December 15, 2007
Vol 2 Issue 40

CD or DVD Releases
News Flash
Record Label News
Blues Artists on the Rise
House of Blues Radio Hour
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
About Us


A two-time W.C. Handy Blues award winner as "Guitar Player of the Year," Ronnie Earl has been hailed by musicians and critics alike as one of the premier blues guitarists of his genration and played alongside such greats as Carlos Santa, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner, Otis Rush, Earl King and Duke Robillard (who he replaced as guitarist in the legendary Roomful of Blues after Robillard left that band).

The all-instrumental HOPE RADIO drips with soul, spirituality and what Earl calls "the healing approach" to guitar playing on it many highlights. Recorded live and filmed live (with a separate DVD forthcoming) in the stuidio before an audience at Wellspring Sound in Acton, MS in April 2007. HOPE RADIO features 11 songs that showcase Ronnie Earl at his amazing best.

Click the LISTEN* button below to hear the 3rd track "Blues for the West Side" from HOPE RADIO by Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters.

* To listen it may be necessary to hold down the control key to allow the audio player to "pop-up".

LUTHER ALLISON : : Underground

The discovery and release of Luther Allison's 1958 (or perhaps 1967) debut recording represents a blues find that surfaces with all the excitement of some long forgotten historical document. After sitting for 40-50 years in a safe at the home of Luther's wife, Fannie Allison, Luther's son Bernard unearthed these monumental recordings to show the music world the portrait of this artist as a young man.

Luther Allison died of lung cancer in 1997, so without his ability to authenticate exact details of the recordings a great deal of controvery has erupted amongst "blues zellars" placing the year of recording somewhere between 1958 and 1967. The record label's original press release annouced 1958 as the year, but now concedes that 1967 is probably correct. What is undisputed is that these were the very first recordings of a blues guitar player who became legendary, received countless awards, and died at the pinnicle of his career.

The one person who was there when these tracks were recorded was Luther's friend, collaborator and producer on UNDERGROUND, Bobby Rush. And it's Bobby Rush who is the source of the original 1958 estimate.

"Luther was about 18-19 years old," remembers Bobby (now 74, says he was 25 at the time of the recording). He was playing in my band. I think it was probably the first band he'd ever played in. We got together and went down to Wonderful Records and just started fooling around with some songs and it just come out. We didn't know how good it was. It was just what went down. Luther was on guitar and singing, I was on the bass, and we had another bass player we called Mule also with us on bass. He was green in the studio and I was green as a producer. Back then I didn't know how to produce like I do now. But Luther believed in me and knew I could get it done.

"We were young and didn't have any money for the studio time. I worked out a deal with the guy who was running the studio for some time at night because we couldn't get it during the daytime and afford the day rate. I negotiated with Wonderful because I knew some of the people there," continued Bobby. "We just played off our stomachs. It wasn't any particular songs. We're just going in there to do what we would do on the bandstand at night. Cutting the kinds of things that we were playing for audiences every night. At that time, you just turned on the tape. If you were wrong, you didn't stop the tape. You had to live with what you had. We cut the thing in one take because we didn't have the money to do things better."Some of it was unfinished, some of it was OK and some wasn't. After Wonderful folded we didn't know what happened to the tapes from those recordings."

Click the LISTEN button below to hear the opening track "Hideaway" as performed by Luther Allison and Bobby Rush*

*it may be necessary to hold down the control key to allow the audio player to "pop-up"

ROBERT JOHNSON : : Legendary Blues

"Robert Johnson was the most important Blues Musician who ever lived" -- Eric Clapton.

Robert Johnson changed with blues world forever with a scant 29 songs ever recorded.

Now a company called Pristine Classical, calling themselves "The World's Leading Historical Recordings Download Site" has newly restored using XR remastering technology 19 of those songs, and made them available for individual download. The results are amazying.

For more information on Pristine Classical CLICK HERE

To hear a 5 minute sampler of those 19 songs Click the LISTEN button below.*

*it may be necessary to hold down the control key to allow the audio player to "pop-up"

Enter this contest and win!

Working on the next contest - keep watching for the announcement.


The Blues Festival Guide Staff Wishes All Of You A Joyous and Musical Holiday!

