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|Tas Cru :: SIMMERED AND STEWED|
|Raucous, rowdy, gentle, sweet, eccentric, quirky, and outright irreverent are all words that fittingly describe Tas Cru’s songs and testify to his reputations a one of the most unique of bluesmen plying his trade today. Cru has received wide praise for his songwriting: As Downbeat magazine notes, “His songs are blues poetry – crafted with rare verbal flair and his ability to cast a memorable hook is magical!” Live, these songs are performed with power and passion. As observed by Living Blues magazine, “The vivacity and sheer joy with which Cru plays is intoxicating!”|
His brand new album, Simmered And Stewed, now available for pre-sale, will be released November 11, 2016 through the VizzTone label group — eleven songs flavored in most part by resonator, cigar box and acoustic guitar.
...More details about this release here
|The Jeremiah Johnson Band :: BLUES HEART ATTACK|
|Blues Heart Attack is the new CD on Connor Ray Music from St. Louis-based blues/rock guitarist Jeremiah Johnson and his band. The even-dozen all-original tracks on Blues Heart Attack were produced by Jason McIntire and the Jeremiah Johnson Band and recorded/mixed at Sawhorse Studio in St Louis.|
Besides Jeremiah Johnson (guitar and lead vocals), the members of the group are Jeff Girardier (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Benet Schaeffer (drums); with special guests Nathen Hershey (Hammond B3, Wurlitzer and piano), Frank Bauer (sax and backing vocals) and Tom “Papa” Ray (harmonica).
“I really wanted Blues Heart Attack to be a roller coaster of emotions that reflect the life, heart and soul of a blue-collar blues man,” Johnson says about the new disc. ...More details about this release here
"Sun Shine Through"
|Otis Redding III to headline 2016 Grayson Blues & Brews this Saturday, Oct 22|
|(Grayson, GA) – Grayson Blues & Brews, awarded the Best Festival in Gwinnett for 2015, brings the taste of some of the region’s most innovative craft beers to Gwinnett and phenomenal music to Grayson Community Park in Grayson, Georgia each October. This year’s event is Saturday, October 22 from 2-6pm with Otis Redding III headlining. The 7th Annual Craft Beer & Blues Festival will benefit the Grayson Children’s Fund.|
Otis Redding III, with an enduring name and a rich family legacy, has been bestowed with his father’s unique musical gift and has put his talent to good use for nearly 25 years. An accomplished and recognized artist in his own right, he is proud of the Otis Redding heritage that he has inherited.
...Read more about the Grayson Blues & Blues Festival
|International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Extended Deadline November 4, 2016|
|2016 Judges Include Joe Bonamassa, John Mayall, Tom Waits, Chris Cornell, Lorde, Ziggy Marley, Donovan, Art Alexakis (Everclear), Keane, Bastille, and many more|
What is the ISC?
One of the most respected songwriting competitions throughout the world, the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is known for being a launching pad for music and songwriting careers. ISC is open to both amateur and professional songwriters, and winning is a distinction that has propelled many artists to achieve greater success, including getting record and publishing deals, licensing agreements, gigs, and much more. More than $150,000 in cash and merchandise will be awarded to 71 winners, including a Grand Prize of $25,000 in cash. There are 23 music categories, including Blues.
...Read complete details about the International Songwriting Competition
|West Coast Blues Society’s New Year’s Eve Celebration 2016|
|(American Canyon, CA) - The West Coast Blues Society presents their 7th Annual New Year's Eve Gala Fundraiser December 31, 2016, for The Music They Played on 7th Street Oakland Walk of Fame Project and their Blues in the Schools Program. The event will be held at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel and Spa (3600 Broadway St., Highway 29) in American Canyon, California. Doors open at 6:30pm for dinner - Dinner is served 7:00 - 8:30pm ($95.00 per person). Doors open at 9:00 PM for dance only ($75.00 per person) - no early arrivals for the dance. Price[s] include party favors and champagne toast. Discount room rates are available for New Year’s guests.|
...Read more about this New Year's Eve fundraiser gala
|Two Trains Runnin’ … A film about the reclamation of forgotten black blues musicians|
|Freedom Summer began in June 1964. Yet alongside the Northern college students who famously traveled South to work in the voter-registration drives and the movement to end the country’s Jim Crow laws, another cultural train sallied forth: the reclamation of forgotten black blues musicians.|
Two Trains Runnin’ documents these two social milestones – the Civil Rights movement and the resurrection of the overlooked bluesmen – and the uncanny way in which both trains aligned on June 21, 1964. Using historical footage, director Sam Pollard recounts the vital history of Freedom Summer, and how the murders of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman on June 21 was one of the campaign’s defining moments.
...Read more about the film Two Trains Runnin'
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|Black Swamp Blues Society 20th International Blues Challenge Nov 6|
|(Toledo, OH) - Black Swamp Blues Society is celebrating their 20th annual music duel. The best Black Swamp Blues Association-affiliated bands and solo/duo acts in the area can sign up to throw down and find out who the best musicians in the Lake Erie West region are. The challenge is 3pm-9pm, Sunday, November 6 at Longhorn Saloon (944 Phillips Ave). Admission $5/society members, $10/general. Each act gets 25 minutes to perform, winners get a cash prize and the honor of representing the Black Swamp Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Find out who’s got the chops to head down to the Delta. If you want to sign up to compete, check additional entry requirements on the website.|
|Oct 22-23, 2016 Radio Show: Peter Wolf|
Peter Wolf is one of those guys who met everybody, knew everybody, and has a story about it. From his days as an art student, a disc jockey, singer with the J. Geils Band, and solo artist, he brings a deep knowledge of music to his own records. He has class. He has taste. And he joins Elwood in the Blu Mo.
The Woofa Goofa - Peter Wolf. Next time in the BluesMobile.
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|Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka|
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An deep interview with American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, Walter Trout.... his beginnings and his amazing, triumphant reprisal from his near-death experience. (Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
|Tweed Funk "The Deed is Done" (Extended Play Sessions)|
~ Birthdays of note through next week:
Oct 20 Jelly Roll Morton (1890), Bugs Henderson (1943), Vasti Jackson (1959); Oct 21 Steve Cropper (1941), Elvin Bishop (1942), Michele Lundeen (yer faithful 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) and Jimmy Dawkins (1936); Oct 26 Detroit Junior (1931); Oct 27 Henry Townsend (1909), Clifford Antone (1949 Antone Records); Oct 28 Ben Harper (1969); Oct 29 Peter Green (1946), Hadda Brooks (1916); Oct 30 Bob Koester (1932 Delmark's Founder);
Oct 31 Julia Lee (1902), Ethel Waters (1896)
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| Sugar Cube Blues Festival|
Oct-28-2016 - Oct-29-2016
Frederikshavn Blues Festival
Nov-04-2016 - Nov-06-2016
Gainesville, Florida, USA
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Nov-04-2016 - Nov-05-2016
Newport, Kentucky, USA
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|Tommy Johnson Blues Festival|
Jackson MS, Mississippi, USA
Ilfracombe Blues, Rhythm &
Nov-11-2016 - Nov-13-2016
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
Mississippi Delta Blues Festival
Nov-24-2016 - Nov-26-2016
Caxias do Sul, Brazil
Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec-02-2016 - Dec-03-2016
Bradenton, Florida, USA
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