February 22, 2008
Vol 3 Issue 7

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SEAN COSTELLO : : We Can Get Together

The world is full of wicked blues guitarists, but few are as downright tasty as 25-year-old Sean Costello. He started playing at the age of nine, shortly after moving from Philadelphia to Atlanta, absorbing the skills of the sharpest pickers around. “Hubert Sumlin was the first guy to really catch my ear,” recalls Costello from his Atlanta home, before citing Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, and Freddie King as influential too. He quickly adds swing-jazz players Charlie Christian and Tiny Grimes to the list, and “the Muscle Shoals guys”, Eddie Hinton and Jimmy Johnson. “Steve Cropper is a big hero of mine too,” he offers, not wanting to leave anyone out.

By the time he was 14, Costello had won an award from the Memphis Blues Society; three years later he released his first album, Call the Cops. He now has four CDs under his belt, although it’s his playing on Susan Tedeschi’s gold-selling debut, Just Won’t Burn, that has managed to reach the most ears so far. He recorded most of his work on that disc before graduating from high school. “They flew me up to Boston and paid me, like, 600 bucks and I thought I’d hit the big time,” he says. “It was my band backing her up, and we were touring, and all of a sudden she blew up and got that gold album. I wasn’t expecting that; I thought I was just makin’ a little record.”

Costello’s latest album shows him branching out from traditional Chicago-style blues to incorporate more funky and soulful sounds. The self-titled disc—which features appearances by bass god Willie Weeks and legendary drummer Levon Helm—was recorded in New York City at the Magic Shop, which is owned by producer Steve Rosenthal (the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed). “I wanted to branch out and do some different sorts of songs,” notes Costello, “and Steve just helped me feel comfortable with that.”

Click LISTEN to hear "Cant Let Go" from WE CAN GET IT TOGETHER*

*it may be necessary to hold down the CTRL key allowing the Jukebox to "pop-up"


For some musicians, it all comes down to what happens on stage. Anthony Gomes burns with blazing vocals and incendiary guitar work throughout LIVE, the first full-length concert release from a man who plays as many as 250 dates annually in North America and Europe, making new fans each night out.

Mining blues-rock, soul and gritty R&B stylings for the past decade, LIVE is a summation of where Anthony's been and also offers a glimpse of where he might be heading too. The album finds him immensed in his element - performing for an audience and making a connection. Certainly, Anthony enjoys the craft of the studio, but that passion and power truly rises to its greatest heights during his live performances.

Nominated as "Artist of the Year" by BluesWax 4 years in a row, winning one fo those years, Gomes acclaim continues to grow as a songwriter and especially as a performer.

Click LISTEN to hear "Music is the Medicine" from LIVE*

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HONEYBOY EDWARDS : : Roamin' and Ramblin'
ROAMIN' AND RAMBLIN' is a spectacular collection of tracks ranging from the solo "The Army Blues" with harmonica from 1942 to a large selection of duets recorded over the years with harmonicists , Big Walter Horton, Bobby Rush, Sugar Blue, Billy Branch and Michael Frank, among others. The common thread is the near-telepathic interplay with harp blowers at which Edwards excels, a fact underscored when he tells Rush on "Talking About Little Walter" that he was responsible for bringing the immortal Little Walter to Chicago in 1945.

As Bobby Rush observes on "Shufflin’ the Blues Conversation," "The blues will make you cry, it will make you laugh. ‘Cause the same thing that makes you laugh, the same thing makes you cry." Honeyboy Edwards has lived and played that admonition with a fire and commitment that burns undiminished. It is perhaps best exemplified on the solo "Trouble Everywhere I Go" where he conjures with exuberance an entire rhythm section all by himself while telling his romantic tale of woe. An unreconstructed "road dog" still touring the world, he brings pride and joy everywhere he goes and is a national treasure.

Click the LISTEN button to hear : "Crawling Kingsnake" from: ROAMING AND RAMBLIN'*

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Bluebonnet Blues & Fine Arts Festival in Marble Falls, Texas

Spring Time in the Hill Country, Texas – Mark your calendars for March 28 - 30. One of the favorites among art and music lovers is the Bluebonnet Blues & Fine Arts Festival on Historic Main Street in Marble Falls. Live blues on the main stage outdoors, and also live music in five other venues in the Main Street shopping and entertainment district, including Lorraine's, Cecil & Company, O'Neill's Sports Tavern, Patton's on Main, and House of Blue Lights, all weekend long.

