New Music to Note - March 2022

New Releases of Note for October 2021


Tommy Castro — Tommy Castro Presents a Bluesman Came to Town


Eric Bibb — Dear America


Samantha Fish — Faster


Johnny Tucker (featuring Kid Ramos and the Allstars — 75 and Alive


Lester Williams — The Texas Blues of Lester Williams


Otis Rush — I Won’t be Worried No More


Héctor Anchondo — Let Loose Those Chains


Cat Rhodes & The Truth — Blues Sitting On My Doorstep


Ghalia Volt — Jam In The Van Live Session


The Supersoul Brothers — Shadows & Lights


Rusty Ends Blues Band—Self Titled


Carolyn Wonderland — Tempting Fate




Best Self-Produced CD Entry Deadline Oct 6th

Best Self-Produced CD
Entry Deadline Oct 6th

As part of the mission of the Blues Foundation to celebrate blues recording and to ensure the future of this uniquely American art form, it established an award for the Best Self-Produced CD, given out at the International Blues Challenge to recognize excellence in independent Blues recordings.


  1. Musicians who are CBA members in good standing as of Oct 6, 2021 are eligible (if you’re not currently on the list, get on it now!)
  2. CDs released between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2021 are eligible
  3. Compilations are not eligible
  4. May be recorded and performed by an act other than is entered in the current year’s International Blues Challenge
  5. CD may not include a board member or officer of the CBA
  6. A performer who has previously been nominated for a Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Blues Award) shall not be eligible for this competition
  7. A CD on a record label that has been previously nominated for a Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Blues Award) shall not be eligible for this competition
  8. Musicians can submit TWO (2) COPIES of their qualifying self-produced CD to the CBA for consideration
  9. CDs can either be sent by mail (and received, not just postmarked) to: CBA-BSPCD PO Box 6566 Portland OR 97228-6566 or delivered to Marie Walters, Committee Chair, at the General Membership Meeting at the Spare Room on Wednesday October 6th, or anytime prior ‪(503) 278-4379‬ (to connect/arrange)
  10. CDs must be in the hands of the CBA Committee by October 6th (not postmarked by then)
  11. The CBA will announce the nominated CD on or before October 19th and will collect TWO (2) ADDITIONAL COPIES from the winner.
  12. The CBA will submit FOUR (4) copies of the selected CD to the Blues Foundation by the deadline
Criteria considered (in order of importance):
(1) Blues Content
(2) Musical Performance
(3) Audio Quality and Production Value of the Recording
(4) Professionalism and Visual Appearance of Cover Art and Design
(5) Credits and Liner Note Information.

Judging will take place in three rounds. Judges will remain anonymous in order to protect them from outside influences and represent a cross-section of professionals from the blues radio and print industry. The final results will be announced at the finals of the 37th International Blues Challenge on Saturday, January 22, 2022 held at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN.️

October 2021 General Membership Meeting

October 2021 General Membership Meeting

This month the Cascade Blues Association moves its membership meeting to the Spare Room Restaurant & Lounge 4830 NE 42nd Ave Portland, and returns to its standard format of spotlighting two different performances!

The first set will feature the past year’s Journey To Memphis Challenger in the solo/duo category, Froggy William Hyland (lap steel, harmonica, guitars, vocals), who performed as ‘The Geezer’ along with Louis Creed Peterson at the 2020 International Blues Challenge.
Froggy will have the honor of passing the Memphis torch to this year’s challengers, the winners of the 2021 Journey To Memphis, Sugar Roots featuring Chad Rupp. This band is made up of some very talented players including: guitarist Jason JT Thomas, keyboardist Sam Gendler, bassist Timmer Blakely and drummer Chandler Bowerman.
CBA Members get in FREE, guests pay $5
Downbeat 6:30pm (this show is 21+)
There will be drawings for prizes and we’ll have merch and memberships available on site — what better time to sign up or renew! Still only $25 for a 1 year membership
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The venue now requires all customers, performers and staff to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours before entering the Spare Room, OR to provide proof of COVID-19 immunization (at least two weeks after final dose) with an appropriate ID matching the name on your documentation.
Acceptable as proof of vaccination:
CDC-issued vaccination card including the name of the person vaccinated, the type of vaccination provided and the date that the last dose was administered,
digital photo of a CDC-issued vaccination card stored on a phone or electronic device, or printed photo of a CDC-issued vaccination card.
Acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR Test:
Digital or printed photo of negative COVID-19 PCR test results that includes the name of the customer or performer.
These confirmations will apply to all members of your party before they are allowed to enter the Spare Room.
Free COVID-19 testing in your area may be found by resources from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Masks, face coverings or face shields are currently required in all indoor spaces in Oregon, regardless of vaccination status, unless seated at a table. Converging studies show that wearing a mask can help protect both us and the people around us from spreading and catching COVID-19. It’s an empowering way for each of us to protect our communities, our families, and ourselves.
Entry requirements are subject to change.

​Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding!