June 6, 2008
Vol 3 Issue 22

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NorthernBlues announces the debut album by The Homemade Jamz Blues Band. They are the youngest blues band ever to debut on a major blues label.

"They do the genre proud" -- B.B. King

The band consists of three siblings: Ryan (16), Kyle (13) and Taya (9). Their combined ages total 38. The CD entitled PAY ME NO MIND arrives in stores worldwide on June 10th, 2008.

True to its name, the band recorded PAY ME NO MIND in their Tupelo, MS home over three days. The album is produced by Miles Wilkinson, who also produced NorthernBlues' Doug Cox & Salil Bhatt's SLIDE TO FREEDOM, the critically acclaimed fusion CD of Blues and Indian music. Wilkinson's career credits include Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Marcia Ball, John Hammond and The Band's legendary LAST WALTZ.

Fred Litwin, President of NorthernBlues, first saw the band perform in the 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN where he was a judge. Out of 157 competing adult bands, they placed second.  He contacted them soon thereafter in interest of signing them.

The 11-track PAY ME NO MIND features ten originals (penned by father Renaud) and a rejuvenated interpretation of the John Lee Hooker classic, "Boom, Boom." The collection of songs offers the listener a snapshot of a raw, organic and youthful perspective of blues music. It captures passion over digitalism, raw talent over mechanics, and presents the same unadulterated sounds of the siblings astonishing audiences in front of festival stages worldwide. the band has already been the subject of a CBS Morning News segment. Click Here to view.

In 2008 the members of the Homemade Jamz Blues Band will be homeschooled in order to accept invitations to perform at festivals throughout Europe and North America as well as special engagements such as the grand opening of the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, MS in September 2008.

For more information on The Homemade Jamz Blues Band CLICK HERE

Click the LISTEN button to hear "Who Your Real Friends Are"


Singer, songwriter, guitar, harp.  Born Chicago 3/24/50.  He was raised in the Lockport, Ill. corn fields in the 1950’s. One night while cruising the dial Paul Filipowicz pulled in a radio station out of Tulsa, OK. They played Howlin Wolf, Sonny Boy (II)
and Muddy Waters back to back.  That was his first exposure to blues.  He first witnessed live blues in 64 or 65, whilewaiting outside a club on Chicago’s South Side “It was boiling hot about 2p.m. and these people were all dressed up and
going into this air-conditioned club.” Otis Rush and his band were tearing it up right there in broad daylight.  Electric guitar was it!   Learning by ear was about the only way to go about a blues education in those days. “I was playing without a pickand the first time I heard Magic Sam it clicked.  The phrasing was what I was hearing.”

Over the 30 plus years of fronting his own band, Filipowicz has played venues from the mid-west to Denver to stints in Texas.  

This is Paul's first "Live-No Jive" recording. Captured live on7/7/7 at the Cuda Cafe in Deerfield Wi, Smokin' hot blues guitar with solid backing just jumps off the disc. You can feel the Saturday Night Juke Joint July heat sizzle as they bump, grind, slide and shuffle through.

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SIRIUS Satellite Radio will broadcast a special tribute in honor of Bo Diddley by Marshall Chess

photo credit: Stanton Smith

Marshall Chess will commemorate the late Bo Diddley, who recorded for Chess Records and laid the foundations of rock ‘n’ roll in their studios.  Chess’ tribute to Bo Diddley will be broadcast during his weekly show, The Chess Records Hour, on SIRIUS Blues channel 74 on Sunday, June 8 at 12 noon ET, and rebroadcast on Tuesday, June 10 at 5 pm ET and Thursday, June 12 at 12 midnight ET.

Bo Diddley visited SIRIUS many times in recent years.  To listen to highlights of these interviews with the late guitarist and for more information, please visit www.sirius.com/SiriusBlues.

