March 7, 2008
Vol 3 Issue 9

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Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King : : Blood Brothers

It’s difficult to name another blues guitar duo whose careers are so intertwined as Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King. Now, after 11 CDs and a live DVD for domestic labels, plus a somewhat shady early release on a European record label, they’ve finally brought their combined talents to Alligator Records. Their past successes have come from a combination of the unique interplay of their dramatically contrasting guitar styles, strong original songs, the smooth vocals of Bnois, and stage skills of both. A relentless touring schedule has kept them in the eyes and ears of the listening public for almost 20 years, and all of their recent releases have topped the Living Blues Radio Poll charts. As difficult as the road life can be, Joe and Bnois thrive on it, and that has proven, again and again, to be the make or break for blues acts over the years

Now, with this great new CD and new label, Joe and Bnois are ready to do what they do best, get out on the road and take their music to the people. “We once made a run to Canada and back for one gig,” laughs Joe. “We flew to Montevideo, Uruguay to do a 60-minute one-nighter. We’ve done lots of flights to Europe for one-nighters. We’re crazy. We’ll go to any length to play a shuffle. Any length!” Now the question is—does anyone know a good blues club in Vermont where they like shuffles?

Click on button to hear Flamethrower by Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King


When Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater went to the well for inspiration on his new album, he drew from the musical proving ground of his youth: Chicago’s hardscrabble West Side. Clearwater was a 15-year-old southpaw guitarist named Eddie Harrington in 1950 when he arrived in the Windy City by bus from Birmingham, Alabama. Settling on the West Side, he was surrounded by, and soon sharing bandstands with, musicians who would become legendary in the blues world: Freddie King, Otis Rush, Luther Allison and perhaps his favorite, Magic Sam. Now, Clearwater pays tribute to his old neighborhood with “West Side Strut.”“The title refers to a mood, a groove, a movement onstage; you’re kind of strutting along with that energy,” he explains. “If you worked on the West Side, you had to have a lot of energy; otherwise you wouldn’t be too well accepted. The people were expecting a lot. That’s why I was drawn to outgoing, out-front guys like Magic Sam and Luther Allison — guys who were very strong and powerful. You had to really demand respect. You had to have that certain power about you. You had to come on strong or you wouldn’t be up there. This is how I wanted to present myself.”

The Chief presents himself proudly on “West Side Strut,” his first album for Chicago’s Alligator Records after previous efforts for Rooster Blues, Rounder and Bullseye, among others. “It’s a dream come true. Recording for Alligator is a dream I’ve had for many years, and it’s worked out ten times better than I expected.” It’s only natural that the affiliation with his hometown label would be accompanied by a return to deep West Side blues. “I feel rooted and grounded in that,” Clearwater says. His stylistic influences, though, range far afield from the guitar-driven blues sound of his youth. With many of the tracks on “West Side Strut,” Clearwater proves equally adept at playing rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll, country, soul and gospel.

The songwriting is strong enough on “West Side Strut” that Clearwater has little need for cover material, although he does dig deep for a pair of gems: Lowell Fulson’s “Trouble, Trouble” and Muddy Waters’ “Walking Through The Park.” It’s particularly appropriate that Clearwater include a song from Muddy, the King Bee of Chicago blues, given that his stage name is a takeoff on “Muddy Waters.” It was suggested to Eddy by Jump Jackson, a long-ago drummer who agreed to manage him only if he’d accept the moniker.

Today, Eddy appears to be primed for a Clearwater revival. “I intend to put much more into it this coming year and tour heavily,” he says. “My wife and I already have his-and-hers Jaguars. Now I’m gonna buy a new tour bus.”

Click on listen button to here "HYPNOTIZED" by Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater

ALBERT COLLINS : : Live At Montreux

Recorded just a year before his untimely death from cancer, this 1992 concert from Montreux finds the great Albert Collins still in fine form. With his trademark Fender Telecaster and distinctive finger picking style spotlighted, "The Master of the Telecaster" delivers a set that runs from his early million selling single "Frosty" right up to songs from his final studio album "Iceman".

1) Iceman
2) Honey Hush
3) Lights Are On (But Nobody’s Home)
4) If You Love Me Like You Say
5) Too Many Dirty Dishes
6) Put The Shoe On The Other Foot
7) Frosty

Click on listen to hear "If You Love Me Like You Say" by Albert Collins

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Builds a Super Charger
Kenny Wayne Shepherd's 1969 Charger the "Xtreme Lee" and his 1970 Plymouth Duster are about to get a new playmate. Kenny's latest choice of Mopar muscle will be a custom 1972 Dodge Charger that will be revealed at the Spring Festival of LX's, an exclusive Mopar car show Sponsored by Chrysler at the El Toro Marine Air Station in Irvine, CA on March 15, 2008.

