June 29, 2007
Vol 2 Issue 23

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TINSLEY ELLIS : : Moment of Truth

Capturing all the power and energy of Tinsley Ellis's legendary live performances, MOMENT OF TRUTH is the most guitar-driven, aggressive studio recording he has ever made. His vocals reach new heights of soulfulness and expressiveness; his guitar playing ranges from ferocious and relentless to soaring and melodic. But what really sets the album apart is the depth of Tinsley Ellis’ songwriting. Tinsley writes about the traditional blues subjects of love and loss, but also about addiction, recovery and the search for freedom and self-control. MOMENT OF TRUTH is his most wide-ranging and inspired recording.

Tinsley sings and plays with the energy and soul of all the great Southern musicians who have come before him. He attacks his music with rock power and blues feeling, in the same tradition as Deep South musical heroes Duane Allman, Freddie King and Warren Haynes.

For more info or to purchase from Alligator Records CLICK HERE

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PETER KARP : : Shadows and Cracks

SHADOWS AND CRACKS is the Blind Pig debut of a truly original and unique voice in American roots music. Raised in the rural trailer parks of southern Alabama and the swamps of North Jersey, Peter Karp is a master songsmith with an art for spinning genuine emotions, humor, and candor into tunes that help the listener navigate the speed bumps, traffic lights, and side streets of the road of life. By bucking the trends and taking his lyrics as seriously as his music, Peter Karp has carved a niche for himself as one of the finest contemporary Americana and blues artists around, crafting songs that are poignant, funny, irreverent, romantic and true to life.

"An underground genius...like Jackson Browne and John Prine, with a healthy dose of blues, too. Karp's a soulful storyteller. The man can write." - Blues Revue

For more information or to purchase from Blind Pig Records CLICK HERE

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ELVIN BISHOP : : Booty Bumpin'

A rollicking new live set from blues icon Elvin Bishop. Ever since coming of age as a bluesman on Chicago's South Side and joining up as an original member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in 1965, Elvin has always infused his music with a distinctive freshness and vitality. His reputation as an outstanding live performer comes from his ability to turn every show into a raucous party. Or, as Rolling Stone put it, “a good-time romp, delivered with unflagging enthusiasm and wit.” Downbeat said, “Bishop is a good-hearted soul whose life mission is the entertain to the best of his ability.” This CD finds him at the top of his game, delighting his audience with new tunes and old favorites.

For more info or to purchase from Blind Pig Records CLICK HERE

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Enter this contest and win!

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 on-board Holland America's MS Oosterdam. Sailing from San Diego in January 2008. 1 winner - $4,990 value.


Reverend Manta Ray Guitar
In a beautiful tobacco sunburst with a flamed maple top
(case included)
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The break-through Blues CD from Roxanne Potvin
"The Way it Feels"

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you will be asked to complete a short confidential survey
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"The Honeyboy Edwards" made by Avalon Cigars is named after Blues musician David Honeyboy Edwards. According to Avalon Cigars this cigar under goes a 12 week pecan aging process. Combine that with the Cameroon wrapper and some medium-full bodied filler and you have an interesting cigar.


On Monday morning, a banged-up 1974 Dodge Monaco sedan was lifted by a crane at the corner of Route 83 and Busse Avenue in Mount Prospect and placed inside the shell of the soon-to-be-completed Blues Bar.

The Bluesmobile used in the 1980 movie “The Blues Brothers” was modeled on a Mount Prospect police car. A replica will be a key feature of the new Blues Bar, currently under construction at 2 W. Busse Ave. in Mount Prospect, IL.

As for the police car, “That’s going to be sitting in the restaurant on top of the stage,” said Errol Oztekin, who said he plans to open the bar by the end of September.

He said the bar will have a seating capacity of 200, feature high-end food, live music, comedy acts and plenty of televisions. It will also have a separate smoking area.



The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual songwriting contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels, and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.

2006 Blues Category winners included Jeff Turmes (first place winning $3,000 in merchandise and services) from Los Angeles, CA for "Eat The Lunch You Brought"; Paul deLay (second place winning $2,000 in merchandise and services) from Portland, OR for "Fourteen Dollars in the Bank"; and Sam "Bluzman" Taylor, Jr. ($1,000 merchandise and services winner) from Islandia, NY for "A Woman's Side of the Bed".

Judges from the Blues world include artists Kenny Wayne Shepard, and John Mayall, plus Alligator Records President Bruce Iglauer.

For more information visit www.songwritingcompetition.com

Eric Clapton Guitars To Raise Funds For Rehab Facility

Eric Clapton is teaming up with guitar firm Fender to create a series of limited edition guitars and amplifiers to raise funds for his Crossroads Center rehab facility in Antigua. Only 100 Eric Clapton Crossroads Stratocaster guitars - or Sun Strats - and 50 Crossroads '57 Twin-Amps are being manufactured.

