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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Delmark Records Update

Hey y'all! Festival season is coming. Woo Hoo!! Here's a couple of my favorites, with many Delmark artists performing!! Go out and experience LIVE MUSIC!!!!

DELMARK Blues artists performing soon:

Tail Dragger and Syl Johnson at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans!! April 29, 30. Have you been to this unbelievable roots music fest yet??!!!! (watch out for a fez wearin' Doctor and Beatle Bob!) Details below...

"Chicago Blues Round Robin" featuring Jimmy Burns, Carl Weathersby, John Primer, and Willie Big Eyes Smith- Sun, May 4, 7 pm at Old Town School of Folk Music on 7:00 PM, Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall, 4544 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

Jimmy Burns, Lurrie Bell, Karen Carroll, Big Time Sarah, Little Arthur Duncan, Kenny Smith, Jimmy Johnson, Aron Burton, Inetta Visor (from Mississippi Heat), Billy Branch, Bob Stroger, James Wheeler, Sharon Lewis, Charles Wilson, Ernest Dawkins, Willie Henderson, Eddy Clearwater, Lonnie Brooks, and more are at the 2008 Chicago Blues Festival!! June 5-8

Details are still to be worked out, but save this date!!! Friday, Sept, 26, 2008
Delmark 55th Anniversary Show !! Blues/Jazz Summit at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago. Congrats on Old Town's 50th Anniv. and Delmark's 55th!!

7th Annual Ponderosa Stomp - April 29 And 30 At House Of Blues In New Orleans

*Night 1 : Tuesday, April 29th, 2008:
Wardell Quezergue and His Rhythm and Blues Revue with Special Guests Jean Knight, Tammy Lynn, and Tony Owens with Special Guests Mac Rebennack and Zigaboo Modeliste
Barbara Lynn
Mary Weiss
Lil Buck and The Top Cats with Stanley "Buckwheat Zydeco" Dural
Lazy Lester
"Earl Stanley and the Stereos" featuring Skip Easterling and Eddie Powers
Tail Dragger & his Chicago Blues band
The Collins Kids
The Bo Keys
Roy Head
William Bell
Betty Harris
Hayden Thompson
Sonny Burgess
Joe Clay
Dale "Susie Q" Hawkins
Deke Dickerson & the Eccofonics
Louisiana Red
Barrence Whitfield
James Blood Ulmer
Travis "Scratchy" Wammack
Al "Carnival Time" Johnson
Rockie Charles
Bobby Parker
Tammy Lynn
Herbert Hardesty

*Night 2 : Wednesday, April 30th, 2008:
Syl Johnson
The Hi Rhythm Section
Ronnie Spector
Roky Erickson and the Explosives
Question Mark and The Mysterians
James Crawford and Davell Crawford
Nathaniel Mayer
The Mighty Hannibal
Eddie Bo
The Green Fuz
King Lloyd Band
Jay Chevalier
Maggie Lewis
Tommy McLain
Warren Storm
Guitar Lightnin
The Haunted Hearts
Henry Gray
Herbert Hardesty
Little Freddie King
Wiley and The Checkmates
Roscoe Robinson
Ralph "Soul" Jackson
Herman Hitson

