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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.
The fourth annual Call and Response Blues Symposium features musicians and industry vets from Boston,
Nashville, New York, and Missouri, but Helena, Arkansas and the King Biscuit Blues Festival, some say, are
the heart and soul of American Blues Music, and the symposium seeks to address why. This featured event
of the 29th annual King Biscuit Blues Festival begins at noon on Saturday, October 11, at the Malco Theater
on Cherry St.
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.
The Blues Foundation's "Keeping the Blues Alive" submission deadline is 9/26 this year. Blues.org has all of
the details. You can also now start booking your hotel for the International Blues Challenge on the Blues
Mike Zito sat down with americanbluesscene.com to discuss his departure from Royal Southern
Brotherhood. The interview is up now.
The 14th annual Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration will take place on Sunday, October 12th at
Hopson’s Commissary and the Shack Up Inn from 3:00PM to 7:30PM, with a suggested donation of $15.
All proceeds go directly to scholarships for youth to attend the Pinetop Perkins Master Class Workshops
held each June in Clarksdale, MS.
Bloomfield, Kooper & Stills will release 'Super Session' on Audio Fidelity August 19th.
Elvin Bishop returns to the Alligator Records label with Can’t Even Do Wrong Right, a ten-song disc that
includes a number of new original songs, as well as covers, including Little Walter’s “Blues With A Feeling”
and Rosco Gordon’s “No More Doggin’. The release date is August 19th.
Wolf Records released Louisiana Red's The Sky is Crying on 8/12. The record is comprised of shows played
In this busy month of new releases, there are 3 additional noteworthy ones. They are: Mike Zito's "The
Wheel" out 8/12 on Ruf Records; Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson's "For Pops" on Severn out 8/19; and
Ruthie Foster "Promise of a Brand New Day" out 8/19 also, on her Blue Corn Music label.
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.
The Mighty Mississippi Music Festival is scheduled for October 3rd–5th. This year, the line up includes
Gov’t Mule, Dr. John, The Band of Heathens, Alvin Youngblood Hart and many other blues musicians.
The camp-out festival will be held at Warfield Point Park. For full details, visit
Buddy Guy celebrated his 78th birthday on July 3oth, and he shows no sign of slowing down! He continues
to tour, release new music, and take home awards.
In a tribute to Johnny Winter, while closing out the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue, NY, BB
King asked concert-goers to please pray for Johnny, and recounted the story of how he thought Johnny was
part of the FBI upon first meeting him.
77-year-old Mississippi blues legend Bobby Rush made his late-night TV debut last month on The Tonight
Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He and Dan Aykroyd performed James Brown's music together.
The first image of Don Cheadle as Miles Davis has been released by Entertainment Weekly. Cheadle did an
interview with them, and spoke about the movie, and why Davis was his idol.
On Saturday, September 27th, the Swim Beach Outdoor Amphitheater will host Blues for the Zoo.
Headlining the day of music will be the Otis Taylor Band. Janiva Magness, who has been honored with 22
Blues Music Awards, is also on the bill. Opening the festival is Bonne Musique Zydeco, specializing in music
from the Louisiana Bayou. Tickets are on sale now, and are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Children 10
and under are admitted free of charge. Visit the Blues for the Zoo’s official website to purchase your tickets
today. The music will run from 1:00pm to 5:00pm, with gates opening at 11:00 am.
The United by Music program matches musically-talented adults with developmental disabilities up with
professional musicians, and provides the combined group with performance opportunities. United by Music
originated in The Netherlands. It later moved to Portland Oregon, where the annual Safeway Waterfront
Blues Festival has become a focal point and occasion to celebrate the success of the program.
The three-step nomination procedure for the 2015 Blues Music Awards is now open. Step 1 is simply sending
in your CD when it becomes available. Any artist who has released a CD since November 1st, 2013 may
begin the process now. This applies to artists and record labels.
"The Life of Riley", the B.B. King documentary, was made available through "view on demand" services on
June 1st, and the documentary was released digitally and on DVD and Blu-Ray disc, on June 17th.
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 email@example.com to make an offer.
The 1st guitar: Gretsch Roundup
The 2nd guitar: D’Angelico Excel WX-SS