Bobby Rush Named Representative of China’s Great Wall Society

Mississippi blues legend Bobby Rush made such a favorable impression on his Chinese hosts during a four-city tour in August that they appointed him their U. S. cultural representative in the planned campaign to promote the Great Wall of China as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in tandem with the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

This honor is the result of Rush’s performance before a crowd estimated at more than forty thousand at the Second International Yulin Chinese Shaanbei Folk Festival on August 26, at the foot of the Great Wall near the city of Yulin.

When asked what the Great Wall of China and Bobby Rush had in common, one of the concertgoers said “they both have stood the test of time.”

The Chinese organization and Bobby Rush will combine their creative forces in a series of events in eight U. S. cities, including Jackson, in the coming months, managers Frank Beaty said.

The Badaling Great Wall Foundation of Beijing is the lead organization in the planning and direction of international programs related to the Great Wall of China. They also have the responsibility for creating tie-ins between the Great Wall of China cultural activities and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Beaty said Tuesday that a filmed documentary of Bobby Rush’s travels through China is in the early stage of production.

Bobby Rush has been recognized as a major blues figure for most of his fifty-plus years in the business. He has played with some of the biggest names in both blues and rhythm & blues. Rush had his biggest commercial success in 1971 with the release of his original song “Chicken Heads.” He has been honored numerous times as the Memphis based Blues Foundation’s International Showman of the Year.

A native of Homer, LA, Rush has worked out of Chicago and Jackson since the early 1950s, with Jackson being his current hometown. Rush bills himself as both a jazzman and a blues artist. He recently began a series of solo performances, where he plays guitar and harmonica while also singing. Noted for his sometimes steamy sexual scenarios with the hootchie mamas usually onstage with him during his shows, Rush has a recent release entitled Raw.

He incorporates the music of Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Williamson along with his own songs. He also makes a rare venture into political commentary on the song “How Long,” questioning the failed promise of 40 acres and a mule to black people freed from captivity at the end of the Civil War.

10 Semi-Finalists in IBC Best Self-Produced CD Announced

The Blues Foundation announced that the first round of judging for the Best Self-Produced CD has wrapped up. The judges reported a tight field with a lot of great blues being produced. But only ten can go to the next round where they will be judged by--oh we are not going to release that information until they are done due to operational security!!

The artist, title and sponsoring affiliate that will go to Round 2 are:

Dave Fields, “Time's A Wastin'” - Jersey Shore Jazz Blues Foundation

Gregg Juke & the Mighty No-Stars, “Blues Power” - Blues Society of Western New York

Harmonica Red and the New Heard, “I was Born in Louisiana” - Kentuckiana Blues Society

James Hinkle, “Blues Now, Jazz Later” - North Texas Blues Society

Laurie Morvan, “Cures What Ails Ya” - Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society

Paul Gabriel and his Blues Band, “Shuffle the Deck” - Connecticut Blues Society

Sue Palmer and her Motel Swing Orchestra, “Sophisticated Ladies” - Blues Lovers United of San Diego

The Beat Daddys, “Five Moons” - Kentucky Blues Society

The Randy Oxford Band, “Memphis to Motown” - South Sound Blues Association

The Soul Searchers, “The Soul Searchers” - Mississippi Valley Blues Society

The Blues Foundation wishes to thank Round 1 judges:

Brett Fleming, WEVL-FM, Memphis, TN; Cam Hayden, CKUA, Edmonto, Alberta,Canada; Doug Ketchum, WRFG-FM, Atlanta, GA; Janine Harty, KSDS-FM, San Diego, CA; and Mike Kirchen, WMTN-FM, Moosic, PA.

The Best Self-Produced CD will be announced Saturday, February 2 at the Orpheum Theater during the IBC (International Blues Challenge) Band finals. When the Round 2 judges narrow the list to the five finalists, five record label executives will select the winner.

Previous winners include Roxy Perry, and the band Mighty Lester.

The Blues Foundation Announces Nominations for the 2008 Blues Music Awards

The Blues Foundation will present the Blues Music Awards for the first time in their 29-year history in the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of the Blues. Performers, industry representatives and fans from around the globe will celebrate the best in Blues recording and performance from the previous year on May 8, 2008 at the Grand Casino Event Center in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, just down the road from Memphis, the Awards’ home since their 1980 inception.

