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|Alvon Johnson presents “The Magical Power of Music” with All-Star Cast April 1st|
Alvon Johnson presents “The Magical Power of Music” for a special event on HOWLive TV April 1st. Johnson will be joined by a star-studded lineup of incredible artists in celebration of the life of Karen Richards, his late wife. This exciting event will raise funds for a music scholarship dedicated in her name.|
These are the award-winning performers who will be appearing:
- Five-time Grammy winner, singer, guitarist, and songwriter Kevin Roosevelt Moore aka Keb’ Mo’
- Multiple award winner Tommy Castro who's performed around the world, earning countless fans with legendary, sweat-drenched, exhilarating live shows
- Lenny Williams, lead singer for Tower of Power, rightfully regarded as one of R&B music’s most influential soul men
- Terrie Odabi, 2020 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best Soul Blues Female Artist, is a crucial contributor to today’s blues scene
- Grammy Winner and former Santana vocalist Tony Lindsay, who's earned four top-ten songs on the Internet Broadcasters’ Alliance’s Indie Soul Chart
- Jazz saxophonist Stabe Wilson and his passionate, soul-stirring, and eclectic musical stylings
|Livestream event April 1st benefits Bonamassa’s “Fueling Musicians” program|
|Joe Bonamassa is bringing a concert into the homes of fans around the world in an epic pay-per-view performance from the live music capital of the world – Austin, Texas. This Thursday, on April 1st at 9PM ET, he’ll perform a specially curated set from Austin City Limits Live, alongside Late Night with David Letterman’s Anton Fig on drums and legendary bass player Steve Mackey, as a rare 3-piece Blues Rock power trio! For this event, fans selected their favorite Bonamassa tunes via social media, to create a very special set list.|
The Livestream will raise money for Bonamassa’s “Fueling Musicians” program to help artists who have been unable to tour. Livestream tickets and packages are available to purchase. For all ticket purchases, the show will be available to watch on demand for one month.
Bonamassa has been working hard to raise money for musicians affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The Fueling Musicians program is an emergency relief fund designed to support musicians by providing immediate cash payments for essential living expenses of $1,500 to help them stay afloat and get back on the road again when it is safe. To date, they’ve raised over $380,000 and distributed the money to over 230 artists. For those interested in donating you can go here.
As a professional musician for over 30 years, Joe Bonamassa continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work. Bonamassa’s career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989 when he was only 12 years old.
|Juke Joint Festival returns the weekend of April 17th|
By Roger Stolle|
“Got Mask? Then, Clarksdale's Juke Joint Festival is on!"
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - While most other music festivals in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana have cancelled for spring or moved to fall, Clarksdale's "pandemic-ly modified" Juke Joint Festival remains ready to rock the weekend of April 17, 2021.
"Juke Joint Festival is back, y'all — a little smaller and a little more outdoors," according to Roger Stolle, Juke Joint Festival co-founder. "Got Mask? Then, Clarksdale's Juke Joint Festival is on! Check it out at jukejointfestival.com."
According to the nonprofit event's organizers, hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars have been spent to create a fun weekend that keeps everyone's health in mind.
"Thanks to our loyal music fans, Clarksdale has kept live blues going on a daily basis throughout the pandemic — sometimes in-person, always online," said Stolle. "How do we do this? We clean up, mask up and socially distance. We do events outdoors when we can and take precautions indoors when we can't. And we use live-streaming to fill in the blanks."
This year's Juke Joint Festival & Related Events run Thursday-Sunday, April 15-18, with the main activities on Saturday. The festival is letting potential attendees know up front that organizers (with support of the City, Tourism and Chamber) expect masking, social distancing and other health & safety protocols to be followed.
The 2021 Juke Joint Festival lineup, Saturday-night JJF wristband sales, health and safety protocols and more can be found online only at the festival website.
Select events will streamed via Live From Clarksdale and additional visitor information is available here.
|Chris Cain and his personal blues on Raisin Cain|
|By Lucky Clark|
One of my favorite things to do in these columns is interview someone for the first time and such is the case this week with a conversation with San Jose, California, native Chris Cain. His recording career began in 1987, and he’s known as a musician’s musician by critics, fans and his fellow guitar slingers. Legendary bluesman Joe Bonamassa states, “Hands down my favorite blues player on the scene today. He’s an absolute blinder a of a guitarist, with the voice of B.B. King and the chops of Albert King.” And speaking of the late B.B. King, that gentle man declared, “Chris Cain? Now that boy can PLAY the guitar!” That’s praise of the highest kind. When my friends at Alligator Records told me about his upcoming debut album, Raisin’ Cain, and sent me a link so I could listen to it. What I heard was a guy who wears his heart (and all other vital organs) on his sleeve and performs with an authenticity that is palpable. I then learned that the CD will be released Friday, April 9, and a request for an interview was made. Shortly thereafter I was on the phone to Cain’s home in San Jose to find out more about the artist and his music.
