March 14, 2008
Vol 3 Issue 10

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North Mississippi Allstars : : HERNANDO

Fittingly named after the Mississippi town in which Cody and Luther Dickinson and Chris Chew all grew up, HERNANDO is the roadhouse trio's most personal record. It's also their finest. Recorded at their own Zebra studios (aka "The Barn") by Cody and Luther's father, legendary Memphis producer Jim Dickinson, and released on their own label, Songs of the South Records, the album has a warmth and earthiness that suggest comfort in their own skin and surroundings.

Most importantly, though, HERNANDO is the first North Mississippi All-Stars record to break out of the blues tribute-band mold and reveal their biggest influences: '70s classic rock, '80s metal, and '90s grunge, the same stuff every pot-smoking teenager in America cut their teeth on. "Eaglebird" grooves like vintage ZZ Top; "Rooster's Blues" redirects Jimmy Page riffs through an Alice in Chains prism; and "Keep the Devil Down" is a bluesy take on late Metallica. Herein lies HERNANDO's greatest pleasure: a blues roots band staying true to its real roots.

Click on listen to hear "SHAKE" by the North Mississippi Allstars

Tom Principato Band : : RAISING THE ROOF!

Powerhouse Records announces the relaese for Raising the Roof, the new album from guitarist Tom Principato and his band, distributed nationally by Redeye Distribution, and scheduled for release to the European market in April by Dixie Frog Records of France.

On Raising the Roof, the Tom Principato Band is joined by long-time DC-area favorite Tommy Lepson, who contributes his soulful Hammond B3 organ playing and vocals, as well as several other special guests. The new album showcases nine songs (including 6 originals) that demonstrate the breadth of Tom’s musical influences ranging from blues, jazz and rock, to funk, reggae and New Orleans sounds.The three covers include a jazzy workout of Jimmy Smith’s “8 Counts for Rita,” a cooking take on J.J. Cale’s “Lies,” and a new version of Louis Jordan’s “Fish Fry” that brings on the funk and Jamaican flavors to this R&B classic, a long-time staple of the band’s live shows.The Tom Principato Band will begin a world-wide tour in support of Raising the Roof shortly after its release, including showcase club dates and festival shows.

Click on listen to hear "TOO DAMN FUNKY" by Tom Principato

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Gibson Claims Patent Violation Over 'Guitar Hero'
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Video game publisher Activision Inc. has asked a federal court to declare that its popular ''Guitar Hero'' game does not violate a patent held by real-guitar maker Gibson Guitar Corp.

Gibson's 1999 patent covers a virtual-reality device that included a headset with speakers and that simulated participating in a concert, according to a complaint filed on Tuesday by Santa Monica, Calif.-based Activision in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

Gibson is trying to get Activision to stop selling ''Guitar Hero'' until it gets a license under the patent, according to the complaint. But Activision says it doesn't want or need a license under the patent.

''We disagree with the applicability of their patent and would like a legal determination on this,'' George Rose, Activision's general counsel, said in a statement Wednesday.

No one answered an after-hours call to Nashville, Tenn.-based Gibson.

[An Open Letter from celebrated Blues Diva, Candye Kane aka: The Toughest Girl Alive]

On Friday, February 22, I went to the emergency room with abdominal pain. I have been having this pain about every four to six months, for several years now. The pain has landed me in hospitals all over the world including Belgium, Germany, Holland, Nebraska, Indiana and New Jersey. (I actually had to cancel a tour in Germany some time ago, with BB and the Blues shacks because of this problem,and left the stage at Skips in Angola, Indiana because of same.)

Usually they have diagnosed the pain as acid reflux, and I personally thought the pain was gallstones but no stones have ever been found. On this feb 22 ER trip, they finally gave me a cat scan and found a 3.4 cm tumor on my pancreatic head. The report they gave me said that the "mass is presumed to be cancer or a pancreatic neoplasm unless proven otherwise."

Since the finding of this tumor, I have done lots of research on the causes, symptoms and treatments for pancreatic tumors and cancers. There is a wonderful website that provides some amazing information for people with this cancer, if you are interested. This cancer is normally caused by excessive cigarette or alcohol consumption or family history. I have none of the above but I have been exposed to very large amounts of second hand smoke in my lifetime.

Like Steve Jobs, I have radically changed my diet as a result of this tumor. I have given up coffee, sodas. meat, fish, starch and sugar. I have purchased a juicer and am juicing daily with wheatgrass, beet,carrot, parsley, ginger, cucumber, chard and many fresh fruits. I am trying to alkaline my body since I have learned that cancer cannot grow in an alkaline environment. I am staying active and upbeat and have enlisted my friends and family to surround me with positive thoughts and white healing light. Now I ask you, my fans and friends to do the same.

