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Memphis, Tennessee, February 27, 2017

Six performers, one album, five singles, one book and one magazine founder will be inducted at the Blues Foundation’s 38th Annual Induction Ceremony on May 10, 2017

The Blues Foundation welcomes the 38th class of Blues Hall of Fame inductees in a ceremony taking place on May 10, 2017. This year’s 14 richly deserving honorees represent all five of the Hall of Fame’s categories: Performers, Non-Performing Individuals, Classics of Blues Literature, Classics of Blues Recording (Song) and Classics of Blues Recording (Album).

The six performers chosen for induction include two distinctive vocalists, Mavis Staples and Latimore; a pair of legendary guitarists, Magic Slim and Johnny Copeland along with longtime Howlin’ Wolf sidemen guitarist Willie Johnson; and piano-man Henry Gray. They will join the more than 125 performers who already are Hall of Fame members. The year’s non-performer selection is Living Blues magazine co-founder and radio show host Amy van Singel, who passed away in Sept. 2016.

The Classic of Blues Literature pick is the rightfully recognized Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy’s 1941 memorable autobiography. John Lee Hooker was among the Hall’s first inductees in 1980 and now his 1966 Chess album Real Folk Blues will enter the Hall of Fame in the Classic of Blues Recording Album category. The quintet of Classic of Blues Recording songs includes Bo Diddley’s signature tune “Bo Diddley,” Tommy Tucker’s much covered classic “Hi-Heel Sneakers,” the Albert King hit “I’ll Play the Blues For You,” Son House’s “Preachin’ the Blues” and “I Ain’t Superstitious,” which features 2017 inductee Henry Gray playing on Howlin’ Wolf’s well-known 1961 recording.

The Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place Wednesday, May 10 at Memphis’ Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts and Education. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Cocktail Reception, followed by the Induction Ceremony at 6:30 pm. Tickets for this open-to-the-public ceremony are $100 per seat and can be purchased online at or by calling The Blues Foundation Offices at (901) 527-2583.

More festivities occur the following day, May 11, with the Blues Music Awards. Celebrating the past year’s best in blues recordings and performances, this event will be held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. A pre-ceremony party commences at 5:30 p.m., while the Awards Show, including a seated dinner and featuring performances by many of the nominees, starts at 7 pm. Individual tickets and tables may be purchased for $150 per seat at the same link as above.



Henry Gray, who played piano in the Howlin’ Wolf band and other Chicago blues groups before returning to his native Louisiana in 1968, has rarely been in the spotlight, but has steadily built an impressive resume entertaining audiences around the world with his blues-drenched piano pounding. Gray, born in 1925, is still performing regularly six decades after his first recording sessions in Chicago.

Willie Johnson (1923-1995) recorded only a few songs on his own, but as a sideman his storming barrage of distortion and incendiary guitar licks in the 1950s, especially on the early records of Howlin’ Wolf, earned him a lasting reputation as a groundbreaking commando in the annals of electric guitar playing. Mentored by Wolf in their Mississippi days, Johnson played in Wolf’s band in the South and in Chicago, and recorded for Sun Records in 1955.

Mavis Staples, one of America’s premier singers of gospel and soul music, has expanded her musical mastery with her performances in more blues-based settings in recent years. The blues is nothing new to the Staples family, as Mavis’ father and founder of the Staple Singers, Roebuck “Pop” Staples, was a devotee of Delta blues master Charley Patton back in Mississippi. Mavis, born in Chicago in 1939, remains on her lifelong mission to inspire and uplift her listeners no matter what musical genre she employs.

Johnny Copeland (1937-1997) was one of a bevy of blazing guitar slingers to emerge from the vibrant Third Ward of Houston, Texas, and one of the city’s most powerful singers as well. Establishing himself with a series of blues and soul singles beginning in 1958, he attained national prominence in the 1980s recording blues albums for Rounder Records. His daughter Shemekia has followed in his footsteps by winning multiple Blues Music Awards.

Magic Slim led one of the most relentless, hard-driving bands in Chicago blues history for several decades until his death in 2013. Born Morris Holt in Mississippi in 1937, he earned his nickname from his friend and fellow blues guitar ace Magic Sam. Slim was also known for possessing perhaps the largest repertoire of any blues artist, always able to pick up another song from the radio or the jukebox, enabling him to record more than 30 albums and garner dozens of Blues Music Awards nominations. His son Shawn “Lil Slim” Holt is ably carrying on the family blues tradition.

Latimore, the abbreviated stage name of singer, keyboardist and songwriter Benny Lattimore, has cut a dashing figure on the Southern soul circuit ever since he began touring in the 1970s on the strength of hits such as “Stormy Monday” and his best-known original, “Let’s Straighten It Out.” Latimore, who was born in Tennessee in 1939 but has called Florida home since the 1960s, is now a distinguished and still spirited love philosopher and elder statesman of the scene.


Amy van Singel, known to blues radio audiences as “Atomic Mama,” was a cofounder of Living Blues magazine in Chicago in 1970. She and her former husband Jim O’Neal published the magazine from their home in Chicago until they transferred the publication to the University of Mississippi in 1983. Her radio career began at Northwestern University and included stints at stations in Chicago, Mississippi, Memphis, Alaska and Maine. Amy died in her sleep at her home in Maine on Sept. 19, 2016, at the age at 66. CLASSICS OF BLUES LITERATURE

Father of the Blues by W.C. Handy is a monumental opus that is indispensable to the study of American musical history. Published in 1941, the book traces Handy’s background as a trained orchestra leader, his discovery of the blues and the struggles he endured to become a successful music publisher. It is often cited as a primary resource on the earliest years of blues history. No book is more deserving of designation as a Classic of Blues Literature. CLASSICS OF BLUES RECORDING: ALBUM

The 1966 John Lee Hooker album Real Folk Blues is the latest of several Chess Records’ Real Folk Blues albums to be elected to the Blues Hall of Fame. Whereas the rest of the LPs in the series by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and others were compilations of older recordings, the Hooker album was newly recorded in May of 1966 in Chicago. Hooker was his inimitable and spontaneous self, reworking some of his older songs and improvising new ones, accompanied by his Detroit guitarist Eddie Burns and Chicago sidemen Lafayette Leake and S.P. Leary.


“Bo Diddley” was not only the 1955 hit record that made Ellas McDaniel famous — it also gave him his professional name. The famed “Bo Diddley beat,” an energized update of the old “Hambone” rhythm, rocked the world, and Bo continued to create classics for Checker Records in Chicago with his innovative blend of blues and rock ’n’ roll.

“Hi-Heel Sneakers” by Tommy Tucker was the last blues record from the mighty Chess Records catalogue to hit No. 1 on the charts. Recorded in New York in 1963, the single on Chess’ Checker subsidiary label topped the Cash Box magazine R&B charts in 1964. Tucker’s enticement to “put on your red dress” and hi-heel sneakers has resounded on countless bandstands ever since.

“I Ain’t Superstitious,” an ominous Willie Dixon composition recorded by Howlin’ Wolf in 1961, is best known to rock audiences through the Jeff Beck Group’s 1968 cover version featuring Rod Stewart on vocals. On the original session for Chess Records in Chicago, Wolf’s band included Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers, Sam Lay and 2017 Blues Hall of Fame inductee Henry Gray.

“I’ll Play the Blues for You,” recorded by Albert King in Memphis for the Stax label in 1971, was written by Jerry Beach, a longtime fixture on the Shreveport, Louisiana, music scene who died in 2016. In Beach’s lyrics, sung with warmth and tenderness by King, the blues becomes a source of soothing and comfort. King’s 45 spent eight weeks on Billboard magazine’s Best Selling Soul Singles chart in 1972

“Preachin’ the Blues,” a two-part single by Son House on the Paramount label from 1930, is a prime example not only of House’s intensity as a Delta blues singer and guitarist but also of his lifelong inner conflict between the lure of the blues life and devotion to the church. House, who did preach in church at times, also sang of the hypocrisy he saw in religion with lyrics such as “I’m gonna be a Baptist preacher and I sure won’t have to work.”

Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
May 10, Memphis, TN
The 2017 Class of Inductees are:
*Performers: Johnny Copeland, Henry Gray, Willie Johnson, Latimore, Magic Slim, and Mavis Staples
*Individuals: (Business, Production, Media, or Academic) Amy van Singel
*Classics of Blues Literature: Father of the Blues by W.C. Handy
*Classics of Blues Recording: (Album) Real Folk Blues by John Lee Hooker
*Classics of Blues Recording: (Single) “Bo Diddley” written and performed by Bo Diddley; “Hi-Heel Sneakers” written and performed by Tommy Tucker; “I Ain’t Superstitious” written by Willie Dixon, performed by Howlin’ Wolf; “I’ll Play the Blues for You” written and performed by Albert King; “Preachin’ the Blues” written and performed by Son House
The Blues Hall of Fame honors those who have made the Blues timeless through performance, documentation, and recording. Since its inception in 1980, The Blues Foundation has inducted new members annually into the Blues Hall of Fame for their historical contribution, impact, and overall influence on the Blues. Members are inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in five categories: Performers, Individuals, Classic of Blues Literature, Classic of Blues Recording (Song), and Classic of Blues Recording (Album). Since 1980, The Blues Foundation has inducted over 400 industry professionals, recordings, and literature into the Blues Hall of Fame.





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as every year The Blues Foundation's 34th Annual International Blues Challenge was a HUGE success and a must for all blues lovers.  Many bands compeeted and here are the winners...


The Keeshea Prat Band – Houston Blues Society


ARTUR MENEZES – Santa Clarita Valle Blues Society


Keevin "B.F." Burt– Central Iowa Blues Society

DANIEL ERIKSEN – Oslo Blueskluub

A special mention to our Spanish representant, FELIX SLIM, introduced by Asociacion Blues Hondarribia, who reached the final!!!

Best Instrumentalists:

Artur Menezes – Santa Clarita Valley Blues Socioety

Keevin "B.F." Burt – Central Iowa Blues Society

Keevin "B.F." Burt – Central Iowa Blues Society

Best Self-Produced CD:

JONTAVIOUS WILLIS, "Blue Metamorphasis" – Atlanta Blues Society

Congratulations to all winners and participants!!




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World-renowned blues harmonica master James Cotton, whom Rolling Stone called, “One of the greats of all time, burning with brilliant virtuosity,” died on March 16, 2017 of pneumonia at St. David's Medical Center in Austin, Texas. He was 81. His overwhelmingly powerful harmonica playing was one of the iconic sounds of the blues. He toured worldwide for over 60 years.

James Henry Cotton, known as “Mr. Superharp,” recorded nearly 30 solo albums, winning one Grammy Award, six Living Blues Awards and 10 Blues Music Awards. He was inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame in 2006. The New York Daily News called him, “The greatest blues harmonica player of all time.” NPR Weekend Edition said, “Conjure up a list of all-time great blues harmonica players, and high up on it you'll see the name James Cotton”

Born on a cotton plantation in Tunica, Mississippi on July 1, 1935, Cotton was a working musician by age nine. He learned harmonica directly from Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller), toured with Williamson and Howlin’ Wolf, and recorded for Sun Records in 1953 before spending 12 years touring and recording with Muddy Waters (starting at age 20). Cotton was featured on Muddy’s famous 1960 At Newport LP on Chess Records, including the iconic version of Got My Mojo Working, one of the classic recordings of Chicago Blues.

After his 1953 Sun sessions, Cotton didn’t record under his own name again until the mid-1960s, with tracks included in the groundbreaking Chicago/The Blues/Today! series of LPs on Vanguard. Along with Otis Spann, he cut The Blues Never Die! for Prestige.

In 1966 he formed The James Cotton Band, quickly earning a reputation as one of the most commanding and potent live blues performers in the world—a man who could literally suck the reeds out of his harmonica from the pure force of his playing. He made his initial solo albums, three for Verve and one for Vanguard, in the late 1960s. With bands featuring outstanding musicians including famed guitarists Luther Tucker, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Hubert Sumlin, he quickly rose to the top of the blues and rock worlds. It wasn’t long before Cotton, with his gale-force sound and fearless boogie band, was adopted by the burgeoning hippie audience as one of their own. Cotton shared stages with Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, Santana, Steve Miller, Freddie King and many others.

