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 The Georgia Roots and Blues Festival, October 1, 2016

The Atlanta Blues Society presented the first annual Georgia Roots and Blues Festival on Saturday, October 1 and it was a dream come true for the Society and for Georgia blues lovers. It took place at Mable House Barnes Auditorium in Mableton on an absolutely  perfect day. The auditorium offers seating at tables, in bleachers […]

Creating a Music Video on a Budget

Creating a Music Video on a Budget   One of the most effective marketing tools a band can have, especially in the digital age, is a good production Music Video. Now, I’m not talking about taping some live gig somewhere in bad light with lousy (or questionable Sound). What I am talking about that MTV […]

Merchandising your Band!

Merchandising Your Band Merchandising your band can make all the difference between just getting by and generating a good income on the road. Even if you are a local band, a good merch  table, can sometimes bring a gig from the red into the black. I once knew a band in NY whose Merch table […]

The Independent Blues Awards Nominations are Now open for 2017 .. Make sure your favorites are nominated!

IMPORTANT!! PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU ENTER ANY NOMINATIONS The independent Blues Awards celebrate the diversity and power of the music that is created by those artists that acknowledge their inspiration and roots are in the blues. These awards will represent not only those “touring” artists who work within the established blues community, but embrace working artists […]




 An In Depth Interview with Dennis Gruenling

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Having spent time in New Orleans during 1992-3, Dennis came back home to the Garden State of NJ and quickly gained a reputation as a young rising star on the local scene, working in a couple different local blues bands. In addition to studying the classic harmonica & Chicago Blues records […]

An In Depth Interview with Stoni Taylor

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Stoni Taylor has been dubbed as being one of the MOST unique vocalist, singer-songwriter and performer to navigate the business. Having had his share of label run-ins, Stoni has opened for major artists and events, backing up spectacular artists vocally as well as toured with other super cool artists. It was […]

An In Depth Interview with Tom “The Suit” Forst

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Eight years ago, at the age of 57, Tom was a corporate Vice President of Cox Communications Group, who quit it all to pursue a full time music career. He had just paid the last college tuition bill for his four children, and that was the day Thomas Forst put the […]

 An In Depth Interview with Frank Bang

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Frank “Bang” Blinkal former Buddy Guy Guitarist and Leader of Frank Bang & the Secret Stash has been waiting to make this record.  The disc “The Blues Don’t Care” is scheduled for summer 2016 release.  This marks Frank Bang’s first true “Blues” recording in the Blues journey man’s 25 year career. “I have […]

An In Depth Interview with Katy Guillen

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE On the dawn of their sophomore album release Heavy Days, Katy Guillen and the Girls have established themselves as an authentic, authoritative rock band. They are known to pack in crowds at blues roadhouses and prominent concert venues alike, supporting major touring acts or headlining festivals and bills of their own. […]

An In Depth Interview with Charlie Wheeler

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Northern PA’s rock trio, the Charlie Wheeler Band, delivers rippin’ guitar jams that make their bad-ass live shows a high energy experience where fans party hard all night long. The band’s hard-driving, blue-collar soul music is reminiscent of the Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers Band, coupled with the blunt force of […]

An In Depth Interview with Jason Elmore

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Based out of Dallas-TX, “Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch” is a high-energy trio that blends jump blues, hard-hitting rock, vintage soul/r&b, and traces of 60’s country into a unique-but-familiar sound that always maintains the essence of the blues while simultaneously offering a fresh take on the genre. The band is comprised […]

An In Depth Interview with Gitlo Lee

  HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Raised on a turpentine farm among nine brothers and three sisters, Gitlo Lee’s passion for the blues as a youngster was repressed by his devout Christian parents. Nonetheless, he sneaked around juke joints to listen to what some called the “devilish” sound of the blues. He even built himself a […]

In Depth Interview with Demian Lewis of Hard Swimmin Fish

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Hard Swimmin’ Fish is an ensemble deeply rooted in the traditions of American music. Our down home roots sound pilfers from the best that early American music has to offer including blues, jazz, funk and swing, and churn it all up into a spicy brew that is familiar yet uniquely our […]

An In Depth Interview with Deb Ryder

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE 2015 BLUES BLAST MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE SEAN COSTELLO RISING STAR AWARD! LET IT RAIN – 2016 GRAMMY BALLOT FOR BEST BLUES ALBUM! Born outside Chicago, Deb began appearing on stage as a young teen at her step father’s famous nightclub The Topanga Corral, where she opened for such blues legends as […]

CD Reviews


 Seth Walker Gotta Get Back

Seth Walker Gotta Get Back The Royal Potato Family Seth Walker hails from the Greenville, North Carolina area but has also lived in Austin, Nashville, New York and New Orleans. At the age of forty-one he has absorbed the blues, country music and Americana of his generation and has already made his mark. His first […]

The Brother Stereo – Sweet of the Fall

Listening to the new CD from The Brother Stereo It’s Sunday morning. I am listening to the first Track from the new Brother Stereo CD, “Sweet of the Fall”. The music, my coffee, the rain outside and a quite house in the morning all blends together to make for a level of relaxation I honestly […]

Nancy Wright Playdate!

