November 30, 2007
Vol 2 Issue 38

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DAVE FIELDS : : Time's A Wastin'

TIME'S A WASTIN', Field's second album, pay tribute to the blues with all original compositions.

Dave Fields
will electrify you with his high energy brand of New York City blues. Fields delivers a riveting performance combining explosive guitar playing, a voice as smooth as silk and songs that will keep you on your toes.

Award winning producer/performer NYC musician Dave Fields has been part of the NYC music scene for decades having worked with Roxy Perry, Frankie Paris and NYC blues great Sweet Georgia Brown. Not just a guitarist, Dave has also been known to tear it up on B3 and piano.

Dave is president of Fields Music and has written music for THE 2004 OLYMPICS, THE TODAY SHOW, NBC SPORTS and produced the winner of "Best Self-Produced Blues CD" of 2006 for producing Roxy Perry's BACK IN BLUESVILLE.

Click the LISTEN button below to hear "Don't Look at Me That Way" by Dave Fields from TIME IS A WASTIN'.

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GERRY HUNDT : : Since Way Back

Fans of Nick Moss & the Flip Tops' brand of authentic Chicago Blues won't want to miss this amazing ensemble release! Not only has Gerry Hundt contributed musically to a good portion of Blue Bella Records' entire catalog on guitar, mandolin, harmonica, bass and keyboards, but he has provided engineering skills and even laid the floor tile in the studio restroom.

For his own debut as the leader, Hundt brings a rousing, brash album to the welcome mini-revival of blues mandolin recordings, seasoned with the raw vintage Chicago blues flame also kept so well by the Flip Tops. Featuring Nick Moss on bass, Willie Oshawny on keys, Bill Lupkin on harp, Kilborn Alley's Josh Stimmel on guitar and Bob Carter on drums. Piano ace Barrelhouse Chuck guests on one track.

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BILL LUPKIN : : Hard Pill to Swallow

In the 60s & 70s, he shared the stage with the greatest names in the blues: Muddy, Wolf, and Jimmy Rogers among them. Today Bill Lupkin continues to pay tribute to the masters with his own distinct voice on the follow-up to the 2006 critically-acclaimed release,WHERE I COME FROM.

Lupkin's new effort, HARD PILL TO SWALLOW, is the proper prescription for all blues fans suffering from blues scene lethargy. The all-original, 14-track, no-filler harmonica blues, derived directly from the source, simmered and steeped for more than forty years, is good for all that ails.

Featuring Nick Moss on guitar, Gerry Hundt on guitar and mandolin, Steve Lupkin on bass, Tim Wire on keys and Mark Fornek on drums. Produced by Nick Moss.

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DATES FOR 2008/2009 Legendcary Rhythm & Blues Cruise have been annouced
Pacific Cruise 2008
The Pacific Cruise will sail San Diego to Mexican Riviera/Baja ports on October 5-12, 2008. We will be cruising on Holland America’s Intimate ms Ryndam to Mazatlan, La Paz and Cabo San Lucas.

Eastern Caribban Cruise 2009
The Eastern Caribbean Cruise will sail from Ft. Lauderdale, January 24-31, 2009. We will be cruising on Holland America’s Newest ship, the 2008 build, ms Eurodam with ports to Dominica, Tortola & Somana, Dominican Republic.


Then visit for more information.  But hurry!  These cruises sell out months in advance.  So don't wait!

Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton - New York - February 25-28th, 2008

Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton
- Three Nights Only at Madison Square Garden, New York - February 25th, 26th, 28th, 2008
On the heels of a stunning collaboration at the Chicago Crossroads Guitar Festival in July of 2007 and after much speculation, Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton announced today three eagerly anticipated concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden. In what will be one of THE must see shows of this decade.Tickets went on-sale first to American Express cardmembers through a special pre-sale, beginning Monday, November 12th at 9am (EST).

Led Zeppelin Reunion Performance Postponed Until December 10th

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has just released the following statement regarding the date change of the upcoming Led Zeppelin reunion performance that is part of the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert: "As you all know by now I was regrettably put in a situation where I had to postpone my performance at the Ahmet Ertegun Benefit show, on November 26th, due to a fractured finger.

We have now rescheduled this show to take place, at the same venue, on December 10th. In doing so I was very conscious of the fact that many people are traveling great distances to attend. I do want to let everyone know that this decision was unavoidable. My apologies to anyone who has been inconvenienced by this change. I would also like to thank everyone else involved for their help with making this change. Harvey Goldsmith, the trustees of the Ahmet Ertegun Foundation and, of course, the other artists who so willingly agreed to join us on the show. I look forward to the 10th December!"

