July 25, 2008
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Although they?ve only recently been getting widespread attention, Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson have a history together that goes back almost ten years. They first met when they were members of the popular show band, The Dynatones. They soon found that they had a common love for the blues. While touring together they developed a friendship and camaraderie that is clearly evident when you see them perform together. You can hear their common love for the music in every note that Jackie & Steve sing and play.

The dynamic duo return to the spotlight with yet another soul/blues gem on their latest recording "Overnight Sensation." But don't let the album title fool you; these two have been at it for years honing their skills and perfecting their craft with countless appearances on stages at festivals and clubs around the globe including a three month stint in Thailand, right after the big tsunami of 2004.

On their sophomore effort for Delta Groove, Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson demonstrate once again their mastery of the fine art of timeless Rhythm & Blues delivered with style and flair that recall the classic sounds of Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Bobby "Blue" Bland. ?Overnight Sensation? is a terrific example of this dynamic and wickedly tight band, which also features bassist Bill Singletary and drummer Nick Otis, along with the ?Sweet Meet Horns? consisting of Carl Green on tenor and alto sax and Lech Wierzynski on trumpet, as they take an explosive romp through another sweaty set of Gospel, Soul, Blues and R&B.



In Blues & Roots music there is a tantalizing tension between traditional structures and the continual reinvention that comes with each new generation of players. There are so many styles and histories from which to draw - and each player brings their own particular influences and sensibilities to their performance. In that spirit, Live From Bluesville offers the listener an experience of respect for tradition and daring originality. Seasoned players and multi-award winning artists in their own right, Fiona Boyes, Tom 'Mookie' Brill, and Rich DelGrosso, following a session on Beale St. Memphis, during the 2007 Blues Music Awards, decided to further explore the spaces where their respective musical influences and passions meet. This album is the result.

Fiona, Mookie, and Rich, at the urging of producer Steve Clarke and Bill Wax, Program Director for XM Satellite Radio Bluesville , Washington, DC, ventured into the XM studios in August, 07. Armed only with mutual musical respect and a growing friendship, completely lacking in formal rehearsal or actual combined performance history, they?d made rough plans about what they would play on the drive across the Appalachian Mountains from West VA to DC. Four hours later they emerged with this album. It is a traditional recording, in that there are no dubs, multiple sessions or takes. It is a true live recording, not formally rehearsed, and with a song list determined by their inspirations at the time.

Musical journeys are also personal histories. Fiona's seminal encounter with the Blues came through listening to pre-war recordings of Hill-country and Delta artists, back in her native Australia, and it led to her now being acknowledged by Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin as one of the great blueswomen of her generation. Likewise with Mookie. He reflects - "One day when I was about 10 or 11 I heard Lightning Hopkins on the radio. This ushered my downward spiral into the musicianers life! I went out and bought The Blues Giant Lightning Hopkins for $1.99. I still have it!" From listening to his heroes, Mookie has gone on to perform and record with greats like Pinetop and Hubert, John Brim, Louisiana Red, Bob Margolin, and Willie Smith.

Rich counts himself blessed to have learned and played with mandolin heroes Yank Rachell, Howard Armstrong, and Johnny Young, spanning Blues as well as string band traditions. He is described by Howling Wolf's biographer as "the greatest living blues mandolin man and the best since Yank Rachell."

So, here you have it ? a unique take on traditional acoustic blues, where Boyes, Brill, and DelGrosso seek to honor the legacies of Howlin' Wolf, Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup, JB Lenoir, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Yank Rachell, while adding their own contributions to this living tradition we call THE BLUES.


In his first Rockin' Camel Music release, "No Easy Way Out", Danny Brooks takes the listener on a musical ride through the pages of his own life. From a father who told him music was evil down a path of self-destruction, the emotion in Danny's songs tells the story of a man who has been to the bottom and found his way back up. And Danny Brooks has a story to tell! His soon to be released book "Miracles for Breakfast" is a no holds barred look at a lifetime of hard knocks and bad choices with a happy ending. Although Brooks is from Canada, he's got Delta blood flowing through his veins and, with a voice dripping with passion and Southern soul, Danny's singing is reminiscent of Eddie Hiinton, Soloman Burke and Howlin' Wolf rolled into one. It doesn't get any better than that. You won't want to miss this one!!


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The Illinois Blues Blast Music Awards are fast approaching and you can help by voting for your favorites. IllinoisBlues.com covers the Blues. They cover and promote the Blues all over the United States and the World, not just in Illinois.  The Blues Blast is a weekly newsletter much like the E-Guide you are reading now. It is packed full of information each week and is another great  resource of blues news and happenings.

