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1998 Spotlight Archives

Make plans now to joinThe Lamont Crantson Blues Band as they celebrate their second annual New Year's Eve Blues Bash.

Record Label News!
M.C. Records announced it will release a new Odetta album in early 1999. It will be Odetta’s 27th solo recording and her first full length studio recording in 13 years. A worldwide tour is planned for 1999 to support the recording and help celebrate her 50th anniversary in show business.
M.C. Recording artists Big Jack Johnson to be on PBS special "The River of Song" to air in January 1999. E-mail: Web:
Ryko/Hannibal Records announces US tour with Alvin Youngblood Hart and Afghan Whigs. E-mail for locations. E-mail:

Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues has live blues 7 days a week with NO Cover Charge! See Club Calendar pages for calendar.

New CD Releases. Check out what has been recently released on CD by your favorite artists. If your record label is not represented here just drop us an E-mail!

Ted Hawkins, "The Final Tour" (Evidence Records) - New CD Review!

Catscan Records is our new featured record label.

The Black & White Photography of Tom Asp is being displayed at The Blues Saloon, St. Paul

Lowell Fulson update can be found on the Message Board! Please send him a card.

Music Top10% Sites

Blues On Stage has been selected to receive the Music TOP 10 % SITES AWARD

Message Board! The new message board is up and running. You can now interact with blues fans and musicians from around the world by posting any blues related note, message, announcement or inquiry. You can ask for information, look for musicians, exchange ideas -- you name it, it's your message board!

Turning Point Insurance Cooperative for musicians!

Blues Links! Hundreds of blues links can be found here. I am always looking for more blues links; if you know of any blues related web sites please e-mail them to me.

Francis Clay Press Release!

The Brown Derby, located at 567 Stryker Ave. on St. Paul's West Side (651-291-9632), features what just might be the longest running blues jam in the Twin Cities. Entering their 12th year they pride themselves on the quality of the jams which run on Sunday and Thursday. Some of the blues musicians who have contributed to the success of these jams include Jimmy Valentine, Billy Holloman, Andy Bailey, Gerry Francis, Joe Juliano, & Biscuit Miller to name just a few. Stop by, say hi and enjoy some of the Twin Cities’ finest blues. E-mail:

So how does this website work? To find out how to navigate on this website and learn what each of those buttons in the table of contents means, go to the Website Description page.

Butch Thompson continues recording his KBEM radio show "Jazz Originals" with a live audience at the Artists Quarter, 366 Jackson St., St. Paul. The next two evenings are Monday, December 7th; and Thursday, December 17th, all at 7 p.m. The show mixes live piano music by Butch with vintage recordings, listener mail, and more. There is no admission charge.

The Blue Moon Obituary!

The Blue Moon in Kasota has closed its doors. Stop by the website and add your comments to the Tribute page.

Bobby Rush News Release.

Press Release from Mighty Sam McClain and McClain Management!

Ross William Perry the 18 year old blues guitar player from the Twin Cities is stirring up some waves around town. He played his second show in less than a week opening for Anson Funderburgh on October 29th at Famous Dave's (he opened for Debbie Davies the previous Friday at The Blues Saloon). This young talent has some impressive guitar chops and it will be fun watching him progress in the business. Go to review of the show!

Blues Photographer Tom Asp has a photo display every Friday and Saturday night at the Blues Saloon in St. Paul. Stop by and take a look at his exceptional black and white blues photography!

Benefit CD! In April, a group of Twin Cities and Mankato/St. Peter area bands put on a benefit concert to aid the victims of the March 29 St. Peter tornado. The CD, "Relief: A Compilation" is now available. It features live performances by Martin Zellar, Dazy Head Mazy, Ben Wilinski, Lonnie Knight and Easy Money, Trillium, Jake Hamond, Heyday, Rosewood, Sister Gin, Leep 27, City Mouse, Paul Durenberger, The Murphy Brothers, East Side Pharoahs, Pete Steiner, and 1 Fish 2 Fish. Ordering details can be found at:, or call 2 Fish Studio/Roommate Records at 507-389-9005 / 507-344-8985.

