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The Blues Foundation will honor 15 individuals and organizations with its 2015 Keeping the Blues Alive
Awards during a recognition lunch on Friday, January 23rd, 2015, in Memphis, Tennessee. Each year, The
Blues Foundation presents the KBA Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant
contributions to blues music. The KBA ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 31st International
Blues Challenge, which begins January 20th and features the final rounds of the world’s largest and most
prestigious blues music competition, as well as seminars, showcases, and receptions for blues societies, fans,
If you’re hoping to subscribe to the newly expanded quarterly American Blues Scene Magazine featuring
Janiva Magness in this issue, then you’d better do so now before it’s mailed out! Each issue features
pictures and a full color glossy layout. Also featured is an exclusive interview with Edgar Winter and Paul
Nelson, discussing the passing of Johnny Winter. There are also photos and an article on the Big Blues
Bender, the biggest blues party in the Vegas desert, and rising star Leo “Bud” Welch. Check out
americanbluesscene.com to sign up.
Bruce Katz has returned to his Blues, Jazz and Jam roots with the album Homecoming, on the American
Showplace Music label. A three time Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Blues Music Award nominee,
the release features plenty of instrumental jams.
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.
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.
Mike Zito sat down with americanbluesscene.com to discuss his departure from Royal Southern
Brotherhood. The interview is up now.
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.
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