// July 12th, 2014

YOU GOTTA READ Josh Stimmel's Blues Blast Magazine interview-- share this with your friends. Here is the link: http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/featured-interview-josh-stimmel/ . One tiny correction, Kilborn Alley never competed in the International Blues Challenge at any level-- we met Jackie Scott at the Blues Blast Music Awards in Chicago in 2010.

WE ARE IN THE MIDST of our run of summer festivals and music series.
+ May Days Festival, Clinton, Illinois, May 17th
+ Willow Ridge Blues Festival, Shelbyville, Illinois, May 25th
+ Macon Street Festival and BarBQ, Macon, Illinois, June 21st
+ Legacy KC BarBQ Champion Cook Off, Effingham, Illinois, June 27th
+ Bear Creek Blues Festival, Slater, Missouri, June 28th
+ Chill on the Hill, Mount Zion, Illinois, July 17th
+ Cincy Blues Fest, Cincinnati, Ohio, August 2nd
+ Sunset Concert Series, Foxhollow Farm, Crestwood, Kentucky, August 8th
+ Bedford Brews & Blues for the Blue Star Connection, Bedford, Indiana, August 9th
+ Rollin' on the River Blues Festival, Keokuk, Iowa, August 15th
+ Made in the Shade Music Festival, Saybrook, Illinois, August 16th
+ Bowlful of Blues, Newton, Iowa, August 30th

These are some great events we are privileged to be a part. We are on bills with fantastic artists from Badfinger to Kate Moss. This is the exact right time of year for you to park yourself in from of the big p.a. speakers and enjoy the music.

WE ARE STILL HEARING happy tidings and warm regards from the Jackie Scott show in Champaign for our 14th Anniversary, and from our Decatur show with harmonica great R.J. Mischo. We promise, we will keep the world class talent coming to our stages. And Jackie Scott, yes, indeed.

TURNS OUT 2014 is the year of Kilborn Alley nuptials. We're just sayin'.

MANY THANKS TO John Chan for including us in the Northern Rhode Island Community Services Benefit when we were out east-- and to Roy and Bev for hosting our mess. It was fun to get Abraham Johnson to the East Coast & to Bleeker Street in Manhattan.

THE BENEFIT IN MAY for the late Mary Clark, was a touching, moving event for the Champaign-Urbana music community. Mary was a singular voice and a riveting performer. The benefit could only point toward that. But to get people on stage together who had not been together for ages, this was an unexpected gift.

IT WAS GREAT to have Steve Taylor and Bonnie Taylor from London drop in to jam with the band in June. It was one of those mellow nights, that just ripped at times.

AND SPEAKING OF LONDON, we had a great catch up with the virtuoso Reverend Robert at the Willow Ridge Blues Festival. We think we may have got him a show in London-- he pretty much blankets the UK when he goes.

MEDIA PLAY. We are pleased to say that our songs "Breakaway" and "Couple of Days" from the Don Odell's Legends show have each logged over 2,000 views in less than a year. How about we drive "Watch It" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcBXwsPywSQ and "Can I Get a Hello" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM9YGK9Ln9c and "Better Off Now" over that mark real fast? You can do this.

WE'VE GOT A NEW blues radio program in Central Illinois. It is called VERY BIG BLUES, and is on 89.5 FM WJMU from Decatur, and streams world wide on the www. You can listen to that here https://www.millikin.edu/academics/cas/communication/wjmu/Pages/default.aspx. The program is currently on Thursdays at 6-8 pm CDT, but will move to another slot in the fall.

HEY! Tear Chicago Down cds are in. Get a copy or three for all your loved ones next time you see us, or from your local recorded music retailer via Burnside Distributing.

THE DON ODELL’S LEGENDS videos recorded in Massachusetts in May have enjoyed a big viewership. We can’t stress enough these are the highest quality combination audio and video out there on Kilborn Alley.
If you haven’t checked these out, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbB6-40A0Vg and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhtZihWlm0g are a couple to begin with. Copy the links and send them to your friends. Maybe also to the folks who run your local live music festivals.

