Blues Blast Extra -
Legendary Drummer
Buddy Miles passed is saddened by the passing of drum legend Buddy Miles.
He will be missed!

Buddy Miles 9/5/1947 – 2/26/2008
Legendary Drummer Buddy Miles passed away this Tuesday, peacefully at his home in Austin, TX. He was (60) sixty years old. He suffered from congestive heart failure but the official cause of death is not known.

Buddy performed with some of the greatest names in music including Stevie Wonder, Muddy Waters, Michael Bloomfield, Wilson Pickett, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, David Crosby, Jack Bruce, Eric Burden, Peter Torque, Billy Gibbons, Prince, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmy Vaughan, Rick James, Kool and the Gang, Jr. Brown, Ike Turner, Pinetop Perkins, Jr. Wells, Koko Taylor, Johnny Taylor, Barry White, Aretha Franklin, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Carlos Santana, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Billy Cox, David Bowie and others.

Buddy Miles recorded over 70 albums and performed in numerous world tours, television commercials and videos. He is best known for his work with Jimi Hendrix and bass player Billy Cox in Band of Gypsys.

Band of Gypsys recorded one album appropriately titled “Band of Gypsys” in 1970 at Fillmore East in New York. Two of the songs on the album were written by Miles. ("We Gotta Live Together" and "Changes”).

In lieu of flowers; the family has asked to please make donations to the Jazz Foundation of America specifically in Buddy Miles' name to assist with funeral, and other expenses at ; The Jazz Foundation of America, at 322 West 48th Street, New York, NY, 10036, Attn.: Amy Cusma.

February 21, 2008

>>>>> Calvin Owens passes: Word came from Diunna Greenleaf that blues trumpeter Calvin Owens passed away this morning in Houston, Texas. He was the longtime bandleader of the B.B. King band, a tireless promoter, and a great man. He was 78. For his full story, please click here. God bless him for his wonderful music and spirit.

>>>>> 3rd Annual Delta Groove Showcase to take place May 9, 2008 at Ground Zero, Clarksdale, Mississippi: Randy Chortkoff will once again show us how it's done with his 3rd Annual Delta Groove Showcase. Acts will include The Mannish Boys (Kid Ramos, Finis Tasby, Randy Chortkoff, Richard Innes, Franck Goldwasser, Bobby Jones, Tom Leavey, and Kirk Fletcher), The Insomniacs, The Jackie Payne/Steve Edmondson Band, the amazing Phillip Walker, plus Mikey Junior, John Black, Lionel Young, and a Blue Witch Records showcase set with Big Pete Pearson and The Rhythm Room All-Stars, Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, and Tomcat Courtney. Other pending special guests are soon to be announced. This show will take place at Ground Zero Blues Club owned by Morgan Freeman and Bill Luckett. For all the details on this great event, click here.

>>>>> More on blues movies: In response to our last email concerning Charlie Musselwhite's acting part in the gore/slasher flick Pig Hunt, Fran Leslie, editor of Blues In Britain writes: "On the subject of movies, have you seen Honeydripper by director John Sayles? A period piece from the time of the birth of rock & roll, it has Danny Glover as a (blues) bar owner and Gary Clark, Jr. as an itinerant guitarist. Singer Dr. Mabel John and saxophonist Eddie Shaw play themselves. There are links from the website, which lead to clips of The Honeydripper Band at the Riverside Festival in New York. Gary Clark is a great young talent. I am meeting with John Sayles in London today and I hope to interview Gary Clark on the phone soon, apart from the film and the clips".

>>>>> Thanks, Smokin' Joe and B'Nois! The latest Smokin' Joe Kubek Band CD, Blood Brothers, is just out on Alligator Records! These hard working Texas blues rockers are good friends and have included Bob Corritore's name in the special thanks of their new CD. A special thanks back!

New Photo Page features the 1970's blues photos of Lindsay Shannon: Special thanks to radio show host and blues club proprietor Lindsay Shannon for sharing these amazing images of Louisiana Red with Odetta, Muddy Waters, Frank Frost, Clifton Chenier, and more. Lindsay is a huge contributor to the Kansas City blues community with his blues club and restaurant B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ, and with his long running radio show on KCFX, 101FM, "The Kansas City Blues Show", which earned him a 1992 KBA Award. To view Lindsay's photos, click here.