Cotton’s blistering talent and full-throttle energy kept him in demand at concert halls all over the country. He played the Fillmore East in New York, the Fillmore West in San Francisco and every major rock and blues venue in between. During the 1970s, he cut three albums for Buddah and one for Capitol. He rejoined his old boss Muddy Waters for a series of Muddy albums produced by Johnny Winter, starting with Hard Again in 1977. Cotton also guested on recordings by Koko Taylor, Steve Miller, Memphis Slim, Hubert Sumlin and many others. He was joined on his own albums by stars like Todd Rundgren, Steve Miller, Johnny Winter, Dr. John, David Sanborn, Charlie Haden, Michael Bloomfield and Cissy Houston.

Cotton signed with Alligator Records in 1984, releasing two solo albums and the famed Harp Attack! with Junior Wells, Carey Bell and Billy Branch. He won a Grammy Award in 1996 for his Verve album, Deep In The Blues and recorded four albums for Telarc Records before returning to Alligator in 2010. His most recent recording was 2013’s Grammy-nominated Cotton Mouth Man.

He played in Spain, the last times at Cazorla and Hondarribia Blues Festivals.

James Cotton joking with Vicente Zúmel

In June 2010, Cotton was honored by New York’s Lincoln Center, where his friends Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Taj Mahal, Shemekia Copeland and others paid tribute to him in an all-star concert. The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal honored Cotton with their 2015 B.B. King Award for his seven decades of contributions to the blues.

Throughout his entire career, Cotton’s blast-furnace harmonica sound and larger-than-life personality always remained a true force of nature, described by USA Today as “devastating and powerful…carrying the Chicago sound to the world.”

Cotton is survived by his wife Jacklyn Hairston Cotton, daughters Teresa Hampton of Seattle, Washington and Marshall Ann Cotton of Peoria, Illinois and son James Patrick Cotton of Chicago, Illinois, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.







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The Blues Foundation Announces 2018 Blues Music Awards Winners

And the Winners are:

Acoustic Album: “Break the Chain” — Doug MacLeod

Acoustic Artist: Taj Mahal

Album: “TajMo” — Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’

B.B. King Entertainer: Taj Mahal

Band: Rick Estrin & the Nightcats

Best Emerging Artist Album: “Southern Avenue” — Southern Avenue

Contemporary Blues Album: “TajMo” — Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’

Contemporary Blues Female Artist: Samantha Fish

Contemporary Blues Male Artist: Keb’ Mo'

Historical: “A Legend Never Dies, Essential Recordings 1976-1997” — Luther Allison (Ruf Recordings)

Instrumentalist-Vocalist: Beth Hart

Instrumentalist-Bass: Michael “Mudcat” Ward

Instrumentalist-Drums: Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist-Guitar: Ronnie Earl

Instrumentalist-Harmonica: Jason Ricci

Instrumentalist-Horn: Trombone Shorty

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player (Instrumentalist — Piano): Victor Wainwright

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female): Ruthie Foster

Rock Blues Album: “We’re All In This Together” — Walter Trout

Rock Blues Artist: Mike Zito

Song: “The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere” written by Rick Estrin and performed by Rick Estrin

Soul Blues Album: “Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm” — Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm

Soul Blues Female Artist: Mavis Staples

Soul Blues Male Artist: Curtis Salgado

Traditional Blues Album: “Right Place, Right Time” — Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter

Traditional Blues Male Artist: Rick Estrin

Congratulation to the winners and all nominatees too!!


Nominees 2018

(Memphis, TN) – The Blues Foundation is announced the nominees for the 39th Blues Music Awards. Congratulations to all musicians, producers, engineers, and record labels for making such stellar music this past year!

This event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives, and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. The BMAs are generally recognized as the highest honor given to blues musicians and are awarded by vote of Blues Foundation members.

The BMA Ballot will be sent to all Blues Foundation members on January 23, 2018. Voting closes on March 1, 2018. Purchase BMA tickets and reserve your hotel room so you can be there in person to witness the historic events. Join the Blues Foundation and you can receive a BMA ballot and vote for your favorites.

The nominees for the 39th Blues Music Awards are:

Acoustic Album of the Year:

Catfish Keith – Mississippi River Blues
Doug MacLeod – Break the Chain
Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi – Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train
Harrison Kennedy – Who U Tellin’?
Mitch Woods – Friends Along The Way
Rory Block – Keepin’ Outta Trouble

Acoustic Artist

Doug McLeod
Guy Davis
Harrison Kennedy
Rory Block
Taj Mahal

Album of the Year

Don Bryant – Don’t Give Up on Love
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter – Right Place, Right Time
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Groovin’ In Greaseland
TajMo – TajMo
Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While

Band of the Year

The Cash Box Kings
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter
Nick Moss Band
North Mississippi All-Stars
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year

Bobby Rush
Michael Ledbetter
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford
Taj Mahal

Best Emerging Artist Album

Altered Five Blues Band – Charmed & Dangerous
Larkin Poe – Peach
Miss Freddye – Lady of the Blues
R.L. Boyce – Roll and Tumble
Southern Avenue – Southern Avenue
Tas Cru – Simmered & Stewed

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year

Beth Hart – Fire on the Floor
Corey Dennison Band – Night After Night
Ronnie Baker Brooks – Times Have Changed
Selwyn Birchwood – Pick Your Poison
TajMo – TajMo

Contemporary Blues Female Artist

Beth Hart
Karen Lovely
Samantha Fish
Shemekia Copeland
Vanessa Collier

Contemporary Blues Male Artist

Keb’ Mo’
Michael Ledbetter
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Selwyn Birchwood
Toronzo Cannon

Historical Album of the Year

Jimmy Reed, Mr. Luck: The Complete Vee-Jay Singles – Craft Recordings
John Lee Hooker, King of the Boogie – Craft Recordings
Luther Allison, A Legend Never Dies – Ruf Records
The Paul deLay Band, Live at Notodden ’97 – Little Village Foundation
Various, American Epic: The Collection – Sony Legacy


Benny Turner
Bob Stroger
Larry Fulcher
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn


Jimi Bott
June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel


Anson Funderburgh
Chris Cain
Christoffer “Kid” Andersen
Monster Mike Welch
Ronnie Earl


Billy Branch
Dennis Gruenling
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin


Al Basile
Jimmy Carpenter
Nancy Wright
Trombone Shorty
Vanessa Collier

Instrumentalist- Pinetop Perkins Piano Player

Anthony Geraci
Henry Gray
Jim Pugh
Mitch Woods
Victor Wainwright

Instrumentalist – Vocals

Beth Hart
Don Bryant
John Németh
Michael Ledbetter
Sugaray Rayford
Wee Willie Walker

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)

Annika Chambers
Diunna Greenleaf
Janiva Magness
Miss Freddye
Ruthie Foster

Rock Blues Album of the Year

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – Lay It On Down
Mike Zito – Make Blues Not War
North Mississippi Allstars – Prayer for Peace
Savoy Brown – Witchy Feelin’Walter Trout – We’re All In This Together

Rock Blues Artist

Eric Gales
Jason Ricci
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Mike Zito
Walter Trout

Song of the Year

“The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere” – written by Rick Estrin
“Don’t Give Up On Love” – written by Scott Bomar and Don Bryant
“Don’t Leave Me Here” – written by Kevin R. Moore, Taj Mahal, and Gary Nicholson
“Hate Take a Holiday” – written by Willie Walker, Anthony Paule, and Ernie Williams
“Prayer for Peace” – written by Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, and Oteil Burbridge

Soul Blues Album of the Year

Don Bryant – Don’t Give Up on Love
Johnny Rawls – Waiting for the Train
Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
Sugaray Rayford – The World That We Live In
Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While

Soul Blues Female Artist

Bettye LaVette
Denise LaSalle
Mavis Staples
Trudy Lynn
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist

Curtis Salgado
Don Bryant
Johnny Rawls
Sugaray Rayford
William Bell
Wee Willie Walker

Traditional Blues Album of the Year

The Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint
Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio – Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
Kim Wilson – Blues and Boogie Vol. 1
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter – Right Place, Right Time
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Groovin’ In Greaseland
Various Artists – Howlin’ At Greaseland

Traditional Blues Female Artist

Annika Chambers
Diunna Greenleaf
Janiva Magness
Miss Freddye
Ruthie Foster

Traditional Blues Male Artist

John Primer
Kim Wilson
Lurrie Bell
R.L. Boyce
Rick Estrin

Good luck to all nominees!!




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It is always fascinating to see who makes the final nomination cut in the Grammy's
. The most part the nominees are seasoned blues veterans with a huge recognition in blues field


Best Traditional Blues Album:

"Can't Shake The Feeling". Lurrie Bell
"Live At The Greek Theatre". Joe Bonamassa
"Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger's Songbook: Volumes I & II)". Luther Dickinson
"The Soul of Jimmie Rodgers". Vasti Jackson
"Porcupine Meat". Bobby RusH - Winner

Best Contemporary Blues Album:

"The Last Days Of Oakland". Fantastic Negrito - Winner
"Love Wins Again". Janiva Magness
"Bloodline". Kenny Neal
"Give It Back To You". The Record Company
"Everybody Wants A Piece". Joe Louis Walker



Siempre es algo fascinante comprobar quienes son los nominados a los premios Grammy. En la mayoría de los casos los nominados son artistas veteranos que han conseguido un enorme reconocimiento en el mundo del blues.


Best Traditional Blues Album:

"Can't Shake The Feeling". Lurrie Bell
"Live At The Greek Theatre". Joe Bonamassa
"Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger's Songbook: Volumes I & II)". Luther Dickinson
"The Soul of Jimmie Rodgers". Vasti Jackson
"Porcupine Meat". Bobby Rush - Ganador

Best Contemporary Blues Album:

"The Last Days Of Oakland". Fantastic Negrito - Ganador
"Love Wins Again". Janiva Magness
"Bloodline". Kenny Neal
"Give It Back To You". The Record Company
"Everybody Wants A Piece". Joe Louis Walker





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Blues Blast Magazine
2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Blues Blast Magazine is proud to have the honor of recognizing Henry Gray, Barrelhouse Chuck and Bruce Iglauer with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize an individual's lifetime of contribution to blues music.
Henry Gray and Bruce Iglauer will receive their awards at the Blues Blast Music Awards Ceremonies on September 23rd at the Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois.

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Henry Gray
Henry Gray is one of the last standing artists that link the rural blues of the deep south with the electric blues of the Windy City of Chicago. The 91-year-old Gray was born in the small town of Kenner, Louisiana in 1925, but it was in the big city of Chicago that he would leave an indelible mark on the modern blues. He started playing the piano at the age of eight and was already under the spell of blues music at that point.
As a teen, Gray played in the Baton Rouge area with several different combos, sharpening his skills with bigger and better things on his mind. He got his first taste of the bright lights of Chicago on a brief trip up north in 1939, but a permanent move there would have to wait. In 1943, with World War II in full rage, he was drafted to the South Pacific and served in the tropics until he was discharged in 1946.
Soon Gray gravitated back to Chicago, a town he would call home for the next two-plus decades. Guitarists Big Bill Broonzy and Tampa Red were a couple of Gray's initial contacts in Chicago and it wasn't long before he struck up a friendship with another legendary piano player - Sunnyland Slim.
Sunnyland introduced Gray to one of the most renowned pianist in Chicago in the late 1940s - Big Maceo Merriweather. After meeting Merriweather, Gray's style changed considerably and his left-hand technique improved immensely as he dove head-first into the hardcore blues. Merriweather and Gray become inseparable friends and after Big Maceo was sidelined with a stroke, rendering his left hand useless, Gray didn't hesitate to help out on the bandstand. He simply played the left side of the piano, while Merriweather played the right.
In the early 1950s, Gray backed up Jimmy Rogers at Chess Records, cutting "Out On The Road Again" and '"The Last Time." He befriended harmonica ace Little Walter Jacobs (who like Gray, was born in Louisiana), and soon they could be found playing the blues together all around Chicagoland. Chess Records was he preeminent blues label in Chicago - if not the world - in the mid-50s. Gray was right in the middle of this explosion. He became Leonard Chess' go-to piano player for the label's impressive roster of blues artists. The Red Devil Trio (Little Hudson Showers - guitar; James Bannister - drums; Gray - piano) was Gray's steady performing outfit at the time, but he found the time to work with Jimmy Rogers, Muddy Waters, Magic Sam and Howlin' Wolf, as well.
It was Gray's association with Wolf that turned out to be the longest tenured, with the two playing together on and off from 1956 until 1968. Gray was a key part of what many consider to be the Wolf's penultimate group, along with guitarist Hubert Sumlin and drummer SP Leary. While he was still in the Wolf's employ, Gray also managed to often work with other artists around Chicago slide guitar king Elmore James. In the late 1960s, tired of life on the road with Howlin' Wolf, Gray headed back down south to the familiar confines of Baton Rouge.
Back home, Gray hooked up with Slim Harpo and played with him until his death in early 1970. In 1977, Gray recorded his very first solo album, They Call Me Little Henry in Germany on the Blue Beat label. In the late 1980s, Gray's career as a bluesman began to pick up a second head of steam, when he cut Lucky Man - his first solo album released in the United States on Blind Pig Records. In the early '90s, Gray met harmonica player, producer and club owner Bob Corritore. The pair struck up a fast friendship and beautiful working relationship that remains strong to this day.
Corritore and Gray's latest release - Blues Won't Let Me Take My Rest - is nominated in the Historical or Vintage Recording category in the 2016 Blues Blast Awards. (Both Henry and Bob are performing at the awards this year!) So, just how revered is Henry Gray and his piano playing? Well, in 1998 Gray was invited to fly over to Paris and play at Rolling Stones' singer Mick Jagger's birthday party. Gray played piano, while Jagger strapped on a guitar and blew the harp on a few choice songs.
Unfortunately, a lot of Gray's peers and fellow piano players from the golden age of the Chicago blues - cats like Otis Spann, Pinetop Perkins, Sunnyland Slim and Big Maceo are no longer with us. Henry is as vital a part of the blues scene today as he was back in 1956.
In recognition of his individual style and vibrant career spanning eight decades, Blues Blast Magazine is proud to present it's Lifetime Achievement Award to Henry Gray.