The "Stomp" Shines A Light On America’s Secret Musical History with Performances By Ronnie Spector, Roky Erickson, Mary Weiss, Syl Johnson, The Green Fuz, The Mighty Hannibal, Tail Dragger, Travis Wammack, and Many, Many More
In its seven year history, THE PONDEROSA STOMP has grown from "two nights of insane rock roll" into a revered, year-round institution and leading advocate for the great unsung heroes of American Music. The 2008 Stomp will be the biggest and best to date, promising an expertly curated line-up of performers, daytime panel discussions (a Stomp first), and surprises galore.
Bookended, as is tradition, by the two weekends of JAZZFEST, the 2008 Stomp will take place April 29 and 30, on three stages at the HOUSE OF BLUES in New Orleans, with marathon sets that in years past have run from sundown to sunup!
The New York Times has hailed the Ponderosa Stomp as "a dream" that "plunges into the obscure byways of rock's past." Next year's line-up is the Stomp's most eclectic and ambitious to date, with performances ranging from pillars of '60s female pop, RONNIE SPECTOR of the Ronettes and MARY WEISS of the Shangri-Las, to garage rock pioneers THE GREEN FUZ (reuniting for the first time in 40 years!); from soul deep iinnovators THE MIGHTY HANNIBAL, SYL JOHNSON, and THE HI RHYTHM SECTION, to children of the universe ROKY ERICKSON and QUESTION MARK AND THE MYSTERIANS; plus many architects of the New Orleans groove like EDDIE BO, ZIGABOO MODELISTE and WARDELL QUEZERGUE, and so much more (see full confirmed line-up below). As in years past, the 2008 Ponderosa Stomp will be sponsored by THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME, The House of Blues, and NEW ORLEANS' FINE HOTELS.
New to the Ponderosa Stomp next year will be the first PONDEROSA STOMP MUSIC CONFERENCE, a full slate of daytime panel discussions and oral histories set for April 29 and 30 at the historic Cabildo on New Orleans' Jackson Square. Featured speakers include Ponderosa Stomp-certified performers EARL PALMER, SONNY BURGESS, BARBARA LYNN, TAMMY LYNN, HAROLD BATISTE, LAZY LESTER, DALE HAWKINS, HAYDEN THOMPSON, JOHN BOUDREAUX, ROY HEAD, ZIGABOO MODELISTE, BOB FRENCH, TRAVIS WAMMACK, JOHNNY ALLAN, and acclaimed authors PETER GURALNICK, HOLLY GEORGE-WARREN, ROBERT GORDON, JIM O'NEAL, JOHN BROVEN, ANDRIA LISLE, MICHAEL HURTT, GEORGE PAULUS, JOHN MORTHLAND, DAVID KUNIAN, BEN SANDMEL, GEORGE MITCHELL, and music biz legends JOE BIHARI (founder of RPM and MODERN RECORDS), and BOB SULLIVAN (original engineer for the LOUISIANA HAYRIDE) among others. The conference is presented by the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation and will be co-sponsored by the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME and LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM.
The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation's primary mission is to celebrate the unsung heroes of American music. The Foundation's programs, including the now-famous Ponderosa Stomp, illuminate the indelible cultural footprint left by some of the pioneers of rock roll, soul, country, blues, jazz, reggae, swamp pop and beyond. Many performers have seen their careers revitalized by the Stomp and its ever-expanding list of initiatives. In 2007 alone, the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation sponsored a showcase at the SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST music conference in Austin, drew nearly 5,000 fans to a Stomp-curated show at Brooklyn's MCCARREN PARK POOL, launched a monthly concert series at the OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART in New Orleans, and created a music-in-the-schools program for children in under-served communities, starting with a partnership with New Orleans' groundbreaking GOOD SHEPHERD SCHOOL.
Tickets to the 2008 Ponderosa Stomp are on sale through Ticketmaster's website ( and the House of Blues box office in New Orleans (225 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA, 70130). For more information please contact Matt Hanks ( or Nick Loss-Eaton ( at Shore Fire Media: 718.522.7171.

2008 CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL LINE UP ANNOUNCED!!! June 5-8, 2008 Grant Park In Chicago
(from our friends at

The lineup includes performers Little Arthur Duncan and the Back Scratchers, Jimmy Burns Blues Band, Lurrie Bell, Sharon Lewis and Texas Fire, Big Time Sarah, Karen Carroll, Jimmy Johnson, Inetta Visor, Bob Stroger, Charles Wilson, Rosa’s All Star Jam Band Featuring James Wheeler, Aron Burton, Billy Branch, Kenny Smith, Willie Henderson, Lonnie Brooks, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, Ernest Dawkins, Katherine Davis, Erwin Helfer, Eric Noden, Fernando Jones and the Columbia College Blues Ensemble, David "Honey Boy" Edwards, Louisiana Red, Paul Kaye, Johnny "Yard Dog" Jones, Pinetop Perkins, Willie Smith, Bob Margolin, Nuwki Nu, Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, Little Willie Littlefield, Patricia Scott w/ J.W. Williams, Big Ray and Chicago’s Most Wanted, L.C. Ulmer, Piano C. Red, Charles ‘Wsir’ Johnson, Duke Robillard's Louis Jordan tribute featuring Plas Johnson and Red Holloway, Johnny Winter, James Cotton, Jo Jo Murray and Joy Hills, Peaches and the Groove Shakers, Tear Drop Sessions, Les Getrex and Creole Cookin’, Omar Shariff , Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band, Tribute to Jumpin' Willie Cobbs featuring Joe B Band, Larry Taylor’s West Side Blues & Soul Band, The Taylor’s Family Band, Rising Star Fife and Drum featuring the Thomas Family, Afrissisppi, Harmonica Hinds, Ruby Andrews, Cicero Blake, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Otis Clay, Koko Taylor and Her Blues Machine, Shorty Mack and the Magnificent R&B Blues Band, Liz Mandville and the Blue Points, Charles Hayes and the Hayes Family Band, Otis Taylor, Don Vappie, Guy Davis, John Hammond, Milwaukee Blues All Stars featuring Stokes, JIm Liban, and Milwaukee Slim, Bumble Bee Bob, Chick Rodgers, PG Man, Theodis Ealey (Brothers Reunion), Cedric Burnside, Little Malcolm, T-Model Ford, Steve Arvey, Quintus McCormick, Guitar Red, Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, Barbara Lynn with Lil’ Buck and the Buckaroos, Buckwheat Zydeco, Victory Travelers, Marie Knight, Tony Joe White, Davell Crawford, LaVelle White, Geraldine and Donald Gay, Davell Crawford, Paul Geremia, John Boutte, Rodney Brown, Big James Montgomery and the Playboys, Dancin’ Perkins, Charlie Love, Bobby Parker and B.B. King!!!

