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July 4, 2007           

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Hey Blues fans,

The IH Mississippi Valley Blues Fest was awesome! was there and we've got reviews and pictures for you! 


 To see ALL the legendary Blues stars who performed,   Click Here 

A review of Robert Randolph's performance from James "Sky Dobro" Walker is included below.


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 Blues Radio - Streaming Link of the Week

Bryan Lee, Hubert Sumlin and Kenny Wayne Shepherd video clip

OK, so this isn't a streaming Blues "radio link", but a link to a video worth watching. It is so cool we watched it 5 times in a row! We found this video on Bryan Lee's website. (

Kenny Wayne  Shepherd has a a new CD/DVD "10 Days Out...Blues From the Backroads" that is currently one of the best selling Blues CDs. This clip is the song "Tina Marie" from a recent Kenny Wayne appearance with Bryan Lee and Hubert Sumlin on the Tonight Show.  If you have never heard Bryan Lee, you will be an instant fan of this blind New Orleans Blues MONSTER.

The camera switchers at NBC are GREAT letting you really see these bad boys kickin' it! Check out when Bryan calls out piano player Ronnie Osborne for a solo break. Cool zoom!

A blooper for Jay Leno here. He comes out and extends his hand to shake hands with Bryan Lee. OOPS! 

Click Here to listen and view now.  Turn your speakers up LOUD! 

 Blues Link of the Week

Illinois Central Blues Club  -

If you liked the Bryan Lee link above, you will understand why we think this site is worth a look. The Illinois Central Blues Club is a VERY active Blues society. They have live Blues shows every Monday night at the Alamo in Springfield, IL. They have been sponsoring these Blue Mondays every week for the last 21 years! We caught Bryan Lee live there 2 weeks ago for Blue Monday. After 21 years they still only charge $1 cover at Blue Monday. Not a bad show for a buck! Check their upcoming schedule.

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 Blues Reviews of the Week! 

Live at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival June 29th, 2007 - By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker

Robert Randolph is the victim of too much hype. I interviewed people following his performance. They gave mixed reviews. I was expecting glowing accolades from most, but I was surprised a few said he wasn’t that goodl. The uninformed and semi-familiar think he doesn’t just play music, he can walk on water.

What Randolph did do, is bring the largest Friday night crowd ever to the 23rd annual MVBF. It also brought a younger crowd. As one pundit said, “Hopefully, they came in early enough to catch an act or two before Randolph so that they can get turned on to ‘The Blues.’”

Robert Randolph is a mega talented singer and steel guitar player. He is an energetic entertainer from the East Coast Pentecostal churches where, beginning in the 1930s, a sub genre of Gospel music developed called Sacred Steel. Often criticized by church elders for taking the music into the secular world, Randolph has become the toast of the contemporary music scene, garnering gigs with the likes of Eric Clapton.

Robert was seated out front, center stage at his custom 13 string pedal steel guitar surrounding him. The crowd was on their feet grooving throughout the show, shouting their approval. The tempo was always rapid with a Funk beat often morphing into an Allman-esque jam. Robert and his guitar player even did twin lead guitar, ala Betts-Allman of the original Allman Brothers. Things slowed only slightly for “Press On” with the fantastic falsetto voice of cousin and bassist Danyel Morgan. Later, Randolph picked the opening to Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile (slight Return)” on his steel guitar to thunderous approval.

Wearing a New York Mets (#15 Beltran) jersey, a black doo rag, and a constant smile, Robert would often leave the guitar and dance around the stage demonstrating movements for the audience members to copy. Later, he strapped on a metal-flake red Telecaster guitar and sang four part harmony on “Soul Refreshing.”

By the end, one could understand why young people like him so much.

We also feature another CD review by James of the new Mannish Boys CD, Big Plans

Mannish Boys - Big Plans - Electro Groove / Delta Groove

By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker
15 songs; 57:39 minutes; Excellent

Perhaps it would be good to include a fourth category at the beginning of each review called “blues content.” Besides the number of songs, album length, and rating, fans might like to know what the blues album offers: rock, r & b, soul, country, or actual blues. For this, and the previous two Mannish Boys albums, blues content is five out of five – most all in the Chicago Blues vein!

Named for the Muddy Waters song, the Mannish Boys are all-stars from the West Coast assembled by Delta Groove head honcho Randy Chortkoff. Most of the members either lead or are integral members of successful touring and recording bands.