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Barrelhouse Chuck Harvey Charles Goering
Better known in the blues world as Barrelhouse Chuck - is being honored for his lifetime service to all things blues related for the past five decades. There are others that currently play - and have played - Chicago piano blues, but few have lived it, breathed it, tasted it, experienced it and just flat-out loved it like Chuck has. He rubbed elbows with Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Lafayette Leake, Willie Dixon, Big Walter Horton and Jay McShann, to name just a few. He's shared the stage with luminaries and Rock-N-Roll Hall of Famers like Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Billy Gibbons, to name just a few. He also calls James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Little Joe Berson, Billy Flynn and Erwin Helfer friends. He regularly finds his name on the roll call of nominees for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Award at the annual Blues Music Awards.
Chuck learned his craft first-hand by spending countless nights hanging out in the smallest of clubs in Chicago to watch and learn from his heroes up close and personal. Many of his contemporaries may have remained locked up in their basements or bedrooms in an attempt to play the blues on the 88s, but Chuck's integration came from watching the hands and the fingers of the masters - cats like Pinetop, Detroit Junior, Sunnyland Slim and Little Brother Montgomery - up on the bandstand, stealing every little lick that he possibly could.
But one of the things that set Chuck apart from many of his peers - his incredibly-active left hand aside - was the way that he treated and interacted with the legends that he learned from. Big Moose, Blind John Davis, Detroit Junior and Little Brother were more than just mentors to Chuck; they became his close friends. So in close, in fact, that they morphed into devoted members of Chuck's extended family. Neither age nor race mattered to Chuck. These men were important to him and he demonstrated just how much they meant to him by sharing bottles, food, clothing and even shelter with many of them.
They talked, laughed, swapped stories and reminisced, sometimes all night long, purely because they enjoyed each other's company so much. His abilities to tickle the ivories with the best of them is just one small part of the reason that Chuck has been a vital and integral part of the Chicago blues scene since the 1970s. Almost as important to him as playing the blues is making sure that the forefathers of the genre are never forgotten. He brings this up at every opportunity that he's afforded and as he told Blues Blast back in 2014:
“I’ve been a musician for about 50 years and have been playing blues piano for 40 and right from the get-go I’ve been trying to carry on the rich legacy of all these wonderful guys that I was fortunate enough to play with and to know . Every night on the bandstand I do “Call my Job” and say this is a Detroit Junior song and I talk about Leroy Carr and Sunnyland Slim and about all these people that were huge icons in my life. And my mission in my life has been to play the music of the people that I used to play with. So a lot of the songs that I play now, I used to play with the guys that wrote the songs and recorded them back in the day.”
In addition to being something akin to a walking Encyclopedia Britannica, with an amazing recall of dates, people and events all floating around his brain in a very impressive fashion, Chuck also has quite a physical collection of the history of the blues – a veritable blues museum full of exquisite memorabilia. He’s got the electric Wurlitzer that Sunnyland Slim played on Maxwell Street; he’s got the microphone that Big Walter Horton blew through on Maxwell Street; he’s got Little Brother Montgomery’s PA, along with autographs, pictures, posters, articles of clothing, 78s, 45s … well, you get the picture.
For his tireless work at helping to promote the Chicago blues and his lifetime of performing music, Blues Blast Magazine is proud to present it's Lifetime Achievement Award to Barrelhouse Chuck.

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Bruce Iglauer
As the CEO of Alligator Records for 45 years, Bruce Iglauer has expanded the definition of blues. First bitten by the blues bug in 1966 after seeing Mississippi Fred McDowell live, Iglauer agreed to guarantee the costs of concerts by Luther Allison and Howlin’ Wolf at Lawrence College in exchange for complete control of their publicity. Both shows sold out. He co-founded Living Blues Magazine in 1970 at a time when the only English language blues magazines were Blues World and Blues Unlimited published in England.
While still a shipping clerk at Delmark Records in 1971, Iglauer turned $2500 of inheritance money into his first Alligator Records release, Hound Dog Taylor and The Houserockers and personally delivered copies to college DJs around the country planting the seed for good rockin’ boogie to became color blind among rock hounds who figured out that blues didn’t start – or end – with the Rolling Stones doing “Little Red Rooster.”
Bruce heard blues as art and later signed many other legendary artists like Johnny Winter, James Cotton, Luther Allison and Otis Rush to the Alligator label.
In 1975 he’d signed "The Queen of The Blues" Koko Taylor and released her I Got What It Takes album. The former Chess Records artist would go on to record a total of nine Alligator records, eight of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. By the time of her death in 2009, she had won 25 W. C. Handy Awards, more than any other artist.
Alligator took home its first Grammy in 1982 for Clifton Chenier’s I’m Here and cracked Billboard’s Top 200 two years later with Johnny Winter’s Guitar Slinger, a return-to-the-roots album that became the label’s 14th Grammy nomination. Iglauer teamed Albert Collins, Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland for Showdown, the 1985 Grammy winner for Best Blues Recording.
Alligator went on to become the world’s largest independent contemporary blues label. It was the first blues label to transfer from vinyl to CDs and was among the first labels to market its catalog over the internet. Today, the Alligator catalog includes almost 300 albums, 125 produced or co-produced by Iglauer.
A half a century into this game, Iglauer continues his uncanny ability of presenting vital new artists like Toronzo Cannon, Selwin Birchwood and Moreland & Arbuckle.
In recognition of an amazing career that has helped to elevate blues to its true place as a proud example of American culture, Blues Blast Magazine is proud to present it's Lifetime Achievement Award to Bruce Iglauer.









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Published a new issue of Blues News Magazine

It has just been published a new issue of Finnish BLUES NEWS Magazine. This issue 292 with seventy five pages and excellent color and black & white pictures, includes substantial in-depth articles, album and live shows and festival reviews, discographies, obituraries, interviews, historical articles and many very interesting news about blues, r&b and soul.
In this issue you will find different and varied articles devoted to Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, Twist Turner, Lenny Miles, Neil Sedaka, Lowell Fulson, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Copenhaguen Jazz Festival, from Barcelona (Spain) El Toro Records... and other very interesting ones, together with more than thity album reviews.
An excellent magazine that, although it is written in Finnish, deserves your attention.

Publicado el nuevo número de la revista Blues News

Acaba de aparecer el número 292 de la revista finlandesa BLUES NEWS. Esta nueva entrega con setenta y cinco páginas y excelentes fotos a color y blanco y negro, nos presenta artículos de fondo, reseñas de conciertos, festivales y discos, discografías, obituarios, entrevistas, historia y muchas noticias interesantísimas sobre el mundo del blues, del r&b y del soul.
En este número figuran entre otros diversos y variados artículos dedicados a
Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, Twist Turner, Lenny Miles, Neil Sedaka, Lowell Fulson, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Copenhaguen Jazz Festival, desde Barcelona (Spain) El Toro Records... y muchos otros interesantes artículos, junto a más de cuarenta reseñas de discos.
Una revista excelente y, aunque escrita en finlandés, digna de tener en cuenta.






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Here are the results where LA HORA DEL BLUES  is one of the voting members:

Critics’ Poll

Blues Artist of the Year (Male) Taj Mahal

Blues Artist of the Year (Female) Mavis Staples

Most Outstanding Blues Singer Wee Willie Walker

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar) John Primer

Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) Omar Coleman

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) Henry Gray

Most Outstanding Musician (Bass) Benny Turner

Most Outstanding Musician (Drums) Cedric Burnside

Most Outstanding Musician (Horns) James “Boogaloo” Bolden

Most Outstanding Musician (Other) Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton – Banjo/Fiddle

Best Live Performer Bobby Rush

Comeback Artist of the Year Don Bryant

Artist Deserving More Attention Jontavious Willis

Best Blues Albums of 2017 Album of the Year Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ – TajMo – Concord Records

New Recordings (Contemporary Blues) Mr. Sipp – Knock a Hole in It – Malaco Records

New Recordings (Southern Soul) Don Bryant – Don’t Give Up on Love – Fat Possum Records

New Recordings (Best Debut) Jontavious Willis – Blue Metamorphosis – No Label

New Recordings (Traditional & Acoustic) Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway – Nonesuch Records

Historical (Pre-war) Various Artists – Blue 88s: Unreleased Piano Blues Gems 1938–1942 – Hi Horse Records

Historical (Postwar) Jimmy Reed – Mr. Luck: The Complete Vee-Jay Singles – Craft Recordings

Blues Book of the Year The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville – By Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff – University Press of Mississippi

DVD of the Year Various Artists – I am the Blues – Directed by Daniel Cross – Film Movement

Producer of the Year (New Recording) Scott Bomar and Bruce Watson Don Bryant – Don’t Give Up on Love – Fat Possum Records

Producer of the Year (Historical Recording) Robin Cohn and Larry Cohn Various Artists – Blue 88s: Unreleased Piano Blues Gems 1938–1942 – Hi Horse Records

Readers’ Poll

Blues Artist of the Year (Male) Buddy Guy

Blues Artist of the Year (Female) Samantha Fish

Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar) Buddy Guy

Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) Charlie Musselwhite

Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) Marcia Ball

Best Live Performer Buddy Guy

Most Outstanding Blues Singer Buddy Guy

Best Blues Album of 2017 (New Release) Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ – TajMo – Concord Records

Best Blues Album of 2017 (Historical Recording) John Lee Hooker – King of the Boogie – Craft Recordings

Best Blues DVD of 2017 The Nighthawks – Nighthawks on the Blue Highway – Directed by Michael Streissguth – EllerSoul Records

Best Blues Book of 2017 Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition – By Adam Gussow – University of North Carolina Press


From La Hora del Blues congratulations to all winners!!!






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Todd Leopold, CNN

The Mississippi native's reign as "king of the blues" lasted more than six decades and straddled two centuries, influencing a generation of rock and blues musicians, from Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to Sheryl Crow and John Mayer.

His life was the subject of the documentary "B.B. King: The Life of Riley," and the inspiration for the The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, which opened in 2008.

King's enduring legacy came from his refusal to slow down even after cementing his status as an American music icon.

Even with a long list of honors to his name  -Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Presidential Medal of Freedom- he maintained a relentless touring schedule well into his 80s.

Throughout his career, King evolved with the times to incorporate contemporary trends and influences without straying from his Delta blues roots. Whether he was sharing the stage with U2 on "When Loves Comes to Town" -a scene memorialized in the 1988 concert film, "Rattle and Hum"- or playing in the East Room of the White House with Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and others, King's single-string guitar notes trilled with an unmistakable vibrato from his hollow-bodied Gibson affectionately known as Lucille.

Slowing down
King finally started showing signs of his age last year after decades of living with Type II diabetes.

A shaky show in St. Louis prompted his reps to issue an apology for "a performance that did not match Mr. King's usual standard of excellence." He fell ill in October after a show at Chicago's House of Blues due to dehydration and exhaustion, prompting a rare cancellation of the remainder of his tour.

