May 30, 2008
Vol 3 Issue 21

Special Announcements
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News Flash
House of Blues Radio Hour
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
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We still have 1,000 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE 2008 Magazines that need a home. Let us know if you would like us to ship you a box of 50 or more to hand out to your blues fans and friends or at your event. We ship via UPS, free of charge.

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DUKE ROBILLARD : : A Swingin Session with Duke Robillard

A dozen CDs, and as many different approaches to American music. The common links: heart, soul, stunning playing and — most importantly — integrity

Actually, the new Duke Robillard CD, "A Swingin' Session with Duke Robillard", is the 14th CD the virtuoso guitarist has recorded for Stony Plain — and that's not counting half a dozen other CDs he's produced for other great artists, and a live in-concert DVD.

But the new recording is, as always, a different outing than his others. Duke Robillard does not stand still; his musical curiosity continues to take him to many different areas of the American musical palette.

Duke is a superb technician, in total command of his instrument, and  he's prepared and willing to tackle different American musical genres — blues, jazz, small and big band swing, original material, and songs from the golden age of the great American songbook. The heart, soul and integrity of the small band swing era, shines through every note.

 And this music isn't limited to recordings — Robillard has always brought his music to audiences all over the world. Like B.B. King and Buddy Guy, he keeps up a performance schedule that has included as many as 300 dates in a single year, from Moscow to Montreal, from Boston to Barcelona, and from London, England to London, Ontario

A Swingin' Session with Duke Robillard is, indeed, just that.  There are classics like "Deed I Do," "The Song is Ended," "Them That Got" and "When Your Lover Has Gone." Rhode Islanders Scott Hamilton, Al Basile and Doug James, along with half a dozen musicians who have played (or still play) with Robillard, help power bluesy fare such as "They Raided the Joint" and" Swingin' with Lucy Mae."  Bruce Katz' organ playing is superb throughout, and horn contributions from Carl Querforth (of Roomful) and Gordon "Sax" Beadle are pushed along by a rhythm section that effortlessly lifts the band.  It all seems so easily put together; great music made to sound simple as well as subtle.

For Robillard, a master of many kinds of jazz and blues and American roots music, this new CD is a modern day gem that looks back at the past, grins, and says "Let's swing this one. And let's dance."



ROB RIO : : Thank You, Joe Turner!
Los Angeles - The latest CD from singer/songwriter/pianist Rob Rio, "THANK YOU, JOE TURNER!" (Boss, 2008) features 10 songs in tribute to the great Big Joe Turner, including such classics as SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL, CHERRY RED, FLIP FLOP & FLY and CORRINA CORRINA, as well as the original, THANK YOU, JOE TURNER.

On his 12th project, the West Coast master boogie woogie & blues pianist has assembled the top pros of the genre in L.A. to re-create Big Joe’s rollicking rhythm & blues and has infused it with his own boogie flavor. Larry Taylor on bass and Richard Innes on drums provide the rhythm, Rick Holmstrom and Job Striles are on guitar, and Jeff Turmes, Bill Flores and Corey Gemme are on honking horns in a swinging testament to a great artist and the roots of rock and roll!

Known by some as the "Boss of the Boogie", Rio plays the boogie-woogie and jump blues of the 40's and 50's with a virtuosity and elan that has excited audiences around the world for more than 30 years. RIO has appeared with many of the original blues greats, such as Muddy Waters, Willy Dixon, Charles Brown, Joe Cocker, Paul Butterfield and many more, and has recorded with Mick Jagger, Canned Heat, Billy Boy Arnold, William Clarke, Coco Montoya, Finas Tasby, Walter Trout, Phillip Walker and Jody Williams, among others.

Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., Rio now resides in Los Angeles and currently performs at festivals, events and clubs nationally and internationally. He has been a favorite attraction throughout the Southland for over 20 years, either as a solo performer or with his 5-piece band, The Revolvers. For more info visit

EDDIE KIRKLAND : : Summer Tour Dates
He is a lion, gentle and fierce, kind and proud, uncomplicated!

