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Documenting the Blues in the Mississippi Delta

Although Margo Cooper did not know it when she began more than 20 years ago, she has followed that tradition and produced a documentary project that archives the oral and visual histories of blues musicians, their families -

Willie Maes Cafe

Dan Aykroyd has just announced the establishment of Blues Brothers Records with Judy Belushi-Pisano, the widow of John Belushi. The company will distribute through Blue Note Records. Aykroyd’s main impetus is to recruit, sign, and develop new blues related talent.

The plan is for Blue Note president Don Was to tackle A&R duties for the new label while Judy Belushi functions as creative director. Eric Gardner, the Blues Brothers manager, will see to the administrative aspects of the label.

The new label is looking for new talent. Currently, artists can submit links to their video and music to:

After a long Illness, Walter Trout Announces Triumphant Return!

International Blues Challenge Winners!

CNN: National Blues Museum Among Top 10 Anticipated World Attractions

Last year the St. Louis Board of Alderman overwhelmingly approved Board Bill 328, AKA 'The Festival Bill', giving festival rights to ICM Partners, a LA based company. Now this - Memorial Day Summer Rocks Event Canceled, Future Festivals in Question?

Tom Hall and Alice Spencer gave a great showing on Beale St., representing St. Louis at the International Blues Challenge as our Duo entry, and the Kingdom Brothers advanced to the semi-finals STLiveas our Band entry! Catch them both all around town, and tell them STLBlues sent you!

Check out STLive, and live music every Friday night on Washington Ave.

Film producer Joanne Fish is working on her latest project -
Mr. Handy's Blues: A Musical Documentary. It's brought her to St. Louis to film some St. Louis artists such as John Covelli, Vince Martin, Matt Lesch and Kim Massie, Jeremiah Johnson, performing what else...Handy's song 'St. Louis Blues'!! Here's some history on W.C. Handy, known as 'The Father of the Blues.

'Grind' by Jeremiah Johnson A new review from East Side Slim - "T And A – (“Untitled, but referred to as the Kitchen Album”).

Jeremiah Johnson has a new CD,'Grind', produced by Devon Allman!

Produced right here in St. Louis, MO. by Christian Cudnik, it's the National Blues Museum radio show!

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Blues music education is a longtime endeavor here at STLBlues. We've brought the rich history of Blues to many, adults and children! From sharing Blues to the world with America's Corners, to our festival & instrument workshops, to our lectures and performances, we love it all! Admittedly, Blues in the Schools (BITS) is one of our favorite events, as it holds our record attendance -- 1,800 kids on one day!

Blues in the Schools (BITS) is one of the most recognized Blues education programs worldwide, delivered by countless Blues societies and performers/educators.

BITS crosses the disciplines of history, geography, social studies, and of course, music. Who knows...beyond creating the next generation of Blues music fans & helping to keep the Blues alive, we may even spark the next Etta James or B.B. King!

No matter what your event, contact us today at to add some Blues power! We work with the finest performers and educators in St. Louis, and across the nation.

The Blues Highway
Memories of Bessie Smith
Early history of Blues
Hip Hip to the Blues
Piano Blues History 101
Blues Harmonica, Guitar & Piano workshops
And many more!

'The Blues Highway', featuring St. Louis Blues - and the Fab Foehners

“St. Louis Public Schools music classrooms look forward to the full-scale launching of the Blues in the Schools program. The early pilot was immensely successful in both elementary and middle schools, engaging hard to reach students to participate and question the presenters, who responded with “real world” examples. The National Blues Museum’s effort to energize education about blues and blues artist’s for the next generation is dynamic and thought-provoking. We look forward to being able to expose more students to a rich musical heritage that is a uniquely American creation.” - Kaye Harrelson :: Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist, St. Louis Public Schools.

'Hip Hop to the Blues' - A BITS for the National Blues Museum

Marsha Evans and the Coalition, with Alonzo Townsend working the crowd!

