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New releases this week include: Robin Trower's Compendium 1987-2013 (Repertoire Records).
The Recording Academy has announced it's Nominees for 2014. The "Best Blues Album" category included:
James Cotton's Cotton Mouth Man; Bobby Rush's Down In Louisiana; Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's
Seesaw; Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite's Get Up!; and Blind Pig Records' tribute compilation,
Remembering Little Walter.
In sad blues news, blues pianist Aaron Moore has passed away from cancer. He was 95 years old. Born in
1918 on a plantation near Greenwood, Mississippi, Moore was taught the piano by his mother, who was a
music teacher. After graduating from high school, he followed many Mississippi blues musicians in moving
to Chicago, where he found a mentor in Roosevelt Sykes.
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.
KBA recipient Michael Maness is offering a print of his popular Stevie Ray Vaughan to the first 25 people
who donate at least $100 to Raise the Roof. Visit blues.org for all the info.
Joe Bihari, founder of Modern Records, has passed away. Joe, along with his brothers, was inducted into
the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006.
Robert “Chick” Willis, also known as “The Stoop Down” Man, has passed away at the age of 79 from
cancer. He began working with his cousin Chuck Willis in the middle 1950′s, and had been performing ever
since, recording 17 albums. Willis won numerous awards, including 2 Living Blues Awards. He played with
Elmore James and his cousin, Guitar Slim, who he listed as one of his biggest influences.
Recent releases this month: 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 (Delmark
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.
The Southern Soul Assembly Tour will launch in the spring of 2014, initially taking the event to sixteen cities
with its "artist in the round" performance. The "Southern Soul" features JJ Grey, Anders Osborne, Marc
Broussard and Luther Dickinson. These four talents will be sharing the stage together for a night of story-
telling and music, inspired by Southern tradition and honoring the South's musical heritage.
Promoting Cultural Diplomacy Through Music American Music Abroad (AMA), a cultural exchange
program that uses music as a means to engage audiences worldwide, has opened the application round for
the 2014-15 season. Bands and ensembles may apply at americanvoices.org/ama/apply/application. The
deadline for applications is January 6th.
Bobby Parker has passed away. He was 76. Famous for his hit single “Watch Your Step”, and as a sideman
for Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry and many more, Parker was born in Lafayette, Louisiana.
On February 4, 2014, Legacy Recordings will release From His Head To His Heart To His Hands, a career-
spanning four-disc box set documenting the career of Michael Bloomfield. The anthology was produced and
pieced-together by Bloomfield's long time friend Al Kooper, who offers up a wealth of previously-unreleased
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.
On November 5th, Stony Plain Records released Jericho Road, Eric Bibb's fourth album for the label.
Jericho Road features 15 new songs, several co-written with album producer Glen Scott.
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
The Allman Brothers, Sam Moore, Taj Mahal, Warren Haynes, Eric Church and several others have signed
on to pay tribute in concert to Gregg Allman next month. “All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice
of Gregg Allman” will be held Jan. 10th at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. The concert will be filmed and released
later. Others on the list of performers include Natalie Cole, Jackson Browne, John Hiatt, Pat Monahan of
Train, Martina McBride, Trace Adkins and John Hiatt. Special guests and more performers will be
On November 5th, Rounder Records released a lower-priced version of Skydog: The Duane Allman
Retrospective to meet fan demand. Although the set will be packaged in a fold-out sleeve instead of a fancy
box, and although it won't include any of the bonus items, it does include all seven CDs, which include 129
performances. Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective not only includes the guitarist's performances with
the Allman Brothers Band and Derek & the Dominos, but also session work that Allman did with Aretha
Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Delaney & Bonnie and many others.
The Blues Images 2014 calendar has arrived and is available from the Blues Images website, or select
retailers. The unique black and white artwork that accompanies each month's page dates back to the 1920s,
and was originally used by Paramount Records to advertise the blues songs and artists portrayed in
newspapers and magazines.
New releases this month include: Bumble Bee Slim's Back In Town (Cleopatra Records); Monkey Junk's All
Frequencies (Stony Plain Records); Roosevelt Sykes' The Original Honeydripper (Blind Pig Records) and
Shawn Holt & the Teardrops' Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig Records).
Other recently released CD's include: Cyril Neville's Magic Honey (Ruf Records); Guy Davis's Juba Dance
(M.C. Records); Jim Allchin's Q.E.D. (Sandy Key Music); Lightnin Malcolm's Rough Out There
(ShakeDown Records); Little Joe Washington's Texas Fire Line (Dialtone Records) and Samantha Fish's
Black Wind Howlin' (Ruf Records).