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Joe Louis Walker

Award-winning blues master, Blues Hall Of Fame member and Alligator recording artist Joe Louis Walker will release his new album, Hornet’s Nest (AL 4959), on February 25, 2014. Walker is among the greatest bluesmen of his generation. He is known worldwide as one of the genre’s top musical trailblazers — a mesmerizing guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist. On his dynamic new CD, Walker’s music is equal parts rock ‘n’ roll fire and blistering, passionate blues.

Hornet’s Nest was recorded in Nashville and produced by songwriter/ drummer Tom Hambridge (producer of James Cotton’ Grammy-nominated Cotton Mouth Man, Buddy Guy’s Grammy-winning CDs Skin Deep and Living Proof, as well as albums for Susan Tedeschi, George Thorogood and Walker’s previous CD, Hellfire). Hornet’s Nest — featuring 12 songs, including nine new originals — blends Walker’s boundless energy and his myriad influences into a contemporary blues tour-de-force. His always-inventive guitar playing is matched note-for-note by his fervent vocals. From menacing, hard rocking electric blues to cool Memphis funk to R&B rave-ups to Sunday morning gospel, Walker’s blues-fierce and untamed, adventurous and fun — continue to define the genre.

The band — Hambridge on drums, Reese Wynans on B-3 organ and piano, Rob McNelley on guitar, and Tommy MacDonald on bass — pushed Walker to deliver his absolute best performances. “It comes through loud and clear,” Walker says. “If I don’t believe it, nobody is gonna believe it. And ain’t nobody is gonna listen to it or buy it. Tom made everything exciting.”

j2Joe Louis Walker was born in San Francisco on Christmas Day of 1949. His parents were both from the South and they brought their love of blues with them when they headed west. Joe’s dad played blues piano, and his mom played B.B. King records. Walker picked up the guitar as a child, and by the time he was 16 was regularly backing touring blues artists rolling through town. San Francisco’s music scene was quickly becoming a melting pot of blues, jazz and psychedelic rock, and Walker was right in the center of it.

 As a 16-year-old, Walker was the house guitarist at San Francisco’s famed musical playground, The Matrix, where he played with or opened shows for everyone from Lightnin’ Hopkins to Jimi Hendrix to Thelonious Monk. He was also a regular at The Fillmore West. The blues legends Walker accompanied shared not only musical knowledge but also their personal wisdom with the teenage up-and-comer. Fred McDowell, Ike Turner, Albert King, Freddy King, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Lightnin’ Hopkins and many others taught, fed, and chastised the youngster.

Inspired by what he learned, Walker developed his own fiery, melodic, and always unpredictable guitar attack.

Walker met guitarist Michael Bloomfield in 1968 and the two became fast friends. Bloomfield helped push Walker’s blues in a more rock-fueled direction, and he became the single biggest influence on Walker’s sound. The two shared an apartment for years and remained close friends until Bloomfield’s death in 1981. From 1975 to 1985, Walker performed nothing but gospel music, playing and singing as a member of The Spiritual Corinthians. In 1986, after Walker returned to playing the blues, Hightone Records released his debut CD, Cold Is The Night. Firmly rooted in blues, gospel, R&B and rock, the album caught the attention of music fans around the country.

JLQ - Collection Blues 1988-2009Prior to joining Alligator Records in 2012, Walker had released 23 albums and toured the world virtually non-stop. He has garnered four Blues Music Awards (and has been nominated a whopping 52 times) and holds an international reputation as one of the blues’ most prolific and talented stars. He’s also recorded as a guest with some of the blues world’s best-known artists, including appearances on Grammy-winning records by B.B. King and James Cotton.

Alligator debut, Hellfire, took the blues world by storm in 2012, receiving the Living Blues Critics’ Award for Blues Album Of The Year. The Chicago Tribune said, “His playing is ferocious. His solos spin wilder and wilder with the kind of fierce embellishments that Jimi Hendrix might’ve conjured.” The success of the album helped land Walker and his band on TBS’s CONAN.

In 2013 The Blues Foundation inducted Walker into The Blues Hall Of Fame. “I am honored to be in the company of the great artists already inducted,” Walker said at the time. “I hope to live up to the honor.” Joining the ranks of previous inductees including B.B. King, Hound Dog Taylor, Koko Taylor, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Etta James, Howlin’ Wolf and other blues greats while still at the peak of his musical powers, is, as Walker says, “a dream come true.”

