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April 17, 2009
Volume 4 Issue 14

Special Announcements
CD or DVD Releases
News Flash
Record Label News
Blues Society News
House of Blues Radio Hour
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
Blues Festivals
About Us

Editors note:

 I am working on setting up a link so you can go and check out all the great jam nights around the country, but in the meantime I will be featuring 1 jam night a week in our new Jam Night section of the e-guide. Just scroll down and it will be toward the bottom of your newsletter. Once again, thanks to all those who sent in the info on your local Blues Jams and keep them coming, I will eventually get them all in.


Coming to national attention just recently on the Blues, Soul & R&B scene, Nicole Hart made an impressive beginning completing three highly successful tours: she was the featured female performer of Jacksonville Beach, Florida's "Springing the Blues"; the featured female headline act of Laconia, New Hampshire's "Big Three Motorcycle Week"; and performed many more festivals throughout the year, including the Jersey Shore's "Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival", among other renowned venues on the national circuit. Her independent CD release, "NICOLE HART & THE NRG BAND, LIVE!" received airplay on hundreds of radio stations worldwide & continues to receive airplay to this day. During a recording session for 2008 Blues Foundation Nominee Albert Castiglia's CD, "These Are the Days", she met up with Blues Leaf Records President Joseph Morabia, who later signed her to the label.

Her 2009 Blues Leaf debut, "TREASURE," featuring a duet with label mate Castiglia, is produced by Grammy award winner, Jack Kriesberg (Paquito D'Rivera, Elvin Jones), engineered and mastered by Grammy award winning engineer, Ben Elliott (Eric Clapton, Keith Richards) distributed by Allegro Distribution and is available nationwide on April 14th, 2009. Music Director & keyboardist extraordinaire, Lance Ong, who produced her previous CD, shines as musical arranger & on baby grand and B-3 organ.

As a modern day Blues woman, Nicole straddles a diverse musical terrain defined by such icons as Koko Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, Janiva Magness, & Bonnie Raitt. Renowned for her sultry vocals and electrifying stage presence, Hart's impressive resume also includes work in television, film & live performance outside the realm of Blues.


"If you like it slow and easy, provocative with strong, sensual and sassy vocals & passionate guitar, along with heart wrenching lyrics and phrasing, then this CD is the one for you".
Yvonne Clay

Mo Muscle Records' recording artist Sista Monica Parker  releases her 9th CD "Soul Blues & Ballads" in May of 2009. It is a compilation of her soulful R&B and slow blues jewels. This project includes "I Don't Want To Hurt You Baby" featuring the masterful Chris Cain, "It's A Shame - It's A Mystery" featuring Dan Caron on guitar from the late Charles Brown band, "Behind My Back" with the soulful sound of Mike Osborne on guitar and veteran piano and Hammond B3 player - Danny "B", "Honey It's Your Fault" and "A Chance To Breathe" with the funky and deep-blues side of Larry McCray on guitar.

 Known as the "Lioness of the Blues" Sista Monica is an award winning blues, soul and gospel singer/songwriter, speaker, & music producer. She is captivating and considered a dynamic show stopping festival performer. Today, Sista Monica is one of the most admired women on the international music scene. Visit her newly revised website.

Who: Sista Monica Parker

What: CD "Soul & Blues & Ballads"

When: May in 2009

Where:,,, and fine retailers

Publicity: Service to AAA, public and commercial radio, TV, blues and jazz societies world wide

Manager: Lesa Magee: (831) 566-7780,


Fusing Blues music with Indian music has been tried before, but no one has done it quite as successfully as Doug Cox and Salil Bhatt (the son of V.M. Bhatt). Thats because they have been thinking and practicing for over a year before actually recording together.

Slide to Freedom 2 was recorded by Miles Wilkinson, one of the best sound engineers from Nashville - necessary for capturing the intricacies of the Mohan Veena, V.M. Bhatt's 19-stringed instrument; the amazing tabla of Ramkumar Mishra; and Salil's instrument, the Satvik Veena, which has 20 strings (3 for main melody, 5 for drone, and 12 sympathetic strings).

