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December 19, 2008
Volume 3 Issue 48

Special Announcements
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House of Blues Radio Hour
Blues Festivals
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Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas. 

Also to let you know that the Roots Music Charts are "frozen" until after the holidays.  Too much holiday music right now, not able to generate a fair ranking.

The blues charts will be back in 2009, and so will we!

Mato Nanji's always provided the heartbeat of the band Indigenous - along with the warm dusty voice and the soaring, spirited guitar fireworks that have earned the group from South Dakota's Nakota Nation a place among roots rock's elite. But with the emotionally charged and musically visceral Broken Lands, the band's second album on Vanguard Records, Nanji makes a transformation from sparkplug to visionary."I've wanted to make an album like this for years," Nanji explains, "but to a certain extent my hands were tied. Now I feel like I've achieved so many things I've wanted this band to be. The songs I'm singing are more personal. The sound of the band has broadened, and we were able to explore all the influences that are woven into that sound - blues, soul, R&B, and even country - more than ever. And the guitar playing is more controlled, to really let the songs speak for themselves. On top of all that, I've grown as a singer. After being frustrated for a while, all of this makes me very happy. "What it amounts to," Nanji announces, "is that Indigenous is a brand new band."He means that literally.

 From the group's beginning in his parent's basement through the release of 2006's Vanguard debut Chasing the Sun, Indigenous was a family band. But after that disc was recorded Mato's bassist brother Pte, his drummer sister Wanbdi, and his percussionist cousin Horse left to pursue other musical paths. "Everybody decided to go their own way, leaving me to carry on Indigenous," Nanji says. "Playing with my family for 10 years was a lot of fun, but it was time to grow."So Nanji recruited guitarist Kris Lager, keyboardist Jeremiah Weir, bassist Aaron Wright, and drummer John Fairchild to tour behind Chasing the Sun. They also appear on Broken Lands, joined by drummer Kirk Stallings, percussionist Chico Perez, and Mato's wife Leah Nanji on backing vocals. Producer Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, R.E.M., Willie Nelson, the Eagles) completed the studio team."Jamie shined on bringing out the energy and honest sound we had going on," Nanji says. "He had us set up and play live in the studio as if we were on stage. Some of the songs, like the acoustic-guitar shuffle 'All Night Long,' went down with even the vocals recorded live while the band played. Others, like 'Should I Stay,' are more textured, but benefit from the energy that comes with playing the basic tracks live."Nanji's big-toned guitar on Broken Lands' dozen songs about romance and destiny continues to demand comparison to his idols Stevie Ray Vaughan, Los Lobos, Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana

."Broken Lands makes me feel like I did when Indigenous was just starting out," Nanji says. "We were excited about making music and making records, and maybe getting to tour all over the United States, which we did."Now Indigenous is a new band again and I feel that same excitement," he continues. "But this time - when we start touring in August - I want to take these new songs and this great sounding band all over the world."

EXODUS is the newest CD release by Bluestorm recording artist Roger 'Hurricane' Wilson, which continues in his familiar electric guitar format. With a professional career spanning 35 years, this is a colection of songs that that represent some of Roger's strongest influences in his guitar playing.

Exodus was recorded in Tallahassee, Florida at Synaxis Studios, and was produced and engineered by Michael Traylor of Swamp Monk Music Works and Captain Beefheart's Magic Band.

For more info: CLICK

Click on button to hear "One More White Boy Singin' The Blues"

The 30th Annual Blues Music Awards have been confirmed for May 7 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN. The awards ceremony and concert will be broadcast live by Sirius XM Satellite Radio's B.B. King's Bluesville channel, according to  the Blues Foundation. The event also will be shot in HD for a DVD to be released late next year.

Topping the nominee list this year are The Mannish Boys, who received six nods, including Band of the Year, Traditional Album of the Year and Album of the Year.

Slide guitarist Elvin Bishop, pianist Eden Brent, songstress Janiva Magness, soul man Curtis Salgado and former truck driver Watermelon Slim tied with four nominations each. Buddy Guy was nominated for three awards and B.B. King nominated for two.

Jeff Healey and Sean Costello both received posthumous nominations.

This year, the Blues Foundation, which is comprised of 3,000 individual members and 160 affiliated member-based blues societies, added a Rock Blues category. First-time nominations in the category went to Gary Moore, Healey, Michael Burks, Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Sonny Landreth and Walter Trout.