The Uptown Marble Theater will host a 30" promo cut of Clifford Antone's History of the Blues & Rock'n Roll FREE throughout the weekend. Also at Uptown on Friday night, Dr. Barry Pearson will conduct a Musicians Workshop. Uptown finishes Friday evening with a rockin' Pianorama.

Beginning Friday afternoon, artists from across the state will set up their easels to "Paint the Town" in a plein air painting event. Their works will be sold by silent auction after the awards ceremony Saturday evening, and through Sunday.

Stroll along Main Street to enjoy Sculpture on Main, a large-scale sculpture exhibit that will be in place until October.

The Kids Craft Tent, sponsored by Tierra Vista Montessori School, will be sure to keep the kids entertained.

Enjoy crawfish, fajitas, gumbo, red beans, burgers and dogs, and the famous Three Mama Drama desserts. Wash it all down with beer, wine, or sodas at the third annual Bluebonnet Blues & Fine Arts Festival in Marble Falls, Texas.

Visit www.bluebonnetblues.com or call 830.798.1041 for information.

Video: Listen, learn about blues

Want to find out more about the history behind blues? How about the negro spiritual or how rhythm and blues addressed the social ills of the 1960s?

To help celebrate Black History Month, the Green Bay, WI Press-Gazette has posted three videos about the blues. Click on the links below to watch the videos.

Legendary blues guitarist Johnny Jones talks about the history of the blues. Click here.

Detroit musician Amp Fiddler talks about how rhythm and blues addressed the social ills of the 1960s. Click here.

Ysaye M. Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock discusses the history of spirituals, the first body of song created by Africans in this country. Click here.


The Blues Festival Guide Magazine is now accepting ad orders for the 2008 issue.

Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to market your band, new release, service, product or festival to 100,000 blues fans. Affordable and effective!

Ad Deadline: March 31
Street Date: April 21

Email advertising@bluesfestivalguide.com or call 775-337-8626 for rates and information.

Pepsi Stuff And Amazon Mp3 Bring DRM-FREE Mp3 Music Downloads To The Masses

Pepsi and Amazon.com are teaming up on Pepsi Stuff, a massive collect-and-get program where consumers can download the most DRM-free MP3 music available anywhere (yes, even BLUES).

Four billion specially marked Pepsi packages will allow people to collect points and redeem them for music from Amazon MP3 that can be played on virtually any digital portable device (including iPod®), organized in any music management application, or burned to a CD.


The 2008 SXSW (South by Southwest) festival will have no shortage of blues. This years roster includes some very well known and respected blues artists.

Back Door Slam / Isle of Man UK
Marcia Ball / Austin TX *
Spot Barnett with O.S. Grant / San Antonio TX
Eric Bibb / Salisbury UK *
Black Diamond Heavies / Louisville KY
Ray Bonneville /Austin TX
Carolyn Wonderland / Austin TX
Copter / Birmingham UK
Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie / Eunice LA
Joe Doucet / Houston TX
Mike Farris /Nashville TN
Guy Forsyth /Austin TX
Gary Clark Jr / Austin TX
Liz Green / Manchester UK
Ash Grunwald / Torquay Victoria
Guitar Shorty/ Harlingen TX *
Guitar Women w/ Cindy Cashdollar and Sue Foley / Austin TX
Haunted George / Llano CA
Orange Jefferson and Thierry Cognee / Austin TX
Joe Jonas / Dallas TX
Little Freddie King / New Orleans LA
Knuckle Yummy / Austin TX
LZ Love / Austin TX
Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues / Greenville SC *
Trevor Menear / Chicago IL
The Pack A.D./ Vancouver BC
The Perpetrators / Winnipeg MB
porterdavis / Austin TX
Radio Moscow / Ames IA
The Red Stick Ramblers / Lafayette LA
Ray Reed / Ft Worth TX
Son Of Dave / London UK
Steven Wray Lobdell / Portland OR
Texas Eastside Kings / Austin TX
Texas Northside Kings / Austin TX
Little Joe Washington / Houston TX

*pictured above

Registrant Demographics from the SXSW Music, Film and Interactive 2007

SXSW 2007 hosted:
more than 123,000 total attendees!
more than 24,000 conference registrants
approximately 12,000 music festival wristband holders
more than 35,000 single admissions to the film and music events

Showcasing Acts: 1580
Music Showcase Stages Participating: 72
Music Conference Participants: 11,750 (w/ bands registered 13,071)
Approximate Number of Music Media in Attendance: 2,592
Approximate Number of Music Trade Show Attendees: 15,000
Number of Music Trade Show Exhibitors: 200

The 2008 SXSW event promises to be even bigger. It will occur in Austin, TX on March 12-16, 2008

For more information on the 2008 SXSW visit www.2008.sxsw.com


BLUZAPALOOZA, the first blues concert tour to go to a war zone, ships out to military bases in Iraq and Kuwait on April 1, 2008 to entertain our troops.

