|August 8, 2008
Volume 3 Issue 30
CHRIS JAMES AND PATRICK RYNN : : STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT
Blues fans know vocalist and lead guitarist Chris James and Patrick Rynn as the leaders of their own band, The Blue Four, as well as for their stellar work with a dazzling array of blues legends. Now they're stepping out on their own in "Stop And Think About It", their new release on the Earwig Music label.
Over the last 18 years, the duo has honer their on-stage interplay to ESP-like levels. They're proud traditionalists who delight in digging deep into a postwar Chicago vein, yet this debut album also boasts a plethora of satisfying originals. Their rollicking energy level instantly grabs young audiences who may not even be familiar with Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.
Loving revivals of vintage numbers on this disc, such as Elmore James' crashing "Hawaaiian Boogie" and Bo Diddley's "Confessin' The Blues" mesh seamlessly with their invigorating fresh material such as "You're Gone" and "Mister Coffee."
Special guests on this album include Sam Lay, David Maxwell, Bob Corritore and several more!
BIG DADDY 'O' : : WHAT YOU GOTTA GO THROUGH
Big Daddy 'O' is one of those rare blues finds. For more than thirty years he has been playing in roadhouses and bars in the delta area near the Louisiana/Mississippi border. Rabadash Records "discovered" Big Daddy 'O' playing at small bar in Amite, Louisiana. His approach to performing songs makes each song sound like his own, and everyone who has the pleasure of hearing him loves his big beautiful voice and good-natured presentation. At 6'6", he has a strong presence on stage that no one forgets. He performs as a solo act as well as with his band, "The Big Daddy 'O' Revue."
Since signing with Rabadash Records, Big Daddy 'O' is becoming all the buzz --being recognized as "Best Emerging Blues Artist (2002)" by Offbeat Magazine, and being asked to play the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival every year since.. In addition, his debut CD, "That's How Strong My Love Is", was named one of the best CD's of the year by the Times Picayune, The Gambit and Offbeat Magazine. He has recently sold out shows in Florida, Arkansas and Louisiana and played at the House Of Blues, The Maple Leaf, Tipitina's and the Howlin Wolf in New Orleans. Big Daddy 'O' has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with Lonnie Mac, Johnny Winters, Black Oak Arkansas, Dr. Hook, Mark Chestnut and Marcia Ball. Born to the blues, Owen "Big Daddy 'O'" Tufts never fails to please!
LLUIS COLOMA : : BOOGIE PORTRAITS
Born in Barcelona (1973), Lluís Coloma is one of the most demanded pianists in the spanish Blues scene.
Influenced from early age by records of Jerry Lee Lewis, Roosevelt Sykes and Alan Price, Lluís little by little moves away from the classical piano studies to dedicate himself, in a self-taught way, exclusively to Rock & Roll. He shows very soon a surprising ability for Blues and Boogie Woogie.
Considered a specialist and awarded with the prizes “Best catalan musician 2003” and “Artista BluesCat 2006”, Lluís has given conferences and master classes on the history of Blues and Boogie Woogie piano, being one of the few pianists in Spain able to recreate the primitive styles of this genre. Lluís is often invited at European Blues & Boogie Woogie piano festivals where he stands out for his originality and powerful performances.
In his new CD," Boogie Portraits"(Swing Alley 2008), Lluis records duets with Blues & Boogie Woogie piano greats
A piano duets Cd with European and American Blues & Boogie Woogie piano players.
Lluís plays duets with Carl Sonny Leyland Bob Seeley, Mark "Mr B" Braun, Barrelhouse Chuck, Frank Muschalle and others.
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DISC MAKERS ACQUIRES CD BABY|
Disc Makers Acquires Leading Online Independent CD And Download Seller CD Baby
CD Baby enables independent musicians to sell their music in both physical (CD) and digital (download) format through its online store cdbaby.com. The Portland, Oregon-based company is the largest seller of independent music in the country, working with over 240,000 artists worldwide, and its online music store receives over 100,000 visitors each day. With over 2 million digitized tracks under management, CD Baby is also the largest provider of independent music for Apple, iTunes and other digital download sellers like Amazon, MP3, Napster, and Rhapsody
"I'm excited to bring together the two strongest brand names in the independent community," said Tony van Veen, President of Disc Makers. "CD Baby has paid musicians more than $81 million over the past 10 years for CD and download sales. It is one of the greatest tools created to allow musicians to make money from their music. Now artists can get manufacturing, CD sales, download sales, and web hosting – through CD Baby's HostBaby division – seamlessly and more easily than ever."
