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Jimmy Lloyd Rea and the Switchmasters “Cruisin’ For a Bloozin'” December 3, 2010

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It’s not often that you think of a bass guitarist as lead for a band. But Jimmy Lloyd Rea defies convention and when he steps to center stage to lead the guys in his band the Switchmasters, he makes it look easy. This is the mark of a true professional.

Before you describe him as sounding like any other bassist with whom you may be familiar, be cautioned: Don’t do it. JLR has established himself as genuinely unique, and has honed his craft with his own blood, sweat and tears. No one showed him how to do it, and you have to respect the grit and determination with which he has accomplished what he has.

Instead, describe him. And you do it this way: Jimmy Lloyd is a master of the ‘Real deal, fly by the seat of your pants, just play the lowdown rockin’, good old blues ‘. If you want it refined and over rehearsed, he ain’t your man. JLR keeps it lowdown, loud, rowdy and rockin’, good, big groovin’ blues the way it is supposed to be. Certainly there ain’t no shortage of adjectives to describe his sound. Just don’t compare him to no one else. You will find few comparisons.

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Enter Fender’s West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology Giveaway December 1, 2010

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Win the Whole Set

To celebrate the mid-November release of five-disc Jimi Hendrix career retrospective West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology, Fender is giving you a chance to win the whole set.

Presenting more than four hours of rare and previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix music on five discs (four CDs and a 90-minute documentary DVD, Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child), West Coast Seattle Boy is a treasure trove of fresh material from all phases of Hendrix’s phenomenal recording career.

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International Blues Challenge 2011 Entries Selected November 30, 2010

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The entrants for International Blues Challenge 2011 are in. Since only 28 entrants are listed in the IBC Youth Showcase, the Kentucky Blues Society is one of only 28 Blues Societies in the world that has entrants in all 3 IBC live categories! And with Ryan in with Atlanta’s entry there is even more to show the world that Kentucky, the state where much of the blues began, continues its significant contributions to the blues.

The Kentucky Blues Society is sending three entrants: Tee Dee Young, Wayne Harper and The Diphthongs. Also going is local musician Ryan Stiles who will be performing as part of the Atlanta Blues society entry, Mike Bourne & Atlanta Boogie.

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New Swississippi Records Label Features Rising Blues Stars November 29, 2010

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Aspiring harmonica player Chris Harper found one way of entering the music business was to start his own record label. Determined to follow his dream, he sold his convention display company in Switzerland, and along with Chicago blues producer Dave Katzman, launched Swississippi Records.

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Tom Waits to Release First Photo Illustrated Book of His Poetry November 26, 2010

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Tom Waits is collaborating with photography Michael O’Brien to publish a book of poetry called Hard Ground. The book has been described as a “portrait of homelessness,” combining Waits’s poetry with O’Brien’s images of the people who “live on the hard ground.”

Although this is the first official collaboration between Waits and O’Brien, the photographer had previously taken pictures of Waits, and one of his photographs was used as the album art for Waits’s Glitter and Doom Live.

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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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Chicago Bluesman Albert “Little Smokey” Smothers 1939-2010 November 23, 2010

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Here’s some information on his life from Alligator Records:

Chicago blues guitarist and vocalist Albert Abraham “Little Smokey” Smothers, 71, died on November 20, 2010. Smothers recorded multiple albums and accompanied other famed blues men and women on records and in live performance. He was also known as a mentor to younger musicians, including Paul Butterfield and Elvin Bishop of the popular and influential 1960s blues crossover group The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Smothers died at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago of natural causes.

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Toots Tavern to Host SwampVoodoo CD Release Celebration Dec. 18th November 22, 2010

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From outlaws to gamblers to voodoo queens, SwampVoodoo’s Slick Black tells his clan’s stories

Oakland, CA – SwampVoodoo, the orchestrated storytelling band with a blues influence from Oakland, CA, is currently planning their CD Release Celebration for December 18th at Toot’s Tavern, a fine establishment located at 627 2nd Avenue in Crockett, CA. Doors open at 9PM. The show is for ages 21+ and begins at 9:30 with opening act Midnight Train.

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Atlanta Blues Rocker Liz Melendez Subject of a New Documentary, “Unknown Rockstar” November 22, 2010

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Atlanta blues rocker Liz Melendez, is the subject of a new documentary, “Unknown Rockstar” by Emmy award winning photojournalist Bill Rich for his new independent film company William Rich Films.

Make certain to catch this documentary

Bob Corritore and Friends, Lakeshore Music Series Tempe Center for the Arts, Saturday November 27th November 22, 2010

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BOB CORRITORE | Saturday, November 27, 2010 | 8:00 PM

Bob Corritore is one of the most active and highly regarded blues harmonica players on the scene today. His style passionately carries forward the old school of playing that Corritore learned as a young man directly from many of the original pioneers of Chicago Blues.

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