|April 25, 2008
Vol 3 Issue 16
Mac Arnold & Plate Full of Blues : : Backbone & Gristle
Mac Arnold must have known at an early age that his music career would read like a "Who's who" of Blues/R&B legends. His high school band "J. Floyd& the Shamrocks" were often joined by none other than Macon, Georgia native, James Brown on piano. After deciding to pursue a professional music career, he joined the Charles Miller group until 1965 when he made the move to Chicago to work with recording artist/saxophonist A. C. Reed.
In late 1966, at age 24, came the opportunity of a lifetime to join the Muddy Waters Band and help shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the late 60's and early 70's. Regular guests of the band included Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop.The Muddy Waters Band (as a unit) shared the stage with the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Junior Wells, Big Joe Williams, and Big Mama Thornton ("Hound Dog") just to name a few. During this time, Mac played on John Lee Hooker's "live" album, Live at the Café Au Go-Go, as well as Otis Spann's classic recording "The Blues Is Where It's At", which is still rated a five star CD today.
Mac now resides in Pelzer, SC, where at age ten he got his first taste of the blues when he learned to play his brother Leroy's home-made guitar. Going back to his roots, Mac is serving up a mess of Blues with his own band, "MAC ARNOLD & PLATE FULL O' BLUES". The band consists of Mark McMakin on bass and vocals; Austin Brashier on guitar and vocals; Max Hightower on keyboards, harmonica and guitar; and Mike Whitt on drums.In the same way Mac shared the stage with some of the most influential Blues/R & B legends of his day, these guys will be fortunate to be in a band with one of the original masters of blues, Mr. Mac Arnold. Bring your appetite and get ready to "Pig Out" on a Plate Full O' Blues!
Backbone & Gristle's 15 tracks are all written and arranged by the band. The title is a synonym for fortitude and character which Mac's sharecropper father used to motivate the kids.
Josh Boyd & The VIP Band : : Josh Boyd & The VIP Band
Josh Boyd, the front man of the VIP Band, has been thrilling crowds regularly in and around the Toledo, Ohio- area and has been featured at Buddy Guy’s Legends and Kingston Mines in Chicago and at musical festivals in Ohio, Michigan and Canada. In addition to regular appearances at clubs, festivals and fairs, Josh has opened up for renowned artists Edgar and Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Kansas, Dave Mason, Canned Heat and Charlie Daniels.
Josh was only a mere 3 years old when he picked up the guitar for the first time and over the years his artistry has matured through the influences of performers including Johnny “Guitar” Watson, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Albert Collins. But don’t be confused, this is no copycat gunslinger. His playing is pure Boyd, a style all his own. Once you see him you’ll ask yourself, “Where has this guy been hiding?” This is one band you don’t want to miss. From down-home blues to superfunky dance tunes. He plays the music his way 100% of the time. The band features the driving, blood pumping drum work of Charles Gaston and Junior Springs holds the sound together with his peerless machine gun bass work. The VIP Band has a formidable stage presence. They deliver excitement and always leave the crowd breathless for more. This little package is as powerful as dynamite!
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Billy Gibson : : The Prince Of Beale Street
Billy Gibson first picked up the harmonica at a very young age. “It was cheap and I could easily make sounds with it.” After high school, Gibson’s desire for learning and improving as a musician took him to Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he played with blues guitarist Johnnie Billington and drummer Bobby Little in Billington’s group The Midnighters. “Johnnie and Bobby taught me how to make it in this business,” Gibson recalls.
Like many before him, Gibson eventually left Mississippi for Memphis. “Beale Street was my university of blues,” recalls Gibson, referring to the lessons learned as a Beale Street performer. “For a young musician, all you have to do is look and listen and you can learn so much.”
Gibson’s talent and commitment have not gone unrecognized. He received an endorsement from Hohner, his harmonica of choice in 1999. He has made guest appearances on national recording artists’ CDs including Deborah Coleman’s Soft Place To Fall (Blind Pig 2000) and Michael Burks’ I Smell Smoke (Alligator 2003). Around the same time, Gibson received a BA in music from the University of Memphis.