More information and the complete list of nominees: CLICK

Congratulations to the 30th Blues Music Award nominees.


Voting is now open for foundation members at . Voting will continue until 07:59:59 Monday, March 2. That gives you plenty of time to become a more educated voter by purchasing the nominated CDs and seeing the nominated artists perform live. Wouldn't it be great if a Blues Music Nomination proved a financial blessing for the nominees? And think of the fun you will have doing your homework!! Remember, you can vote now and come back at any time to revise your ballot. Vote early just in case the lines are long on election day!

Tickets are for sale now too at When you order and your level of membership are two of the factors that determine how close you sit and with whom you sit.

To book a room at the host Memphis Marriott Downtown, click here.



Stax Records Legend Al Bell Launches Website
LITTLE ROCK, AR and CHARLESTON, SC - Former Stax Records owner and Motown president Al Bell, a legend in the evolution of American music, has announced the launch of a new company, Al Bell Presents, LLC. The centerpiece of this new venture is a full-service website and the first of several Internet music channels, Al Bell Presents American Soul Music, both of which were built by Charleston, SC-based American Media Services-Interactive.

Mr. Bell notes that both the website and online radio station were launched as works in progress so that the consumer, the recorded music industry, entertainment industry, and businesses in general would know what he is doing. Bell insists that, during these changing times, he wishes to create an entity that can be "of service" to many.

The Al Bell Presents website is designed to function as an interactive Internet portal that offers users a variety of elements designed to "entertain, engage, excite, inform and educate." Within these parameters it serves as a fully integrated online experience that will be scalable and constantly updated in order to provide its audience the most up-to-date content possible.

Similarly, Al Bell Presents American Soul Music features musical selections hand-picked and programmed by Mr. Bell, including over two thousand classic tracks from Stax, Motown, Philadelphia International, and other record labels' catalogs. Mr. Bell has committed his expert ear and sense of radio formatics to develop this channel into the quintessential online listening experience for all fans of Soul, R&B, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Neo-Hip-Hop, Neo-Rap, and Neo-Soul. In addition to the music, the channel will feature Al Bell's personal observations about the artists, the emotions, the history, and the heritage.

Both the online channel and the website can be experienced at www.AlBellPresents.Com

"It is my desire to provide a music experience that has not been enjoyed before," commented Al Bell, chairman and chief executive officer of Al Bell Presents. "It is my desire through this diverse mixture of music to provide a connection to the past and a life line into the future. I ask all who will listen to help me. Please give me your comments and recommend the music we should be playing. Make this your our radio station. Email me at"

"Mr. Bell came to our offices in Charleston to sit down with me and learn what our capabilities were," recalls Edward F. Seeger, chairman of American Media Services. "I showed him what we had done thus far with TheRadio.Com and our 'Stax Trax' channel, which featured the artists he worked with and the label he ran in Memphis. He then shared with me his vision of the future for music, programming, and sales, and it was a perfect fit with mine, so we came to the conclusion to make it work together. AMSI is proud to work with Mr. Al Bell, an icon of the music industry, and to take this concept into the digital realm. The site is outstanding with its streaming 24 hour music format and the plans for more and more features will make this a must-visit site for anyone who appreciates Soul music. There is a profound change coming no, it's already here and quickly growing from analog to digital. The venture between American Media Services-Interactive and Mr. Al Bell will be a front-runner in this new music era."





Music retailers singing the blues as sales decline
NEW YORK (Billboard) - 'Blue Christmas' may turn out to be the music business's theme song for this holiday season.

U.S. album sales were down 21.7 percent during the first week of December compared with the same period last year, accelerating from the 17.4 percent decline recorded during the last two weeks of November, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

For the three-week period ended December 7, sales were down 18.9 percent from a year earlier, compared with the 13.8 percent decline for the year-to-date period.

The continued slide in CD sales remains the industry's biggest challenge, even though hit albums are selling better this year than last. Sales of the top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 for the three weeks ended December 7 totaled 5.8 million units, up 2.9 percent from 5.7 million during the same period of 2007. But overall CD sales are down 24.7 percent during that period to 28.2 million units, a faster pace of decline than the 19.3 percent drop recorded year to date.

In general, smaller chains and independent retailers are performing better than large chains and mass merchants. For the first three weeks of the holiday selling season, indie stores have seen album sales decline 8.6 percent, while chains suffered a 19 percent drop and mass merchants saw sales plunge 29.2 percent.

