If you would like to have your CD considered by the Cascade Blues Association for submission in The Blues Foundation’s Best Self-Produced CD competition, please send your disc to BSPCD c/o Cascade Blues Association, PO Box 14493, Portland, Oregon 97293. You may also turn your submission in at the October Cascade Blues Association General Membership Meetings. No discs will be accepted later than October 1st.

All discs submitted must have been released after November 1, 2013. A committee set up by the Cascade Blues Association’s Board of Directors will listen to each submission and like the Journey To Memphis will rate each on a series of categories (blues content, instrumentation, vocals, art work and liner notes). Entries are only accepted by acts within the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Idaho and Washington). We must receive your entry no later than October 1st. Please note, the entry that we submit to The Blues Foundation will require that we send them four copies of the disc for their judges. We will notify the appropriate act for the extra copies needed to send

Ashbolt CD Release Party posterAshbolt Stewart has been hittin’ those drums for the past 50 years and he is now set to release his very first recording under his own name. Titled Beats Workin’, Ashbolt spent three days last spring down in San Jose, laying down tracks at Kid Andersen’s Greaseland Studios, with a collection of some of the finest blues musicians in the Bay Area. Andersen, besides engineering and overseeing the project also leant his work on guitar, organ and piano. The album includes 17 numbers, with six written by Ashbolt, one from his wife Susie MacDonald and one from Buzz Holland.

To celebrate the release of Beats Workin’, there will be a CD release party at Montavilla Station, 417 SE 80th, on Saturday, October 11th, at 9:00 pm. And you know that their will be plenty of friends on hand to help in the celebration. But if that was not enough, it is also Ashbolt’s 65th birthday. So head on over to Montavilla Station, pick up a copy of the new CD and make it one of the most memorable birthdays for Ashbolt Stewart ever!


acoustic concerAcoustic blues masters Pat Donahue, Mary Flower, Robert Jones and Suzy Thompson are gathering to headline a four-day workshop at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon, October 2nd through the 5th, co-sponsored by the Cascade Blues Association. Unfortunately for those who have not signed up, The Blues in the Gorge workshop event is now full, but you can go to www.menucha.org to place yourself on a waiting list in the event that they have cancellations.

But, you still have the chance to hear these fantastic artists in concert. On Sunday, October 5th, after finishing up with the retreat, they will be presenting a special showcase in Portland open to all at The Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street. Four of the finest acoustic musicians of our time teaming up for what will certainly be night full of exciting performances and collaborations.

Showtime is 7:30 pm and minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $28.00 day of show. This concert is also co-sponsored by the CBA and you can receive a $2.00 discount on tickets at the door