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Sunday October 14th, 2007
Noon until 6:00pm

Free to members of the Sacramento Blues Society and only $5.00 to non-SBS members!  Come join us for the best blues show of the year as area member bands compete for $1,000 winner's prize and a trip to Memphis to compete in the Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge -- the largest gathering of unsigned blues bands in the world!

Noon - 12:30 PM Jeramy Norris Band Stage 1
12:30 - 1:00 PM Marshal Wilkerson and Smoked Sugar Stage 2
1:00 - 1:3O PM Twice As Good Stage 1
1:30 - 2:00 PM Leo Boots and the South Side Shuffle Stage 2
2:00 - 2:30 PM Chris Martinez Band Stage 1
2:30 - 3:00 PM Jeff Watson Band Stage 2
3:30 - 4:00 PM Matty T. Band Stage 1
4:00 - 4:30 PM Delta Wires Stage 2
4:30 - 5:00 PM Used Blues Band Stage 1
5:00 - 5:30 PM Steve Foster Band Stage 2
5:30 - 6:00 PM Judges' Review and Announcement of Winners  

The Ballroom
Clarion Hotel
2600 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA
(916) 416-9689
Saturday - November 10, 2007   2:00PM - 4:00PM
Band Winner's Show
The "Legendary" Torch Club
905 15th Street
Sacramento, CA
(916) 443-2797



What:  The 9th Annual Central Valley Blues Festival

When:  Saturday and Sunday October 6th & 7th, 2007
Show starts at 11:00am and runs until 6:30pm both days

Where:  Merced County Courthouse Park, 20th & N Streets, Merced, CA

This year's event features live music, food, drink and craft vendors plus our annual car show.  We also have our supervised children's play area and bounce house.  We will also host an after event jam Saturday night at the Legion Hall on Main Street, Downtown Merced.

Tickets are $20.00 per day and will be available at highsierratickets.com as well as at the gate on the day of the event.  Children 12 and under are free.  For more information, call the hotline at 209-383-4958 or go to our website at centralvalleybluesfestival.com  CVBF is a non-profit organization.  Partial proceeds go to local charities.  We also sponsor the "Blues in the Schools" Program, this year featuring Nat Dove.

Our theme this year is "West Coast Rockin' Blues and Cruise"

The Lineup:

Mike Hammer and the Nails
Deja Blues
Daniel Castro
West Fresno Blues Review Featuring:
    Hosea Levy
    Joe "Boy" Walton
    Johnny Da Doo Wilson
    Chris Millar

SUNDAY, Oct. 7th
Big Nation
Ron Hacker and the Hacksaws
Anthony Paule Featuring Mz. Dee & Nancy Wright on Sax
Mitch Woods and the Rocket 88s

Darrell E. Angle

b. April 20, 1958
d. September 23, 2007


There are generally two types of harmonica players:  Ones who have amazing technique, and those who play with intense feeling.  Gary Primich was both.  The great blues player, whose appearances in Europe brought out harmonica aficionados in droves, died Sunday, ex-wife Tina Rosenzwieg confirmed.  An announcement of his death was also posted on his Web site.  He was 49.  The cause of death has not been released.

"Gary was the sweetest, smartest, hardest-working harp player in the world", said Rosenzwieg, who met Primich when they were students at the University of Indiana.  Although the couple divorced after several years, they remained close.

A native of Gary, Indiana, Primich moved to Austin in the mid 80s after a single visit to Antone's.  He formed the Mannish Boys with former Frank Zappa drummer Jimmy Carl Black but achieved his greatest success as a solo artist.  His 1995 album "Mr. Freeze" was named one of the 20 best blues albums of the 90s by Chicago weekly New City.  He recorded eight albums in all for such labels as Antone's, Black Top, Amazing and Flying Fish.

Although he was based in Austin the past two decades, Primich made most of his money playing overseas, as a solo artist or while touring with bands such as Omar and the Howlers.

"He had established himself all over the world as one of the most technically proficient harmonica players", said his friend and fellow harp-blower Ted Roddy.  "He wrote great instrumentals that leaned toward organ jazz.  It was like Jimmy Smith, only on harmonica."

For Immediate Release
August 21, 2007


Sunday, September 2, 2007  8 PM
The Crossroads

Fresno, CA - One Valley family will be the focus of this year's 9th Annual Light the Night which is sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The Clifton family, of Fresno, has been designated as this year's honoree family for the event and for the family the honor is bitter sweet.

