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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Blue Triangle Is Back

while the Crawling King Snake maybe gone, the Voice is bringing you the latest news from the Blues Triangle. Great to have you guys back!


FIRST EDITION ____________________________________________January 6, 2009

The BJFMS UPDATE is back. Just about every week (or so) you’ll be getting a little something in your inbox from the BJFM VOICE which will include everything WE know about what’s going on with LIVE MUSIC here and around here. That is, unless we hear from you that you want us to STOP, in which case we will take your name and email OFF the list – just reply with “STOP.” Otherwise, just be patient and give us a little while to get this thing up and running. On the other hand, if you know anyone who would appreciate getting this information, just email me and we’ll ADD their name and email address to the list. I really want to be just the EDITOR of all the stuff YOU, the MUSIC PEOPLE (and you KNOW who you are) send me to include here. I’m L@@KING for NEWS of WHO’S PLAYING WHERE, REVIEWS of any LIVE music, CD and MUSIC DVD REVIEWS, FESTIVAL REVIEWS, whatever YOU think the MUSIC PEOPLE would want to hear about. EMAIL any and all to: Don’t be shy.
Well, HERE GOES>>>

Robert Huges and Teeny Tucker of The Teeny Tucker Band sent me this:
Thelonious Monk's Advice 1960
Just because you’re not a drummer, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to keep time.
Pat your foot and sing the melody in your head when you play.
Stop playing all those bullshit notes.
Make the drummer sound good.
You’ve got to dig it, to dig it, you dig?
All reet.
Always know …
It must be night, otherwise they wouldn’t need the lights.
Let’s lift the bandstand, I want to avoid the hecklers!
Don’t play the piano part, I’m playing that.
Don’t listen to me, I’m supposed to accompanying you.
Don’t play everything, let some things go by.
Some music is just imagined.
What you don’t play can be more important than what you do play.
A note can be as small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination.
Stay in shape! (When the gig comes, you have to make it.)
When you’re swinging, swing some more.
What should we wear tonight? Be as sharp as possible.
Always leave them wanting more.
These tunes were written so as to have something to play, and to get cats interested enough to come to rehearsal.
Whatever you think can’t be done, somebody will come along and do it.
A genius is the one most like himself.
They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along and spoil it!

Best wishes for a Happy,
and ...
Prosperous New Year!
all the best, Robert & Teeny



One of Columbus’ best blues bands and one of Cleveland’s most popular acoustic blues musicians will perform a special benefit concert in Marietta THIS SATURDAY for one of their favorite charities: themselves.

Mojo Theory from Columbus and Austin “Walkin’ Cane” Charanghat from Cleveland, both winners at The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society’s (BJFMS) annual River City Ohio Blues Competition last February will be performing at the “Memphis or Bust” benefit to help send them to compete in the 2009 International Blues Challenge (IBC), in Memphis, Tennessee. The “Memphis or Bust” Benefit will be held THIS SATURDAY, January 10, 2009 at The River City Tavern & Grill, in the Comfort Inn, on the pike, in Marietta. Music starts at 8PM. Admission at the door will be $10. There is no advance ticket sales for this event.

When they won back in February, Mojo Theory won the $1,000 first prize, but, as you can imagine, in these times it takes a lot more than that to send a
5-piece band to Memphis for four or five days. Austin “Walkin’ Cane” won only the $100 prize, so you know he needs help. Blues societies all over the country are holding “Memphis of Bust” Benefits to help out, with hopes of bringing home a winner for big time bragging rights.

“We hope everybody comes out to support live music and the blues,” said John Gifford, Competition Director for the BJFMS. “It’s going to be a great blues show you wouldn’t normally be able to see around here. Both musical acts will have their latest CD’s for sale and autograph, along with a 50/50 drawing and all donations will go to support these guys,” said Gifford.