The Real Delta Showcase Jan 30 at The New Daisy Theater, Memphis

If you want the real thing, go to the source. If you want the real blues, go to the Mississippi Delta. Delta Partners Productions announces the Real Delta Showcase January 30, 2008 at The New Daisy Theater, 330 Beale Street, Memphis Tennessee.

The showcase features five native Delta blues artists including 2006 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo winner Eden Brent and 2007 Living Blues Magazine Award double winner Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. Also featured are Delta natives Duff Dorrough, Bill Abel, and Cadillac John Nolden.

“The Blues as we know it was born in the Delta and has never moved away. Many people equate Delta Blues with Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, which is great, but we want to show people that the blues is still alive and being played every day in Mississippi.

The Real Delta Showcase will occur in conjunction with the Blues Foundation’s 24th International Blues Challenge. “Every year the IBC brings thousands of blues fans to Memphis. We couldn’t bus them all to the Delta, so we decided to bring a piece of the Delta to Memphis.”

For more about the show and the artists, go to or contact Ricky Stevens 662-560-3421 or 662-562-5826

Three More Shows for National Blues Recording Artist (And 2007 Blues Foundation “Best Blues Harp” Nominee) Mark Hummel And The Blues Survivors

Acclaimed vocalist-harpist Mark Hummell, and his band, The Blues Survivors continue on their Fall 2007 "Ain't Easy No More" Tour for a “BLUES HARP BLOWOUT” with Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), James Cotton and Curtis Salgado.

The next three venues are:
November 30 (Fri.) BLUE LAKE CASINO Blue Lake, CA
December 1 (Sat.) ROQUE THEATER Grants Pass, OR
December 2 (Sun.) CASCADE THEATER Redding, CA

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Homemade Jamz On National TV

Just in case you did not get the great news, "Homemade Jamz' will be featured on the award-winning CBS Sunday Morning News on December 2nd. As most of you know, they claimed 2nd place in the 23rd International Blues Challenge at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis last February.

Homemade Jamz consists of siblings Ryan (15), Kyle (13) and Taya Perry (8) from Tupelo, MS. Their appearance on the CBS Sunday Morning show, which is noted for its focus on the arts, is a huge accomplishment for them and good for Blues music in general.

EARTH Awareness delivered instruments purchased with proceeds from Stephen Miller Memorial Blues Bash

Officials with EARTH Awareness of Brevard Inc. on Nov. 15th delivered the instruments, which were purchased with proceeds from the fifth annual Stephen Miller Memorial Blues Bash.

EARTH Awareness established the Stephen Miller Music in the Schools program in 2004, and so far has donated more than $15,000 worth of instruments to local elementary schools.

The schools to receive the instruments are chosen by the previous year's recipient music teacher.

The first year recipient's music teacher, Richie Mola of Harbor City Elementary in Melbourne chose Palm Bay Elementary for the help in 2008.

The school received several African drums and percussion instruments for its world music lessons, including a drum that is taller than many students.

The school also got three violins to replace older models and two electric guitars that had been donated to the cause by local musicians.

It would have taken several years of regular allocations to get the same amount of instruments.

Keeping the chain going, Isa Hodge chose University Park Elementary School in Melbourne as next year's recipient of the instrument assistance.

In addition to buying new instruments with proceeds from the event, EARTH Awareness is planning a used instrument drive for 2008. Collection boxes for instruments in good working condition will be placed in area music stores throughout Brevard County.

"Many people still have their old school band instruments, that haven't been played in years, tucked away," said Sue Luley, president of EARTH Awareness.

To make a donation or for more information, contact Sue Luley by email at


Exploring the “Home of the Blues,” the Chicago Blues Audio Tour narrated by Chicago-local Buddy Guy has found an astonishing audience in just six months. The podcast has been downloaded more than 97,000 times and is currently averaging over 1,000 downloads per day. The free, 50-minute tour combines an interactive map, tour stop directions, archival photos, video, music clips, and interviews – a true multimedia experience unlike anything else available.

Listeners are able to follow the tour either by downloading to a portable media player or by virtually experiencing Chicago on a home computer. Available in Mandarin Chinese, English, German, Japanese, and Spanish, the tour is able to reach international visitors and devotees of Chicago blues wherever they are.

As Buddy Guy explains about Chicago, “This is the place where people just like myself came from the South to create new lives and a new kind of music. The generation just before mine came up here playing folk music. But soon they traded in their acoustic guitars for electric instruments. And when they plugged them in, they created a new, urban sound, that we call Chicago blues.”

Through Buddy Guy’s insider perspective and interviews with blues musicians and historians, visitors experience the Chicago blues historic and societal relevance, the worldwide impact on music and culture, and the city’s contemporary scene. Incorporating archival photos, music clips, and video, the tour highlights ten historic locations including Maxwell Street, Chess Records, and Muddy Water’s former home. Listeners, from blues club aficionados to those less familiar with the Chicago blues sound, will discover something new from the explanation of Chicago blues and profiles of five Chicago blues innovators: Jimmy Yancey, Tampa Red, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, and Koko Taylor.

