September 14, 2007
Vol 2 Issue 34

Special Announcements
CD or DVD Releases
News Flash
Blues Artists on the Rise
Festival News
Blues Society News
House of Blues Radio Hour
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
About Us


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Soul-blues superstar Bobby Rush built his reputation via elaborate and sexy stage shows, but on hi new CD, RAW, he returns to his roots. The 13 tracks find Rush mostly alone with his guitar and harmonica on a set largely consisting of originals.

On RAW Rush lays bare the basic approach he's honed over the last fifty-plus years, in the process revealing the extent to which his modern repertoire builds upon traditional song themes and structures. Fans of Rush are aware of his skills on the harmonica, but will be pleasantly surprised to hear his work on the guitar throughout the record, which is assisged on three tracks by Rush's former band member, Shawn Kellerman, on dobro.

Although Rush has performed in a wide variety of contexts over his 50-plus year career he's only recently debuted a a solo performer.

"A lot of people don't know this side of me," says Rush. "It wa a little bit hard when I started doing it because people expect the same kind of output from me as when I'm with the girls. The more I do it now, though, the more I learn how to do it."

For more information on Bobby Rush visit his website

Click the LISTEN button below to hear "I Got 3 Problems" from RAW.

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necessary to allow pop-ups. Just hold down the CTRL button on your
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Upon my first visit to Eureka Springs Arkansas years ago, I was given some advice. "Don't miss Reba Russell". I took that advice to heart and witnessed one of the best female blues singers I had ever seen. In fact I began to think if I had seen anyone more authentic in all my travels. To this day I consider that set as one of the most relevant experiences of my musical life.

Reba Russell is your chance to know the soul of a woman, not unlike the women blues history is based on. She doesn't become a blues singer at 9pm on gig night. She wakes up a blues woman and goes to bed every night a blues woman.

Her life is led by the strings of her heart. When she loves you, you feel it everyday, if she has a problem with you, you might want to solve it. Singing and writing and leading her band for twenty plus years is what she is about. There is no big time, just music time. If something she does draws a big crowd then so be it. Five people are going to get the same show. She doesn't have a volume button, just an off /on switch. She always finishes what she starts and the girl has her fans because of it.

Rewound is a CD that makes life simple for her fans, she takes music from some of the past CD's and a few that are just her favorites from the live shows and puts them in a black circle of non stop Reba Russell.

This is a great introduction to her music and it will lead you to a lot more of the other songs she and Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms and Wayne Russell have written over the long winding road this band has been down. No secret in old Memphis and no secret wherever this band has been.

Just remember to take this advice.... "Whatever you do. don't miss Reba Russell".
---John Catt

For more information on Reba Russell visit her website

Click the LISTEN button to hear "Part-Time Love" from Reba Russell on REWOUND.

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Enter this contest and win!

We are working on the next contest, keep watching for the annoucement.

If you missed last week's annoucement of the winners, visit our website for the complete listing.

Dallas Blues Festival Invokes the Spirit of Blind Lemon Jefferson

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 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.

For more information visit


Blues-Rock guitar virtuoso, vocalist, songwriter,
Named 2007 Best Blues Guitarist (Guitar Player Magazine)

Doors 7 pm, Show 8 pm
250 Washington St, Sonora CA 95370

with 300 General Seating Only. $35 ADVANCE. Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

Opening Act: CROSBY LOGGINS (son of Kenny Loggins)

209.533.3473 FAX 209.533.1049
Mountain Bookshop in East Sonora (Junction Shopping Ctr) 209.532.6117,
Beat Music, downtown Sonora, 209.588.1572

JOE BONAMASSA's "SLOE GIN" New CD Released Aug 20, 2007
"SLOE GIN, the 6th solo studio album from Joe Bonamassa was released on August 20, 2007. SLOE GIN Gin has the makings of a year-round classic that could set a new standard for recorded blues, rock, blues-rock and a few other genres not always associated with "Joe Bonamassa the blues artist". Within the first 20 seconds of the opening track, "Ball Peen Hammer", it's clear we're in the presence of something special."

Don't miss this great upcoming show SEPTEMBER 19 in Sonora!

Visit these websites for more info:

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Blues Multi-tasker Bob Corritore is being honored in the city of Phoenix with an official Bob Corritore Day. The Mayor of Phoenix issued a proclamation stating the reason for this honor was Bob’s hard work in promoting the Blues in Phoenix. Bob Corritore day will be September 29.