Doug Cox - one of Canada's best slide guitarists, teams up with Salil Bhatt - one of India's best slide instrumentalists, along with special guest, Grammy-Award-Winning V.M. Bhatt (Salil's father), and New Orleans Cajun / Soul singer John Boutte.

V.M. Bhatt won a Grammy in 1994 with Ry Cooder for their album, Meeting By The River, and he was considered by George Harrison (and now by Eric Clapton) as one of the world's best musicians. 

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LA TIMES-In the months leading up to the Southland's premier concert event, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival -- which kicks off its 10th edition in Indio Friday with performances by such pop luminaries as Paul McCartney and Leonard Cohen -- recession-era fiscal realities have led to a string of cancellations by respected festivals.

Florida's Langerado Music Festival was canceled because of poor ticket sales. The San Francisco Blues Festival took a year off (with doubt cast on its return in 2010) because of a drop-off in corporate sponsorships. And because of anticipated cuts in state arts funding, the Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival in New Jersey went on hiatus, with plans to instead stage a benefit concert in a year that would have been its 20th anniversary.

The Scotland's Hydro Connect Festival and Red List Live in Britain also fell victim to the economic climate. And after undergoing changes to stay afloat in recent years -- making general admission free in 2007 and scaling down to become a one-day festival last year -- Ozzfest '09 was canceled because of headliner Ozzy Osbourne's decision to spend time in the recording studio.

"The economy was the thing that finalized our decision," said Sean Timmons, artistic director of the Appel Farm Arts & Music Center. "It's an expensive event to put on, and therefore could be an expensive loss. It made sense to take a year off and reposition the event."

Festival organizers across the continent are voicing concerns that tough times could soften ticket sales in an era when corporate sponsorships -- a critical source of revenue -- are increasingly difficult to secure and competition to book performers with proven box-office drawing power has never been more fierce.

Although some sectors of the concert industry are showing surprisingly healthy returns, as the dollar strengthens against the Euro and the British pound, event organizers worry about a decline in European attendees. As a result, many festivals are slashing ticket prices and placing new emphasis on "value" to lure festival-goers.

"We're really conscious about keeping prices either the same or lower than last year with tickets, merchandise, beer and concessions," said Del Williams, executive producer of Columbus, Ohio's Rock on the Range Festival. "We want to be sensitive to what people are going through and not make it a hardship to go to the show."

For its part, Coachella -- which has been pulling in crowds of up to 140,000 in recent years -- began offering a layaway plan to pay for three-day tickets (which cost $269) and onsite camping tickets this year; Stagecoach, Coachella's country music counterpart, which will also be staged at the Empire Polo Field later this month, offers the same deal.

"We want to give people six to nine months to make payments," said Coachella founder Paul Tollett. "If we can make it easier on this concert crowd, we'll take steps to make that happen."

Producers for the Voodoo Experience Music Festival in New Orleans dropped all ticketing and handling fees. And Pasquale Rotella, chief executive of Insomniac, the firm behind the Electric Daisy Carnival, an electronica festival in Los Angeles that drew 65,000 people last year, said the event plans to increase the number of performers and slash ticket prices from $130 to $99 for a two-day pass this year.

"People are feeling tapped," Rotella said. "But we are going a lot bigger, spending a lot more money while still keeping the price down. We are trying to help people by being conscious of our ticket prices."

In recent years, outdoor music festivals have proliferated across North America, many attempting to replicate the financial success and cultural sweep of Coachella.

"Large footprint" multi-genre music festivals such as the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee, Michigan's Rothbury Festival, Lollapalooza in Chicago and New Jersey's All Points West Music & Arts Festival have become a rite of summer. They offer all-star rosters of rock, electronica, country or jazz acts -- sometimes all the above -- performing on multiple stages over the course of a day or long weekend, often in far-flung "destination" locales (like the dramatic low desert setting of Indio in Coachella's case).

