|Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!|
|VizzTone Records artists Nick Schnebelen (ctr), Adam Hagerman(left) and Cliff Moore (right) put on a killer show at Brooks Theater in Oceanside, CA January 11, 2020. The band was on tour from their homebase of Kansas City.|
An in-demand artist in his own right, as a member of Trampled Under Foot band, Nick received The Albert King Award for “Best Guitarist.” In 2014, Trampled Under Foot won the Blues Music Award for “Band of the Year.”
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|Tad Robinson :: REAL STREET|
on Severn Records, is the latest soul-blues album from eight-time Blues Music Award-nominated singer/harmonica player Tad Robinson. Produced by Robinson and recorded by Scott Bomar at Electraphonic Recording, the new disc showcases his soul-drenched vocals and harmonica work backed by the legendary Hi Rhythm Section of Charles Hodges – Hammond organ; Leroy Hodges – bass; and Howard Grimes – drums. They are augmented by Joe Restivo – guitar; Kevin Anker – Wurlitzer electric piano; Marc Franklin – trumpet; Kirk Smothers – sax; and Devin B. Thompson – background vocals.
For the recording of Real Street
, Robinson traveled to the birthplace of Southern soul, Memphis, Tennessee, and the results are ten glorious tracks of blues-infused and passionate soul music. Throughout six originals and four reimagined covers, Robinson’s singing has never been so focused and fluent in the language of the blues and his subtle harmonica playing adds just the right spice to the mix.
“The Hi-Rhythm Section guys - Howard Grimes, Charles Hodges and Leroy Hodges - brought such wisdom, grace and solidarity to my session,” Tad Robinson says. “I couldn’t have asked for a better vibe in terms of how we all approached playing together. I’m forever grateful.”
Robinson’s vocals and harmonica weave seamlessly into the grooves set down by the band, evoking the days of such soul giants as O.V. Wright and Syl Johnson... ...Find more about this artist and release
|The Future of the Blues is Here!|
|(ST PETERSBURG, FL) - Please don’t miss the official Tampa Bay Blue Festival Kick Off Show with Christone “Kingfish” Ingram at the Palladium Theater on Thursday, April 3rd at 8pm in St Petersburg, Florida.|
Kingfish is a Grammy-nominated, young blues guitarist from Clarksdale, Mississippi whose music is phenomenal! This is a rare Florida appearance for this gifted, young artist, who many see as the real future of blues music. This is a show you do not want to miss!
Tickets are selling fast and it’s likely this special show may sell out. Please buy your advance tickets now at the website.
The Official Kick Off Party is the ideal way to meet blues fans from around the world, hook up with friends, purchase advance festival merchandise and get a jump start to your weekend of great blues music.
We hope to see you on April 3, at the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg.
Then, keep your music high going at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival on April 3, 4, & 5 in Vinoy Waterfront Park St Petersburg! Tickets and limited VIP packages on sale now! It's an All-Star lineup with Aaron Neville, JJ Grey & Mofro, Larkin Poe, Jimmie Vaughan, Danielle Nicole, Ronnie Earl, Rod Piazza, Mindi Abair, The Proven Ones, and much more.
What a weekend! ...Find more about the Tampa Bay Blues Festival events
|Blues Historian Gayle Dean Wardlow for Black History Month Feb 1|
|If you don’t happen to be attending the IBC’s in Memphis, famed music historian, writer, educator and blues sleuth Gayle Dean Wardlow will be in Meridian, Mississippi Saturday Feb 1, 2pm at the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience as part of their Black History Month celebration …|
By Thomas King/The Meridian Star
(MERIDIAN, MS) - Music historian, educator and "blues detective" Gayle Dean Wardlow is returning to Meridian this week to talk about how his childhood hobby turned into a career of passion.
Wardlow is a renowned authority on Mississippi blues music with more than 1,000 records in his personal collection. Since 1960, Wardlow has been busy collecting records and investigating blues musicians to bring their lives and music to the forefront.
"He will present a lecture on pre-war Blues and other forms of Mississippi music. His presentation highlights African American musicians and includes a demonstration of some of the recordings in his collection. Wardlow and Scott Stone will also perform a short concert on guitar and Dobro," said Jerome Trahan, director of marketing for the MAX. "The Church Gallery exhibit is reminiscent of an old country church, which is just one of the communities that have influenced many Mississippians and their musical impact on the world." ...Read full story and find event details
|Monroe County’s 33rd Annual Black History Month Blues Series Feb 4-29|
The longest-running blues celebration in Michigan returns for another year of performances and historical perspective. The 33rd Black History Month Blues Series with a series of free concerts around the city.|
From Chicago to the Mississippi Delta, to Philly to the Motor City, the 2020 Blues Series is another whirlwind tour of the best of American music. Five, free weeknight library concerts starring living legends like Lil’ Ed Williams who will perform February 4 at Ellis Library & Reference Center, 3700 S. Custer Rd. Monroe, Michigan; the next generation of blues and roots music artists like AJ Ghent at Dorsch Memorial Branch Library, 18 E. First Street, Monroe, Michigan, An Evening with Piedmont Bluz at Ida Branch Library, 3016 Lewis Avenue, Ida, Michigan, and The Big Gig! on Saturday, February 29. That climactic show stars returning Blues Series champions Thornetta Davis, Toronzo Cannon, and Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr.
All concerts are free and open to the public and begin at 7pm. No advance tickets are required and seating is first-come, first-served until capacity is reached.
With awards from the Public and Michigan Library Associations, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation and The Blues Foundation’s 2009 Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Education (the blues world’s most prestigious honor available to non-musicians), the series is now the state’s longest running annual blues celebration. ...Find more details for this Black History Month Blues Series
|Vote for USA Today’s Top 10 Music Museums in the USA|
|B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, and the Grammy Museum Mississippi In Cleveland, Mississippi; the Memphis Rock 'N' Soul Museum and Stax Museum Of American Soul Music in Memphis, Tennessee; the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, the Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan, and the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio are just eight of the 20 top choices of Music Museums from around the US.|
The United States has been the birthplace of numerous musical genres, and some of the world’s most famous singers, songwriters and performing artists start here. These museums celebrate American musical history, through the lens of a specific artist or genre, or with a big picture approach. Vote for your favorite music museum once per day until polls close on Monday, February 17 at noon ET. The winning museums, as determined by your vote, will be announced on Friday, February 28. Read the official Readers' Choice rules.
...Find links and more about the other nominees and how to vote
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|Birthdays upcoming of note:|
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
Des Moines, Iowa USA
Costa Rica Blues Festival
Feb-14-2020 - Feb-16-2020
El Coco, Costa Rica
Cincinnati Winter Blues
Mason, Ohio, USA
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-13-2020 - Mar-15-2020
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Looe Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Mar-20-2020 - Mar-22-2020
Looe, United Kingdom
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Apr-03-2020 - Apr-05-2020
St Petersburg, Florida, USA
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| 30th Springing the Blues|
Apr-03-2020 - Apr-05-2020
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA
Juke Joint Festival
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Apr-16-2020 - Apr-19-2020
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
16th Annual Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
Blues Hall of Fame
Memphis, Tennessee USA
Blues Music Awards
Memphis, Tennessee USA
Lincoln Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival
May-15-2020 - May-17-2020
Holly Springs, New York, USA
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
May-16-2020 - May-17-2020
Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Sierre Blues Festival
Jun-11-2020 - Jun-13-2020
Billtown Blues Festival
Jun-12-2020 - Jun-14-2020
Hughesville, Pennsylvania, USA
Greeley Blues Jam
Jun-12-2020 - Jun-13-2020
Greeley, Colorado, USA
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