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November 8, 2008           

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Hey Blues Fans,

If you missed the Blues Blast Music Awards show at Buddy Guy's Legends you really missed a GREAT one!

It was quite the show last Sunday with performances by Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Lurrie Bell, Nick Moss & Gerry Hundt, John Nemeth, The Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, Eden Brent, Sugar Ray Norcia, Teeny Tucker, Tim "Too Slim" Langford, and Gina Sicilia with Dave Gross, Matthew Skollar, Mary Lane and others. 

It was such a great show that even Lonnie Brooks showed up to see this great event. We are told that someone asked him if he wanted to get up and play too. But his reply was "Why in the world would I want to get up after all that great music? Hard to follow such a great show!"

We have lots of photos from the show by Bob Kieser, Susan Walker, Gary Eckhart and Elaine Hughes on our website. To see all the pics of the fun CLICK HERE

Blues Blast Music Awards Winners

The winners YOU voted for were announced at the awards show and here they are:

Best Contemporary Blues Recording - Holmes Brothers - State Of Grace
Best Traditional Blues Recording - Lurrie Bell - Lets Talk About Love
Best New Artist Debut Recording - John Németh - Magic Touch
Best Blues Song - Nick Moss - Mistakes from the Past
Best Male Artist - Buddy Guy
Best Female Artist - Koko Taylor
Best Blues Band - Magic Slim & The Teardrops
Sean Costello Rising Star Award - John Németh

Blues Blast Magazine also awarded their first ever Lifetime Achievement Award to Delta Blues Legend David ”Honeyboy” Edwards. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes significant contributions and a lifetime body of work in the field of Blues music.

The 25th International Blues Challenge - Speaking of great shows, have you booked your hotels for the International Blues Challenge yet? This year marks the 25th anniversary of this great event and it is sure to be a good time. Click link below for complete info!


The 25th International Blues Challenge

February 4-7, 2009 in Memphis, TN

Advance tickets, host hotel information, merchandise and preliminary event schedule are available at 

Blues Reviews and MORE!

James Walker reviews a new CD from Charles “Big Daddy” Stallings. Mike O'Cull reviews a CD by Jake Walker.  All this and MORE! SCROLL DOWN!!!

The New Lafayette Club

Bloomington, IL

Thursday, November 13, 2008


With Special Guests: The Delta Kings

Tickets $20 advance - $22 day of the event


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The New Lafayette Club

1602 South Main Street, Bloomington, IL

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Capital Area Blues Society - Okemos, MI

Breakin' Bread With The Blues 5 - Sunday, November 16th, 2008 4 – 9:30PM -  The fifth annual fund- and food-raising concert for the Capital Area Blues Society and Greater Lansing Food Bank  will take place at the Green Door Blues Bar & Grill The Capital Area Blues Society is teaming up the Greater Lansing Food Bank’s 2008 Envelope Campaign to fight hunger in our hometown

The show features Jimmy G & The Capitols, Cool Daddy Ray & The Snake Handlers (from Those Delta Rhythm Kings), the Lansing Guitar All Stars with Frog from the Beeftones, Stan Budzynski from 3rd Degree, Bill Malone from the Old Town Blues Band, plus special guests, then followed by whiz kids Marble Garden. As headliners, we are proud to announce Detroit’s The Alligators – Admission is $5 for all ages 12 and up, which benefits the Blues Society, plus one canned foodstuff or as much as you feel like carrying for the Food Bank. For more event information, contact CABS President Toni Alexander  517 282-6796.

The Blues Society of Omaha - Omaha, Nebraska

Presenting The Annual Holiday Party with Omaha Rockabilly guitarist Lash Larue's Toy Drive for the Children of the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Sunday, December 7, 2008 5pm to 9pm at BarFly, 707 N. 114th Street in Omaha. Featuring The Dallas Blues stars with Mike Morgan and The Crawl, featuring Jim Suhler. The Side Effects will open the show followed by The Loose Brothers.

Admission is $10, or a new unwrapped toy. Proceeds from the beverage sales will also benefit the Toy Drive. Details at:

Mississippi Valley Blues Society - Davenport, IA

Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater will play a fundraiser for the Mississippi Valley Blues Society on Friday, Nov. 7, at the Redstone Room in Davenport. The night will also include a silent auction of blues memorabilia including framed photos. Doors open at 6 p.m., with Ellis Kell and “Detroit” Larry Davison playing from 6:30-7:30. The first of Eddy Clearwater’s two sets begins at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $20.00, which includes hor d’oevres as long as they last. For Info contact Bob Covemaker 309-373-1181 or Karen McFarland 563-508-6596

Chicago Blues & Bluegrass Festival - Chicago, IL

The Chicago Vlues & Bluegrass Festival on November 22nd, 2008 is a one-day festival hosted by the Congress Theatre. It features 12 hours, 16 bands, for only $31 to help eradicate congenital heart defects in children. A portion of the event’s proceeds will contribute to the research efforts of the Chicago-based Saving Tiny Hearts Foundation. The lineup includes: Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, David Grisman, The Avett Brothers and many more. Check out  for more info.

