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The Blues Foundation's 33nd Annual International Blues Challenge was a HUGE success.  And here are the winners...


Dawn Tyler Watson – The Montreal Blues Society

The Souliz Band featuring Sugar and Spice – Suncoast Blues Society

Rae Gordon & the Backseat Drivers – Cascade Blues Association


Al Hill – Nashville Blues Society

Brody Buster’s One Man Band – Kansas City Blues Society

Best Instrumentalists

Ben Racine – The Montreal Blues Society

Al Hill – Nashville Blues Society

Brody Buster – Kansas City Blues Society

Best Self-Produced CD
JW Jones, High Temperature – Ottawa Blues Society

Congratulations to all winners and participants!!






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The Blues Foundation Announces 2017 Blues Music Awards Nominees

Here are the nominnes:

Acoustic Album
Doug MacLeod - Live in Europe
Eric Bibb - The Happiest Man in the World
Fiona Boyes - Professin' the Blues
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes - Live at Briggs Farm
John Long - Stand Your Ground
Luther Dickinson - Blues and Ballads (A Folksinger's Songbook) Vol I and II

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb Fiona Boyes
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
Luther Dickinson

Bobby Rush - Porcupine Meat
Kenny Neal - Bloodline
Nick Moss Band - From the Root to the Fruit
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones - Seeing is Believing
Toronzo Cannon - The Chicago Way
William Bell – This Is Where I Live

Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
Nick Moss Band
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones
Tedeschi Trucks Band

B.B. King Entertainer
Joe Bonamassa
John Nemeth
Lil’ Ed Williams
Sugar Ray Norcia
Sugaray Rayford

Best Emerging Artist Album
Corey Dennison Band - Corey Dennison
Guy King - Truth
Jonn Del Toro Richardson - Tengo Blues
Terrie Odabi - My Blue Soul
Thornetta Davis - Honest Woman

Contemporary Blues Album
Al Basile - Mid Century Modern
Kenny Neal - Bloodline
Nick Moss Band - From the Root to the Fruit
The Record Company - Give It Back To You
Toronzo Cannon - The Chicago Way

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Alexis P Suter
Ana Popovic
Janiva Magness
Shemekia Copeland
Susan Tedeschi

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Albert Castiglia
Kenny Neal
Mike Zito
Sugaray Rayford
Toronzo Cannon

Historical Album
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw, Bear Family Records
B.B. King, More B.B. King: Here’s One You Haven’t Heard, Ace Records
Bobby Rush, Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush, Omnivore Recordings
Michael Burks, I’m A Bluesman, Iron Man Records
Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers, Genuine Blues Legends, Elrob Records

Biscuit Miller
Bob Stroger
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
R W Grigsby

Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
June Core
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Bob Margolin
Joe Bonamassa
Kid Andersen
Monster Mike Welch
Ronnie Earl

Dennis Gruenling
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Sugar Ray Norcia

Al Basile
Nancy Wright
Sax Gordon Beadle
Terry Hanck
Vanessa Collier

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Annika Chambers
Diunna Greenleaf
Inetta Visor
Shaun Murphy
Trudy Lynn

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Anthony Geraci
Barrelhouse Chuck
Henry Gra
Jim Pugh
Victor Wainwright

Rock Blues Album of the Year
Albert Castiglia - Big Dog
Mike Zito - Keep Coming Back
Moreland & Arbuckle - Promised Land or Bust
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Let Me Get By
Walter Trout - Alive in Amsterdam

“Blues Immigrant” written by Matthew Skoller & Vincent Bucher and performed by Matthew Skoller on Blues Immigrant
“I Gotta Sang The Blues” written and performed by Thornetta Davis on Honest Woman
“Seeing Is Believing” written by Ray Norcia and performed by Sugar Ray & The Bluetones on Seeing Is Believing
“Walk A Mile In My Blues” written by David Duncan, Curtis Salgado & Mike Finigan and performed by Curtis Salgado on The Beautiful Lowdown
“Walk it Off” written and performed by Toronzo Cannon on The Chicago Way

