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The Blues Blowtorch Society presents....

2007 Central Illinois Blues Challenge
& Central Illinois Wine, Rhythm & Blues Festival

Sunday, June 3

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

33633 Illinois 9,
 Mackinaw, IL 61755
(309) 359-9463
15 miles west of Bloomington on Route 9

* 8 Different Vineyards Represented 
* Admission $12.00

Barb Hamilton will open the show at 12:30

Eight bands competing - 30 minute sets

Bridget & The Boogiemen 1:15

Knights Of Crisis 2:00

Rooster Alley 2:45

The Low Down Blues Band 3:30

Southside Cindy & The Sliptones 4:15

Trouble No More 5:00

Kim Massie Band 5:45

Melvin Taylor 6:30

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 Blue Review of the week!  Yeah We Got Blues!

This week we feature another of our review series by James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and contributor.  James reviews the new Ruf Records release Time Bomb by Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman and Roxanne Potvin.


Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman, Roxanne Potvin
Time Bomb

Ruf Records
11 songs; 40:45 minutes;

Canadian Sue Foley is the driving force behind this project album that delivers three great guitar playing, singing, and songwriting women within the context of a Blues caravan. All three artists play tribute to the powers of focus and collaboration. Two years ago, Foley put together a two-CD compilation for Ruf Records called “Blues Guitar Women.” The album featured over two dozen female artists playing both traditional and contemporary blues.

The third edition of the popular Blues Caravan Tour represents a logical next step. This carefully chosen trio of performers reflects the diversity and dedication of a growing generation of female blues players. The three ladies are now touring Europe and the USA, and they are scheduled to appear at the Nothin’ But The Blues Festival on July 20 in Bloomington, Illinois.

The CD is a studio album with producer Kevin Bowe (Tommy Castro, Paul Westerberg). The backing musicians are Billy Thommes – drums, Jim Anton – bass, Mark Lickteig – organ and background vocals, Bruce Mccabe – piano, and Kevin Bowe provides some backup vocals, percussion, and programming.

All three guitar slingers blast the instrumental first track like an exploding estrogen bomb. Trading leads and rhythm, the 3:17 frantically paced number is undoubtedly a killer when performed live, but seems just obligatory for the CD. The only other song featuring all 3 is better, as they both sing and play with real joy on Bill Davis’ “In the Basement.”

Across the album, the pacing is judicious with only two songs reaching four minutes. Three songs are sung by Potvin with two also being penned by her. Foley sings three of her own compositions, and Coleman sings one original, one by Kevin Bowe, and a funk laced cover of James Brown’s “Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothin’”.

Standouts include Potvin playing and singing the welling “Strong Enough To Hold You,” Sue Foley’s retro-sounding “Show Me,” and Coleman’s propulsive “Motor City.”

As long as you don’t expect magic that occasionally comes from collaborations, you’ll find this album energetic and competent with unedited side comments adding to the fun.

By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker -  Excellent

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Chicago Blues Festival
    2007 June 7-10, 2007
    Grant Park in Downtown Chicago
    Free Admission
    11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

             Six Stages of Blues Each day

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Friday June 29th, 2007


Best Western Ashland House
201 Ashland Ave, Morton, IL
309 266-6919


Mark Hummel

Billy Branch

James Harmon

    Blue Bella Recording Artist's
Kilborn Alley Blues Band

Russell Miller & 6V6

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2007 IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
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Friday June 29th
Damon Fowler Group  Albert Cummings  Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band  Robert Randolph & the Family Band  Robert Belfour  Paul Oscher  Big Bill Morganfield  Nappy Brown  Bob Margolin  Willie “Big Eyes” Smith 
Mookie Brill

Saturday June 30th
Kelly Richey  Jason Ricci and New Blood  Big James & the Chicago Playboys 
The Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson Band  Blues harp blowout featuring Mark Hummel  James Harman  Paul Oscher  Bad Luck City featuring Matt Woods and Michael Swanger  Jimmy “Duck” Holmes  Alberta Adams & RJ’s Rhythm Rockers with CeeCee Collins  Ari Brown Quartet  Watermelon Slim  Trudy Lynn with The Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings

Sunday July 1st
 Dona Oxford  Tom Principato  Ruby Wilson  Little Charlie & the Nightcats  Drink Small “The Blues Doctor”  Dave MacKenzie  Bruce Katz  Henry Gray & the Cats

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Spoon River Blues Festival

JULY 28, 2007 - NOON TO MOON


Route 78 N. Just North Of Canton, IL



The Dave Chastain Band

Steve the Harp & the Blues Deacons

The Sally Weisenburg Trio

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Prairie Dog Blues Festival

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  July 27th & 28th, 2007
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin on St. Feriole Island

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Friday, July 27, 2007

The Tom Hunter Band - Shannon Curfman - Alvin Jett & Phat noiZ - Tab Benoit 
Plus Big Daddy Cade & The Blues Masters

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Everett Smithson Band - Kevin "B.F." Burt & the Instigators - Mark Sallings & the Famous Unknowns 
Steve Arvey & The Saxtelles  - Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials  Anthony Gomes
Plus  Pete Cornelius  (from Australia)

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