CD Baby will continue to operate as a separate company, focused on online CD sales, distribution, and download sales. CD Baby founder Derek Sivers commented: "It's amazing that this little hobby I started 10 years ago has benefited so many musicians. Disc Makers was my first choice to take the company to new heights. Their operational expertise is just what little CD Baby needed to grow up."
Sivers will continue to be involved with CD Baby as a consultant.
WIN A PLACE ON THE WORLD’S GREATEST BLUES CONCERT TOUR |
(Photos Courtesy of the U.S. Army)
BLUZAPALOOZA, the world-famous Blues concert tour that goes to Iraq to entertain our troops, is providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for one Blues fan to go on an All Expense-Paid BLUZAPALOOZA Celebrity Blues Tour to Iraq and experience the Blues as few ever have.
The winner will fly with some of your favorite Blues artists nonstop from Washington's Dulles International Airport on United Airlines to Kuwait City. You will spend 2 days in this historic city, stay at a world-class hotel with the entire BLUZAPALOOZA team and on your second day you will be taken by our U.S. military hosts to one of our bases in Kuwait for our first concert.
During the concert you will have an All-Access Back Stage Pass and a front row seat to be an official BLUZAPALOOZA embedded journalist or photographer with full media access on our tour.
After the concert you will join all of the performers in meeting the troops, signing autographs and taking photos with them and then you and our Blues artists will be issued camouflage Kevlar vests and helmets and flown by an Air Force C-130 transport plane directly into The Green Zone in Iraq where you will be housed in one of Saddam Hussein's palaces deep inside one of our military bases.
You and all of our Blues performers will spend the following week touring various U.S. military installations in Iraq, meeting and greeting our troops, learning about what they do and seeing things that most Americans never see.
And, then in the evenings you will enjoy your exclusive position as an embedded BLUZAPALOOZA journalist or photographer during our concerts.
To be eligible to win a seat on our tour you must be 21 years of age or older and you must be an American citizen with a valid U.S. passport.
To enter the contest you must submit a contest entrance fee donation check or money order in the amount of $100 (one hundred dollars) made payable to Moonlight Blues.
Your entrance fee donation should be mailed to Moonlight Blues along with a sheet or card with your name, address, phone number, date of birth and email address to:
P.O. Box 37
St. John, VI 00831-0037
Contest entrance fee donations must be received by BLUZAPALOOZA no later then October 24th, 2008. You can enter as many times as you want.
NATIONAL WOMEN IN BLUES FESTIVAL|
It's almost time for the 3rd National Women in Blues Festival in Wilmington North Carolina this September 26th and 27th, 2008. Leveling the playing field for all women this years festival is bringing in another great line up with artist's from coast to coast including headliners like Gaye Abegdebola on Friday and Candye Kane on Saturday. Both ladies are well known to the blues world as powerful performers.
Many in Wilmington are familiar with Gaye from her multiple appearances with Saffire– the Uppity Blues Women. She has toured nationally and internationally, and has won numerous awards including the prestigious Blues Music Award. As of Summer 2008, Adegbalola has 12 CDs in national distribution, including 3 on her own label, Hot Toddy Music. This years festival is in for a double treat as Gaye will be bringing her History of Women in Blues from the 1920s to today. She shares video and/or audio clips from Bessie Smith to Billie Holiday, from Rosetta Tharpe to Big Mama Thornton, from Etta Baker to Etta James and many others. She illuminates how the history of working class black women is documented in blues lyrics and after the screening and short intermission she will return to the stage with her musicians to do a live show.
Candye Kane is no stranger to the blues world and brings a dynamic to the stage seldom seen in this region. Candye Kane may still be a well-kept mainstream secret but in most underground circles, her diva status is legendary. She has been making music professionally for over two decades and toured worldwide since 1992, performing for amazingly diverse audiences. She played at the French Embassy in Rome for the President of Italy, headlined the Rhythm Riot, a rockabilly and R&B festival in the UK, and belted it out alongside Ray Charles at the Cognac Blues Festival. She slayed em' at the Cannes Film Festival, kept them enthralled at New York Gay Pride and most recently, helped organize a thirteen city tour of the Netherlands for special needs kids.
Also on this years festival line up we see the return of NY solo blues woman Sarah Lemiuex who’s smoky, silky voice, and unique brand of "storytelling" blues and jazz are getting people hooked all over the world, from Quebecois radio shows to Australian podcasts and everywhere in between. Also returning is Greensboro blues artist Patty Benson who Alan Shuttro of Blues Wax said "Patty Benson doesn't just sing the blues-she whispers, cries and even belts out the blues. Her vocals ring with confidence and emotion. She's sultry and bold as she spills out her lyrics on each and every song." New to this years stage is Peggy Ratusz and Big Road who recently played the semi-finals of the 2008 International Blues Challenge representing NC's own Piedmont Blues Preservation Society's after winning their last Blues Challenge. As she does each year, our festival will open with the Regions Grandmother of Blues, Mrs Rose Lucas backed by her husband Charlie Lucas. Both are well known to area music lovers and the blues community This year will also include a blues jam on Saturday afternoon that will be hosted by Michele and the Midnight Blues who represented the Cape Fear Blues Society in the 2006 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.. Expect a few surprise at the jam and some special guest performers too! Check the web site often for up dates and additions!
