April 23, 2007
Vol 2 Issue 13

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FRUTELAND JACKSON : : Tell Me What You Say

Fruteland Jackson is one of the few American artists dedicated to performing and preserving acoustic blues in it’s various styles, both traditional and contemporary, from field hollers and work songs to Delta and Piedmont styles.

Fruteland Jackson is a singer / songwriter and educator who performs at Blues festivals, Cultural centers and Clubs worldwide. Fruteland refers to himself as a “Blues Activist” and oral historian promoting awareness through education by conducting Blues in the Schools programs. The Blues Foundation has recognized Fruteland’s contributions by presenting him with the Keeping the Blues Alive award.

LAZARUS WOLF : : West Coast Blues Man

Raised in the City of Angels, Lazarus Wolf started playing guitar at the age of 8. At 14 had already become a part of the rock music scene competing with garage bands with members like Eddie Van Halen, and Quiet Riot with young Randy Rhodes. By the time he was out of high school, he landed a part playing his custom 1957 Fender Duo-sonic guitar (Lorelei) in a major Hollywood production by Casablanca Records & Filmworks.

Inspired by B.B. King, Albert King, Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Django Reinhardt, his playing has evolved to what it is today. His electrifying guitar solos of searing emotion are punctuated with honest, emotional vocals that are reminiscent of Muddy Waters. Playing with the fluidity of a true blues master, the guitar and the man become one.

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The 2007 Blues Festival Guides are on their way!

Publisher, Kaati Gaffney was on hand to make sure printing and shipping went smoothly. And it did. And we are happy to report that this year we are ahead of schedule. The magazines are already shipped! Thanks to our new printer, Forum Communications,what took 2 weeks last year, happened this year in just one day.

The 2007 magazine is 16 pages larger than last year; the pictures and editorial are fabulous.

120+ Blues Societies throughout the USA and Canada will begin receiving their deliveries in the next few days. Contact your local blues society to get your magazine. Don't belong to a blues society? We can fix that! Click here for a list of blues societies. Find a society near you, and join! The magazines are free through blues societies.

An alternative, is to order your magazine directly from RBA Publishing. The shipping and handling charge per magazine is $7. Click here to order your copy.

Award-winning guitarist/singer/songwriter Deborah Coleman was photographed playing her one-of-a-kind, gold-top style "Beale Street Blue" Gibson at the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth, MN. Photo credit and thanks to photographer Scott Allen from Vividpix.

Deborah Coleman is spending the entire year of 2007 touring the world as part of Ruf Record's annual Blues Caravan. Deborah is joined on stage by fellow guitar women Sue Foley and Roxanne Potvin. They will be making 11 stops in North America during the summer of 2007 For a complete tour schedule visit www.BluesCaravan.com

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Thanks from the Blues Festival Guide staff

Yours truly, while in Minnesota for the magazine printing took some time out to visit the location that inspired Corey Stevens to record a tribute to Albert King called "Albertville".

While I don't play guitar, I did bring along the instrument that I do play... my laptop computer. Cory's CD "Albertville" is doing well, ranked # 6 on this week's Roots Music Report for blues.

Your E-guide editor;
Nancy Edwards
Hard Rock Park Unveils ‘Led Zeppelin – The Ride'

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) -- South Carolina’s Hard Rock Park has announced details of the amusement park’s highly anticipated rollercoaster “Led Zeppelin – The Ride,” which will feature six inversion loops and ascend over 150 feet into the air.

“We’ve partnered with the most iconic hard rock band of all time to create a truly unique and exciting experience that will serve as one of our signature attractions,” Steven Goodwin, CEO of Hard Rock Park said in a statement.
The rollercoaster will feature a high fidelity on-board audio system that blasts Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” while in motion, creating an unprecedented sensory experience for riders.

Ride designers Bolliger & Mabillard of Switzerland worked closely with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones on all aspects of the coaster, including the ride’s name, logo and overall look and feel of the vehicles.

The world’s first rock’n’roll theme park is currently under construction on 140 acres near Myrtle Beach, and is slated to open in May 2008.