Mick Sterling and his band recently returned from a very successful engagement at B.B. King's in Memphis. During the evening Mick and his band were joined on stage by Steve Cropper, Dan Penn and the Memphis Horns playing songs like "Green Onions," "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay," "Midnight Hour," and "Soulman." See Press Release about the event!

Read the Washington Post article on Indigenous.

Ron Levy is now touring with Shawn Pittman. See review from Bayfront Blues Festival. You can e-mail Ron for booking at: or call 1-800-609-9474.

Junior Wells Interview. Interview with Jr.Wells was conducted by Steve "Big Daddy BluzHarp" Harvell on August 18,1993 in Juniors hotel room.

Ronnie Baker Brooks Press Release!

Tone-Cool Records Update!

Johnnie Mae Dunson NEWS update!

New Moon Records artist tour schedule.

Silvertone Records announces the release of 2 new albums -- The Best of John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers and an as yet untitled Buddy Guy and Junior Wells album from 1993 (a special live acoustic recording). Both are scheduled for release in October. E-mail Silvertone:

New CD review by Tony Glover.

Junior Wells CD reviewed by Tony Glover.

The Good, The Bad, and the Funky is a new Twin Cities' 5 piece horn driven band. Started by two of the founding members of Mick Sterling's Stud Brothers the group pays homage to the legends of funky soul and R&B. They play every other Thursday at Duke's Roadhouse in Inver Grove Heights, Concord Blvd., a mile and a half south of I-494. For booking info call 612-649-4741.

Lowell Fulson critically ill.

Maxwell Street Update, featuring Johnnie Mae Dunson, former drummer with Jimmy Reed and mother of Twin Cities' bluesman Jimi "Prime Time" Smith.

Check out the Local Scene website on Tourdates hosted by our own Ann Wickstrom.

Thackery Memphis Jam -- A review of Jimmy Thackery's show Beale Street show of 7/25/98. More reviews and photos can be found at:Beale Street Blues Photos by Steve Fletcher

Lowell Fulson Update.

Bullseye Blues & Jazz announces the release of the new Roomful Of Blues ablum August 18th. They will also be appearing in Minneapolis Sept. 19th at the Metrodome Plaza.

The Features Section has been updated to include recent Interviews, articles and strories. More interviews will be added each month so be sure to check back.

Go to the New CD Releases page. New records labels added: Shanachie, Ripete and Club Louisianne. New CD's added by Dabbie Davies, Deanna Bogart, Paul Kelly,Raful Neal, Rod Piazza, The Love Dogs, Johnny Adams, Roomful of Blues and Terry Evans.

I received the following email from the webmaster for Corey Stevens' web site, "Corey is getting royally screwed by his original record label, Eureka records and has put the recording of his third cd on hold until things get settled. Basically, they paid him $7000 up front to record Blue Drops of Rain, and have not paid him or his manager one cent in royalties since. In a recent conversation with Corey, he indicated that the lawsuit he has filed is not getting any media attention due to the fact that he has only sold approx. 400,000 records. I check your site regularly and know that you are aware of Corey and have reviewed his shows, so I thought I would write you to see if there was anything you could do to help Corey get this story out and get Eureka Records to pay him what they owe him. Feel free to contact me at if you want more info. Thanks for listening, and I hope you can help us out on this one." Kevin Shepherd. The Corey Stevens Website: More details to follow.

New CD's added to the New CD Release Pages: Raful Neal on Club Louisianne, Elvin Bishop on Alligator, Guitar Shorty on Black Top, Jimmie Lee Robinson on Acoustic Sound and Amina, Chris Cain on Blue Rock'It, and the Soulmates on Cold Wind.

Conversation at the Rose Cafe Saturdays from 5-6 PM, KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul. Conversation at the Rose Cafe can also be heard on: KUMD Duluth, Minnesota (Sundays at 2:30 PM), KAOS Olympia, Washington (Mondays at 12:30 PM), KAXE Grand Rapids, Minnesota (Thursdays at 6:30 PM). E-mail: See web page for upcoming interview schedule: (Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, and Tracy Nelson - Aug 15; Kelly Joe Phelps - Sept. 5 and more). Host: Ellen Hayman, PO Box 14108 St. Paul, MN 55114, (612) 341-3144 Ext.863

The Concert For the Minnesota Tornado Relief CD is just about finished. Stop by the Lonnie Knight & Easy Money website for information on ordering.

Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Aug 31-Sep 1, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, WI, 1-888-567-1567 (Bernard Allison, Skeeter Lewis, Lonnie Brooks, Lamont Cranston, Kelley Hunt & more)

Arkadia Records has added full audio to thier website located at:

The Rhythmdogs are a Kenosha WI. based blues band looking to book anywhere in the states and or promote their latest CD, Head Full Of Blues, check out their original music at . "We are serious about preserving the integrity of the traditional blues style." E-mail:

Just a bit of sad news that maybe other players may want to know. Keith Rood, Twin Cities keyboardist for the Church of the Epiphany, died suddenly of heart failure last Wednesday. He was a regular at the Times and the Dakota, and a great fan of jazz, especially Ellington. His memorial service in town will be on Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. at The Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Ln. North, Plymouth. Phone # is 612-559-3144.

M.C. Records, King Snake and Lightyear Entertainment have been added to the New CD Release pages. New CD's listed on the pages include: E.G. Kight, Catfish Keith, Wendy DeWitt, Wild Child Butler, Popa Chubby, Young Neal and the Vipers, Barbara Carr, King Snake Live, Ecko Records It's A Beach Thang and Juke Joint Saturday Night.

Bluestorm Records proudly announces the release of the new CD by Atlanta Blues Artist, ROGER "HURRICANE" WILSON, entitled "THE BUSINESS OF THE BLUES" on August 11, 1998. It will be available mainly at Blockbuster Music. To inquire about obtaining this CD over the internet, please send E-mail: or visit website:

Legends of the Chicago Blues perform with members of the Rolling Stones at Mick Jagger's birthday party in Paris. Quote of the day: After performing with Sumlin, Ron Wood proclaimed that "If clothes were never invented you wouldn't have models, if Hubert Sumlin wasn't invented you wouldn't have Rock & Roll."

Vanguard Records online store is now open.

PRESS RELEASE for Indigenous! Also see review.

New Pictures and a review of the Blues on the Fox Blues Festival by Chuck Winans are now posted. See pictures of John Brim, Donald Kinsey, Snooky Pryor, Jimmy Johnson, Fruteland Jackson, Shirley King, Robert Jr. Lockwood and many more!

Check out the NEW CD Releases Page featuring over 60 independent releases from blues artists from around the world as well as new CD's from many of the major blues labels. If your record label is not yet represented on Blues On Stage or if you would like your New CD Release listed on this site and included for possible review please email:

81 year old Memphis soul pioneer Rufus Thomas, best known for hits such as ``Walking the Dog,'' and ``Do The Funky Chicken,'' is recovering from triple heart-bypass surgery. He is doing fine and expected to return home later this week.

The Photo Gallery has been updated with pictures by Tom Asp, Chuck Winans and Steve Felling! More pictures will be added over the next few weeks and months.

Gun Flint Tavern, is a new club located in Grand Marais, Minnesota, 120 miles up the north shore from Duluth. Great place for summer vacation. Mel Sando will be playing there in August. The club is looking for blues bands to book. Give Jeff Gecas a call at 218-387-1563 or E-mail:

R.J. Mischo's 1998 Summer Tour Schedule!

Line up & Ticket information Announced for the Heart & Soul Benefit!

W.C. Handy Awards Pictures by Chuck Winans!

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Dave "Biscuit" Miller, bass player with Lonnie Brooks, has a new musician's planner available.

Mojo Buford has a new CD out on Blue Loon Records called "Home Is Where My Harp Is." Some great classic Chicago blues harmonica by former Muddy Waters' harp player.

Bayfront Blues Festival to celebrate 10th anniversary!

Newspaper article about this web site!

