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The 13th. Annual Southwest Florida Blues Festival will once again be held outdoors at the German American Social Club located at 2101 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, Florida 33991. (Also known as State Route 78, which can be accessed from I-75 and US-41 and then heading west, OR east if coming from the Pine Island and Matlacha area).
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For those of you who enjoy staying in Matlacha or on Pine Island for its many unique galleries and Old Florida atmosphere, don't worry, go ahead and make your reservations, as this venue is only about 3 miles east of Matlacha, (Mat-la-shay). The island also hosts taxi and shuttle services for those who don't want to drive.

Wherever you decide to hang your hat that weekend, we hope you'll come out and enjoy some of the Best Blues Musicians in the business. You really don't want to miss this day of exceptional music! Advance ticket donations for adults are only $15.00 each, and just a $20.00 donation at the gate. Kids 10 and under are free with a paid adult. In an effort to minimize gate staffing requirements and confusion during personnel changes, return entries will be restricted to one per attendee.

Please remember this is a Nonprofit event,
What You Can Bring: sunscreen, insect repellent, blankets and "beach chairs", hats, jackets and handheld battery opporated fans are all encouraged, (this is an outdoor event and we do not provide seating), What You Can't Bring: No Coolers, No Carry in Beverages, NO Beach Umbrellas and No Pets are permitted. There will be plenty of Great Food and Ice Cold beverages on hand. We'll also have numerous art and craft vendors for you to peruse during the day.

Your attendance helps support music education, youth groups, scholarships grants, senior citizen support networks and other local charities. Please do your part, by coming out to enjoy a full day of fantastic music, reasonably priced food items and some ice cold beverages. You can also be assured your support helps Keep the Blues Alive

Thank You,
The Matlacha Mariners


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2012 Blues Festival Lineup

Shaun Murphy Photo

The Shaun Murphy Band ... Shaun found her way to the Blues stage in 1969 at the first Ann Arbor Blues Fest, and was completely smitten. Getting to play at such an important milestone festival must have had her head spinning. That was her awakening to the Blues, and she couldn’t have been among a better line-up: Son House, Muddy Waters, BB King, Freddy King, Lightin’ Hopkins, and the list went on and on.
Solidified into the Detroit music scene, she found her calling, but it was to be a bit illusive, while she continued her music education over the years, starting with such notables as; Bob Seger, in 73 with the Recording of Katmandu, under the pseudonym, Stoney. She worked with Bob and his band, The Borneo Band, along with some of the Silver Bullet boys, Chris Campbell, Alto Reed, and Drew Abbott, and throw in a couple of Tulsa boys: Jamie Oldaker and Dick Sims.

When Bob decided to take a different direction she was free to pursue another of her loves, acting, where she was able to snag two different life changing musical plays: Hair and Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band On The Road. Appearing in both of the Broadway productions, as well as a number of other run of the play casts. Having been in Hair afforded her the opportunity to land a recording contract with Motown Records, along with Meatloaf, to record the album Stoney And Meatloaf.
Right after the recording of the record, Motown moved out to Los Angeles and Shaun went with them. After a short stay in LA, she then headed back to the music scene she was so familiar with, Detroit. She got back in touch with Seger’s manager, Punch Andrews, and it just so happened, Bob was, again, looking for a singer. She started working with Bob immediately on the road. By then, the Silver Bullet Band was pretty much intact and she’s been touring with Bob constantly since 78.


Taking some time off the road, she was contacted by an old friend, Marcy Levy, (of Leon Russell and Eric Clapton fame) that Eric Clapton was doing a record with Phil Collins producing, and would she be interested in coming to Montserrat to record the BGs on his Behind The Sun album. The experience was thrilling, to get back to her roots, and with the ‘guitar god’ himself. She, of course, said yes! With the volcano steaming in the background, near the studio, worrisome to say the least, they recorded this great record, and after the second song, Eric asked her is she’d like to do the tour, well, you can only imagine the walking on air feelings she must have had. One of her extreme idols was gong to be a band mate, too good to be true. To sit on and off stage for the next three tours and listen to the golden tones that came off his guitar was almost too much. Later there was even another, although short lived tour in Canada. She will always be thankful for the experience, and the grace of Mr. Clapton.