Illinois Central Blues Club - Springfield, IL

Blue Mondays- Held at the Alamo 115 N 5th St, Springfield, IL (217) 523-1455 every Monday 8:30pm $2 cover  - November 10 - Delta Highway, November 17 - Chris Bell and 100% Blues Power, November 24 - Russell Miller and 6V6, December 1 - Nick Moss and the Flip Tops, December 8 - The Workers (Watermelon Slim's Band) with special Guest Bill Lupkin,  December 15 - Studebaker John, December 22 - Scottie Miller and the Uptake Inhibitors, December 29 - Sally Weisenburg and the Famous Sidemen

 Featured Blues Review (1 of 2)

Charles “Big Daddy” Stallings - Blues Evolution

Tai Jeria Record Company

15 songs; 70:37 minutes; Suggested

Styles: Contemporary Blues, Soul-blues, Funk

Fun is contagious. When it is obvious that the artist is having fun, the listener is more likely to have a good time, too. I know of no artist who has more fun performing his songs than Charles “Big Daddy” Stallings. His witty sense of humor is a big part of the party. Across “Big Daddy’s” 15 original songs, one hears phrases like: “Lightning struck my outhouse,” “Sorry, but a lot of you little girls need to be spanked,” and I think your wife “is cheating on us.”

Exuberance comes across best in a live performance, and although this is a studio production, Stallings presents it as though it is live. Before the full band tears into the ripping instrumental, “Let’s Boogie,” the first words heard are, “Ladies and gentlemen...thank you for patronizing my CD. We’re gonna do somethin’ good for ya. We're gonna be bumpin’ some blues at ya. We’re goin’ on a blues ride. Fasten your seatbelt.”

Immediately, we are introduced to real-deal 12 bar blues in the next track, “Going Down South” with some interesting and humorous lyrics about “kissing in the mouth.”

Scaring the bejeebers out of folks listening to the CD in their car is the train whistle and warning bell sounds opening track 4, “Blues Train Express.” This track is so good, it was the first I played on my blues radio show.

Another headed for airplay is “Hard Times/Good Times,” a traditional sounding “woke up this morning” 12 bar blues. It's the classic Chicago Blues line up with piano and harp in the mix, and it demonstrates that, among his various styles, Stallings’ blues are deeply embedded.

My favorite is a slow to mid-tempo blues, “Strange Things” with its classic tale of back doors slamming as the protagonist comes home through the front door. He sings, “I had a talk with my best friend. The old lady done cut me best friend told me, ‘I got something to tell you; your old lady done cut me off too!’....I think your old lady is cheating on us.” Now, tell me that’s not “strange.”

Ever heard of “blues line dancing”? Yep, it is happening, and Stallings encourages it in a fine Stax/Volt, Memphis Soul horns, James Brown sounding invitation to the dance floor. “All right y’all, stay in line!” “Booty Slapping” may sound socially incorrect at first, but it is just another fun dance song with some rump spanking, ride-that-pony moves.

Fun in the future? Oh yeah, “2999” features helium voiced Martians saying, “Hey Earth boy, did you bring me some blues? NO!...Mars to Earth; Houston, we got a problem. Don’t send nobody up here that ain’t got no blues! Send me some...Jimmy Reed...or you gonna feel the heat and start to burn...from my space gun!”

“Cha Cha 3000” is a complex instrumental that truly reveals Stallings’ genius at arranging strings and bringing harmonica and piano together in the mix. The song floats in the air like smoke rising from a fire on a mildly windy day. The smoke (and song) takes turns shooting straight up, easing sideways, and grooving along in a fashion popularized by the band War’s best harp laced numbers.

Charles “Big Daddy” Stallings handles all guitar (except one), vocals, producing, and arrangements. Bill Pratt plays keyboards, organ, strings, guitar on one and drums on another, and adds background vocals. Ron Jenkins and Tommy Gunn add drums with Glenn Workman on piano and organ, Ronald Bland on bass and a guitar solo, Gail Parrish on bass; Joe “E Flat” Thomas on sax; Kelvin O’Neal on trumpet and background vocals. Additionally, The Nighthawks’ Mark Wenner, Rich Sampson, and Steve Levine add harp while Sterling Patterson adds a guitar solo, Joe Thomas, Aleyshia Stallings and Quesse Stallings add background vocals and Deborah Brown and Milvia Brunel are the “female voices.”

This album demands more attention and begs for Stallings to blow out of his Baltimore digs to share all that fun nationwide.

Reviewer James “Skyy Dobro” Walker is a noted Blues writer, DJ and Blues Blast contributor. His weekly radio show “Friends of the Blues” can be heard each Thursday from 4:30 – 6:00pm on WKCC 91.1 FM in Kankakee, IL

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 Featured Blues Review (2 of 2)

Jake Walker - Confidence Man

Left Turn Music

Jake Walker is New York blues guitarist whose star is on the rise in the worldwide blues scene. He leads a number of bands in the U.S. and Europe and is making a name for himself as an artist to watch. Confidence Man is Walker’s first studio album and features mostly original tunes as well as performances by many well-known blues musicians like Mark Naftalin (Butterfield Blues Band), Mike Lattrell (Popa Chubby, Bill Berry, Richie Havens), Arthur Neilson (Shemekia Copeland), and Matt Mousseau (Big Ed Sullivan).

Recorded live in the studio, the record shows Walkers’ many influences and ranges from Chicago blues to Stax/Volt sounds, Big Easy R&B, gospel, funk, and even surf music. Seemingly more guitarist than singer, Walker is nonetheless deeply soulful and grooving here, at times conjuring a Freddy King-type of vibe but always remaining true to himself.

While an excellent guitar player, Walker keeps his overall sound pretty much in the pocket one would expect from a blues band. That will make traditionalists happy and grind a bit on fans that feel they have heard this sound before. No matter which camp one may fall into,

Walker is worth a listen, if for nothing else that his stinging guitar style. His songwriting will hopefully develop a bit beyond what is here on his solo debut and, when that happens, Walker will be pretty much unstoppable. Highlights on the record include “Can’t Get No Grindin’” and “Somebody On Your Bond.” .

Review by Mike O'Cull

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