>>>>> Bob Corritore

February 20, 2008

>>>>> Blue Witch Label Showcase and Blues Blast Pre-Party this Friday night! This Friday, February 21, 2008 at the Rhythm Room, check out Big Pete Pearson and The Rhythm Room All-Stars (Chris James, Bob Corritore, Patrick Rynn, and Brian Fahey), Tomcat Courtney (new release out in May 2008), and Dave Riley and Bob Corritore) all performing at the Blue Witch Records Showcase and Blues Blast Pre-Party. Rarely do you get three powerful, real deal, blues artists performing in the same night. To see the Tomcat Courtney CD art in completion, click here. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $10 ($8 for Phoenix Blues Society card carrying members). Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.

>>>>> Blues Blast and Johnny Rawls Afterparty: The Phoenix Blues Society's annual festival, Blues Blast, happens Saturday, February 23, 2008 from 12-8pm at the Mesa Amphitheatre. This year's lineup is as follows: Walter Trout & the Radicals, Deanna Bogart, Harper, Eden Brent, Chuck Hall, Delta Highway, Big Daddy D & the Dynamites, and Soulcatcher. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $18.00 for PBS members and group tickets (6 or more - purchased at the Mesa Amphitheatre Box Office). Ticket purchases are possible at the Mesa Amphitheatre box office (480)644-2560, and from all Ticketmaster outlets (480-784-4444). All things Blues Blast, including related events, may be found at An after-party and celebrity jam session hosted by Johnny Rawls will take place at the Rhythm Room immediately following Blues Blast. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $8. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.

>>>>> New Living Blues: Big Pete Pearson/I'm Here Baby named among top 50 CDs of last year, Dave Riley Interview, and more! Thanks to all the blues radio show hosts from around the world for allowing Big Pete Pearson's CD, I'm Here Baby on Blue Witch Records, to be among the top 50 blues CDs of 2008! Thanks also to Jim McGrath who compiles the radio charts for Living Blues. Also in this latest issue is an interview with Dave Riley, and a feature on the Muddy Waters rhythm section with stories on Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Calvin Jones, and the recently deceased Francis Clay. To go to Living Blues Magazine's website, click here.

>>>>> Johnny Dyer to appear on Bob's set at San Diego Spring Harp Fest! Bob's dear friend and harmonica mentor will join Bob's set on March 22 at the 9th annual Spring Harmonica Festival Benefit at Harry Griffen Park Amphitheater - 9550 Milden St. in La Mesa, California (by San Diego) from 11:00 am. - 6:00 pm. Johnny and Bob will alternate the harmonica chores and guitarist Chris James and Johnny will alternate the vocal duties with Patrick Rynn on bass and Kurt Kalker on drums. Bob simply loves Johnny Dyer, and every time he gets to perform with Johnny, it is a special thing. The set with Johnny and Bob will hit at 3pm of this all-afternoon event. Also confirmed to play the festival at this time are The Fremonts, Billy Watson Band, Kenny Shoppmeyer and Delta Heat, Dan Byrnes and Friends, Rachelle Danto, Chet and The Committee, The World Famous Unknown Players Jam, and Harmonica John Frazer's All Star Jam Set.

>>>>> Charlie Musselwhite appears in acting role in forthcoming Hollywood gore movie! In recent movies, Honeyboy Edwards appears with a performance and acting role in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Cedric Burnside and Kenny Brown appear in performance with Samuel L. Jackson in the blues-based Black Snake Moan. Now, Charlie Musselwhite has landed a part in a slasher/gore move. Charlie emailed a link to the trailer, which we must caution contains extreme violence, drug use, profane language, and nudity. If, after this fair warning, you still want to see Charlie in his forthcoming gore flick, click here.

>>>>> Bob Corritore


Friday-Saturday, March 7-8, 2008
Pickle's Blues Extravaganza
Lima, Ohio, U.S. 
Hotline: 419-221-3897

Friday-Sunday, March 7-9, 2008
8th Swanage Blues Festival
Swanage, United Kingdom 
Hotline: +44 (0)1929 422338

Saturday, March 8, 2008
Playing with Fire Winter Series
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. Hotline: 402-990-4211

Friday-Saturday, March 14-15, 2008
Playing with Fire Winter Series
Marietta, Ohio, U.S. 
Hotline: 304-295-4323

Saturday, March 15, 2008
Forth Valley Blues Festival Forth, Tasmania, Australia 
Hotline: +61 3 64282239

Saturday, March 15, 2008
Bonita Blues Festival
Bonita Springs, Florida, U.S. 
Hotline: 239-947-0715

Tuesday-Friday, March 18-21, 2008
Reykjavik Blues Festival
Reykjavik, Iceland 
Hotline: none

