Blues for Food” drive benefiting the Minnesota Food Share.
Stevens is a resident of Southern California, but chose the twin cities area for his CD release party for several good reasons. It helps that one of Stevens biggest fan followings is in Minneapolis/St. Paul. But also significant was the availability of the premier nightclub The MYTH. When The MYTH learned this event could be used to support the Minnesota Food Share, they jumped on board graciously donating use of their $23 million venue.
And perhaps most important of all, it was Albertville the Central Minnesota town that served as the inspiration for the CD “Albertville”. While on tour a few years ago, Stevens was traveling the route between the twin cities and St. Cloud, which took him directly through Albertville. The town’s name caused him to reflect back on his idol and musical inspiration, Albert King. Then an idea hit him to record a CD in tribute to blues giant Albert King. Stevens’ idea is now a reality, and it seemed somehow natural to preview the CD in Minnesota.
“Albertville’ is dedicated to Albert King. All the songs, with just one exception were either written or famously covered by Albert King. The CD is being released and distributed world-wide by Ruf Records.
Before his death in 1992, Albert King influenced many later blues guitarists including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Mike Bloomfield, Gary Moore, and especially Stevie Ray Vaughan, whom also covered many of King's songs.
Stevens met Albert King once, and saw King perform in concert many times, including a concert just one week before he died.
For the CD Release Party, Stevens will be backed by his 4-piece band which includes Hammond B-3 organ. Six video cameras will be capturing the excitement and the performance for a DVD release later in 2007.
Great musicians, popular songs, and an over the top venue will make for a good time on February 16, 2007 at the Corey Stevens CD Release Party and “Blues for Food” Benefit. Admission is 2 cans of food, or for VIP seating donate 10 cans of food. The MYTH is located at 3090 Southlawn Drive in Maplewood, MN. Doors open at 6:30pm, show time is 7:30pm. All food goes to the Minnesota Food Share www.gmcc.org/foodshare who restocks more than 260 food shelves around the state.
Blues Music Foundation announces Major Blues Grants|
The Blues Music Foundation, a non-profit organization launched during 2003’s Year of the Blues celebration, announced that it has awarded $191,650 in grants to non-profit organizations and museums that celebrate and preserve the blues. Established in 2003, the Foundation set out to dedicate the net proceeds from the “Salute to the Blues” benefit concert to underwrite projects that promote blues education, assist organizations with special blues-related needs, and support other worthy blues causes.
The benefit concert was produced by Experience Music Project at Radio City Music hall in New York in February, 2003.
Additionally, the Foundation committed the net proceeds from “Lightning in a Bottle” --the concert film that resulted from “Salute to the Blues” -- to help fund the blues grants. The film was produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Antoine Fuqua and had its theatrical and DVD/CD release in 2004.
Highlights of programs funded include: $8,000 to the Beale Street Caravan for the archiving, preserving and cataloging of a selection of sources materials of its weekly, hour long, internationally syndicated non-commercial blues radio program; $25,000 to the Carnegie Hall Society to support Carnegie Hall’s Perelman American Roots program, an educational initiative that integrates the study of American roots music into the middle school social studies curriculum; $15,000 to the Highway 61 Radio Program to secure the future of this twenty-year radio show and build the collection at the world’s largest Blues Archive; and $3,000 to the River City Blues Society of Richmond, VA to create a “blues package” that will include curriculum materials, recordings, documents and transcriptions, lyrics, and visual material to be used in the classroom by teachers in a variety of disciplines.
Other organizations to receive funds are: American Roots Music Education ($7,150); Blues Lovers United of San Diego ($10,000); Canada South Blues Society ($9,000); Center for Southern Folklore ($25,000); The Colorado Blues Society ($13,000); Delta Blues Museum ($25,000); Mississippi Valley Blues Society ($6,500); Music Maker Relief Foundation ($25,000); Santa Barbara Blues Foundation ($10,000); and Suncoast Blues Society Inc. ($10,000).
Attention October 2007 Blues Cruisers|
October 2007 Cruisers!
Pay-In-Full Discount deadline is Tuesday Feb. 13 for October 13-20, 2007 cruisers. You'll receive a discount of $150 per person for double occupancy cabin, or $250 for single occupancy!
Call 1-888-BLUESIN or visit www.bluescruise.com
Plus, don't forget the MOJO BOOGIE DISCOUNT...
