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|Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine |
|I had the pleasure of attending elder statesman, bluesman Tomcat Courtney's 90th birthday celebration in San Diego, CA.|
A native of Texas, Tomcat's father owned a juke joint. As a young boy he saw Robert Johnson, Tampa Red, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Sonny Boy Williamson and more perform, but says Washboard Sam and Charley Lewis (who had a style similar to Lightnin') had the biggest influences on him as a player.
Tomcat was also inspired after seeing Bojangles (Bill Robinson) dance in Waco and as a teen he became a dancer in a Minstral show before striking out as a guitarist and vocalist.
He has some amazing stories you can imagine! You can read a recent detailed interview with Tomcat in Blues Lovers United of San Diego's newsletter here.
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|Danielle Nicole Band "Blind Crippled & Crazy"|
|John Akapo :: PARADISE BLUES|
|Taumei “Big John” Akapo is a presence in Hawaii, not just in his physical stature, but in the commanding nature of his soulful blues voice and ringing guitar playing that have enthralled residents and visitors to the Islands for decades. With the release of his debut CD, Paradise Blues, from Mensch House Records, listeners from around the globe will get to experience what all the excitement is about.|
Paradise Blues showcases John Akapo at his very best, with 10 songs that mix both his love of Delta blues and his American Samoan DNA for a blend unlike any other performer in contemporary blues/roots music. Produced by Akapo, the 10 tracks on his new disc include seven originals, as well as his own unique take on songs from some of his mentors, such as Robert Johnson’s “Ramblin’ on My Mind”, Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” and Tommy Johnson’s “Big Road Blues.” ...Find more about this artist and release
"Lord Help Me"
|Chance to Win a Sea-Blues Festival Package|
|(CLEARWATER, FL) - The city of Clearwater is also offering lovers of seafood and blues a chance to win a Sea-Blues Festival package. The package includes two-day VIP tickets to the Sea-Blues Fest Feb. 23-24, a one-night hotel stay, $10 worth of merchandise credit, two passes on the Clearwater Ferry, two passes to the Florida Marine Aquarium, brunch on the rooftop of Clearwater's Main Library and a meet-and-greet with one of the artist performing.|
The festival at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater Feb. 23-24 will feature top-rated blues artists and seafood dishes prepared by some of the area's top restaurants.
To kick off the weekend's festivities, downtown Clearwater will host a Blues Walk and Blast Friday on Feb. 22 with the Grammy-nominated band Fastball headlining the event and several blues artists performing throughout downtown. General admission to these events are free.
To enter the contest, click the image below to find the entry form.
The lineup for the 2019 Sea-Blues Festival: ...Find lineup, links and more
|Country Blues & Dance House Party Jan 25|
|(READING, PA) - Throughout Piedmont and Appalachians, there have existed for centuries, shared musical traditions that were equally popular among rural blacks and whites.|
The Reading Area Community College's Miller Center for the Arts presents “Country Blues and Dance” Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Miller Center for the Arts (4 N. Second St., Reading, Pennsylvania).
This program explores the roots and connections of these regional rural music and dance traditions as expressed in the artistry of contemporary masters of tradition. The program will feature harmonica wizard and 2017 National Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins and his blues house party ensemble featuring the dancing of internationally touring artist Junious Brickhouse, and North Carolina songsters extraordinaire, the Harris Brothers in a celebration of Piedmont and Appalachian music and urban dance.
“…the audience will see the juxtaposition of African-American and white musical traditions — and, most unusually, their connections to the urban dance traditions leading up to present day hip-hop,” Susan L. Pena/Reading Eagle Correspondent ...Find ticket details and links
|Celebrate the Delta Blues Museum's first 40 years|
|(CLARKSDALE, MS) - The Delta Blues Museum, Mississippi's oldest music museum and the world's first museum dedicated to the art form known as "the blues," celebrates its 40th anniversary with events and programming beginning this month and extending throughout 2019.|
On Wednesday, January 30th, the public is invited to the museum's anniversary party, with complimentary cake and refreshments as well as live music from the award-winning Delta Blues Museum student band and musical guests from around the Delta.
