Cross Harp Chronicles Update, September 13, 2008

This week we are opening with a an article which will take precendence over any other–this will be on the planned benefit for the wife of roots-based folk and blues songwriter, singer, guitarist, and keyboard player and Blind Pig Records recording artist Peter Karp’s wife Mary Lou Karp. Mary Lou is being hospitalized for stage three ovarian cancer. This benefit is being held to help defray her medical expenses. Here’s what the night of September 23rd Benefit looks like: Doors open at 7pm
Show starts at 7:30pm(time intervals include 20 minute sets with 10 minute switchover). The featured artists who will be playing to help raise much needed funds will include in order:
Nicole Hart and NRG-featuring Gil Paris 7:30-8:00
Charlie Jones and Paul “Hernandez” Unsworth-featuring Dave Keys 8:00-8:30
Dave Malachowski and “Woodstock Allstars” Pete Levin & Jill Stevenson 8:30-9:00
Gina Fox 9:00-9:30
Popa Chubby 9:30-10:00
Dennis Gruenling-Little Walter Tribute 10:00-10:30
Todd Wolfe 10:30-11:00
Paul Carbonara and The Mudlarks 11:00-11:30
Tthere will be backline there and if you want to play with your own rhythmsection fine, or Peter’s guys will be available as well. Each set will be 4 song or 20 minutes. Benefit for Marylou Karp is scheduled for September 23rd, at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey. For more information contact Gina Fox 732-948-6371

Guitar Center has scheduled an Evening of Dialogue and Entertainment With Joe Bonamassa, September 17 Los Angeles, CA – Guitar Center is pleased to announce the next installment of Guitar Center Sessions: An Evening of Dialogue and Insight with Joe Bonamassa. Taking place Wednesday, September 17 at the Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA, the evening is free and open to the public. The evening will be powered in part by Gibson Guitars.

Joe Bonamassa is one of the premier blues-rock guitarist of his generation. At the early age of 12 he was already a touring pro, opening for the legendary B.B. King. Since then, Joe’s incendiary playing has earned him a loyal legion of fans and numerous albums in Billboard’s Top 10 blues chart. Also a gifted singer and songwriter, Joe Bonamassa was named Best Blues Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine’s readership in their annual Reader’s Choice Awards for 2008, and recently released From Nowhere in Particular, a 2-CD live album recorded during his fall 2007 U.S. tour and released on his own J&R Adventures label. The CD debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts. Joe also hosts “Daily Cup Of Joe” as well, a Monday-Friday show on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Blues Channel 74 that airs from 12-12:15 PM (ET).

Designed to provide informative, provocative conversation and hands-on tutorials, Guitar Center Sessions serves as an incubator for musicians, providing them an opportunity to network with their peers in an intimate setting and gain career-fostering advice from their heroes. Join us for a very special in-store event as Joe shares tips, techniques and experiences, talks about his signature Gibson Les Paul, and lays down some seriously soulful licks.

Wednesday, September 17 @ 7 pm
Guitar Center Hollywood
7425 Sunset Blvd.

9th Annual Americana Music Festival and Conference is scheduled to held at the Nashville Convention Center and premiere venues throughout the city from September 17 – September 20The 9th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference will bring over 1000 artists and industry professionals together from all over the world, representing all facets of our genre, to the Nashville Convention Center and premiere venues throughout the city from September 17 – September 20. The AMA Festival will feature up to 60 showcase or performance slots for both established and emerging artists. These opportunities include both daytime slots and off-site evening showcases on three nights.

By day, the Americana Music Conference features numerous panels, seminars, a trade show, and much more. This special event covers the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, performing rights organizations, legal and business affairs executives, tour-related services, merchandisers, new media and all related allied professionals.

For more information, contact: Allen Johnston, The Music Specialist, Telephone: 305 829 9010

The future of the IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival may hinge on a campaign to raise $100,000 in seed money for next year’s event.

“It’s very iffy that we will have a festival if we don’t have $50,000 raised by the end of the year,”
said Karen MacFarland, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, which produces the annual summertime event

The combination of the economic downturn and a weather-forced change in venue is to blame, said Ricardo Burris, the president of the Blues Society.

