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This year’s Blues Blast Awards took place on September 25th at the Fluid Events Center in IL. This unique
awards show features twenty five of the best performers in today’s Blues music. In 2015, sixty-five of the
globe’s top blues artists were nominated by a group of blues music industry professionals, including music
critics, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers, producers, musicians and other blues music
industry leaders. After nominations, fans from all across the globe voted for their favorite artists. The votes
have been tallied, and the winners were announced at the event. Performers included Eddy “The Chief”
Clearwater, Mud Morganfield, Anthony Gomes, Dave Specter, Tad Robinson, Bob Corritore, and Deb
Ryder, to name a few.
A famous stretch of downtown Memphis has been renamed B.B. King Boulevard to honor the late legend.
New releases include: Mississippi Fever – 300 Miles to Memphis, Rick Vito - Mojo On My Side, The Henry
Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions – Vol. 1 Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest, John Cocuzzi - Ding Dong Daddy,
and Clayton Doley – Bayou Billabong.
Blues on the Bridge in Binghamton, NY drew hundreds of attendees this past weekend.
For the last decade, 81-year-old Franklin Bell has hosted his Blues Workshop every Sunday in South Central
LA, in a one-car garage rebuilt to hold about 50 people.
The South Mountain International Blues Festival takes place on 9/13 from 11a-8p, and features Dean Shot,
Eliza Neals, Dave Stryker, Michael Hill, and more. Visit southmountainblues.com for all of the details.
Recent releases include: Jimbo Mathus – Blue Healer, Jericho Road Show - Times Ain’t Like They Used to
Be, The Majestic Jaywalkers - Madrid/Texas, Bloodest Saxophone featuring Jewel Brown - Roller Coaster
Boogie, Guitar Bo’ - Heavy Love, and Sam Cockrell - Trying To Make A Living Playing My Guitar.
Barbara B. Newman has been selected to succeed Jay Sieleman as President and Chief Executive Officer of
The Blues Foundation, the Memphis-based international music organization dedicated to preserving blues
music history. She will take over as of October 1st. Miss Newman is a fourth-generation Memphian.
The 9th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival took place last weekend, drawing several thousand people.
Performers included Jim McCarty, Mike Wheeler Band, and Bobby Messano, to name a few.
Tennessean.com recently interviewed Keb' Mo', discussing how he stays young, the late, great B.B. King,
and what he's learned from over 20 years in the industry
A memorial piece on Mighty Sam McClain is up now at American Blues Scene.
Bluescentric.com is an online shop, featuring books, tees, glassware, and other merch for blues and roots
New releases include: JC Crossfire - AWOL Blues, The Blues Disciples – Big Beat, Niecie - The Other Side
and Jackie Payne - I Saw The Blues.
Ascencia, a Glendale-based organization dedicated to raising people out of homelessness announced that it
will hold its first ever Urban Blues Festival on Aug. 29th, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. at Raleigh Studios, 5300
Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038. Walter Trout, on tour for his “I’m Back” Tour, will headline the show
and perform with his band. Last year, the renowned blues guitarist was near death until he received a liver
transplant. His journey back to health has enabled Trout to resume his 50 plus year career.
American Blues Scene spoke recently with Tony Coleman, who is best known for his 29 years as B.B. King’s
drummer. The focus of the interview was to be his upcoming appearance at Portland’s Waterfront Blues
Festival with Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. However, the conversation soon turned to the great B.B. King,
and Tony’s experience with the King of the Blues.
The 2015 Blues Blast Music Awards ceremonies will be held at The Fluid Events Center in Champaign,
Illinois on September 25th. Discount “Early Bird” Tickets are on sale NOW for only $35 until July 31st.
Log onto bluesblastmagazine.com for full info.
Recent releases include: The Bluesbones - Saved By The Blues, Sugarcane Collins - Going Back To
Clarksdale, Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama - Rare Breed, Josh Smith – Over Your Head and Bob Malone -
The 30th annual Dayton Ohio Blues Festival will fill downtown Dayton's Dave Hall Plaza with music this
weekend. Admission is free to the event, which is presented by the city's department of recreation and youth
Blues lovers and beach-goers spent their Saturday on the lawn of Bradley Park in Asbury Park, NJ last
weekend. The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation held their annual Asbury Park Blues & Brews
Festival from noon to 8 p.m., where jazz artists and blues performers kept the music flowing.
