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In the court case involving Delta blues legend Robert Johnson's photographs, the bluesman's son and legally
recognized heir, Claud Johnson, can now keep profits generated by the only two verified photographs of his
father. Essentially, the two known photos of Johnson - one a studio portrait taken at the Hooks Brothers
Studios in Memphis, and the other taken by Johnson himself in a photo booth - were originally in the
possession of Johnson's late half-sister, Carrie Harris Thompson. Due to various deals, the ownership of the
photos (and the ability to profit from them) was up in the air, and the courts ruled that the statute of
limitations on Thompson's heirs to challenge ownership had expired, and the rights belonged to Johnson's
New releases this week include: Allman Brothers Band Play All Night (Legacy Recordings); Big Walter
Horton's Live At The Knickerbocker (JSP Records); James Armstrong's Guitar Angels (Catfood Records);
Jim Suhler's Panther Burn (Underworld Records); and Matt Schofield's Far As I Can See (Provogue
100% of proceeds from Mick Kolassa's "Mississippi Mick" CD release will benefit the Blues Foundation's
Generation Blues, and the Hart Fund. For all the info, check out blues.org.
The Justice Department announced the indictment of six people in connection with widespread scams that
defrauded dozens of individual investors of over $5 million. One of those indicted is Delta Groove Music
owner Randy Chortkoff.
In positive blues news, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and James Brown are reportedly receiving postage
stamps in their honor.
"A Celebration of Blues & Soul: The 1989 Inaugural Concert" will begin airing on March 1st on your local
PBS station. "A Celebration of Blues & Soul" was part of the festivities surrounding the January 1989
inauguration of U.S. President George H.W. Bush. Arranged by R&B fan Lee Atwater, who had been
Bush's campaign manager, the concert featured some of the greatest talents from the blues and soul worlds
New releases this week include Bernard Allison & Cedric Burnside's Allison Burnside Express (1-2-3-4 Go
Records); Danny Bryant's Hurricane (1-2-3-4 Go Records); Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown's Goin' To The
Delta (Ruf Records); and Pinetop Perkins' On The 88s: Live In Chicago (Kingston Records).
The Blues Hall of Fame has announced this year's honorees. Among the other individuals to be recognized
for their behind-the-scenes contributions: The Rosebud Agency’s manager and booking agent Mike Kappus,
Houston label owner Don Robey, and Chicago record producer and writer Dick Shurman. The book
Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke by Peter Guralnick is the literature entry this year. Some
albums being honored include: Hawk Squat by J.B. Hutto, and Moanin' in the Moonlight by Howlin’ Wolf.
Some of the singles that will be inducted include: “After Hours” by Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra;
“Catfish Blues” by Robert Petway; and “High Water Everywhere, Parts I & II” by Charley Patton. The
induction ceremony will be held on May 7th at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee,
the night before the 35th Blues Music Awards.
King Size Film Productions announced that Mykelti Williamson will star in the upcoming film, The Thrill Is
On, portraying the legendary B.B. King. Williamson is best remembered for his performance as Bubba in
the film Forrest Gump.
Muddy Waters' former home in Chicago is being considered as a museum. The Chicago Tribune is reporting
that a prospective owner is expected to close on the property with plans to turn the house into a tribute to
the late blues legend. Waters shared the home with his wife Geneva for years, and was famous for opening
his doors to bluesmen new to town, so the building has immense historical importance as an important piece
of Chicago blues history.
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite are making plans to return to the studio for a follow-up album. "Blues
is something that I've devoted and committed my life to, and it's the sound that's in everything I do,"
Harper is quoted as saying in a Rolling Stone interview.
Roger Stephenson Photography (he is also President of the Magic City Blues Society) took photos at the
IBC, and they are now online for all to share at blues.org.
In an interview with Relix Magazine, Gregg Allman says that The Allman Brothers Band will stop touring at
the end of 2014. When asked about the band’s future, Allman says, “This is it — this is the end of it.” He
goes on to say, “45 years is enough and I want to do something else, anyway. Everyone has their own real
good perspective bands.”
The Musicians Hall of Fame has inducted 12 new members, including bluesman Buddy Guy.
New releases this week include John Hammond's Timeless (Palmetto Records), & Tinsley Ellis's Midnight
Blue (Landslide Records).
