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|Get ready to meet your fate when you hear "The Six-String Siren" guitarist Diana Rein’s highly-anticipated sophomore album, Long Road. Written, recorded and produced by Diana Rein, the disc features twelve original tracks on which Rein sings, plays lead, bass, and rhythm guitar. Long Road was mixed and mastered by Peter Duff at Grey Brick Studios in San Diego, CA.|
In mythology, Sirens were dangerous yet beautiful creatures that would lure sailors with enchanting songs and make them crash onto the rocky coast. It is said that some crews survived by inserting wax in their ears to keep from being compelled. But what if the music was turned up? What if it was amplified? What if there were soaring guitar tones that shook your bones and cut through to your soul? You'd be helpless.
On Long Road, Diana Rein displays a sharp tongue, driving blues-based guitar, and melodic solos. ...More details about this release here
|In Layman Terms :: TANGLED|
|Cole and Logan Layman have grown up making music together. They are both multi-instrumentalists and write original music. They are young, passionate, and all about the blues. Their unique and diverse sound ranges from gritty, foot-stomping acoustic work, to an electrified big-band sound. They perform nationally as a duo, as a trio with their mother on drums and washboard, or as a full band which includes keys, a horn section, and a professional drummer who happens to be their producer and mentor. No matter how they present their music, the core is rooted in the blues, and it is the undeniable connection these siblings have that shines through and makes them special.|
“In Layman Terms delivers on the promise of greatness with their first full-length album, Tangled. Logan Layman’s vocals are deep and amazing with the assuredness of a mature chanteuse while Cole Layman’s guitar work is precise and electrifying..." ...More details about this release here
"Fake It Till I Make It"
|Arkansas, Memphis and Tennessee unite for 5th Annual Bridging the Blues event|
|(MS, TN, AR) - Bridging the Blues is a way to connect live music and related events in three areas that have a Mississippi River bridge in common, but it also refers to different types of music that are bridged by the blues, and these include almost every genre of popular music.|
The idea originated from wanting to give visitors in our tri-state region a way to find live music in between two main weekend festivals: the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival in Greenville, Mississippi, on September 30-October 2, and the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, on October 5-8.
And when you’re talking about music, you certainly can’t leave out Memphis, so the idea was born to include these regions to plan and promote smaller venues as well as these festivals. This multi-week collaboration includes everything from exhibits, conferences, street festivals and intimate club performances. ...Read full story and see photos here
|Tradition continues as Victor Wainwright closes the Daytona Blues Festival, Sunday, October 9|
|(Daytona Beach, FL) The final day of the 7th annual Daytona Blues Festival kicks off at 1:00 pm and concludes with local legend (who we share with Savanah and Memphis) Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots. Entertaining the crowd before Victor, fresh off 4 2016 BMA nominations, is the Sugaray Rayford Band. Also playing Sunday are guitarist extraordinaire Tinsley Ellis, IBC band runner-up The Paul Deslauriers Band, and IBC solo/duo champs Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons. Everything must come to an end, and the end of the 2016 Daytona Blues Festival will be one to remember.|
Victor Wainwright needs no introduction to blues fans. Yet many may not know of his connections to the Daytona Beach area. Victor studied air traffic control at Daytona Beach’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. While at ERAU, Victor played local clubs, solo and accompanying other local artists.
...Read full story and bios plus see photos here
|Memphis to honor B.B.King Sept 16 ... also link to Event Photos from Life & Legacy Allstar Tribute|
|(Memphis, TN) - This Friday [Sept 16] marks what would have been B.B. King’s 91st birthday. The Delta blues icon, Memphis music legend, and guitar great died in 2015. A pair of events will commemorate King’s life and the unveiling of several art pieces dedicated to his memory.|
At 10:30 a.m. outside the Gibson guitar factory, the Gibson Foundation’s GuitarTown project and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau will reveal the first in a series of sculptures of “Lucille,” King’s famed Gibson guitar. ...Find more details here
ALSO... Checkout this wonderful photo feature: A Tribute to The Life and Legacy of B.B. King at the Gibson online site taken Sept 1 at an allstar tribute to B.B. by award winning photographer Jerome Brunet. ...Photo feature
|Memphis Music Hall of Fame announces 2016 inductees|
| (Memphis, TN) - Stax Records star William Bell, garage rock legend Domingo "Sam the Sham" Samudio, iconic R&B house band the Hi Rhythm Section, and jazz saxophone great Charles Lloyd are among the latest inductees to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Opera star Marguerite Piazza and Delta-born bluesman John Lee Hooker round out the 2016 class, which was announced during an event at Overton Square's Lafayette's Music Room on Sept 9.|
The 2016 inductees will be enshrined officially during ceremonies to be held Nov. 3 at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets will go on sale Oct. 1 through Ticketmaster.
