June 22, 2007
Vol 2 Issue 22

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In case you are wondering. Here's how they breakdown by month.

January = 12
February = 16
March = 12
April = 20
May = 58
June = 99
July = 105
August = 102
September = 69
October = 22
November = 17
December = zero

ANA POPOVIC : : Still Mking History

Ana Popovic (pronounced: Ah'nah Pop' o vitch)- singer,songwriter and guitar virtuoso- is realizing her dreams. Her journey has been a long ; a quest to find her own voice and the courage to express thoughts and feelings about subject, both personal and political, that are very close to her heart. Originally hailing from the war-torn town of Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia, the love of music was instilled in Ana at an early age by her father through exposure to nightly jam sessions and his impressive record collection. At the age of 15 she picked up her father's guitar, point her down a career path in music that she could ultimately not deny.

Produced by Grammy Award winning producer John Porter, STILL MAKING HISTORY spotlights Ana's growth and maturity as an artist, emphasizing her songwriting skills alongside her sensual vocals and masterful guitar. The end result is a deeply personal inspirational work by a courageous artist, possessed with both a passion and a vision to share music that's "still making history".

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The Mannish Boys return with the long awaited follow up studio album to their Delta Groove debut THAT REPRESENT MAN which received 2 nominations for Album of the Year and Traditional Blues Album of the Year in the 2006 Blues Music Awards.

With the new album,BIG PLANS, the gang recruits some very special guests including Legendary Chicago Blues guitarist Jody Williams, known for his ground breaking work on classic sides by Otis Rush, Bo Diddley and Howlin' Wolf, in addition to his own solo work. Delta Groove also unveils another rediscovery with vocalist Bobby Jones who worked with Jody Williams back in the 50's along side other well respected Blues icons including Dave and Louis Myers of the Aces. Also featured are Finis Tasby, Johnny Dyer, Rick Holmstrom, Kid Ramos, Kirk "Eli" Fletcher, Frank "Paris Slim" Goldwasser, Mitch Kashmar, Randy Chortkoff, Leon Blue, Rob Rio, Larry Taylor, Jeff Turmes, Tom Leavey and Richard Innes... Big Plans indeed!

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ELI COOK : : Miss Blues'es Child

Sledgehammer Blues is proud to announce the debut release, MISS BLUES'ES CHILD, from 21-year old blues prodigy Eli Cook.

Paying homage to traditional delta blues and heroes such as Mississippi John Hurt and Robert Johnson, the new disc features little more than Cook's impressive guitar playing and gritty vocals. Listeners will take a double take at the CD cover when they hit the play button. The blues just aren't played like this anymore.

Cook mixes up his own material with the old, down in the Delta-blues tracks. The title track sounds as if it could be a recently discovered venerable tune from a long ago era, but with a slightly updated quality. However, he's not just playing the same licks as his mentors, but adding his signature sound and style to a nearly lost art of the blues.

In addition to playing the dive bars and church revivals in his home area, Cook has graduated to opening for B.B. King and performing with African percussionist Darrell Rose at DC's Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.

Take a chance and give yourself an unexpected listening experience with MISS BLUES'ES CHILD.

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Two charged with stealing Stevie Ray Vaughan memorabilia

Austin police have charged two men they say stole more than $100,000 in backstage passes, music equipment, photographs and other memorabilia of Stevie Ray Vaughan from the storage unit of the dead musician's brother.

Police said six of Vaughan's guitars still are missing, along with other items, with a combined value of several hundred thousand dollars.

Michael Shane Winders, 37, and James Matthew Malone, 29, have each been charged with theft, a second-degree felony for which they face up to 20 years in prison. Bail for Winders has been set at $100,000; Malone's bail was set at $132,000.

According to a probable cause affidavit, police officers in April were called to investigate a suspicious smell at a North Austin hotel. When they arrived, they found Malone, who was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Police found several items they believed to be Vaughan's in the room, including movie screenplays, handwritten song lyrics, photographs of Vaughan with other musicians and two briefcases, one of which contained three guitar pick guards. The second case also had unused concert tickets, backstage passes and a guitar tuner, the affidavit says.

Police received information several days later from Jimmie Vaughan, who said that his U-Haul storage unit in Central Austin had been broken into and ransacked in February. The unit was broken into a second time in April, Jimmie Vaughan told police.

