|June 1, 2007
Vol 2 Issue 19
SIR LAWRENCE : : He's Back
This CD has something for everyone, young and old.Sir Lawrence has cooked up a Texas southern soul banquet on his Power Pack Entertainment CD, He's Back.
The young Lawrence D. Haynes began his musical journey with the stirring gospel music of his youth. Mix in the funk from Houston’s Kashmere High School band under the direction of Conrad Johnson. Now add the influence of great artists such as Tyrone Davis, Earth Wind & Fire and Maze and stir in 15 years of singing in front of Texas audiences. The result is a varied and tasty array of bluesy soul tunes. The sonic feast includes humor ("Cheating Is A Risky Business"),heartbreak ("It’s Over"), dancing ("Party Don’t Stop"),straight talk ("I’m An Old Dog") and the closing gospel tinged ("Keep Looking Up").
Sir Lawrence is enthusiastic about the album. He says that the songs “go in all directions and provide listening pleasure for both young and old alike.” Sir Lawrence declares that his goal is to have He’s Back “remembered for generations to come.”
20 Songs, like 2 CDs in 1. To hear more clips, or to purchase Click Here
SUGAR BLUE : : Code Blue
Beeble Music is proud to announce the long awaited new release from Sugar Blue, one of the blues world’s most distinctive and acclaimed harmonica virtuosos!
The new material is phenomenal! Sugar Blue, backed by the talents of Rico McFarland, James Knowles and Jesse Cross laid the new tracks in Sweet Home Chicago. Additional work has been recorded and mixed in Paris and Milan and the result is a very diverse, soulful, mature and powerful work.
Some songs are pure Sugar Blue, harmonica raging like a lion and cutting like a razor! Sensuous sounds and simmering melodies rock solid rythms to groove you to the bone!
There are chromatic harp solos and stark new concepts that reflect his renewed creative fire and continued commitment to cutting edge creativity.
His vocals mellow yet ferocious have grown. His lyrics are profound, introspective and outward looking at the same time.
CODE BLUE brings on the resurgence of one of harmonica great masters!
For more song clips, or to purchase Click Here
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BLUES GUITARISTS INDUCTED INTO ROCKWALK |
On Saturday, June 16, 2007, Hubert Sumlin, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, and Keb' Mo' will be inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk at Los Angeles nightspot The Music Box @ Fonda at 8 p.m.
Hollywood's RockWalk, the only sidewalk gallery dedicated to honoring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of Rock ‘n’ Roll. George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Keb’ Mo’ and Hubert Sumlin will join other equally accomplished musicians and innovators who have been inducted into RockWalk such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Van Halen, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, The Ramones, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker and Earth Wind & Fire.
BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS REMAINS OPEN PAST DEADLINE|
Buddy Guy's Legends is NOT closing June 1st. They will be making an announcement sometime in June about the new location, and will remain open in their current location until the new club is ready.
JANIVA MAGNESS FEATURED IN REDBOOK MAGAZINE|
The latest issue of Redbook magazine includes an article, written by multiple Blues Music Award recipent Janiva Magness.
Janiva talks openly about her traumatic childhood, including the suicide of both parents. She thanks blues music and the blues community for helping shape her present and successful life.
Janiva was recently named the spokesperson for the Casey Family Programs for National Foster Care. Foster care is another experience Janiva speaks about from first hand knowledge.
A must read.
For the full article Click Here
WEDDING BELL BLUES|
Well it is not cause for Blues, but there is a wedding taking
place this Saturday, June 2 in the Blues world. Joe Whitmer and Sara Negri will be married in Rosemark, TN this coming Saturday.
Congratulations to both of these "young" people who have contributed so much to the recent success of The Blues Foundation. Rumor has it they will postpone their honeymoon until July--until they can celebrate at the Poconos Blues Festival.
B.B. KING RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTOR OF MUSIC DEGREE|
Blues legend B.B. King received an honorary doctor of music degree Sunday, May 27th at Brown University’s commencement ceremony and then took the microphone to serenade the graduating class.
“I didn’t bring Lucille; she’s asleep today,” said King, referring to the name he’s given his guitars that made him famous.
“I would like to do something I’ve never done before,” he said.
“I’ve played in 90 different countries around the world, but I’ve never tried to do what I’m going to try to do for you …”
He then launched into an a cappella version of “Guess Who,” dedicating the song to the more than 2,000 graduating students who responded by giving King a standing ovation.
