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Friday, July 9, 2010

Andy Coats Update

Hey folks,

I hope everyone is surviving the heat on the East Coast – wheeww it’s hot!

I also wanted to let you know that my new CD, “Folk the Blues,” is now available on iTunes. 
Just open up the iTunes store and search for “Andy Coats,” and you’ll see the new one listed along with previous ones.  Then download away!

All 3 CDs are still available on CD Baby:

Finally, I wanted to remind you that I’ll be going down to South Carolina this weekend, to perform at another great festival:

July 9-10, 9 pm to midnight, the Mill House
Andy Coats, solo
Greenwood Blues Cruise

Greenwood, SC

I hope to see some of you there!

The Sean Costello Memorial Fund For Bipolar Research Newsletter

Here is an important message from Sean Costello Memorial Fund For Bipolar Research

Debbie's Blog
Be sure to read the latest entry in The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research's blog: 'From Mother to Son', by Debbie Costello Smith.
Bipolar Disorder Resources
Debbie Costello Smith

Vice President
Glenn H. Smith

Allison Dellamaggiora
Scientific Advisory Committee
Chair - Sheri L. Johnson, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Richard Bolton, Esq.

Debbie Costello Smith

Thilo Deckersbach, Ph.D., Partners Healthcare, Boston, Massachusetts

Julie Malbrancq

Greg Murray, Ph.D., Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Andrew Nierenberg, MD

Ihsan Saloum, MD, MPH University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida.

Jonathan Schooler, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Jonathan Smallwood, Ph.D.

Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Lauren Arno

Melissa Bauer

Patti Beaman

Bridget Costello

Aileen Kenneson, Ph.D.

Darlene Lopez

Amy Pollick, Ph.D.

Richard "Rosy" Rosenblatt

Michael Rothschild
Jon Liebman

Manda Pullen Turetsky
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Issue 5

July 2010
Blues Blast Music AwardsSean's Blues: A Memorial Retrospective Nominated in the 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards for Best Contemporary Blues CD!

Music industry professionals including music writers, managers, and musicians nominated the best of 2010 Blues Music in eight categories. Voting to determine the winners begins July 8th, 2010 and continues until August 31st, 2010. Voting is open to all Blues Blast Magazine subscribers; subscriptions are FREE, so please visit their website today.

Sean's Blues"The disc is a captivating, swinging, at times haunting collection of some of Sean's best recorded work - both originals and a superb choice of covers. Costello had such a mastery of the classic 1950s Chicago sound at his young age, it's as if he'd breathed in the soul itself of folks like Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. ... Musicians and fans alike will continue to appreciate Sean's decade of recorded work chronicled in this comprehensive collection."
- Dec/Jan 2010 issue of Living Blues magazine

The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research will soon be applying for a fundraising grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project!

To do so, the Fund must show substantial support and one way to do this is to significantly bolster our Facebook Cause page with as many members possible. Please join the Fund's Facebook Cause page today, and spread the word to others who may be interested in supporting our cause.

Grant funding will be put toward the development of an internet application (tentatively called The Mojo Project) to monitor sleep deprivation and mania in musicians.

This is just one way you can support the Fund's mission: Uniquely focused on the needs of musicians with bipolar disorder, The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research supports and conducts research on bipolar disorder and creativity while promoting awareness, providing education, and serving as a resource for these musicians and their support systems in order to foster acceptance, functioning and health.

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Stanford University School of Medicine 6th ANNUAL MOOD DISORDERS EDUCATION DAY
Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 8:30am to 2:30pm

William R. Hewlett Teaching Center
370 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
On July 24, the Fund will be represented by Scientific Advisory Committee Chair, Sheri L. Johnson, Ph.D., along with her students at the Annual Mood Disorders Education day at Stanford University's School of Medicine where psychiatrists will talk with the community about mood disorders (major depression disorder and bipolar disorder). The talk will include recent treatment advancements, mood disorders in children and adults, co-occurring mood and alcohol and drug abuse, and creativity in mood disorders.  Registration is required; Admission is free and open to the public.