During their investigation, Austin police said they determined that Malone and Winders were trying to sell some of the material to a Dallas auctioneer. Malone introduced Winders as his "partner in the collection," according to the affidavit.


Celebrate 20 years of blues, community and fighting hunger at the 2007 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Credit Union. The five-day festival will run Wednesday, July 4, to Sunday, July 8, 2007, on the grassy banks of the Willamette River in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Since its grass-roots beginnings in 1988, the award-winning festival has grown to be the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second-largest blues festival in the nation, attracting more than 120,000 blues fans.

The festival's four stages will feature more than 125 performances by The Neville Brothers, Koko Taylor, Joan Armatrading, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Mavis Staples, Marcia Ball, Pinetop Perkins, Watermelon Slim, James Cotton Band with special guest Hubert Sumlin, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars (Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Johnny Sansone, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux), Savoy Brown, Lurrie Bell, Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums, J.J. Grey and Mofro, J.W. Jones, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks and many more.

The Festival's many special features include outdoor blues films, July 4th Fireworks, harmonica blow-off, the day-long Zydeco Swamp Romp, nine DME (Delta Music Experience) Blues Cruises on the Willamette River featuring Festival artists, workshops and interviews with Festival artists, activities for children, after-festival jam sessions…

An anomaly in the festival world, the festival is produced by and as a benefit for Oregon Food Bank. Daily admission is a donation of $8 per person per day and two cans of food. All festival proceeds benefit Oregon Food Bank's work to eliminate hunger and its root causes in Oregon and southwest Washington … because no one should be hungry.

To keep up with the latest developments in this year's program, visit the Festival's website at www.waterfrontbluesfestival.com, where you can find artist biographies, sound clips, blues links and more.

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A thief has walked off with a life-size cardboard cut-out of one Elwood Blues

The 6-ft tall fibreboard cut-out image of Elwood Blues was stolen from the foyer of Norwich (Conneticut) Playhouse.

Police have released CCTV images of the suspect and are appealing for help from members of the public to help identify the young man.

The offender was seen walking out of the foyer with the item tucked under his arm at 9.45pm on Wednesday, June 13.

The young man police would like to speak to is described as being aged between 18 and 25 and is white and of medium build and between 5ft 8in and 5ft 10in tall. He has dark brown hair and was wearing dark jeans or trousers and a white T-shirt.

Investigating officer PC Peter Newman said: “We know that a woman was standing inside the foyer at the time that the cut-out was stolen and clearly we are keen to speak to her as she is likely to have eye-witness information about this incident.

“I would encourage her to come forward and I would also ask anyone who knows the identity of the individual in this CCTV still to contact me.”

PC Newman can be contacted at Bethel Street Police Station in Norwich.

Barack Obama singing The Blues, with Dorothy Moore

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama made a brief stop at a Jackson, Mississippi, soul food restaurant last night.

He grabbed a to-go order of peach cobbler before being whisked off to a fundraising event.

About 35 people packed the black leather booths and bar stools beneath the pictures of Martin Luther King Junior and Bob Marley.

Obama spent about 15 minutes shaking hands and greeting people. At one point, the candidate belted out a few bars of the blues standard "Misty Blue" with Dorothy Moore, the Jackson singer who made the tune famous in the 1970s.

This is at least the second time in the past few years that the Illinois senator has appeared in Mississippi.

2007 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival to kick off with 20th anniversary Delta Music Expience (DME) Blues Cruise

Relax on the Portland Spirit’s three decks and enjoy blues in an intimate setting as the Portland Spirit cruises the beautiful Willamette River.

In honor of its 20th anniversary, the festival is offering an expanded schedule of nine DME Blues Cruises: five evening and four afternoon cruises. 

Evening cruises, for those 21 and older. Evening cruises board at 10:15 p.m. and return to dock at 1:15 a.m. Afternoon cruises, open to all ages. Afternoon cruises board at 2 p.m. and return to dock at 4:30 p.m.

DME Blues Cruises are in addition to the festival’s stellar lineup of more than 125 performers on four stages at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the banks of the Willamette River in downtown Portland.