The amps come with a Clapton guitar at a cost of $30,000 a pair. The remaining 50 guitars will retail at $20,000 each when Fender starts a Clapton sale on July 20.

Former drug addict and alcoholic Clapton founded the Crossroads Center in 1997.


Guitar Center Inc., the largest U.S. retailer of musical instruments, agreed to be bought by Bain Capital Partners LLC for $1.9 billion.

Bain will pay $63 a share in cash, Guitar Center said today in a statement, 26 percent more than the stock's closing price yesterday. The buyout firm will also assume Guitar Center's debt, bringing the total transaction value to $2.1 billion.

Guitar Center sells Fender guitars, Pearl drums and Yamaha keyboards at more than 210 U.S. stores and online. Bain was part of a group that agreed last week to buy Home Depot Inc.'s contractor-supply unit for $10.3 billion, and has also invested in retailers Toys ``R'' Us Inc. and Michaels Stores Inc.

"They are the market leader in the musical instruments business,'' said Joan Storms, an analyst at Wedbush Morgan Securities in Los Angeles "They put mom-and-pops out of business when they come into town.''

Guitar Center reported revenue gains of at least 12 percent every quarter since 1998. Sales climbed 14 percent to $2.03 billion last year, a sixfold increase since the company went public in 1997.

Guitar Center began in 1959 when former car salesman Wayne Mitchell purchased a small appliance and organ store in Hollywood, California. In 1964, Mitchell converted a movie theater next door and opened the first Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard.

Guitar Center also operates the Hollywood RockWalk in front of its store on Sunset. The monument features cemented handprints and plaques honoring influential rock musicians such as John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix and instrument makers including Les Paul.


Between 1959 and 1975, Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee released international chart-topping hits such as "Soul Man," "Dock of the Bay," "Green Onions," "Midnight Hour," "Respect Yourself," and the theme from SHAFT. The label's artists included Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Booker T. & the MGs, Wilson Pickett, Isaac Hayes, and even Richard Pryor and Jesse Jackson.

Founded by a white conservative bank teller who played country fiddle music, Stax became the preeminent soul music label in America, and became identified with the civil rights movement of the 1960s and '70s. RESPECT YOURSELF documents the Stax label, its visionaries, and most of all, its music.

The program premieres on August 1, 2007 (check local listings)

Jazz & Blues Legends Play On in Virtual Reality

(from PC World magazine) A University of California-Berkeley project will virtually recreate exalted Oakland, California musical hotspots like Slim Jenkins Place (pictured above), Esther's Orbit Room, and John Singer's and Harvey's Rex Club. The game angle? Compose a piece of music, then try to get it financed by Seventh Street "Mayor" Charles "Raincoat" Jones and distributed by the Sleeping Car Porters labor union.

Background: Middle century last, Oakland, California's Seventh Street was a jazz and blues gold mine, a stomping ground for national acts like Billie Holiday and B.B. King as well as sound-shaping "Oakland blues" locals like Lowell Fulson and Sugar Pie DeSanto. Never heard of Oakland blues? Let's just say some music historians mention it in the same breath as celebrated sounds like New Orleans jazz and Chicago or Kansas City blues.

Today, Seventh Street is mostly empty with a handful of shops. The street gets few visitors and the squeal and thump of 1940s and 50s jazz and blues venues has been replaced by the drone and rumble of semis and cars as they hustle toward the freeway on-ramp.

Enter UC Berkeley and a student-driven project to "recreate" an eight-block stretch of Seventh Street, replete with the clubs, music, and some of the key persons of the area's heyday. When it's finished, online visitors will be able to check out famous nightspots like Slim Jenkins' Place and Esther's Orbit Room and actually listen to digital recordings of the music played in the clubs. And the "get your composition signed and produced" mini-game mentioned earlier could be just the beginning.

Clubs like Seventh Street's salad days may be past, but with projects like UC Berkeley's, we're coming up fast on a whole new world of anywhere, anytime, any-era-you-like meets massively collaborative entertainment.

Play it again, Lowell Fulson, Saunders King, and Sugar Pie DeSanto.

Editors Note: Ronnie Stewart from the Bay Area Blues Society (San Francisco/Oakland) wrote a terrific article about "The Music They Played on 7th Street" for the 2007 Blues Festival Guide Magazine. A PDF copy of that article can be accessed by Clicking Here


Blues and R&B legend Dorothy Moore of Jackson, Mississippi donated items and mementos from her personal collection to the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation Official Museum in Crystal Springs, MS.

