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August 21, 2009 Volume # 4  Issue # 31

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JP SOARS : : Back of My Mind
Most blues guitarists haven't played in a handful of metal bands and aren't influenced by jazz icons like Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery. Which, as much as anything explains why South Florida based JP Soars doesn't sound like your' everyday guitar slinger. The guitarist and vocalist fronts his own band and plays with both former Elvin Bishop saxophonist/vocalist Terry Hanck as well as the "Gypsy Blue Acoustic Revue," which updates the classic 1930's and 40s' material of Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli.

Soars was born in California and raised in Arkansas. He moved to South Florida in 1985. A trip to Memphis Tennessee to meet the legendary Jessie Mae Hemphill was a life altering experience. The simple beauty of the hypnotic country blues, and a chance meeting with cigar box guitar pioneer John Lowe opened another door of musical majesty to a very receptive Soars. A second trip to Memphis as a sideman with David Shelley and Bluestone for the International Blues Challenge in 2007 gave JP a glimpse of the finals as Dave Shelley made it to the top ten.

 It wasn't long after Soars formed the Red Hots, who subsequently made two trips to the International Blues Challenge after winning the South Florida blues Society competition 2 years in a row. In 2009 at the IBC Challenge, the band proved their poopularity wasn't just in Florida when they took home top honors. Soars also won the Albert King Blues Guitar award, confirming the fact that this young kid from Arkansas, who may not have started out as a blues player, has surely found his place in the blues world.

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ERIC HUGHES BAND : : Live on Beale Street
Music fans come to Memphis and Beale Street for the blues! Over the past seven years, many have found the Eric Hughes Band- the up-tempo electric five piece that has become a Beale Street favorite- and have never failed to rouse a crowd.

This CD, captures the smokey, rowdy, neon-lit sound that Eric and his band create, in one of their favorite settings, onstage at the Rum Boogie. With the help of many friends and fans, as well as a roomful of Beale Street tourists, the E.H. Band not only delivers some vintage blues, but also several of Hughes' original tunes-two of which debut here, on "Live on Beale Street"

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2010 Blues Music Award Date Change
The date of the 2010 Blues Music Awards has been moved up one week from Thursday, May 13 to Thursday May 6, 2010. The original date was based on The Blues Foundation's understanding regarding the dates of the Memphis in May organization's Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest dates. The Blues Music Awards are traditionally presented in the week between these two events and the move to May 6 will continue this practice favored by most Blues Music Award attendees.

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iTunes Sells 25% Of All US Music, 69% Of Downloads
SEATTLE (Hypebot) – A new NPD MusicWatch study shows that now iTunes leads the U.S. with 25% percent of total music sold including downloads and CDs That's up from 21% in '08 and 14% in '07. Wal-Mart  remains in second position with 14% and Best Buy ranked third.

iTunes continued to also solidify its lead in digital downloads sales grabbing 69% of market in the first half of 2009, followed by AmazonMP3 at 8%. Wal-Mart leads all sellers of CDs with a 20% percent share followed by Best Buy at 16% and Target and Amazon tied at 10% each.

CDs still comprised 65% of all music sold in the first half of 2009 with 35% going to digital. But CD numbers are falling rapidly. By comparison, in 2007 paid digital music downloads comprised just 20% of sales.
"Many people are surprised that the CD is still the dominant music delivery format, given the attention to digital music and the shrinking retail footprint for physical products,” said Russ Crupnick, vice president of entertainment industry analysis “But with digital music sales growing at 15 to 20 percent, and CDs falling by an equal proportion, digital music sales will nearly equal CD sales by the end of 2010.”

“The growth of legal digital music downloads, and Apple’s success in holding that market, has increased iTunes’s overall strength in the retail music category,” said Russ Crupnick, entertainment industry analyst for The NPD Group. “But the importance of the big box retailers shouldn’t be dismissed, as long as the majority of music consumers continue to buy CDs.

11th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival
For Fun, International Foods and Great Live Music
The Rowan Blues and Jazz Society will present its 11th Annual  Blues and Jazz Festival,  Saturday October 10th at Noon until 11pm at 200 West Fisher Street in Historic Downtown  Salisbury.  Bring your festival chairs and blankets and get ready to enjoy a few surprises.  Last year’s surprise was the Homemade Jamz Blues Band featuring Ryan, Kyle and Taya on drums. They are returning with their second CD and some new old-style blues favorites.  The Salisbury Swing Band, the Triad Youth Jazz Band and Joe Robinson will provide plenty jazz.  Blazing Blues Bob remembers Robert Johnson and other legendary bluesmen and the Blues Providers blues band will be available for some down-home blues.  A special guest and visiting band will also be on hand.  You do not want to miss this year’s festival.  Bring your festival chairs and blankets and get ready to experience another entertaining festival.  
This year the Rowan Blues and Jazz Society is committed to making a contribution to Relay For Life from the festival ticket sales.  Advance tickets will be on sale at the Visitor’ Center on East Innes Street, Looking Glass Collective Artist, 405 N. Lee Street and Tastebuds Coffee on North Main Street. 

