|The White Rock Blues Society|
#385 September 11 2019
|Kal David - Lauri Bono and The Real Deal|
|R & B Triple Bill Extravaganza Friday September 27|
|Bitten By The Blues - The Alligator Records Story|
Bruce Iglauer and Patrick A. Roberts
I just finished reading this excellent book that Bruce Iglauer and his co-writer Patrick Roberts have released. It's a masterful job, capturing many of the highlights and fond memories of his record label and Bruce's passion for the blues genre. He writes an excellent detailed summary of the many changes in the music industry.
There is a great deal of Chicago Blues history in these pages and interesting background on the many records released by Alligator Records. I found myself only reading a few pages at a time about an artist while listening to their music using Spotify.
It started with the searing sound of a slide careening up the neck of an electric guitar. In 1970, twenty-three-year-old Bruce Iglauer walked into Florence’s Lounge, in the heart of Chicago’s South Side, and was overwhelmed by the joyous, raw Chicago blues of Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers. A year later, Iglauer produced Hound Dog’s debut album in eight hours and pressed a thousand copies, the most he could afford. From that one album grew Alligator Records, the largest independent blues record label in the world.
Bitten by the Blues is Iglauer’s memoir of a life immersed in the blues—and the business of the blues. No one person was present at the creation of more great contemporary blues music than Iglauer: he produced albums by Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, Professor Longhair, Johnny Winter, Lonnie Mack, Son Seals, Roy Buchanan, Shemekia Copeland, and many other major figures. In this book, Iglauer takes us behind the scenes, offering unforgettable stories of those charismatic musicians and classic sessions, delivering an intimate and unvarnished look at what it’s like to work with the greats of the blues. It’s a vivid portrait of some of the extraordinary musicians and larger-than-life personalities who brought America’s music to life in the clubs of Chicago’s South and West Sides. Bitten by the Blues is also an expansive history of half a century of blues in Chicago and around the world, tracing the blues recording business through massive transitions, as a genre of music originally created by and for black southerners adapted to an influx of white fans and musicians and found a worldwide audience.
Most of the smoky bars and packed clubs that fostered the Chicago blues scene have long since disappeared. But their soul lives on, and so does their sound. As real and audacious as the music that shaped it, Bitten by the Blues is a raucous journey through the world of Genuine Houserockin’ Music.
|Christone Kingfish Ingram|
I had the pleasure of being introduced to Christone by Stan Street in Clarksdale MS at Stan's Tuesday night jam in his Art studio. Stan said to keep a look out for this guy in the future, that he was a special talent. He was only 16 at the time. Check out his first album released by Alligator Records and hear for yourself.
Is Christone “Kingfish” Ingram the future of the blues? The blues savior is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.
Kingfish is the next explosion of the blues.
The blues phenom plays guitar like he’s on fire.
Young blues sensation Christone "Kingfish" Ingram has announced plans for his first-ever headlining tour this fall and winter. "Fish Grease: A Juke Joint Tour" will start in early August 2019 and run through the end of November with North American performances stretching from New York to San Francisco and from Texas to Canada. His debut CD, Kingfish, was released on Alligator Records on May 17, 2019.
With the first dates of the tour fast approaching, Ingram can't wait to get started. "I&r squo;m excited to continue to hit the road this year performing songs from my debut album. I’ve been fortunate to play live dates since I was young, but the opportunity to headline my first tour in some fantastic venues across the country is a dream come true.”
From mid-August through early September, Kingfish will open a series of 13 shows for Grammy Award-winning indie rock sensations, Vampire Weekend.
Additionally, World Cafe, the NPR program heard on more than 200 stations nationwide, will feature Kingfish with an in-depth interview and recent live performance recordings. The show will begin airing on July 25, 2019. After broadcast, the segment will be archived for on-demand streaming at WorldCafe.NPR.org.
Since the release of Kingfish, Ingram has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and on radio and television. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard "Blues" and "Heatseekers" charts and continues to receive regular airplay on radio stations across the country. Fans are lining up after each performance to meet him, and critics are equally ecstatic.
"Astounding playing." -- NPR Music
"A blues prodigy." -- Billboard
"Swimming with the big fish." -- Guitar Player
"A stunning debut." -- No Depression
"Infinite promise." -- DownBeat
"A rare talent. Incendiary performances. The most promising blues debut of 2019." -- Blues Music Magazine
"Impossible to ignore. Tell everybody—the Kingfish is here." -- Living Blues
Sprung from the same earth as so many of the Delta blues masters, Kingfish, now just 20 years old, comes bursting out of Clarksdale, Mississippi, just ten miles from the legendary crossroads of Highways 61 and 49. Born to a musical family, Ingram fell in love with music as a small child, first playing drums and then bass. At age 11, he got his first guitar and quickly mastered it, soaking up music from Robert Johnson to Lightnin’ Hopkins, from B.B. King to Muddy Waters, from Jimi Hendrix to Prince, but all the while he kept developing his own sound and style. He played his first gig at age of 11 at Clarksdale’s famous Ground Zero Club. He performed at the White House for Michelle Obama in 2014 as part of a delegation of student musicians from the Delta Blues Museum. By age 16 he was turning heads and winning awards, including the 2015 Rising Star Award, presented by The Rhythm & Blues Foundation. With the release of Kingfish, Ingram hit the ro ad, performing a series of dates with Buddy Guy and appearing at festivals and clubs around the country. He is now set to headline his own months-long tour.
With his eye-popping guitar playing and his reach-out-and-grab-you-by-the-collar vocals, Kingfish delivers each song with unmatched passion and precision. Steeped in the rich, vivid history of the blues, he’s driven by his burning desire to create contemporary blues music that speaks to his generation and beyond. Kingfish is inspired by the music of Robert Johnson, but dreams of one day collaborating with Kendrick Lamar and soul-funk bassist Thundercat. “My core is blues,” he says, “but it’s important for me to create a sound and style that is uniquely my own. I have a lot to say, so please stay tuned.”
|Okanagan Blues Camp October 21 - 23, 2019|
BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE
“The Blues Foundation plays an absolutely essential role in ensuring the present and future of the blues as well as celebrating this great American music tradition. With the Blues Music Awards and The Blues Hall of Fame, the Foundation honors the finest blues artists and recordings of the past and present. With the International Blues Challenge, Generation Blues Scholarships and the Foundation’s support of blues education, The Blues Foundation nurtures the great blues artists of the future.”
Bruce Iglauer, Founder and President, Alligator Records
LISTEN TO BLUES FOUNDATION PODCAST
Here is a link to a podcast that focuses on the blues produced by the Blues Foundation.
Canadian Blues History