When it comes to blues, I am way out of the musical loop--like when I figured interest in rap would die out after The Fat Boys lost popularity. In fact, I'm not sure I could have more ridiculously underestimated the interest in the blues as a genre of music. See, out of curiosity this morning I Googled "blues festival" just to see if there were many around Texas or in neighboring states. I imagined finding maybe a dozen or so big ones in the Southwest, a few Yankee contenders, maybe some smaller events in Canada. My very unscientific research found at least 400 festivals big enough to have a Web site, attract bands and create a decent amount of noise. And it's not confined to our shores. The Netherlands, Norway, Jamaica--they're in on the act, too, with eight between them. Even the Isle of Man jams with Bushy's Big Wheel Blues... More >>>