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|Here's a health on to ye! Happy St. Patrick's Day next Wednesday. I figured since it will come before we publish next week, I'd deck out a bit with the magazine a bit to celebrate since it would seem that "the whole world is Irish on the seventeenth of March!" |
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|What's Happening Out There?|
|Thoughts about venues opening or not... share yours!|
|Hey Blues Fans!! Some blues music venues are opening up around the country. Albeit, opening then closing. What are your thoughts and/or experiences?|
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- Have you attended or performed any live shows since the pandemic and where?
- If so, how was the vibe (i.e. joyous, awkward, attendance, etc.)
- If not, when will you feel comfortable attending?
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Wishing you all good health and peace,
|Blues Women Rock Grammys & Billboard|
|By Lynn Orman Weiss|
For the first time ever, all of the nominees for the 63rd GRAMMY Awards Best Rock Performance category are women and woman-fronted bands including Brittany Howard who is nominated for four Grammys and will perform live on the major broadcast. Nominations for Best Contemporary Blues Album include Ruthie Foster Big Band (Live at the Paramount) and Bettye LaVette (Blackbirds).
Brittany, who made a name for herself as Alabama Shakes frontwoman, has been nominated for 16 Grammy nominations and won four. This year she’s also nominated Best Rock Song ("Stay High"), Best Alternative Music Album, (Jaime) and Best R&B Performance ("Goat Head"). Brittany shreds a Gibson SG.
Chicago's renowned Queen of Blues Rock Guitar, Joanna (Jo) Connor is #1 on Billboard Blues Chart this week. Joanna's 4801 South Indiana Avenue also made #15 Top New Artist Albums, #34 Current Rock Albums and #35 on the Indie Albums Chart. The album title holds a lot of weight in Chicago and for blues lovers around the world who loved this sacred space, Theresa's Lounge, which was located at that address. It's where the greatest blues masters like Muddy Waters, Son Seals, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, and Big Walter Horton performed and jammed. Joanna's freshly minted album, produced by Joe Bonamassa and co-produced by Josh Smith, is an homage. “We want the listener to open that door, walk in and feel to their core some of the magic that a place like that brought night after night,” says Joanna.
Joanna started out in the trenches at 19 years old playing with the masters where her immeasurable talent, grit, fierce and fiery slide guitar seared and continued to dominate. Joanna fit right in and was ready for residencies at Buddy Guy's Checkerboard Lounge, The Cuddle Inn on the south side and Theresa's. Her residency for the past 28 years has been the historic Kingston Mines. In the year of Covid19 Joanna has performed livestream broadcasts from Rosa's Lounge. Her new album features 13 eyebrow-arching tracks with an official video track, "Destination." [featured in last week’s e-Guide]
Brittany Howard and Joanna Connor are featured images in the Women of the Blues: A Coast To Coast Collection exhibit at Delmark Records Gallery.
|BFG has Taj Mahal Livestream March Series Tickets Now!|
|Legendary blues and roots musician Taj Mahal has announced a series of livestream performances this March 2021 at The UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA. We are excited to partner with the legendary Taj Mahal for this series featuring Fantastic Negrito, Phantom Blues Band, Jon Cleary and some of Taj’s favorite emerging artists including Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Amythyst Kiah, Annie Mack, Leyla McCalla, Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo, Ranky Tanky, Allison Russell and Jontavious Willis. Mark your calendars now because Taj will be live the next 3 weekends including March 13th, March 20th, and March 27th at 6pm PT/8pm CT/9pm ET nightly!|
Individual, Group and Series tickets are available NOW right here!
All performances are powered by the Mandolin streaming platform. Tickets grant you 48-hour access to the stream in case you can’t join the performance live. Livestream tickets are USD $25 and includes 1 entry into livestream concert. Group Ticket USD $32 (intended for group viewing within one household). Series Ticket are USD $65 and includes 1 entry into all 3 livestream performances. Group Series Ticket USD $80 and is intended for group viewing within one household.
