January 26, 2008
Vol 3 Issue 4

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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, his career catapulted into the forefront of the West Coast Blues scene. As the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that 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 CDs from venue sales while performing in festivals in Florida, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Oklahoma and California. His 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!

Enter this contest and win!

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

Maple Blues Award winners from all across Canada aren’t singing the blues now. There’s reason to celebrate right across the nation. Seventeen awards were presented at this year’s eleventh annual Maple Blues Awards Gala held at Mod Club in Toronto on Monday, January 21st.

Entertainer of the Year - Colin James
Electric Act of the Year - Colin James & the Little Big Band
Acoustic Act of the Year - Harry Manx & Kevin Breit
Male Vocalist of the Year - Chuck Jackson
Female Vocalist of the Year - Dawn Tyler Watson
New Artist or Group of the Year - Thom Swift
Recording of the Year - Colin James and the Little Big Band
3 (MapleMusic)
Artist -
Colin James & the Little Big Band
Producers - Colin Linden & Colin James

Artist of the Year - Watermelon Slim and the Workers

Guitarist of the Year - Jack de Keyzer
Harmonica Player of the Year - David Rotundo
Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year - Michael Fonfara
Horn Player of the Year - Pat Carey
Drummer of the Year - Mike Fitzpatrick
Bassist of the Year - Gary Kendall
Songwriter of the Year - Harry Manx 
Blues With a Feeling (Lifetime Achievement Award) - Big Dave McLean
Blues Booster
(Lifetime Achievement Award) - Brad Wheeler


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Best of the Beat - A Celebration of New Orleans

Every year, OffBeat Magazine throws the first great party with the Best of the Beat, a celebration of New Orleans food, music and culture. The show is a benefit for Renew Our Music (formerly the New Orleans Musicians’ Hurricane Relief Fund. This year's party was held last weekend. Once again, there was music in both the House of Blues main room and in the Parish, with the return of Cyril Neville, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many others. And naturally a good party is fueled by good food, and once again some of the city’s finest restaurants who joined the occasion.

The reason for the party, though, is to honor the best in New Orleans music.
Blues Awards of note went to:
Mem Shannon & the Membership 

Andy J. Forest: Real Stories of Love, Labor and Other Man-Made Catastrophes (Independent)

Adrien Brody Enjoys Cadillac Ride

Adrien Brody is joining the previously-announced Jeffrey Wright in Sony BMG Films Cadillac Records , which starts filming in March.

Brody will play famed blues/R&B record executive Leonard Chess, and Wright will be Muddy Waters. Joining them in the cast are Columbus Short, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Cedric the Entertainer and Tammy Blanchard.

Andrew Lack and Sofia Sondervan are producing for Sony BMG Film .

Writer-director Darnell Martin's film explores Chicago in the 1950s, charting the colorful lives of American musical legends like Waters, Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf and Elvis Presley. It will film in New Jersey and Mississippi.

Mojo Artist Entertainment Forms a New Booking Agency

Mojo Artist Entertainment, a newly formed booking agency ready to get their Mojo Hand Workin’ For you, opened their virtual doors Tuesday January 22, 2008.
Mojo Artist Entertainment’s main aspiration during their inaugural year is to promote the vast multi-talented artists/bands looking to expand their horizons.
Within the upcoming months, artist/band information with music samples will post to allow venues to easily book acts online.
Mojo Talent is accepting press kits for booking consideration.
Mojo Artist Entertainment
5825 Lincoln Avenue, Suite D122, Buena Park, CA 90620
Office: (714) 243-6086 Fax: (714) 209-7646
EMail: mail@mojoartist.com


FERNDALE, CA – After nearly seven years on local airwaves, Blues / R & B radio show, The South Side expands to three hours beginning this Friday, January 25th, now airing from 7 to 10pm Pacific time each Friday night.

The South Side is an energetic and satisfying mix of classic Blues, Rhythm and Blues and Soul music from the last fifty-plus years along with new releases and occasional artist interviews and tributes. Host Chas Lewis, a musician himself, also maintains a companion website at www.thesouthside.org which includes playlists from each week’s show as well as a large collection of links and information for blues fans.

Weekly show playlists are also posted with the Roots Music Report, on the Blues-L listserv and the Yahoo Group, Blues-dj .