He was hospitalized for dehydration April in Las Vegas, a long way from his modest roots as the son of a sharecropper.

King was born on September 16, 1925, on a cotton plantation between Indianola and what is now Itta Bena, Mississippi. He sang with church choirs as a child and learned basic guitar chords from his uncle, a preacher. In his youth, he played on street corners for dimes, saying he earned more in one night singing on the corner than he did in one week working in the cotton field.

Beale Street Blues Boy
He enlisted in the Army during World War II but was released because he drove a tractor, an essential homefront occupation.

In 1947, he hitchhiked to Memphis, Tennessee, home to a thriving music scene that supported aspiring black performers. He stayed with his cousin Bukka White, one of the most celebrated blues performers of his time, who schooled King further in the art of the blues.

King took the Beale Street Blues Boy, or BB for short, as a disc jockey for radio station WDIA/AM Memphis.

He got his first big break in 1948 by performing on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio program out of West Memphis, leading to steady engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis, and a 10-minute spot on WDIA.

As "King's Spot" grew in popularity on WDIA, King shortened "Beale Street Blues Boy" to "Blues Boy King," and eventually B.B. King.

His ascent continued in 1949 with his first recordings, "Miss Martha King/Take a Swing with Me" and "How Do You Feel When Your Baby Packs Up and Goes/I've Got the Blues." His first hit record "Three O'clock Blues" was released in 1951 and stayed on the top of the charts for four months.

Beloved Lucille
It was during this era that King first named his beloved guitar Lucille. In the mid-1950s, King was performing at a dance in Twist, Arkansas, when a few fans became unruly and started a fire. King ran out, forgetting his guitar, and risked his life to go back and get it. He later found out that two men fighting over a woman named Lucille knocked over a kerosene heater that started the fire. He named the guitar Lucille, "to remind myself never to do anything that foolish."

King has used various models of Gibson guitars over the years and named them each Lucille. In the 1980s, Gibson officially dropped the model number ES-355 on the guitar King used and it became a custom-made signature model named Lucille, manufactured exclusively for the "King of the Blues."

30 Grammy nominations
In 1970, he won his first Grammy, for Best R&B Vocal Performance Male for his trademark song, "The Thrill is Gone." That same year, he debuted an all-blues show at Carnegie Hall and appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Over the years, he racked up 30 Grammy nominations and 15 wins, including two in 2000: one along with Eric Clapton for Best Traditional Blues Album for "Riding with the King," and another with Dr. John for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Is You Is, or Is You Ain't (My Baby."

His last was in February 2009 for Best Traditional Blues Album for "One Kind Favor" (2008).

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A2IM Honors Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records Founder, with Libera Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) is proud to announce that the third annual Libera Awards Lifetime Achievement Award will honor Bruce Iglauer, Founder and CEO of Alligator Records, for both his work as a leader in the music industry as well as his humanitarian efforts. Iglauer will be honored with the award on June 19 at NYC's Highline Ballroom, and in what has now become a Libera Awards tradition, 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Tom Silverman, Founder of TommY BoY, will present the award.

Bruce Iglauer has always been a fierce supporter of Independent music. In 1971, he launched Alligator Records on his own, a label that would go on to become home to some of the world's foremost blues and roots rock talent. What began as the dream of a 23-year-old shipping clerk who wanted to record and release an album with his favorite band, Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers, has today grown into "the leading record label for the blues" (New York Times). Alligator Records currently has a catalog of 300 critically lauded titles, over 130 produced or co-produced by Iglauer. Artists on the label have earned a total of three GRAMMY Awards, 40 GRAMMY nominations, over 100 Blues Music Awards and more than 70 Living Blues Awards.

A fixture on the Chicago blues scene, Bruce is known as a "do-everything-guy" (Chicago Tribune) and has spent his career championing blues and roots rock. Whether he's jumpstarting the careers of new talent or renewing the careers of legends, artists including Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, Lonnie Brooks, Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite, among many others, have found success with the label. Alligator Records' current roster includes Marcia Ball, Selwyn Birchwood, Tommy Castro, James Cotton, Jesse Dee, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, JJ Grey & Mofro, The Holmes Brothers, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Anders Osborne, Roomful of Blues, Curtis Salgado, The Siegel-Schwall Band, Jarekus Singleton and Joe Louis Walker.

In addition to supporting artists' musical ambitions, Bruce has always taken great pride in the deep relationships he has with the artists of Alligator. Over the years, Bruce has been known to open his home to musicians needing a place to live during times of personal trouble. He makes himself available to his artists day or night, working tirelessly to support struggling musicians. As part of his work outside the label, Bruce is the Founder and current Co-Director of the Blues Community Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting blues music education and assisting blues musicians and their families who are in need. Bruce was awarded the NARM 1996 Mickey Granberg Award for "sustained and unwavering commitment to independent music and the independent music community" and was named a Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago magazine in 2001. In 2011, Bruce was honored as a Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts by the Chicago Tribune for his contributions to the music community over the years. Bruce was also a founding member and 26-year board member of the first Independent music label organization National Association of Independent Record Distributors and Manufacturers (NAIRD), later the Association for Independent Music (AFIM), and is now on the Board and Executive Committee of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), representing the U.S. independent music industry.

Tom Silverman of TommY BoY Entertainment, the winner of the 2013 A2IM Libera Awards Lifetime Achievement Award and a long-time friend of Bruce's, will present Bruce with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Tom is the founder of the independent record label TommY BoY. Silverman launched the careers of such early hip hop acts as De La Soul, Digital Underground, Queen Latifah, Naughty by Nature, House of Pain and Coolio. Silverman is a founding member of A2IM, and currently serves on the board of Merlin and SoundExchange.

In 2012 the inaugural winner of the A2IM Libera Awards Lifetime Achievement Award was Martin Mills of the Beggars Group. Nominations for the 2014 Libera Awards will be announced this Friday, April 25 and voting will open immediately to the A2IM independent music community.

About A2IM:

A2IM is a not-for-profit trade organization serving the Independent music community as a unified voice representing a sector that, according to Billboard magazine, comprises 34.6% of the music industry's market share in the United States (and almost 40% of SoundScan digital album sales). The organization represents the Independents' interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community.
The organization's board of directors is composed of the following: Concord Records President Glenn Barros; Daptone Records General Manager Cathy Bauer; Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Director of Marketing & Sales Richard James Burgess; Yep Roc Records Co-Owner Tor Hansen; Alligator Records Founder/CEO Bruce Iglauer; The Beggars Group Founder/CEO Martin Mills; Kill Rock Stars President Portia Sabin; Glassnote Records General Manager Chris Scully; Ole SVP Jim Selby; Dead Oceans/Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian Founder/Co-Owner Darius Van Arman; Razor & Tie COO Victor Zaraya.




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Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues world. Categories and past recipients can be found by clicking on Past Recipients or Search on the navigation bar on the left side of this page. Awards are not necessarily awarded in each category every year.

The Blues Foundation will present the 2016 KBA Awards during a recognition lunch at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The KBA ceremony will be part of the International Blues Challenge (IBC) weekend of events.

Unlike the Blues Music Awards, the award recognizing the past year's best in recordings and performance voted on by thousands of The Blues Foundation's members, the KBAs are awarded to non-performers strictly on the basis of merit by a select panel of Blues professionals. Noted educator, author, journalist, and KBA Chairman Art Tipaldi notes "The KBA may be awarded for the recipient's work in the past year but most often reflects a lifetime of work; we don't view the recipient as the winner of a 'best of the year' category. Consistent with this philosophy, the committee generally refrains from awarding the KBA to an individual or organization more than once. Rather, we select a new deserving winner each year, except in rare cases when a significant period of time has elapsed since the first award."

Vicente Zúmel was honoured with 2013 Keeping the Blues Alive Award in International category. He has beeb the first Spanish one who received this award!!

The 2016 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards recipients are:

A summary for each recipient follows this press release.

The Blues Foundation's Mission Statement reads, "To preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance excellence, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form." Based in Memphis, TN and founded in 1980, The Blues Foundation has 4,000 individual members and 200 affiliated local blues societies representing another 50,000 fans and professionals around the world. Its signature honors and events – the Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame, International Blues Challenge, and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards – make it the international center of blues music. Its HART Fund provides the blues community with medical assistance, while its Sound Healthcare program offers musicians health insurance access. Blues in the Schools programs and Generation Blues scholarships expose new generations to blues music. Throughout the year, the Foundation staff serves the worldwide blues community with answers, contact information, and news.

2016 Keeping the Blues Alive Award Recipients:

CHENANGO BLUES FESTIVAL The Chenango Blues Festival was first held twenty-four years ago and has been run ever since by largely the same group of committed blues fans, supplemented by some new younger members. The nonprofit group has no paid positions and takes a "by fans, for fans" approach to all of its activities. The festival features continuous music on two stages, on-site camping, and a free Friday opening night. Headlined in year one by Anson Funderburgh with Sam Myers, other artists to appear include Luther Allison, Koko Taylor, Rod Piazza, Irma Thomas, North Mississippi All-Stars, Dick Waterman, Fabulous Thunderbirds and many more. The festival is always two weekends before Labor Day at the Chenango County Fairgrounds in Norwich, NY and its many regular fans look forward to this late summer stop on the festival circuit. The Chenango Blues Association also runs a Free Thursdays concert series in July and August.

NOEL HAYES Noel Hayes has been a blues patron since he first heard Charlie Musselwhite live in 1977. As a result of his extensive blues knowledge, in 1985, Noel was asked to play music from his collection on listener-supported KPOO radio and talk about the artists. He has hosted his own live-streamed show on Wednesday mornings since 2000. Working tirelessly to bring blues to the Bay Area and beyond, Noel has brought many musicians to San Francisco, inviting them to stay at his home to ease their financial burden, getting them gigs, and helping back several recordings. Musicians Noel has interviewed include - Floyd Dixon, Gatemouth Brown, Honeyboy Edwards, Ruth Brown, Howard Tate, and Johnny Copeland, as well as Elvin Bishop, Joe Louis Walker, Mighty Sam McClain, and Denise LaSalle, among many others. He has also graciously emceed several IBC events for The Golden Gate Blues Society and was Blues DJ of the year from the Bay Area Blues Society in 2008.

ERIC SUHER While still in high school, in 1983, Eric Suher began working in various roles for the New Rhythm and Blues Quartet (NRBQ), launching a promoting career that has spanned four decades. In 1995, Suher purchased the Iron Horse Music Hall in downtown Northampton, MA, in order to insure its place in the community, and, shortly thereafter he also purchased and renovated the historic Calvin Theater (built in 1924) and Pearl Street Nightclub. As steward of these three venues, Suher has kept this small New England college town on the map for the live blues circuit. The walls of the 170-seat Iron Horse have many stories to tell, bearing witness to performances by a who's who of the blues, including veterans such as Willie Dixon, Honeyboy Edwards, Johnny Winter, Koko Taylor, Hubert Sumlin, Mose Allison, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds as well as newer names on the scene such as Shemekia Copeland, Albert Cummings and Samantha Fish. When the Horse can't hold 'em, the 1,300-seat Calvin Theater has accommodated larger crowds for legends like B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Warren Haynes, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, and Robert Cray. But nothing beats great live blues music up close and personal at the Iron Horse.

SHARON McCONNELL-DICKERSON Sharon McConnell-Dickerson's Life Masks of legendary blues musicians is a stunning collection that celebrates the trailblazers of the music. The 59 Blues Legends Life Masks capture every facial nuance and detail. Legends like Othar Turner, Sam Carr, Dorothy Moore, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Little Milton, R.L. Burnside, James Cotton, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Taj Mahal, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Henry Townsend, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Koko Taylor, and Odetta are some of the masks McConnell has lovingly created. This was all accomplished as Sharon was losing her sight. Since 2005, McConnell-Dickerson has shared her exhibit with galleries and blues festivals around the world, including the National Civil Rights Museum and the Blues Music Awards both in 2009, and a large part of her collection will be on display at the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame beginning in December of 2015.

CENTRAL IOWA BLUES SOCIETY The Central Iowa Blues Society was founded in October 1992 and has been affiliated with the Blues Foundation since 1993. During the course of its existence, the society has weathered many storms, including crises of finances, membership and leadership, and had witnessed countless partnerships, programs, venues, blues acts and members come and gone, but, standing the test of time, CIBS has remained committed to the same purposes and goals under which it was formed. Its programs include the Winter Blues Fest, which began in 1994 by bringing national and local musicians together at various indoor venues during the winter months, and the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame, which has inducted 59 deserving blues artists and industry supporters with Iowa ties since 1999. The Iowa Blues Challenge began in 1994, has been produced in cooperation with other Iowa Blues Societies since 1997, and was such a successful model that in 1999, the Blues Foundation adopted much of Iowa's challenge format to become the International Blues Challenge. Throughout its history, CIBS is very proud of its many partnerships with area charitable and community groups helping support worthy causes while spreading the news about the Blues.