With each subsequent release, Walker’s audience continues to grow, as his touring schedule continues to expand. He’s played all over the U.S. and Canada, major European festivals including The North Sea Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, Notodden and Montreux, as well as festivals in Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Ireland, Turkey and Brazil. Now, with Hornet’s Nest, Walker is excited about bringing even more people to his music. “Blues is a big tent,” he says, “morphing into a bigger tent. Young folks like good blues when they hear it, and I’m here to make sure they want to listen.”






















Alvin Younblood Hart


Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory is a live explosion of roots rock that is a test of time in the world of music. He creates a blurred line of Blues, Roots, Country and Rock music that has been enjoyed in our culture for decades. The band bends the strings and drops the groove to a level that is only achieved with experience and true love of playing with such passion. This trio brings a very eclectic music experience that you will be telling all of your music loving fans about the next day and for years to come.

Known as a “musician’s musician,” Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Brit guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor.

In the summer of 1999 found Hart teamed up with celebrated producer Jim Dickinson to begin recording START WITH THE SOUL, a record hailed as a new-breed Southern Rock classic and one that piloted Hart’s return to the “sacred garage.” START WITH THE SOUL was chosen by the New York Times as one of the top 10 releases of 2000, as well as the BBC’s Blues Record of the Year.

In the summer of 2005, fortified in the wake of much recognition and determined to defy any stereotypes attached to his artistry, Hart released the self-produced (and personal favorite) MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER a rock guitar free-for-all, paying homage to fallen and missing rockers like Phil Lynott and Sly Stone. Hart’s songwriting, singing and electric guitar prowess are all championed on this project and showcase the versatility he continuously strives to offer his fans and profession.
In 2006, Hart collaborated with several Memphis area musicians in the Craig Brewer cult hit film “Black Snake Moan” by both serving as a guitar tutor to the film’s leading actor, Samuel L. Jackson, and recording a duet with the film’s female lead, Christina Ricci, for the film’s riveting soundtrack.

In the fall of 2006, Hart was invited to hit the road for two months with Rock-n-Roll legend Bo Diddley for what turned out to be Diddley’s final coast to coast tour.

Hart then joined fellow notable string playing colleagues Corey Harris, Don Vappie, Keb Mo and Guy Davis and contributed to the uniquely progressive 2007 OtisTaylor record RECAPTURING THE BANJO.

A personal career highlight occurred in the summer of 2008 when Hart met the late Irish guitar legend Gary Moore. Moore invited Hart, a lifelong Thin Lizzy fan, onstage to jam with himself and original Thin Lizzy drummer, Brian Downey. In the Spring of 2009 Moore requested Hart’s band as the opening act on a tour of Germany. Moore was seen offstage most every night with friends, cheering Hart’s band along during their set.

In 2010 Hart joined forces with friends Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes) and Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers, Tri-State Coalition) to form “The South Memphis String Band”. The fun-loving and regaling trio was quickly dubbed by the media as an “acoustic super group”. Recorded in a borrowed radio station studio while the band was on its first road trip, their debut record HOME SWEET HOME was received with rabid enthusiasm. The 2011 Blues Music Awards (The Blues Foundation) nominated the record for “Best Acoustic Album”. The group released a second album in the spring of 2012. A third record is in the making.










Vanessa Collier


Master musician and multi-talented blues performer, Vanessa Collier, was recently nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award (BMA). The Philadelphia based vocalist/saxophonist/songwriter is currently on an 11 country European tour with Ruf’s Blues Caravan, alternating between tour legs in Europe and touring back in the U.S. with a talented 5-piece band. With searing saxophone solos, soulful vocals, and witty lyrics, Vanessa’s songwriting takes you through an engaging blend of blues, funk, rock, and soul in an exceptionally entertaining, high-energy performance.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Vanessa’s alluring vocals and stinging saxophone work saw her light up stages as part of Joe Louis Walker’s band (2012-2013), while her 2014 debut album Heart Soul & Saxophone was declared “magnificent” on Dan Aykroyd’s blues radio show, winning her accolades as a Best of 2014 Blues Breaker.

With the success of her debut album and her charismatic live performances, Vanessa has been in demand touring throughout the world and is excited to celebrate the March 2017 release of her highly anticipated sophomore album  Meeting My Shadow.


