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Glenn Frey, co-founder of The Eagles, has passed away. Among many other genres, the talented group
dabbled in the blues throughout the years.
Davina And The Vagabonds will release a brand new live album, Nicollet And Tenth, on March 25th.
Additional new releases include Hank Shreve Band - Loosen Up!, D’Mar & Gill – Take It Like That, Cal
Williams Jr. – Low Down & Troubled and André Bisson - Left with the Blues.
NPR.org recently featured an article on California bluesman Shawn Amos' old-school blues sound, and his
road to get there. In additional California blues-related news, blues harmonica player Aki Kumar was
interviewed by the LA Times, discussing his journey from Bollywood to the blues.
On February 12th, Joe Louis Walker, Bobby Rush, Wayne Baker Brooks, and Shawn Holt will partake in
Kalamazoo's State Theatre as a part of the All-Star Blues Bash.
The Carolyn Fe Blues Band has a brand new schedule for 2016. Check it on on their site.
Texas Blues great Long John Hunter's life was recently celebrated, following his passing last week at age 84.
Having been inspired to pick up the guitar after seeing BB King perform, he released his single, “She Used to
Be My Woman” on the Duke Records label in 1953. From 1957 through 1970, Hunter was based in El Paso,
Texas, and would play at the Lobby Club in Juárez, Mexico. His single “El Paso Rock” was one of many
singles released during the early 1960s.
Funeral arrangements for Otis Clay took place this past week. Clay passed away at age 73, as a result of a
heart attack. He was born in Bolivar County, Mississippi, and as so many great artists before him, he
eventually made his way up to Chicago. He initially released several gospel flavored records before moving
more into an R&B and soul direction. In 2013, Clay was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
The Blues Foundation will honor 15 individuals and organizations with its 2016 Keeping the Blues Alive
Awards during a recognition luncheon on Friday, January 29th 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 32nd International
Blues Challenge, which begins January 27th, 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,
Recent releases include André Bisson - Left with the Blues, Mitch Woods - Jammin’ on the High Cs, Chris O’
Leary - Gonna Die Tryin’, Cotton Belly’s - Rainy Road, Modou Touré and Ramon Goose - West African
Blues Project and Joe Stanley - Legend.
This go 'round, we focus on Little Milton. As a teenager he was discovered by Ike Turner, a scout for Sun
Records. The rest is history, and a historic career that spanned three decades.
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.