Back on the road with Seger, with hardly a couple of weeks off from Clapton, with his 86 tour, she met up with Bill Payne and Fred Tackett, two of the members of the legendary band Little Feat. As tours go, making friends comes easy and when the tour was over, Bill Payne asked Shaun and Bob to sing some things on their new re-grouped band’s CD, Let It Roll. As it happened, Shaun had moved back out to LA, and when Feat recorded their next CD, Representing The Mambo, she was asked to come in for more backgrounds, as well as the next, Shake Me Up.
She went on to tour with Seger to the present, with some other tours here and there along the way, with such notables as Bruce Hornsby, Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey with Television appearances with John Hiatt and Herbie Hancock.

She found herself back in Feat camp after the singer, Craig Fuller, left the band, and they asked her to join as a full member, which she did without a bat of the eye. Seeing all of her favorite genres, wrapped into one with these boys, she couldn’t have been happier, and for the next 15 years, it was her home. Till recently parting with her long time cohorts, she then realized, she’d come full circle back to where she started, in the world of the Blues, wanting to take her place along side some of her favorite idols; Koko Taylor, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, and Big Maybelle, paying special homage to Miss Taylor and Miss James on her first solo CD
She came back the next year with a powerful new CD; Trouble With Lovin’Bio. Combining a litany of Blue themes, as well as some notable friends stopping by to lend a gracious hand. None other than Mike Finnigan, playing on the title track, Trouble With Lovin and playing and singing a duet on Hopelessly In Love With You. Johnny Neel playing and singing on four tracks; Deservin Of Love, Blue Tears, Did You Call, and The Blues Don’t Tell It All. Not to be outdone, her good friend, Danny Pelfrey on alto sax on Deservin’ Of Love.

Nominated for Best New Artist by Bluesblast for her first CD, Livin The Blues, she’s carrying the torch into a new year with a stunning second CD, Trouble With Lovin’.
Having come off a Bob Seger tour in the Spring of 2011, she felt that Detroit was where she’d set her sites for this third CD, along with a DVD, both ‘Live At Callahan’s’, one of Detroit’s premier Blues clubs, and snagged some of her favorite pals; Laura Creamer, Barbara Payton, and last, but not least: The Motor City Horns to fill out some fav’s and a bunch of new tunes.

"A truly great voice doing a pure blues album. Heaven!"

"She brings heart and soul to the stage"

"Shaun's one of my favorite singers"

"A voice that's a gift from the heavens"

Mac Arnold Photo

Mac Arnold & Plate Full of Blues ... Mac Arnold must have known at an early age that his music career would read like a “Who’s who” of Blues/R&B Legends. His high school band “J Floyd & The Shamrocks” were often joined by none other than Macon, Georgia native, James Brown on piano. After deciding to pursue a professional music career, he joined the Charles Miller group until 1965 when he made the move to Chicago to work with recording artist/saxophonist A. C. Reed.

In late 1966, at age 24, came the opportunity of a lifetime to join the Muddy Waters Band and help shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Regular guests of the band included Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, and Elvin Bishop. The Muddy Waters Band (as a unit) shared the stage with the likes of Howlin’ Wolfe, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Junior Wells, Big Joe Williams, and Big Mama Thornton just to name a few. During this time, Mac played on John Lee Hooker’s “live “album, Live at the Café Au Go-Go, as well as Otis Spann’s classic recording “The Blues is Where It’s At”.

