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29th International Blues Challenge Winners Crowned February 3, 2013

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The Blues Foundation’s 29th International Blues Challenge concluded Saturday with an afternoon twin bill at the Orpheum Theatre.

The solo/duo winner was Little G Weevil, sponsored by Atlanta Blues Society and second place honors went to Suitcase Brothers a from the Blues Society,

The top prize in the Band competition was awarded to Selwyn Birchwood Band of the Suncoast Blues Society. Second place honors were earned by Michael van Merwyk Bluesoul, German Blues Network, and the third spot went to Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band w/ Erica Brown, hailing from the Colorado Blues Society.

A beautiful custom Gibson ES-335 guitar featuring The Blues Foundation’s logo and a Category 5 amp was awarded to Selwyn Birchwood Band of the Suncoast Blues Society as the band finals top guitarist.

In the Best Self-Produced CD contest, the judges determined the best to be :
Montreal Blues Society
Solo Recordings
Steve Hill

Blues societies all over the world will soon be starting all over again as they begin their own competitions to determine who they will send to the 30th International Blues Challenge, the finals of which will be staged February 1, 2014.

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Hamilton, Halifax and Hogtown Celebrate Maple Blues Awards! January 20, 2011

Posted by David W. King in Blues, Canada Blues, Maple Blues Award, Maple Blues Awards.
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Toronto, ON – Canadian blues artists from coast-to-coast were well represented at the 14th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala in Toronto last night as a sold-out crowd of blues lovers gathered to celebrate Canadian Blues at Koerner Hall.

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Blind Pig Records Releases New Damon Fowler CD, “Devil Got His Way” January 20, 2011

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Blind Pig Records has released a new CD entitled Devil Got His Way from Damon Fowler, a master of six string, lap steel, dobro and slide guitars.

Grab this new Damon Fowler release

“BLUE BLOODED” BLUESMAN Todd Sharpville Leaves the Porchlight on Bright With New Double Album that Walks an Emotional Tightrope` January 14, 2011

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Features Special Guests Duke Robbillard, Kim Wilson and
Joe Louis Walker

ATLANTA, GA – UK-based bluesman Todd Sharpville’s new 2-CD set, Porchlight, is already generating rave reviews and significant radio airplay around the world since its release in November on MIG Music, with national distribution by E-1 Entertainment.

Todd will also be performing on the upcoming Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, which embarks later this month.

Grab your copy of this 2-CD set

Blues Legend Etta James Gravely Ill January 14, 2011

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Sad news that singer legendary blues singer, ETTA JAMES is undergoing treatment for leukemia and has been diagnosed with dementia. Details of James’s conditions were revealed when her husband Artis Mills asked a California court to permit him to take control of her finances; more than $1M of her money.

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Entertainer Of The Year, Bluesman Papa J, Announces Real Blues Festival of Orange County “2” January 10, 2011

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PAPA J SET TO RELEASE NEW CD WITH HIS BAND, BLUES GONE SOUTH; ANNOUNCES “REAL BLUES FESTIVAL OF ORANGE COUNTY “2” DATE

*Performing Locally: Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant in Santa Ana – Saturday, January 15*

SANTA ANA, CA – Fresh off his “Entertainer of the Year” win at the recent 20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards, Orange County-based bluesman Papa J announces the Real Blues Festival of Orange County “2,” set to take place Sunday, May 15. Full lineup, location, etc. to be announced shortly.

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Webb Wilder to be Inducted Into Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame! January 8, 2011

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Roots rocker Webb Wilder will be inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony in Jackson on January 18th.

A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Wilder said of the announcement, “I am very grateful and extremely proud to be a recipient of this honor. I’ve been doing this a long time so it’s always nice when someone notices! When that someone is the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, it’s about as special as it gets. I have always seen the state of Mississippi as the “home office” of music…the “source” so to speak, having produced so many icons who are not only my musical heroes but those of the world as well. My family goes back generations there on both sides, so really, I couldn’t be more pleased.”

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Toronto Actor and Musician Raoul Bhaneja Set To Host The Maple Blues Awards December 30, 2010

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Performers include Shakura S’Aida, Matt Andersen, Dawn Tyler Watson and Jack de Keyzer
Blues Summit Five to feature Washington DC based Sirius Radio’s Bill Wax at Keynote Brunch


Raoul Bhaneja, a Toronto actor and musician most noted for his work performing Shakespeare’s Hamlet solo and his blues band, Raoul and the Big Time is set to host the 14th annual Maple Blues Awards on January 17, 2011 at Koerner Hall in Toronto.

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Vincent Hayes Project’s “Reclamation” Earns Blues Music Award Nomination-Best New Artist Debut December 19, 2010

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West-Michigan based, The Vincent Hayes Project’s debut CD, “Reclamation” earns one of five coveted nominations – from The Blues Foundation’s prestigious 2011 Blues Music Awards – for Best New Artist Debut.

East Lansing, Michigan – The Vincent Hayes Project’s debut CD, “Reclamation” earns one of five coveted Best New Artist Debut nominations from The Blues Foundation’s 2011 Blues Music Awards. After reaching the #4 position as a “Pick to Click” B.B. King’s Bluesville on Sirius/XM Radio Channel 74, and spending two months on the National Living Blues Chart, “Reclamation” claims its appointed position in the top ten selling CDs on CDBaby, continues to garner attention of Blues Lovers worldwide – and garners a nod from The Blues Foundation.

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Allman Brothers Band Gets Back The Beacon And Gets An Apology Too November 26, 2010

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NEW YORK On Monday the Allman Brothers Band announced that it would return to its homestead at the Beacon Theater after a one-year absence, at a news conference where Gregg Allman and his bandmates received a surprising apology from executives at MSG Entertainment, which runs the theater.

Speaking from the stage of the Beacon James L. Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden, said: “I told Gregg before, our apologies for last year. That won’t happen again.”

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