Eddie Kirkland, one of the original Blues men is still bringing himself and the Blues direct to the people. Kirkland, who was born in Jamaica, raised in Alabama from the time he was two till he went off with the Sugar Girls Medicine show at twelve. His teens brought him to Indiana, eventually settling in Detroit. There he polished his Blues to recording status. He toured and recorded with John Lee Hooker for seven and a half years. They made a solid team before parting in the 60's. Kirkland moved to Georgia, where he was bandleader for Otis Redding. Continuous road tours had him working with Ruth Brown, Little Richard, Ben King, Little Johnnie Taylor and many more greats. The rest as they say 'is history'. His heart and soul are one. What he believes; he feels. What he feels he transforms to music. He plays his passions on his notes and chords, and his life is in his lyrics.

Eddie Kirkland still tours to this day. He is a Living Blues Legend:

June, 2008

June 5 - Brewer's Brew Pub - Beaufort SC
June 14 - Blues Train Cafe' - Dalton GA
June 21 - Darwins Blues - Marietta GA

July, 2008
July 2 – Finland - Imatra Big Band Festival Cruise
July 3 – Finland - Imatra Big Band Festival Tent
July 8 – Finland - Helsinki - On the Rocks
July 12 – Sweden – Amal, Blue Festival
July 19 – Luxembourg – Luxembourg, Blues 'n' Rallye
July 24 - 550 BLUES - Macon GA

For more information or to book Eddie Kirkland, please contact us at

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Dorothy Moore receives Blues marker on Farish Street in Jackson MS
Singing legend Dorothy Moore (pictured on the left) unveiled a blues marker at the Alamo Theater, Jackson, Mississippi, May 22, 2008.  the Alamo Theater was where Dorothy, at age twelve, sang on talent shows every Wednesday night to a blues audience of grown folks.  She says this was her classroom for what she does today. In the photo Dorothy Moore tells Peggy Brown about the early days when she was a lead singer of a girl group, The Poppies.

Filmed on Delbert McClinton & Friends Sandy Beaches Cruises, ROCKING THE BOAT captures live performances and interviews with such cruise artists as Delbert, Rodney Crowell, Marcia Ball, Jimmy Hall, Jeffrey Steele, Tommy Castro and many more. The greatly anticipated Dolby 5.1 surround-sound version of the award-winning DVD has an anticipated street date of May 23.

"We are very excited about this new release," says director Jay Curlee. "We have added new songs from Stephen Bruton, Teresa James, Gary Nicholson, Clay McClinton, Bob DiPiero, Pianorama with Nick Connolly, and Big Al Anderson. It also features tighter editing, a new opening title sequence, a story from [actor] Matt Clark, new cutaway shots and some enhanced color correction."

Winner of Best Documentary Feature at the Woods Hole Film Festival and Best Music Documentary at the Lone Star Film Festival, and featured as an opening night selection at the 37th Annual USA Film Festival, the DVD contains 30 performances from 18 incredible SBC entertainers and more than one hour of bonus material!

The DVD will be available at Delbert McClinton concerts,,, and in selected music stores.

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The Headliners for the 6th Annual Grassroots Blues Festival in Duck Hill, Mississippi are expecting to set a new milestone in audience attendance at this year’s event.
Featured blues artists are TK Soul, Sheba Potts-Wright, and Jessie Robinson. (see lineup at

Born Terence Wayne Kimble, in the Southern State of Louisiana, in a small town called Winnfield, he is now known to his many fans as T. K. Soul (The Undisputed Bad Boy of Southern Soul). T.K. has successfully transformed himself from a musician/songwriter/producer into a Southern Soul Superstar. T.K. will be performing all of his hit records such as “Lying and Cheating”, “Try Me”, “Where Jody Stay”, and many others. (see more

Ms. Sheba Delight Potts-Wright lived her younger days in Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI and Greenwood, MS. She now resides in Memphis, TN. During high school, Sheba joined a singing group named the 21st Century Band under the direction of Mr. Russell Baxter. They traveled all over the Mid-South doing opening acts for various artists. She moved further and started performing with her father, Robert “Dr. Feelgood” Potts who has been recording since 1970. Sheba’s hits include “Slow Roll It”, “I Can Bagg It Up and “I Can Hear Your Macaroni”. (see more

