January 18, 2008
Vol 3 Issue 3

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

Shane Dwight : : What You Need

While performing over 170 shows throughout the US in 2007, Shane and his band still were able to find the time to record their fifth CD titled “What You Need”.

After winning the Monterey Blues Festival “Battle of the Bands” in 2002, Shane’s career catapulted into the forefront of the West Coast Blues scene. As the San Francisco Chronicle put it: “ Shane is fast becoming The Blues Sensation of the West Coast”.

Before long, word spread and Shane was making a name for himself throughout the country. “Shane is a Great vocalist and One Hot guitarist”, stated Dan Aykroyd as he featured Shane on his internationally syndicated “House of Blues” radio show.

Shane has sold over 45,000 CD’s from venue sales while performing in festivals in Florida, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Oklahoma and California. Shane’s previous CD, “Come See Me” has received rave reviews such as this one in Southland Blues Magazine… “This album holds a position at the TOP of our ten best…”

“What You Need” is a mix of original songs written by Shane, as well as some great blues standards. This CD is very diverse in its song content, ranging from strait forward blues to rock and country blues.

Check it out for yourself. You won’t be disappointed! For more information about Shane Dwight go to www.ShaneDwight.com

Click the LISTEN button to hear an original track titled “Have Some of That”

CLICK HERE to see Shane LIVE in concert!

BOB BROZMAN : : Post-Industrial Blues

Bob Brozman is a guitarist like no other: an established and prolific recording artist, performer, producer, and author, Bob is a non-stop world traveler and tireless researcher in ethnomusicology. His work with musicians from around the world in the past several years has marked him as not only a virtuoso musician and slide guitarist, but also as a pioneer in finding a common thread among global musical cultures.

Bob's newest solo album is POST-INDUSTRIAL BLUES, a collection of bold new tracks. After years of exploring multi-ethnic music styles around the world, Bob returns to his blues and Americana roots, for a brave and honest look at a world in change.

Click the LISTEN button to hear Follow The Money from POST-INDUSTRIAL BLUES*

*it may be neccessary to hold down the CTRL button to allow the music player to "pop-up"

JOHN-ALEX MASON : : Town and Country

John-Alex Mason's new album TOWN AND COUNTRY engages the conversation between past and present, between roots and the fruits, between the town and country in all of us. Mason explores these ideas with danceable grooves, masterful slide work and interpretations of rare old songs that complement slow-core acoustic and rocking one-man band originals. Rooted by his love of Delta, piedmont and Hill Coutnry Blues, Mason delivers stunning solo performances on both his resonator guitar and his electrified one-man band rig. Deep hypnotic vocals and sweet songwriting elevate and unite the 15 tracks.

Click the LISTEN button to hear Boll Weevil from TOWN AND COUNTRY*

*it may be necessary to hold down the CTRL button to allow the music player to "pop-up"

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

2008 International Blues Challenge--The World

Memphis, Tennessee - The program for the 2008 International Blues Challenge (IBC), set for January 31-February 2, 2008 in Memphis, Tennessee, is now finalized, full information of which is posted at www.blues.org.

The 24th edition of the world’s premier Blues music competition will feature a record 159 acts from 36 states and 10 countries and 6 continents, with 99 competing in the band division and 60 in the solo/duo contest. For the first time ever, participants will come from Africa (South Africa) and South America (Argentina).

The winners receive cash prizes, professional services and appearances at top Blues festivals. Advance tickets are available at www.blues.org or through any of the venues and tickets will be sold at the door.