Soul Blues Album
Bobby Rush - Porcupine Meat
Curtis Salgado - The Beautiful Lowdown
Johnny Rawls - Tiger in a Cage
Wee Willie Walker - Live! Notodden Blues Festival
William Bell - This Is Where I Live

Soul Blues Female Artist
Bettye Lavette
Lara Price
Mavis Staples
Terrie Odabi
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Curtis Salgado
Johnny Rawls
Wee Willie Walker
William Bell

Traditional Blues Album
Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore - House Party at Big Jon's
Bob Margolin - My Road
Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue - Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
Lurrie Bell - Can't Shake This Feeling
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones - Seeing is Believing

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Bob Margolin
John Primer
Lil’ Ed Williams
Lurrie Bell
Sugar Ray Norcia





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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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And the winners are...

1. Acoustic Album: The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard – Duke Robillard
2. Acoustic Artist: Doug MacLeod
3. Album: Born to Play Guitar – Buddy Guy
4. B.B. King Entertainer: Victor Wainwright
5. Band: Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots
6. Best New Artist Album: The Mississippi Blues Child – Mr. Sipp
7. Contemporary Blues Album: Born to Play Guitar – Buddy Guy
8. Contemporary Blues Female Artist: Shemekia Copeland
9. Contemporary Blues Male Artist: Joe Louis Walker
10. Historical: Soul & Swagger: Buzzin’ the Blues by Slim Harpo (Bear Family Records)
11. Instrumentalist-Bass : Lisa Mann
12. Instrumentalist-Drums: Cedric Burnside
13. Instrumentalist-Guitar: Sonny Landreth
14. Instrumentalist-Harmonica: Kim Wilson
15. Instrumentalist-Horn: Terry Hanck
16. Koko Taylor Award: Ruthie Foster
17. Pinetop Perkins Piano Player: Allen Toussaint
18. Rock Blues Album: Battle Scars – Walter Trout
19. Song: “Gonna Live Again” written and performed by Walter Trout
20. Soul Blues Album: This Time for Real – Billy Price & Otis Clay
21. Soul Blues Female Artist: Bettye LaVette
22. Soul Blues Male Artist: Otis Clay
23. Traditional Blues Album: Descendants of Hill Country – Cedric Burnside Project
24. Traditional Blues Male Artist: John Primer

Congratulations to all winners and participants!!!





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Memphis, Tennessee, February 17, 2016.

On May 4, 2016 five legendary blues performers, two individuals who were instrumental in the creation of blues music, five single blues recordings, one blues album and an important piece of blues literature will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

Elvin Bishop, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson, John Mayall, and The Memphis Jug Band will each take their places beside performers who have been deemed by a group of blues scholars and industry veterans to be the Best in the Blues. Each of these musicians has carved his place in blues history. Bishop's beginnings with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band to his more recent recognition for the 2015 Blues Music Awards "Song of the Year" have elevated him to the highest stature in blues music. Clearwater, Johnson, and Mayall each boast careers that have spanned more than a half century, and their talent has not waned as they each continue to produce music and to perform for devoted audiences, yet each are distinguishable by their stage presence and musical talent. The Memphis Jug Band's music crossed the racial divides of the first half of the twentieth century and inspired many musicians to follow in their footsteps.

Non-performer individuals to be recognized by The Blues Foundation for their behind-the-scenes contributions are Malaco Records partners Tommy Couch, Sr. and Wolf Stephenson, whose label's first big hit was Dorothy Moore's "Misty Blue" in 1976, and who then went on to produce such blues greats as Bobby Bland, Little Milton, Z.Z. Hill, Denise LaSalle, Latimore, Johnnie Taylor, and Tyrone Davis. The business foundation they built has allowed Malaco to remain an active player in the music world today.