But Chang Weisberg, owner of Guerilla Union, said the event and marketing firm behind the successful touring hip-hop festival Rock the Bells, the market simply isn't big enough to support so many events. "There are so many festivals in the multi-genre format, there's a lot of fatigue in the market," Weisberg said. "Langerado -- that's scary to see a major festival can fail due to lack of ticket sales. But the competition is so stiff they are all chasing the same acts."

"How do you stand out from the other guys? That's the challenge of those long weekend festivals in special locations," said Kevin Lyman, creator of the Vans Warped Tour and the Mayhem Festival, a touring rock and heavy metal festival. "They're competing for the same talent. There's only about 20 bands at the independent level -- bands like the Killers or Kings of Leon -- that are proven ticket sellers."

Lyman also pointed out that the strong dollar might deter European festival-goers.

"People are looking at the exchange rate," he said. "In the past, kids would fly to Coachella, buy a tent and a nice ice chest, camp and leave because it was so cheap. Now maybe people are staying closer to home. Maybe they'll go to a festival in Europe this summer."

Despite the collective shudder festival cancellations have given event organizers, all is not doom and gloom in the industry. Gary Bongiovanni, editor of Pollstar magazine, said concert ticket sales were healthy last year and held strong in the first quarter of 2009. Pre-sales of tickets for the Vans Warped Tour are up nearly a third from where they were last year at this time.

General admission field passes for Rock on the Range in May are already sold out. Live Nation, the world's biggest festival producer, said its international ticket sales are up 21% over last year. And ticket sales for the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans are up 100% from 2008, its producer said.

"It's a very strange year," said Stephen Rehage, the festival's producer and founder of the Voodoo Experience Music Festival, also in New Orleans. "It's hard to explain being up that way in this economy."

Coachella's Tollett declined to provide the number of tickets sold but said this year's installment is on track to be the "third best-selling Coachella so far." He acknowledged that the festival market's saturation remains a concern.

But as the event producer who braved financial ruin to stage the first, money-losing edition of Coachella in 1999 en route to creating the boilerplate for summer music festival success, Tollett said he and Coachella's other organizers plan its line-up each year with an eye toward standing apart from the competition.

"Because we've been around for a while now, we have to go outside the normal festival talent," Tollett said. "Prince or Roger Waters or Paul McCartney -- artists who haven't done a million festivals -- it helps us give a unique outlook."


Stop singing the blues, for one moment, and get ready to start listening to them instead. B.B. King's Blues Club is coming to CityPlace in West Palm Beach.

The regional blues chain just inked a deal to take the second-floor space being vacated by Legal Sea Foods restaurant.

"We're live music every night," said B.B. King's President Tommy Peters. "We're not so much of a concert hall but a place to hear really good music within our genres: blues rock, classic soul, classic R&B, everything from Otis Redding to Stevie Ray Vaughan to the Rolling Stones, and to B.B. King. ... It's feel-good music."

And that kind of music is making people feel good even in this terrible economy. "Knock on wood, our business is up 20 percent this year, and last year was the best we ever had," Peters said. "We are an affordable escape."

At first, Peters said, he wasn't sure about opening in the Palm Beach County market, but was impressed by CityPlace's foot traffic and its "organic" feel. He also thinks the music will appeal to all age groups in the area.

"I'm 53, and I designed the concept to be a place I would enjoy," Peters said. "I love music. But I don't want to go to a place playing head-banging stuff, and I'm not cool enough to go to an ultra-lounge."

Bringing B.B. King's is a coup for CityPlace, which has been seeking to position itself as the area's premier entertainment destination. In recent months, the Palm Beach Improv comedy club has expanded, Greek-dancing eatery Taverna Opa has opened and Carousel Can Can Cafe has signed on to open a French bistro/cancan dancer hot spot.

But B.B. King's brings CityPlace's goals to a new level, said Webber Hudson, executive vice president of Related Urban, CityPlace's leasing arm. "The B.B. King name is a national, if not an international, iconic brand. I think it will draw people from all directions in the Southeast that we haven't seen before," Hudson said.

"There's no question it changes the dynamics in this entire area," added Alan Koch of Palm Beach Gardens-based Score Realty, who helped broker the deal along with Boca Raton-based broker Jeff Sussman of Sussman Realty.

