July 20, 2007
Vol 2 Issue 26

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House of Blues Radio Hour
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
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Summertime Blues!

Forget about everything you associate with the Blues: dark dives, endless guitar solo parts, sadly moods.

Ruf Records has compiled what is perhaps the ultimate Summer Blues Songs; these will make you want to celebrate in the car, at the beach or in the middle of your living room.


1. Canned Heat - “Wait And See”
2. Candye Kane (with Popa Chubby) - “Crazy Little Thing”
3. Ana Popovic - “The Hustle Is On”
4. Luther Allison - “I Wanna Be with You”
5. Ian Parker - “Your Love Is My Home”
6. Walter Trout (with John Mayall)- “Highway Song”
7. Roxanne Potvin - “Caught Up”
8. Aynsley Lister - “Wherever I Am”
9. Larry Garner - “Do your personal Thing”
10. Sue Foley - “Show Me”
11. Eric Bibb - “Livin’, Lovin’ an’ Doin’ ”
12. Grayson Capps - “Poison”

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THE MATT SCHOFIELD TRIO : : Ear to the Ground

EAR TO THE GROUND is a mix of Matt Schofield's trademark blues, funk and jazz recorded live with the band in one room, and with the minimum of overdubs. To keep it fresh and spontaneous and capture the raw energy the band is known for, a "three strikes and out" rule was applied, meaning that if it didn't sound right by the third take it would not make it onto the album. One number fell by the wayside. All the rest are first or second takes. Nine original numbers are sandwiched by a pair of Kings -- opening with Freddie King's "Pack It Up" and closing with BB King's "When it All Comes Down".

Called by many the "most original and influential British Blues guitarist to have emerged since the sixties", Schofield's second studio album continues his successful organ trio of Jonny Henderson on Hammond C3 organ (and left-hand bass lines) and Evan Jenkins on drums. The huge sounding, multi-layed an rhythmically infectious delivery of this band redefines the meaning of "power trio" and is unlike anything else on the Blues Scene today.

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TAB BENOIT : : Power of the Pontchartrain

Guitarist-singer Tab Benoit is the real deal. Born and raised on the Louisiana bayou, this self-proclaimed “new kid from the old school” has been the standard bearer for a new generation of Cajun blues musicians – a traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, grafting elements of rock and soul to the indigenous sounds of the bayou. And if dedicating his life to his musical roots weren’t enough, Benoit has also been a tireless crusader in recent years – prior to the devastation of hurricane Katrina but even more so since – for the preservation of the rapidly vanishing wetlands of his native region.

Benoit unleashes his passion for his homeland and its music in POWER OF THE PONTCHARTRAIN, a new Telarc recording that he co-produced with veteran producer David Z (Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Prince). Also on board for the 11-track ride is LeRoux, the enduring Louisiana-based blues/rock/pop collective that has been a regional mainstay since the late ‘70s.

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Enhanced CD Format Coming Soon from a Disney Record Label

Disney's Hollywood Records label, home to Los Lobos, the Indigo Girls, Hilary Duff, and Regis Philbin, is going to fight declining CD sales by offering CDs with exclusive extra content unavailable anywhere else as a lure to get fans to buy the discs.

Hollywood Records' artist roster may not be cutting edge (Regis?), but at least the label is willing to experiment with offering music fans something new -- similar to the extra features found on DVDs -- rather than just complaining about new technology and pointing fingers at their customers.

According to Reuters, the upcoming CDVU+ discs will include "digital magazine extras, song lyrics, band photos and other extras to boost fan loyalty" and the packaging will be recyclable. Some content will be exclusive:

"The content on a CDVU+ can be downloaded and accessed online and off. The label said the extra content had been produced for the new format rather than using the band's outtakes or widely available material, such as existing music videos."

Hollywood Records' SVP of marketing, Ken Bunt, said the label is using the traditional CD format to release these tracks rather than a file-based format because fans of his labels' artists are used to CDs: "We really believe if you're going to give consumers what they want, we should do it in a way they're used to."

The Jonas Brothers will become the first Hollywood artist to release an album in the CDVU+ format on August 7th.

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Online Radio Is Saved; SoundExchange Will Not Enforce New Royalty Rates

Late last week at a Congressional hearing about the new rates for online radio that would essentially destroy it (as readers of this newsletter already know), SoundExchange, which was scheduled to receive the new royalty payments on Monday morning (since the enforcement date falls on a Sunday), made a startling statement.