Gibson’s career has been a constant progression and immersion into many genres of music, with blues being the foundation and primary inspiration of his artistic endeavors. This DVD captures Billy Gibson, affectinately known as "The Prince of Beale," and his band during their first summer tour at the 2007 North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, Maine. A true ambassador of Memphis music, Gibson puts on a once in a lifetime perforamance for some of the greatest blues fans in the world.
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Jeff Healey’s musical friends pay tribute in two celebrations|
Ian Gillan, Jack Bruce, Randy Bachman, Colin James, David Wilcox among 30 artists to take part in Toronto concerts
Jeff Healey’s contributions to the worlds of rock, blues and jazz will be celebrated in two Toronto concerts on May 3 and 4.
The first concert will be held at the Sound Academy (formerly The Docks) on Saturday May 3, and will include performances from former Cream vocalist and bass player Jack Bruce, Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan, Randy Bachman, Colin James, David Wilcox, Greg Godovitz, Alannah Myles, and Matt Minglewood, among many others.
Jeff Healey’s Jazz Wizards will open the show, while Jeff Healey’s Blues Band, the four-piece group which played with Healey both at the Toronto club that carries his name and on numerous international tours, will support the wide array of guest artists.
The second event, which celebrates Healey’s parallel career in the classic jazz world, will be held Sunday May 4 at Jeff Healey’s Roadhouse. Seven bands — and several of Healey’s special friends from the United States — are among the musical guests, including Marty Grosz, Brad Kay and Vince Giordano.
Cristie Healey, Jeff’s wife, who has helped organize the two shows, said she was touched by the way so many members of the musical community, both in Toronto and internationally, had shown such enthusiasm and support for the upcoming events.
Funds raised at both concerts will be donated to the Daisy’s Eye Cancer Fund and to The Healey Family Trust. Tickets for both events can be purchase at http://www.ticketbreak.com/categories/music
Starbucks Hands Record Biz To Concord|
Starbucks has withdrawn from the music business and handed its record label Hear Music to the Concord Music Group.
Starbucks has withdrawn from the music business and handed its record label Hear Music to the Concord Music Group.
The coffee chain made an aggressive move into music when it launched the Hear Music label a year ago. Hear Music gave heritage artists who are no longer played on radio an alternative outlet to promote their releases.
The first artist to release on Hear Music was Paul McCartney with the 'Memory Almost Full' album.
Since then, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon have followed suit and released on Hear Music.
Starbucks started into the music business when it released Ray Charles 'Genius Loves Company' album with Concord Records.
The company share-price has been on a downward slide for the past year. It has dropped from $32.30 a share a year ago to $15.39 this week.
Starbucks withdrew from the music business so that the company could concentrate on core business.
Hires Andy Kingston As Vice President Of New Business Development To Lead Company|
Sonicbids, the Web site that helps bands get gigs and promoters book the right bands, has hired 19-year broadcast industry veteran Andy Kingston for the newly created position of Vice President of New Business Development. Andy joins Sonicbids from Boston-based Phoenix Media/Communications Group.
Kingston's first priority at Sonicbids will be to generate new revenue streams while expanding the company's core business. Kingston will first develop an online advertising and sponsorship team for the Sonicbids Web site and email platforms. In addition, he will be building a national/international marketing partnership platform for brands and marketing companies looking to associate their products or clients with the Sonicbids music community and promoter events.
Sonicbids has enjoyed tremendous growth in recent years, expanding internationally into over 100 countries, while growing its membership to over 150,000 bands and 14,000 promoters. In addition, the Web site and community has become the go-to submission arm for some of the biggest brands, events, and licensing opportunities in the world (including The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, SXSW, Summerfest, CMJ Music Marathon, and MIDEM), along with a vast array of other events, large and small.
ASCAP Launches Bill Of Rights For Songwriters / Composers |
To remind the public, members of the music industry and U.S. legislators of the central role and rights of those who conceive and create music, ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) today officially launched a 'Bill of Rights for Songwriters and Composers.'
This awareness-building initiative centers around 10 core principles, including "We have the right to be compensated for the use of our creative works, and share in the revenues that they generate" and "We have the right to license our works and control the ways in which they are used." (See full text of the Bill below and at www.ascap.com/rights/billText.aspx)
These rights, all of which are already inherent in the act of music creation and protected by U.S. copyright law, are increasingly under threat as competing interests argue over the future of the business of music - and as growing numbers of individuals bypass payment altogether to illegally share music online.
