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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.’
Joseph “Smokey” Holman, front-man for blues-funk band Tweed Funk, has been diagnosed with multiple
myeloma. Smokey is now set to undergo a stem cell transplant this month. Musicians are coming together
to perform a show raising funds to assist with Smokey’s expenses while he undergoes treatments and
recovery. A Go Fund Me page has been set up as well.
The “Queen of Beale Street,” Ruby Wilson, has passed away. She suffered a massive heart attack last week,
and never regained consciousness. Her singing career began when she was 7 years old, when she started in
the choir of her family church. Her father loved the blues, and was a friend of Freddie King. Young Ruby
would listen to the blues with him, against her mother’s wishes. At age 14, Wilson first met BB King. The
two became very close, and BB even offered to be her Godfather.
The Jack White: Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 two disc set contains 26 tracks, and will be available on
September 9th courtesy of Third Man and Columbia Records. This new material includes previously
unreleased work, alternate takes, and rarities from the White Stripes as well as the Raconteurs, and also
White’s own solo work.
Recent releases include: Alabama Lovesnakes - Everybody’s Gotta Go On The Hill, Markey Blue - The Blues
Are Knockin’, Sonny Moorman - You Made All My Blues Come True and Lou Wilson - Runnin’ With The
Gregg Allman has canceled his recent tour due to health issues. His official statement read, “I want to thank
my fans and friends for supporting me while I rest up and focus on getting better and back on the road as
soon as I can. I’ve been working hard with my band, my pride and joy, to play our music for everyone. We’
ll see y’all in October.”
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.
The new blues rock band, The Apocalypse Blues Revue, will be releasing their debut album this month. The
group was founded by Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin and guitarist Tony Rombola. The bandmates
discovered their mutual love for the blues while they were writing together back in 2010.
Tickets for the 2016 Blues Blast Music Awards are now on sale at the Blues Blast Music Awards website.
The awards show, taking place September 23rd, features Too Slim & The Taildraggers, Peter Karp, Dave
Weld & The Imperial Flames, Bob Margolin, Shaun Murphy, Fiona Boyes, Jonn Del Toro Richardson, and
Recent releases include: Joanne Broh Band - Wicked Cool, Brad Wilson – Power Blues Guitar Live, Ken
Valdez - Soul Renegade, Mark Nomad - #9, Jeff Jensen (Live) – The River City Sessions, Dana Fuchs - Broken
Down – Acoustic Sessions and Mike Wheeler Band - Turn Up!!
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.