After more than a year with Muddy Waters, Mac formed the Soul Invaders which backed up many artists, including The Temptations and B. B. King. In the early 70’s, he moved Los Angeles to work at ABC Television and LAFF RECORDS (Redd Foxx). This led to working on the set of Soul Train from 1971 to 1975 and then working with Bill Withers (“Lean On Me”) before moving back to South Carolina in the 80”s.

Mac now resides in Pelzer, SC, where at the age of ten he got his first taste of the blues when he learned to play his brother Leroy’s home-made guitar. Going back to his roots. Mac is serving up a mess of Blues with his own band, “Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues”. The band consists of Danny Keylon on bass and vocals, Austin Brashier on guitar and vocals, Max Hightower on keyboards, harmonica, guitar, and vocals, Mike Whitt on drums, and Mac Arnold on vocals, bass and Gas Can Guitars.

Mac & Muddy Waters

In 1965, having already established himself back home as a bass player, playing with J Floyd & the Shamrocks including James Brown on keyboard , Mac Arnold decided to take a trip to Chicago to check out the Blues scene. He was obviously impressed because 3 months later 24 year old Mac packed up and moved to the Windy City to expand his music career.

There was a club called the Green Bunny Club on 77 & Halstead St. where Mac first met his sax man A. C. Reed who at the time needed a bass player. Mac was the right man for the job. He played with A. C. for only a short time when he got a chance to play with Muddy Waters. He was asked to come out to Big John’s Grill on the North side to sit in with the band. Muddy asked him where he was from, he replied Greenville, South Carolina. Muddy said, “son, if you’re from the South, then you can play,” and so he did for over a year. His first gig with Muddy was the Mother Blues Club. The band’s line up was Luther Johnson on guitar, Sammy Lawhorn on guitar, Frances Clay on drums, Otis Spann on piano, Mac Arnold on bass, and Muddy on guitar and vocals. The band would play most of the show and Muddy would play the end of the set. On occasions he would play every other set. This gave the guys a chance to show their stuff. Mac had an edge because he’d been working with James Brown in the past. A lot of people had yet to of heard of James Brown, so when Mac would play that funky stuff, it got a lot of people’s attention. Mac is a left handed bass player, and if you listen to some of his early recordings, you will hear he was way ahead of his time.

The band would tour from the East to West Coast and all points in between. Cruisin’ in a 1965 Fleetwood Cadillac, all 7 band members and the driver (Bo) at the wheel. Bo could drive almost non-stop from St. Louis to San Francisco with no sleep. One time they were passing through Mississippi, they stopped in to see some of Muddy’s relatives and wound up doing a show. Mac stayed at Muddy’s cousin’s house, and when L. A. he would stay with George Smith and his family of 6 kids. While touring the West Coast, Mac fell in love with the California weather. When he returned to Chicago he told his wife “we’re moving.”

Mac talked to Muddy and told him he would give him time to find another bass player. Muddy wished him luck and said “he would have him back any time,” and that was it. Mac is one of the last surviving members of the Muddy Water’s era, and so Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues begins.

“This is old-school at its finest”
— Blues Review

“Welcome back a deep Chicago Blues Man from the old school”
— Bob Margolin

“one of the most original voices in blues and has a uniquely distinctive resonance.”
— Jazz Now

“The voice is appropriately seasoned and credible… his group able to match his bursts with formidable answering riffs and licks”
— Nashville City Paper

“Mac Arnold is on his way to a new career as national blues treasure”
— Gritz Magazine

“A plate full of blues? Hell this is the whole dang meal”
— Creative Loafing

“one remaining virtual blues goldmine is Mac Arnold”
— Greg Prato, All Music Guide

Too Slim Photo

Too Slim and The Taildraggers ... Tim “Too Slim” Langford, with his band the Taildraggers, have created an eclectic style of roots-rock, Americana and blues that has become a genre all its own.

Too Slim's everevolving musical direction cannot be classified into any box or category. The eclectic nature of the band allows Too Slim and the Taildraggers to easily cross-over and appeal to audiences of various musical tastes.

