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|Deb Ryder :: GRIT GREASE & TEARS|
|The elements needed for a great blues song, or album are fairly straight forward; a solid rhythm section, hot lead guitar, smooth keys, a punctuating horn section, hot harmonica and scorching, soulful vocals singing about hard times, heartache, and fond memories. Deb Ryder boldly declares it also requires three more elements – Grit Grease & Tears – the title of her third studio album.|
Thirteen new, original songs on her third album stand together as a testament to Ryder’s spirit and commitment to the blues. Delivering the prime elements are her team of producer/drummer Tony Braunagel, Ric Ryder on bass, Johnny Lee Schell on guitar and the great Mike Finnigan on keys along with special guests Sugaray Rayford, Albert Lee and Bob Corritore.
Ryder kicks off the testimony with the hard driving shuffle “Ain’t Gonna Be Easy” that spells out her modus operandi as a blues diva.
...Read more about this release
"Grit Grease & Tears"
Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival Feb 24-25-26
|(Lancaster, PA) - Lancaster Roots and Blues is a fantastically fun music festival featuring outstanding live music from across the U.S. and beyond. The 2017 festival on Feb. 24, 25 and 26 (Friday through Sunday) will be our 4th annual event. Each year gets better and 2017 will be no exception with 70 artists performing 90 shows on 11 stages from intimate to our main stage in the big tent (heated!) in Lancaster Square, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. All venues are within 3 blocks of each other and easily walkable.|
Blues is on the menu but so are many other great musical art forms that America can proudly call home including Jazz, Americana, Folk, Rockabilly, Rock n Roll, Bluegrass, Funk and Soul and so much more. This festival is a music lover’s paradise. Here is the complete list of artists playing this year:
...Find complete details, images and links here
|Henry Gray to Celebrate 92nd Birthday in Phoenix Friday Jan 20 at The Rhythm Room!|
|(Phoenix, AZ) - Henry Gray is arguably the most important surviving figure from the post-war Chicago blues legacy. He played on historically important recordings by Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, Billy Boy Arnold, Dusty Brown, G.L. Crockett and many more! Amazingly enough Henry still is performing at the top of his game! His recent collaboration CD with Bob Corritore on the Delta Groove label garnered numerous nominations and accolades. Speaking of which, Henry Gray was just nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award for Best Piano Player! Henry performs in Phoenix on Friday, January 20th to celebrate his 92nd birthday in true Rhythm Room blues extravaganza style!|
Please make your plans now to attend this historically important event showcasing this wonderful blues master with an all-star cast of special guests including Oscar Wilson (of the Cash Box Kings), Jimi Primetime Smith, Bob Corritore, Big Jon Atkinson, Danny Michel, Troy Sandow, Marty Dodson. ...Read complete story and find nominees and pics here
|Cincy Winter Blues Fest “Hottest Event of the Winter” Jan 27-28|
|(Cincinnati, OH) - The Cincy Winter Blues Fest, an annual event held each January will take place January 27-28 at The Phoenix, a beautiful building on the historic registrar in downtown Cincinnati. 30 acts will perform over 2 nights on 4 Stages creating “The Hottest Event of the Winter.” Headliners for the 2017 Cincy Winter Blues Fest are The Mike Wheeler Band, Davy Knowles, Michele Lundeen and Southern Avenue. We will also have 27 outstanding local and regional artist also performing at the winter blues fest. For details on each, go to: local artists.|
Mike Wheeler has a vast knowledge of music and a voice that’s reminiscent of the late Sam Cooke. He can sing and play everything so well that you may forget what the original record even sounds like. ...Find more headliner bios, event and society details, images and links
|2017 IBC Week Happenings in Memphis…|
|(Memphis, TN) – Following is a brief breakdown of lots of 2017 IBC happenings in Memphis during International Blues Challenge week, per the Blues Foundation (BF). See their IBC Schedule for more details.|
The International Blues Challenge officially opens at 5pm at the Clayborn Temple, 294 Hernando Street, Memphis, Tennessee, a key site in the civil rights struggle of the 1960’s where Dr. Martin Luther King spoke. In the spirit of Dr. King’s message, the blues is all embracing and knows no boundaries of color, nationality, or gender. And so The Blues Foundation felt it a fitting place to begin the IBC as we welcome artists from around the world to perform on the night before The Challenge officially begins. The International Showcase will expand in a number of clubs on Beale Street beginning at 8pm. Open to the Community – No Charge. ...Click here to find over 40 more cool things that are scheduled
|United by Music – Performance & Workshop for Affiliate Leaders and Educators Feb 2|
|(Memphis, TN) - Join United by Music North America (UBMNA) Thursday, February 2, starting at 11am at Club 152 – First Floor, 152 Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee during International Blues Challenge (IBC) week. UBMNA mentors, Kenny Neal, John Nemeth, Doug MacLeod, Ben Rice and more join The United by Music North America Band featuring special guest artists, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and Marlana Vanhoose.|
Imagine a world without prejudice based upon race, creed, color …or intellectual capacity. That is the world envisioned by United by Music North America and their growing base of supporters, where they have turned to the power of music to bring people together. Lunchtime LIVE! Join Amanda Gresham, Barbara Hammerman and the United by Music North America Band for an entertaining, interactive performance workshop showcasing the extraordinary skills of these multi-talented musicians of the United By Music North America Band!