Pictured: Blues Festival Guide magazine editor, Michele Lundeen - the 'Queen of Steam' with Dennis Jones, Joe Bonamassa, Watermelon Slim, Anson Funderburgh, and Bonnie Raitt

Imagine driving along the highway on a warm, sunny morning with the Pacific Ocean as your scenic companion. You arrive in a hip little coastal town and make your way to a shaded, grassy park on a gorgeous state beach as a balmy breeze washes over you. It is here, amidst the sway of nearby palm trees, that you are guaranteed to get your down-n-dirty Blues fix! Sounds like Blues in paradise to thousands, maybe a paradox to others, but the bottomline is the plethora of non-stop Blues emitting day 'til night amidst a sea of diehard fans, food and festive ware!

Welcome to the 11th Doheny Blues Festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA (next to where the swallows come back to Capistrano each year). With a weekend filled of 26 varied acts on three stages one would find it hard to not be satisfied and Doheny always mixes it up with pleasant surprises.

Among the weekends notable hi-lights was BB & The Blues Shack from Germany. Both days they had fans cheering for more. Some say Eli “Paperboy” Reed  “stole the show” on Sunday's BackPorch Stage. I'm not sure... I know Watermelon Slim had the thick crowd riveted and literally roaring. The Backporch really had it going on this year. On other stages, Anson Funderburgh with James Harman pulled you instantly into the groove; Blues rocker Joe Bonamassa was exceptionally tight and Little Feat with Coco Montoya was a bonafide bonus.

That Sunday I made sure not to miss Bobby Rush and his Southern Soul “revue.” Holy innuendo... what a show! There was nary a pause between the pulsing songs, and Rush, the consummate entertainer, had us cheering, laughing and yes, gettin' down. Amidst the full courses being served onstage, there was also an array unlike other festivals in the International Food Court and the sprawling Vendor Village was equally unique and inviting...Very So. Cal!

Bonnie Raitt closed the weekend festivities with a memorable set as the sun went down over the Pacific. Raitt was a personal musical inspiration for me way back when and it was a treat to finally experience her live. She was as earthy and accessible as she is talented ...it was an uplifting ending to an downright rollicking weekend.

Yours in the Blues,
Michele Lundeen/Blues Festival Guide Editor                

Tab Benoit Scheduled for a June 17th Congressional Hearing

On June 17, 2008 three time Grammy Nominee Tab Benoit will represent South Louisiana’s Wetlands, the Voice of the Wetlands, and the Friends of New Orleans at a Congressional Briefing on Capital Hill in Washington, DC.

Benoit’s original style of Roots music has given him the opportunity to take Louisiana’s message to the world.  In May, Tab was awarded the Blues Music Associations  “Best Contemporary Male Performer” where he again uses his platform to inform people that not much if anything at all is being done to preserve or rebuild the Wetlands and therefore South Louisiana’s wetlands and river towns  are more venerable then ever to storm surges, levee breaches, and flooding.

“Every recording I do and/or award gives me the opportunity to let people know that we are not safe and if we get the slightest storm it could be more detrimental then ever to people’s lives, livelihoods, and the little wetlands that we have left” says Benoit.

On June 17th Tab Benoit will be joined by author CC Lockwood and Head of Environmental Defense Paul Harrison in Washington DC to talk about the conditions and importance of the Wetlands prior to and following the 2005 storm season.

On August 24 Tab Benoit and the Voice of the Wetlands All-stars will open the Democratic Convention in Denver Colorado and continue with a string of non-partisan fund- raisers that will end on September 1st in Minneapolis for and invitation only non-partisan Republican Convention after party.

Tab Benoit and the band will use this opportunity to speak to guest about the importance of the Wetlands and New Orleans to the entire country.

Bob Putignano & Frank-John Hadley Join Forces

Marketer-writer Bob Putignano (pictured) and music publicity writer Frank - John Hadley (bio) are now collaborating in offering their services to assist musicians in getting the wider recognition they deserve by way of CD mailings, press releases, band bios (for CD mailings or web sites), and more.

Bob is a contributing writer at Blues Wax, an award-winning radio dj (awarded by Roots Music Report and Blues Foundation), the president of the New York Blues & Jazz Society, and an experienced blues and jazz marketer.

