All news BLUES in the US!

FREE Blues Internet Magazine


May 7, 2008           

© 2007 - 2008

News, photos, reviews, live Blues links & MUCH MORE in this issue! - Scroll or Page Down! quick website links: Reviews    Links    Audio Interviews    Photos    Videos     Blues Radio     Blues Shows near YOU!    Advertise for FREE!     The Blues Blast Archives

Hey Blues Fans,

We made it out to a couple great shows this week. Friday we stopped in to catch Central Illinois best Blues singer, Robin Crowe.

Robin with Tony Crowe on bass and Kurt Grey on lead guitar played to a packed house for Live at the 5 Spot.

It was Robin and Tony's  27th wedding anniversary and Robin thrilled the crowd doing some of her own tunes and also this Blues fans favorite, a song by Etta James, "If I Had Any Pride Left".

CLICK HERE to see all the Fun pics.

On Monday Chris Cain brought his scorching California Blues to a very appreciative crowd at Blue Monday in Springfield, IL.

Being our first time hearing Chris we were VERY impressed. This guy repeatedly got standing ovations for his amazing guitar work.

We have a complete show review by Ben Cox below in this issue.


We are excited to attend the first of the summer Blues Fests this Friday and Saturday at the Simply the Blues Fest in Ft Madison. We will have pictures and some performance reviews and interviews of their great lineup for you next week. Be sure to come out and see all the Big stars including Magic Slim, Eddie Turner, Leon Redbone, Jason Ricci, Diunna Greenleaf, Zach Harmon, Shawn Kellerman, 2008 IBC Winners, Trampled Under Foot and more. See the ad below for details. SEE YOU THERE!

Blues Reviews This Week

James Walker reviews a new DVD by Billy Gibson.  Ben Cox reviews a Live show by Chris Cain. Ben also send us a review of a new DVD by BB King, a review of the new CD by Darrell Nulisch and also a review of a new CD by Steve Guyger. Chicago Editor Lordy sends us Part 2 of  "Lordy's Excellent Chicago Blues Adventure" in a series where he reviews just about every Blues Club in the Chicago area.  All this and much More! SCROLL DOWN!

May 9th & 10th - Fort Madison, IA
For tickets and details visit: 
Simply The Blues Website

Friday May 9th

Magic Slim & The Teardrops

Eddie Turner

Leon Redbone

Louisiana Red

Second Skinny Blues Band

Saturday May 10th
Jason Ricci

Diunna Greenleaf

Zach Harmon

Shawn Kellerman

Trampled Under Foot

Alvin Jett

Rich Berry

Matt Wood & The Thunderbolts

 Live Blues Review

The Chris Cain Band - Live at Blue Monday May 5, 2008
The Alamo, Springfield IL

It was a warm Cinco de Mayo at the Alamo this past Monday evening. It wasn’t just the weather that caused things to be hot. It was the intense combustion and hell fire spewing from a Gibson hollow body guitar and a little 50 watt tube amp ignited by the enthusiastic performance of Chris Cain. Since his 1995 release Somewhere Along the Way on the Blind Pig label, Cain has kept a frenetic touring schedule. Cain hasn’t released an album since 2003 so being “unburdened” by an album to support, Cain let his passion and intensity spill forth with an endless amount of guitar licks, runs on a catalog of cover tunes that lovers of blues greatly appreciated.

With a Tyler Eng on drums and Dwayne Tate on bass, Cain gave a wide-open flow of immense creativity. Tate’s tap style bass and Eng’s splashy swing-influenced drums kept dancers on the floor and a crowd of over 50 Blues lovers well past last call at the Alamo.

Cain was the ever-present entertainer, cracking jokes between songs with his thick New York bravado and a David Letterman-esque smile. When he took off on guitar the jazz influenced blues was so thick in the room you could see it moisten the tables. A six minute “Steppin’ On A High Wire” off  Somewhere, brought the crowd to their feet for the first of several times during the night. From the Howlin’ Wolf classic “Who’s Been Talkin’,” Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Help Me,” to Shuggie Otis’ “Me and My Woman,” the covers tunes were never over the top imitations but, instead were a little something old, a little something new, and always the blues.

