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The 2014 Doheny Blues Festival will take place on May 17th and May 18th, at the 62-acre Doheny State
Beach park. The headliners include Buddy Guy and Gregg Allman, the Mannish Boys, Kid Ramos, Smokin'
Joe Kubek and Bnois King, and John Nemeth with the Bo-Keys.
On June 10th, Provogue Records will release Walter Trout's The Blues Came Callin'.
New releases this week include Albert Castiglia's Solid Ground (Ruf Records); and Wilko Johnson & Roger
Daltry's Going Back Home (Chess Records).
The Juke Joint Festival took place last week in Clarksdale, Mississippi. This year’s event featured over 100
blues acts, a dozen stages, racing pigs, a 5K and 8K run, multiple children’s activities, historic bus tours, arts
& crafts vendors, Southern food, real juke joints, a student art/writing contest, and much more.
Other new releases include: Robert Cray's In My Soul (Provogue Records); Lightnin' Hopkins' Free Form
Patterns (Snapper Records); and The Holmes Brothers' Brotherhood (Alligator Records).
April is officially Muddy Waters Month at the Delta Blues Museum, with celebrations going on throughout
Forty Below Records has announced the signing of John Mayall, and a May 13 release date for his first
studio album in five years, A Special Life, distributed by Sony/RED. The album was recorded in November,
2013, at Entourage Studios in North Hollywood, and was produced by Mayall.
Jack White has just premiered his new video, “High Ball Stepper.” White’s new album Lazaretto is set for
release on June 9th/10th on Third Man Records. An instrumental track, “High Ball Stepper” offers a
glimpse of the new music from the album.
New releases this week include: Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's Live In Amsterdam (J&R Adventures); John
Nemeth's Memphis Grease (Blue Corn Music); and Selvidge's The Cold Of The Morning (Omnivore
On May 6th, Shout! Factory will release A Celebration of Blues and Soul on DVD. The commercial DVD
release of this 1989 concert includes an additional hour of unseen concert footage that didn't appear on the
PBS broadcast, plus an essay by music historian Peter Guralnick, liner notes by former Washington Post
music writer Richard Harrington, and a photo gallery of never-before-seen pictures from the concert.
The Blues Foundation is having a clearance sale as they downsize, in anticipation of temporarily relocating
their office. Visit their ebay page to see what's for sale.
Royal Southern Brotherhood announced that they will host a night of music to benefit Walter Trout. The
event, “Rock Out For Trout – A Walter Trout Benefit,” is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8th, and will be held
at The Exit Inn in Nashville, TN.
Americanbluesscene.com has posted a new interview with Ana Popovic, regarding her touring with
Experience Hendrix. Check it out on their site.
New releases this week include: Bernie Pearl's Take Your Time (Bee Bump Music), Nick Moss Band's Time
Ain't Free (Blue Bella Music), and Sleepy John Estes' Live In Japan (Delmark Records).
First Tennessee Foundation turns 150 this year, and to celebrate, they are giving away $5,000 a day for 150
days to select non-profit organizations. One of the organizations hoping for it is the Blues Foundation.
Voting online is now open.
Billboard magazine is reporting on a brand-new Johnny Winter album, the follow-up to 2010's Roots. The
new disc will feature 1950s-era blues covers, as well as guest musicians, including Eric Clapton, Ben Harper,
Billy Gibbons, and Dr. John, among others. "We started this series of traditional songs that Johnny grew up
on - I knew it was an easy formula for him to digest," Paul Nelson tells Billboard, "he was happy to do this,
and it fueled his need to do this, relearn songs from the past. It was educational." Expect the new Winter
disc sometime this summer, with June or July as a release date.
Jim Byrnes' new album, St. Louis Times, is scheduled for an April 15th release by Black Hen Music. St.
Louis Times is Byrnes' sixth album for the independent Black Hen Music label.
Led Zeppelin is reissuing the group’s first three LPs, re-mastered by Jimmy Page, along with previously
unreleased tracks, according to Rolling Stone Magazine. The band described the release as part of an
“extensive reissue program”. In addition to the re-mastered tracks, the new versions of Led Zeppelin,
Zeppelin II, and Zeppelin III will be available as a “Deluxe Edition”, with a bonus disc of previously
unreleased live and studio tracks that were recorded around the time the albums. All three albums will be
released on June 3rd. Each album will be available in CD, digital download, and 180 gram vinyl in a sleeve
with the original packaging.
