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50% SALE on Making a Scene Plus Donation to the Blues Foundation New Generation Blues

We at Making a Scene have always been a supporter of the Blues Foundation and their efforts to bring the genre into the 21st century. One of their programs “Generation Blues” we believe is especially important as it helps bring new young fans into the genre thereby insuring it’s future. So in honor of the […]

A Brief History of the International Blues Challenge

A Brief History of the International Blues Challenge by: Mick Kolassa “You don’t have to win the IBC, all you have to do is be in the game, and there’s no telling what good things can happen to you, because they happened to me.”   Watermelon Slim What do Teeny Tucker , Jarekus Singleton, Shakura S’Aida […]

Rhetta’s 10 Indie Blues Performers Not to Miss in 2017

There are so many great blues-based artists working hard to give you a great musical experience! And while music is a very subjective matter, here are my picks for acts not to miss. Some tour more than others, so there is no guarantee the will in 2017. But they are all performers I really enjoyed […]

Ludmerer’s Top 50 INDIE Blues CD Reviews of 2016!

Making A Scene Presents Richard Ludmerer’s TOP 50 INDIE Blues CD’s Reviewed in 2016! These are presented in no particular order because they are all THAT good! We at Making a Scene pride ourselves on our CD reviews. We just don’t give you an insightful opinion, we give you the opportunity to watch the artists we […]




An In Depth Interview with Butch Trucks

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Butch Trucks and The Freight Train was formed only one year ago and is already receiving rave reviews for their fantastic live shows from their four US tours. Founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, drummer Butch Trucks is joined on stage by world renowned blues guitar slinger Damon Fowler, who […]

An In Depth Interview with Richard Cagle

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Richard Cagle produced and recorded Annika Chambers, Brad Absher, Carolyn Wonderland’s first and second album. Won Producer of the Year (Houston Press/KLOL Music Awards) for Carolyn’s 2nd album “Truckstop Favorites Vol. 2” While managing her, Carolyn signed with Warner Chappell, William Morris and was offered a major recording deal with Giant […]

An In depth interview with Thornetta Davis

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Crowned “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues” in 2015, Thornetta Davis a multi-talented International Singer and Songwriter from Detroit MI, USA is the Winner of over 30 Detroit Music Awards. Thornetta has been exciting and wowing audiences all over the world. Her voice is strong, commanding, melodic and smooth. She tells her stories […]

An In Depth Interview with Ilana Katz Katz

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Fiddler, Singer, Songwriter, Novelist, and Visual Artist Ilana Katz Katz casts a wide net of creative endeavors. Ilana’s fiddling stems from the old-time Appalachian tradition and dives deep into the Blues. Her unique style – as a solo artist and in a band – has taken her to the stage and […]


CD Reviews


Rae and The Royal Peacocks – ‘Blues At Its Juke-Jointin’ Finest’

Rae and The Royal Peacocks are something new and special in the blues universe. On the verge of their trip to Memphis to represent Atlanta in the International Blues Challenge, they have released their first EP, Blues at Its Juke-Joint’ Finest, and it is, indeed, fine! The group takes its name from lead singer Rebecca […]

Eight O’Five Jive Swing Set

 Eight O’Five Jive Swing Set Red Rudy Too Tunes Eight O’Five Jive are a jump blues band. Their first album was 2014’s “Too Many Men”. That album consisted mostly of covers of songs by Big Maybelle, Memphis Minnie, Clyde McPhatter, Peggy Lee, Etta James and Big Jay McNeeley. The arrangements by the band were fabulous. […]

Ronnie Baker Brooks Times Have Changed

Ronnie Baker Brooks Times Have Changed Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group Ronnie Baker Brooks was born Rodney Dion Baker in January, 1967. Brooks is a Chicago blues, and soul blues guitarist and vocalist, and the son of Lonnie Brooks. Brooks joined his father’s band in 1986 and appears on his father’s 1988 Alligator records album “Live […]

