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|The Stone Foxes :: TWELVE SPELLS|
|The Stone Foxes are a blues-influenced rock n roll band with one objective: “We’re 6 dudes who believe rock n roll can move mountains, and we’re gonna play it until we move one.” They are perhaps best known for their blistering cover of Slim Harpo's "King Bee."|
They hail from San Francisco and with the release of their fourth album, Twelve Spells, they have solidified a place in the city's rich rock n roll history. They’ve played in front of thousands at festivals like Outside Lands and VooDoo Fest, they’ve headlined the legendary Fillmore Theater in their hometown and have supported acts like The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant and ZZ Top. This is San Francisco’s rock band; bearing the torch of their predecessors and ready to shake the earth.
... Find more details about this release
"I Want To Be You"
|The Lucky Losers (featuring Cathy Lemons & Phil Berkowitz) :: A WINNING HAND|
|Veteran blues vocalist Cathy Lemons (Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Lee Hooker, Anson Funderburgh) has teamed with harmonica master and vocalist Phil Berkowitz (Sean Carney, Billy Branch) to return the duet to |
blues and roots music. Their unique, modern approach to classic blues and R&B combines compelling originals with new takes on rarely
recorded covers. The outstanding A Winning Hand, produced by Kid Andersen at Greaseland Studios, includes guest artists Kid Andersen,
the legendary Steve Freund, 2015 IBC Best Guitarist winner Ben Rice, and more. This auspicious debut is a winner that’s poised to make its mark on the blues world at large.
The album’s wide range of influences include Chicago and Texas blues,
Stax/Volt-styled soul, blues rock, jazz, and New Orleans funk. ...Find more about this release
"What Have I Done"
|Saying Farewell to Blind Pig Records|
|We’re going to miss our dear friends at Blind Pig and that’s an understatement! So many wonderful memories of these industry stalwarts’ and their devotion to the music we love. They have been part of our family for many years and now they are closing their offices. We recently got this bittersweet announcement.|
Message from Edward Chmelewski and Jerry Del Giudice, Co-Founders of Blind Pig Records:
“Blind Pig Records got its start in a very small basement blues club called the Blind Pig Café in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1977 and grew to become, as Billboard magazine put it, “one of the pre-eminent specialty labels in the world.”
Now, after a very great, rewarding, and challenging thirty-eight year run we are closing down the San Francisco and Chicago offices and turning the keys to the Pig Pen over to The Orchard, a fine, forward-looking organization that will care for the legacy of the label. ... Read more about the Blind Pig legacy
|West Coast Women’s Blues Revue Guaranteed an Unforgettable Performance|
|Bringing together the very best of Pacific Northwest female blues artists, the West Coast Women’s Blues Revue (WCWBR) is guaranteed to be an unforgettable performance. The amazing rotating line-up includes Lady A, Patti Allen, Teri Anne Wilson and Stacy Jones.|
Together they have toured their soulful and funky gospel-tinged Blues styles to festivals, casinos, blues venues and wineries since 2010. WCWBR are now booking 2016.
Collectively, they have garnered hundreds of blues awards and nominations, performed extensively throughout Europe, Canada and the United States, received rave reviews, and recorded over 10 albums.
“West Coast Women's Blues Revue is a showcase of firepower talent
from four of the best in the business. ... Read more details about WCWBR and find contact info
|International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Reopens Entries For “Stocking Stuffer” Holiday Promotion|
|Kesha, Pat Metheny, Lorde, Tom Waits, Bill Withers, Avicci, Hardwell, Keb’ Mo’, Casting Crowns, Bastille, and Many More To Select Winners|
NASHVILLE, TN – In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, ISC is reopening submissions for one week only (Dec. 15-22, 2015) for its annual Stocking Stuffer, and the fee is a discounted $25 per entry. All entries will also be automatically entered into the ISC 2015 competition. Songs may be submitted online via the ISC, Sonicbids, or Acceptd platforms or by mail. Click here to enter.
ISC is dedicated to nurturing the talent of songwriters throughout the world and is the only competition in the world to offer such a high-profile panel of judges. The caliber of judges has always been a hallmark of the prestige and value of ISC.... Read more about ISC
|Bluespower Holiday Show to Benefit L.A. Children’s Hospital|
|MISSION VIEJO, CA - In keeping with the Spirit of the Season, the band Bluespower will host a special holiday show to benefit the Los Angeles Children's Hospital, Wednesday, December 23, at Costello's (formerly Garmans), 27657 Perta Rd., Mission Viejo from 7-10 pm. Donations are requested. There will also be a raffle with special prizes and a silent auction.|
"This (benefit show) is in remembrance of my aunt, who was instrumental in me playing music", states Kenny "Big Daddy" Williams, who fronts Bluespower on guitar and lead vocals. "She died at a young age of leukemia, which they now have a cure for. We want to continue helping the research to make it possible for children to survive such a devastating cancer by bringing together some of my most giving friends,"
...Read more about this event
|Celebrate the Holidays with the Delta Blues Museum|
|CLARKSDALE, MS - It's Christmas: Time for Gifts and Giving. Another year is coming to a close, a time to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, and to give thanks. On behalf of all of us at the Delta Blues Museum, thanks to our visitors and the blues fans who support our work. And what better way to give more thanks than with a gift to, or a gift from, the Museum? Help us preserve and present the legacy of the Delta Blues: the music, the artists, and the culture that continues today at the Crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi. ...Find out the many ways you can celebrate|
|Vinny Marini's "Music on The Couch" IBC Update Dec 17|
|Showcases during IBC week|
|MEMPHIS, TN - Hi, I'm Vinny Marini, of Music On The Couch. Check out my listing of 2016 Challengers at the 2016 IBC Page At Music On The Couch! The deadline has passed and what you see is the final roster of Challengers coming in from around the world.|
Throughout IBC week, there is always something to do when the Challenge is not happening.