FRED DELFORGE Though he's a world class photographer and writer, Fred Delforge is best known for developing his website,, 15 years ago as a portal to promote all forms of blues and other styles to his European audience. His site includes new reviews of over 750 CDs and over 400 live reports every year from volunteers around the world who attend festivals, the IBCs, BMAs, European Blues Challenge, and who report daily activity. From a modest 1,000 visitors a month when the site began, it grew to 30,000 four years later and then to 100,000 at its best. Then seven years ago he created a new team for Zicazic now with 15 persons, photographers, writers, and web engineers. In addition to writer and photographer for his site, Fred is also a four-year member of the European Blues Union Board of Directors. In 2011, Fred, with 14 persons, co-founded France Blues and with the Zicazic Team he tried to create a website as efficient as possible for this new association. After only one year, the site boasted over 20,000 visitors a month. After 4 years, it reached 65,000 a month.

TODD GLAZER Todd Glazer is not only the leader in blues music radio promotion — essentially publicizing new releases for radio airplay and exposure — he was the first in the business. Todd started promoting blues albums to radio more than 20 years ago, setting the bar for everyone who has followed. His radio campaigns include work for the Grammy-nominated music of Buddy Guy, Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Ruthie Foster, and others to Blues Music Award winners like Janiva Magness, John Nemeth, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Rawls, and many, many more. Todd has worked for labels like Stony Plain (14 years) and he handles individual artists with a limited budget. Ask blues musicians who promote their music to radio programmers and you will hear Todd Glazer's name over and over. In addition to making sure his clients get the proper airplay and exposure through his work with Todd Glazer Promotions, he was also the 14-year host of "The Twilight Show," a popular blues radio show in Anchorage, Alaska. Todd has also worked pro bono to promote the online pay per view "Raise The Roof" fundraising campaign and helped promote the Blue Star Connection's concert at Knuckleheads and charity CD release

CAHORS BLUES FESTIVAL The Cahors Blues Festival, founded in 1982, is the oldest blues festival in France. The founder is Gerard Tertre, who passed away in 2002. Known throughout Europe, this July festival has attracted several thousand people to each of its evening main stage concerts. It has revealed to the public many artists little known or unknown thanks to its talent competition, and pursues its quest for cultural promotion and development of Delta Blues and Blues music in general. In 2006, Robert Mauries joined the festival and became President & CEO and continued with Tertre's vision. Now, more than 20,000 people join the festival each year. Its dozen free afternoon concerts and those on the café terrasses give Cahors the look of a town in the Mississippi Delta. The main stage concerts welcome the most talented Delta bluesmen and Memphis artists. In 2014, Cahors was granted a Mississippi Trail Marker, the second in Europe. Johnny Winter's last performance was on Cahors Blues Stage in 2014 and Robert set up a street of Cahors named for Johnny Winter in July 2015 to commemorate his memory. In February 2015, the European Blues Union recognized Robert Mauries for the Cahors Blues Festival with the Behind The Stage European Award.

YELLOW DOG RECORDS Yellow Dog Records was founded in 2002 in Memphis, TN by Michael Powers with the goal of cultivating the American musical heritage. Named after the famous Delta train that W.C. Handy was waiting for in Tutwiler when he first heard the blues in 1903, the label features artists who emphasize innovative approaches to authentic American musical roots traditions — blues, jazz, soul, and Americana styles. By providing support for recording, production, promotion, and distribution, Yellow Dog Records brings this vital music to new and wider audiences. Artists like Eden Brent, Colin Linden, The Soul of John Black, Cassie Taylor, Fiona Boyes, Mary Flower, and others make up the label's extensive catalogue, nominated for over thirty Blues Music Awards. Current releases include The Claudettes and The Ragpicker String Band with Mary Flower, Rich DelGrosso, and Martin Grosswendt.

ERIK LINDAHL Erik Lindahl was born in 1952 and lives in Sweden's second largest city, Gothenburg. He is a photographer and has focused on blues musicians and their environments since the early 1970s. Erik has documented the blues in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, St. Louis, Jackson, Clarksdale, Holly Springs, Memphis, Los Angeles and clubs on Chicago's West Side and South Side. Erik likes the atmosphere of black and white to catch both the musicians and also the clubs and patrons where they perform. The world's oldest blues magazine, "Jefferson" (founded in 1968), has featured Erik's photos through the years. In 2008 Erik published the critically acclaimed photography book Blue Shots. It consists of 100 pictures of blues musicians, captured on both stage and at work, as well as in their everyday lives with friends and together at home with their families. The book is more than just portraits of artists; it also captures who they are and their audience.

RADIO STATION, KZUM KZUM, the oldest independent, noncommercial, listener-sponsored radio station in Nebraska, has been bringing the blues to Lincoln since 1978. The air staff consists of around 90 volunteer programmers who work hard to bring great shows to the airwaves every week. There is a variety of popular programming on KZUM, but blues content is perhaps most closely associated with the station. KZUM has consistently put the blues at the forefront of its diverse schedule, having long dedicated afternoon drive time programming to the blues. Each week includes 28 hours of blues programming along with many more hours of roots music programs that include a healthy dose of the blues. The station's commitment to the genre extends beyond the airwaves, as KZUM has served for many years as the non-profit partner for "ZooFest," the Zoo Bar's annual multi-day outdoor blues festival in the streets of downtown Lincoln, and has worked for the last two years to host a free community concert series in a local park. As the region's only outlet for regularly aired blues and roots music, KZUM continues to work hard to preserve and develop the fertile music scene in southeast Nebraska.

SCOTT CVELBAR Scott Cvelbar is an eighth grade U.S. History teacher who has been establishing a blues culture in his community through The Blues Project, a "Blues In The Schools" program at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Valparaiso, Indiana. The Blues Project is a six-week education program that employs music instruction, history, and public performance. At the end of the program, students showcase their skills at a community-wide concert, performing alongside their peers, community members, and professional musicians. Since 2007, over 1,000 students from ages nine to 18 have passed through the project, learning about the music, personalities, geography, and cultural significance of the blues. Because there is no blues club within a 40-mile radius, Scott's Blues Project is the heartbeat for blues culture in Northwest Indiana.

DARWIN'S BURGERS AND BLUES Darwin's Burgers is not big and it is not glitzy. It's a little old house bursting with good food and fantastic blues music. Founded in 1995, it was the home of the blues in Atlanta. After an economic stumble in the early years of the 21st century, Lindsay Wine and Jonathon Akin purchased the venue in 2011, invested time and money, and brought the club back to its original juke joint popularity. Today, Darwin's hosts the best local bands and the best touring acts coming through Atlanta, and solo/duo winner at the 2013 International Blues Challenge, Little G Weevil, plays monthly. The blues jams during the week attract the best local musicians and allow new players to be heard. Because of the mix of young musicians and older established groups, the club attracts all ages. Thanks to the determination and dedication of one young couple, their friends and staff, and a lot of people who love Darwin's, the place looks set to continue to keep the blues alive in Metro Atlanta for many years to come!

ALAN GOVENAR Alan Govenar is an award-winning writer, folklorist, photographer, and filmmaker. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and is president of Documentary Arts, a non-profit organization he founded in 1985 to present new perspectives on historical issues and diverse cultures. Govenar received a B.A. from Ohio State University, a M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is the author of twenty-seven books, including Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound (ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research) Deep Ellum: The Other Side of Dallas (co-authored with Jay Brakefield), Stompin' at the Savoy, The Early Years of Rhythm and Blues, Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues (ARSC Award for Best History in Music) and Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper's Daughter (First Place, New York Book Festival for Children's Non-Fiction). Govenar's feature-length documentaries, The Beat Hotel, Master Qi and the Monkey King, and You Don't Need Feet To Dance are distributed by First Run Features. The off-Broadway premiere of Govenar's new musical Texas in Paris garnered rave reviews in The New York Times and The Huffington Post, and was nominated for a Lortel award and four Audelco awards.

GREG JOHNSON For the past 14 plus years, Greg "Slim Lively" Johnson has been the president of the Cascade Blues Association, one of the oldest (founded in 1986) and largest affiliated blues societies. He's also the principal writer and staff photographer of the society's newsletter and the co-author of the book Blues on Beale Street: Memoirs of the International Blues Challenge. He lives in Portland and helps touring artists who come through the Pacific Northwest find venues within the region while often assisting with housing and equipment needs. He has booked such acts as Hubert Sumlin, Paul Oscher, Phillip Walker, Robert Lockwood, Jr. plus many past IBC participants. He is always willing to offer fundraising assistance within his region, as well. But that's not all. Greg has been an IBC volunteer since 2003 and in recent years has been Joe Whitmer's right hand man at both the IBC and BMA. He currently manages the Club 152 stage at the IBC, and he's the back-stage manager for the Blues Music Awards where he works from before the show begins until the show is long over.





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With pride and great satisfaction, we are glad to announce Vicente Zúmel has been recipient of 2013 "Keeping the Blues Alive" Award in the International category by the Blues Foundation.

Each year,The Blues Foundation in Memphis presents the "Keeping The Blues Alive" Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to blues music. The KBAs are awarded on the basis of merit by a select panel of blues professionals to those working to actively promote and document the music. "This year, the KBA Committee was thoroughly pleased with the quality of the nominees submitted for consideration,” notes committee chair Art Tipaldi, editor of Blues Revue. “The fifteen recipients represent an outstanding cross-section of blues boosters. We are pleased to honor these people and organizations as a tribute to the years each has given to supporting the blues."

Among recipients since 1980 you can find Rufus Thomas, David Evans, Bruce Iglauer, Paul Jones, Lucerna Blues Festival, Il Blues Magazine, Tom Mazzolini from San Francisco Blues Festival, Malaco Records, John Landis, The Chicago Tribune, Carl Perkins, Rounder Records, B.B. King, Blind Pig Records, Severn Records, Crosscut Records, B.L.U.E.S. Club in Chicago, Delta Groove Records, Jefferson Magazine, Blues Matters! Magazine, Soul Bag Magazine, New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival, Peter Guralnick, Bob Corritore, Ruf Records, Beale Street Music Festival, Music Maker Relief Foundation, Dick Shurman, Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, Duke Robillard, Robert Santelli, Bill Wyman, Alligator Records, Johnny Parth from Document Records, Juke Blues Magazine, Yazoo Records, King Biscuit Blues Festival, Blues & Rhythm Magazine, Buddy Guy Legends, Blues Archive at University of Mississippi, Hohner Harmonicas, Art Tipaldi, Alan Lomax, Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Blues Revue Quarterly, Chris Strachwitz from Arhoolie Records, Billy Branch, Bob Koester from Delmark Records, Bill Ferris from Center For The Study Of Southern Culture of The University Of Mississippi, Jim O'Neal founder of Living Blues Magazine, Tom Pomposello, Scott Barretta, etc.

It is the first time a Spanish blues related man or institution receives this Award, so we feel doubly honoured.

Our most sincere gratitude to The Blues Foundation for this great honour.

More detailed information at Blues Foundation website





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RIP Iverson Minter AKA Louisiana Red March 23rd, 1932- to February 25, 2012

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of one of the greatest and most beloved traditional blues artists. Louisiana Red died this afternoon at a hospital in Germany (Note Europe is 9 hours ahead) after a few days in a coma brought on by thyroid imbalance. He was 79. Louisiana Red was a powerful downhome blues artist who could channel his teachers (among them Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Robert Nighthawk, Lightnin' Hopkins and John Lee Hooker) into his own heartfelt musical conversation, delivered with such moving passion and honesty that it would leave his audiences indelibly touched. He was fine singer with a distinctive voice, and an amazing guitarist who could play all of the traditional blues styles and excelled as one of the world's greatest slide guitarists. He could create moods and textures, both musically and spiritually, and had the ability of falling so deep into his own songs that he would go to tears, making his audience cry with him. That was the gift of this great artist. 

