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January 3, 2008           

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Happy Blues New Year!

May 2008 be a great Blues year for all!

We are excited about another great year of bringing you "All News Blues" !

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 Blues Link of the Week

Talk about feeling your disease! Stumbling across this site I felt a strong urge to utter "Hello My name is Bob and I am a Bluesaholic!" 

BluesAholics is a fellowship of blues fans who share and support blues music. Their motto is  No Cure... No Recovery. " IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT, IT'S A DISEASE " There's no cure or recovery for a Bluesaholic.... Though, there are treatments! Treatment is known as the 12 bar program. Recommended treatments include:

-SUPPORT YOU LOCAL BLUES SCENE (clubs & festivals)

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 Streaming Blues Link of the Week

New Orleans Radio is a station that is part of The Lagniappe Broadcast Network. The Lagniappe Broadcast Network is a network of independent Internet Radio stations dedicated to providing quality music in multiple genres and formats.

They stream Blues - Roots, Cajun/Zydeco, Nawlin's, R&B Oldies, R&B and Funk, Blues and Modern Blues music 24X7 - CLICK HERE or HERE to listen.

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 Featured Blues Reviews 

James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and Blues Blast contributor reviews a CD by 112 North Duck - I took The Hook

112 North Duck
I took The Hook


By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker
13 songs; 46:53 minutes; Excellent

 It is my honest opinion that Blues and Booze go together like fireworks and three-fingered roadside stand operators. It probably isn’t politically correct to say so, but some of the best recorded and live music I ever heard (as near as I can remember) were enjoyed in a state of inebriation.

 The music on this CD is beer drinking music – the more the better! By the time you get to the 11th song, “Gravedigger”, a slow blues number, one should be staggering, er, dancing a boozy shuffle, with bottle still in hand. “You were a gold digger; now you’re my gravedigger,” the lyrics lament, as poured out by lead singer Brendan Riley in a powerful and slightly gravelly voice. Then the expert guitar solo in the bridge emotively completes the sadness of the tale.

 Perhaps I was just in a good mood the first time I played this album, but the blues based Country Rock flavors and soaring guitar work reminiscent of Lynyrd Skynyrd just elevated that mood even more. This is, after all, a guitar driven album without the rehearsed finesse of LS, but with all the heart. There is plenty of tasty slide guitar, clever hooks, and bridges to satisfy. Thankfully absent is one lengthy and ponderous guitar solo after another. Here the songs are concise and to the point – some less than three minutes in length and only four slightly exceed four minutes.

 Pronounced “Wun-twelv-north-duk” this Omaha, Nebraska band has been performing since 2004 and is named for “a place where the cowboys would go after many long hard days on the prairie. It’s a place where they could get their fill of rest, relaxation, entertainment, and the always important, female companionship.” While their first CD in 2006 covered classics by Blues greats, this 2007 release has 11 originals. Personnel are: Brendan Riley - vocals, guitar, percussion; Michael Beebe -guitar, vocals; Brian Luger - bass guitar; and J. E. Van Horne – drums.

 The opening title track is so catchy, I was singing along with the chorus before the song was over – on the first listen. It opens with a smile inducing, mid-tempo, bomp-a-bump rhythm before Riley sings the first words sounding, at first, like Randy Travis. As the story goes, she put out the bait, and “I Took The Hook, baby.”

 More fun: the second track contains the clever metaphor, “Your dirty lovin’ could bring a ‘Tear To A Glass Eye;’” a polished version of a Yank Rachel and Taj Mahal gem, “She Caught The Katy;” and an all out rock and roller to close the album, “Mountain Movin’ Mama.”

 This album is too much fun to pass by. Never mind they don’t have a major label promoting them with slick advertisements and national tours. Get the CD, some brews, and friends – it’s party time!

To hear some sample tracks or purchase this CD CLICK HERE for more information.

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P.T. Pedersen - Bass guitar
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Kilborn Alley Blues Band

New CD
"Tear Chicago Down"

Nominated for "Best Contemporary Blues CD" by the Blues Foundation

"From the opening chords and boogie beat of the first track you know you’re in for some deep blues!"   -

 To purchase this CD now CLICK HERE or visit your favorite local music shop to buy this CD and support music in your neighborhood.

(To read the full review of this CD CLICK HERE.)


Our CD's - "HooDoo Blues" & "Its Gonna Be Alright

Top 100 CD's list for the last 9 months in Real Blues Magazine

Mr. B.B. King said of Malkum "This guy is marvelous. He has a rare talent".