The weekend’s events kick off early this year Wednesday evening with the Beale Street Merchants hosting a Meet ‘n Greet at the New Daisy Theater and the Memphis Grizzlies presenting four IBC participants during its Blues night at the FedEx Forum in conjunction with their NBA game against Denver. Friday is filled with seminars and workshops, including a special luncheon presentation by one of America’s great filmmakers, John Sayles, whose latest film Honeydripper is Blues-themed.
The IBC semi-finals commence at 5:00pm Thursday evening in Beale Street clubs and continue in those 16 clubs Friday evening. The ten band finalists will begin at 2:00pm Saturday afternoon at The Orpheum Theatre while the six solo/duo finals will commence at 8:30pm Saturday night at the Orpheum. The judges will also present the Albert King Award—a custom Gibson ES-335—to the most promising guitarist. A complete list of participating acts can be found at www.blues.org.
The weekend also features the prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) awards that honor the men and women, who have made significant contributions to the Blues music world, in 21 categories such as journalism, literature and photography and to the best clubs and festivals, as well as managers, promoters and producers. The Blues community will recognize its peers in a moving Saturday morning ceremony at the Downtown Doubletree Hotel.
Throughout the week, The Blues Foundation will be sponsoring Blues in the Schools programming by Gary Allegretto, Spencer Bohren, and James Nixon and Shannon Williford in schools in the Greater Memphis area.
Sponsors for the weekend are ArtsMemphis, bandVillage, Budweiser, FedEx, Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, sonicbids, and XM Satellite Radio. Media Sponsors include Big City Rhythm and Blues, Blues Festival Guide, Blues Revue, Downtowner magazine, House of Blues Radio Hour, Living Blues and WREG-TV, Channel 3.
The International Blues Challenge and Keeping the Blues Alive 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, the Foundation also produces the Blues Music Awards and the Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. For more information or to join The Blues Foundation, log onto www.blues.org
Jay Sieleman - Executive Director
901.527.2583 xt. 12


World Wide Virtual Performance at Videoranch January 26th!
Live Performance at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, California January 26th!

Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings will be playing LIVE in Videoranch on Saturday January 26th, at 3PM Pacific Time.

This is a virtual concert so you attend by logging on from a computer. You do not have to leave your house!

Show Times Around the world:
Pacific Time: 3PM to 4PM
Mountain Time: 4PM to 5PM
Central Time: 5PM to 6PM
Eastern Time: 6PM to 7PM
UK Time: 11PM to 12AM
European Continent: 12AM to 1AM
New Zealand Time: Sunday, 10AM to 11AM
Sydney AU: Sunday, 8AM to 9AM
Tokyo: Sunday, 8AM to 9AM

What is Videoranch?
Videoranch is a membership-based, 3D virtual world on the internet, where LIVE musical performances are video-cast, seamlessly embedded, and viewed, in real-time, by a virtual audience made up of people logging on from all over the world.

To attend the show, you need high speed internet access and newer computer with Windows on it.

WATCH IT LIVE: Go to www.videoranch.com, click Enter, then click on the "Visit Videoranch 3D" link on the front page. This will take you to a page where you can download the browser and log in as a "Visitor". You can become a "Ranch Regular" by signing up for a FREE 7 Day Trial from the same page. No payment information necessary. Ranch Regulars have unlimited access and full software functionality! Note: 7 Day Trials are set up manually by Videoranch, so please sign up well in advance of the show.

INTERACT WITH THE ARTIST: Once inside Videoranch, you can move around, dance, cheer, chat and meet other Videoranch patrons. Roy Rogers and the band will be able to see your Avatar and read your comments LIVE, so be sure you let them know how much you are enjoying the show and Videoranch! Ranch Hands will be on duty to help you and will greet you the moment you log on.
Find out more information by emailing vr3d@videoranch.com.

And here is a blurb coming out in the upcoming issue of Singer and Musician magazine:

"Imagine a place where the air is clean, the temperature is always in the pleasenties, you are surrounded by nice folks and there's a live band that knows you by name. Plus, there are free movies and hot air balloon rides. It's VideoRanch, a virtual world cooked up by Michael Nesmith (One-time member of the Monkees and, more importantly, music video pioneer). Feel free to roam the ranch at your leisure, and then check out the event calendar for upcoming live groups. I popped in on a Sunday afternoon and was immediately greeted by name (my chosen nickname) by the house band, Ranch Dressing (these guys are great!). A bit later, The Refugees took the stage for a full hour live show. Other performers have included The John Jorgenson Quintet, Eliza Gilkyson, James McMurtry, Laurence Juber, Laura Love, Mumbo Gumbo, The Greencards, Ledward Kaapana, Tony Furtado and Jason Nesmith. What makes this so unique is that the band is actually playing in real time from a studio. And, as they know who is coming and going, they can interact with you (actually, your avatar). It's very much like just hanging with some friends and listening to some great music is in an intimate, outdoor atmosphere. And, after the band has gone home, you can stroll the ranch's tree-lined cobblestone walk-ways in search of some interesting and fun surprises or even get a look at the virtual facility from in the sky onboard a hot air-balloon."
--------------- Robert Lindquist, Singer and Musician Magazine


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Please Mark Your Calendars For Another Mississippi Blues Trail Marker

On Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 4:00 PM, MDA Tourism Heritage Trails Program, the Mississippi Blues Commission and the City of Hazlehurst will honor blues legend, Robert Johnson.