The STLBlues Interactive Gig Calendar|
Designed with a focus on keeping the Blues alive, the STLBlues Interactive Gig Calendar is a nationally syndicated blues, jazz, R&B and zydeco calendar, designed for bands, venues and festivals!
Posting your gigs just became really simple and easy! It’s syndicated, so your gigs can appear at STLBlues, a #1 Blues site, AND feed over at your site! Your STLBlues calendar displays your event, with detailed information! Even a Google map!!
Check it out by Clicking Here
Buddy Holly's Widow, Lubbock Dispute Naming Rights|
LUBBOCK, TX (AP) -- Don't plan on strolling down the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame in his birthplace of Lubbock.
The Lubbock City Council had faced a dispute with the singer's widow over payment for use of the rock 'n' roll legend's name on two Buddy Holly-themed sites.
So the council has endorsed a plan to rename the sites by the group that oversees the places.
Maria Elena Holly sought a licensing agreement and name usage fees for the sites, which will now be known as the West Texas Walk of Fame and West Texas Terrace.
In a statement through CMG Worldwide, Holly has said she was always honored by Lubbock's efforts to remember her husband.
She said the current misunderstanding involved the failure of certain entities associated with the city in using Holly's name -- without first consulting her.
Buddy Holly died in a 1959 plane crash in Iowa.
THE 3rd ANNUAL HOT BLUES AND BBQ RETURNS TO OXFORD JUNE 22-24, 2007|
The 3rd Annual Hot Blues and BBQ Festival, Presented by the Village of Oxford, the Detroit Blues Society, and Blues Revue Magazine will be held on June 22nd thru June 24th in the Historic Village of Oxford, Michigan
Everything kicks off on Friday June 22nd at 6pm in Centennial Park in Downtown Oxford with “The Oxford DDA Presents Hot Blues and BBQ – Day 1”. Entertainment for the evening is as follows:
6pm – The Matt Besey Band
7pm – Blue Rhythm
8pm – Mem Shannon and the Membership from New Orleans, La.
Food will be available and this event is absolutely free of admission.
Saturday June 23rd kicks off a full day of music at 1pm in Scripter Park in southeast Oxford with “The Detroit Blues Society Presents Hot Blues and BBQ – Day 2”. Entertainment for the day is as follows:
1pm – the Blues Creators
2pm – Michael May and the Messarounds
3pm – Cherri and the Violators
4pm – the Sax Maniacs
5pm – the Front Street Blues Band
6pm – Smokin’ Jake and the Blue Flames
7pm – Sweet Claudette and Friends
8pm – Rusty Wright Blues
9pm – Giant Harmonica Blow-off with Carl Caballero, Michael May, Brian Smith, Harmonica Shah
and Starring James Harman and his All-Star Band from California.
Food, a beer tent, vendors, swimming, and a playground will be available and this event costs $10 per person in advance and $15 per person at the gate (kids under 12 are free w/parents).
Sunday June 24th features a full day of Country Blues music at 1pm in Scripter Park in southeast Oxford with “Detroit Country Music.Com Presents Hot Blues and BBQ – Day 3”. Entertainment for the day is as follows:
1pm – Jamie Sue Seal and the Radiotown Flyers
2pm – The Hummingbirds
3pm – Grievous Angel
4pm – the Justine Blazer Band
5pm – the Christy Howard Band
Food, a beer tent, vendors, swimming, and a playground will be available and this event costs $10 per person in advance and $15 per person at the gate (kids under 12 are free w/parents).
For more information visit www.hotbluesandbbq.com
Govenor of West Virginia recognizes Blues in the Schools programs|
(Chicago, Illinois)- Earlier this month W.C. Handy nominee Fruteland Jackson completed a two-week artist residency Blues in the Schools program at the Blennerhasset Middle School in Parkersburg,West Virginia.This two-week artist residency was sponsored by the Blues,Jazz and Folk Music Society of Marietta,Ohio.
Students kept journals and learned to play guitar and harmonica as well as blues history and stage presentation. The students performed seven songs, from shuffles to boogie-woogie including two original works. The harmonica instructor was singer/songwriter Todd Burge. The final showcase was held on May 5,2006 at Blennerhasset Middle School auditorium.
Governor Joe Manchin III was to attend this showcase, however, Her Majesty the Queen of England was visiting Jamestown, Virginia and the governor cancelled to attend her rare visit. He sent a Letter of Proclamation which was read aloud regarding his absence and the importance of Blues in the Schools programs and music education. The text of which is availale here.