Created by blues producers Steve Simon and John Hahn and presented by Armed Forces Entertainment, this inaugural BLUZAPALOOZA tour stars blues icon and four-time Blues Music Awards (BMA) nominee Bobby Rush (pictured), two-time BMA Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year Janiva Magness (pictured), Beale Street Entertainer of the Year Billy Gibson (pictured), and Tony Braunagel (pictured) from The Phantom Blues Band heading up the BLUZAPALOOZA All-Stars Blues Band.

“BLUZAPALOOZA gives America’s greatest blues musicians the opportunity to say ‘Thank you’ and ‘We love you’ to America’s greatest troops,” says Steve Simon, co-producer of BLUZAPALOOZA. “For our men and woman serving on the front lines, BLUZAPALOOZA is like attending a great blues festival right in their own home town,” continues John Hahn, BLUZAPALOOZA’s coproducer.

This inaugural BLUZAPALOOZA tour has been made possible with the help of Armed Forces Entertainment, The Blues Foundation, Blind Raccoon, Blues Revue, Alligator Records, NorthernBlues Music, Delta Groove Music, Blind Pig Records, Hohner USA, Telarc Records, Sony Corporation and Ruf Records.

Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) is the lead Department of Defense agency for providing entertainment to U.S. military personnel serving overseas. Founded in 1951, AFE brings a touch of home to more than 500,000 troops each year. BLUZAPALOOZA is proud to be working with AFE.

Visit www.myspace.com/bluzapalooza for additional information.

Delta Groove Music has unveiled the details surrounding an exciting new package just in time for the upcoming busy 2008 festival season. The Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue is now available for bookings on festivals and special events.

Imagine having three extraordinary guitarists all rocking out on your festival’s stage at once, engrossing you in what’s known in the musical world as a “wall of sound.” The All-Star Blues Revue is flexible and can be tailor-made to meet your musical cravings. Special guests can include Phillip Walker, Kirk Fletcher, Ronnie James Webber, Jackie Payne & Steve Edmonson, and many other Delta Groove recording artists, backed by none other then the world-renowned and critically acclaimed Mannish Boys, featuring soulful and traditional blues singer Bobby Jones as the newest asset!

CLICK HERE for more information


HONEYDRIPPERS --The new film by John Sayles is now available for public screenings. For the moment, screenings need to take place in a public venue and charge admission. You can raise money for your organization by selling tickets and splitting the revenues (50/50). Apply for a screening and we'll work out the details!

Watch the Trailer CLICK HERE

For more information on hosting a fund-raising event CLICK HERE

Very Special Car and Guitar Raise $550,000 for Charity

Ford Motor Company and Fender Musical Instruments Corporation made some noise together at the 37th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Scottsdale, Arizona, Jan. 12-20, 2008, which racked up more than $88 million in sales and a record-setting attendance of 280,000 automotive lifestyle enthusiasts.

A highlight of the weeklong event was the auction of Saturday night, January 19, when a limited edition 40th Anniversary Ford Shelby GT500KR “King of the Road” Mustang coupe—and matching Fender Stratocaster guitar—raised $550,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The 540-horsepower Mustang is one of approximately 1,000 built, and is the first and only car offered with a “segment-exclusive” glass roof complete with Shelby’s signature racing stripes frosted on the glass.

The Stratocaster, first of a 100-piece limited edition run (serial number 000), features a replica of Carroll Shelby’s autograph, plus the Cobra logo, Shelby hood stripes and a hand-painted “GT500KR” body graphic. The guitar’s neck has a “Powered by Ford” custom graphic on the back, and the fingerboard has “GT500KR” and “Shelby” mother of pearl inlays at the 7th and 12th frets. The guitar’s hardshell case is custom-embroidered with Ford and Shelby graphics.