Developed by ASCAP to support and empower all those who create music, the 'Bill of Rights for Songwriters and Composers' debuted during ASCAP "I Create Music" Week at the 25th Annual Pop Music Awards held on April 9 and was also introduced to attendees of the third annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO (April 10-12). In just a few days, more than 500 signatures were collected including: Lionel Richie, Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson, Justin Timberlake, Desmond Child, Jackson Browne, Steve Miller, Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Chamillionaire, Keri Hilson, Johnta Austin and John Rzeznik.
These 500-plus signatures served as the kick-off to a grassroots campaign that, over the next few months, will collect signatures and support from both established and aspiring songwriters, lyricists and composers from all genres of musical compositions. Those who wish to add their support to the Bill can sign it electronically at www.ascap.com/rights.
As part of this initiative, ASCAP also wrote a perspective piece on the relevance and importance of music copyright protection, titled "Music Copyright in the Digital Age: A Position Paper" which may be viewed and downloaded from www.ascap.com/rights/billText.aspx
Welcome Marc Taylor -- Blues Foundation adds a third FT employee!|
The Blues Foundation has added a new employee—Marc Taylor. She will be the third full-time person on the staff. Yeah!! This friendly redhead is well-known to all who attend the International Blues Challenge and Blues Music Awards inasmuch as she has been traveling from the Portland, Oregon area to help us in recent years. She was most recently the secretary for the Cascade Blues Association. She arrived on April 10 and is in the process of “adjusting” to Memphis and life at The Blues Foundation.
She will be in charge of membership, general information and website maintenance to include ads, stories etc. Welcome Marc!
MUSIC UNITED RADIO CONFERENCE & MUSIC FESTIVAL - POSTPONED|
The directors for the Roots Music Association (RMA) have annouced that the venue and date for Music United ‘08 Radio Conference and Music Festival has been changed.
They had been planning for months to hold the event at the Shrine Convention Center in San Antonio. Excitement about the event in the music and radio communities was reaching very high levels, and they were (and still are) receiving hundreds of inquiries from performers and other possible attendees from all over the world.
However, due to recent developments these plans are no longer feasible and they plan to reschedule the event for later this year at another location close to San Antonio.
All of the bands that applied for showcases are still submitted for the new date and venue. If you have already received confirmation to perform you will be first considered for the new date and time. All monies submitted to the RMA for registration will be applied to the new Conference date, or will be refunded upon request.
The board of directors of the Roots Music Association regrets having to reschedule the event, and they particularly regret any inconvenience to our members, performers, radio industry folks, and the many others who responded positively to the event. We will do everything in our power to bring this wonderful event concept to life later this year, and we hope you will continue your support of our organization.
If you want more information about why they have to reschedule the event, click here.
30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE BLUES BROTHERS |
JOHN BELUSHI and DAN AYKROYD made their first appearance as The Blues Brothers on NBC's Saturday Night Live, April 22nd, 1978.|
Judy Belushi & The Blues Brothers: Special Miami Beach Concert |
The Celebration Of The Sea Music & Film Festival announced today that it will be teaming up with The Miami Beach Polo World Cup and The Setai on Saturday, April 26, 2008 to hold an ocean side concert featuring the Blues Brothers and other surprise celebrity guests followed by a VIP dine around. The silent auction will benefit The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis. The VIP dine around is being hosted by the world renowned The Setai after an oceanside concert on Miami Beach in the Polo World Cup arena erected between 20th and 22nd streets.
Both events will include special presentations by honorary guest Judy Belushi Pisano, the widow of acclaimed Saturday Night Live Star and Blues Brothers co-creator John Belushi. Mrs. Belushi Pisano will be joined by both Blues Brothers, Jake and Elwood Blues whose recent live concert performances have been featured at NASCAR's Daytona 500, The House of Blues, The Capital One Half Time Show, The New York Stock Exchange and Universal Studios. They will be arriving in the Blues Mobile that was featured in their Universal Pictures movie blockbuster "The Blues Brothers" to perform an exclusive live oceanside concert on Miami Beach. The special performance will feature the Blues Brothers' greatest hits from the Atlantic Records multi-platinum album "Briefcase Full Of Blues."
