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    Bluesletter of Natchel Blues Network Vol. 30 No. 4 July/August 2014Bluesletter of the Natchel Blues Network Vol. 32 No. 5 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016

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    Catch 2016 Blues Music Award Nominee Slam Allen, Forrest McDonald, and many 757 artists at The Big Bluesy on Sept. 17 & 18!

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    ContentsNBN International Blues

    Challenge ............................4

    Concert Reviews ......................5

    Letter to the Editor .................6

    Blues Bits, Blues Radio shows,

    Blues Birthdays ...................7

    CD Reviews ......................... 8-9

    Blues Vinyl Flashback ........... 10

    Blues Heaven ...................... 11

    NBN Membership Form ........13

    Company Members ............. 14

    Recipient of the Keeping The Blues Alive Award for Blues Organization of the Year 1998

    Natchel Blues NetworkP.O. Box 1773

    Norfolk, VA 23501-1773

    NBN LeadershipNBN Board, Officers and Committee Chairs:Steve White - PresidentNick Vandergrift - Vice PresidentFran Kidder Treasurer (non-Board member)Open - Secretary

    The current Board members also include Jim Kidder and Dr. Joe Smith (NBN Facebook Page). From the Bylaws, the chairs and descriptions of the standing committees:

    Legal/Bylaws Chair (Open)Its purpose shall be to review the Bylaws annually, receive and record proposed regard to legal commitments entered into by the Corporation (the NBN). Finance/Fundraising Chair (Open)Members include Treasurer and grants writer. Its purpose shall be to oversee the financial affairs of the corporation, including the raising, receipt and allocation of funds (including merchandise.) Publicity Chair (Open)Its purpose shall be to promote the Corporation and distribute infor-mation about the Corporations activities, i.e., press releases, bulletins, posters flyers, newsletters (Blues News), etc. The Publicity Committee also manages the NBNs digital media. Future/Special Events Chair (Deb Malenda)Its purpose shall be to make recommendations to and receive recommendations from the membership regarding special events and be responsible for planning and implementing activities for the Corporation. Works closely with grant writer. Membership Chair (LeeAnn Brooks)Its purpose shall be solicitation of new members and efforts toward retention of present members. Works closely with the Publicity Committee.

    Please consider joining (or leading) one of these committees. We all need to work together while having fun so the NBN may continue to flourish! Dont forget that all NBN members are warmly welcomed to attend the board meetings! Theyre held the first Thurs-day of every month, 7PM, at the Pretlow Library in Ocean View. Its where Granby dead-ends into OV. If heading up Granby, veer to the left at that intersection, then immediately swing to the right into the parking lot. To find the meeting room, turn left at the desk and go straight back. At the August meeting, it was fantastic to see such a great turnout of long-time members past officers, board members and musicians! Everyone provided excellent, thoughtful advice and feedback. Thats just what the NBN needs: conversation, participation, and ideas for new events. Hope to see YOU there next month lets all keep moving upward and onward, Keepin the Blues Alive!

    BLUES NEWSPublished bi-monthly by the NBN, Inc. 2016

    All Rights Reserved.

    BLUES NEWSThe official publication of the Natchel Blues

    Network, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, run by volunteers dedicated to

    promoting the blues as Americasone true musical art form.

    EDITORBeth Jarock


    DESIGN & LAYOUTAnne Bousquet


    Cathy Dixson


    Dr. Joe Smith, Willie Stephens, Bobby BlackHat Walterss

    2016 NBN BOARD OF DIRECTORSJim Kidder, Dr. Joseph G. Smith, Nick Vandergrift, Steve White

    2016 OFFICERSPresident - Steve White

    Vice President - Nick Vandergrift Treasurer - Fran Kidder

    Secretary - Open

    The views & opinions expressed in this publication by individual writers are not necessarily the opinions of NBN or Blues News. The staff cannot guaran-

    tee the return of submitted material. Dates, times and venues are subject to change without notice.