Editors Note: Finally something that grandparents and their grand kids can both enjoy, albeit for different reasons.
Elvis Enterprises Launches Ad Campaign

MEMPHIS (AP) -- Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. announced a new ad campaign on Monday (April 16th) as part of its effort to make the rock legend's former home Graceland a tourist destination on par with larger theme parks.

Graceland was Presley's primary residence for 20 years and, since opening as a museum in 1982, is one of the most visited home museums in the U.S.

Under Elvis Presley Enterprises, Presley earned $45 million in 2005 and topped Forbes magazine's list of top-earning dead celebrities.

The company is working with Orlando, Fla.-based Bob Weis Design Island Associates to improve the museums, shops and restaurants across from Graceland while keeping intact the historic home owned by the singer's daughter, Lisa Marie Presley.
Gibson Guitar Warns Consumers About Counterfeit Instruments Being Sold In United States

Several complaints from consumers who were sold fake Gibson guitars has prompted an aggressive move on Gibson Guitar's part to work with government officials and other instrument marketers in an effort to curtail the growing problem.

The growing problem, originating out of China, has been reviewed by the U.S. Trade Commission and currently has the attention of Washington. China regularly defends its record in fighting piracy and counterfeit production of merchandise, however many pirated consumer products continue to be sold in various Chinese cities which affect a multitude of international manufacturers across many categories.

In a recent case in North Carolina, a man was charged with trying to sell counterfeit guitars after a 15 year old discovered the instrument he bought from the suspect was a fake. The man was arrested on two felony counts of criminal use of a counterfeit trademark, following an investigation by the North Carolina Secretary of State's Trademark Enforcement Section.

Auction websites currently have hundreds of instruments which resemble Gibson Guitars and other brands. Some even feature trademarked headstocks and logos. Many of these items carry a very low sale price but exorbitant shipping costs.


(full story at ModernGuitars.com) The recent music industry trade show, Musikmesse, held in Frankfurt Germany, saw the introduction of the Centerfold model guitar from the DeVillain Guitar Company. The Centerfold is a full-sized electric guitar with a neck that folds forward over the body so that the instrument can be placed in a case or gig bag that will fit under the seat of an airplane and remain in tune when unfolded.

The guitar is the result of Swedish SAS pilot Fredrik Johansson's desire for an instrument that can be carried on a plane, easily stowed, and quickly made playable on arrival, meaning the neck doesn't have to be detached nor the strings removed. According to the DeVillain Guitar Company, founded by Johansson, it can be unfolded and ready to play in 20 seconds. The suggested retail price of the Centerfold is $3,370 USD, which includes international shipping and taxes.
8 YEAR Quinn Sullivan, 8, plays his Squier Stratocaster guitar, which sports Buddy Guy’s autograph on the upper neck.

(from SouthCoastToday.com) Around the time that most second-graders were getting tucked into bed on Saturday night, their heads filled with fairy tales, 8-year-old Quinn Sullivan was living one of his own creation.

Wearing a natty polka-dot bow tie, the little boy walked on stage at a packed Zeiterion Theatre and plugged in his black-and-white Squier Stratocaster.

From the audience, Sean Moriarty, one of the principals behind the Whaling City Blues Festival (New Bedford, Massachusetts) , watched as Quinn began bending notes and trading licks with legendary bluesman Buddy Guy.

"He wasn't in awe," he said. "Once he warmed up, the kid just threw his head back and cut loose. I give him credit. He had some moxie. He has a real gift, no doubt about it. Everybody who was there that night is talking about it to anyone who wasn't."

When Quinn's father first proposed the idea of having his son play, the Zeiterion staff was skeptical, but agreed to talk it over with Buddy Guy's people. After meeting the young boy backstage before the show, the famed 70-year-old guitarist generously consented to allow him onstage.

"I think he saw something in Quinn that led him to believe," said Quinn's father, Terry Sullivan who had requested the meeting. "It reflects great credit on Buddy Guy that he gave Quinn a chance to play. Buddy is known for that, though. I think it's part of his efforts in keeping the blues alive."

This was not the first brush with stardom for the young musician who went from a debut at the Apple-Peach Festival in Acushnet to an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." On the show, he performed the Beatles song, "Twist and Shout," for a national audience.