Hot Rod TV will be on hand to capture the first public moments of Kenny's new car dubbed the "Super Charger." Hot Rod TV has been filming the entire build for an episode that will be airing on April 26, 2008 on the Speed Channel.
Blues Boys and Divas Talent welcomes phenomenal vocal Artist Nicole Hart and her NRG Band to our Roster of great musical talent!

We are pleased and proud to represent such a gifted young performer! Ms. Hart’s first CD release, LIVE NRG, has made her one of the breakout Artists of the year, already making serious waves on 350 plus radio stations heard throughout the US & Europe. Her live performances with NRG are nothing short of electrifying and make her an act not to be missed! We are excited to be working with Nicole and her band NRG and can’t wait to bring her to a your Festival or Event!

To get the complete picture on Nicole Hart & NRG band go to

To hear Nicole "tear it up" with the song "Think About Love" Click Here

Nicole & NRG will be appearing at the following Festivals in 2008 as well as at A-list blues venues in a town near you. (Visit the website for more dates at:

April 4 Springing The Blues Jacksonville Beach, FL
May 31 Red Bank Jazz & Blues Fest Red Bank, NJ
June 7 Riverfest Cornwall on the Hudson, NY
June 14-22 Big 3 Motorcycle Week Laconia Roadhouse at The Lobster
Pound, Laconia, NH
June 26 Verizon Wireless Summer Music Fest White Plains, NY
June 27 Senasqua Waterfront Croton on the Hudson, NY
July 1 Westfield Jazz Fest Westfield, NJ
July 4 Rhythm on The River Music Fest Pomeroy, OH
July 16 Village of Baytowne Wharf Concert Sandestin, FL
Sept. 6 Waterfront Music Fest Greenwood Lake, NY

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Jeff Healey fans send ticket refunds to charity
 (from the Ottawa Citizen) Ian Burrows was hoping to see Jeff Healey for the first time in concert at Centrepointe Theatre, but the March 1 show was cancelled two days earlier.

Then, the Canadian blues and jazz great died the following day after a lifelong battle with cancer. He was 41.

"My wife Lori and I were both looking forward to seeing him because she's always liked him. Our wedding song was his song Angel Eyes," said Burrows, a computer consultant at Transport Canada.

The Centrepointe concert _ which had been rescheduled from last fall - was almost sold-out and theatre officials sent out hundreds of refunds from the show. But this week, Burrows suggested that ticket-holders could transfer the value of their refunded tickets to a donation in Jeff Healey's name to a charitable foundation of their choice.

Some of the charities that have been mentioned are the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society and Daisy's Eye Cancer Fund, which is dedicated to helping families whose children are fighting retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer of early childhood, and which Healey had performed at numerous benefits in support of.

The West Coast Blues Hall of Fame & Awards Show 2008
The West Coast Blues Hall of Fame & Awards Show 2008 will take place Saturday, March 29, 2008 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.(Awards Show) and 11:000p.m. to 12:00a.m. (After Party) at the Marriott Oakland City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA. -- The Marriott in downtown Oakland provides Valet Parking and BART within steps of the front door.

The West Coast Blues Hall of Fame & Awards Show is an annual event that honors blues, jazz and gospel artist for their contributions to the musician art form called the blues. This annual event was created to support the Bay Area Blues Society’s ongoing programs and notably, the “Blues in the Schools” Program which uses local blues musicians to teach the history of the Blues to young students and provide instruction on the playing of musical instruments.

Eighteen extraordinary artists will be inducted into the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame and the Bob Geddins Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to two artists who have most influenced a generation of musicians.

This years show will induct notables as Pinetop Perkins, Ray Taliaferro, Fillmore Slim; Lady Bianca; Lil Frances; Joel Dorham, Coke Escovedo, Adolph Jacobs, Freddie Hughes, Ferdinand “Fats” Washington; The Continental Club; The O’Town Passions; The Hawkins Family (Edwin, Tramaine, Walter); Nat Dove; Nick Harper; Lee Ashford; Connie Bailey; and Joe Simon. The Bob Geddins Lifetime Achievement Awards presented to Lady Esther of Esther’s Orbit Room and Frosene Phillips.