In the Canadian blues world, Carolyn Fe Blues Collective has released their upcoming show information.
For full details, check out carolyn-fe.com.
The new 24th Street Wailers album, Where Evil Grows, is out now. A favorable review of it is up at
Soundstage: Blues Summit Chicago 1974 Muddy Waters and Friends, which hadn't aired in 37 years until
this March, is available on DVD. The site also has an article up about the up-and-coming blues musicians
from Louisiana to look out for this summer.
New releases include Kris Pohlmann – Taylor Road, Madison Slim – Close But No Cigar, Doug MacLeod -
Exactly Like This, Johnny Tanner - Juke Joint Rambler, Hyde And Seek – featuring Earl Thomas, Lady
Bianca & Ron Thompson, and Jeff Chaz – Chronicles.
We're sad to report, that there have been accusations of foul play surrounding B.B. King's death. The Las
Vegas police have since issued a statement, disputing these claims. His memorial was streamed live online.
Samantha Fish was featured in the latest issue of americanbluesscene.com. In the interview, she discusses
her third studio album.
Blues Foundation COO Joe Whitmer is already at work editing the 36th Blues Music Awards for the purpose
of producing a show for public television and a CD/DVD combination. The 2016 BMA's took place, in
Memphis, on May 12. The 32nd IBC date has also been set. In 2016, it will take place January 26th-30th.
New releases include: Lenny Solomon - The Blues Violin, Eric Sardinas and Big Motor - Boomerang, Young
American Double Action Revolver- Self-titled, and Bobby Messano – Love and Money.
The 36th Blues Music Awards took place before a sell-out crowd of 1,500 in Downtown Memphis. The
evening began with a reception, led by nominees Austin Walkin’ Cane and Annika Chambers performing,
and it ended after midnight. During the course of the evening, 24 Blues Music Award winners were
announced and the show featured 20 ten-minute sets, including one by Blues Hall of Famers John
Hammond and Charlie Musselwhite, as well as Keb’ Mo’ and Elvin Bishop. Recent releases include Lucky 3
Blues Band – Blues Time, Big Dave McLean - Faded But Not Gone, Brother Sun Sister Moon – Self-Titled,
Robbie Mack – Demolicious, and Deb Ryder -Let It Rain.
Ben E. King, known for hits such as "Stand By Me", has passed away at age 76. His contributions to the
music world were vast, from his work with the Drifters, to his solo and community work.
Artsplosure, which is in its 36th year, moves its musical acts and art market to Fayetteville Street from
Moore Square this year, and adds a third day. Musical acts appearing on two stages are heavy on the blues
this year, with Canadian blues guitarist Matt Andersen and guitarist Elvin Bishop performing, along with
blues guitarist Jarekus Singleton as well.
In the new issue of Blues Blast Magazine, Terry Mullins handles the feature interview with Lionel Young.
There are 5 fresh new music reviews, including music from Willie May, Blue Lunch, and The Kingmixers.
They call themselves “Original Legends of the Blues.” They are blues men and women who have banded
together to release a new CD, honoring the legendary musicians with whom they play and have played with.
Eric Demmer performed around the world for more than 12 years with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown.
James “Boogaloo” Bolden has been playing trumpet with BB King’s band for more than 35 years. Charlie
Dennis has played guitar with the BB King band since 2002. Check their work out- it’s worth the listen.
Little Milton’s widow, Mrs. Pat Campbell, says she was overcome when she first encountered the statue of
her late husband and his guitar that was just unveiled. On Thursday, April 9th at 4:00pm, The Blues
Foundation dedicated the Little Milton bronze statue that will permanently reside in front of the Blues Hall
of Fame. The statue is inspired by the cover of Little Milton’s last studio album, “Think of Me” The cover
photo features Little Milton sitting on a bench holding his Gibson guitar in Tom Lee Park along the
Mississippi River. The bench is known as the gar bench, as it legs are in the shape of a gar; a fish found in
The Budweiser Illinois Blues Festival is happening Labor day weekend in Peoria, Illinois. The festival will
run on Friday September 4th and Saturday September 5th in Riverfront Festival Park, and includes 3 stages
of entertainment, as well as musician Blues workshops. The line up includes Johnny Lang, Robert Randolph
& the Family Band, and Taj Mahal.