Here’s who’s playing on the 2007 DME (Delta Music Experience) Blues Cruises:

Tuesday, July 3, 2007, (evening)
DME Hoodoo Moon Blues Cruise with Lurrie Bell, Pinetop Perkins, John Boutte, Hot 8 Brass Band, Mark Lemhouse, The Insomniacs

Wednesday, July 4, 2007, (afternoon)
DME Driftin' Blues Cruise with J.W. Jones and more.

Thursday, July 5, 2007, (afternoon)
DME Sail On Sister! Blues Cruise with Fiona Boyes; Between Friends (with Linda Hornbuckle, Duffy Bishop, Ellen Whyte, LaRhonda Steele, Lady Kat, Janice Scroggins, Myrtle Brown); Del Rey with Steve James.

Thursday, July 5, 2007, (evening)
DME Backwater Juke Cruise with J.J. Grey and Mofro, Watermelon Slim and the Workers, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Hillstomp

Friday, July 6, 2007,  (afternoon)
DME Rock the Boat Cruise with Too Slim and the Taildraggers with Henry Cooper and Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, The Strange Tones

Friday, July 6, 2007, (evening)
DME Moonlight Shanghai Cruise with Savoy Brown, Kim Simmonds, Brian Auger and Oblivion Express, Monti Amundson, Lloyd Jones, Josh Fulero, Boyd Small

Saturday, July 7, 2007, (afternoon)
DME Crescent City Celebration Cruise with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Charmaine Neville with Reggie Houston, Donna Angelle, Rick Holmstrom Trio

Saturday, July 7, 2007, (evening)
DME Midnight Mambo Cruise with Marcia Ball, Buddy Flett and the Bluebirds, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone with Parkis Slim, Nathan James and Ben Hernandez

Sunday, July 8, 2007 (afternoon)
Blue Bayou Cruise with Tab Benoit Band, Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps, Mary Flower and Reggie Houston

For more information, visit www.waterfrontbluesfest.com.

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Joe Bonamassa's new solo album SLOE GIN is set for release August 21 on the Blues-Rock Star's Own J&R Adventures label.

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The New York State Blues Fest has added a third stage for the 16th edition of the event, July 21 and 22.

Fest Executive Director Bernie Clarke said while revealing the second- and third-stage lineups that placing a stage in Hanover Square allowed him to schedule popular workshops again after a several-year hiatus.

Blues fans will get to hear Syracuse acoustic guitarists Mark Tolstrup and Mark Hoffmann, Berklee School of Music Hammond B-3 organ teacher Bruce Katz, rising national blues electric guitar star Sean Carney and Syracuse harmonica legend Tom Townsley explain their techniques.

Clarke said his goal was to showcase the talents of national stars, national up-and-comers and local legends in the fest.

South Beach, Miami Florida to Begin Annual Blues Music Festival Early 2008

The South Beach News newspaper today announced the creation of the South Beach Blues Festival too be held in Miami Beach, Florida in early 2008.

The informal announcement came during the annual South Beach News staff party in South Hampton, New York, which also served as a birthday party celebration for Jonah (Walter) Moriarty, publisher of the the publication.

"When Moriarty was asked where he's going after the party, half expecting him to answer by saying that he was going to Disneyland (as a joke), he replied by saying that he was headed for Memphis for some blues research and meetings with some musicians. That's when the news slipped out that a blues festival for South Beach was the next event too be created by the South Beach News."

A spokesperson for the newspaper had this to say "This is a special project for our newspaper and for Jonah, as he's been a great fan of the blues for so long, which is why the project was held back from being announced until the right moment. Thank goodness he did not give away the plans and uniqueness of how this festival will set us apart from others. I can only say that the South Beach Blues Festival will set a new standard. After all, it's being held in South Beach."

For further information on the South Beach Blues Festival email info@southbeachnews.tv

Looking for bands to perform at the Texas International Blues Festival

The Texas International Blues Festival will be returning to the Sons of Hermann Hall, Saturday, August 25, 2007. Any bands that would like to perfrom at this years event. Please send a complete promo-kit to J&B Productions, P.O. Box 720251 Dallas, Tx. 75372. Call 214-823-3966 or Email jeb@brightok.net



The Ozark Blues Society
(Fayetteville, Arkansas) has a Blues education presentation on July 24, 2007 at the Fayetteville Public Library. The library has made the presentation an official part of their teen summer reading programming. The library has purchased Honeyboy Edwards' book "The World Don't Owe Me Nothing" and "Shout, Sister, Shout" on Rosetta Tharpe as part of their recommended reading selections. This book also ties into the section of the presentation on Arkansas' Blues Heritage. The presentation is free to students 7-12 grades and their families.