- March 13 - Taj Mahal and Phantom Blues Band with special guest Jon Cleary
- March 20 - Roots Rising Showcase hosted by Taj Mahal and featuring Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Amythyst Kiah, Annie Mack, Leyla McCalla, Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo, Ranky Tanky, Allison Russell and Jontavious Willis
- March 27 - Taj Mahal & Fantastic Negrito
|Louisiana GRAMMY Celebration Honors State's Music Legacy|
|The Louisiana GRAMMY® Celebration features performances by Louisiana GRAMMY nominees in partnership with the Louisiana Office of Tourism. The virtual event highlighted Louisiana's long list of 2021 GRAMMY nominees and featured appearances from blues great Bobby Rush, brass band New Orleans Nightcrawlers Kenny Wayne Shepard with Buddy Flett and Sweet Cecilia.|
You can watch as they perform from different iconic attractions throughout the state.
In addition to enjoying performances by these talented artists, you will learn a little history about the culture and music of Louisiana, and the role some of these venues have played in both.
Watch the 30 minute celebration on the GRAMMY Museum's official streaming service. The video will be free and all-access for anyone who clicks into COLLECTION.live for 30 days after each event.
Stay tuned for more special content from the 2021 GRAMMY Week events, including the 63rd GRAMMY Awards airing live on CBS this Sunday, March 14.
|Mississippi Hills Alliance Helps Support Hill Country Blues |
|(TUPELO, MS) - The Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance approved $116,615 in community matching grants during its quarterly board meeting this week. Thirteen grants were distributed to nine counties in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area.|
Among them are:
- Marshall County – The Holly Springs Community Development Corporation/Sons and Friends of Junior Kimbrough who were awarded $4,965 for the Annual Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival, an event celebrating the musical legacy of David “Junior” Kimbrough.
- North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic Inc. was awarded $5,000 to support the production of the 2021 picnic, which showcases Hill Country Blues.
- Foxfire Ranch/Holly Springs Community Development Corporation was awarded $20,000 for the Foxfire Blues Assembly, a vehicle for nurturing, connecting and supporting the next generation of Hill Country Blues musicians.
- Panola County – The R.L. Boyce Picnic was awarded $2,500 for a two-day Hill Country music workshop, “Walk Like a Big Blues Mane.”
- Tippah County – The Ripley Main Street Association was awarded $9,600 to fund Phase II of the Mississippi Hill Country Blues Alley.
|"Boston Boogie" slide man Charlie Keating Band with the Rhythm Regulators|
|Charlie Keating Band with the Rhythm Regulators are celebrating 14 years together featuring New England's premier slide guitar player Charlie Keating playing that “Boston Boogie.” The band delivers a unique combination of blues and boogie.|
“Charlie could be compared to Clapton and Buddy Guy… yes he's that good" - Craig Venske/Concert Photos Magazine
Members are Charlie Keating on guitar and vocals with the Rhythm Regulators Lenny Turnquist on bass and Tim Sweeney on drums. Charlie has a brilliant slide guitar style that channels Johnny Winter, Duane Allman and Elmore James. Many have compared his playing to early Stevie Ray Vaughan due to his ability to combine lead and rhythm guitar simultaneously. The band is well-known for its big sound and driving rhythm section and are equally comfortable playing unique versions of covers or originals.
"Keating is a wild man on the guitar and his mighty rhythm section know how to keep him afloat and anchored at once" - Bill Copeland/Bill Copeland News
Their most recent single, “The End Of Us" written by Keating/Turnquist, is a slow soulful ballad shifting gears from their usual rocking blues-infused sound, and showcases their versatility.
Charlie is a gifted, prolific songwriter and a member of SESAC. The band's CD, Slide On Over, has gotten consistent international airplay. The Charlie Keating Band represented the Massachusetts Blues Society at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. They’ve opened for Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard and Toni Lynn Washington.