Jesse Robinson has been playing blues and jazz for over four decades. Born in Benton and raised in Mileston, Mississippi, Robinson was “the seventh son, thirteenth child, baby boy, and a preacher’s son.” He first picked up the guitar at six, and was soon backing his father at church. As a young boy Jesse also worked on the family farm picking cotton and vegetables. In the early ’60s Jesse moved with his family to Jackson, and at 16 began attending blues legend Elmore James’ regular gigs at Percy Simpson’s Club. Jesse was featured in the 2003 documentary film about the Subway Lounge, Last of the Mississippi Jukes. In 2004, Jesse released his first CD, Blues Child. (see more

The traditional Blues Artists lineup will feature Willie King, Ben Payton, and Jabo Blues. Willie King, was born in Prairie Point, Mississippi in 1943. Young Willie made a diddley bo by nailing a baling wire to a tree in the yard. By age 9, he had a one-string guitar that he could bring indoors to play at night. For the past few years, he has been playing throughout the region and abroad ( Ben Payton was born in Coila, Mississippi, in the hill country just east of the Delta. Ben and his family lived in Valley Hill and Blackhawk, and in his mid-teens they moved to Chicago, IL, where Ben soon became active in the city’s blues scene. Ben plays acoustic guitar, and performs classics from the likes of Mississippi blues legends -Robert Johnson, Tommy Johnson, and Skip James as well as his own compositions ( Jabo Blues was born James Harris in Shannon in the red hills of Northeast, Mississippi. Jabo learned to play from his Uncle Lee Gilbert Harris at the age of nine. For many years he played with the Soul Twisters throughout the area. Jabo’s proudest moment is mentoring the world youngest blues band members, Ryan and Kyle of Homemade Jamz.

Other local and regional artists that will be performing are Eden Brent, Little Willie Farmer, Frankie Keys and BroHam ToeJam.

Al White, Executive Director, Action Communication and Education Reform, Inc.
Concerned Citizens of Montgomery County, 307 Main Street, Duck Hill, MS 38925
Phone: (662) 565-2478, Fax: (662) 565-1845

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Saturday, July 5
6th Annual Red Wine & Blues Festival
3pm to 8pm

Team up with the Tuckerton Seaport for a perfect afternoon of wine tasting from New Jersey’s finest wineries and live blues music!

Food, refreshments, crafters, vendors, decoy carving demos, exhibits and boat rides. Enjoy wine tasting and sales by Valenzano, Tomasello, Bellview, Silver Decoy, Renault and DiMatteo wineries. Plus great sounds from the Cobra Brothers, Heart Fulla Bluz, James Day & the Fish Fry and more great bands. Please check our website for future updates. Complimentary wine glass while supplies last.
Admission: members $15, non-members $20

Tuckerton Seaport, NJ’s Premier Maritime Museum, 120 West Main St., Tuckerton, NJ, 609-296-8868,

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Guerneville, CA
Spend a great weekend on the banks of the Russian River groovin to outstanding music, tasting California's famous wines and enjoying the breath-taking scenery at the 2008 Russian River Blues Festival on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, at Johnson's Beach in Guerneville. Festival-goers can enjoy world-class blues from the comfort of their beach chairs or floating in innertubes, kayaks, and rafts on the cool Russian River!

Set in the heart of the beautiful California wine country, the Russian River Blues Festival is a one-of-a-kind event. Blues lovers can relax by the banks of the Russian River, enjoy California's finest wine and food, and listen to a variety of blues veterans and promising young talents.

The Saturday, June 14 line-up includes Jonny Lang, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Shemekia Copeland, Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks. The Sunday, June 15 line-up includes Los Lonely Boys, Robben Ford, Coco Montoya, Earl Thomas... and many others.

In addition to great blues music, patrons can sample Sonoma County and the Russian River Wine Region's world-famous wines in the Wine Garden Area while enjoying the performers on the wine garden stage.