Performances this day will begin at 5PM and will feature the Delta Blues Museum Band, Leflore County High School Choir (Itta Bena, MS), Ruleville Central High School Choir (Ruleville, MS), Coahoma Community College Choir (Clarksdale, MS), Merritt Junior High School Marching Band (Indianola, MS), Madison Palmer High School Marching Band (Marks, MS).
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|Things that we go through for nothing in the world|
|A writer’s view on how blues might help to open eyes to help live with less prejudice, malice or disregard for others|
By David Mungoshi
“To think of the things that you go through for nothing in the world” is a troubling, intense and self-searching line. It portrays the experiences of many black people in the United States of America, including those of the Louisville Lip, Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, a champion boxer.
Champion Jack Dupree is one of my favourite blues artistes. As they would say in musical parlance: he plays a mean piano. Put another way, Champion Jack is a maestro, simple and true. The peals of his piano in almost any key strike you to the soul.
Sometime in the year 1975 Champion Jack went on a European tour and spent some time in Copenhagen where he demonstrated expertly with nothing, but his grand piano, stomping feet and voice that he was without doubt one of the last grand masters of blues music — a very hard to resist, vintage blues singer. ...Read entire piece here
|Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World|
In an eye-opening new documentary, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, hidden Native American figures are finally given credit for influencing a vast amount of popular music.
For a song with no lyrics, “Rumble” managed to say a lot about sex, swagger and the allure of teenage rebellion. Released in 1958 by Native American guitarist Link Wray, the track – all dirty chord progressions and blistering guitar – was an omen of the impending 60s rock revolution… “Rumble’s narrative goes far deeper than teenage impulses, tracing a path from rock ‘n’ roll to jazz to the blues to the music of pre-colonial America, before European immigrants and Federal government began their systematic decimation of Native people and the vibrant musical traditions they carried. Through exhaustive research backed by the Smithsonian, Rumble makes a case that the blues, the oldest form of American popular music, was influenced by even more ancient Native styles of playing and singing.
In particular the film points to Charley Patton – “the father of the Delta blues” who’s believed to have Choctaw ancestry – as a key artist who melded traditional tribal rhythms with the then burgeoning blues.
…Find the entire article and full facts about this new documentary
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Jan 22-26 IBC and KBA Awards Luncheon
Clarksdale Film & Music Festival Jan 25-26
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Jan 24-Aaron Neville (1941), Johnny B. Moore (1950), John Belushi (1949); Jan 24-Beth Hart (1972); Jan 25-Sleepy John Estes (1899), Etta James (1938); Jan 26-Huey "Piano" Smith (1934); Jan 27-Andrew "Smokey" Hogg (1914), Elmore James (1918), Bobby "Blue" Bland (1930); Jan 28-Drink Small (1933); Jan 29-Eddie Taylor (1923), Jonny Lang (1981); Jan 30-Janiva Magness (1957); Jan 31-Roosevelt Sykes (1906), Chuck Willis (1928), Paul deLay (1952), Charlie Musselwhite (1944), Big Time Sarah (1953), Jan 31 Alan Lomax (1915 musicologist, writer, producer)
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International Blues Challenge
Jan-22-2019 - Jan-26-2019
Memphis, Tennessee USA
Winterfest in Jamaica
Jan-24-2019 - Jan-31-2019
Clarksdale Film & Music Festival
Jan-25-2019 - Jan-26-2019, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2019
Boca Raton , Florida, USA
Lehigh River Blues Jam
Allentown, Pennsylvania USA
The February Blues XXII
Jan-31-2019 - Feb-03-2019
Barrie - Simcoe County - York Region, Ontario, Canada
Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #32 Eastern Caribbean
Feb-03-2019 - Feb-10-2019
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
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|Mornington Peninsula Blues Fest|
Fargo Winter Blues Festival
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Costa Rica Blues Festival
Feb-15-2019 - Feb-17-2019
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival
Feb-21-2019 - Feb-24-2019
Lancaster Roots and Blues
Feb-22-2019 - Feb-24-2019, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
Feb-23-2019 - Feb-24-2019
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest
Feb-25-2019 - Mar-02-2019, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea V
Feb-25-2019 - Mar-01-2019
Tampa, Florida, USA
Destination Blues Music Festival
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
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