The one song that completely awed the crowd was the 10 odyssey of Guitar Slim’s “Bad Luck Blues” that pushed on a little after quarter past midnight. Cain showed his dynamics by throwing speed, tone, and feel up down and all around while managing to walk through the front rows of chairs in the crowd recalling some of Slim’s own stage performances.

Combustible, Intense, and innovation are the three words best describing the performance. If you’re a guitar head or a general blues fan, Chris Cain and his band will surely put your feet to tappin’ and your head a’bobbin’.

Ben Cox is a Blues Songwriter, Musician, DJ and Journalist.

For other reviews and interviews on our website CLICK HERE.

Click image above to visit our website for more info!

(Note: Our prayers are with Little Arthur! The Backscratchers will perform with another harmonica player until Arthur recovers from surgery.)

 Blues Link of the Week

Want to find out what is going on in Blues on the other side of the pond? Slim's Blues is one of  Britain's best hit blues webs. They provide information on Blues artists, CD reviews, audio clips, live music schedules and more. Stop in and check it out. Tell them the Blues Blast sent ya!

For more Blues links, CLICK HERE to visit the Links Page

11th Annual Briggs Farm BluesFestival
July 11 & 12, 2008
Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, USA
Camping On Site

Nora Jean Bruso, Big George Brock, Johnny Rawls, Lonnie Shields, Clarence Spady, Bobby Kyle, Colin John & Michael Hill, Kelly Richey Sarah Ayers Band, Donovan Roberts, Mickey Jr. Acoustic Blues Revue Mark Armstrong, Bret Alexander   570-379-2003

 Featured Blues Review (1 0f 4) SCROLL DOWN For More 

Billy Gibson - DVD: Live at the North Atlantic Blues Festival (2007)
North Atlantic Blues Records

6 songs; 57:16 minutes; Meritable

Style: Harmonica led, four-piece-backing blues band

Did you hear the one about the album reviewer who was mailed a CD to review, but it was blank with nary a song on it so he threw it away? That’s because it is a DVD, not a CD. OOPS! but a true story. To be fair to my friend and fellow writer, the label “DVD” does not appear on the disc itself and appears only once on the whole package (on the back), which has only scant liner notes.

Once in my player, it says “Dolby 5.1” surround sound, but I could only get two channel stereo to come out, which was high quality and sufficiently enjoyable. Subtitles are also not present. The concert was filmed in 2007, but that information is not on the package, only in an accompanying promotion page sent to reviewers. All the package says is “2005 Beale Street Entertainer of the Year,” which refers to Billy Gibson, but that can be misleading as to the performance date.

Well, never mind the package, it is the music we are after when we make a purchase, right? Here is a very enjoyable set filmed in the afternoon “during their first summer tour at the 2007 North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, Maine.” The film crew and editor did a top notch job, and multiple camera angles and shots abound with some split screen effects.

Affectionately know as the “Prince of Beale Street (Memphis),” Gibson throws down one original song (the opening “Down Home”) and five covers across the gig, including Willie Nelson’s “Funny How Time Slips Away,” Eddie Taylor’s “Bad Boy,” and Mose Vinson’s “Tell it Like it Is” which becomes a medley with “Oh, Susanna,” Skip To My Lou,” “This Old Man (He Played One),” and “When The Saints Go Marching In.”

For a harmonica player, Billy is a little stingy with his playing. He shares harp extensively only in the first and last songs with smidgens in the others as he also sings lead vocals. We do get a needlessly-long drum solo mid way through “Bad Boy.”

Gibson prowls the front of the stage and has a great rapport with the audience members (especially the ladies) both down front as well as in the back. He plays some “Name That Tune” in the middle of one song by hitting just a few notes of familiar tunes like “Low Rider” and the theme from “The Flintstones.” Clearly in the groove, Gibson sheds his sports jacket by the third number. Adding to the fun are band members David Bowen – guitar, James Jackson – bass, Cedric Keel – drums, and special guest Charlie Wood – keyboards.

