Blues Guitarist Albert Castiglia Is Keepin On With New CD Out August 10 On Blues Leaf Records

MIAMI, FL – Blues Leaf Records announces an August 10 release date for Keepin On, the new CD from incendiary blues guitarist Albert Castiglia. Blues Leaf Records is distributed in the U.S. by the Allegro Corporation.

Recorded at Showplace Studios in Dover, New Jersey, most of Keepin On was recorded live with very few overdubs. Castiglia enlisted five session musicians to help on the project, including harmonica master Sandy Mack, who played on “I Could Not Ask for More,” a Peter Green song contained on the new CD. Mack had played on “Ghosts of Mississippi,” a song from Albert’s A Stones Throw album in 2006. According to Castiglia, “He kicked butt then and he picked up where left off on this session.”


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Nominees Announced for the 2nd Annual British Blues Awards 2010

Nominees have been announced for the 2nd annual British Blues Awards 2010. The voting starts on June 1st and will run until August 31st

The presentations will be held on Sept 11th at The Newark Blues Festival.  The Nottingham Blues Society will be hosting the  British Blues Awards presentation.


Temptations singer Ali-Ollie Woodson dies at 58

DETROIT, MI — Ali-Ollie Woodson, who led the legendary Motown quintet The Temptations in the 1980s and ’90s and helped restore them to their hit-making glory with songs including “Treat Her Like A Lady,” has died, a friend said. Woodson died Sunday in southern California after battling cancer, Motown Alumni Association President Billy Wilson said. Wilson said Woodson’s wife, Juanita, told him about the death Sunday.


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NJWeedman Runs For Congress in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY On this heels of his April 1 arrest for the possession of marijuana, Ed Forchion, better known as the New Jersey Weedman, has announced his bid to run for Congress in the state of New Jersey.  The long time cannabis activist is turning up the heat in his bid to not only avoid jail time, but to raise awareness about the contradictory medical marijuana laws in the state of New Jersey. On April 1, 2010, Forchion  made headlines when he was busted in New Jersey with a pound of cannibus in the trunk of his car. On May 14, 2010, Forchion filed his petition to run as an independent for New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District seat.


Published in: on May 28, 2010 at 4:33 PM  Leave a Comment  

Nashville “Open for Business” as It Bounces Back from Flood

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –In the aftermath of record-breaking rains that led to widespread flooding earlier this month, Nashvillians from all walks of life have risen to the challenge to get the city back up and running.

The “volunteer state” spirit is shining through, with thousands of everyday Nashvillians engaged in a monumental community service effort, businesses supporting businesses, and Music City’s recording industry stepping up with benefit concerts and donations.


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Another Washed Up Rocker Retires to the Blues

Cyndi Lauper to Release Memphis Blues June 22nd on Downtown Records

New York, NY Iconic performer and musical chameleon Cyndi Lauper will release Memphis Blues on June 22nd on Downtown Records. The collection of blues cover songs, recorded this March at Electraphonic Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, features appearances by such great artists as B.B. King, Jonny Lang, Allen Toussaint, Ann Peebles and Charlie Musselwhite.


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BJURecords Artist Sunny Jain & Taboo CD Release Celebration at Joe’s Pub – Thursday June 10!

“It only takes one initial listen to discern that Jain has masterminded a gala that is divergent, unique and irrefutably compelling. Hence, an album that stands alone within the continual influx of genre-crossing jazz projects. A top pick for 2010, indeed.” – Glenn Astarita, Ejazznews


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Steve Cropper and Felix Cavaliere Release Their New Album Midnight Flyer on June 15

Steve Cropper, guitarist for Booker T. and the MGs and one of the primary architects of the unmistakable Stax sound of the 1960s, and vocalist/keyboardist Felix Cavaliere, the voice of the Rascals and the pivotal figure in the blue-eyed soul movement of that same era, have reconvened for their second collaborative recording. Sparks fly at the crossroads of Memphis soul and East Coast R&B when Stax Records releases Midnight Flyer on June 15, 2010.


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Chart Topping Divas Dominate Fuse with Pop Goddess Memorial Day Weekend

Mariah All Day Saturday, Beyonce All Day Sunday and Gaga All Day Monday

Fuse, Madison Square Garden’s national music television network, is dedicating a very special three-day artist takeover to today’s top pop divas during Memorial Day weekend. Starting Saturday at 11am ET, viewers can catch exclusive programming documenting the careers of Mariah Carey, Beyonce Knowles and Lady Gaga, taking viewers through a musical journey of what brought these ladies to where they are today.


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Bloomington, Minnesota to Become Land of 10,000 Harmonicas

Twin City Harmonica Society Hosts International Harmonica Extravaganza

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.   A record number of harmonica players, including some of the “best in the world”, will meet at the Ramada Inn-Mall of America as the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica (SPAH) holds its 47th Anniversary Convention in Bloomington, MN from Tuesday August 17th thru Saturday, August 21st, 2010.

This year featured American artists appearing at SPAH 2010 include Howard Levy, a pioneer of modern day harmonica playing techniques; Joe Filisko, a world renowned innovator in harmonica construction and a master traditional blues player; Andy Just, a west coast rock n’ blues wizard; Clint Hoover, local Minnesota legend that “does it all” on many styles of music; Dick Gardner, another Minnesota native who was a member of the “Harmonicats”, the harmonica group that stormed the popular music charts. International headliners include Susan Sauter, a classical sensation from Germany; Bart Leczycki, a blues/jazz phenom from Poland and Thiago Cerveira, a multi-instrumentalist from Brazil. Many more notable players will be added before show time.


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