“This is a boogie band... and these cats can play” - Aj Watchtell/The Noise
Charlie Keating Band with the Rhythm Regulators are accepting bookings for festivals and clubs for 2021 and beyond. Contact via website or email.
|Antonik's campaign centered on the power of community |
|Canadian guitarist, singer, and songwriter Chris Antonik is running a crowdfunding campaign for his highly anticipated, fourth studio record, which is a progressive blues-rock record centered on the power of community. |
Chris has been nominated for three of Canada’s national Maple Blues Awards (including Record of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in 2018), and has received some rave reviews from the blues world: American Blues Scene called him “one of the best artists we've heard from the Great White North,” while Concert Monkey Magazine referred to him as “the Canadian Gary Clark Jr."
By joining Chris’ team and participating in the campaign, not only can you pre-purchase the record, but you can also access a variety of other cool perks, such as song writing journals, guitar lessons, or even become an Executive Sponsor of the record!
Check it out here!
|Can't Stop The Blues (CSTB)|
|This Week on Can't Stop The Blues|
|Can’t Stop the Blues is a not-for-profit, volunteer run virtual platform for the blues, founded in mid-March of 2020 as a response to the Covid pandemic.|
We are here to bring money to the bands and music to the fans. 100% of all tips go directly to the artists’ own accounts.
Thus far we have helped over 200+ artists. Please enjoy and donate if you can.
Coming up this week only on Can’t Stop the Blues:
• THURSDAY 3/11:
9pm EST: Mitch Woods from The Vaults Episode 2 - At The Hands of The Masters
10pm EST: Bex Marshall Solo Acoustic Show
• FRIDAY 3/12:
9pm EST: Dirty Cello and Lots of Friends Blues Hour
10pm EST: Greaseland Fridays w/Friends Festival - Season 2, Episode 2
• SATURDAY 3/13:
9pm EST: The Nashville Trio: Featuring Meg, Jenny & Sheridan
10pm EST: Backtrack Blues Band Live at Utah Blues Festival
• SUNDAY 3/14:
9pm EST: Harpdog Brown & Friends Really Live from Canada Encore
10pm EST: Blue Moon Marquee Live from Coldsnap
• TUESDAY 3/16:
8pm EST: Mindi Abair’s Wine+Music Sessions
Follow this link for the shows at Can’t Stop the Blues and YouTube
|30th annual "Best of The Blues" Awards show April 18th|
|(SEATTLE, WA) - The Washington Blues Society, the Seattle Based affiliate of The Blues Foundation, is celebrating 30 years of Keeping The Blues Alive. Their 2021 Best of the Blues Awards show will be broadcast as a live stream presentation Sunday, April 18th on Youtube and Facebook to a worldwide audience kicking off at 5pm PDT.|
Every year the membership of the Washington Blues Society honors the work and achievements of musicians, artists, venues and organizations from our state in 32 categories as nominated by and voted on by the membership. The ceremony also includes performances from select nominees and induction into the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame.
|CD, Single & DVD Releases |
Malaya Blue’s third full-length album, Still, re-affirms her position as one of UK's premier vocalists and songwriters. Previous album Heartsick unlocked the door and now she’s kicking it open with a dozen of old-school style songs to satisfy fans of blues, R&B and Neo-Soul.
Malaya collaborated with 3-time Grammy-winning producer and writer Dennis Walker (Robert Cray, B.B. King, Bettye LaVette), the first-ever UK artist to do so. Upon hearing Heartsick Dennis said, ‘’My first impression? What a voice. Wow! I get the feeling she’s got so much talent she’s about to burst at the seams.’’ Along the way Richard Cousins, himself a 5-time Grammy winner for his work with Robert Cray, offered the previously unrecorded title track “Still,” originally intended for a Cray album but a perfect fit for Malaya. The track is further enhanced by Richard himself adding his distinctive bass playing. Bettye LaVette’s long-time guitarist of choice, the gifted, multi-award winning Brett Lucas contributed music to two tracks.