The International Blues Challenge is presented by The Blues Foundation in early February each year.
The IBC is the undisputed largest gathering of blues bands in the world – last year’s Challenge saw over 100 blues bands and 60 solo/duo acts competing live on world famous Beale Street. The 25th annual IBC will take place February 4-7, 2009 in Memphis.

“The IBC is a great opportunity for these serious blues musicians to gain valuable exposure and further their careers. We want to help them all we can, and getting to Memphis is half the battle,” added Gifford.

“The River City Taven & Grill seats over 300 people, and we need everybody who supports LIVE MUSIC out for this show. River City Tavern & Grill is a new venue for us: we want to IMPRESS them so they’ll want to have us back again. We need YOU to make it a PRIORITY to come out and support this event. This venue can offer tremendous opportunities for us IF we get a big crowd here for SATURDAY night. Please BE THERE if you can.

Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21,2009
DEADLINE for entry in the 17th annual competition is THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9th. This could be your chance to compete on world-famous Beale Street in Memphis at the International competition. If you would like to enter, go to for complete details, rules and application. You can even drop the application off to me in person if need be. If you need help, or if there is a problem, call me at 304.295.4323.

Call Peggy evenings at 740.376.0222,
or call Steve just about anytime at 304.295.4323


If you’re planning to head to Memphis, TN February 4-7 for the IBC – the undisputed largest gathering of blues bands in the WORLD and the “Disneyland of Blues” better have your plans already set or get it done in the next few days. The hotels are pretty full already, so accommodations will be slim pickin’s the closer we get to the competition. The trip is highly recommended if you’re a serious blues fan, or if you’re just a serious partyer – either way, you’ll never forget it and be hooked like the rest of us. Trust me, you’ve never seen any festival or anything else like it. Go to for all the details and to buy tickets.

18th Annual River City Blues Festival
March 20-21, 2009 Lafayette Hotel, Marietta, Ohio

Friday, March 20, 2009
8PM – Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy
Gospel-influenced Blues from Houston, TX
2008 BMA: “Best New Artist of the Year”; 2005 IBC Winner
10PM – Nick Moss & The Fliptops with
Special Guest: Lurrie Bell
Traditional Chicago Blues doesn’t get any better than this! Nick Moss has won “Album of the Year” and “Band of The Year”. Lurrie Bell was just named “2008 Blues Artist of The Year” by Living Blues Magazine

Saturday, March 21, 2009
1PM-2009 Blues Competition Winners
220PM – Thomasina Winslow Band
From World Famous Winslow Family Band –
Singer/Songwriter/Educator from Up-state New York
350PM – Big James Montgomery &
The Chicago Playboys
From Guess Where (Chicago). Big James is former band member with Little Milton, Albert King, Johnny Christian and yes, Buddy Guy

8PM – Joey Gilmore
Florida Legend, Blues and R&B Master. 2-time IBC Winner – South Florida Blues
10PM – Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater
Chicago’s premier blues showman. “The Chief” of authentic West-Side Chicago Blues


