Thursday, April 22, 2010


Underworld Records is releasing Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch on April 21st - Upside Your Head.

Too Slim and the Taildraggers are out on tour in support of their 2009 releases - the Billboard Charting Free Your Mind and the live release by Burnside Records, Time to Live.
New summer festival tour dates are to be announced in the next few weeks, but confirmed are July 13 & 14 performances at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest (July 6-18) in Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat are up for Best Blues Rock Album at the BMA awards in Memphis on May 6th... congratulations, Jim!

Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! have a release in June, titled Big Rockin' Boogie.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010


OTTAWA – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010 – The Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) announced today that submissions are now open for the 2010 edition of this increasingly popular event. For more information please visit or .

The SIXTH ANNUAL CFMAs invites all Canadian folk, roots and world musicians to submit now for the 2010 awards. The evening gala – which will be held at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre in Winnipeg on Saturday, November 20th – will celebrate excellence in the Canadian folk music scene today. Canadian artists who have released recordings between June 15, 2009 and June 14, 2010 are eligible to submit their work. For complete details on eligibility, applications and criteria, please visit

ARTISTS WISHING TO SUBMIT can now apply directly online or by downloading the submissions form at and each artist can apply to multiple categories appropriate to their music. There are nineteen categories altogether, which includes conventional titles such as Traditional Album of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year, as well as two categories for world music, French, English and Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year awards, a Children’s Album of the Year Award and for the more adventurous musicians out there…the Pushing the Boundaries Award.

Deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday, July 2, 2010.

Sound integrity is important for the selection process and since current online listening is sonically inferior in many cases, the CFMA jurors prefer to listen to the CD tracks straight from the CD. This way they will get the full impact of the immense effort applied to the music as well as the artwork and packaging as a whole.


The mission of the Canadian Folk Music Awards is to celebrate and promote Canadian Folk Music in all its forms. Until their creation in 2005, there existed no awards to celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada. Awards such as the Junos, East Coast Music Awards or the Western Canada Music Awards include a few categories that apply to folk and roots music, but without as broad a view of the genre. The judging process is similar to that of the two-stage elimination model used by the Junos via a randomly selected jury drawn from the folk music community.


For more information, photos, interviews, please contact:

Media Contact: Beverly Kreller

Canadian Folk Music Awards
1111 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3X4


Sunday, April 04, 2010


Gala Lys Blues 2010

Votez en grand nombre

Trois Nominations au Gala Lys Blues 2010 pour Rick L. Blues. En effet le travail sans relâche de ce bluesman de plus en plus reconnu dans le milieu, est récompensé par trois nominations dans les catégories suivantes :

- Artiste Blues masculin de l’année
- Auteur compositeur de l’année
- Album de l’année (Back to the Roots with Friends)

Allez au et choisissez ENTRÉE. Ensuite, déroulez vers le bas jusqu’à ce que vous voyez TROPHÉE LYS BLUES AWARD. Cliquez "VOTEZ ICI – VOTE HERE" et suivez les instructions. Vous avez droit à un vote par adresse email - si vous avez 4 adresses, donc 4 votes.

Merci de vos votes. La période de votation se termine très bientôt [10 avril].

Productions RLB
Rick L. Blues
2nd Avenue Studio


Saturday, April 03, 2010


Spring has sprung and Blues Element is back at The Feathers!

962 Kingston Road
Toronto, ON

Saturday, April 10, 8 pm - 12 am

No Cover!

Come early, get a seat and eat, and then dance the night away!

For those of you keeping score, this will be the Jason on bass version of Blues Element, along with a Mario on guitar, a fabulous guitarist you have yet to enjoy unless you were in attendance at our Olympic Torch Celebration performance in Brantford last December.

Happy Spring,
Jamie & Iain