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|Thoughts about venues opening... share yours!|
|Hey Blues Fans!! We see some blues music venues are opening up around the country. Albeit, opening then closing then opening, etc.|
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|Virtual Maple Blues Awards Launch from four Cities thru Feb|
|The 24th annual Maple Blues Awards will stream from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver across February Mondays for 90 minutes segments beginning February 1st, 5pm PST, 7pm CST, 8pm EST. Multiple Maple Blues Awards have been selected to host and perform. The 24th Annual Maple Blues Awards will be streamed via Facebook.|
Feb 1st: Alana Bridgewater and Johnny Max will host from Toronto with a performance from Dione Taylor, nominated Female Vocalist of the Year, New Artist / Group of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year. Also performing is Jack de Keyzer, nominated along with bandmates for Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Recording / Producer of the Year, Guitarist of the Year, Horn Player of the Year (Richard Thornton), and Bassist of the Year (Alan Duffy).
Feb 8th: Angelique Francis and Matt Sobb will host from Ottawa and will feature JW-Jones, nominated along with bandmates for Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, New Artist / Group of the Year (for Jones’ other project HOROJO Trio), and Recording/Producer of the Year. Also performing is Nashville-based Indigenous artist Crystal Shawanda, nominated Female Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Recording / Producer of the Year.
Feb 15th: Tyler Watson and Ben Racine host from Montreal with a performance by Durham County Poets, nominated Songwriter of the Year and Recording / Producer of the Year, and Matt Andersen, nominated Acoustic Act of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.
Feb 22nd: Dalannah Gail Bowen and Jim Byrnes will host the final night from Vancouver Island and feature 13-year old New Artist / Group of the Year nominee Liam Docherty and Drummer of the Year nominee Lindsay Beaver, streaming from Halifax, for a true coast-to-coast MBA experience.
|Briggs Farm Blues Festival plans for July 2021|
(NESCOPECK, PA) - After 22 consecutive years of bringing the blues to a family farm in Nescopeck, the Briggs Farm Blues Festival was forced to postpone its 2020 event due to the coronavirus pandemic.|
The festival confirmed this week it’s planning to move forward with its weekend of live music and social gatherings July 8-10, 2021 with 2020’s lineup of acclaimed musicians, including established blues acts who routinely grace international stages, national homegrown artists, and local talent from Northeastern Pennsylvania. Two stages will feature over 20 acts from various genres, including eclectic blues, delta-style blues, Americana roots music, soul, and a bit of funk. Tickets go on sale January 15th at noon, EST. Children 12 and under are free.
The music will begin on Thursday, July 8 with songs from the summer of 1970 performed by Pittston vocalist and guitarist Bret Alexander (of The Badlees fame) and friends, offering reminders of fun times, great friends, and artists like Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Scranton folk rock singer/songwriter MiZ will also be playing songs from the Grateful Dead’s 1970 album “American Beauty.”
Friday, July 9 will usher in the blues with a powerful lineup, including headliner Ana Popovic, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, the harmonizing Campbell Brothers, and the incomparable Celisse Henderson. The intimate Back Porch Stage will feature vocalist and banjo player Pappy Biondo of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jamgrass group Cabinet with Shavertown guitarist Justin Mazer of the Ryan Montbleau Band.
The music will carry into Saturday, July 10 with headliner Shemekia Copeland, the unforgettable Victor Wainwright, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, and the eccentric Scott Pemberton. While the main stage is rockin’, the smaller Back Porch Stage will burst with unforgettable artists like The National Reserve, Gracie Curran, King Solomon Hicks, Swampcandy, Williamsport blues musician Gabe Stillman, Bloomsburg jam band The Mighty Susquehannas, and more.
Festival president Richard Briggs stated, “Live music creates a special thread of connection. There’s no limit to what music can do to bring us all together, and we need that more than ever.
|Clearwater cancels Feb 2021 Sea-Blues Festival|
(CLEARWATER, FL) - City officials announced Tuesday they will cancel this year’s Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival "due to current health and safety concerns presented by the COVID-19 pandemic." |
"We apologize to those who look forward to this popular annual event," officials said in a statement. "The city of Clearwater will continue to explore ways to host other events safely during the pandemic."