Wednesday-Sunday, March 19-23, 2008
St. John Blues Festival
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Hotline: 340-693-8120

Saturday, March 22, 2008
9th Annual Spring Harmonica Festival
La Mesa, California, U.S. 
Hotline: none

Thursday-Sunday, March 27-30, 2008
South Beach Blues Festival
Miami Beach, Florida, U.S. 
Hotline: 786-499-6179

Friday, March 28, 2008
KUFOBU presents Danny Bryant´s RedEye Band + Traditional
Burgau, Austria, U.S. 
Hotline: +43681/10439641

Friday-Saturday, March 28-29, 2008
Blues Fest at Jackpot Junction
Morton, Minnesota, U.S. 
Hotline: 800-WIN-CASH

Friday-Saturday, March 28-29, 2008
Bluebonnet Blues Fine Arts Festival
Marble Falls, Texas, U.S. 
Hotline: 800-864-5175

Friday-Sunday, March 28-30, 2008
Blue's on the Marsh
Ridgeland, South Carolina, U.S. 
Hotline: 843-726-3277

Saturday, March 29, 2008
Playing with Fire Winter Series
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. 
Hotline: 402-990-4211

Saturday-Sunday, March 29-30, 2008
Cook Island Jazz & Blues Festival Avarua, Rarotonga,
Cook Islands Hotline: 006495766719

Sunday, March 30, 2008
Devonshire Blues Music Event
Old Tallangatta, Victoria, Australia Hotline: 61 2 6071 33 93      


Saturday, April 5, 2008
Bierbeek Blues'd Up
Bierbeek, Belgium Hotline: 0032498165018

Saturday, April 5, 2008
Djurs Bluesland Hornslet, Denmark 
Hotline: +4586152400

Friday-Sunday, April 4-6, 2008
Springing The Blues
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. 
Hotline: none

Monday-Saturday, April 7-12, 2008
Blues Festival Basel
Basel, Switzerland 
Hotline: +41-617515474

Friday-Saturday, April 11-12, 2008
River to the Rails Greenwood, Mississippi, U.S.
Hotline: 662-453-7625

Friday-Sunday, April 11-13, 2008
Whitney Bank Tampa Bay Blues Festival 2008 St. Petersburg,
Florida, U.S. Hotline: 727-502-5000

Friday-Sunday, April 18-20, 2008
Juke Joint Festival & Related Events
Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S. 
Hotline: 662-624-5992

Saturday, April 19, 2008
Playing with Fire Winter Series
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. 
Hotline: 402-990-4211

Saturday, April 19, 2008
Blues & Arts Fiesta
San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico 
Hotline: 800-576-0919 Ext. 5

Saturday, April 19, 2008
Little River Festival
Hornersville, Missouri, U.S. 
Hotline: 573-717-6042

Friday-Saturday, April 25-26, 2008
McDowell Mountain Music Festival
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S. Hotline: 602-343-0453

Wenesday, April 30, 2008
Nacht Van De Blues
Wuustwezel, Belgium 
Hotline: 036637011

Vienna Blues Spring 2008
Hadikgasse 62
1140 - Wien
Tel.: 01/894 00 94
Fax: 01/897 31 77
email: [email protected]

Mit der vierten Auflage des VIENNA BLUES SPRING hat sich das mittlerweile längste Blues-Festival Europas endgültig etabliert.
Vom 20. März bis zum 30. April 2008 wird sich wieder die nationale wie internationale Blueselite in Wien die berühmte Klinke in die Hand drücken. Neben der Hauptspielstätte, dem "Reigen" sowie dem bewährten "Foyer der Fernwärme Wien" wird abermals die Stadthalle Begegnungsort von Bluesfans aus aller Welt sein.

Spielplan: 27.03.2008 Blues Gala
Wiener Stadthalle 19:00 Uhr




Mittwoch, 19. März 2008

Vintage Guitar Band feat. Chuck Berry Altmeister CHUCK BERRY
kommt nach seiner Show im Wiener Gasometer ins REIGEN!ab 23h @ REIGEN live