Blues Brothers Bridge Jump in Google Earth|
The Blues Brothers taught us many things — always pay your taxes, always help out those you love even if it means fighting some neo-Nazis, never date a woman who owns a bazooka — but the main lesson many of us took from the film was that retired cop cars have great engines. Hence, the bridge-jumping, loudspeaker-toting 1974 Dodge Monaco better known as the Bluesmobile. It’s a car so beloved that it’s showing up in the most unlikely of places.
For example, a digital replica of the Bluesmobile can be found in Google Earth jumping the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge between New Jersey and Pennsylvania in much the same fashion as the real Bluesmobile lept Chicago’s East 95th Street Bridge in the movie. Just another inevitable and hilarious effect of open sourcing your 3D building sketch-ups, Google. Newsflash: Computer nerds are often movie nerds too.
Many people are creating 3D models of buildings, bridges, dams and other structures around the world and uploading them to the Google 3D Warehouse. Many of the better quality buildings end up getting included in the Google Earth 3D Buildings layer. As with most creative processes, sometimes modelers get a little carried away and sometimes include a little easter egg.
BLUESMOBILE FROM LEGOS|
You can also construct a very reasonable facsimile of said Bluesmobile made out of LEGO blocks. Extra points for dirtying up the component blocks to give it that signature funktified Blues Brothers feel.
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Bonnie Raitt and Jonny Lang to headline The 11th Anniversary of the Doheny Blues Festival!|
Omega Events is proud to announce that nine-time Grammy Award Winner BONNIE RAITT will headline the 2008 Doheny Blues Festival.
The weekend’s festivities will include 26 performances, including Jonny Lang, the Robert Cray Band, Little Feat, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Pinetop Perkins, Bobby Rush, Joe Bonamassa, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and many others.
2 Days • 3 Stages • 26 Performances
Saturday, May 17, 2008
· Jonny Lang
· Robert Cray Band
· Eric Burdon & The Animals
· Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin & Willie Big Eyes Smith
· J.J. Grey & MOFRO
· B.B. & The Blues Shacks Direct from Germany
· Bobby Rush "Raw" - on The Backporch
· Paul Rishell & Annie Raines Band - on The Backporch
· Los Fabulocos featuring Kid Ramos
· Lazy Lester & Friends
· Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
· Elnora and Sumpthin’ Cooking, Leff Rogers, L.A. Jones
Sunday, May 18, 2008
- Bonnie Raitt
- Little Feat with special guest Coco Montoya
- The Bobby Rush Soul-Blues Revue
- Joe Bonamassa
- Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
- Watermelon Slim & The Workers - on The Backporch
- Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets with special guest James Harman
- Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers with special guest
The Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
- Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves
- Shawn Jones, Pat Hennessy & Terry Medieros
The longest running free of charge Blues Festival in North America|
For nearly 30 years the Associated Students of San José State University have produced the longest running free of charge Blues Festival in North America, we invite you to come and enjoy this celebration of a true American art-form on the beautiful tree-lined campus of San José State.
Although the festival is free of charge, we do ask a $5 Donation at the gate. Your donation goes to help the operation of the Associated Students of San José State University, a non-profit student services organization dedicated to enriching the educational experience of the students of San José State University and involving them in their local community, and helps to prolong this landmark festival.
Music begins at 12:30pm, and will be accompanied by local food and craft vendors, a Beer and Wine garden (for festival attendees over 21), and an unbeatable atmosphere for you and your whole family.
HEALTH UPDATE -- CANDYE KANE & ANN RABSON|
Bob Corritore (singer/songwriter/harp player/ record label owner/ club owner/radio personality, etc. etc.) is keeping tabs on Candye Kane and Ann Rabson (in his spare time, no doubt). He provides the latest information in his newsletter (thanks Bob!)|
Candye Kane Released from Hospital! Candye Kane, who recently underwent major surgery for Pancreatic Cancer, was released from the hospital yesterday! Her son, Evan Caleb, reports that she is doing very well in her recovery. Gina Sicilia reports that she is hosting a benefit for Candye on Sunday at Scotland Yard Bar in New York with Bob Margolin, Dave Gross, Debbie Davies, and many others. Little Victor reports that he and Sophie Kay will be hosting a benefit for Candye in Paris in the near future, but no date was specified in his email. For information on planned Candye Kane benefits happening around the country, check Candye's MySpace by clicking here.