Frank received the 2007 Blues Foundation KBA award for journalism and has written about blues, jazz, and other types of music in DownBeat, and many other publications. He is also a Grove Press author. Frank has done extensive publicity writing for dozens of well-known and up-and-coming musicians. See his bio at this web site for detailed information.

Bob's rates for radio & press marketing:
Way down south they play some mean old Blues. And when we say south, we mean waaaay south.

From the blind alleys and back lanes of Sydney, Australia, Stormcellar have come out blasting with their debut album ‘Whiskey Talkin’, roaming the styles and highways of blues music from the heart of the Balmain Delta to the subways of Tokyo.

Slide Player Paul Read has ‘the edginess in his guitar work to recall the best moments of the likes of the late Duane Allman’ – according to Drum Magazine’s Michael Smith. And of Michael Barry on Blues Harp and Vocals? ‘Imagine having a singer whose voice isn’t completely shot by cigarettes and whiskey’ Is that a compliment in Blues??? You be the judge!

‘A grand tour of the styles that make up the blues rock genre’ says Steve Flack of guitarheroes.com.au. ‘Not for bluesvoeglers!’ says Rootstime.de but we don’t know what that means!

A top selling Slide & Electric Blues album on CD Baby, Whiskey Talkin’ is some mean Slide and Harp blues with a twist! Check it out at www.cdbaby.com/cd/Stormcellar

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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 world-famous wines while enjoying the performers on the wine garden stage.

Tickets are available by calling the Omega Events Box Office at (707) 869-1595 or visiting russianriverfestivals.com;  (707) 869-1595 or visit russianriverfestivals.com

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From rundown Chicago hotel, it's 'Blues in the Night' on stage

Blues music will be the focus when Players by the Sea presents this season's final main stage show, Blues in the Night. The dramatic musical revue conceived by Sheldon Epps opens Friday, June 13, at the Jacksonville Beach (Florida) community theater.

Blues in the Night is set in a rundown Chicago hotel in the late 1930s. With little spoken dialogue, the show features 26 blues songs that expose three women's relationships with the same man, who is described as a lying, cheating snake. Director Jason Collins is weaving their stories through the music.

"The actors' voices and songs will carry this show," Collins said. "The great thing about this show is that it allows the actors to take all these songs and read in-between the lines as to who their characters are."

Blues in the Night features songs from the 1920s and '30s by the giants of blues and jazz, including Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Gordon Jenkins, Alberta Hunter, Jimmy Cox and Ida Cox, among others. Aaron Marshall, the show's musical director, said the music reflects the era.

"I expect the audience will come out of the show with a better understanding of what people were going through in America at that time," Marshall said.

The characters sing about the pain and misery that results from life and love. The songs also reflect the determination that is the essence of the blues.

The cast features Eugene Lindsey as the man, Amy Allen Farmer as the woman, Nina Waters as the girl and Melody Jackson as the lady.

The songs in this show have been specifically chosen to accomplish several things.

Cast members say their most important function is to celebrate a great period and style of music.

The show will feature a live band performing on stage with members of the University of North Florida's jazz band.

Music Icons to Judge 2008 International Songwriting Competition

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is now accepting entries for the 2008 competition. More than $150,000 in cash and prizes will be shared among the 62 winners, including an overall Grand Prize of $25,000 (US) cash and $20,000 in prizes. This year's competition includes many new celebrity and industry judges and the inclusion of a Music Video category.

Go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com to enter songs via mail or online.

Since its inception, ISC is renowned for having the most prestigious judging panel of any songwriting competition in the world. Entering ISC offers songwriters and musicians an unprecedented opportunity to have their songs heard by many top celebrity recording artists and influential music industry executives.

Robert Smith, lead singer of The Cure and an ISC judge for the past three years, says, 'I am astounded at the quality and range of abilities - the originality, honesty, and depth of so many of the words, the charm, vivacity, and catchiness of the tunes, and the often staggering energy, skill, and intensity of the performances - the talent has left me at times breathless!'