In the court case involving Delta blues legend Robert Johnson's photographs, the bluesman's son and legally
recognized heir, Claud Johnson, can now keep profits generated by the only two verified photographs of his
father. Essentially, the two known photos of Johnson - one a studio portrait taken at the Hooks Brothers
Studios in Memphis, and the other taken by Johnson himself in a photo booth - were originally in the
possession of Johnson's late half-sister, Carrie Harris Thompson. Due to various deals, the ownership of the
photos (and the ability to profit from them) was up in the air, and the courts ruled that the statute of
limitations on Thompson's heirs to challenge ownership had expired, and the rights belonged to Johnson's
New releases this week include: Big Walter Horton's Live At The Knickerbocker (JSP Records); James
Armstrong's Guitar Angels (Catfood Records); Jim Suhler's Panther Burn (Underworld Records); and Matt
Schofield's Far As I Can See (Provogue Records).
100% of proceeds from Mick Kolassa's "Mississippi Mick" CD release will benefit the Blues Foundation's
Generation Blues, and the Hart Fund. For all the info, check out blues.org.
The Justice Department announced the indictment of six people in connection with widespread scams that
defrauded dozens of individual investors of over $5 million. One of those indicted is Delta Groove Music
owner Randy Chortkoff.
In positive blues news, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and James Brown are reportedly receiving postage
stamps in their honor.
"A Celebration of Blues & Soul: The 1989 Inaugural Concert" will begin airing on March 1st on your local
PBS station. "A Celebration of Blues & Soul" was part of the festivities surrounding the January 1989
inauguration of U.S. President George H.W. Bush. Arranged by R&B fan Lee Atwater, who had been
Bush's campaign manager, the concert featured some of the greatest talents from the blues and soul worlds
New releases this month include Bernard Allison & Cedric Burnside's Allison Burnside Express (1-2-3-4 Go
Records); Danny Bryant's Hurricane (1-2-3-4 Go Records); Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown's Goin' To The
Delta (Ruf Records); and Pinetop Perkins' On The 88s: Live In Chicago (Kingston Records).
The Blues Hall of Fame has announced this year's honorees. Among the other individuals to be recognized
for their behind-the-scenes contributions: The Rosebud Agency’s manager and booking agent Mike Kappus,
Houston label owner Don Robey, and Chicago record producer and writer Dick Shurman. The book
Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke by Peter Guralnick is the literature entry this year. Some
albums being honored include: Hawk Squat by J.B. Hutto, and Moanin' in the Moonlight by Howlin’ Wolf.
Some of the singles that will be inducted include: “After Hours” by Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra;
“Catfish Blues” by Robert Petway; and “High Water Everywhere, Parts I & II” by Charley Patton. The
induction ceremony will be held on May 7th at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee,
the night before the 35th Blues Music Awards.
King Size Film Productions announced that Mykelti Williamson will star in the upcoming film, The Thrill Is
On, portraying the legendary B.B. King. Williamson is best remembered for his performance as Bubba in
the film Forrest Gump.
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite are making plans to return to the studio for a follow-up album. "Blues
is something that I've devoted and committed my life to, and it's the sound that's in everything I do,"
Harper is quoted as saying in a Rolling Stone interview.
On February 18, Legacy Recordings released two live sets from the Allman Brothers Band. The two releases
will be: Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre 1992, and the concert film Live At Great Woods.
Tickets for the 35th Blues Music Awards, which will be presented at the Cook Convention Center in
downtown Memphis, TN, on Thursday, May 8th, are now on sale. Additionally, voting is now open. Log
onto blues.org for the links.
The Experience Hendrix Tour hits the road again in March. This eighth edition kicks off on March 11th in
Grand Prairie, Texas. Scheduled for 20 dates spread across a month, Experience Hendrix 2014 will be
headlined by Buddy Guy. Also on the tour will be Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Cesar Rosas,
David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Doyle Bramhall II, Ana Popovic, and many, many more.
In honor of Blind Willie Johnson, producer Jeffrey Gaskill - who has worked with Bob Dylan - has launched
a Kickstarter campaign to fund a tribute album. God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
would feature contributors such as Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi
Allstars, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, the Blind Boys of Alabama and other roots 'n' blues oriented