.The 2008 Blues Blast Music Awards are off and rolling! Voting began July 14th and continues until August 31st!

Just like the US presidential election, turnout has been heavy so far. We think it might be because this is one of the only International Blues awards that is voted on by YOU the Blues fans and you do not have to buy anything to vote!

All you have to do to be eligible to vote for your favorite nominee is become (or already be) a Blues Blast magazine subscriber. (By voting, you will become a Blues Blast magazine subscriber) Of course this is always free! (Current subscribers should enter the email address where they receive their Blues Blast!)  CLICK HERE  to vote for your favorite nominees.

Not familiar with some of the 2008 nominees?

Be an informed voter! Listen to the music of the nominees BEFORE you vote! Our partner, public Radio station WGLT, has set up a web page where you can play music samples of the 2008 Blues Blast Music Award nominees. CLICK HERE to hear these great Blues artists NOW!  When you get there, click on one of the nominees links to listen.

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What a way to wrap up the summer! Dance under the stars or sit in air conditioned comfort. 3 stages, thirty five bands from 10 states – 50 sets – 65 hours of music in all - the world's largest back yard party!

Bands presented at Rentiesville run the gamut from young guns (4 groups age 13 - 23) who rely on ‘fire’ to get over straight through to the old timers of the genre who roar or finesse their way through… and every stripe in between.

2008 won't be quite the same with D.C. Minner gone, so it will be a tribute to its founder.

Several of the bands will cover some of Minner's originals keeping his blues alive in the best way possible. 'No moments of silence, please!!' - D.C.

“Everything about Dusk Til Dawn is a ‘family’ affair. Started by D.C. and Selby, the extended ‘family’ includes 12 Board Members, over 100 volunteers, and thousands of dedicated fans. Many returning each year since the very beginning (1991).

"Vendors sell t-shirts, jewelry, barbeque, fried fish, candy, ice cream, and even ‘fried pies.’ The Kid’s Village sprouts up around an old school bus. Kids stay busy with Face painting, costumes, ‘dragons’, puppets, clay pottery, and harmonica classes, made lovingly available by a group of exceptional volunteers. These are all hands-on activities, keeping young minds occupied while the hypnotic sounds of blues slowly soak into the young minds that will be the future of the blues. This Kid’s Village is unlike anything we’ve seen before!!!” reported Cheryl of Blues Festival Guide and Tom Yearnshaw after visiting the event. But - the juke joint is adults only!

Rentiesville OK 5 miles N of I-40 off US 69…15 miles S of Muskogee, OK

$15 / night: groups of 20 - $13 each. Vounteers and kids free.www.dcminnerblues.com - dcminner@windstream.net


FRI JOHNNY RAWLS- TONY MATHEWS (nightly) Selby Minner (nightly) Pure Silk- Tommy McCracken (nightly)- Leon Blue (nightly) Miss Dee & Tru Blu -Pat Moss- Roland Bowling- Sunshine- Berry Harris- Jahruba- Battle of the Bands - IBC prelims
THE KID’S VILLAGE (nightly ) : Jahruba -drums Domenica faces & crafts Joann & puppets- Patrick Duffy pottery

SAT GUITAR SHORTY- JAMES PETERSON-ANDREW JR BOY JONES- BACKUP BLUES BAND- LEON BLUE- Wanda Watson- Dues Paid- Miss Blues- Baby Ray Mucker-Tiny Davis- Tommy McCracken- Clarence King- Three Legged Dog- Checotah HS Jazz Band- Blue Fire Foley (14)- Jonathan Fox(14)- Andrew 'To-low 16' Miller(16)-
THE KID’S VILLAGE adds Dave Berntson and Crossroads Learning Experience Sat - Blues you can use with 2 HARMONICA workshops

SUN ANDREW JR BOY JONES- HARPER- JAMES PETERSON- JIMMY the Preacher- ELLIS- Harry and Debbie Blackwell- Odd Sheep Out- Leon Blue- Debbie Henning- Perry Thomas(23)- 2nd Generation
Rev Tony Wise, OKC


The Seattle-based company Experience Hendrix, which controls the rock icon's musical legacy, is providing Hendrix's music and likeness for the latest "Guitar Hero" video game, Aaron Grant, a spokesman for publisher and developer Activision and Red Octane, told The Associated Press on Thursday.

It's the first time Hendrix's likeness will be showcased in the game.

An avatar of Hendrix as well as the song "The Wind Cries Mary" and a live version of "Purple Haze,"1969 at the San Diego Sports Arena, will be included on "Guitar Hero World Tour" — the fourth edition of the popular game franchise scheduled for release Oct. 27. which was recorded in

"World Tour" will be the first "Guitar Hero" to feature playable drums and a microphone.

