March 30, 2007
Vol 2 Issue 10

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Blues Artists on the Rise
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TERRY DAVIDSON & THE GEARS : : Leave Here Runnin'

LEAVE HERE RUNNIN' is Terry Davidson & the Gears 5th CD. Twelve of the 14 tracks are original songs. The enduring musical relationship between the band members is evident. Drummer Bob "The Wrench" Hanners and Terry have been jammin' since they were in elementary school. Bassist Todd Silas has been a Gear for almost 5 years. Special guests Ray Fuller on harp and Todd "Dr. Fingers" Brown on keys go back many years with Terry as well.

One reviewer comments:"The songwriting skillfully blends the band's Blues roots with influences spanning from Jazz to Surf music. The journeymen rhythm section grooves & burns while the raw, stripped down production showcases Terry's sometimes mean, sometimes smooth guitar playing. The harmonica and keyboards give a wonderful texture, never competing to be in the spotlight. Terry's vocals range from laid back and clean as on "Slow and Easy" to low down and dirty as on "Blood", fitting each song nicely. Todd Silas's vocal take on Joe Clayton's "Murderin' Blues" is down right scary. A great set from a seasoned band."

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ÄRRÄPÄÄ-Orchestra goes global! On their new album, the veteran blues-roots-rock-combo changes fluently from Finnish to English. "On the Loose" mixes the warmth of Americana with the traditional Finnish melancholy, and presents the listener with a variety of cover songs as well as new and original ÄRRÄPÄÄ-tunes. 

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ATLANTA, GA - The 2007 Jus` Blues Award Show has announced an August 16th date and a new Memphis, TN location. Founder and President Charles Mitchell says, "For six years, the Awards Show has been a success in Atlanta, Georgia. This summer, the show will be bigger and even better in Memphis at the Historical Daisy Theater on world famous Beale Street, known as the center for African-American culture and entertainment and fun."

For a complete list of nominees and to cast your vote please visit
Paul deLay Memorial Show Announced

Portland's blues harmonica giant, Paul deLay, who died unexpectedly March 7th, will be celebrated on Sunday, April Fools' Day with a concert at the Portland Art Museum's Kridel Grand Ballroom. Hosted by eleven former members of various incarnations of The Paul deLay Band, the bill features Duffy Bishop, Linda Hornbuckle, Lloyd Jones, and Terry Robb—artists who, along with Paul, made the Northwest blues scene the vibrant and widely-admired community it is today. Other special guests are TBA. The show's proceeds will benefit the deLay family.

Sunday, April 1, 2007
7 pm, Kridel Grand Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave.
All ages. $20, advance through the Portland Art Museum (503-226-0973), or online at For further information, contact Peter Dammann, 244-5827.

Live Nation has announced that it is expanding its Fillmore brand beyond the legendary club in San Francisco and the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, with the newly christened Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza and the Fillmore Philadelphia.
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue Tour Back By Popular Demand

Due to the overwhelming success of the first-ever Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue Tour in January and February of this year, the Revue is hitting the road again this spring with eleven shows scheduled for April and May, including a performance in Memphis the night before the Blues Music Awards ceremony. Spearheaded by Tommy Castro, recently voted Blueswax's "Artist of the Year," and his crowd-pleasing band, the Revue also features Magic Dick, Deanna Bogart, and Ronnie Baker Brooks.

The Revue Tour is the brainchild of Roger Naber, founder of the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, the world's only fully chartered blues cruise that sails both the Pacific and Caribbean annually. These cruises are an interactive blues festival at sea, and attract nearly 4,000 music fans each year from all 50 states and up to 18 foreign countries. Each cruise brings as many as 19 bands on board, plus a variety of special guests to enhance artist workshops and pro jam sessions.

The idea behind the Revue Tour is to bring the energy and excitement from this decade's hottest blues ticket from the High Seas to land. All four of the acts featured in the Revue are favorites of the Blues Cruise community passengers, as tallied by cruiser feedback. One of the most popular events on the Blues Cruises are the late night jam sessions that occur every evening during the voyage.
2006 Blues Music Awards to Air on BET J

The air dates for the 2006 Blues Music Awards have been announced. The national broadcast on Viacom' BET J Network are: April 10 at 4pm; April 24 at 4pm and May 8 at 4pm. Last year's show was filmed by Jazz Alley TV, the longest running Blues and Jazz TV series seen in over 80 countries and celebrating 15 years with BLUES on TV.

Songwriter TV pilot to be shot in Shreveport

A music TV show pilot about songwriters will shoot in Shreveport, LA during April.

Billed as the "Secrets of the Heart Performance Series," its concerts will be filmed at the Scottish Rite Temple's performance hall at 7:30 p.m. April 6, and 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 7.

"We're shooting three 2-hour pilots here to pitch to the networks," said Executive Producer and Director Will Mitchell. "It's getting exciting. We have a lot of star participation in performance or interviews."

The show will feature songwriters performing and talking about their inspirations.