Too Slim and the Taildraggers are headliners at theaters, festivals and many concert stages. The band has shared the stage with the likes of Bo Diddley, Brian Setzer, Johnny Lang, .38 Special, Robert Cray, Otis Rush, Jeff Healey, Ted Nugent, Los Lobos, Lonnie Mack, Blue Oyster Cult, Heart, Travis Tritt, Junior Brown, Gatemouth Brown, Neil McCoy, Delbert McClinton, Blues Traveler, Steppenwolf, Johnny and Edgar Winter.

To date, Too Slim and the Taildraggers have released 11 studio albums and four live albums. The Fortune Teller (2007), Free Your Mind (2009) and Shiver (2011) all charted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top Blues Albums, peaking at numbers 9, 8 and 9 respectively.

As one reviewer explained the band ... “experiencing a Too Slim and the Taildraggers concert is like taking a journey through the history of American music. Too Slim’s musical style ranges from down home blues, funky blues rock, Americana, southern
swamp rock and instrumental guitar styles.”

Tim "Too Slim" Langford founded The Taildraggers in Seattle in 1986, and is still going strong some sixteen albums down the road. The latest, "Shiver," on Underworld Records, showcases not only his superb guitar playing, but his depth as a performer and writer as well. With Polly O'Keary holding down the bottom and Tommy Cook on drums, this power trio introduces us to quite the rogues' gallery of characters within the confines of these twelve originals. As a slide player, Tim could easily stand on his own merits, but his songs up the ante considerably, putting him in a class by himself..Too Slim And The Taildraggers offer up an eclectic taste of the history of American roots music. From straight blues to Tex-Mex to the swagger of good ole rock and roll, "Shiver" is an honest, powerful musical statement! Until next time..Sheryl and Don Crow - Nashville Blues Society

Earworms: they are the songs and phrases from songs that get repetitively stuck in my head. But, the songs I hear are ones already in existence. Way beyond me is Tim “Too Slim” Langford who has creative vision to hear songs that do not yet exist. Slim begins hearing music in its embryonic stage and eventually knows what a song should sound like before it is ever recorded. For example, Langford told me he could hear Curtis Salgado singing “Everybody’s Got Something” before he ever invited Curtis to sing the lyrics. Shiver, with its 12 original songs is Langford’s most fully realized and most ambitious project yet. And, with 15 prior CDs, he has had lots of practice. Having personally observed Too Slim’s career progress over the last 16 years and 13 albums, I feel qualified to pronounce “Shiver” a Tim Langford masterpiece.. James "Skyy Dobro" Walker - "Friends of the Blues" WKCC 91.1 FM

Too Slim and the Taildraggers new release Shiver is the 10th studio album from this group from Seattle who celebrate their 25th year of touring worldwide. Their last two releases, Free Your Mind and The Fortune Teller charted on the Billboard Top Blues Chart a total of 17 times reaching as high as #5 and #9 respectively. Shiver features some amazing guest performances by BMA award winner Curtis Salgado, Duffy Bishop and the Texas Horns. The band has sold approximately 100,000 albums since their debut release in 1988. Too Slim and the Taildraggers have won over 30 Northwest Music Awards. Amazon - Editorial Release "Shiver"

Along with; George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Joe Bonamassa, Mike Zito, and Warren Haynes, Too Slim and The Taildraggers were also nominees for best "Rock Blues Album" during the Blues Foundation's 33rd. annual Blues Music Awards in 2012. (this award in the Blues industry is what the Grammy Awards are for other musicians).


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Albert Castiglia ... (pronounced “ka-STEEL-ya”) is doing exactly what the title of his new CD suggests "Living The Life". Having opened for ZZ Top, Elvin Bishop, and The Radiators, he’s quickly becoming a favorite high energy performer at festivals across the country. 

