Diamond State Blues Society


The tune you hear is the

Garry Cogdell Trio & Friends

from "Stimulus Show 1."  It's their "Sweet Home Chicago," and is the type of easy jamming you can expect at the monthly Country Store jam sessions mentioned below.


DSBS Next Events

Kelli Tome, the "BluesGirl" and her Full Moon Blues website is a MUST for any tri-state Blues fan.  And while you're there, get on her email list...it's where the local Blues scene comes alive with notice about "Who is playing Where" in the Delaware Valley, and much, much more!!!  If you're into the blues then you can't do without this weekly email notice of where to see and hear Blues music.  Join in and get "in the know!"  The site is at www.FullMoonBlues.com.  (Kelli is also a big contributor of many of the live event photos you'll find here on the DSBS web, and we offer her our many "THANKS!"  Check out her photo section at Full Moon for hundreds of additional pics of DSBS and other events.  She REALLY gets around the live music scene, as her photo archive attests.)

The Blues Collaborative is a group of like-minded blues bands playing throughout Southeast Pennsylvania, the Delaware Valley and beyond. We've banded together (yes, the pun was intended) to pool our resources to promote each other's band as well as some of the venues where live blues can heard on a regular basis. We also share more than our promotional resources as many of the musicians already play with more than one of these bands as either regular members or substitutes. Our longer term goal is to continue to promote live music, in particular the blues, whenever we can. Sure, Karaoke and Texas Hold 'Em may be a fun diversion, but still, nothing beats an evening with friends listening to a live band of talented musicians committed to the music they love to play.  www.BluesCollaborative.com

Since 1977 they've been "The Blues Authority" in the Delaware Valley.  It's our friends at the Bucks County Blues Society in nearby Pennsylvania, over 35 years young, is where we "cut our teeth" on live Blues music many moons ago.  Their website and news of live events in the Bucks County area can be found at www.BucksCountyBluesSociety.org.  (And the Riverfront Blues Festival wouldn't run so smoothly without their able assistance with stage management each year.  They are genuine professionals and we are thankful for their assistance.)

And in that same vein, our friends from the Baltimore Blues Society, maintain their MOJO BOARD of LIVE MUSIC for the area south of the Delaware line and more.  It's all at www.mojoworkin.com/mojoboard/viewtopic.

php?f=3&t=3&p=3#p3 and worthy of a look if live Blues is what you seek!

~Get out and see some live music tonight!~

The Baltimore Blues Society also hosts a number of live events throughout the year.  Details for these can also be found on their website at www.MojoWorkin.com.

The Blues Foundation is the home of the W.C. Handy Awards and sponsor of the annual IBC competition in Memphis, the "Mecca"-like event of Blues music.  DSBS is proud to be an affiliated member.  They can be found on the web at www.Blues.org.

Delta Blue's Central PA Blues Calendar

is the place to find out what's going on in central Pennsylvania.  Voted "Best Pennsy Blues Website"

by three drunk guys in a State College bar!  The

site can be found at www.Delta-Blues.com/PABLUES.HTM.


For Blues music in the Nation's Capital it's the

DC Blues Society.  Their website can be

accessed at www.DCBlues.org.


The Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation's mission is to "Preserve, Promote, and Perpetuate Jazz and Blues in the northern New Jersey shore region through PERFORMANCE and EDUCATION."  They're "Keepin' it alive in the Garden State" and can be found online at www.jsjbf.org.



is Lenny and Annie Norvilla's South Jersey Blues connection.  "It's all About the Music, & Bringin'

It Home" at www.BluesNite.net.


". . . winds past the plantation houses of the Mississippi Delta to the south-side clubs and tenements of postwar Chicago. While it's a somber trip, humbling, and even distressing, it's also enchanting and joyful -- and reassuring in its success."

The Blue Highway is a great place for some of the history about this music we all love so much.  The road begins at www.TheBlueHighway.com.


Mighty Sam McClain

is called "The Soul of America"  in Europe – he is, just as his lyrics proclaim, "a singer, a man with a song…and I’ve got a message for you…"  Check out our friend Sam's web at www.MightySam.com.


The Blues Mining Company seems to have "morphed" and is now hosted by About.com.  This site offers plenty of history and cd reviews and live show critiques.  It's a BUNCH of stuff about the Blues at www.blues.about.com.


Biograph Records were the first to record and release piano rolls struck by Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, and Jelly Roll Morton, the very hands that created modern American song.  Working with the Library of Congress, they restored and released the legendary field recordings of Son House.  They rescued master tapes from great independent jazz and blues labels like Dawn, Regal and Melodeon that would have otherwise been forgotten.  If it's roots you want, Biograph is the label to search out.  Their site, with some creat cuts to listen to, is at www.biograph.com. Clicking the album cover above will take you to another site that is a Biograph discography at www.wirz.de/music/biogrfrm.htm.


Southwest Blues Magazine -

Cool blues magazine from the southwest is the vehicle of the Southwest Blues Heritage Foundation, keeping roots music alive in the southwest.  The site is at http://www.southwestblues.com.


If it's June in Delaware then the place to be is the June Jam  Over the past several years headliners have included national acts the likes of "Kansas," "Moly Hatchet," " 38 Special," "Cheap Trick," "Dave Mason," and "The Fabulous Thunderbirds" . Combine the national acts with the best of the East Coast's touring bands, a spotlight for favorite local musicians, fun and games for children, vendors to satisfy almost any need and a shady spot under a tree to enjoy the day for 1000-plus members and their guests, and you have it. JUNE JAM "Delaware's Best Outdoor Concert" (Next to the Riverfront Blues Festival, that is!)  To see what's up for this year go to www.JuneJam.com.


Home of our friends from the Motor City, the

Detroit Blues Society.  They can be found

on the web at www.DetroitBluesSociety.org.


The Toronto Blues Society is keepin' the blues alive in Canada with a great website and monthly blues magazine and their "BluesBook Online," a guide to the Blues music industry in Canada.  It's all at www.TorontoBluesSociety.com.