Among those heading the list of the honorees is Mississippi favorite son Bobby Rush who garnered four nominations, including another historical first—nomination as Artist of the Year in both the Acoustic and Soul Blues categories. This singular achievement stems from the nominators’ recognition of the two personas exhibited in his 2007 public performances--some shows featuring his long-running soul revue while others found him alone with a guitar and a harmonica in support of his Acoustic Album of the Year nominee Raw.

Watermelon Slim & the Workers returned in force, securing six nominations for the second consecutive year on the strength of their Album of Year candidate The Wheel Man. The “Queen of the Blues” Koko Taylor returns to form with four nominations, including one for her Album of the Year nominee Old School. The other artists with Album of the Year selections rode them to three nominations apiece, including ON THE JIMMY REED HIGHWAY by Omar Kent Dykes & Jimmie Vaughan; Bettye LaVette’s THE SCENE OF THE CRIME; Nick Moss & the Flip Tops’ PLAY IT 'TIL TOMORROW; MY LIFE, MY FRIENDS, MY MUSIC by Sugar Ray & the Bluetones; and James Blood Ulmer’s BAD BLOOD IN THE CITY. Lurrie Bell also was honored with three nominations, including one he shares with his late father Carey in the newly-created DVD category.

“At this time of year, releasing the list of nominees is like letting a Blues fan open a gift a little bit early,” according to Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation’s Executive Director, “and members are able to play with it right away by rushing out to purchase the nominated CDs, accessing the ballot to start marking their choices or purchasing tickets to get the best seats for the show. Looking into next year, we are really excited about the opportunities the 2008 event will offer Blues fans worldwide, the chance to soak up the deep Blues history of the Delta both before and after the Awards show itself. As the State of Mississippi continues to develop its Blues Marker Trail, you know Mississippi will be ready.”

Online voting began December 13 for members. Voting, ticket and host hotel information can be found at The Blues Foundation’s website—

The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists. The presenting sponsor will once again be The Gibson Foundation. In 2008, the State of Mississippi, the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Grand Casino and Resort are also sponsoring the Blues Music Awards. The Blues Music Awards are also sponsored by BMI, Casey Family Programs, Eagle Rock Entertainment, FedEx, and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

The Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Charter Members' Dinner will be held the night before on Wednesday, May 7 at the Tunica RiverPark museum situated on the banks of the Mississippi River. The 2008 inductees will be announced early next year.

The Blues Music Awards are produced by The Blues Foundation, a non-profit organization established to preserve Blues history, celebrate Blues excellence, support Blues education and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. The Foundation consists of a worldwide network of 165 affiliated Blues societies and has individual memberships spanning the globe. In addition to the Blues Music Awards, the Foundation also produces the Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the International Blues Challenge and the Keeping the Blues Alive Awards. It fosters education through its Blues in the Schools programming and supports the medical needs of Blues musicians with its HART Fund.

Throughout the year, the Foundation staff serves the worldwide Blues community with answers, contact information and news. For more information or to join The Blues Foundation, log onto

2008 Blues Music Awards
Presenting Sponsor: The Gibson Foundation


Acoustic Album of the Year
Bobby Rush - Raw
Dave Riley and Bob Corritore - Travelin' the Dirt Road
Fruteland Jackson - Tell Me What You Say
Jimmy "Duck" Holmes - Done Got Tired Of Tryin'
Marie Knight - Let Us Get Together

Acoustic Artist of the Year
Bobby Rush
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
Fruteland Jackson
Guy Davis
Mary Flower

Album of the Year
Bettye LaVette - The Scene of the Crime
James Blood Ulmer - Bad Blood in the City
Koko Taylor - Old School
Nick Moss & the Flip Tops - Play It 'Til Tomorrow
Omar Kent Dykes & Jimmie Vaughan - On the Jimmy Reed Highway
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones - My Life, My Friends, My Music
Watermelon Slim & the Workers - The Wheel Man

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
Bettye LaVette
Bobby Rush
Janiva Magness
Tommy Castro
Watermelon Slim

Band of the Year
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials
Magic Slim & the Teardrops
Mannish Boys
Nick Moss & the Flip Tops
Watermelon Slim & the Workers

Best New Artist Debut
Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy - Cotton Field to Coffee House
Gina Sicilia - Allow Me to Confess
Insomniacs - Left Coast Blues
John Nemeth - Magic Touch
The Soul of John Black - The Good Girl Blues

