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It was a wonderful week in Chicago for the blues.  Both the Chicago Blues Fest and Buddy Guy's Legends
Blues Fest took place, playing to great crowds, and receiving positive reviews.  Additionally, on June 9th,
Buddy Guy’s Legends hosted the Blues Today Music, Media & Health Summit, addressing the growing
struggle that blues musicians and musicians in general are facing when it comes to making ends meet and
paying their medical bills.  

On June 11th, the Missouri Chainsaw Grassacre was held at Crossroads KC at Grinders in Kansas City,
Missouri, with The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band headlining the show.  

Recent releases include Laurie Jane and the 45’s
Self Titled, Ted Hefko And The Thousandaires -
Distillations Of The Blues, Bonita & The Blues Shacks Self Titled, Laurence Jones - What’s It Gonna Be,
Eddie Martin’s Big Red Radio -
Live In Tuscany and Dane Phillip Smith - I’ll Carry On.  

Blues Blast Magazine's latest issue features a review of the Caribbean's Nevis Blues Fest- check it out!  
Beaumont, Texas, native Barbara Lynn hit it big in 1962 with her chart-topping hit You’ll Lose a Good
Thing.  Now, she brings the blues and her experiences to the cover of the latest issue of Living Blues
Magazine.  Also featured are Tony Lynn Washington and Brushy One String.  

Marshall Crenshaw has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help with a documentary that he is producing.
www.kickstarter.com/marshall-crenshaw-film-project-tom-wilsons-world to find out more about the

Candye Kane, the West Coast blues singer known as “The Toughest Girl Alive”, died last
month at the age
of 54 after an 8 year battle with pancreatic cancer.  The sad news came from her son, Evan Caleb Yearsley,
who was a one-time drummer in his mother’s band.  Kane was born in 1961 in Ventura, California, and
performed opera, punk, and country, before finding inspiration in the stylings of artists such as Bessie
Smith, Big Maybelle, and Big Mama Thornton, while majoring in women’s studies.  

The 37th Annual Blues Music Awards have come and gone, and full winners in each category are posted
online at

Ellersoul Records presented a Blues Lunch CD release event for Blues for Big Walter, the label’s new tribute
to the legendary blues harp pioneer Big Walter Horton.  It took place on May 6th at the Hard Rock on
Beale Street, in Memphis.  Proceeds from album sales benefit the HART Fund and the Blues Foundation.

The Blues Brothers are coming back, soon.  Dan Aykroyd, who played Elwood Blues, and John Belushi’s
widow, Judy, are co-creators and executive producers of a new Blues Brothers animated series.  

Recent releases include: Tweed Funk - Come Together, Shaun Murphy -
It Won’t Stop Raining, The Jordan
Patterson Band –
The Back on Track Recording Project, Scottie Miller – Reciprocation and Benny Turner –
When She’s Gone.  

There is a new issue of Blues Blast Magazine out now.

There are two recent albums that American Blues Scene has given rave reviews to.  One is Simo's
Let Love
Show the Way
and the other is Bonnie Raitt's Dig In Deep.  Additionally, the magazine is featuring stories
each issue on the 2016 Blues Hall of Fame inductees.  For the complete list of inductees, visit blues.org.

Recent releases include: The Claudettes -
No Hotel, Rich Harper - Ellwood and Me, Nick Fishman Blues
Band -
California Fresh, John Cee Stannard & Blues Horizon - Stone Cold Sober, Aaron Curtis - River
, The Jimmys – Hot Dish and Jimmy Burns - It Ain’t Right.  

Deb Ryder was recently featured in Blues Blast Magazine.  Check it out at bluesblastmagazine.com.  

The House of Blues Music Forward Foundation’s Bringing Down the House Industry Insight session is a
retreat that helps local youth learn about the music business.  For full details, log onto lasvegasweekly.com.

Davina And The Vagabonds will release a brand new live album,
Nicollet And Tenth, on March 25th.  
Additional new releases include Hank Shreve Band -
Loosen Up!, D’Mar & Gill – Take It Like That, Cal
Williams Jr. –
Low Down & Troubled and André Bisson - Left with the Blues.  

If you haven’t yet checked out the Blues Hall of Fame- add it to your ‘to do’ list.  From records to clothing
to many other items, those who have been there say it’s well worth it.  Tee shirts for the 2016 IBC are on sale
at blues.org.     

The International Conference on the Blues took place at Delta State University in Mississippi.  Live blues
jams, class information, documentary discussions, and much more was offered.  Among those teaching were
former Living Blues editor Scott Baretta.  

A famous stretch of downtown Memphis has been renamed B.B. King Boulevard to honor the late legend.

For the last decade, 81-year-old Franklin Bell has hosted his Blues Workshop every Sunday in South Central
LA, in a one-car garage rebuilt to hold about 50 people  

Bluescentric.com is an online shop, featuring books, tees, glassware, and other merch for blues and roots

Soundstage: Blues Summit Chicago 1974 Muddy Waters and Friends, which hadn't aired in 37 years until
this March, is available on DVD.

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