Congratulations to the 2014 Colorado Blues Society Members Choice Award Winners!
See the list HERE.


Carl Gustafson - CBS Member Nominated for BMA and a Grammy!
Congratulations to  Carl Gustafson who is the promoter and organizer of CBS business member, The  Snowy Range Musical Festival. Carl's band Blinddog Smokin' has collaborated with Blues Hall of Famer Bobby Rush to put together an amazing album called Decisions. Decisions has been nominated for a BMA as Best Soul Blues Album. Decisions is also up for a Grammy for Best Blues Album. The song "Another Murder in New Orleans" written by Carl Gustafson & Donald Markowitz and performed by Bobby Rush and Dr. John with Blinddog Smokin' is also up for a BMA for Best Song! Decisions already won Album of the year in Champaign, Illinois at the Blues Blast Music Awards. Those of you that have a vote on the BMAs, remember Carl Gustafson and Decisions when casting that vote! Way to go Carl!  

CBS Board of Directors Nominations Needed
It's that time again when we are looking for candidates to join the Colorado Blues Society Board of Directors. We need folks willing to help out. We can always use people that have special skills that could help with grant writing or are technical inclined and could help with the Weekly Update, but even if you are just a blues fan that is willing to give some time to help make CBS even better, there are all sorts of areas we could use you. If you are interested send a note to CBS President Tarry Underwood at blueswood77@comcast.net .

Best Self-Produced CD Winner: Colorado Blues Society “Jam for Blues in the Schools”
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, KBA awardee Dan Treanor gathered together a group of Colorado’s finest blues musicians and went into Sound Stream Studio with a mission to record a stellar all-star jam to support the Colorado Blues Society’s (CBS) Blues in the Schools programs. A few hours later a truly special recording of original songs and blues/soul standards emerged. Recorded live in the studio, in one take, with no overdubs, this CD features the great talents of Dan Treanor, Erica Brown, Randall Dubis, David Booker, and a host of supporting musicians who donated their time and talent to support this effort. John Weeks, Tim Mahoney, Scott Hackler, Scott Headley, Mike Wysocki, Anton Stuart Medas, Bruce Collins, Doug Egan, Alan Simmons, Tony Arceneaux, Michael Hossler, Genoa Dodd, Ellie Treanor, Gary Flori, and others contribute guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, horns, harmonica, lap steel, vocals and Khalam.
The CD will be available at CBS sponsored events, and is available by contacting Scott Fitzke at 303.694.2000 or email at sfitzke@sfhlaw.net. You can also contact any Board member. The price is $10.00, plus shipping. 100% of the net proceeds go to fund CBS’ blues education programs in Colorado schools.

Listen to the Music on the Couch interview with Dan Treanor, Erica Brown, and Scott Fitzke about "Jam for Blues In The Schools" This will open your music player and stream the show.

School of Blues!
Announcing the new CBS School of Blues! See our new tab, above.  Please note: many of the important details in the Holler's announcement have changed since that article was written.

Coleman Dickson will represent CBS in the 31st annual International Youth Showcase at the IBC Jan. 23, 2015
16 year old guitarist and vocalist, Coleman Dickson, is from Louisville, CO. A talented performer, Coleman is joining the ranks of many other fine Colorado Youth that have stormed Beale Street, like Austin Young, Michaela Rae Knox, Taylor Marvin, Nic Clark, JT and The Thunderbolts, and Bad Brad and the Fatcats. CBS is a firm believer in our Blues youth and makes a point to send a talented young artist to the Youth Showcase every year. These kids are the Future of the Blues! 
The 2014 Colorado Blues Challenge Winners!
Representing the Colorado Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis are:
Solo/Duo: Cary Morin
Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America and beyond like no other, from the rocking, electrified world groove band The Atoll, to the solo acoustic blues of his 2013 release, Streamline, which showcases Morin's deft finger style guitar. The organic recording style of Streamline features original songs that reference his Native American heritage and life experiences as well as new takes on uncommon covers. Tim Duffy, president of the Music Makers Relief Foundation, describes Cary as "a brilliant guitarist, heartfelt songwriter and soulful singer whose music gives us pause to reflect on life's great rewards."
Band: Eef & The Blues Express
Eef ...is the tall-Dutch-girl-with-the-red-guitar who seamlessly blends traditional blues with funky and contemporary riffs, creating her own unique Eef-style. Her fans love her tasty guitar play, sultry voice and great stage presence. Eef has self-produced three albums that get airplay across the US as well as in France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Argentina and Australia. Eef has appeared three times on legendary Sunshine Sonny Payne's King Biscuit radio show and has shared the stage with many great musicians including Ana Popovic, Mike Zito and Eden Brent. Eef won the award for, "Songwriter," in the CO Blues Society Members Choice Awards 2014. She also was a finalist in the, "Arranger," category and a nominee for "Vocalist." The Blue Express are: Jimmy Ayers, Glenn Tapia. JD Kelly, and Tim Molinaro
We are proud of all of the artists that participated in the Colorado Blues Challenge this year. The blues are alive and well in Colorado!
Details on the Colorado Blues Challenge