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year
Bryan Lee - Katrina Was Her Name
James Blood Ulmer - Bad Blood in the City
Kilborn Alley Blues Band - Tear Down Chicago
Tommy Castro - Painkiller
Watermelon Slim & the Workers - The Wheel Man

Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year
Bettye LaVette
Candye Kane
Debbie Davies
Fiona Boyes
Teresa James

Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year
James Blood Ulmer
Kim Wilson
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Tab Benoit
Watermelon Slim

Carey & Lurrie Bell - Gettin' Up: Live at Buddy Guy's Legends, Rosa's and Lurrrie's Home
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads
Pinetop Perkins - Born in the Honey
Son Seals - A Journey through the Blues - The Son Seals Story
Willie King - Down in the Woods

Historical Album of the Year
Blind Pig - The Essential Magic Slim - Magic Slim
Blue Witch - House Rockin' and Blues Shoutin' - Various Artists
Delmark - Kidney Stew Is Fine - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
Delmark - Steady Rollin' Man - Robert Jr. Lockwood
Epic/Legacy - Breakin' It Up, Breakin' It Down - Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, James Cotton

Bill Stuve
Bob Stroger
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones
Jeff Turmes
Larry Taylor
Michael "Mudcat" Ward

Jimi Bott
Richard Innes
Robb Stupka
Sam Carr
Sam Lay

Bob Margolin
Duke Robillard
Kid Ramos
Lurrie Bell
Nick Moss

Carey Bell
James Cotton
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Sugar Blue
Sugar Ray Norcia

Big James Montgomery
Calvin Owens
Deanna Bogart
Doug James
Kaz Kazanoff

Gerry Hundt - Mandolin
Johnny Sansone - Accordion
Otis Taylor - Banjo
Robert Randolph - Pedal Steel
Sonny Rhodes - Lap Steel

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year
Ann Rabson
Bruce Katz
David Maxwell
Henry Butler
Honey Piazza

Song of the Year
'Gonna Buy Me a Mule' - Koko Taylor, Koko Taylor - Old School
'Jimmy Reed Highway' - Omar Kent Dykes & Steve Callif, Omar Dykes & Jimmie Vaughan - On the Jimmy Reed Highway
'Poor Man's Paradise' - Johnny Sansone, Johnny Sansone - Poor Man's Paradise
'The Last Words of A Fool' - Sugar Ray Norcia, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones - My Life, My Friends, My Music
'The Wheel Man' - William Homans, Watermelon Slim & the Workers - The Wheel Man

Soul Blues Album of the Year
Eugene Hideaway Bridges - Eugene Hideaway Bridges
Holmes Brothers - State of Grace
Mem Shannon - A Night at Tipitina's
Root Doctor -Change Our Ways
Tad Robinson - A New Point of View

Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year
Barbara Carr
Denise LaSalle
Irma Thomas
Sharon Jones
Sista Monica Parker

Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year
Bobby Rush
Eugene Hideaway Bridges
Jackie Payne
Mem Shannon
Tad Robinson

Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year
Diunna Greenleaf
Koko Taylor
Nora Jean Bruso
Ruthie Foster
Sharrie Williams

Traditional Blues Album of the Year
Big George Brock - Live at Seventy Five
Darrell Nulisch - Goin' Back to Dallas
Koko Taylor - Old School
Nappy Brown - Long Time Coming
Omar Kent Dykes & Jimmie Vaughan - On the Jimmy Reed Highway

Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year
Bob Margolin
Hubert Sumlin
Lurrie Bell
Magic Slim
Nappy Brown
Phillip Walker

Robert Plant Kills Led Zeppelin 2008 Tour Rumors

Led Zeppelin have quashed rumors they are to tour following the success of their one-off gig in London - after singer Robert Plant announced a string of solo tour dates.

It was hoped the band would play additional dates following the landmark gig in the British capital, but plans for a comeback tour in 2008 have been scuppered after the frontman revealed his forthcoming 11-date solo tour of Europe with singer Alison Krauss in May.


Nick Moss, blues performer (Nick Moss and The Flip Tops) and 2008 BMA nominee, is also the owner of Blue Bella Records

He was recently featured in ENCORE magazine. ECORE magazine is a world wide electronic weekly magazine covering all topics of entertainment and all genres of music.

This is a terrific honor for Nick, and a he makes a great amabassador for blues.

