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Music as a potent chill pill...
The days are getting cooler across the US but a "chill pill" could come in handy at anytime. Last week I pointed out that it was "Sarcastic Month." I thought that was hilarious. But October is also "Domestic Violence Awareness Month." That is definitely nothing to joke about. It's an affliction that could certainly use a chill pill. Now I love the blues no doubt, but there are a few lyrics by both blues men and women that raise an eyebrow in this day and age.
Domestic abuse shaped the life's of 20s and 30s female blues artists like "Ma" Gertrude Rainey and Bessie Smith. We know that themes in their lyrics often included physical and mental abuse. The songs generally had a "forgiving" theme, a darkly cloaked remedy for ongoing abuse.
"I woke up this mornin’, my head as sore as a boil/ My man beat me last night with five feet of copper coil... He keeps my lip split, my eyes as black as jet, but the way he love me makes me soon forget.”
(“Sweet Rough Man" Ma Rainey)
"I'd rather my man would hit me, than to jump right up and quit me." ("Ain't Nobody's Business" Bessie Smith). But it is.
It's said Bessie Smith was one of the first female blues singers to address the domestic violence issue head on, using empowering lyrics and rough vocals to assert her position and power as a black woman. But she also sang songs of a wronged-woman-getting-revenge.
These may seem archaic, but in truth, domestic violance is just not expressed as much in today's music but it unfortunately still exists in our society. Hopefully music could be a potent "chill pill" when life throws a curve.
So, October 18 is "Sweetest Day"... in light of the theme here so far, spread the good word that Saturday is a day to dedicate to your sweetie! That's a sweet pill to swallow.
Upcoming Birthdays of note: Oct 16 Sugarpie DeSanto (1935), Big Joe Williams (1903), Oct 18 Chuck Berry (1926) and Jessie Mae Hemphill (1923); Oct 20 Jelly Roll Morton (1890), Bugs Henderson (1943) and Vasti Jackson (1959); Oct 21 Steve Cropper (1941), Elvin Bishop (1942), Michele Lundeen (BFG e-Editor); Oct 23 Rufus "Speckled Red" Perryman (1892), Boozoo Chavis (1930), Carol Fran (1933); Oct 24 Sonny Terry (1911), Willie Mabon (1925), Bill Wyman (1936); Jimmy Dawkins (1936).
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Tom and Cheryl (our sales director and hubby on an adventure in the Delta) ran into Andy Wilkins (lt), former Reno Blues Society
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Berdon Kirksaether & The Twang Bar Kings :: LATENIGHTERS UNDER A FULL MOON
Berdon Kirksaether is a veteran Norwegian composer, guitarist, singer and music producer. He is a veteran on the in the Norwegian blues scene, most notably through his work in CIA, arguably one of the finest blues bands in the country in their prime. They toured Norway extensively during the nineties and released two critically acclaimed records.
Latenighters Under A Full Moon from Berdon Kirksaether & The Twang Bar Kings brings together three of the members of CIA. Stein Tumert and Per Eriksen who join forces with Berdon to bring back the energy and groove that made CIA one of the most popular blues and soul acts in Norway.
"Latenighters Under A Full Moon"
The Terry Hanck Band & Friends ::
GOTTA BRING IT ON HOME TO YOU
As saxophonist, singer, bandleader, and songwriter, the tall, tan Chicago-born, South-Florida-based Hanck knows it's good to live in a world of classic New Orleans R&B, steamy strolls, gorgeous soul ballads and West Coast jump blues!
Terry and ace guitarist and 2014 Grammy nominee Chris "Kid" Andersen produced this ten song package at famed Greaseland Studios in northern California with his solid sender bandmates: Johnny "Cat" Soubrand, the sizzling master guitarist celebrates his 10-year anniversary with Terry "I can't say enough about the emergence of Johnny "Cat" Soubrand as a lead guitarist of originality, fire and consummate grace.
"Peace of Mind"
Take Your Spring Blues Vacation in Florida!
(St. Petersburg, FL)
- Plan to join us on the sunny shores of Tampa Bay, Florida, for the 2015 Tampa Bay Blues Festival. This three day blues music event on April 10, 11, & 12, features Boz Scaggs, Tower of Power, Ronnie Earl (pictured)
& The Broadcasters, Tab Benoit, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Carolyn Wonderland, Southern Hospitality, John Nemeth, and others. A total of 22 great blues shows!
You will really love our VIP experience which includes admission, front stage seating, two large shade tents on the bay, gourmet foods from our on-site chefs and local restaurants, and complimentary, unlimited beer, wine, spring water, and soda. This is one of the best VIP packages offered by any festival, and they will sell out soon.
Wyoming Blues & Jazz Society hosts jam to help the fight against Domestic Violence Oct 19
- Please plan to attend a special jam Sunday, October 19th, presented by the Wyoming Blues & Jazz Society
to support the fight against breast cancer and domestic violance, from 4p-8p, at All That Jazz at the Parkway Plaza Hotel, Casper, Wyoming. The host band will be TaTa7, seven women, all fine musicians involved in Casper's music community, who joined to host this event in honor of both Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness month. 21+ welcome. Bring your instrument and sign in at the door to get a turn on stage. No cover charge, but the hat will be passed and all donations will be given to the causes being supported.
“We Are the Music Makers" opening reception at the B.B. King Museum Oct 23
- Music Maker Relief Foundation – the non-profit organization that supports traditional Southern musicians by documenting and presenting their art – will be the subject of a museum exhibition set to travel to the B.B. King Museum and display from October 23rd through November 30th, 2014. “We Are the Music Makers,” which delves deeply into the living southern musical culture and the musicians themselves, will travel to venues throughout the country over the next five to seven years.
