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|RB Stone :: SOME CALL IT FREEDOM (some call it the blues)|
|Written and produced by RB Stone, Some Call It Freedom (some call it the blues) on Middle Mountain Music, is his third blues/roots album and 17th project to date. It’s the follow up to the successful multi-charted, Blues Blast-nominated Loosen Up album he did with Tom Hambridge. It remained in the charts over 8 months. Like Loosen Up, Some Call It Freedom is an up tempo collection of 11 songs with a combination of several styles of blues with Stone’s stamp on it all.|
Mississippi Hill Country and Delta Blues (power duo and trio formats) can be found in “Hill Country Stomp” (a nod to the legends and newer Hill Country artists), “Another Thief,” “You Don’t Want Me,” “Weapons of Mass Persuasion,” and “Nickajack.” “Nickajack” is a slice of Appalachia meets Mississippi Hill Country.
... Find more details about this release
"Hill Country Stomp"
|The Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band|
:: LIVE AT THE SLIPPERY NOODLE INN
|Dave Muskett, 2014 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalist and 2015 IBC Finalist (duo Muskett & Carnes), embarks upon the latest chapter in his evolving career with The Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band’s latest recording Live At The Slippery Noodle Inn. The album boasts 12 all original compositions including seven new, previously unreleased tracks showcasing Muskett’s abilities as a musician, songwriter, and live performer.|
The core of the band’s sound comes from the Piedmont finger-style blues guitar Dave fell in love with many years ago. Thumb-picked bass lines with some three-finger melody work is usually a solo man’s game. To mix that style into a band format took some heavy duty re-thinking of the hard and fast rules of making a “Blues Band.” ... Find more details about this release
"That Kind Of Walk"
|“Blues Society,” a new film documentary about Memphis Country Blues Festivals in the 1960s, needs funding|
|MEMPHIS, TN - Blues Society is a movie about a collective of artists and musicians in Memphis who loved blues music enough to change the way we think about it. Directed by Augusta Palmer, daughter of the late, legendary New York Times music critic Robert Palmer, this documentary captures the Memphis Country Blues Festival between 1966 and 1969, a time when blacks and whites came together in a city full of strife and segregation. The film has an amazing cast of characters like Furry Lewis, Fred McDowell, Jim Dickinson, Bukka White, Rev. Robert Wilkins and Bob Palmer. A crowd-funding campaign to raise money for the film has only about 7 days left to reach its goal.|
To find the film trailer link and find out more about how you can participate to help the film be produced, go here.
|Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame Inductions & Concert May 28th|
|(RENTIESVILLE, OK) - Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc. announced that seven music legends have been selected for the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame. This year's inductees include James Peterson, Johnny Rawls, Earnest 'Harmonica Slim' Carr, John Seymour, Freddy Lee Rice, Jim Donovan and Norman Stauffer as Blues Educator. Each will be inducted at the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with BBQ and concert in Rentiesville Saturday, May 28th at the time-worn Blues Club / D.C. Minner Museum.|
Freddy Lee Rice and Norman Stauffer are scheduled to perform along with other favorite inductees including Miss Blues, Selby Minner, Bucky Young, Wolfman Black, and Leon Rollerson. There will be a barbeque dinner at 7 pm followed by music and the inductions will be spread over the evening. There will also be a silent auction.
...Find more about the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame event
|It’s Here… the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival May 28-29|
|(SIMI VALLEY, CA) - The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival, now in its 27th year, will be held is May 28-29 at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park (5005 Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley, CA). The Festival presents live Cajun, Creole, Zydeco and Blues entertainment, offers more than 150 food, beverage, craft and sponsor booths, and attracts approximately 20,000 attendees. Artists like Eric Burdon, Dwayne Dopsie, Booker T, Chubby Carrier, Leon Russell, Doug Kershaw and a host of other favorites will perform on the Blues and the Cajun/Zydeco stage respectively. Hosted by The Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, the event benefits both Cajun heritage and the people of Simi Valley and surrounding areas.|
Along with the amazing music offered, Cajun/Zydeco dance instructor AJ Gibbs will be leading free dance instructions during breaks at the Cajun stage. Each day there is also a Mardi Gras style parade
...Find more about the Simi Cajun & Blues Festival
|21st Western Maryland Blues Fest June 2-5|
|(HAGERSTOWN, MD) - Held on the first weekend following Memorial Day, the Western Maryland Blues Fest serves up an annual community celebration centered around one of America’s most enduring musical forms — the blues. On June 2 – 5, 2016, the Western Maryland Blues Fest roars into its 21st big year in Hagerstown, MD! Celebrate with four jam-packed, jumpin’ days filled with music from national, regional and local performers. Save money and snag the special discounted 2-day combo ticket package. Some of the artists performing include Ana Popovic, Mike Zito, Albert Cummings, Albert Castiglia, Selwyn Birchwood, Hamilton Loomis, Quinn Sullivan and Mingo Fishtrap. ...Find more about the Western Maryland Blues Festival|
|Barbara Newman recaps her 1st BMA Week as Blues Foundation Prez... plus video of HOF Ceremony & Inductees|
|Hello Blues Fans!|
You'd think I would be exhausted after a full week of welcoming, talking, listening, greeting, organizing, eating, and dancing. But my first Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony followed by the 37th Blues Music Awards was so energizing that I am still flying on the remnants of the adrenaline that created my recent Blues High. This entire newsletter is dedicated to all of the excitement that was generated by the biggest blues party of the year. You will see [some] photos [here], taken by our wonderful cadre of photographers.