Experience Hendrix provided Activision and Red Octane with various songs from Hendrix, who famously played the Woodstock music festival in 1969 and died of a drug overdose in 1970. Other Hendrix tunes would be released in the future as downloadable content for the game, Grant said.


On July 31, Guitar Institute of Technology at Musicians Institute in Hollywood is hosting an exclusive afternoon clinic by virtuoso and singer/songwriter Joe Bonamassa. Named "Best Blues Guitarist" by Guitar Player Magazine's Readers in both 2007 and 2008, the 31-year old Utica, New York-raised musician and artist—a longtime committed supporter of music and guitar education-is internationally renowned for his fluid phrasing and post-modern fusion of electric British blues, traditional Delta Blues and rock and roll chops.

Guitar One Magazine once stated that Joe "just might be the best guitarist of his generation." Guitarist Magazine calls him "the New King of the Blues." Gibson.com echoes, "Right now, there's no better blues-rock artist than Bonamassa." Billboard has dubbed him "a bold talent, " while Mike Joyce of the Washington Post made note of the "wicked guitar thrills" he offers.

Bonamassa is currently gearing up for the highly anticipated August release of Live From Nowhere, his fifth recording on his own J&R Adventures label and eighth overall.



This coming Sunday July 27th, 2008 at 12:00 noon Eastern – tune into SIRIUS Blues (channel 74 on your SIRIUS satellite radio receiver) and catch a special edition of The Chess Records Hour featuring some of the great guitarists that made Chess the hot blues label of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. Hosted by Marshall Chess, son of the label's co-founder Leonard, the broadcast will feature songs from acclaimed guitarists and blues artists like Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Elmore James, and Chuck Berry, among others. Chess will also share stories of growing up among these blues music legends.

As mentioned above, The Chess Records Hour: The Chess Guitars will broadcast at noon on Sunday, July 27th, and will be repeated a couple of days later, on Tuesday, July 29th at 5:00 PM Eastern, and again the following week, on Thursday, July 31st at 12:00 midnight Eastern. You'll find SIRIUS Blues on channel 74; check with the SIRIUS Radio website for more information on the satellite broadcaster's blues programming.


You're on stage, in the middle of your first song. The band's tight. The sound's dialed in. The audience is grooving. But you--idiot guitarist--forgot to do the Stevie Ray Vaughan trick of tucking your cable up through your strap, so instead it's running straight down to the floor, next to your feet. Excited, you take a step forward to pose for your friends in the front row and step right on your cord. It comes out with an ear-splitting pop and buzz. The bass player rolls his eyes as you get down on the stage, pick the end of the cable back up, plug it back into your guitar--another loud pop--and finish the solo. Momentum lost. Show ruined. Chances of rock stardom zero.

Belkin's got the solution: BreakFree connectors. They're magnetic! They can't prevent you from stepping on your cord, but when you do there's no pop, no buzz, and you can reattach them very quickly. They're also excellent for guitarists who like to change axes between songs, but lack the roadies or foresight to do the busy work of turning on the bypass each time. Plus, you're less likely to damage your input jack after hundreds of plugs and unplugs--and there are few things worse than an input jack failing on stage.


Note From the Museum Director :

Greetings from Clarksdale! I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and taking time to slow down, relax and visit with loved ones. Even though the July heat here demands a slower pace, there has been plenty of activity here at the museum. The expansion is coming along steadily and should start to gain steam in the fall now that the soil and site surveys have been completed, so stay tuned.
I am pleased to announce a new position, administrative assistant, that has been added to our small but hard-working staff. We had a slew of applicants and I am happy to welcome Shelley Ricker to Clarksdale and the museum. With more than 30 years' experience working with non-profit organizations, Shelley brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to our table.
As museum director, I attend many museum and blues-related conferences and seminars, and I recently attended an outstanding one: The first-ever "Blues and the Spirit" symposium on the legacy of blues and gospel music, which was hosted by Dominican University in Chicago, was a big success and I was able to meet with several scholars from around the country who have expressed interest in working with the museum on future projects. 

We've also been awarded an $18,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission. This grant is a portion of the $1.2 million in grants the Commission will award in 2008-2009 and will be used to support the museum's exhibits, programs and general operations. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Shelley Ritter



Gibson launches the official Gibson Island on Second Life.com. The first major music manufacturer to establish an official island in Second Life, Gibson encourages consumers to participate in this new and exciting virtual world, complete with digital luthiers, instruments, and guest stars. The Gibson Islandofficially launched  at 8 a.m.  on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 .

