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Welcome to spring!

And what could be better than a late spring weekend on the Cape featuring some great blues. The New England Blues Summit will take place May 13, 14, and 15 at the Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis.

The lineup includes Joe Louis Walker and Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, along with a whole bunch of great talent. If you can’t spend the entire three days, there are options for one or two days, and all sorts of deals.

Check it out at Boston Blues Summit

Speaking of the Bluetones, we wish them and all of our New England nominees great luck May 4 at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis. The band and its members have seven nominations, including Best Band, and Best Song, by keyboardist Anthony Geraci.

In addition, Toni Lynn Washington, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, Al Basile, and Geraci are up for best female soul artist, acoustic album, guitar, horn, and Pinetop Perkins piano player awards respectively.

The BBS is still reeling from the sudden loss of our beloved Georgetown Fats, the former managing editor, blogger, and a hero to many. We donated $2,000 ($1,500

from the BBS and another $500 collected at two shows) for a college fund set up for Riley Boutchie, his young daughter.

Thanks to all the generous donors!

A special celebration of his life is in the works for this fall, so stay tuned.

The newsletter includes a review of the new Mac Arnold and Plateful O’Blues CD by Pete “Blewzzman” Lauro, our old pal deep down in Florida.

There are also reviews of a disc by Al Basile featuring host of familiar area musician

, a 21-track back porch album by Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars;

and the latest from Johnny Rawls from Mississippi and Van Wilks out of Texas.

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