August 31, 2007
Vol 2 Issue 32

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Right now it's too early to begin posting your 2008 festivals on The Blues Festival Guide website.

We will announe in the next couple of weeks when it's time.

Thanks for your patience.

MASON CASEY : : Sofa King Badass

Mason Casey is a soulful blues singer, harmonica player and songwriter. He has toured extensively in Europe, and recorded three CDs for the DixieFrog label in France (including a CD produced by Poppa Chubby).

He has also played with Wilson Pickett (appearing on his las CD) and was also on Don Covay’s last release.

Now, Mason is living in California and is ready to take on America. His new CD is incredible and features Steve Cropper and Don Covay as musical guests.

He has just been signed to a major management company and is now talking to some of the biggest agencies in North America.

Click the LISTEN button below to hear the song "You Make it Hard" from SOFA KING BADASS.

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Dave Riley and Bob Corritore play powerful down home bluyes, deeply rooted in the Chicago and Mississippi styles that represent their upbringing.

This deep blues partnership has earned a solid reputation for their zesty performances at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix and the annual Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival. They have a natural blues chemistry, and a friendship that prompts wild, provoking performances. Dave's gritty Mississippi personable, original songs combine with Bob's passionate, blues-seasoned, full-toned harmonica for an engaging performance that entertains both the blues novice and the seasoned listener.

Click the LISTEN button below to hear the title track from TRAVELIN' THE DIRT ROAD

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NOW ....OCTOBER 26TH, 27TH AND 28TH, 2007

This first annual Houston Blues Festival will feature 2 stages on Friday and Saturday, with local, regional and national acts. Performers include Jon Cleary, Tab Benoit, Kenny Neal, Sherman Robertson, Trudy Lynn, Texas Johnny Brown, Tracy Conover, 2 time Houston IBC winner, Steve Krase & the In Crowd

Local acts include the 17 year old sensation, Dangerous Dalton Dunn and the Blue Threads, former HBS President and Blues Diva, Sandy Hickey with Brother2Brother, Mean Gene Kelton & the Die Hards, and more.

The Sunday Blues Brunch Fundraiser to benefit the Houston Blues Society and Musicians Benevolent Society with feature Blues Awards Nominee, the one and only "Pure Blues" artist, Nora Jean Bruso. For more information visit

Editor's Note: This festival had originally been advertised (in the Blues Festival Guide magazine) as being held October 19th - 21st. Please make a note of the new dates and venue.


Musicians, instruments strapped to their backs and signs in hand, marched to the French Quarter on Sunday, demanding better wages and asking tourists, music lovers and political leaders not to take them for granted.

"It ain't easy to be in the Big Easy," Deacon John Moore, the president of the local musicians union, told onlookers after the low-key march through the rain from Louis Armstrong Park. "Our musicians are suffering. We hate to come out here and beg, but we have no alternative at this point."

Many musicians, like other New Orleanians, are struggling with life since Hurricane Katrina struck two years ago. Many venues that offered live music have not reopened or offer the stage as often.

That's creating a "cutthroat mentality" among the working musicians in town, Moore said. While the union has a minimum scale wage, not all members are adhering to it, Moore said. Some are working on the streets for tips from tourists and other passers-by -- cheapening the value of what they're producing, he said.

"The local music economy has forced local musicians to live in survival mode, 'a little something is better than nothing,'" the guitarist-band leader-singer said. "That's how you live when your back's against the wall."

British Housing Prices Dancing To The Music

Britons living near one of the many music sites in the U.K. may suffer through rattling windows and buzzing bass guitars each summer, but it seems that their proximity to the weekend scenes may be worth the trouble.
A British report by mortgage company Rightmove recently showed that the location of these festivals may have a beneficial effect on their neighbors and housing prices in the area.

The report shows that areas known for their music events, including Chelmsford in Essex, home to the V Festival, and Reading, home the Reading Festival, have seen prices rise sharply over the past year.

“One of the great things about Glastonbury and other festivals is that people see the beauty of areas they may never have visited before and actually experiences the local surroundings and journey time first-hand,” Rightmove commercial director Miles Shipside commented.

Guitarist Hubert Sumlin named 'Sonny' recipient

Blues guitar great Hubert Sumlin has been named as the recipient of the 2007 Sonny Payne Award for Blues Excellence presented by the Delta Cultural Center.

The Sonny Payne Award for Blues Excellence - called the "Sonny" - is presented annually during the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival each October. The award recognizes an individual or individuals that have strongly influenced the blues music of the Arkansas Delta. The honor is named for "Sunshine" Sonny Payne, the longtime host of the Peabody Award-winning "King Biscuit Time" program broadcast each weekday from the DCC Visitors Center on radio station KFFA-AM.