His father, who plays drums for the Pearly Baker Band, accompanied his son to Hollywood on that occasion. Since then, Quinn says, he has continued to develop his talents.

"I probably play about two to three hours every day," he said. "And I listen to a lot of blues players."

Although he remains a die-hard Beatles fan, his tastes have branched out as he's grown up. It was after watching the Eric Clapton DVD "Crossroads" featuring Buddy Guy when he began to play more blues.

Meeting Buddy Guy in person was a great experience, Quinn said. "It was like talking to a king," he said. "He was really nice."

But playing with him onstage at the 'Z' was unforgettable he said.

"That's the most people I ever played for. I couldn't really see them because of the lights. But I wasn't really nervous," he said.

Police Chief Ron Teachman, a music fan with his own radio show on WUMD, was in the audience and could not believe what he was hearing.

"You had to have been there," he said. "He had the chops, and he had the stage presence and a great ear, too. Buddy Guy said to him, 'Man, you are something.' Then, Buddy just stood back and let him play. That was quite a compliment considering Eric Clapton said Buddy Guy is the best guitar player alive."

Zeiterion executive director Katherine Knowles was thrilled by the enthusiastic response to Buddy Guy's appearance in New Bedford.

"We were delighted to have someone like Buddy Guy come here in the first place. That was just a real coup for us," she said.

But getting a second-grader from New Bedford to play with him, she said, was something that nobody could have anticipated.

"When Quinn started playing you could see that Buddy was completely blown away. He told Quinn he was going to call Letterman and the Jay Leno show to get him on there," she said.

Quinn's father said the family is trying to avoid getting carried away by all the excitement.

"We are trying to take it slow," he said. "But if an opportunity comes along, you can't pass it up. A lot of people support Quinn, and we are grateful for the help."
CD Baby Artists To Sell Directly To Fans On MySpace Using SNOCAP MyStores

SNOCAP, the premier music technology company for direct artist-to-fan online distribution and CD Baby, the web's largest seller of independent music, announced that over 130,000 independent artists currently releasing their music through CD Baby will have one-click access to create SNOCAP MyStores. The agreement makes it easier than ever for independent artists to release their music on both CD and via the Internet.

The service launched to unsigned and independent artists on MySpace in December. CD Baby artists who participate will be added to SNOCAP's landmark digital registry of over 3.3 million tracks. In addition to MySpace, CD Baby artists will have access to additional SNOCAP offerings including generating ad revenue through imeem and licensing their music to television and movies through Pump Audio.

SNOCAP's one-stop registration allows the artists to clear and manage their licensing rights across multiple online destinations in real-time. Using sophisticated music fingerprinting technology to identify and catalog the music, SNOCAP ensures that the proper rights-holder is paid when a sale is made.
XM Satellite Radio's Bluesville Set for Live Broadcast of 2007 Blues Music Awards

The 2007 Blues Music Awards, universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues musicians, will feature world class performances by over 65 nominees who have decided the Memphis Cook Convention Center is the place to be on Thursday May 10. Amid the announcements of Award winners, the show will feature more than 25 performances, many involving multiple nominees.

As industry representatives and fans from around the world arrive in Memphis, the Home of the Blues, to honor the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year, the 2007 Blues Music Awards promises to be a highlight film of spectacular moments.

XM Satellite Radio's Bluesville has entered into an agreement with The Blues Foundation for a live broadcast of the 2007 Blues Music Awards on May 10. Bluesville is expected to air the entire show, but the broadcast will begin around 7:00pm CDT (if not before) and continue until the last notes are played somewhere around 1:00am!!! The 2006 Blues Music Awards is currently airing on BET J.

The night opens with a reception, featuring the 2007 International Blues Challenge winning duo, Nathan James and Ben Hernandez, and winning band, Sean Carney Band, entertaining the 1500 or so in attendance.

Then the Blues fireworks will explode. The party will then move into the ballroom for dinner and a night of music wrapped around 25 award presentations by guests such as British Blues legend John Mayall, former Major League Baseball player and manager Dusty Baker and his Blues buddy Elvin Bishop.