Monte Lipman, President of Universal Records, talks about his role as an ISC judge: 'We're always been impressed with the talented songwriters who participate in the ISC. This is a great A&R source to find new artists.'

The list of 2008 ISC judges include:

Recording Artists:
Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20); Chaka Khan; Tom Waits; KT Tunstall; Robert Smith (The Cure); Loretta Lynn; Neil Finn (Crowded House); Buckcherry; T-Pain; James Cotton; Jerry Lee Lewis; Craig Morgan; Ray Davies (The Kinks); Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Michael W. Smith; Chris Hillman (The Byrds); John Scofield; Mario; Black Francis (The Pixies); Youssou N'Dour; John Mayall; DJ Tiesto; 'Weird Al' Yankovic; and Paul Van Dyk

Music Industry Executives:
Monte Lipman (President, Universal Records); Nick Burgess (Head of A&R, Virgin Records UK); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP of A&R, Latin America Sony BMG and President, Discos 605); Cameron Strang (President, New West Records); Amy Doyle (Sr. VP of Music and Talent, MTV); Kim Buie (VP of A&R, Lost Highway); Jon Pikus (Director of A&R, MySpace Records); Mitchell Cohen (VP of A&R, Verve Music Group) Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Dan Storper (President, Putumayo World Music); Peter Strickland (Senior VP, Jack Records/Warner Bros.); Steve Lillywhite (Producer - credits include U2, The Rolling Stones, Morrissey, Peter Gabriel, and more); Douglas C. Cohn (Sr. Vice-President, Music Marketing & Talent, Nickelodeon); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Betty Pino (DJ, WAMR Miami); Paul Majors (CEO/Founder Majors Music); Leib Ostrow (CEO, Music for Little People); and Dr. Demento (Radio host of The Dr. Demento Show).

ISC welcomes original songs from musicians, artists, and songwriters at every level from amateur to professional. Entrants may submit songs in any of the following categories: Pop/Top 40, AAA (Adult Album Alternative), Rock, Country, Americana, R&B/Hip-Hop, Blues, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Jazz, Gospel/Christian, Latin Music, Instrumental, Dance/Electronica, Comedy/Novelty, World Music, Children's Music, Lyrics Only, Teen, Performance, and Music Video.

Jack de Keyzer took top Blues Category honors in 2007 for his song "That's the Only Time"

Please visit http://www.songwritingcompetition.com for an entry form or more details.

Pictured: Elvin Bishop, Koko Taylor, John Nemeth

A park right next to the Mississippi River, bounded on the other side by railroad tracks and Highway 61 is the beautiful setting for the IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport, Iowa.This year marks the 24th annual Festival, complete with two stages (one a historic Bandshell), 28 acts over three days during the 4th of July holiday, free workshops, BlueSKool for kids, and a photo/film exhibit. One of the longest running blues festivals in the nation, the IH Mississippi Valley BluesFest is the only major blues festival entirely produced by an all-volunteer organization, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. This year's lineup includes something for everyone: a tribute to the roots of the blues with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Otis Taylor's Black Banjo Project featuring Guy Davis; headliners Koko Taylor and Elvin Bishop; guitar slingers Jimmy Thackery and Tinsley Ellis; soul and gospel with John Nemeth featuring Junior Watson, Alexis P. Suter, Marie Knight, and the Holmes Brothers; and the RiverRoad Lifetime Achievement Award given to headliners Denise LaSalle and Billy Boy Arnold; plus many more, including up-and-coming acts and Blues Music Award nominees.

Come join us next to the Mississippi River July 3-5 in Davenport, Iowa!


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Wolfgang's Vault Opens For Downloading

Through a new arrangement between Wolfgang's Vault and Universal Music Group, vintage concert recordings from such acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix will soon join the nearly 500 recordings already available for download purchase at the popular live music and memorabilia site.

The recordings include live performances by UMG artists culled from thousands of Bill Graham-promoted concerts, along with gems from other catalogs and archives dating back decades.