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    NBNs International Blues Challenge


    On July 24th, the NBN held its International Blues Challenge competition at Papa Ciccios Italian Restaurant in Hampton. 2016 International Blues Chal-lenge Finalist, Bobby BlackHat Walters, served as the event co-ordinator and emcee. Entries in the solo/duo category included Dara Jones & Jon Spear, Ruth

    Wyand, and the Campbell Ste-vens Project. The band entries were Jonny Waters & Company, Bluzhammer, and the Billy Joe Trio. The Campbell Stevens Project and Billy Joe Trio took top honors in front of an enthu-siastic crowd and will represent the NBN at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis,

    TN, January 31-February 4, 2017. The International Blues Challenge represents an inter-national search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations (mostly blues societies) for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to perform on a national stage, but

    just need that extra break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Founda-tion has the right to send a band and solo/duo act to represent the organization at the IBC on Beale Street in Memphis, TN.

    Bobby BlackHat Walters

    Please see additional photos on the inside back cover.

    PHOTOS 2016


    Ruth Wyand

    Jonny Waters, Jonny Waters & Co.

    The judges: Mike Holtzclaw, Daily Press; Larry Burwell; and Bill Big Dog Van Elburg

    Jon Spear of Dara Jones & Jon Spear

    Cole Stevens, Campbell Stevens Project

    Shayna Walters, Time Keeper

    Albert Wood, drummer, Jonny Waters & Co

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    Man, this place was loaded with peopleseveral hundredon a hot summer hump-day night. I ventured out across the street to hear some good local music and these guys did not disappoint. Sponsored by award-winning YNot, known for their great food and stunning selection of local mi-crobrews, this party in the plaza is fun for everyone. The festival area is located in the grassy knoll on Commerce Street, flanked on one side by McCormick & Schmicks (plush West Coast Steak and Seafood restaurant with indoor

    Let me just say I was real happy walking out of there. These guys played for 2 hours straight with no talking or stories. Let me just say that Susan Tedeschi has a voice that is out of this world and can play a guitar quite well, also. I have been listening to Susan for 20 years but I had no idea that she was THAT good! The concert ended with 2 drummers playing a cover of Santanas Soul Sacrifice that went a full 10-minutes long. Then they came back and did an encore of Joe Cockers version of Get By With a Little Help From My Friends, and all I could say

    H.M. Johnson BandYNot Wednesdays - Town Center, Virginia Beach 7/20/16 7pm

    Tedeschi/Trucks, Los Lobos, Mississippi All-StarsBethel Woods Bethel, NY 7/20/16

    Concert Reviews

    and outdoor seating and dozen different type of oysters). On the other side we have the trendy Twist martini bar, which offers a variety of old-school elixirs and outdoor seating to boot. Both of these places would be great to pre-game or actually watch the show from an outdoor table or booth. But if you really want to get up on in it, you need to get up closer to the stage, which is quite easy in this open venue. Stand, sit, dance, or bring a chairhave it your way here! Or be Mack Daddy and get a VIP table. We were able to get

    was holy sh@t! Now, Derek Trucks -- hes a picker, and can play the hell out of a guitar, which isnt surprising considering his dad Butch played with the All-man Brothers back in the day as a drummer. This band of 13 mem-bers was keeping it hot, which was good since the temps were in the 50s and many people were wear-ing winter coats. But this place was PACKED. The horn section was unbelievable -- outrageous sax, and they even played the flute, which was insane because I havent heard anyone in the blues use a flute in years. I just gotta keep saying this

    front, side, and back views of the band from high-five distance. The Sandler Center doubles as a rest-room for these events and you can watch the band from the rear, on the inside, in the a/c, if you hear me. Im wiping my head just think-ing of it because it was hot this night. So as I got up close I noticed that the bass player was rocking the 6-string bass. That made the whole thing even better. And he was thumpin it away. As HMJB rolled through some sets of The Blues, I was grooving as I watched

    concert was REALLY good. I am glad I decided to goso much so that I went home and listened to my old Tedeschi/Trucks CDs and gained a whole new appreciation for them. It