For the show closer, “Polk Salad Annie” Gibson announces, “This is where I play the harmonica as hard as I can and try to make myself pass out, y’all.” Indeed, he does a completely energized, kangaroo jumping, lip shredding performance that eventually has everyone on their feet. The resale value of that particular harp had to be nil following this blowout!

Fresh off April’s Bluzapalooza Tour in Iraq, Billy Gibson first picked up the harmonica at a very young age. “It was cheap and I could easily make sounds with it.” After high school, Gibson’s desire for learning and improving as a musician took him to Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he played with blues guitarist Johnnie Billington and drummer Bobby Little in Billington’s group The Midnighters.

Like many before him, Gibson eventually left Mississippi for Memphis. “Beale Street was my university of blues,” recalls Gibson, referring to the lessons learned as a Beale Street performer. “For a young musician, all you have to do is look and listen and you can learn so much.”

Gibson’s talent and commitment have not gone unrecognized. He received an endorsement from Hohner, his harmonica of choice in 1999. He has made guest appearances on national recording artists’ CDs including Deborah Coleman’s Soft Place To Fall (Blind Pig 2000) and Michael Burks’ I Smell Smoke (Alligator 2003). Around the same time, Gibson received a BA in music from the University of Memphis. He was a 2006 Blues Music Award nominee for Best New Artist Debut.

If you are not familiar with Billy Gibson, this disc is a great introduction to a young dynamo of a performer. Just remember to put it in your DVD player, not the CD slot.

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

For other reviews and interviews on our website CLICK HERE.

Mud Angels

A Bolt From The Blue

 "A wealth of vocal & guitar melodies, performed by front woman Laura "Torch" England and guitarist Kenny Cobb." - Blues Blast Magazine

To Purchase this CD CLICK HERE

To read the Blues Blast CD review CLICK HERE

 Featured Blues Review (2 0f 4) SCROLL DOWN For More 

B.B. King - Live (DVD/CD)

Universal Music Group

DVD Run Time: 1 Hour 52 minutes Live

The legendary Blues Boy King returns with his first live recording in 13 years. (Last one was Blues Summit). The DVD was recorded over four nights in two of B.B.’s Blues clubs in Memphis & Nashville. This recording captures EVERYTHING about King’s live show over the last five to ten years. The show runs the gamut of King’s live repertoire from early back catalog gems like 1964’s “Don’t Answer the Door” and his early Kent classic “It’s My Own Fault”, featured in a medley with “Door” in the middle of the line up.

The DVD is aptly dedicated to BB’s road band and to his late keyboard wizard James Toney. Tragically, Toney passed away shortly after the making of this recording. Leader “Boogaloo” Bolden’s no-nonsense but whimsically stage-presence on trumpet is apparent in his relation to his band and the playful banter he tosses back and forth. (Yes he is related to the late great jazz pioneer and trumpeter Buddy Bolden!)

Two characters in BB’s band over the last six years, Charles Dennis on guitar and young Reggie Richards on bass, are often the brunt of these “attacks” of candor.

In the middle of BB’s stripped down set Dennis’ playful death guitar licks and BB’s glancing looks during “All Over Again” are priceless bits of comedy. With the crowd in the palm of his hand, BB proclaims about Richards’ youth: “I can’t even remember when I was his age” showing why the world’s ambassador to blues still has a knack for entertaining at 82 years of age.

In “All Over Again,” he shows the bands ability to stop on a dime at the wave of a hand and reminisces to the crowd about selling Pepticon on WDIA in his teens.  The band plays the theme to the ad for him as he sings it from memory, telling us “it was supposed to cure whatever ails you” and then goes on to relate how certain male enhancement pills have taken its place.

The listener or watcher to the DVD will be entertained. It’s not BB in his top form of days gone by, but it is still worthy of ownership. It show’s a legend can still show a crowd of any age and size a good time without becoming a parody of himself.

