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Movies that score with blues...
Do you have a favorite "blues" movie that features great blues music? This weekend are the 2014 Oscars and thanks to our friends at Elwood's BluesMobile, they've reminded me of how special it is to not only find blues music in a movie score but also how many movies have been based on the blues genre itself. This year, one of the movies up for Best Picture, 12 Years a Slave
, features blues, no doubt. Over the years there's been movies such as Lady Sings The Blues, Crossroads, Roadhouse, Leadbelly, The Commitments, Mo' Better Blues, Cadillac Records, Richard Johnston: Hill Country Troubadour, Honeydripper, Black Snake Moan
, Martin Scorsese's
amazing series, The Blues
and more. What are your fave musical movie moments?
Speaking of awards... February 28 is the last day to vote
for your favorite Blues Music Award nominee. See Blues Foundation News this issue for details.
Birthdays of Note: Mar 2 Alvin “Youngblood” Hart (1963), Rory Gallagher (1948), Mar 3 John Primer (1945), Mar 4 Bobby Womack (1944), Willie Johnson (1923), Mar 5 J.B. Lenoir (1929), Peg Leg Howell (1888), Tommy Tucker (1933), Mar 6 Walter "Furry" Lewis (1893), Walter Trout (1951).
Your ever-grateful editor,
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Eric Jerardi :: EVERYBODY'S WAITING
marks a milestone, seventh national release for Eric Jerardi. Produced and recorded by Grammy award winner, David Z (Prince, Fine Young Cannibals, Johnny Lang, Etta James) who said it best: "I've watched Eric grow over the years to be a serious contender who has truly established himself.” The Eric Jerardi Band along with Budweiser launched a five-city CD release party in Ohio (Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo and Cleveland) to kick off the new CD, with a new video premiering as well.
The band will continue touring the rest of 2014 across the United States and is looking for a european tour to jump on. Everybody's Waiting has several bonafide hits and any lover of blues/rock will enjoy it. The band has produced an excellent blend of music and lyrics that have exceeded all expectations.
Billy Branch & Sons of The Blues :: BLUES SHOCK
represents the first studio-recorded release in nearly fifteen years from veterans Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, and their first for Blind Pig.
The result is a fascinating mix of daring, and full-bodied new compositions and fresh-sounding standards that followers have long savored at their live shows.
Speaking of ‘blues shocks,’ it hardly seems possible that Billy Branch—once touted as one of the ‘new generation’ of blues musicians—is verging on elder statesman status in the blues community.
Over a career spanning close to forty years now, Branch has become one of the blues’ most eloquent spokespersons and an ardent evangelist and teacher of the blues, not to mention an award-winning veteran artist on the Chicago, national and international music scenes. Read all about it here...
"Son of Blues"
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival: TOMMY CASTRO
The 25th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
will be held on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 24th & 25th, 2014. The Blues Stage will feature some of the most talented and renowned Blues & Roots acts in the world both Saturday and Sunday.
One of those is Tommy Castro who has been recording since the mid-1990s and his music has taken him from local stages to national and international touring. His popularity was marked by his winning the 2008 Blues Music Award for Entertainer of The Year. Read all about it here
Buddy Guy, Michael McDonald & Irma Thomas Headline 20th Tampa Bay Blues Festival
The Tampa Bay Blues Festival
returns to the sunny shores of Tampa Bay on April 11, 12, & 13, 2014. This festival will be our 20th year anniversary and we have a spectacular line up of blues talent – Michael McDonald, Buddy Guy, Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tommy Castro, James Hunter, Coco Montoya, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Shemekia Copeland and others round out three great days of "Blues by the Bay."
We have advance purchase discount VIP packages with front stage seating, free drinks and food and a large shade tent. The festival also features a Kick-Off Party on Thursday night and two After-Shows at the historic Palladium Theater on Friday and Saturday following the shows.
9th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival Saturday April 26th at Moorpark College
The Ventura County Blues Society
hosts the 9th annual event to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association and community Charities at Moorpark College (7075 Campus Rd, Moorpark, CA).
Headlining will be the legendary lead singer of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kim Wilson and his Blues All-stars. Also appearing are Delta Groove’s All Star Blues Revue featuring Sugaray Rayford & Friends which will include Kid Ramos and Kirk Fletcher; the amazing Sista Monica Parker; Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers; Michael John & The Bottom line featuring Mikey Mo with very special guest Karen Lovely; the Ventura County Blues Society Band Challenge Winner and Semi-Finalist at the 2014 International Blues Challenge, Lightnin’ Willie, along with many other surprise. Read details here
Music and Film Mix Tells History of Blues Women
- American filmmaker Jean Antolini is known for her contemporary approach to creating visual stories — her most recent documentary, My Pocket Pal
, explores her on-line relationship with a fellow Instagram user. However, for her project, Mama's Got The Blues
, with musician Ruth Wyand, Antolini looked back in time to the seedy streets of Storyville, the red-light district of New Orleans which, in the 20 years until 1917, was home to madams and their brothels, musicians and their jazz and blues.
Hop over the Pacific for Byron Bay Bluesfest – Easter 2014
What were your New Year’s resolutions this year? Travel more? See live music? Meet new people? Down Under Answer has the solution to mark them all off right now!
Australia’s premier blues and roots festival is gearing up to celebrate its 25th birthday, April 17–21 and all the stops have been pulled out to throw a spectacular five-day party that you will never forget! With an incredible lineup featuring some of the world’s biggest names in blues, roots, soul, gospel, R&B and rock giving more than 200 amazing performances across seven stages. Do not miss this chance to experience the 25th anniversary Bluesfest.
#23 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Great Lineup
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Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #23 Mexican Riviera • Oct. 4~11, 2014
Roundtrip from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas & Mazatlan
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LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE
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Last Chance to Vote for Blues Music Awards
Vote Now! Blues Music Awards Voting Ends February 28. Members can vote for their favorite artists here
. To become a member, join here
. You can get your tickets to the 35th Blues Music Awards here. The complete list of nominees can be found here
FEB 28-Mar 1 Radio Show: Blues From The Silver Screen
It is Oscar time once again, friends. And we will take you to the movies, old and new. The Blues Brothers, Ghost Busters, Shaft… Mick Jagger, Kim Wilson, Shemekia Copeland, and more. You don’t even need a wide screen to enjoy it.
Blues from the silver screen.
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(Rt: Jeff Healey in "Roadhouse")
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