Announcing the CBS Membership Referral Program
When you refer another person who becomes a new member of the Colorado Blues Society, you will receive a credit worth $5.00 toward any CBS merchandise or your next membership renewal.  You will also receive one entry for each referral into a drawing for gifts at the Annual Membership Party. Simply add “referred by Your Name” to an application you provide to your friend or make sure they include your name as the referrer to their application on the Membership page on the web-site.  We will log your referral into our database and send you a credit voucher which you and use at CBS’s merchandize booth at events.
A drawing will be held at the Annual Membership meeting, selecting three winners.  The winners will receive a gift, which may include tickets to events, merchandize, or a free membership. The member referring the most new members will receive the following year’s membership for free.
 
Disclaimers: The credit voucher has no cash value other than credit toward CBS merchandize or the membership fee.  All membership categories are eligible and are treated equally.


Do you receive the weekly Blues Update from the Colorado Blues Society? Every week the Colorado Blues Society sends out a Blues Update that includes timely blues related news, band introductions, jam and performance schedules and more. There is no cost or membership required to receive the Blues Update. If you would like to receive this excellent Colorado blues resource please sign up here.

Looking for information on blues jams in Colorado? Check out CBS Jam Central!

CBS Classified Ads!
Need to sell, buy, trade musical instruments? Looking for musicians? CBS members can post advertisements HERE at no charge.

John-Alex Mason Scholarship Fund
The Colorado Blues Society is creating an annual John-Alex Mason Scholarship to honor his memory and help continue the educational work he felt was so important. John-Alex took high school students from Colorado Springs to Mississippi on more than one occasion for an extended field trip that sometimes included visiting Memphis and New Orleans. This scholarship will help send student-aged musicians from Colorado to workshops and seminars that will further their blues music (and cultural) education. Your donations will help keep the dreams and memory of John-Alex alive.

Want Your Music Featured in the CBS Website Music Player?
CBS members can send us an MP3 (320kbps preferred) of your music via email addressed to the webmaster and we will add it to the rotation. The rotation order will be shuffled monthly. In the email please include your permission for us to stream the music to our members and site visitors. If you do not own the rights to the music, please do not send it.


Colorado Blues Society Mission Statement
The Colorado Blues Society is dedicated to increasing awareness of and appreciation for the Blues as an indigenous American Art form (and the wellspring from which all contemporary popular American music originated).

Programs and Services Offered
To further our mission, we sponsor Blues in the Schools programs, in which musicians present music and information to students at all levels (kindergarten through college). We offer programs in American social history, women in blues, language arts, conflict avoidance, storytelling and even math.

We also donate Blues-related materials (books, videos and CDs) to public libraries and offer educational programs in conjunction with those donations. Because many musicians learn to perform during jam sessions, we sponsor blues jams in several Colorado locations. We also work with other nonprofits, such as The Blues Foundation, Volunteers of America, Hudson Gardens, Swallow Hill Music Association, the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs, and Performance International. Our members number approximately 583 and range in age from 17 to 75. Some are professional musicians; most are fans of the music and culture of the blues.

We also publish a newsletter, The Holler, and maintain a web presence at http://www.coblues.com. The purpose of the newsletter and web site is to provide information to our members and the public about blues-related events in Colorado.

We work with local nonprofits, civic organizations and businesses to strengthen the awareness and appreciation of the blues as an art form.


The Colorado Blues Society is a  501(c)(3) organization.