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An Exclusive Interview with Dr. Marie Trout

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Keynote Panel of The International Blues Challenge “Blues as Healer” Friday, February 3, 2017 at 2:30pm – Alfred’s on Beale Don Wilcock will moderate a discussion with Walter Trout, Kenny Neal, Patti Parks and Marie Trout about how the blues serves as a healing source for so many. The panelists will […]

How to Become a Musician with Jackie Venson

Austin born indie blues guitarist-vocalist, Jackie Venson, announces her web series,How to Become a Musician. Venson just released her live album, and has been featured in such publications as Guitar Player Magazine, Austin Chronicle, Austin Monthly, Texas Monthly and Bitch Media among others. Jackie recently performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Now, Venson has created her […]

Making a Scene is Looking for Writers

Are you involved with your local music scene? Do you love indie artists and believe the music you listen to needs to have more attention? Do you want to be known as a music journalists? Well here is your chance to become part of the fastest growing music related magazine on the internet.  Making a […]


A ROOM WITH A VIEW OF THE BLUES by Richard Ludmerer Favorite Vinyl that made me love The Blues These albums are not supposed to be the best blues albums of all time They are albums in my collection that influenced me and made me love the blues Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee The Keys […]

Important Tips for the International Blues Challenge for Bands and Fans!

By Ricky Stevens Going to the International Blues Challenge? Good for you! It’s the World’s Largest Gathering of Blues Musicians, and it’s fun.  I’ve been involved with the IBC since 1999. I’ve been a venue coordinator and chaired the Blues Foundation Board’s IBC committee. I’ve been a fan on the street and the guy backstage […]

IBC Events Schedule – So You Don’t Miss a Single Opportunity!

Besides the great music and shows that are a central part of the Blues Foundations International Blues Challenge, there are many Seminars, Events, Music and Meet and Greet Opportunites, that happen during the day and late night, you may not be aware of. Whether you are a participant or a fan, if you want to […]

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 […]

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 […]




An In Depth Interview with John Latini

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE John Latini may have grown up in Queens, New York, but he’s as truly a son of Michigan as if he’d been issued a passport. It’s not just that this singing, songwriting, guitar-slinging, uber-performing bluesman seems to be a perennial nominee for every Southeast Michigan music award, and winner of many, […]

An In Depth Interview with Johnny Mac

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE The Johnny Mac Band is a Long Island, New York/Metro based  band that plays Blues, R&B, Funk, and Reggae as well as their own brand of original music. The Band has wracked up hundreds of successful performances since its inception in 2012. “What I also have found by the newly emerging Long Island jam band […]

An In Depth Interview with Tom Craig

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Front man, singer/guitar player Tom Craig and Drummer John O’Connell have been partners in Blues and Roots music for the past decade.  This past year they’ve teamed up with Eric Johnson on Hammond Organ, Tenor Saxophonist Vince Gleason, Bassist Randy “Rando” Branning and Baritone saxophonist Skyler Hagner. Their broad musical resume includes musical genres […]

An In Depth interview with Rae and the Royal Peacocks

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Building on the rich blues tradition of Atlanta through the decades, Rae and the Royal Peacocks infuses classic styles with contemporary energy. No matter what blues genre resonates most with you, you’re guaranteed to dance when this band takes the stage.  Rae and the Royal Peacocks features several of Atlanta’s favorite […]

An In Depth Interview with Lisa Biales

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE An Ohio native, LISA BIALES (pronounced Be-Alice) grew up in a musical family and started performing at the age of thirteen. Singing from the heart, and writing playful music about the simple things in life, she weaves a down-home blues vernacular with finger style acoustic guitar to create songs that feel like they’ve […]

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 […]


CD Reviews


Book Review – The Blues: Why It Still Hurts So Good

Book Review The Blues: Why It Still Hurts So Good By Marie B. Trout, PhD Dr. Marie Trout has written a book about me. If you are reading this then it’s probably about you too. Why do I/we love the blues? The book starts “where a study of the blues normally ends. It is written […]

John Mayall Talk About That

John Mayall Talk About That Forty Below Records John Mayall is the influential British bluesman who formed his band The Bluesbreakers in 1963. A great guitarist, harmonica player, singer, songwriter and bandleader he is still going strong after more than fifty years. Mayall’s band members have included guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Harvey […]

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, […]


On the Scene


The Little House Fundrauser Festival for Darwin’s:The power of love and blues

The music room at 5 Seasons Brewing Company in Sandy Springs was packed last Thursday for the “Little House” fundraiser to help Darwin’s get moved into their new location at the former Steve’s Live Music building and open for business. It was an act of love for Lindsay Wine and Jonathan Aiken and their club, […]

This week: Blues in and around Atlanta

It’s a fairly short list as far as what I know is happening in and around Atlanta in the blues this week. That is because Wednesday starts a new month, and nobody has sent out their February listings or even listed them on their websites yet. So I have filled in the usual weekly shows […]




LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring John Latini

This is The Voice of Indie Blues! The show that brings you the Independent Blues Artists who Embrace the Diversity of the Blues by creating new original music from those roots. These artists are the Innovators not the imitators .. they believe the future of Blues is with the artists who expand the music .. […]

LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Johnny Mac

This is The Voice of Indie Blues .. the show that brings you those Independent Blues Artists who Embrace the Diversity of the Blues by creating new original music from it’s roots. These Artists are the innovators not the imitators .. these artists understand the power of the diversity of blues and the importance of […]


LIVE from the Midnight Circus “The Voice of Indie Blues” 1/23/2017

This IS The Voice of Indie Blues … the show that showcases the Independent Blues Artists who Embrace the Diversity of the Blues by creating new original music rooted in the blues. These are the innovators .. not the imitators .. the REAL future of the Blues .. these ARE the INDIE Blues Artists! This […]