In addition, the tour illustrates how Chicago continues to influence the international blues sound. Visitors can experience “Sweet Home Chicago” at the city’s many music clubs, including Buddy Guy’s Legends. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this June 5-8, 2008, the annual Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and draws over 800,000 visitors. Also, the Chicago Blues Archives at the city’s Harold Washington Library preserves archival recordings of performances unavailable anywhere else.

The Chicago Blues Tour is free and can be downloaded at or Apple’s iTunes.

Eric Clapton News: 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival on Great Performances

This past July, a spectacular gathering of guitar greats gathered at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. Great Performances, a PBS-TV show in the US, will air highlights from the day-long event at Toyota Park.

The first air-date was on 28 November by WNET (Channel 13) in New York City, but may vary based on regional broadcast schedules.

The concert served as a benefit for The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Clapton for chemically dependent persons.

Great Performances - Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007

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New John Sayles Movie “Honeydripper,” Opening December 28, Focuses On Blues Of The Deep South

"Honeydripper," the new film written, directed and edited by John Sayles and produced by Maggie Renzi, takes us back to the genesis of rock 'n' roll - namely '50s rural blues from the Deep South. The story depicts a second chance for an aging bluesman, a kickoff to a young guitar turk's career and the rise of rock 'n' roll itself.

Opening in theaters on December 28, 2007 in New York and Los Angeles, the movie features an all-star cast including Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Stacy Keach, Mary Steenburgen, Yaya DeCosta and Sean Patrick Thomas. Featured musicians include Keb' Mo', Dr. Mable John, Eddie Shaw and Jerry Portnoy among many others.

The film's setting is a 1950 rural town of Harmony, Alabama, during cotton harvest. It's a make-or-break weekend for the Honeydripper Lounge and its owner, piano player Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis. Deep in debt to the liquor man, the chicken man, and the landlord, Tyrone is desperate to lure the young cotton pickers and local Army base recruits into his juke joint and away from Touissant's, the rival joint across the way. After laying off his regular talent, blues singer Bertha Mae, Tyrone announces to his sidekick Maceo that he has hired the famous electric guitar player, Guitar Sam, for a special one-night-only gig: pack 'em in and save the club.

On the day of the show, the train arrives and Guitar Sam is nowhere to be found. Tyrone is forced to take action. He makes a deal with Sheriff Pugh to release Sonny, a kid who hopped off a freight car in Harmony, and turned up in the club claiming he could play the guitar as well as any Guitar Sam.

Tyrone cleans Sonny up and launches a scheme to pass off the young guitar picker as Guitar Sam just long enough to cut the lights and run off with cash box. When Sonny takes the stage and launches into his first scalding electric licks, Tyrone will learn if it's lights out for the Honeydripper or if his luck has changed: he might just be another man saved by rock 'n' roll.

"Honeydripper" grew out of Sayles' fascination with the genesis of rock 'n' roll. "There was no single moment when R&B, blues, gospel, jazz and country all came together to create this thing called rock 'n' roll," he said, "but a big change came with the advent of the electric guitar. Before that, piano ruled. Suddenly a poor boy like Sonny (played by Gary Clark, Jr.) could travel around with a portable, cheap, high-volume electric guitar and peel the paint off the walls."

The Honeydripper All-Star Band, made up of musicians who act in the film, have been touring the blues festivals since early Summer. The band consists of Gary Clark Jr. on guitar, Stax Records veteran Dr. Mable John on vocals, Henderson Huggins on keyboard, Howlin' Wolf/Muddy Waters band alumnus Eddie Shaw on saxophone and Arthur Lee Williams on harmonica. The band will continue to tour in support of the movie through the rest of the year and into the Spring.

The movie also contains music by legendary artists Memphis Slim, Lil Green and Hank Williams. The soundtrack recording will appear on a label to be announced shortly.

"Honeydripper" is John Sayles' 16th feature film and the 13th produced by longtime collaborator Maggie Renzi. It was shot in the southern Alabama towns of Greenville, Georgiana, Anniston and Midway in the late summer and early fall of 2006.

Guitar Fest Features World Record Challenge

South Australia’s First Annual Adelaide International Guitar Festival plans to set a world record. One of the highlights of the festival (November 23 - December 3, 2007, at Elder Park) will be Australia’s attempt to top India’s Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest band in the world.

Though the focus of the festival is the presentation of world-class guitarists in genres such as jazz, folk, rock, classical, blues and roots, Spanish, slide, experimental and a fusion of musical styles, event organizers hope to bring together more than 2,000 guitarists (acoustic guitars only) to top India’s current record of 1,730. While the Indians chose Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" to break the record, the Australians have decided to play one of the most recognizable riffs on the planet, Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.”