I introduced myself, and when he discovered that I was calling from Maine, he enthusiastically responded.
Cain: It’s beautiful in Maine, man. Some of my greatest times there were at that festival they would always have right on the coast, ya know?
Q: Oh, the North Atlantic Blues Festival?
Cain: Yeah, that thing is great! (Chuckle) I met a lot of wonderful people there, man. I’ve only been there three or four times, but it was always fantastic stuff.
Q: Can we talk a bit about your soon-to-be-released new CD, Raisin’ Cain?
...Read full interview
|Gibson Releases the Slim Harpo “Lovell” ES-330|
|Gibson Guitars releases the Slim Harpo “Lovell” ES-330 — a faithful recreation of Harpo's guitar of choice featuring P-90 pickups and a maple top.|
For 127 years, Gibson has shaped sound across generations and genres and has emerged as the most relevant, played, and loved guitar brand around the world. Gibson is proud to release the legendary American Bluesman' s signature ES-330 electric guitar, the Lovell. The Slim Harpo "Lovell" ES-330 guitar is handmade by the expert luthiers and artisans of Gibson USA in Nashville, TN.
An homage to blues musician James "Slim Harpo" Moore, Gibson USA has recreated Harpo's guitar of choice, the Gibson ES-330 in the form of the Slim Harpo "Lovell" ES-330 in Vintage Sunset Burst. The Slim Harpo "Lovell" ES-330 features a three-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple top, back and sides with Spruce bracing, a Mahogany neck with a rounded C profile, Rosewood fretboard with small block inlays, ABR-1 bridge with Trapeze tailpiece, Vintage Deluxe tuners with white buttons, Dogear P-90 pickups with hand-wired controls, and Orange Drop capacitors. The guitar has a custom "Lovell" logo on the back of the headstock to honor Slim Harpo's wife, life partner, manager, and the co-writer of some of his biggest hits, Lovell Moore.
The story of Slim Harpo and his music is among the most fascinating in all of blues and R&B. With his fusion of blues, rock & roll rhythms, soul, swing and even country vocal inflections, Slim was a prominent torch bearer of a subgenre known as Louisiana swamp blues. His brush with chart topping pop fame was brief as was his life, but his imprint on music is undeniable. Today, 51 years since his passing, Slim is an unsung hero of the blues - that is, outside of the generations of iconic artists he influenced. ...Read full story at Premier Guitar
|Morgan Freeman to star in story about Bluesman|
|In his feature film directorial debut, Ben Tishler is enlisting Morgan Freeman, Alfre Woodard, and Bill Burr who are among those cast for the upcoming drama, Hate To See You Go.|
The film will be directed by Tishler with a script he co-wrote with Rob Stone (pictured at left). The cast will also include Oscar and Grammy winner Common and Grown-ish star Trevor Jackson. Morgan Freeman will executive-produce the project via his Revelations Entertainment banner. Lori McCreary (Invictus), Gary Lucchesi (Underworld: Awakening), Shelby Stone (Lackawanna Blues), and Jon Levin (Stargirl) are also on-board to produce.
Hate To See You Go tells the story of Sonny Bell, portrayed by Freeman. An aging Chicago Blues musician, Bell refuses to retire and settle down for the quiet life. He decides to hit the road with his longtime band for one last tour in a defiant attempt to continue doing what he loves. The film will take inspiration from Rob Stone’s real-life experience touring as a harmonica player with a plethora of American Blues artists.
Morgan Freeman is one of the most celebrated performers in cinematic history. Thanks to memorable roles in films like The Dark Knight, Driving Miss Daisy, and The Shawshank Redemption, Freeman is the recipient of an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Likewise, Alfre Woodard is one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood history. Thanks to her work in films like 12 Years a Slave and Juanita, Woodard is a multi-time Emmy and Golden Globe winner. Bill Burr’s unique brand of stand-up comedy continuously keeps in the spotlight. Recently, the actor impressed the masses as Migs Mayfeld in The Mandalorian.
Story in part from Christian Hubbard/Full Circle Cinema.com
|Holle Thee Maxwell from Opera to the Blues – |
Black Musicians Matters
|By Lynn Orman Weiss|
One person can change the world. And that one person may very well be Chicago blues, soul, jazz legend, Holle Thee Maxwell. "It's my mission, it's my gift to Chicago Black musicians, it is my 75th year and my time to pay it forward," said Holle.
And pay it forward she has — over the last year during the pandemic Holle created Black Musicians Matters Foundation. She created the movement to recognize the equity needs of Black musicians, to provide food, financial resources, community resources, music industry information, to elevate Black voices within the Chicago community and create a dynamic platform for those who deserve to be heard. This includes information related to housing, health insurance, gear and renter’s insurance, musician’s rights organizations (MusiCares, BMI, ASCAP, Chicago Federation of Musicians), collecting royalties, and performance opportunities. BMM also serves as a central meeting place for musicians of color to discuss and dissect issues relating specifically to their needs.
