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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.
Leonard Cohen passed away this past week also, at age 82. Most famous for his 1984 "Hallelujah", Cohen
had just released a new album last month that received rave reviews.
Chicago Blues Camp is taking place from June 5th-9th and 12th-16th in 2017. For full details, visit
Recent releases include: Omar Coleman – Live! At Rosas Lounge, Henrik Freischlader Trio – Openness,
Rooster Alley - Cock-a-Doodle-Doo, John Long - Stand Your Ground, Thornetta Davis – Honest Woman,
Paul Kaye And The Blues Cartel - Playin’ It Cool and Ina Forsman - Self-titled.
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.
Mick Ralphs of Bad Company and Mott the Hoople fame has suffered a stroke. Bad Company has
announced via press that he is recovering, and is of course taking time away from the road as he does so.
The Memphis Music Hall of Fame inducted their 2016 class this past week. The honorees included John Lee
Hooker, jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd, the Hi Rhythm Section, Stax Records's William Bell, Domingo
“Sam the Sham” Samudio and opera singer Marguerite Piazza.
Recent releases include: Eric Gales - A Night On The Sunset Strip, John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band
- That Will Never Do, Putumayo Presents - Blues Party Featuring - Lurrie Bell, Carrie Bell, Albert King James
Cotton, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Magic Sam, Big Jack Johnson, Big Walter Horton, Junior Wells, and
Billy Branch, Carlo Ditta – What I’m Talkin’ About, White Boy White - Till I Find My Dyin’ Bed and Eddie
Turner & Trouble Twins - Naked…In Your Face.
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.
The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi is set to receive $1.6 million from the Delta Regional
Authority. The funds will assist in creating jobs, and building communities.
Chicago’s South Side radio DJ Herb Kent, known as the Cool Gent, has passed away at age 88, following his
radio show. In 1995, he was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting’s Radio Hall of Fame.
Ralph Speas, past president of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, has passed away at age 83,
following a lengthy illness. Although not a musician himself, Speas became an expert on Piedmont blues,
jazz, and roots music.
Recent releases include: Honey Island Swamp Band - Demolition Day, Bees Deluxe - Bluesapocalypse Live,
Blue Moon Marquee - Gypsy Blues, Andre Williams - I Wanna Go Back to Detroit City, Ally Venable Band -
No Glass Shoes, Jeremiah Johnson Band - Blues Heart Attack and Rogue Johnsen - Trouble Blues.
Record executive, producer, and co-founder of Chess Records Phil Chess has died at his home in Arizona.
Chess was 95 years old. Phil, along with his brother Leonard, would bring the sound of the blues to
millions. He was born in 1921 in Poland. In 1928, the family emigrated to the United States, changing their
last name to Chess. Upon completing his service in the army in 1950, Chess entered into music with his
brother, who was interested in Aristocrat Records. The brothers brought in a third partner, Evelyn Aron,
and renamed the label to Chess Records.
The public has until December 5th to vote on the 2017 class of the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. The list
currently consists of 19 nominees, including Joan Baez, Steppenwolf, Pearl Jam, and Journey.
Back in May, Smithsonian Folkways acquired the Arhoolie Records catalog from its founder, Blues Hall of
Fame inductee Chris Strachwitz, and his business partner Tom Diamente. They have recently made over 300
albums and tracks available digitally, and on CD.
Recent releases include: Jake Chisholm - No More Sorrow, Kaz Hawkins Band - Feelin’ Good, The Mike
Eldred Trio - Baptist Town, Mighty Sam McClain – Time and Change (Last Recordings), David Bromberg
Band – The Blues, The Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues and John D’Amato - Born Blue: The Sun
Blues and soul music have always had an association with one another. This week, American Blues Scene is
celebrating that connection by featuring the 12 'New" Old Soul acts that you don't want to miss! Check it
out on their site, or in a hard copy near you.
Bluescentric has a new line of bluesy wearables up on their site, available for purchase.
The King Biscuit Blues Festival returns October 5th-8th in Helena, Arkansas. The lineup includes: John
Mayall, Mike Zito, Charlie Musselwhite, Sonny Landreth, Roy Rogers, and many more.
Recent releases include: Urban Hill – The Real Deal, a book release: Ray Richard – Fallen Fret, Big Smokey
Smothers with The Crowns – That’s Alright, Cara Being Blue - Full Throttle, The Mick Clarke Band – Ruff
N’ Roar - Live At Scratchers and Big Jon Atkinson and Bob Corritore - Party at Big Jon’s.
The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, celebrating their 10th anniversary this year in Columbia, Missouri, will
take place from September 30th-October 2nd. This year, two stages located at Stephens Lake Park will
showcase 31 bands and performers over the 3 days of the festival. These acts span the genres of roots, blues,
gospel, country, folk, bluegrass, rock, and soul. Festival proceeds go to the Blues in the Schools program.
Students have the opportunity to write and perform with award-winning guest musicians and internationally
recognized music educators in their classrooms.
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.