Ann Rabson Cancer Surgery: Blues pianist Ann Rabson has had several health issues recently, and has been off work since December. Mark Carpentieri of MC Records reports that after a bout of breast cancer followed by successful surgery last December, Ann Rabson was recently diagnosed with Kidney Cancer, and had a successful surgical procedure last Tuesday. Her recovery will not allow her to attend this year's Blues Music Awards, where her warm presence is always appreciated. She was nominated for a BMA this year under the blues piano category. To see a great photo of her and Pinetop Perkins together at the 2006 BMAs, click here. Hang tough, Ann!
NEWS FROM LANDFALL RECORDS, DELTA GROOVE and BLUE ROCKET RECORDS|
Landfall Records has annouced a May 20th CD release date for Sonny Landreth's (singer/songwriter/slide-guitar monster) new album titled FROM THE REACH.
Joining Sonny are Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Dr. John, Jimmy Buffett, Vince Gill, Robben Ford and Eric Johnson.
Delta Groove has annouced June 17th as the street date for the fourth and latest installment LOWDOWN FEELIN' by the Southern California based all-star revue The Mannish Boys!
The Mannish Boys and their all new studio release will feature Bobby Jones, Finis Tasby, Johnny Dyer, Randy Chortkoff, Kid Ramos, Kirk Fletcher, Frank Goldwasser, Ronnie James Weber, Tom Leavey, Richard Innes plus special guests Little Sammy Davis, Fred Scribner, Junior Watson, Lynwood Slim, Al Blake and Fred Kaplan!
Blue Rocket Records announces a June 17 release date for Texas singer/harmonica player Rob Roy Parnell’s new CD, LET'S START SOMETHING.
In addition to Rob Roy’s powerhouse blues harp and soulful vocals, the album features a veritable “who’s who” of all-star players, such as current Delbert McClinton band members Kevin McKendree (keyboards), Lynn Williams (drums) and Don Wise (sax), plus former members Lewis Stephens (keyboards), James Pennebaker (guitar) and Dave Millsap (guitar). Other standout musicians on LET'S START SOMETHING include Rob Roy’s brother, Lee Roy Parnell on guitar, as well as guitarists Stephen Bruton and Hector Watt, bassists Sarah Brown and Steve Mackey and singers Jay Boy Adams and Jonell Mosser.
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SONNY MOORMAN:From: Hamilton, OH
The Blues Festival E- Guide is proud to announce the solo/duo winner in our " Blues Artist on the Rise" contest. The "Blues Artist on the Rise" for 2008 is, Sonny Moorman, from Hamilton, OH.
Sonny Moorman is a Cincinnati, Ohio based Blues guitarist and singer, and is a nine-time winner of the CAMMYaward (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, clubs, and toured the US withEasyriders 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.
We chose Sonny because we felt he embodied what a "Blues Artist on the Rise " should be. Sonny's recent accomplishments speak for themselves.
SONNY MOORMAN CHOSEN AS "BLUES ARTIST ON THE RISE 2008" BY BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE MAGAZINE!
SONNY MOORMAN TAKES SECOND PLACE AT THE 2007 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE (SOLO/DUO) IN MEMPHIS!!!
THE SONNY MOORMAN GROUP WINS THE 2007 CINCINNATI ENTERTAINMENT AWARD FOR BLUES.
"SONNY MORMAN - "LIVE AT THE CINCY BLUES FEST" IS A SEMI-FINALIST IN THE 2007 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE "BEST SELF-PRODUCED CD" COMPETITION
THE SONNY MOORMAN GROUP WINS THE 2006 CINCINNATI ENTERTAINMENT AWARD FOR BLUES.
Take a look at Sony's schedule and its obvious that he is perhaps the hardest working bluesman in Ohio. Combine that with some great guitar work and vocals, and you will see why Sonny Morman is this years "Blues Artist on the Rise"
"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
"By Request" Atlas Records 0002
with Sonny Moorman & the Dogs
"Telegraph Road" 706 Records 706-129
"L*I*V*E" 706 Records 706-128
We will announce the winner in the Full Band category in next week's E-Guide.