"The Blues in the Schools program conducted by Dave Beardsley was a 'Train the Trainer' workshop for our Southern CORE Conference. Dave encompassed several disciplines in his presentation, from history to geography, and used Blues music to take the viewer on a timeline from the late 1800's up to today. Educational and entertaining!"
- Debi Klausing :: ECSE Teacher, Region 4 Chair Illinois Education Association.
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Damon Fowler - Sounds of Home
East Side Slim reviews the new project from Tom Hall and Alice Spencer ("T And A).
Untitled, but referred to as the "Kitchen Album"

East Side Slim reviews 'Damon Fowler – Sounds Of Ho

East Side Slim reviews
John Primer & Bob Corritore – Knockin' Around These Blues. Earns a 5 of 5 on the STLBluesometer!!

East Side Slim reviews Roomful of Blues - 45 Live

East Side Slim reviews James Cotton - Cotton Mouth Man

East Side Slim reviews Andy T – Nick Nixon Band - Drink Drank Drunk

East Side Slim reviews The Mannish Boys – Double Dynamite

Stringbean Pete reviews Dan Liston - God Used Mississippi

Eric Steiner reviews
The Big Payback

East Side Slim reviews :: Levee Town

East Side Slims latest CD review :: Bob Corritore and Friends – Harmonica Blues

East Side Slim reviews Magic Slim and the Teardrops - Bad Boy

East Side Slims latest CD review :: Little Joe McLerran – Believe I'll Make A Change