Donnerstag, 20. März 2008


Open House Session

Freitag, 21. März 2008

Danny Bryant´s RedEyeBand

Montag, 24. März 2008

Albert Lee & Hogan`s Heroes

Dienstag, 25. März 2008

Mark Selby & Band

Mittwoch, 26. März 2008

Bugs Henderson & The Shuffle Kings

Freitag, 28. März 2008

Reigengala - Mojo Blues Band feat. Steve Gardner, Mojo Buford & Doug McMinn

Samstag, 29. März 2008

Lange Nacht des Boogie WoogieMartin Pyrker & Gäste

Montag, 31. März 2008

Hank Shizzoe & The Directors

Mittwoch, 2. April 2008

Jean Paul Bourelly / Cindy Blackman / Melvin GibbsVibe Music

Donnerstag, 3. April 2008

Wild T & The Spirit

Freitag, 4. April 2008

Duke Robillard Band

Samstag, 5. April 2008

BLUEZ MAS IIThe Mary Broadcast Band & Friends

Dienstag, 8. April 2008

Mike Sponza & Central Europe Blues Convention

Mittwoch, 9. April 2008

Mwanuni – Fenzl Experience – Dirty Alex ConnectionA BLUES VOYAGE

Donnerstag, 10. April 2008

„Sir“ Oliver Mally / L. A. Jones & The Blues Messengers

Freitag, 11. April 2008

The King BeesCD-Präsentation

Samstag, 12. April 2008

Eddie „Devilboy“ Turnersupp.: Natascha Flamisch & The Bluescrackers

Montag, 14. April 2008

Bjørn Berge

Dienstag, 15. April 2008

Bernard Allison Electric Band

Mittwoch, 16. April 2008

Meena Cryle & The Chris Fillmore Band

Donnerstag, 17. April 2008

Carvin Jones Band

Freitag, 18. April 2008

Norbert Schneider's R&B Caravan

Samstag, 19. April 2008

Hermann Posch & Fall in BluesCD-Präsentation

Montag, 21. April 2008

Blues Caravan 2008Candye Kane / Deborah Coleman / Dani Wilde

Dienstag, 22. April 2008

Connie Lush & Blues Shouter

Mittwoch, 23. April 2008

Chris Jagger's „Atcha“

Donnerstag, 24. April 2008

Raphael Wressnig / Enrico Crivellaro / Lukas Knöfler

Freitag, 25. April 2008

Hannes Bartolot Group & Guests

Sonntag, 27. April 2008

Nick Simper & the Good old Boyssupp.: Nasty Habits

Montag, 28. April 2008

Darrell Nulisch Band

Dienstag, 29. April 2008

Marcus Malone & Band

Mittwoch, 30. April 2008

Ladies Night - Women of SoulSoulicious / The SoulHSistas

Donnerstag, 27. März 2008



Dienstag, 8. April 2008


Theessink, Nalle, Møller

Mittwoch, 9. April 2008

Christian Dozzler, Egidio „Juke“ Ingala

Donnerstag, 10. April 2008


Freitag, 11. April 2008

Young Austrian Blues Night geleitet von Hannes Kasehs

presented by:


08.03. Mol (B), Cafe Meulenberg
10.03. Ensisheim (F), Caf Conc
11.03. Ensisheim (F), Caf Conc
12.03. Kandern (D), Chabah
13.03. Mechernich (D), Burg Satzvey
14.03. Arnstadt (D), Jungfer 
15.03. Tiel (NL), Schouwburg Agnietenhof - An Evening with the Blues
16.03. Schortens (D), Fair Cafe
17.03. Oupeye (B), Chateau d'Oupeye
18.03. Brussels (B), Nekkersdal
20.03. Menen (B), CC de Steiger
21.03. Zwolle (NL), Odeon De Spiegel - Festival
22.03. Cuijk (NL), Schouwburg - Blues Alive Festival
23.03. Bremen (D), Meisenfrei
24.03. Dortmund (D), FZW

26.03. Vienna (A), Reigen - Vienna Blues Spring Festival
27.03. Velden (A), Bluesiana
28.03. Frauental (A), Bluegarage

29.03. Wetzikon (CH) Scala
30.03. Rüthi (CH), Grütli-The Club
01.04. Ulm (D), Charivari
02.04. Seclin (F), Le Croque Notes
04.04. Eutin (D), Alte Mühle
05.04. Calden (D), Ziegel
06.04. Roth (D) -Kulturfabrik- Rother Bluestage

The TEXAS - Blues LEGEND is back in AUSTRIA !

Blues In Our Blood:
The Artistic Evolution of Taj Mahal and Carole Fredericks
The Springfield Museums
February 15 - November 9, 2008
Contact:, 413-263-6800

I am very excited to announce the opening, Blues In Our Blood: The Artistic Evolution of Taj Mahal and Carole Fredericks at The Springfield Museums, Friday, February 15, 2008.  The exhibition will remain open until November 9, 2008. Please see the attached poster for additional details.

