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The Blues Foundation has another autographed LP to auction. This month, it's Fire on the Mountain, the
1974 breakout album by Charlie Daniels. The cover is signed, and this auction will go towards raising some
funds for their Generation Blues youth scholarship program. The cover art is by Flournoy Holmes who is
still in the business 40 years later. Recently, he did the cover art for Ruthie Foster’s Promise of a Brand New
A new exhibit takes visitors on a visual road trip, following the journey blues music took from Mississippi to
Chicago. 'Up the Mississippi' features the work of artist Will Armstrong. Visitors will see works inspired by
Robert Johnson, Johnny Cash and Muddy Waters. The exhibit is at the Jackson Junge Gallery on North
Milwaukee through October 26.
More than a hundred musical events, including 15 festivals, are scheduled for the third annual "Bridging the
Blues/" event, a cooperative effort between Arkansas, Mississippi and Memphis that takes place through the
end of King Biscuit Festival. In addition to weekend festivals, there are special events including shows at
juke joints, Mississippi Blues Trail marker unveilings, public talks with blues artists, live radio programs and
blues competitions. After a successful debut last year, the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival in Greenville,
Mississippi returned this year with artists including Gov’t Mule and Dr. John on the Mighty Main Stage,
and a full lineup of traditional artists on the Highway 61 Blues Stage. Camping, late night movies and
sports were all part of the festivities at Warfield Point Park on the Mississippi River. One of the key events is
the four-day King Biscuit Blues Festival (October 8-11) in Helena, Arkansas. Celebrating its 29th year, the
line up includes Roy Rogers & Sonny Landreth, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Vivino and the Black Italians,
Bobby Rush and James Cotton. Dozens of acts perform across multiple stages, and there’s also music along
historic Cherry Street. On the Sunday following the “Biscuit” there are three festivals in Clarksdale—the
14th Annual Pinetop Perkins Homecoming, the Cat Head Mini Blues Festival and the Second Street Blues
Stony Plain Records announces an October 21 release date for Hard Luck Child: a Tribute to Skip James, the
fifth in Rory Block’s “Mentor Series” of recordings saluting those blues masters who’ve had a major
influence on her music. On her latest album, the multi-Blues Music Award winner pays tribute to Skip
To watch footage of the recently-held Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival, log onto nola.com
New releases include Mississippi Heat "Warning Shot" on Delmark Records, Paul Butterfield Blues Band
"Audio Fidelity" on Hybrid SACD, Philip Sayce "Influence" on Provogue Records, Rob Stone "Gotta Keep
Rollin'" on Vizztone Records, and Sena Ehrhardt "Live My Life" on Blind Pig Records.
B.B. King has just celebrated his 89th birthday, and is still touring. Leo “Bud” Welch is an 82-year old
Mississippi-based Blues and Gospel musician who’s taken the blues world by storm after releasing his debut
album earlier this year. Decades of hard work in the cotton fields and the woods, missed opportunities, and
gigs in local juke joints and churches led to Leo’s very late international success that is a story worth
telling. That story is trying to be told through filmmaker Wolfgang Almer, who’s raising money on
Kickstarter for a featured documentary called, I don’t know what you’ve come to do – The Story of Leo
“Bud” Welch. The film will be a reflection upon country life in Mississippi over the past eight decades, and
how it formed “Bud” Welch’s music.
The fourth annual Call and Response Blues Symposium features musicians and industry vets from Boston,
Nashville, New York, and Missouri, but Helena, Arkansas and the King Biscuit Blues Festival, some say, are
the heart and soul of American Blues Music, and the symposium seeks to address why. This featured event
of the 29th annual King Biscuit Blues Festival begins at noon on Saturday, October 11, at the Malco Theater
on Cherry St.
Glenn Cornick, the original bass player with Jethro Tull who helped to shape the band's unique sound,
mixing blues, rock and folk, has passed away. He was 67, and suffering from heart failure.
New releases coming out include: Absolution "Dusty Road" on Blues Boulevard, Gary Clark Jr. "Live" on
Warner Bros., Gary Moore "Live at Bush Hall 2007" on Eagle Rock, Grady Champion "Bootleg Whiskey"
on Malaco Records, Jimi Hendrix "The Cry of Love" and "Rainbow Bridge" on Legacy Recordings, Johnny
Winter "Step Back" on Megaforce, Kirby Sewell Band "Girl with a New Tattoo" on Smelly Cat Records and
Marcia Ball "The Tattooed Lady and The Alligator Man" on Alligator Records.
The Blues Foundation's "Keeping the Blues Alive" submission deadline is 9/26 this year. Blues.org has all of
the details. You can also now start booking your hotel for the International Blues Challenge on the Blues
Mike Zito sat down with americanbluesscene.com to discuss his departure from Royal Southern
Brotherhood. The interview is up now.
The 14th annual Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration will take place on Sunday, October 12th at
Hopson’s Commissary and the Shack Up Inn from 3:00PM to 7:30PM, with a suggested donation of $15.
All proceeds go directly to scholarships for youth to attend the Pinetop Perkins Master Class Workshops
held each June in Clarksdale, MS.
Bloomfield, Kooper & Stills will release 'Super Session' on Audio Fidelity August 19th.
Elvin Bishop returns to the Alligator Records label with Can’t Even Do Wrong Right, a ten-song disc that
includes a number of new original songs, as well as covers, including Little Walter’s “Blues With A Feeling”
and Rosco Gordon’s “No More Doggin’. The release date is August 19th.
Wolf Records released Louisiana Red's The Sky is Crying on 8/12. The record is comprised of shows played
In this busy month of new releases, there are 3 additional noteworthy ones. They are: Mike Zito's "The
Wheel" out 8/12 on Ruf Records; Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson's "For Pops" on Severn out 8/19; and
Ruthie Foster "Promise of a Brand New Day" out 8/19 also, on her Blue Corn Music label.
In sad blues news, harmonica player Lynwood Slim has passed away as a result of a stroke suffered
recently. The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale), just out on Bushbranch/Surfdog, is compliments of Eric
Clapton. Clapton gathered friends and fellow musicians that enjoyed Cale’s music, and wanted to pay
tribute to him. Clapton decided that as a whole, the musicians would stay as close as possible to the sound
of the original material, believing that even so, each musician’s personality would still shine through.
The Mighty Mississippi Music Festival is scheduled for October 3rd–5th. This year, the line up includes
Gov’t Mule, Dr. John, The Band of Heathens, Alvin Youngblood Hart and many other blues musicians.
The camp-out festival will be held at Warfield Point Park. For full details, visit
The three-step nomination procedure for the 2015 Blues Music Awards is now open. Step 1 is simply sending
in your CD when it becomes available. Any artist who has released a CD since November 1st, 2013 may
begin the process now. This applies to artists and record labels.
Our friends at Hope Children's Fund have two Guitars For Sale!
-Looking for a gift for the guitar lover in your life? Here are 2 amazing guitars: a Gretsch
Roundup and a D’Angelico Excel WX-SS were donated to HCF! All proceeds will go to the
charity! Please contact Larry Hohler at 631.473.1662 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make an offer.
The 1st guitar: Gretsch Roundup
The 2nd guitar: D’Angelico Excel WX-SS