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| Kim Wilson :: BLUES AND BOOGIE, VOL 1|
|Legendary singer/harmonica master Kim Wilson has gone back to the basics and old school Chicago blues for his exciting new CD, Blues and Boogie, Vol. 1, from Severn Records. Blues and Boogie, Vol. 1 was produced by Kim Wilson, with most tracks recorded and mixed by Nathan James at Sacred Cat Studios, Oceanside, California; except tracks 4 and 15 recorded by Big Jon at Big Tone Recording Studios, Hayward, California. “I want to tell all of the real blues fans out there what a labor of love this project has been,” Wilson writes in the album’s liner notes. “I’ve been recording many, many tracks for a couple of years now and time has just flown by! A couple of the greatest musicians that ever lived, Richard Innes and Barrelhouse Chuck, have passed away during the process of making this CD. One of their dreams was to see this stuff come out. ...Find more about this artist and release|
|Chris Daniels And The Kings :: BLUES WITH HORNS VOL 1|
|Inspired by the classic horn bands of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s Chris Daniels And The Kings (together with Freddi Gowdy) are celebrating their 33rd year by continuing their crusade to revive the formula with the release of the group’s 15th album, Blues With Horns Vol 1. The ten tracks include three new originals and seven reimagined covers of soul-drenched, horn-driven blues rock, featuring guest artists like Sonny Landreth, Subdudes keyboardist John Magnie, Hazel Miller (Big Head Todd & The Monsters), Clay Kirkland (Gary Morris, Robben Ford) and many more.Daniels drew inspiration from one of his heroes Lowell George of Little Feat to pen the loving ode to the home of the blues, “Sweet Memphis,” and infused the opening track with the magic of Landreth’s guitar a slinky Tulsa shuffle from drummer Randy Amen and of course hot horns jabs. He then trades verses with Freddi Gowdy as they sing the praises of age-old juke joints and downhome blues on the greasy groove of “Fried Food/Hard Liquor.” ...Find more about this artist and release|
"Fried Food/Hard Liquor"
|12th Annual Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival Feb 24-25 |
|(CLEARWATER, FL) - Looking for a weekend full of live music and delicious food? Then look no further! February 24th-25th, 2018, the annual Clearwater Sea-Blues Music Festival is back! Head down to Coachman Park (301 Drew St., Clearwater, FL) for two days surrounded by the finest seafood Clearwater has to offer while enjoying blues music from international recording acts and more. Headliners include Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Samantha Fish, Toronzo Cannon and Ana Popovic.|
General admission is free but you can purchase reserved seating on the main lawn or upgrade to a VIP ticket. Reserved seating includes a designated seat and a chair will be provided. VIP tickets Include: Front section reserved seating, and access to the Hospitality area which includes, a dinner (served 5-7pm), 2 drink tickets, and access to VIP Bar. All tickets are generated by best available. ...Find lineup and more about the Clearwater Sea Blues Festival
| 5th Destination Blues Festival Feb 16-18|
|(BLOOMSBURG, BERWICK, AND DANVILLE, PA) - Your Blues Heaven on Route 11 returns for the fifth year February 16-18! The event kicks off on Friday the 16th with free buses among more than 15 venues in Columbia and Montour Counties Berwick, Bloomsburg, and Danville, plus the participating hotels. On Saturday the 17th Victor Wainwright & The Train headline the three-day event at The Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, along with Vanessa Collier, Mississippi Heat, Ursula Ricks, Bobby Kyle & The Administers, Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen, and the 3rd Street Blues Band also at the Consistory that afternoon and evening.|
The Festival wraps up on Sunday with brunch at Balzano's Italian Kitchen in Bloomsburg and then Gospel Blues at Wesley United Methodist Church of Bloomsburg with the Dave Keyes Gospel Revue featuring Beareather Reddy and JT Bowen. The Gospel performance comes to you absolutely free.
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|Gurdon native Jimmy Witherspoon witnessed and mastered the blues|
|Drew Wright/Gurdon Times|
(GURDON, AR) - Clark County [Arkansas] was the birthplace of a man who witnessed and contributed to the 1940s blues movement. James “Jimmy” Witherspoon was born in Gurdon [Arkansas] in 1921, the son of Leonard and Eva Tatum Witherspoon. His father, who passed away early into Witherspoon’s childhood, was a brakeman for Missouri Pacific Railroad while his mother was a church pianist.A deeply religious woman, Eva ardently disapproved of blues music, which she found to be “dirty” and unrefined.
Nevertheless, Witherspoon’s love of blues continued through listening to radio and local jukeboxes. Both of his parents had been in the First Baptist Church’s choir and at the age of five, he also joined, further honing his ability with a dream of one day singing professionally. According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, Witherspoon won a singing contest in Clark County around this same time.
He left for Los Angeles in the mid-1930s and found work as a drugstore dishwasher. During this period, the city’s Central Avenue was a haven for blues and jazz lovers, with several clubs populating the thoroughfare.
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| Blues On The Rocke Mar 4th|
|(HERMOSA BEACH, CA) - The Blues comes to Saint Rocke via the Orange County Blues Society. Papa J & Crosscut Delux, Mark Sells Band, and Laurie Morvan Band are going to rock the blues in Hermosa Beach! Sun, March 4, 5pm-9pm, Saint Rocke (142 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, CA). |
$10 general admission ticket does not guarantee seating. For table upgrades please call 310-372-0035. This is a 21 and over event.
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|"Chinese New Year of the Dog" Feb 16, 2018|
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Feb 15-James "Kokomo" Arnold (1901); Feb 16- Bill Doggett (1916, Super Chikan February 16, 1951; Feb 17-Lou Ann Barton (1954), Noble Watts (1926-2004); Feb 18-Irma Thomas (1941); Feb 19-Sam Myers (1936), William "Smokey" Robinson (1940), Robert “Bilbo” Walker (1937), Sam Myers (1936); Feb 20-Jimmy "Papa" Yancey (1898); Feb 21-Francis "Scrapper" Blackwell (1903), Nina Simone (1933); Feb 23-Johnny Winter (1944); Feb 24-Freddie Robinson (1939), Willie Kent (1936); George Thorogood (1950); Feb 25-Ida Cox (1896 or 1898); Feb 26-Antoine "Fats" Domino (1928), Bob "Bear" Hite (1943)
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|Destination Blues Music Festival|
Feb-16-2018 - Feb-18-2018
Berwick, Bloomsburg, and Danville, Pennsylvania, USA
Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival
Feb-16-2018 - Feb-18-2018
Bruthen Victoria, Australia
Clearwater Sea Blues Festival
Feb-24-2018 - Feb-25-2018
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Suncoast Blues Festival
Sarasota, Florida, USA
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-09-2018 - Mar-10-2018
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase featuring Adam Gussow, Kosher Kid and more!
Blues at the Library
Mar-23-2018 - Mar-25-2018
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Redwood Coast Music Festival
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
Eureka, California, USA
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|Springing the Blues|
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA
27th Lowcountry Cajun Festival
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-12-2018 - Apr-15-2018
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Apr-14-2018 - Apr-15-2018
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
14th Annual Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
Red,White and Blues
Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-10-2018 - May-13-2018
San Diego, California, USA
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