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|Muddy Waters & George Harmonica Smith|
"Walking Thru The Park" (1971)
|One definition of passion is when you put more energy into something than is required. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement; passion is ambition that is materialized into action, putting as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as is possible. New Jersey bluesman Vin Mott is an artist who should be judged on those terms. His sophomore album, Rogue Hunter, demonstrates his burning love of Chicago, Memphis, Texas, and New Orleans’ traditions of the blues together with an intensive study of harmonica performance and his songwriting skills achieved while attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston. The dozen original tracks (composed and arranged by Mott), recorded live off the floor, showcase his tight working band of Dean Shot on guitar, Steve “Pretty Boy” Kirsty on bass and drummer Matt Niedbalski at their fighting weight, ready to rumble.|
The set opens with a hot blast of blues harp from Mott setting up the groove outlining his personal mantra “Car Troubles Made Me A Good Blues Singer.” ...Find more about this artist and release
"Car Trouble Made Me A Good Singer"
|International Blues Challenge Winner Jon Shain Signs with Blue Mountain Artists |
|This year’s International Blues Challenge winner in the duo/solo category, Jon Shain, is a musicians’ musician. A talented blues guitarist, an accomplished songwriter, a brilliant teacher, and a sought-after producer. Jon brings a special energy to all he touches and easily garners fans with his undoubtable talent, quick wit, and ready smile.|
“Winning the Blues Challenge was crazy, I still can’t believe it happened,” said Shain. “I made it to the finals in 2008 with FJ Ventre and wasn’t sure I would go again. When you are competing with 160 of the best blues performers from around the world it is just humbling to be on the same stage. I am so grateful for the experience.”
Recently signing with longtime friend Hugh Southard of the prestigious Blue Mountain Artists, Shain has joined a roster of some of the most accomplished performers of roots music on tour today and has a slate of high-profile festival dates ahead of him this year.
Jon Shain is a veteran singer-songwriter who’s been turning heads for years with his words, his fiery acoustic guitar work, and his evolved musical style...
...Find more about Jon Shain and his tour schedule
|Jack Dappa Blues Heritage Preservation Foundation 501c3 was founded in 2011, and officially became a private foundation with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code on December 14th, 2016. Founder and Executive Director Lamont Jack Pearley and co-founder Denise Pearley felt the urgency to raise cultural and ethnic awareness of African American Traditional music and the Black Experience in America. |
As a Bluesman and Applied Folklorist, Lamont Jack Pearley began using the methods of ethnography, genealogy, and archival research - in essence the tools of the folklorist - to more thoroughly trace his family’s lineage. Inspired by his discoveries, he began interviewing people outside of his family who had similar stories, including African American Blues musicians who played various forms of traditional blues. Over the last 12 years, Lamont Jack’s work documenting African American vernacular narratives, musics, and cultures resulted in an extensive collection of field interviews with historians, documentarians, blues and folk musicians, and the children of Black music legends. This body of work earned him an induction into the New York Blues Hall of Fame as Great Blues Historian and TV/Radio Producer (2017) and Great Blues Artist (2018).
...Find more about Jack Dappa Blues Radio and Blues Heriitage Foundation
|Special Screening of Documentary One Note At a Time April 14|
|(NEW ORLEANS, LA) - One Note At a Time, Renee Edward’s multi-award winning documentary will have a special screening at Howlin’ Wolf (The Den) on Sunday, April 14 at 8pm. The venue is located at 907 S. Peters Street, New Orleans, LA. Tickets are $10-$25. Doors open at 7pm.The event features a live performance by the Hot 8 Brass Band. A portion of the proceeds from the screening and sales of the Louisiana Red Hot Records Soundtrack will benefit the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic. For more information call 504-529-5844 or log on to Ticketweb.|
One Note at a Time pays homage to the musicians who courageously returned to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Their aim was specifically to resuscitate the music scene and save the city’s rich musical heritage. It is also the story of the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, evolving into the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation, whose mission continues to keep New Orleans’ culture ALIVE by providing health care, social services and wellness outreach programs to overcome New Orleans’ dire health disparity. ...Find more about this documentary
|Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Delbert McClinton and Ruthie Foster to Headline 34th King Biscuit Blues Festival|
|By Don Wilcock|
(HELENA, AR) – A veritable Who’s Who of icons, legends, today’s hot finds, and tomorrow’s trend setters Wednesday, October 9 through Saturday,
Four days of bliss on the banks of the Mississippi in historic Helena, Arkansas, will see more than 100 performers ranging from legacy icons to tomorrow’s stars on six stages, taking fans from around the world on a journey that brings the legacy of America’s music to life. The blues were born in Helena’s fertile delta mud, and the festival is built on a heritage that dates back 78 years. Live blues radio started here with Sonny Boy Williamson II and the King Biscuit Boys on KFFA’s King Biscuit Time radio show in 1941. And the threads of that legacy are woven through this year’s lineup.
