June 15, 2007
Vol 2 Issue 21

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House of Blues Radio Hour
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On our E-Guide we list as many festivals as space allows, but with the
summer festival season in full swing, our allotted space doesn't even cover one weekend.

Visit www.BluesFestivalGuide.com for a complete list of festivals.

See ya at a festival!

PAUL REDDICK : : Revue: The Best of Paul Reddick

Acclaimed producer/blues musician Colin Linden has said that Paul Reddick is one of the most original and inventive singer-songwriters in blues today. His work has been influenced by such poets as William Blake, Kenneth Rexroth, William Carlos Williams as well as the music of Sleepy John Estes, Fred McDowell and the Alan Lomax field recordings. He is a strong, soulful vocalist whose focus and intensity connect him to the listener with genuine intimacy. His harmonica playing is a blend of complex rhythmic patterns, soaring solo lines, and great dynamic range.

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THE TWISTERS : : After the Storm

The Twisters are Canada's premier jump/blues band. Period.

The band has just recently battled a big storm of their own, having gone through a devastating automobile accident that took the life of their bass player. James Taylor, and injured the rest of the band in October 2005.

The Twisters have battened the hatches and have rallied back with a new bass player, Keith Picot, and a brand-new CD of original tunes.

After the Storm stays true to their high-spirited jump/blues tradition, but includes many new grooves and feels--and includes special guest Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, on piano--the 2005 JUNO Award winner for Best Blues Album.

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DOWNCHILD : : LIVE a the Palais Royale, Toronto, Canada

When you think of the blues in Canada, Downchild is always mentioned first.  Almost 40 years since their formation, this Canadian institution are still at the top of their game - taking home this year's Blues Award for Entertainer of the Year.

Founded by brothers Donnie and Hock Walsh, Downchild were the inspiration for fellow Torontonian Dan Aykroyd to create The Blues Brothers. The Downchild sound was all over the Blues Brothers multi-million selling soundtrack album, Briefcase Full of Blues, including covers of the Donnie Walsh original, "Almost", and their trademark arrangements of "Shotgun Blues" and "Flip Flop & Fly."

Today, Downchild's live shows still sizzle with jump blues, original songwriting and arrangements, with Donnie's guitar and harmonica work dueling with singer and harmonica player Chuck Jackson, keyboardist Michael Fonfara, bassist Gary Kendall and their trademark horns.

Live at the Palais Royale was recorded without overdubs or pitch correction, and is a testament to the skill of musical execution by these incredible musicians. Downchild is one of those musical rarities for which there's virtually no difference between the studio recording experience and the live event. The Toronto blues band, now in its fourth decade, has always been a no-tricks outfit.

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Yes it's back! The 3rd annual "Win a Festival Cruise" Sweepstakes


8-Day 7-Night Luxury Mexican Riviera Cruise for two, with 5-star accommodations on Sandy Beaches Cruise #14 with 3-time blues Grammy Winner, Delbert McClinton onboard Holland America's ms Oosterdam. Sailing from San Diego in January 2008.
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Shopping spree for 5 CDs of your choice from bandVillage.com
"Your Source for Independent Music".


The break-through Blues CD from Roxanne Potvin
The Way it Feels

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Sweepstakes ends September 5, 2007
You will be asked to complete a short, confidential survey
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The 2007 Annual PBFS Staff Conference & Gathering in Conjunction with Gabriel Butterfield’s Birthday Celebration & Blues Jam is already in the works for September

The Second Annual event will again be held in the Blues Mecca of Clarksdale, MS from September 6th to 10th 2007.

This past gathering held in Sept 2006 was a great success for PBFS whose members and guests were welcomed with open arms by Clarksdale establishments and community members.

PBFS was also featured in local press several times helping to enhance public awareness of the many endeavors of this relatively new fund and society.

The 2007 Annual PBFS Gathering is already in the works and will be held at The Shack Up Inn and Commissary on Hopson Plantation in Clarksdale with events dispersed throughout the weekend to include a catered arrival dinner, a Mini Film Fest, attendance to assorted Juke Joints and local establishments, a drive to the Helena, a Birthday Celebration, Buffet and Blues Jam to name just a few of the events in the planning….

