April 27, 2007
Vol 2 Issue 14

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House of Blues Radio Hour
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DOUG COX & SALIL BHATT : : Slide to Freedom

Fusing Blues music with Indian music has been tried before, but no one
has done it quite as successfully as Doug Cox an Salil Bhatt (the son
of V.M. Bhatt). That's because they have been thinking and practicing
for over a year before actually recording together.

Doug Cox-- one of Canada's best slide guitarists, teams up with Salil Bhatt-- one of India's best slide instrumentalist. V.M. Bhatt is famous! He won a Grammy in 1994 with Ry Cooder for their album MEETING BY THE RIVER and he was considered by George Harrison (and now by Eric Clapton) as one of the world's best musicians.

SLIDE TO FREEDOM was recorded by Miles Wilkinson, one of the best sound engineers from Nashville -- necessary for capturing the intricacies of the mohan veena, V.M.Bhatt's 19-stringed instrument: the amazing tabla of Ramkumar Mishra; and Salil's instrument, the Satvik Veena, which has 20 strongs (3 for main melod, 5 for drone, and 12 sympathetic strings).


For the last three years Thomas Ruf has brought together three of his label’s artists and has taken them on tour together around the world for an entire year. Blues Guitar Women, Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman and Roxanne Potvin were selected to represent Ruf Records during the 2007 Blues Caravan tour.

As in the past, this year's Ruf Records’ Blues Caravan show offers an exciting evening of live music. Each artist performs a full set together with their band. The concert usually climaxes with all three featured artists doing a whole set together. With Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman and Roxanne Potvin joining forces, it is an unforgettable night. In preparation for the tour, the women collaborated and recorded TIME BOMB; which represents a preview of their live performance.

The current configuration of the Blues Caravan with Foley, Coleman and Potvin will last for only this year. When the year is over, the collaboration is over. It’s a very unique concept; wildly popular with European blues audiences and catching on with North American talent buyers.

Several North American festival dates for the Blues Caravan are booked, with more being added. Be sure to visit www.bluescaravan.com for schedule updates.

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B.B. King to receive honorary degree

Blues musician B.B. King and the presidents of three New Orleans universities are among those who will receive honorary degrees this year at Commencement, Brown University officials announced this week.

King was named the greatest living guitarist by Rolling Stone magazine in 2003. A 14-time Grammy winner, he has won for Best Traditional Blues Album nine times, most recently in 2006 at the age of 80. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. Since he first began recording in 1947, King has influenced generations of guitarists and has released more than 50 albums.
Navasota's Blues Alley to celebrate grand opening

Two years ago, the Texas Legislature designated Navasota as the Blues Capital of Texas.

The Grimes County town hosts the annual Navasota Blues Festival, but will now have a year-round presence with the opening of the Navasota Blues Alley.

Established by Navasota Blues Fest Inc., the Blues Alley's museum and shop will provide a central location for the city's blues music scene.

Organizers and founders will host a grand-opening celebration at its new home, 129 E. Washington St. in Navasota. Visitors can tour the building, which includes information about Navasota blues legend Mance Lipscomb.

The nonprofit group also plans to collect artifacts for the museum and will put together a monthly musician showcase.

The first of those shows will be at 6 p.m. Saturday (April 28th), when The Blues Masters play at the Filling Station Diner, 310 E. Washington St.

Blues Fest merchandise, including T-shirts, caps, Lipscomb CDs and other collectibles, will be for sale at Blues Alley.

Navasota Blues Alley will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, visit www.navasotabluesfest.org.

Aretha Franklin To Pick The Cast For Her Own Musical

Soul superstar Aretha Franklin will be picking the stars for an upcoming musical based on her life after signing on to sit through auditions. The singer will join producers at the try-outs for the show in her native Detroit, Michigan early next month.

The musical, which is based on Franklin's autobiography Aretha: From These Roots, is set to premiere in Detroit next March.
Florida Senate Takes On Rip-Off Bands

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (AP) -- The Florida Senate embraced the "truth in music" movement last week with passage of legislation barring oldies acts using famous names to which they're not entitled.

The bill now awaiting House approval would prohibit a person from advertising or holding a live performance using such a name under false pretenses.

Bands with famous names performing with at least one original member who has the legal right would be allowed. The measure also would still allow people who own a federal service mark or trademark to use the name of a band.

For years, music legends from the Coasters to the Shirelles to the Drifters have complained about unauthorized impostors.

Nine states have either passed or will soon pass laws to try to make sure that if you go to see The Pretenders, you're not getting mere pretenders.

Salute-to or tribute bands would be OK, too, so Elvis impersonators need not worry.

Violating the law would be a misdemeanor


On May 8th, Blind Pig Records will release 3 new CDs from Harper, Hamilton Loomis, and Dave Hole.

OverDrive, a leading provider of digital media services, announced it will distribute music from the world's largest independent blues label, Alligator Records. A large list of blues artists will soon be available for download to the network of library partners of OverDrive, which includes more than 5,000 libraries worldwide.

Libraries in OverDrive's network will soon have access to music from Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, and other top blues artists available through the Alligator Records label. The collection will add a large, quality list of blues music titles to OverDrive's digital library of more than 100,000 video, music, eBook, and audio book titles -- the only collected works that library patrons can browse, download and view or listen to all on a single system.

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News from California, Wisconsin, and Mississippi

Music Festivals 101
STOCKTON, CA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) -- The Music Management club at University of the Pacific is looking to teach local residents the art of creating and running a music festival by holding a free workshop at 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

The event, to be held at the Pacific Theatre in Stockton, California, is open to the public, and will be led by the producers of San Francisco’s annual Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival. Last year, Mission Creek featured more than 100 bands performing in 10 venues over one week in May. A concert with several bands who have performed at past Mission Creek festivals will follow the workshop.