"It's my honor to be able to give back to the Robert Johnson Foundation a few artifacts to help tell the story of a man, musician, singer, writer,Mississippian, who made a platform for all entertainers to be able to share our music to the world," said Moore. Items donated by the singer include: her well worn Robert Johnson T-shirt of the first ever Robert Johnson festival in Hazlehurst in 1994;a Dorothy Moore signed copy of the September 17, 1994 festival program honoring Robert Johnson she headlined; Escaping the Delta by Elijah Wald with CD, (Amistad, 2004), soft cover book;and a Columbia LP, “Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol II”; a Columbia label early reissue of the 1930s work.

Multi-Grammy award nominee, Dorothy Moore played New York’s Madison Square Garden and London’s Palladium when she burst on the scene with the classic MISTY BLUE in 1976. Moore’s professional recording and touring career began in the 1960s . With over thirty years of professional work in the music and entertainment industry and seventeen albums to her credit,Dorothy Moore is still hot with her “powerhouse pipes.” Some of Moore’s early ballads topping the charts were "Misty Blue, Funny How Time Slips Away, I Believe You, For Old Time Sake and With Pen In Hand." "Misty Blue" climbed the US charts to number one for R&B and to number one single in the UK. It went gold in Canada and has sold millions worldwide. More recently, "Misty Blue" went platinum for the Phenomenon soundtrack and it was in the John Travolta movie.

The Robert Johnson Blues Foundation is dedicated to preserving the music and memory of Robert Johnson through the provision of art education, competitions and scholarships.


Super Chikan announcement at the Mississippi John Hurt Festival
On July 4th, 2007, Super Chikan will perform at the Mississippi John Hurt Festival and Museum in Avalon, Ms. around 2 p.m. There, Mary Hurt (Granddaughter of the late great Ms. John Hurt, will announce that her family and their foundation will commission the recording of Ms. John Hurt's music and have selected Super Chikan to record the songs and arrange them in their traditional genre.

Chikan will record this album at Willie Mitchell's world famous studio in Memphis, TN. For information on the foundation, John Hurt and the event visit: www.msjohnhurtmuseum.com

Mayor proclaims Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival Week
Mayor Tom Potter officially proclaimed July 4 to 8, 2007, as The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival Week, at a recent Portland City Council meeting in City Hall. Mayor Potter encouraged all residents to observe the festival's 20th anniversary.



The Detroit Blues Society (Detroit, Michigan) is holding their 4th annual Blues Cruise on the Detroit River, Saturday, August 11th from 8-11pm aboard the Diamond Queen. For more information visit http://home.flash.net/~dbsblues/

The East Coast Blues Society (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada) is also sponsoring a Blues Cruise. Their cruise is July 7th from 9:30 to midnight leaving from Halifax Harbour. For more info visit www.eastcoastblues.ca/

"Blues in the Schools" (BITS) programs may be able to tap in to a funding source from The Airborne Teacher Trust Fund. The Airborne Teacher Trust Fund provides support to elementary and middle school teachers from public and private schools for art and music programs that are in jeopardy of being lost due to budgetary limitations. Teachers and their schools may apply for grants from $200 to $10,000 to be used to implement their programs. Currently eligible states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. The next quarterly application deadline is July 31, 2007. All states will be eligible to apply starting August 1, 2007. For more information, visit their website www.airbornetrust.com

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There are over 300 Blues Festivals taking place across the country this summer, and chances are there's one near you. Join Elwood Blues and he samples blues festivals from coast to coast, with music by Aretha Franklin, Bubby Guy, Sue Foley, Tommy Castro and more, this on your House of Blues Radio Hour.

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-July 1, 2007

Davenport, Iowa, U.S.


Hotline: 563-322-5837
Jazz Under the Stars Blues Night

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.


Hotline: 505-255-9798
Mohawk Valley Blues Festival

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Frankfort, New York, U.S.


Hotline: none
Cedar Street Blues and Jazz Fest

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Wewoka, Oklahoma, U.S.


Hotline: 405-257-5485

Jammin in the Delta

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Lake Chicot State Park, Arkansas, U.S.
Website: n/a

Hotline: 870-265-5480
Blues from the Top

Saturday June 30 & Sunday July 1, 2007

Winter Park, Colorado, U.S.


Hotline: 970-726-7266

The 31st Original Down Home Blues Festival

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

West Point, Mississippi, U.S.
website: n/a

Hotline: 662-295-2889
Red, White & Blues Festival

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Pleasanton, California, U.S.


Hotline: 510-836-2227 or 707-647-3962
Paint the Town Blue Summer Concert Series

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.


Hotline: 719-685-1861 x 42
Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival

Wednesday-Sunday, July 4-8, 2007

Portland, Oregon, U.S.


Hotline: 503-973-FEST
Indiana Avenue Blues & Bar-B-Q Family Reunion Festival

Friday, July 6, 2007

Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.


Hotline: 317-632-4720

Briggs Farm Blues Festival

Friday-Saturday, July 6-7, 2007

Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, U.S.


Hotline: 570-379-2003
Thunder Bay Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, July 6-8, 2007

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada


Hotline: 807-343-2309

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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