“solid blues.. good shuffles.. good harp tone.. vocals have a lot of personality…the whole band plays with a lot of verve and good energy..” Bruce Iglauer Alligator Records and Artist Management

“Malkum’s harp sounds unique…across between Jr. Wells, James Cotton and Snooky Pryer…with Sonny Terry melodic passages. Malkum blows his face off.”  Andy Grigg Editor, Real Blues Magazine

Coast to Coast  Booking  by - Handlebar Productions
Oh Whata' Records presents....

 Chicago Winter Blues Tour
January 18-21, 2008

Say goodbye to the winter blues & hello to your weekend adventure in the Blues Capital of the world!

What's Included:

  • Saturday Afternoon - 2 hour Gangster Tour - See where Capone & Dillinger had their adventures in the 20's and 30's! 

  • Saturday Night - on your own to shop the Magnificent Mile (just steps from your hotel) or get recommendations for dinner & blues music that night from your Tour Director 

  • Sunday - and this is the big event!  Included in your adventure are tickets to see Buddy Guy at his Legends Club!  He only plays his club in January and we scored very big to get these hard to come by tickets!  It WILL be sold out!  

  • Monday Morning - Farewell breakfast - say goodbye and exchange contact info with your new friends!  

Cost:  Only $475.00 per person!

This is going to be a fantastic trip at a great price!  Singles welcome!  Couples welcome!  It's a great Christmas present to yourself or someone else.  We'll do our best to find you a room share if you need one. Space is limited so check out the details and get signed up for a fabulous weekend of blues & fun, Chicago style! 

Chi-Town is one of the most architecturally interesting cities you have ever seen.  The people are friendly and it's very easy to get around.  Take the "L" from either Midway or O'Hare to your hotel, it's quick and easy!  We provide all the details and the fun.  Ya'll come and enjoy!  For more information, visit our website at:

Sign up today!   Call Leslie at 512-627-4790 or email


Featured Events

 Quad-Cities "only Blues" venue!

3303 Brady St. Davenport, Iowa  * MAP *  (563) 324-4619

Friday, January 5 5:00 p.m. Jack Wessels Band   9:00 p.m. Creekside Allstars

Sunday, January 6  7:00 p.m. Steady Rolling Blues Band

No Cover Charge!

 Blues Society News

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

Jan 7 - Blues Deacons     Jan 14 - Delta Highway from Memphis     
Jan 21 - Bill Lupkin & the Chicago Blues Coalition w/ Barrel House Chuck
Jan 28 - Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat from Texas      Febru
ary 4 - Deak Harp Blues Band
Feb 11 - The Groove Daddies      Feb 18 - The Sofa Kings
Feb 25 - The Todd Wolfe Blues Project originally from PA - guitarist for Sheryl Crow 1993-1998


The River City Blues Society - Peoria. IL

RCBS is first meeting of 2008 is scheduled for 7:00pm January 10th, 2008 at the Rhythm Kitchen on Water Street, Peoria, IL.  The society will be electing new committee chairs and planning some great Blues activities for the New Year.  Please attend as your input is essential for a successful 2008. For more information, please call 309 267-4425


Mississippi Valley Blues Society - Davenport, IA

Blues Guitarist Albert Cummings to Play on Wednesday January 16

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents guitarist Albert Cummings and his band on Wednesday January 16 at the Isle of Capri Showroom (formerly Penguins Comedy Club) in Bettendorf.  The show begins at 7:30 p.m.;  admission is $12.00, $10.00 for MVBS members.  For more information, contact the Blues Society office at 563-32-BLUES.

The MVBS was eager to get Albert Cummings back to the Quad-Cities after his powerful performance at the 2007 IH Mississippi Valley BluesFest.  By trade a carpenter known for constructing award-winning custom-built homes, Cummings is also a master guitarist influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan.  After sharing a bill with the late SRV’s rhythm section, Double Trouble, bassist Tommy Shannon and Drummer Chris Layton were so taken with Cummings’ fire and passion that they volunteered to play on and produce his debut recording, 2003’s From the Heart.  Double Trouble again joined Cummings in 2004 for his debut on the Blind Pig label, True to Yourself, which showcases Cummings’ songwriting talent as well as his pyrotechnics on guitar.  Working Man (Blind Pig), Cummings’ summer of 2006 blockbuster release, is the culmination of a guitar hero’s career just taking off.  Cummings has toured with blues legends Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, and B.B. King, who has called Cummings “a great guitarist.” 

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