30th Blues Music Awards Nominees, Tickets and Voting
For a complete list of the 30th Blues Music Awards Nominees, click here.
WHAT: The Blues Music Awards
WHEN: Thursday, May 7, 2009
WHERE: Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main, Memphis, TN
TICKETS: $125; (Tables of 10 are $1200) available here or 901.527.2583 xt 10. Your level of membership, your order date and the number of tickets (or tables) ordered are three of the important factors in determining where and with whom you will be seated.
The Blues Foundation has confirmed the thirtieth annual Blues Music Awards, a seven-plus hour throw-down featuring dozens of incredible musicians and honoring the best of the blues world. Blues Foundation members will be able to vote starting today, through March 1, with the results determining the winners. Click here to vote.
West coast-based group The Mannish Boys lead the pack this year with six nominations, including band, traditional album and album of the year in addition to individual nominations for band members Richard Innes (drums), Kid Ramos (guitar), and Larry Taylor (bass). Tied with four nominations each are slide guitar legend Elvin Bishop, pianist Eden Brent, songstress Janiva Magness, soul man Curtis Salgado, and former truck driver Watermelon Slim. Buddy Guy is nominated for three awards and B.B. King for two.
The Mississippi-based Homemade Jamz Blues Band are the youngest nominees at 9, 14, and 16 years of age. Sadly, Sean Costello received two posthumous nominations while Jeff Healey received one. Chicago elder statesman and torch bearer Magic Slim earned three nods. Lurrie Bell earned two nominations for an album he made while grieving the loss of his wife and his father, harp man Carrie Bell.
The Blues Foundation has added a Rock Blues category for the first time in 2009, with nominations going to Gary Moore, Jeff Healey, Michael Burks, Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Sonny Landreth, and Walter Trout.
The presenting sponsor for the 2008 Blues Music Awards was once again The GIBSON Foundation. The 2008 Blues Music Awards were also sponsored by BMI, Casey Family Programs, Eagle Rock Entertainment, FedEx, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
Performers have not yet been confirmed for the 2009 show but all nominees are invited to take the stage, showing a broad range of blues styles from solo resonator fingerpicking to soul-blues shouters. For the blues fan, it's the only way to see a lineup like this and it annually threatens to rage well into the night.
The awards ceremony and concert will be broadcast live by Sirius XM Satellite Radio's B.B. King's Bluesville channel. The Blues Music Awards will be shot in HD for a DVD to be released in the fall of 2009.
The Blues Foundation has 3,000 individual dues-paying members around the world and 160 affiliated grassroots, member-based local blues societies in a dozen countries.
For more information on The Blues Foundation and the Blues Music Awards, please contact Nick Loss-Eaton [] or Matt Hanks [] at Shore Fire Media, 718.522.7171.

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2009 - 30th Blues Music Awards

Acoustic Album of the Year
Eden Brent - Mississippi Number One
Rory Block - Blues Walkin' Like a Man
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines - A Night in Woodstock
Hans Theessink & Terry Evans - Visions
Fiona Boyes, Mookie Brill & Rich Del Grosso - Live from Bluesville

Acoustic Artist of the Year
Doug MacLeod
Rory Block
Otis Taylor
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines
Eden Brent

Album of the Year
The Mannish Boys - Lowdown Feelin'
Curtis Salgado - Clean Getaway
Buddy Guy - Skin Deep
Janiva Magness - What Love Will Do
Elvin Bishop - The Blues Rolls On

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
Janiva Magness
Watermelon Slim
Bobby Rush
Lil' Ed
Magic Slim

Band of the Year
Magic Slim & the Teardrops
Nick Moss & the Flip Tops
The Mannish Boys
Watermelon Slim & the Workers
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials

Best New Artist Debut
Chris James and Patrick Rynn - Stop and Think About It
Delta Highway - The Devil Had a Woman
Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm - 2 Man Wrecking Crew
The Homemade Jamz Blues Band - Pay Me No Mind
Eden Brent - Mississippi Number One

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year
Elvin Bishop - The Blues Rolls On
Watermelon Slim & the Workers - No Paid Holidays
Janiva Magness - What Love Will Do
Sean Costello - We Can Get Together
Buddy Guy - Skin Deep

Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year
Gaye Adegbalola
Marcia Ball
Robin Rogers
Bettye LaVette
Janiva Magness

Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year
Michael Burks
Elvin Bishop
Sean Costello
Watermelon Slim
Buddy Guy

Broke & Hungry Records, Cathead Blues & Mudpuppy Recordings - M For Mississippi: A Road Trip Through The Birthplace of the Blues
Eagle Eye Media - Albert Collins Live at Montreux 1992
Eagle Eye Media - Carlos Santana Plays Blues At Montreux 2004
Stony Plain Records - Ronnie Earl & Broadcasters - Hope Radio Sessions
Delmark Records - Little Arthur Duncan Live at Rosa's Blues Lounge

