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Dudley Taft's recent release, Skin and Bones, on his American Blues Artist Group label, was intentionally
done with a raw, almost live feel, instead of a pristine studio finish. Check it out; the reviews have been
Brand new information on the 2016 IBC has been posted at blues.org. Keep yourself in the loop and check
In the current issue of Blues Blast Magazine, Terry Mullins handled the feature interview with Chicago Blues
singer Melvia “Chick” Rodgers. Steve Jones and Bob Kieser have commentary and photos from the 2015
Rockford Crossroads Blues Festival. Additionally, their video of the week features Joanne Shaw Taylor and
Recent releases include: Al Grigg - Blues and Other Things, Travis Haddix - It’s My Turn Now, Arlen Roth –
Slide Guitar Summit, and Soul Suga’ & Diane Durrett-Self Titled.
If you haven't yet, be sure to check out Time Magazine's feature on Southern Blues musicians.
CNN has announced that Dr. Dan Ivankovich has been selected as one of its Top Ten CNN Heroes of 2015.
Now through November 15th, people can vote for their choice of the CNN Hero of the Year 2015. Dr.
Ivankovich loves his home town of Chicago. Raised and educated there, he wouldn’t want to live anywhere
else. As gigging musician Chicago Slim, he was mentored by some of the legendary masters of the blues for
which the city is famous, and is quite familiar with the neighborhoods where the blues flourish, some of
which are home to the meanest streets in the nation. As a world class orthopedic surgeon, he is also
extremely aware of the extent to which whole communities are under-served when it comes to accessing and
affording health care. In 2010, he co-founded nonprofit OnePatient Global Health Initiative with Dr. Karla
Ivankovich. Since then, he has treated numerous patients, estimating that more than 100,000 people have
benefited from the program.
New releases include Jim Singleton - 8 O’ Clock in the Afternoon, Don Scott - Slidin’ Sideways, Cheryl
Lescom & the Tucson Choir Boys - 1953 and Rockin’ Johnny Burgin - Greetings from Greaseland,
Blues Blast Magazine’s latest hardcopy issue is out now. The featured interview is with Rockin’ Johnny
Burgin. Blues Blast is offering a fall advertising special. This special pricing will be their lowest pricing of
the 2015-2016 season. Visit their site for further details.
The Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival will take place on Oct. 24th in Monmouth, IL. Headliners include
Brian Keith Wallen, Selwyn Birchwood and Bobby Rush. For full info, check out gomonmouth.com.
Courtney Barnett teams with Jack White for “Boxing Day Blues”, being released on White’s Third Man
Records. Consequence of Sound has the track.
Smokin' Joe Kubek passed away suddenly this past week at age 58, of what is believed to have been a heart
attack. He would have been 59 next month. A fund has been set up to assist his wife. The Dallas blues
guitar great began playing at age 14, and has collaborated with Bnois King since the '80s.
Bridging the Blues, a tri-state effort to promote local musical culture, returned for its fourth year with over a
hundred events in Memphis and the Delta regions of Mississippi and Arkansas. It began on Friday,
September 25th and ended on Sunday, October 11th.
Although Walter Trout's 'Battle Scars' premieres on October 23rd, 'Please Take Me Home' is available
online now. The album chronicles his near-fatal battle with liver failure.
The International Conference on the Blues took place at Delta State University in Mississippi. Live blues
jams, class information, documentary discussions, and much more was offered. Among those teaching were
former Living Blues editor Scott Baretta.
It's official, Barbara Newman is now in charge at the Blues Foundation. 2016 IBC hotel information, along
with passes, merchandise and much more, is now posted at blues.org.
Living Blues Magazine has a new issue out, and it features a cover story on Guy Davis, interviews with
Quinton Claunch and Zac Harmon, reviews and lots more!
A famous stretch of downtown Memphis has been renamed B.B. King Boulevard to honor the late legend.