The book Early Downhome Blues: A Musical and Cultural Analysis, by Jeff Todd Titon is the literature entry into the Blues Hall of Fame this year, and is one of the most important analytical studies of the blues to have been published.

The classic album Blues in the Mississippi Night (Nixa, 1957: United Artists, 1959) is being honored as are the singles, "Crazy Blues" by Mamie Smith (OKeh, 1920), "That's All Right" by Jimmy Rogers (Chess, 1950), Billy Boy Arnold's "I Wish You Would" (Vee-Jay, 1955), Johnny Moore's Three Blazers' (Charles Brown, vocal and piano) "Merry Christmas Baby" (Exclusive, 1947), the first Yuletide song inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, and "Blues Before Sunrise" by Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell (Vocalion, 1934).

The induction ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 4, at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee, the night before the 37th Blues Music Awards. With living musicians like Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton, and legends like Muddy Waters and Koko Taylor, the Blues Hall of Fame consists of blues music's best and brightest stars. The Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony will coincide with the one year anniversary of the opening of the Blues Hall of Fame Museum, also located in Memphis, TN at the home of the Blues Foundation. This state of the art facility celebrates the lives and the music of each Hall of Fame individual as well as the history of the music and the literature produced through the blues timeline. These newest inductees will be added to the museum's permanent exhibits and interactive displays in conjunction with their induction this May.

On May 5, the night after the Blues Hall of Fame inductions, The Blues Foundation will present the Blues Music Awards for the 37th time. Performers, industry representatives, and fans from around the world will celebrate the best in blues recording, songwriting, and performance from the previous year at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis. For tickets and more information, visit This link.

Major funding is provided by ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission. The 37th Blues Music Awards and The Blues Foundation are also supported by BMI, the First Tennessee Foundation, the Hyde Family Foundation, the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

The Blues Foundation is Memphis-based, but world-renowned as THE organization whose mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Founded in 1980, The Blues Foundation has approximately 4000 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. Blues in the Schools programs and Generation Blues scholarships expose new generations to blues music. The recent opening of the Blues Hall of Fame Museum, in Memphis, TN, now adds the opportunity for music lovers of all ages to interact with the music and the history. For more information, log onto


Elvin Bishop first came to prominence alongside fellow Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Michael Bloomfield as a member of the influential Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the 1960s and has since carved his own niche both as a hit making roadhouse rocker and as a multiple Blues Music Awards recipient. The blues bug bit Bishop when he heard Jimmy Reed and others on the radio as a teenager in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born in Glendale, California, on October 21, 1942, but grew up on an Iowa farm and in Tulsa, and his persona and music reflect his rural roots, wit and humor, and an appreciation of a wide range of sounds, including blues, rock, soul, gospel, and country.
Bishop attended the University of Chicago on a scholarship in 1960, ostensibly to study physics, but the city's thriving blues scene became his laboratory, with guitarist Little Smokey Smothers his prime instructor. His productive partnership with Paul Butterfield yielded several historic albums, his guitar work coming more to the fore as the years passed. In 1968, Bishop struck out on his own, drawn to another fertile musical landscape in the San Francisco Bay Area. While he never lost his blues chops, his music took a new direction when he recorded his first albums for Epic, and then for Capricorn. Five of his Capricorn albums, led by Struttin' My Stuff, made the pop charts from 1974 to 1978, as did five singles, including his biggest hit, "Fooled Around and Fell in Love." Several competing Best of Elvin Bishop compilations from his '70s work later hit the market.
A return to more blues-based showcases for his guitar, vocals, and songwriting began in 1988 with a series of albums for Alligator, Blind Pig, and Delta Groove, including a collaboration with Little Smokey Smothers and albums with guests such as James Cotton and B.B. King. Bishop was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in 2015, the same year he took home Blues Music Awards for Album and Song of the Year ("I Can't Even Do Wrong Right").

