Monday, September 24, 2012

Blues For Food 2012

Once a year, Houston musicians pull together and put together one of the best blues events in the city aimed at refilling the shelves at the Houston Food Bank. Here's is the preliminary news release and schedule, courtesy of Sonny Boy Terry.

Here is the blues for food line up for November 11th 2012 at Shakespeare Pub. Time slots are subject to change but the line up is pretty much confirmed. Due to the volunteer nature, an artist may fall out and someone of equal stature will take their place. This is the 23rd consecutive year and we are proud to say this is the "Mother of all blues related benefits in Houston. It has set the bar and served as the model and led to the formation of the Houston Blues Society". All proceeds benefit the Houston Food Bank and everyone performs with their bands for free. Hopefully, this is an honest representation of Houston's diverse blues scene. Many artists add special guest to their sets as we all do our best to be as inclusive as possible. Each year artists asking to play Blues For Food is overwhelming. Admission is any non perishable food items or cash. Co-sponsored by the Houston Blues Society and KPFT 90.1 along with the Shakespeare Pub and the blues musicians of Houston. Sonny Boy Terry took over hosting and producing the event after the founder blues singer Big Roger Collins passed away in 2001. Free BBQ plate for those who donate.

Mighty Orq - 1:PM - 1:45PM
Don Kesee and the Blues Masters - 2PM - 2:30PM
Erin James - 2:45PM - 3:15PM
Bert Wills and Clint Boyd 3:30PM - 4PM
Tony Vega Band 4:15PM - 4:45P
Jewell Brown and Milton Hopkins - 5PM - 5:30PM
Sonny Boy Terry Band - 5:45PM - 6:15PM
Rich Delgrosso and Jonn Richardson Band - 6:30PM - 7PM
Mojofromopolis - 7:15 - 7:45PM
Annika Chambers and the House Rules Band - 8PM - 8:30PM
John McVey and the Stumble - 8:45 - 9:15PM
Spare Time Murray and the Honeymakers World Famous Blues Jam - 9:30PM till Closing.

The times are always fluid and subject to change. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Devil's Blues Cover

My publisher revealed the cover for The Devil's Blues, so I'll reveal it here.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

River Bottom Blues Half Price Sale

The one year anniversary of my publisher, Barking Rain Press, is cause for celebration. They are doing so by offering all their eBooks at 50% off, which means the eBook version of River Bottom Blues can be had for $2.99. Visit their site and type in the code BRP1YEAR at checkout for the bargain price.

I've been really pleased with the growth and progress Barking Rain Press has made over the past year under the leadership of publisher, Sheri Gormley. They've acquired the works of excellent authors, added staff members, and significantly increased their profile on the publishing scene since I signed with them. Once my capable editor, Ti Locke and I finish the final round of edits and put the shine on The Devil's Blues, it just may make a release date prior to Thanksgiving. I just got a gander at the marvelous cover work supplied by staff artist Stephanie Flint. Can wait to show it off. Of course, I'll shout it out here.

In the meantime, be sure to get the first in the Mitty Andersen/Pete Bolden series by taking advantage of the 1/2 price eBook deal. Of course, a signed trade paperback can still be ordered by clicking the "Buy Now" button in the sidebar of the blog here. By the way, Amazon and B&N are offering the $2.99 deal also. 'Nuff blatant self promotion for now.

P.S.---Just found out from my publisher that the print version is 50% off also.