Clearly for my own sake, I need to attend the eighth annual Texas International Blues Festival at the Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum this Sunday and acquaint myself with the blues-loving public. Drumming legend Buddy Miles of the Jimi Hendrix Experience (and that Claymation California raisin commercial) will be headlining the all-day festival, which will also feature Dallas-based Cold Blue Steel, a roadhouse-style group that has a sort of blues/boogie/shuffle blend of music. Dallas blues talent will include Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones, Cookie McGee, Blue Lisa and the T-Bonz, Leo Hull & the Texas Blues Machine, Pete Barbeck & 7th Son and Far Cry. The Silvertones--four-time winners of the best blues category at the Dallas Observer Music Awards (including this year and last)--will be in attendance. Other bands include Kerrie Lepai and the Shifters, Texas Top Cats, Dead Awake and Persey Posey. It's enough of a lineup to be an educational experience.