This years festival takes place in two locations showcasing the areas diversity. Friday night will take place at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater and Saturday night will be at one of the areas newest clubs The Cellar next to the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington, The Saturday afternnon jam will also take place at the Cellar. Tickets on sale through the web site but the Saturday Jam in the afternoon is FREE and open to the public. Regular tickets are $20 per night ($25 at the gate/door) or $40 for a weekend pass. Those who want in on the reserved seating at both venues can become individual sponsors for $100 for the weekend (this includes 2 weekend passes with reserved seating both nights and a perk bag of goodies) Both locations serve food and drink and we will have some additional vendors on site.
Join us for another addition of the National Women in Blues Festival and support great women artists and the one true musical genre that was born in the USA of the African American experience. Having moved a little earlier in the Fall season we expect great weather, so be prepared to feel the warm breeze on your skin and Magnolia in the air at WiB 3.
LIVE IN THE NASHVILLE AREA? GIBSON U.S.A. IS HIRING!|
Because of the overwhelming success and demand for Gibson USA manufactured instruments, Gibson USA in Nashville, Tennessee must immediately increase the general labor and manufacturing employee base by approximately 200 people.
If interested, apply for a position at one of several Gibson USA Job Fairs this August. The Fairs will take place at the Gibson USA Plant located at 641 Massman Drive off Elm Hill Pike.
The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, August 7: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. CDT
Tuesday, August 12: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. CDT
Wednesday, August 20: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. CDT
Saturday, August 23: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. CDT
Thursday, August 28: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. CDT
Applicants should be prepared to complete the full application process including on-site interviews. Candidates with production experience, knowledge of basic tools, woodworking, and a passion for the brand a plus. All applicants should be prepared to spend an adequate amount of time at Gibson USA completing the process for review.
“We are excited at the growth of Gibson USA and the opportunity this brings to many experienced Nashville-based candidates who will have the opportunity to join our company,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. “We continue to innovate and expand and with that comes the need to hire enthusiastic team members who can share in our success. We hope to hire up to 200 people during the Gibson job fairs in August.”
MISSISSIPPI BLUES TRAIL LICENSE PLATE|
MISSISSIPPI RESIDENTS |
The Mississippi Blues Commission has designed a Mississippi Blues Trail license plate. They need commitments before they can proceed with the license plate process. Please contact Leigh Portwood if you would be interested in the Mississippi Blues Trail license plate for your automobile.
Heritage Trails Program
Mississippi Development Authority
Post Office Box 849
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
B.B. KING'S "LUCILLE" UP FOR AUCTION |
One of B.B. King's GIBSON LUCILLE CHERRY AUTOGRAPHED GUITARS is being auctioned on ebay for Stand Up for a Cure, which is a 501c3 New York non-profit organization dedicated to medical and social causes relevant to the betterment of our |
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FROM MISSISSIPPI TO RUSSELL CITY|
(Pictured: Terry"Big T"Williams,Zollie Polk,Fillmore Slim)
Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival - July 12 & 13 2008.Hayward, CA-
This was a historical event that brought together young and elder musicians from the Delta to the High Country of the State of Mississippi and also showcased many talented Bay Area musicians.The line-up this year included Johnny Rawls, Zac Harmon, Homemade Jamz, Terry “Big T” Williams, Vasti Jackson, Johnny Brown, John Primer, Billy “Big Daddy” Cade, Howl n Madd Perry, Wingnut Adams, Zollie Polk, and many more ( for complete line-up and for current and historical information on the East Bay blues scene, visit www.bayareabluessociety.net). Most of the Mississippi musicians came without their bands, but you would have never known. They were backed by an ever-changing array of Oakland and East Bay musicians variously known throughout the weekend as the Caravan of All Stars and the Hayward-Russell City Memorial Band. These were incredible blends of musical traditions and talents, and every act came across as a tight band. Some of the back-up musicians played for over three hours straight -- and seemed to enjoy every minute.