Eddy Clearwater earned a reputation early in his career as a colorful and versatile entertainer, one whose onstage flamboyance belied his soft-spoken nature. A Chuck Berry act was once his specialty, and he learned how to play music, from Top 40 to country to R&B, to please any audience in the clubs of Chicago and the suburbs. But his blues roots ran deep, back to the Macon, Mississippi area where he was born Edward Harrington on January 10, 1935, to a prodigious musical family tree that includes Carey and Lurrie Bell, and to the West Side blues of Otis Rush and Magic Sam that inspired him. By the time he made his first record for his uncle Houston Harrington's Atomic-H label in 1958, he had acquired the stage name Clear Waters (later just Clearwater)-- a play on another of his influences, Muddy Waters. A few more singles followed, some in the Chuck Berry vein, but when it came time to do his first albums his blues talents had begun to be recognized in Europe and in the blues clubs of Chicago.
He earned another nickname, "The Chief," from the title of his first American LP on Rooster Blues when he posed for the cover on horseback in an Indian headdress (a gift from a fan). Already playing one of the busiest nightclub schedules of any Chicago bluesman, Clearwater ramped up his road work and rocked the blues harder than ever. More albums for Rooster Blues, Blind Pig, Bullseye Blues, and his own Cleartone imprint followed, along with assorted European releases, leading to widely acclaimed releases for Bullseye Blues (Rock 'n' Roll City, with Los Straitjackets) and Alligator (West Side Strut). Still strutting his stuff in his war bonnet, Eddy Clearwater adds to a proud legacy every time he steps onstage or into a recording studio.

Jimmy Johnson followed a circuitous route back to the blues he grew up with in Mississippi to reemerge on the Chicago blues scene in the 1970s heralded as a fresh and exciting "new" voice in the music. Johnson was born Jimmy Thompson in Marshall County, Mississippi, on November 25, 1928. His father and younger brothers Mac and Syl were all musicians, and as a teenager he counted Matt "Guitar" Murphy as a best friend. (Syl Thompson later became a soul star under the name Syl Johnson, and Jimmy and Mac eventually followed suit to become Johnsons.)
Jimmy sang gospel in Memphis and Chicago, finally trying his hand at playing blues guitar in the late '50s. But soul music was hot in the '60s, and Johnson began to find better-paying work playing shows and touring with his brother Syl, Otis Clay, Denise LaSalle, Bobby Rush, Tyrone Davis, and many others. As jobs on the soul circuit began to wane in the '70s, Johnson answered the call of the blues again when he joined the Jimmy Dawkins band in 1974. He soon began to develop his blues career with his own band, gigging in Chicago as well as making European tours and recording for the French MCM label, Alligator, and Delmark. The piercing, soulful quality of his vocals and guitar playing earned him a staunch following among blues fans, bringing him several W.C. Handy Blues Awards (now called Blues Music Awards) along the way.
Johnson cut back on traveling after a tragic accident in 1988. He and his band were returning from a job in Indiana when their van ran off the road, and two band members perished. But when he has chosen to perform and record again, he has proven that his talent remains undiminished, as evidenced by his live shows (even in his eighties sounding uncannily like he did 40 years earlier) and his albums for Verve in 1994 (voted Comeback Album of the Year), Ruf in 1999, and a pairing with brother Syl in 2002 on Evangeline, Two Johnsons are Better Than One.