Blues in Our Blood is a multimedia exploration of an apparently ordinary African American family that produced an extraordinary collection of artists including GRAMMY Award-winning blues musician Taj Mahal, and Carole Fredericks, the renowned vocalist who achieved stunning success throughout France and Africa. A treasure trove of photographs, film footage and print documents shed light on the historical markers, social conditions and personal dramas that shaped the careers of two of its most outstanding members.

Blues in Our Blood, the exhibition’s evocative title, was inspired by a 1999 song written by Jacques Veneruso and recorded by Carole Fredericks entitled “J’ai le sang blues,” “I Have Blues in My Blood.”  J’ai le sang blues featured on Fredericks’ second solo album, Couleurs et parfums – speaks directly to the irrepressible force that resides within each of us to express our authenticity transcending place, race, gender, language or culture.

Blues In Our Blood:
The Artistic Evolution of Taj Mahal and Carole Fredericks
The Springfield Museums
February 15 - November 9, 2008
Contact:, 413-263-6800
Connie Fredericks-Malone, [email protected]

“Service is the rent we pay to be living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.”

Marian Wright Edelman
Born June 6, 1939 in Bennettsville, South Carolina


Bienvenue au CAF’CONC’ d'Ensisheim (France/68), le plus ancien café concert de la région et lieu incontournable pour les fans de Music Live ! Rock, Blues, Celtic, Latino, Jazz Rock, World Music,
....Une programmation riche, éclectique et d'une qualité sans faille depuis près de 15 ans. Yannick, le maître des lieux, y veille soigneusement et ne manque par ailleurs pas d'idées pour également vous proposer ses soirées à thème : La plage, Halloween, St Patrick.....

Le CAF’CONC’ c’est:

-Une soirée Métal/mois (Tous les 1er Dimanche du mois)
-Le STAMMTISCH des BREDELERS (rencontres, jams) tous les 2ème Dimanche du mois
-Une soirée « TALENTS LOCAUX » par mois avec 2 groupes de la région
-Une soirée Lounge « SIX TO ONE » tous les derniers Lundi du mois
-Une soirée DJ par semaine (tous les Jeudis jusqu’à 4h)

-Des concerts tous les week-ends  et en semaine !!!

Voici le programme du CAF’CONC’ d’ENSISHEIM

Programme complet des concerts sur:
(Programme en ligne jusqu’à fin MARS, forum, guest book à signer par les artistes !)
www (infos et sons des artistes à venir)

A partir de 19h/Repas : 8€

FIESTA, FUN & GOOD MUSIC (20h/4h – Entrée libre)

2 groupes de la région à découvrir!!!     organisation : MSK
(appel aux groupes de la région : inscrivez-vous !)

C'est en avril 2006, que 4 mecs à l'état d'esprit et aux influences aussi diverses qu'avariées, ont imaginé un groupe de rock. 
Entre Téléphone et Noir Désir, le groupe Etat d'Ame est formé de 4 musiciens. L'envie d'énergie, de folie, et de revendications les a poussés à se mettre au rock… et en français, pour mieux maîtriser leurs mots. 
Mulhouse / rock français

Du rock metal au doux nom de Bliss !!!!! On sent l'influence du metal, du punk, des références aux années 80/90 avec toutefois déjà un style très personnel et de l'énergie à revendre. Bliss ravira les amateurs de punk de la région et peut être plus. Mulhouse / punk rock

Entrée: 6€/3€MSK 22h

Le CAF’CONC’ sera fermé

Prochains concerts:

MARDI 19 FEVRIER : "Danny Bryant's Redeyeband" (Blues Rock/UK) 12€/21h

MERCREDI 20 FEVRIER : “FAB” (chansons qui dérangent)  8€/21h

VENDREDI 22 FEVRIER : « LOUIS DE LIGHTS + 1ère partie (Rock) 8€/22h

SAMEDI 23 FEVRIER : « LYCHEN » (Rock français) 6€/22h



Plus d'infos sur le site du CAF'CONC':

N’hésitez pas  à laisser un message sur le forum et signé le guest book…………………..
@+ Yannick
Réservations de tables possible de 17h à 20h au 03 89 81 76 83
*l'abus d'alcool est dangereux pour la santé, à consommer avec modération.
billetterie des concerts du CAF'CONC' sur place ou sur réservation

CAF'CONC' – 13, Faubourg de Belfort
Tél./Fax : 03 89 81 76 83   EMail: [email protected]
Site :
Ouvert tous les jours de 17h à 1h (sauf LUNDI) Et jusqu'à 4h les VENDREDIS, SAMEDIS et veilles de fête.