Nontraditional retail, which includes digital downloads, online CD sellers, concert venues and stores like Starbucks, saw album sales rise 8.7 percent from a year earlier, but that gain fell short of the 15.3 percent increase those channels have collectively tallied year to date.


Retailers are responding to the deteriorating business conditions with cost reductions and plans to reduce CD floor space in the new year.

"DVD, Blu-ray are doing great, the CD, no," said an executive at a large wholesaler. "I expect next year that we will be cutting back on our CD buying ... we will be buying less of each title."

Dilyn Radakovitz, co-owner of the six-unit, Sacramento, California-based Dimple Records, said she expects that in the new year her chain will no longer carry deep catalog -- work extending back beyond current releases to cover recording artists' entire careers as well as work by lesser-known acts.

"It's not happening for CDs anymore, and I told my husband we are going to have to remodel the stores again in January to take that into account," she said. "Instead of carry 'A' titles, 'B' titles, 'C' titles and 'D' titles, we may only be an 'A' and 'B' titles store."

In their place, Dimples is bringing in books and more trend merchandise. Right now, magic cards and yo-yos are doing well, Radakovitz said.

"I am also selling a lot of ice cream," she said. "I can make a 50 percent margin on ice cream, while on CDs I can lose two bucks."


For more: CLICK



How is Cotton Club restoration going?
Renovation is well under way at the historic music hall that hosted such jazz and blues icons as B.B. King and James Brown during the pre-integration days of Gainesville. But funds have fallen short of completing the roof and windows of the building.

"We're dollar-driven. When we get another dollar, we'll drive another nail," said Vivian Filer, who has spearheaded the effort to preserve the Cotton Club. "At this point we're trying to complete phase one with windows, doors and completing the roof. We're $30,000 out from doing that."

Filer said they hope to seal off the historic building before winter weather further harms the structure.

So far the Cotton Club restoration project has been funded by $350,000 from a state of Florida historic preservation grant and various private donations. The building has been stabilized. The old white-washed exterior boards, which contained faded signage from when the club was known as the Blue Note, have been removed.

Filer said a majority of those boards will be replaced in an effort to maintain historic integrity and also keep the construction environmentally friendly.

"To accomplish what they have accomplished, thus far, is incredible," said Anthony Lyons, director of the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency. "To take a piece of property that has been vacant and falling down for a number of years and redevelop it is absolutely amazing."

However, Filer and her board have much more envisioned for the almost two-acre site at 837 SE 7th Ave. than simply a museum in the historic building.

Rather, the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center will integrate three shot-gun houses and a historic grocery store into a gathering place and focal point for the community.

Filer said she hopes the grocery store - constructed in the 1950s using materials from an even older store - will become the location of a farmers market.

She said the beautiful lot with old oak trees draped with Spanish moss would be a great location for a café that serves coffee and pastries.

Lyons said the CRA has about $175,000 set aside for these secondary projects that will draw people to the location.

"The people who lived in these houses were the African-Americans who worked on the railroad and these are the closest remaining examples," Filer said.


For more: CLICK



Hundreds of needy people who might have nothing to eat on Christmas are now set for a holiday feast, it's all thanks to a special delivery from Chicago blues legend, Buddy Guy.

There were no blues at the Southeast Emergency Food Pantry Wednesday, when Buddy Guy took on the role of Santa. The blues great was passing out bags of cheer, containing ham, chicken, produce and all the fixings for a big holiday meal.

"I once went three days without food. When I got here and Muddy Waters came and fed me. To have an empty stomach, that's a miserable feeling," Guy said.

Guy remembers his own humble beginnings and that's why he's coming to the aide of others in this trying economy.

The Southeast Emergency Food Pantry has been serving people for 30 years, but this is the first year the pantry had to close for a few days. While the overall number of donations has gone down, the number of people in need has gone up.

"Oh, our numbers have tripled. Last month we had a total of 190 families, which turned out to be 559 individuals," Gladys Howell the pantry site director said.

That's a lot of mouths to feed with little food. Guy came to the rescue with a $1,000 donation, which was enough to provide Christmas dinners for about 100 families that would have otherwise gone without.

"It means a lot to me. It helps me and my family," Samuel Fryson said.