Nancy Wright Playdate! Vizztone/ Direct Hit Records Saxophonist Nancy Wright is a west coast session musician who has spent the best portion of her life adorning the music of others. Currently she plays with The Frank Bey Anthony Paule Band holder of multiple BMA nominations. Wright’s first album was 2009’s “Moanin”, an organ combo project, with […]

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials The Big Sound of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials The Big Sound of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials Alligator Records Lil’ Ed Williams was born in Chicago in 1955. As a young aspiring guitarist Williams and his half brother bassist Pookie received encouragement from their uncle J.B. Hutto. “J.B. taught me everything I know” says Ed. The […]

The Isley Brothers “Groove with You…Live!”

The Isley Brothers “Groove with You…Live!” Originally recorded at Bearsville Sound Studio in Woodstock, NY from 1980 – this live set was buried until last year’s Record Store Day (2015) release as a limited edition vinyl LP.  Around the same time it was also made available as a digital download titled “Wild in Woodstock,” […]

Catherine Russell Harlem On My Mind

Catherine Russell Harlem On My Mind Jazz Village Catherine Russell is a jazz singer with a blues heart. Her appreciation for blues can be found in her song selection and passionate intonation. Russell is the daughter of Luis Russell the musical director for Louis Armstrong. Her father passed when she was very young and she […]

Robert Finley Age Don’t Mean A Thing

Robert Finley Age Don’t Mean A Thing Big Legal Mess Records/Fat Possum Records Robert Finley was born in Bernice Louisiana. At the age of eleven his father gave him money to buy a new pair of shoes and he purchased a guitar instead. He joined the Army at the age of 17 as a helicopter […]

The Joey Gilmore Band Respect The Blues

The Joey Gilmore band Respect The Blues Mosher St. Records In a fifty year career Joey Gilmore has shared the stage with Bobby “Blue” Bland, Etta James, James Brown, Little Milton and Little Johnny Taylor. He was born in Ocala, Florida and released his self-titled first album in 1977. His next recording was 1989’s“So Good […]

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones Seeing is Believing

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones Seeing is Believing Severn Records Sugar Ray & The Bluetones have been nominated for numerous Blues Music Awards. In 2016 they were nominated for Band of The Year for the third time; they were previously nominated for this award in both 2012 and 2015. This is the Bluetones seventh record for […]

Deb Ryder : Grit, Grease and Tears

Deb Ryder Grit, Grease and Tears The elements needed for a great Blues song, or album are fairly straight forward; a solid rhythm section, hot lead guitar, smooth keys, a punctuating horn section, hot harmonica and scorching, soulful vocals singing about hard times, heartache, and fond memories. Deb Ryder boldly declares it also requires three […]

Lurrie Bell Can’t Shake This Feeling

Lurrie Bell Can’t Shake This Feeling Delmark Records Lurrie Bell was born in Chicago in 1958. As a youngster he was surrounded by Blues music as his father was the renowned harmonica player Carey Bell. The younger Bell first picked up the guitar at the age of six and polished his playing skills with Big […]


On the Scene


 The week ahead: Blues in and around Atlanta October 17-23

Sorry there was no report last week. I was in the hospital with pneumonia. I am better now and it’s a packed blues week coming up! Check it out:   Monday Mudcat is at Blind Willie’s and The new Yankee Allstars are at Darwin’s. Larry Griffith is at Fat Matt’s and Lola hosts the jam at […]




LIVE from the Midnight Circus featuring Dennis Gruenling

This IS The VOICE of INDIE BLUES .. the show that is dedicated to bringing you the future of the blues that is being created by artists who are touring and performing NEW original music that is rooted in the blues .. Artists who recognize the true power of the blues lives in the Diversity […]


LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Stoni Taylor

Tune into the VOICE of INDIE BLUES! The only show that brings you the future of the blues that is being created by artists who are out there creating new original music from it’s roots. Artists who embrace the diversity of the blues .. these are the INDIE Blues artists! We start this week off […]


LIVE From the Midnight Circus Featuring Frank Band!

This is the VOICE of INDIE BLUES .. the only show that is dedicated to the diversity of music that always has and still is being created from the roots of the blues. We give you the future of the blues by only playing currently touring artists who are creating that music from those roots […]


LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Katy Guillen and the Girls

This is the only show that is dedicated to bringing you Only those artists who are out there creating new original music rooted in the blues! .. These artists embrace the true power of the blues .. the power that lives in the diversity of music that always has and still is being created from […]


LIVE from the Midnight Circus “The Voice of Indie Blues” 10/10/2016

This is the show that brings you the FUTURE of the blues with artists who are creating new original music rooted in the blues .. These are the INDIE Blues artists. The Artists who Embrace the Diversity of the blues .. This week you will get music from The Broadcast The Stone Foxes Sovereign Dame Jimmy […]

MUSIC ON THE COUCH 10/10/16 SHOW #341 SHOW LENGTH: 2:56:27 Listen here: LIVE, UNCUT & UNCENSORED CONVERSATIONS WITH “MUSICIANS YOU SHOULD KNOW”   BILLY PIERCE Billy “Got Slide” Pierce has released Shapes Of Soul, a collection of 7 originals and 3 classic covers.  Billy has been performing with artists such as Charlie Wooten, Sonny Landreth, Johnny […]