Still is a well-produced album that is fresh, contemporary and classy, with first-class instrumentation backing Malaya Blues evocative vocal performances.
|Crooked Eye Tommy :: HOT COFFEE AND PAIN|
Ventura County California brothers, Tommy and Paddy Marsh, formed Crooked Eye Tommy in 2010, becoming 6-time Ventura County music award winners and 2-time International Blues Challenge semi-finalist and in 2020 reach the IBC finals as a duo act. Capitalizing on that momentum, their sophomore effort, Hot Coffee And Pain
, contains 9 blues and roots rock tracks consisting of 3 covers and 6 originals, including a duet written by Tommy Marsh, featuring Grammy nominee Teresa James on vocals and piano. The project was recorded at Carbonite Sound in Ojai, California with Grammy winning audio engineer Jason Moran (Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford) at the helm.
The set kicks off with a funky, inspired “Death Letter Blues,” an energized track letting us know Crooked Eye Tommy is not an old timey skiffle group, but an electric band with dual lead guitars from the Marsh brothers, swirling Hammond B 3 from Jimmy Calire, and a heavy groove from the rhythm section of Samuel Corea on bass and drummer Charlie McClure.
This fine collection of tunes brewed up for Hot Coffee And Pain, is sure to maintain the brothers, Crooked Eye Tommy, on an upward trajectory.
|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
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|Brittany Howard "Stay High" |
|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|March is Women's History Month|
Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day
Mar 20 International Earth Day and 1st Day of Spring 2021
"Hard times ain't nothing that music [and a sense of humor] won't help heal..."
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Mar 12 Leonard Chess (1917-1969), Bill Payne (1949 Little Feat co-founder); Mar 13 Otis "Lightnin' Slim" Hicks (1913-1974); Mar 14 Robert Pete Williams (1914-1980); Mar 15 Bertha "Chippie" Hill (1905-1950), Lightnin' Hopkins (1912-1982); Sly Stone (1944), Ry Cooder (1947); Mar 16 James "Yank" Rachell (1910-1997); Mar 17 Nat "King" Cole (1917-1965); Mar 18 Wilson Pickett (1941-2006), Big Daddy Kinsey (1927-2001); Mar 19 Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1937), Jackie "Moms" Mabley (1894-1975); Mar 20 Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973), Frank Edwards (1909-2002), Marcia Ball (1949), Sam Lay (1935), Eddie Shaw (1937-2018), Jimmie Vaughan (1951)
Just in Case: "Here's a health on to ye!"
St. Patrick's Day March 17th is a day of celebrating Irish history, ancestry, traditions and customs. We will also acknowledge well-known Irish bluesy players including Gary Moore (Belfast), Rory Gallagher (Ballyshannon), and Van Morrison (Belfast).
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Can't Stop The Blues
Thurs-Sun 9PM EST
Blues on Reid
Port St. Joe, Florida, USA
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-15-2021 - Apr-18-2021
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Manor House of Blues
Mason, Ohio, USA
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
15th Clarksdale Caravan
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Lincoln Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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|Leeds Blues, Rhythm|
& Rock Festival
Leeds, United Kingdom
Kimbrough Cotton Patch
Soul Blues Festival
May-14-2021 - May-16-2021
Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA
Whitby Rhythm & Blues Festival
Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK
Southport Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Southport, United Kingdom
Black Hills Blues Stomp and Swamp Romp
Jun-04-2021 - Jun-06-2021,
Sturgis, South Dakota, USA
Flagstaff Blues and Brews
Jun-11-2021 - Jun-12-2021
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Sierre Blues Festival
Alpine Country Blues Festival
Jun-18-2021 - Jun-19-2021
Alpine, Arizona, USA
Northwoods Blues Festival
Jun-18-2021 - Jun-19-2021
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA
Blues On The Fox
Jun-18-2021 - Jun-19-2021
Aurora, Illinois, USA
Cleethorpes Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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