Fruteland specializes in performing acoustic blues, from contemporary to traditional, from the blues of early field-holler songs and work songs to Delta and Piedmont Blues, as well as his own original works. Fruteland is one of a select group of Americans dedicated to gathering, preserving and performing Acoustic Blues, in all their various forms. He is the recipient of the Blues Foundation's KBA award for Blues Education and 2004 W.C. Handy nominee for Best Acoustic album and presents educational programs to some fifty thousand students and adults annually.
For more information, and how you too can support Blues in the Schools Programs Visit www.fruteland.com
ONLINE DESTINATION FOR BLUES, JAZZ & SOUL RECORDINGS|
With an inventory of over 12,000 cd titles, Bluebeat Music is THE online destination for blues jazz & soul recordings. Featuring rare & hard to find releases as well as the latest cds by your favorites, Bluebeat Music also offers a large selection of DVD's, books and vinyl. Monthly specials, honest reviews, lightning fast delivery and fair prices are the reason we continue to prosper.
Having turned a bad habit into a good job, Bluebeat Music owner Charlie Lange still finds time to produce two weekly radio programs on public radio in Santa Cruz, California (you can listen online at www.kusp.org) "Two Steps From The Blues" (1-3pm PDT) is the longest running blues program on the Central Coast, having started over 30 years ago. "The Soul Shack" (Sat.6-8pm PDT) features classic soul & funk for your Saturday night get down...
Bluebeat Music is also a vendor at many of the outdoor blues & jazz festivals on the west coast with over 24 weekends booked this year alone. As retail record stores disappear, Bluebeat Music continues to grow and offer selections that most stores simply do not carry or never re-order. Please visit us online at www.bluebeatmusic.com.
ROBERT CRAY AND NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS HEADLINE BLUES ON THE FOX JUNE 15TH AND 16TH IN DOWNTOWN AURORA|
(Aurora, Illinois) Blues on the Fox, the intimate Blues festival hosted by the City of Aurora Illinois, celebrates its 11th anniversary with an exceptional lineup on Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th. The festival will take place at the intersection of Galena Boulevard and Stolp Avenue (“Blues Alley”) in downtown Aurora along the Fox River.
Friday night’s entertainment will be anchored by the North Mississippi Allstars and festivities will begin with a performance by Chicago Blues artist Nick Moss and the Flip Tops at 6:45 p.m.
Blues legend and Earwig recording artist David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards will take the stage at 3:00 p.m. followed by Alligator recording artist Eric Lindell. Next will be Louisiana and Telarc recording artist Tab Benoit, followed by Billy Boy Arnold and the Chicago Blues All-Stars featuring Bob Stroger, Billy Flynn and Kenny Smith. Rounding out the extremely talented lineup will be Grammy award-winner, The Robert Cray Band. Performances end at 10:00 p.m. on both evenings.
For the festival schedule, artists’ biographies and other important information visit the festival’s Website at www.BluesOnTheFoxAurora.com or call 630-844-4731.
Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock Performance Is Turned Into An Exhibit |
Late rocker Jimi Hendrix's legendary performance of The Star-Spangled Banner at Woodstock has been turned into an art exhibition in Gateshead, England. The guitarist played the U.S. national anthem as dawn broke over the last morning of the New York state festival in August 1969.
Now, the performance is being shown repeatedly across a 12 panel grid with each panel starting half a second after the last. Called Star-Spangled Banner Recurring, the exhibition by artist Graham Dolphin runs at the Baltic Center For Contemporary Art until June 28th.
Cheryl and Tom back on the Blue Highway|
This time Cheryl O’Grady-Yearnshaw, BFG Representative and her husband, Tom, traveled to San Jose, CA for the Metro Fountain Blues Festival held on Mother’s Day weekend. They arrived a day early and caught multi-talented Ron Thompson backed by the Cindy Chen Band at the Poor House Bistro. Ron’s high energy blues heated up the place and he was joined by longtime San Jose area Blues harp legend Gary Smith. Ron is always a blast to watch on his own and the combination of these musicians together, along with some incredible Cajun food, was a great way to kick off the festival.
The following day the line-up at the Metro Fountain Blues Festival included the Laura Price Band, J.C. Smith Band, Jason Ricci, Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers, Sista Monica, & Buddy Guy. All the bands played solid sets, and the energy of the crowd seemed to build all day. Highlights included Laura Chavez (Laura Price Band) throwing down some incredible guitar licks, J.C Smith not only playing blues, but entertaining the crowd with his personality. Sista Monica with her rich and sassy voice captivated the audience as she belted out her set. By then, it was obvious it had been a great day for the Blues and now it was time for Buddy Guy.
