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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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Monti AmundsonOn Friday, June 7th, Duff’s Garage welcomes back The Sultans Of Slide, the power-house guitar extravaganza featuring a collection of some of the very best players in the Pacific Northwest. The Sultans of Slide were originally the brain-child of Monti Amundson and Franck Goldwasser in 2010 and soon added former Terraplanes/Duffy Bishop guitarist Henry Cooper to the mix. Since Goldwasser moved to Southern California, the band has continued in a new incarnation with two of the finest slide players of the Seattle area in the mix with Rod Cook and Mark Riley, plus Portland’s Joe McMurrian.

This show at Duff’s Garage will open with an acoustic slide performance by McMurrian, which will then be followed by electric sets featuring the rest of the guitarists. These Sultans Of Slide shows in the past have been an incredible tour de force, with stunning slide-work that can easily harken the likes of the greats such as Earl Hooker, Elmore James or Johnny Winter. Not to be missed.

Duff’s Garage is located at 1635 SE 7th. Showtime is 9:00 pm. This is a Cascade Blues Association co-sponsored event. Admission is $12.00, with a $1.00 discount for CBA members who show their current cards at the door.

In 1952, ethnomusicologist Harry Smith released the seminal recordings The Anthology of American Folk Music. The 84 songs collected on the original three 2-LP sets became some of the most influential numbers for the folk music revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s, with renowned musicians such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez citing its impact of their songwriting. ” It is like looking back in time, sort of like the Hubble telescope, only we are looking at images from our own human heritage, and perhaps ourselves. a “genetic code” for modern music.”

Harry Smith was born in Portland, Oregon in May 1923, so in recognition of his birthdate the Mission Theater will be hosting a little hometown celebration on Saturday, May 18th. Emcee’d by Miz Kitty and following the artist direction of Joe McMurrian, the event will be an all-star extravaganza featuring artists from multiple genres proving that the recordings released back in 1952 still have an impact today.

Among those appearing will be several blues artists to note. Along with Joe McMurrian, they will include Alice Stuart, Mark Lemhouse, Lauren Sheehan, Tony Furtado, Tevis Hodge Jr, Anne Weiss, Thad Beckman and multitudes more.

The Mission Theater is located at 1624 NW Glisan. Showtime is 7:00 pm and tickets are available through www.cascadetickets.com, $15 advance and $20 day of show. This is a 21 & over event only.