Earlier this year, Bill and Judy Clifton lost their only son, Marty Clifton, to Leukemia at the age of 27.  Bill is a musician and is the lead guitar player for local favorites, The MoFo Party Band.  To raise awareness about Light the Night and to honor Marty, the family is sponsoring a local blues show.

"We wanted to put together a show that would pay tribute to Marty.  He loved music and was a musician", said Bill Clifton.  "This event will allow us to keep Marty's fight alive and educate the community on Leukemia and other blood related cancers."

Marty was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in November of 2005.  Just before his diagnosis, Marty also found out that he was going to be a father.  On May 15, 2006 Marty became a dad to a little girl named Violet Lynn Clifton, but sadly passed away before her first birthday.

Marty was also given the key to the City of Fresno in 2006, one of the only keys given to a Valley resident by Mayor Allen Autry.  Clifton stated his son felt the key was a symbol of his fight and the battle that so many others like him were facing.

"It was a real honor having the key to the city presented to my son, it really gave him hope.  At that time in his life it gave him the strength to just keep fighting.  He was very touched", said Clifton.

The show will be on Sunday, September 2nd at The Crossroads (3315 N. Cedar, Fresno).  The show will include favorite local bands such as the Mercury Blues Band and The MoFo Party Band.  Show starts at 8:00 p.m.  The cost of the show is $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Clifton Family Light the Night Team.

The 9th Annual Light the Night will be held on Saturday, October 6th at Fresno State.  For more information on how you can join the Clifton Team or if you would like to donate visit:  www.active.com/donate/ltnFresno/2252_dixie2

For more information, contact:
Karen Clifton (559) 307-9496
Judy Clifton (559) 259-8659

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

From Patti Carlise, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's Entertainment Arts Liaison:

"I am happy to say that Mayor Gavin Newsom is declaring September 5th, 2007, 'Ron Thompson Day'.  We will be celebrating this at Biscuits and Blues and I want to give the Mayor a time to stop by.

We have also declared July 8, 2007 to Kenney Dale Johnson (Kenney is on tour a lot so we did it anyway cause we love him--last year we gave a day to Tommy Castro).  We are proud to proclaim days to these musicians because of their wonderful work and contribution.  Mayor Newsom has been trying to acknowledge musicians and we will be appointing a music task force to pump up the music scene here and Dick Bright will be the Director.  Ron will be performing at our 40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love on September 2nd as well."

THANK YOU, MAYOR NEWSOM, PATTI CARLISE, AND THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO!  San Francisco's "Ron Thompson Day" is going to be a day-long festival of music and fun!  We invite all Resistors and Resistorettes to join us in this very special celebration!

Last Call @ Zapps Park
Saturday, July 14, 2007  9 PM

A special show this Saturday, July 14 at Last Call @ Zapp's Park to honor a true blues legend, Hosea Leavy.

Here's the low down from Chris Millar:

Yes, the Hosea Leavy show is gonna happen.  It will be a night to appreciate Hosea's life in music.  He'll be 80 this year and with his current health issues this is a good time to wish him well and show him that he is not forgotten.  There will be a select group of musicians including Johnny "Da-Doo" Wilson and Joe "Boy" Walton performing.  The A.C. Myles Band will be the hosts for the evening festivities.

Hosea Leavy is the "Granddaddy of the Fresno Blues Musicians".  He comes from a deep tradition of Blues singers and musicians in Arkansas.  Hosea played bass on one of the biggest selling blues records of all time, "Cummins Prison Farm", which was sung by his brother Calvin Leavy who is currently incarcerated at Cummins.

Hosea has toured Europe several times and has recorded many fine records.  He has been a featured performer and a valued sideman as well.  He has played in the bands of Albert King, Larry Davis, Willie Cobbs, and Sonny Boy Williamson just to name a few.  Plus, this year Hosea will be a featured artist along with The Carter Bros., Fillmore Slim, Da-Doo, and the A.C. Myles Band as a part of the "Blues Farm Revue" at the San Francisco Blues Festival.

Please spread the word that one of our Blues Elders is to be saluted for all the great music he has given to us over the years.  Hosea has been a real trooper down through the years.  Let's all come out and support a very deserving blues artist.

Thanks Chris.  See you there.

b. November 14, 1936
d. May 6, 2007


"Raucous and exuberant in the great Chicago tradition ... tender introspection, emotional complexity, sensitivity and tonal control."

"A blues harp master, Carey Bell has jaw-dropping technique…stunning intensity, elegantly lowdown."

