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23rd Annual Gorge Blues & Brews Festival in Stevenson, Washington: 6/24 & 25

Mark your calendars now for Friday and Saturday, June 24-25 when Gorge Blues & Brews Festival hits the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, Washington.  We will celebrate 23 years of musical genius, award-winning offerings from 16 craft breweries, regional wineries, and fabulous food in the spectacular setting of the Columbia River Gorge. Start your weekend […]

New Music To Note – June 2016

Here’s a list of new music received at the CBA office or purchased personally this past month that should be noted: Cherry & The Lowboys – Naked In Outer Space (Cupcake Vinyl) Clint Morgan – Scofflaw (Lost Cause Records) Johnny Rawls – Tiger In A Cage (Catfood Records) Moreland And Arbuckle – Promised Land Or […]

2016 Blues Music Awards — Lisa Mann Wins!

Last month’s Blues Music awards in Memphis on May 5, found local musician Lisa Mann once again taking home the big prize for Instrumentalist – Bass for the second consecutive year. Twenty-four awards overall were handed out between musical sets by many of the nominees. This year’s biggest winner had to have been piano man […]

Ramblings On My Mind – June 2016

Greg Johnson / CBA President As I sit here working on the BluesNotes for the June issue, I recognize that today (May 14) marks the one year anniversary of the passing of BB King. Arguably BB was the most important bluesman of his generation, if not of all generations, right there alongside the likes of […]

Janiva Magness

Love Wins Again Fathead Records Janiva Magness continues with her tales of love and its power and pain on her latest disc Love Wins Again. Her songwriting is personal and full of imagery that can only be reflected through experience. Happy or sad, Janiva draws us into her lyrics and as we have seen in […]

Clint Morgan

Scofflaw Lost Cause Records Clint Morgan’s sophomore disc, Scofflaw, follows a theme that portrays the lives of society’s downtrodden, outcast, and outright bad guys. These are people with often very little remorse, living on the edge, and given the option would probably do things the same way all over again. How else would you explain […]

Ivas John

Good Days A Comin/ Right Side Up Records When you start to listen to Ivas John’s Good Days A Comin’, it’s like a warm summer day sitting on your back porch with a pitcher of fresh-made lemonade and slabs of meat slowly grilling on the barbecue. You’re transported to a day meant for lazing in […]