The SoundExchange executive promised -- in front of Congress -- that SoundExchange will not enforce the new royalty rates. Webcasters will stay online, as new rates are hammered out.

The Roots Music Association spoke with Pandora founder Tim Westergren, who expressed relief that Pandora didn't have to shut down on Sunday in response to the new rates. He said, "It was getting pretty close. I always had underlying optimism that sanity was going to prevail, but I was beginning to wonder."

He said everyone who called their Congress person about this should feel that they had an effect on the process:

"This is a direct result of lobbying pressure, so if anyone thinks their call didn't matter, it did. That's why this is happening." The flyer DiMA distributed to Congress today probably helped a bit too, but overall, it appears Congress intervened due to pressure from web radio listeners.

Apparently, the per-channel minimum fees mandated by the Copyright Royalty Board were never taken very seriously by those involved. They've now been taken off the table completely, saving Pandora, Live365, and other multicasters from their most imminent threat.

"No one thought those per station fees were remotely rational. It only makes sense that they're being taken off the table."

As for the Copyright Royalty Board? They're entirely cut out of the process, having set the rates and then refused a rehearing. Going forward without the royalties being collected, SoundExchange and webcasters will negotiate a new royalty rate with Congress looking over their shoulder -- "and last but not least, the public looking over Congress's shoulder." Alternatively, Congress now has time to consider the Internet Radio Equality Act, which would set webcaster royalties at 7.5 percent of revenue and allow them to continue operating pretty much as they have been.

Either way, this is a big win for webcasters and their listeners.
Boston Blues Festival Legends Revival

Blues Trust Productions, the non profit presenter of the annual Boston Blues Festival, presents past Blues Trust Lifetime Achievement Award recipients at the Somerville Theater on Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 7:30 pm

The concert is a celebration of the Blues Trust’s 2nd live recording, LIVE AT THE BOSTON BLUES FESTIVAL VOLUME II. Featured performers are 92 year old Delta Blues Legend, David Honeyboy Edwards, Lazy Lester and Louisiana Red, with Sugar Ray & the Bluetones, David Maxwell, Darrell Nulisch, The Dwight Ritcher Band, Hot Tamale Brass Band and more.

Tickets for the Boston Blues Festival Legends Revival are on sale now and are available by charge through Ticketmaster, 617-931-2000, online at www.ticketmaster.com or cash sales at the Somerville Theater box office, 55 Davis Square in Somerville, 4 – 8 pm daily. Tickets are $28 - $75.

The Boston Blues Festival Legends Revival and the release of the recording, furthers the Blues Trust’s mission of promoting the music and musicians through entertainment and education. Proceeds from the presentation will help fund the free Boston Blues Festival. The 12th annual showcase will be at the Hatch Band Shell on Boston’s Charles River Esplanade on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23. For more information visit bluestrust.com
'BLIND MISSISSIPPI MORRIS" to received need repairs to his home

Shelby County (Memphis, Tennessee) Commissioners came together Wednesday to try to help a Mid-South music legend.

The home of "Blind Mississippi Morris" is in disrepair, and was recently deemed unsafe by code enforcement. Things are so bad that the city of Memphis says Morris must leave his home. Morris is blind, and is incapable of making those repairs himself.

Last week Morris' plight lead to a conference room at the Shelby County building, packed with people hoping to help. Electricians, contractors, and painters were all willing to donate time, money, and equipment in an attempt to renovate the house.

The group viewed slides that outlined the repairs that need to be made, including electrical, mechanical, and aesthetic work. Contractors estimated it would cost nearly $90,000 to repair the home, an effort headed by County Commissioners Mike Carpenter and George Flinn.

Carpenter said Morris was worth it. "He is a living blues legend, and he is the type of guy that our music reputation in Memphis has been built on, so we would be taking care of one of our own.

Relatives said the music legend has a sister that he'll stay with for the time being.

If you'd like to help fix Morris' house, you can contact the Shelby County Commission.


The National Cowboys of Color Museum (NCCM) announces that tickets are now on sale for the historic Legends of the Blues concert benefiting the museum during the NCCM Labor Day weekend celebrations.