Every day there is a Showcase going on during the early hours before the Challenge kicks in.
• Blind Raccoon’s Showcases are held at Purple Haze Nightclub on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 11am-5pm
• The Galaxie Agency Showcase is Thursday at B.B. King’s from 11am-4: 30pm
• The Great Canadian Polar Bear Blues Showcase is held Thursday at 11am at the Kooky Canuck
• The Pacific Northwest Showcase will be held at Club 152 First Floor on Friday at 11:30am ...Read more, find links and how to contact Vinny
|- KY Blues Society teaches 5th-graders blues|
- Road To Memphis Youth Band Fundraiser concert
- Utah Blues Society Member Appreciation Party Dec
|LOUISVILLE, KY - In a visit coordinated through the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, representatives from the Kentucky Blues Society taught fifth-graders at McNeill Elementary School about the blues.|
The ensemble was composed of keyboard player Kenny Lee, who serves as director of the society’s educational efforts, harmonica player Lee Hammer and on guitar, Jim Morris, best known as former professional wrestler Hillbilly Jim.
Since 2005, the society has had a Blues in Schools program.
“We try to be a good resource for educational information for the role of the state of Kentucky in blues music,” Lee said. ...Read entire article
The Kentucky Blues Society are also holding their Road to Memphis Fundraiser for their Youth Band reps, Kentucky Blues Crusade (KBC), Dec 20 at the 6.4.3. Sports Bar & Grill. KBC members are: Patrick Long (16, Vocals/Lead Guitar), Ian Matthew Harper (18, Drummer) 2013, 2014, 2015 Generation Blues Scholarship recipient to the Sean Carney Camp Blues, Daniel Walker (18, Bass), Connor Stith (17, Slide/Rhythm Guitar) 2014 & 2015 Pinetop Perkins Blues Master Workshop Scholarship.
Utah Blues Society Member Appreciation Party feat. The George T. Gregory Band Dec 18
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - You do not have to join the UT Blues Society in order to get into this show. However, if you do decide to become a member, it'll only cost about $25. There will be a social hour from 7-8 pm and a live set at 8pm by tenor sax ninja George T. Gregory and his band. Pick up new UBS holiday swag and peruse bins of "choice blues CDs." Proceeds from merch sales benefit Mike Ricks, a founding father of the legendary Monday night blues shows at the Dead Goat Saloon, as well as Randy Harward, the bass player for Rick Welter & the Tempo Timers, who lost his home in a fire earlier this month. The State Room, 638 S. State, 7 p.m., free.
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|Happy Holidays from the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame… here’s what’s happening!|
“Cast of Blues” – Be a Docent Volunteer
– Hall of Fame Facts & Specials
MEMPHIS,TN - Happy holidays from the Blues Hall of Fame, a program of The Blues Foundation If you are in the Memphis area over the holidays, please come and see our museum. Open seven days a week, we are across the street from the National Civil Rights Museum and surrounded by yummy locally-owned restaurants and cool shops. Come and make a day of it on South Main in downtown Memphis! ... Click here to read all about what's happening
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|DEC 19-20 Radio Show: Blues Christmas|
Turn off the Muzak, my friends, and join us for an hour of Christmas music at its very funkiest. Trim the tree to the sounds of B.B. King, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Keith Richards, George Thorogood, Joan Osborne, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings…. And more.
Have a funky Blue Christmas with us. On the next Bluesmobile.
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~ Birthdays of note this week:
Dec 17 James Booker (1939), Paul Butterfield (1942); Dec 18 Pee Wee Crayton (1914), Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (1917), Lonnie Brooks (1933),
Peg Leg Sam (1911), Rod Piazza (1947); Dec 19 Professor Longhair
(aka Henry Roeland Byrd) (1918); Carla Thomas (1942); Dec 22 Lil Green (1919); Dec 23 Little Esther Phillips (1935); Dec 24 Lee Dorsey (1924);
Dec 25 Joe Louis Walker (1949)
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Olde English District Blues Fest
Chester, Virginia USA
Jan-14-2016 - Jan-18-2016
Sunshine Music Festival
Jan-16-2016 - Jan 17, 2016
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #26, Eastern Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Jan-17-2016 - Jan-24-2016
Blues on the Beach, Huatulco
Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico
Ferndale Blues & Music Festival
Ferndale, Michigan, USA
Jan-29-2016 - Feb-06-2016
Winter Blues Fest 2016
Feb-12-2016 - Feb-13-2016
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Feb-19-2016 - Feb-21-2016
Berwick, Bloomsburg, and Danville, Pennsylvania, USA
Clearwater Sea Blues Festival
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Feb-20-2016 - Feb-21-2016
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Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Feb-22-2016 - Feb-27-2016
Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival
Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama
Feb-25-2016 - Feb-28-2016
Lancaster Roots & Blues
Feb-26-2016 - Feb-28-2016
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-11-2016 - Mar-12-2016
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Blast Furnace Blues
Mar-11-2016 - Mar-13-2016
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Mar-24-2016 - Mar-28-2016
Byron Bay, Australia
Walla Walla Guitar Festival
Apr-07-2016 - Apr-10-2016
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest
Apr-22-2016 - May-01-2016
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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