STLBlues CD Reviews :: By band/artist first name
St. Louis based bands & musicians
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Al Basile :: The TingeAlbert Castiglia :: These Are the DaysAlbert Collins :: Live At Montreux 1992/DVD & CDAlbert Cummings :: Working ManAmos Garrett, Get Way Back :: A Tribute to Percy MayfieldAna Popovic :: ANA!Antone's Home Of The Blues :: DVDArcangels :: Living in a DreamB.B. King :: Christmas Celebration of HopeB.B. King & Friends :: 80B.B. King :: Live at Montreux 1993B.B. King :: One Kind FavorBeat Daddys :: Five MoonsBernard Allison :: Energized, Live In EuropeBernie Pearl :: Old School BluesBig Daddy O :: Deranged CoversBig James and the Chicago Playboys :: The Big PaybackBig James & The Chicago Playboys :: Right Here Right NowBig Jeff Chapman :: Big Jeff's BluesBig Joe Duskin :: Big Joe Jumps Again! Bill Stuve :: Flyin' RightBilly Flynn - Billy's BluesBlack Crowes :: Warpaint LiveBlind Arvella Gray :: The singing drifterBlues Noir :: Blues, Swing, and...Blues Noir :: NoircissismBlues White AlbumBob Broozman :: Blues ReflexBob Corritore and Friends :: Harmonica Blues Bob Kirkpatric :: Drive Across TexasBob Margolin :: In North CarolinaBob Riedy Blues Band :: Late Freight Out Of ChicagoBoogie Monsters :: Live From Yo Mama’s KitchenBo-Keys :: The Royal SessionsBonnie Raitt and FriendsBrad De Hart :: Back With The Blues Brothers N’ Blues :: That’s AlrightBuckwheat Zydeco :: JackpotBud Summers :: Golden
Candye Kane :: SuperheroCanned Heat :: Live at Montreux 1973Canned Heat :: The Very Best OfCarlos del Junco :: Blues MongrelCarlos Del Junco :: Steady MovinCash Box Kings :: Holler and StompCedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm :: 2 Man Wrecking CrewCephas & Wiggins :: Shoulder to ShoulderCharlie Musslewhite :: Delta HardwareCharlie Musselwhite :: Deluxe EditionCheryl Arena :: Blues Got MeChicago Blues :: A Living HistoryChicago Blues Harmonica :: Diamonds In The RoughChicago Blues ReunionChris Cotton :: I Watched The Devil DieChris James and Patrick Rynn :: Stop And Think About ItChris Thomas King :: Red Mud SessionsC.J. Chenier :: The Desperate Kingdom of LoveCoco Montoya :: Dirty DealConnie and the Choirboys :: Red-Headed Rhythm & BluesCorey Stevens :: AlbertvilleCorky Siegel’s Traveling Chamber Blues Show!Cream :: Royal Albert Hall, LondonCurtis Salgado :: Soul ShotDarrell Nulisch :: Just For YouDavid Egan :: You Don't Know Your MindDavid Gilmour :: Live in GdanskDean Hall and The Loose Eels :: Shed My SkinDelta Highway :: The Devil Had A WomanDennis Jones :: Passion For The BluesDerek Trucks Band :: SonglinesDog Town :: No Ordinary BlueDoug Deming & the Jewel Tones :: Double DownDuke Robillard :: A Swingin' Session With Duke RobillardEddy The Chief Clearwater :: West Side StrutElvin Bishop :: Don't let the bossman get you downElvin Bishop :: The Blues Rolls On Eric Bibb :: Diamond DaysEric Bibb :: FriendsEric Clapton :: Crossroads Guitar Festival Eric Clapton :: Live at Montreux 1986Eric Lindell :: Change In The WeatherFabulous Thunderbirds :: Painted On Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers :: LUCKY 13Filisko & Noden - LIVEFillmore Slim :: Funky Mama's HouseFloyd Lee Band :: Doctors, Devils & DrugsFremonts featuring Mighty Joe Milsap :: Mighty CrazyFrom Clarksdale to Heaven :: Remembering John Lee Hooker Gary Gordon :: Real BluesGary Moore :: Close As You GetGary Moore :: Definitive MontreuxGary Moore :: Essential MontreuxGeorge Thorogood and the Destroyers :: Hard StuffGerome Durham :: I'm Not That StrongGina Sicilia :: Hey SugarGrandpa Elliot :: Sugar SweetGuy Forsyth :: Love Songs: For & AgainstGuy Forsyth :: SteakGroundhogs :: Live At The AstoriaHarper :: Down to the RhythmHarry Manx :: Mantras For MadmenHollywood Blue Flames :: Soul SanctuaryHolmes Brothers :: State Of GraceHomemade Jamz Blues Band :: I Got Blues For You & The GameHomemade Jamz Blues Band :: Pay Me No MindHomesick for the Road :: Neal, Davies, BenoitHomesick James :: My home ain't hereHoneyBoy Dupree & The Smokehouse Players :: Anybody Seen My Baby?
Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm - Here and NowJack's Blues :: A Soulful Tribute To Jack Buck Jackie Payne & Steve Edmonson Band :: Overnight SensationJake Austin & The City Limits :: Country SoulJaniva Magness :: Do I Move YouJason Ricci and New Blood :: Done With The DevilJD & The Straight Shot :: Nothing To HideJeff Beck :: Live At Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club Jeff Beck :: TruthJeff Healey :: Mess Of BluesJeff Healey :: Songs from the roadJeff Scheetz Band :: Beggars, Rogues & Thieves Jim Byrnes :: My Walking StickJim Liban and Steve Cohen :: Hot AirJim Liban Blues Trio :: Hot Tongue and Cold ShoulderJimbo Mathus :: Double DoseJimi Bott :: Live Volume 1 Cheap ThrillsJimi Hendrix :: BluesJimi Hocking :: Give Jimi Some Love!Jimmy Dawkins :: Tell Me BabyJimmy 'Duck' Holmes :: Back to BentoniaJimmy Reed :: On the Jimmy Reed highwayJimmy Smith :: Dot Com Blues Joe Louis Walker :: Playin DirtyJoe Price :: Rain or ShineJohn Kay :: Heretics and PrivateersJohn Lee Hooker Jr. :: Blues With A VengeanceJohn Lee Hooker :: Boom BoomJohn Lee Hooker :: Boxed SetJohn Lee Hooker, Jr. :: Cold As IceJohn Long :: Lost & Found John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers :: Road DogsJohn Németh :: Love Me TonightJohn Nemeth :: Magic TouchJohn Nemeth :: Name The Day!Jr. Johnny :: Dancing With the DevilKeb' Mo' :: Martin Scorsese PresentsKen Tucker :: Looking For A Brighter DayKenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne :: Can't Stop Now Kenny Traylor :: TributeKenny Wayne Shepherd :: 10 DAYS OUT King Clarentz :: Day of the Supermodel