The "Godfather of British Blues" and a longtime crusader for American blues originators, John Mayall joins many of his idols, as well as a famous former band member, with his induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. Eric Clapton, guitarist with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in the 1960s, was inducted in 2014, while the bluesmen who inspired Mayall, including Sonny Boy Williamson, J.B. Lenoir, Otis Rush and Freddie King, were among the first inductees.
Born November 29, 1933, in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England, Mayall inherited an early interest in blues, boogie woogie, and jazz from his father, Murray Mayall, a trombonist, guitarist, and record collector. Mayall took up piano, guitar, and harmonica, formed his first band in 1962, and founded the legendary Bluesbreakers in London in 1963. The band featured a succession of guitarists who went on to greater blues/rock fame, including Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor, as well as future Fleetwood Mac founders Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. The Bluesbreakers' 1966 LP with Clapton was a Top 10 album in England. In the liner notes to his 1967 album Crusade, Mayall wrote, his goal was "to campaign for some of my blues heroes," and he later devoted a whole album to songs by one of them, Freddie King.
Mayall moved to California to continue his blues journey stateside and has recorded prolifically and toured steadily with only a rare hiatus, still recruiting hot young sidemen such as Coco Montoya and Walter Trout, and making his mark as a songwriter as well as a devoted interpreter. His studio albums number more than 60, augmented by a growing catalog of live recordings. Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Albert Collins, and other Blues Hall of Famers have taken guest spots on some, and along the way Mayall also produced an album by another, Albert King. Numerous Mayall albums have appeared on the Billboard pop charts over the years, including The Turning Point, Bare Wires, Empty Rooms, U.S.A. Union, and Back to the Roots, and his later releases have scored high on the magazine's blues charts. As Mayall's odyssey continues, the words he wrote for Crusade in 1967 still resonate decades later: " I have dedicated my life to the blues ... I hope you'll join forces with me."

The Memphis Jug Band was one of the most popular and prolific blues groups of the 1920s and '30s, employing jugs, harmonicas, kazoos, guitars, mandolins, fiddles, and other instruments to entertain a wide variety of audiences with brisk renditions of downhome blues, waltzes, hokum, minstrel songs, and pop tunes. The band revolved around founder Will Shade, who played guitar, harmonica, and "bullfiddle," a homemade one-string bass. Shade recruited a fluid cast of singers and musicians that included Charlie Burse, Ben Ramey, Milton Roby, Will Weldon, Jab Jones, and Charlie Polk on their 1927-1934 sessions when they recorded "Stealin', Stealin," "K.C. Moan," "Cocaine Habit Blues," "Fishin' in the Dark," and a cache of other enduring favorites.
Their records were marketed mainly to African American blues audiences, but white patrons often employed the band for social affairs, political events, conventions, country club dances, and railroad and riverboat excursions. They also played in parks, restaurants, and the back of trucks, and did some traveling to Chicago, New Orleans, and other destinations for both black and white events. Such was their renown, even at the start, that on February 24, 1927, the Memphis Jug Band had the honor of making the first phonograph records not just in the city of Memphis, but also within the five-state area of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Kentucky. The session for Victor Records, on the fourth floor of the McCall Building (where the Waterfront Plaza now stands in downtown Memphis), began with "Sun Brimmers Blues" -- a title based on Will Shade's nickname "Son Brimmer."
Shade, born in Memphis on February 5, 1898, put various incarnations of the band together for several decades, and recorded again for Sam Charters in 1956 and for other folklorists and researchers in the 1960s. Inspired by the success of the Memphis Jug Band, several other jug bands sprang up in Memphis, but none ever matched the primacy of Shade's group. Shade died on September 18, 1966.

INDIVIDUALS (Business, Production, Media or Academic):