On February 25, Alligator Records will release Hornet's Nest, the latest from Joe Louis Walker. Walker's
Hornet's Nest was recorded in Nashville and produced by Tom Hambridge. Hornet's Nest features twelve
new performances, including nine original songs.
On February 18, Legacy Recordings will release two live sets from the Allman Brothers Band. The two
releases will be: Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre 1992, and the concert film Live At Great Woods.
The Baton Rouge Blues Festival has announced its 2014 line up, which includes Bobby Rush and Little
New releases this week include: Alec Seward's Late One Saturday Evening (Fat Possum Records); John Lee
Hooker's Alone (Fat Possum Records); Leo Welch's Sabougla Voices (Big Legal Mess Records); and
Louisiana Red's Dead Stray Dog (Fat Possum Records).
On February 25th, Legacy Recordings will release True To The Blues: The Johnny Winter Story, a box set
that covers the guitarist's career. True To The Blues includes 56 tracks on four CDs that run the gamut from
Winter's earliest recordings in 1968, through his latest album, 2010's Roots, presented in chronological order
and including both live and studio recordings.
Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp is hosting its second annual Blues edition of the popular camp, from April 10-
13, in Las Vegas. Jonny Lang and Ana Popovic will be joined by the returning John Popper of Blues
Traveler. Visit rockcamp.com for all of the details.
On January 21st, Alligator Records will release The Devil You Know by Tommy Castro and the Painkillers.
Produced by Castro and Bonnie Hayes, The Devil You Know features thirteen new songs, including nine
written or co-written by Castro. The music is supplied by Castro's quartet, the Painkillers, comprised of
bassist Randy McDonald (from the original Tommy Castro Band), keyboardist James Pace, and drummer
Bryon Cage (replaced by David Tucker for the live shows), with Castro on guitar and vocals. The Devil You
Know also features Castro's label-mates and friends, such as Marcia Ball, the Holmes Brothers, Joe
Bonamassa, Tab Benoit and Samantha Fish. Also on January 21st, Blind Pig Records will release Damon
Fowler's Sounds of Home, and Blues Shock by Chicago blues harpist Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues.
The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is now a sponsor of the International Blues Challenge. They have been
a long-time sponsor of the Blues Music Awards. They are now the sole beer sponsor for The Blues
Foundation and its signature events... the Blues Music Awards and the International Blues Challenge.
Tickets for the 35th Blues Music Awards, which will be presented at the Cook Convention Center in
downtown Memphis, TN, on Thursday, May 8th, are now on sale. Additionally, voting is now open. Log
onto blues.org for the links.
Recently released: Robin Trower's Compendium 1987-2013 (Repertoire Records).
Big Mama Thornton: The Life and Music will be published by McFarland & Co. on April 15, 2014. The 277-
page 6"x9" paperback includes photos, footnotes, and much more. The book will also be available as an
eBook as well.
Recently released CD's include: Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 (Rhino Records); Eric
Clapton's Give Me Strength (Universal Music); Joanne Shaw Taylor's Songs From The Road (Ruf Records);
Lightnin' Hopkins' Bluesville Story 1960-1962 (Not Now Music); and Magic Sam's Live At The Avant Garde
The Experience Hendrix Tour hits the road again in March. This eighth edition kicks off on March 11th in
Grand Prairie, Texas. Scheduled for 20 dates spread across a month, Experience Hendrix 2014 will be
headlined by Buddy Guy. Also on the tour will be Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Cesar Rosas,
David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Doyle Bramhall II, Ana Popovic, and many, many more.
Jack White and Third Man Records have teamed up with guitarist John Fahey's Revenant Records for a new
project. The two companies have worked together to release The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, a two-
volume collection of art, text, and music packaged in a limited-edition, hand-sculpted "cabinet of wonder."
The first volume, released exclusively through Third Man on October 29th, covers the label's early years
from 1917-1927, with a second volume scheduled for November 2014 release. The entire project was
produced by Paramount Records authority Alex van der Tuuk.
In honor of Blind Willie Johnson, producer Jeffrey Gaskill - who has worked with Bob Dylan - has launched
a Kickstarter campaign to fund a tribute album. God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
would feature contributors such as Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi
Allstars, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, the Blind Boys of Alabama and other roots 'n' blues oriented