"This is a far-reaching agreement to make available what I would consider previously unreleased live performance recordings of Universal Music Group artists from the mid-'60s on through today," Wolfgang's Vault founder Bill Sagan tells Billboard.com. "It covers hundreds of UMG performers and thousands of live performance concerts."

Sagan launched the Web site in 2003 after acquiring the late promoter Graham's cache of memorablila and concert recordings for $5 million. The downloadable content deal is for 10 years, with a streaming deal stretching "into perpetuity," Sagan says.

If the concert is longer than 30 minutes, a full download is priced at $9.98, with concerts of less than 30 minutes at $5.98. Some one- or two-song performances cost $3.98. The site will continue to offer free streaming. 
"Of the 1,434 concerts that are up on the site, 488 can be downloaded right now," says Sagan. "And some very major artists will be downloading within the next 30 to 60 days."

Eventually the product will be offered as CDs and vinyl under Universal's direction. "There will be physical product," Sagan says.

A quick run through the site shows vintage performances for sale by artists including the Alarm, Fleetwood Mac, the Kinks, Billy Joel, Iggy Pop, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Lou Reed, Mott the Hoople, Poco, Steve Miller, the Tubes, Uriah Heep, Warren Zevon and many others.


(Press Release) The Jus` Blues Music Foundation will host an interactive Technology Conference along with the annual Jus` Blues Music Awards. The Technology Conference will take place August 6th in downtown Memphis. The location site will soon be announced.  Register by June 30th to get the discounted rate. Tickets are limited and are available through the www.jusbluesmusic.com website.

This is a must-attend event for music and music technology professionals as well as artists interested in promoting, marketing and driving sales via new technology. You'll get informed hands on with the movers and shakers in the music and technology worlds, as well as a chance to interact with others in a great environment.

Additionally, a panel discussion featuring music and technology experts will discuss and conduct a Q & A regarding using the Internet to expose new music projects, marketing and driving sales.  We will be announcing speakers and agendas shortly.  The Technology Conference will discuss issues particularly of interest to the Blues & Soul music community, along with a focus on the evolving musical experience.  Topics will focus on marketing, fan behavior, trends and future forecasts, and an examination of the ways people discover, purchase, interact and are exposed to artists and music.

The $125 registration fee gets you in The Technology Conference, The Music Note Ceremony honoring the legendary Joe Simon, The Night of the Legends featuring the 2008 Jus` Blues Music Awards Honorees, the 2008 Jus` Blues Music Awards Show, VIP entry to the After Party and one year membership dues in the Jus` Blues Music Foundation. 

WOW!  Join us in Memphis in August 2008 for a great lineup of speakers, information, networking and a fun night with Blues & Soul music legends that'll make this event a must attend. For more info, go to www.jusbluesmusic.com.

Wednesday, August 6
 8:00 am     Registration
10:00 am    Jus` Blues Music Foundation Technology Conference
 6:30 pm     "Night of the Legends" featuring the 2008 Jus` Blues Music Awards Honorees.  Dinner, Networking and Fun.
Late           After Party
Thursday, August 7
12:00 pm   Music Note Ceremony in front of The Historical Daisy honoring the accomplishments of Joe Simon on the Beale Street Walk of Fame
 7:00 pm    2008 Jus` Blues Music Awards Show
 Late         Jus` Blues Music Awards After Party



Nobody captures the flavor and history of the Blues like Holly Harris. For more than 25 years, Holly has been delivering the Blues to listeners across New England. Now she’s reaching listeners coast to coast and around the world on Ultimate Blues Radio – www.ultimateblues.com .

“The Blues is about life,” says Harris. “It delivers the universal themes of love, loss, joy, fun, and sadness inside some of the most amazing music. That’s why we love the Blues.”

Holly brings her unique DJ style to her weekly web radio show where she features the music of established and emerging Blues musicians, interviews with Blues artists and celebrities, and insights into the tales, passions, and inspirations behind the songs.