Tommy Couch (born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, on November 12, 1942) and Gerald "Wolf" Stephenson (born in Columbia, Mississippi, on August 24, 1943) built Malaco Records, the premier label for Southern soul, soul-blues and gospel music, out of a booking partnership they started to bring rhythm & blues acts to their fraternity while they were pharmacy students at Ole Miss in the 1960s. Their bookings extended to other colleges and then to R&B and pop concerts in Jackson. Couch co-founded Malaco, Inc. in 1968 with his brother-in-law Mitch Malouf and was soon joined by Stephenson and later by business manager Stewart Madison. The operation expanded to include a recording studio where Stephenson engineered along with production and publishing companies and several record labels.
The first big hit on the Malaco label was Dorothy Moore's "Misty Blue," in 1976, but it was the unexpected success of Z.Z. Hill's LP Down Home in 1982-83 that launched Malaco on a trajectory to become the dominant label in its field. That album stayed on Billboard's Black LPs charts for an incredible 93 weeks, thanks in large part to the work of Malaco's promotional director, Dave Clark. (Clark and the album are both already in the Blues Hall of Fame.) Malaco became the label of choice for a select crop of leading stars on the soul and blues circuit, including Bobby Bland, Little Milton, Denise LaSalle, Latimore, Johnnie Taylor, Tyrone Davis, and others whose records, co-produced by Couch and Stephenson, continued to sell to a large African American audience. Malaco's gospel division likewise rose to the top of its genre, too, especially after the acquisition of the historic Savoy Records catalog, and business at Malaco boomed under the helm of Couch, Stephenson, and Stewart as directors and majority shareholders in the corporation. Tommy Couch, Jr., followed his father's lead as a booking agent and label owner/producer, founding the Waldoxy label and eventually taking over as president of Malaco in 2013, overseeing the company's myriad of business interests from its longtime headquarters in Jackson.


A Musical and Cultural Analysis, by Jeff Todd Titon Jeff Todd Titon's
Early Downhome Blues: A Musical and Cultural Analysis ranks as one of the most important analytical studies of the blues, examining the music in an incisive and interconnected web of contexts, including social, lyrical, musicological, and commercial. Titon's grasp of the blues is extensive, not only as an academic and professor with a Ph.D. in American studies but also as a record collector, writer, and musician who played with or interviewed blues and gospel performers. "Downhome blues," in his definition, "refers not a place but to a spirit, a sense of place, evoked in singer and listener by a style of music" played in cities as well as in the country. First published by the University of Illinois Press in 1977, Early Downhome Blues was updated in a second edition from the University of North Carolina Press in 1994 with Titon's reflections on changes in the blues landscape and in perceptions of the blues.


Blues in the Mississippi Night (Nixa, 1957; United Artists, 1959)
When folklorist Alan Lomax recorded Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Slim, and John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson in 1947 in New York City, the results were so controversial that he waited a decade to release the album Blues in the Mississippi Night and even then disguised the identity of the artists and the location of the session. The three bluesmen -- dubbed Natchez, Leroy, and Sib in the original album notes --did more than play the blues on the album; they defined it in candid conversation, relaying such wrenching tales of hardships and racial injustice that, according to Lomax, they feared that a release of the recording might bring reprisals against them. Lomax had worries, too, when his activities came under question, and during the McCarthy era he moved to England. The first incarnation of Blues in the Mississippi Night was as a Lomax BBC radio program in 1951. The initial LP release, which included an acapella track by Vera Hall and some prison work songs, was also in England on the Nixa label in 1957. It was finally released in the U.S. by United Artists in 1959, after Lomax had returned home, but not until the blues artists had all passed away were their real names revealed on expanded CD versions by Rykodisc (1990) and Rounder (2003). Despite the album's title and subtitle (The Real Story of the Blues Sung and Told by Three Mississippi Delta Blues Men), the prisoners from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman were the only performers on the album who were actually from Mississippi.


Mamie Smith: "Crazy Blues" (OKeh, 1920)
"Crazy Blues" by Mamie Smith was the record that launched a new era for blues in the music business. Smith was not the first person to sing the blues on record, but up until "Crazy Blues," almost all the others had been white, catering to a white clientele. Only when "Crazy Blues" created a sensation among African American buyers did the record companies realize the potential for black music. By various news accounts, "Crazy Blues" sold anywhere from 10,000 to 2,000,000 copies, enough at any rate for OKeh and other labels to look for more black women to sing the blues and launch "race record" series for the newly discovered blues market. Smith had been singing an early variant by composer Perry Bradford, "Harlem Blues," in a theatrical production in New York, and it was Bradford who pushed for OKeh to record her doing "Crazy Blues" with a black band, the Jazz Hounds, on August 10, 1920. The song brought wealth and fame to both Smith and Bradford during the 1920s and paved the way for Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and many more to follow.

