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, Mississippi Bluesman, actor and Fat Possum Records artist. Right: Takeshi Imura
, 2017 Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) award recipient for “Publication” as editor of Blues and Soul
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|D.C.-based Soul-Blues band Vintage#18 debuts with their album titled Grit, due for release April 21, 2017. The album reflects the band’s love of classic 60’s Soul and Blues, featuring a mix of originals as well as two covers (ZZ Top and Bob Dylan) and a whole lot of elbow grease. Grit, you might say.|
Vintage#18 chose to self-produce Grit, and a framework was in place before most of the album was written. One of the goals when they first started rehearsing was to make sure that the sound didn’t fit solely into a single genre. Blues, Soul and other familiar elements appear but should mix in a way that brings unexpected experiences for listeners and dancers too. This idea worked well in live settings, so the album was approached the same way. If you do it, stay true to it—but you can always do “it” in new ways.
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|Monster Mike Welch :: RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME|
|With over 25 years under his belt, Boston-based blues guitarist Monster Mike Welch is handily considered a seasoned veteran of the international blues scene at just a mere 37 years old. Adorned with the nickname “Monster Mike” by actor/comedian Dan Aykroyd at the tender age of 13, Welch has since carved out a successful living as a highly accomplished and in-demand guitarist. To date, Welch has released six albums under his own name and in 2001, he joined the ranks of one of New England’s most beloved blues institutions, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones. In addition, Welch has performed and recorded with Duke Robillard, Nick Moss, Johnny Winter, Darrell Nulisch and more recently, the Knickerbocker All-Stars, which has featured among others, Jimmie Vaughan and the aforementioned Robillard. No stranger to the Delta Groove family, Welch also appears on recordings by the Mannish Boys and Sugaray Rayford, as well as playing a central role in the critically acclaimed album, Fifty Shades of Blue, by Anthony Geraci and the Boston Blues All Stars.|
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|John Primer & Bob Corritore ::|
AIN’T NOTHING YOU CAN DO
|In the year 2017, who better to carry forth the Chicago blues beacon other than John Primer and Bob Corritore? Both have pasts steeped in the blues tradition and each has consistently represented their fundamental roots of the Chicago blues idiom throughout their illustrious careers. Individually, Primer and Corritore command a towering presence, but in combination the power of their blues is unstoppable. Their 2013 Delta Groove debut Knockin’ Around These Blues is living testimony to this fact. Enthusiastically received by fans and critics alike, their album debuted at #1 on the April 2013 Living Blues Radio Chart and topped out at #5 on the esteemed magazine’s Radio Chart’s Top 50 Blues Albums for 2013. Additionally, the German-based bluesnews magazine declared it the Best Blues Release of 2013!|
In the album’s wake and through the intervening years, the two have remained independently active on the blues circuit and continued to garner awards, nominations and international critical praise.
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"Poor Man Blues"
Doheny Blues Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary May 20 & 21, 2017~ Lineup & Tickets Now Available
| (DANA POINT, CA) – Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Blues on the Beach in Southern California, the Doheny Blues Festival announces its final lineup for this year’s event, held in Dana Point Harbor on May 20 & 21, 2017. Headlining this year’s anniversary celebration is the legendary Joe Walsh, Melissa Etheridge’s MEmphis Rock & Soul, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, roots rocker Chris Isaak, and soul legend Mavis Staples. Single Day tickets are on sale now.|
For 20 years, the Doheny Blues Festival has created a festival environment like none other. The cornerstone of the event is three alternating stages of blues, rock and soul music, with legendary artists alongside rising stars, all held at the beautiful beachfront venue of Doheny State Beach. This year’s lineup may be the strongest in the event’s history, led by legendary Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and platinum-selling artist Melissa Etheridge.
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|12th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival April 29|
|(Camarillo, CA) - Announcing the 12th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival, a Spring SoCal tradition, keeping the blues alive for a dozen consecutive years, taking place Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., in Camarillo. Lineup includes The Phantom Blues Band, Debbie Davies, Chris Cain, RJ Mischo, Michael John & The Bottomline featuring Mikey Mo, Crooked Eye Tommy, and Jim Gustin & Truth Jones. Gates open 10am, music begins at 11am. Tickets $30. (Pre-Sale), $40. (Day of Show). Kids 12 and under, free with paid Adult General Admission. V.I.P. Tickets $125. (online only). Festival proceeds benefits Food Share and other Ventura County area charities (please bring a food item to donate).|
Info: (805) 501-7122 or visit our website.
"We look forward to carrying on this tradition for many years to come," says Michael John, Ventura County Blues Society President.
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|RiverEdge Park welcomes Jonny Lang, Mavis Staples & more June 16-17|
|(Aurora, IL) – The Blues are back at RiverEdge Park in Aurora, IL. On Friday, June 16, the women are bringing the heat, Mavis Staples and Shemekia Copeland. On Saturday, June 17, the guys come out to play and include Jonny Lang, Elvin Bishop, Devon Allman and Guy King Band. Tickets are only $20 per day. Buy them at the gate or at RiverEdgeAurora.com.|
There was no way to know the ground-breaking impact musicians John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson, Tampa Red, Big Bill Broonzy and others would have when they sat down to record their incredible sound at the Leland Hotel in downtown Aurora in the 1930s. As soon as those guitar strings were plucked and their soulful voices filled the air, everything we knew about blues was changed forever, and Blues on the Fox celebrates that monumental piece of history... Find more about Blues On The Fox
|Nashville-based Artist Al Hill Awarded IBC Top Honors|
|Al Hill “… unaffected vocals and rolling keyboard… swings relentlessly.”|
(Living Blues Magazine)
Nashville-based songwriter/keyboard player/guitarist/singer Al Hill took not one, but two top honors at the 33rd Annual International Blues Challenge held on Saturday, February 5, 2017 at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee.
Hill won first place in the Solo/Duo category. He also won Best Solo Guitarist in the Best Instrumentalist category. He was Music City’s Solo/Duo emissary to the IBCs, having won the local finals sponsored by the Nashville Blues Society in October 2016 at the Hard Rock Café. Nearly 250 blues artists from across the United States and 14 countries overseas competed in the event sponsored by The Blues Foundation. Hill is the first Nashville-based blues artist to win this prestigious honor, beating out 92 other Solo/Duo competitors.
Al Hill grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He drew his early inspiration from his older brothers’ record collections... Read more about Al Hill and find MP3
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|April 22-23, 2017 Radio Show: Wee Willie Walker|
|Back in the heyday of rhythm and blues, Wee Willie Walker was a dynamic soul and gospel singer. He never caught fire the way some others did. But forty years later he met a couple of fans – who happened to be in the Nightcats. They said, hey, do you want to come to California and make a soul record with us? He said, sure. So… they did.|
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