Musicians and Blues Lovers are invited to join us for this intimate gathering & Blues Jam.

PBFS has blocked off the entire Shack Up Inn facility and accommodations went quickly for this past affair. Anyone interested in attending in Sept 2007 can contact Salli Squitieri at butterfieldsociety@yahoo.com
for more information and to reserve a room.

Salli Squitieri & Gabriel Butterfield
The Paul Butterfield Fund and Society (PBFS)
1107 Key Plaza # 335
Key West, Florida 33040


Memphis, TN., June 13, 2007 – bandVillage announced this week that it has finalized an agreement with Alligator Records to add the Alligator Records recordings to the existing catalogue of bandVillage artists and labels. Effective immediately, Alligator releases will be available on both the bandVillage.com website and at bandVillage retail sites at festivals throughout the U.S.

After bandVillage founder Peter Fleming and Alligator founder Bruce Iglauer met at the 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, it became clear to both that the joint venture would fulfill their common goals of bringing independent music to a wider audience and providing emerging artists with the support and exposure needed to promote their music. As Peter noted “This is exciting for us, Alligator is one of the largest independent record labels and this partnership helps us fulfill our mission of promoting both independent artists and labels.”

Currently over 240 of the 250 available Alligator titles are available from bandVillage.com. To celebrate the partnership, bandVillage is currently offering free shipping on the purchase of two or more CDs if one of the CDs is from the Alligator collection.

Founded by Peter Fleming, bandVillage was conceived as a better way to promote independent musicians, encourage live music, and most importantly encourage fans to support those musicians. bandVillage is a global music portal providing a web presence and management tools for artists as well as CD sales, artist information, digital music downloads and artist merchandise to music fans world wide.

bandVillage supports The Blues Foundation, The Americana Music Association, The Roots Music Association and the North American Folk Alliance. In February 2005, bandVillage was honored to receive the prestigious Keeping The Blues Alive award as Blues Sponsor of the Year by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN.

Alligator Records began In 1971 when Bruce Iglauer used his savings to record and produce his favorite band, Hound Dog Taylor & the HouseRockers. Over 30 years later Alligator is home to some of the world’s premier blues and roots rock talent and is regarded as a top contemporary blues record label.

With a catalog of over 200 titles, Alligator Records is the largest independent blues label in the world. Its recordings have won more awards than any other contemporary blues label, including a total of 34 Grammy nominations, 18 Indie Awards from the Association For Independent Music (AFIM), three Grand Prix du Disque awards and a total of 70 W.C. Handy Blues Awards.

As Bruce Iglauer states, “Alligator should be the label that’s exposing the next generation of blues artists and bringing their music to the next generation of blues fans. I want the future of the blues and the future of Alligator Records to be one and the same. If the last three decades are any indication, the future for Alligator and for the blues looks very bright indeed.”

For additional information or to purchase Alligator CDs, please visit www.bandVillage.com or www.alligator.com.

The Russian River Blues Festival returns for its 12th year at Johnson's Beach in Guerneville

Omega Events welcomes you to join us on Fathers' Day Weekend, June 16 & 17, at Johnson's Beach in Guerneville... only 90 minutes north of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Don't miss one of the best line-ups in the 12 year history of the Russian River Blues Festival, headlined by...

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee... BUDDY GUY
and The Architect of Rock & Roll... LITTLE RICHARD!

Saturday, June 16th:
Main Stage
Little Richard
Koko Taylor and Her Blues Machine
Lowrider Band
Elvin Bishop

Wine Garden Stage
Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings (2 sets)
The Blues Defenders (2 sets)

Sunday, June 17th:
Main Stage
Buddy Guy
Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Blues From The Backroads Tour
with very special guest Hubert Sumlin
Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings
Bettye Lavette

Wine Garden Stage
Lady Bianca (2 sets)
The Blues Defenders (2 sets)

Sweetharp Santana will be performing each morning on Church Street before the gates open. Come with the coffee, and we'll supply the blues!