There will be an opening reception for the exhibit at the B.B. King Museum, 400 Second Street, Indianola, Mississippi, on Thursday, October 23 from 6-8pm... Read more here
Sonny Boy Williamson gets Blues marker in Helena
(Helena, AR/Ron Kelley)
- Sterling Billingsley and Sam Elardo remove the drape from the newly installed Mississippi Blues Trail
marker honoring Sonny Boy Williamson. Main Street Helena, Southern Bancorp and the Sonny Boy Blues Society sponsored the sign. The sign is displayed on the newly renovated Biscuit Row on Phillips Street.
Sterling Billingsley and Sam Elardo remove the drape from the newly installed Mississippi Blues Trail marker honoring Sonny Boy Williamson. Main Street Helena, Southern Bancorp and the Sonny Boy Blues Society sponsored the sign. The sign is displayed on the newly renovated Biscuit Row on Phillips Street.
Southern Adventures of Cheryl & Tom: Week 2
Our sales director and her husband continue their journey through the Delta.
Eating out on the road is always a challenge and Tom was able to find some protein (pickled eggs & pigs feet) while shopping. Although the big jars are economical they won't fit in our over packed car.
10/8 Clarksdale, MS
Tom and I were able to attend the Mississippi Interpretive Center Marker Unveiling October 8, 2014 at the Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale. MS. Shelly Ritter, Executive Director of the Delta Blues Museum, helps with unveiling the marker.
10/9-12 King Biscuit Blues Festival, Helena, AR
We stopped by...
Alvin Youngblood Hart Guest Artist at the International Conference on The Blues
- Alvin Youngblood Hart appeared as the guest artist at the International Conference On The Blues held October 6-7, 2014, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS.
Alvin Youngblood Hart's praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to British guitar gods Eric Clapton and Mick Taylor. Since the release of his 1996 debut recording, the all-acoustic Big Mama’s Door, Hart has relayed his eclectic musical message around the world. Based on the strength of his record debut and the allure of his live shows, Hart received five nominations at the 1997 W.C. Handy Blues Awards, and he received the award for Best New Artist. Hart also received two Living Blues Awards that same year.
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More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Concert fundraiser for Wyoming Blues & Jazz Society regional winners Oct 24 plus big raffle prizes
(Casper, WY) - A fundraiser concert will be held October 25 at The Attic in Casper, Wyoming to help offset travel expenses for Gary Small & The Coyote Brothers band, solo act D.J. Haley, winners of the Wyoming Blues & Jazz Society's regional contest that will represent at the lues Foundation's International Blues Challenge in January, 2015.
There is also a big raffle to fund the winners' trip with great prizes. 1st place: Diamond earrings with black pearls; 2nd Place: Signed, limited edition watercolor; 3rd Place: 1 night VIP stay and dinner from Parkway Plaza Hotel and Poor Boy's; 4th Place: $100 cash. Winning tickets will be drawn Nov 29 at the Elvin Bishop concert in Casper. Need not be present to win.
Tickets are $10. Only 300 tickets will be sold. (click image for larger view)
so we can share the good news with our readers!!
~ Blues Hall of Fame Grand Opening Date Announced
plus newly appointed BHOF Manager & Curator
~ Oct 24 Deadline for 2015 BMA CD Submission
~ The Blues Hall of Fame will hold it's long awaited Grand Opening May 6-8, 2015.
Nora J. Tucker has joined The Blues Foundation as Manager and Curator for the Blues Hall of Fame. Formerly the project manager for Design 500 Inc., she has consulted with The Blues Foundation since 2007 when it first explored the feasibility of offering an educational attraction within its headquarters. In her new position, she will continue the search for artifacts, images, and media files for Blues Hall of Fame inductees. She’ll also be planning all aspects of managing the attraction and overseeing its daily operations when in opens next year.
The 2015 BMA CD Submission Process Ends October 24. The three-step 36th Blues Music Awards nomination procedure is set forth here
. If you have released a CD since November 1, 2013, please enter it before.
Oct 18-19 Radio Show: DOM FLEMONS
Roots player Dom Flemons has bid an amicable farewell to the Carolina Chocolate Drops, to pursue his own brand of roots music. Dom’s latest is called Prospect Hill. It has originals, blues, Dixieland, and even a little bit of rock and roll. C’mon for a ride. We’ll give it a listen.
Dom Flemons, branching out, next time in the Bluesmobile.
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Jessie Mae Hemphill :: "Train, Train"
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Avignon Blues Festival 2014
Wednesday - Saturday
Oct-15-2014 - Oct-18-2014
Avignon, PACA/Vaucluse, France
Canal Bank Shuffle
Thursday - Saturday
Oct-16-2014 - Oct-18-2014
Thorold, Ontario, Canada
Bukka White Blues Festival
Friday - Saturday
Oct-17-2014 - Oct-18-2014
Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA
2104 Blues Blast Music Awards
Champaign, Illinois, USA
Dark Season Blues
Thursday - Sunday
Oct-23-2014 - Oct-26-2014, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
Bluesfestival in Eslov
Friday - Saturday
Oct-24-2014 - Oct-25-2014
Eslov, Skane, Sweden
Jamtlands lan, Sweden
Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival
Friday - Monday
Oct-31-2014 - Nov-03-2014
Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia
Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
15th Annual Blues & Boogie Piano Summit
Friday - Saturday
Nov-07-2014 - Nov-08-2014
Newport, Kentucky, USA
College Park Blues Festival/7th Annual
College Park, Maryland, USA
Blaublues Festival Haringe
Venice Blues Festival
Venice, Florida, USA
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