For six-plus years, The South Side aired on a local public radio station, moving to top-rated commercial station KHUM in August of 2007.

With studios in Ferndale, CA, KHUM, Radio Without the Rules, can be heard in Humboldt County and parts of Mendocino, Trinity and Del Norte Counties at 104.3 and 104.7 FM and streaming online at www.khum.com.


The Blues Documentary Film Electrified - The Story of the Maxwell Street Urban Blues Premiered at the Sundance Film stival January 25

At the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City UT, the blues documentary film Electrified - The Story of the Maxwell Street Urban Blues was premiered January 25 at a screening and live music performance at Harry O's in Park City.

Electrified tells the familiar story of the Chicago blues from the perspective of the city neighborhood, Maxwell Street, that provided the cultural medium in which the music grew. The film is narrated by actor Joe Mantegna and features interviews with bluesmen Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, Jimmie Lee Robinson and Bo Diddley.

A dozen video clips from Electrified and a companion movie Cheat You Fair, about the last days of the Maxwell Street Market, are available for viewing at YouTube.


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Eagle Rock Entertainment will release both the CD of ALBERT COLLINS LIVE AT MONTREAUX 1992 and its companion 102-minute DVD on March 4. These stunning documents mark one of the last concerts that the late bluesman (1932-1993) performed before he succumbed to cancer on November 24, 1993.

Dr. John Signs With the Savoy Label Group

Iconic American musician and unofficial ambassador to New Orleans, the legendary Dr. John (aka Mac Rebennack, Jr.), has signed a multi-record agreement with the Savoy Label Group's 429 Records and is in the midst of recording his definitive musical response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina on his beloved Crescent City.

Tentatively titled THE CITY THAT CARE FORGOT, Mr. Rebennack promises a strong song cycle that has casually been referred to by some as the What's Going On for New Orleans.

Featuring guest star turns by a host of celebrated musicians the project will be a clarion call to the continuing plight of the Crescent City. Dr. John is currently, and not surprisingly, one of the leading voices protesting the inept response to the disaster, tirelessly performing benefit shows and setting up relief fund support in an effort to keep the issue in the public eye. With THE CITY THAT CARE FORGOT Dr. John will doubtlessly distill the spectrum of intense passions into an eloquent musical dissertation. The project is tentatively set for a May, 2008 release on Savoy's 429 Records imprint.

Dr. John has long been considered the physical embodiment of the vibrant culture of New Orleans throughout his illustrious musical career, from his roots as a New Orleans based session musician back in the 1950s playing with legends like Professor Longhair, Art Neville and Joe Tex to forging his distinctive voodoo inflected rhythm and blues psychedelia throughout the 60s and 70s to his tireless efforts recording, performing and being a spokesman for the city today.

His colorful persona and talents transcend musical genres and art forms garnering respect from fans, cultural peers, civic leaders and beyond.


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Sam Hooper Group:From: Cambridge. MA

Sam Hooper is a dynamic musician on the Boston music scene who has thrilled audiences in the People's Republic of China, Switzerland, and Japan.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Hooper is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music and The University of Miami School of Music. His songs have been published by New York's Heavy Hitters Music and The University of Miami's Category 5 Publishing.

As an artist, he stirs up an alluring blend of blues/rock, pop and funk. His soulful vocals have been compared to Otis Redding and Robert Cray, while critics have likened his blistering guitar playing to Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana.

Sam Hooper - guitar/vocals
Jordan Scannella - bass/bg vocals
Akira Nakamura - drums

All Caught Up, Rich Glenn & Sam Hooper, East


2008 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival to be Beamed Globally

The 2008 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues festival gears up for a live Webcast to be streamed live on the web at www.cbeanmedia.tv.

CbeanMedia.tv, in collaboration with festival organizers, have reached a deal to stream live performances from the 2008 festival to fans around the world. Fans will be able to get a front seat without leaving their computer. Additionally, the live stream, will offer a behind the scenes look at the artists and fans alike. To access the event live, log on to www.cbeanmedia.tv between January 24-26th.

The West Coast Blues n Roots Festival is Western Australia’s largest celebration of Blues & Roots music and is the ultimate festival experience. Taking place within the pine trees of the Esplanade Reserve in Fremantle, this annual 2-day musical extravaganza features 3 stages offering live music all day and into the night in front of around 30,000 fans.