I am also hopeful that these images and stories will inspire everyone to save the date on your calendar for next year: The 38th Blues Music Awards will be held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center on Thursday, May 11, 2017!...
...Find more about this extraordinary experience and more photos
The Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Inductee Videos
MEMPHIS, TN - The Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held May 4, 2016 at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education in Memphis, TN. The Blues Hall of Fame was formed in 1980 to honor the blues men and women, whether performers or industry, for their lifetime of work in creating and moving forward the blues genre. It is the format to acknowledge the most important pieces of blues music and blues literature. This year, The Blues Foundation was honored to induct 5 performers, 2 members of industry, 5 singles, an album, and a piece of literature into the Blues Hall of Fame. For the first time, The Blues Foundation opened the ceremony to the public and included personal and video tributes to our inductees. Prior to the actually ceremony, those in attendance enjoyed some time to visit with each other during an hour long cocktail reception. ...Find links to Blues Foundation's YouTube channel and various videos surrounding this event
|The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka|
|Episode: Producer/Director Daniel Cross|
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Intro from Mako Funasaka:
"Daniel Cross is an award winning documentary producer/director who recently completed a film entitled I am the blues. This movie just played at the SXSW and Toronto's Hot Docs and for anyone who loves the blues, it's a movie worth checking out. It features Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Jimmy ’Duck’ Holmes, Lil Buck Sinegal, LC Ulmer and friends. I had a chance to sit down with Daniel during Hot Docs to talk about his life and this documentary project. The movie will open theatrically on June 3rd at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto. For a full listing of theatres, please check here. For more information, you can also go to the film's website or Facebook page." (Special Thanks to Rob Lutes, Daniel Cross, Eric Thom, Bruce Greenaway and Gary Vaughan.)
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
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|May 28-29, 2016 Radio Show: Summer Blues Fests|
Okay people, Summertime... and the festivals are easy ...and numerous! Join us as we circle the continent to find a blues festival that's right for you. It's an annual Summertime event. We consider it our solemn duty to bring this information to you and of course to play you some great music. We also welcome live guests Lisa Mann and Selwyn Birchwood!
Elwood is your guide to blues festival season next time in the Bluesmobile.
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~ Memorial Day Weekend ~
While we celebrate this weekend with music, friends and family... Let's not forget what
this weekend is about by remembering
those who sacrificed for our freedom!
Honor the Brave!
Have an fun, enriching and memorable time!
~ Birthdays of note through next week:
May 26-Mamie Smith (1883); May 27-Junior Parker (1932);
May 28 T-Bone Walker (1910), Gladys Knight (1944),
Kaati (BFG Publisher); June 3-Jimmy Rogers (1924),
Memphis Minnie (1897), Curtis Mayfield (1942); June 4 Tinsley Ellis (1957)
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Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival, 21st Annual
May-27-2016 - May-29-2016
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
B.B. King Museum's
Indianola, Mississippi, USA
Simi Valley Cajun &
Blues Music Festival
May-28-2016 - May-29-2016
Simi Valley, California, USA
T-Bone Walker Blues Fest, Inc.
Jun-03-2016 - Jun-04-2016
Longview, Texas, USA
Freedom Creek Festival
Aliceville, Alabama, USA
Chicago Blues Festival
Jun-10-2016 - Jun-12-2016
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Canton Blues Fest
Jun-10-2016 - Jun-11-2016
Canton, Ohio, USA
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Alpine Country Blues Festival
Jun-17-2016 - Jun-19-2016
Alpine, Arizona, USA
Flagstaff Blues and Brews
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Brews and Blues
Lancaster, Wisconsin, USA
Blues Cruise Reunion Party
Open To All Blues Fans!!
Jun-23-2016 - Jun-25-2016
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Fountain Blues Festival
San Jose , California, USA
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