Working with established media production house, Realization Pictures, Holly will be serving up video podcast interviews with a variety of Blues artists this summer, as well as delivering a one-hour downloadable show to our troops around the globe.

So, as Holly always says – "Get out and hear as much Blues music as possible. Or log on to ultimateblues.com where there’s always something worth listening to!"

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The Buddy Guy Photo Credit: Mario Scaglione

With a history of performing across the continent, lead singer for one of Canada’s top rated Blues band, Downchild and local resident, Chuck Jackson felt it was time to bring the Blues home and in 1999, Port Credit’s first annual Blues and Jazz Festival, The Southside Shuffle, came to fruition. Now entering its tenth anniversary and attracting visitors from around the globe, the rest, as they say, is history.

Tim Hortons Mississauga presents Port Credit’s Blues and Jazz Festival, The Southside Shuffle. North America’s premiere Blues and Jazz festival commemorates 10 years September 5-6-7th, 2008.

Throughout the weekend and the village of Port Credit, over 120 Canadian and International acts will perform on a variety of stages and venues. Offering fans that little something for everyone.

The 2008 Southside Shuffle Mainstage exhibits a “Stage of Soul”. The Average White Band, multiple Grammy nominees, best known for their hit “Picking up the Pieces" headline Friday evening. Along with Toronto born legendary Rockin’ Blues guitarist, Pat Travers and complimenting this legendary lineup is a youthful insurgence of Homemade Jamz. These three siblings, all under the age of 16, are the youngest Blues Band to sign to a major record label.

The Funk Brothers headline Saturday, September 6th. Motown’s finest possess more #1 hits than the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys combined. A musical performance from a gent that gets down to the roots of Rhythm and Blues, a revered Blues icon, Charlie Musselwhite and two-time Juno award winners, Toronto’s own, Fathead.

On Sunday, the Mainstage presents a variety of Rhythm and Blues afternoon starting at noon, with Mississauga’s Local Zydeco, Anthony Gomes and featuring award winner Carlos del Junco. Commemorating the life of Canada’s legendary Blues and Jazz guitarist, The Southside Shuffle pays tribute to Jeff Healey and closes with a performance from Canada’s premiere Blues Band, Downchild.

The 10th Anniversary Port Credit Blues and Jazz Festival will include another memorial tribute with the induction of “Dave de Eyre Square”. Dedicated as the gateway to the festival, this new stage will host a lineup of local Blues and Jazz ensembles.

From 3 – 7 p.m., Saturday afternoon, over 30 bands and thousands of music lovers flood Lakeshore Road for the heartbeat of the Southside Shuffle, the Fram Slokker Street Shuffle.

Presented by Tim Hortons Mississauga, The 10th Anniversary Southside Shuffle, Port Credit’s Blues and Jazz Festival, September 5th -6th- 7th, 3008. Memorial Park, Lakeshore Road, Mississauga.
www.southside shuffle. com


Blind Pig recording artist Nappy Brown, one of the first R&B stars in the mid-50s and one of the last classic blues shouters, has been  hospitalized in Newton, New Jersey following a performance at the Crawfish Festival in Augusta, NJ this past Sunday, June 1st.

The 79 year old performer, renowned for his crowd-pleasing stage antics, was just beginning his set when he experienced a sudden weakness and was unable to continue. After being examined by medics at the scene, he was transported to the hospital. Initial indications  were that Brown was suffering from extreme dehydration, but medical tests are continuing to determine the full extent of Brown's health issues.

The singer, who recently stole the show with his performance at the Blues Music Awards ceremony in Tunica, Mississippi, was forced to cancel a West Coast trip scheduled for next week that included shows in San Francisco and the Live Oak Music Festival in Santa Barbara.

The rhythm and blues pioneer has been enjoying a heady career resurgence since the release of his universally acclaimed CD, Long Time Coming, last September, culminating in two recent Blues Music Award nominations.

It is hoped that after being discharged from the hospital and having a chance to rest and recuperate at his home in North Carolina, Brown will be able to resume his touring schedule, beginning with the Cisco Systems Blues Fest in Ottawa, Canada on July 11th.

