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Rayman Asks Bayfront Blues Festival Owner Four Important Questions [AUDIO]

I have a lot of respect for Chris the owner of Bayfront Blues Festival. Lord knows it's a difficult task putting together an event with one or two bands. Can you imagine hosting an event with 31? He's been doing it for 23 years, and starting next week he'll do it all over again for the 24th Annual Bayfront Blues Festival kicking off Friday August 10th.

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Tinsley Ellis – Bayfront Bluesfest Artist Spotlight [AUDIO]

Take some smokin rock n roll, combine it with some heavy blues, stir well...and you get Tinsley Ellis, the subject of this weeks Bayfront Blues Festival Artist Spotlight. Tinsley has mastered an art that has eluded so many artists, great blues infused with rock n roll..and he does it without tarnishing either rock n roll or blues. His is a perfectly executed blend of the both.

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Walter Trout, Anna Popovic, Bayfront Blues Festival Artist Spotlight [VIDEO]

Walter Trout will be appearing at this years Bayfront Blues Festival on Sunday, August 12th. Walter is a "must see" at Bluesfest. Not only a blues legend, but a guitar virtuoso as well.

Trout spent five years in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and was a member of Canned Heat, two of the style's supremely influential bands. He's also supported a slew of classic artists including John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton and Joe Tex.As a front man the six-string virtuoso developed a reputation for tornado-strength live shows that led famed BBC disc jockey Bob Harris to call him "the world's greatest rock guitarist" in his influential book The Whispering Years and won Trout the sixth spot on BBC Radio One's list of the Top 20 guitarists of all time.

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Memorial Service To Be Held For Big Walter Smith

Since yesterday I've had numerous inquiries concerning final arrangements  for Big Walter Smith, longtime Blues Fest performer, who died yesterday at the age 82. Get complete details after the jump if you would like to pay your respects.

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Rayman’s Interview With Bluesfest Owner Chris Mackey On The Death Of Big Walter Smith [AUDIO]

Just in case you've not heard the news of the passing of blues legend Big Walter Smith, you may want to read the earlier post from this morning.

Upon being notified of Big Walter's death, I phoned Bayfront Bluesfest owner Chris Mackey. We remembered some stories we each had of Big Walter, and Chris tells me how a chance meeting with Walter, inspired Chris to start  this wonderful event called  Bayfront Blues Festival. Enjoy the audio.

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Death Of A Blues Legend, Big Walter Smith Dies This Morning

Some sad news came into the KOOL 101.7 studios this morning from our friends at the Bayfront Blues Festival, long time Blues Fest performer and regional blues legend Big Walter Smith died at 3:30 this morning.

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Rayman Talks to Vicci Martinez and Beverly McClellan, Both to Appear On ‘The Voice’ Tonight [AUDIO]

Last years finalists on 'The Voice', Vicci Martinez and Beverly McClellan will make a special guest appearance on"The Voice" tonight on NBC at 8 p.m.

You'll remember them both from last years  Bayfront Blues Festival where they entertained blues lovers until well after closing time.

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When is The Bayfront Blues Festival?

Blues fans, get ready for the best 3 days of the year!  The Bayfront Blues Festival is back in 2012 with a world class lineup of blues acts in one of the best and scenic outdoor venues in the country.

Get all the details after the jump and keep it on your exclusive Blues Fest station for more announcements and details.

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Beverly McClellan From ‘The Voice’ Joins Bayfront Blues Festival Lineup [AUDIO INTERVIEW]

Another finalist from the NBC hit show 'The Voice' has officially joined the lineup for this weekends Bayfront Blues Festival, she'll be joining fellow 'The Voice' finalist Vicci Martinez on stage Sunday night as the finale to the 23rd annual Bayfront Blues Fest

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Listen to Rayman’s Interview With Vicci Martinez About Her Loss On ‘The Voice’

This morning I interviewed Vicci before she left L.A. We talked about her not winning "The Voice", and much more. It's a straight from the heart interview from both of us. It's my hope after listening, you'll discover another side of this wonderfully talented young lady. Enjoy.

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Vicci Martinez “The Voice” Performances With Interviews

Tonight's  final performance of the four finalists on The Voice will yield one winner to be announced on Wednesday evening's final episode. It's my hunch it will boil down to a battle between Vicci Martinez and Beverly McClellan. Both are extremely talented, however of the two, Vicci is more  flexible vocally then Beverly, and for that reason I'll bank on Vicci Martinez squeezing out the victory (although it will be close).

I've included audio interviews I've done with Vicci, links to Vicci's last few performances (video), and interviews with Miki Mulvehill van Tyn, one of her managers.

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Vicci Martinez From “The Voice” At Bayfront Bluesfest August 14th

If  your a fan of NBC's "The Voice", you know Vicci Martinez won her "Battle Round" on Tuesday.  Yesterday (Thurs) Vicci confirmed her only Minnesota performance will be at the 23rd Annual Bayfront Blues Festival, Sunday, August 14th.

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