Visit the Stanford University School of Medicine Bipolar Disorders Clinic website for more information and to register:
Cookin' at McCook's UPCOMING EVENT!
Cookin' at McCook's BBQ & Boogie

Sunday, July 25, 2010 from 4:00pm - 10:00pm
McCook Point Park
8 Atlantic Street Niantic, CT 06357

Nick Moss and the Fliptops
Sean Chambers
Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters

$10 suggested donation (all proceeds benefit The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research)

Special thanks to Tara Wyatt of Tumbleweeds Music and Boutique Shop for supporting the Fund through the first in what will be an annual event!

More info available at:
Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Second Annual Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research Benefit Concert

Jon Justice & Candye KaneNorth Atlanta High Center for the Arts
2875 Northside Drive, Atlanta, GA 30305

Jon Justice
Candye Kane
Additional performers tentatively scheduled, but not confirmed. More details to follow!

View past Benefit Concerts
On Thursday, April 29, 2010, D.B.A. showed their support of the Fund through the Dine Out for The Sean Costello Memorial Fund!

Blues and Barbecue were great together as Mudcat and Lil' Joe from Chicago played while D.B.A. Barbecue donated 15% of food and beverage sales from 5:00-11:00pm to The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research! We hope you will continue to support this exceptional restaurant, located in Virginia-Highlands, a suburb of Atlanta.
GoodSearch and GoodShop allow you to support the Fund with just one click!
GoodShopEach time you search the Internet or shop online at one of our participating stores, a donation will be made to The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research at no cost to you!


Thank you for your support!
1. Become a member of the Fund's Facebook Cause page, and invite all of your Facebook friends to join too!
2. Vote for Sean's Blues: A Memorial Retrospective in the 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards.

3. Become patrons of businesses such as Datadirect, NoizePro, Fat Matt's Rib Shack, Tumbleweeds Music and Boutique Shop, D.B.A. Barbeque, and Northside Tavern - businesses who continually support the Fund.
4. Support musicians who donate their time to the Fund through concert ticket and cd purchases. Most of the musicians who have given of their time to The Sean Costello Memorial Fund have done so at no cost.