DVD Review: Robert Mugge – ‘The Last of the Mississippi Jukes’ [Special Edition]

Robert Mugge loves making films, and he loves music, especially roots music like bluegrass and the blues, music that comes from deep in the soul in a very direct and honest way. His films feel that way, too. In 2003, Mugge was deeply concerned about the state of Mississippi blues. Things were changing as performers […]

Tom Craig and Soul Patch “Get Ready For Me”

Tom Craig and Soul Patch “Get Ready For Me” Independent Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Tom Craig was first inspired by Jazz vocalists. He first discovered Frank Sinatra with The Count Basie Orchestra; and Ella Fitzgerald too. Craig even studied to be a Jazz vocalist while in College. Craig later discovered the classic soul sounds of […]

Lisa Biales The Beat of My Heart

I get excited whenever I see a new Lisa Biales CD in the mail. The Beat of My Heart lives up to every expectation! Biales is one of the strongest performers in contemporary blues and here she also shows her amazing ability with soul and gospel. What a great instrument her voice is, subtle and […]

Peter Karp Alabama Town

Peter Karp Alabama Town Rose Cottage Records Peter Karp was born in Leonia and raised in New Jersey and Enterprise, Alabama where his father, a retired military pilot, lived. Karp’s stepmother was an African-American woman who helped raise him. In New Jersey his birth mom would take Karp to concerts. As a teen Karp played […]

The Blues Foundation Presents The International Blues Challenge #32

The Blues Foundation Presents The International Blues Challenge #32 The Blues Foundation’s “mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of the uniquely American art form.” The foundation maintains two premier events. The Blues Music Awards “brings together Blues performers, industry representatives, […]

Wee Willie Walker & The Greaseland All-Stars Live at The Notodden Blues Festival


Wee Willie Walker & The Greaseland All-Stars Live at The Notodden Blues Festival Little Village Foundation Wee Willie Walker recorded nine sides for the Memphis based Goldwax label in 1968. It wasn’t until he was introduced to Rick Estrin that he was re-discovered. Walker’s 2015 album “If Nothing Ever Changes”, co-produced by Estrin and Kid […]

Si Cranstoun Old School

Si Cranstoun Old School Ruf Records When Si Cranstoun refers to “Old School” he is referring to the golden era of rock and R n’ B. His primary influences are Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke and Big Joe Turner. Cranstoun was born in Caterham, Surrey, England. Cranstoun’s father Bill promoted Ska and Reggae music and Cranstoun […]

Ilana Katz Katz Movin’ On

Ilana Katz Katz Movin’ On Regina Royale Records Ilana Katz, fiddle, married Warren Katz therefore she became Ilana Katz Katz. Ilana is also a busker. She plays her fiddle in the Boston subway system collecting donations from who ever enjoys her music. She attended a Billy Boy Arnold concert where she met Ronnie Earl. Earl […]

Smoke Wagon Blues Band Cigar Store

Smoke Wagon Blues Band Cigar Store Independent The Smoke Wagon Blues Band, from Hamilton Ontario, was formed in 1996. Their now out of print debut was 1997’s “Smoke Wagon Blues Number 36”. They followed up in 2001 with the live “Low Down Righteous Blues”. “The One and Only” was issued in 2005 and resulted in […]

On the Scene


The week ahead: Blues all over and around Atlanta Jan. 16-22

It’s a good week for participating in the blues, with jams all around town and the Metro area in the early part of the week! Get out and play and support those who do! There;s a new jam at Subourban Bar in Kennesaw as well as our usual favorites, so check them out! Also this […]




LIVE From Midnight Circus The Voice of Indie Blues 1/9/2017

This is The Voice of Indie Blues .. the show that showcases the Independent Blues Artists who is out there keeping the blues alive by creating new original music .. Upholding the true tradition of the blues … they Embrace the Diversity of the Blues .. these are the innovators not the imitators .. these […]