February 11, 2008

>>>>> Grammy® recap: Our trip to the Grammies® this year was truly a celebration of the veteran blues artists whose music and company we cherish so much. This was the first time that I was a sideman in a Grammy®-nominated release, which was thrilling. (I play harmonica on one track of Pinetop PerkinsOn The 88's).

After a night of performance at the Rhythm Room with Big Pete Pearson and The Rhythm Room All-Stars, Kim and I caught an early flight from Phoenix to LA. Upon arriving at the Millennium Biltmore, it felt like old home week, with Hugh Souther of Blue Mountain Artists greeting us directly out of the taxi. Then we ran into producer/recording engineer Michael Freeman, as well as Mike, Jeffry, and Ann Dyson. Mike Dyson invited us to a Louisiana luncheon put on by the Louisiana Economic Development Office, where we met Lynn Orman, publicist for the Blue Shoe Project. We were also introduced to Alonzo Townsend, the 22-year-old son of the late Henry Townsend. I greatly enjoyed telling him stories of my experiences with his father. (Alonzo was born when Henry was age 75; ain’t that a man?) After some gumbo, étouffée, crab salad, and bread pudding, we ran into Amanda Gresham, Honeyboy Edwards, Michael Frank, Bruce Iglauer, Bettye LaVette, Koko and Cookie Taylor, and Mary Lockwood. We met the hosts of the party including Lynn Ourso of the Louisiana Music Commission (who was also the guitarist of the famed John Fred & His Playboy Band). When we finally got up to the room to catch a little catnap before that night’s events, we felt like we already had quite a party.

That night we caught a ride with Michael Freeman and his wife to the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception. On the way there, Michael told us about his forthcoming production of Pinetop Perkins to be released later this year on Telarc Records. This record includes guest appearances by B.B. King, Jimmy Vaughan, Nora Jean Bruso, Eric Clapton, and others. This great event was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Among those honored were Burt Bacharach, The Band, Cab Calloway, Doris Day, Itzhak Perlman, Max Roach, Earl Scruggs, Clarence Avant, Jac Holzman, Willie Mitchell of Hi Records, AMPEX Corporation, and John Eargle. The reception was filled with great food, great company, and great music. At the reception, we hung out with Pinetop Perkins and his manager Pat Morgan, his caretaker, Barry Nowlin, and Mary Lockwood and her niece, Auntunesia (Niecey), who was responsible for proposing Robert Lockwood, Jr.’s honorary doctorate at Case Western Reserve University, Michael Frank, and the Dysons. Also at this party were members of The Band, Quincy Jones, Earl Scruggs, Clarence Avant, recording engineers, label bosses, and all sorts of music industry people. It was great to meet the legendary Willie Mitchell, whose Hi Records brought us classics by Al Green, Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, and others.

The next day, in the breakfast buffet, we enjoyed breakfast and conversation with Honeyboy Edwards, Michael Frank, the Dysons, and Lynn Orman. We were told that morning that the Pinetop/Honeyboy/Koko Grammy® performance would be at 3pm, with the award happening afterwards, so we planned our arrival accordingly. We arrived approximately on time with our entourage, which included my brother John and his date, and my cousin Mark and his life partner, Aleta Ring. Unfortunately, the performance apparently was moved up so we weren’t able to catch that, but we were there for the blues awards. We were delighted at the announcement of the traditional blues category, and the album Last Of The Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas. This release highlighted four of the then oldest living bluesmen (Pinetop Perkins and Honeyboy Edwards; as well as Henry Townsend and Robert Lockwood, Jr., who have passed since this recording). All of these artists combined into one package meant that the old school as a whole could be honored with one award. It was joyous to see Pinetop happily accept his award and give his brief acceptance speech, to see Honeyboy Edwards tell a brief story of traveling with Robert Johnson, recording for the Library of Congress, and moving to Chicago. Mary Lockwood was beside herself with joy, as her late husband was finally honored with a long-hoped for Grammy®. Alonzo Townsend recalled that his father was the only bluesman to have recorded every decade since the 1920s. In addition, the Dysons spoke of the educational purpose of putting on the show, which they documented in the fine form of this record. This release was such a noble effort, in that it was done on a level of artistic preservation by a nonprofit organization with no commercial overtones or agenda; and it had an astute focus on four of the greatest bluesmen who ever lived. In the world of the Grammies®, where so many awards are bestowed on the pop culture phenomenon, it is great to see a purely historical record by the real pioneers get its due. Please note that all of the nominees in this category had great merit, in that they all drew upon some of the greatest legends in the blues. However, this one, above the others, found its place in time in Grammy® history. Congratulations also to contemporary blues winner, J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton.