The series will likely include performances by country western singer Ed Bruce ("Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys"); rock singer Kip Winger of the group Winger; songwriter and producer Gordon Kennedy; country and folk musician Pam Tillis; western recording artist Michael Martin Murphey; recording artist and writer Ron Sexsmith; rock singer and songwriter James Slater; and blues recording artist Susan Tedeschi (pictured).

Editor's Note: Interesting choice for blues, since Susan Tedeschi's last album was all cover songs.

Two years ago Roots Music Group, launched Radio Submit, the first company in the world to offer digital song uploads directly to radio stations.

To date thousands of songs have made their way directly into the hands of radio programmers by way of this ground-breaking service.

Radio Submit’s service delivery model was created to counter the time and cost constraints of traditional radio servicing that consisted of sending hard copies of the project and promotional material by way of regular mail. “The cost of traditional servicing is prohibitive for everyone but particularly independent labels and artists” says CEO Robert Bartosh “On the average an artist sends out about 500 hard copies of their release to radio station. If they are lucky they might get 50 radio stations to play the music, the other 450 CDs and promo material are thrown in the trash.”

With a factored cost of approximately $2.50 per mailing domestically and $4.50 internationally (without promotional material costs) Radio Submit’s digital alternative has been welcomed with open arms by both artists and broadcasters.

Bryon Tosoff, of Voodoohead Productions and a member of the premier, Vancouver based blues-rock band “The Blue Voodoo” offers his first hand perspective promoting, “This method of digitally distributing their music through has saved me and the Indie artists I represent thousands of dollars in mail out costs. Radio Submit is certainly helping to level the playing field in the music industry for the Indies."

Sensing a revolution in the way Internet traffic is managed, rock musicians find themselves in the unusual position of defending the status quo.

Independent, lesser-known musicians and smaller record labels launched a nationwide campaign Tuesday to support the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally, which they said is under fire from providers who want to charge a fee to have some Web sites load faster than others.

The Rock the Net campaign, made up mostly of musicians who are on smaller record labels or none at all, said they're fearful that if the so-called "Net neutrality" principle is abandoned, their music may not be heard because they don't have the financial means to pay for preferential treatment.
Young Musicians in Alberta Canada Denied Performance Opportunities

Alberta Canada's musician's speak out against new ruling that affects underage players. There's an outcry in Alberta from musicians regarding the liquor control commission's new policy of refusing to issue special youth permits allowing underage players to perform in bars and lounges.

The permit, which has been issued in the past by the liquor commission (along with parental consent) gave budding musicians access to audiences and performance opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have.

The ruling came as part of a reversal of a policy the commission had introduced which would allow children as young as 12 to work in kitchens at licensed establishments. The public responded loudly on the issue, causing the commission to reverse the decision with a ruling that covers all underage children, affecting the youth musicians that currently perform in bars and lounges.
B.B.King Gives the Real Thing

BB KING is the only artist to have ever appeared on 'AMERICAN
BANDSTAND' that did not lipsync his performance.

Apple Inc. is throwing its weight behind the music industry's efforts to protect the album format by allowing fans to buy complete digital albums without having to pay again for songs they already own.

The record industry is keen to maintain the profitable album format, which is under threat as users of Web-based music download stores, such as Apple's iTunes and Napster Inc. prefer to buy individual songs rather than whole albums.

iTunes is introducing a "Complete My Album" service that offers customers who want to turn individual tracks into an album a 99-cent credit for every song they have already purchased from the album.

For example, if a customer had bought three 99-cent singles and decides to download the entire album with a listed price of $9.99, the customer would only have to pay $7.02.
The Doors Make Entire Back Catalogue Available Online

The Doors
are the latest veteran act to make their entire back catalog of music available to download online. The band, whose frontman Jim Morrison died in 1971, have given permission for all six of their studio albums to be released as digital downloads.

Keyboardist Ray Manzarek says, "The delivery system is what it is. If everyone is on their computer, that's fabulous. But although you gain the ease of access, you do lose the sense of an artifact."

Hard Rock Biloxi Bringing Music Artifacts Back for July Opening

Elvis Presley's Army uniform, found on a mannequin floating in the Mississippi Sound, will be back on display when the Hard Rock Biloxi reopens on July 7.

B.B. King's original guitar 'Lucille' will return along with the guitars of Johnny Cash and KISS.

Some of the rock artifacts will be in pristine condition, but others will be part of a Katrina memorial collage. Everything else will be new and gleaming inside the casino resort, including a display in honor of James Brown.

Hurricane Katrina brought a storm surge of almost 23 feet to the casino site. The storm destroyed its gambling barge two days before the casino was scheduled to open.

The casino now sits atop a combination of concrete pilings and steel columns. The concrete pilings are driven 90 feet down. It has 12 inches of concrete slab on top of that to anchor steel columns rising up to the casino.

During James Cotton's first set at the Bradfordville Blues Club (Tallahassee, Florida) on Thursday, night a huge tree-sized limb fell out of one of the live oak trees outside the club. Of course we all told James to turn it down a smidgen please.

The tree just missed hitting a new car. The club owners are talking about having a plank cut out of the limb, getting James Cotton to sign it and calling it their Cottonwood plank.