Castiglia’s history is as colorful as his home town of Miami, Florida, going back to 1990 when he played in a local Miami Band, The Miami Blues Authority, and won awards locally for “Best Blues Guitarist.” He got a big break after meeting the legendary Junior Wells in 1996, and soon became Junior’s lead guitar player before Wells died in 1998. Albert toured the U.S. and Europe with Junior and then found himself in Chicago when Junior passed. Soon though, he was touring again with Sandra Hall. 

He returned to South Florida after deciding to launch his solo career and went to work on his first CD, Burn (2002), a self-release, collaborating with his long time friend, Graham Wood Drout of Iko-Iko. Drout’s visceral, yet literary songs became the perfect vehicle for Castiglia’s soulful vocals. In 2006, he released A Stone’s Throw, his second album and first release for Blues Leaf Records, which included two of Drout’s insightful songs, “Big Toe” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.” Castiglia and Drout also released a live CD together, titled The Bittersweet Sessions, in 2005.

His 2008 CD, These are the Days (Blues Leaf Records), contained five original Albert Castiglia songs, including a tribute to his mentor Junior Wells, “Godfather of the Blues.” The cover songs from These are the Days paid tribute to a wide range of styles and artists from Bob Dylan, Nappy Brown and Fenton Robinson. These are the Days earned him a Blues Music Award nomination for “Song of the Year” for his original, “Bad Year Blues.” Castiglia was nominated again by the Illinois Blues Blast Awards and this time walked away a winner for “Song of the Year” for “Bad Year Blues,” as well as being nominated for the “Sean Costello Rising Star Award.” 

Most of Albert's past CD release, Keepin On, was recorded live with very few overdubs. He enlisted five session musicians to help on the project, including harmonica master Sandy Mack, who played on “I Could Not Ask for More,” a Peter Green song. Mack had played on “Ghosts of Mississippi,” a track from Albert’s A Stones Throw album in 2006. According to Castiglia, “He kicked butt then and he picked up where left off on this session. ”Keepin On features five new original tunes, plus other covers of songs by John Lee Hooker, Mack Rice, T-Bone Walker, Robert Nighthawk and Bob Dylan

“I did two acoustic songs and enlisted dobro genius Toby Walker for them,’ says Castiglia about the new CD. “Toby is world renowned and has even taught at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch in Pomeroy, Ohio, a number of times. Toby came in originally to play on a song I wrote called ‘Sweet Southern Angel.’ That went so well and quickly, that we wound up doing another number for the hell of it, Robert Nighthawk's ‘Murderin' Blues.’ I can honestly sum up those two tunes with one word, ‘Magic.’ He did a great job and I hope we get to work together again.” The result is a fascinating journey into what Albert feels was one of his best works to date.

Strong vocals and scorching, masterful slide work. - Illinois Phil, stlblues.net

I've never seen him turn in a less than stellar performance. He's always electrifying, always bringing his "A" game. There are only a few artists I can say that about. - Bob "Bluesbobby" Weinberg Founder & president , South Florida Blues Society.

"Keepin On" gets my Highest Recommendation 5*****, and is a must have Album, not only for fans of Albert Castiglia, but for all fans of great Guitar Driven Blues... Review By John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)

In my estimation, one of the best blues performers today. Albert Castiglia continues the blues tradition as a great representative of the next generation of blues artists. Rick Davis - Crossroads Blues Society

"Living the Dream", How can you not love a white boy guitar shredder with the blues, that was the band leader for Junior Wells when he should have been chasing cheerleaders? Castiglia shreds like the pro that he is, easily peeling off riffs that just don't quit. He must have been born in the back seat of a car behind road house to have such high octane blues blasting threaded into his DNA. Killer stuff that genre fans will eat up barehanded. Check it out, he's the real deal. - Chris Spector, MidwestRecord.com

Deb n Dynamics Photo

DEB AND THE DYNAMICS... Deb Salyer, (Bass, Vocals), Originally from Connecticut Deb has played in several hi-profile bands. It was in Virginia thatshe joined an all woman - all original band, "MOXXIE", in this band Deb would be the lead singer and play bass guitar for several years.

