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August 20, 2007
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Hey Blues fans,
The Blues Blast is a little early this week to give you time to plan a GREAT Blues weekend!
This weekend there are 2 GREAT Blues Festivals happening in the Central US. First there is The Boundary Waters Blues Fest in Winton, Minnesota. This 3 day Fest starts Thursday and features artists such as Scottie Miller, Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Alter Boys, Jason Ricci, Shawn Kellerman, Diunna Greenleaf, Anthony Gomes and more. See complete information in their listing down below. Scroll Down
For a sample of how good their lineup is we have included a video of the 2005 International Blues Challenge winner Diunna Greenleaf at a recent festival. This Blues powerhouse gets the crowd dancing in the aisles. They just CAN'T stand still. You won't be able to either!
Also this Saturday is the Old Capital Blues & BBQs Fest in downtown Springfield, Illinois. It features Sonny Landreth, Cephas & Wiggins, Little Rachel, 2004 International Blues Challenge winner Zac Harmon and more. Plus The Illinois Central Blues Club is hosting it's first Blues Challenge at the Fest. 10 bands will be competing for a spot at the 2008 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Check out the complete schedule in the listing down below. Scroll Down
Here is a video of headliner Sonny Landreth as the opening act at Eric Clapton's 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival this July. Sonny is probably the best slide guitar player on the planet.
Music is from 11:00am to midnight with a total of 15 bands for only $5. WOW! Don't miss this one.
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Featured Blues Events
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 info call 218 365-2440 or visit the Fest website at www.elyblues.com
Old Capitol Blues & BBQ
August 25, 2007 11:am to Midnight
Fifth & Washington Streets - Downtown Springfield, IL
2 Stages, 15 Bands, Admission is just $5
Illinois Central Blues Club Stage
Neuhoff Media Main Stage
3:00pm Cephas & Wiggins
7:30pm Zac Harmon
9:30pm Sonny Landreth
Quad-Cities "only Blues" venue!
3303 Brady St. Davenport, Iowa * MAP * (563) 324-4619
Slim & the Bullet Proof Boys
Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 8:30 - FREE Show!
August 31st, 2007 7:00p.m
Glen Oak Park Pavilion - 2200 Prospect Peoria, IL
Sponsored by Peoria Outreach Center Church 309 676-1100
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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 *
Festival Website: http://www.greaterozarksbluesfest.com
NEW to the Blues? Sometimes it is hard for those new to the Blues to explore this journey called the Blues! IllinoisBlues.com 's weekly spotlight introduces (or reminds experienced Blues fans) about a Blues artist or subject worth knowing about.
This week we spotlight David "Honeyboy" Edwards.
David is the last living link to the immortal Robert Johnson since the passing of Robert Jr. Lockwood in 2006. Born in Shaw, Mississippi in 1915, he often played with Robert Johnson.
The video below is a clip of David playing in February 2007 with Earwig Music CEO Michael Frank on harmonica.
Honeyboy turned 92 years young this June and is still playing all over the world, currently on tour in Europe.
It just proves that music keeps you young!
All Music Guide has a biography and a complete discography of David "Honeyboy" Edwards. CLICK HERE to read this biography. CLICK HERE to view other videos on our website.
Blues Radio - Streaming Link of the Week
France's Blues Magazine will tap you into the real Blues scene in France. There's a ton of information and links cool to the French Blues fan including a link to some 24/7 streaming Blues radio. Unfortunately it is all in French so if you are not fluent in French you will be lost like we were when you get to this webpage. It is still kinda fun to look around and poke a bit anyway. If you are persistent you will eventually find the streaming link, W3 bluesRadio, like we did. No worries though, we have figured it out for you. Simply CLICK HERE to listen
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Blues Link of the Week
The Blues Blast Archives
Some of you are new subscribers to the Blues Blast newsletter and some of you have been getting the newsletter since we started in April of this year. IllinoisBlues.com has created an online archive page of links to all the past weekly Blues Blasts. So if you have accidentally deleted one and wish you could see it again, now you can. If you somehow missed a week, it's all here. There is a wealth of information in the archives that you can now get anytime you want.
