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Monday, July 2, 2012

South Skunk Blues Society Update

 I hope everyone is surviving the heat!  We have some news that I think is, by its nature, "cool".  The Skunk has definitely been resuscitated and we are in the Year of the Skunk!  Plans are well underway in the planning for the 20th annual South Skunk Bowlful of Blues (See attached lineup).  If you would like to lend a hand with our planning, or volunteer to help out with the Bowl please let me know.

Membership Drive is beginning-  We will soon be emailing everyone whose membership is due now to encourage you to consider renewing your annual membership.  I will attach the membership form to this email so if you want to get a jump on us, please feel free to renew today.   But if your dues are due or coming due soon we will be sending you a separate email.  The South Skunk Blues Society is entirely non-profit run by an all volunteer effort.  No one from the South Skunk Blues Society gets paid for their time and travel expenses.  We are truly non-profit.  Your membership dues help us to put on the Bowl and to support the other things we have begun doing throughout the year (Blues Challenge, Blues in the School...)

We are also beginning the process of contacting each of our great sponsors to encourage them to renew their support.  Sponsorships are very important and very much appreciated.  If you or your business would like to become a corporate sponsor please let me know, and I will share all of the benefits of the various levels of sponsorships.  Also please be sure to support our sponsors; they keep the Blues alive in Skunkland!

Solo Duo Call for Acts for Iowa Blues Challenge:  There is still time to get registered and enter the competition.  The South Skunk Blues Society is one of the co-sponsors for the Iowa Solo Duo competition.  I have attached the “Call” (announcement) to this email.  The deadline for registering is July 15th, 2012.  The Solo/Duo Challenge will be held August 26, 2012 at Zimm’s in Des Moines, IA.   Please feel free to tell musicians that the call for the competition is out, and it is time to get registered if they want to participate.  

Upcoming Shows:
This Saturday, June 30, 2012, we have a double decker night of the blues.  Come on out to Sugar Grove Winery west of Newton from 6:30-9:30 to see The Drama Kings perform their good time music (Blues, Jazz and New Orleans) featuring Scott Davis on trumpet, bass and flugelhorn,  John (Juke) Mattingly on keyboard, and Bobby Brown on drums.    Cover is $5, 17 & under free. (See poster).   Then drive a few miles north to Baxter Fun Night and catch Bob Dorr and the Blue Band playing a street dance at the Baxter Fun Days, 9 PM till midnight. There is a $5.00 cover to benefit the Baxter Fun Days (see attached poster).  This band is a member of the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Bob Pace Band – Saturday, July 7th at The Speakeasy in Newton 9-1, No Cover

Bob Dorr and the Blue Band, Friday August 10 at the Thunder Nights bike night on the square in Newton 6-10 PM, No Cover

Bowlful of Blues - Labor Day Weekend, September 1 and 2.

Facebook- We now have a South Skunk facebook page!/south.skunk.1  and
a very new and special Bowlful of Blues page!/pages/Bowlful-of-Blues/248977208549411   Check out these facebook sites and friend us so that you can receive all the latest updates!

South Skunk will have its next meeting on Monday July 16th at 6:30 PM at the VFW in Newton.  Come on out and say hello; we just might put you to work on the various efforts we have going for the 20th annual Bowlful of Blues!

PS- If you know of an upcoming blues show here in Skunk Land please let me know so that we can alert everyone to the event.

And lastly please support our corporate sponsors!!!  If not for them we could not keep the blues alive:

Fulton Mechanical Jeff and Laura Fulton
I 80 Farms  - Colfax
Dr. Mark Wetzel DPM, Foot & Ankle Center  - located in Newton
Blue Moon BBQ and Cadillac Jacks in Baxter
Side Tracks Tap  - Kellogg
Sugar Grove Vineyards and Gathering Place  - Newton
The Vernon Company  - Newton
Barney's  - Newton
Gass / Great American Stock Car Series  - Newton
State Farm Insurance  / Chad Wempen  - Newton
The Arts Connection  - Newton
VFW, Men’s Auxiliary Club Post 1655  - Newton
Revolution Cycle  - Baxter
August Bergman Inn – Newton
Town and Country Sanitary Services- Baxter
Jasper County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Yours Bluely,
 Craig Peterson
President, South Skunk Blues Society             
P.O. Box 951                                   
Newton, Iowa 50208                     
Website -
Face book -!/south.skunk.1   (South Skunk)!/pages/Bowlful-of-Blues/248977208549411     (Bowlful or Blues)

The South Skunk Blues Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and cultivating Blues music. The Society promotes Blues Music education, public performance opportunities for Blues artists, and seeks to increase the exposure to and appreciation of Blues music by the general public.