New releases include: Mississippi Fever – 300 Miles to Memphis, Rick Vito - Mojo On My Side, The Henry
Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions – Vol. 1 Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest, John Cocuzzi - Ding Dong Daddy,
and Clayton Doley – Bayou Billabong.
Blues on the Bridge in Binghamton, NY drew hundreds of attendees this past weekend.
For the last decade, 81-year-old Franklin Bell has hosted his Blues Workshop every Sunday in South Central
LA, in a one-car garage rebuilt to hold about 50 people
Recent releases include: Jimbo Mathus – Blue Healer, Jericho Road Show - Times Ain’t Like They Used to
Be, The Majestic Jaywalkers - Madrid/Texas, Bloodest Saxophone featuring Jewel Brown - Roller Coaster
Boogie, Guitar Bo’ - Heavy Love, and Sam Cockrell - Trying To Make A Living Playing My Guitar.
Barbara B. Newman has been selected to succeed Jay Sieleman as President and Chief Executive Officer of
The Blues Foundation, the Memphis-based international music organization dedicated to preserving blues
music history. She took over on October 1st. Miss Newman is a fourth-generation Memphian.
A memorial piece on Mighty Sam McClain is up now at American Blues Scene.
Bluescentric.com is an online shop, featuring books, tees, glassware, and other merch for blues and roots
New releases include: JC Crossfire - AWOL Blues, The Blues Disciples – Big Beat, Niecie - The Other Side
and Jackie Payne - I Saw The Blues.
American Blues Scene spoke recently with Tony Coleman, who is best known for his 29 years as B.B. King’s
drummer. The focus of the interview was to be his upcoming appearance at Portland’s Waterfront Blues
Festival with Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. However, the conversation soon turned to the great B.B. King,
and Tony’s experience with the King of the Blues.
Recent releases include: The Bluesbones - Saved By The Blues, Sugarcane Collins - Going Back To
Clarksdale, Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama - Rare Breed, Josh Smith – Over Your Head and Bob Malone -
In the Canadian blues world, Carolyn Fe Blues Collective has released their upcoming show information.
For full details, check out carolyn-fe.com.
Soundstage: Blues Summit Chicago 1974 Muddy Waters and Friends, which hadn't aired in 37 years until
this March, is available on DVD. The site also has an article up about the up-and-coming blues musicians
from Louisiana to look out for this summer.
Blues Foundation COO Joe Whitmer is already at work editing the 36th Blues Music Awards for the purpose
of producing a show for public television and a CD/DVD combination. The 2016 BMA's took place, in
Memphis, on May 12. The 32nd IBC date has also been set. In 2016, it will take place January 26th-30th.
Ben E. King, known for hits such as "Stand By Me", has passed away at age 76. His contributions to the
music world were vast, from his work with the Drifters, to his solo and community work.
Artsplosure, which is in its 36th year, moves its musical acts and art market to Fayetteville Street from
Moore Square this year, and adds a third day. Musical acts appearing on two stages are heavy on the blues
this year, with Canadian blues guitarist Matt Andersen and guitarist Elvin Bishop performing, along with
blues guitarist Jarekus Singleton as well..
They call themselves “Original Legends of the Blues.” They are blues men and women who have banded
together to release a new CD, honoring the legendary musicians with whom they play and have played with.
Eric Demmer performed around the world for more than 12 years with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown.
James “Boogaloo” Bolden has been playing trumpet with BB King’s band for more than 35 years. Charlie
Dennis has played guitar with the BB King band since 2002. Check their work out- it’s worth the listen.
Little Milton’s widow, Mrs. Pat Campbell, says she was overcome when she first encountered the statue of
her late husband and his guitar that was just unveiled. On Thursday, April 9th at 4:00pm, The Blues
Foundation dedicated the Little Milton bronze statue that will permanently reside in front of the Blues Hall
of Fame. The statue is inspired by the cover of Little Milton’s last studio album, “Think of Me” The cover
photo features Little Milton sitting on a bench holding his Gibson guitar in Tom Lee Park along the
Mississippi River. The bench is known as the gar bench, as it legs are in the shape of a gar; a fish found in