Also, the festival was moved for the third time in its 24-year history after Mississippi River flooding forced it from its traditional home in Davenport’s LeClaire Park. “Anytime you change the venue, you lose about 30 percent of your crowd. Think about that on a shoestring (budget), where everything’s counted out down to the dollar,”

The first of several concerts as part of the fundraising campaign will be Sept. 23 at the Redstone Room inside the River Music Experience, downtown Davenport. It will feature Davenport native Michael “Hawkeye” Herman, who has received international acclaim in the blues community.

Other plans for raising money include selling $1,000 Silver Anniversary Club memberships in honor of the festival’s 25th anniversary and increased sponsorships and grants. MacFarland said the group also is seeking a portion of the money raised through area hotel and motel taxes.

According to the Quad-Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, the festival’s economic benefit to the area is $2.5 million annually, a news release from the Blues Society states.

The “seed money” guarantees performers for the festival, MacFarlane said. In past years, performers have included such blues stars as Koko Taylor, Ike Turner and Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

Money raised by the society keeps its Davenport office open and funds the Blues in the Schools program as well as the festival. MacFarland and Burris said there is enough money for both the office and the school program to continue operating.

Buddy Rich Memorial Concert Rolls Out After 10 Years of Marking Time; Performers Include Terry Bozzio, John Blackwell, Chad Smith, Tommy Igoe And Many Others For This Historic Drumming Event. Las Vegas — The much awaited return of the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert is now over. In late August, Cathy Rich, daughter of the late, legendary drummer Buddy Rich, confirmed plans for the Buddy Rich Memorial and that it would take place at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on October 18. Her company, Scabeba Entertainment, Drucker Labs and drumming icon Neil Peart will produce this historic event, which promises to be the most intense and compelling ever in terms of the performers and sponsors.

“The concerts themselves are an expression of Buddy’s generous musical spirit. It’s our goal to give back as much as possible and have all parties involved leave with a good feeling.” Rich noted. “We should also point out that all our sponsors will make this event truly amazing. Without the love and support from all sponsors, these events would not happen.”

It is time for the 3rd National Women in Blues Festival in Wilmington North Carolina this September 26th and 27th 2008. Still leveling the playing field for the women of and bringing in another great line up with artists from coast to coast including headliners Gaye Abegdebola on Friday and Candye Kane on Saturday. Both ladies are well known to the blues world as powerful performers. With this level of entertainment headlining the National Women in Blues Festival, this is truly a National event.

Renowned Blues Icons to Judge 2008 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
Renowned music icons John Mayall, James Cotton, Jerry Lee Lewis, and music industry executive Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records), have all signed up as judges for this year’s International Songwriting Competition (ISC). The opportunity to have these judges hear your songs is only part of the reason to enter ISC. Recognition, exposure, kudos, and prizes (more than $150,000 in cash and prizes will be shared among the 62 winners – including an overall Grand Prize of $25,000 (US) cash and $20,000 in prizes) are other equally enticing reasons for entering ISC.

ISC accepts original songs from musicians, artists, groups, and songwriters at every level from amateur to professional. ISC’s Blues category includes all genres of traditional and contemporary Blues music. Songwriters entering this category may also enter any other categories.

Candace Avery, Founder and Director, states, “The caliber of judges for the Blues category is particularly high this year, and we are really honored that these judges want to participate and listen to the songs of our entrants.”

Go to to enter songs via mail or online.

October promises to be a big month for new Blues releases. Scheduled for release are the following:

Ruf Records has Announced an October 7 release of Rich Man’s War:New Blues and Roots Songs of Peace and Protest ATLANTA, Georgia–– Ruf Records has announced a planned October 7 release date for Rich Man’s War: New Blues & Roots Songs of Peace and Protest, a 12-song CD compilation of performances from a dozen artists that brings the protest song art form into the 21st century. Produced by Kenneth Bays, editor of the internationally celebrated magazine Blues Revue, the new CD includes performances from such established blues and roots artists as Bob Brozman, Guitar Shorty, Norman & Nancy Blake, Candye Kane, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, Michael Hill and Doug MacLeod, as well as a number of rising stars in the blues field.

“The seeds for Rich Man’s War came out of the oft-repeated argument that today’s blues music isn’t ‘about’ anything — that modern blues songs are all either about partying, romantic entanglements, or about celebrating the blues itself,” says Kenneth Bays. Is it that there aren’t enough great protest songs in blues?”