B.B. King's also is a salve for local music fans bummed by the closings of the Bamboo Room in Lake Worth and City Limits in Delray Beach.

When B.B. King's opens, expect to find a restaurant serving Creole and Southern comfort food. There will be two musical venues, one for acoustic music, the other for the harder stuff, plus outdoor patio seating.

Patrons will hear live music from the house band, the B.B. King All Stars; guest acts; and occasional appearances by King himself.

B.B. King's also has locations in Orlando, Memphis and Nashville. B.B. King's at CityPlace is expected to open in the fall, hopefully by October, Peters said. Peters expects to hire about 70 to 75 workers, but won't be starting interviews until August. He plans to post an application form on the company's Web site,


The world-famous Juke Joint Festival & Related Events return to historic Clarksdale, Mississippi this weekend, April 17-19. The festival itself on Saturday is "half blues festival, half small-town fair and all about the Delta" and features everything from monkeys riding dogs (yes, actual monkeys on actual dogs... from Pontotoc, Miss.) to over 40 blues acts performing throughout downtown during the day (from Honeyboy Edwards to Jimmy "Duck" Holmes). There will also be tons of food, arts and entertainment vendors spread throughout the streets as well as a mini film festival, storytelling and much more.

Then, on Saturday night, 15 juke joint and club stages will feature 16 real-deal blues acts -- including Homemade Jamz, Big George Brock, Cedric Burnside/Lightnin' Malcolm, T-Model Ford, Big Jack Johnson and many more. The venues include over a half dozen, down and dirty Clarksdale juke joints like Red's Lounge, Anniebelle's and Club 2000. The daytime events are free, and the nighttime music (all of it plus rides on the blues bus shuttles) is just the price of a $10 wristband. A handful of open hotel rooms have just been made available at the Executive Inn, plus a camping area is available on the nearby Expo Center grounds. More festival details are available at The Juke Joint Festival is a volunteer-staffed, non-profit event.

Related events on Friday include Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry at Cat Head (252 Delta Ave.) at 1pm and Super Chikan at Ground Zero Blues Club (0 Blues Alley) at 9pm. On Sunday, the free Cat Head Mini Blues Fest features favorites like Terry "Harmonica" Bean and Bilbo Walker, . Related events on Saturday include a CD release party for Pat Thomas (Sarah's Kitchen, 2pm) and a special screening of "M for Mississippi: A Road Trip through the Birthplace of the Blues" with live music by LC Ulmer (Delta Cinema, 6pm),; both events are free and open to the public.
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American First Lady Michelle Obama recently presented France's First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, with a Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar "as a sign of friendship". The two first ladies met for the first time when President Barack Obama and his wife visited French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife at French Palace Rohan in Strasbourg, France.

Mrs. Obama presented Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy with the Gibson guitar before the first ladies visited the Cathedral de Norte Dame de Strasbourg, along with the rest of the NATO Summit spouses. The Gibson Hummingbird apparently hit the right chord with Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy, as the Mrs. Obama's office reported that the two women really hit it off and enjoyed a private lunch together that lasted for more than one hour.

Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy is a former model, and is also a singer/songwriter. She has released three albums, the last of which, As If Nothing Happened, was released in July 2008. She plays acoustic guitar on many of her songs.



 WHO: Legendary bluesmen, B.B. King and Buddy Guy 

WHAT: SIRIUS XM Radio launches a special three-part edition of You and Me with B.B. King featuring legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. Buddy Guy visited B.B. King at King's Bluesville studios with SIRIUS XM host Bill Wax to share unique stories few living bluesmen can tell, taking SIRIUS XM listeners back in time as they muse about their early careers through today. B.B. and Buddy swap anecdotes about the musical icons they met throughout their long, storied careers, including Ray Charles, Willie Dixon, Jimi Hendrix, Earl Hooker and Muddy Waters.  