I know that I am facing surgery, or chemotherapy, (although it is rarely successful in treating a neuroendocrine tumor) and maybe both. I am really strong and really healthy. In fact, I feel GREAT. Its weird when they tell you that you have cancer when you feel like a million bucks. Right now, I don't know which of my upcoming shows will have to be postponed but I will make that announcement soon. I will probably not have to have my surgery until after at least part of my upcoming European tour. Of course, I will do whatever my doctors advise me to do so I can recover as quickly as possible.

The good news is that neuroendocrine tumors are not as aggressive or deadly as pancreatic cancer. They move slowly and are much easier to treat. The prognosis is much better for these types of islet cell tumors so that is wonderful. The bad news is I have a tumor and it will definitely affect me, my family; the band; the shows and my fans in some way, at some point.

Since I have no health insurance, its going to be a real struggle financially to survive without working. Some of you have already been very generous and kind and sent me money through paypal. My paypal account name is

Others have been wonderfully supportive with offers for benefit concerts. My friends in Austin, Rosie Flores, Margaret Moser and Susan Antone are reportedly already organizing one, and my friends Dave Alvin and Toni Price and many other musicians and artists have kindly offered to lend their voices and guitars to my cause.

Hopefully, with the help of my friends, family and fans, and a few kindly music relief groups, I will be able to fight this tumor and get back to the job I love -making music for you!

Sign me - still the toughest girl alive;

Candye Kane

[Candye is nominated for a 2008 Blues Music Award in the category of "Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year". For more information on Candye Kane, and to hear her perform "Toughest Girl Alive" visit]


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The Colleyville (Texas) City Council proclaims October 18, 2008 as The Blue Shoe Project Day, celebrating the non-profit's accomplishments and the worldwide notoriety Blue Shoe has brought to the small Texas community. The date commemorates the original date in 2004 of the watershed concert in Dallas, Texas at the heart of the group's now-international acclaim.

The Blue Shoe Project was the big winner at the recent Grammy Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, California for its album LAST OF THE GREAT MISSISSIPPI DELTA BLUESMEN - LIVE IN DALLAS. The 50th Annual Grammy winner in the "Traditional Blues" category is being hailed as one of the greatest live recordings of all-time.

Colleyville residents and producers of the album, Jeffry and Michael Dyson, Founders of The Blue Shoe Project were two of only five Texans honored with the music industry's most prestigious award. In all 34 Texans received Grammy Nominations.

"This is a strong call to action for not just the citizens of Colleyville but for everyone who appreciates great music. All music lovers should want to perpetuate this great, uniquely American art form - the Blues, for future generations to appreciate. THE LAST OF THE GREAT MISSISSIPPI DELTA BLUESMEN-LIVE IN DALLAS album does just that," explains Michael Dyson

Copies of The Grammy award-winning album Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen - Live in Dallas can be purchased via The Blue Shoe Project's website at and via

About The Blue Shoe Project:

The Blue Shoe Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit donor-supported charity. Since it was founded in 2004, The Blue Shoe Project has delivered programs to more than 25,000 students in Texas. Blue Shoe plans to reach more students across the country in coming years. To learn more about The Blue Shoe Project and how you can help please visit our website

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

Rolling Stones unveil details of new live album and movie
The Rolling Stones have unveiled the details of their next album, SHINE A LIGHT, to be released by Universal Music / Polydor. The album is from the Martin Scorsese-directed concert film 'SHINE A LIGHT and will be released simultaneously with the movie.

From the unmistakeable opening riff of Jumping Jack Flash to the classic sounds of Tumbling Dice, Sympathy For The Devil, All Down The Line and Start Me Up plus some unusual gems from the Stones catalogue - You Got The Silver and Faraway Eyes - SHINE A LIGHT will be released on 7 April 2008. Included are three stunning collaborations - with blues legend Buddy Guy on Champagne and Reefer, Jack White from White Stripes on Loving Cup while Christina Aguilera duets with Mick Jagger on Live With Me.

SHINE A LIGHT will be released on double CD worldwide with a single disc version available in the US.

Martin Scorsese's SHINE A LIGHT film recently kick-started the Berlin Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim and receives its New York premiere on March 30 and European premiere in London on 2 April. UK Cinemagoers will have the chance to experience a Stones concert as never before - as the fifth member of the band, from the front row and from behind the scenes.