For more information visit http://www.russianriverfestivals.com/

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The Innocence Project Of Texas is producing a blues concert (Sat Nov 24th, two days after Thanksgiving) to raise funds for DNA testing for qualified indigent inmates. Dallas county leads the country with 13 of the first 37 post conviction DNA based tests coming back negative. That is NO typo folks, and there have been nearly 300 more names added for possible review. By the Way, all of the attorneys working on these appeals through the Innocence Project Of Texas are doing so "pro bono," so you may feel comfortable knowing your contribution is going where you intend it to go.

Please contact Chuck Nevitt at cnevitt@hotmail.com if you'd like to help on the DNA BLUES BALL, and visit http://www.innocenceprojectoftexas.org/ for more information about this show or make a tax deductable contribution.


The Friends of Rentiesville (Oklahoma) Blues Inc who bring you the annual Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival out at D.C. Minner's place are busy securing the funds to make that happen. One of the most popular things they do is present the Blues on the Green Golf Tournament.

The tourney is in its 4th year and will be back at ARROWHEAD COLF COURSE on Saturday the 16th a few miles South on Hwy 69 this year. There will be lots af prizes and it is a shotgun start at 10 am - with people all beginning at different holes across the course at one time. Tahlequah's newest blues sensation Harold Aldridge and Pat Moss will perform and lunch will be catered in by Lovera's of Krebs, which will be delicious.

For more information click here

Dan Aykroyd Lends His Name to New Winery

Blues Brother turned wine entrepreneur Dan Aykroyd has a vision for his new winery located just outside of Lincoln, Ontario, Canada.

Just toss T-bone steaks, chicken salad, iceberg lettuce and peas on the fine-dining menu - and an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) motorcycle and movie memorabilia in the foyer.

"It's what I would give to the boys when they pull up on Harleys," said Aykroyd, an Ottawa-born entertainer, to a howling crowd in Toronto. "I would get them something. Maybe the T-bone steak."

A sleek 125-seat restaurant is part of the plan for the new $12-million, 45,000-square-foot Dan Aykroyd Winery to be built by fall 2008.

A pair of aviator glasses askew on his face, Aykroyd revealed long-awaited plans for the sleek, modern, environmentally friendly building, designed by award-winning Toronto-based architects Moriyama & Teshima, during a Wednesday news conference at Roots on Bloor Street.

The 54-year-old actor, with roles in such films as "Ghostbusters" and "Blues Brothers," teamed up with Toronto-based Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Ltd., a sales and marketing agency that owns four Niagara wineries: EastDell Estates, Lakeview Cellars, Birchwood and Thomas & Vaughan.

Aykroyd invested $1 million in the company in 2005, and announced he was making a line of wines with Diamond last year.

Two of Aykroyd's wines, a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Merlot, were released by the LCBO this week.

Expect plenty of movie memorabilia at Aykroyd's winery, in which he did not invest money. Movie posters, an OPP motorcycle Aykroyd bought when he was 19, photos, scripts and film props from the actor's three-decade-long career will be part of the decor. "All kinds of neat stuff," Aykroyd said.

Officials expect the winery to draw in about 40,000 visitors every year.

Aykroyd does not plan to be an absentee winery owner.

He frequently met with Diamond officials leading up to the release of his wines to put his own stamp on the brand. Aykroyd said he'll spend about a third of his time at the winery.

"In fact, I need to think about my office design," he said with a laugh.

"I haven't thought about that yet."

Aykroyd has thought about the grand opening of his winery.

"Maybe do a concert with Van Morrison, or something, to make a really big splash," Aykroyd said. "We need a good hotel with Harley parking."


"Toughest Girl Alive" the title track to an previously released CD from blues diva Candye Kane will be included on the July 11th episode of the new cutting-edge drama "Hidden Palms" on the CW network.


Country singers Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett are among the stars taking part in a seven-day music cruise in the Caribbean next February. The pair join Shawn Colvin, John Hiatt, Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller on the inaugural CAYAMO CRUISE, which sails through Cozumel, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica between February 4th and 10th.

The event is organized by Sixthman, the same company behind the upcoming Ben Folds, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Barenaked Ladies cruises.


For years it has been a dream of Clarksdalians Charles Ledbetter and Tommy “Baby Boy” Strider to operate a local restaurant and blues club. On June 11th, these 2 life long friends saw their dream come true. "We both really believe in Clarksdale and the revitalization that's going on downtown. It seems like the right time to do it, and we could hardly wait to open the doors," said Ledbetter. "Besides, we're both blues lovers, and we love to eat."

