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Blues and soul music have always had an association with one another. This week, American Blues Scene is
celebrating that connection by featuring the 12 'New" Old Soul acts that you don't want to miss! Check it
out on their site, or in a hard copy near you.
Bluescentric has a new line of bluesy wearables up on their site, available for purchase.
The King Biscuit Blues Festival returns October 5th-8th in Helena, Arkansas. The lineup includes: John
Mayall, Mike Zito, Charlie Musselwhite, Sonny Landreth, Roy Rogers, and many more.
Recent releases include: Urban Hill – The Real Deal, a book release: Ray Richard – Fallen Fret, Big Smokey
Smothers with The Crowns – That’s Alright, Cara Being Blue - Full Throttle, The Mick Clarke Band – Ruff
N’ Roar - Live At Scratchers and Big Jon Atkinson and Bob Corritore - Party at Big Jon’s.
The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, celebrating their 10th anniversary this year in Columbia, Missouri, will
take place from September 30th-October 2nd. This year, two stages located at Stephens Lake Park will
showcase 31 bands and performers over the 3 days of the festival. These acts span the genres of roots, blues,
gospel, country, folk, bluegrass, rock, and soul. Festival proceeds go to the Blues in the Schools program.
Students have the opportunity to write and perform with award-winning guest musicians and internationally
recognized music educators in their classrooms.
The Suncoast Blues Festival will take place on January 27th and 28th at the Sarasota Florida fairgrounds.
Performers include Annika Chambers, Studebaker John, Selwyn Birchwood, and Carl Weathersby.
Blues Blast Magazine will recognize Henry Gray, Barrelhouse Chuck and Bruce Iglauer with Lifetime
Achievement Awards. Details of the event and tickets to the Awards Ceremonies are available at
Downtown Bradenton, Florida will be buzzing with the blues from December 2nd through the 4th for the
annual Bradenton Blues Fest.
Jackpot Records will re-issue three Chess Records titles this week. The reissue titles are Etta James’ At Last,
Howlin’ Wolf’s His Greatest Sides Vol. 1 and
Super Super Blues Band – Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf & Bo
Diddley. All titles are out now and were issued on limited color vinyl.
Bass legend Preston Hubbard has passed away at age 63. He lent his incredible bass lines to a multitude of
artists such as Bonnie Raitt, The Vaughan Brothers, Duke Robillard, Etta James, Professor Longhair, Albert
King, Albert Collins, Nick Curran, The Blues Brothers and more.
Legendary blues piano player Henry Gray is a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hard hit by the flooding.
Henry’s home is underwater currently. Gray is revered in the music community, and he is a beloved friend
to many artists. Recently, the Delta Groove label released Gray’s latest studio effort with Bob Corritore
called ‘The Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest.’
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.
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.
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.