The true highlight of the DVD is the melancholy almost farewell by B.B. in the bonus features found under “BB’s Message To His Fans”. Here he gives us his reasons for recording this “intimate” setting for future generations. You might be taken aback by the emotion of this nine minute message.  Beware those who are tender hearted, as tears might well up! For this recording to have its full impact, you must have the DVD. The CD is a nice companion piece for in the car or around work, but the true power of Mr. King must be heard and SEEN!

This album will exemplify the blues boy from Indianola’s legendary iconic status for years to come. If this is BB’s parting shot, it will give us a warm embrace even long after he’s gone.

Ben Cox is a Blues Songwriter, Musician, DJ and Journalist.

For other reviews and interviews on our website CLICK HERE.

 Streaming Blues Link of the Week

"TOPBLUES" Internet Radio is a station. Some folks report having technical difficulties getting stations at to play correctly especially in MS Internet Explorer version7. It worked fine for us in all other web browsers except IE 7. Terry O' offers an especially fine selection of Blues so after much discussion we decided to have you try this one.

In addition to this fine streaming Blues radio station, has stations listed in music genres for Acoustic Blues, Contemporary Blues, Delta Blues, Cajun/Zydeco, Chicago Blues, Country Blues and Electric Blues. So give this a try and send us your feedback if this works for you. Enjoy.  Tell them the Blues Blast sent ya!

Check out other great Blues Music Streams Click HERE

 Other IMPORTANT News   Help Save the music! CLICK HERE to Keep Blues Radio Alive!


17th Annual

Pocono Blues Festival

July 25 - 27, 2008

Big Boulder Ski Area

Lake Harmony, PA


Root Doctor, Teeny Tucker, Lil' Dave Thompson, Joey Gilmore, The Kinsey Report, Sharrie Williams, Michael Burks, Nappy Brown, Kenny Neal, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Jimmy McCracklinMichael Roach, Johnny Mars, Byther Smith, The Holmes Brothers, Lurrie Bell, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Bobby Rush, Eric Bibb, Geno Delafose

Festival Website Click Here

Theodis Ealey

Friday May 16th, 2008

Excalibur Lounge
2205 Washington St. Peoria, IL

For more info Call 309 637-2200

Hey Blues Fans!

I am a freelance web designer and a big fan of the Blues as well. I make Blues band websites, artist/solo/duo sites, and professional Myspace layouts.  One of my 2007 customers was which is now one of the internet's largest Blues communities. 

 Can you believe the website only cost $400.00?  

I don't talk your ear off about different programming languages or features.  I focus on the best possible website for you and your website visitors.  Most websites packages are around $250.00 and starter sites are $199.00. If you are in need of a new website, a re-design of an existing site, or a professional myspace presence, please contact me at 309-642-9052 or at:  - Nate Kieser

 - Special BLUES Offer! -

I definitely realize it's the Blues, so while running this ad for the next few weeks, I am offering working Blues musicians a complete website design AND a professional Myspace layout, BOTH for $400.00.  My portfolio is located at:

Recent Customer Websites - $250.00 - $250.00    

Up 4 Grabs Band - $300.00  - $300.00

 Chicago Blues Update

Live Blues reviews by Chicago Blues editor Lordy

Blues Beat: Chicago (Photos by August Lord)

Lordy's Excellent Chicago Blues Adventure (Part Two - Saturday Night)

We continue our typical blues odyssey here in Chicago,the capital of the blues. Last weekend we spent the Friday night part of our adventure going from Moe Joe’s southwest of the city center, to the 8700 Room of The Carriage Greens Country Club and finally to The Harlem Avenue Lounge in Berwyn.

 What do you know? It’s now Saturday and as sure as night follows day, I'm picking you all up in my little Jetta to drag you around with me tonight for round two. Starting from the Southwest side again, we get to Vino Tinto in Oak Lawn early enough to get some seats. Melissa and Sara are the young sisters that run this wine bar. Not to worry, you can still have your beer and I can still have my shot.