Waukesha RiverFest is history. Waukesha BluesFest is what's happening!

The new event launches with headliners Booker T. and the MGs on Friday, Aug. 10, and Mavis Staples on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Waukesha BluesFest (Delafield, Wisconsin) organizer Bob Mittnacht said such festivals are growing in popularity throughout the country.

"Our thought is that blues music in general has a large audience age range," he said. "By siting it at Naga-Waukee it can pull in an audience from Milwaukee to Madison."

Festival proceeds are to be distributed to charities through the event's sponsor, the Waukesha Rotary Club. The Rotarians were the driving force behind the now defunct RiverFest, a free music festival on the Fox River in Frame Park.

"We had 10 good years with RiverFest ," said Theresa Leben, a Rotarian in charge of finding sponsors. "We brainstormed for over two years for a venue that would be fun and raise funds to support non-profits in the community. We found out that blues festivals in other communities had been successful. We even had Rotarians attend blues festivals in other communities to see how they were done."

Food Network films at local club during Blues Festival

NATCHEZ, Mississippi (The Natchez Democrat)— The Natchez Bluff Blues Festival might have been winding down Sunday night, but it ended with a treat when a crew from the Food Network filmed at Club 601.

“Feasting on Asphalt,” a show about eating on the road, stopped in Natchez just in time for the blues festival.

Sunday, they interviewed cooks frying up catfish at the Martin Luther King Street venue.

“We figured with blues and catfish, you can’t go wrong,” host Alton Brown said.

Brown and his crew started in Venice, La., on the coast, and are traveling up the Mississippi River in search of more than just fast food chains.

“We’re trying to discover the authentic,” Brown said. “We’re concerned about the homogenization of culture, especially food culture.

“We’re looking for the real. We figured the river was a good place to do that.”

Club 601 owner George Lee said the Food Network called the festival organizer asking for a list of venues. Lee said he was surprised when the crew landed on his doorstep.

“They just showed up,” Lee said.

He said he was thrilled to host them and pleased to get the publicity.

“It’s the Food Network. They broadcast all across the country,” he said.

The Natchez Bluff Blues Festival is in its 12th year.

News from Tampa, Kansas City & Lansing

Suncoast Blues Society (Tampa, FL)

Dr. Scott Simon will be performing a Blues in the Library event at the
Chairman's Library in the Tampa Performing Arts Center/Patel Conservatory
Noon - 1:00 PM on Saturday May 12th in the TECO room. There will be a brief
presentation exploring the blues/jazz connection followed by a live acoustic
and electric guitar performance.SBS 10th Anniversary Party - Sat, Jun 9th...

More from the Suncoast Blues Society

It's hard to believe but it's been 10 years since we started the SBS and we
plan to celebrate in a big way. JOHN MOONEY And BLUSIANA will headline the festivities with his 'Nawlins' style blues and SARASOTA SLIM will kick it
off with some southern soul blues. This will be one helluva a party at
Skipper's Smokehouse (910 Skipper Rd, [cor. Nebraska] Tampa - 813-971-0666) !!

We'll have the autographed guitar to raffle off plus lots of other goodies. It all starts at 8:00pm. Tickets are $15.00 in advance/SBS members, and $18.00 at the door. See you there!

Kansas City Blues Society (Kansas City, Missouri)

The Kansas City Blues Society's 3rd annual Stan's Big Joe Turner Birthday Bash
Saturday, May 19 at BB's Lawnside BBQ (1205 E.85th St. KC, MO) from 4 pm until 11pm.

Lineup includes: Mo City Jumpers, The Grand Marquis, Everette DeVan's Band (with special guest Myra Taylor!) And then completing the night's fun will be Four Fried Chickens and A Coke. We'll have a great jumpin' Blues time! For more info, www.kcbluessociety.com.

Capital Area Blues Society (Lansing Michigan)

The Blue Highway leads to the Green Door on Sunday, May 20, 2007! The Capital Area Blues Society will hold the 5th Annual CABS Blues Brawl from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and feature up to ten local bands from the Lansing area. The winner will represent CABS as our competitor at the 2008 International Blues Challenge next February in Memphis, TN.

At press time, we are proud to announce an exciting mix of Blues: Jimmy G and The Capitols, the Buzz and Clyde Band, Mike Espy and Yakety Yak, the Stan Budzynski Band, Kathleen Mendoza and The Blues Junkies, the Chris Canas Blues Revolution, 6 Hands Down, and the Lost Marbles Band, with more applications being processed. The winner of the Brawl will compete against as many as one hundred and fifty other amateur and semi-professional blues acts from around the globe. The local winner will also receive more than $1000 in cash and prizes from the Capital Area Blues Society and the Old Town Blues Festival.

All this fun on a spring Sunday afternoon can be enjoyed for just five dollars at the door; the party will be emceed by our own Steve “Frog” Forgey, you can visit the CABS Welcome table to meet, greet, buy stuff and join the society; get in on the bidding for signed Kenny Wayne Shepherd stuff, upcoming Hot Blues & BBQ Festival tickets and more,and as always, enjoy good food and beverages at the Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing.

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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.

Click on any festival title for a link to their website

For a complete list of all 2007 blues festivals
Visit: www.BluesFestivalGuide.com

The Mac Arnold Cornbread & Collard Greens Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, 2007
Greenville, South Carolina,
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
Sunday In The Park

Saturday, May 5, 2007
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

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