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New releases this week include: Dana Kurtz's Secret Canon, Volume 2 (M.C. Records), and Miller Anderson's
Bright City (MIG Music).
Living Blues magazine has announced the nominees in its 20th annual Living Blues Awards, and the
publication has expanded the awards this year with the addition of "Best Blues Books of 2012" to the ten
other categories. Winners are chosen by the magazine's readers. The Awards ballot with all the nominees
can be found in the pages of issue #225, on newsstands now. This issue features a Kenny Neal cover story,
along with articles on guitarist Melvin Taylor, Selwyn Birchwood, and Tinsley Ellis. Plus, the issue features a
photo essay from blues historian and producer George Mitchell on North Mississippi Hill Country blues
On June 21st, at noon Pacific (3:00 PM Eastern), you can watch a live performance online by Gina Sicilia.
Her performance will take place at the studios of Portland, Oregon radio station KINK-FM, and will be
streamed live. Sicilia will perform material from her fourth album, It Wasn't Real, released in late April by
This week, Ruf Records will release Gone To Texas, Mike Zito's debut album for the label.
Bluesfest International 2013 will be held on the riverfront in Windsor, Ontario, from July 12th to 14th.
Friday features performances by blues guitarist Larry McCray, legendary guitarist Dick Wagner, blues-
rockers Cactus, and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. Saturday's line-up is equally impressive, with
Saigon Pharmacy, British-born Canadian bluesman Jack De Keyzer, popular Australian roots 'n' bluesman
Harper, American roots 'n' blues artist Scott Holt, and many more. Lastly, Sunday afternoon includes
performances by Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers, Chuck Jackson, Savoy Brown, and Powder Blues, who are
celebrating their 35th anniversary this year.
This past week, Rory Block released Avalon: A Tribute To Mississippi John Hurt, on Stony Plain Records.
The album includes classics such as "Candy Man," "Frankie & Albert" and "Spike Driver Blues".
New releases this week include: Popa Chubby's Universal Breakdown Blues (Provogue Records).
In other Blues News, the Trasimeno Blues Festival presents its fifth edition of “Trasimeno Blues Cartoon
Fest”, which is an international competition of satirical design dedicated to the blues. The theme of the
competition this year is "the blues guitar.” Participation is free, and June 10th is the deadline. Visit
www.blues.org for full info.
New releases this month include: Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's Seesaw (J&R Adventures), and Various
Artists - Classic Harmonica Blues (Smithsonian Folkways).
My Cross To Bear, the movie, will be directed by Randall Miller, from a script written by Jody Savin, with
the story focusing on Allman's struggles through the early years of the forming and subsequent stardom of
the Allman Brothers Band. It will also touch upon the loss of band members Duane Allman and Berry
Oakley. Allman and his manager Michael Lehman will act as executive producers for the film, and plans are
to use original Allman Brothers tracks in the soundtrack, along with re-recorded performances by the
actors. Casting for the film is currently taking place and production should begin later this summer.
On June 25th, Northern Blues Music will release Bull Goose Rooster, the first album of new Watermelon Slim
and the Workers music since 2008's No Paid Holidays. During his hiatus from the band, Slim recorded two
critically acclaimed albums, 2009's Escape from the Chicken Coop, and 2010's Ringers, as well as 2011's
Okiesippi Blues, a musical collaboration with his friend and neighbor Super Chikan. Bull Goose Rooster
promises to be a return to form for Watermelon Slim and the Workers, the album featuring the band
working out on a mix of Chicago, Delta, and Hill Country blues styles while also incorporating rock,
country, and folk influences.
Root Walking: Americana Blues and Roots by Big Walker (Big Walker label) uses slave poetry from as far
back as the 1700s for lyrics. As stated by Walker in the liner notes: “Many of the lyrics are changed to fit the
general public as not to offend or threaten anyone. Some of the poems were told to me as a child."
Legends of the Blues is 224 page hardback book with illustrations of some of the best in the blues, done by
William Stout. It's available for only $19.95.
New releases this week include the Spin Doctors' If The River Was Whiskey.
The 2nd annual Beale Street Mess Around held at the Rum Boogie Cafe after the 34th Blues Music Awards
has contributed $3,383 so far to the Raise The Roof! Campaign, to build the Blues Hall of Fame in
downtown Memphis. More is expected from the auction, pledges and texts to donate, and the total is
expected to exceed $4000. The Beale Street Mess Around was presented by Brandon Santini, and this year's
lineup featured Mud Morganfield, John Nemeth, Bryan Lee, Terry Hanck, Sugar Ray Radford, Dennis
Gruenling, Little G. Weevil, Jeff Jensen, Greg Nagy, Redd Velvet, & more!
Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group, has announced the signing of an exclusive deal
with the up-and-coming family band Trampled Under Foot. 'Badlands', the hard-charging trio’s debut
recording for the label, is scheduled for release July 9th.
New releases include: Cassie Taylor – 'Out Of My Mind' (Yellow Dog Records), Irma Thomas – 'In Between
Tears' (Alive Naturalsound Records), Jimmy Vivino & the Black Italians – '13 Live' (Blind Pig Records),
Mud Morganfield – 'Blues Is In My Blood' (Blues Boulevard Records), and Swamp Dogg – 'Gag A Maggott'
(Alive Naturalsound Records).
The Pennsylvania Blues Festival has announced its line-up for this year- the event's 22nd anniversary. The
2013 Pennsylvania Blues Festival will be held over three days, from Friday, July 26th through Sunday, July
28th, at the Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton, Pennsylvania. The Slide Brothers and Robert Randolph
& The Family Band headline Saturday's bill on the main stage, with John Primer, Bonerama, and Sister
Monica also performing. Sunday night sees Ruthie Foster and the Bobby Rush Revue headlining, with Alexis
P. Suter, Johnny Rawls, and Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk also playing.
A white Steinway grand piano salvaged from musician Fats Domino’s home after Hurricane Katrina has had
its classic looks restored and will be the centerpiece of an exhibit in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
The piano was damaged after water poured through a broken levee during the August 2005 storm, flooding
Domino’s home in the Lower 9th Ward. Its restoration totaled $30,000, which was donated to the Louisiana
Museum Foundation. The largest gift of $18,000 came from Allan Slaight, a retired music producer in
Miami. Other donations came from Paul McCartney, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Tipitina’s
A long list of musicians have signed on to appear in a new documentary about legendary bluesman B.B.
King, including Ringo Starr. The flim, titled B.B. King - The Life of Riley, will premiere on June 14 at the
NXNE Film Festival in Toronto. Also appearing in the film are Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Slash, Keith
Richards, Ron Wood and Bono.
Guitarist magazine, which hails from the UK, published its first blues-oriented collection in 2003 as The
Guitarist Book of the Blues, and this year's Guitarist Presents Blues Guitar Heroes follows in its footsteps.
The book's first 20 pages or so outlines a brief history of the blues, followed by nearly 200 pages of
interviews and profiles of 54 artists. Nearly all of the greats are included, from Robert Johnson, Muddy
Waters, B.B. King, and Albert King, to newer blues guitar gods like Duke Robillard, Robert Cray, and Susan
Tedeschi, among many others.
The longstanding Alabama staple, Gip’s Juke Joint was shut down by Bessemer police on Saturday. The
tin-roofed garage party that has been going on every Saturday night for decades has been a landmark of the
blues community. In a statement, Bessemer Deputy Police Chief Mike Roper said it was an issue of running
an illegal business, but he refused to comment further. According to a post on the Gip’s Place Facebook
page, police arrived at the lounge at 10:15 p.m. Saturday to end the backyard blues parties hosted by Henry
“Gip” Gipson. “Of course, Gip, is very upset over the actions”, his official statement read, “that the city he
calls home and has heavily supported has taken this action against him.” Gip and company have urged
residents of Bessemer and nearby areas to attend the Bessemer City Council meeting Tuesday night at
Bessemer City Hall to express their opinion on the matter. Blues fans worldwide can write Torraine Norris,
the assistant to Bessemer Mayor, Kenneth Gulley at email@example.com, or write to the city hall at
1800 3rd Avenue North Bessemer, Alabama 35020.
Legacy Recordings has just released The Essential Johnny Winter, a two-disc set featuring 34 tracks. The
Essential Johnny Winter features classics such as "Rollin And Tumblin'", "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl",
"Johnny B. Goode" and "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo". Additionally, there is even a live duet with
Johnny's brother Edgar on "Harlem Shuffle."
The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that the Delta Blues Museum of Clarksdale, Miss.,
will be one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The nation’s
highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal
celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. The National Medal
will be presented at a celebration in Washington, D.C. on May 8th, 2013.