5. In Sean's memory, we hope you will share his music with your family, friends and colleagues. Thank you!

Bob Corritore Blues News

From Bob Corritore

July 7, 2010
  • Happy Birthday Pinetop Perkins! Today Pinetop Perkins turns 97 years old! Born Joe Willie Perkins on July 7th, 1913, Pinetop is still an active touring musician, and is widely considered the greatest living blues piano player. His new album Pinetop Perkins & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith / Joined At The Hip on Telarc is receiving high praise. As a testament to his longevity, Pinetop will be traveling to Spain today to participate in the Hondarribia Blues Festival. Please take a moment to write Pinetop a happy birthday wish on his Facebook page (click here to access Pinetop's facebook). To see a photo page devoted to Mr. Perkins, click here.  Thanks Pinetop, for being our inspiration!
  • Chico Chism, Sam Moore, and the Reed Family inducted into Arizona Music And Entertainment Hall Of Fame! The Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall Of Fame has a diverse group of inductees from all types of entertainment, and all genres of music. This year the inductees include three from the blues corner: Chico Chism, who was best known as Howlin' Wolf's last drummer, moved to Phoenix in 1986, and thrived as a blues performer and celebrity until his death in 2007, Sam Moore is best known as the Sam of Sam & Dave, the Stax and Atlantic Records soul sensation, and the Reed family which includes Francine, Margo, Michael, Bucko, Mellody, Laverne, and Girley have brought rich gospel, blues, soul and jazz vocal textures to the Phoenix area. Thanks to AMEHOF for including a healthy showing for the blues in the recently announced new inductees. The ceremony will take place on February 13th, 2011 at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix. Please visit the AMEHOF web site by clicking here.
  • Special Thanks to the IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival and to Wilbeski's Blues Saloon! Dave Riley & Bob Corritore are appreciative of this past weekend's gigs in the Midwest! Dave & Bob had the honor at performing at the legendary Wilebski's Blues Saloon in St. Paul, MN, which has been the home of many great blues performances. Then it was off to Davenport, Iowa, for the spectacular IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival! Thanks to these venues and to the many fans that came out to see us. Thanks also to the IHMVBF for another exceptional lineup, their warm hospitality, and the ridiculously fun nightly after-party/jams!
  • Blues Blast Music Awards voting begins tomorrow! The voting for the 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards begins on Thursday, July 8th. Voting is open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. Subscriptions are free and you can sign up as part of the voting process. Please consider a vote for Dave Riley & Bob Corritore / Lucky To Be Living, which is nominated under the category of "Best Traditional Blues Recording." To see a complete list of all nominees and to vote please click here. The awards, put on by Blues Blast Magazine, will take place on Thursday, October 28th, at Buddy Guy's Legends new location of 700 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
  • Dave Riley and Bob Corritore interviews appear in current issue of Austria's Concerto Magazine! Special thanks to interviewer Dietmar Hoscher of Austria's Concerto Magazine, for including interviews by Dave Riley and Bob Corritore in the July issue. Also in that issue is an interview with our dear friend Mud Morganfield, the son of Muddy Waters. These interviews were conducted last November at the amazing Lucerne Blues Festival. To see the interviews, click here.
  • Phoenix Vintage Blues Anthology gets reviews in Living Blues and ABS magazines! Earlier this year the Southwest Musical Arts Foundation released a compilation of vintage Phoenix Blues titled Flyin' High, A Collection Of  Phoenix Blues, Rhythm, and Spirit from the 1950's and 60's. The CD's 27 tracks include Big Pete Pearson's first recordings, Reverend Louis Overstreet, J.C. Arline, The Lone Wolf, Duke Draper, Maxine Johnson, John "Oklahoma Zeke" Lewis, Dumas King, Roosevelt Nettles, Budd Spudd & The Sprouts, Jimmy Knight, Baby Jean, the Curtis Gray Combo, and more. Flyin' High recently received 2 more great reviews, one in Living Blues Magazine by Jim DeKoster, and the other in France's ABS Magazine by Vincent Joos. You can read these and other reviews on-line by clicking here. To see the cover art for Flyin' High, click here, and to read the extensive liner notes by John Dixon, click here. This CD is currently available through Bluebeat Music and can be purchased by clicking here. Proceeds from the sales of this CD will go to the Southwest Musical Arts Foundation, who are planning more historically important blues releases.
  • Amanda's Roller Coaster Update. Nighthawks to host Thursday preparty concert / harp jam! Amanda's Roller Coaster is a spectacular 3 day harmonica happening that takes place at the Rhythm Room Room on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Acts include James Cotton, Billy Boy Arnold, Lazy Lester, Kim Wilson, Paul Oscher, James Harman, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Dyer, Bharath Rajakumar, Johnny Sansone, Jerry Portnoy, Al Blake, Dave Waldman, Bob Corritore, Troy Gonyea, RJ Mischo, Steve Marriner, Billy Flynn, Scott Dirks, Chef Denis Depoitre, Lynwood Slim, and Vincent Bury. As an additional feature of the event, Thursday, September 30th, has just been added as a preparty with the Nighthawks, who will perform a concert set at 8pm, and then host a harmonica showcase. This will serve as a wonderful preparty, and as a way for many of the attending harmonica players who are not on the main bill, to have an outlet to showcase their playing. So far Martin Lange has signed on as the first special guest harmonica player for the preparty. Please be aware that at the time of this e-mail only 50 tickets remain for this soon to be sold out event, and only 20 discount rate hotel rooms remain at our host hotel. For more details, a schedule of performances, hotel information, and to order tickets, check out the Amanda's Roller Coaster website by clicking here.
  • Acoustic Freddie King on YouTube! Please enjoy these great performances by Freddie King at Travis County Jail from April 11, 1976. Freddy and his brother play acoustic guitars and cover "Sweet Home Chicago", and "Let The Good Times Roll". You can really see the star quality of Freddie from these clips. Click here to see.