To view the complete story CLICK HERE

MySpace Transmissions Offers Music Marketing Opportunities

MySpace Transmissions offers artists and labels the ability to record exclusive audio and video content linked directly to a sales platform. The new program gives MySpace a stream of original content while providing artists a new avenue of promotion and revenue. The ubiquitous James Blunt is the first artist featured.

All content from MySpace Transmissions will be archived and available on-demand on the MySpace Transmissions profile and via MySpaceTV. Users will be able to add the content to their profiles and virally share the artists’ videos throughout the network and purchase the audio track.


Festival & Events Coordinators Workshop

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Historic Chester Hotel
101 N Jackson Street
Starkville, MS

Thursday, January 24, 2007
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Jefferson Davis Campus
2226 Switzer Road
Gulfport, MS

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Workshops will include sessions on liability, fundraising,promotions, and developing new programming for cultural events. This is also an opportunity for you to meet and network with other festival coordinators from around the state! Presented by the Mississippi Development Authority/ Tourism
Division and The Mississippi Arts Commission, working together to make a difference in Mississipp.

For questions, concerns or to register, please contact Leigh Portwood at (601) 359-3061 or email to

State's Film Incentive Program Helped Bankroll Music Fests

For the past several years, thanks to a corrupt official's extremely loose interpretation of Louisiana's incentive program for the motion-picture industry, state taxpayers have unwittingly doled out tax credits to New Orleans' three major music and cultural festivals at a cost likely to top $10 million.

When he was in charge of handing out tax credits, former state Film Commissioner Mark Smith decided to grant them to festival producers based on the entire price tag of an event, rather than limiting the aid to costs associated with filming the festival. The result was a huge boon to the producers.

Overnight, without any public discussion, the state began underwriting as much as a quarter of the cost of each of the city's major annual music festivals: the Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Essence Festival and the Voodoo Music Experience.

The biggest single handout went to the 2006 Jazzfest, which received credits under the film program totaling almost $2.9 million, about 28 percent of the festival's entire price tag that year.

The policy on festivals was changed in September by the film office's new leaders. But by the time the last $4.8 million in credits are granted to festivals under the old policy, the cost to taxpayers will probably top $10 million, with Jazzfest accounting for nearly 70 percent of that amount in credits, records show.

Classic Vee-Jay Records Catalog Debuts on Napster

Good news for blues, jazz, & R&B aficionados -- Napster, the leading subscription music service, has announced that the timeless catalog of Vee-Jay Records will be available in digital format for streaming and downloading for the first time.

Napster will also offer a Label Showcase Playlist, featuring tracks from the Vee-Jay catalog. The Vee-Jay catalog incudes blues, gospel, jazz, R&B and rock n' roll legends like John Lee Hooker, Jerry Butler, Jimmy Reed, and Memphis Slim.

Sonicbids Launches "Get A Gig Guarantee" Promotion

Online community puts its money where its mouth is by guaranteeing its members a gig in 6 months (or they will get 6 months for free)

Sonicbids, the leading site that helps bands connect with promoters, has kicked off a special year-long Get A Gig Guarantee promotion. Sonicbids' mission is to help bands get gigs; based on the belief that independent music belongs everywhere – on festival stages; in video game consoles; on film screens; in college theaters; on the radio; in advertisements; on club stages and at sporting events. The Get-A-Gig Guarantee speaks to how important this mission is for the company by giving artist members a free 6-month membership extension if they do not secure at least one gig over the course of the next 6 months – no strings attached.

"At Sonicbids, we work all day, every day to help our artist community find opportunities and get gigs," explains Panos Panay, CEO of Sonicbids. "The Get A Gig Guarantee is just another way for us to help artists develop their careers."

The Get A Gig Guarantee is available to all members, new and existing. To qualify, artists must have an up-to-date Sonicbids Electronic Press Kit (EPK), and must send their EPK out 10 times per month (to promoters, talent scouts, etc.) and submit it for 3 or more gigs (at any cost).

A Johnny Otis Tribute In The Works

R&B Hall of Famer Johnny Otis may live in Los Angeles these days, but his fans in Sebastopol, his longtime home, haven't forgotten their hero.

The inaugural Sebastopol Documentary Festival offered a sneak peek of filmmaker Bruce Schmiechen's "Every Beat of My Heart: The Johnny Otis Story." When tickets sold out overnight, organizers added a second screening at The French Garden Restaurant.

