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Get handy with some blues, baby...
To wrap up Women's History Month, I'd like to mention a story about resilience. Memphis native, the great Alberta Hunter, dreamed of being a professional singer and left home in her early teens to settle in Chicago, eventually working her way up to a singing contract. She first toured Europe in 1917 and her musical career flourished during the 20s and 30s. In the 1950s she retired from music to chose a career as a nurse. Well, low and behold and lucky for us, she had a comeback after retiring from nursing, at age 83 no less. One of my faves of hers is the double-entendre, "My Handy Man Ain't Handy No More," of which reviewer Alan Kurtz had to say:
"Ain't it just like a woman? At the peak of her 1970s comeback, 83-year-old blues doyen Alberta Hunter catalogs the virtues of her hardworking handyman, who is, by Miss Hunter's account, as dedicated as he is versatile. Up before dawn, he slaves in the kitchen, making her breakfast and cleaning up after himself. Why, he's even an accomplished musician, stroking her fiddle to the octogenarian's delight. Best of all, he never utters a word. Who says you can't find good help nowadays? Yet what does Miss Hunter conclude? "My Handy Man Ain't Handy No More." We men can't win for losing!"
Get handy with some blues, baby... I'm off to Mexico for some San Felipe sun and blues (okay, and probably some tequila).
Birthdays of Note: Mar 27 Leroy Carr (1905), Robert "Junior" Lockwood (1915), Sarah Vaughan (1924), Little Junior Parker (1932), Johnny Clyde Copeland (1937), Mar 29 Sue Foley (1968), Mar 30 John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson (1914), Eric Clapton (1945), Mar 31 Big Maceo Merriweather (1905), Lowell Fulson (1921), April 1 Alberta Hunter (1895), Lucille Bogan (1897), Amos Milburn (1927), April 2 Marvin Gaye (1939)
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Tweed Funk :: FIRST NAME LUCKY
First Name Lucky
is Memphis-inspired, horn-driven, sweat-soaked soul-blues. Inspired by a recent trip to Memphis, Tweed Funk wanted to create an organic album with a minimal amount of overdubs and production. Tweed Funk’s goal was to capture the energy, excitement, and raw emotive power of 7 freshly penned original tunes and 4 select covers. Tweed Funk will also be releasing a music video for “Blues In My Soul” which is based on the life story of frontman Joseph “Smokey” Holman.
"Blues In My Soul"
John & Sylvia Embry :: TROUBLES
Delmark Records is ecstatic to present for the first time ever on CD, a very rare Chicago Blues LP from Queen Sylvia & John Embry. The album After Work
from 1980 has become a collector’s item for hardcore, real-deal Chicago blues fans all over the world. Now titled Troubles
, this exciting recording, captured live and in the studio, is now available digitally with the addition of five previously unissued tracks.
Queen Sylvia Embry is best known as the bass-playing vocalist in Lefty Dizz and the Shock Treatment during the late 70s. The group was immensely popular and played some of the best (and wildest) blues music in Chicago.
"Early Time Blues"
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.
11th Annual Juke Joint Festival kicks off April 10
Clarksdale, Mississippi – Clarksdale, Mississippi’s Juke Joint Festival may only be celebrating its 11th edition, but it is already the stuff of blues legend.
The Juke Joint Festival celebrates Mississippi's living blues heritage and more. “2013 was the biggest Juke Joint Festival yet, and so far, 2014 looks to top it,” according to festival co-organizer Roger Stolle. “Last year, we had attendees from at least 28 foreign countries, 46 U.S. states and 53 Mississippi counties. Our fest even picked up mentions in both The New York Times and Travel+Leisure last year.”
Music Maker Relief Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Music Maker Relief Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, which supports traditional, southern musicians who are living in poverty, celebrates their 20th anniversary with a museum exhibition, a comprehensive 2-CD set, a new book, and more. Music Maker has assisted hundreds of artists with emergency aid and performance opportunities and their label has released 166 albums since Tim and Denise Duffy founded it in 1994.
Taj Mahal, Music Maker advisory board member and strong advocate of the organization, said, "Through the efforts of the Music Makers Relief Foundation, these amazing people and artists have been able to live dignified lives. In many cases they were rediscovered during their golden years by Tim and Denise Duffy, then given the joy of new recognition by their families, peers and fans world-over!" Find upcoming events here
Biography of New Orleans R&B Music Legend and Rock and Roll pioneer Huey 'Piano' Smith
LSU Press is set to publish author John Wirt's Huey 'Piano' Smith And The Rocking Pneumonia Blues,
the first ever biography of New Orleans R&B Music Legend and Rock and Roll pioneer.
Baton Rouge, LA —
Among those who love the music of New Orleans, Huey “Piano” Smith is a lost legend from the city’s golden age of rock and roll and rhythm-and-blues. A pianist, composer, producer and sometimes principal vocalist, Smith created songs that live among New Orleans and American music classics. The best known of them include 1957’s contagious “Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu”; 1958’s comic call-and-response “Don’t You Just Know It” as well as its pre-funk flipside, “High Blood Pressure”; and 1959’s equally infectious “Sea Cruise.” Read details here
Home on The Highway with Bart Drolenga (Part III)
Blues Trail Marker at Dockery Farms 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 3rd stop....
"The blues was born in the Mississippi Delta and in that Delta the blues was born on Dockery Farms. At least that is what legend tells us. The true origins of the blues are lost to time of course. But the fact is that Dockery Farms was the home of Charlie Patton, the most influential early Delta blues musician.
Dockery Farms was an important cotton plantation when Patton lived there in the early 1900s. It was completely self-sufficient with its own school, doctor, store, blacksmith, cotton gin and currency for it’s 400 tenant families. Charlie Patton was a popular performer for both blacks and whites in the area, often playing all night."
Continue on the journey in next week's issue.
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Generation Blues Scholarship Applications Deadline April 1
If you are a young blues musician and wish to attend a summer music camp and need some financial assistance to make the trip, The Blues Foundation’s Generation Blues program is now taking applications. The deadline is April 1. Get complete information, click here.
Mar 29-30 Radio Show: Salute to Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton. Born March 30, 1945.
Tune in for a Blues tribute to Ole Slowhand with John Mayall, the Yardbirds, Cream, Derek and the Dominoes, and some spicy rarities.
Hear a birthday salute to Eric Clapton. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
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Sue Foley :: Her take on the Blues from "MusicMakers show
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