Canada's "JUNO" award nominees for BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR have been annouced. The winner will be named on Sunday April 6, 2008. Canada TV will be broadcasting the awards ceremony live.

The nominees for Canadian Blues Album of the Year are:


FATHEADS’s 2007 release, Building Full of Blues, is the sixth album in a critically acclaimed catalog that has won the group nominations and awards, including a JUNO Award and several Maple Blues Awards. Marrying blues with elements of soul, R&B, and a little bit of Cajun spice, the band has a distinctive sound.

Harrison Kennedy -- HIGH COUNTRY BLUES/Electro-Fi

Kennedy was blessed as a member of the Detroit scene in the ‘70s with The Chairmen Of The Board in which he sang the blues rocker “I’m The Chairman Of The Board.” After a string of million-selling singles with this legendary band, Harrison hit the road, honing the crafts of a consummate bluesman.

Jack de Keyzer -- BLUES THING/blue star

The Toronto guitarist returns with Blues Thing, his first studio recording since 2003’s JUNO Award winner, 6 String Lover. Strong songwriting dominates this album with mature lyrics covering life, love, happiness and, the blues. This is De Keyzer’s jazziest record to date with his guitar front and centre. A six-time Maple Blues Award winning artist, who has performed with Etta James, John Hammond Jr., Robert Gordon, Bob Diddley & Blue Rodeo.

Little Miss Higgins -- JUNCTION CITY/Independent

Little Miss Higgins captivates audiences with her original, gutsy, spirited country blues songs and a crystal clear voice. The Alberta native is mostly accompanied by partner/guitar player Foy Taylor. Together, they are creating innovative guitar work rooted in a country blue style and an unforgettable “top hat” stage show.

The Johnny Max Band -- A LESSON I’VE LEARNED/Pour Soul

THE JOHNNY MAX BAND, “the hardest working band in the land”, has been nominated for their first Juno Award on the strength of the critically acclaimed independent CD, A Lesson I’ve Learned, (Pour Soul Records). True to form, the disc is chock full of a swampy mélange of Blues and R&B. Southern Soul sensibilities abound as Max’s direct, uncoloured vocals lead the way while Teddy Leonard’s alternately cool and scorching guitar work.


ISC (The International Songwriters Competition) has annouced their semi-finalists. Winners for the 2007 competition will be announced in April, 2008.

Semi-finalists in the blues category are as follows:

Birthday Suit Loring A. Jones (L.A. Jones And The Blues Messengers) – Orange County, CA, USA
Broken & Blue Tracy K – Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
Color-Blind Angel Robin Rogers/Tony Rogers – Charlotte, NC, USA
Eye For An Eye Jeff Pitchell (Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood) – Rocky Hill, CT, USA
Goin' Home Train Ferenc Kovács (T. Rogers) – Budapest, Hungary
Gravy Train Joe Lundheim (Joe T. Cook & The Longshots) – Minneapolis, MN, USA
Just What You're Looking For Peter David Harper (Harper) – Perth, WA, Australia
Man On The Run Javier Vargas/Jeff Espinoza (Vargas Blues Band) – Madrid, Spain
Number's Down Andrew Winton – Scarborough, WA, Australia
Only 24 Gino Matteo – Covina, CA, USA
Stuck On The Blues Richard Ray Farrell – Newtown, PA, USA
That's The Only Time Jack de Keyzer – Toronto, ON, Canada
Tomorrow's Come And Gone Mark Earl Cook – Woodstock, GA, USA
Unsubstantial Blues Magdi Rúzsa – Budapest, Hungary

Bridging The Gap From Blues To Rap

The Delta Music Institute, (Cleveland, MS) a recording arts and music industry studies program at Delta State University, will host the first Delta hip hop conference, “Bridging The Gap From Blues To Rap” Feb. 28 on the campus.

The conference will begin at noon in room 115 of Broom Hall with a brown bag lunch and panel discussion, “The Roots of Hip Hop: From Dozens and Snaps to Beats and Raps,” which will give an overview of the development of hip hop music and its connection with the blues.

The afternoon panel, “Delta Hip Hop: Cultivating the Regional Scene,” will focus on regional hip-hop musicians and their efforts to create new music that is an expression of life in the Delta region.

Panelists for these two sessions include Jon Hornyak, executive director of the Memphis chapter of the Grammy organization and Al Kapone, a rap artist who serves as the president of the Memphis chapter of NARAS.