On Big Plans, vocal contributions come from Finis Tasby and Johnny Dyer (plus harp), and guest vocals are by Jody “Return of a Legend” Williams, Bobby Jones, and Rob Rio. Guitar duties are handled by Kid Ramos, Frank Goldwasser, Kirk “Eli” Fletcher, and guest guitarists are Rick Holstrom and Jody Williams. M.B. electric bassist Tom Leavey gets support from upright bass guests Larry Taylor and Jeff Turmes while pianist Leon Blue finds guest Rob Rio at the piano on half the songs. Boss Randy Chortkoff adds vocals on one track and harmonica on two, but guest Mitch Kashmar honks on two tracks while David Woodford blows saxophone on six. The drummer on all tracks is Richard Innes who keeps the beat steady for all 15 tracks.

For me, I would buy the CD just for the two Jody Williams songs. That is how good his voice is, and his guitar playing (backed here by Holstrom) is legendary with Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Rogers, Otis Rush, and on his own early singles. Another price-of-admission track is the up tempo “I Can’t Stay Here” with lyrics and lead slide guitar by Frank “Paris Slim” Goldwasser. “Mary Jane,” written by Leavey but sung by Bobby Jones, is a fun romp with just enough double entendre to keep the listener guessing whether the protagonist’s passion is carnal or herbal. For some blues heaven check Kid Ramos’ super clean guitar backed by Rob Rio’s piano and Tasby’s vocals on “I Get So Worried.”

With both strong originals and seldom heard covers of songs by artists like Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Rogers, and Otis Rush, plus first-class production, readers should make “big plans” to grab this volume of contemporary blues done right!

To Purchase this CD - CLICK HERE

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Featured Blues Events

New CD
"Mighty Mighty"

South Side Cindy & The Slip Tones
CD Release Party

July 6th, Peoria, IL - Riverfront CEFCU Stage

South Side Cindy & The Slip-Tones - 10:30

Nick Boetcher - 9:15     6V6 - 8:00  -  Admission is $7

Visit South Side Cindy & The Slip Tones' website


Nothin' But The Blues Festival

July 20th and 21st, 2007


Tri-Lakes Club - 2100 Bunn St
Bloomington, Illinois  
* Directions *
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 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 The Gumbo Element - Featuring Steve "The Harp"
3:00 pm Soulard Blues Band
5:00 pm Darrien Saffron and the Soul Sensations
6:15 pm Big Ray and Chicago's Most Wanted
7:45 pm Tab Benoit
9:45 pm C.J. Chenier

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

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

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!

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

 Featured Blues Artists


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

Performing Coast to Coast  Booking  by - Village Music  513-305-5931
Oh Whata' Records


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

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.

 Blues Want Ads

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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 Blues Society News

Central Iowa Blues Society - 2007 Solo/Duo Iowa Blues Challenge

Preliminary rounds - Des Moines, August 16, 2007 & Davenport August 17, 2007
Finals - September 2, 2007 At Blues on Grand
Prizes include cash, travel expenses, as well as performance opportunities plus the winners will compete at the Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN during February 2008.

Information and applications are available from the Central Iowa Blues Society at (515) 225-6638
and our website  The deadline is July 16, 2007.

The Illinois Central Blues Club - ICBC Blues Challenge August 25, 2007

Call for band entries. Illinois Central Blues Club - Springfield, IL is holding it's first Annual Blues Challenge during the Old Capitol Blues & Barbeque, August 25, 2007. The winners will receive $500 in travel monies to represent ICBC at the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in February 2008. Interested bands should go to the ICBC website at  for contest rules and forms, or email  or call 217-622-0340. 

PERFORMERS FROM ANY STATE OR AREA ARE WELCOME TO COMPETE!  At least one member of the band must be a member of the Illinois Central Blues Club. Applicants can join ICBC by contacting Mark at the above email address and phone. Applicants should submit photos, band biography, a cassette tape or CD of the band’s music. Quality of recording/picture is not considered in selecting and only the first 3 songs will be considered. Entries must be accompanied by a $10 entry fee. Entry fee will be returned if your band is not selected to compete in the August 25th competition.


Blues Blowtorch Society - Call for Blues Festival Volunteers

The Nothin But The Blues Festival July 20 & 21 will be at TRI-LAKES in Bloomington, Il.  45 volunteers are needed to help with every aspect of running this event. If you would like to volunteer please contact Richard Goff @ 1-217-433-3140 to claim your position.

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!

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