Larry Davis :: Funny StuffLauren Ellis :: Feels Like FamilyLegendary Rhythm & Blues Revue :: Command Performance Legends Live at Montreux 1997Levee Town :: Levee TownLil Ed and the Blues Imperials :: Full Tilt Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials :: Jump StartLil Ed & the Blues Imperials :: RattleshakeLittle Feat :: Skin It BackLittle Joe McLerran :: Believe I'll Make A ChangeLiz Mandeville :: Red TopLos Fabulocos :: Featuring Kid RamosLos Lonely Boys :: Live at the Blues Cat ClubLos Lonely Boys :: SacredLos Lonely Boys :: Texican StyleLynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama :: Rockpalast CollectionMac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues:: Nothin’ To ProveMack Jump :: Drivin' All NightMagic Slim & The Teardrops :: Anything Can HappenMagic Slim and The Teardrops :: Bad BoyMagic Slim & The Teardrops :: Midnight Blues Mannish Boys :: Double DynamiteMarcia Ball :: Peace, Love, and BBQMarc Benno :: Crawlin'Mark Benno :: I Got It Bad!Mark DuFresne :: Been Watchin' YouMark Hummel :: Blowin' my hornMatt Schofield Trio :: Ear To The GroundMatthew Robinson :: Bad habitsMem Shannon :: I’m From PhunkvilleMichael Burks :: From the Inside OutMichael Burks :: Iron ManMichael Hill's Blues Mob :: BloodlinesMichael Powers :: Onyx RootMighty Lester Band :: We Are Mighty LesterMike Morgan and The Crawl :: Stronger Every DayMike Zito :: TodayMississippi Heat :: Hattiesburg BluesMississippi Mudsharks :: Train Rolls OnMitch Kashmar :: Nickels & DimesMitch Kashmar :: Wake Up & WorryMitch Woods :: Keeper of the FlameMojo Stu :: Real House BluesMonster Mike Welch :: Just Like It IsMoody Blues :: Live At The Isle Of Wight FestivalMoreland & Arbuckle :: 1861Mud Morganfield :: Fall Waters Fall Muddy Waters :: King BeeMurali Coryell :: The Same Damn Thing Nathan James :: I Don't Know ItNathan James & Ben Hernandez :: Make a Change SometimeNiacin :: Live! In Tokyo (DVD)Nick Moss & The Flip Tops :: Live At Chans Nick Moss & The Flip Tops :: Play It
Octavia & The Earthblood Blues Band :: Down In The HollowOmar & The Howlers :: Boogie ManOmar & The Howlers :: Muddy Springs RoadOtis Rush & FriendsOtis Taylor :: Below The FoldPaul Reddick :: SugarbirdPaul Reddick :: The Best OfPaul Reddick :: VillanellePeter Karp & Sue Foley :: Beyond the CrossroadsPhillip Walker :: Going Back HomePinetop Perkins Story :: Born in the honeyPlaying For Change :: Songs Around the WorldPorky Cohen :: Rhythm and BonesRay Charles w/ Count Basie :: Ray sings, Basie swingsRay Charles - Genius :: The Ultimate CollectionRay Charles :: 'Live in Brazil' DVDReturn To Forever :: Live At Montreux 2008Reverend Raven :: LIVE AT BLUES ON GRAND Featuring Madison SlimReverend Raven :: Big BeeRich DelGrosso :: Get Your Nose Outta My Business!Rick Estrin :: On The Harp SideRick Estrin and The Nightcats :: One Wrong TurnRick Estrin :: Rick Estrin Reveals! Rick Estrin and The Nightcats :: TwistedRicky Nye :: Ville du Bois - Ricky Nye In ParisRJ Mischo :: He Came To Play Robert Cray Band :: TwentyRobert Jr. Lockwood with The AcesRobert Plant :: DreamlandRobert Randolph & THB :: UnclassifiedRobin Rogers :: Back In The Fire Robin Rogers :: Treat Me RightRod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers :: The Chosen WhoRolling Stones :: A Bigger BangRolling Stones :: Truth and Lies DVD Ron McManaman :: AlibisRon Spencer & Jump Start :: Livin ' LowRoomful of Blues :: Standing Room OnlyRory Gallagher :: Live In CorkRory Gallagher The Best Of: Crest Of A WaveRoscoe Beck :: Walk On
Saffire :: Deluxe Edition Saffire :: Havin' The Last WordSamuel James :: Songs Famed For Sorrow And JoySean Costello Sean Costello :: We can get togetherSeth Walker :: Leap Of FaithSiegel-Schwall Band :: 'flash forward'Sleepy John Estes with Hammie Nixon :: On 80 HighwaySlick Ballinger :: Mississippi SoulSmokin Joe Kubek & Bnois King :: Blood Brothers Solomon Burke :: Make Do With What You GotSon House :: Delta Blues and Spirituals Sonny Landreth :: Grant StreetSteve Guyger :: Radio Blues Steve Gerard and The National Debonaires :: Words are like bullets Steve Howell :: My Mind Gets To RamblinSteven Seagal & Thunderbox :: Mojo PriestStew Moss :: The Plum Stuff :: Live At MontreuxSue Foley :: Without a warningSue Foley :: New Used Car Sugarcane Collins :: Way Down The RiverSusan Tedechi :: livefromaustintexasTas Cru :: Grizzle n' BoneTelarc's Got More Blues :: New Blues for 2000The Band :: The Last Waltz The Insomniacs :: At Least I'm Not With YouThin Lizzy :: Are You Ready?This Is The Blues :: Volumes I, II, III & IVTinsley Ellis :: HighwaymanTinsley Ellis :: Speak No EvilTom Hunter :: Here I Go AgainTripwire :: Get It OnTutu Jones :: Live

