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The Independent Blues Awards Nominations are open for 2017

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 […]

A Brief History of the Blues.

A Brief History of the Blues A Brief History of the Blues in Song! by Richard Lhommedieu on Mixcloud Listen to the history of the blues with over 50 songs, progressing from the beginning of the blues and ending with some of the new hot artists of today! The Beginnings Even though the origins of […]

The Blues Dancing Movement

Blues Dancing Movement As I began my investigation into this movement, I had the opportunity to speak with “Flouer” a Blues Dance instructor and organizer of “Blues Dance NY“! Which by the way is a great resource for not only blues dancing in the NY area, but the site is has a wealth of information […]

Road Tips for the Touring Musician (and those who want to be)

INTRODUCTION If you are serious about creating a career as a musician or a band, the one thing you will have to come to terms with is the fact that the job IS on the road and performing. It’s not about radio airplay or CD sales (Both of which are used to support a Tour) and there is no […]

 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 […]



An In Depth Interview with Donald Ray Johnson

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE In 1961, Donald was introduced to high school band director Waymond Webster, who taught him to play traps on the drumset. By age 14, Donald Ray began his professional career with blues piano legend Nat Dove. Throughout his teens, Donald played with the two local bluesmen: organist Joe Daniels and guitarist […]

An In Depth Interview with Corey Lueck of The Smoke Wagon Blues Band

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Featuring funky blues harmonica, whiskey stained vocals, slick guitar work and a solid rhythm section, Corey Lueck & The Smoke Wagon Blues Band has been performing in clubs and on festival stages for over a decade. Started in 1996, The Smoke Wagon Blues Band became crowd favourites in Hamilton, Ontario’s famous […]

An In Depth Interview with Yonrico Scott

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Yonrico Scott’s professional career began at age seven. With the encouragement of his late mother Ruth Scott, a talented gospel vocalist, he began performing with several gospel groups in Detroit Michigan. When he was 14, Yonrico began private study with Motown drummer George Hamilton. During his freshman year at Kentucky State […]

An In Depth Interview with Ray Fuller

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE EPK RAY FULLER from New Albany Ohio, was given his first guitar at the age of 8, a Gibson Melody Maker.  At an early age, Fuller was inspired by the British Invasion; Rolling Stones, Yardbirds and the Animals bands.  Fuller’s first Blues album he ever heard was John Mayall and the Blues […]

An In Depth interview with Brandon Hudspeth of Levee Town

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE The beat is supplied by Adam Hagerman. A pro drummer in every sense of the word, skilled in a wide variety of rhythmic styles he has honed his craft on the road and in the studio, bringing a fresh energy to the bandstand each and every night! Jacque Garoutte multi-instrumentalist arranger […]

An in Depth interview with THE King Brothers!

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE The King Brothers’ passion and visceral interpretation of the blues attracts fans from all walks of life! Rather than relying solely on the tried and true blues stylings, which they inherited naturally from blues legends like their second cousin “Freddie King” and their Adopted Uncle “Albert King”, Sam and Lee King […]


CD Reviews


Colin James Blue Highways

Colin James Blue Highways True North Records Colin James Munn was born in Saskatchewan Canada in 1964. As a young man he and his band opened for Steve Ray Vaughan who suggested that he drop his last name. James released his first recording in 1988. He is probably most well known in blues circles for […]

Fiona Boyes Professin’ The Blues

Fiona Boyes Professin’ The Blues Reference Recordings Fiona Boyes is an Australian who has completely absorbed the genre we call acoustic blues. She has been nominated for a Blues Music Award every year between 2007 and 2010; and she was nominated again in 2016 as Traditional Blues Female Artist of The Year. She has been […]

Devon Allman Ride or Die

Devon Allman Ride or Die Ruf Records Devon Allman is the son of Gregg  but his music is all his own. Allman formed “Honeytribe” in 1999 but the band achieved its greatest success with their sophomore effort 2010’s “Space Age Blues”. That album included guest appearances by Huey Lewis and Ron Holloway. In 2011 Allman […]

Melissa Etheridge Memphis Rock & Soul

Melissa Etheridge Memphis Rock & Soul Stax Records/Concord Music Group Melissa Etheridge is a rock singer-songwriter who has fifteen Grammy Award nominations. She won for Best Rock Vocal Performance in both 1993 and 1995. Like her contemporary Cyndi Lauper she has been inspired by the roots of blues, rock and soul and chose to further […]

Dave Keller Right Back Atcha

Dave Keller Right Back Atcha Tastee Tone Dave Keller was born in Worcester, Ma. He went to Wesleyan University in Middleton, Ct where as a DJ he played, listened to, and studied the blues. Keller graduated in 1989 and made a brief pilgrimage to Chicago but returned to settle in Somerville, Ma. He learned the […]

Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps Bonafide

Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps Bonafide Jesi-La Records Teresa James is originally from the Houston, Tx. area but has long resided in Los Angeles. In 2000 she released her first recording “Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps: Live”. The following year she released the “Whole Enchilada” and in 2003 “Oh Yeah”. These albums have […]

Jimmy Thackery Spare Keys

Jimmy Thackery Spare Keys White River Records Jimmy Thackery was born in Pittsburg, Pa. in 1953. He began his career as a member of “The Nighthawks” and spent fourteen years with them recording 20 albums. In 1987 Thackery left the Nighthawks to form his own band “Jimmy Thackery and The Drivers” and went on to […]

 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 […]


On the Scene


The week ahead: Blues around Atlanta October 31-November 6

Happy Halloween! After the most chaotic month in recent memory, involving double pneumonia, a hospital stay and a move to Kennesaw, I am trying to get back on schedule with these reports. Of course,  November starts on Tuesday and so some of the news is missing as it is the first of every month, especially […]




LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Donald Ray Johnson and the Gas Blues Band

This IS The Voice of Indie Blues! The show that brings you the future of Blues that is being created by Independent Blues Artists who believe in the TRUE tradition of Blues and Embrace the Diversity of the Blues! These ARE the INDIE Blues Artists! This week we start off with music from The Marcus King […]

LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring The Smoke Wagon Blues Band

Tune in to The Voice of Indie Blues .. the only show that is dedicated to bringing you the FUTURE of the blues that is being created by Independent Blues Artists who Embrace the Diversity of the Blues and embrace the tradition of creating new original music from it’s roots! This week we start off […]

LIVE from the Midnight Circus “The Voice of Indie Blues” 10/24/2016

This is The Voice of Indie Blues! The show that is dedicated to bringing you the best in Independent Blues Artists who Embrace the Diversity of the Blues! These ARE the INDIE Blues artists!! This week we give you a 3 hour block of the best of what we found in our mailbox .. from […]

Music on the Couch Show 343

MUSIC ON THE COUCH SHOW #343 10/24/16 LISTEN HERE:         All Couch Kids this show… DAVE KELLER Dave starts us off with his new album Right Back Atcha, the followup to his BMA Nominated Soul Changes.  For this one, Dave brought in his guys, recorded it in Vermont and produced it himself.  We […]