Highlights are always difficult to predict, but the night will include Otis Taylor’s banjo quartet, a Soul Blues Revue featuring a five-nominee ensemble backed by the Steve Edmonson band, a once-in-a-lifetime harp blowout led by Mark Hummel and the full Bobby Rush show. But with an all-star lineup of nominees attending, May 10th will be a night of many surprises.

Here is a list of nominees planning to attend: Barbara Blue, Big George Brock, Bill Stuve, Bob Stroger, Bobby Rush, Calvin "Fuzz" Jones, Calvin Owens, Charlie Musselwhite, Chicago Bob Nelson, Chris Thomas King, Dave Gross, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Deanna Bogart, Dion, Diunna Greenleaf, Doug James, Dr. John, Duke Robillard, Eddie Shaw, EG Kight, Eric Lindell, Fiona Boyes, Frankie Lee, Guitar Shorty, Guy Davis, Irma Thomas, Jackie Payne & Steve Edmonson, Janiva Magness, Jimi Bott, John Long, John Mooney, Johnny Rawls, Kid Ramos, Kim Wilson, Larry Taylor, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Mannish Boys, Marcia Ball, Mark Hummel, Michael Powers, Mitch Kashmar, Mitch Woods, Mookie Brill, Nick Moss & The Flip Tops, Nora Jean Bruso, Otis Taylor, Paul Oscher, Rich Del Grosso, Richard Innes, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Rory Block, Sam Carr, Slick Ballinger, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Tab Benoit, The Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Trudy Lynn, Watermelon Slim & the Workers, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Zora Young, as well as the widow of the late Robert Lockwood Jr.and the late Henry Townsend’s son.

Tables and tickets can still be purchased www.blues.org/tickets/bma.php or by calling 901.527.2583.

The presenting sponsor is The Gibson Foundation.
ActiveMusic and Global Green USA Partner to Raise Funds for Green Rebuilding in New Orleans During the 2007 Jazz & Heritage Festival

 ActiveMusic and Global Green USA will hold a fundraising event on May 3rd  at the club Republic to benefit Global Green USA’s sustainable rebuilding work in New  Orleans.

Artists and musicians participating in this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will sign instruments donated by GBME – Gibson Baldwin Music Entertainment. The instruments are to be auctioned off on CharityFolks.com during and after the festival. To cap off the day of support for sustainable rebuilding, Republic will extend an invitation to all artists to participate in a special media event in the most beautiful club in the warehouse district of New Orleans that opened its doors after Katrina to help revive the city.   Republic will donate revenues from their door Thursday night, from   10 PM – 2 AM to Global Green.

Global Green USA is a national environmental organization that merges innovative research, cutting-edge community based projects and targeted advocacy to create a sustainable future. Global Green USA has helped green nearly $20 billion in affordable housing, school, college, and municipal building construction through technical assistance, partnerships, advocacy, and education. The organization has written, and implemented green building, energy efficiency, and solar power guidelines in addition to legislation, and incentives at the local, state, and federal level. It has also pioneered partnerships with countless non-profits, developers and government agencies (www.globalgreen.org). Global Green USA has opened a permanent office and resource center in New Orleans, located at 841 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70131.

ActiveMusic, whose mission is "Accelerating Social Change through the Power of Music and Media," is a non-profit production and media event company that raises money for effective non-profits that support environmental, health, social justice, and educational causes. Over the last twenty-five plus years, ActiveMusic has been providing the resources and expertise to produce low expense, high net events for non-profit organizations in need of funding and outreach by producing live concerts, artist receptions, and outdoor events (www.activemusic.org).

LARA PRICE BAND:featuring Laura Chavez on guitar

Lara Price was born to perform.

Her musical journey started at the young age of 6, taking piano lessons with Legendary 80's music innovator Howard Jones. At 12 she was singing solo and went on to train operatically with Dr. Lynn Berg at Boise State University. She arrived in the Bay Area in 1998 in search of her dream of singing in a band. Lara began running her own blues jam at JJ's Blues, and was featured in an inspiring article about blues jams in the September 2000 issue of the Blues Revue.