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National Blues Museum

The construction is underway at the National Blues Museum - it's really happening!

Buck Up for the BluesKSDK is following the progress of the National Blues Museum!

Actor John Goodman shows his support for the new National Blues Museum

NATIONAL BLUES MUSEUM ANNOUNCES MAJOR DONATION TO CAPITAL CAMPAIGN - "The country’s only national museum devoted to Blues music to open in St. Louis"

• Check out all of the National Blues Museum (NBM) videos on the NBM YouTube channel, including this one created by students at Ladue H.S!

The National Blues Museum sent 10 St. Louis kids to the White House, as part of “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues".

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Of all the things music does, and it does many things, it's a means to help others.
At STLBlues we are community focused, socially minded blues lovin' folks....

STLBlues is involved with:
Siteman Cancer Center
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Play It Forward
New Orleans fundraiser & instrument drive
Lindenwood University
The Grammy's
The Blues Foundation
St. Louis CVC (Convention and Visitors Commission)

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The Jeremiah Johnson band is going places and I am proud to say I brought them to the White Mountain Boogie on the East coast FIRST! DO NOT miss the chance to see them live!"
- Brad Benton, producer of the 'Boogie", the 2012 KBA Recipient for Best US Blues Festival

“The audience response to Marquise Knox was unbelievable. He rocked the house!”
- COCA (Center Of Contemporary Arts) St. Louis, Mo.

“The Voodoo Blues Band did a great job......people here are starved for top shelf bands like this!” 
- Cruise, Blues, and BBQ Festival  - Taylorville Il.

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