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This week's blues history lesson involves bluesman Pink Anderson. A musician and a medicine man, Pink
also was a part of traveling horse and wagon teams that peddled “miracle cures” between variety show acts
in the early 1900's. Many early blues performers cut their teeth on the medicine show circuit. During the
1950's, his legacy in the blues world was cemented.
Just a reminder: the 2015 Living Blues 'Blues Today Symposium' will be held on April 9th at the University
Chicago bluesman Chicago Slim, who is also a surgeon, has been making it his mission to help the aging
population of local blues stars navigate the health system, providing free care through his non-profit One
Patient Global Health Initiative. S
onghoy Blues have announced details of their debut album, ‘Music In Exile’. Out February 23rd on
Transgressive, the album is co-produced by Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner and Marc-Antoine Moreau.
Brad Hatfield’s newest self-released album, For A Change, consists of 12 tracks, clocking in at 49 minutes.
The album features Brad Hatfield on harmonica and vocals, Bob Britt on guitar, Kevin McKendree on
piano and organ, Tommy MacDonald on the bass, and Tom Hambridge on drums, percussion, and backing
With the 2015 IBC just concluding, Americanbluesscene.com ran an interesting story on the history of Beale
Street, discussing not only the blues and entertainment aspect, but the darker parts of its history as well.
Blues Blast Magazine has a ton of brand new album reviews, as well as upcoming blues gigs listed. Check
out bluesblastmagazine.com for all of the updates.
Lancaster Roots and Blues is being held Feb. 6 and 7 in downtown Lancaster. The event features concerts
by more than 50 national and regional bands held on 10 stages at eight venues -- all within a few blocks of
each other. Performers include LIVE, Steep Canyon Rangers, Joe Louis Walker, Iris Dement, Iron
Butterfly, Savoy Brown and Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton.
Jack White's recent show at Madison Square Garden in New York City was all about the blues. He
discussed how powerful his recent visit to Mississippi was, and why he has such a deep love for the blues and
its rich history. NPR ran a recent article on Paramount Records and blues music, and discussed Third Man
Records and Revenant's recent releasing of Paramount's blues catalog.
Elvin Bishop is officially a top vote-getter this year, with six nominations for the 36th Blues Music Awards,
happening May 7th. Speaking of the Awards- The Blues Foundation has listed cut off dates and rates for
several downtown Memphis-area hotels. In order to secure a room with the best rates possible, be sure to
book yours today.
A recent issue of Blues Blast Magazine is available, and features album reviews, show dates, and much
more. The issue also features an update on the 2015 shows that the Crossroads Blues Society of IL is hard
at work on.
Please visit msbluesmarathon.com for all the info. The Music Maker Relief Foundation's goal is the keep
the lights on for blues and roots musicians who are largely indigenous, so that they can focus on making
music. Founded in 1994, they aim to help some of the best musicians who may need a little extra assistance.
The 2015 Blues Music Award nominees were announced on Wednesday, December 10th. The Blues
Foundation will also be making announcements about ticket sales and voting. Anyone can buy a ticket to
the show on May 7th, but only Blues Foundation members can vote to decide who wins.
Bruce Katz has returned to his Blues, Jazz and Jam roots with the album Homecoming, on the American
Showplace Music label. A three time Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Blues Music Award nominee,
the release features plenty of instrumental jams.
Mike Zito sat down with americanbluesscene.com to discuss his departure from Royal Southern
Brotherhood. The interview is up now.