So here is another week come and gone and my life keeps me from digging in to find our readers cool blues news. Guess it's time for my every so often appeal to readers for input. Got a great story? Been to a neat event? Want to review a favorite band or album? Find some blues history fascinating? Well, here's your opportunity! Drop me a note and let me know what you want to share. (Sandy's E-mail)
If you don't feel you want the "full" responsibility then send me a link to something you feel readers would enjoy reading in the newsletter and I will put an article together for you. Please do remember that OBS reserves the right to edit articles for space. Read on below for an article honoring James Cotton who passed away last week. It's hard not to be pained as these blues greats keep checking out. It is important loss because it raises the need for blues societies in local communities like ours and the Blues Foundation with it's international reach to redouble our efforts in "Keeping the Blues Alive!" Are you with me?
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Please take note. At our recent annual meeting, voting for the office of Treasurer (2-year term/voting held in odd years) was deferred to a later date to allow for an extended recruiting effort. Current treasurer Cheryl Canfield will continue to support the position through the transition time. For more information, or to nominate a candidate for the position of treasurer, please contact Leah Spears-Blackmon
The Blues world lost another icon this week when James Cotton succumbed
to Pneumonia on Thursday. He was 81. The article below is from Rolling
"Cotton, who was born on a cotton farm in Tunica, Mississippi on July 1st, 1935, came to prominence in the Fifties when he cut two singles for the fledging label Sun Records and performed gigs with Waters.
As a child, he'd become obsessed with harmonica player Sonny Boy Williamson II's King Biscuit Time broadcasts and, at age nine, moved in with the elder harpist to learn the instrument.
He launched his own career as a teenager and toured with both Williamson and Howlin' Wolf. In 1953, he recorded his first Sun single, "Straighten Up Baby," which he followed up with "Cotton Crop Blues." At age 20, he began touring and recording with Waters and is featured on that artist's At Newport LP (1960), most notably "Got My Mojo Working." He later recorded a number of tracks for the Vanguard label's Chicago/The Blues/Today! compilation series and played on Otis Spann's 1969 album The Blues Never Die!
Cotton, dubbed "Mr. Superharp," formed the James Cotton Band in 1966, with the group issuing a self-titled debut the next year. His fellow musicians at the time were guitarist Luther Tucker and drummer Sam Lay. Cotton would later find himself playing with Matt "Guitar" Murphy and Hubert Sumlin, and would go on to explore blues-rock with performances with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, Santana, Steve Miller and Freddie King, among others.
In the Seventies, he recorded for Buddha and Capitol, reuniting with Waters for LPs produced by guitarist Johnny Winter. The first, Hard Again, came out in 1977 and won a Grammy. He also made appearances on albums by Sumlin, Memphis Slim, Steve Miller and others, and welcomed Miller, Winter, Dr. John, Todd Rundgren, David Sanborn and others onto his own recordings.
Cotton continued to record throughout the Eighties, including a run on Alligator Records, and won the Best Traditional Blues Album Grammy for his Deep in the Blues LP in 1997. His most recent album was Cotton Mouth Man, which came out in 2013 and was nominated for a Grammy.
Cotton earned six Living Blues Awards in his lifetime and 10 Blues Music Awards. New York City's Lincoln Center recognized his contributions to blues with a tribute concert in 2010 that featured Sumlin, Taj Mahal, Shemekia Copeland and others. Five years later, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal gave Cotton its B.B. King Award for his contributions to the blues.
In 2013, Cotton – who played music professionally for six decades – told Rolling Stone about his thoughts on retirement. 'You work so hard to get it that once you get it, you don't want to let it go, because at that point, it's yours,' he said. 'You paid the price for it, and it's yours. You didn't give it up when you didn't have a place to sleep tonight. It's because you want to be there and you enjoy yourself.'"
You can find the full article HERE
Please enjoy the following listings comprised of bands, venues, and/or organizations supportive of Ozark Blues Society. Always check with individual venues for event details and schedule changes.
- Bel Airs and Mudhawk for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
- Blue Muse Live at Two25 Gallery in Bentonville
- Brick Fields and R.J. Mischo at New Delhi Cafe in Eureka Springs
- Daryl Brooks Band at Mojo's Pints and Pies in Fayetteville
- Sarah Loethen at Two25 Gallery in Bentonville
- Bentonville Beer and Hymns at Bentonville Brewing Company in Bentonville
- The Taylors at Bike Rack Brewing in Bentonville
- Tony Alvarez at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
- Howie Day at The Founders Room in Alma
- Copelin Bates at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fayetteville
- Brick Fields Blues Therapy at Bears Place in Fayetteville
- Isayah's Allstars at Mojo's Pints and Pies in Fayetteville
- Jim Mills at JJ's Grill and Chill on Dickson in Fayetteville
- Still on the Hill for Still a River at the Starr Theater/WAC in Fayetteville
- Michael Tisdale at Dickson Street Pub in Fayetteville
- Big Uns and Bill Dollar and Loose Change for Happy Hour at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville
- Naturally 7 headlining Voice Jam Competition at WAC in Fayetteville
- Randall Shreve and The DeVilles at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
- Roger Thomas at Two25 Gallery in Bentonville
- Mojo Trio at JJ's Grill and Chill in Fort Smith
Mark Your Calendar
- Voice Jam Competition at WAC in Fayetteville
- Rick Atha at at Ramo d' Olivo in Bentonville
- Jim Mills at JJ's Grill and Chill in Bella Vista
- Brick Fields at Landry's in Fort Smith
- 4/21 Dr. NOLA and the Soul Shakers at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville
- 5/13 Lucious Spiller Band at The Founders Room in Alma
On this day
in Blues History
Today’s show features music performed by Sleepy John Estes and B.B. King
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/s/sonnyterry211910.html
You have to open your mind. I like the ability to express myself in a deep way. It's the closest music to our humanity - it's like a folk music that rises up out of a culture.
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"I just want everybody to have a good time, because I'm goin' out to have a good time. I'm going to go have some fun."
I was always singing the way I felt, and maybe I didn't exactly know it, but I just didn't like the way things were down there-in Mississippi.
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James Henry Cotton
(July 1, 1935 – March 16, 2017)
Blues Education Supporters
Check Out these regular local radio programs
"The Generic Blues Show" hosted by Paul Kelso airs every Friday night at 9pm on KUAF 91.3FM
Rockin' Hog Radio presents "Sunday Morning Blues" from 8am to 10am every Sunday
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