The Depot Restaurant & Blues Club will be located at 200 Blues Alley, currently home to The Boxcar Café.

"We plan to have a big grand-opening party the weekend of June 15th and hope that folks will come check us out."

The Depot Restaurant and Blues Club will officially open on June 11, 2007 and will be open 7 days a week from 11a.m. until.

MUSIC SCHEDULE Friday and Saturday - June 15th & 16th 9:00pm until 1:00am with music by the Wesley Jefferson Southern Soul Bank featuring the awesome LaLa on the keyboards.

For more information visit http://www.depotbluesclub.com


Eric Clapton is to be paid $1.5 million to perform in late July at a private concert organized by Raymond T. Dalio, the hedge-fund executive.

The concert will take place at the Belle Haven Club in Greenwich, CT. Under terms of the agreement, “no public press or announcement pre- or post-event is permitted.” Well, so much for that.

The agreement says the performance, to benefit the China Care Foundation, is expected to be attended by 350 invitation-only guests. Dalio, the founder, president and chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates, has more than $30 billion in hedge-fund assets.

Besides Mr. Clapton’s fee for a 60- to 70-minute show, the agreement calls for a $1 million donation to 'a charity of Mr. Clapton’s choice to be paid the night of the show.'

Compete to Play at Crossroads Guitar Festival !!!

Eric Clapton has teamed up with top string maker Ernie Ball and is very excited and proud to offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your band to showcase your music live alongside some of today's greatest musicians. Confirmed for the Crossroads Guitar Festival are:

Jeff Beck

Doyle Bramhall II

Eric Clapton

Robert Cray

Sheryl Crow

Vince Gill

Buddy Guy

BB King

Alison Krauss and Union Station

Sonny Landreth

Albert Lee

Los Lobos

John Mayer

John McLaughlin

Willie Nelson

Robert Randolph

Hubert Sumlin

Derek Trucks

Jimmie Vaughan

Steve Winwood

One lucky band will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Chicago, IL for the festival date of July 28th, 2007. Think you have what it takes? Upload your best MP3's and sign up today at www.playcrossroads.com


Delta Groove Productions has announced the worldwide release of The Insomniacs CD on August 21st along with the latest release from Rod Piazza & The Mighty Fliers.

On the same day Ruf Records will be releasing a tribute CD from Jimmie Vaughn and Kent "Omar" Dykes entitled JIMMY REED HIGHWAY. Guesting on the CD will be Lou Ann Barton, Delbert McClinton, Kim Wilson, James Cotton and Gary Clark Jr.

In more Delta Groove news:

Delta Groove and Eclecto Groove CEO Randy Chortkoff has annouced the addition of music and entertainment industry veteran Robert Fitzpatrick to his team as Acting President of the new Eclecto Groove label. Fitzpatrick will oversee the day-to-day operations of Eclecto Groove effective immediately.

Fitzpatrick has been well-known and highly respected within the music industry since the 1960s when he was The Beatles' attorney. He also represented such high-profile artists as The Rolling Stones, The Who, and singer Peggy Lee. Fitzpatrick later joined with entertainment mogul Robert Stigwood to form the management firm Stigwood Fitzpatrick, Inc., and managed such groups as Cream and The Bee Gees. Fitzpatrick also managed Arthur Lee & Love, Taj Mahal, actor Don Johnson and many others.

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The Blues Bash of Taiwan, the fourth annual festival will take place on Nov 3, 4 this year. The Blues Bash is a free, non-ticketed event organized by the Blues Society on Taiwan and made possible by the generous contributions of time, material and funds from Blues-loving friends, sponsors and volunteers.

The big news this year is the inclusion of Mitch Woods, Blue Music Award nominee, to headline the event. Also gracing the Blues Bash stage will be 2007 IBC winners Ben Hernandez and Nathan James and Ken 'the Snowman' Minahan, winner of the 1992 BB King 'Lucille' Award.