Lucky Peterson DVD Release in October

Our favorite bluesman, Lucky Peterson has a DVD coming out in October.  It should be very, very, good!  They have a facebook page HERE that you can get the latest news.  Otherwise enjoy this short video!

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

Holy Firecracker, Batman, this is gonna be a hot one! So, do you think the Sex-A-Genarians can play 5 one-nighters in 6 days, 4 of those dates outside in 90 degree heat, and we're our own sound company for all but one of those gigs? Uh, yeah, we can do that. It's the return of The Tough, But Dumb Tour!! Help us celebrate by bringing CAKE to...
Cadillac Jack's Steakhouse in Baxter (a little NW of Newton) is celebrating Baxter Fun Days this Saturday (6/30) and have invited us to play their street dance from 9-mid. Get there early for the good food, dance in the street til midnight...
Monday July 2 has us helping kick off the first day of a three day festival in Shellrock (a little west of Waverly). The stage is located in downtown Shellrock. The municipal band (who knew Shellrock HAD a municipal band??) plays before us, we play 8ish til 11ish. BTW, Shellrock's 3-day celebration ends on the 4th with The Kentucky Head Hunters!!...
Tuesday July 3, we're playing a private/invitation only reunion party. Remember those out of control parties in the Parnell Town Hall in the early 80s? No, I don't either. But that doesn't mean I wasn't there. Anyway, it's THOSE kids who are reuniting 30 years later...
And speaking of reuniting, we're part of the Dan's Place reunion in Iowa Falls on the 4th of July. Dan's Place was another notorious bar/nightclub that I remember nothing about . But I've heard stories about me. The Little Red Rooster Band played there many times (a couple of archive pictures of The Roosters at Dan's Place: Jeff played there with The Headstone Band so we both have a long, sometimes foggy history in the place! Dan's place burned to the ground many years ago, but Rodney (the owner) and Jackie (the bar manager) have started to build a tradition of reuniting with Dan's patrons (old and new) during the 4th of July week, at The 503 in Iowa Falls (503 Estes St.) I love playing in this place. I have known many of the folks for the entire 35 years I've played in that town. (no snide remarks about how my music career has Sky Rocketed in those 3+ decades) This event is open to the public and inside with great air conditioning! Our part of the festivities is 9-mid. See ya in Eye Waffles...
But wait there's MORE!! We've been invited to be part of a week-long 4th of July celebration in Osceola (south of Des Moines) on Thursday July 5!! The show takes place on the Osceola Courthouse Lawn, 7-11pm. Singer/songwriter Rick Burke is scheduled to play for the two hours prior to our start, so get there early, bring strawberry shortCAKE for the lawn party!...
AND, in the midst of getting ready for this long hot run of dates, Carolyn took a tumble on our walk tonight and severely sprained the same ankle she broke a few years ago and in the process of trying to brace herself from the fall, broke her little finger. Ouch! Fortunately, we held on to the walking boot and crutches from the ankle break and, trooper that she is, she insists she's going to work in the morning. Might not see her jumpin' up and down on the stage any night soon, tho...
Some people have inquired about Sam & Al (not to be confused with Sam & Dave, but they ARE soul men in their own right) Maybe you saw Al play with us at last Sunday's Sturgis Falls show. He's lookin' good, he seems to be reenergized and is getting ready to lead his jazz group this weekend at the Iowa City Jazz Fest. He's promised to play some more shows with us, so LOOK OUT Blue People, the trumpet man is still blowin' that horn! BTW, Cedar Falls Cablevision started playing their Sturgis Falls Highlights on CF cable channel 15 tonight and will continue through the weekend. I was told that it would also be available thru the CF Cablevision website, but my feeble web skills have not accessed it yet. Sam is home again from the hospital (again) and beginning to make slow but sure progress in recovering from his surgeries. He's got a ways to go before he's strong enough to join us at The Fair, but that's my dream: Sam Salomone on the Hammond B3 with The Blue Band at The Fair two months from now. Oh yeah, baby! Keep the good vibes aimed at the organ player, k?...
AND, the radio shows are all brand new again this week, with the reunion of guest DJs Joel & Ed spinning an hour of British Pub Rock with all the songs having a connection to Nick Lowe from 8-9p followed by an interview I did with Country Joe McDonald (yeah, that Country Joe & The Fish guy) He's coming to Cedar Rapids on July 14 for WOODY Fest (July 14 is Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday) Q & A with Joe + music from his career 9-9:30p, all part of the rock'n'roll history show Backtracks Sat. night 7-10pm ( AND, you have heard Phil Maass' audio wizardry with Blue Band live and recorded performances for years. His "real job" is recording live performances all around the state for Iowa Public Radio. His exclusive recordings make up ALL of the Sunday blues show Blue Avenue and includes live recordings of Chubby Carrier, Trampled Under Foot, Patrick Hazell, and Bryce Janey. Sunday, 5-6:30pm ( The Beatles Medley 6:30-7pm is comprised of hit singles that were on the charts during the summer months...
After that string of dates, we're taking next weekend off and will start again on Friday the 13th at the Live @ 5 event in Cedar Falls (Sparkle City USA) Jeff and I will be doing our duo at Tabor Winery on Sun. July 15. Our trumpet playing friend from Nashville, Steve Smartt has promised to stop in on that duo gig and blow his horn, as he makes his way out to the start of his annual RAGBRAI ride. I'll have more on that in the next Blue Note (which probably will be 2 weeks from today)...
We still have Sat. July 14 and 21 open, as well as Sat. Sept. 8 in case you need music for that bar-b-que/deck party at your shack on the outskirts of town...
See yas on the (Red, White &) Blue Highway. Hope you can spend a few days with us during the holiday week, remember, Independence Day is a celebration of the self reliant and the defiant. Celebrate responsibly. Celebrate with CAKE! We love you, Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