2008 Russian River Blues Festival tickets can be purchased in advance for the best savings. Ticket prices are $45 per day or $80 for both days through June 13. Tickets purchased at the gate are $50 per day.Children 10 and under are free. Gold Tier tickets are available for $90 per day or $170 for both days (advance price only). With Gold Tier tickets, guests are allowed entrance to the preferred seating area near the front of the stage, use of a private beach chair and three wine tasting tickets.

Tickets are available by calling the Omega Events Box Office at (707) 869-1595 or visiting; or in person at The Russian River Chamber of Commerce, 16209 First Street (at the Historical Bridge), Guerneville, CA 95446, (707) 869-9000. For additional information, call (707) 869-1595 or visit

No glass, cans, alcohol or high-back beach chairs will be permitted. Low-back chairs only (no higher than 32 inches in full upright position).

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Land Yacht Festival Tour ‘08
Roger Naber and the Land Yacht are back on the road this summer, spreading the word about the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruises held annually in October and January of each year.

If you are at any of the following festivals, be sure to stop by, say "hi", and learn about the thing that is "The Blues Cruise"!

May 30-June 1: Western Maryland Blues Fest--Hagerstown, MD
June 8: Billtown Blues--Hughesville, PA
June 11: Handy Blues & BBQ--Henderson, KY
June 13-14: Blues On The Fox--Aurora, IL
June 27-29: Monterey Blues Fest--Monterey, CA
July 4-6: Thunder Bay in Ontario--Ontario, Canada
July 18-19: Jazz Fest Sioux Falls--Sioux Falls, SD
July 25-27: Poconos Blues Festival--Jack Frost & Big Boulder, PA
August 16-17: Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest--Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno, NV
August 16: Hot August Blues--Cockeysville, MD (Land Yacht Not On Site)
August 22-24: Labatt Blues Festival--Edmonton, Canada
August 30-31: Long Beach Blues Festival--Long Beach, CA

For updates from the road visit:


Last night was the Grand Opening in their new Downtown Location at 307 N. Broad Street (Old Montgomery Hotel). The celebration included a Wine & Hors d'oeuvres Reception with music by Delta Blues Legends: T-Model Ford, Eddie Cusic, Eden Brent, Duff Dorrough and Pat Thomas.

Also included was a Highway 61 Blues Festival poster signing with artist Cristen Barnard. Plus, a photo exhibit by Bill Steber. For more info or to order a numbered poster:

Then on Friday, June 6 the newly expanded Highway 61 Blues Museum will host a reception and a Block Party next to the museum featuring live entertainment.

The Leland Blues Project proudly presents the 9th Annual Highway 61 Blues Festival on Saturday, June 7, 2008 dedicated to David "Honeyboy" Edwards.

Sunday, June 8th, the Holly Ridge Store will host a blues jam featuring performers from the festival. This free event is sponsored by The Leland Blues Project in conjunction with The Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola. Holly Ridge is located 10 miles east of Leland.

The Autism Coalition of Nevada presents a day for your whole family at the Autism Jams Blues Festival on July 19th from 4:00p.m. to 10:00p.m in the Bartley Ranch Amphitheater!

Enjoy a warm summer afternoon and evening filled with the sounds of West Coast, Chicago, Texas and back-porch Mississippi Blues. Special guest star Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, also featuring the J. B. Ritchie Power Blues band, along with Soulshaker, Blue Haven, Devils Hollow Trio and the Hellbusters.

Your children will love the ‘kid zone’ play area which is included in the price of admission, complete with a full day of activities, friends and fun. Parents will enjoy an enticing array of music, good food, various vendors, all at the beautiful Bartley Ranch in Reno. Tickets are $40 per person, ages 16 and over. FREE for children under 16 who are accompanied by their parents.

Autism Jams Blues Festival is part of the 13th annual Artown festival, July 1 – 31, 2008. The month-long summer arts festival features more than 340 events produced by more than 100 cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide, with major funding provided by the City of Reno.

All proceeds from Autism Jams Blues Festival will go toward treatment/services for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder or other neurodevelopmental disorders. For information, call Kathryn at 775-329-2268 or visit our website at 

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YOU can become a key figure in preserving the Mississippi Delta's rich heritage by donating one of the specially engraved bricks for the Highway 61 Blues Museum in Leland! Local leaders and Blues enthusiasts worldwide are coming together for this unique fundraising effort. Support the Delta Blues and our local culture with your help.