The ceremony will take place at the historic train depot located at 138 N. Ragsdale Road in downtown Hazlehurst, MS.

Robert Johnson's reputation as one of the most prominent Blues pioneers is exceeded only by the myths that surround the origins of his musical career," Governor Barbour said. "We don't know if he made a deal with the devil, but one thing is certain: Robert Johnson's innovative sound and soulful Blues rhythm makes him a perfect recipient for this designation of a second Blues Trail Marker in his honor."

We are delighted that Claud Johnson (son of Robert Johnson) and his family will be present to receive this honor! Please join us for this wonderful event!

Alex T. Thomas, TMP - Heritage Trails Program Manager
Mississippi Development Authority-Division of Tourism
Post Office Box 849, Jackson, Mississippi 39205
Phone: 601-359-3297 - Fax: 601-359-5757
Email: athomas@mississippi.org

Eric Clapton Uses eBay To Sell Memorabilia

Rocker Eric Clapton is selling off memorabilia online in an effort to raise funds for his Crossroads Centre at Antigua rehab facility. The guitar great has teamed with online auction site eBay.com to open a new store, which will sell the Clapton collectibles.

Items up for grabs include tour jackets, backstage passes, t-shirts, mugs and bumper stickers.

Clapton founded the Crossroads Centre in 1997. The facility provides a sanctuary for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.

Clapton himself has struggled with drug and alcohol dependency.


Please note RBA Publishing Inc. is not able to accept responsibility for any losses or damages to any person acting on information contained on these pages, or warrant that information contained within articles, etc. are bona fide. Please check any details carefully before parting with any money.


Blind Pig Records has announced the signing of multi-instrumentalist and modern swamp-blues master Kenny Neal. Recording sessions have recently been completed for LET LIFE FLOW, Kenny’s first album since 2005, and a release is planned for later this year.
For the past few years, health problems forced Kenny away from the studio and touring, and LET LIFE FLOW finds him returning with a renewed vigor and outlook on life. Recorded in West Columbia, SC, Kenny’s new album reflects his optimistic sense of perseverance, set to the soulful, deep grooves that have garnered him a solid fan base over the past 20 years. 
Commenting on his return to recording and performing, Kenny said: “With all the tragedy and darkness I’ve been through in the past three years, I’m finally seeing the light. I’ve been waiting for a long time for a record company to say ‘Make a record that you feel good about.’ Blind Pig Records gave me that oppor tunity. And my new CD, LET LIFE FLOW, is coming straight from my heart. Hope everyone enjoys it.”  
For more information visit www.blindpigrecords.com.

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Kara Maguire:Los Angeles, Ca

Click the LISTEN button to hear "Let it Ride" from Kara Maguire.
It may be necessary to hold down the CTRL button to allow the music player to "pop-up"

A girl trapped in the past when it comes to musical influences. Etta James , Billie Holliday, and Carole King to name a few. Kara's been singing since she can't remember and that's really her absolute favorite thing in the world to do - SING!

Not in the least bit afraid to let people feel her pain as well as experience her sincere hope. Kara's music always takes her somewhere brilliant, and her voice follows - it's the most freeing feeling in her life."

Kara Maguire - lead vocals
Tommy Harkenrider - guitar
Jerry Rosen - guitar (and wah-wah)
John Sikora - bass and vocals
Paul Fasulo - drums
JT Ross - harmonica

We have one CD Kara Maguire's "Nobody's Girl" National radio promotion is planned for this release through Todd Glazer Promotions

Links http://www.karamaguire.com


Formerly the Crosby (Texas) Zydeco Festival, the Solo Zydeco Festival has moved to Humble, Texas in 2008 due to its growing attendee numbers which are now in excess of 10,000. Produced by Solo Zydeco Productions, the Solo Zydeco Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, at the Humble Civic Center Arena, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble, Texas, 77338.

The decision to move the Festival to Humble has attracted coast to coast attention reported Solo Zydeco Productions CEO Troy Barrett. They are assisting guests with travel accommodations from as far away as New York and California.

Traditionally, a one-day event, the Solo Zydeco Festival is bursting at the seams with a three-day, all-star lineup featuring the best and hottest zydeco bands from Texas and Louisiana.