A major piece of blues memoribilia is up for grabs from the Ozark Blues Society at a special event they are holding on July 21st. A autographed Robert Lockwood Jr. guitar will be raffled. For more information on both events visit www.ozarkbluessociety.org


The Northeast Blues Society’s (New York state) biggest summer blues event moves this year to Schenectady’s Central Park. On Saturday, July 7th beginning at 2 p.m. on the Music Haven stage, The New York Life Electric City Blues Festival will headline Albert Cummings fresh from opening act appearances with Buddy Guy and B. B. King in this his only area homecoming appearance of the summer. Chicago blues shouter and four-time W. C. Handy Award nominee Nora Jean Bruso also shares the stage with The Big Apple’s hottest blues rocker and surprise hit of last fall’s Lake George Blues Festival Hugh Pool. Attendees at this, the largest free area blues event of the summer, will also choose a winner from the three Colossal Contender finalists: Deep Blue Storm, The Nate Mills Band and Tas Cru & The Slow Happy Boys.


Enjoy the blues, help send a kid to camp.

It's that simple, thanks to the Mohawk Valley Blues Society (New York state), which is donating a portion of its proceeds from the first Mohawk Valley Blues Festival on Saturday, June 30, to "Operation Sunshine" a charity that helps low-income children attend camp.

The Blues Society has selected a diverse lineup of artists to perform for the festival scheduled for 1 p.m. until late into the evening at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds.

The lineup represents styles ranging from the "traditional and jump blues of Sugar Ray and the Bluetones" to the "soulful vocals and fiery guitar of contemporary Chicago Blues master Carl Weathersby," according to the society's Web site, www.mvbluessociety.com.

Also appearing will be Canadian JUNO Award nominee (for best CD) Roxanne Potvin and Blues Music Award (formerly WC Handy) nominee for best new artist, Dave Gross.

Local blues performers will include Bernie Clarke & The Rhythm Sharks; Al Nathan & Bluestreak and Jimmy Wolf.

Operation Sunshine is in the midst of its 40th summer campaign, and community donations are needed to meet this year's goal of $50,000.

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If you want great singing, great guitar playing, dynamic performances, and a sizzling mash-up of Rock, Blues and Soul, then Tommy Castro is your guy. His new CD is called PAINKILLER, and it will cure what ails you. Join Elwood Blues and his guest Tommy Castro, this week on the House of Blues Radio Hour.

Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival

Friday-Saturday, June 22-23, 2007

Honesdale, Pennsylvania, U.S.


Hotline: 570-253-5492
Canton Blues Festival

Friday-Saturday, June 22-23, 2007

Canton, Ohio, U.S.


Hotline: 800-533-4302
Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Fest

Friday-Saturday, June 22-23, 2007

Fort Smith, Arkansas, U.S.


Hotline: 479-573-1345
Monterey Bay Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, June 22-24, 2007

Monterey, California, U.S.


Hotline: 831-394-2652
Hot Blues and BBQ

Friday-Sunday, June 22-24, 2007

Oxford, Michigan, U.S.


Hotline: 248-249-5287

Alpena Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, June 22-24, 2007

Alpena, Michigan, U.S.


Hotline: 989-354-8265
Bear Creek Blues Festival

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Slater, Missouri, U.S.


Hotline: 660-529-2212
Summertime Blues Festival

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Havre de Grace, Maryland, U.S.


Hotline: 410-939-2299
National Capital Barbecue Battle

Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24, 2007

National Capital Barbecue Battle
Washington D.C., U.S.


Hotline: 202-828-3099
Paint the Town Blue Summer Concert Series

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.


Hotline: 719-685-1861 x 42
North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic

Friday-Saturday, June 29-30, 2007

Potts Camp, Mississippi, U.S.


Hotline: 662-801-7272
IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, June 29-1, 2007
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.


Hotline: 563-322-5837

Mohawk Valley Blues Festival

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Frankfort, New York, U.S.


Hotline: none
Blues from the Top

Saturday June 30 & Sunday July 1, 2007

Winter Park, Colorado, U.S.


Hotline: 970-726-7266

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