Panel representatives from DSU faculty and staff include Dr. Luther Brown of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning, Kim Cooley of DSU OIT, Tricia Walker and Chad Washington from the Delta Music Institute, John Green, director of the Institute for Community Based Research and Larry Webster, program leader, MDSC AmeriCorps. Sade Turnipseed, director of the B.B. King Museum and Interpretive Center, Malcolm White, executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, and Derrick Ward, DSU student intern, round out the afternoon panelists.

The conference moves to Jobe Hall for a coffee break before a 3:30 p.m. screening of the documentary film, “Let The World Listen Right,” featuring Clarksdale hip-hop artist Jerome “Top Notch” Williams. The film was directed by Ali Neff, a doctoral student in Southern Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Neff and Top Notch will lead a discussion following the film.

The conference will conclude that evening with a showcase performance of four musical artists, beginning at 7 p.m. in Jobe Hall. Delta State students Wyld Bill and Saint's Corner will each perform a set of original music along with featured performers Bill Abel and Top Notch & the FAM. A poetry slam contest will open the showcase event.

All Delta Hip Hop conference events are free and open to the public. The community is invited to come attend the conference on Thursday, February 28, on the DSU campus and participate in discussions about the vibrant musical form of hip-hop and the culture surrounding it.

For further conference information, please contact the DMI office at (662) 846-4579 or e-mail dmi@deltastate.edu.

Get ready to celebrate The Blues! From blues music came great artists such as Muddy Waters, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Buddy Guy and others. But the blues might never have been born if not for the influence of slave hollers and calls and the changes that occurred in the lives of black Americans.

"The Blues: Roots of American Music" has been designed to explore the rise and the influence of blues music on American cultural arts. This series combines live music, documentary film, poetry and play reading. Scholar George Bailey, PhD, Columbia College Chicago, will introduce each film and lead discussion afterwards.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information call 708-697-6915.

Tuesday, February 26 Book Discussion
Book Discussion of Killing Floor, a mystery by Lee Child
7 p.m. Veterans Room, Second Floor, Main Library
Come ready to listen to music mentioned in the book and discuss the story. Multiple copies of the book are available at the Fiction and Audiovisual Services Desk on the Second Floor of the Main Library.

Wednesday, February 27 Film Showing
"Blues Masters: The Essential History of the Blues" (Excerpt)
7 p.m. Veterans Room, Second Floor, Main Library
Scholar George Bailey, PhD, Columbia College Chicago, will introduce the film and a lead discussion following the showing. Focus on the fading African cosmology, the role of the "ring shout" in the formation of blues and gospel. The African introduction to Christianity, the roles of field hollers, work song and Arhoolies in the formation of blues. How the African in the New World, without traditional musical instruments set about recreating themselves, create the foundation for popular American music for a generation to come: Tent Shows, Minstrel Shows, Ragtime. Focus on early blues players and performers.

Thursday, February 28 Concert
Eddie C. Campbell in Concert
7 p.m. at Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL
Born to sharecroppers in Duncan, Mississippi, in 1939, Eddie C. Campbell was raised on Chicago's West Side. Shortly after moving to the Windy City, his mother brought him to the 1125 Club on Madison Avenue to meet legendary bluesman Muddy Waters. At 12 years old, Eddie returned to the club, played a scorching rendition of "Still A Fool," and earned a spot on the bandstand. He visited Europe in 1979 with the American Blues Legends Tour; audiences proved so receptive that he moved overseas in 1984, living first in England and Holland, then Germany. He returned to Chicago in 1992 with a style all his own: jaunty, irresistibly danceable rhythms overlaid with lithe guitar lines. Campbell, who now lives in Oak Park, has been called "one of the best bluesmen of the new generation."

Thursday, March 6 Film Showing
"Wild Women Don't Get the Blues"
7 p.m. Veterans Room, Second Floor, Main Library
Scholar George Bailey, PhD, Columbia College Chicago, will introduce the film and a lead discussion following the showing. Focus on iconic blues women and their roles in establishing new representations and images of African American women in developing the music. Includes Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Mamie Smith, Lucille Bogan, Victoria Spivey, Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, Bonnie Rait, KoKo Taylor, and others.

