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August 20, 2007           

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Hey Blues fans,

The Blues Blast is a little early this week to give you time to plan a GREAT Blues weekend!


This weekend there are 2 GREAT Blues Festivals happening in the Central US. First there is The Boundary Waters Blues Fest in Winton, Minnesota.  This 3 day Fest starts Thursday and features artists such as Scottie Miller, Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Alter Boys, Jason Ricci, Shawn Kellerman, Diunna Greenleaf, Anthony Gomes and more. See complete information in their listing down below. Scroll Down

For a sample of how good their lineup is we have included a video of the 2005 International Blues Challenge winner Diunna Greenleaf at a recent festival. This Blues powerhouse gets the crowd dancing in the aisles. They just CAN'T stand still. You won't be able to either!

Also this Saturday is the Old Capital Blues & BBQs Fest in downtown Springfield, Illinois. It features Sonny Landreth Cephas & Wiggins, Little Rachel, 2004 International Blues Challenge winner Zac Harmon and more. Plus The Illinois Central Blues Club is hosting it's first Blues Challenge at the Fest. 10 bands will be competing for a spot at the 2008 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Check out the complete schedule in the listing down below. Scroll Down

Here is a video of headliner Sonny Landreth as the opening act at Eric Clapton's 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival this July. Sonny is probably the best slide guitar player on the planet.

To see a video close up of Sonny's fantastic right hand guitar technique CLICK HERE.
To view a video of the guitar playing of Zac Harmon,  CLICK HERE

Music is from 11:00am to midnight with a total of 15 bands for only $5. WOW! Don't miss this one.

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Featured Blues Events

August 23-25, 2007  The Longbranch, Winton, MN - DIRECTIONS

Thursday, August 23

  7:00 Both Barrels

9:00 PM Scottie Miller and the Re-Uptake Inhibitors

Friday, August 24

3:00 PM  Scottie Miller and the Re-Uptake Inhibitors

5:00 PM Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Alter Boys

7:00 PM Jason Ricci & New Blood

9:00 PM Shawn Kellerman

Saturday, August 25

1:00 PM Lisa Wenger

3:00 PM  Johnny Rawls

5:00 PM  Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy

7:00 PM Paul Mayasich With Benderheads

9:00 PM Anthony Gomes

For info call 218 365-2440 or visit the Fest website at

Downtown Springfield & The Illinois Central Blues Club present

Old Capitol Blues & BBQ

August 25, 2007 11:am to Midnight
Fifth & Washington Streets - Downtown Springfield, IL
2 Stages, 15 Bands, Admission is just $5

 Illinois Central Blues Club Stage

Illinois Central Blues Challenge
10 Bands competing

11:00 Red Light Blues Band  11:30 Sofa Kings  12:00 Groove Daddies  12:30 Darrien Saffron & the Soul Sensations  1:00 The Rich Fabec Band  1:30 Texas Groove 
2:00 The Blu Tonz  2:30 Pleasure Chest Blues Band  3:00 The Low Down Blues Band  3:30 Frank Herrin's Blues Power

4:00pm Bill Lupkin & the Chicago Blues Coalition  w/ Willie "Big Eyes" Smith


 Neuhoff Media Main Stage

3:00pm Cephas & Wiggins

5:00pm Little Rachel & the Rhythm Busters

7:30pm Zac Harmon

9:30pm Sonny Landreth

 Quad-Cities "only Blues" venue!

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

 Slim & the Bullet Proof Boys
Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 8:30 - FREE Show!

Friday, August 24th - Jack Wessels Band  5:00 p.m.  Wade Braggs and Blueluck 9:00 p.m.  Sunday, August 26th - Jack Wessels Blues Jam 5:00 p.m.  Steady Rolling Blues Band 8:00 p.m.

Glenn Kaiser

Christian Blues
August 31st, 2007 7:00p.m
Glen Oak Park Pavilion - 2200 Prospect Peoria, IL
Sponsored by Peoria Outreach Center Church
309 676-1100

To see what Christian Blues sounds like, CLICK HERE

All roads lead to Sun Prairie for the 1st Annual

Sun Prairie Blues Fest

Angell Park, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Saturday, September 8, 2007 Noon to 10:00 p.m.


Wayne Baker Brooks

Shari Davis & the Hootchy-Kootchy Band

Tate’s and the 008 Blues Band

Queenie and the Blue Cats

The Cashbox Kings

Paul Flipowicz Blues Band

Tickets: $10.00 in advance / $15.00 at the gate

For Complete Information and schedule CLICK HERE to visit Festival website!