Previous recipients of the "Sonny" are Robert Lockwood Jr. and Houston Stackhouse (posthumously) in the award's inaugural year of 2002, Sam Carr and Pinetop Perkins (2003), Cedell Davis and John Weston (2004), James Cotton and David "Honeyboy" Edwards (2005) and Michael Burks and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (2006).

The Sonny Award presentation is to be a part of Sumlin's performance with The Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Band on Saturday evening, Oct. 6, during the final evening of the 3-day festival.


GREENWOOD, Mississippi — The $8,000 Mississippi Blues Trail marker that
honors bluesman Robert Johnson has been stolen from its spot on Money Road.

The theft was discovered less than a week since a marker honoring
civil rights-era slaying victim Emmett Till was discovered missing from U.S. 49.

Allan Hammons, the president and chief executive officer of Hammons
& Associates, which has helped to develop the blues trail markers, said the theft constitutes grand larceny of state property.

The marker is similar to other historical markers, but it also features a vinyl insert on one side, which includes photos and maps of significance to the person being honored. Hammons said the marker's disappearance has been reported to the Leflore County Sheriff's Department.

Last weekend, the Emmett Till Memorial Highway sign on U.S. 49 was discovered missing. The 38 mile stretch of highway was name in honor of Till in 2005.

Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago who was abducted, tortured and killed while visiting relatives in Money on Aug. 28, 1955, after he reportedly whistled at a white woman. That marker has been replaced.

Hammons said he believes the Johnson marker may be either in an "affluent person's garage or resting at the bottom of the Tallahatchie River. Either way, this is a significant dollar loss."

It also could have been the victim of some "kids hell-bent to destroy things," he said. "It's real discouraging to me that this is the only one that this has happened to," Hammons said.

The Johnson marker - even before it was unveiled to the public for the first time at a ceremony on May 16 - had been shot once with "00" buckshot and had been successfully repaired, Hammons said.

It was shot a second time, and repaired yet again, he said.
This time, Hammons said, the marker's base was apparently shattered with a sledgehammer once the pole supporting it was removed from the ground.

The marker, by itself, weighs close 90 pounds, Hammons said.

16 Blues Trail markers have already been installed around the state. In all, about 120 blues markers are planned.


Jus` Blues Music Award Show was held August 16th at The Historical Daisy on Beale Street in Memphis. The red-carpet, star studded event was attended by William Bell, Benny Latimore, Bobby Rush, Charles Mitchell & Floyd Taylor (pictured together above) Theodis Ealey (pictured above) Denise Lasalle, Millie Jackson, Trudy Lynn, Sandra Hall, Maxine Brown, Gwen McCrae, and the legendary producer Willie Mitchell who produced all of Al Green's hits.

Categories and winners were:

Lowell Fulson Lifetime Achievement Award
Maxine Brown

Denise LaSalle Award for Recording Excellence
Artie "Blues Boy" White

Percy Mayfield Award for Writing Excellence
William Bell

Jack "The Rapper" Gibson Radio Pioneer Award
Bobby O'Jay, WDIA, Memphis

James Brown Heritage Award
Bobby Rush

Johnnie Taylor Newcomer Award
Sir Charles Jones

Jus` Blues Music Producer's Award
Willie Mitchell

Jus` Blues Music Legends Award
James Alexander of The BarKays
Larry Dodson of The BarKays

Jus` Blues Music President's Award
Rodgers Redding, Rodgers Redding & Associates

Jus` Blues Music Promoter's Award
Julius C. Lewis, Heritage Entertainment

Jus` Blues Music Gospel Pioneer Award
Lee Williams

Mayor Willie W. Herenton, Memphis, TN.

Best Traditional Blues Man
Chick Willis

Best Traditional Blues Woman
Trudy Lynn

Best Blues & Soul Radio Show
Steve Ladd - WDIA - Memphis, TN

Best Blues & Soul Radio Station Award
Jim Starr - WVOL, Nashville, TN

Best Blues & Soul Internet Show

"Little Milton" Campbell Guitar Award
Lucky Peterson

Junior Wells Harp Award
Chicago Bob Nelson

Best Juke Joint Award
C-C's Blues Club - Memphis, TN

Best Blues & Soul Man Song Of The Year
Francine - Theodis Ealey

Best Blues & Soul Woman Song Of The Year
Let's Straighten It Out - Gwen McCrae

Blues & Soul Man Of The Year
Floyd Taylor

Blues & Soul Woman Of The Year
Denise LaSalle

Best Blues & Soul Label Award Of The Year
Ecko Records

Jus` Blues Music All Star Award
Bill Coday

Jus`Blues Music Artist Of The Year Award
Bobby "Blue" Bland


The 2007 Russian River Jazz Festival
celebrates 31 years of bringing world-class music and festival revelry
to the Bay Area on Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville.