When you sail on two consecutive cruises (ie: Jan. & Oct. 2007 OR Oct. 2007 & Jan. 2008), you'll automatically receive a $150 discount per person. Combine both discounts, and it's a $600 savings per double occupancy cabin!
BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON, NOW A NYC MUSICIAL|
"Blind Lemon Jefferson was the voice of Black America, " August Wilson said upon seeing a workshop of "Blind Lemon Blues." Now for the first time, New York will have a chance to pay homage to the man who emerged in the 1920s as the biggest selling country blues singer. "Blind Lemon Blues, " a new musical by Akin Babatunde (pictured in the role of Blind Lemon Jefferson) and Alan Governar, celebrates Jefferson's legacy and profound influence upon the development of American popular music from Friday, Feb. 16 to Sunday, Feb. 25 at The Theatre at Saint Peter's, 619 Lexington Ave.
Jefferson was a blind street musician who played his guitar with a tin cup tied to its neck at the corner of Elm Street and Central Avenue in Dallas, Texas until a Paramount Records scout discovered him. Between 1926 and 1929, Jefferson made more than 80 records. "Blind Lemon Blues" combines elements of traditional blues, gospel, R&B, soul, doo-wop, and rap to evoke the enduring legacy of Jefferson and his contemporaries: Blind Willie Johnson, Lillian Glinn, Hattie Hudson, Bobbie Cadillac, Lillian Miller and Leadbelly.
The cast includes: Benita Arterberry, Akin Babatunde, Timothy Parham, Sam Swank, Tony Award winner Lillias White, Cavin Yarbrough and Alisa Peoples Yarbrough. Babatunde also provides direction, choreographic staging and musical arrangements in association with Cavin and Alisa Peoples Yarbrough.
More lists of the TOP Blues CDs of 2006|
This week we have two blues programmers from Colorado kindly providing us their list of top blues CDs.
My name is Jeff Koepke and I'm the host of the House Rent Party blues radio show (Wed., 8-10 p.m., MST) on KRFC Fort Collins (www.krfcfm.org). I also write CD reviews for the Holler, the bimonthly newsletter of the Colorado Blues Society (www.coblues.com).
Here's my list of the Top 10 Blues CDs of 2006, plus a few honorable mentions:
James Hunter / Peolple Gonna Talk / Rounder.
Various Artists / Gospel Music / Hyena.
Various Artists / Blues Harp Meltdown, vol. 3 / Mountain Top.
Dion / Bronx In Blue / DMR.
Otis Rush / All Your Love I Miss Loving: Live At the Wise Fool's Pub / Delmark. (late 2005 release)
The Top Ten:
10. Robert Cray / Live From Across the Pond / Nozzle.
9. Willie King / One Love / Freedom Creek.
8. Rory Block / The Lady and Mr. Johnson / Rykodisc.
7. Bill Lupkin / Where I Come From / Blue Bella.
6. Freddie King / Live At the Electric Ballroom 1974 / Shout Factory.
5. Junior Wells / Live At Theresa's 1975 / Delmark.
4. Memphis Gold / The Prodigal Son / Stackhouse.
3. John Lee Hooker / Hooker / Shout Factory. *
2. Fiona Boyes / Lucky 13 / Yellow Dog. *
1. Nick Moss & the Flip Tops / Live At Chan's / Blue Bella.*
* pictured CDs
Kai Turner, The Blues Vasal, has hosted and produced the show for over 10 years. He was recently chosen as Denver's Top Radio Personality by 5280 Magazine. Here's Kai's top list of 2006 blues CDs.