Sweet Angel Update

Sweet Angel Booking and Promotions 901.246.7545
Looking for surrounding dates and areas.

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Atlanta, GA

Private Event - Special Appearance

Atlanta, GA [map]

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Larry Walker's Place

Sweet Angel CD Release Party

2185 Lester Nesbit, MS (901) 246-7545 [map]
Price: $7.00 8pm - 10pm ~ $10.00 after 10pm

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Elliott Field in Duck Hill, MS DIRECTIONS:I-55 Exit 195(Duck Hill); Approximately 4.1 miles to Elliott Field

10th Annual Grassroots Blues Festival - 12:00 Noon - 10:20 p.m.

Duck Hill, MS [map]
Price: See Below
“Blues in the Hills”
10th Annual
Grassroots Blues Festival
Saturday, July 14, 2012
12:00 Noon - 10:20 p.m.
Duck Hill, Mississippi

The Grassroots Blues Festival features local and regional artists in celebration of our cultural heritage of blues music and artists.

For more information call (662) 565-2478 or (662) 809-7002

  • $15 in Advance.
  • $ 20 at the Gate.
  • $ 5 for High School.
  • $1 for 13 Years and Under.

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Larry Walker's Place

1st Annual DeSoto County Soul and Blues Show Down - 10:00 pm until

2185 Lester Nesbit, MS (901) 246-7545 [map]
Price: $15 Adv. Tickets-$20 At Door-$25 Reserved VIP Seating

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Days Inn, Oklahoma City, OK

Soul and Blues Show featuring Sweet Angel

2616 South I-35 Service Road Oklahoma City, OK 405.672.7164 or 405.323.3853 [map]

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

The Vineyard

Bluff City Soul and Blues Fest / Mike Dobbins' Birthday Concert

3270 Elvis Presley Blvd. Memphis, TN TN 38116 901.246.7545 [map]
Mike Dobbins Birthday Celebration in conjunction Bluff City Soul and Blues Fest presents the Invincible Red Bone with Saxophone - Memphis' Sweetheart - SWEET ANGEL and also performing Blues Guitar Man - Sonny Mack, Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Flavia And The Red: Too Late To Cry

 Check out a new young band out of California called Flavia and the Red.  They are an interesting mix of blues, rock, and funk.  They are out on tour now so check them out. Click HERE for their facebook page.

