We are proud to announce The John Clifton Blues Band as part of the Rip Cat family!!


His Debut album on Rip Cat “Let Yourself Go” will be released Oct. 16, 2015. A combination of Blues, Soul and 1950s era R&B, it has something for all listeners. And promises to be a must have in your music collection. You can find it on
John Clifton, hailing from California’s Central Valley town of Fresno, is an accomplished harmonica player, vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and producer. With three decades of playing, touring, writing, and recording under his belt he has the Blues firmly embedded in his DNA.
John is an award winning producer, with Poland’s The Boogie Boys 2012 release “Made in Cali” winning top honor as Poland’s Music Awards “Album of The Year”, with three of Johns originals onboard.
John has toured Europe extensively, and has built a strong and vast following of fans, with accolades of some of Europe’s most notable Blues industry insiders, garnering him constant air play and numerous live performances. Some of which are..the landmark Mark Hummel Blues Blowout with John Mayall, James Cotton, Huey Lewis and many others. The Austrian Blues Festival, Poland’s Blues Express Festival and Denmark’s Fredrikshaven Blues Festival.
We are looking forward to an exciting and successful partnership with The John Clifton Blues Band!!!
Welcome to the family John Clifton!!
For more about John, and to check for a show in your area, please visit www.johncliftonmusic.com

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Blues E News “-” Max Bangwell Article

Max-Bangwell--element54A couple of weeks ago, we got some sad news about our friend Max Bangwell. Although he is still fighting cancer, it has begun to look..well..not look good for him.
A few of us, with the help of Casey Reagan and Ed Kociela set about trying to allow Max to leave us some of his stories and memories.
Casey put the wheels in motion, got the clearance, and stayed with this project throughout this difficult course of events.
Ed spent several hours on several days, interviewing Max by phone..Max in his hometown of Cleveland, living with, and being lovingly cared for by his three sons and family and Ed deep in Mexico living in tropical splendor with his wife Cara.
What you’ll read here exclusively on Blues~E~News online magazine..is what Max wanted us to know.

And Max also wants everyone to know..”Don’t count me out, I’m going to keep on fighting til whatever happens..but yeah..let’s do this..I’ve got some stories to tell, and things to say.”
To read Max’s memories, so well conveyed by Ed, please go to
After you’ve read Max’s story please check out the two men that made it all happen..for us..but more importantly for our Maxie.
Casey Reagan~Videographer/Editor
Ed Kociela~Acclaimed Author
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And a big thank you to Wayne Rinehart~Editor in Chief~Blues E News

Thank you from all of us at
Rip Cat Records




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Lynwood Slim: Hard To Kill “-” Nominated for Blues Blast Magazine Awards

Rip Cat Records is proud to announce that Lynwood Slim has been nominated for Male Blues Artist and his last album “Hard To Kill”” for Traditional Blues Album of 2015 by Blues Blast Magazine!!
We’d like to thank all of those on the nominating committee for honoring Lynwood..and encourage all to vote starting July 15 at www.bluesblastmagazine.com


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