The six-member class will join 54 previous inductees — including B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding and Justin Timberlake — bringing the total number of members to 60 for the Rock 'n' Soul Museum-affiliated Memphis Music Hall of Fame. ...Read full story, bios and see photos here
|Photographer Bill Steber captures fading legends on Blues Highway|
|(Nashville Ledger) - Bill Steber stood at the crossroads in the Mississippi Delta and made a deal with the devil that would allow him to not only master his photographic skills but become one of the most respected documentarians of Mississippi Delta blues. And kind of make a living (or at least fashion his life) while he’s at it.|
When he made this deal, Bill knew time was running out to capture on his camera the West Africa-inspired blues culture of the Delta.
“I was racing against time to photograph these places (generally disintegrating juke joints and shotgun sharecroppers’ shacks) and these people before they all were gone,” says Bill, 50 (“almost 51,” he insists).
The longtime Nashville-area journalist – born in Grinder’s Switch, home of the late Sarah Cannon’s “Minnie Pearl” character – has dedicated this most recent half of his life to making sure to capture the images of Delta blues men and women and their culture...
...Continue reading and see photos and captions
|~ Central Florida Blues Challenge Fundraiser Sept 18|
~ VCBS Road To Memphis Band Challenge Oct 1
|(Sanford, FL) - Sunday, September 18 is the big fundraiser at The Alley (114 S. Park Ave.) in Sanford, Florida to support the winners of the Orange Blossom Blues Society's (OBBS) Central Florida Blues Challenge in their endeavor to get to Memphis in January to compete at the International Blues Challenge.|
The event is from 2pm-5pm with band winners the David Smash Band, solo/duo winner Sean "Hurricane" Henehan, and the David Julia Band. The fundraiser will be followed by the regular Sunday Blues jam hosted by Doc Williamson
(Camarillo, CA) - The Ventura County Blues Society is holding their annual "Road to Memphis Band Challenge" at the outdoor, shaded Studio Channel Islands (2222 E Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, CA). Winning band will received $3,000 to help cover travel expenses to compete in Memphis, Tennessee for the International Blues Challenge hosted by the Blues Foundation (BF).
See multiple bands perform leaving everything they have on the stage, for a winner takes all. Well known judges from the industry will score each band per the BF scoring criteria. Bring folding chairs for festival seating. Bands start at noon. Purchase tix now and support
|Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise|
|~ LRBC #29 Now Pre-Booking, $500 Deposit Per Cabin Holds Your Spot|
~ Limited Cabins Remain for the LRBC #27 … BOOK NOW!
|LRBC #29 Southern Caribbean Oct-21~28, 2017: PREBOOK NOW for LRBC #29! Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba, Curacao & Half Moon Cay, Bahamas on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam.|
Visit reservations.bluescruise.com or call (816) 753-7979. Your fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin holds a space in line to book a cabin when the artist announcement is made (likely in late Nov. '16).
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|Sept 17-18, 2016 Radio Show: Blues on Your TV|
|You know you no longer have to hear the blues in a smoke-filled nightclub on the edge of town. Sure, it helps… but in the 21st Century, you don’t even have to leave the couch. And you don’t need a turntable, or a CD machine, or an MP3 player. Just turn on the TV. In commercials or as theme songs, the blues is everywhere.|
The Blues on your television. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio Click Here
|Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka|
|Episode: SUGAR RAY NORCIA|
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Intro from Mako Funasaka:
An interview with soul blues singer and harmonica player Sugar Ray Norcia of Rhode Island. He is best known for his work with Roomful of Blues and his backing band, The Bluetones, with whom he has released multiple albums since 1980.
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman. Special thanks to Tommy Castro, Bruce Greenaway and Gary Vaughan).
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
|Fenton Robinson "Somebody Loan Me A Dime"|
~ Birthdays of note through next week:
Sept 16-B.B. King (1925), Little Willie Littlefield (1931),
Billy Boy Arnold (1935); Sept 23-Roy Buchanan (1939),
Ray Charles (1930), Fenton Robinson (1935),
Tiny Bradshaw (1907); Mighty Joe Young (1927);
Sept 24- Tarheel Slim aka Alden Bunn (1924), Chick Willis (1934), Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893), Willie Kent (1936)
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|Telluride Blues & Brews Festival|
Sep-16-2016 - Sep-18-2016
Telluride, Colorado, USA
Ojai Bowlful of Blues
Ojai, California, USA
Blues Blast Music Awards 2016
Champaign, Illinois, USA
6th Bay Area Blues Festival
Sep-24-2016 - Sep-25-2016
Martinez, California, USA
Copenhagen Blues Festival
Sep-28-2016 - Oct-02-2016
Mighty Mississippi Music Festival
Sep-30-2016 - Oct-02-2016
Greenville, Mississippi, USA
Bridging the Blues
Sep-30-2016 - Oct-08-2016
Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee USA
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|Georgia Blues and Roots Festival|
Georgia, Georgia, USA
22nd Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert
Dallas, Texas, USA
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Oct-05-2016 - Oct-08-2016
Helena, Arkansas, USA
Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Fest
Oct-13-2016 - Oct-16-2016
Thorold, Ontario, Canada
Bukka White Blues Festival
Oct-14-2016 - Oct-15-2016
Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA
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