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May 23, 2007    

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 Blues Review of the week!  Yeah We Got Blues!


Candye Kane - Guitar’d and Feathered
Ruf Records   13 songs; 40:04 minutes

We are approaching the day when the “professional studio” recording will be the exception instead of the norm. With digital recording systems meaning virtually anyone can record a CD, many albums that reviewers encounter sound exactly like they were recorded “at home.” Candye Kane’s latest release since White Trash Girl in 2005, also on Ruf Records, is fully competent with professional recording, mixing, mastering, and co-production by Bob Margolin.

Guitar'd & Feathered is a treasure chest of varied guitar, soulful music, and torch blues. There is a wide variety of styles, tempos, and guests, but Candye sings with such depth and power that she is always the central focus. Known for her exciting and entertaining - and sometimes adult-oriented - stage show, Candye is a natural-born, supremely-gifted vocalist who can sing her humanity and touch ours.

Kane’s vocal acumen is complimented by CLICK HERE to read more of this review 

Featured Blues Festivals

Spoon River Blues Festival

JULY 28, 2007 - NOON TO MOON


The Dave Chastain Band

Steve the Harp & the Blues Deacons

The Sally Weisenburg Trio


Friday June 29th, 2007

Best Western Ashland House 201 Ashland Ave, Morton, IL

Mark Hummel

Billy Branch

James Harmon

    Blue Bella Recording Artist's
Kilborn Alley Blues Band

Chicago Blues Festival
    2007 June 7-10, 2007
    Grant Park in Downtown Chicago
    Free Admission
    11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

             Six Stages of Blues Each day

Click see schedule - Thursday June 7  Friday June 8  Saturday June 9  Sunday June 10

2007 IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Friday June 29th
Damon Fowler Group  Albert Cummings  Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band  Robert Randolph & the Family Band  Robert Belfour  Paul Oscher  Big Bill Morganfield  Nappy Brown  Bob Margolin  Willie “Big Eyes” Smith 
Mookie Brill

Saturday June 30th
Kelly Richey  Jason Ricci and New Blood  Big James & the Chicago Playboys 
The Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson Band  Blues harp blowout featuring Mark Hummel  James Harman  Paul Oscher  Bad Luck City featuring Matt Woods and Michael Swanger  Jimmy “Duck” Holmes  Alberta Adams & RJ’s Rhythm Rockers with CeeCee Collins  Ari Brown Quartet  Watermelon Slim  Trudy Lynn with The Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings

Sunday July 1st
 Dona Oxford  Tom Principato  Ruby Wilson  Little Charlie & the Nightcats  Drink Small “The Blues Doctor”  Dave MacKenzie  Bruce Katz  Henry Gray & the Cats

Prairie Dog Blues Festival


  July 27th & 28th, 2007
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin on St. Feriole Island

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)

 Featured Blues Artist:

South Side Cindy

Visit South Side Cindy & The Slip Tones' website

 Best Blues Links of the Week

Blues Glossary - Language of the Blues
Cop the groovy lingo!
American Blues has established a colorful language to go with the heartfelt music. Most terms come from the rural African-American experience or the melting pot of New Orleans. Here is a glossary of those terms.  Click HERE for Glossary 


Click HERE for the legend of Stagger Lee information.

A very interesting blues-oriented website which explores the meaning and significance of the legend of Stagger Lee. (The song has also been called Billy Lyons and Stackalee; Mrs. Delion's Lament; Stagger Lee; Stack O'Lee Blues; Stagolee; Stackerlee; Stack O Lee; Stagolee Was a Bully)

 Blues Radio - Streaming Link of the Week

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 Blues Society News

This Thursday , May 24, Friends of the Blues from the Kankakee area is presenting NICK MOSS AND THE FLIP TOPS, 7:00 pm, Brandon Casey's, 235 N Kinzie Ave (Route 50), Bradley IL 60915 (Kankakee metro area). Cover $5.00

Nominated for 4 Blues Music Awards in 2007 including Band of the Year and Guitarist of the Year, Nick Moss and the Flip Tops tour nationally and internationally and are recognized as the best "younger band" playing real deal Chicago Blues. Visit: 


Video Producer wanted in Central Illinois

Looking for a good video production person to work on a project for some Blues artists. This is not a high paying gig but it could develop into something great! Please send an email with your name, experience, equipment if any and phone contact to:

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