Established in 1976 the Russian River
Jazz Festival has evolved into one of the nation’s top jazz events, and
the quintessential end-of-Summer celebration for Northern Californians.
Enjoy great music and the finest local wines at a picturesque outdoor
setting on the banks of the Russian River.

Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, 2007.
Gates opens 10:00 a.m. Music begins 11:00 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m.

Johnson’s Beach along the Russian River, Guerneville, California (1st & Church Sts.)

Saturday, September 8:
Chaka Khan – eight-time Grammy Award© winner
Boney James – top selling saxophonist
Poncho Sanchez – the King of the Congas
Ledisi – urban jazz vocalist with new Verve release coming Aug. 28
Forté (jazz combo) and Michaele on the Wine Garden Stage

Sunday, September 9:
Norman Brown’s Summer Storm featuring vocalist Peabo Bryson, Marion Meadows (sax) and Jeff Lorber (keys)
Joe Sample Trio – legendary contemporary pianist
Christian Scott – trumpeter named “next big thing”, new CD on Concord
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers – swinging jazz band
Michaela on the Wine Garden Stage

TICKETS: Ticket prices are $45 per day or $80 for the 2-day Pass (through Sept. 7)

Tier tickets are available for $90 per day or $170 for both days. Gold
Tier guests are assigned a reserved sand chair in front of the main
stage, use of a private beach chair and 3 wine tasting coupons.
• Tickets purchased at the gate are $50 per day (general admission) or $100 per day (Gold Tier)
• Children 10 and under are free!

Tickets can be purchased by phone by calling the Jazz on the River Box Office at (707) 869-1595; or online at

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The “unofficial” home of Howlin’ Wolf’s legacy is gearing up for a backyard bash of epic proportions.

A natural amphitheater is being cleared on a hillside at Waverly Waters (Westpoint Mississippi), which will have a 10,000-person capacity, for Wolf’s Juke Joint Jam Sept. 1st.

The event will feature legendary blues guitarists Hubert Sumlin, who was Howlin’ Wolf’s guitar player, and Bob Margolin, Muddy Waters’ guitar player.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday evening and finishing up sometime Sunday morning, Wolf’s Juke Joint Jam will be the first of what organizers hope to be a long line of big-ticket events featuring big-time artists.

At the foot of the green slope, which is rises steeply enough to ensure everyone has a clear view, but is gentle enough not to send spectators tumbling to the bottom, will be a 50-by-25-foot stage erected on three flatbed trailers. Ellis Steel will contribute materials to construct the temporary stage, which will eventually be replaced by a permanent structure.

Mike Reilly, president of 2 Brothers and one of the event’s organizers, says the plan is to use Waverly Waters and the legacy of Howlin’ Wolf to kickstart a flourishing music scene for West Point and the Golden Triangle.

Reilly hopes having two of the biggest names in blues music, Sumlin and Margolin, associated with Waverly Waters will make the venue an attractive stop for more artists and more genres of music.

Ideally, Reilly says Waverly Waters hopes to host large quarterly events at the Amphitheater while hosting weekly shows at Wolf’s Juke, just up the hill from the Amphitheater.

Both venues will see action over the Labor Day weekend with the Jam being held Saturday at the Amphitheater and four events held at Wolf’s Juke.

Although he’s not expecting quite 10,000 people for the first Jam at the Amphitheater, Reilly is confident the Prairie Arts/Howlin’ Wolf Fest weekend will be the genesis of an event that gets bigger and better every year.

“The Howlin’ Wolf legacy here can help us bring music to the Golden Triangle,” said Reilly. “By the time we have Howlin’ Wolf’s hundredth birthday celebration (in 2010), we’ll be able to bring in world renowned acts.” 


Blue Bella Records has annouced 4 new releases scheduled for October 9th. Nick Moss & The Flip Tops with PLAY IT TIL TOMORROW; Gerry Hundt with SINCE WAY BACK; The Kilborn Alley Blues Band with TEAR CHICAGO DOWN; and Bill Lupkin with HARD PILL TO SWALLOW.

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The first of a series of blues specials rolled into Colne station, bringing visitors to the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival to town.