Historical Album of the Year
Eagle Records - Albert Collins Live At Montreux 1992
Jamie Records - Barbara Lynn: The Jamie Singles 1962-1965
Delmark Records - On Highway 80 (Sleepy John Estes)
Ruf Records - Rich Man's War: New Blues & Roots Songs of Peace and Protest (Various Artists)
TopCat Records - Hollywood Fats & the Paladins Live 1985

Bob Stroger
Mookie Brill
Larry Taylor
Bill Stuve
Jeff Turmes

Cedric Burnside
Richard Innes
Jimi Bott
Tony Braunagel
Kenny Smith
Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith

Sonny Landreth
Lurrie Bell
Michael Burks
Kid Ramos
Ronnie Earl

Steve Guyger
Billy Gibson
Mark Hummel
Jason Ricci
Rick Estrin
Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith

Deanna Bogart
Kaz Kazanoff
Terry Hanck
Keith Crossan
Doug James

Johnny Sansone - Accordion
Bob Brozman - Mandolin, Ukulele
Otis Taylor - Banjo
Rich Del Grosso - Mandolin
Gerry Hundt - Mandolin

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Henry Butler
David Maxwell
Eden Brent
Bruce Katz
Marcia Ball

Rock Blues Album of the Year
Jeff Healey - Mess of Blues
Sonny Landreth - from the REACH
Michael Burks - Iron Man
Gary Moore - Bad for You Baby
Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - Blood Brothers
Walter Trout - The Outsider

Song of the Year
Dave Duncan & Curtis Salgado - 20 Years of B. B. King (Curtis Salgado)
Kenny Neal - Let Life Flow (Kenny Neal)
Elvin Bishop - The Blues Rolls On (Elvin Bishop)
Albert Castiglia - Bad Year Blues (Albert Castiglia)
Sonny Landreth - Blue Tarp Blues (Sonny Landreth)

Soul Blues Album of the Year
Irma Thomas - Simply Grand
Curtis Salgado - Clean Getaway
Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band - Overnight Sensation
Clarence Spady - Just Between Us
Johnny Rawls - Red Cadillac

Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year
Sharrie Williams
Irma Thomas
Jean Shy
Etta James
Denise LaSalle

Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year
Tad Robinson
Bobby Rush
Jackie Payne
Johnny Rawls
Curtis Salgado

Traditional Blues Album of the Year
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials - Full Tilt
B.B. King - One Kind Favor
Honeyboy Edwards - Roamin' and Ramblin'
Eddy 'The Chief' Clearwater - West Side Strut
The Mannish Boys - Lowdown Feelin'

Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year
Koko Taylor
Maria Muldaur
Nora Jean Bruso
Diunna Greenleaf
Ruthie Foster

Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year
B.B. King
Lurrie Bell
Magic Slim
Eddy 'The Chief' Clearwater
Honeyboy Edwards

The Blues GRAMMY Nominations Announced
51st Grammys have been announced. They are:

Best Traditional Blues Album
“The Blues Rolls On” – Elvin Bishop (Delta Groove Music)
“Skin Deep” – Buddy Guy (Silvertone Records)
“All Odds Against Me” – John Lee Hooker (Steppn’ Stone)
“One Kind Favor” – B.B. King (Geffen Records)
“Pinetop Perkins & Friends” – Pinetop Perkins & Friends (Stoneagle/Telarc)

Best Contemporary Blues Album
“Peace, Love & BBQ” – Marcia Ball (Alligator Records)
“Like A Fire” – Solomon Burke (Shout Factory)
“City That Care Forgot” – Dr. John (429 Records)
“Maestro” – Taj Mahal (Heads Up/International)
“Simply Grand” – Irma Thomas (Rounder Records)

Better know to most of us as TRAD FEST
Holiday Inn Worthington (NICE)
7007 N High Street
Columbus, Ohio

HEADLINER: Guy Davis & Ann Rabson
Eden Brent, Kristin Jackson (Clevelend), Samual James,
2008 IBC Solo/Duo Winner Lionel Young, and more
go to
or call Herb.