Melissa has hosted Marty Sammon before, but has never had the pleasure of seeing him play with tonight’s partner the Arkansas Razorback, Doug McDonald. Mike Krystol will also join in tonight on congas. There is some magic when Marty and Doug play together. Here is yet another cd for you. It is Live at Oratio's from the nineties. Even back then a very young Sammon and Doug (with Krystol on bass) were amazing. I stopped here so you can hear and see Buddy Guy’s piano man Marty Sammon while he’s in town. To get to hear the legendary McDonald at the same time is a special moment. Sure, I’ll drink to that. I don’t know when you’re coming back to town, so keep your eye out for a cd of Marty Sammon and Tom Holland which is due out soon. I had the pleasure of sitting in on the recording session and there were some goose bump moments for sure. Mike produced it so there is a great chance he digitized the goose bumps. Wow, it’s 11:45 already.

We’re now heading into the city limits, to North Halstead. It’s after midnight but the heavy traffic, bicycles and pedestrians would have you believing it was 6:00 PM. DePaul University is in the neighborhood so it is a cross between Beale Street and a college campus (with coeds of course). This guy will take our car in front of Kingston Mines and we will walk south a few hundred feet to B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted.

This is not a nightclub. This is a bar. The long narrow room has a small stage in the back with Nellie “Tiger” Travis and her guys on it. Tiger is inciting a riot with her legion of fans. Fortunately, the bartender lady sees us coming and has my medicine ready. Give some kind of signal for your beer, because I’m not even going to try to yell an order for you. We get to the stage just as the set is over. Nellie and her stash of CDs are immediately circled by her fans. Nellie waves but if you want a CD, you’re on your own. In the room behind the stage there are a host of local musicians either done with their gigs or between sets from another venue. I agree, they are a friendly bunch of guys. I can introduce you to Nellie’s son the drummer and Ron Hicks the music director and keyboard man but the others have bolted for the outside where they can grab a quick smoke.

Back up the street we go to The Kingston Mines. If you’re getting hungry they have Doc’s Rib Joint in back. On the smaller North stage we see Joanna Connor and her band. I’m not surprised that you have seen her before on a previous trip to the Holy land, because that girl is always playing somewhere and has a fan base to prove it. You look a little tired but just think! We have four more sets of music, between Joanna and the main stage tenants Big James & The Chicago Playboys.

Yes James is big isn’t he. He does missionary work as he brings his band and Chicago blues around the world. This six man ensemble is surely one of the tightest, most professional acts in town. His trademark trombone is down often enough to hear his wonderful singing voice. Speaking of singers, Mike Wheeler that tall guy on guitar, is for my money, one of the best voices you will hear. It’s a good thing I’m not a reviewer, because my overuse of superlatives for this rhythm section would get me fired. Cleo Cole on drums and Larry Williams on a dyslexic bass are a show in themselves. Goldie Blocker runs that hi tech rig on the far left. It looks like keyboards, wires, vocal synth and more wires. He sings as well.

The rest of the horn section is Charles Kimball on sax and vocals. They are all wearing big smiles and are moving in unison just like the crowd. By this time all the other musicians around town are done and have drifted in. That’s Magic Slim. There is R.J. Howson and etc. This time you decide to get the CD because the folks back home will not believe this band.

Some great writer said “You can never go home”. Some great bartenders have said “Don’t you ever go home?” Well yes I do, because I have to get you home. Our friend has our chariot at the curb waiting. On the way back home we try to list all great people from the blues community you met, and all the CDs you collected from Lil Brother Montgomery to Big James Montgomery. With the sun coming up, I start thinking more about breakfast than sleep. Well actually I never did think about sleep. There will be plenty of time for that after the music stops. I can’t wait to see some of the pictures we took, but alas, it’s day job time until next weekend. You came here a blues fan and you are now a blues fanatic.