In tribute to the legendary Gibson Les Paul guitar and to Les Paul himself, the Gibson Island is in the shape of the famous guitar body and rises up from the ocean in Second Life. The “island” features humbucker mountains, full theatres, mini-theatres, and other areas resembling pick ups and other aspects of a Gibson guitar.

As part of the launch, ’70s multi-platinum solo artist and former Fleetwood Mac vocalist/guitarist Bob Welch  performed in an exclusive concert with other Second Life musicians. Bob Welch’s avatar, “Bob Welch Magic,” will also appear on-stage along with celebrity musicians Cypress Rosewood and Von Johin. The concert kicked off a series of concerts which will be produced and performed only on the Gibson Island in Second Life over the period of a few months. 

The Gibson Island features various stages, including mini-theatres hosting classic blues performances by Matt Murphy, Howlin’ Wolf, and more. A variety of movie screens scattered around the island provides exclusive audio content and experiences along with news and information sites.Second Life residents will have the opportunity to experience some of the world’s most popular Gibson guitars for free.

Over two-dozen “high prim” virtual Gibson models will be available throughout the Gibson Island only, allowing Second Life residents to own their dream guitar in this virtual world. The models will include Gibson’s Hound Dog Dobro, Hummingbird, SJ-200, Deluxe Songwriter, J-45, F5G mandolin, ES335 Heritage, 50th Anniversary Commemorative Explorer, Flying V, Les Paul Classic, Slash Inspired By Les Paul, John Lennon Signature Les Paul, Les Paul Robot, Les Paul Supreme, Double Cut Longhorn, SG Diablo, SG Angus Young Signature, SG Standard, and Les Paul Classic models.

 To Get on Gibson’s Second Life Island go to:SecondLife.com

Dallas -- The eleventh annual Texas International Blues Festival will be returning to the Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum on Saturday, August 23. This is the oldest running blues festival in Dallas.

Headlining will be Dallas-based award-winning blues band Cold Blue Steel. Also appearing will be Leo Hull & the Texas Blues Machine, the Silvertones ,Reginald Qualls and the Frog City Blues Band , Stormy Weather , Casey James and the Flames , Hambon'rs , Betty Watts and the Highrollers , 8 Ball and the Breakers , Daddy Rocks and special guest twelve year old Colton Hamilton.

Cold Blue Steel has been nominated nine times as Dallas' Best Blues Band by the Dallas Observer.

Admission is $10 in advance or at the door. Tickets are general admission. A $5 discount at the door is being offered to those who bring two cans of food for the North Texas Food Bank. Showtime is 6 pm. The Sons of Hermann Hall is located at 3414 Elm at Exposition in Dallas.

For more information contact J&B Productions at 214-823-3966 or email jeb@brightok.net. Sons of Hermann Hall can be contacted at 214-747-4422.


Omar Dykes and Jimmie Vaughan have teamed up for a Texas-sized tribute to Chicago Blues legend Jimmy Reed. "JIMMY REED HIGHWAY" features special guests Delbert McClinton,Kim Wilson, Lou Ann Barton and harmonica legend James Cotton, paying their respects to one of the best -loved blues artists in history. Join Elwood Blues and his guests Omar Dykes and Jimmie Vaughan for a trip down the "JIMMY REED HIGHWAY", this week on The House of Blues Radio Hour.

visit www.TheBluesMobile.com
for times and stations in your area

Rock Cut Blues Festival

Friday-Saturday, July 25-26, 2008
Orient, Washington, U.S.

Prairie Dog Blues Festival

Friday-Saturday, July 25-26, 2008
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, U.S.

Big Bend Blues Bash
Friday-Saturday, July 25-26, 2008
Pomeroy, Ohio, U.S.
Hotline: 877-MEI-GSCO
Utah Rock & Blues Fest

Friday-Saturday, July 25-26, 2008
Snowbird, Utah, U.S.

Pocono Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, July 25-27, 2008
Blakeslee, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Cape Fear Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, July 25-27, 2008
Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.

Pittsburgh Blues Festival Weekend

Friday-Sunday, July 25-27, 2008
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Sakonnet Rhythm & Blues Festival

Sunday, July 27, 2008
Little Compton, Rhode Island, U.S.

Lowell Folk Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 25-27, 2008
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
Pittsburgh Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, July 25-27, 2008
Hartwood Acres, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Sonoma County Blues Festival

Saturday, July 26, 2008
Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
707-588-0707 ext 112

Blues Under The Bridge

Saturday, July 26, 2008
Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.

Hickory Smoked Music Festival

Saturday, July 26, 2008
Owego, New York, U.S.

Blues Sea Cruise

Saturday July 26, 2008
Boston Harbor Islands, Massachusetts, 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.

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