It seems like we try to out do ourselves each week and you can follow the growth of our Blues Blast newsletter. Enjoy!
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Blues Reviews of the Week!
James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and IllinoisBlues.com contributor reviews BLUE Voodoo's CD - Hot Wire (My Heart)
Hot Wire (My Heart)
Pure Air Music
By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker
12 songs; 52:11 minutes; Recommended
True of False: “There ain’t no right or wrong way to play the blues”? That line is from the last cut on Blue VooDoo’s third album, Hot Wire (My Heart). If the statement is false, then we blues fans and critics can merrily continue our intellectual and pseudo-intellectual arguments about what tis the blues, and what taint. Obviously arguing for “truth,” the sultry and accomplished lead vocalist for the Kirksville MO quartet, B.J. Allen, sings that as long as the music “starts deep down in your heart / Till it seeps down to your shoes” then there isn’t a right or wrong way to play the blues. Sounds like an argument starter to me!
Here is some inarguable truth: Hot Wire (My Heart) is a great rocking-blues album. All twelve tracks are winners, and eleven tracks were penned by either Fuller or Hurd as the band continues to develop their own blues signature. Now in their 5th season, Blue Voodoo has already logged two performances at the International Blues Challenge (2005 and 2006) and their previous release, "The Storm", was a semi-finalist in the "Best Self-Produced CD" competition at IBC 2006.
Jerry Fuller’s 36-seconds piano opening to Track 6, “Blue As Blues Can Get” is so good I would buy the album even if that was the only song on it. After Fuller sets the mood on this slow blues number, J.P. Hurd fills the sound on bass along with David Daniels on drums. Just as the song begins to sound like Eric Clapton’s “Old Love,” Allen’s voice sadly and softly comes in relating her sorrowful and solitary plans for the evening. From there her powerful voice wells up in volume and hurt while plaintively punctuated by Fuller’s added guitar track. No song ever needs to be better than that!Simply said, I’m entranced: Blue VooDoo, go do those voodoo blues that you do so well!
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IllinoisBlues.com also features a review of Elvin Bishop's new CD Booty Bumpin 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 4, 2007 (Photos by August Lord)
Harpist and singer, Harry Garner feels strongly about the blues and live Chicago blues in particular. Harry is a disciple and an outspoken advocate of the genre. The Harry Garner Band ran that philosophy through the amplifiers at The Harlem Avenue Lounge on Saturday night to the delight of the blues faithful in the house.
Harry’s band mate, guitarist Mark Wydra also contributes to the vocals and banter. Mark the Shark occasionally shows some nice rockabilly influence and is willing to buy a drink for the patron that can answer his blues trivia questions. The rhythm section consisted of veteran Al Lopeztello on drums and Mr. Harlan Terson on the four string Fender bass. Harlan and his metronomic bass playing are in constant demand in the Chicago blues scene. The word “solid” came to mind, upon hearing Harlan and Al in the pocket for three sets.
On of my favorites from The Harry Garner Band set list is Hoyt Axton’s The Pusher. Don’t even ask what this (rock) Steppenwolf song and (country) Hoyt have to do with the blues, until you hear this band’s version.
Harry’s special guest on this night was singer Ramblin’ Rose. Before Rose went on stage, she engaged me in very pleasant and polite conversation. With a microphone in her hand, however, Rose rip it up, rip you up, or make you blush at will. Later in the month, Ramblin’ Rose and The Harry Garner Band will be playing at The Record Row Festival in Willie Dixon’s Blues Garden.
For the second night in a row, 3:30 AM found me lugging my camera bag back to my free parking spot. Sure I was irritated that the music had to stop, but then if it didn’t I wonder if I would ever go home. - Lordy
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