CLICK HERE to visit Lordy's website at

To see a Chicago Area list of upcoming events CLICK HERE

If you know of a Chicago Blues event or news, please send it to


Barstool Blues

Chicago Bluesman Bob Levis with a host of Chicago area Blues greats including Lonnie Brooks, Brother Dave Kaye, Steve Ditzell, Westside Andy Linderman, Dennis "Link" Leary, Larry Pendelton, Jimmy Voegeli, Ted Lawrence, Marty Binder and Dave Wood.


"Authentic sound, infused with gritty energy of Chicago Blues."  -  Blues Blast Magazine


CLICK HERE to Purchase this CD


28 Bands - 3 days of Sun & Blues Fun

Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Kal David, The Kinsey Report, Elvin Bishop, Ben Prestage, Steve James and Del Rey, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Otis Taylor and the Black Banjo Project, Little Bobby and the Storm, Phil Guy, Teresa James, Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers, Koko Taylor, Kent Burnside & New Generation, Paul Geremiah, Big Pete Pearson & Rhythm Room Allstars, Great Black Music Ensemble, Billy Boy Arnold with Jody Williams, Iowa Blues Challenge Winner, Alexis P Suter, John Nemeth with Junior Watson, Denise LaSalle, Tinsley Ellis, Boo Hanks, Doug MacLeod, Marie Knight, Big George Brock, The Holmes Brothers

To see the complete schedule CLICK HERE

 Featured Blues Review (3 0f 4) SCROLL DOWN For More 

Darrell Nulisch - Goin’ Back to Dallas

Severn Records

Run Time: 40:33

Since his debut as one of the original members of Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets in 1978, Darrell Nulisch’s laid-back, soulful approach to Texas Blues has earned him respect in the Blues world. On his fourth release, Nulisch returns to his roots with Goin’ Back to Dallas.

Merging the sounds of Texas and Memphis with the grit of Chicago, Nulisch dishes up some of the most bare bones cuts of his illustrious career. Four of the eleven tracks cut live in the studio are originals from the pen of Nulisch and long-time writing partner/bass player Steve Gomes.

Nulisch enlists fellow Texan Johnny Moeller for another round of great traditional Texas guitar. Moeller, Robb Stupka and Gomes seem to be the house band for Severn Records and haven’t turned in a poor performance yet.

Ripping through Texas classics like Albert Collins “Blue Monday”, two classics from the original John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson, Freddie King’s “Play It Cool,” the underappreciated Jimmy Reed classic “Shame Shame Shame,” and the Junior Wells staple “Come On In This House,” Nulisch reworks the arrangements to fit his soulful Texas blues vocals and harp.

The album sounds safe and fun but there is nothing that completely stands out here. It’s straight ahead and it is what it is. If you’re a traditional blues fan, you’ll like it. Nulisch and company may sound a little boring and run together to a non-traditional fan. However, you can’t knock Nulisch for his excellent vocals and more than adequate harp. The lyrical motifs may be old but sometimes, like an old pair of shoes, they still fit well.

Ben Cox is a Blues Songwriter, Musician, DJ and Journalist.

For other reviews and interviews on our website CLICK HERE.


The Code Blue Band

Tight at Midnight

Intensely energetic R&B, funk, and rockin' Blues


CLICK HERE to buy the CD





Bluesfest International
July 10 - 13, 2008
Windsor, Canada

 Featured Blues Review (4 0f 4) SCROLL UP For More 

Steve Guyger - Radio Blues
Severn Records
Run Time 53:03

Steve Guyger’s accolades as one of the best harp players in the blues world for the last 30 years need no mention here. Hailing from the City of Brotherly Love, Guyger makes his home in the Northeast and tours regularly with his band the Excellos. On this disc, Guyger recreates the sounds he heard as a young boy on old time radio. Enlisting the talents of Johnny Moeller on guitar, Steve Gomes on bass, Robb Stupka on drums and Bill Heid on keys, the album’s sound is as pristine and polished as those old records Guyger listened to as a boy.