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Roger Girke

Roger Girke is a singer, writer and road tested guitarist.  With a career including over 3,900 live shows, concerts and festivals and numerous recording sessions and releases, Roger’s artistry has been validated by fans, writers, broadcast and a number of blues music industry awards. The Roger Girke Band was a top 10 finalist in the 2009 International Blues Challenge and two time top tier CD finalists* in 2005 and 2008 (The IBC is an annual event in Memphis which has been a career launchpad for Keb Mo, Susan Tedeschi, Michael Burks, Eden Brent and many others).

Originally Inspired by 60's rock and blues, Roger started out performing in local bands in the eastern PA/NJ area. Upon joining the legendary Philadelphia area roots rock band Pickins (Capitol/Ariola), Roger received a real deal education in music and life with the hard driving blues rock band. This was followed by touring and recording with The Sharks (Elektra), Robert Hazard (RCA), The Limits, Joey Saint, Pegasus, Richard Bush and many others. 

In 1991 Roger refocused exclusively on performing, recording and writing contemporary blues. Since then he has fronted his own band, recording 4 CD's and regularly performing at blues festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the Mid-Atlantic. In that time he has also recorded and performed with Gary Allegretto (Los Angeles, CA), Sam Cockrell (Chicago, IL)  Dr. Harmonica and Rockett 88 (DE) and Jimmy Pritchard (DE).

Roger’s CD releases include: 

• Roger Girke and The Funkytwisters – “We Got The Funky Blues” Teletone 2001 
• The Roger Girke Band – “My Baby Loves That Stuff” Teletone 2004 "Top 5 Self-Produced CD" 2005 International Blues Challenge* 
• The Roger Girke Band – “Shake It” Teletone 2008 “Top 6 Self-Produced CD” award, 2009 International Blues Challenge* 
• Roger Girke – “Piece Of Work” RG3Records 2013 - contains nine self penned tracks. 

All Roger Girke CD releases are available on the music tab of this website, via iTunes, and CDBaby.

Roger, along with the many talented musicians he works with, continues to evolve each year performing original compositions from his 4 CD’s combined with interpretations of New Orleans R&B classics and blues favorites – all centered by Roger’s strong vocals, established guitar skills and onstage charisma.










Tom Craig and the Soul Patch Band

Front man, singer/guitar player Tom Craig and Drummer John O’Connell have been partners in Blues and Roots music for the past decade.  This past year they’ve teamed up with Eric Johnson on Hammond Organ, Tenor Saxophonist Vince Gleason, Bassist Randy "Rando" Branning and Baritone saxophonistSkyler Hagner.

Their broad musical resume includes musical genres such as classic Memphis Soul and R&B tunes by the likes of Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Al Green as well as retro R&B music from James Hunter and Mayer Hawthorne, to name a few.  Their love of the blues continues.  They play the who’s who of the genre, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Albert King, B.B. King, Buddy Guy as well as contemporary artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Louis Walker and Robert Cray.  The list goes on and on.   

Their musical evolution continues and they are in production of their first CD of all original music.

In January 2017 they will represent the Central Delaware Blues Society in Memphis Tennessee at the International Blues Challenge!

If you see that this band is playing your local venue don’t pass on the chance to join the party!


The Blues Reincarnation Project

This blues rock, British blues and new age blues influenced band consist of an up and coming blues guitarist from the Newark, Delaware area, Jeffrey Attakorah (20), joined by two former members of Newark, Delaware based punk band, 'The Checkered heroes, Ryan Gorman (23) and Charlie Greaves (20). They "just play whatever, with a hint of Blues", with the goal of bring the blues back to the younger generation. 

website: The Blues Reincarnation project



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Where is this event taking place?

Jonathan's Landing

1309 Ponderosa Drive | Magnolia, DE 19962

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What can I bring to the event? Blankets and chairs are strongly encouraged. Bring sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, No glass containers or food. No outside alcoholic beverages allowed. There will be plenty of food, thirst quenching beverages and adult drinks provided by the vendors and Jonathan's Landing. Proceeds from the Roadhouse Bluesfest go to support the Central Delaware Blues Society winners trip to Memphis for the International Blues Competition.
Where can I buy tickets?