SIRIUS XM listeners will also hear B.B. and Buddy reminisce about the outrageous stunts they pulled on the road during the early days of their careers, including when B.B. tried fishing but fell in the river and when Buddy experienced one of guitarist Earl Hooker's "dog-food sandwiches."  

Additionally, B.B. and Buddy will offer advice to aspiring, upcoming blues musicians as well as tell stories about their favorite "youngsters" performing today, including Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt.  

Throughout the special, the two legends of blues will offer their insights and play a broad range of music featuring songs by artists who inspire them, including Michael Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter. 

WHERE: B.B. King's Bluesville, SIRIUS and XM channel 74 

WHEN: Part 1 of the special will debut on Friday, April 17 at 6 pm ET, with encore presentations broadcast on Saturday April 18 at 2 pm ET; Monday, April 20 at 12 am ET; and Wednesday, April 22 at 12 pm ET. 

Part 2 will debut on Friday, April 24 at 6 pm ET, with encore presentations broadcast on Saturday, April 25 at 2 pm ET; Monday, April 27 at 12 am ET; and Wednesday, April 29 at 12 pm ET. 

Part 3 will debut on Friday, May 1 at 6 pm ET, with encore presentations broadcast on Saturday, May 2 at 2 pm ET; Monday, May 4 at 12 am ET; and Wednesday, April 6 at 12 pm ET.

 MORE: Each week, B.B. King hosts the blues specialty program, You and Me with B.B. King exclusively on SIRIUS XM Radio. The legendary bluesman personally selects a broad range of blues music featuring his favorite songs by peers from the past and today's artists and shares personal anecdotes and stories about the artists who inspire him as well as offer commentary on music that has made him a musical inspiration for generations of musicians. You and Me with B.B. King airs on Fridays starting at 6 pm ET, with encore presentations broadcast on Saturdays at 2 pm ET, Mondays at 12 am ET and Wednesdays at 12 pm ET.  

B.B. King's Bluesville channel broadcasts more than 80 years of music for all fans of the blues. Listeners will hear favorite artists from the roots of blues music to the best of today, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Robert Cray, Keb' Mo', Taj Mahal, and John Lee Hooker .

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To learn more about the B.B. King's Bluesville channel: CLICK

Visit an Authorized Dealer, Play any Fender Amplifier and Get a Free "Soul of Tone" T-Shirt

Fender is proud to announce the new "Soul of Tone" promotion, designed to highlight the attributes of Fender amplification while engaging consumers and drive traffic into retail stores. Fender amplifiers are known worldwide as the soul of great live and recorded guitar tone, regardless of musical genre.

The "Soul of Tone" campaign invites guitar and bass players to go to their local authorized Fender dealer, play through any Fender amplifier and receive a high-style "Soul of Tone" T-shirt. The Fender "Soul of Tone" promotion begins April 2, 2009 and runs through June 30, 2009 and includes all new Fender amplifiers for electric guitar and bass, as well as amplifiers for acoustic guitars.

To participate, musicians simply:

• Go to
• Download and print the "Soul of Tone" coupon, and bring it into the store
• Test drive any Fender amplifier and have your dealer authorize your coupon
• Mail the form back to Fender and receive your free T-shirt

The "Soul of Tone" campaign also includes a "Tone Bucks" incentive program for sales floor staff and management at participating dealers. Interested dealers are encouraged to contact their Fender District Sales Manager for more details.

While some companies are known solely for their instruments, and others are known solely for their amps, Fender has a continuous history and fine heritage of innovation and acclaim for both. The 1950s-'60s development of Fender's most famous electric guitars proceeded hand-in-hand with the development of the great Fender amps that allowed them to be heard loud and clear. Today, more than 60 years after they were first heard, Fender guitar amplifiers continue to embody that pioneering spirit, technical excellence and define the "Soul of Tone."

Available in the United States only. The Fender "Soul of Tone" test drive offer is for a limited time only.