The two-day, open-air event is typically held in February and takes over Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater, where attendees can listen to blues music and enjoy seafood from local vendors.
|2021 GRAMMY Awards Postponed |
|(LOS ANGELES, CA) - The 2021 GRAMMY Awards have been postponed to March 14th due to the raging coronavirus crisis. |
A statement, which came from the awards executive producer Ben Winston, the Recording Academy's Harvey Mason Jr. and Jack Sussman of CBS, said: "After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host, and artists scheduled to appear, we are rescheduling the 63rd GRAMMY Awards to March 14th 2021.
The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on producing the show. We want to thank all the artists, the staff, our vendors and especially this year's nominees for their understanding, patience and willingness to work with us as we navigate these unprecedented times."
The awards were originally scheduled for January 31st. The decision to postpone the show was made by both the Academy and the telecast's network partner CBS due to health, travel as well as location concerns
Music Radar/Jonathan Horsley Interview (Photo Alysse Gafjken)|
The Grammy-nominated musician talks recording with Dan Auerbach, songwriting, the power of soul and why his Gibson ES-345 is so special.
Marcus King might only be 24 years old but his soul has already got some miles on it. The South Carolinian is wise beyond his years. You can hear it in his voice, in his phrasing, and in a songwriting sensibility that allows his band to deftly swing from blues and Southern rock to soul and back again.
When it comes time to talk shop and unpack the influences, gear and craft behind his debut solo album, El Dorado (nominated for Best Americana Album at the forthcoming GRAMMY Awards), King scarcely wastes a word. A storyteller by nature and trade, it’s like note choice – the words matter. “Songs should tell a good story,” he says. “Whatever metaphors you can use, it is a lot like writing a very short story.”
Co-written and produced by Dan Auerbach, El Dorado has no shortage of moments when King turns up the heat with the electric guitar, but it is notable for how often he dials it back to let his voice and the acoustic carry the song. It is no surprise to hear him cite soul legends Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye among his inspirations.
Here, King talks about multi-generational musical upbringing, the benefits of a jazz education, his talismanic Gibson ES-345 and more.
...Find the recent interview of Marcus King at Music Radar/
|UK’s Twisted Wheel – birthplace of Northern Soul|
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"It was very basic inside, badly lit with just plain painted walls."
On the face of it, the venue which a then teenage Rob McKeever first walked into in 1969 wasn't much to write home about.
Yet the only reason he was here was that tales from inside had spread like wildfire across the country, seeing visitors flock to it.
And like so many before him, Rob soon found out that this was no ordinary nightclub.
For this dark, sweaty, basement club close to Piccadilly Station had become the epicentre of a whole new music scene and its name - The Twisted Wheel – still resonates today.
Now, a new book has chronicled how it became the 'birthplace of Northern Soul.' [6 Whitworth Street, The Birthplace of Northern Soul by Rob McKeever]
Opened by brothers Jack, Phillip and Ivor Abadi, the coffee bar and dance club opened in January 1963 and began life as a Blues and R&B venue. It was situated on Brazenose Street, which runs between Albert Square and Deansgate.
However, it was when it moved to new premises, at number 6 Whitworth Street, in September 1965, that it began to move in a new musical direction and its reputation became firmly established.
The fact it did not serve alcohol meant its opening times were not restricted by alcohol licensing laws. And the club's Saturday all-nighters, which would start around 11pm and finish around 7:30am the following morning, became the stuff of legend.
Rob, now aged 69, from Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, made his first pilgrimage as an 18-year-old, when the club was in its heyday.
"I heard about it through word of mouth really, by all the lads who used to go and tell you how amazing it was," he says.