Bob has performed over the years in many top Phoenix blues bands including, Big Pete Pearson and the Detroit Blues Band, Chico Chism and the Chiztones and Buddy Reed and the Rip It Ups. Bob also was a part of many pick-up ensembles used to back touring musicians coming through Arizona without a band. Some of these musicians were legendary and include Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, Lowell Fulson, Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Robert Jr. Lockwood and others.

Bob has produced live recording sessions at the Rhythm Room by R.L. Burnside, Sonny Rhodes, Chico Chism, and Henry Gray. He had a hand in compiling the "Low Blows" Chicago Harmonica Anthology and the "Blue Saguaro" Arizona Blues compilation.

Bob Corritore
plays Hohner harmonicas exclusively, hosts the weekly radio program "Those Lowdown Blues" on KJZZ (Sunday nights from 6 until 11 on 91.5 FM in Phoenix, Arizona, 89.5 in Cottonwood, 90.1 in Prescott, 98.9 in Tucson, 99.1 in Kingman), and is the owner of The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix.

And he's a hell of a nice guy. Congratulations Bob on a much-deserved honor!

Daily Cup of Joe with Joe Bonamassa

Weekdays 12 pm-12:15 pm ET

[press release] SIRIUS is proud to welcome Joe Bonamassa to our team! An up-and-coming blues artist, Joe will be serving up blues-rock favorites every weekday. Expect a shot of hard-edged blues from the likes of Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Cream and many more – music that will get you up and keep you going all day long.

Editor's Note: Sirius calls Joe Bonamassa "up-and-coming"...? Guess they haven't looked at the Billboard Blues charts lately. Joe Bonamassa has the # 1 selling blues CD with SLOE GIN.

Twenty million fans bid for Led Zeppelin comeback tickets

About 20 million fans have tried to get tickets for Led Zeppelin's one-off comeback concert, a spokesman for the gig said Thursday.

The rock legends are reforming for a tribute concert at London's O2 Arena on November 26. The venue can hold up to 20,000 people.

The three surviving members of the hard-rocking British band are to play together for the first time in 19 years in tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, the late founder of the Atlantic Records label, who signed the group in 1968.

About 80,000 fans per minute are trying to register for tickets at the website, said Internet service provider Pipex.

Demand for the 125-pound tickets also crashed the O2 Arena website.

"The message is to be patient. The website will be open until midday on September 17 for anyone wanting to register," said a spokesman for the concert.

"It is not 'first come, first served' and all successful applicants will be entered into the ballot for tickets to be drawn at random."

Led Zeppelin split in 1980 following the death of drummer John Bonham, who famously choked on his own vomit following a drinking binge.

Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones, with Bonham's son Jason on drums, will headline the gig.

The Who's Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings, rock band Foreigner and Paolo Nutini will also play at the tribute from British artists who worked with Istanbul-born Ertegun.

Since Bonham's death, the remaining three have reunited only twice before, to play the 1985 Live Aid concert in Philadelphia and an Atlantic Records anniversary gig in 1988.

Led Zeppelin have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide.

The band were not keen on releasing singles, but their best-known songs include "Stairway to Heaven", "Kashmir", "Whole Lotta Love", "Rock 'n' Roll", "Nobody's Fault but Mine" and "Communication Breakdown".

Johnny Cash To Receive Pardon

Johnny Cash is to be pardoned four years after his death. The "A Boy Named Sue" singer will be officially pardoned by officials in Starkville, Mississippi at The Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival later this year.

The festival's executive director Robbie Ward organized a petition for the pardon - which collected 500 signatures.

Cash was arrested and locked up in a cell for one night in May 1965 for picking flowers from somebody's garden, inspiring him to write the song Starkville City Jail which he famously performed at San Quentin prison in 1969.

Cash died in 2003 after suffering complications from diabetes.

The Blues Foundation Nominated Again for Stanford Award

The Stanford Financial Group and ArtsMemphis are proud to announce the nominees for the Stanford Financial Excellence in the Arts Awards.

This prestigious award recognizes arts organizations for strong financial performance and sound budget management. The Blues Foundation is among the nominees -- it was also nominated in 2005! Congratulations to the following nominees: Keystones and Memphis Milestones: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Metal Museum, Theatre Memphis. Mosaics: The Blues Foundation, Delta Axis, Germantown Community Foundation.