Collaborating on their original compositions Moxxie put a lot of time into those songs and it paid off. On their second gig, they opened for rock legends, "Emmerson Lake & Palmer" at the Hampton Coliseum.

Her next project combined her and guitarist Deborah Coleman from "MOXXIE" in a power trio named, "Mis' Behaven" a group that set the audience's on fire, winning showcases for major labels and opening for acts like Delbert McClinton and KoKo Taylor. They had a ball for about three years and eventually went their separate ways.

Deb then formed her own nine piece band, "The R&B All-stars", playing the old music from Stax Records as well as the Temptations and Otis Redding, perfecting her "in the pocket" bass technique along the way. This band would find itself sharing the bill with the Beach Boys, the Spinners, Huey Lewis and The News, and Percy Sledge. Four years later and after playing with what she calls some of the soulfulist people she ever met, the band split up. Some six years later, they still get together on special occasions to play.

After moving to Florida Deb got a call from her friend Deborah Coleman asking her to go on tour, Coleman had gotten a contract with Blind Pig Records and now eight years later she was playing bass again with Coleman. Performing sold out shows not only in the USA but Europe and Japan, Deb toured with Coleman for four years and appeared on her last two albums "Living on Love" and "Live in California Soul Be It".

Still the premier band to see in the area, Deb & The Dynamics continue to bring their frenetic live shows to music lovers all over Southwest Florida. The band is currently planning a new CD and may use some of their performance from the festival for the project. As always you can expect to hear plenty of blues and soul combined with a level energy that needs to be witnessed to be believed. Deb & The Dynamics continue to live up to their title of the hardest working band in the Southwest Florida.

The band is rounded out by members Michale Bear on keyboards, & vocals. Newt Cole on tenor, alto saxophones & vocals, and Don Hulgas on the baritone, tenor saxophones & vocals. Together these three love to mix with the audience often performing their solos out in the crowd. The band is anchored now with the addition of stage, studio, and touring veterans Dan Keady on guitar & vocals, and Nick Longobardi on drums.

As always the namesake of the band Deb Salyer leads the band with the skill and passion accumulated from a life time in the music business. People know they are seeing and hearing the “real thing” when the “little lady with the great big voice” gets a hold of a song. Many observers, especially other musicians are in awe of her tremendous vocal ability only to realize she is tearing it up on the bass too. Whether it be Big Mama Thornton, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, or her own songs Salyer serves up a dizzying array of blues, soul, R&B, rock & funk that always keeps the audiences moving.

With Salyer at the helm the band shares a commitment to the crowds who have continued to follow them for the last five years and that is the commitment to deliver a tireless evening of goodtime music to help their friends and fans forget about their everyday hardships by immersing them in the celebration of song and dance. Deb & The Dynamics have consistently delivered high energy shows to enthusiastic audiences wherever they play. 

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Reverend Raven and The Chain Smokin' Alter Boys ... You know I hate these cookie cutter bios. I know they are necessary but you are only as good as last night's gig. I really haven't done anything special except open and meet B.B. King and have the honor of backing up Madison Slim for 10yrs, playing with great guys like R.J. Mischo, Cadillac Pete Rahn, Benny Rickun, PT Pedersen SC, Bobby Lee Sellers Jr, Big Al Groth, Bryan Lee, Billy Flynn, Pat Hayes and all the guys in my band present and past. Guys like Rick Holmes, Chico Johnson, Devil Roberts, Diesel, Evil Evans, Craig Panosh, Kern, Barefoot Jimmy, Frankie Panosh, Capt ,an Chuck Might, Mickey Larson, Benny Rickund many more. I get to go to festivals and see my heros, friends like Perry Weber, Jim Liban, Billy Flynn and get paid for it. That is cool. I've been blessed with great love, good friends and family and the ability to earn a living playing guitar and standing on chairs and tables. If I can put a smile on your face and get you to shake your rear end I've done a good job.