TICKETS: $30 in advance; $35 at the door – After Party Included or

"I Just Keep Lovin’ Him" (The Tour) - A Tribute to Little Walter
Coinciding with Little Walter’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame March 10, 2008, award-winning harmonica player Dennis Gruenling puts together an all-star tribute and tour to one of the most influential blues artists and the most important man in blues harmonica history!

Gruenling takes his I JUST KEEP LOVIN' HIM Tour on the road beginning Thursday, March 13, performing seventeen shows (see complete Tour Itinerary below.)

Also performing with Gruenling: Harpist extraordinaire Steve Guyger and renowned Detroit-based blues guitarist, Doug Deming.

They don’t just play the songs of Little Walter, they express themselves with fluency within the idiom of Little Walter’s blues…Gruenling pulls out all the stops, showing his mastery of all aspects of Little Walter’s music, and providing sensitive and dynamic support behind his guest artists. This is deep blues played by some of the best practitioners active today, period - Scott Dirks (co-author of Blues With A Feeling: The Little Walter Story)

On board for the new Little Walter tribute disc are several guests including the Grammy-nominated Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman - Kim Wilson; vocalist and harp player extraordinaire from Little Charlie & the Nightcats - Rick Estrin; alumni of the legendary Jimmy Rogers Band - Steve Guyger; and extraordinary blues/roots guitarist - Rusty Zinn. Recorded at the Grammy-decorated Bennett Studios in Englewood, NJ and at Electric House studios in San Jose, CA.


March 13 (Thurs.) CECIL’S JAZZ CLUB West Orange, NJ
March 14 (Fri.) TOWNE CRIER CAFÉ’ Pawling, NY
March 15 (Sat.) NIGHT EAGLE CAFÉ’ Binghamton, NY
March 16 (Sun.) MANAYUNK BREWERY Philadelphia, PA
March 17 (Mon.) BROOKMONT SOCIAL HALL Bethesda, MD
March 18 (Tues.) TBA* Frederick, MD
March 19 (Wed.) BLEU BISTRO Richmond, VA
March 20 (Thurs.) 202 MARKET Roanoke, VA
March 21 (Fri.) THUNDERBIRD CAFÉ’ Pittsburgh, PA
March 22 (Sat.) ALIBI’S Windsor, ON
March 24 (Mon.) KATERINA’S (9 pm) Chicago, IL
March 25 (Tues.) BB’S BLUES AND SOUPS St. Louis, MO
March 26 (Wed.) BIG CITIES LOUNGE Rockford, IL
March 27 (Thurs.) WILBERT’S Cleveland, OH
March 28 (Fri.) KELLEY HOTEL Ripley, NY
March 29 (Sat.) BLUES ‘N MARCH FESTIVAL Hamburg,NY
*Little Walter Harmonica Workshop with Joe Filisko

Bluebonnet Blues & Fine Arts Festival
For three days at the end of March the Texas Hill Country will reverberate with a variety of blues artists you're unlikely to find at most --if any -- other blues festivals.

The third annual Bluebonnet Blues & Fine Arts Festival on Historic Main Street in Marble Falls, Texas on March 28-30 will feature music at six venues over a three-day span, from headliners such as W.C. Clark, Anson Funderburgh, Whitey Johnson, Ruben Ramos and Zac Harmon on the festival's main stage to Joe Ely and Joel Guzman in the more intimate setting of a 250-seat nightclub.

The lineup includes traditional Texas and Mississippi blues, Tejano blues and Cajun blues. A Pianorama featuring four master keyboardists will light up the beautifully restored Uptown Marble Theater Friday night. On Saturday, the theater will host a continuous all-day showing of a 30-minute cut of the film, "Antone’s: Home of the Blues" that tells the story of the legendary Austin blues club and its late Clifford Antone.

But there's a lot more here than the music. Beginning Friday afternoon, artists from across the state will set up their easels to "Paint the Town" in a plein air painting event. The Kids Craft Tent will be sure to keep the kids entertained.

And you can enjoy crawfish, fajitas, Po Boys, wings, red beans, burgers and dogs. Wash it all down with beer, wine, or sodas at the third annual Bluebonnet Blues & Fine Arts Festival in Marble Falls, Texas.

Visit or call 830.798.1041 for information.