Blues harmonica master Carey Bell died on May 6, 2007 of heart failure in his hometown of Chicago, IL.  He was 70.  Bell - the 1998 winner of the Blues Music Award for Traditional Male Artist Of The Year - was a veteran of both Muddy Waters' and Willie Dixon's bands as well as an award-winning solo artist, and a guest artist on countless blues recordings.  Bell's classic, funky and deeply soulful blues place him firmly on the short list of blues harmonica superstars.

Bell was one of the very few harmonica players who didn't learn his craft by listening to old records, but by studying directly under his teachers Big Walter Horton, Little Walter Jacobs and Sonny Boy Williamson II.  It didn't take long for Bell to develop his signature "chopped" harmonica phrasing and deep-blues style.

Carey Bell Harrington was born in Macon, Mississippi on November 14, 1936.  A fan of Louis Jordan, Bell originally wanted a saxophone, but economic realities forced his grandfather to buy him a harmonica instead.  He taught himself to play by the time he was eight, and began playing professionally with his godfather, pianist Lovie Lee, when he was 13.  In 1956, Lee convinced Carey that Chicago was the place to be for aspiring bluesmen, and on September 12, 1956 they arrived.  Almost immediately, Bell went to see Little Walter perform at the Club Zanzibar at 14th and Ashland.  The two became friends and Walter delighted in showing the youngster some of his tricks.  Carey went on to meet and learn from Sonny Boy Williamson II, but it was Big Walter Horton who really inspired him and became his mentor.

Carey learned his lessons well but by the late 1950s and early 1960s the gigs were drying up for harp players as the electric guitar began to take over as the predominant instrument of Chicago blues.  Bell decided to increase his worth by becoming a bass player (learning the ropes from Hound Dog Taylor).  He quickly mastered the instrument and began getting gigs as a bassist with Honeyboy Edwards, Johnny Young, Eddie Taylor, Earl Hooker and Big Walter.  While playing bass in Big Walter's band, Bell studied every harp trick in the book first-hand from one of the all-time great harmonica players.

Bell, back on harp full-time, recorded behind Earl Hooker in 1968 for Arhoolie.  By 1969 Bell was fronting his own band.  His friend, harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite brought him over to Bob Koester at Delmark Records in 1969, who promptly signed Bell and recorded CAREY BELL'S BLUES HARP.  Bell spent 1971 traveling and recording with Muddy Waters (he can be heard on Muddy's THE LONDON SESSIONS and UNK IN FUNK albums on Chess).  Willie Dixon chose Bell for the featured role in his Chicago Blues All-Stars, with whom Bell worked regularly throughout the 1970s, both touring and recording.

Even though Dixon kept Carey busy, Bell still found time for his own projects.  In 1972 he teamed up with his friend Big Walter and recorded what was to be Alligator Records' second-ever release, BIG WALTER HORTON WITH CAREY BELL.  In 1973 he made a solo album, LAST NIGHT, for ABC Bluesway and was featured in 1978 on Alligator's Grammy-nominated LIVING CHICAGO BLUES series (both with his own band and playing behind Lovie Lee).

By the 1980s Bell had established himself worldwide as a giant among blues harmonica players.  He recorded albums as a leader and as a sideman for a variety of labels both in the United States and Europe, and was constantly playing live.  In 1990 Bell, along with fellow harpslingers Junior Wells, James Cotton and Billy Branch, got together and recorded the Blues Music Award-winning Alligator album, HARP ATTACK!.

In 1995, Bell's very first full-length solo album on Alligator, DEEP DOWN, secured his reputation as modern blues legend.  His follow-ups, 1997's GOOD LUCK MAN (which received an Blues Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year), and 2004's SECOND NATURE (an acoustic album recorded with his guitarist/vocalist son Lurrie Bell), pushed the blues farther out with Bell's rich vocabulary of deep grooves and contemporary sounds.  Most recently, in 2007, Delmark Records released GETTIN' UP LIVE, a CD/DVD featuring Bell once again performing with his son Lurrie.

Funeral arrangements are still pending. Bell fathered 15 children and is survived by 10.

b. January 31, 1952
d. March 7, 2007

by Paul de Barros
Seattle Times jazz critic

Paul deLay, a top Northwest blues performer nominated three times for a prestigious W.C. Handy award, died Wednesday. He was 55.

The Portland singer was hospitalized Monday with what he thought was a bronchial infection.  Doctors discovered he had leukemia which, along with kidney and liver failure, were the causes of death.