B.B. King heads lineup at this year's Monterey Bay Blues Festival

Performers at the Monterey Bay Blues Festival this June will be riding ahead of The King — 82-year-old blues icon B.B. King.

King, who has been singing and playing the blues since the 1940s, will close the festival's Sunday night show with his first appearance since 1991 at the Monterey Fairgrounds blues blowout. 

The festival announced all but a few of the featured performers scheduled for the Pattee Arena main stage during the three-day event. The lineup includes veteran blues artists Taj Mahal and James Cotton, along with up-and-coming blues artists including 21-year-old guitarist Joe Bonamassa and The Homemade Jamz Blues Band from Tupelo, MS.

Festival organizers have made an effort to return to a more blues-dominated lineup that will kick off at the Friday night show with the first Monterey festival appearance by critically acclaimed guitarist and vocalist James Blood Ulmer.

"We're returning to a mostly blues format and also have made a concerted effort not to bring anyone back that has played in the last few years," Sandine said.

Making the 23rd blues festival bluesier and fresher were strong suggestions made by festival patrons, she said.

"They said, 'Blues all the time, show us new, young acts and freshen things up,'" Sandine said.

Other acts that will help keep things stirred up include soul singer Bettye LeVette, whose 2007 album The Scene of the Crime is up for a Grammy, Delta blues standard-bearer Keb'Mo', and gospel vocalists The Blind Boys of Alabama.

This year's festival runs June 27-29.

The complete festival lineup will be announced March 18. Tickets will go on public sale March 28.

Blues Society News

Sunday, January 27th at 5pm, The Black Swamp Blues Society will host a Memphis Send Off Party for this year’s contest winners, The Chris Shutters Band and soloist Patrick Lewandowski, at The Blue Devil.

Live music by Josh Boyd and the VIP Band, Bobby May (w/ Pat as 2 Big Guitars), Rod Graf, Tina Lee& Random Blues, Mudfoot, Simon Carter,Frostbite and others. Raffles and giveaways all night long.

Blue Devil is located at 938 W. Laskey Road at Lewis in Toleda, OH. $5 donation at the door.

The 2008 International Blues Challenge –The World’s Largest Gathering of Blues Bands takes place in Memphis, Tennessee January 31-February 2nd. The competition will feature a record 159 acts from 36 states and 10 countries and 6 continents with 99 competing in the band division and 60 in the solo/duo contest. The winners receive cash prizes, professional services and appearances at top Blues festivals.

The Reno Blues Society in Reno, Nevada, will celebrate Mardi Gras on Feb 2 at the Holiday Inn on 6th St from 7-12 p.m. Doors open at 7, music starts at 7:30 with Blue Haven. The headliner is Mark St. Mary Blues & Zydeco Band. They will play two sets beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. As always, it is a costume party!

This month Blues Guitar News is saluting blues societies around the world. Their website presents a unique and excellent opportunity to easily click around and visit the websites of other blues societies. And take a minute to enjoy the logo artwork There is some really excellent artwork/logo's represented. Check it out at www.bluesguitarnews.com

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NICK MOSS:preview his new CD "Play it Till Tomorrow"

When Nick Moss was a kid, he was a passionate fan of Chicago Blues. He wound up playing with folks like Jimmy Dawkins and Muddy Water's drummer Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. Now he front his own brand of Chicago Blues. He and his band The Flip Tops have a new double disk set, PLAY IT TILL TOMORROW. Join Elwood Blues for blazing guitars and searing vocals with Nick Moss, this week on the House of Blues Radio Hour.



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Rogue Valley Blues Festival

Friday -Sunday, January 18 - 20, 2008
Ashland,OR , U.S.
Hotline: 541-535-3562
Playing with Fire Winter Series

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

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

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


Friday - Monday, February 7 - 10, 2008
St. Augustine, Florida, U.S.
Hotline: 904-540-1449

Southern Comfort Lowcountry Blues Bash

Friday - Sunday, February 8 - 17, 2008
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Hotline: 843-762-9125

Buckingham Blues Bar

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Buckingham Ft. Myers, Florida, U.S.
Hotline: 239-693-7111

2nd Annual Lakeshore Bluegrass Festival

Friday - Sunday, February 15 - 17, 2008
Havasu Lake, California, U.S.
Hotline: 800-307-3610

Playing with Fire Winter Series

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

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

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