Guyger pennned 10 of the 14 tracks here demonstrating his deep knowledge of the tradition he was born of. From the rollicking shuffle of “You’re So Fine” to the blues ballad “Cool In the Evening,” Guyger’s supreme command over harp and vocals are brilliant. Without sounding like he’s a knock off another harmonica legend, Guyger’s licks and sounds are purely his own. Effortlessly switching between the higher demand of the chromatic harmonica (featured on “Blues Won’t Let Me Be”) and back to the more traditional 10-hole diatonic, Guyger gives you every sound imaginable from this little tin sandwich. Guyger’s voice is wonderfully slurred sounding like a mix between the belting of Elmore James, the sloppy Jimmy Reed and the gruff of Charlie Musselwhite or Paul Butterfield. He sings and fits in the mold he’s shooting for on each and every track on the disc. Moeller and company don’t play second fiddle either. While fitting in the mold for Guyger’s harmonica fronted band, Moeller and Heid’s leads aren’t greedy or yearning for attention here. They are in the pocket all the time and never stray.

Guyger’s got the bounce of early sixties R&B influenced rock and the fifties and sixties harmonica sounds of Chicago in the bag. If you need evidence, check out Guyger’s easy command of the Joe Liggins’ classic “Honeydripper” instrumental that anchors this album. With a foreword by Rick Estrin (one more outstanding harp player from the West coast), Guyger in Estrin’s words is a “guy you need to get hip to.” Still running high off of last year’s traditional acoustic release with Richard Ray Farrell, Guyger turns in another winning gem to continue his streak of great traditional blues. Visit Guyger on his Myspace:

Ben Cox is a Blues Songwriter, Musician, DJ and Journalist.

For other reviews and interviews on our website CLICK HERE.

Click image above to visit our website for tickets and more info!

 Blues Want Ads

 Place Your Blues Musician Want Ad here for FREE

Blues Society Seeks Artist Dressing Trailers for Blues Festival

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society  (Davenport, IA) seeks some Blues fans who have a large vacation trailer and want to attend one of the best Blues Festivals on the planet for FREE.

If you have a large travel trailer, touring coach or motor home (Air Stream etc) that we could use as a dressing room for our festival performers during the  MVBS festival (July 3-5th, 2008)  we can offer FREE VIP backstage passes and Hotel accommodations at our Festival hotel (The Lodge) in Davenport, IA in return for the use of your mobile trailer. For more information please contact the MVBS office at (563) 322-5837 or by email at 

"workin Blues performers" can place Want Ads here for FREE.  NO Commercial Ads! 
Buy or sell equipment , musicians wanted, gigs wanted etc. Limit 100 words.

All ads submitted will be used if space allows. If space is limited, ads will be randomly selected to appear in the Blues Blast. Ads may be edited.  Send your ad submission to


New CD

Mighty Mighty

CLICK HERE to Purchase this CD



Looking for Blues CD's by independent artists?

It's easy to find it here because Blues is all they have!

Looking for a way to market your bands Blues music?

At you can find independent Blues artists and their music.

Blues Fans can browse and purchase music from the independent Blues artists.

Blues artists now have a place to sell their Blues music to fans worldwide!

 Blues Society News

 Send your Blues Society's BIG news or Press Release to:  

Max of 125 words, Text or Word file ONLY.

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  - May12 Blues Deacons from Champaign, IL, May 19 Dan Sanchez & the Kings of Pleasure from the West Coast, May 26 Stone Cold Blues Band from Springfield (formerly KMC), June 2 Texas Groove from Springfield, IL, June 9 Shawn Kellerman from Ontario, Canada, June 16 Deak Harp & Rev Robert from Illinois, June 23 HARPER from Australia, June 30 Levee Town from Kansas City

The Blues Blowtorch Society - Bloomington, IL

Blues Blowtorch Society presents Too Slim and The Tail Draggers Thursday, May 08, 2008 in a 7:00 PM Early Show at NV Ultra Lounge, 107 East Beaufort St. Normal, Illinois 61761 Tickets are $5.00 At The Door.

