Greetings from your Editor...
Here comes Spring... the time of renewal hope, rebirth and discoveries. More and more festivals are springing up (yes, pun intended) on the calender. It's glorious I tell ya!
This (early) morn, myself and a keyboardist started a six week stint at the beautiful Flowers Fields in Carlsbad, California doing an interactive blues music presentation for K-2 graders! The acres of Fields are in bloom and this location is just incredible. Spring is busting out for sure. I call the kids my little seedlings and we introduce some shuffle, swing, Bo Diddley-type and boogie beats to songs about flowers blooming,"Lost Shoe Blues" and how dirt made their lunch!
Lots of Spring birthdays to wrap this week and next. Keeping with the theme of Women's History Month, along with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marcia Ball and Gaye Adegbalola, I see we have two power-house, soul divas to celebrate, Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin, plus jazz/blues queen, Sarah Vaughan.
"Yesterday this time I sang a love song but today I'm singing the blues."
Let's go smell the roses!
Birthdays of Note: Mar 20 Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973), Marcia Ball (1949), Sam Lay (1935), Eddie Shaw (1937), Jimmie Vaughan (1951); Mar 21 Eddie "Son" House (1902-1988), Otis Spann (1930-1970), William Clarke (1951-1996), Gaye Adegbalola (1944); Mar 23 Iverson "Louisiana Red" Minter (1936), Chaka Khan (1953); Mar 25 Aretha Franklin (1942); Mar 26 Rufus Thomas (1917); Mar 27 Leroy Carr (1905), Robert "Junior" Lockwood (1915), Sarah Vaughan (1924), Little Junior Parker (1932), Johnny Clyde Copeland (1937)
Your ever-grateful editor,
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While in Memphis, TN, during International Blues Challenge (IBC) week, we ran into members of the Fatty Waters band
Justin Headley and John Hart.
Photo: Willette Romious
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Joanne Shaw Taylor :: SONGS FROM THE ROAD
One night. One shot. No safety net. If there was pressure afoot as Joanne Shaw Taylor walked onstage at The Borderline on May 12th, 2013, then the bandleader used it as rocket-fuel, channeling the vibe into the set of her life. Now, six months later, that explosive performance is captured on Songs From The Road: a live album with the soul power to jostle the greats off the podium. “I’m really pleased with it,” says Joanne. “It’s everything I wanted it to be.”
"Jump That Train"
Adrianna Marie :: DOUBLE CROSSING BLUES
Adrianna Marie is truly a spell caster in every sense of the word. Whether she’s singing a haunting slow blues or a lowdown shuffle; Adrianna digs deep into blues and roots music with a sense of arrangement, timing and soulful delivery that draws the listener in and leaves them spellbound. Daughter of the well known 60’s folk group The Carolee Singers, her musical road education began at an early age. Her latest project, Double Crossing Blues
, features Adrianna Marie with Her Groovecutters – LA Jones, David Kida, Dave DeForest, Larry “Big House” David, Lee Thornburg and Ron Dziubla.
"I Want A Tall Skinny Papa"
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.
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival:
ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND
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 Robert Randolph & The Family Band who first gained national attention with the release of the album Live at the Wetlands
in 2002. The band followed with three studio recordings over the next eight years which, together with tireless touring and unforgettable performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won them an expanding and passionate fan base. Randolph's unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list, and also attracted the attention of such giants as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, who have collaborated with him on stage and in the studio. Read complete details here
America’s Blues Brews & BBQ series
A Chicago film production company believes it has an incredible idea for a blues themed television series. James Dill, Executive Producer and CEO of 24 Seven Concept
s, who is also known as Jimmy Warren, host of America’s Blues Radio
and a blues artist himself, came up with the concept of the show, “America’s Blues Brews & BBQ.”
With Warren as host, the show will take viewers from coast to coast to some of the most iconic blues venues in the country, combining travel, food and the blues into one unforgettable experience. This project aims to not only introduce but to help preserve the blues along with these iconic people and places for generations to come. Read cool story here
Dan Aykroyd first developed his love of fine wine while working on Saturday Night Live and the first Blues Brothers movie. The musician, Steve Cropper introduced Dan to Premier Cru Bordeaux and other fine wines and Dan has been trying the best of the local wines wherever he goes in his travels around the world. Dan is convinced from his travels that Canada makes some of the best wines in the world and his wines are a reflection of that belief. The wines are currently available for purchase at Diamond Estates Winery in Niagara on the Lake, ON and at various liquor boards across Canada. For more information please visit: www.diamondestates.ca
Home on The Highway with Bart Drolenga (Part II)
Cotton Photo by Bart Drolenga
Photographer, blogger and traveler, Bart Drolenga and his wife Saskia are from Amsterdam, but travel the world looking for inspiration. Bart has agreed to take us along on their journey throught the Delta via writings and photos. This week is our 2nd stop....
"The stretch we are driving runs through the Delta where cotton fields abound as far as the eye can see. Many of the greats of the blues lived here in the vicinity of the highway and worked as sharecroppers on one of the plantations. Their ancestors [were] brought from Africa and kept as slaves."
Continue on the journey in next week's issue.
Faces of Blues and Gospel
Sunday, March 23 at 2pm you can experience “Faces of Blues and Gospel” with Vasti Jackson and Jeff Stone, featuring the Total Prayze Choir of the Mississippi School of the Arts at Lampton Auditorium, (308 W Cherokee St, at Jackson St.), Brookhaven, MS, (601) 823-1300
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Mar 22-23 Radio Show: Nick Moss
Nick Moss was born and raised in Chicago and he has devoted his life to the Chicago blues. Time Ain't Free is his tenth release. And he throws some different elements into the mix. Some funk, some R&B, some boogie. It is all good.
Nick Moss joins Elwood Blues. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
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Aretha Franklin Live :: IT WON'T BE LONG
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