…Find full story about The Twisted Wheel and McKeever’s book
(GREENVILLE, MS) – The Delta is flat. You can see a long ways off. On wet, cold, winter days, you can see gloom for miles and miles. Gloom and fog. |
The most fun you can have on a Delta winter day like this is go inside, if you can. If you can’t, just endure it and make the most of it. That enduring, trying to put a silver lining on edgeless clouds, perhaps led to some of what the Delta is known for.
One example: Anyone who is a fan of Delta blues music could almost instinctively take one look at this landscape and unquestionably comprehend how Blues music could be born here. Two: Back in Greenville high school we had an English literature teacher explained her theory on why there are so many poets and novelist from England. She said it was because it is so foggy and dreary there that people have to look inside themselves for some imaginary life and develop story creating almost second nature.
About the time she was telling us about dreary old England, I looked out the classroom window and saw something that kind of looked like that, and it made me think that perhaps that’s why so many writers and poets come from the Delta. People having to image color and sunshine for themselves that isn’t really there on wet winter days.
So, we endured bland winter days and appreciate the futility of levees that trap water in as much as keep it out in rainy winter, and developed the knack of extracting the pretty from the plainness. It’s always there.
And we came to understand that the sun always comes out again, sooner or later, even in the Delta.
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Delta Blues Records’ self-titled release “Billy Jones & Delta Blues Outlaws boasts fifteen terrific songs totaling seventy minutes of musical brilliance.” ~ Phillip Smith/Philly Cheeze Blues
"...while I love traditional blues artists such as Son House, Howlin’ Wolf, etc., it was just so damned nice to listen to something that speaks eloquently in the tradition of those older artists, and yet manages to bring something new and funky to the table." ~ Blogcritics.org
Billy Jones & Delta Blues Outlaws have been a crowd favorite and one of the most requested variety show bands on the Mid-South casino, nightclub, and party circuit for over 20 years. With a repertoire that encompasses a wide range of musical styles, from blues to pop to country to soul to today's biggest hits, Billy Jones & Delta Blues Outlaws are guaranteed to please any audience.
Outstanding stage presence, world class vocals, and awesome musicianship, the Delta Blues Outlaws have performed their show-stopping, high-energy style for audiences in Belgium, Germany, France, Austria, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Greece, and Italy, as well as U.S. Military Installations & NCO and Officer's Clubs throughout the United States. Polished and professional, this band is a great choice for festivals, private parties, and corporate events.
From the juke joints of the Mid-South Mississippi Delta, to the Blues Passions Festival at Hennessy Castle Fairgrounds in Cognac, France — and many, many, many shows in between — this band has proven repeatedly that it's the real deal! Billy Jones & Delta Blues Outlaws bring experience, showmanship, and passion to every performance — a guaranteed great time for your next event.
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|Sault Blues Society Blues Concert Miniseries Jan 7-Feb 4|
|(SAULT STE. MARIE, CANADA) - After several months of organization, the Sault Blues Society has announced a virtual blues concert miniseries. The concert series will include five 50-minute each Thursday from Jan 7 through Feb 4 at 8pm EST, featuring local musicians playing original songs. The pre-recorded concerts will be available to watch on Shaw Spotlight, the Sault Blues Society’s YouTube channel, and Borderline Radio.|
“Since 2020 was the 10th anniversary of the Sault Blues Society, we were working with Rotary Sault Ste. Marie to present an all Blues stage night as part of Rotaryfest 2020," a new release issued by the Sault Blue Society states. "We had also been in contact with four traveling bands that were routing through the Sault in 2020 to work out the possibility of performing for the fine blues fans of the Sault.
Unfortunately, these acts were not possible due to the worldwide COVID pandemic. We hope that you enjoy our Virtual Blues Miniseries with the expectations of live performances to return to local stages in the future."
|Can't Stop The Blues (CSTB)|
|Can't Stop The Blues is taking a well-deserved week off|
|CSTB will be taking this week off to recover from the holidays! Be sure to tune in next week, January 12-17 for a fantastic lineup including Harpdog Brown, King Soloman Hicks, Mighty Mike Schermer, Kid Andersen, Mindi Abair and some very, very special surprises!|
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|Thoughts, Holidays & Birthdays|
|Orthodox Christmas Jan 7|
Martin Luther King Day Jan 18
Inauguration Day Jan 20
"Hard times ain't nothing that music won't heal..."
