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August 1, 2007
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This week we spotlight contemporary Blues. If you are interested in hearing the best selling contemporary Blues artists you will appreciate our link this week. It is a link to Living Blues Magazines Top 50 Blues CD releases for 2006. This list will provide a beginning place if you are looking for contemporary Blues CDs for your collection. Of course there are MANY great 2006 Blues CDs NOT on this list. CLICK HERE to see the list.
Sometimes it helps to understand your subject matter so this week we also include an excerpt from the book MOANIN’ AT MIDNIGHT – The Life and Times of Howlin’ Wolf by James Segrest and Mark Hoffman. (A review of this book from James "Sky Dobro" Walker is included below - SCROLL DOWN!)
This excerpt is about the origin and definition of “The Blues” - Shortest and best found anywhere! From page 17 of the book:
“Delta Sharecroppers all too often felt the blues, born of hard times and injustice. Blues songs spread from work songs, field hollers, and spirituals, with roots that stretched back to the rhythms and melodic scales of Africa and the harmonic and lyric structures of Europe. Born in the early 20th century (1900s), the standard blues song evolved into a series of twelve-bar musical phrases based on three chords and an A-A-B rhyme pattern. Simple and evocative, the blues was infinitely adaptable for expressing deep emotion. The blues dealt with the day-to-day travails of poor folks just barely getting by. The best Blues, like Country & Western, its light skinned twin, are concise, powerful and aphoristic: three chords and the truth.”
All Music Guide has GREAT information and a complete discography of Howlin' Wolf! CLICK HERE to read more about him at their site.
Featured Blues Events
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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 and 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
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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 www.elyblues.com
Downtown Springfield & The Illinois
Central Blues Club presents
Old Capitol Blues & BBQ
August 25, 2007 Noon to Midnight
Fifth & Washington Streets - Downtown Springfield, IL
Admission is just $5
Cephas & Wiggins
Little Rachel & the Rhythm Busters
Bill Lupkin & the
Chicago Blues Coalition
w/ Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
Illinois Central Blues Challenge - 9 Bands competing
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
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!
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 *
Festival Website: http://www.greaterozarksbluesfest.com
Blues Radio - Streaming Link of the Week
Secret Museum Of The Air
World music from old 78s. This is not a streaming radio site but this site has lots of old blues records that are played on these recorded radio shows from WFMU.
You have to search a bit to find the Blues, but there is some great stuff on these recorded shows.
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Blues Links of the Week
Chicago Blues Beat
Bluesman Lordy from Chicago has a great little website that covers live Blues in Southwest Suburban Chicago. If you want to find a Blues bar in Chicago land this is a great place to start.
We are pleased to announce that Lordy has accepted an invitation to join the editorial team of IllinoisBlues.com. He will be providing weekly Blues news and reviews from Chicago starting next week. Welcome aboard Lordy!
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Blues Reviews of the Week!
This week we feature a review Blues book by James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and IllinoisBlues.com contributor. James reviews the book MOANIN’ AT MIDNIGHT – The Life and Times of Howlin’ Wolf
MOANIN’ AT MIDNIGHT – The Life and Times of Howlin’ Wolf by James Segrest and Mark Hoffman
Review by James “Sky Dobro” Walker
The book Moanin’ At Midnight – The Life and Times of Howlin’ Wolf is perfect for a history buff who is also a fan of American music. Howlin’ Wolf stands with Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker among the giants in the blues pantheon.
Born Chester Arthur Burnett in 1910 in White Station, Mississippi, Howlin’ Wolf was a giant of a man both physically and in his impact on the early foundations of Rock and Roll. “The Wolf” stood 6’3”, weighed nearly 300 pounds, and was a powerfully built man, but all that was small compared to his influence on the future Rock and Roll bands, especially those of the British Invasion in the 1960s.
A common theme for us Baby-boomers is coming to the Blues through the backdoor of Rock and Roll. When the Rolling Stones released their third American album (The Rolling Stones, Now!) in April 1965, I was a freshman in high school, green as a pool table and just as square. I listened to a cool song on the album, “Little Red Rooster,” with no idea it was a Howlin Wolf original, nor did I have much of an idea who Howlin’ Wolf was. We Boomers were listening to blues music before we knew it was the “Blues”.
Billed as the first full-length biography of Howlin' Wolf, this critically acclaimed book was first published in hardcover, and it was updated and revised and published in paperback.“Moanin' At Midnight” is as thorough as a biography can be, but to authors Hoffman and Segrest the project was clearly a labor of love. A dozen years, hundreds of hours of interviews, cross-country commutes to glean insights into a personal hero, the relentless pursuit of detail...the devotion is unmistakable. The book is also a valuable Blues history resource in general by virtue of its inclusion of many of the Wolf's fellow bluesmen like... CLICK HERE to read more of this review
IllinoisBlues.com also features a review by Blues Songwriter, Musician, DJ and Journalist, Ben Cox.
2 out of 5 stars
On their sophomore studio album, Los Lonely Boys have seemingly hit their stride in the popularity department with "Sacred." On the strength of their released single "Diamonds," a tune with hints much like their first mainstream success "Heaven," they look to be on their way. However, it seems that promotional purposes have marketed this Mexican Rock band as a blues album, which has, well...its repercussions.
The album kicks off with a Los Lobos-of-old flavored rocking number called "My Way" explaining the boys' ways of staying true to themselves and their music, answering any critics' notions of their selling their souls to the big label demons for commercial popularity. However, the real blood and guts of the album is highlighted about five tracks in on a flamenco-tinged, almost slow blues ballad called "I Never Met A Woman" which lends itself to another band of the Texican element called Tito and Tarantula. It has a slow burn feel to it, with just enough spice to definitely hint at the Stevie Ray Vaughan Texas roots of guitar player Henry Garza. The Garza Brothers, though lacking in lyrical content, don't lack in talent. Lush harmonies by all the brothers flourish throughout the disc, reminiscent of their Mexican roots from the mariachi tradition. The Garzas also call on their musical influences in the song "Outlaws" paying homage to Johnny Cash and the Texas Blues traditions. It is obviously that this fantastic band, especially in elder brother Henry's guitar playing, that these guys are rooted in blues but definitely do not produce a blues album.
It also obviously detracts from their previously released live disc which is just drenched and flooded with the influence of Los Lobos, Vaughan, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tito & Tarantula, amongst others in the Texas Electric Roadhouse Blues tradition. With better marketing and experience on the road, the boys from Southwest Texas will make for a real good band blessed in the Texican spirit that they harmonize in the lyrics of the album. By Ben Cox
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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