Wikipedia lists Louisiana Red as being born in Bessemer, Alabama but his own reports have fluctuated from various Southern towns and cities. Red lost his mother at birth and his father was killed in a Ku Klux Klan lynching when Red was just 5 years old. He lived in an orphanage in New Orleans for a few a his childhood years until his grandmother took him to Pittsburgh to live. A few years later she bought him his first guitar, a $12 Kay. Red would play along with records and the radio and begged some guitar lessons from his first mentor, Crit Walters. It was early in life that Red made the decision to become a blues musician. In the late 1940s Red would follow his passion to Detroit where he would become friends with Eddie Burns and John Lee Hooker. He would make his first recordings in Detroit for producer Joe Von Battle under the moniker of Rocky Fuller, a pair of these recordings were leased to Chess records. He would accompany John Lee Hooker on a session for Modern Records and you can hear Red shouting "Lord Have Mercy" in the middle of JLH's "Down Child". Red would also land a 1953 recording session in Chicago for Chess in which he is accompanied by Little Walter on the brilliant "Funeral Hearse At My Door" which remained in the vaults unreleased for decades. Red's next stop would be New York where he would record for producer Bobby Robinson and for Atlas Records. But it was Louisiana Red's 1962 Roulette label recordings that garnered him national recognition as a bluesman. His single "Red's Dream" with its humorous political commentary became a major hit and was followed by the Roulette album The Lowdown Back Porch Blues. This was followed by the 1965 release of Louisiana Red Sings The Blues on Atco. In the mid 70s he became the cornerstone of the Blue Labor label cutting two excellent solo acoustic albums; Sweet Blood Call and Dead Stray Dog and also appearing on that label as a featured sideman on albums by Johnny Shines, Roosevelt Sykes, Brownie McGhee, and Peg Leg Sam. He was romantically involved with folk legend Odetta for a small period of time in the 1970s. European promoters and booking agents took an interest, and Red found a new audience with his annual overseas tours. Labels such as L+R from Germany and JSP from England began recording Red, the latter debuting their catalog with Red, Funk and Blue, a duet album with Sugar Blue. Red appeared as himself in the movie Come Back featuring Eric Burdon of Animals fame. Red lived in Chicago for awhile in the early 1980s where he worked at the Delta Fish Market. He would then move to Phoenix in late 1981 where he lived and played with Bob Corritore for about a year.

Red left Phoenix for an Euiropean tour in late 1982 and in was there that he met his true love, Dora, who he married and spent the resto fo his life with. Dora gave Red an uncompromised love and the constant companioship and protective looking-out-for that Red needed. Dora also provided the family situation that Red yearned for in his life as Red took great pride in his love and adoption of Dora's sons. The positive impact and dedication that Dora provided Red was simply amazing. Red would live in Hanover Germany for the rest of his life with Dora and each year in January, the two would vacation in Ghana, Africa, Dora's country of origin. He found work so plentiful in Europe that for a period of time he rarely would come to the USA. In 1995 Earwig Records would release Sittin' Here Wondering. which had been recorded by Bob Corritore in 1982 and sat on the shelf for over a decade. This CD created a relationship between Red and Earwig label chief Michael Frank who would record 2 more records by Red and book annual US tours. Releases followed on High Tone and Severn as well as a documentary DVD released only in Europe. In 2009 Little Victor struck gold with his production of Red's Back To The Black Bayou CD released first on the Bluestown Label and then picked up by Ruf Records. Victor had idolized and studied under Red for years and lovingly coaxed this brilliant album from his mentor. Back To The Black Bayou swept Europe and the US with awards and nominations. Simultaneously, Red's collaboration with pianist David Maxwell produced You Got To Move, and in 2010 Red would go to the Blues Music Awards with 5 nominations and receive 2 wins! Little Victor also produced Red's final critically acclaimed CD Memphis Mojo.

It is sad to say goodbye to the loving persona of this great bluesman who's music warmed our hearts  Louisiana Red's vulnerability became his strength and he filled his heart with an unstoppable passion for music and acceptance. His legacy is great and his friendships are many. He can now rest in peace after a lifetime of giving us everything he had through his amazing blues. God bless you Red. (Reported by Bob Corritore)

It is interesting now to read the last interview he did in Spain done by Alex Maria Franquet. Se puede leer la última entrevista concedida por Red en España a nuestro buen amigo Alex Maria Framquet







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Chicago Tribune names Alligator president and founder Bruce Iglauer A "Chicagoan of the year"

he Chicago Tribune has named Alligator Records president and founder Bruce Iglauer one of nine 2011 Chicagoans Of The Year. Iglauer's selection, made by longtime Tribune music critic Greg Kot, is the icing on the cake of Alligator's 40th anniversary celebration. The celebration kicked off in February, 2011 with the release of the 2-CD set The Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection. The album received rave reviews from Rolling Stone, NPR’s Weekend Edition and many more national and international outlets. In addition, Iglauer was featured in a two-part, four-hour interview on XM/Sirius B.B. King's Bluesville

Among the many other highlights of the label's 40th anniversary, one of the most significant came in June during the Chicago Blues Festival, when Iglauer received a proclamation from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Mayor Emanuel honored Iglauer's contribution to the city's musical heritage on a night dedicated to the label's anniversary, featuring performances by blues icons Lonnie Brooks, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, Michael "Iron Man" Burks, Rick Estrin and Shemekia Copeland.

In October, Poland's Rawa Blues Festival hosted a 40th anniversary celebration, inviting Iglauer along with stars Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Marcia Ball, C.J. Chenier and Corey Harris. Closer to home, SPACE in Evanston, IL, hosted a six-part concert series featuring Tinsley Ellis, The Siegel-Schwall Band, The Tommy Castro Band, Lonnie Brooks, Charlie Musselwhite, Michael "Iron Man" Burks and hometown favorites Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials.

Congratulations Bruce from La Hora del Blues!!





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Bluesman Hubert Sumlin, guitarist for Howlin’ Wolf, dies at 80
BY DAVE HOESKA, Staff reporter of the suntimes

Picture: Hubert Sumlin for the fist time in Spain brought by Vicente Zumel. From left to right: Hubert Sumlin, Lolo Ortega, Louisiana Red, Vicente Zúmel and Mingo Balaguer (picture from Mingo Balaguer's collection)

Hubert Sumlin put the bite behind Howlin’ Wolf. And he then influenced a new pack of electric blues and rock guitarists.

Mr. Sumlin died Sunday in a hospital in Wayne, N.J., reportedly of heart failure. He had turned 80 on Nov. 16. Mr. Sumlin was best known as lead guitarist for Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Burnett) from 1953 until Wolf’s death in 1976.
This was no small feat. The combustible guitar parts in Wolf’s big-voiced tracks — “Smokestack Lightning,” “Spoonful,” “Ain’t Superstitious” — set Wolf on fire at Sun Records in Memphis and later at Chess Records in Chicago.
The 1953 summit of Mr. Sumlin and Wolf was to blues what the meeting of Scotty Moore and Elvis Presley was to rock just a year later.
In the current issue of Rolling Stone, Mr. Sumlin is ranked 43rd on the magazine’s list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page told the magazine, “I love Hubert Sumlin. He always played the right thing at the right time.”

Stevie Ray Vaughan was a fan. In the early 1980s Vaughan gave Mr. Sumlin a vintage Rickenbacker guitar, one that Mr. Sumlin loved so much he was afraid to take out of his house.

Born in Greenwood, Miss., Mr. Sumlin was part of the great blues migration to Chicago. He and Burnett arrived in Chicago in 1953. Mr. Sumlin had been playing with James Cotton in West Memphis, and Burnett hired him in Chicago.
“We were playing Silvio’s [at Lake and Oakley], and he said, ‘You go home when you find out you’ve got my courage, then you can come back and play my songs,’ ” Mr. Sumlin told me in a 1988 interview from his South Side home. “Man, I got home and cried all night. I slept with my guitar by my head. Then about 4 o’clock in the morning something said, ‘Hey man, why don’t you put the [guitar] picks down. You ain’t got no business using picks!’ ”
At that moment, Mr. Sumliln said, he discovered his own style, which evolved into an individualistic mix of African syncopation and itemized structure that forced the notes to stand alone. Clapton once called Mr. Sumlin’s style “just the weirdest.”

Chicago blues guitarist Dave Specter began playing with Mr. Sumlin in 1985. Wolf and Paul Butterfield drummer Sam Lay had hired Specter to join him and Mr. Sumlin on a three-week tour of Canada. Specter was 22 years old. “Hubert was just the sweetest guy and very encouraging and supportive of younger players,” Specter said on Sunday. “I wouldn’t use ‘tough’ as an adjective for his playing. He had a totally unique sound. When you listen to his famous solos on [Wolf’s] ‘Hidden Charms’ or ‘300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy’ [later a hit for Chicago’s Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows], there is so much style to it. A lot of it had to do with his touch and playing with his fingers. There are lot of guitar players who played with their fingers and had a more aggressive approach, like Albert Collins. Your sound and your tone is a reflection of your personality.

“And Hubert had larger-than-life charm and devilishness.”

In recent years Mr. Sumlin relocated from Chicago and then Milwaukee to Totowa, N.J. Specter last saw Mr. Sumlin in 2009, when he was touring with the Nighthawks and they appeared at S.P.A.C.E., the popular Evanston music room that Specter co-owns.

In 2010 young guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Mr. Sumlin received a best contemporary blues album Grammy nomination for “Live! in Chicago.” Mr. Sumlin was also nominated for Grammys in 1998, 1999 and 2005 in best traditional blues album categories. He never won.

Mr. Sumlin’s patience likely came from his years of traveling with Burnett.
“Once we were on the road for three months and I had to drive because Eddie Shaw [the saxophonist who became Wolf’s bandleader] wasn’t with us,” Mr. Sumlin said in 1988. “I had to set up the instruments, load the instruments. And nobody would help with nothin’. We were at Silvio’s and we were beat. I was sitting up at a table and the folks hadn’t even walked in yet. Wolf was tired and just hauled off and hit me. I hit him back. We both knocked each other’s teeth out. And the whiskey went upside the wall. I figure we tore down about $1,800 or $1,900 worth of whiskey displays.

“Yes sir.”

Mr. Sumlin had been scheduled to appear at last summer’s Chicago Blues Festival with David “Honeyboy” Edwards in a tribute to Robert Johnson. They canceled their appearances because of health issues. Edwards died at age 95 on Aug. 29.

Mr. Sumlin had a lung removed in 2004 and last year appeared at the Crossroads Guitar Festival with his oxygen tank. Earlier this year the New York Times reported that Keith Richards was assisting Mr. Sumlin with his medical bills. Richards was a guest on Mr. Sumlin’s 2005 Grammy-nominated “About Them Shoes.”

The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards will pay for the funeral of blues great Hubert Sumlin.
Sumlin’s partner Toni Ann has posted, “I just wanted to share with you, Hubert’s loving fans, that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have insisted on picking up the full expenses for Hubert’s funeral. God Bless the Rolling Stones”.
A private service will be held in Homewood, Illinois on December 13. A public service for fans will be held on December 12 at 10am at the Festa Memorial Funeral Home in Totowa, New Jersey. There will also be a public viewing at the funeral home on December 11 between 2 and 4pm and 7 and 9pm.
Mick Jagger said today, “Hubert was an incisive yet delicate blues player. He had a really distinctive and original tone and was a wonderful foil for Howlin’ Wolf’s growling vocal style. On a song like “Goin’ Down Slow” he could produce heart-rending emotion, and on a piece like “Wang Dang Doodle” an almost playful femininity. He was an inspiration to us all.”
In announcing his death, Toni Ann said in a statement, “It is with a heavy heart that the worse has come to fruition. My little Hubert is living the life of a real angel. I’m overwhelmed with grief and so I really need to pull myself together. I’d really appreciate it if you would kindly respect our privacy during this most difficult time.“I love you Hubert. You are eternally etched in my heart. And my life is not only richer and blessed for who you’ve been to me, but the world over. And I will never be the same because of you. May you be forever in God’s beautiful grace.
“I’ll spend the rest of my days loving and cherishing all you are and were to me”.

Vicente Zúmel brought Hubert Sumlin for the first time to play in Spain together with Louisina Red at the Cerdanyola Blues Festival. Rest in Peace






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RIP Willie "Big Eyes" Smith - January 19, 1936 to Sept 16th, 2011.
It is with great sadness that we report the unexpected passing of one the true greats of the blues. Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. Willie passed away this morning of a stroke. He was 75 and was musically active until the very end. A brilliant drummer, harmonica player and vocalist, he represented the true essence of Chicago Blues, and was highly regarded by all as an undisputed master. He was an alumni of the Muddy Waters band and wore those stripes with honor. 