Before Buddy Guy started his set Ramon Johnson, KSJS Director and organizer of the San Jose Blues Week and Ted Gehrke (festival promoter) and several City Council members presented Buddy with a plaque signed by Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose, for his contributions to the Blues. When Buddy started to play his guitar and sing he showed why he is known for his style of Chicago Blues and why he was being recognized. He put on an amazing show and it was obvious he was having fun trading licks with his bass player, Orlando Wright, and his rhythm guitarist, Ric Hall. Buddy came off stage and went out into the audience and the crowd went nuts and it seemed like everyone was rockin’. Whoa, what a day!
Thanks to the Metro Fountain Blues Festival for giving us a full day of memorable Blues in a comfortable setting on the San Jose State University Campus.
See ya on the Blues Highway.
NudieBlues2007 in Mt. Vernon, Washington|
NudieBlues2007 -- July 28, 2007
Lake Associates Recreation Club (LARC)
Live Music Starts at 1 pm
Admission for Full Day is $20
1 pm The Popoffs
4 pm Motown Cruisers
7 pm Miles from Chicago
LARC is a family friendly, clothing optional park.
21700 SR 9, Mt Vernon WA
News from Wisconsin, New Hampshire and California|
Madison Blues Society Hosts 5th Annual Blues Picnic w/ Mayor's Support
Madison Blues Society and Vera Court Neighborhood Center will host this year’s Blues Picnic on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at Madison’s Warner Park. This free public festival will feature a performance by Vera Court’s blues kids followed by a fantastic line-up of popular local and regional blues bands. Anticipated attendance at this year’s Picnic will be several thousand people. Event details follow:
What: 5th Annual Blues Picnic, hosted by Madison Blues Society
When: Saturday, June 23, 2007, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Where: Warner Park in Madison, WI
Tickets: Free and open to the public
Bands: Vera Court Blues Kids, Queenie & The Bluecats, Sue DaBaco & Wise Fools, Charles Walker Blues Band, Livin' Will, Tate & 008 Band, and Bobby Bryan & The Original Downtown Players
More Info: www.madisonbluessociety.com
Friendly Toast Hosts Fundraiser for the Blues Bank Collective Thursday June 14TH
The Friendly Toast (downtown Congress St. Portsmouth NH) is hosting a fundraiser for the non profit Blues Education & Diversity Organization the Blues Bank Collective, aka BBC. From the hours of 6:00Pm - 11:00PM., Thursday June 14TH the Friendly Toast will be donating 10% of their gross sales to the BBC. Live acoustic music by BBC Artistic Director TJ Wheeler and a variety of BBC supporters will be performed. Other activities will include a raffle and a information brochure on the history and various programs that the BBC is involved in. There is no cover charge and the event is open to all ages.
Recent examples of the BBC's mission include two Katrina Kids Instrument Drives to the hurricane ravaged city of New Orleans. Within the combined trips approximately $40,000 dollars worth of instruments, library books and school supplies as well as a dozen Blues & Jazz concert workshops were donated to the greater New Orleans School District.
The Central Valley Blues Society (Fresno, CA), The Crossroads Bar, and Bluesfarm Present the 10th Fresno Blues Festival.
This event is to resererect the Fresno Blues Festival which ran for 9 year. The last one was in 1999 in downtown Fresno at Eaton Plaza (Water Tower).
The event will be held on Saturday, June 16 (Fathers Day Weekend) at Woodward Parks Community Center. We will have 8 band in all, 4 headliners and 4 local blues band including Sonny Rhoads (Texas), Byther Smith (Chicago), Ron Thompson and His Resistors, Frank "Paris Slim" Goldwasser, Mofo Party Band, Deja Blues, AC Myles, and Trey Tosh.
Starts: Jun 16 2007 - 12:00pm
Ends: Jun 16 2007 - 9:00pm
Location: Woodward Park Community Center, Friant Road, Fresno
Cost: $10 adv, $15 at the gate
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GUY DAVIS:Previews his new CD "Skunkmello"
Guy Davis is an actor, playwright and 21st century bluesman. His latest album, "Skunkmello" mixes the acoustic with the electric, the traditional with the contemporary, the melancholy with the mischievous. Join Elwood Blues and his guest Guy Davis, 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.
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