Tickets ($10 ) are now on sale online here until September 13 , ($15) at the gate on day of festival or here. Please no coolers are allowed.  For more information call 704-636-2811.

1st Annual St. Thomas Blues Festival
Friday - January 22, 2010
8:00 PM - At The Reichhold Center, the magnificent amphitheater on the grounds of the University of the Virgin Islands.

Blues Music Award Nominee
Curtis Salgado

International Blues Challenge Winners
Trampled Under Foot

Two Time Blues Music Award Winner
Eden Brent

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The Blues: Roots, Branches, and Beyond
The Blues: Roots, Branches, and Beyond
Saturday, August 22, 2009
3–4:30 p.m.
Washington DC
Rasmuson Theater

Join us at the Blues: Roots, Branches, and Beyond for a fascinating look at the roots of the blues and points of confluence and difference between Native and African/African American music and styles. Producer and Aboriginal arts activist Elaine Bomberry (Ojibwe/Cayuga, from Six Nations, Ontario) will explore the Native connection to the blues and show highlights from her award-winning Canadian television show, Rez Bluez TV—a popular, groundbreaking series that showcases Aboriginal blues music.
Ron Welburn (African-American and Native American descent), a poet and professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will discuss his research on Native Americans in jazz and the blues. He was formerly coordinator of the Jazz Oral History Project (National Endowment for the Arts) at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. A lively question-and-answer session with the audience will follow the presentations.
Co-presented by Cultural Arts and Seminars & Symposia, Museum Programs.

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Blues Fest 2009
Blues & Roots artists set for Blues Fest '09 on Sunday, Oct. 4th to benefit Second Wind Cancer Retreat 

ATLANTA, GA – Blues and roots musicians throughout Georgia are coming together once again to perform at BluesFest ’09 on Sunday, October 4th at Zuffy’s Place in Atlanta to benefit the Second Wind Cancer Retreat in North Georgia, which offers a haven where cancer patients and their caregivers can relax, recharge and gain new strength and momentum.

Artists already confirmed to perform at this year’s event include Liz Brown, Nick Edelstein, Men in Blues, the Joe Pitts Band and Yonrico Scott. A number of surprise special guests are also expected to join in the music that day, which will start at 3:00 PM and continue until 8:00 PM. Doors open at 2:00 PM for BluesFest ’09, with a donation of $15.00 being asked of those who attend.

 All proceeds go to help support the Second Wind Cancer Retreat. Zuffy’s Place is a family-friendly restaurant and lounge, so children are welcome for the event.

Last year’s event at Blind Willie’s was a huge success and enabled the Second Wind Cancer Retreat to finish the remaining work and open the new house which was constructed specifically to handle cancer patients and enable them to help heal their minds and bodies in a beautiful 17-acre setting outside of Blue Ridge, Georgia. At the retreat, patients can relax amid the splendor of beautiful rolling hills, enjoy the tranquil meadows with horses grazing nearby, fish in a trophy-size trout pond or walk the friendly trails. All proceeds from BluesFest ’09 will go towards the maintenance and upkeep of the facility.

In addition to the music, a silent auction will once again be held during the benefit to raise additional funds. The highlight of the auction will be a customized Fender Stratocaster Guitar autographed by such music stars as Sheryl Crow, Jay Geils, Jimmie Vaughan, Duke Robillard, Tinsley Ellis and Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd fame, among many others. A number of additional autographed collectibles, travel and vacation items, and other merchandise will be open for silent bidding throughout the event.

BluesFest ’09 will open at 3:00 PM with singer/guitarist Liz Brown, whose Delta blues style has been compared to the likes of Bonnie Raitt and Rory Block, followed by the high-energy blues of Nick Edelstein. Men in Blues, who performed at last year’s event, are up next giving the crowd a heaping-helping of Chicago blues. Rising star Joe Pitts and his band will follow with a guitar-charged set of blues; and closing out the show will be drummer Yonrico Scott, who also performed at last year’s show. Scott is a legendary Atlanta musician who currently plays in the band of slide guitar wizard (and Allman Brothers Band member) Derek Trucks. A number of local and national musicians are expected to sit in with Scott during the final set of the event, with some major jamming expected.

Zuffy’s Place is located at 1860 Corporate Boulevard, NE (just off Buford Highway), Atlanta, Georgia, 30329. The phone number is (404) 343-1171.