No stranger to rock concert films, Scorsese filmed the Stones over a two-day period at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. With performances from Buddy Guy, Jack White of the White Stripes and Christina Aguilera, and integrated with rarely seen archival footage, SHINE A LIGHT is a unique cinema experience. Twentieth Century Fox will take the ultimate Rolling Stones concert film from Oscar- winning director Martin Scorsese to over 100 cinemas nationwide on 2 April via satellite link for simultaneous premieres alongside the London Leicester Square opening. For more details visit

To view the Trailer CLICK HERE


Bluebonnet Blues & Fine Arts Festival
Variety is the watchword of the Bluebonnet Blues & Fine Arts Festival on March 28-30 in Marble Falls, Texas.

There is a wide variety of blues to be heard at eight venues throughout the three-day event, in the historic downtown district of this Hill Country town. Blues aficionados can get their fill of Texas, Cajun and Tejano blues, from the Godfather of Austin Blues (W.C. Clark) to the Tejano sounds of El Gato Negro (Ruben Ramos) to the Zydeco rhythms of Cedryl Ballou and the Zydeco Trendsetters.

The blues will be presented in a variety of media, as well. On Saturday and Sunday, there will a continuous all-day showing of a 30-minute promotional cut of the film, "Antone's: Home of the Blues" that tells the story in words and music of the legendary Austin blues club and its late founder and patron of the blues, Clifford Antone. It includes rare concert footage of such greats as Muddy Waters, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pinetop Perkins, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and Eddie Taylor, just to name a few.

For those interested in the roots of the music, folklorist Dr. Barry Lee Pearson will host a Musicians Workshop on the History of the Blues. He'll be on stage with a group of blues musicians, moderating a conversation in words and music. Pearson is the author of Jook Right On: Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers.

Visit or call 830.798.1041 for information.

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NorthernBlues Signs Distribution Deal with Redeye

NorthernBlues Music is now distributed by Redeye Distribution in the United States. Their contact information is as follows:
telephone: 1 877 REDEYE 1
fax: 1 336 578 7388
address: 449-A Trollingwood Road
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Northern Blues has 3 important new releases scheduled, including JW Jones new CD BLUELISTED in May '08, Waltermelon Slim's NO PAID HOLIDAYS in June '08, and Homemade Jamz PAY ME NO MIND also in June '08.

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SONNY MORMAN:From: Hamilton, OH

Sonny Moorman is a Cincinnati, Ohio based Blues guitarist and singer, and is a nine-time winner of the CAMMY award (Cincinnati Enquirer Newspaper). Moorman was signed to his first recording deal by 706 Records/Sun Studio at the 1994 Crossroads in Memphis, Tennessee. Since then he has played 300 nights a year and performed at regional festivals and clubs and toured the US with Easyriders Magazine, performing at all their events. Sonny and his band, the Sonny Moorman Group were semi-finalists in the 2006 International Blues Challenge, and their CD "Crossroads Motel" was a semi-finalist entry in the IBC's 2006 Best Self-Produced CD competition.

"Sonny Moorman - Live at the Cincy Blues Fest" Atlas Records 0008
with the Sonny Moorman Group
"Crossroads Motel" Atlas Records 0006
"Sonny's Blues" Atlas Records 0004
"By Request 2" Atlas Records 0003
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with Sonny Moorman & the Dogs
"Telegraph Road" 706 Records 706-129
"L*I*V*E" 706 Records 706-128

JOE BONAMASA:previews his new CD "SLOE GIN"

Only thirty years old,Joe Bonamassa has been slinging guitar since he was a kid, including opening for B.B.King at age 12. In fact, he is often called the next Stevie Ray Vaughan. Join Elwood Blues this weekend as he talks with Joe and plays some cuts from his new record, "Sloe Gin". Next time, on the House of Blues Radio Hour.

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River City Blues Festival

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

Buckingham Blues Bar Blues Festival

Saturday, March 15, 2008
Buckingham, Ft. Myers, Florida, U.S.
Hotline: 239-693-7111
Reykjavik Blues Festival

Tuesday-Friday, March 18-21, 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

South Beach Blues Festival

Thursday-Sunday, March 27-30, 2008
Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Hotline: 786-499-6179



Blues Fest at Jackpot Junction

Friday-Saturday, March 28-29, 2008
Morton, Minnesota, U.S.
Hotline: 800-WIN-CASH

Bluebonnet Blues Fine Arts Festival

Friday-Saturday, March 28-29, 2008
Marble Falls, Texas, U.S.
Hotline: 800-864-5175

Blue's on the Marsh

Friday-Sunday, March 28-30, 2008
Ridgeland, South Carolina, U.S.
Hotline: 843-726-3277

Playing with Fire Winter Series

Saturday, March 29, 2008
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Hotline: 402-990-4211

Blues 'N March

Saturday, March 29, 2008
Blasdell, New York, U.S.

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