This year's concert will feature blues icons Buddy Guy, The Muddy Waters Band featuring all original members including Pinetop Perkins and James Cotton and Robert Johnson contemporary David "Honeyboy" Edwards together for one evening at Billy Bob's of Texas. The concert is set to raise funds for the NCCM and its efforts including a campaign for a new building project.
"This will be a concert that blues lovers will not want to miss," says Gloria Reed Austin, executive director of NCCM. "We're expecting a packed house to see these great legends take the stage for a concert that will not be seen again anytime soon."

The NCCM Labor Day four-day weekend will be full of special events starting with Thursday's Hall of Fame induction ceremony and ending with a special presentation by the Lone Star Regulators on Sunday.


Sonicbid's Blues Cruise Band Contest Still Going Strong..

One Lucky Band will join the Legendary artist line-up and sail on the October 13-20, 2007 Mexican Riviera Cruise! Spread the word, there is still time to enter. Visit http://www.sonicbids.com/bluescruise for info.


St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has turned down a request to honor Ike Turner, the legendary musician who has publicly admitted to hitting his ex-wife, entertainer Tina Turner.

Slay was asked to make Sept. 2 “Ike Turner Day” in St. Louis, the same day the award-winning performer is scheduled to play the Big Muddy Blues Festival at Laclede's Landing.

The request was made by Dawne Massey, the director of the music festival, who says that the mayor's office has bestowed a similar honor each year for the headline act at the concert event.

“He helped put St. Louis rhythm and blues on the map,” Massey said about Turner. “We were only looking to celebrate his contributions to the music industry. Many entertainers have checkered pasts.”

Turner, who got his start playing the nightclubs and blues bars of St. Louis and East St. Louis, is a member of the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame. He won a Grammy last year for his album, Risin' With The Blues.

In 2001, he was named to the St. Louis Walk of Fame. That same year, he published a biography in which he admitted hitting his ex-wife. The pair were split up by the late 1970s.

Massey says an aide to the mayor told her that Slay would issue the proclamation for Turner. But the aide, Cathy Smentkowski, said today that the mayor has decided against it.

“When it was brought to the mayor's attention, he did not feel comfortable issuing it,” Smentkowksi said.

Asked why, Smentkowski would say only that “he just did not feel comfortable issuing it.”

Blues club replaces troubled nightspot

Marty's Blues Cafe, a new blues cafe has opened at a former nightclub in Merriam (Kansas) that was the scene of two homicides in 2005.

The club formerly was known as Rum Runners. In response to the violence there, Merriam’s City Council required drinking establishments to sell their final drinks at 12:30 a.m. and close by 1 a.m. By January 2006, the nightclub had closed. The city later lifted the early closing time for its bars.

Marty’s Blues Cafe has been leasing space in the property since April and has been open for the past three weeks.

The owner, Martin Cohen, said he has made improvements and invited city officials and council members to tour the business.

“I think we have overcome that image problem with the city. Now we just need to overcome that with our customers,” he said.

News from M.C. Records, Alligator and Shout! Factory


M.C. Records has annouced CD releases from two great roots artist, Eric Bibb & Anders Osborne.

On September 11th, Eric Bibb’s first live CD is entited AN EVENING WITH ERIC BIBB (MC-0059). Eric fuses blues and folk to make a sound all his own. The 14 song recording features delicious covers as well as Eric’s own songs.

On September 25 look for New Orleans sensation Anders Osborne’s first studio recording in over five years. ON COMING DOWN (MC-0060) Ander’s sings about his two great loves, his wife and New Orleans.


Alligator Records has set an August 14, 2007 street date for BLACK CAT BONE, the new CD from bassist/ vocalist/ songwriter (and Stray Cats co-founder) Lee Rocker.


Shout! Factory readies for August 21st release "VEE-JAY: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION." This will be a deluxe four-CD box set with extensive liner notes, and features such Vee-Jay Records hitmakers as Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, The Four Seasons, Jerry Butler & the Impressions, The Staple Singers, Betty Everett, Little Richard, Billy Preston, Gene Chandler, Rosco Gordon, J.B. Lenoir, Joe Simon, The El Dorados, The Dells, Jimmy Hughes, The Spaniels and more.

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Festival news from Finland, and Wyoming USA

Lakeside Blues Festival (Jarvenpaa, Finland)

29 year old Layla Zoe From Canada Wins International Blues Contest

Layla Zoe a 29 year old blues musician from Canada won the international Blues Heritage Contest organized by compo10.com in association with the Lakeside Blues Festival. The contest was this year organized in honor of the 30th anniversary of Finland's biggest blues festival, the Lakeside Blues Festival (www.puistoblues.fi).