Turning Miami Beach Blue March 27-30th

The 1st Annual South Beach Blues Festival® will take-place Thursday, March 27th thru Sunday, March 30th 2008

The Festival
The four night Blues Festival, the first of its kind in Miami Beach, will join a healthy lineup of annual cultural events in Miami Beach such as Art Basel Miami Beach, the Winter Music Conference, the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, the Miami Film Festival, and others. The South Beach Blues Festival® will take place at the same time that the Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Tournament is in town, providing blues music far into the night for the US Open visitors as well.

The Food
“Twenty-two local restaurants will participate in the festival- offering up true southern South Beach Blue Plate® Specials from some of the best chefs and mountain smokers in the country. 

The Attitude
“This is not about hosting the biggest blues festival on the block by simply stamping it with the glossy South Beach name.  It’s about hosting a small (but growing), authentic and engaging blues weekend in Miami Beach in the dead of winter.  We’re not going for slick and glossy here.  We want our visitors, musicians and sponsors to leave, having really enjoyed a welcoming, friendly blues experience- and we want them to tell the story and return the following year.  I’ll know that we were successful when I hear that blues followers returned home saying “Wow, it was authentic, affordable, and I had a really friendly time in South Beach.” said event producer Jonah ‘Walter’ Moriarty.

The HD Filming
“The HD filming of the festival offers another great, creative dimension, as we have incorporated our ‘Eye Miami HD Video Challenge’ into the mix.  Each participating videotographer will be assigned a creative angle to tell their story and capture their artist.

The musicians will receive a finished HD archive and the winner of the challenge will receive a professional Sony HD camera.” said co-producer and film sponsor Jordi Verite of Verite Broadcast and president of Max Miami (Miami Arts Media eXchange).

The Art of Blues
The South Beach Blues Festival® will engage the entire creative community, including artists, designers, museums and movie theaters with blues related art exhibits and films.

Festival Guide
A Blues Map is being designed by students from the Miami Ad School and South Beach Shacks® (information stations) have been commissioned, which will be located at two key locations, staffed with Brown Bag Blues® guides and volunteers.

Code Blue Ambassadors®
A full list of South Beach Blues Festival Ambassadors, located in various global locations will be posted on-line December 1st at
Festival Associate and West Coast Ambassador Howard Pine, says he has sensed a lot of excitement at the prospect of a blues festival in South Beach. “It’s been amazing,” Pine said. “We started doing the groundwork for this thing and that generated some buzz. The next thing we know we started getting emails from as far away as California, Germany, Canada and Finland, and we hadn’t even named the event!  Blues fans go where the music is, and this winter it’s gonna be in SoBe.”

The Artists
The line-up of musical artists will be announced online February 3rd, following the International Blues Challenge, held on Beale Street in Memphis.

For ticket and artist booking details, please visit
Contact: Kyla Adams
Tel: 786 499 6179

BLUES GUITAR WOMEN:Dedicated to the Women of Blues Guitar

Some people might say that blues is a man's world, but Elwood Blues knows better. That's why the next episode of the House of Blues Radio hour is dedicated to the Women of Blues Guitar. Bonnie Raitt, Sue Foley, Memphis Minnie, Susan Tedeschi, and more! It's an hour of female Blues Guitar, this week on the House of Blues Radio Hour.

Coral Gables Bluesfest

Friday-Sunday, November 30-2, 2007
Coral Gables, Miami Dade, Florida, U.S.
Hotline: 305-774-1883
Efes Pilsen Blues Festival

Friday-Saturday, December 7-8, 2007
Istanbul, Turkey

18th Annual Efes Pilsen Blues Festival

Friday, November 2-Tuesday, December 11, 2007
19 cities in Turkey + Cyprus + Russia + Sirbia
Sesi Jazz & Blues Festival

Thursday-Saturday, January 6-15, 2008
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

Sunday-Sunday, January 13-20, 2008
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Hotline: 888-BLUESIN / 816-753-7979
Real Delta Showcase

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Hotline: 662-560-3421
Australian Blues Music Festival - The National Festival of Australian Blues Music

Thursday-Sunday, February 7-10, 2008
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Hotline: +61 2 4823 4492
8th Swanage Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, March 7-9, 2008
Swanage, United Kingdom
Hotline: +44 (0)1929 422338
Forth Valley Blues Festival

Saturday, March 15, 2008
Forth, Tasmania, Australia
Hotline: +61 3 64282239
South Beach Blues Festival

Thursday-Sunday, March 27-30, 2008
Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Hotline: 786-499-6179
Cook Island Jazz & Blues Festival

Saturday-Sunday, March 29-30, 2008
Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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