500 N Campbell Ave  Springfield, MO

Friday, September 7, 2007

6:30PM  Aunt Kizzy'z Boyz

8:00PM  Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials

9:30PM Joe Bonamassa

Saturday, September 8, 2007

1:00PM The Cate Brothers (Reunion)

3:00PM Lara Price Band

5:00PM Anthony Gomes

7:00PM Leon Russell

9:00PM  North Mississippi All Stars

CLICK HERE for Ticket Info   * Map *

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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.







Chicago Blues Fest June 2007
Photo by Bob Kieser


This week we spotlight David "Honeyboy" Edwards.

David is the last living link to the immortal Robert Johnson since the passing of Robert Jr. Lockwood in 2006. Born in Shaw, Mississippi in 1915, he often played with Robert Johnson.

The video below is a clip of David playing in February 2007 with Earwig Music CEO Michael Frank on harmonica.

Honeyboy turned 92 years young this June and is still playing all over the world, currently on tour in Europe.

It just proves that music keeps you young!




 All Music Guide has a biography and a complete discography of David "Honeyboy" Edwards.  CLICK HERE to read this biography. CLICK HERE to view other videos on our website.

 Blues Radio - Streaming Link of the Week

Blues Magazine  (France)

France's Blues Magazine will tap you into the real Blues scene in France. There's a ton of information and links cool to the French Blues fan including a link to some 24/7 streaming Blues radio. Unfortunately it is all in French so if you are not fluent in French you will be lost like we were when you get to this webpage.  It is still kinda fun to look around and poke a bit anyway. If you are persistent you will eventually find the streaming link, W3 bluesRadio, like we did. No worries though, we have figured it out for you. Simply CLICK HERE to listen

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 Blues Link of the Week

The Blues Blast Archives

Some of you are new subscribers to the Blues Blast newsletter and some of you have been getting the newsletter since we started in April of this year. has created an online archive page of links to all the past weekly Blues Blasts. So if you have accidentally deleted one and wish you could see it again, now you can. If you somehow missed a week, it's all here. There is a wealth of information in the archives that you can now get anytime you want.

It seems like we try to out do ourselves each week and you can follow the growth of our Blues Blast newsletter. Enjoy!

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 Blues Reviews of the Week! 

James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and contributor reviews BLUE Voodoo's CD - Hot Wire (My Heart)

Blue VooDoo
Hot Wire (My Heart)
Pure Air Music

Info: 660-341-9008

By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker
12 songs; 52:11 minutes; Recommended

True of False: “There ain’t no right or wrong way to play the blues”? That line is from the last cut on Blue VooDoo’s third album, Hot Wire (My Heart). If the statement is false, then we blues fans and critics can merrily continue our intellectual and pseudo-intellectual arguments about what tis the blues, and what taint. Obviously arguing for “truth,” the sultry and accomplished lead vocalist for the Kirksville MO quartet, B.J. Allen, sings that as long as the music “starts deep down in your heart / Till it seeps down to your shoes” then there isn’t a right or wrong way to play the blues. Sounds like an argument starter to me!

Here is some inarguable truth: Hot Wire (My Heart) is a great rocking-blues album. All twelve tracks are winners, and eleven tracks were penned by either Fuller or Hurd as the band continues to develop their own blues signature. Now in their 5th season, Blue Voodoo has already logged two performances at the International Blues Challenge (2005 and 2006) and their previous release, "The Storm", was a semi-finalist in the "Best Self-Produced CD" competition at IBC 2006. 

Jerry Fuller’s 36-seconds piano opening to Track 6, “Blue As Blues Can Get” is so good I would buy the album even if that was the only song on it. After Fuller sets the mood on this slow blues number, J.P. Hurd fills the sound on bass along with David Daniels on drums. Just as the song begins to sound like Eric Clapton’s “Old Love,” Allen’s voice sadly and softly comes in relating her sorrowful and solitary plans for the evening. From there her powerful voice wells up in volume and hurt while plaintively punctuated by Fuller’s added guitar track. No song ever needs to be better than that!

Simply said, I’m entranced: Blue VooDoo, go do those voodoo blues that you do so well!

To Purchase this CD from CDBaby - CLICK HERE also features a review of Elvin Bishop's new CD Booty Bumpin by Blues Songwriter, Musician, DJ and Journalist, Ben Cox on our website. CLICK HERE to view it.

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 Chicago Blues Update

Live Blues reviews by Chicago Blues editor Lordy

Blues Beat: Chicago, Saturday August 4, 2007 (Photos by August Lord)

Harpist and singer, Harry Garner feels strongly about the blues and live Chicago blues in particular. Harry is a disciple and an outspoken advocate of the genre. The Harry Garner Band ran that philosophy through the amplifiers at The Harlem Avenue Lounge on Saturday night to the delight of the blues faithful in the house.

