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August 1, 2007           

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 Blues Reviews of the Week! 

 James “Skyy Dobro” Walker ,reviews 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.CLICK HERE to read more of this review also features a review by Blues Songwriter, Musician, DJ and Journalist, Ben Cox.

Los Lonely Boys - "Sacred"

Epic Records
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.CLICK HERE to read more of this review

 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

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South Side Cindy & The Slip Tones

Mighty Mighty Celebration

Saturday, August 11, 8:30-12:30

NV Ultra Lounge - Beaufort St., Normal, IL

A great night of Blues and Blues/Rock with a little help from our friends in Bloomington/Normal!  $5 cover

Come celebrate the release of "Mighty Mighty" starting into national promotion.
Our last CD, "Change from a Penny", made it to #28 on the blues radio charts this year.

Sign up for a membership to the Blues Blowtorch Blues society at the show and receive: Your choice of "Mighty Mighty" - the new CD, or a "Mighty Mighty" T-Shirt (while supplies last)!

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

CLICK HERE for more information

Presented by:

Downtown Springfield & The Illinois Central Blues Club presents
Old Capitol Blues & BBQ

August 25, 2007 Noon to Midnight
Fifth & Washington Streets - Downtown Springfield, IL
Sonny Landreth

Cephas & Wiggins

Little Rachel & the Rhythm Busters

Zac Harmon

Bill Lupkin & the Chicago Blues Coalition
 w/ Willie "Big Eyes" Smith

Glenn Kaiser

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

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

 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.

Check out other great Blues Music Streams Click HERE

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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 He will be providing weekly Blues news and reviews from Chicago starting next week. Welcome aboard Lordy!

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