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July 18, 2007           

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Hey Blues fans,

This week starts a new feature called Blues Basics.  If you want to know more about the Blues, this is a good place to start! Check out the new series below.

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Use to plan all your summer Blues travels. For a complete list of Live blues music see the very bottom of this email newsletter or CLICK HERE to go directly to the list of Live Blues Music.

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  Blues Basics - Blues Artist Spotlight

 NEW to the Blues? Sometimes it is hard for those new to the Blues to explore this journey called the Blues! 's weekly artist spotlight introduces (or reminds experienced Blues fans) about a Blues artist worth knowing about. So lets start near the beginning of modern Blues. This week we spotlight the biggest Blues legend ever - Robert Johnson.

Many of the greatest Blues songs we hear every day are Robert Johnson's songs performed by other artists.  Songs like Sweet Home Chicago, Love in Vain, Walkin' Blues, Dust My Broom, Milkcow's Calf Blues,  Rambling  on My Mind, Crossroads Blues  and more were all written by this mysterious Blues man named Robert Johnson. To find out more about Robert Johnson, check out the links below.

 The website  Delta haze has an interesting bio about Robert Johnson at:

All Music Guide has a considerable amount of information and a complete discography of Robert Johnson too! CLICK HERE to read more about this most famous Blues man.


The predicted weather this weekend indicates the high 70's and Sunny in the Midwest. Wonderful weather for a Blues Fest!   So where is THE place to be this weekend?.......  Nothin' But The Blues Fest in Bloomington. IL! 

See the complete information below and save a few dollars by getting your tickets in advance at the link below! will be there so please stop by our booth and say hello!

Nothin' But The Blues Festival

Tri-Lakes Club - 2100 Bunn St

Bloomington, Illinois   * Directions *

 CLICK HERE for Festival Website   CLICK HERE For Tickets or further Info

Friday July 20th

Gates Open at 5:00 pm

6:00 pm

Rooster Alley

7:00 pm

Doña Oxford

8:15 pm

John Primer
& the Real Deal Blues Band


9:30 pm Blues Caravan 2007 "The Guitar Women"

**Sue Foley - Debra Coleman - Roxanne Potvin*"


Saturday July 21st
Gates Open at NOON

1:30 pm

The Gumbo Element

Featuring Steve "The Harp"


3:00 pm

Soulard Blues Band


5:00 pm

6:15 pm

Big Ray &
Chicago's Most Wanted


7:45 pm Tab Benoit


9:45 pm C.J. Chenier




 Blues Radio - Streaming Link of the Week

Loud City Blues channel
All styles of blues & southern soul music from Chicago to Delta to West Coast and all parts in between.  Click Here to listen.

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Message From Pat Peterson - WGLT Radio In Normal, Illinois:


Expressing your opinion works! Thanks to you and other Internet radio listeners, the potentially disastrous new royalty rates for Internet music radio have been delayed. In response to public outcry, members of the House of Representatives initiated negotiations between Sound Exchange (representing the music industry) and webcasters, including NPR, representing public radio web casters like GLT. As a result, all parties have agreed to a 3 month reprieve on imposing the new fees. GLT's live music stream and Blues Radio 24/7 are safe for the time being.

It is still very important that you express your concerns about the fate of music on the Internet to your elected representatives. Learn more and contact your representatives at

 Blues Links of the Week
The mandolin Blues of Rich Delgrosso. Includes some MP3's of Rich playing Blues mando. Also has some interesting Blues mandolin history. GOOD STUFF!

For more Blues links  Click HERE to visit the Links Page

If you know of a COOL Blues link, please send it to

 Blues Reviews of the Week! 

This week we feature another of our review series by James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and contributor.  James does DOUBLE duty this week and reviews two CD's by Ted Cash - The Boss Man & Alternative.

Ted Cash
Big Boss Man
La Fountaine Records

By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker
BBM: 14 songs; 44:18 minutes; Very Good
Alternative: 10 songs; 43:38; Good

Ted “Big Boss Man” Cash is a versatile singer, entertainer, and writer who is fluent in many styles of music. He brings a rich, deep, and seasoned voice to his songs not unlike that of BB King.