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

From Bob Dorr

I continue to hear from people who had been victims of the misplaced . (dot) and are now (finally) getting regular delivery of these notes again. I never knew the angst a misplaced . could bring until I heard from my longtime friend Chuck: Hey, Bob, You know what? I was one of the e-mail non-recipients over the past several months. It’s kind of funny (sad-funny, maybe pathetic) how a neurotic reacts to his awareness of “Oh, I haven’t been receiving any Blue Notes for awhile. Hmm, quite a while, really. Hmm…”. The thoughts run from, “Maybe it’s our SPAM filter.” to “Maybe it’s our server (somehow?).” to “Maybe our IT guy is specifically blocking The Blue Band’s sending address because he ‘SEES’ me spending too much time reading the Blue Notes.” to “Maybe my ‘subscription’ ran out.” to “Maybe I should’ve sent Bob another ten bucks for the post card performance schedules.” to “Maybe Bob’s still irritated that I quoted too many lines from a Springsteen song on the website’s blog one time.” to “Maybe Bob’s mad at me for 1) not going to his wedding, 2) not sending a card or gift, 3) not even acknowledging it with a ‘Best Wishes’ e-mail.” Anyway, I am sorry about all of those things. And the personal neuroses (and other deficits) mostly cover the reasons of why I don’t/can’t/won’t perform simple acts of cordiality and friendship, but that’s not an excuse (and it doesn’t even play as one within my own mind). I just view myself as an “episodic jerk”; sometimes the episodes are longer than others. But here’s the kicker: it doesn’t even OCCUR to me to just send Bob a quick e-mail saying. “Say, I haven’t seen a Blue Note for awhile. Did you discontinue, or should I look into our company’s e-mail processing?” At least then you would’ve gotten the feedback that “something is amiss”. Oh well, play the cards you’re dealt, Chuck, don’t make excuses, don’t rewrite history, and, by the way, you could use a shave.
Sometimes a misplaced . (dot) is just a . (dot) that's out of place...
I'm really looking forward to Saturday night's gig in Okoboji. (7/10) It's ReMax weekend, the weather is predicted to be ideal, the concert site has a postcard view of the lake, Sam Salomone is driving his big organ up for the show, rumor has it that Gary King might stop by to play a song or two, our longtime friend Joe Cuttell is flying in from California to play second guitar, and Al is bringing along a new young sax phenom (Robert Espe) to team with in the horn section! We're talkin' a possible 9 piece band at some time! Show time is 7:30-10:30p. Get there early and go thru the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Association Hall of Fame, which is adjacent to the Green Space concert area. This is gonna be cool. Who's bringing the mango CAKE?!...
We're playin' a lot in the next six weeks (wow, just like bein' in a real travelin' band again!) In the next few weeks: Sat. July 17 The Nevada Firemen's dance 8-11p (that's the town of Nevada, east of Ames, not the state of Nevada, west of Utah) Sun. July 18 Colfax Party in the Park before and after the fireworks Thurs. July 22 The Gazeeeeebo Gig, Central Park, Grinnell 5:30-7:30p Fri. July 23 The Hub Geezer Gig (summer hours-7-10:30p) 4th & Main, Sparkle City USA, this is our only nightclub date of the summer Sat. July 24 The annual Davenport Bix Street Festival, 2nd & Main, Davenport (home of the Sudlow Tigers, my Jr. High school) 7:30-9:30p
We're in the home stretch with the remodeling project! The kitchen cabinets are in, the counter tops were installed yesterday, the floor tile is set, our friend Bear, who's been working at the Amana appliance plant for 35 years helped us order the fridge, dishwasher, and microwave, which are expected Monday (between noon and 4pm) (what, the appliance delivery company is now a subsidiary of the cable company?) I'm in my sixth month of living in a construction zone. The end is so near, yet so far away-the contractor goes on vacation Monday! What?? But we're so close...
Larry the Band Truck got all the dimples from the April hail storm repaired this week and passed the annual DOT road inspection (after getting the rear brakes repadded) so we'll be seein' ya on the Blue Highway and playin' our zydeco tie on the beach (rub it, rub it good). Do remember that sometimes a . (dot) is just a . (dot) no matter how misplaced it might be and CAKE cures most known neuroses! And no matter where you put yer . (dot), always know that we love you. Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