The specially-decorated train, complete with festival logo will promote the Bank Holiday event for five years along the Blackpool South to Colne line. East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership has worked with festival organisers Pendle Leisure to promote rail as the best means of travelling to Colne.

Festival organiser Alison Goode said: "We're so proud to know that commuters all over the north of England will be getting on the Blues Train for the next five years."


Gaudenzia hosts the Gaudenzia Autumn Blues BBQ at City Island (Harrisburg, PA) in Celebration of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Proceeds will benefit drug and alcohol treatment in Central Pennsylvania.

Gaudenzia is Pennsylvania’s largest non-profit provider of drug and alcohol treatment services, offering 108 programs in 63 facilities. Since 1968, Gaudenzia has been helping people and their families overcome the ravages of drug and alcohol addictions.

The festival takes place Saturday, September 29th and is headlined by The Nighthawks. 



Phoenix Blues Society is sponsoring a ONE DAY Discount to the Don Julio Tequila & Grand Marnier Margarita Scottsdale Music Fest with Fine Arts and Crafts for the Blues Day... Sunday September 23rd ONLY

Discount details:
When: Tuesday, August 28th
What: 2 for 1 General Admission ticket discount
Where: Charge by phone by calling 602-267-1600, Box Office opens at 10:00 AM or at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office - 440 N. 32nd St. Phoenix , AZ
How: Mention "Blues for Two" to recieve discount
More info:


The North Texas Blues Society is proud to present The Blind Lemon Blues Festival, September 15, 2007 in Dallas, Texas. The festival venue is Poor David's Pub, located at 1313 South Lamar Street in the shadow of downtown Dallas.

The 2007 Blind Lemon Blues Festival will be an all acoustic event honoring the traditional blues music style of Texan, Blind Lemon Jefferson. Mr. Jefferson played the blues on the streets of Dallas beginning in 1912 and became the first commercially successful male blues recording artist in the 1920's. Blind Lemon's music not only inspired and influenced such early blues music giants as Leadbelly, T-Bone Walker, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Robert Johnson; but also present day rock and roll icons The Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley have also performed his tunes.

Headlining the festival is global ambassador of blues & roots music and National Reso-phonic virtuoso guitarist, Bob Brozman. Also playing on the festival are duos: Aaron Burton & Cheryl Arena, Texas Slim & JMAC and country blues preacher K.M. Williams. Each of these performing artists will pay homage to their musical roots, each with their own unique styles further complimented by their original tunes.

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LABOR DAY WEEKEND:A feat of food-related Blues Tunes

It's Labor Day once again, time to crack a cold one, throw some grub on the grill, and kick back with some good ol' blues music. Join Elwood Blues for a feast of food-related blues tunes from Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, The Blues Brothers and many more, this week on your House of Blues Barbecue Hour.

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Wednesday-Monday, August 29-3, 2007

Sparks, Nevada, U.S.

Hotline: 800-648-1177
Howlin Wolf Memorial Blues

Friday, August 31, 2007

West Point, Mississippi, U.S.

Hotline: 662-605-0770
Illinois Blues Festival

Friday-Saturday, August 31-September 1, 2007

Peoria, Illinois, U.S.

Hotline: 217-208-7400 Ext. #4
Hot Springs Blues Festival

Friday-Saturday, August 31-September 1, 2007

Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.

Hotline: 501-844-1022
Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, August 31-September 2, 2007

Rentiesville, Oklahoma, U.S.

Hotline: 918-473-2411
Johnstown Folk Festival

Friday-Sunday, August 31-September 2, 2007

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Hotline: 814-539-1889/888-222-1889
10th Annual Rhythm & Roots Festival

Friday-Sunday, August 31-September 2, 2007

Charlestown, Rhode Island, U.S.

Hotline: 888-855-6940

Thirsty Ear Festival

Friday-Sunday, August 31-September 2, 2007

Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.

Hotline: 505-988-1234
Rendezvous Rhythm & Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, August 31-September 2, 2007

Oroville, Washington, U.S.

Hotline: 866-872-8997
Summertime Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, August 31-September 2, 2007

Freeport, Texas, U.S.

Hotline: 979-233-3526

Delta Boogie Blues Fest

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Jonesboro, Arkansas, U.S.

Hotline: 870-219-9650
Riverside Bluesfest

Saturday, September 1, 2007

St. Mary's Ohio, U.S.

Hotline: none

19th Annual DC Blues Festival

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Washington D.C., U.S.

Hotline: 202-962-0112
Long Beach Blues Festival

Saturday-Sunday, September 1-2, 2007

Long Beach, California, U.S.

Hotline: 562-985-5566

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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