With that idea, Bays began a quest and discovered literally hundreds of recent protest songs from blues artists both established and unknown. Blues music was born from a population voicing their frustration with the great injustices perpetrated against them.

“My greatest hope is that blues artists will hear Rich Man’s War and say, ‘You know, maybe it IS okay for me to sing about the things I see going on in the world. Maybe it’s okay for me to write about issues I believe in. Maybe somebody will listen.’”

Stony Plain To Release Ronnie Earl’s Hope Radio Sessions DVD On October 14
Live video performances feature legendary guitarist and the Broadcasters with bonues footage and interivew
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada– Stony Plain Records has set an October 14 release date for Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters’ Hope Radio Sessions DVD, which includes alternate versions of some performances from his landmark Hope Radio audio CD, plus two rare solo acoustic guitar selections and an interview with the legendary – and reclusive – guitarist. Released in November, 2007, the Hope Radio CD garnered universal acclaim for Ronnie Earl and demonstrated his mastery of the blues and jazz idioms, as well as his love of spiritual music.

Inside Tracks, the new release from Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers, is due in stores on October 14, 2008. The album is a continuation of the creative shift that began in 2007 with his previous Telarc recording, Solid Ice. Like its predecessor, Inside Tracks leads to a place where country, R&B and even a touch of surf music all fit seamlessly with Thackery’s trademark guitar blues.

While some of this may be uncharted water for both Thackery and his fans, Inside Tracks is another step in his realignment of artistic priorities. The focus now is a little more on substance and a little less on flash.

“It’s about the writing now,” Thackery explains. “It’s not just about the hot dawg guitar player. For a long time, that was the thing that everyone assumed would be the selling point. Everybody likes a revved-up blues guitar player, but how many records can you make like that? I’ve done forty or something. I lost count back in the ’90s of the exact number. I think I’ve proved that I can do that, so I figured it was time to do some real writing, regardless of whether it was consistent with people’s expectations. Fortunately, Telarc has taken a very hands off approach and given me room to do just that.”

Inside Tracks is Thackery’s chosen mode of transportation on the journey of self-discovery. Hop on the rails and take the ride with him.

B.B. KING and His Orchestra Live Album Will Be reissued In US As Part Of Acrobat Music’s “Premier Collection” NEW YORK, New York — As part of Acrobat Music’s U.S. label launch, B.B. King’s B.B. King & His Orchestra Live will be released October 21, 2008, marking the recording’s first availability in the U.S.

B.B. King & His Orchestra Live presents many of King’s hits and standards recorded under the band directorship of Calvin Owens. Since then, apart from winning a string of music awards including Grammys and Handys, he’s been awarded Doctorates, Lifetime Achievement Awards, Humanitarian Awards and has played at the White House for two presidents.”

Acrobat is a UK-based record label specializing in collectors’ and reissue CDs across just about every genre of music. The U.S. label debut features 15 reissues that offer high quality, historical significance and excellent value

Ike and Tina Turner’s Blue Thumb Records Years Collected Aa Ike and Tina Turner Sing the Blues, Due For Release On Acrobat Music, October 21 Although Ike Turner is often credited with recording the first rock ‘n’ roll song with 1951’s “Rocket 88,” his career took a leap when he met Anna Mae Bullock and re-named her Tina Turner. 1969 found Ike and Tina returning to their blues roots with a pair of albums that Ike leased to Bob Krasnow’s Blue Thumb Records — The Hunter and Outta Season. The two albums will be combined to form an 18-song single-CD reissue titled Ike and Tina Turner Sing the Blues as part of Acrobat Music’s Premier Series. Street date for the collection is October 21.

The albums he leased to Blue Thumb in ’69 were along the last independent projects Ike would undertake before signing to United Artists, where he and Tina recorded “Proud Mary” and several key long-players.

Both Blue Thumb albums were blues-oriented, and showcased Ike’s superlative guitar work — which had taken a back seat during the early Ike and Tina years — as well as Tina’s stunning vocals.
Acrobat is a UK-based record label specializing in collectors’ and reissue CDs across just about every genre of music.

The U.S. label debut features 15 reissues that offer high quality, historical significance and excellent value.

These and other stories can be found in full by going to