On Friday, May 8th, the Delta/Eclecto Groove All-Star Blues Revue returns to the New Daisy Theater in Memphis, Tennessee - the venue where the concert series was originally established on May 12, 2006. This annual tradition which follows what is considered to be the blues' biggest night of the year, The Blues Music Awards, has now blossomed into a bona fide blues lovers phenomenon with fans eagerly anticipating the announcement of the lineup each and every year. And despite our country's difficult economic times, Delta Groove Music is out to prove once again that the value of the U.S. dollar is still intact!

The evenings' line-up includes:
The Soul of John Black, The Mannish Boys Revue & guests (Jackie Payne / Steve Edmonson, Candye Kane, Lynwood Slim, J.T. Lauritsen), Jason Ricci & New Blood, Los Fabulocos with Kid Ramos, Hollywood Blues Flames with Junior Watson & Johnny Dyer, and



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'Bluzapalooza’ sets Cairo Opera House on fire

By Chitra Kalyani
First Published: March 31, 2009

When the US ambassador to Egypt Margaret Scobey says a band has a “nice mojo,” you better take her word for it.

When blues artist Billy Gibson repeatedly sang “I like my mojo,” pushing Scobey throughout the evening to dance, the American ambassador finally relented with the compliment at the evening’s finale.

A collection of blues award nominees from Memphis were presented last Friday at the packed open-air theater at the Cairo Opera House under the umbrella of “Bluzapalooza III.”

“I choreograph them so that the energy keeps building,” said producer Steve Simon, who sported a maroon suit with a diamond-studded “BLUES” lapel-pin.

Simon, who also performed on the clarinet, told Daily News Egypt that the line-up intended to “honor the fact that [ambassador Scobey] was born and raised in Memphis.”

Presented by the Armed Forces Entertainment, an agency of the American Defense Department that provides entertainment to overseas US military personnel, the performance was customized to the taste of the self-confessed “bluesaholic” ambassador to Egypt.

“Blues began in the Mississippi Delta” as an American form of music, the ambassador said, “but derives from the religious and spiritual music of Africa.” Memphis, Tennessee, and Beale Street especially, remains a center for the blues. 

Hitting the right notes from the get-go, the band Delta Highway set the vibe for an energetic evening.

Opening with a bang, upbeat numbers and wah-wah harmonica and guitar, the four-piece band performed songs like “The Devil Had a Woman (That Looked a Lot Like You)” and “23 Hours,” to the beat of Keven Eddy’s drums.

Delivered with the deep toned harmonica and vocals of Brandon Santini, alongside the skillful guitar solos of Justin Sulek — the two original founders of the band, Delta Highway also featured a mean-looking, chapeau-toting bassist Paul Chase who kept tempo with the smooth side-to-side motion of his head.

“The songs are all formatted, but solos are all improv,” Sulek told Daily News Egypt.  “Depending on what kind of crowd you have, what kind of feeling you get, you do different things. So tonight was a good one.”

“If you enjoy it,” said Sulek, who has played the guitar for an umpteen number of years, performing on your instrument is “pretty much vacation.”

Eden Brent then struck down on her piano, the expressions on her face showing puzzlement then delight as she improvised on both her music and her lyrics. Her boogie-woogie number thus became a dedication to her teacher — “I’m crazy about Bugaloo Ames,” she said — while the Nile River ran through another song lyric.

While “Fried Chicken” brought home the “most delightful, quite exciteful, very inviteful food,” her sing-along Ray Charles’ number was not much success, and the audience didn’t have much to return to her “What do you say?” call.

Harmonica artist Billy Gibson was the incontestable show-stealer, pumping an upbeat, staccato and fast-paced harmonica and singing naughtily and earnestly into the microphone.

Known as the “Prince of Beale Street,” the street where blues is said to be born, Gibson said he thinks it was the harmonica that chose him.

The Beale Street Entertainer of the Year, who has been “carrying the harmonica around” since he was eight, said he carried it with “no expectations, no weight. It was just fun. I just enjoyed playing. And then I’ve just been playing ever since.”

“To be able to come all this way,” and share music “is wonderful,” but that is where the work comes in. “The work is not in the performance, not in the playing. One of the larger challenges was travel.”

“What people see at the concert is just the result of a lot of people coming together to make something great happen. This is the work,” he says, pointing at people moving equipment.