From there, it was on to the televised awards, which was a dizzying array of fast-paced performances, high-profile presenters, film clips, and stage productions. A sold-out Staples Center held an enthusiastic crowd and a show that boasted a broad commercial appeal. In the lobby, we saw Kim Wilson's road manager, and he introduced us to Doyle Bramhall. Among the performers, those of blues interest included a gospel performance by Aretha Franklin and Bebe Winans, a duet with Beyoncé and Tina Turner, in which Tina, sadly and conspicuously, did not acknowledge her late husband Ike, who had recently passed, even while doing Ike’s arrangement of “Proud Mary”. Ike was validated, however, in the memorial section, as well as in a tribute to old-school Rock ‘N Roll, that included Jerry Lee Lewis, John Fogerty, and Little Richard, who performed “Good Golly Miss Molly”, a song in which Richard always acknowledges that the piano intro was taken directly from Ike Turner’s piano intro of "Rocket 88". Other performances outside of the blues genre included Amy Winehouse (via satellite from London), Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, The Foo Fighters, Carrie Underwood, The Time, Herbie Hancock, Rihanna, a performance art rendition of The Beatles' "Let It Be", and Keely Smith and Kid Rock doing "That Old Black Magic". The after-party was another opportunity for all of us in the blues to gather. We ran into Richard Rosenblatt of Vizztone, and then were joined by Michael Frank, Alonzo Townsend, Hugh Souther, and of course, the great Pinetop, who held court at our table. A great memory was taking Pine out to the smoking area, where his simple joy became our joy, as he related stories of early days with B.B. King, Ike Turner, and others. When Pine called it a night, just as Cyndi Lauper hit the party stage, it felt like our time to exit also.

The next morning, we had breakfast with a delighted Honeyboy Edwards and his manager, Michael Frank, and the Dysons, who were simply beside themselves with joy. A very satisfying trip and a special privilege to be witness to this point in time in blues history.

>>>>> Bob Corritore

February 6, 2008

>>>>> Big Pete Pearson & The Rhythm Room All-Stars appear Friday at the Rhythm Room: Bob Corritore will appear at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ with the Rhythm Room All-Stars featuring Big Pete Pearson, with Chris James, Bob Corritore, Brian Fahey, and Patrick Rynn. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $7. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.

>>>>> Off to the Grammies! Bob Corritore and Kim Danielson will be attending the Grammies® as part of the Pinetop Perkins entourage. Each year among all the big pop stars is a small segment devoted to blues artists. We are aware of a number of our blues friends who will attend: Honeyboy Edwards and his manager Michael Frank of Earwig Music, Koko Taylor and her daughter Cookie, Jeffry and Michael Dyson of the Blue Shoe Project, Mary Lockwood (Robert Jr.'s widow), Hugh Souther of Blue Mountain Artists, and of course, Pinetop and his manager Patricia Morgan. During the pre-televised segment, there will be a blues medley performance featuring Honeyboy Edwards, Pinetop Perkins, and Koko Taylor backed by the Grammy® All-Stars. Hugh Souther reports that this medley will be filmed, and possibly aired on the televised broadcast. Bob plays harmonica on Pinetop Perkins' On The 88's CD that is up for a Grammy® this year in the Traditional Blues Category.

>>>>> Grammy® Hall Of Fame includes classic blues recordings! The class of 2008 Grammy® Hall Of Fame includes 70 notable and classic songs and albums of all categories from pop to classical to soundtrack themes to blues. This year's blues (and blues related) inductees are:

"Choo Choo Ch'Boogie", Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five (1946)

"Crying in the Chapel”, The Orioles (1953)

Don't Go to Strangers, Etta James (1960)

Hoodoo Man Blues, Junior Wells (1966)

"Juke”, Little Walter (1952)

"Sitting on Top of the World”, The Mississippi Sheiks (1930)

"St. Louis Blues", Louis Armstrong (1929)

"The Wallflower" (aka "Roll With Me Henry"), Etta James (1955)

"I'm a King Bee”, Slim Harpo (1957)

Thanks to NARAS for honoring these great recordings that are true classics of blues.