About Second Wind Cancer Retreat: Second Wind Cancer Retreat for cancer patients and survivors is an IRS-approved 501(C) (3) non-profit charity located in the North Georgia mountains.

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The 2nd European Blues Conference
The 2nd European Blues Conference, took place from July 29th to August 1st in conjunction with the Notodden Blues Festival in Norway under the guidance of The Blues Foundation, the international organization based in Memphis, Tennessee.

More than 65 delegates from all over Europe were in attendance, including representatives from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Participants included representatives from all aspects of the Blues music community, including agents and managers, festival organizers print media, promoters, radio progammers and deejays, and record label owners.

Over the three days, between some world class Blues concerts featuring artists like Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce, Jools Holland and T Model Ford, the delegates discussed the state of the Blues scene in Europe and how best to achieve a higher profile for the music, both live and recorded. The group decided on a name—the European Blues Union; a mission statement--“To Promote Blues music in Europe;” and raised funds to create a website, that will serve as both a country-by-country information resource and a social networking and blues commerce site. Thomas Ruf of Germany’s Ruf Records, was selected as point of contact for the new organization for the coming year. Two of the keynote speakers were Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2 broadcaster and musician and Jay Sieleman, Executive Director, The Blues Foundation.

A number of work committees were formed to oversee the running of The European Blues Union. These included organizational structure, financial administration, website development and media, marketing and advertising. "When I saw 16 people from 10 different countries volunteering their expertise for the work committees on Saturday after the confernce was over I instantly knew we had succeeded and are on the roll to something very powerful” said organization coordinator Thomas Ruf. “E-mails have been flying back and forth since we left Norway – very inspiring”.

The committees will meet again later in the year and planning is already underway for the 3rd European Blues Conference to be held next year with delegates deciding on the host country in September.

Ben Wiley Payton Benefit Show
Jackson-based bluesman Ben Wiley Payton grew up in the Greenwood area, but as a teen in the 1960s he moved to Chicago, where he became a blues and soul guitarist and played with artists including Bobby Rush. In 2002 he returned home to Mississippi, and has slowly but surely developed a reputation as one of the state’s finest acoustic bluesmen. He has played clubs and festivals all over the country including the Chicago Blues Festival in May 2009.

In July 2009 Payton was diagnosed with colon cancer and surgery followed, but it will probably take months for him to recover fully. For the last several years Payton has earned his living completely through music, and does not have health insurance to cover his medical expenses.
A benefit for Payton will be held on Sunday August 23rd from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Schimmel’s Fine Dining on State Street in Jackson, MS, where he has been playing regularly on Thursday nights for several years and more recently on Fridays as well. Owner/chef Jay Schimmel has generously given the space for the fundraiser, and the event will be cosponsored by the Highway 61 Radio Show ( hosted by Scott Barretta Saturday nights on Mississippi Public Radio), the Southern Crossroads blues radio program (which is hosted by Pat LeBlanc and airs every Sunday night), and the Central Mississippi Blues Society of Jackson. A $10 donation is requested at the door. The Central MS Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will match the funds raised. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

Many local musicians will be performing including Dorothy Moore, King Edward, Pat Brown, Dennis Fountain, Rick Lewis, Dwight Ross, Johnny Sharp, Abdul Rasheed, Dot Hillard, Keith Collins, Troy Thomas, Malcolm Shepherd, Grady Champion, Meredith Hairston, Chris Gill, Melvin Housecat Hendrix, Harrison Calloway, Larry Milton, Jamie Mitchell, Jimmy Henderson, Tina Diamond, Scott Albert Johnson, Bob Gates, and Ken Gore just to name a few.
For more information call 601-613-7377.

The Valley Blues Festival
Castro Valley Rotary is setting the stage for a day of blues entertainment next month while raising money to meet  the ever increasing number of community and academic grant requests it receives each year.
The Valley Blues Festival will be held at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Grounds on Dublin Canyon Road in Castro Valley on Saturday Sept. 19.
“We’re looking for new ways to engage our community culturally, and at the same time make it easy to contribute to our local grant program,” said Randy Vanderbilt, who brainstormed the Blues Festival idea with fellow Rotarians Bill Jarvis and Darrell Lavin. “We hit on the blues idea because it’s a popular type of music, and there are great local bands to invite.”

Rotary officials hope the fundraiser will be turn out to be an annual celebration, extending the fun of the Fall Festival which takes place the weekend before.
The entertainment lineup will feature “The Delta Wires,” “The Circuit Breakers” and the “Von Trapps” from noon to 6 p.m. a “We have mos t of our fundraisers in March and April and having another in the fall will allow us to respond better to requests,” said Rotarian Kern Lewis.
The Castro Valley Rotary r e c e i v e s we e k l y ma i l e d applications for grants and has already received requests of nearly $50,000 for this year ranging from a $200 request from Boy Scout troops to $5,000 requests for the library fund, Lewis said. “We’re trying to bring in more money to keep up with requests. We think this will also add to the community.”