At day of even. All major credit cards accepted.

or you can pre-purchase your tickets below.


Please bring your Pay Pal receipt to the event for entry. No refunds

advance tickets - $30 for general public/$25 for CDBS members

Door - $35 for general public/$30 for CDBS members

How to become a member


What if it rains? The festival is on Rain or Shine
Do you allow re-entry into the festival? Yes. Just make sure you get a wristband before you leave.
Can I bring my kids? Yes. Children under 12 are free.
Is the festival friendly to those with disabilities? Yes, the festival has ramps onto sidewalks and accessible restrooms for those in need but please ask at the front gate if you need assistance.
What time does the front gate open? 11am
Are dogs and pets allowed? No. Please keep your pets at home.





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A non-profit arts organization, the Central Delaware Blues Society (CDBS), continues its membership drive with the Roadhouse Bluesfest musical festival in Central Delaware devoted to the vibrant rocking soulful music that is the Blues.




Food and drink vendors will be on site; kids are welcome and if under 12, get in for free, but no pets please.  Lawn chairs, blankets, hats and sunscreen are strongly encouraged and welcome. No glass containers, alcohol or outside food please. The event is rain or shine and the music will be moved into the clubhouse if it rains, though seating may be limited and will be first come, first served. The facility is friendly to those who have disabilities and there are ramps providing egress to accessible restrooms.

The Roadhouse Bluesfest promises to make blues lovers of everyone who comes out for an act or the whole day. Becoming a CDBS member is the way to go. Membership only $25 annually and provides a number of benefits, as well as helps support the Society’s goal to sponsor a Delaware Blues Act to participate in the International Blues Competition in Memphis. Donations are tax deductible. Joining online is simple and easy at  Memberships can also be purchased at any CDBS event at Jonathan’s Landing.

Members receive a 10% discount on CDBS merchandise, and drink specials and event discounts. Typical CDBS Blues shows have a $15 cover charge and members pay only $10.
Several local businesses are offering discounts for CDBS members on dining and purchases and more and more businesses join up each month. Popular Dover area sponsors are the June Jam, Touchdown Lounge, Tom’s Bull Pen, B&B Music, Simaron Subs and Steaks, and the Frankfurt Bakery.

Come on out and feel the finest blend of soul and spirit at a Central Delaware Blues Society Event.  Any Thursday night at 7pm at Jonathan’s Landing for the Fairway Jams. For more information and event schedules log onto the CDBS website:

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The Central Delaware Blues Society is hosting the Roadhouse Blues Fest on July 22, 2017at Jonathan’s Landing Course and Clubhouse, 1309 Ponderosa Drive, Magnolia.

Vendors will participate on July 22, 2017 only. Six Blues Bands will be performing on an outdoor stage.


Spaces still available
SET UP: 9:00AM – 10:30AM, July 22, 2017
Spaces are FREE and assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis as registrations forms are received.
Registration forms are available on this website. You MUST request a space prior to the closing date of
July 18 th.
Space requests the day of the festival will not be honored. Please ensure we receive your space reservation requirements and ticket purchase before July 18th.


Vendors are responsible for providing their own set up, tables, chairs, tents, etc.
*Vendor spaces are FREE!!! You will be charged the normal ticket entrance fee for each vendor
working their booth (or truck) and each vendor assistant. I.D. wrist bands will be given to each vendor the day of the festival.


*Children under 12 are free
*No electricity provided. But generators permitted.
*Food truck vendors will be grouped together. Please email Barry W. Pugh - BWPugh@Comcast.Net -
with your food truck request.
When you purchase your online tickets to the festival please bring your CDBS emailed payment receipt to the event. No refunds, no admission without sufficient proof of purchase.
In case of a rain event, the festival acts may be moved inside. Vendors may remain outside.
Individual vendor space is limited, please register early to ensure a space.

Purchase your festival tickets on this website (above) or at


Click here for a vendor statements and contract


Please email completed vendor contracts to (or if you have any questions): BWPugh@Comcast.Net
Event benefits Central Delaware Blues Society, a local 501c3 non-profit corporation that has
designated some proceeds of the event to sponsor a local Blues act entry into the annual International
Blues Competition.




* Mention "4th Annual Roadhouse Bluesfest" for Special rates!

















Central Delaware Blues Society

P. O. Box 155, Magnolia, DE 19962














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