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The week ahead: Find the blues in and around Atlanta, January 20-26

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It's time to find out where the great blues will be in the coming week! Here we go:

Monday, Truett Lollis is at Darwin's in Marietta. Brandon Reeves is at Blind Willie's and The Pork Bellys are at Fat Matt's. Mike Watson hosts the jam at Loco's Grill & Pub in Alpharetta and Lola hosts the jam at Northside Tavern. Aleix Vear hosts an open mic at Steve's Live Music in Sandy Springs.

Tuesday, The Hollidays are at Blind Willie's. Bill Sheffield hosts the acostic jam at Darwin's and J.T. Spped is at Fat Matt's. Nathan Nelson & Entertainment Crackers are at Northside Tavern and The Bob Page Trio is at Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint.

Wednesday, the Pro Jam takes place at Darwin's in Marietta. The Electromatics are at Blind Willie's and The Hollidays are at Fat Matt's. Alexis Vear and Stephen "BluesDude" Duncan host the open mic at Hottie Hawgs. Mudcat is at Northside Tavern and The Breeze Kings perform with Tommy Brown at Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint.

Thursday, Peter Karp & Sue Foley are at Blind Willie's and the blues jam takes place at Darwin's with guest hosts since The Cazanovas are in Memphis. Bathan Nelson is at Nik's Place in Marietta and The Breeze Kings are at Northside Tavern. The Randy Chapman Trio visit and the Thursday Night Blues Jam takes place at Steve's Live Music. The Mar-Tans are at Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint.

Friday, Houserocker Johnson and The Shadows are at Blind Willie's. Snake Legs is at Darwin's Atlanta Boogie is at Fat Matt's. Little G Weevil is at Nik's Place and Mudcat is at Northside Tavern.

Saturday, Sandra Hall is at Blind Willie's. The Barry Richman Band is at Darwin's and Dr. Dixon is at Fat Matt's. Mudcat is at Northside Tavern and Col. Bruce Hampton and the Madrid Express visit Red Light Cafe.

Sunday, the Billy George Duo host the blues brunch at Cypress Street Pint & Plate. Fat Back Deluxe is at Fat Matt's and Locals has a Sunday Night Jam. Uncle Sugar is at Northside Tavern. JP Blues will be at the Rock for Shannon event at Craze Tavern in Duluth which begins at 1 PM and benefits the family of Shannon Nolan, who was tragically killed in a car accident.

That's it for this week. Have fun and keep on bluesin'!

P.S. I am beginning work on a new book about Georgia blues. I am looking for stories from people who have been follwing the blues for at least 20 years. What legends have you seen? Where? What were the music clubs in the 60's, 70's,80's and 90's? Email me at starmac@bellsouth.net if you have stories to share!

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