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The 2007 Nothing But The Blues Fest

Matt "Little Big Man" Curry with Rooster Alley The Nothing But The Blues Festival kicked off yesterday, in a new location. The Tri Lakes area of Bloomington provided a scenic vista for one of Illinois' finest music events. Producer Eric Tapley lined up an extraordinary talent pool for this year, with Friday night featuring Rooster Alley, Dona Oxford, John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band, and "The Guitar Women" featuring Sue Foley, Debra Coleman, Roxanne Potvin
. As with all fests, discovering a previously unknown talent is always fun, and this event was no exception! A prodigal talent, 12 year old Matt "Little Big Man" Curry is a dynamo on guitar, joining the Rooster Alley band - a long running Peoria based blues quintet - for some great shomanship.

John Primer is admired by countless aspiring blues artists, Another blues master who believed in John Primer was none other than the "Hoochie Coochie Man" himself, Muddy Waters. Muddy recruited John not only as a guitarist, but also as an opening act! Joining John was harp master Deak Harp. Deak is a high-energy bluesman, and provided his accomplished solos and fills to complete the show!

Headlining the evening was the Blues Caravan 2007 "The Guitar Women" featuring Sue Foley, Debra Coleman, Roxanne Potvin
. With ten studio albums to her credit, Sue Foley (CAN) is already a blues veteran. (USA) waited until her duties as a parent were fulfilled before devoting herself to music full-time in the mid-1990s. With six albums, Deborah's earned 11 W.C. Handy Award nominations and a reputation as "one of blues music's most exciting young talents" (USA Today). The new kid on the block is Roxanne Potvin (CAN) – an exciting new talent from the French-speaking province of Quebec. Potvin began playing guitar at 15 and released a self-produced collection of original songs in 2003. The buzz that CD created led to her breakout release The Way it Feels, produced by Grammy-winner Colin Linden and featuring the all-star support of Bruce Cockburn, John Hiatt and Daniel Lanois.

Stay tuned for Day 2, in the meantime here's our gallery from Day 1 - Enjoy!!
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