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Jan 8-Elvis Presley (1935), Tampa Red (1904), Bill Graham (1931 promoter at legendary Fillmore); Jan 9-Barbara Carr (1941), Jimmy Page (1944); Jan 10-Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (1935-2018), Sam Chatmon (1897-1983), Jerry Wexler (1914-2008 founder of Atlantic Records); Jan 11-Slim Harpo (1924-1970); Katie Webster (1936-1999), Michael "Hawkeye" Herman (1945); Jan 12- Ruth Brown (1928-2006), Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904-1972), Long John Baldry (1941-2005); Jan 14-Allen Toussaint (1938-2015), Clarence Carter (1936); Jan 15-Earl Hooker (1929-1970), Martin Luther King, Jr (1929-1968), Queen Ida (1929); Jan 16-Barbara Lynn (1942), Lester Davenport (1932-2009), Robert Wilkins (1896-1987); Jan 17- Paul Rishell (1950), Mick Taylor (1949); Jan 19-Henry Gray (1925), Janis Joplin (1943-1970), Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (1936)
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|(ARCATA, CA) — RBA Publishing offers the 18th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine in both print and digital formats as well as our weekly Blues Festival e-Guide newsletter.|
Blues legend Bobby Rush calls our magazine: The Roadmap to Everything Blues. Indeed, the articles offer something for everyone, all blues related, of course. This year’s engaging editorial is once again from aficionados in the blues community.
- Living Legend: Charlie Musselwhite By Eric Steiner
- Blues Movies Reel Away the Blues By Roger Stolle
- The Healing Blues By Anita Schlank, Ph.D.
- What’s Cookin’ with Victor Wainwright
- The Jus’ Blues Music Foundation
- Jammin’ On the High C’s On Board the LRBC By Mitch Woods
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- Blues: An African Sonic Response By Pascal Bokar Thiam, Ed.D.
To order a hard copy mailed to your home, send $9 to RBA Publishing Inc. P.O. Box 920, Arcata, CA 95518. To read the 64-page magazine online, visit our website and find our digital version in the upper lefthand corner.
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|We've Got You Covered with Live Streams & Online Concerts|
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Even though music festivals and clubs are on lockdown across the globe, there are loads of brand-new music and live concerts via live stream, both small and large, local and international, that can be watched from the safety of your couch on your own TV, computer or phone.
With almost 20 years of experience delivering blues music and blues music news around the world, Publisher Kaati Gaffney says, “We are experienced digital marketers specializing in live music events. During this time of pandemic, while festivals and events are virtual, it is our pleasure to provide this service.” ...Find more about BFG or to contact us to share your events
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Can't Stop The Blues
Thurs-Sun 9PM EST
Samantha Fish Cigar Box
Jan-13-2021 - Jan-16-2021
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Great British Rock & Blues Festival
Jan-15-2021 - Jan-18-2021
Lincolnshire, Skegness, UK
Clarksdale Film & Music Festival
Jan-29-2021 - Jan-31-2021
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Maple Blues Awards Feb Mondays
Feb-1-2021 - Feb-22-2021
Whitby Rhythm & Blues Festival
Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Southport, United Kingdom
Covington, Louisiana, USA
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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| Chelsea Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival|
Fulham, London, UK
Looe Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Mar-19-2021 - Mar-21-2021
Looe, United Kingdom
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-15-2021 - Apr-18-2021
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Apr-16-2021 - Apr-18-2021
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Temecula Blues Festival
Temecula, California, USA
Bob Sykes BBQ
& Blues Festival
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
15th Clarksdale Caravan
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Leeds Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Leeds, United Kingdom
Kimbrough Cotton Patch
Soul Blues Festival
May-14-2021 - May-16-2021
Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA
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