Willie "Big Eyes" Smith was born in Helena, Arkansas in 1936, and started playing harmonica at age 17, shortly after moving to Chicago. His harmonica first appeared on record in the 1950s gracing recordings by Arthur "Big Boy" Spires, and Bo Diddley (Willie played the harmonica on the Diddley classic "Diddy Wah Diddy").
At some point in the mid to late 1950s he started playing drums and in 1959 began his long association with Muddy Waters. Smith's drumming first appeared on record on
Muddy Waters' 1960 album release of Sings Big Bill Broonzy. Smith had a real gift for drumming and his playing would help to define the later Muddy Waters Band sound. Many of us remember the classic Muddy Waters lineup of Muddy, Willie, Pinetop Perkins, Bob Margolin, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, and Calvin "Fuzz" Jones.

In June of 1980 members of Muddy's band struck out on there own, and formed the Legendary Blues Band which eventually found Willie as the lead vocalist, showcasing his stellar, down-home vocals. Willie released his first solo album, Bag Full of Blues in 1995, which firmly established him as an artist in his own right.

Willie would revive his first instrument in later years, and in 1996 he would release Way Back, which debuted his new direction, and showed him to be a solid harmonicist. His final recording, Joined At The Hip was a collaboration with the now deceased Pinetop Perkins, and it it earned the two a
Grammy in the Traditional Blues category. We have just touched upon a few of the many recordings of Willie "Big Eyes" Smith who's discography as both a frontman, and a sideman represents the highest of heights in the blues. Willie had a strong work ethic and was a consummate professional, and as a result he worked relentlessly. He won numerous BMAs (Blues Music Awards) as "Best Blues Drummer", and he always carried great bands with him. Of note is the wonderful management of Patricia Morgan, who helped guide the later part of Willie's amazing career, and the impressive booking of Blue Mountain Artists. Also thanks to Willie for bringing out the wonderful talent in his band with Jimmy Mayes, Bob Stroger, "Little" Frank Krakowski, and for his wonderful collaborations with other Muddy alums. Willie leaves his greatest legacy with his son Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith, who has become one of the world's greatest blues drummers and carries on his father's sound and tradition. Prayers for all of Willie's family, friends, fellow musicians, and fans as we say goodbye to one of the greatest blessings of the blues. We love you "Big Eyes". To visit Willie "Big Eyes" Smith's website click

Willie "Big Eyes' Smith funeral services announced. This just in from the Smith family about Willie "Big Eyes" Smith's services:
Sunday, September 25, 2011. Visitation 10 AM to 10 PM. Leaks & Sons Funeral Home 7838 South Cottage Grove,  Chicago, IL 60619  Ph:773-846-6567
Monday, Sept 26, 2011. Wake 10am until 11am
Funeral services 11am until noon. South Park Baptist Church 3720 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60653 Ph. 773) 548-6566 (source Bob Corritore)

Our condolences to all his family and relatives (Vicente & Roser Zúmel)

Willie "Big Eyes" Smith & Vicente Zúmel
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Roser Zúmel & Kenny Smith





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New documentary about the Mississippi Juke Joint Tradition
A new DVD celebrating the Delta’s down-home blues tradition called We Juke Up In Here: Mississippi’s Juke Joint Culture at the Crossroads, is now available. Producers Jeff Konkel of Broken & Hungry Records and Roger Stolle of Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art reunite for a second adventure, after the success of their prior film "M For Mississippi". This time around they explore what remains of Mississippi’s once-thriving juke joint culture with interviews, live club performances and an intimate look at Mississippi blues. For more information, a promotional trailer, and to order this film, please visit the website at

Nuevo documental sobre los Juke Joints del Mississippi
Acaba de publicarse un nuevo DVD titulado "We Juke Up In Here: Mississippi's Juke Joint Culture At The Crossroads". Este DVD en forma de documntal, recoge una nueva parte de la tradición 'down-home' del delta del Mississippi. Producido por Jeff Konkel, de roken & Hungry Records y Roger Stolle de Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, y animados por el éxito de su primer documental titulado "M For Mississipi", se han vuelto a reunir de nuevo para explorar e indagar lo que queda de la cultura de los en otra época florecientes juke-joints del Mississippi. La película ofrece entrevistas, actuaciones en directo en diversos clubs y una mirada íntimista al blues del Mississippi. Para más información, solicitud de material promocional, o compra dirigirse a






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Congratulations to all the newly announced Blues Music Award Winners!!!

The WINNERS of the 35th annual Blues Music Awards, the highest honor given to Blues artists, have been announced! Here they are! Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.

And the winners are....

Acoustic Album: There's a Time - Doug MacLeod
Acoustic Artist: Doug MacLeod
Album: Remembering Little Walter - Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman
B.B. King Entertainer: Buddy Guy
Band: Tedeschi Trucks Band
Best New Artist Debut: Daddy Told Me - Shawn Holt & the Teardrops
Contemporary Blues Album: Badlands - Trampled Under Foot
Contemporary Blues Female Artist: *Susan Tedeschi*
Contemporary Blues Male Artist: Gary Clark Jr.
DVD: Ruf Records - Songs from the Road (Royal Southern Brotherhood)
Historical Album: Bear Family - The Sun Blues Box
Instrumentalist-Bass: Danielle Schnebelen
Instrumentalist-Drums: Cedric Burnside
Instrumentalist-Guitar: Ronnie Earl
Instrumentalist-Harmonica: Charlie Musselwhite
Instrumentalist-Horn: Eddie Shaw
Koko Taylor Award: Diunna Greenleaf
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player: Victor Wainwright
Rock Blues Album: Made Up Mind - Tedeschi Trucks Band
Song: "Blues in My Soul" - Lurrie Bell
Soul Blues Album: Down in Louisiana - Bobby Rush
Soul Blues Female Artist: Irma Thomas
Soul Blues Male Artist: John Nemeth
Traditional Blues Album: Remembering Little Walter - Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman
Traditional Blues Male Artist: James Cotton



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Good and welcomed news for all music lovers. MVD Entertainment announces just released new material which is now getting distribution.

MDV Entertainment Group, previously known as Music Video Distributors, was founded in 1986 by Tom Seaman. It acted primarily as a one-stop, buying all labels’ music-related VHS releases and reselling to music and video stores. Getting involved with DVD early, MVD called its strong relationship with content holders, labels, artists and management to become a world leader in music DVD.

In 2008, MVD expanded further and launched three major divisions: MVD Audio, MVD Visual and MVD Distribution.

MVD Audio handles exclusive distribution for audio content on CD. It has content agreements with several record labels as well as many independent artists.

MVD Visual specializes in producing, releasing, marketing and distributing music-related DVDs for worldwide. Thanks to an agressive marketing publicity, this division has released over 500 tittles and is currently one of the largest producers on music DVD all over the world. It also includes eclectic DVD, which features unusual, sometimes cult non-music DVD products.

Finally, MVD Distribution carries the best selection of the format in the world and further offers a very large selection of non-music DVDs.

MVD Distribution serves major chains, distributors, one-stops, online retail and independent retail.

Some of the latest new releases we have just received, now available on stores, are the following ones:


The Michael Schenker Group “The 30th. Anniversary Concert-Live In Tokyo” Inakustik
Five high quality very professional musicians celebrating in a magnificent rock festival of rock the thirty years of their career with legendary songs and energetic wild guitar solos.

The Superbees “Top Of The Rocks” Acetate Records
As irresistible as ever, these rock monsters appear in this album that. Altough it includes a few songs, they shine at a very high level.

The Factory “The Factory” Acetate Records
Coming from Washington, The Factory ruthlessly shelled roll down ten songs in the most pure and orthodox punk-rock style, in the path of The New York Dolls and other similar bands.

Phil Manzanera “The Music 1972 – 2008” Expression Records (3 Cd’s)
In this triple cd you will find the best Phil Manzanera recordings he did between 1972 and 2008. It becomes an essential album for reluctant fans of Manzanera, John Cale, Brian Eno and other similar musicians.

Fred Shafer “Resistor” NorthView
Guitarist Fred Shafer surprises us with a balanced effective and good matched work, which becomes evident in every one of the twelve songs included in this exquisite "Resistor".


Eric Clapton “The 1960’s Review” Sexy Intellectual Production
Impressive document of Eric Clapton’s early years, with the Yardbirds, John Mayall, Cream and Blind Faith.

Pearl Jam “Under Review” Sexy Intellectual Production
Historical document of this amazing band, that will make your hair stand on end by the accurate content of the interviews included.

America’s Music Legacy “Country & Western” Quantum Leap / MVD Visual
One of the DVD volumes of America's Music Legacy collection gives us a glimpse into the most genuine and, at the same time, contemporary Country & Western, with different performances by Razzy Bailey, Eddie Dean, Patti Page, Moe Bandy, Terry Gregory or Jerry Lee Lewis among others.

Cactus “Live, Loud & Proud” MVD Visual
The DVD shows this great and historical band performing live in different cities, on tour between 2006 and 2007 with Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert and Jim McCarty, together with Savoy Brown’s singer Jimmy Kunes.

Eric Sardinas & Big Motor “Live” MVD Visual
Those who are familiar with guitarist and singer Eric Sardinas perfectly know whay you will find on this DVD. Pure dynamite of Delta rock-blues. Everything played with his electrifying, roaring, frenetic guitar and The powerful rhythm section of The Big Motor Band.

The Michael Schenker Group “The 30th. Anniversary Concert – Live In Tokyo” Inakustik
As just said, as the same thing as included on the double cd but, this time, in images. Impressive and overpowering guitar riffs and solos, those ones that leave a deep mark.

John Scofield “New Morning. The Paris Concert” Inakustik
One of the most influential important modern conceptual jazz song-writers and guitar players who successfully combines post-bop, funk edged jazz and r&b. A DVD specially devoted to the generation who are sons of Miles Davis.

America’s Music Legacy “Gospel” Quantum Leap / MVD Visual
From rhumba to jazz or ju-ju music, that to come out into Gospel. All can be found in this wonderful DVD, with different performances by The Winans, The Archers, Mahalia Jackson, The Chambers Family, Linda Hopkins and many more.

Brian Wilson “Songwriter 1962 – 1969” Sexy Intellectual Production
This DVD discovers the music and dreams of The Beach Boys and their leader Brian Wilson golden period. The DVD also includes different interviews with friends, managers, producers, musicians and other family.

Leonard Cohen’s “Lonesome Heroes” Pride Production
Fascinating microscopic vision of life, music and inspiration of one of the most attractive 'folk songsters' and poets of contemporary popular music, particularly influenced by the Beat Generation.

The Sacred Triangle “Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971 – 1973” Sexy Intellectual Production.
This fascinating documentary film investigates the bright, artistic and productive era of these three pop music monsters who are David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Red. The DVD also includes contributions from Angie Bowie, Billy Name of Andy Warhol’s Factory and many other people who had a close relationship with them during the early seventies.

As you may have noticed, the variety and quality of bands, musicians and genres that MVD publishes both in CD and DVD, is really impressive. Pop, rock, psychodelia, blues, gospel, jazz, glam rock, punk... A large and eclectic catalog that makes you be in real state and a terrific amazing showcase for all music consumers.

I invite you to visit their website, click on different catalogs and begin a surprising journey, without return.

MVD Entertainment is a reputed company with affordable prices for all budgets. Follow my advice and visit its site, buy their items and if your are not satisfied, complain!

Vicente Zúmel 

Buenas y gratas noticias para todos los melómanos. MVD Entertainment Group nos anuncia nuevo material que acaba de editar y que ya está distribuyendo.

MVD Entertainment Group, previamente conocida como Music Video Distributors, fue fundada en 1986 por Tom Seaman. Inicialmente esta empresa se dedicaba a comprar videos en formato VHS que después revendía a las tiendas de discos. Con la aparición de los DVD’s la compañía creció sobremanera y se convirtió en una de las empresas lideres en música de todos los estilos.

En el año 2006 MVD realizó una ampliación de su negocio y formó tres divisiones de la misma empresa: MVD Audio, MVD Visual y MVD Distribución.

MVD Audio realiza la distribución exclusiva de música grabada en cd y tiene acuerdos con algunas de las compañías de discos más importantes y artistas independientes.

MVD Visual está especializada en producir, publicar y distribuir en cualquier rincón del mundo videos musicales. Gracias a una campaña muy agresiva, lleva ya publicados mas de 500 dvd’s que se distribuyen en los cinco continentes. También ha editado algunos dvd de música no comercial o de culto.