Harry’s band mate, guitarist Mark Wydra also contributes to the vocals and banter. Mark the Shark occasionally shows some nice rockabilly influence and is willing to buy a drink for the patron that can answer his blues trivia questions. The rhythm section consisted of veteran Al Lopeztello on drums and Mr. Harlan Terson on the four string Fender bass. Harlan and his metronomic bass playing are in constant demand in the Chicago blues scene. The word “solid” came to mind, upon hearing Harlan and Al in the pocket for three sets.

On of my favorites from The Harry Garner Band set list is Hoyt Axton’s The Pusher. Don’t even ask what this (rock) Steppenwolf song and (country) Hoyt have to do with the blues, until you hear this band’s version.

Harry’s special guest on this night was singer Ramblin’ Rose. Before Rose went on stage, she engaged me in very pleasant and polite conversation. With a microphone in her hand, however, Rose rip it up, rip you up, or make you blush at will. Later in the month, Ramblin’ Rose and The Harry Garner Band will be playing at The Record Row Festival in Willie Dixon’s Blues Garden.

For the second night in a row, 3:30 AM found me lugging my camera bag back to my free parking spot. Sure I was irritated that the music had to stop, but then if it didn’t I wonder if I would ever go home.  -  Lordy

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 Blues Society News

Call for Blues Performers

The West Virginia Blues Society is calling for Blues bands and solo/duo blues acts to compete for cash prizes and WVBS sponsorship to the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge held every year in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Appalachian Blues Competition will be conducted October 6, 2007 at the Holiday Inn-Charleston House Hotel in Charleston, WV.  The West Virginia Blues Society has 18 competition slots to be filled by regional blues acts from all over West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and other states. As the competition grows, so does the level of talent. If your band has the Mojo this could be your ticket to Memphis for the Big Show. This is the ONLY Blues Talent Competition in West Virginia recognized by the Blues Foundation. So, tune up and show up with your best Blues.

While the competition cannot be considered a purely "amateur" contest, the goal of The International Blues Challenge is to seek out the best "undiscovered" Blues band and the best "undiscovered" solo/duo Blues performer in the United State and beyond. The IBC is a real opportunity for discovery to musicians that are truly unknown and unsigned to a record company.

The International Blues Challenge in Memphis is restricted to acts representing an affiliated organization of the Blues Foundation, of which WVBS is one.  The IBC is the largest gathering of blues bands in the world (around 150) and has evolved into the Nation's most respected showcase for Blues musicians ready to take their act to the national stage. Each affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band or a solo/duo act to represent the organization at the IBC Semi-Finals on world famous Beale Street in Memphis. The list of blues greats that have competed in the IBC over the years is impressive indeed: Slick Ballinger, Michael Burks, Tommy Castro, Albert Cummings, Delta Moon, Larry Gardner, Dianna Greenleaf, Zac Harmon, Richard Johnston, Matthew Skoller, Susan Tedeschi, John Weston and Michelle Wilson. Musicians from around the world have commented that just getting the chance to play on historic Beale Street is worth the trip.

The first-place winner of Blues Competition will receive $750 dollars in cash and WVBS sponsorship to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in early 2008, where they can gain valuable exposure to record label A&R representatives Blues industry professionals, and festival promoters capable of providing real career advancement for a serious blues musician. The second place winner will receive $200 in cash and third-place winner will receive $100 in cash. The big winners, however, are the Blues fans who enjoy a day of Blues entertainment.

Winners at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis,  the city considered by many as the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock 'n Roll, receive cash and prizes such as professional consultations and assistance, gigs at some of the country's best festivals, interviews in the world's leading Blues publications, free website design and hosting, and even a slot on the "2009 Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise."

CONTACT PERSON FOR COMPETITION PARTICIPANTS: Complete information, application & rules are available online at

Deadline for application submission is September 1, 2007. For more information contact Competition Director, Jack Rice at 304-389-1439 or e-mail: or Assistant Competition Director, Steve Criner at 304-549-2486 or e-mail:

ABOUT WVBS:  The West Virginia Blues Society is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the history and heritage of Blues music as an American art form through education, activities and events.

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 Blues Fans & Friends Submissions

August 8 - December
Special exhibit in honor of the Sunflower Festival - Photos of contemporary Blues artists from around the USA by photographer/Blues writer: Gary Eckart. A limited edition of these photographed, numbered and signed by the photographer will be for sale at:

Rock 'n Roll and Blues Museum - 113 East 2nd St. Clarksdale Ms. 38104 - 901-605-8662

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Sailin’ On The High Seas Auction: October 13 - 20, 2007

Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise & Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine’s Sailing On The High Seas Silent Auction has raised thousands of dollars and has benefited many blues musicians and nonprofit blues organizations over the past five years including The Blues Foundation, The Music Makers, Koko Taylor Celebrity Aid Foundation, The Luther Allison Endowment Fund, Curtis Salgado, Gimme 5! A Fundraiser and others.

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