Now here is the standard one: Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy he moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers. Since 1990 he has opened for B.B King, Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, William Clarke, Lefty Dizz and numerous others at festivals and at Buddy Guy's Legends. Locally he has performed with Billy Flynn, Perry Weber, Piano Willie, Stokes, Jon Paris, Clyde Stubblefied, Bryan Lee and the Lamont Cranston band. The Reverend was the Wisconsin Music Industry (WAMI) award for best blues band in 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008 and again in 2010. They also received the People's Choice Award in 2006, 2008 and again in 2010.

"They are very, very good. That's why I keep having them back." - Buddy Guy

"The Reverend's ability to keep a crowd going all night long is a matter of haunted locallegend." - Brian Barney, Shepherd Express

"These guys are really good...This is head and shoulders one of the best homegrown CDs I've heard in a long time" - Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records

“I've been a big fan of Reverend Raven for many years. Give his band one listen and you’ll become a convert as well. Strong vocals and incredible guitar playing, along with swaggering sax or hot harp, and a rhythm section that locks it all together into mighty grooves, this is how today's Chicago-style blues should sound!” - Don "T-Bone" Erikson, Founding Editor, Blues Wax Magazine

"Standing ovation at Buddy Guy's Legends" - Joanna Gray

"One of the best acts I've ever seen at the Bayfront Blues Festival" - Blue Monday Magazine

"Highly recommended" - Tom Hyslop - Blues Revue Magazine


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Screamin' and Cryin' ... 
are Frank Greathouse and Paul LaRonde, one of the biggest two piece acoustic blues bands you'll ever hear. They have a combined 50 years experience in the music business and have been playing as a well-oiled (greasy?) unit for five years from the southwest Florida area.

They play the acoustic styles that gave birth to the electric American music heard today, from Rock to hip-hop.
Frank has been playing blues since high school (is now in his fifties), put the blue in bluegrass from 1967 through 1975 in the first "new grass" band, the New Deal String Band, and has played and sung lead in various rhythm and blues bands in his native
North Carolina including Count Flambeaux and the Lunatones, No Count, and Big Slinky
and a World of Trouble. He plays mandolin, guitar, slide guitar and lead and harmony vocals.

Paul, from Syracuse, N.Y. has played and sung in various bands, including The Kingsnakes, Little Georgie and the Shuffling Hungarians, and Doctor Root's Medicine Show, and toured with John Lee Hooker and Earl King. Paul plays guitar, bass, slide guitar, and sings lead.
The two met five years ago at the Punta Gorda "guitar army" which drills every Thursday night at Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda and have played local watering holes from Naples to Sarasota. They have also played the Low Country Blues Bash in Charleston S.C. and the House of Blues in Orlando, and currently play every third Tuesday at the World Famous Buckingham Blues Bar.

The material ranges from legends like Charlie Patton, Jim Jackson, Tommy Johnson, Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters to originals. The songs are from many eras and writers, but selected to fit the musical styles of the Delta and Piedmont.
The tunes on this CD refer back to the days when blues was lively dance music, lusty and vigorous.
We think it has relevance in this synthesized, processed world.


Gates Open at 11:00 AM   
Stage Times for Scheduled Acts
Acts Opening to Close

Pre-Show Festivities - P.I. School Chior / Color Guard 11:30 - 11:45  AM
Screamin' & Cryin' 11:50 - 12:45 PM

Reverend Raven and The Chain Smokin' Alter Boy's

1:00 - 2:00 PM
Deb and The Dynamics 2:15 - 3:15 PM
Albert Castiglia  (ka-Steel-ya) 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Too Slim and The Taildraggers 4:45 - 6:00 PM
Mac Arnold and Plate Full of Blues 6:15 - 7:30 PM
Shaun Murphy Band 7:45 - 9:00 PM

NOTE: Artists or stage times are subject to change without further notice.

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