Lara fell in love with the blues without expecting to, "I didn't find the blues, the blues found me".

She has come a long way in a short time, earning loyal fans worldwide. Together with the Lara Price Band, Lara has released 4 self-produced CDs, toured across the United States and China, and performed at such world-renowned festivals and events as the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, San Jose Metro Fountain Blues Festival, the NAMM show, and the Massachusetts Summer Solstice Blues Festival, among many others. Her band features some of the area's finest musicians including Laura Chavez on guitar, Jack Cannon on bass, "Baldhead" Fred Rautmann on drums, and Alex Specht on keyboards. Together they play with an intensity and cohesiveness that comes only from years of playing together. Combining the diverse set of influences that each member brings to the table, they create a sound that is both clearly, deeply rooted in the traditions of the Blues but, decidedly, their own.

The Lara Price Band is currently featured on the Ruf Records international release "Blues Guitar Women" and has been written up as the "Hot Pick" on the CD by Guitar One Magazine. Their current release, "I Got News," consisting of mostly original material, has received rave reviews in the much revered Blues Revue magazine and garnered radio airplay throughout the United States as well as Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America. Most recently the Lara Price Band competed in the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN and completed a tour of the South. With the buzz created at the IBC they plan to return to the South in the summer of 2007 and currently have festival appearances booked at some of the country's top festivals. The Lara Price Band will also release a live CD this Summer while continuing to work on material for their next album.

She's an All American singer with a sultry stage presence and a voice that demands you're attention-smoky, lonely, sexy, and powerful. It's no wonder her music transcends the blues and crosses a line into music that is unequivocally superb.

"It's all about the love of music and letting the crowd share in my passion."



The Alabama Blues Project and the Sumter Alabama County Historical Society on Saturday unveiled a memorial to Sumter County's Vera Hall, a legendary singer of blues and spirituals who lies buried in an unmarked grave in Livingston.

Hall was recorded in the 1930s by the famous ethnomusicologist John Lomax, who scoured the South, preserving the work of folk and blues singers such as Leadbelly and Jelly Roll Morton. Lomax said Hall "has the loveliest untrained voice I have ever recorded."

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The 28th ANNUAL BLUES MUSIC AWARDS:Nominees include some of the biggest names in the business

The 28th annual Blues Music Awards will be held Thursday May 10th in Memphis, Tennessee. These are the Oscars of the Blues World, and the nominees include some of the biggest names in the business. Join Elwood Blues as he spins the best blues from Charlie Musselwhite, Jerry Lee Lewis, Guitar Shorty and many more, this weekend on the House of Blues Radio Hour.

The Mac Arnold Cornbread & Collard Greens Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, 2007

Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.


Hotline: 864-517-9347
Round Barn Blues

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Kirksville, Missouri, U.S.


Hotline: 660-665-2760

Double Decker Festival

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Oxford, Mississippi, U.S.


Hotline: 662-234-4680
3rd Annual Barnesville Blues & BBQ Festival

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Barnesville, Georgia, U.S.


Hotline: 770-358-5884

Ponderosa Stomp

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Moulin Blues Festival

Friday-Saturday, May 4-5, 2007

Ospel, Limburg, Netherlands


Hotline: 31(0)495-625596

Whitney Bank Tampa Bay Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, May 4-6, 2007

St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.


Hotline: 727-502-5000
Beale Street Music Festival

Friday-Sunday, May 4-6, 2007

Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.


Hotline: 901-525-4611
Mumbles Mostly Jazz & Blues Festival

Friday-Monday, May 4-7, 2007

Mumbles, Swansea, United Kingdom

Hotline: 01792 361302

Bushy's Big Wheel Blues Festival

Friday-Monday, May 4-7, 2007

Laxey, Isle of Man, United Kingdom


Hotline: n/a
Sunday In The Park

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Jonesboro, Arkansas, U.S.


Hotline: 870-219-9650

3rd Annual Robert Johnson Music Festival

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Hazlehurst, Mississippi, U.S.


Hotline: 601-892-7883
Leland Crawfish Festival

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Leland, Mississippi, U.S.


Hotline: 662-686-7646

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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