More information will be available at www.bsot-bluesbash.com, the Blues Society on Taiwan site www.bsot.org or by emailing DC Rapier at dcr.bsot@gmail.com



Blind Mississippi Morris is singing the Blues about his house. Code enforcement's giving him about a month to get his house up-to-code or he'll be forced to move out.

It's obvious the century old house on Chelsea needs a lot of work. The garage is falling apart, the windows are boarded up and there are holes in the roof. But to Morris Cummings, the house represents a dream.

"I had visions of working with kids," he said, "mainly recording, since I'm in music. I wanted to do something special for the community."

He moved into his house four years ago and says he's always wanted to transform a portion of it into a recording studio for kids, teach them to turn to music instead of trouble.

But the city says his home isn't even fit to live in, let alone become a studio for children. The notice to vacate on the front door gives Cummings the next few weeks to fix this place up or move out.

The price tag of these major repairs is likely as much as the value of the house itself.

Cummings says he would try and fix it on his own if he could, but he's been legally blind since he was a child.

"I just can't give up on my dream for the kids, if I do that I'm giving up on a lot of people, I'm not about to do that," he said.

Some local city leaders are pitching in to help out. The Memphis Blues Society is holding a fundraiser at Neil's on Madison June 21.

The event is hosted by Memphis Blues Society President Eric Hughes and his band. For more information on the event click here.

For more information about Blind Mississippi Morris click here


The River City Blues Society (RCBS) has partnered with Capital Ale House to produce a weekly event "Friday After Work Brews and Blues". It's a free event that will feature a weekly smattering of the areas's finest Blues artists in a convenient downtown location.

"We're hoping to expand the audience for live Blues, especially in the downtown region," said Jeff Hansen, member of the RCBS.

"When [the RCBS] had the opportunity to work with Capital Ale House and put live music downtown after work every Friday, it was an opportunity too good to be true," he said.

For more information click here

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Boogie Woogie King -- MITCH WOODS:Previews his new CD "Big Easy Boogie"

Piano man Mitch Woods has been playing New Orleans Boogie for decades. His latest CD, BIG EASY BOOGIE teams up Mitch with members of the original Fats Domino Band. Join Elwood for a musical party, New Orleans style with Mitch Woods and friends, this week on the House of Blues Radio Hour.

W. C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival

Wednesday-Saturday, June 13-16, 2007

Henderson, Kentucky, U.S.


Hotline: 800-648-3128
9th Annual BBQ Ribfest

Thursday-Sunday, June 14-17, 2007

Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.


Hotline: 260-602-1831
Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival

Friday, June 15, 2007

Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.


Hotline: none

Parkville Jazz/Blues & Fine Arts River Jam

Friday-Saturday, June 15-16, 2007

Parkville, Missouri, U.S.


Hotline: 816-587-5892
Blues on the Fox

Friday-Saturday, June 15-16, 2007

Aurora, Illinois, U.S.


Hotline: 312-644-7008
MO Blues & Barbeque

Friday-Saturday, June 15-16, 2007

Sedalia, Missouri, U.S.


Hotline: none
T-Bone Walker Blues Fest

Friday-Saturday, June 15-16, 2007

Linden, Texas, U.S.


Hotline: 903-756-9934
Okie Jam Benefit

Friday-Saturday, June 15-16, 2007

Oklahoma, Muskogee, U.S.


Hotline: 918-260-8872
12th Annual Bricktown Blues and BBQ Fest

Friday-Saturday, June 15-16, 2007

Oaklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.


Hotline: 405-236-4143
The Distillery Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, June 15-17, 2007

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Hotline: 416-423-2224
The MicroBlues Festival

Friday-Sunday, June 15-17, 2007

Vancouver, Washington, U.S.


Hotline: 360-450-7087
Gahanna Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival

Friday-Sunday, June 15-17, 2007

Gahanna, Ohio, U.S.


Hotline: 614-538-9004

Lehigh River Blues Jam

Friday-Sunday, June 15-17, 2007

Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, U.S.


Hotline: n/a
Russian River Blues Festival

Saturday-Sunday, June 16-17, 2007

Guerneville, California, U.S.


Hotline: 949-362-3366

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


To reach thousands of blues enthusiasts, click here to learn how to advertise in this Blues Festival E-Guide E-Newsletter.
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