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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Live From The Vault
Self Produced

Hager Fleschner CD cover This is an engaging live recording by two of Portland’s most talented musicians, keyboardist Dave Fleschner and guitar master Alan Hager. Both have extensive backgrounds in the local and national blues scene, but pairing the two together was simply a stroke of genius. Recorded at The Vault at O’Connor’s in Portland’s Multnomah Village neighborhood, the duet strolls through eleven numbers covering a wide variety of music history and they place their own unique touch on each.

Dave Fleschner’s piano work shows exceptional range, whether it’s a stride, New Orleans boogie or a Otis Spann-styled Chicago number, he can do it all with precision and flair. He Read more


Margo Tufo

Margo Tufo

6:00 – 9:30pm Helen Bernhard Bakery parking lot – NE Broadway and 17th Ave.

The 2013 Kickoff Party will feature energetic blues, soul and funk by local favorites Margo Tufo, Terry Robb, and the Knuckleheads outside on the intimate Helen Bernhard Bakery stage. Local vendors will offer beer, wine and food for sale, and the music is FREE! The party starts at 6:00pm, so grab your friends and family and your dancing shoes for a great summer evening!


6:00-6:45pm – Terry Robb (blues)

7:00-8:00pm – Knuckleheads (soul, blues and funk)

8:15-9:30pm – Margo Tufo (blues)

FOOD & DRINK FROM: Great Wine Buys, Hop Haven, Food Vendors tba

Guitar Hero Albert Lee to play the Alberta Rose Theatre


Albert Lee - press photoOriginally from England, guitar master Albert Lee has worked with a who’s who of the best musicians in a variety of genres. He was first influenced by the sounds of British skiffle artist Lonnie Donegan and Americans like Buddy Holly and Gene Vincent, and later the sounds of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Lee has worked with Chris Farlowe, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, The Everly Brothers, Roseanne Cash and Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings amongst many others and at 70 years of age he shows no signs of letting up his work anytime soon. Country musician Vince Gill calls Lee: “One of the finest guitar players who ever walked this earth…”

Opening the night will be Portland’s very own guitar hero Terry Robb. Considered one of the very best guitarists on the West Coast, Terry Robb has won numerous Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards and recently released his current CD Muddyvishnu. Always a spell-binding guitarist on stage.

This Albert Lee and Terry Robb double-header show takes place at the Alberta Rose Theatre on Tuesday, July 16th for an 8:00 pm show. Tickets are available through and are $25.00 advance and $28.00 day of show. The Alberta Rose Theatre is located at 3000 NE Alberta in Portland.

Mark Sunday, March 3th on your calendars right now so you will not miss the six hour Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland’s Blues for MS III concert at the Aladdin Theater. The fun starts at 3pm and runs until around 9pm.

This year’s event will feature an all-star line-up of some of the finest blues talent in our

Region, appearing in order: Mary Flower, Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes, Dave’s Killer Band, The Robbie Laws Band, The Terry Robb Band, and The Knuckleheads.

Once again we will have some great silent auction items, plus this year’s guitar raffle is an …