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Recent releases include: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson – God Don’t Never Change, John McKinley Band -
Window On The World Self, and Robert J. Hunter Band - Before The Dawn.
Chicago bluesman Omar Coleman's latest Denmark Records release is both recorded and titled Live!
Recorded at Rosa’s Lounge, one of the premier blues clubs in Chicago, Coleman serves up a high energy set
of covers and fantastic originals.
Guitarist Gary Hoey has announced the release of his new album Dust & Bones on July 29th, via the
Provogue/Mascot Label Group. Pre-orders on vinyl, CD, and digital download are available now.
The Prairie Dog Blues Festival takes place July 29th and 30th in Wisconsin. Featuring 12 bands and two
stages, Rock Estrin and the Nightcats will be performing, among others.
The 21st Annual Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza takes place, from August 4th through August
7th in Mammoth Lakes, CA. With two performance stages, the Bluesapalooza Main Stage and their new
Minaret Acoustic Stage ensures the eclectic mix of music never stops. Featuring 20 incredible acts, some of
the performers include Beth Hart, Shemekia Copeland, Doyle Bramhall II, Curtis Salgado, Toronzo Cannon
and Zac Harmon.
Late piano great and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Johnnie Johnson will soon be receiving another honor.
Johnson will be posthumously presented with the Congressional Gold Medal. The Congressional Gold
Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom are the highest civilian honors in the United States, going to
people whose achievements had an impact on American history and culture.
On June 11th, the Missouri Chainsaw Grassacre was held at Crossroads KC at Grinders in Kansas City,
Missouri, with The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band headlining the show.
Recent releases include Laurie Jane and the 45’s Self Titled, Ted Hefko And The Thousandaires -
Distillations Of The Blues, Bonita & The Blues Shacks Self Titled, Laurence Jones - What’s It Gonna Be,
Eddie Martin’s Big Red Radio - Live In Tuscany and Dane Phillip Smith - I’ll Carry On.
Blues Blast Magazine's latest issue features a review of the Caribbean's Nevis Blues Fest- check it out!
Beaumont, Texas, native Barbara Lynn hit it big in 1962 with her chart-topping hit You’ll Lose a Good
Thing. Now, she brings the blues and her experiences to the cover of the latest issue of Living Blues
Magazine. Also featured are Tony Lynn Washington and Brushy One String.
The Blues Brothers are coming back, soon. Dan Aykroyd, who played Elwood Blues, and John Belushi’s
widow, Judy, are co-creators and executive producers of a new Blues Brothers animated series.
Recent releases include: Tweed Funk - Come Together, Shaun Murphy - It Won’t Stop Raining, The Jordan
Patterson Band – The Back on Track Recording Project, Scottie Miller – Reciprocation and Benny Turner –
When She’s Gone.
If you haven’t yet checked out the Blues Hall of Fame- add it to your ‘to do’ list. From records to clothing
to many other items, those who have been there say it’s well worth it. Tee shirts for the 2016 IBC are on sale
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.
A famous stretch of downtown Memphis has been renamed B.B. King Boulevard to honor the late legend.
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
Bluescentric.com is an online shop, featuring books, tees, glassware, and other merch for blues and roots
Soundstage: Blues Summit Chicago 1974 Muddy Waters and Friends, which hadn't aired in 37 years until
this March, is available on DVD.