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June 6, 2007    

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Hey Blues fans,

This week brings one of the best Blues events of the year, The 2007 Chicago Blues Fest.

The biggest names in Chicago Blues can be seen for FREE this Thursday June 7 to Sunday Jun10 at Grant Park in Downtown Chicago.  GET THERE IF YOU CAN!

Names like Bobby Rush, Phil Guy, Cephas and Wiggins, James Cotton, Zac Harmon, Chainsaw DuPont, John Primer, Magic Slim and the Tear Drops, Muddy Waters Junior, Koko Taylor, Jimmy Dawkins, Willie Clayton, Billy Branch, Barrelhouse Chuck, Carl Weathersby, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Big Time Sarah, Hubert Sumlin, Jody Williams, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Lil’ Howlin’ Wolf, Carlos Johnson, Fruteland Jackson and many more. Did I mention it's FREE?

The show runs from 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. with six stages of Blues each day. Don't miss this one!

Click Here to see a complete schedule

 Blues Society News

The winners of the 2007 Central Illinois Blues Challenge, Sunday, June 3 were The Kim Massie Band from East St Louis. Kim will be representing the Blues Blowtorch Society at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in early 2008. Second place went to the Melvin Taylor Band. Melvin will be representing the River City Blues Society at the IBC.  Third place went to Rooster Alley

If you missed this GREAT event, pictures can be seen HERE

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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 Billy Jones release My Hometown also welcomes Ben Cox as a new Blues reviewer this week. Ben is a Blues Songwriter, Musician, DJ and Journalist. His review of Ansley Lister's CD, Everything I Need can be found HERE

Billy Jones
My Hometown
Black & Tan Records

10 songs; 45:28 minutes

Clearly, Billy Jones is an exciting singer, song writer, and guitarist deserving more attention. This second album produced in the Netherlands on the Black & Tan label is a great set of variety: original soul-blues, blues-rock, and funk that honor traditions, but bring something new for today.

Born in 1953 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Jones’ family owned and operated a blues cafe often hosting Howlin’ Wolf and Bobby “Blue” Bland. Learning guitar as a child, he was considered a prodigy, who developed a voice similar to Prince, and became an understudy to artists such as Little Johnny Taylor and Rufus Thomas.

Seeing himself as part of the new Blues generation, Jones describes his music, “ ain't that same ol' predictable stuff at big corporate labels...But then...what do these 'fat cat' record company guys know about what's happening on the streets right now?”

A perfect example of a contemporary street issue is his powerful indictment of methamphetamine’s destruction in “Crystal.” The tough guitar accentuates the message, “’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen.”

The CD kicks off acoustically with a soul-blues number that can deceive the listener into thinking the entire album will be in this vein. But, by the second number, gears have shifted to tasty electric slide guitar. Then beautiful shimmering guitar chords underlie the love song in the third track. The title track lyrics tell a poignant mix of frustration and hope underscored by an intricate studio mix of instruments.

Jones is an artist worth the investment of your time. How many artists today are really trying to change things with their music?


By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker -  Recommended


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 Best Blues Links of the Week

Home of lots and lots and lots of Blues information and history. If you are planning to visiting the Mississippi Delta this site has lots of links for places along the way.

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 Blues Radio - Streaming Link of the Week

The Atlanta Blues Society internet radio station dedicated to providing you with the best of Traditional and Contemporary Blues as well as featuring music from the best Blues bands of Atlanta and other Blues Societies around the world. Available 24 x 7 as a Public Service by the Atlanta Blues Society.

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Video Producer wanted in Central Illinois

Looking for a good video production person to work on a project for some Blues artists. This is not a high paying gig but it could develop into something great! Please send an email with your name, experience, equipment if any and phone contact to:


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Do you enjoy listening to Blues CD's and telling others about how great they were? Do you go to live Blues shows and want to share the great music you hear? Want to help "Keep The Blues Alive" in YOUR backyard? is looking to find a few good Blues folk for our new Mojo Street Teams. We are seeking Blues news, reviews, photos, interviews, videos and commentary to share on our site with other Blues fans everywhere. Our  street teams will help promote Blues in YOUR backyard by letting the world know about events in YOUR area anywhere in the Central US.


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Featured Blues Festivals

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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

Click see schedule - Thursday June 7  Friday June 8  Saturday June 9  Sunday June 10

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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

Festival website

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Nothin' But The Blues Festival

July 20th and 21st, 2007

The Sale Barn - 2027 S Main St
Bloomington, Illinois   * Directions
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Friday July 20th

Gates Open at 5:00 pm

6:00 pm Rooster Alley
7:00 pm Doña Oxford
8:15 pm John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band
9:30 pm Blues Caravan 2007 "The Guitar Women"
**Sue Foley - Debra Coleman - Roxanne Potvin*"

July 21st
Gates Open at NOON

1:30 pm TBA
2:45 pm Central Illinois Blues Challenge Winner
4:45 pm TBA
6:00 pm Big Ray and Chicago's Most Wanted
7:30 pm Tab Benoit
9:00 pm C.J. Chenier

1:00 - 4:00 pm Kids Face Painting
1:00 - 4:00 pm The Unique Twist


Miller Lite
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

The only Blues festival in the Midwest held on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River!
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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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