Schmiechen's well-researched work in progress shows a lot of promise, with rare interviews and plenty of good laughs. But it's still a work in progress. A few glitches need to be worked out, the biggest one being the rights to tons of archival footage, which, as Schmiechen explained in a Q&A, will require more money.

The Jackie Payne-Steve Edmonson Band played after the screening.

M.C. Records is proud to announce that N.P.R. has named Marie Knight

M.C. Records is proud to announce that N.P.R. (
National Public Radio) has named Marie Knight's Let Us Get Together to its Top 10 Blues Recordings of 2007.

Recently Marie was featured on P.R.I.'s Here and Now and the syndicated radio program Mountain Stage. On Oct. 27 she was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Also, there are extensive articles on Marie Knight in the most recent “Living Blues” and “No Depression.”

Marie released her first full-length recording in 25 years during the Summer.

Let Us Get Together is a tribute to Rev. Gary Davis and has been getting fabulous reviews and lots of airplay across the country. Larry Campbell (Levon Helm, Ollabelle, Dixie Hummingbirds, Phil Lesh and Bob Dylan) produced this fine CD.

Marie Knight spent over 20 years singing , writing and recording with Gospel superstar Sister Rosetta Tharpe. At 82 years old Marie Knight keeps a busy concert schedule and still is very active at her church in Harlem.

back to top

BOSS TWEED is this week's "Blues Artist On the Rise":from Brooklyn, NY

Based in Brooklyn, Boss Tweed plays original songs that stem from the darker side of blues and roots music. The trio is fronted by double threat Carolyn Sills on the Fender Jazz bass and lead vocals. "To say that Sills' singing is sultry is an immense understatement. Her vocals resonate with a throaty anguish, torch songs sung straight from the heart…" (Vintage Guitar Magazine)

Boss Tweed also features a dynamite hollowbody Gretsch guitar player, Gerard Egan, whose classic but innovative style conjures the larger than life sound of yesterday's guitar heroes. "Egan's licks are cool and classic, but his groove is soulful and deep rather than in-your-face flash... (VGM)

Boss Tweed's soaring male/female harmonies intertwine in both twangy rock n' roll numbers and eerie blues tunes, making for a must see, high energy show. They independently released their self-titled, debut album in 2005.

Boss Tweed has a new 7" vinyl out now, a 45 EP recorded analog with an eight-track tape machine by the good folks at Silent Stereo Records and mastered by famed engineer Don Grossinger. The trio toured Europe in the Spring of 2007 to promote this new release, and due to their success over there, a longer, more extensive tour of Europe is being planned for 2008.

For more information visit

Click the LISTEN button to hear "Buzz Like Houseflies" from Boss Tweed.

THE DOWNCHILDS BLUES BAND:preview their new CD "Live at the Palais Royale"

For four decades The Downchild Blues Band have been considered to be Canada's finest blues band. Their new CD was recorded live and captures the energy of a band at the peak of their musical ability. Join Elwood Blues and one of the Blues Brothers' main inspirations, The downchild Blues Band, this week on the House of Blues Radio Hour.




Sesi Jazz & Blues Festival

Thursday-Saturday, January 6-15, 2008
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Playing with Fire Winter Series

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Hotline: 402-990-4211

Buckingham Blues Fest

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Buckingham, Ft. Myers, U.S.
Hotline: 239-693-7111

Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

Sunday-Sunday, January 13-20, 2008
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Hotline: 888-BLUESIN / 816-753-7979

Real Delta Showcase

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Hotline: 662-560-3421

Australian Blues Music Festival - The National Festival of Australian Blues Music

Thursday-Sunday, February 7-10, 2008
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Hotline: +61 2 4823 4492

Playing with Fire Winter Series

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Hotline: 402-990-4211

Blues Blast 2008

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Blues Blast 2008
Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
Hotline: 602-252-0599

More festivals!!

For even more festivals visit More festivals are added daily so keep checking back to plan your blues.
Attention Promoters:

If you want your event listed here, simply go to and SUBMIT YOUR FESTIVAL. It is easy and FREE!!!

Call about advertising opportunities on and in the Blues Festival E-Guide. Rates as low as $20 a week. Call 775-846-8238 or email:

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.
back to top


• • • •

Subscribe Unsubscribe Preferences Send to a Friend
My Newsletter Builder

report spam