October 5, 2007
Vol 2 Issue 36

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

No E-Guide for the next 2 weeks

Sorry blues fans, but I won't be issuing the Blues Festival E-guide for the next two weeks.

Yours truly, will be sailing aboard the October 2008 Legendary Rhythm and Blues cruise.  Lucky, lucky me.

Bon Voyage!

Your editor, Nancy Edwards

ERIC BIBB : : An Evening With Eric Bibb

Eric Bibb’s first live CD ever, AN EVENING WITH ERIC BIBB has just been released.

The Grammy/ W.C. Handy nominated artist 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.

Eric was born in New York into a musical family. Eric's father, Leon Bibb, was a trained singer who sang in musical theatre and made a name for himself as part of the 1960's New York folk scene. His uncle was the world famous Jazz pianist and composer John Lewis, of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Family friends included Pete Seeger, Odetta and actor/singer/activist Paul Robeson, Eric's godfather.

Eric has appeared on major TV and radio shows including "Later with Jools Holland" and "The Late Late Show". Eric and his band have played at most of the world’s major festivals including Glastonbury (twice) and the Cambridge Folk Festival in the UK. He joined Robert Cray on two U.S. tour stints in 2001 and 2002 and opened for Ray Charles in the summer of 2002. Since the beginning of 2006 Eric has toured Australia, the USA from Montana down to New Mexico, Canada, and through much of Europe.

Bibb is just about stunning." Los Angeles Times

For more information CLICK HERE

Click the LISTEN button below to hear "Lonesome Valley" from AN EVENING WITH ERIC BIBB

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ANDERS OSBORNE : : Coming Down

New Orleans sensation Anders Osborne’s first studio recording in over five years has just been released. On COMING DOWN Anders sings about his two great loves, his wife and New Orleans. The new CD finds the Anders in a sparse setting that showcases his songwriting. One of the highlights of the CD is the song “Katrina.” Anders and his family moved backed to New Orleans six weeks after the devastating hurricane. Recorded in Nashville and New Orleans, Coming Down was co-produced by Anders and Troy Verges (BMI country songwriter of the year). The music is all roots, all New Orleans.

Anders Osborne was born in 1966 in Uddevalla, Sweden. Anders left home at age sixteen and hitchhiked south. He spent the years that followed working odd jobs and playing music throughout Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Asia, then across the U.S. and eventually ending up in Louisiana in 1985. New Orleans was a perfect match for Osborne, with its mixture of Afro/Euro culture, vibrant lifestyle and welcoming attitude, the city was reminiscent of the stories told by his grandfather, a lifelong sailor and resident of New Orleans during the twenties, thirties, and forties. Anders remembers his grandfather’s stories of travelers, seekers, and eccentric people from all around the world meeting up in the colorful port towns like New Orleans Osborne’s songs have been recorded by artists like Keb’ Mo’, Tab Benoit, Double Trouble, Dr John, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and many others who have garnered Anders’ Grammy Awards for songwriting and producing.

For more information CLICK HERE

Click the LISTEN button below to hear "Katrina" from COMING DOWN by Anders Osborne.

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STACY MITCHHART : : Gotta Get the Feeling Back Again

 Stacy Mitchhart has built a worldwide fan base thanks to dynamic live performances playing his brand of blues-based music, national television exposure, radio airplay, loyal enthusiastic fans and aggressive marketing and merchandising campaigns. His masterful guitar work and strong vocals have been the driving forces behind his successful career. He has won numerous industry awards, released eight CDs and one DVD/CD and actively tour the US and abroad. GOTTA GET THE FEELING BACK AGAIN is his ninth release and first interactive CD.

Mitchhart's awards include "Blues Entertainer of the Year", "Blues Male Vocalist of the Year", "Blues Guitarist of the Year", "Electric Blues Act of the Year", and "Acoustic Blues Act of the Year" from Music City Blues and the "Albert King Award" for guitar from The Blues Foundation. Mitchhart was also nominated fore the "Little Milton Campbell Best Guitarist Award" by the JusBlues Awards in Atlanta.

For more information on Stacy Mitchhart CLICK HERE

Enter this contest and win!

Working on the next contest, keep watching for the annoucement.