Top 50 Soul and Blues From

Top 50 Southern Soul, Rhythm & Blues Albums
Deep Soul + Soul/Blues + Downhome Blues + Urban Blues
The Nation's OFFICIAL Soul/Blues and Southern Soul Albums Chart
1 NEW 24 Hour Woman Denise LaSalle Malaco
2 1 I Ain't Gone Do It Mel Waiters Waldoxy
3 2 All Of Me Floyd Taylor CDS
4 NEW Love Who You Wanna Love Carl Marshall CDS
5 3 In Touch With My Southern Soul Wendell B. Smoothway Ent.
6 5 That Girl Belongs To Me Charles Wilson CDS
7 NEW Good To Me** Earl Gaines Ecko
8 10 Sexy Soul Songs LaMorris Williams Rocks Landon
9 6 My Soul Leela James Stax
10 8 Ms. Jody's In The Streets Again Ms. Jody Ecko
11 9 Live In Vienna** Latimore Latstone
12 4 Love, Romance & Respect Willie Clayton C & C
13 NEW Turn It Up Earl Duke CDS
14 13 It's BYOB Donnie Ray Ecko
15 NEW Mama Nathaniel Kimble Kimbarn
16 7 Grown Folks Gospel: Songs Of Encouragement Bigg Robb Over 25 Sound
17 20 Wilbe Records Greatest Hits Various Artists Wilbe
18 12 Drunk Busted Disgusted & Can't be Trusted Billy Ray Charles Waldoxy
19 15 The Preacher's Wife Luther Lackey Ecko
20 11 Back To Bidness Wendell B Smoothway Ent.
21 17 Cougar* Pat Cooley L & L
22 14 Southern Soul & Party Blues Vol. 3 Various Artists CDS
23 16 Let It Ride Jerry L Brimstone
24 31 Just Doing Me Mr. Ivy Blac Ink
25 28 Woof Woof Meow J. Backfoot JEA Music
26 21 I'm The Man For The Job Lee "Shot" Williams CDS
27 19 The Evolution Of Soul T.K. Soul Soulful
28 23 I Like It Stan Mosley CDS
29 24 A Tribute To The Legends Sir Charles Jones Mardi Gras
30 18 Songs People Love The Most, Vol 1 (Deluxe Edition) Carl Marshall CDS
31 44 Jerri Curl Muzik Bigg Robb Over 25 Sound
32 22 Smokin' Will Easley CDS
33 25 Unfinished Business Lenny Williams Lenlon
34 27 The Bleeding Edge The Revelations feature Tre Williams Traffic Ent.
35 32 I'm In Love With A Man I Can't Stand Nellie "Tiger" Travis CDS
36 36 It's My Time O.B. Buchana Ecko
37 42 Keepin' It Real* Jeff Floyd Wilbe
38 26 The Best Of Mr. X Sounds Mindz
39 45 Sweet Love Falisa Ja'Naye Milaja
40 48 Love Soul** Columbus Toy Toy Castle
41 33 Big Leg Woman Gus Geter Sound Mindz
42 30 Call Before You Come** Gerod Rayborn New Groove
43 43 Truth Be Told Vick Allen Soul 1st
44 35 Blind Snake Bobby Rush Deep Rush
45 RE Time Served Omar Cunningham Soul 1st
46 36 Hard Times Willie B. Hot Spot
47 41 Unleashed Shirley Brown Malaco
48 34 Livin' The Bluz* Deidra Hurdle Huff-Pro
49 29 The Best Of Sheba Potts-Wright Ecko
50 39 All About The Rhythm & The Blues Latimore LatStone
This chart is based on a combination of Radio Airplay and ACTUAL SALES from the Southern Soul Blues community worldwide though primarily in the Southern United States.
Eligible entrees must be "New" or are currently experiencing a bump in airplay.
Albums marked with * charted mostly on Airplay while albums marked with ** charted mostly on Sales.

Si Cranstoun Update

Ok England Didn't Win ...But Our Summer Continues!   
 Showtime Returns To The Famous CIU Club Bromley Friday 16th July
Including the exclusive first ever plays of 3 brand new tracks from Si's new album "The Throwback"
Listen to the newly written demos on Si Cranstoun's new Facebook page !

See the brand new version of Dynamo video !


All this at the world famous CIU Club, 35 London Rd, Bromley,BR2
Remaining tickets can now be booked in advance by contacting Steve via text or call on 07986 057940.
Long haulers can stay at The Bromley Court Hotel just 5 mins walk from the venue !
Click on the links below to see Si's clips ! search Si Cranstoun for loads of other great stuff !
 All of the above are now available on  the albums of hand written songs by Si entitled
"Skinny Jeans" & " Get Lively" from Si's online shop  or on Ebay.
Get tickets priced at £10 each for this intimate venue by calling Steve on 07986 057940 / 07796 858005 and reserve yours now !
Doors open 8pm, CIU Club 35 London Road, Bromley, BR2. The show features two 40 mins sets which end at around 10.30pm with bar open until 11pm
Club equiped with dancefloor and plenty of candle lit tabled seating !
for further info and great new music please visit