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Robert Plant Rejected $200 Million Led Zeppelin Tour
ed Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has reportedly turned down a $200 million deal to revive the legendary band for a world tour. According to British newspaper the Sunday Mirror, the singer was offered the multi-million dollar sum to embark on a series of live dates across the globe - but rejected it in order to concentrate on his current partnership with country star Alison Krauss.

The rockers reformed in December for a one-off tribute concert in London after a 27-year absence, and despite massive demand, the band have refused to confirm whether they are planning any more live dates.

But a source tells the Sunday Mirror that a deal was scuppered by Plant, saying, "Despite the enormous offer, the decision did not come down to money." Jimmy (Page, guitarist) had enjoyed the concert in December enough to want to tour again. He argued they still had something to offer.

"John (Paul, bassist) sided with Jimmy. He loved making music with the others again. But Robert wanted to leave last year's concert as their legacy. They had proved they could still do it and that was enough."


Alligator Records has set an April 8 street date for PEACE, LOVE & BBQ, the first new studio CD in four years (and the 13th album of her career) from Texas-based, Louisiana-born pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball, and IRON MAN, the third release from electrifying Arkansas blues guitarist and vocalist Michael Burks.

Black and Tan Records annouces that Doug MacLeod's brand new CD is titled THE UTRECHT SESSIONS and will be released on is April 21, 2008
MVD Entertainment Group (MVD) and Big Daddy Music Distribution have entered into an agreement to merge their DVD and CD distribution businesses, operating under the name MVD Entertainment Group. MVD will continue and build upon Big Daddy's decade and a half commitment to marketing and distributing music for independent artists and labels.

The Big Daddy Music Distribution facility in Kenilworth, NJ will be closed approximately thirty days after the transaction closes and operations will be turned over to the MVD facility in Oaks, PA. Burt Goldstein, founder of Big Daddy, will serve as VP Product Management of MVD Entertainment Group, and will continue to actively make deals for the company with both established artists as well as up-and-coming new labels.

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Leah Tysse:From:Oakland, Ca

When you see her face, watch her perform, listen to her songs and, especially, hear that voice, you'll be convinced that Leah Tysse's arrival brings the next big thing to Blues and R&B.
Featuring a rich, sultry voice, with a lyrical depth and emotion that transcend the years of one so young, Leah Tysse is an original American voice.
Tysse writes impressively and produces original, soulful music that continually takes her audiences on emotional journeys to the heart of rhythm-and-blues… and she does so every time she steps up to a microphone.

Now, her career has taken a major leap forward, as she's selected the Bay Area's finest musicians to form The Leah Tysse Band, and has fast earned the reputation of being a undeniably powerful presence on stage, a solid musician and a respected bandleader.

Tysse also works with other bands, as she's an in-demand stage and studio vocalist. In her still young career, Tysse has recorded and/or shared stages with Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Tommy Castro, Debbie Davies, Michelle Shocked, and members of The Roots, Cold Blood, The Braxton Brothers, Tony Toni Tone, Boz Scaggs' Band, Michael Franti's Spearhead, Tower of Power and on and on.

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News from Iowa, Washington D.C., Florida and Louisiana
"Simply The Blues" (Ft. Madison, Iowa) lues festival will be held again for it's 5th year on May 9th and 10th of 2008 and is proud to announce all of its performers.

On Friday the 9th, "Simply The Blues"presents, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, Eddie Turner, Leon Redbone, Louisiana Red, The Second Skinny Blues and the Jefferson County Green Band.

On Saturday the 10th, these acts are all past participants, which are also some of the best National acts in the country. These include International Blues ChallengeSean Costello, Diunna Greenleaf, Zach Harmon, Shawn Kellerman, Trampled Under Foot, Alvin Jett and Phat noiz, Rich Berry, Matt Woods and the Thunderbolts, Allen Smith and Willie McKnight. Information on all these great National acts can be found on
The 5th Annual Congressional Blues Festival has been announced, and will take place on Wednesday, April 23 at the Kennedy Center's South Plaza. This year's festival lineup includes the stellar Robert Cray, Elvin Bishop, Mudcat, the duo of Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, and others. The festival is a free event, but tickets are limited and are available through a lottery system on the festival's website. Lottery registration begins Monday, March 10 at 8 a.m.