1. Walter Trout/Full Circle/Ruf
2. Joe Bonamassa/You & Me/Premiere Artists
3. Tab Benoit/Brother to the Blues/Telarc
4. Johnny Long/Lost & Found/Delta Groove
5. Various/Alligator Records 35X35/Alligator
6. Derek Trucks/Songlines/Columbia
7. Jimmy Thackery/In the Natural State/Rykodisc
8. Robert Cray/Live From Across the Pond/Vanguard
9. Tinsley Ellis/Live-Highwayman/Alligator
10. Otis Rush/All Your Love I Miss Loving: Live at the Wise Fools Pub
11. John Lee Hooker/Hooker/Shout Factory
12. Nick Moss & The Fliptops/Live at Chan's/Blue Bella
13. Guitar Shorty/We the People/Alligator
14. Freddie King/Live At The Electric Ballroom 1974/Shout Factory
15. Dan Treanor & African Wind/Mercy/PPCD
16. Bernard Allison/Energized/Ruf
17. Buddy Guy/Can't Quit the Blues/Legacy
18. Otis Rush/Live.And in Concert From SanFrancisco/Blues Express
19. Rev. Billy C. Wirtz/Sermon From Bethlehem/Blind Pig
20. Steven Seagal/Mojo Priest/Steamroller Productions
Last week we featured the list of Bob Putignano. Regrettably I mis-spelled his last name. My apologies. For more information on Bob Putignano and his radio show please visit http://www.SoundsofBlue.com
BLUES BANK COLLECTIVE|
The Blues Bank Collective (BBC) is concluding its "Katrina II Kids' Instrument & Education Drive," with benefit concerts 9 PM, Sat., Feb. 10 at The Press Room in Portsmouth, and 6 to 10 PM, Sun., Feb. 11 at "Buckley's Great Steak House" in Merrimack, NH, featuring Blues/Jazz musician and BBC Artistic Director, T.J. Wheeler and friends. Folks are urged to bring donations to each of playable musical instruments, school supplies and books appropriate for school libraries.
The Press Room (77 Daniel St.) admission is $7. Proceeds go to Katrina Kid's. "Buckley's Great Steak House" (Route 3) has no set cover charge. Donations for will be taken.
Taking donations South
The mission to the South to deliver collected items begins after the Buckley's concert on Sunday. First stop is Red Bank, NJ, birthplace of Count Basie, where donations collected for the second year by the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation will be picked up.
From there it's straight to historic Highway 61 on which early Blues Griots musicians traveled spreading their revolutionary new sounds, and to St. Louis, immortalized by WC Handy's " St. Louis Blues." There TJ will conduct a Blues in the school program, collect more instruments and perform at a fund-raiser for the trip produced by St. Louis Blues promoter, Peter " Cornbread" Cohen. Appearing with Wheeler will be his longtime Blues buddy, Rockin Jake, and several bands. Originally from New England, Jake was among thousands displaced from New Orleans by hurricane Katrina. He now makes St. Louis his home.
The University Of Olde Mississippi in Oxford has invited Wheeler to be a guest speaker/performer at the 2007 Blues Symposium, Feb. 17 -18, where he'll address issues related to Katrina and Blues education. From there, the Kids' Drive delivers donations to and conducts educational programming in New Orleans and Louisiana schools.
Mail check donations
Though many donations have been received, BBC still needs more instruments, books, and funds. Donations are tax-deductible. Mail checks payable to "Blues Bank Collective" and specifying "Katrina II " in the memo line to:
Blues Bank Collective/TJ Wheeler
11 Brown Rd.
Hampton Falls, NH, 03844
Drop off Instruments
Take instruments or school supplies to either:
The Press Room, 77 Daniel St., Portsmouth; or
George Calif Fine Food Store, Rte. 125, Barrington, NH.
As incentive for donations at this time, BBC is donating 100% of proceeds from the sale of their CD, " TJ Wheeler & the Funky River Band...Play it Forward" (up to 300 CD's) to the Katrina II project.
BBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public benefit organization with a 22-year history of Blues education, creating festivals, school performances and "Blues you can use" on the greater NH seacoast. Wheeler is a 1993 W. C. Handy Award recipient for Blues Education. In addition to delivering the instruments, Wheeler will conduct free interactive Jazz & Blues concerts and workshops at schools in the South. Wheeler will be assisted on the trip by his wife Nadine Perry, BBC secretary.
Bo Diddley Rings the Bell|
Bo Diddley rang the opening bell at the American Stock Exchange, NYC on Wednesday, February 7. Bo Diddley, aka "The Originator," is an influential American rock and roll singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is often cited as a key figure in the transition of blues into rock and roll, by introducing more insistent, driving rhythms and a hard-edged guitar sound.
Bo Diddley performed live at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill later that evening.
MERGER CREATES "THE FESTIVAL NETWORK"|
Festival Productions, Inc., George Wein's internationally celebrated music festival company, has joined with Shoreline Media, LLC to form The Festival Network, LLC (The Network), creating one of the world's premier entertainment and production companies.