At a reception in their honor on Tuesday, September 25, 5:00 p.m., the recipients of the award will be announced and recognized.

Good luck Blues Foundation!

2nd ANNUAL COMPETITION IS NOW UNDERWAY:First winners to be annouced next week

Think you, or your band is a "Blues Artist on the Rise"?

Are you deserving of national exposure to blues radio programmers, blues festival promoters, blues record label executives, and thousands of blues fans?

Then you must enter the 2nd annual "Blues Artist on the Rise" competition. Between now and the end of January 2008, blues artists/bands will compete for an electronic showcase on the Blues Festival E-guide.

This competition is held in conjunction with Sonicbids. All competitors must have a Sonicbids EPK (Electronic Press Kit).

This year, the “Blues Artists on the Rise” competition, will be split into 2 categories: Solo/Duo and Full Band.

One artist from each category will be chosen at a minimum of once every other week for the 5-month duration of the competition to be showcased via the E-guide, which has a loyal 15,000+ readers per week. What that means is, at a minimum, 13 artists will be selected for an electronic showcase through Sonicbids.

Judging criteria will be based subjectively on the following: originality; talent; professionalism; experience; blues content; sound quality and that "certain special something" that sets you apart from the rest.

After submissions have ended, one artist from each category will be selected as their categories winner, and will again be showcased in the E-guide as "The Winner!". These category winners will also receive a free banner ad on the Blues Festival Guide website for 6 months as well as a free banner ad on the E-guide for 6 months (February -August 2008). This is a $1,000 value to each artist.

The entry fee is $5, but it could just be the best $5 you ever invested in your career!

For more information or to enter CLICK HERE


Because of development of cancer in his lungs, 42-year old Canadian rock-blues guitar ace, Jeff Healey, has had to cancel his performance at the Copenhagen Blues Festival. This is the 7th edition of the Copenhagen Blues Festival presenting five days of worldclass blues. From September the 26th to the 30th more than 60 international and Danish topacts will perform at 20 venues all over town.

South Florida Blues Society
5th Anniversary Picnic
Sunday September 16th
Pavilion # 15, Snyder Park in Ft. Lauderdale
All-day Jam

Wayside Waifs Humane Society
partnering with Kansas City Blues Society presents:
Blues A Paw Looza, September 22, 2007 from 3 pm to 11 pm
At the Wayside Waifs lawn, 3901 Martha Truman Rd, KC,MO
Elvin Bishop
Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials
The Blues Caravan-Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman & Roxanne Potvin
KC's own Mike Elrod and The KC Blues review
Hotline - 816 - 986 - 4417

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JOAN ARMATRADING:Previews her new CD "Into the Blues"

Joan Armatrading has been playing her one-of-a-kind mix of Reggae, Soul, Folk, Rock and Jazz since the 1970's, and has earned legions of loyal and enthusiastic fans. For her new CD, she turns her attention to the Blues. Join Elwood Blues as he spins Joan Armatrading's new CD, INTO THE BLUES, this week on The House of Blues Radio Hour.

Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival

Tuesday-Sunday, September 11-17, 2007

Fredericton, Canada

Hotline: 1-888-NBBLUES
Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival

Friday-Saturday, September 14-15, 2007

Greenville, Mississippi, U.S.

Hotline: 601-335-3523
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

Friday-Sunday, September 14-16, 2007

Telluride, Colorado, U.S.

Hotline: 970-728-8037

Blues At The Beach

Friday-Sunday, September 14-16, 2007

Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.

Hotline: 757-456-1675
Austin City Limits Music Festival

Friday-Sunday, September 14-16, 2007

Austin, Texas, U.S.

Hotline: NONE
Blues By The River

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Redding, California, U.S.

Hotline: none
Blind Lemon Blues Festival

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Hotline: 800-735-8907
Delta Blues & Heritage Festival

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Greenville, Mississippi, U.S.

Hotline: 800-467-3582
Simi Valley Vino Jazz Festival

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Simi Valley, California, U.S.

Hotline: 805-583-7900
Paramount Blues Festival

Friday-Saturday, September 21-22, 2007

Grafton, Wisconsin, U.S.

Hotline: 262-208-6288
Old Town BluesFest

Friday-Saturday, September 21-22, 2007

Lansing, Michigan, U.S.

Hotline: 517-371-4600

Old School Guitar heroes Blues Festival

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Monmouth, Illinois, U.S.

Hotline: 309-734-3297

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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