We've gotten some communications from readers and we'd like to share some of them.
Vernon Tart of the group Southern Yankee sent this song:
Tart wrote: "As an artist it is hard to get reviews and at this time I am seeking writers to review the new Southern Yankee release
The Re Unification of Rock N' Roll, music with melodies you can remember, that make you smile and have a good time.
I can email the entire release with cover art and bio or can mail finished cd."
This song was recorded by the Broomdusters, a group based in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.
On the festival/concert scene, singer Nadine Rae and her Allstars will perform at Proud Mary's Restaurant in Ft. Washington, MD on Wednesday, June 29. The All-Stars feature Barry Brady on keyboards, John Bell on guitar, SOL on guitar, Charles "Reds" Adkins on bass and Andy Hamburger on drums. The restaurant is located at 13600 King Charles Terrace in Ft. Washington. The event will run from 7-10 p.m. It is free, so you have no excuse not to come out.
We found what sounds like a great daylong blues festival in California. This ad provides the details far better than we ever could:
This news from Bob Corritore:
• Chicago Blues: A Living History Volume 2 to be released in mid June! In 2009 Raisin Music records released a concept CD that won the hearts of many a blues fan. It was called Chicago Blues: A Living History, and it presented a program that exemplified the development of Chicago Blues, featuring many of the Windy City's top blues performers; Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell, Carlos Johnson, Matthew Skoller, Billy Flynn, Johnny Iguanna, Felton Crews, and Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith. This CD earned Grammy, and Blues Music Award nominations, and won a Blues Blast Music Award. This group toured and made numerous high profile appearances to great fanfare. A 2nd installment of this concept album will soon be released with all of the same musicians from the first CD plus special guests Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Zora Young, Magic Slim, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Billy Dickens. Matthew Skoller reports that volume 2 will be released by Raisin Music in mid June of 2011 (not quite in time for the Chicago Blues Festival), and will be aptly titled Chicago Blues: A Living History, The (R)Evolution Continues
• Diunna Greenleaf CD cover! In our last email the link to Diunna Greenleaf's CD album art did not connect. To see the cover of her new CD go to http://www.bobcorritore.com/photos164.html. We look forward to seeing how the world embraces Diunna's new CD as it is her masterpiece.
• RIP Benny Spellman - December 11, 1931 to June 3, 2011. Benny Spellman was an amazing singer whose hits "Fortune Teller" and "Lipstick Traces" helped to define the sound of 1960s New Orleans R & B. He passed away in Florida on Friday, June 3 at age 79. Spellman was also a member of Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns, and was the low voice of Ernie K-Doe's smash hit "Mother In Law". In 2009, He was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
• Delta Groove to release album by youthful Dutch harmonica player Big Pete! Not to be confused with veteran blues shouter Big Pete Pearson, this Big Pete stands 6' 2", has reddish-blond hair and rosy cheeks and is in his early 30s (Big Pete's last name is actually Van der Pluijm). His dynamic performances last weeked at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival showed the harmonica influences of William Clarke, Al Blake, and Lester Butler, and a sweet, full-toned natural voice. Delta Groove chief Randy Chortkoff reports: "I'm now in the middle of this massive Big Pete recording. We have a huge list of special guests on it. Jimi Bott and Willie J. Campbell, Alex Schultz, Kirk Fletcher, Kid Ramos, Shawn Pittman, Kim Wilson, Johnny Dyer, Rob Rio, Al Blake, Paul Oscher, Rusty Zinn, Mojo Mark, etc., etc... I must be totally CRAZY. An album on Big Pete who nobody knows and is from another country! But Pete is sOOOOOO good and I can't help myself!" We look forward to the resulting album.