SOMEONE JERKED OUR CHAIN THE OTHER DAY to let us know you can now see the entire "Jubilee: A Celebration of American Music" episode dedicated to our most recent appearance at the 2010 W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival at Henderson, Kentucky. See this offering from KET at http://www.ket.org/jubilee/program.fwx?programid=JUBI1512 and support this fine American roots music series by asking your PBS stations to run it or keep running it.

YOU WANNA SEE ED singing and playing harp? Check out this video from our December show at Memphis on Main in Champaign, Illinois: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbEkHa_xGjU

SPECIAL THANKS. Years ago in an interview we were asked about our clean traditional guitar sound and never having any effects pedals on stage, and our pithy Josh replied, "We don't play amplifiers, we play guitars." Dude. Well, the fine folks at Big Joe Stomp Box sent Andrew and Josh their "stomp box," and we are really having fun with them. Andrew especially likes to use his to punch up his guitar solos. More cracklin' tube fun for everyone.

WE REMIND our friends in Champaign County that it is time to renew your membership in the Prairie Crossroads Blues Society, and that our friends in Macon should re-up with the Decatur Blues Society, our friends in McLean should join or rejoin the Blues Blowtorch Society, that our friends in Sangamon County need to be sure they are members of the Illinois Central Blues Club, our friends in Peoria and Tazewell counties need to get up to date with the River City Blues Society, and our pals in Kankakee County need to pester James Walker about how they can make a contribution to his amazing "Friends of the Blues."

WEFT-FM (and streaming on-line throughout planet Earth) has blues Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 2 Central Time (US). We are especially drawn to the Tuesday show, usually hosted by our pal Dave Wright, and with frequent guest fill-in, Mr. Andrew Duncanson. It is interesting, given basically a whole room of blues albums to pick from, to see what Andrew plays. Listen to WEFT, try to read the tea leaves of Andrew's inscrutable tastes.

HOPE YOU LOOK AROUND the site, now you are here. The Press page has been spiffed up and now takes you to a bunch of recent reviews, The Media page has downloadable photos, our album covers, song samples, and video links. We are contemplating adding even more. Jessie Gillan, librarian extraordinaire and jill of all honorable trades in Gotham City, makes this possible.

DON'T BE BASHFUL about following us on Twitter, friending us on Facebook, or on Myspace. Myspace is usually the first place we update new shows; it has remained an exceptionally good platform for a band to present itself, even though it has lagged in general use. We can't tell you what this means, but we have over 9,000 Myspace friends, over 102, 000 profile views, and over 58,000 song plays.

CHECK THE SHOWS PAGE, and just check back often to see what we're doing!

DID YOU KNOW, or maybe you knew and forgot, Kilborn Alley Blues Band has a distribution agreement with Burnside Distribution Corporation of Portland, Oregon? What this means is, when you are looking for the four Blue Bella releases, BETTER OFF NOW, TEAR CHICAGO DOWN, and PUT IT IN THE ALLEY have your local records store contact BDC about getting the cds.

. . . it is the music which changes the place from the rear room of a
saloon in back of the yards to a fairy place, a wonderland, a little
corner of the high mansions of the sky.

---Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (1906)

Best Band

The Kilborn Alley Blues Band does gritty Chicago blues and southern fried soul for all the generations of blues lovers. This music speaks for itself; better still, it convinces you to listen.

Andrew Duncanson - vocals, guitar
Josh Stimmel - guitar
Chris Breen - electric bass guitar
Ed O'Hara - drums, vocals

Abraham Johnson - guest vocals
Dave Fauble - guest saxophone

Anthony Decerbo - drums '00
Brian Johnson - harmonica '00
Yasufumi Sono - drums '00
Joe Asselin - harmonica '00 - '09
Jaden Brooks - drums '00 - '05
Will Smith - drums '05
"Deak Harp" - harmonica '09 -'10

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