Wednesday, March 12 Film Showing
"The Howlin' Wolf Story" and "The Blues According to Lighnin' Hopkins"
7 p.m. Veterans Room, Second Floor, Main Library
Scholar George Bailey, PhD, Columbia College Chicago, will introduce the film and a lead discussion following the showing. Blues and the rise of the recording industry. Chicago Blues-- The Chess story The growing popularity of blues and the formation of Jazz. A view of the Blues performer's individual story and the rise of the blues personality: Bukka White, Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, Manse Lipscomb and others.

Wednesday, March 19 Film Showing

"You See Me Laughin': The Last of the Hill County Blues Men"
7 p.m. Veterans Room, Second Floor, Main Library
Scholar George Bailey, PhD, Columbia College Chicago, will introduce the film and a lead discussion following the showing. "Blues out in the world" Blues as a modernist impulse. We will discuss the creation of R&B, the influence of blues on Rock and Roll, and other forms of popular American music. We will also restate the role of blues as the core of an African American and an American musical and literary tradition.

Sponsored by the Oak Park Public Library, Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, Columbia College Chicago, League of Women Voters of Oak Park/River Forest, and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation.


Please note RBA Publishing Inc. does not 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.


Jeff Healey, arguably one of the most distinctive guitar players of our time, is releasing his first blues/rock album in eight years — a bustling, bright collection of tunes he’s titled MESS OF BLUES. The CD is being released internationally by the German blues label Ruf Records, and in Canada by Edmonton-based roots music company, Stony Plain Records. MESS OF BLUES will be available in Europe March 20, and in the United States and Canada April 22.

Rockin’ Camel Music announces the signing of legendary singer Bonnie Bramlett and the digital release of her new CD, Beautiful exclusively on the label’s web site, www.rockincamel.com

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Dennis Jones Band:From Los Angeles, CA

Dennis Jones began his music career in his early teens in Baltimore County, Maryland and played guitar in several cover and original bands throughout his youth. Later he relocated to Europe for a few years and played with notable blues and R&B bands.

Dennis decided to concentrate solely on the blues and began writing it and playing it and has continued ever since. Dennis started the Dennis Jones Band in the mid 90s while continuing with other musical opportunities on the side. During his journey he has played with the BusBoys and with Zac Harmon and the Mid South Blues Revue in which he was featured on Zac’s CD "Live At Babe & Ricky's" as well as co-writing a song on "The Blues According to Zacariah". Dennis had the distinct pleasure of performing with Zac Harmon when he won the 2004 International Blues Challenge Championship. Over the years, Dennis has sat in with such artists as Guitar Shorty, Kenny Neal, Deborah Coleman, Chris Duarte and many more.



The Grand County Blues Society (Colorado) has annouced the line-up for their annual festival, Blues from the Top. The festival is scheduled for June 28th and 29th, from 10 am to 7pm at Hideaway Park, Winter Park,Colorado.

The line-up includes Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, Jimmy Hall, Jimmy Thackery, Bob Margolin,Zak Harmon, Eden Brent, Deanna Bogart, Larry Garner, John Alex Mason, Jason Ricci, and Soulmate.

For more information visit www.grandblues.org

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THE PHANTOM BLUES BAND:previewing their new CD "Footprints"

The Phantom Blues Band was formed whan a collection of session musicians were put together to back up Taj Mahal. Things worked out so well that they stayed together long enough to play with artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Freddie King, Jimmy Reed, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, and Otis Rush to name a few. They've just released a record of their own and Elwood Blues is going to be playing a sampling from that, as well as some of the many other records they've been a part of. The Phantom Blues Band, this week on the House of Blues Radio Hour.



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For Even More Festivals Go To

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
Calgary Mid-Winter Blues Festival

Monday - Saturday, February 25 - 1, 2008
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hotline: none

Saskatoon Blues Festival

Thursday - Sunday, February 28 -2 , 2008
Saskatoon, Canada
Hotline: 306-343-9587


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

Playing with Fire Winter Series

Saturday, March 8, 2008
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Hotline: 402-990-4211

Forth Valley Blues Festival

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

Reykjavik Blues Festival

Tuesday - Friday, March 18 -Forth Valley Blues Festival 21, 2008
Reykjavik, Iceland
Hotline: none

St. John Blues Festival

Wednesday - Sunday, March 19 - 23, 2008
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Hotline: 340-693-8120
9th Annual Spring Harmonica Festival

Saturday, March 22, 2008
La Mesa, California, U.S.
Hotline: none

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