Blues Blast Newsletter

July 12, 2007           

Hey Blues fans,

If you missed the CD release party for South Side Cindy last week you missed a good one!  was there and of course we have pictures. CLICK HERE.







Tickets to this huge event sold out in 20 minutes! Some friends of are raffling 100 chances for $20 each for two tickets to Eric Clapton's Crossroads Concert in Chicago July 28th. Proceeds are going to benefit the medical fund for Pro Bull Riders. Only 100 tickets will be sold so your chances of winning are 1 in 100. Contact Jim Buckley at 309 246-7396 or email at

 Blues Radio - Streaming Link of the Week

A GREAT Site dedicated to preserving Country Blues

We featured the website one week as the best link of the week, but it is also a great streaming Blues radio site.  If you love COUNTRY BLUES try this! Click Here to listen.

Check out other great Blues Music Streams Click HERE

 Other IMPORTANT News   Help Save the music! Click HERE to Keep Blues Radio Alive!

 Blues Links of the Week

All Music Guide  -

All Music Guide is a great source of information about ANY kind of music including Blues. You can search their huge database by artist/group name, song title or album title.

If you are new to this journey called the Blues , they have a great "styles" page for every genre of music. They have the following major style headings under Blues - Chicago Blues, Delta Blues, East Coast Blues, Harmonica Blues, Louisiana Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Texas Blues, Electric Blues, Jump Blues/Piano Blues and Piedmont Blues.

Each has subcategories linked to style descriptions and examples of the top artists for that style, the top albums and the top songs.  Everything is cross linked for a wealth of information. A fantastic resource for those seeking to understand the various styles of Blues and the artist representative of each Blues style.

CLICK HERE to check out these Blues style subcategories.

 Blues Reviews of the Week! 

This week we feature another of our review series by James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and contributor.  James reviews The Delta Jets CD  Chairfactory Blues

The Delta Jets - Chair Factory Blues  - Self Release 

By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker

14 songs; 46:37 minutes; Very Good

Hailing from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Dale Anderson has a 40 year career playing deep blues from the Delta. Starting with the folk music boom of the early 1960s, Anderson has competently developed his knowledge of this deep roots music and playing of resonator guitars in the style.  Dale's email is, a “dobro” being an early wooden bodied resonator guitar. For fans of the earliest blues on record, this is great stuff!

Being from Wisconsin has also made Anderson appreciative of the early 1930s recordings made by many musicians from Mississippi in Grafton and Port Washington, Wisconsin. This album by the Delta Jets, consisting of Anderson and drummer Mark Riggenbach, is dedicated to those musicians who recorded within the walls of 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. Pease contact Nancy at

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.

Featured Blues Events

Nothin' But The Blues Festival

July 20th and 21st, 2007

Bloomington, Illinois   * Directions *
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

Prairie Dog Blues Festival


  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

Spoon River Blues Festival

JULY 28, 2007 - NOON TO MOON


The Dave Chastain Band

Steve the Harp & the Blues Deacons

The Sally Weisenburg Trio

Saturday August 11th, 2007
Riverfront Park, East Peoria, Illinois

9:20 pm Anthony Gomes

7:30 pm Blues Legends:

Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Bob Margolin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith

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

August 23-25, 2007

The Longbranch, Winton, MN - DIRECTIONS

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

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!

 Featured Blues Artists

Steve Arvey and The Saxtelles to perform at
Prairie Dog Blues Festival July 28th

Dave's Blues Radio Show
Tuesdays - 11:30am to 2:00pm
Playing only Blues from 1935 to 1970's
on WEFT 90.1fm   Requests? -


Our CD's - "HooDoo Blues" & "Its Gonna Be Alright

New CD "Mighty Mighty"

South Side Cindy & The Slip Tones

Glenn Kaiser

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

 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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