The festival is the work of Music Maker Relief Foundation, an organization formed to help provide grants and other forms of assistance to struggling musicians who are preserving the tradition of American roots music. As part of this effort, Music Maker mounts this concert to give exposure to these musicians, and also to lobby policy makers on the importance of preserving this musical heritage. Though there are no official ties between Congress and the festival, its host committee is a bipartisan group with members from both houses, many of whom will be in attendance.
The second annual Bonita Blues Festival will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at the Riverside Park in Bonita Springs, Florida. The festival will feature fabulous blues bands, diverse and sumptuous food, and vendor booths.

The bands and entertainers scheduled to perform include Headliner: John Mooney, Blind Pass, Little Eddie and Fat Fingers, Albert Castiglia and Frank Corso.

The net proceeds from the Bonita Blues Festival will go to support the Immokalee Friendship House, the Shelter for Abused Women & Children and Healthy Start of SW Florida charities. The Bonita Blues Charitable Foundation is dedicated to helping the homeless, abused women and children, and babies in our community. Their mission is to provide assistance to local non-profit organizations that do not have the funding or resources to effectively reach out for donations.

"We're expecting 2,000 to 3,000 people this year," says organizer Mike Pfeffer.

About 500 people attended the inaugural festival, last year with the Bonita Blues Festival raised over $15,000 in donations, and all net proceeds were given to local charities.

From the 18th of April to the 4th of May the 125 miles between New Orleans and Lafayette, Louisiana with Baton Rouge in the middle, will be arguably the “Most Musical 125 Miles on Earth”. Five major music festivals and several other outdoor music events take place in these two weeks. No festival anywhere rivals The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans being the undisputed birthplace of Jazz and home of Rock n Roll. No other place on Earth can claim Cajun and Zydeco, indigenous only to Southwest Louisiana, mainly Lafayette. Baton Rouge is and always has been a Blues stronghold with an ever growing Blues stable of homegrown artists. The Baton Rouge Blues Festival is one of the oldest Blues Festivals in America.

Baton Rouge, being in the middle of New Orleans and Lafayette, is the optimum destination to experience all of the terrific music festival events happening in Louisiana during the last two weeks of April.

Detroit Blues Society announces that due to declining economic conditions in the Metro Detroit area, they will be hosting a fundraiser to help bolster their coffers and to help them achieve their membership goals for 2008.

This fundraiser will help, in large measure, to allow them in the continuing efforts toward presenting their unique musical programming to the masses. The aforementioned programming is entirely based around Blues Education and encompasses live performances, teaching, history, and the promotion of this uniquely American art form here in Detroit.

The upcoming fundraiser will be held on Sunday May 25, 2008, from 6pm to 12am, at Callahan’s Blues Bistro at 2105 South Blvd. In Auburn Hills, Michigan. Callahan’s owner Mike Moss is happy to host the event on Memorial Day weekend and hopes that it is a success. According to Moss "Blues is the greatest style of music out there and no one promotes it like the Detroit Blues Society. We are happy to help out."

Admission is just $10 (tax deductible) per person and the evening’s events will include silent auction items, raffles, drawings, and a musically charged event featuring:
2007 Detroit Blues Challenge Winners – THE FRONT STREET BLUES BAND

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GUITAR SHORTY:previews his new CD "We The People"

When Jimi Hendrix was a young paratrooper, he used to go AWOL to see Bluseman Guitar Shorty. Guitar Shorty has been dazzling audiences with his wild showmanship and superb guitar skills for over 50 years, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Join Elwood Blues and Guitar Shorty with music from his latest CD "WE THE PEOPLE," this week on the House of Blues Radio Hour

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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

Playing with Fire Winter Series
Friday - Saturday, March 14 - 15, 2008
Marietta, Ohio, U.S.
Hotline: 304-295-4323

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

Bonita Blues Festival
 Saturday, March 15, 2008
Bonita Springs, Florida, U.S.
Hotline: 239-947-0715

Reykjavik Blues Festival

Tuesday - Friday, March 18 - 21, 2008
Reykjavik, Iceland

St. John Blues Festival
Wednesday - Sunday, March 19 - 23, 2008
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Hotline: 340-693-8120

Spring Harmonica Festival
Saturday, March 22, 2008
La Mesa, California, U.S.

South Beach Blues Festival
Thursday - Sunday, March 27 -30, 2008
Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Hotline: 786-499-6179
Danny Bryants RedEye Band
Friday, March 28, 2008
Burgau, Austria, U.S.
Hotline: +43681/10439641

Blues Fest at Jackpot Junction
Friday - Saturday, March 28 - 29, 2008
Morton, Minnesota, U.S.
Hotline: 800-WIN-CASH

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