Last week we annouced the Tyrone Vaughan Band as the winner of our first weekly "Blues Artist on the Rise" competition held in conjunction with Sonicbids.

Regrettably the picture of the band didn't come through. And boy, did I get emails. Everybody wanted to see what this prodigal son of Jimmie and nephew to Stevie looked like.

Well here you go. And if you can't tell which one is Tyrone...you need to brush up on your blues.



The schedule of entertainment for the 5th Annual Stephen Miller Memorial Blues Bash being held on October 13, 2007 at Space Coast Harley-Davidson in Palm Bay,Florida has been finalized.

11:00 - 11:30 OPENING COMMENTS


12:15 - 1:00 ART HARRIS & THE Z TONES


1:45 - 2:45 TRU BLUEZ

2:45 - 3:45 BILL BLUE





8:15 - 9:30 BARBARA BLUE

9:45 - 11:00 THE NIGHTHAWKS

For more information CLICK HERE

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Mick Jagger & Keith Richards Don't Know Their Own Songs

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has to teach Mick Jagger and Keith Richards how to play their own songs - because they often forget them. The 60-year-old musician joined the band in 1976 but insists he is more familiar with the hits than his band mates.

He writes in his new memoir, Ronnie, "Even these days while rehearsing for a tour, Mick or Keith will play something and I'll tell them, 'It doesn't go like that, it goes like this. Come on guys, you wrote the f**king thing," and Keith will shout back, 'Just because I wrote it, that doesn't mean I know it.' So for me, the music was the easiest part of becoming a Rolling Stone."

Blues Bank Collective awarded Grant to form Student Band

The Blues Bank Collective (BBC) has been awarded a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Project Grant, in cooperation with the National Endowment on the Arts, for the purpose of forming a student blues and jazz band. The Blues Bank Collective, under the direction of Artistic Director TJ Wheeler will hold auditions for the student band. Students in grades 7 through 12 may audition. Interested students should call Artistic Director TJ Wheeler, 603-929-0654, or BBC President David Drapcho, 603-433-4771, to schedule an audition.

Drapcho explained that “students will be expected to be serious musicians and will have the opportunity to serve the greater community as blues ambassadors through their music…playing nursing homes, schools, libraries and events that promote education and diversity. The last BBC student band, “The Funky River Band”, did this faithfully for ten years. We expect this band to practice diligently and be ready to perform within a few months.”

Wheeler, who has traveled throughout the world, is insistent that these students receive a “mind, body, and soul education…not only learning to technically play the music, but give it a soul by exploring the historical African American roots and overall context the music grew out of. “

All students will be expected to pay a nominal fee to participate in the program, although need-based scholarships will be available. The BBC’s policy is that no talented student will be turned away because of financial need.

Martin Scorsese On Board To Make George Harrison Movie

Martin Scorsese has signed to make a movie about late Beatle George Harrison. The film, which will be shot later this year and released in cinema's next year, will be produced by Harrison's widow Olivia and feature the guitarist's former bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, according to Variety.

It will take a documentary format and explore Harrison's faith and music, as well as his movie projects.

Scorsese - who has made documentaries about Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones - says of the project, "(Harrison's) music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story that still resonates today. I'm looking forward to delving deeper.

Olivia Harrison says, "It would have given George great joy to know that Martin Scorsese has agreed to tell his story. "

George Harrison died in 2001 at the age of 58, after losing a battle with lung cancer.

WWOZ Recordings Donated to Library of Congress

WWOZ(FM) had donated 7,000 hours of live jazz and blues recordings spanning 15 years to the Library of Congress.

“The contribution, which comes after Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters nearly destroyed the station’s primary tape storage facility, will ensure the safety of the station’s collection of historic recordings,” the Library said. Supporting the gift, the Grammy Foundation has awarded WWOZ a $45,000 grant toward the preservation of the collection.

Recordings were made at music festivals, nightclubs and street events and feature various forms of New Orleans’s roots music including jazz, blues, gospel, brass band and zydeco. The content includes an extensive collection of live music dating to 1993 of artists including Professor Longhair, Clifton Chenier and Queen Ida.

Before cataloging and digital preservation, the recordings will be stored in vaults at the new Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va.