"I'm feeling wonderful. I'm feeling blessed. I'm feeling happy," Betty Robinson said.

If you would like to make a donation to the pantry, you can drop off food, or send a check to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Be sure to indicate if you want the money set aside specifically for the Southeast Emergency Food Pantry.


To see the story: CLICK


Dear Blues & soul Fans,

The Blues & Soul music community, artists, managers, agents, promoters, clubs, radio DJs and fans of great Blues, Soul and Southern Soul music are to be a part of the selection for our upcoming Jus Blues Music Award Ballot. It is encouraged that you summit information on artists and candidates that should be considered for the ballot of the upcoming 2009 Jus` Blues Music Awards held on Beale Street during August 5th thru August 9th in Memphis, Tennessee.



Jus` Blues Music Foundation, Inc.

Post Office Box 44771

Atlanta, Georgia 30336

(678) 403-1993



Subcontinental Homesick Blues
From a balcony in Sri Lanka, surrounded by AK-47-toting soldiers, Anthony Bourdain reveals why music can make a travel moment:

I‘ve found, after years of traveling, that I choose the music on my iPod, the selection of the moment, for one of two reasons: to make myself happier, or to make myself feel bad.

Right now? The Indian Ocean is crashing up against the seawall below my balcony. Somewhere, they're toasting spices: cardamom, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg and clove I think. Two young men in jungle cammos chat amiably above the narrow strip of beach that flanks the hotel, their AK-47s slung low at their sides. A few hundred yards to my left, at the top of what looks like an abandoned building, three more soldiers man a heavier, belt-fed weapon suitable for shooting down airplanes. Every once in a while, a baby-faced soldier pokes his head around the corner from next door and smiles at me.

I'm listening to Depeche Mode's "World In My Eyes" and sipping gin and tonic from a tall glass and feeling kind of sad about things to be perfectly honest. The roadblocks, checkpoints, and omnipresent security in Colombo-an otherwise perfectly lovely, friendly city-have been bringing me down.

MORE ON TRAVEL SONGS: World Hum's Top 40 Travel Songs | Interactive Map

I'm not really a Depeche Mode fan. I certainly didn't listen to them in the ‘80s when they were at the height of their popularity. In fact, I believed at the time that they and their synthesizer-driven ilk had pretty much destroyed music as I knew and loved it. But more and more these days on the road, I find The Dead Boys and Richard Hell to be inappropriate to how I'm feeling and what's going on outside my window. I'm listening to stuff I would never listen to at home like Tears For Fears, Talk Talk and the Cure. Like poking an old wound, I keep coming back to them because they remind me of sad or troubled or long-gone days, or because in their own cheesily atmospheric way, they're about sad, even more atmospheric situations. The way I want and need to feel when far from home.

If we are all heroes of the movies constantly unspooling inside our heads, then mine is apparently the protagonist from Graham Greeneland: a world-weary fellow, resigned to his tragic (but invariably aesthetic) fate in some beautiful place on the other side of the world, far from those he loves. And most times, I choose music that enhances that over-romantic conceit.

I've slowly built over the years not a collection of favorite tunes, but a soundtrack to a film in which I am alternately hero, villain or victim-depending on circumstances.


For the rest: CLICK

Music Maker Relief Foundation
Its Not Too Late To Fish The Blues!
The raffle is sold out but there are still a few spots available in the Tournament!

The fishin' blues raffle is sold out but there is still room for a few more fishermen to join us at Casa Vieja on the Pacific this winter. The 7th annual Fishin' Blues Tournament is 6 days of fun in the Guatemalan sun. We will fish for marlin, tuna, saltfish & more by day and groove to the world's best live blues by night. All you need is your passport, shorts, sneakers, a hat & some sunscreen...and we will even throw in the hat for you!

Only a few spots remain, so register here today!


The singer in a teen gothic metal band and her brother allegedly stabbed the band's guitarist dozens of times because he did not play well enough, Italian police and a lawyer said Friday.

Police in Genoa, on Italy's northwestern coast, said the 16-year-old victim remained hospitalized, but his life was not in danger.

He was attacked Saturday night after the band Soul Cry rehearsed in Sestri Ponente, a small town near Genoa. He was stabbed about 50 times, mainly to his back and head, said police official Alessandra Bucci in Genoa.

The 18-year-old singer, Cristina Balzano, and her 16-year-old brother, the band's bass player, were arrested on charges of premeditated attempted murder.