MARIETTA BREWING CO. 167 Front Street, Marietta,OH
SPECIAL BLUES SHOW: Bill Lupkin & The Workers
WEDNESDAY, January 23, 2009 7PM
Legendary blues harp virtuoso BILL LUPKIN along with THE WORKERS (as in Watermelon Slim & The Workers) named BLUES BAND of THE YEAR, 2007 in a special MID-WEEK EARLY show. (I saw this show about a month ago and it’s FANTASTIC – NOT TO BE MISSED) Come out, SUPPORT THE BLUES!!

Folks, this is the area’s LAST VENUE for quality LIVE MUSIC;
I’d suggest you come out, have dinner, a beverage of your choice and support it before they too, give up on quality LIVE MUSIC as other establishments in our area have done. The MBC has really stepped-up the level of their LIVE MUSIC and it’s up to YOU to keep it happening. Chris Fennell, Events & Entertainment Director at MBC tells me he has GREAT LIVE MUSIC shows of all genres booked this Winter. Keep an eye on their website for latest schedule: or call 740.373.BREW


TONIGHT: COLIN JOHN from COLUMBUS (last show ‘til AUG)

Friday, January 9: Bobby Kurl
Saturday, January 10: The Extremophiles
Tuesday, January 13: Justin Arthur
Friday, January 16: The Faculty – Doebrich & company
Saturday, January 17: LONG TALL DEB & DRIFTERKINGS


Saturday, January 24, 2009
Overtime Bar & Grill
Emerson Avenue, Parkersburg, WV
TICKETS: Call 304.???.????

CONCERT: Jorma Kaukonen, Robben Ford & Ruthie Foster
Thursday, February 19
The Midland Theatre
Newark, Ohio (NE of Columbus – 110 miles from here)

Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt Concert – Ohio University
Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt On Stage Together
Friday, February 13, 2009
7:30PM – 9:30PM
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
Ohio University – Athens, Ohio

Finally, my friend Herb Sollars sent me this:

In a few short days, an African American man will move from his private residence into a much larger and infinitely more expensive one, owned not by him, but by the taxpayers. A vast lawn, a perimeter fence and many well trained security specialists will insulate him from the rest of us, but the mere fact that this man will be residing in this house should make us all stop and count or blessings - because it proves that we live in a nation where anything is possible. Many believed this day would never come. Most of us hoped and prayed that it would, but few of us actually believed we would live to see it. Racism is an ugly thing in all of it's forms and there is little doubt that if this man had moved into this house fifteen years ago, there would have been a great outcry - possibly even rioting in the streets. Today, we can all be both grateful and proud that no such mayhem will take place.when this man takes up residency in this house.
This man, moving into this house at this time in our nation's history is much more than a simple change of addresses for him - it is proof of a change in our attitude as a nation. It is an amends of sorts - the righting of a great wrong. It is a symbol of our growth, and of our willingness to "judge a man, not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character". There can be little doubt now that the vast majority of us truly believe that this man has earned both his place in history and his new address. His time in this house will not be easy - it will be fraught with danger and he will face many challenges. I am sure there will be many times when he asks himself how in the world he ended up here and like all who have gone before him, the experience will age him greatly. But I for one will not waste an ounce of worry for his sake - because in every way a man can, he asked for this. His whole life for the past fifteen years appears to have been inexorably leading this man toward this house. It is highly probable that that in the past, despite all of his actions, racism would have kept this man out of this house. Today, I thank the lord above that I am an American and that I live in a nation where wrongs are righted, where justice matters and where truly anything is possible.

I couln’t agree more.
The Voice


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