Capital Area Blues Society - Okemos, MI

The Capital Area Blues Society's Blues Brawl kicks off the concert season Sunday, May 18th. 2008 at The Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Avenue, in Lansing MI. The show starts at 3:00pm. Admission is $5. Eight  bands will be competing for for a chance to represent CABS in the  2009 International Blues Challenge. Winning band receives $500 in cash, and gigs at the Old Town Blues Festival,  the Mill Street Blues Festival in St. Louis (MI), the Barn Tavern in Grand Ledge and more. For more information go to  or ; or contact CABS President Toni Alexander at

Friends of the Blues - Watseka, IL

The Friends of the Blues presents 2 "Early" shows. Friday, May 9 - Too Slim & The Taildraggers will be performing at Brandon Casey’s, 235 N Kinzie Ave (Route 50), Bradley IL and Tuesday, May 20 – Bryan  Lee will be at Brandon Casey’s. For more information call 815-802-0202.

Live Blues Calendar


Performance dates were submitted by Musicians, Club Owners, Blues Societies and Blues festivals. is not responsible for errors or omissions.

CLICK HERE - for the Latest Complete Blues Calendar on our website at:

or click a state to see Blues shows by State

Alabama  Alaska  Arizona  Arkansas  California  Colorado  Connecticut  Delaware  D.C.  Florida  Georgia 
Hawaii  Idaho  Illinois  Indiana  Iowa  Kansas  Kentucky  Louisiana  Maine  Maryland  Massachusetts  Michigan  Minnesota  Mississippi  Missouri  Montana  Nebraska  Nevada  New Hampshire  New Jersey
New Mexico  New York  North Carolina  North Dakota  Ohio  Oklahoma  Oregon  Pennsylvania  Rhode Island  South Carolina  South Dakota   Tennessee  Texas  Utah  Vermont  Virginia  Washington  West Virginia  Wisconsin  Wyoming   Other

 Submit your Blues performances for FREE at:


 Advertise with

Get the Blues word OUT!


With the new year, Blues festival promoters and Blues societies begin work planning a great 2008 Blues season for all. Festival committees are hard at work booking Blues performers, planning their advertising budgets and getting ready to put on the next great Blues show.

For those of you doing the planning for these great Blues events, remember that the Blues Blast &'s website are great ways to promote ANY Blues event or product. In fact we believe we just might have THE best Blues advertising vehicle anywhere to promote YOUR Blue event!

New Blues CD's.....

For less than the cost of one small display ad in your local newspaper, you can advertise your festival, club show, new CD or any Blues product to a VERY targeted Blues audience. We promise great results getting the Blues word out for you.

Blues fans WANT to know about your Blues event of product. Call Bob at (309) 267-4425 or send an email to for a confidential quote today! covers Blues all over the US - NOT just in Illinois! also offers paid/sponsored advertising for Festivals and Club Owners, Recording Companies and Performers selling their own music or performances. We can put your Blues advertisement on our homepage at:  either as a sponsored event or as a featured event, product, recording or merchandise.  We get 400,000 hits A MONTH on our website!

Nearly 10,000 Blues Fans, Musicians, Recording Companies, Club Owners, Blues Societies and Festival Promoters in all 50 states and in 30 countries read our weekly Blues Blast internet magazine. With paid advertising you can feature your event or product in the largest FREE internet Blues magazine delivered right to your inbox each week.

Contact us Today at

Visit our website at:

P.O. Box 721 Pekin, Illinois 61555
© 2007 - 2008

 Privacy Statement will not give your email address to ANYONE! Period! SPAM Policy
If you ever wish NOT to receive our Blues Blast emails you can promptly un-subscribe your email address.

 To be REMOVED from the Blues Blast Updates

 Send an email with a blank subject line TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW:

Clicking the email address above and then hitting send will immediately remove you.

NOTE: If you use Outlook as a mail client for email from more than one email address this may not work.
Instead send an email with the subject line "Remove Me" to