...Get more details about this worthy program and showcase
|Blind Raccoon Showcase 2017 in Memphis, TN Feb 1-3|
|(Memphis, TN) - Blind Raccoon is delighted to announce the line-up for their showcase taking place during the International Blues Challenge at Purple Haze Nightclub, 140 Lt George W Lee Ave., Memphis, Tennessee. On February 1-3, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 15 acts from California, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, Louisiana, Idaho, Tennessee, and Illinois grace the stage. The showcase artists are quite the smorgasbord of blues talent playing many styles from blues/rock to acoustic blues, ranging in age from 17 to 70, both male & female and black & white. Two of the acts are participating in the 2017 IBC – Jon Spear Band and Mark Cameron. Four of the artists’ albums have been submitted by their society for 2017 Best Self-Produced CD – Joyann Parker, Markey Blue, Mary Jo Curry, & Sammy Eubanks – the winner of which will be announced at the IBC finals.|
Net proceeds from the showcases will benefit The Blues Foundation’s HART Fund, which provides assistance to blues musicians and their families in times of great financial need due to medical emergencies. ...Read more about this showcase
|National Women in Blues WiB 2017 Showcase Feb 2|
|(Memphis, TN) - National Women in Blues & Yippee Ki-ay Radio present the 2017 WiB Showcase February 2nd, Alfred’s on Beale Street, downtown Memphis Tennessee from 11:30am-4pm. There is no cover but donations are accepted for Generation Blues, keeping the future of blues alive! The National Women in Blues and Yippee Ki-ay Radio bring you the 5th annual Women in Blues Showcase, as part of the Blues Foundation’s 2017 International Blues Challenge (blues.org).|
This will be our 2nd year at Alfred’s on Beale and we are excited that our showcase and livestream interviews will all originate at this Beale Street venue. Enjoy Alfred’s hospitality while watching our incredible female artists perform in the showcase or enjoy sitting in while we interview them and their sisters in blues from all around the world.
...Find lineup and more details here
|#2 Music On The Couch 2017 IBC Show with Vinny Marini|
(Memphis, TN) - It is the beginning of a new year and besides all the other things this brings… Near the top of the list is the International Blues Challenge. This year, held January 31 – February 4, 2017, it is shaping up to be one of the all-time best.|
Heading to Memphis within the next two weeks will be 119 Bands, 101 Solo/Duo Acts and 37 Youth Showcase Acts representing 133 Blues Societies/Associations from around the globe. The energy is electric with Facebook covered up in conversations between old friends planning on their meeting again to new folks, meeting on the social media site before getting to Memphis.
Once again, this year Music On The Couch is the place to find the most IBC coverage. We’ve already had the first two of the three preview shows, which you can check out at your convenience.
Preview Show #2 features Matt Isbell, bandleader of Ghost Town Blues Band.
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|Jan 21-22, 2017 Radio Show: Harmonica Masters|
|The blues has many features that make it unique among musical forms. Among them, the harmonica as a lead instrument. Let us pay tribute to the masters that can make the lickin’ stick whine, weep, and wail.|
Sonny Boy Williamson, Paul Butterfield, John Mayall, Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, Little Walter, Sonny Terry, and more. Harmonica masters. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
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|Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka|
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Corky Siegel is known internationally as one of the worlds great blues harmonica players, blues pianist, singer, songwriter, author and celebrated composer of blues-classical forms.
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).
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|Henry Gray, Bob Corritore, Junior Watson|
~ Birthdays upcoming of note:
Jan 19-Henry Gray (1925), Janis Joplin (1943), Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (1936); Jan 20-Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter (1888), Luther Tucker (1936); Jan 21-Snooks Eaglin (1936), Richie Havens (1941), B'nois King (1943), Wolfman Jack (1938 DJ extraordinaire), Zora Young (1948); Jan 22-Hammie Nixon (1908), Sam Cooke (1935), “Blind” Willie Johnson (1897), Teeny Tucker; Jan 24-Aaron Neville (1941), Johnny B. Moore (1950), John Belushi (1949); Jan 25-Sleepy John Estes (1899), Etta James (1938); Jan 26-Huey "Piano" Smith (1934)
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Cincy Winter Blues Festival
Jan-27-2017 - Jan-28-2017
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
3rd Annual Suncoast
Jan-27-2017 - Jan-28-2017
Sarasota, Florida, USA
International Blues Challenge
Jan-31-2017 - Feb-04-2017
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival
Feb-09-2017 - Feb-12-2017
Winter Blues Fest
Feb-10-2017 - Feb-11-2017
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
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| Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival|
Feb-09-2017 - Feb-12-2017
Winter Blues Fest
Feb-10-2017 - Feb-11-2017
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Feb-18-2017 - Feb-19-2017
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Riverwalk Blues and
Feb-24-2017 - Feb-26-2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-10-2017 - Mar-11-2017
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
River City Blues Festival
Mar-16-2017 - Mar-18-2017
Marietta, Ohio, USA
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