NEWS FROM TEXAS, NEW YORK, OREGON and CALIFORNIA. |
On Saturday, May 10, 2008 from 2 PM to 9 PM, Grammy-winning non- profit organization The Blue Shoe Project will host Colleyville's first-ever blues festival in The Village at Colleyville development, 62 Main Street, Colleyville, Texas (at the intersection of Highway 26 and Main Street in Colleyville).
Headlining the event will be national recording artist Elvis T. Busboy and The Blues Butchers, featuring five-time Grammy Award winner Tim Alexander of the Iconic Country band Asleep at The Wheel. Also performing will be international blues artist Tutu Jones, child prodigy bluesman Marquise “Big Daddy” Knox, who recently opened for BB King, and slide guitar master Gerry Moss of the legendary Lloyd Price Band. Big Daddy Knox will also be leading the Blues Workshop for kids with Blue Shoe Mike for participating youth that starts around 3:00 PM.
This is a free event.
Jimmie Vaughan, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds will headline the New York State Blues Festival in Syracuse, New York on July 12 & 13, 2008.
The free admission festival, now in it's 17th year, will also feature central New York and regional bands on a stage in Hanover Square and the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que stage in Clinton Square. There will be workshops to help fans appreciate the ins and outs of the blues.
The 21st annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland, Oregon) will take place July 3 to 6, 2008. The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second-largest blues festival in the nation.
The festival annually attracts more than 120,000 blues fans from throughout the world. Touted as one of the best-run festivals anywhere, it remains a grassroots festival, operated by Oregon Food Bank – a nonprofit, charitable organization – and run with the help of more than a thousand volunteers.
The 2008 festival will feature more than 100 performances on four stages, including: soulful songstress Phoebe Snow, Chicago harmonica ace Charlie Musselwhite and guitarist Elvin Bishop, boogie-blues-rock pioneers Canned Heat, British neo-soul crooner James Hunter, acclaimed guitarist Joe Bonamassa, Mississippi bluesman Robert "Wolfman" Belfour, New Orleans guitarist Eric Lindell and brass virtuoso Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, British blues-rockers Back Door Slam, Texas soul and folk singer Ruthie Foster, multiple W.C. Handy Award-winning guitarist-songwriter-vocalist Rory Block, Texas guitarist Carolyn Wonderland, bluesman Arthur Adams and Los Angeles-based all-star group The Mannish Boys and many more to be confirmed.
The 13th Annual Russian River Blues Festival, June 14 & 15th, 2008 (Guerneville, CA) will include 16 live performances on two stages... a mix of blues, R, soul roots music. The line-up will include Los Lonely Boys, Jonny Lang, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robben Ford, Shemekia Copeland, Coco Montoya, Dan Hicks The Hot Licks, and Earl Thomas.
NEWS FROM TORONTO, CANADA and WICHITA, KANSAS|
Join the Toronto Blues Society and Shakura S’Aida at Yonge Dundas Square on Wednesday, May 21st for their 23rd Anniversary Party. This FREE concert starts at 12:30pm. For more info visit The Toronto Blues Society Website.
The Wichita Blues Society's Crawl Spring Blues Crawl is THIS Sunday, April 27th, from 6pm-12 am in Old Town. A long time Wichita tradition features local blues bands from 6-9 pm in many clubs and restaurants in Old Town. The after party at Americas' Pub is from 9pm-12am features this year, Jimmie Lewin & the Kingtones.
The Blues Crawl line up for 6-9 pm features: America's Pub...Berry Harris & the 9th Street Blues Band, Heroes...The Nightwatchmen, Larkspur...Rachelle Coba, The Brickyard...The Toltecs, O'Sullivan's...Made From Scratch, Loft 150...Little Smoke, Torre's Pizzeria...Bloodline Posse with Rudy Love, Club Indigo...Clif Major's Rockin' Blues, and Morts...The Sharon Rush Blues Band.
The cost is $5.00. You can purchase a wrist band at any location and that gets you in to all venues. This is a fundraiser for the Wichita Blues Society.
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Blues Music Awards:
The Blues Music Awards
are the Oscars
of the blues.They will be held in Tunica, Ms.
on May 8th. Join Elwood
as we listen to the best of the best: Nominees for "SONG OF THE YEAR" and "BAND OF THE YEAR". This weekend, on the House of Blues Radio Hour.
for times and stations in your area
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