John Hammer Blues News

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JT Coldfire
'Always and Never'

Etta Britt
'Out of The Shadows'

Geoff Achison
'Little Big Men'
'Dallas Blues'
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Covered Bridge, Zumbrota, MN

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Brick-Meger Funeral Home, Owatonna, MN
(Free watermelon. 8pm-10pm before fireworks)
July 6: Becky Barksdale / Honey Island Swamp Band
The Wicked Moose, Rochester, MN
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Vetter Sone Amphitheater, Mankato, MN
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Blues Blast Award Voting

Press Release - 2012 Blues Blast Music Award Voting Is Now Open

From Blues Blast Magazine -  Contact: Bob Kieser (309) 267-4425 or

Voting for the 2012 Blues Blast is now open and continues until August 31st, 2012 on our website at Voting is free and open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. Blues Blast Magazine subscriptions are FREE and you are automatically signed up as part of the voting process on our website. To vote now, CLICK HERE
Be an informed voter!  Listen to the nominees BEFORE you vote.
Not familiar with some of the 2012 nominees? Our partner, public radio station WGLT FM in Normal, IL has set up a web page where you can play selected songs of the 2012 nominees. To hear samples of these great Blues artists on WGLT’s 2012 Blues Blast Music Awards Artist Listening site visit: wttp://
Hear music by these great artists NOW on WGLT's Blues Blast Awards Listening Site  CLICK HERE
When you get there, click on one of the nominees links to listen. A complete list of the 2012 Blues Blast Music Award nominees follows:

2012 Blues Blast Music Award Nominees
Contemporary Blues Album
•  Eugene Hideway Bridges - Rock And A Hard Place
•  Toronzo Cannon - Leaving Mood
•  Janiva Magness - Stronger For It
•  Billy Thompson - A Better Man
•  Johnny Sansone - Lord Is Waiting the Devil Is Too
•  Joe Louis Walker - Hellfire

Traditional Blues Album
•  Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues - Blues Revival
•  The Cash Box Kings- Holler & Stomp
•  Chicago Blues: A Living History – (Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell with
   Ronnie Baker Brooks, Magic Slim, James Cotton, Buddy Guy) - The (R)evolution Continues
•  Big James & The Chicago Playboys - The Big Pay Back
•  Mud Morganfield - Son Of The Seventh Son
•  Bernie Pearl – Sittin on Right Side Of The Blues
•  Sugar Ray & The Bluetones - Evening

Song Of The Year
•  “Holler And Stomp” - Joe Noseck (Holler & Stomp -The Cash Box Kings)
•  “Thank You for Giving Me the Blues” - Grady Champion, Zac Harmon & Chris Troy (Dreamin' - Grady Champion)
•  “Blinded By The Darkness” - Matthew Curry (If I Don't Got You - Matthew Curry & The Fury)
•  “That's How A Woman Loves” - EG Kight (Lip Service - EG Kight)
•  “I Won't Cry” - Janiva Magness & Dave Darling (Stronger For It - Janiva Magness)
•  “Back to the Blues” - Hadden Sayers (Hard Dollar - Hadden Sayers)

New Artist Debut Release
•  Ivan Appelrouth - Blue & Instrumental
•  Matthew Curry & The Fury - If I Don't Got You
•  Mary Bridget Davies - Wanna Feel Somethin'
•  Sena Ehrhardt Band - Leave The Light On
•  Big Pete - Choice Cuts
•  Andy Poxon Band - Red Roots

Male Blues Artist
•  Lurrie Bell
•  Tab Benoit
•  Bob Corritore
•  John Primer
•  Bobby Rush
•  Johnny Sansone
•  Joe Louis Walker

Female Blues Artist
•  Shemekia Copeland
•  Ruthie Foster
•  Diunna Greenleaf
•  EG Kight
•  Janiva Magness
•  Ana Popovic

Blues Band of The Year
•  The Cash Box Kings
•  Big James & The Chicago Playboys
•  Kilborn Alley
•  Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
•  Sugar Ray & The Bluetones
•  Trampled Under Foot

Sean Costello Rising Star Award
•  Toronzo Cannon
•  Matthew Curry & The Fury
•  Mary Bridget Davies
•  Sena Ehrhardt
•  Mud Morganfield
•  Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots

Andy Coats Update

Hey y'all,

I hope that everyone is surviving this brutal summer heat, and that things are going well.  

Speaking of heat, it's time again for the annual Festival for the Eno River, at which I'll be doing a solo set: 

Wednesday, July 4, 11:30 am
Andy Coats, solo
Grove Stage
Festival for the Eno

Durham, NC

And then the Bank Walkers and I will be throwing them down at City Tap - that lovely little bar in Pittsboro.

Friday, July 6, 2012, 8-10 pm
Andy Coats and the BankWalkers
City Tap

89 Hillsboro Street
Pittsboro, NC 27312
(919) 545-0562

Hope you can join us!