 Born to musical parents in Minter City, Mississippi, and raised in Anderson, Indiana, Ted was traveling the country singing Gospel at the age of six. As a young man, Ted had the privilege to sing with such greats as Sam Cooke, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Billy Preston, and The Mighty Clouds of Joy for whom his father sang bass and played guitar.

 Following seven years in the Marines, Ted sang jazz in Hawaii, was a staff writer for albums by Bobby Womack, recorded a successful single “You Are So Wonderful,” lived and performed in Oklahoma and Nashville, and in 1998, located in Las Vegas where he performs and records.

 Consisting of 14 cover songs arranged by Ted Cash, Big Boss Man is a tribute to the great blues performers and writers. The CD won Album of the Year for the Nashville Music Awards and still gets airplay. Standout tracks are “The Thrill Is Gone” and “Boom, Boom.”

 For original songs by Cash, check out Alternative (Experience Ted Cash). Musically, Cash sings some fine Soul and R&B on songs arranged by Joe Wheeler, Vic Fouquet, Lamont Mills, and Lewis Dandridge. Cash’s formidable voice really shines on “I’m Gonna Keep Holding On.”

 If you have not already seen Cash on television or at a Las Vegas function, visit him at

We are also feature a review by Ben Cox of the Peter Karp CD Shadows & Cracks

Peter Karp
Shadows and Cracks

Blind Pig Records 2007
Runtime: 44:16

By Ben Cox

Attention all blues fans, this is not a blues record! I repeat, this is not a blues record! I will tell you what it really is though. It’s one of the better Americana releases Blind Pig Records (a more notable blues label) has ever given to the public. Peter Karp has been playing roots music since his early teens. Karp has enjoyed the ups and downs of his career, depending on where “Runaway” Pete would roam. He has one of the more interesting biographies. I highly recommend you find out a little about this guy before you pass judgment on him at all.

On his first international release, Karp conjures up some of the best in American music with his great wit and irony in lyrics that brings up the names of John Prine, John Hiatt, Steve Earle, and Robert Earl Keen to great jam songs reminiscent of “Brothers and Sisters” era Allman Brothers.

Karp really demonstrates his musical ability on the album by switching back and forth between guitars, harmonica, and keyboards in various forms while always giving his whiskey drenched vocals to the tracks. Don’t get me wrong blues fans, there is some blues here. “Air, Fuel, and Fire” shows us some of his West Coast Blues influence with the swing and sway that you’d hear on a Rob Piazza album (great harp, too) to the homage to his influences “Dirty Weather” with special guest Popa Chubby.

Chubby, Dennis Gruenling, and Garth Hudson round out a great cast of special guests on the album. The guests always add just a shade more of layering to Karp’s already thick sounds from his organ and very skilled guitar playing. In fact, Popa Chubby’s electric slide playing on “I Ain’t Deep” a Tom Waits-esque lyric and his electric sitar playing on the title track has shed a whole new light on one of blues-rocks great imitators of others sounds. There is no imitation in any of the work heard here, finally shedding light on some of Chubby’s truly original talent that can go a little unnoticed on some of his releases.

Like I said, blues fans, this one really ain’t all that much blues, but its worth checking out, especially if you’re a John Hiatt or a John Prine fan. This guy is the next generation singer-songwriter you probably have been waiting for.

Visit Peter on the web at: Or

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 Blues Society News

River City Blues Society - Volunteers for the Blues!

The River City Blues Society in Peoria, IL needs volunteers for the 2007 Luther Allison Memorial Blues Fest August 11, 2007 from 8:00am to 12 Midnight at East Peoria Riverfront Park in East Peoria, IL.

Volunteers are needed in all areas and for all shifts. Volunteer times and positions are filled on a first come, first served basis. VOLUNTEER EARLY!   Your 4 hour Blues shift will get you free festival admission and a festival t-shirt .      Please contact Nancy at

Blues Blowtorch Society - Call for Blues Festival Volunteers

HELP!! The Nothin But The Blues Festival July 20 & 21 will be at TRI-LAKES in Bloomington, Il.  We still need a few more volunteers for this event. Volunteers get in free! Please contact Richard Goff @ 1-217-433-3140 ASAP.