ON THE JIMMY REED HIGHWAY coming to Austin City Limits TV on October 27, 2007

Omar Kent Dykes and Jimmie Vaughan, whose new CD, ON THE JIMMY REED HIGHWAY, is in the Top 5 on the Billboard magazine blues chart, are bringing their all-star salute to the blues master to national television with a one-hour special on the critically-acclaimed PBS concert series, “Austin City Limits,” airing October 27.

Joining the two for this stellar concert are special guests Kim Wilson, Lou Ann Barton, Delbert McClinton, James Cotton and Gary Clark, Jr., all of whom appear on the new CD. The backing band for the show includes Derek O’Brien on guitar, Ronnie James on bass and Wes Starr on drums.

The high energy show, fueled by the howling vocals of Omar Kent Dykes and the sinewy lead guitar work of Jimmie Vaughan, features performances of most of the songs from the new CD, including such Jimmy Reed favorites as “Baby What You Want Me to Do,” “Bright Lights Big City,” “Big Boss Man,” “Good Lover,” “Caress Me Baby,” and “Hush Hush,” as well a dynamic version of “Bad Boy,” a tune made famous by legendary Reed guitarist Eddie Taylor (whose original version featured Reed on harmonica).

In addition, Dykes, Vaughan and friends perform two songs not included on the new CD: “High and Lonesome,” one the first songs Reed recorded for Vee-Jay Records in 1953 (the label for which he would record for its entire 13-year run); and a rousing version of “Ain’t That Loving You Baby” featuring a twin vocal/harmonica attack by Delbert McClinton and Kim Wilson. The grand finale performance of “Jimmy Reed Highway” features the entire cast onstage performing a mighty blues jam powered by the triple-harmonica threat of McClinton, Wilson and blues legend James Cotto.


Award winning Texas style blues band with a great stage show. Blazing guitar, smokin' sax and harmonica with sexy, powerful female vocals, two male vocalists and upright bassist.

Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! is The Pacific Northwest's premier powerhouse hip-shakin' blues band. Powered by the venerable Jim King on sax, blues harp and vocals, and the incendiary guitar work of Tom "T-Boy Neal" Boyle, this band takes off like a rocket from the word go. Up front with Jim is Becki Sue, with her big voice and sassy attitude and a style reminiscent of the great Texas blues belters, Angela Strehli and Lou Ann Barton. Backed by the award winning rhythm section of Les "Wildchild" White on upright bass and Jeff Hayes on drums, Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! is delighting audiences everywhere with their on stage antics and their ferocious blues chops. This is what the blues is supposed to sound like! Warning! Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! may damage your dancing shoes!



Houston Blues Festival has had to be postponed indefinitely. Due to unforseen circumstances with major sponsorship, we will have to cancel, but will reschedule as soon as we have everything back in place. Looking at same time frame in 2008.


Planning for the Roots Music Association’s inaugural Convention, Radio Seminar and Music Festival is now underway which will take place June 26-29, 2008 in San Antonio in the middle of the beautiful Hill Country of Texas.

RMA is the fastest growing international music association that actively promotes, supports and celebrates roots music. The RMA is committed to providing an international voice and forum for all roots based music formats in an alliance that will strive for the advancement of independent artists and will continue to encourage radio stations to play music outside of mainstream Top 40 charts. We strive to work in collaboration with any association or entity that shares our goals and vision towards the advancement of roots music.

Organizers are excited about the support the event is receiving from all corners of the music industry and business community and promises to be a memorable one with great music, special guests and a multitude of memory making moments.

“The interest in our very first event is extremely high and we’re working to pull out all the stops. It’ll be a memorable time for everyone who attends. We’ve got some great talent lined up and some very exciting tricks up our sleeves as well!” says Robert Bartosh, one of the organization’s founding directors.

The 3 day event will also include a series of interactive and educational panels, a trade fair, once in a lifetime events and networking opportunities geared toward all facets of the music industry.

The radio seminar portion of the event will draw an international panel of music programmers and personalities to discuss issues and concerns pertinent to the broadcasting industry.

The convention stream will provide opportunities for artists, musicians and industry professionals to network and educate each other through a series of interactive panels and presentations.

The music festival will provide multiple stages which showcase performers to both the conference and seminar attendees as well as the general public. Expect to hear music from artists that range from established headliners to exciting up and coming newcomers across a multitude of roots based genres including, but not limited to, Blues, Bluegrass, Americana/Country, Western Swing, Western, Roots Rock, Reggae, Folk, Cajun/Zydeco and Tejano. The initial lineup of performers will be announced soon.