For more information or to buy tickets ($20 in advance, $25 at the door) for the Sept. 19 Valley Blues Festival, visit

Australia's Sunshine Coast Blues Festival
WHAT: Sunshine Coast Blues Festival
WHERE: Nambour Showgrounds
WHEN: 11th-13th September, 2009

This year’s Fifth Sunshine Coast Blues Festival will be held at Nambour Showgrounds on September 11th - 13th. There is a great line up of over twenty Blues bands including internationally acclaimed Melbourne group Collard Greens & Gravy, Sydney based The Blues Preachers, Queensland’s own Mojo Webb band, the legendary Mick Hadley & the Atomic Boogie Band and a special showcase performance from Mayor Bob Abbot’s Boreen Point Blues Collective, along with Blues Jams, Workshops, great food and good times.

The Sunshine Coast Blues Festival may not be the biggest music event in Australia but amongst its dedicated aficionados it is considered one of the best. The Festival’s commitment to being a true blues festival and supporting local artists instead of Big Name drawcards has attracted an ever increasing band of supporters over the past four years, who enjoy the friendly laid back atmosphere, comfortable surroundings and on-site camping.

The Baby Boom Generation are leading a revival of interest in the Blues. Bought up on diet of British Blues influenced bands like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin and Status Quo, many are spending their newly found free time exploring the origins of the sounds of their youth.

Music Festivals are seen as a young people’s thing but this festival steps out of the box with an average age of around forty. It is mostly mums & dads who appreciate that the kids have gone somewhere else and they are there for the Blues not the booze so there is a laid back ambience. But it is not boring: the festival is well known as a great party where you can let your hair down and dance.

The festival is organised by a dedicated band of Volunteers who are not in it for the money but to ensure that the music gets played and enjoyed. The Festival is staged annually by Artsun (Arts Council Sunshine Coast Inc), the Sunshine Coast's own Local Arts Council affiliated with Queensland Arts Council (QAC). Artsun presents the annual Sunshine Coast Blues Festival as part of its commitment to supporting and promoting the arts across the coast. Artsun is a local, non-profit, volunteer community association. Working in partnership with over 60 Local Arts Councils across the state QAC brings high quality arts experiences to over 500,000 regional Queenslanders each year.

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Jam Night of the Week
Green Iguana
4029 S. Westshore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33611

Jam hosted by Dean Germain & House of Trouble.

Every Monday for 20 years, the Green Iguana Bar & Grill on West Shore Boulevard has hosted its weekly blues jam. Besides attracting several hundred loyal blues aficionados countywide, most of whom have to work early the next morning, the jam attracts the area's best musicians.

The jam has become so well known that international blues superstars stop in to play. "The thing about this is, you never know who's going to show up," said Dean Germain, the jam's host and co-founder. "We've had B.B. King's backup band, Buddy Guy, James Peterson and Lucky Peterson. When blues musicians come through Florida, they go out of their way to come here to play."

Editors note: I had a chance to hit the Green Iguana last week for the first time and had a great time. Dean does a great job hosting and the players, as well as the crowd were very receptive to all that jammed. I look forward to going back and jamming again. If you are in the Tampa Bay area, check it out.

I also had a chance to go to the Monday night jam held at Ka`Tiki at St. Pete Beach. I have gone to this jam about once a year for the past 5 years and it never disappoints. Hosted by Kent Pearson & the Roadhouse Rockers this is a rockin blues jam that is held outside at the tiki bar, right across from the beach. Make sure you go if you are in the area. - Gordon

Where: Ka`Tiki
8803 W. GULF BLVD,
Treasure Island, FLORIDA
( 727 ) 360 - 2272

When: Every Monday 7:00PM

Hosted by Kent Pearson & the Roadhouse Rockers

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John Lee Hooker:A Look BAck

John Lee Hooker, who passed away in 2003, would have been 92 this week. Elwood looks back on his music with interviews from the archive, and some prime cuts, including “Boogie Chillun’,” “The Healer,” “Tupelo,” “This is Hip,” and more. Plus: Canned Heat, and ZZ Top, who took Hooker’s beats and cranked them up. And new music from John Lee’s daughter, Zakiya. The Radio Hour continues its August giveaway of WOODSTOCK, 40 YEARS ON. Thanks to Rhino Records, all this month, one lucky winner a week will take home a copy of this definitive six CD box set. While you’re here register for a chance to win free admission to a blues festival near you.

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