Finalmente MVD Distribution lleva todos estos productos a cualquier rincón del globo y ofrece asimismo una amplia selección de dvd’s no musicales.

Entre los clientes de MVD Entertainment se encuentran las mayores cadenas comerciales, algunas multinacionales y empresas independientes.

Algunas de las últimas novedades que acabamos de recibir de la firma y que ya están disponibles para todos vosotros, son las que a continuación se detallan:


The Michael Schenker Group “The 30th. Anniversary Concert-Live In Tokyo” Inakustik (2 cd’s)
Cinco músicos de una enorme calidad musical y profesional celebrando en un magnifico festival de rock sus treinta años de carrera con legendarias canciones y furiosos y enérgicos solos de guitarra

The Superbees “Top Of The Rocks” Acetate Records
Tan irresistibles como siempre se nos muestran estos monstruos rockeros en este álbum con pocas canciones pero de inigualable talla

The Factory “The Factory” Acetate Records
Originales de Washington los Factory desgranan sin contemplaciones diez canciones en su más puro y ortodoxo estilo punk/rock en la línea de los New York Dolls y otras bandas similares

Phil Manzanera “The Music 1972 – 2008” Expression Records (3 Cd’s)
En este triple compacto encontrareis lo mejor de lo mejor que Phil Manzanera grabó entre 1972 y el 2008. Un álbum imprescindible para los fans de Manzanera, John Cale, Brian Eno y compañía.

Fred Shafer “Resistor” NorthView
El guitarrista Fred Shafer nos sorprende con un trabajo equilibrado, efectivo y bien trenzado en todas y cada una de las doce composiciones que nos brinda en este exquisito “Resistor”.


Eric Clapton “The 1960’s Review” Sexy Intellectual Production
Impresionante documento de los primeros años de Eric Clapton con los Yardbirds, John Mayall, Cream y Blind Faith.

Pearl Jam “Under Review” Sexy Intellectual Production
Histórico documento de esta extraordinaria banda que pone los pelos de punta por la veracidad de sus entrevistas.

America’s Music Legacy “Country & Western” Quantum Leap / MVD Visual
Dentro de la colección America’s Music Legacy este dvd nos muestra una pincelada del más genuino y al mismo tiempo moderno Country & Western, con actuaciones de Razzy Bailey, Eddie Dean, Patti Page, Moe Bandy, Terry Gregory o Jerry Lee Lewis entre otros

Cactus “Live, Loud & Proud” MVD Visual
El dvd nos muestra a esta formidable e histórica banda actuando de gira por diferentes ciudades, en un tour realizado en 2006 y 2007 con Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert y Jim McCarty y en colaboración con el cantante de Savoy Brown Jimmy Kunes.

Eric Sardinas & Big Motor “Live” MVD Visual
Los que conocéis la trayectoria del guitarrista y cantante Eric Sardinas ya sabéis a lo que os atenéis. Pura dinamita de rock/blues del Delta. Todo ello servido por su electrizante, rugiente y frenética guitarra y la poderosa sección de ritmo de los Big Motor.

The Michael Schenker Group “The 30th. Anniversary Concert – Live In Tokyo” Inakustik
Lo hemos comentado anteriormente, lo mismo que el doble cd pero, esta vez, en imágenes. Impresionantes y apabullantes riffs y solos de guitarra, de aquellos que dejan huella.

John Scofield “New Morning. The Paris Concert” Inakustik
Uno de los más influyentes e importantes compositores y guitarristas de jazz moderno y conceptual, que combina con acierto post-bop, funk edged jazz y r&b. Un dvd dedicado a la generación de los hijos de Miles Davis.

America’s Music Legacy “Gospel” Quantum Leap / MVD Visual
Desde la rumba, al jazz, pasando por la música ju-ju, hasta desembocar en el Gospel. Todo ello expresado en este magnifico dvd, con actuaciones de The Winans, The Archers, Mahalia Jackson, The Chambers Family, Linda Hopkins y muchos otros

Brian Wilson “Songwriter 1962 – 1969” Sexy Intellectual Production
Este dvd explora la música y los sueños de aquella época dorada de los Beach Boys y de su líder Brian Wilson. Asimismo el dvd contiene entrevistas con amigos, managers, productores, músicos y familia.

Leonard Cohen’s “Lonesome Heroes” Pride Production
Fascinante y microscópica visión de la vida, música e inspiración de uno de los más atractivos ‘folk songsters’ y poetas de la música contemporánea y popular, particularmente influenciado por la generación beat.

The Sacred Triangle “Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971 – 1973” Sexy Intellectual Production
Este fascinante documental investiga la era brillante, artística y productiva de estos tres monstruos del pop que son David Bowie, Iggy Pop y Lou Red. El dvd contiene también contribuciones de Angie Bowie, Billy Name de la Factoría de Andy Warhol y muchos otros personajes relacionados con ellos durante los primeros años setenta.

Como podréis observar, la variedad y la calidad de las bandas, los músicos y los géneros que MVD va editando tanto en cd como en dvd, es francamente impresionante. Pop, rock, psicodelia, blues, gospel, jazz, glam rock, punk… Un catálogo amplio y ecléctico que pone los pelos de punta y un brutal y espeluznante escaparate para el consumidor de música.

Os invito a visitar su web, pinchar en sus catálogos y empezar un sorprendente viaje de ida, sin retorno.

 MVD Entertainment Group es una empresa seria, con unos precios muy asequibles para todos los bolsillos. Hacedme caso, decidíros a entrar en la web, comprar sus productos y si no quedáis satisfechos, ¡protestar!

Vicente Zúmel





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In early May, a group of Blues music industry professionals including music critics, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers, producers, musicians and other Blues music industry professionals nominated the best in Blues music in twelve categories. Blues Blast Magazine subscribers began voting to determine the winners on July 1 with only one vote per person allowed. Congratulations to all of the winners and all the nominees!

The Blues Blast Music Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine, the largest FREE weekly internet Blues magazine with over 37,000 Blues fan subscribers located in all 50 states and in more than 90 countries.

La Hora del Blues voted too. Here are the results:


2017 Blues Blast Music Award Nominees Winners in bold:

Contemporary Blues Album:

Samantha Fish - Chills & Fever
Monster Mike Welch & Michael Ledbetter - Right Place Right Time
Ronnie Baker Brooks - Times Have Changed
Kilborn Alley Blues Band - The Tolono Tapes
John Mayall - Talk About That
Coco Montoya - Hard Truth

Traditional Blues Album:

Billy Flynn - Lonesome Highway
Dennis Gruenling - Ready Or Not
Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore - House Party at Big Jon's
Mississippi Heat - Cab Driving Man
Barrelhouse Chuck - Remembering The Masters
John Primer & Bob Corritore - Ain't Nothing You Can Do

Soul Blues Album;

Dave Keller - Right Back Atcha
William Bell - This Is Where I Live
Roland Johnson - Imagine This
Lauren Mitchell - Desire
Thornetta Davis - Honest Woman
JJ Thames - Raw Sugar

Rock Blues Album:

Ana Popovic - Trilogy
Nick Moss - From the Root to the Fruit
Albert Castiglia - Big Dog
Joanna Connor - Six String Stories
Sean Chambers - Trouble & Whiskey
Mike Zito - Make Blues Not War

Acoustic Blues Album:

Ivas John - Good Days Comin'
Terry Robb - Cool On The Bloom
Cary Morin - Cradle to the Grave
Doug MacLeod - Live In Europe
John Long - Stand Your Ground
Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi - Sonny and Brownie's Last Train
Fiona Boyes - Professin’ The Blues

Live Blues Recording:

Alexis P. Suter - AMOS - Live From Briggs Farm Blues Festival
The Terry Hanck Band - From Roadhouse To Your House - Live!
Omar Coleman - Live At Rosa's Lounge
Walter Trout - Alive in Amsterdam
The Jimmys - Live From Transylvania
Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat - Live At The Kessler

Historical Or Vintage Recording:

Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection
Erwin Helfer - Last Call
Ruth Brown - Say It Again - Ruth Brown In The 60s
Lightnin Hopkins -Thinkin' And Worryin' - The Aladdin Singles 1947-1952
Roy Buchanan - The Genius Of The Guitar - His Early Recordings
Champion Jack Dupree - Live At Rockpalast: Cologne 1980

New Artist Debut Album:

Robert Finley - Age Don't Mean A Thing
Tom Dikon & The Jukes Revival - Been A Long Time Baby
Gene Jackson - 1963
Vintage #18 - Grit
Southern Avenue - Southern Avenue

Blues Band:

Mississippi Heat
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
Kilborn Alley Blues Band
Royal Southern Brotherhood
Nick Moss Band

Male Blues Artist:
John Mayall
Wee Willie Walker
Barrelhouse Chuck
Billy Flynn
Toronzo Cannon
Bobby Rush

Female Blues Artist:
Annika Chambers
Beth Hart
Lisa Mann
Trudy Lynn
Deb Ryder
Thornetta Davis

Sean Costello Rising Star Award:

Quinn Sullivan
Lauren Mitchell
Southern Avenue
Dawn Tyler Watson
Vanessa Collier







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Son House Bio To Be Published In 2010.
Guitarist/vocalist Son House was a powerful, impassioned performer and a pivotal figure in Delta Blues. University of Rochester professor Dan Beaumont has announced his forthcoming book, Preachin’ the Blues: The Life And Music Of Son House. This is the first full-length biography of Son House, and will be published by Oxford University Press in 2010. (September 2009)

Fecha prevista de publicación en 2010
El cantante y guitarrista Son House fue un apasionado y poderoso intérprete y una figura central del blues del Delta. Dan Beaumont, profesor de la Universidad de Rochester ha anunciado la publicación de su próximo libro
Preachin' the Blues : The Life And Music Of Son House. Esta es la primera biografía completa de Son House, y será publicado por Oxford University Press en 2010. (Septiembre 2009)




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Barrelhouse Blues: Location Recording and the Early Traditions of the Blues
From Amazon Summary
Amazon summary
In the 1920s, Southern record companies ventured to cities like Dallas, Atlanta, and New Orleans, where they set up primitive recording equipment in makeshift studios. They brought in street singers, medicine show performers, pianists from the juke joints and barrelhouses. The music that circulated through Southern work camps, prison farms, and vaudeville shows would be lost to us if it hadn't been captured on location by these performers and recorders.
Eminent blues historian Paul Oliver uncovers these folk traditions and the circumstances under which they were recorded, rescuing the forefathers of the blues who were lost before they even had a chance to be heard. A careful excavation of the earliest recordings of the blues by one of its foremost experts, Barrelhouse Blues expands our definition of that most American style of music.
Product Details
* Hardcover: 240 pages
* Publisher: Basic Civitas Books (August 25, 2009)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 046500881X
* ISBN-13: 978-0465008810
* Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
(September 2009)

NUEVO LIBRO de Paul Oliver
Barrelhouse Blues: Location Recording and the Early Traditions of the Blues Blues Barrelhouse.
Resumen de Amazon
En la década de 1920, las compañías discográficas del Sur se atrevieron a acercarse a ciudades como Dallas, Atlanta y Nueva Orleans, donde instalaron equipos portátiles de grabación en improvisados estudios de grabación. Desde allí grabaron a cantantes callejeros, a artistas y vendedores ambulantes de los 'minstrel shows' muestran la medicina, a pianistas de los 'juke-joints' y 'barrelhouses'. La música que se escuchaba y se interpretaba en los campos de trabajo del Sur, las granjas de prisión, y espectáculos de variedades, se hubiera perdido para todos nosotros de no haber sido registrada en estos lugares por los artistas y las personas que los grabaron.
Paul Oliver, eminente historiador de blues. nos descubre toda esa música tradicional, las circunstancias y condiciones en que fueron grabadas, rescatando a los antepasados del blues que desgraciadamente a menudo se perdieron antes de tener la oportunidad de ser escuchadas. Una cuidadosa exploracion de las primeras grabaciones de blues a cargo de uno de los mayores expertos en el tema. Barrelhouse Blues amplía la información sobre el estilo más genuino de la música americana

Detalles del producto
* Paperback: 240 páginas
* Editor: Basic Books Civitas (25 de agosto de 2009)
* Idioma: Inglés
* ISBN-10: 046500881X
* ISBN-13: 978-0465008810
* Medidas: 8,4 x 5,6 x 1,1 pulgadas
(Septiembre 2009)


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