Oh yeah, and it's all FREE!!! Mother nature, please grant us beautiful weather.

Please stay tuned for details on Delmark's annual Blues Brunch on Sunday June 8 at JAZZ RECORD MART, the world's largest blues and jazz store!!

I just heard about a very special after fest blues show from my friend, Cadillac Zack Slovinsky, Stay tuned for more details!! This looks killer!!
Saturday June 7th at Reggie's Music Joint,, Chicago's new music venue on 2109 S. State St -
AMERICAN BLUES LEGENDS - This is the real deal shit...
Tentative scheduled performers: Byther Smith, Tail Dragger, Little Arthur Duncan, Eddie C. Campbell, Elmore James, Jr., and special guests.

Also a reminder about Delmark's spankin' new blues releases and CD/DVD release parties!!

Delmark New Blues Releases just in!!-

* Dave Specter, Live in Chicago, on Delmark DVD- 1794 and CD - DE 794, with special guests Jimmy Johnson, Tad Robinson, and Sharon Lewis - , ,
- Specter is definitely one of Chicago's best guitarists- blues, jazz, funk, soul.- heavy grooves!! (You like Otis Rush, Kenny Burrell, and early Leo Nocentelli?) Not only do you get Dave's signature heavy instrumentals, the new release has not one or two, but 3 special guests!
The ageless Jimmy "Bar Room Preacher" Johnson and Specter sound so great together- you can tell they really feed off each other's unique styles. Vocalist/harp player Tad "Mr. Blue-Eyed Soul" Robinson is one of the best soul/blues singers anywhere and he and Dave have worked together for years. If you don't already know Sharon "Texas Fire" Lewis, you won't forget her after hearing/seeing her original performances (esp. the moving "Angel") on this fantastic new release- one of Chicago's best female blues singers.

Check out the new Specter Blues DVD trailer on our web page, along with other new ones, including Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble!

Dave Specter's "Live in Chicago" DVD/CD Release Parties!
Wed, May 21: Buddy Guy's Legends, 9:30-1:00, Featuring Tad Robinson & many special guests.
Thurs, May 22: SPACE (Dave's new club!) Featuring
Tad Robinson & many special guests., 9:00-?, SPACE = Society for Preservation of Arts & Culture in Evanston, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL

MISSISSIPPI HEAT, Hattiesburg Blues, (Delmark CD - DE 795), with special guests Lurrie Bell and Carl Weathersby - , , ,
This very underrated Chicago blues band is led by harp innovator/ band leader Pierre LaCocque and dynamic female vocalist Inetta Visor, along with their fantastic new guitarist Giles Corey (check out his guitar and vocals on his spotlight song "Say Something Good!") Chris "Hambone" Cameron on keys (including clavinet) and the ubiquitous all star drummer Kenny Smith. Special guests besides heavies Lurrie Bell (singing a new Chicago Blues anthem "Chicago Is My Home!") and Carl Weathersby ("Hell and Back") are guest vocalist, Devin Thompson (Chicago Catz, Rico), and latin percussionist Ruben Alvarez (Howard Levy's Chevere) and the Chicago Horns (Willie Henderson, Hank Ford, Bill McFarland, and Kenny Anderson) - making for a very full sounding (but not cluttered) blues recording, with some unique twists!

You can listen to sound samples of this at

DELMARK CD release party for Mississippi Heat's "Hattiesburg Blues"
FRIDAY, MAY 30TH, BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS with special guest Carl Weathersby!! 754 S. Wabash, @10pm

Please send out positive thoughts and prayers for our dear friend, Little Arthur Duncan. Arthur was rushed to the U of I hospital on Chicago's west side this past Friday for emergency surgery to remove a growth on his brain. Not sure about all of the details, but we are hoping/praying for a healthy recovery. He has made some encouraging progress so far..

Kevin Johnson
Delmark Records promotions
773 539 5001

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