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In case you didn't know, the Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor was at The New Lafayette Club in Bloomington, IL last Friday. was there and of course we got some pictures for you! CLICK HERE to see ALL the fun!


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 Upcoming Blues

This week brings the Bluesfestival in Eslöv Eslöv, in Skåne, Sweden, the Östersund Bluesfestival in Östersund, Sweden, the Houston Blues Festival in Houston, Texas, the Great Delta Bear Affair in Rolling Fork, Mississippi and the Tallahassee Blues October Festival in Tallahassee, Florida.


The Kilborn Alley Blues Band is having a CD release party for their 2007 Blue Bella Records release, TEAR CHICAGO DOWN, at Bonkers, 1507 S. Main Street, in Bloomington, IL (309)-827-5822, at 8 PM Friday, October 26th.

TEAR CHICAGO DOWN, has reached number seven on the national roots-blues radio play charts since it's October 9th release.

The band's first Blue Bella release, PUT IT IN THE ALLEY, was nominated for a 2007 Blues Music Award for "Best New Artist."







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 Blues Link of the Week

Wouldn't it be cool if you could get Hubert Sumlin to come over to your house and give you Blues guitar lessons?  Just you and Hubert one on one right there in your living room teaching you that great guitar sound he played with Howlin' Wolf! Or how about a chance to get Keb Mo' to personally teach you his great Delta Blues slide style in the comfort of your own home?

Well believe it or not you can! The Homespun Tapes web site features the largest catalog of music lessons on videos, DVDs and CDs available anywhere.  They have Blues lessons by the likes of Hubert, Keb, Bob Brozeman and Hot Tuna guitarist, Jorma Kaukonen. They also have harmonica lessons by Paul Butterfield, Peter Mad Cat Ruth and  John Hammond and much more!

So if you want to work on your Blues chops CLICK HERE to visit their website now.

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 Streaming Blues Music Link of the Week

OK so do you want to know what is going on with independent Blues music artists on the web? is a site where musicians can offer their music for you the fan to listen to or download.  You go the the site, pick a style of music and listen to tracks by artists who post them.

You can also create a login ID to become part of this music community and upload 3 of your own songs for free if you like. You can also buy a paid subscription that lets you add more songs.  It could be described as a music social networking and marketing site. 

And it isn't just one style of music either! In the Blues category alone they have Acoustic Blues, Blues Rock, Electric Blues, Jump Blues, Spiritual Blues and more. They also have Country, Pop, Rock , Jazz  music and more too.

So if you just want to listen, download or sell your music online, check it out. To go directly to the Blues music section and check it out, CLICK HERE now.

Scroll down to the current Top 10 Blues songs and click one to listen to! There's some good stuff here!

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 Blues Basics

 NEW to the Blues? Sometimes it is hard for those new to the Blues to explore this journey called the Blues!'s weekly spotlight introduces (or reminds experienced Blues fans) about a Blues artist or subject worth knowing about. This week we take a look at one of the most influential guitarists ever, Albert King.

Albert King

Born Albert Nelson on Apr 25, 1923 in Indianola, MS he started out playing gospel music in Arkansas. After King heard some early Blues artists like Blind Lemon Jefferson, he began playing Blues instead.

A large man at 6 foot 4 and 250 Lbs, King's left handed guitar style had a significant effect on his sound.  Instead of bending notes up like a right handed guitarist, King pulled the notes down resulting in a distinct sound. The sound of his single note sting bending style is still copied by both Blues and Rock guitarists. His signature use of the Gibson Flying V guitar also continues to influence rock guitarists.

King played in Arkansas until 1953 when he moved to Gary, Indiana where he ended up playing drums in a group with Jimmy Reed. At about this time he changed his name to Albert King shortly before he met and played with Willie Dixon.

In 1954 King moved to St Louis where he headlined clubs and enjoyed his first successes recording. His single "Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong" made it to #14 on the national R&B charts in 1961.

King's real stardom started after he signed with Stax records in 1966 where he teamed up with Booker T. & the MG's to produce a soul Blues sound which provided some of his most notable work. His 1967 release "Born Under a Bad Sign" was a huge success that influenced both Blues and rock guitarists including Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. In 1972, he released "I'll Play the Blues for You" which continues to influence Blues artists today.

All Music Guide has a biography and a complete discography of Albert King CLICK HERE to read to read more about him. They also include 15 second samples of most of his songs for you to listen to.  

There is also an good biography of him by Greg Johnson on the Cascade Blues Society's website. CLICK HERE to read it.

You can see some videos of this great Bluesman on our website. Click the links below to see the videos

- Albert King with the Blues Breakers

- Albert playing "The Sky is Crying"  with BB King, A young looking Stevie Ray Vaughn and Paul Butterfield on harp.

- 1978 PBS Soundstage footage of Albert with Luther Allison, Pinetop Perkins, Jerry Portnoy along with Neal Schon and the rock band Journey.

We have many more videos of Blues masters on our website. CLICK HERE to view them.