>>>>> Dave Riley and Bob Corritore Duet next Wednesday at the Rhythm Room: The BMA-nominated team of Dave Riley and Bob Corritore will appear at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ. Doors open at 7:30pm, cover charge is $5. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.

>>>>> Phoenix Blues Blast: Hosted annually by the Phoenix Blues Society, Blues Blast 2008 features a lineup of Walter Trout, Deanna Bogart, Harper, Eden Brent, Chuck Hall, Delta Highway, Big Daddy D & the Dynamites, and Soulcatcher. Blueswax and Blues Revue are sponsors of Blues Blast, which the Phoenix Blues Society refers to as the first blues festival of the calendar year in the United States. Blues Blast 2008, on February 23, 2008, is being held for the first time on a Saturday afternoon. Hosted annually by the Phoenix Blues Society, Blues Blast 2008 takes place in the beautiful grassy-sloped Mesa Amphitheatre. The show will start at noon; gates will open at 11:00 am. For more information about Blues Blast 2008, click here.

>>>>> Rhythm Room hosts Blues Blast Pre and After-Parties: As is also an annual tradition, the Rhythm Room hosts shows in support of Blues Blast each year. These events are:

Friday, February 22, 2008 - Bob Corritore will appear at the Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ as part of the Blue Witch Records Showcase/Blues Blast Pre-Party with The Rhythm Room All-Stars featuring Big Pete Pearson, with Chris James, Bob Corritore, Brian Fahey, and Patrick Rynn, plus Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, and Tomcat Courtney. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $10 ($8 for Phoenix Blues Society card carrying members). Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.

Saturday, February 23, 2008 - Johnny Rawls will appear at the Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ for the Blues Blast After-Party. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $8. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.

>>>>> Big Pete and the All-Stars to appear at Lahnstein Blues Festival in Germany! This just confirmed: Big Pete Pearson and The Rhythm Room All-Stars will make their German debut on September 27, 2008 at the Lahnstein Blues Festival. For more information on this event, click here.

>>>>> Bob Corritore

G.Goodman King & Bluesband spielen am Freitag, 29. Februar 2008.
Beginn: 21h
Davis LiveMusicClub Kürschnerg. 9, A-1210 Wien,Tel.: 01/258 45 54, Eintritt € 12.-

Die Musiker:
Harald Gansberger, piano, organ, synth., Peter Wollner, bass, Alfred Bäck, drums
Die Hornsektion wird gestellt von:
Martin Huber, tenor saxophon, Thomas Beck, alt saxophon
Augustin Lehfuss, trumpet and arrangements

Weitere Termine:
KUGA - Großwarasdorf/Bgld: Sa., 5. April 08, Parkgasse 3 A-7304, Tel. 02614/7001
GGKing Bluesband ca. 20.00 h, Martin Harley, solo ca. 21.30 h, Dobra Bluesband ca. 23.00 h

Backstage, Wr. Neustadt, Fr., 20.Juni 08, 20.30h, Brodtischgasse 16, A-2700 Wiener Neustadt

Freudenauer Chamottefabrik So. 7. Sept. 08: Bluesbrunch, Hafenzufahrtsstrasse 2, 1020 Wien

liebe kollegen, harmonika-legende SUGAR BLUE kommt mit seiner band auf europa-tour.

hier die termine:

4.4.    steyr (a) - unta da lindn
5.4.    budapest (h) - bluesfestival
6.4.    frauenthal (a-8523) - bluegarage
8.4.    wien (a) - tunnel
9.4.    korneuburg (a) - gwoelb

viele grüße
hubert moser

BluesART-Journal: "one of the BEST recording in 2007", Sissy and Fritz

Fair-Café im Fairhandelshaus

Accumer Str. 5, 26419 Schortens/Grafschaft

Tel. 0049(0)4423/709360, Fax 709361

[email protected]

Fair Cafe Programm - Aktuell/Vorschau 2008
Stand 02.08

Fr. 08.02.08          Mr. B. is movin (GB/NL) -  Rhythm & Blues
Fr. 15.02.08          Mitch Ryder Band (USA) – Rock
Sa. 16.02.08         Moderate Pace (D) -  Southern Blues-Rock
Sa. 23.02.08         CCR Revival Band (D) – Credence Clearwater Revival Tribute
Fr. 29.02.08          Till Kersting Band (D) -  Blues & Soul
Do. 06.03.08     &nbs