Jimmy Rogers: "That's All Right" (Chess, 1950)
"That's All Right" by Jimmy Rogers was not a chart hit when first released as a Chess 78 rpm single in 1950 but has since become a standard in the blues repertoire, recorded by dozens of artists over the years. A poignant reflection sung in Rogers' characteristically warm and empathetic style, with Little Walter's sensitive support on harmonica, the song was recorded when Rogers and Walter were members of the Muddy Waters band. A 1947 version entitled "Ora-Nelle Blues," also with Little Walter on harmonica, was recorded in Chicago by Othum Brown, and Rogers recorded the song in 1949 for Apollo, but that version was only released decades later. Rogers also credited Robert Lockwood Jr. and Willie Love for their contributions to his conceptualization of "That's All Right."

Billy Boy Arnold: "I Wish You Would" (Vee-Jay, 1955)
"I Wish You Would," a 1955 single for Vee-Jay Records, exemplified the creative flair of the then 19-year-old blues phenom who recorded and composed the song, Billy Boy Arnold. Its catchy riffs and propulsive rhythmic pattern represented a fresh departure from most Chicago blues of the era, and if it evoked comparisons to Bo Diddley, that was no coincidence: Arnold was playing with Bo when he came up with an early version of the song, and another Bo Diddley band mate, Jody Williams, played guitar on the session. "I Wish You Would" reached wider audiences when recorded by the Yardbirds, David Bowie, Tom Jones, Canned Heat, and other rock and blues acts.

Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Charles Brown, vocal and piano): "Merry Christmas Baby" (Exclusive, 1947)
"Merry Christmas Baby," the first Yuletide song in the Blues Hall of Fame, remains a perennial favorite years after its first release by Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, featuring Charles Brown on piano and vocals, in 1947. The record, on the Exclusive label from Los Angeles, made Billboard's race/rhythm & blues charts for three Decembers in a row, from '47 to '49, and has since been reissued many times on various labels. Brown also recorded later versions and today it is so identified with Brown that Moore's roles as the original bandleader, guitarist, and co-composer (with Lou Baxter) are often forgotten. It has been so often heard on mainstream radio that many listeners may not even think of it as a blues record, but it is solidly within the famed soft blues ballad style that Brown developed under the influence of Nat King Cole.

Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell: "Blues Before Sunrise" (Vocalion, 1934)
"Blues at Sunrise" was one of several signature pieces contributed to the blues canon by pianist Leroy Carr, one of the most influential bluesmen of the pre-World War II era. Carr's litany of woes is a distillation of the blues {"such a miserable feeling, a feeling I do despise") and its influence on Robert Johnson and other blues legends is obvious. The initial release, a 78 rpm single on the Vocalion label, was credited to Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell in recognition of Blackwell's vital role on guitar in their classic partnership. In 1962 it became the title track for a historic Carr LP on Columbia that is already in the Blues Hall of Fame. "Blues Before Sunrise" was recorded in St. Louis on February 21, 1934, only a year before Carr died at the age of thirty.