“I thought there was a lot of joy in the room,” said Gibson about the revelry that broke out as the audience willingly danced and sang along to “Why Don’t You Love Everybody?” or the repeated “I like my mojo.”

“Most of the time I kind of get lost,” said Gibson about his best moments, “The best times are just when I let myself go.”

“The music fills me, fills the house, fills everybody else,” he said, noting reverberation of enthusiasm as young and old danced uninhibitedly.

“I felt so much joy and energy. I got fired up. Then the band got fired up. And then,” said Gibson, “the house was on fire.”

But then Beale Street and Memphis Bluesapalooza blues could — and did — really set the Nile on fire.

Concert-goers will be singing the blues this summer as musicians Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal team up for a 30-city trek. The BonTaj Roulet tour kicks off August 6 at Community Arts Center in Williamsport, PA, and concludes September 25 at Agua Caliente Casino's new concert venue The Show in Rancho Mirage, CA.

The U.S. run will hit cities from coast-to-coast over a period of seven weeks. Stops are set for an August 15 concert at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA, an August 30 performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, and a September 11 show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, among other dates.

Pre-sales for select dates are open from April 15-22 to members of the BonTaj fan community, with on-sale dates and times forthcoming. Premium seating and VIP packages for the late summer tour will be sold through The Guacamole Fund, a non-profit organization that helps organize and produce benefits for environmental and social change groups.

In addition to the charitable sale of premium seats, $1 from each regular ticket purchase will help support an artist-selected cause. Raitt and Mahal have narrowed their options down to environmental protection, safe/sustainable energy, social justice/human rights, or music education efforts. Fans can help decide which issue will receive funding by voting on the official tour Web site. CLICK

Raitt will perform each night with a backing band, as Mahal takes the stage with The Phantom Blues Band. The two musicians first met in the 1970s, when Raitt opened a concert for the blues music staple. Mahal went on to co-produce Raitt's 1973 release "Takin' My Time."

"We've been like ships passing in the night," said Mahal in a statement. "Some of my musicians used to play with Bonnie, we have so many of the same friends -- this is really an opportunity to combine some forces and play some great music."

Raitt explained that she's excited by the possibilities for this tour, noting, "It feels like having an extra slice of pie, getting both of these bands to play together like this. There's so much potential to what we can do."


Attention Blues Festival Promoter:


Join House of Blues Radio and Blues Festival Guide magazine in a fun contest called:  ELWOOD'S GUEST LIST CONTEST
Blues fans enter the contest on, the official website of Elwood Blues and the House of Blues Radio Hour!
Prizes are tickets to Blues Festivals in U.S. and Canada (two tickets per winner only, no ground transportation, airfare, accommodations, food, alcohol, etc). We will have about 100 winners.

You provide a set of tickets as the prize.
What do you receive?
You receive: your festival name on HOUSE OF BLUES website which receives millions hits per month, also your festival name with link on Contest section of Blues Festival Guide magazine with 20,000 unique visitors per month/1 million hits per month. Additionally, the contest will be announced on House of Blues Radio show and in the Blues Festival E-Guide.

The contest will also be marketed in The Blues Festival Guide magazine.
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If you want to participate (U.S. And Canada events only), please send this info:

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What: Groove City Jazz & Blues Festival
When: May 9, 2009, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Historic Downtown Cambridge, Maryland

Fifth annual event features the renowned Cyrus Chestnut ("the best jazz pianist of his generation"-Time Magazine) in a solo performance; the rockin' blues woman Deanna Bogart (winner of more than 20 Washington Area Music Awards), and roots maestros The Junkyard Saints (Washington Area Music Awards "Artist of the Year" winner) headline the Groove City Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday, May 9 at Race and Cedar streets in historic downtown Cambridge on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Daylong outdoor festival features at least half a dozen performers, along with vendors offering food, drinks, crafts, kids' activities, and more. Event is free, with $10 donations requested from adults at the gate. Festival eve bash on Friday, May 8 features D.C. bluesman Jimmy Cole at the new Jimmie & Sook's Raw Bar and Grill, 421 Race Street. For more information, call 410-228-0020 or visit


"The Thirsty Ear" Sunday Blues Jam, Columbus, Ohio
1200 W. 3rd Ave
Columbus, OH 43212

Doors open at 4:00 Music:4:30 - 8:30


Alligator Records has set a May 5, 2009 release date for LAY YOUR BURDEN DOWN, the stunning label debut from American musical legend Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr. and his band, Buckwheat Zydeco.