An imposing but genial man, Mr. deLay had a history of chronic health problems associated with his weight.

Once described by The Washington Post as "one of the finest songwriters around," Mr. deLay was a distinctive vocalist and played harmonica in a personal, jazz-influenced style.

"He was known all over the world as an icon for harp," said Marlee Walker, editor of the Northwest magazine Blues to Do.

Mr. deLay's longtime guitarist, Peter Dammann, said: "I don't know anybody that's played that instrument who has gotten as deep an emotional connection as he did.  He seemed to pull notes out of such a deep place in himself."

Mr. deLay played both the traditional diatonic blues harmonica and the chromatic instrument associated with jazz.

Raised in Milwaukie, Oregon, outside Portland, by bohemian parents who had an eclectic record collection, Mr. deLay heard classical, folk and jazz from a young age.

Jazz lyricism leaked into Mr. deLay's melodic harmonica style and he was resistant to being typecast as a blues revivalist.

After leading the legendary '70s Northwest blues band Brown Sugar, he started the Paul deLay Band in 1978 and also toured with Chicago pianist Sunnyland Slim and guitarist Hubert Sumlin.  By 1988, he had recorded several albums on his own label including: "Teasin'," "American Voodoo" " and "Burnin'."

Just as his career was taking off, Mr. deLay and his wife, Peggy, were arrested for dealing cocaine.  He served most of a 41-month sentence in the early '90s in the federal minimum-security prison in Sheridan, Oregon, where he wrote more than 40 songs.

After prison, a national label, Evidence, issued his "Take It From the Turnaround" and "Ocean of Tears."  Since then, he has been a regular on the international festival circuit (Monterey, Ann Arbor, Europe).  He appeared in Seattle in December at the Highway 99 Blues club.

"We were down in Mexico a week ago, then in Klamath Falls on Saturday," Dammann said.  "He seemed fine, a little hoarse from the bronchial thing.  But he was in good form, good spirits. He went out swinging."

Mr. deLay often used self-deprecating humor in his lyrics.  Two of his originals were "Could We Just Shoot Your Husband?" (unreleased) and the classic, "Fourteen dollars in the Bank."  "Chalk and Roll" evoked the feeling of a pool hall to a tee.

Besides the blues, Mr. deLay's other passion was baseball.

"When we would be on the road and you'd give him a choice to listening to some blues he loved and a ballgame," recalled Dave Kahl, Mr. deLay's bass player, "he would say he could always revisit the blues, but he couldn't revisit the game."

Mr. deLay is survived by his wife, Megan, of Portland; his sister Laura, also of Portland; his sister Donna deLay, of Battle Ground, Clark County; his daughter, Rainy, 23, and one grandson, both of Portland.

Copyright © 2007 The Seattle Times Company



Webcast LIVE on the award winning "Bruce Latimer TV Show"
Wednesday, January 17, 2007  9 PM PST
Visit the webcast link:  www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=37323m

Ron wants EVERYONE to join him at his National CD Release Party for "Resonator", Ron's new solo CD!  You don't have to be in the Bay Area to tune in to Bruce's TV Show.  You don't even have to leave home!  Just set your computer speakers to HIGH and enjoy!  Bruce is dedicating the full hour of his show to Ron.  Ron will play cuts off the new CD and be joined later by his Resistors.  Bruce will interview Ron as well -- don't miss it!.

Repeats of the webcast will be available online for three months through the link above.

Two sneak samples from "Resonator" are now available online -- "Oh Bye Bye" and "Sugar Ain't Sweet No More" can be heard by visiting Ron's electronic press kit and going to the AUDIO link:  www.sonicbids.com/RonThompsonHisResistors

Everything you hear is all Ron -- guitar, mandolin, piano, vocals!

"Resonator" will be available for purchase after January 17th through Ron's website:  www.rtblues.com

If you would rather pick up an autographed copy -- and hear Ron live in person, please join us at one of Ron's upcoming CD Release Parties in California.  More party performances will be scheduled, so be sure to check Ron's online calendar as well.

January 19, 8 PM & 10 PM, Biscuits and Blues, San Francisco
January 31, 8 PM, No Name Bar (SOLO), Sausalito
February 3, 8 PM, McGrath's Pub (SOLO), Alameda
February 10, 7 PM, Mission Coffee Roasting Company (SOLO), Fremont
February 23, 6 PM, Poor House Bistro (SOLO), San Jose
April 14, 9 PM, The Torch Club, Sacramento


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