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Surrounded by the blues...
I'll never forget my first, what I called, Country blues performance and how it moved me. I was invited to see Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee play on a college campus in the San Jose, California area... it was around 1973-74. Yes, I'd heard some blues-based music on the radio during the mid-late 60s. I was into the Stones, Big Brother & Janis, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Butterfield, and more. I never saw those particular artists live nor thought or desired at the time to make a connection to their blues roots.
By the early to mid 70's I was living in the Santa Cruz Mountains listening to the eclectic, non-commercial station, KFAT, on a battery-powered radio (we had no electricity). KFAT (now known as KPIG) played a lot of varied artists that you didn't hear on commercial stations. They introduced some amazing artists to me including folk, Delta and Country blues.
I thought I'd check out Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, even though I wasn't familiar with them (they are technically considered Piedmont blues artists but I called it Country blues). As I stood listening and watching, I was smitten with their raw sound and appeal. It was there that I realized what had captured my deepest attention about the music I'd always loved.... yes, that blues root, that raw, pure, simple truth. My own blues Pandora's box had been opened. I would later become a performing artist myself, and an editor and promoter of the music that moves me and surrounds me... the blues.
There's nothing like seeing an artist live and even better yet, discovering a new-to-you artist's sound that will be embedded in you forever. Thank goodness for festivals that bring together a plethora of artists. I'm honored to be a part of the Blues Festival Guide team that is here to share and help introduce you to some of your own poignant "memory moments."
Upcoming Birthdays of note: 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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JP Soars :: FULL MOON IN MEMPHIS
The release of JP Soars’ third solo CD, Full Moon Night In Memphis
, promises to best illustrate his broad range of styles and tastes. Beginning with the release of the critically acclaimed 2008 CD Back of My Mind
, JP Soars has channeled uncommon influences into a signature sound. After winning the International Blues Competition and the Albert King award for most promising guitarist, Soars channeled the excitement into the 2011 release of More Bees With Honey
. All three CD’s received airplay on XM Radio and More Bees With Honey
was played regularly on Little Steven Van Zandt’s Underground Garage program. Read more details here...
"Full Moon Night In Memphis"
is The Nighthawks label debut on EllerSoul Records from this celebrated, seminal American roots rock band legend, armed with more great original songs, plus killer covers of Elvis, Muddy Waters, The Everly Brothers & the Du Droppers. The CD is jammed packed with 13 tracks of blues, soul, rock n’ roll and roadhouse country music, all given the trade Nighthawks combination of talent, passion, energy and showmanship that has made these Blues Music Award winners a truly one-of-a-kind, live listening experience, conveniently packaged on disc and ready to take home and enjoy. Now in their fifth decade of recording and live performing, the 21st century Nighthawks are a tight, cohesive unit... Read more details here...
"Price Of Love"
Markey Blue Band Taking the Soul/Blues Scene by Storm
NASHVILLE, TN - Just one month after the release of their debut album, Hey Hey
, eleven of the twelve tracks are receiving airplay in the US and worldwide. This spirited band makes it hard to stay in your seat, whether listening to the album or seeing them perform live!“Is it tornado season? Because you’re gonna get hit with the Markey Blue Tornado when they take the stage.”
— Ted Drozdowski, KBA Award Winning Journalist, Premier Guitar, Guitar World
Markey Blue is an innovative, high-energy “New Indie Soul/Blues” band from Nashville, combining a heavy Memphis/Stax Records influence with a cutting-edge new sound. The band in its entirety reads like a "who’s who" list of the music and entertainment industry. Read more and see photos here
2014 Cascade Blues Association's Muddy Awards Nov 5
PORTLAND, OR - On Wednesday, November 5, one of the biggest events of the year in Portland's blues community, the Muddy Awards, will honor outstanding achievements over the past year by musicians, venues, events and recordings in 22 categories. The annual event will be held at the Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St, Portland, Oregon.
There will be three sets of live performances. Kicking the night off at 06:30pm will be the Cascade Blues Association
's winners of the 2014 Journey to Memphis band competition, the Rae Gordon Band. Midway through the night they will have a special acoustic set by the Journey to Memphis solo/duo winners, David Pinsky & Phil Newton.
Read more here
Columbia's Blues Festival will skip 2014
COLUMBIA, SC — Columbia's Blues Festival, a fall tradition for 19 years, will take a hiatus in 2014.
Organizers say corporate sponsor dollars were tighter this year, and they had a tough time landing a suitable marquee act at a lower rate. Plus, many of the volunteers who put on the free festival at Martin Luther King Park each year needed a break, said Geoffrey Graves, who organized the event through Word of Mouth Productions.
“It’s a free festival (to those who attend), but it costs plenty to put it on,” Graves said. “We could have done it this year, but we would have had to pare down the expenses.”
Southern Adventures of Cheryl & Tom: Week 3
Our sales director Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw and her blues lovin' husband Tom continue their journey through the Delta.
Oct 16 "Taking care of business in Clarksdale, MS"
While walking downtown I came across Michael Frank, of the Earwig Music Company and Earnest "Guitar" Roy (pictured here L-R) on the streets in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Earnest was interviewing Michael. I thought it worked the other way around? It was good to see both of them.
Oct 17 Tony Davenport is the artist who painted our cover in 2012 and Cheryl was happy to run into him at the Paint The Burg Purple and Gold Festival in Vicksburg, Mississippi at his vendor booth.
Prebooking: #25 Oct 2015 LRBC "Big Easy Fantasy"
#26 Jan 2016 "Eastern Caribbean" NOW!
LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE 313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO
More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
More Regional Blues Winners that will head to Memphis
Blues Lovers United of San Diego
have announced that the solo/duo act that will represent in Memphis for IBC is blues/soul vocalist Missy Andersen accompanied by guitarist Heine Andersen.
Missy's latest CD, In The Moment, has also been in the Top 20 on the Blues/Roots charts for several weeks now.
The winners of the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola
(MS) challenge in the band category are Bernie Jenkins & The Circle of Blues. Bernie's background includes being the band leader for the late Johnnie Taylor.
so we can share the good news with our readers!!
~ IBC Tickets on Sale
~ Last day for 2015 BMA CD Submission
MEMPHIS, TN -
~ 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.
~ IBC tickets are now available in The Blues Store
. You will find 3 tickets there: (1) the pass that will get you into all IBC blues music events beginning with the International Showcase on Tuesday night and continuing through the Saturday finals; (2) your ticket to the KBA luncheon on Friday; and (3) a guaranteed seat upgrade at the Orpheum Theatre for the finals on Saturday.
Oct 18-19 Radio Show: ELVIN BISHOP
Back in the day, young Elvin Bishop traveled to Chicago from Oklahoma on a college scholarship. That did not last long. The blues became his education, and now he is teaching us. His solo records just keep getting better and better. His latest is called Can't Even Do Right Wrong.
Quality time with the great Elvin Bishop. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
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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
2014 Blues for Food The Lake House Bluesfest
Spring Hill, Florida, USA
Rheinberger Bluesparty 2014
Rheinberg, Nortrhine-Westfalalia, Germany
Mississippi Delta Blues Festival - Brazil
Nov-20-2014 - Nov-22-2014
Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Sullivan County Blues and Music Festival
Friday - Saturday
Nov-28-2014 - Nov-29-2014
Rock Hill, New York, USA
Jakarta Blues Festival
Jakarta, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
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