The recent transaction marks a new era for lifestyle marketing. Through The Network's consolidation of the destination festival market, music fans will enjoy more diverse live entertainment experiences and content. At the same time, corporate sponsors will gain access to highly coveted audiences through a single, unique and efficient marketing channel.
Headquartered in Manhattan, with offices in Newport and Los Angeles, The Network will produce 18 music festivals (more than 105 days of music) in 2007, and will rapidly expand its offerings in 2008 and beyond. With live musical entertainment as its foundation, The Network will leverage its expertise and international relationships to produce festivals leading up to, and coinciding with, the 2008, 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games, as well as with other major sporting events.
Among several multifaceted business leaders who have dedicated their resources and expertise to The Network's vision are its Chairman, Dr. Joseph Stanislaw, co-founder, former President and CEO of Cambridge Energy Research and a recognized authority on corporate strategy and geopolitics, and Richard Sands, Chairman and CEO of Constellation Brands, the leading international producer and marketer of wine, spirits and imported beer.
"Destination festivals have become cultural institutions that attract the most desirable and receptive demographic, " said Sands. "From a brand marketer's perspective, The Network will give its sponsor-partners one-stop access to national festival audiences for the first time. It's exciting and gratifying to work with professionals who have a passion for music, the people who create and play it and the people who love it."
Mardi Gras parties in Lansing MI, Kansas City and Bloomington, IL.|
Laissez les bons temps rouler! Join the laid back fun of the Mardi Gras season with The Capital Area Blues Society (CABS) on Fat Tuesday, February 20 at the second session of our new Acoustic Blues, Film and Lecture Series. "Let the good times roll" from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Magdalena's Teahouse, 2006 E. Michigan Avenue in Lansing,MI with our presentation mix of spoken word, film, and live music.
The Kansas City Blues Society presents The Original Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Club Crawl! Three great clubs with three fabulous bands and two party busses to celebrate the night in style! Park your car and let us do the driving. Get some cool beads or boas from the KCBS's volunteers! BB's Lawnside BBQ at 85th and Holmes will have the riveting Mem Shannon to eat that delicious 'Q by. Then head over to Knucklehead's Saloon at 2715 Rochester to get your Zydeco fix from little Rosie Ledet and The Zydeco Playboys! Get back on the bus to get your dancin' self over to The Grand Emporium at 39th and Main for the local super talent, Trampled Under Foot . Don't miss this fun yearly event! All proceeds benefit the Kansas City Blues Society, so we can Keep The Blues Alive!!! Come join us on February 20th! Music from 7pm to 11 pm. Busses run from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. Tickets only $15.00! Ride the bus all night for only $5! For more info, go to www.kcbluessociety.com . Let The Good Times Roll!!!!
The Blues Blowtorch Society will hold its annual Mardi Gras party on Saturday February 17, 2007 at Maguire's Pub located at 218 N. Center Street in Bloomington, IL. A combined fundraiser and membership drive. Three Bands will provide continuous music throughout the evening starting at 7:00 PM. Prairieland Dixie band will perform a New Orleans style Jazz and Americana roots music via a brass quartet . Steve "The Harp, Rob Williams and The Soggy Bottom Blues Band will be providing Harmonica Blues and Nick Moss & The Flip Tops will perform Chicago Blues. Nick Moss is currently nominated for three awards for the International Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards: Band of the year, Album of the Year and Traditional Blues Album of the Year. THE ADMISSION IS $5.00
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2007 Blues Grammy Nominees:
The 49th annual Grammy Awards ceremony takes place on February 11th, and Elwood Bleus is ready. Elwood will be spinning tunes by all the nominess for this year's best contemporary and traditional blues grammies. Keb'Mo', Susan Tedeschi, Dr.John, Irma Thomas and many more, this week on the House of Blues Radio Hour.
For years, the Blues Festival Guide Magazine received numerous requests for updates on festivals via email, and on January 10, 2006, the Marketing Director of the Blues Festival Guide magazine, Nancy Edwards partnered with the magazine (RBA Publishing) and published the first emailed issue of the E-Guide E-Newsletter.
The E-Guide is a wonderful resource for everyone interested in Blues! You can expect to see the E-Guide in your inbox weekly. Please email the editor with any questions at
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