We recently posted this list on the CBA Facebook page. It received a thankful response from so many that we thought we would run it in the BluesNotes, too This list is a compilation of regional musicians who were nominated for the 2013 Muddy Awards. Though the final ballot is limited to only a few in each category, all of the following artists were recognized by our members in the ballots returned to us for nominations in the first round.

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The Strange Tones

Hello Everybody,

Well summer’s in full swing, and it’s so nice to be playing and seeing friends in the great outdoors! We have such a variety of fun summer shows, from Pioneer Square to Willamette Park to Ilwaco Blues Fest, to name a few, and it’s always great to have a wider audience join our beloved usual suspects!

And when not gigging, we’ve also been spending a lot of time underground in the volcano, working on our top secret recording sessions. In fact, we just finished wrapping up the project and have sent it out for CD production!

And we have BIG NEWS: We’ve found the perfect location, and set the date for the official CD release! It’s going to be on Friday, September 20, at the Bossanova Ballroom. Located a few blocks from the Melody Ballroom, this historic Portland venue has been beautifully Read more


Hey Everybody,

Nice seein’ you again. The CD Release Party at Trail’s End was a blast!… We were glad to see so many new faces mixed in with a lot of you Stinger veterans. And a fine party it was! We shot a video, recorded the whole shebang, and the Portland Blues and Jazz Dance Society showed us how it was done all night long!

A big shout out to Eric, Cindy, Darlene, Tina, and the rest of the staff from Trail’s End, all the Fans(old and new), Jeri(My Babe), Paula(Timmer’s Babe), Chrissy(Jason’sBabe), Jane(steve’s Babe), Rick Gordon from American Sound, and Rob Trujillo and Sam, the video guys from Rock PDX…Many thanks from the band! I’d be totally remiss if I didn’t thank Steve Kerin on keyboards, and Scott Franklin, who joined us on saxophone for most of the evening!

June finds the band out of town for the whole month, except for a Blue Diamond appearance on the 8th. Come see us that night and maybe you’ll be part of another video we’re shooting!

Be sure to get out and support LIVE BLUES MUSIC!!! somewhere this month, and don’t forget to “CATCH A BLUES BUZZ!!!”




Hey Everybody,

Nice seein’ you again! Spring has sprung, so things must become new. And in keeping with that theme, Franco Paletta and The Stingers will be having a release party for their latest CD, I Like It Just Like That, on Friday, May 10th, at the Muddy Award winning Trail’s End Saloon!!!

It’s gonna be a blast, with swing dancers, a raffle for prizes and CD’s, food and drink specials, and to top it off, you may just get yourself into the video the band is shooting of the show.

Be sure to mark your calendars and join us for this fun event…Franco and his lovely wife, Jeri, will even be celebrating their May birthdays. We can celebrate yours, too!

As always, thanks for supporting the band and be sure to hit the clubs and “SUPPORT LIVE BLUES MUSIC!”

Franco says,”CATCH A BLUES BUZZ!!!”

Franco Paletta

Franco Paletta and The Stingers will be having a release party for their latest album, I Like It Just Like That, on Friday, May 10th, at the Muddy Award winning Trail’s End Saloon, 1320 Main Street in Oregon City. You will have a chance to hear some of the fantastic music they took with them to compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and to be able to take it home with you, too. There will be a raffle for prizes and CDs and the venue will have specials on selected food and drinks. Plus, you have a chance to be a part of the live video the band will be recording that night.

The cover for admission to this incredible night is only $8.00. But wait, if you are a current CBA member just show your membership card at the door for a $1.00 discount as this is a CBA co-sponsored event. Showtime is 9:00 pm. As Franco and the band say, “Catch a Blues Buzz.” Coming out to celebrate their new disc at The Trails End is the perfect way to do so!