These beautiful hand-engraved bricks may contain up to 3 lines of 14 characters each, with your personal dedication, a simple acknowledgment of your donation or recognition of your favorite blues artist. The cost of one brick, engraved, is only $50.00 (US). These bricks will be used to construct the walkway leading to the museum's main entrance or placed prominently in a wall at the museum site.

For more information visit


As the Stax Museum celebrates its 5th anniversary in 2008, they are annoucing that they now have several Stax Museum-curated exhibits available for lease and travel to other museums, galleries, colleges and univerisities, festivals, and other venues. All are photographic collections that cannot be found anywhere else in the world and all respresesent a unique aspect of American culture that has worldwide influence.

Please note that exhibits can be leased in total or partial collections, and that the photographs are already framed. For more information and pricing details on these exhibits, please contact the Stax Museum's curator Carol Drake 901-946-2535 or

Exhibits Available for Travel:

"THE ART OF STAX: Essential Album Cover Photographs by Stax Photographer Joel Brodsky" 

"WATTSTAX: I Am Somebody"

"HOOKS BROTHERS PHOTOGRAPHY: 75 Years of African-American Life in Memphis"

"STAX HERE AND NOW: Current Images of the Stars of Stax Records"

"FROM THE SOUL: An Intimate Portrait of Soulsville, USA"


Sean Costello, one of the most promising young blues players around, passed away suddenly on April 15, a day short of his 29th birthday. He had just released his final record, "WE CAN GET TOGETHER". One of the last interviews he ever gave was for the House of Blues Radio Hour, Join Elwood Blues as we pay tribute to Sean's memory, this week on The House of Blues Radio Hour.

for times and stations in your area

Blues on Broad Beach
Wednesday - Sunday, May 28 - 31, 2008
Broad Beach, Queensland, Australia
http:// www. bluesonbroadbeach. com
Eureka Springs Blues Weekend
Thursday - Sunday, May 29 - 1, 2008
Eureka Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
www eurekaspringsblues.c om

B. Willie Smith Band Live at Toad

Friday, May 30, 2008
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.

Freedom Creek Blues Festival
Friday - Saturday, May 30 - 31, 2008
Aliceville, Alabama, U.S.
Ashburton Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, May 30 - 1, 2008
Ashburton, Devon, United Kingdom
www. ashburtonbluesfestival. com
07850 964359
Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival
Friday - Sunday, May 30 -1, 2008
Red Bank, New Jersey, U.S.
Leicester City Blues

Friday - Sunday, May 30 - 1, 2008
Leicester, United Kingdom
www. leicesterbluesfestival. com
0116 2333113

Castel San Pietro in Blues
Friday - Sunday, May 30 - 1, 2008
Castel San Pietro Terme, Italy
The 2008 Elk Creek Blues Festival

Saturday, May 31, 2008
Owenton, Kentucky, U.S.

Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest
Friday - Sunday, May 30 - 1, 2008
Augusta, New Jersey, U.S.

Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival
Friday - Sunday, May 30 - 1, 2008
Red Bank, New Jersey, U.S.
Western Maryland Blues Fest
Friday - Sunday, May 30 - 1, 2008
Hagerstown, Maryland, U.S.
301-739-8577 ext 116
Sinah Warren Big Blues Weekend
Friday - Monday, May 30 - 2, 2008
Hayling Island, United Kingdom
Watseka Theatre Annual Blues and BBQ Fest
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Watseka, Illinois, U.S.

For years, the Blues Festival Guide Magazine received numerous requests for updates on festivals via email, and on January 10, 2006, the Marketing Director of the Blues Festival Guide magazine, Nancy Edwards partnered with the magazine (RBA Publishing) and published the first emailed issue of the E-Guide E-Newsletter.

The E-Guide is a wonderful resource for everyone interested in Blues! You can expect to see the E-Guide in your inbox weekly. Please email the editor with any questions at

To reach thousands of blues enthusiasts, click here to learn how to advertise in this Blues Festival E-Guide E-Newsletter.
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