What a “Blues Deal”! Two days full of great music that starts at 11:00AM and goes to 8:30PM. Once the festival stops on Saturday the music moves to the Bistro in Downtown Hayward for an “All Star” Jam. My husband, Tom, and I truly enjoyed Teddy “Blues Master” Watson at the Jam. He definitely knows how to work the crowd and he’s quite the entertainer. The Hampton Inn in Hayward was the Hotel Festival Sponsor and offered great rates that included free festivals tickets with the rooms. Mark your calendar for next year since this festival is a must for blues lovers.
Thanks to Paula and Ronnie Stewart for bringing this festival together and bringing us talent we rarely see on the West Coast. Paula is the “machine behind the scene” and takes care of all the details. Ronnie is not only a musical talent, but he’s also a mover, shaker and a motivator. When it comes to thanks we can’t forget the City of Hayward, which joins the Bay Area Blues Society in hosting the event, and all the many sponsors who make the show possible each year.
BLIND PIG SIGNS COMMANDER CODY|
Roots music label Blind Pig Records and country-roots icon Commander Cody both originated in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Now the two are teaming up to release Cody’s first studio album since 1993, tentatively entitled Drunks Dopers and Everyday Losers.
George Frayne, aka the Ol’ Commander, said, "Looking to getting back in the studio after almost 15 years, Commander Cody has beamed down from the ozone just to partner up with old friends from Blind Pig."
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen was formed in Ann Arbor in 1967 (where they played on the tiny basement stage of the Blind Pig Café, among other places) and moved the following year (along with Asleep At The Wheel) to Berkeley, where they immediately immersed themselves in the vibrant Bay Area rock scene. They were one of the first country rock bands to incorporate Western Swing and hardcore barroom country into their music. The group was signed to Paramount in 1971 and released four albums for the label, producing several hit singles along the way, including "Lost In The Ozone" and "Hot Rod Lincoln." They went on to record albums for Warner Brothers and Arista before disbanding in 1976. Frayne continued to perform simply under his stage name or as the Commander Cody Band.
Blind Pig Records, which grew out of the aforementioned Blind Pig Café, released Cody’s Lets’ Rock! album in 1986, which the New York Times called "one of the strongest rockabilly-based albums in some time." Cody continues to tour frequently. Reviewing a 2007 show, Blueswax called it "another smoking Rockabilly, Country, Boogie-Woogie set from Commander Cody, with a great band, a fistful of cleverly evil songs, and a whole lot of boogie soul."
Recording sessions for the new album are scheduled to begin in late August at the LRS Recording Studio near Woodstock, NY. The producer, Aaron (Professor Louie) Hurwitz, plans to utilize the members of the Commander’s current road band, which have been with him for almost twelve years, along with veteran studio musicians from the Woodstock area.
DELTA GROOVE SIGNS CEDRIC BURNSIDE
& LIGHTNIN' MALCOLM
This two man wrecking crew were recently snatched up and whisked into a studio in Memphis, TN with acclaimed producer David Z after Delta Groove CEO Randy Chortkoff witnessed the juke joint duo’s raggedly inspired performance outside Ground Zero in Clarksdale, Mississippi during the 3rd Annual Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue. Look for the duo’s debut release on Delta Groove coming this October.
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DETROIT BLUES SOCIETY BENEFIT SHOW|
(Auburn Hills, MI) ... A FREE concert to benefit the) Detroit Blues Society (DBS) will be performed at Callahan’s in Auburn Hills on Thursday, August 14th. The show scheduled for 8PM features two of best blues harp players in the world. Detroit’s own legendary HARMONICA SHAH opens the night while heralded newcomer JASON RICCI headlines the evening. MARK PAZMAN, host of WCSX Motor City Blues Project, will be the MC and host for the evening.
Through donations collected at the door and new member sign ups, DBS hopes to raise funds and increased awareness among metro-Detroiters. DBS is a registered federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the blues tradition. It has as its primary goals to promote a wider appreciation for the blues by the general public and to serve the members of the Society. Founded in 1985, DBS is one of the most active and largest Blues music organizations in the United States. DBS additionally holds monthly meetings, organizes a yearly Blues band challenge and produces an annual Blues music festival.
For more information visit:http://home.flash.net/~dbsblues/.
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WON BOTH THE 2006
AND 2007 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS
FOR BEST CONTEMPORARY FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
. FRESH FROM TOURING IRAQ
THE FIRST EVER BLUES CONCERT TOUR FOR AMERICAN TROOPS
, SHE IS NOW ON THE ROAD FOR THE REST OF US. HER BRAND NEW CD IS CALLED "WHAT LOVE WILL DO".
AS WE SIT DOWN WITH BLUES DIVA JANIVA MAGNESS, NEXT TIME ON THE HOUSE OF BLUES RADIO HOUR.
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