The festival attracts high profile international, national and local musicians, and incorporates arts projects, free fringe performances around Fremantle, environmental projects, markets and food stalls from around the globe.

Around 40 international, interstate and local acts within the Blues & Roots genre will be performing. Previous artists include James Brown, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Bo Diddley, Jackson Browne, Bernard Fanning, The Black Keys, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, John Mayer, Wolfmother, Eric Burdon, John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, Pete Murray, The Cat Empire, Angelique Kidjo and many more.

The fifth annual West Coast Blues n Roots Festival will take place on the 15th & 16th March, 2008.

Firing of Music Fest's Founder Strikes Sour Note

Dismissal of creator of Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival draws protest from volunteers and performers.

The woman who created a popular B.C. music festival and ran it as an unpaid volunteer for 20 of its 29 years has been told to pack her bags and go.

Linda Tanaka sustained the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival in the province's Interior through good years and bad.

Her unceremonious dismissal on Jan. 7 has created bitterness and outrage in the tight-knit festival community.

Jazz Fest Announces Line-Up

The return of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, one of America's most celebrated celebrations, to its first full seven days of programming since 2005 has inspired Festival organizers to assemble the deepest overall mix of rhythm & blues, rock, jazz, country, blues, gospel, world beat, and more in the 39-year history of the event.

From Friday, April 25 through May 4 fans can hear hundreds of musicians including:
Buckwheat Zydeco, Sheryl Crow, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Tab Benoit, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Terence Simien & Zydeco Experience, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, New Orleans Jazz Professors, Dr. John, Keyshia Cole, O.A.R., The Count Basie Orchestra, James Cotton, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters, Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, Ponderossa Stomp Revue feat. Tammy Lynn,
Irma Thomas, Al Green, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, Delbert McClinton, Del McCoury, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone's Harmonica Revue , Bettye LaVette, Gene "Duke of Earl" Chandler, Deacon John, Donald Harrison, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ruby Wilson, Luther Kent & Trickbag, Porter, Batiste, & Stoltz, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, The Lee Boys, Fredy Omar con su Banda, Maurice Brown, Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove, Creole Zydeco Farmers, Walter Payton & File Gumbo, Music Makers' Relief Foundation's Blues Review featuring Boo Hanks, Macavine Hayes and Eddie Kirkland, Art Neville, Stevie Wonder, John Prine, Marcia Ball, Jimmy Buffett, Diana Krall, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Irma Thomas, Buckjumpers SAPCs, Tornado Brass Band, Judy Stock, Minister Jai Reed, etc.

For a complete list go to http://www.nojazzfest.com/

Greeley Blues Society Announces Festival Lineup

A blues/rock band that dates to the 1960s will headline the fourth Greeley Blues Festival this summer, organizers reported today.

Canned Heat, which appeared in Woodstock and has toured around the world, will play their hits, Goin' Up The Country, On The Road Again, and Let's Work Together, at the festival scheduled from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 14 at Island Grove Regional Park in north Greeley in Colorado.

The festival will feature a variety of musical styles, including 'boogie music,' rhythm and blues, soul, gospel and Chicago blues, organizers said in a prepared release.

In addition to Canned Heat, other performers include: Magic Slim, a Chicago blues guitarist, L'il Ed and the Blues Imperials, Sista Monica, Jackie Payne and the Steve Edmonson Band and more.

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For even more festivals, go to

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 -1 0, 2008
St. Augustine, Florida, U.S.
Hotline: 904-540-1449

Attention Promoters!

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simply submit the information at
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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 -1 7, 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

CBA Traditional Acoustic Blues Festival

 Saturday, February 23, 2008
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Hotline: 614-486-4575


Friday - Saturday, March 7 - 8, 2008
Lima, Ohio, U.S.
Hotline: 419-221-3897

8th Swanage Blues Festival

Friday - Sunday, March 7 - 9, 2008
Swanage, United Kingdom
Hotline: +44 (0)1929 422338
Forth Valley Blues Festival

Saturday, March 15, 2008
Forth, Tasmania, Australia
Hotline: +61 3 64282239

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