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John Hammond is a featured interview in the most recent edition of Blues Blast Magazine. With a career
spanning 53 years, he discusses his journey through the world of the blues.
Recent releases include Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne- Boppin' and Jumpin', Kingdom Brothers 'Times Hard',
The Incorruptibles 'Leave it at the Door', Gabriel Cox 'Surrender', Sugar Ray and the Bluestones 'Seeing is
Believing' and Seth Walker 'Gotta Get Back'.
The Starlite Campbell Band's album 'Blueberry Pie', which drops on February 1st, is the latest British blues
band receiving praise. Their old-school UK Blues sound is being compared to the Stones.
The Mississippi Blues Trail program just celebrated its 10 year anniversary. It officially did so in style with a
Blue Monday Jam held on December 12th at Hal & Mal’s, located at 200 Commerce St., Jackson, MS. The
program’s first marker was unveiled December 11th, 2006, in Holly Ridge, to honor Charley Patton.
On Saturday, November 19th, WXXO launched as Clarksdale’s 24 hour blues and roots radio station,
known as XRDS.fm. The station broadcasts from Downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi at 88.1 FM, and can
also be heard on iTunes and TuneIn Radio.
Nominations for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees have been announced. The ceremony will take
place in Los Angeles on February 12th. In the Best American Roots Performance category, the nominees
are The Avett Brothers for “Ain’t No Man,” Blind Boys Of Alabama for “Mother’s Children Have A Hard
Time,” Rhiannon Giddens for “Factory Girl,” Sarah Jarosz for “House of Mercy,” and Lori McKenna for
“Wreck You.” The nominees for the Best Americana Album category include True Sadness by the The Avett
Brothers, The Cedar Creek Sessions by Kris Kristofferson, and Kid Sister by The Time Jumpers. In the Best
Traditional Blues Album category, the nominees are Can’t Shake This Feeling by Lurrie Bell, Live At The
Greek Theatre by Joe Bonamassa, Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook: Volumes I & II) by Luther
Dickinson, The Soul Of Jimmie Rodgers by Vasti Jackson, and Porcupine Meat by Bobby Rush. For Best
Contemporary Blues Album, the nominees are The Last Days Of Oakland by Fantastic Negrito, Love Wins
Again by Janiva Magness, Bloodline by Kenny Neal, Give It Back To You by The Record Company, and
Everybody Wants A Piece by Joe Louis Walker. Nominees in the Best Music Video category include Leon
Bridges for his “River” video.
Recent releases include: Paul Dougherty - Keep It in your Pocket, Alabama Mike - Upset the Status Quo,
Bob Gardner - Lucky Man, and Matthew Skoller - Blues Immigrant.
On Tuesday, November 29th, the Delta Blues Museum participated in Giving Tuesday, a global movement
to celebrate year-end charitable giving. Their goal was to raise the remaining funding to complete the design
phase of their exhibit expansion. New exhibits will focus heavily on the 1940’s documentation of Blues in
Coahoma County, and the “discovery” of Muddy Waters, showcasing his former home on Stovall
In Ocala, FL, Reverend Billy Wirtz doesn’t just preach sermons; he also plays the blues. Wirtz participates
in the Blues in Schools program, talking about the blues in local schools.
Georgia bluesman Big Bill Morganfield is the 60-year-old son of Muddy Waters. Although estranged from
his father much of his young life, Waters’ influence on Bill eventually led him to become the bluesman that
he is today. Check out an in-depth story and interview with him in the latest issue of Living Blues
Magazine, available online and at your local news stand now.
The sixth of Eddie and Vera Taylor’s eight children, 44-year-old Eddie Jr., has inherited his father’s gift for
playing the blues. Health problems have sidelined him a bit, but he’s still a huge part of the Chicago blues
scene, playing shows as much as he is able.
Recent releases include: Mark Harrison – Turpentine, Sammy Eubanks – Sugar Me, Lightnin’ Malcolm –
Foot Soldier, Layla Zoe - Breaking Free, Doug McLeod – Live In Europe, AC Steel and the Galvanizers -
Now or Never, Mississippi Heat – Cab Drivin’ Man and Pistol Pete Wearn - Service Station Coffee.
Eleven years after their last studio album, the Rolling Stones are back with "Blue and Lonesome", a tribute
to the blues legends who inspired their own musical journey. Songs by Little Walter, Eddie Taylor, Howlin'
Wolf, Magic Sam, Jimmy Reed and Willie Dixon are all featured on the new album. Mick Jagger just told
the New York Times, "We were proselytisers of blues music; that's what we're still doing." It’s the band's
first album to feature only cover songs, drawn exclusively from the 1950s blues scene of Chicago.
Leon Russell passed away in his sleep on November 13th at age 74. Russell had worked with a who’s who of
musical icons over the course of his six decade career. In 2011, he was inducted into both the Songwriters
Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.
Chicago Blues Camp is taking place from June 5th-9th and 12th-16th in 2017. For full details, visit
Bluescentric.com has announced new product lines following a recent agreement with the estate of Otis
Redding, as well as deals with Stax, Concord and Delmark Records. The expanded retail website now carries
over 500 officially licensed music and band t-shirts, apparel, gifts and accessories. Since 2009, every item the
company has comes from the Missouri headquarters.
The 14th annual Clarksdale, Mississippi Juke Joint Festival will take place on April 22nd, 2017.
Tickets have just gone on sale for Buddy Guy's residency at his Chicago Legends Club. The “Buddy Shows”
will run Thursday through Sunday every week, from January 5th-29th. Thursday and Sunday shows are
$55, and Friday and Saturday are $70. Tickets may be purchased at buddyguy.com.
Jackpot Records will re-issue three Chess Records titles this week. The reissue titles are Etta James’ At Last,
Howlin’ Wolf’s His Greatest Sides Vol. 1 and
Super Super Blues Band – Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf & Bo
Diddley. All titles are out now and were issued on limited color vinyl
This year, for the first time ever, all mono studio recordings released by The Rolling Stones in the 1960s will
be available in one collection. On September 30, ABKCO Records will release the vinyl and CD box sets of
‘The Rolling Stones in Mono.’
The Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York has acquired the only known film of the great in a
recording studio. According to the museum’s website, it is a 33-minute, 16 mm film from September 30th
and October 2nd, 1959, capturing Armstrong in LA. He was recording the album Satchmo Plays King Oliver
for Audio Fidelity Records. Producer Sid Frey had the film professionally shot. For almost 50 years, it was
in private hands. One day, on an Audio Fidelity internet message board, someone posted, “I have the
masters.” It turned out to be a person who buys the contents of abandoned storage units. After lengthy
negotiations, Frey’s daughter was able to strike a deal for the purchase of the items, and turned them over to
the museum, along with Frey’s master reel-to-reel tapes for Louie and the Dukes of Dixieland, which
Armstrong recorded in 1960 at Webster Hall in New York City.