The theme for the 2008 is “Music United” and speaks to the holistic, inclusive and universal approach the RMA uses to support its membership base and their collective vision. The event will be attended by radio broadcasters, promoters, publicist, artists, musicians, songwriters, label executives and more.

The Convention and Music Festival will be held at the Alzafar Shrine Center in San Antonio. The center is located on approximately 20 wooded acres, at the edge of the Texas Hill Country.

The RMA is honored at the opportunity presented to work with the Shrine organization towards their end goals of supporting children and their families. There are approximately 410,000 Shriners now across the United States, Mexico and Canada. There are 22 Shriners Hosptials for Children – 18 orthopaedic hospitals, three burn hospitals and one hospital that provides orthopaedic, burn and spinal injury care. These hospitals have cured or substantially helped more than 600,000 children – at no cost to parent or child – since the first Shriners Hospital opened in 1922.

Bartosh extends a hospitable Texas welcome to those considering attending. “We encourage our music industry colleagues to stand united and join us under the hot sun in picturesque Texas Hill Country next June for three fabulous days they won’t forget.”

For information on registration, sponsorship opportunities or submitting for performance consideration please contact the RMA at 888-391-0983 or rma@rootsmusicassociation.org.

More information about the Roots Music Association can be found at www.rootsmusicassociation.org


Memphis Smoke and the Detroit Blues Society are proud to announce that they will be hosting a benefit show on Friday, October 19th featuring multiple Blues Music Award Nominee and Intrepid Artists performer, Watermelon Slim and the Workers. The show will begin at 9 pm and is a benefit for the Detroit Blues Society and its many programs, including the Kids Affected By Cancer Guitar Program with Music Mentors, Gilda's Club, Latino Family Services, and Children's Hospital of Michigan.

Slim will take the stage at approximately 10:30 pm, but additional special musical guests, from Annie C. Oakley Management Company in Nashville, Bart Walker from Nashville and Christy Howard from Detroit will appear beginning at 9pm.

For more information visit The Detroit Blues Society Website

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Guitarist Duke Robillard formed "Roomful of Blues" in 1967. Since then he has enjoyed a successful solo career, as well as being a producer and session player for the likes of Bob Dylan, Ruth Brown and John Hammond, to name just a few. Duke's new solo album is a two-disc set called WORLD FULL OF BLUES and it explores the many facets of the Duke Robillard sound. Join Elwood Blues and his guest Duke Robillard this week on The House of Blues Radio Hour.

Voice of the Wetlands Festival

Friday-Sunday, October 12-14, 2007

Houma, Louisiana, U.S.


Hotline: n/a
Annual Blues and Jazz Festival

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Salisbury, North Carolina, U.S.


Hotline: 704-636-3277
Stephen Miller Memorial Blues Bash

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Palm Bay, Florida, U.S.


Hotline: 321-784-0830
Columbia's 13th Annual Blues Festival

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.


Hotline: 803-783-6420
Elroy Bike Meet & Blues

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Elroy, Wisconsin, U.S.


Hotline: none
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

Saturday-Saturday, October 13-20, 2007

San Diego, San Diego, U.S.


Hotline: 888-BLUESIN
Tommy Johnson Blues Festival

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Crystal Springs, Mississippi, U.S.


Hotline: 601-212-6088
Buckingham Blues Bar Blues Festival

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Buckingham, Ft. Myers, Florida, U.S.


Hotline: 239-693-7111
Sothern Arizona Blues Heritage Festival

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Tucson, Arizona, U.S.


Hotline: n/a
The Fourth Ever ShedHed Blues Festival

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Ocean Springs, Mississippi, U.S.


Hotline: 228-875-8577
Tallahassee Blues October Festival

Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28, 2007

Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.

Hotline: 850-656-9700
Website: n/a

National Women in Blues Festival

Friday-Saturday, November 2-3, 2007

Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.


Hotline: 910-352-7678
Jasper's Blues on the Marsh

Friday-Sunday, November 2-4, 2007

Ridgeland, South Carolina, U.S.


Hotline: 843-762-9125

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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