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August 29, 2007           

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Hey Blues fans,


The Old Capitol Blues & BBQs  show in Springfield, IL was a blast last week! was there and we have pictures for you! CLICK HERE to see them


This Friday night you can hear what a GREAT Christian Blues artist sounds like when Glenn Kaiser performs at the Glen Oak Park Pavilion, 2200 Glen Oak in Peoria, IL.

I was fortunate enough to have a friend convince me to go hear Glenn for the first time about 4 years ago and I make it a point to hear him anytime he plays nearby. Glenn is a great solo acoustic blues player and often fronts a fantastic electric Blues trio. Glenn is going it alone for this show but that is a real plus for all you acoustic Blues lovers. He will amaze you! 

There is no admission charge but a  free will offering will be taken at the show to help defray expenses and to help support the work of the Peoria Outreach Center Church.

Like many Blues shows you get to hear some great Blues classics by legends like Robert Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis. You will also get to hear some of Glenn's great Blues originals.  The show starts at 7:00pm.

Here is a video of Glenn with his band for you to check out.


Also this weekend brings the Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival in Rentiesville, OK, the Illinois Blues Fest in Peoria, IL, and the Hot Springs Blues Festival in Hot Springs, AR.


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Featured Blues Events


 Quad-Cities "only Blues" venue!

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

 Pena Brothers
Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 8:30 - FREE Show!

Friday, August 31st - Jack Wessels Band  5:00 p.m.  Wade Braggs and Blueluck 9:00 p.m. 

Glenn Kaiser

Acoustic Blues Solo Performance
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 Glenn sounds like with his band, 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.

This week we spotlight the Reverend Gary Davis. He was an amazing Blues, gospel and ragtime guitar player that has inspired many Blues players including Glenn  Kaiser who is performing in Peoria, IL this weekend (Show info is included above!).

One song Reverend Gary Davis wrote is called "Death Don't Have No Mercy"  and it has been performed by many blues greats. This Blues fan first heard the tune on a Hot Tuna album in 1974. It has been covered by artist as wide ranging as Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead.

Original "Death Don't Have No Mercy" by Rev. Gary Davis


Here is "Death Don't Have No Mercy" Performed by Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead

  All Music Guide has a biography and a complete discography of The Reverend Gary Davis.  CLICK HERE to read this biography. CLICK HERE to view other videos on our website.

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 Blues Link of the Week

The Blues Foundation

The largest organization of blues in the world. This Memphis based foundation is responsible for the International Blues Challenge, The Blues Music Awards and the Keeping the Blues Alive awards each year.

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 Blues Reviews of the Week! 

James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and contributor reviews The Insomniacs CD - Left Coast Blues

The Insomniacs - Left Coast Blues
Delta Groove Music, Inc.

By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker

13 songs; 50:00 minutes; Highly Recommended

 It’s finger snapping, hipster music! It’s energized and fun! And, it should be among the five nominees for Best New Artist Debut at the Blues Music Awards. This CD made me, a weekly album reviewer with limited time, listen to it over and over. That’s how great this album of West Coast, Jump-Blues is.

There probably hasn’t been a totally unique guitar solo passage created in decades, but these guitar riffs sound inventive and fresh when performed with creative bounce and joy like in the playing of 25-year-old Vyasa Dodson. Equally imaginative, two-fisted piano and organ trade leads with the guitar, courtesy of Alex Shakeri, in a traditional manner defining West Coast Blues. All notes are placed judiciously with no extensive, note wasting solos as most songs are shorter than four minutes.

The songs themselves are full of Dodson’s stylized, want-to-sing-along vocal phrases and harmonies, plus there are catchy musical hooks and turnarounds that are in your brain to stay by the second listen. Impressively, nine of the twelve songs are Dodson originals.  With no studio overdubs using horns or such, the foursome recorded the CD to combine various flavors of slow blues, Jump, Swing, Rock and Roll, Twists, and Shuffles that will drive ducks out of the water just to dance.

Justly so, the 4-piece band, with rhythm section of Dean Mueller – bass and Dave Melyan – drums, won the Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award for “Best New Act” of 2006. For a quick tutoring in West Coast Blues, here is the sweet synthesis of decades of top players of the genre from Lowell Fulson and Big Joe Turner to Junior Watson, Hollwood Fats, and Little Charlie Baty to today.

Standout tracks include: “Wrong King of Love” with a “Night time Is The Right Time” beat, a popping instrumental “Crime Scene,” the opening dance starter track, “Stick Around,” and a bonus live track, “No Wine, No Women.”

The slightest downer: the staring, bloodshot eyeball artwork on the cover. I agree with the fan who wrote, “Congratulations! Although, I must say...that eyeball is giving me the willies!”

 To Purchase this CD - CLICK HERE also features a review of Nicole Hart & the NRG Band's CD - Live! NRG 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 8, 2007 (Photos by August Lord)

I have been in a blue funk since The Peppercorn closed months ago. Therapy has been expensive and time consuming. However, I am happy to report on another venue in my own back yard that features live blues. The morning after my visit there, I called my shrinkologist to free up his Thursday mornings. The Genesis Restaurant & Night Club is in the Southwest suburb of Country Club Hills and features live blues twice a week. On Sundays you can hear Vance “Guitar” Kelly & The Backstreet Blues Band. I took in the Wednesday regular, Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues. This place has free parking and no cover, but a two drink minimum. Hell, I have a four drink minimum so this was not an obstacle. It is clean and comfortable and features a well-lit stage area with a pro sound system. When the band breaks, DJ Rock a.k.a. The Baby Boy plays, of all things, blues and R&B. The bottom line is that you get world-class acts for just about nothing. There is not a bad seat in the house, but there were a few empty ones with your name on them.

Billy Branch is The Harmonica Man. Yes, those words are capitalized. His long-time rhythm section is Nick Charles on bass and Moses Rutues on vocals and drums. Giles Corey on vocals and guitar can take center stage comfortably anytime Billy Branch gives him the nod. Musical genius Ariyo rounds out the band on the 88’s. Blues diva Nellie “Tiger” Travis frequently guests and my visit also included some songs by Marilyn B and Randy Johnson. Billy Branch is a true showman. He can walk into the crowd with his wireless mic and make the ladies blush, he can make his harp growl or even chirp, and the man serves up some serious blues. Moses’ vocals are grabbing while Giles and Ariyo provide virtuoso level solos. In other words those S.O.B.s can really play the blues.  -  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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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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