PLEASE NOTE: The location of the Nothin But The Blues Festival location has been changed to TRI-Lakes in Bloomington, IL due to construction at the Sale Barn!

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

Featured Blues Events

Prairie Dog Blues Festival

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


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

Click HERE for Complete Schedule

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)

Festival Website

Miller Lite
Spoon River Blues Festival

JULY 28, 2007 - NOON TO MOON

INGERSOLL COUNTRY MANOR (Route 78 N. - North of Canton, IL)


The Dave Chastain Band

Steve the Harp & the Blues Deacons

The Sally Weisenburg Trio

Creekside Bar and Grill
"Quad-Cities only Blues venue!"

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

Phillip Walker

Wednesday, August 1, 2007 - 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

FREE Show - No cover charge!


The 3rd Annual

Saturday August 11th, 2007
Riverfront Park, East Peoria, Illinois

Gate opens at Noon

9:20 pm Anthony Gomes

7:30 pm Blues Legends:

Pinetop Perkins

Hubert Sumlin

Bob Margolin

Willie "Big Eyes" Smith

Bob Stroger

5:40 pm Judy Page with Preston Jackson & friends

3:50 pm Rooster Alley

2:30 pm The Greg Glick Band

1:30 pm Low Down Blues Band

CLICK HERE for more information

Presented by:


7th Annual

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 more information call 218 365-2440

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

CLICK HERE to visit Festival website!

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     * Directions *

 Festival Website:

 Featured Blues Artists

Steve Arvey and The Saxtelles

Steve Arvey and The Saxtelles to perform at
Prairie Dog Blues Festival July 28th

The most original new band on the market!! Three Female Saxophone Players!!

Powered by Three Female Saxophone Players and Australian Powerhouse Guitarist Pete Cornelius and Inspired by Rockabilly, Swing, Jazz, Blues, New Orleans and 50's rock these musical combinations create a great sound. This music is sure to please many people of any age bracket. Steve has put together a great group of musicians to provide not only great music but a great stage show.

Pete Cornelius is on tour with the Saxtelles this summer. Pete is one of the great new guitar players from Australia. If you like Jr Watson, Nick Curran, Alex Schultz or Rick Holstrum you will love Pete Cornelius.

"Having Pete Cornelius playing with this band this Summer has brought this group to a whole new dimension" Steve Arvey
Steve Arvey has been a mainstay on the Chicago Blues Scene for many years touring around the World.

Dave's Blues Radio Show
Tuesdays - 11:30am to 2:00pm
Blues, R&B, Gospel music from 1935 to 1970's
on WEFT 90.1fm
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Our CD's - "HooDoo Blues" & "Its Gonna Be Alright

Top 100 CD's list April, May, June in Real Blues Magazine

Mr. B.B. King said of Malkum"THis guy is marvelous. He has a rare talent".    "solid blues.. the whole band plays with good energy.. good harp tone"  Bruce Iglauer Alligator Records

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New CD
"Mighty Mighty"

South Side Cindy & The Slip Tones

Glenn Kaiser

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

For more information call 309 676-1100

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Tickets to this huge event sold out in 20 minutes! A friends of is raffling 100 chances for $20 each for two tickets to Eric Clapton's Crossroads Concert in Chicago July 28th. Proceeds are going to benefit the medical fund for Pro Bull Riders. Only 100 tickets will be sold so your chances of winning are 1 in 100. Contact Jim Buckley at 309 246-7396 or email at At we have our tickets, maybe this is your ticket to go too! Good Luck!


Lead Guitar Player looking for a working Blues band

Lead guitar player in the Detroit area looking for a blue's band with gigs. Quality equipment and no ego.  I'm in my early 50's.......played for years.

Seasoned blues drummer

Available for work. You can check out my stuff on . Keep them blues alive!! JB  

Harp Players?

I live in Marseilles, IL.  Trying to find others who are interested in getting together to play for fun and or practice. Would be thrilled to find other players in the area.  Jeff -

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