Pictuced is James Cotton with club owners Gary Anton & Kevin Butler next to the downed limb. 


Jammates Records LLC annouced that Jack Hall, best known as bassist and founding member of the legendary Southern Rock band Wet Willie, has joined electric blues group Mojo:Saint. “Jack brings a solid blues and funk bottom to our sound”, says band leader Billy Earl McClelland.

The group, founded in 2006 and signed to a management and artist development agreement with Jammates Records, aims to bring a unique perspective to blues music fans around the globe.

M.C. Records announced that guitarist Rick Holmstrom has joined Mavis Staples Band. Rick will also be touring with his own band throughout the Spring & Summer. Look for Rick to perform with Mavis on the Tonight Show April 25 and Bonaroo June 17.

Rick Holmstrom will release his first studio recording in nearly five years. Late In The Night on April 24 in the United States & Canada.

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MIGHTY LESTER:The Southeast's Baddest Little Big Band

  • 2007 International Blues Challenge 3rd Place Champs!
  • Blues Foundations Best Self-Produced CD of 2007!

At almost every gig, somebody rolls up to one of the members of this powerhouse blues and soul octet and asks, "Which one of you guys is Mighty Lester? Is it the singer? Is it the guitar player? Is it the sax guy? Who is it?"

As the band explains in the liner notes to their May 2006 release, We Are Mighty Lester:

"The truth is that none of us is Mighty Lester. In spite of what some old-timers might claim, it's doubtful that anybody in the band at this point can even remember what he looked like very clearly. When he took off for parts unknown, all he left was his name. But it's a pretty good name, so we decided to keep it.

"We are Mighty Lester, and this is who we are and what we're about as we celebrate our fifth year: We are Todd, pourin' out his soul into the lyrics of every song. We are Lenny, wringin' another smokin' lick out of his Silvertone. We are Jon, ticklin' the eighty-eights and takin' us all to church with the B-3. We are Dave, makin' sure his bass stays locked right there in the pocket. We are Rick, swingin' and rockin', always layin' down that monster beat. We are the Mighty Horns—Jeff, Joe, and Alex—blowin' some of the biggest, fattest, hottest sounds you'll ever hear wailin' from a tenor, a bari, and a trumpet.

"And we're all about havin' a real good time playin' music that makes people want to get up and dance and have a good time, too."

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St. John (Virgin Islands) Blues Festival Raises $$$$ for HART Fund

Blues Foundation Board member Steve Simon just completed a highly successful 5th Annual Coors Light St. John Blues Festival, in terms of the quality of music, attendance and as relates to The Blues Foundation, in raising--so far--$4274 for the HART Fund.

“We dedicated this year’s Blues Festival to the Blues Foundation’s HART Fund which provides financial assistance to Blues artists and their loved ones in times of illness and special needs,” stated Steve Simon. “For many years the HART fund has made a difference in the quality of life of some of the Blues world’s elder statesmen and we are very proud to be part of that effort this year,” Simon said.


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JAMES HUNTER:With songs from his new CD "People Gonna Talk"

When you first hear singer James Hunter, You might think that somebody has channeled the spirit of Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, or some other sweet-voiced R&B singer from the early 60's. But James Hunter makes soul music for the 21st Century. James Hunter's Grammy-nominated CD is "People Gonna Talk". And Elwood will talk with Him, this weekend on the House of Blues Radio Hour.

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Bluebonnet Blues & Fine Arts Festival

Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 1, 2007
Marble Falls, Texas, U.S.
Hotline: 830-798-1041
San Felipe Blues & Art Fiesta

Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 1, 2007
Marble Falls, Texas, U.S.
Hotline: 830-798-1041
Reykjavik Blues Festival

Tuesday-Friday, April 3-6, 2007
Reykjavik, Iceland
Hotline: none
The 11th Nantwich Jazz & Blues Music Festival

Friday-Monday, April 5-9, 2007
Nantwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom
Hotline: 01270 625283
George's Music Springing the Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, April 6-8, 2007
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, U.S.
Hotline: 904-249-3972
Spring Harmonica Festival

Saturday, April 7, 2007
Spring Harmonica

La Mesa/San Diego, California, U.S.
Hotline: (619) 401-8846

French Quarter Festival

Friday-Sunday, April 13-15, 2007
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Juke Joint Festival & Related Events

Friday-Sunday, April 13-15, 2007
Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
Hotline: 662-624-5992
2nd Annual Youth Explosion 2007

Saturday, April 14, 2007
Cape Charles, Virginia, U.S.
Hotline: 757-710-3713
River to the Rails

Friday-Saturday, April 20-21, 2007
Greenwood, Mississippi, U.S.
Hotline: 662-453-0365
Little Riverfest

Saturday, April 21, 2007
Hornersville, Missouri, U.S.
Hotline: 573-737-9619

6th Annual Hampton Acoustic Blues Revival

Saturday, April 21, 2007
Hampton, Virginia, U.S.
Hotline: 757-456-1675
Adams Avenue Roots & Folk Festival

Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22, 2007
San Diego, California, U.S.
Hotline: 619-282-7329

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