Well-wishers can send Nappy their words of support and encouragement in care of Blind Pig Records (via email to info@blindpigrecords.com or by post to P.O. Box 2344, San Francisco, CA 94126).


On July 29, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will release RICHMOND BLUES by guitarist-singer John Cephas and his harmonica-player partner Phil Wiggins as part of the African American Legacy Recordings Series. RICHMOND BLUES traces the traditional Piedmont blues through its origins in the southeast Appalachians, from Richmond, Virginia, to Atlanta, Georgia, and showcases its thriving modern embodiment in the hands of Wiggins and Cephas, the most respected and well-known Piedmont blues musicians today.

M.C. Records announced that it has signed "The Georgia Songbird" EG Kight to a deal. Her new CD IT'S HOT IN HERE (MC-0062) will be released on August 19th. To stream tracks from the upcoming CD go to

Cineplex Entertainment
has annouced the one-night only showing of ZZ Top's - Live From Texas concert in High Definition and 5.1 Digital Surround Sound on Thursday June 19th exclusively at select Cineplex Entertainment theatres across Canada.

ZZ Top - Live From Texas was shot at NOKIA Theatre Grand Prairie in front of a packed house of over 6, 000 fans, with 9 cameras in HD. The acclaimed and hugely successful ZZ Top bring their distinctive Southern blues-influenced rock back to their home state of Texas in this electrifying live concert. With a tracklist spanning their entire career from the early seventies to date, including Got Me Under Pressure, Waitin For The Bus, La Grange, Gimme All Your Lovin, Legs, Pin Cushion, Tush and many more!

ZZ Top - Live From Texas will be released simultaneously on DVD and Blu-Ray on June 24 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Blind Pig Records has announced a June 24, 2008 release date for a new studio CD from vocalist Robin Rogers, and audiophile 180-gram LP releases from Johnny Shines and Snooky Pryor, Charlie Musselwhite, and Jimmy Thackery.

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Lockside Trading Company’s 5th Annual Blues Festival (Young's Point, Ontario, Canada) will take place on Saturday, June 14 with all proceeds benefitting the Lakefield Primary Healthcare Centre campaign.

Held on the grounds of Lockside Trading Company in Young’s Point, the all-day music festival runs from 11:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Saturday’s audience will be treated to a free afternoon of blues featuring great Canadian performers including Richie and the Poorboys, SAB, the Kevin Carley Band, the Channel Cats and Young’s Point’s own Luke Nicholson and Royal Wood.

Held in memory of the store’s late founder, Brian Holmes, this hugely enjoyable annual event marks the continuation of Lockside’s ongoing campaign to support health care initiatives within the community.

The 2006 event capped off a three year, $30,000 campaign to name an Oncology Treatment room after Brian at the new Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

Proceeds from audience donations and the sale of T-shirts, mugs, food, silent auction and raffle tickets will be directed to the campaign to build the Lakefield Primary Healthcare Centre.

Last year’s event raised $7,500 towards their $20,000 commitment to name a patient treatment room after Holmes at the soon-to-be constructed centre.

“The support of our friends, community and families has really been incredible,” said Sue Mattucci, owner of Lockside Trading Company.

“Brian was such a huge fan of music and such a people person, he would love this. It’s really wonderful to see so many people come out to honour both his memory and his passion for the blues.”

The 29th annual Long Beach Blues Festival (Long Beach, California), set to take place Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, 2008 at a brand new venue location. The Festival will relocate from its long-time home site at the Cal State University Long Beach (CSULB) athletic field to a breezy new ocean-front location, the Rainbow Lagoon at Linden Ave. and Shoreline Dr., downtown and adjacent to the Long Beach Marina.

In its nearly three decades of existence, the Long Beach Blues Festival has become one of the nation’s pre-eminent blues celebrations. As a major fundraiser for publicly supported radio station KKJZ-FM, the Festival serves not only as an annual weekend devoted to a classic American music form, but also to help sustain both jazz and the blues on the air all year long.