 Featured Blues Reviews 

James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and contributor reviews a new CD by Dave Hole - Rough Diamond

Dave Hole
Rough Diamond
Blind Pig Records

By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker

 11 songs; 53:28 minutes; Recommended  

Who are the best five, living, electric slide guitar players in the world? If Dave Hole is not on your list, it is time to reevaluate! Hailing from Perth in Western Australia, Hole is a master of unique tones where steel strings are tickled and tortured by brass tubing. Born in England in 1948, he moved with his family to Australia when he was a child. He fell for the blues early on when he heard a friend's Muddy Waters record. 44 years later and seemingly out of nowhere, this guitarist/vocalist/songwriter burst onto the American music scene in 1992. Declared one of the most exciting and original slide guitarists, his subsequent five successful Alligator Records albums and live shows earned him critical praise.

Rough Diamond is Hole’s first release on Blind Pig Records. From originals like the title track “Rough Diamond Child” (which opens with an ear grabbing sonic assault), “Can’t Stop Loving You” (with an instantly likeable catchy bounce and sing-a-long lyric), and the slow and shimmering “Yours For A Song” to covers including “Rambling On My Mind” by Robert Johnson, “White Trash Girl ” originally popularized by Willie DeVille, and Buddy Holly’s “Think It Over,” these rock-side-of-blues performances feature note stretching and bending that channel the spirit of blues and rock slide legends such as Elmore James, Duane Allman, and Johnny Winter.

Hole is unique in his over the top of the guitar method of playing with the slide on his index finger. Stylistically, Hole separates himself from the slide playing pack, who use a few familiar patterns, to create an endless series of tones, sounds, and sonic leaps from bass to treble to outer reaches of the solar system. An example is found in the song “White Trash Girl” where, in the first and second guitar solo breaks, Dave plays a series of phrases, but he gives each one a completely different sound and tone.

Faithful fans and new comers alike will be well rewarded to import this Aussie’s album into their collection. Click on these song titles to hear a 1 minute sample of a few songs from the album.  Vintage Wine   Yours For A Song   White Trash Girl   To Purchase this CD - CLICK HERE

For More reviews and interviews on our website CLICK HERE. also features another review by Blues Songwriter, Musician, DJ and Journalist, Ben Cox.

Nappy Brown
Long Time Coming
Blind Pig Records
Running Time: 46:43

The title is very apt for Napolean Culp A.K.A. Nappy Brown. Brown was one of the big hitters on the rhythm & blues charts of the late fifties, producing hits for Savoy Records and helping Ray Charles a little bit along the way (Brown penned “The Right Time” which Charles copped into “Night Time Is the Right Time”). Brown also helped pen a few blues staples, too. The song “Little By Little” comes to mind. After 1962, Brown went into obscurity and has labored on in his home land of North Carolina ever since, doing tours with former Muddy Waters Band guitar player Bob Margolin here and there.

It was that relationship, along with the relationship between Margolin and Scott Cable that helped this disc come to our ears. Cable, wanting to channel Brown’s presence through modern day players, gathered a rather who’s who of young players and a few veterans, too to help mold this disc into one of the best soul-blues outings of 2007 and a large reawakening of the classic days of R&B. I wish a big congratulations to Blind Pig, as well, for putting out one of the best discs they’ve produced in two years.

Brown treats us with a few of his old hits, reworked with the help of Sean Costello, Junior Watson, John Németh, Mookie Brill, Jim Pugh, and The Mighty Lester Horns. The set list is a virtual run down of a classic R&B smorgasbord of original material that ranges from the swing made popular by the blues shouters, the soul ballads of Jerry Butler, to straight ahead blues (listen to the burning guitar of Watson on “Every Shut Eye Ain’t Sleepin’”). Brown also tips his hat to his roots as a gospel singer on “Take Care of Me,” which the singer admitted he didn’t want to do but through Cable’s pressing did it anyway and the producer’s ear does not disappoint. Brown also gives beautiful readings of Eddie “Cleanhead Vinson’s classic “Cherry Red,” which was penned by another of Brown’s vocal idols Big Joe Turner.

For classic R&B fans as well as the soul blues crowd, this disc should be an absolute must-have. Traditional blues fans might appreciate the stripped acoustic of “Cherry Red,” which Bob Margolin gives guitar chops to. I would also expect to see this cross a few BMA ballots come February, too. CLICK HERE to read a biography of Nappy Brown on All Music GuideTo Purchase this CD - CLICK HERE

For More reviews and interviews on our website CLICK HERE.

 Chicago Blues Update

Live Blues reviews by Chicago Blues editor Lordy

Blues Beat: Chicago, Saturday September 29, 2007 (Photos by August Lord)


John Primer & the Real Deal blues band at The Harlem Avenue Lounge

I had the great pleasure to take in another show by John Primer & the Real Deal blues band. This band truly is the real deal in the Chicago blues genre.

John, who was in Theresa’s house band before becoming Muddy Water’s guitarist, is steeped in our town’s music, in voice and with picks or slide. He is one of our high profile stars and so we frequently have to share him with gigs around the world. 

