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|Trevor Sewell :: CALLING NASHVILLE|
|Five years, five albums, six American tours, 17 international awards, and guest appearances from the likes of Janis Ian, Tracy Nelson (Mother Earth), Paul Barrere (Little Feat) Vickie Carrico, and Sean O’Bryan Smith (Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers, Lady Antebellum), the new album from Trevor Sewell, Calling Nashville, produced by Geoff Wilbourn at the iconic Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, is currently smashing down the barriers between contemporary blues and Americana, with dates set for 2018 in Europe and the United States.|
After spending many years as a session musician, Trevor decided to go it alone, rapidly establishing himself as one of the great emerging guitar talents, and gaining legions of fans in the process. In the U.S., his first album, Calling Your Name, reached Number 1 on the American Blues Scene chart, where it stayed for seven weeks. His songs have since appeared on more than twenty compilations, alongside Robert Johnson, B.B. King, and Bruce Springsteen.
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|Hamilton Loomis :: BASICS|
|Hamilton Loomis does indeed go back to basics on his new album, which is his most personal and emotional effort to date. Gone are the double entendres for which Loomis is known; this time, his lyrics are direct, personal, and often autobiographical. The “basics” theme runs through the entire CD, in its lyrics (“Prayer,” “Cloudy Day”), single-chord progressions (“Sugar Baby," "Looking Into a Dream”), simple melodies (“Come and Get Me”), and stripped-down instrumentation of guitar, bass and drums (“Reason," "Getting So Big”).|
Still, Loomis’ trademark deep-grooved funk and soulful blues-rock is definitely present. “I wanted this record to be more stripped-down. Even the CD jacket is black and white and pretty basic itself," he says of the disc, which features songwriting collaborations with Grammy-award winning songwriter/ producer/bassist Tommy Sims, co-writer of Eric Clapton's “Change the World." Loomis’ 2013 album Give It Back showed his pay-it-forward attitude of passing on knowledge to young, up-and-coming musicians, just as his mentors ...Find more about this CD and artist
|Blues Foundation Announces 2018 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards Recipients|
(Memphis, TN) - In conjunction with the 2018 International Blues Challenge, the Blues Foundation will honor 12 individuals and organizations with its 2018 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards (KBA) during a recognition luncheon Friday, January 19, 2018 beginning at 11 am. As determined by a select panel of blues professionals, the KBA Awards are presented annually, honoring those who make significant contributions to the genre.
Blues Foundation President and CEO Barbara Newman reports that “each year, our KBA Selection Committee does a wonderful job of pinpointing those individuals and organizations that are working behind the scenes to celebrate, promote, and bring greater awareness to the blues. Our 2018 Keeping the Blues Alive award recipients are all wonderful examples of blues flame keepers, each working in their own sphere of influence to move the genre forward while honoring its past.”
Please join us in congratulating these 12 recipients! ...Find them here
|30th Annual Battle of the Blues Harps Nov 22|
|The 30th Annual Battle of The Blues Harps will feature The Kim Wilson Band, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, the John Clifton Blues Band, James Harman’s Bamboo Porch Trio, and the winners of the Road to The Battle of Blues Harps, Jeremiah & The Juke Jumpers and will be hosted by Bubba Jackson.|
Dan Jacobson of Southland Blues Magazine first conceived the battle of the blues harps show in 1987. Since its inception, the “Harp Battle” has become a So Cal Thanksgiving Eve tradition that has featured an amazing list of blues legends.
The 30th annual will be held at the Gaslamp Music+Bar+Kitchen (6251 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA) and doors open at 6pm and the fun goes until close. Tickets range from $25-$60.
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|New Motorcoach Tours offer Insights to Elvis’ Blues Influences and the birth of R&R|
|(Memphis, TN) - Elvis Presley’s Graceland will offer expertly-guided, luxury motorcoach tours of major music landmarks and museums in the Delta. Initial tours will include trips to Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis Presley’s birthplace, and the Mississippi Delta region – known as the birthplace of the Blues. These newly-created tours of Tupelo and the Mississippi Delta are designed to trace Elvis Presley’s musical roots, featuring the influences that inspired Elvis and other artists to begin mixing blues, country, gospel and R&B to create an entirely new sound – dubbed Rock ‘n’ Roll – brought to life in Memphis, Tennessee over 60 years ago.|
The Graceland Excursions Tupelo trip will include Elvis’ birthplace, the two-room “shotgun” house where Elvis was born, his childhood church, Birthplace Museum; Tupelo Hardware, where Elvis’ mother Gladys purchased Elvis’ first guitar; and the Tupelo Fairgrounds, where Elvis performed homecoming concerts in 1956 and 1957.
The Graceland Excursions Mississippi Delta trip will follow U.S. 61, known as the “Blues Highway,” ...Find more about these excursion into some blues history
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|(Santa Barbara, CA) - Kim Wilson has been the singer and the harmonica player for beloved Texas band the Fabulous Thunderbirds for nearly 30 years. Some critics say he’s the best “harp” player performing today. Find out for yourself at his solo show, presented by the Santa Barbara Blues Society on Saturday, Nov 18 at the Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 E. Carrillo St.|
The 7-10pm show opens with the Paradise Kings, winners of the Santa Barbara Blues Society’s Battle of the Blues Bands. Then Wilson takes the stage, performing from his new CD Blues and Boogie, Vol. 1. Bring your dancing shoes, as the Rec Center’s floor is spring loaded. Tickets are $25 members and $30 general admission.
The Santa Barbara Blues Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating and preserving America’s unique musical contribution to the world – the Blues. They are the oldest Blues society in the United States.
(Silver Spring, MD) - Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the DC Blues Society during the 1st Sunday Blues Jam, December 3, 2017 from 4-8pm. Musicians of all levels are welcome. Bring your family and friends, and your dancin' shoes! There will be an affordable cash bar and outside food is permitted. The celebration will be held at the American Legion Post 41 (905 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, Maryland. Enter on Fenton St near public parking garage).
DCBS is also seeking to appoint new members to the Board of Directors. A background in the music field is not required, only an interest in Blues and a desire to help the Society. To be considered for a Board Member appointment, please send a short email of interest, including your relevant skills and experience and why you want to help lead DCBS. Emails should be sent to Nick Dale, Acting President, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by Sunday, Dec. 3.
The St. Louis Blues Society Youth Band will be performing at the 16th Annual Baby Blues Showcase at BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups Sunday, Nov 26. The band is a creation of Michael Battle, STLBS board member/ education director and drummer for the Marquise Knox Band. The current band consists of four youth between the ages 12-16: Nathan Marks (bass), Marcus Lane (drums), Keller Anderson (guitar, vocals) and Sam Castro (guitar.) The showcase will also feature lots more of St. Louis’ best young blues talent. The line up will mix some well-known Baby Blues graduates like, Marquise Knox, Aaron Griffin, Matt Lesch, Beulah Flakes with new faces. The School of Rock will lead off at 5pm.
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