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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 […]




An in Depth Interview with Colin James

Juno Award Winning Singer-songwriter Colin James will release his 18th album, Blue Highways, on October 14 via True North Records. Blue Highways was co-produced by Colin and Dave Meszaros (Wake Owl, Old Man Canyon) and recorded at The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver. Blue Highways pays tribute to some of the singer/ guitarist’s longtime blues idols including Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Freddie King, Jr. […]

An in Depth Interview with Stevie J

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Jackson, MS blues and soul artist Stephen Johnson is a son of a pastor and has been a professional musician practically his entire life starting in his father’s church. His roots began in Gospel and Southern Soul, and then eventually “the Blues” became his passion. Known by his family and friends […]

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 […]


CD Reviews


Trudy Lynn I’ll Sing The Blues For You

Trudy Lynn I’ll Sing The Blues For You Connor Ray Music Trudy Lynn released 2006’s “I’m Still Here” recorded with the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra. As a result she received two 2007 Blues Music Award nominations; one for Soul Blues Album of The Year and one for Soul Blues Female Artist of The Year. In […]

Mary Jo Curry Guitar Angels Records

Mary Jo Curry Guitar Angels Records Mary Jo Curry is from Springfield, Illinois. She is from a big family and has seven older brothers all whom are musicians. She plays piano and studied theater and voice while in college. She has been with theatrical touring companies and sang with an 80’s cover band. Five years […]

JW Jones High Temperature

JW Jones High Temperature Solid Blues Records Molson Golden Ale, Iceberg Vodka and JW Jones; these are among my favorite Canadian exports. Although Jones’ influences include fellow Canadians Ronnie Hawkins and Colin James he has absorbed all the blues, rock, and country music that has come before him. In 2000 Jones released his first album […]

The Jimmys Hot Dish and Live From Transylvania

The Jimmys Hot Dish Brown Cow Productions     The Jimmys are a seven piece R n’ B and jump blues band from Wisconsin. The band was formed in 2008 by Jimmy Voegeli. By day Voegeli works on his family’s fifth-generation dairy farm with 200 Brown Swiss dairy cows. At night Voegeli is an award […]

Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, featuring The Nighthawks – ‘Full Circle’

The Rev. Billy C Wirtz truly is divine, as his press release claims, if you are not easily offended and love to laugh! Do not let the title of Rev. fool you into thinking this is a religious record or you are in for a terrible shock. With the help of the legendary Nighthawks, he […]

Mitch Kashmar West Coast Toast

Mitch Kashmar West Coast Toast Delta Groove Music Mitch Kashmar was born in the beachside community of Santa Barbara, Ca. in 1960. He is a disciple of the California harp scene that includes George “Harmonica” Smith, William Clarke, Rod Piazza, and Kim Wilson. Kashmar has shared the stage with John Lee Hooker, Big Joe Turner, […]


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 […]

On The Scene


The Jeff Jensen Band mesmerized the crowd -Darwin’s, Marietta GA, Nov 12

We had been at a big music event in Atlanta for six hours Saturday afternoon but we left at 7:30 in the middle of a set from one of our favorite acts and before another took the stage to drive back to Marietta to Darwin’s Burgers and Blue for the Jeff Jensen Band, thus proving […]

Blues Stotts: A Review -Nov 12, 2016

Photos By Rhetta and Sandra Richardson Saturday, Nov. 12. was the 2nd Annual Blues Stotts Festival, sponsored by The Atlanta Blues Society and honoring the memory of long-time Atlanta Blues Society member Larry Stotts. It took place at Blind Willie’s in Atlanta and began at 2 pm. I don’t know when it ended, because we […]

The week ahead: Bursting with blues in and around Atlanta Nov. 14-20

The week is bursting with blues! It;s a good time to start thinking about how blessed we are with great blues and blues venues and to say thank you to the musicians and club owners and staffs. Just look at this list go enjoy some shows and say thanks! Monday Brandon Reeves is at Blind […]




Music on the Couch Show 346

Music On The Couch 11/14/16 Show LISTEN HERE: RORY BLOCK – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Rory Block returns to The Couch to talk about her latest release, Keepin’ Outta Trouble, the sixth album in her “Mentor Series” saluting the blues masters who’ve had a profound impact on her music. This time she pays tribute to Bukka […]

LIVE From the Midnight Circus Featuring Colin James

This IS The Voice of Indie Blues! The show that brings you the best in Independent Blues Artists who Embrace the Diversity of the Blues. These are the artists who are truly keeping the blues alive by creating new original music from those roots. These are the INDIE Blues artists! This week we start off […]

This is The Voice of Indie Blues! The show that Honors the Roots of the blues by supporting it’s future! We Embrace the Diversity of the Blues and the artists who are creating new original music. This is the TRUE tradition of the blues .. This week we give you the music of these INDIE […]

LIVE from the Midnight Circus “The Voice of Indie Blues” 11/01/2016

This is The Voice of Indie Blues! The only show that brings you the future of the blues.. by playing only artists who are out there touring and creating new original music. These Independent Blues Artists Embrace the Diversity of the Blues and the TRUE tradition of blues by taking the roots and moving them […]


LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Stevie J


This is The Voice of Indie Blues! Tune in to the FUTURE of the blues that is being created by artists who are creating new original music from the roots. The INDIE Blues Artist! We Honor the past by supporting that future and we Embrace the Diversity of the Blues This week we start off […]


Music on the Couch Show 344


SHOW #344 – 10/31/16 LISTEN HERE: JL FULKS JL  picked up a guitar at the age of 13 and has not looked back since.  Playing in South Carolina and then Florida, where he gained experience performing on stages across the states. JL and his band won the South Florida Regional Blues Challenge and made […]

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


LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring The Smoke Wagon Blues Band


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


Music on the Couch Show 343

LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Yonrico Scott


LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Levee Town