Rand Chortkoff and Robert Fitzpatrick have announced the signing of Delta Groove Music and Eclecto Groove Records with Solters & Digney, the legendary marketing and communications firm. This pairing brings together one of the most highly respected and revered public relations firms in the world with the nation’s fastest growing, young independent record company.

Solters & Digney Public Relations is rooted in over 50 plus years of publicity expertise in the person of PR Legend Lee Solters. In December, the company celebrated its seventh anniversary, the result of a partnership between Solters and long time PR executive, Jerry Digney, launched in 2001 as an outgrowth of the Lee Solters Co.

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Detroit Blues Society Establishes Memorial Award for Youth Blues Musicians

The award is called THE JAMES S. HENRY YOUTH EXCELLENCE AWARD. It is named in honor of Detroit Blues Society Member and friend, Jim Henry who passed away at the age of 49 in March of 2009. Jim was dedicated to mentoring young musicians or bands, that he felt, showed a bright future in the Blues world. Jim would routinely assist them, record them, give them tutoring, and be a friendly advocate in a very tough business. This award will be presented at our Awards Ceremony in January of each calendar year.


Any musician or band, under the age of 21, is eligible for nomination.


Nominations can be made by any Detroit Blues Society member or industry insider for any musician or band. The nominee must be 21 or under at the time of nomination. In the case of a band, the MAJORITY of it's members must be 21 or under at the time of nomination.

The nominator must submit the name(s), contact information, a photo, and a brief biography in order for the nominee to be eligible for this award.

All qualified nominations will be submitted to the Detroit Blues Society Board of Directors. They will discuss and vote upon the nominees for selection of the final awardee(s).


All nominations must be received by September 1, 2009 and can be emailed to:

or mailed to:

Detroit Blues Society
James S. Henry Award 
40 Burdick Woods Ct.
Oxford. MI 48371

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York, South Carolina, U.S.
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7th Annual Rock'n Blues By the Lake
Saturday, April 26, 2009

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Market Street Festival
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Columbus, Mississippi , U.S.
Beale Street Music Festival
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Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
26th Annual Topanga Blues Festival
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Topanga, CA, U.S.
Chicago Blues Tour

Friday-Saturday, May 1-16, 2009

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Mariposa MicroBrews & Blues
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Mariposa, California, U.S.
Southern Miss Jazz & Blues Festival
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(07) 4055 9665
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"Simply The Blues" Blues Festival

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Kwadendamme Bluesfestival
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Kwadendamme, Zeeland, Netherlands
Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest
Saturday, May 9, 2009

Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S
The Lead Belly Blues Festival

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S

The 2nd Annual Pinetop Perkins Blues Festival
Saturday, May 9, 2009

Belzoni, Mississippi , U.S
Robert Johnson 4th Annual Blues Jam
Saturday, May 9, 2009

Crystal Springs, Mississippi, U.S
UnTapped Blues Festival
Saturday, May 9, 2009

Kennwick, Washington, U.S
Silver Spring Blues Festival
Saturday, May 9, 2009

Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S
Crossroads Blues Festival

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Rosedale, Mississippi, U.S
662-759-3728 or 6806

2nd Annual Whitelake Blues Festival
Saturday, May 9, 2009

Whitehall, MI, U.S
Gator By The Bay
Saturday-Sunday, May 9-10, 2009

San Diego, California, U.S
Mother's Day JAZZ & BLUES Extravaganza
Sunday, May 10, 2009
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Jeffersontown - Crusade Blues Festival
Friday-Saturday, May 15-16, 2009

Louisville, Kentucky, U.S
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