During the rehearsal, band members accused the victim of playing poorly, police said. The attack occurred moments later in a narrow alley.

Balzano was caught by police holding a kitchen knife with a 7-inch (18-centimeter) blade, her brother next to her and the victim in a pool of blood, Bucci said.

"The motive - absurd as that is - is apparently that the way my client played his instrument did not satisfy the two," said Giuseppe Maria Muscolo, a lawyer for the victim.

Police said they had seized a note that the 16-year-old suspect wrote to the victim days before the attack that read: "I'm preparing a nice little funeral for you."

The victim has accused both suspects of stabbing him, police and the lawyer said.

Balzano initially said she was trying to stop the victim from committing suicide, Bucci said. She later refused to answer investigators' questions. Her brother has accused her of being the only attacker.

Lawyers for the suspects could not immediately be reached for comment. But the Genoa-based paper Il Secolo XIX quoted lawyers for Balzano as saying she doesn't remember anything and that they had asked for a psychological evaluation.


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Besides being a supporter of the blues and booking shows for Eagle Park Slim and other blues musicians in Eugene, Jan Brown from Artists in Motion Booking & Promotions Company is a very talented floral designer. Jan has made a pledge to donate 20% of sales of her beautiful Christmas wreaths this year to either MEMA (Muscians Emergency Medical Association) or the Rainy Day Blues Society.

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Christmas is just around the corner my friends. As always, we like to lay some holiday music on you. Music that is a little off the beaten track. No Rudolph, no Chestnuts on the fire,no Jingle Bells. This aint no White Christmas. It is a Blue Christmas. Join Elwood this week on the House of Blues Radio Hour for some Christmas Blues.

for times and stations in your area

Click on festival name to click through to festival website.
Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival
Friday-Saturday, December 12-13, 2008

Perry, Florida, U.S.
Sean Carney's Blues For A Cure 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

East Dublin Granville Rd.
Columbus, OH, U.S.
Chubby Carrier's Party Cruise
Thursday, January 15, 2009

Galveston, Texas, U.S.
Rogue Valley Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, January 16-18, 2009

Ashland, Oregon, U.S.
Chicago Blues Tour
Saturday, January 17, 2009

Chicago, IL, U.S.
Sandy Beaches Cruise

Saturday-Saturday, January 17-24, 2009

San Diego, California to Mexico
Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2009
Thursday-Saturday, January 22-24, 2009

Montego Bay, Kingston, Jamaica
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

Saturday-Saturday, January 24-31, 2009

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.

Luckenbach's 2nd Annual Blues Festival
Saturday-Saturday, January 31, 2009

Fredericksburg, Texas, U.S.
Southern Comfort Bllues Bash
Friday-Friday, February 6-15, 2009
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
25th International Blues Challenge

Wednesday-Saturday, February 4-7, 2009

Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Club Cubano
Saturday, February 7, 2009

San Jose, Costa Rica
Homestead Blues Festival
Sunday, 15 February, 2009

Point Cook, Victoria, Australia
Knology Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, February 20-22, 2009

Clearwater, Florida, U.S.
St. Augustine Bluz Festival
Thursday-Sunday , February 12-15, 2009

St.Augustine, Florida, U.S.
Australian Blues Music Festival
Thursday-Sunday, February 12-15, 2009

The National Festival of Australian Blues Music
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 4823 4492
Phoenix Blues Blast
Saturday, February 21, 2009

Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
Traditional Acoustic Blues Festival
Saturday, February 28, 2009

Worthington, Ohio, U.S.
Pickle's Blues Extravaganza
Friday-Saturday, March 6-7, 2009

Lima, Ohio, U.S.
Bonita Blues Festival
Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society
Bonita Springs, Florida, U.S.
St. John Blues Festival

Wednesday-Sunday, March 18-22, 2009

St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
19th Annual River City Blues Festival
Friday-Saturday, March 20-21, 2009

The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society
Marietta, Ohio, U.S.
Tampa Bay Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday, March 20-22, 2009

St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
Berks Jazz Festival

Friday March 27 - Sunday April 5th

Sovereign Center
Reading, PA

Springing the Blues

Friday-Sunday, April 3-5, 2009

Jacksonville Beach, Florida, U.S.
Delta Music Experience

Wednesday-Sunday, April 15-19, 2009

Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
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