“Time stands still. It really does.” Delbert McClinton, Friday night’s headliner at the 34th annual King Biscuit Blues Festival, describes that moment in a performance where the artist and the fans become one. And the rest of the world disappears.
...Find full schedule and more about the King Biscuit Blues Festival
|FestForums Honors Music Legend Taj Mahal with Lifetime Achievement Award|
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) - FestForums is pleased to announce that the three-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, actor and music legend Taj Majal will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award in San Francisco for his contribution to the arts. The interview, performance and ceremony with Taj will take place Wednesday May 8th at The Lodge at The Regency Center in San Francisco. Go to Festforums.com to register for passes.|
“Most often as a composer/artist I have my head down into the music 24/7, wake or sleep! So, when it is called to my attention that my peers and many others in my profession seek to acknowledge me with their joy over my body of work, I know people are deeply affected by my music! Thank you all for the “big up!!”
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...Find more about FestForums and the Award's ceremony
|Music Preserves Foundation Launches In Dana Point|
|(DANA POINT, CA) – The highly anticipated Music Preserves Foundation launches in Dana Point in time for the music festival season. The mission of the foundation is to inspire and educate the community through the preservation and presentation of music. The newly-formed foundation inspires appreciation for music by creating impactful music and arts programs at music festivals, in the schools and year-round in the city through curation and presentation of lectures, art exhibits, music performances, educational programs and cultural collaborations.|
The Foundation will be hosting a Music Preserves Foundation stage at the 2019 Doheny Blues Festival on May 18/19 with artist interviews and discussions with blues historians. We will also be taking local students backstage to meet artists at the festival.For over 20 years, the City of Dana Point and California State Parks have hosted music festivals at Doheny State Beach and other locations, including the Doheny Blues Festival, Ohana Festival and Driftwood Festival among others. Legendary artists from the genres of blues, rock, jazz, country, alternative and soul music have come through Dana Point to perform.
...Find more about The Music Preserves Foundation
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LRBC #34 Western Caribbean, Jan 19-26, 2020 Bands Announced
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April is International Guitar Month
April 20 1st day of Passover
April 21 Easter ~ April 22 Earth Day
Birthdays upcoming of note:
April 11 Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson (1939), Ana Popovic (1976); April 12 "Hound Dog" Taylor (1915-1975); April 15 Tommy Castro (1955), Bessie Smith (1894-1937); April 16 Sean Costello (1979-2008); April 18 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1924-2005), “Little Ed” Williams (1955), Alexis Korner ("Godfather of British Blues" 1928–1984); April 21 Clara Ward (1924-1973); April 22 George "Harmonica" Smith (1924-1983), Bullmoose Jackson (1919-1989); April 23 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport (1894-1955); April 25 Albert King (1923–1992); April 26 Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (1886-1939), Johnny" Shines (1915-1992), J. B. Hutto (1926-1983), Mike Finnegan (1945)
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Apr-07-2019 - Jun-30-2019
Newport Beach, California, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-11-2019 - Apr-14-2019
St Petersburg, Florida, USA
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Henderson, Nevada, USA
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
April-13-2019 - April-14-2019
Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA
Cat Head Mini Blues Fest I
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
15th Annual Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
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| Spring Harp Fest XX|
La Mesa, California, USA
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
New Blues Festival
Huntington Beach, California, USA
Redwood Coast Music Festival
May-09-2019 - May-12-2019
Eureka, California, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-09-2019 - May-12-2019
San Diego, California, USA
Doheny Blues Festival
May-18-2019 - May-19-2019
Dana Point, California, USA
NCFBS Women in Blues Showcase
Gainesville, Florida USA
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