“We see moving the Blues Festival to downtown Long Beach as another way for Cal State Long Beach to partner with the city in ways that lend more vibrancy and excitement to important community events,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “We believe this move will enable more community members to take advantage of what is one of the most popular events in Long Beach every year, and in the process, businesses in the downtown area will benefit as well.

Mick Fleetwood is celebrating his blues heritage with his new group The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band and is the final name to be added to the program for the 21st. International Notodden Blues Festival (Norway).

Together with the festival, Mick Fleetwood will present his new band for the first time in Europe. 
Mick Fleetwood Blues Band featuring Rick Vito is replacing Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings as a festival headliner.

The Bayfront Blues Festival (Duluth, Minnesota) will likely return to Duluth this summer, and Bayfront Park could be its home for several years to come. Duluth Mayor Don Ness and festival organizer Chris Mackey say they're working on a deal to keep the festival at Bayfront Park.

Last year, bluesfest relocated to a site in Midway Township.

A dispute between the city and the festival culminated last year when the city, under then-Mayor Herb Bergson, filed a lawsuit claiming that the festival owed it more than $50,000.

Ness says he hopes both sides can reach a settlement on the issue.

Visit Duluth spokesman Gene Shaw says the blues festival is the second-biggest draw and moneymaker after Grandma's Marathon, attracting about 40,000 visitors and $8 million in tourist revenue each year.


The Sacramento Blues Society (Sacramento, California) in partnership with Creative Cats is hosting and presenting the 2008 Northern California Blues Festival (June 21 & 22) to benefit and support the "Through The Mind" program. A non-profit program providing free alternative mental health services to our war veterans.

The festival is featuring Northern California blues artists: Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, "Mighty" Mike Schermer, Mick Martin & The Blues Rockers, The Delta Wires, Leo Boots & Southside Shuffle, Strictly For Kicks, The Steve Foster Band, Equinox Blues Review and The Jeff Watson Band.

2008 Festival T-shirt sales will benefit the Sacramento Blues Society's "Blues In The Schools" program.


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Ottawa Citizen and ace guitar player J.W. Jones was not yet twenty when he won his first blues competition in 1999. His debut album followed shortly afterwards, and he has been stacking up awards and fans ever since. Meet J.W. Jones, one of Canada's finest blues players. His new CD is called BLUELISTED. "J-DUB" is Elwood's guest, next time on The House of Blues Radio Hour.

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Famous Daves BBQ Blues Festival
Friday-Saturday June 6-7, 2008
St.Paul, Minnesota, U.S.


B.B. King Annual Homecoming Festival
Friday, June 6, 2008
Indianola, Mississippi, U.S.

Shannon St. Blues & Heritage Festival

Friday - Saturday, June 6 - 7, 2008
Jackson, Tennessee, U.S.

Delta Jubilee
Friday - Saturday, June 6 - 7, 2008
Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
Gladstone Summertime BluesFest
Friday - Saturday, June 6 - 7, 2008
Gladstone, Missouri, U.S.
Benton Rock N Blues Blowout
Friday - Saturday, June 6 - 7, 2008
Benton, Illinois, U.S.
Alley Fest

Friday - Sunday, June 6 - 8, 2008
Longview, Texas, U.S.

Waterfront Blues

(formerly The Distillery Blues Festival)
Friday - Sunday, June 6 - 8, 2008
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Riverbend Festival

Friday - Saturday, June 6 - 14
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.

Coloma Blues Live!

Saturday, June 7, 2008
Lotus (near Coloma), California, U.S.

Berlin Blues Festival

Saturday, June 7, 2008
East Berlin, Connecticut, U.S.

R&B by the Brook

Saturday, June 7, 2008
Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.

11th Annual Mountain of Blues Festival

Saturday, June 7 2008
Ruidoso, New Mexico, U.S.

19th Annual Billtown Blues Festival

Sunday, June 8, 2008
Hughesville, Pennsylvania, 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


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