Live Concerts, with B.B. King Blues Festival, August 16, 1998., 3:30pm Pacific

Minnesota Zoo Summer Music Series!

The Blenders are an a cappella group from Fargo. Here is thier current news letter and tour schedule.

Blues On The Range festival is this weekend, June 12-14. Headline acts include: The original Blues Brothers Band w/Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn plus Eddie Floyd, Smokin' Joe Kubek, Corey Stevens, Chubby Carrier and more. Remember this is a FREE BLUES FESTIVAL located in Chisholm, MN.

Blues On The Range Press Release!

Luther Allison sweeps the major W.C. Handy Awards again this year. Allison, who was named best entertainer, also won for best contemporary male vocalist, guitarist, and contemporary album for ``Reckless.'' Luther Allison & the James Solberg Band were named best band. Go to the Live Reviews Page to see pictures and reviews of Luther's last shows. W.C. Handy Awards Web Page!

The 15th Annual Chicago Blues Festival Line-Up. The world's largest free blues festival @ Grant Park, June 4-7, 1998. (Thanks to Chicago Blues X-plosion for line-up). Discount Hotel Reservations for Chicago. Official site: Chicago Blues Festival, June 4-7, 1998.

Heat & Soul Benefit for Camp Heartland was very successful! Click Here for line-up. Click Here to see background article on Heart & Soul. Reviews and pictures will be up by the end of the month. Most touching moment on Saturay -- Bernard Allison touching his father's picture as he was doing a walk about the audience playing his guitar. Most touching moment Sunday -- Mick Sterling's set when he sang a very emotional "I'm Afraid." Highest decible rating -- all the screaming teeny boppers at the conclusion of Jonny Lang's performance.

City Pages Best of the Twin Cities 1998!

The Winners of the 1998 Minnesota Music Awards!

picture of Lang Check here for pictures of Jonny Lang and his new haircut, plus a review of the surprise appearance by "Roseville Slim" at a Twin Cities' show in April.

Thanks to Lonnie Knight for this information on the St. Peter Tornado Relief 1998.

Live Concerts features on-line music.

Canadian guitarist Johnny V (Mills) was in an auto accident May 4th. See e-mail from his wife.

Rose Cafe with Ellen Hayman on KFAI Radio.

James Solberg has a new CD out on Atomic Theory, distributed by Rounder. "L.A. Blues" is a tribute to his late friend and bandmate Luther Allison. The James Solberg Band also won the W.C. Handy Award for the past two years (1997 & 1998) for Band of the Year. Review of the 1998 19TH Annual W. C. Handy Awards. By Bev "BC" Conklin for The Delta Snake Daily Blues!

Check out the Minnesota Music Academy Guide to getting booked in the Twin Cities.

Red House Records announces the April 28, 1998 release of the new CD by Guy Davis called "You Don't Know My Mind." An excellent collection of mondern day country blues by one of the best new purveyors of that form. E-mail Red House Records:

Buddy Guy's new CD "Heavy Love!" on Silvertone Recoreds, will be released June 2nd. Produced by David Z the new CD features Steve Cropper and has one duet with Jonny Lang. A summer tour is planned with Jonny Lang. A little funk, a little grit, but all blues featuring Buddy's vocals, guitar and a nice supporting cast. My favorite cut? "Let Me Show You," a slow blues featuring a soulful Guy vocal and guitar that takes you right back to his Guitar Slim days.

The Singer's Voice, an autobiographical music series, is held every Sunday at 8:00PM at the Dakota (Bandana Square, St. Paul, 642-1442). There is also a live broadcast on KBEM 88.5 FM. Go to the Blues Calendar page to see upcoming guests. See Review of a recent show.

Announcing the Fifth Annual Northrop Jazz Season - Details on the events starting Feb. 11th. Also visit the Northrop Auditorium's Web Page

Lineup Announced for the Heart & Soul Benefit!

Luther Allison Official Press Release - Luther Allison Print Sale

1997 Blues Year in Review. Features three parts: live show highlights from the year, top ten shows of the year and a listing of blues deaths during the year.

Go to the Spotlight Archives for 1997 by clicking here.

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