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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 282 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
Rick Estrin & Kid Andersen, Aki Kumar & Rockin' Johnny Burgin, Lumber Jacks. Million Dollartones, Fat Chance, Jackie Benson, Marvin L. Sims, American Blues Festival 1962 , together with more than thirty 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 282 de la revista finlandesa BLUES NEWS. Esta nueva entrega con sesenta y siete 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 Rick Estrin & Kid Andersen, Aki Kumar & Rockin' Johnny Burgin, Lumber Jacks. Million Dollartones, Fat Chance, Jackie Benson, Marvin L. Sims, American Blues Festival 1962, junto a más de treinta 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) Buddy Guy
Blues Artist of the Year (Female) Shemekia Copeland
Most Outstanding Blues Singer Otis Clay
Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar) Lurrie Bell
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) Sugar Blue
Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) Allen Toussaint
Most Outstanding Musician (Bass) Bob Stroger
Most Outstanding Musician (Drums) Cedric Burnside
Most Outstanding Musician (Horns) Trombone Shorty
Most Outstanding Musician (Other) Freddie Roulette – Lap steel
Best Live Performer Bobby Rush
Comeback Artist of the Year Wee Willie Walker
Artist Deserving More Attention Matthew Robinson
Best Blues Albums of 2015 Album of the Year Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love – Alligator Records
New Recordings / Contemporary Blues Cedric Burnside Project – Descendants of Hill Country – Cedric Burnside Project
New Recordings / Southern Soul Wee Willie Walker – If Nothing Ever Changes – Little Village Foundation
New Recordings / Best Debut The Peterson Brothers – The Peterson Brothers – Blue Point Records
New Recordings / Traditional & Acoustic Leo “Bud” Welch – I Don’t Prefer No Blues – Big Legal Mess
Historical – Pre-war Lead Belly – The Smithsonian Folkways Collection – Smithsonian Folkways
Historical – Postwar Bobby Rush – Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush – Omnivore Recordings
Blues Book of the Year Jas Obrecht – Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar – University of Minnesota Press
DVD of the Year Muddy Waters and Friends – Soundstage: Blues Summit in Chicago, 1974 – Sony/Legacy
Producer of the Year New Recording Bruce Iglauer and Toronzo Cannon – Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way – Alligator Records
Producer of the Year Historical Recording Jeff Place and Robert Santelli – Lead Belly – The Smithsonian Folkways Collection – Smithsonian Folkways

Readers’ Poll:
Blues Artist of the Year (Male) Keb’ Mo’
Blues Artist of the Year (Female) Shemekia Copeland
Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar) Buddy Guy
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) Charlie Musselwhite
Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) Allen Toussaint
Best Live Performer Buddy Guy
Most Outstanding Blues Singer Buddy Guy
Best Blues Album of 2015 (New Release) Buddy Guy – Born to Play Guitar – RCA/Silvertone
Best Blues Album of 2015 (Historical Recording) Lead Belly – The Smithsonian Folkways Collection – Smithsonian Folkways
Best Blues DVD of 2015 Muddy Waters and Friends – Soundstage: Blues Summit in Chicago, 1974 – Sony/Legacy
Best Blues Book of 2015 Peter Guralnick – Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll – Little, Brown and Company

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).

Funeral and memorial service film and parade



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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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Blues music industry professionals nominated their choices in the fifth annual Blues Blast Music  Awards. The Blues Blast Music Awards honor the years best in Blues music in eight categories. Voting began on July 1st and continued until August 31st. Voting was open to the public and more than 5,000 Blues fans from all over the world voted in this years awards.


And the winers are:


Contemporary Blues Album: Buddy Guy “Rhythm & Blues”

Traditional Blues Album: James Cotton “Cotton Mouth Man”

Soul Blues Album: Bobby Rush with Blind Dog Smokin' “Decisions”

Rock Blues Album: Tommy Castro And The Painkillers “The Devil You Know”

Acoustic Blues Album: Mark T Small” Smokin' Blues”

New Artist Debut Album: Shawn Holt And The Teardrops “Daddy Told Me Blues”

DVD Recording: Royal Southern Brotherhood “Songs From the Road”

Song Of The Year: "Meet Me In Chicago" by Tom Hambridge and Robert Randolph - Rhythm & Blues (Buddy Guy)

Blues Band: The Tedeschi Trucks Band

Male Blues Artist: Buddy Guy

Female Blues Artist: Beth Hart

Sean Costello Rising Star Award: Lisa Mann







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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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