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New Music of Note August  2020

New Music of Note August  2020 August  2020 New Music Releases  There is so much good music out there. To help sort through it, we recommend starting here.  CD Woodbury – World’s Gone Crazy (Self Release)  Dave Fields – Force Of Will (FMI Records)  Dion – Blues With Friends ( KTBA Records)  Duke Robillard – Stretchin’ Out Live (Stony Plain)  Eliza Neals – […]

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Mary Jo Curry Band – Front Porch 

Mary Jo Curry Band Front Porch (Self Produced)  Review by John Taylor  People tell the damnedest stories out on the porch, and Mary Jo Curry’s got a few you’re gonna want to hear. So pull up a chair, grab a lemonade or a beer out of the cooler and get ready for some genuine house-rockin’ blues. “Front […]

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Lockdown Sessions – An International Down Home Blues Revue – Various Artists

Lockdown Sessions – An International Down Home Blues Revue  Various Artists CrossCut Records  Review by Greg Johnson  The idea wasn’t a hard one to come up with. Due to the Covid-19 virus music had pretty much come to a standstill in the ways of performances for musicians world-wide. Still in a creative mind, European harmoniuca great Roger C. Wade (Little Roger & […]

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Jose Ramirez – Here I Come 

Jose Ramirez  Here I Come Blind Racoon   Reviewed by John Taylor  Costa Rican native Jose Ramirez, the second-place finisher at the 2020  International Blues Challenge in Memphis, has brewed a wicked concoction of straight-ahead blues, passionate soul, and tasty R&B with his debut release “Here I Come.”   Ramirez is joined here by famed producer and bandleader Anson Funderburk, who adds some fiery licks […]

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Johnny Burgin – No Border Blues 

Johnny Burgin  No Border Blues Delmark Records  Review by Greg Johnson  If you take a look at the touring itinerary that Johnny Burgin carries on a yearly basis it surely shows what a road dog he really is. Whether touring with well-known Chicago musicians such as Billy Boy Arnold or on his own with local musicians thrown together, Burgin always brings forth the […]

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2020 Journey to Memphis Postponed

2020 Journey to Memphis Postponed This is a message that we were truly hoping that we wouldn’t have to announce, but for the first time in over twenty years, the Cascade Blues Association will be postponing our Journey to Memphis competition for 2020. As the summer rolls forward and Covid-19 shows no signs of letting […]

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2021 Best Self-Produced CD Competition Entries Now Being Accepted 

2021 Best Self-Produced CD Competition Entries Now Being Accepted  Since 2005, The Blues Foundation has annually held a competition to recognize excellence in independent blues recordings. The Best Self-Produced CD competition is open to affiliated blues societies from around the world to submit one entry each, preferably selected by a regional competition.  The Cascade Blues […]

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Performance Venue Project – Progress Report

Performance Venue Project Progress Report 7/28/20  The shutdown of businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic has affected musicians and venues particularly hard. As we re-open the economy we can see independent music venues struggling; some are trying to balance physical spacing and capacity limits and some are no longer offering live music, while others will stay closed.  […]