At the end of the month John takes his band on a Turkey and Siberia tour.  Just that thought helps me appreciate how fortunate we are to have talent like this in our backyard. Through the ChicagoBluesBeat website, we have the opportunity to correspond with blues fans everywhere. Only days prior to this gig, fans from Holland where asking where they could take in Pryor and Morrison’s blues while in Chicago.

Mike Morrison on bass, and Vernon Fletcher on drums (although he also plays bass), have each accumulated many miles globetrotting the blues. Dan Beaver on harp and Dave Ross on keyboards, although baby-faced have already been initiated as blues road warriors. 

John, Mike, Vernon, Dan and Dave can all sing as well as play their respective instruments, and Primer frequently gives them the nod to do so. This night’s show was at Kenny Z’s Harlem Avenue Lounge in Berwyn, Illinois. Harlem boasts a very good sound system, and Kenny, the proprietor can be seen tweaking the boards from time to time, as everyone got their turn to shine. 

This band has fun, as you can see from the pictures, and it is contagious.  In answer to a request Primer led his guys through a rendition of Rhinestone Cowboy, and even that was good.  Special guest vocalist Delores Scott stood in for a while and kept the party going. 

Remember, that if you’re at Harlem Avenue Lounge on a weekend evening, you will see a great show.  If you happen to spend your weekends in Siberia, you’re still in luck.


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Featured Blues Events

Springfield's newest and BEST Blues Bar

11 W. Old State Capitol Plaza Springfield, IL

Friday, October 26 8pm Texas Groove Band  Saturday, October 27 8pm  Lowdown Blues Band

 Quad-Cities "only Blues" venue!

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

Friday, October 26
5:00 p.m. Jack Wessels Band
9:00 p.m. Pena Brothers

Sunday, October 28
8:00 p.m. Steady Rolling Blues Band

3207 N University Peoria IL 61604
Located in the Community Bingo Building

Upcoming Blues Bands

Friday October 26th - Folkin Blues Grass Band (From St. Louis)     Saturday October 27th - Toronzo and the Cannonball Express (From Chicago)     Friday November 2nd - West MacQueen Street     Saturday November 3rd - Soggy Bottom Blues Band visited this great New Orleans style Restaurant and Blues bar last weekend. One of down state Illinois best Blues clubs. They have live music every Friday and Saturday and are now booking regional Blues acts from as far away as Kansas City, MO. Check out their ad above and their schedule.  Last weekend they had Dorann and the Soul Mystics , a Peoria, band that was tearing it up! Here are some photos of the fun!



 Blues Society News

The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society - Marietta, Ohio presents
 Chicago Blues Legend Eddie Shaw and “The Wolf Gang”
Friday Night, November 16 at 9PM - Hotel Lafayette, 101 Front Street, Marietta, Ohio
     Tickets are only available at the doors, which open at 8PM, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Ticket are $10 for Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society members,  $15 for non-members.  The Hotel Lafayette has a large dance floor and a cash bar available.  Ohio State law now makes the hotel and the ballroom smoke-free.

For more information visit or contact Steve Wells at (304) 295-4323 or email or  

Illinois Central Blues Club - Springfield, IL

Solo/Duo Blues Challenge

The Illinois Central Blues Club will be conducting its first Solo/Duo Blues Challenge on November 3, 2007 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Alamo, located at 115 N. 5th St., Springfield, IL.

Illinois Central Blues Club  Blue Monday

The Alamo 115 N 5th St, Springfield, IL (217) 523-1455 8:30pm $2 cover - October 29 - Springfield Shakey

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Austin City Limits: Jimmy Reed Tribute Show

Austin City Limits Jimmy Reed Highway: Jimmie Vaughan &Friends Saturday, October 27, 2007, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm ET Derek O’Brien, Jimmy Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr., Lou Ann Barton, Omar Kent Dykes, Kim Wilson, James Cotton and Delbert McClinton perform a special tribute to Blues legend Jimmy Reed

Upcoming Friends of the Blues EARLY shows:

Wednesday, October 31 - Halloween with Dr. Duke Tumatoe, 7:00 PM at Brandon Casey’s in Bradley, IL 815-802-0202. Fun with the Master of Fun! Wear something crazy! Be ready for surprises.

Tuesday, November 20 - Dave Riley, 7:00 PM Brandon Casey’s, 235 N Kinzie Ave (Route 50), Bradley IL 60915. 815-802-0202. CD Release Party To celebrate his new release on Blue Witch Records, Travelin' The Dirt Road!

Wednesday, Nov 28 - Bill Lupkin and the Chicago Coalition, 7:00 PM, Brandon Casey’s. 

James Walker’s entertainment column “Best Bets” Changes days

James Walker’s entertainment column “Best Bets” in the Kankakee Illinois Daily-Journal has moved from Sunday to Thursday to better give a look at entertainment coming in the week ahead.

Nybakke Vacuum Shop Presents
The Stamps Quartet With Ed Enoch
(Elvis Presley's Back up vocalist)
Saturday, November 3, 2007 7:00 pm - Trinity Lutheran Church 801 S. Madison, Bloomington, IL 309-662-7272

Admission is free! Please bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Clare House. 

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