The six finalists performed two songs in front of the festival audience and a 6 member jury on June 29th in the small beautiful city of Jarvenpaa, next to Lake Tuusula in southern Finland.

The winner of the contest received 3000 USD in cash. Layla will also be performing at the Lakeside Blues Festival in 2008. The Lakeside Blues Festival has become one of Europe's biggest blues festivals.

The contest received entries from 23 different countries from 5 continents. The first part of the contest took place on the internet. For more information about the Lakeside Blues Festival, please visit their Web site:  www.puistoblues.fi/?topic=42 (in English).

Pinedale Blues Festival (Pinedale, Wyoming)

What would have been the 6th annual Pinedale Blues Festival has been canceled. Their past benefactor passed away, and the family declined to continue the festival. After that all their other sponsor's pulled the plub.

Society news from New York State and California

Mohawk Valley Blues Society (New Hartford, NY)

Following the first Mohawk Valley Blues Festival, organizers Wednesday presented a $1,500 check to Operation Sunshine, an Observer-Dispatch charity that helps send children to summer camp.

"It was our way of giving back to the community," said board member Eileen Gallagher of Rome, whose daughter went to summer camp 15 years ago thanks to Operation Sunshine. "Without Operation Sunshine, she wouldn't have gone."

The festival, held June 30, drew just under 1,000 people and featured local, national and international performers at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds.

Leaders of the Mohawk Valley Blues Society say they're looking forward to a bigger turnout and making a bigger contribution to the charity next year.

Sacramento (California) Blues Society

The Sacramento Blues Society on Sunday afternoon, August 5, 2007 will hold their 5th Annual "Women Sing The Blues" Showcase presentation featuring: Kathleen Cairns (Outstanding West Coast blues talent making an encore appearance for this event), Stacie Eakes (The 2006 Sammie Award Winner in the "Blues" category with her band Stacie Eakes & The Superfreakes),
Lena Mosley (Legendary Sacramento Blues Artist and member of the Sacramento Blues Revue), and Dana Moret (Dynamo Lead Singer for Mick Martin & The Blues Rockers returns as a preformer and organizer for this show). The host band will be the Tim Brisson Blues Band!

ALL AGES WELCOME!Cover charges: $10 General / $8 SBS members / $5 Students with ID. For more information visit www.sacblues.com

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WATERMELON SLIM:Previews his new CD "The Wheel Man"

Watermelon Slim has been a soldier, a farmer, a newspaper reporter, a trucker, a criminal, and who knows what else. He's also one of the hardest working bluesmen on the road today. Join Elwood Blues and his guest Watermelon Slim, with new music from Slim's latest CD, THE WHEEL MAN this week on your House of Blues Radio Hour.


Thursday-Sunday, July 19-22, 2007

Indianola, Mississippi, U.S.


Hotline: none
Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Festival - "JazzFest"

Friday-Saturday, July 20-21, 2007

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.


Hotline: 605-335-6101
Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival

Friday-Saturday, July 20-21, 2007

Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.


Hotline: 540-529-8502
Quincy Area Blues Fest

Friday-Saturday, July 20-21, 2007

Quincy, Illinois, U.S.


Hotline: 217-223-6516
Nothin' But The Blues Festival

Friday-Saturday, July 20-21, 2007

Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.


Hotline: 309-820-0099
Cave Run Rock-n-Blues-n-BBQ Festival

Friday-Saturday, July 20-21, 2007

Morehead, Kentucky, U.S.


Hotline: 606-207-4197
Blues in the Natural State
Saturday, July 21, 2007

Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.


Hotline: 479-527-6618
Burlington Jazz'n Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, July 20-22, 2007

Burlington, Ontario, Canada


Hotline: 905-314-3535
Pittsburgh Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, July 20-22, 2007

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.


Hotline: 412-460-BLUE
Winthrop Rhythm & Blues 20th Anniversary Festival

Friday-Sunday, July 20-22, 2007

Winthrop, Washington, U.S.


Hotline: 800-422-3048
Endless Mountains Blues Fest

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Elmhurst, Pennsylvania, U.S.


Hotline: 570-842-4972
Dodgeville Blues Fest

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Dodgeville, Wisconsin, U.S.


Hotline: 608-935-9200

Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.


Hotline: 540-529-8502
Gulfport MS Blues Bash

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Gulfport, Mississippi, U.S.

Hotline: 228-547-1151
Website: none

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