Holle grew up on the south side of Chicago and began entertaining at five years old at the Metropolitan Baptist Church — it was her first paying gig. She sang the “Lord's Prayer,” and was a hit in church singing gospel with a classical flair. Classical became her first love and then jazz. So how did she fall into the blues? The bio on her life is aptly titled, "’Opera to the Blues’ is what I'm going to call it," says Holle.
Holle's mother was her mentor and manager and honed the talent that was God-given in her little girl. She brought her to Dr. Lena McLin, a notable music teacher, composer and pastor who became Holle's mentor. From grammar school and high school performances to big stages, she won awards and educational opportunities leading to a full scholarship to Roosevelt University and Juilliard. As a young girl Holle sang in three different languages as a lyric soprano, hitting notes like Minnie Ripperton. ...Continue reading about Holle Thee Maxwell
|Chasing The Blues Podcast is Back!|
|Tom the Suit Forst is Chasing The Blues!|
|Chasing The Blues kicks off its 3rd season April 5th - that’s over 100 podcasts and we have only just started chasing the Blues! We focus on intimate interviews with today’s Blues Stars like… Samantha Fish, Mark Farner of Grand Funk, Felix Cavaliere of The Young Rascals, John Oates of Hall and Oates Eliza Neals… just to name a few. |
All season long look for the upcoming show announcements and for special giveaways! This will be an amazing year for festivals and we will be talking to many of the top acts as well as with the people behind the scenes who bring you the music.
Join the over 10,000 fans who get the inside story and the behind-the-scenes information that make the Blues come alive.
Go to the Chasing The Blues Podcast website, Spotify or Apple.
Hosted by Tom the suit Forst and sponsored by The Blues Festival Guide.
Tom the suit Forst is a Connecticut and New York Blues Hall Of Fame recording artist and podcaster.
|CD, Single & DVD Releases |
|Johnny Nicholas :: MISTAKEN IDENTITY|
Texas Hill Country blues and roots music MVP Johnny Nicholas album Mistaken Identity
reveals a plethora of roots music sounds showcasing his varied influences, ranging from blues and Tex-Mex to honky-tonk Country and rockabilly. All but one of the songs on this album are originals that draw upon his many influences and experiences that have molded and defined him as a true blues and roots music artist.
Most of the tracks were recorded “live” with very few overdubs and jam-packed with great musicianship, story-telling and melodies all produced, recorded and mixed by Valcour Records co-founder Joel Savoy. “It all started out with the blues for me,’ Johnny says. “Once that bug bit me, I was infected with a love of what is now called Americana or roots music. No matter what you call it, it all began with the blues and all of its musical manifestations.
“This album is a homecoming, bringing me back to the place where I cut my teeth and grew up musically on the prairies and bayou country of Southwest Louisiana in the ‘70s.”
Fast forward past his tenure as a front man with Western Swing icons Asleep At The Wheel, eight solo albums, raising a family, touring the world as a solo act and with the likes of Big Walter Horton, Roosevelt Sykes, Robert Junior Lockwood, Snooky Pryor and Johnny Shines, while helping his wife Brenda run the celebrated Hill Top Cafe, an old gas station and roadhouse in the Texas Hill Country, and Johnny winds up full-circle back in Eunice, Louisiana, bringing his Texas band to Joel Savoy’s tiny but magical little studio outside of Eunice-just a few miles down the road from where it all began.
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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.)
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|Big Walter Horton aka Walter "Shakey" Horton|
"Hard Hearted Woman"
(title is incorrectly embedded on the vintage video)
|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 4TH|
"Hard times ain't nothing that music [and a sense of humor] won't help heal..."
Birthdays upcoming of note:
April 1 Lucille Bogan (1897–1948), Alberta Hunter (1895–1984), Joseph Amos Milburn, Jr. (1927–1980); April 2 Marvin Gaye (1939–1984); April 3 Mitch Woods (1951); April 4 Muddy Waters aka McKinley Morganfield (1913–1983); April 5 Larry McCray (1960); April 6 Big Walter Horton (1918–1981) Warren Haynes (1960); April 7 Billie Holiday (1915-1959), Bo Collins (1932); April 8 “Little Ed” Williams (1955); April 9 Mance Lipscomb (1895–1976); April 10 John Brim (1922–2003) Rosco Gordon (April 10, 1928 – July 11, 2002) ), Shemekia Copeland (1979); April 11 Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson (1939); April 12 "Hound Dog" Taylor (1915-1975); April 15 Tommy Castro (1955), Bessie Smith (1894-1937); April 16 Sean Costello (1979-2008)
Just in Case: April Fool's Day is... yep... April 1st and dates all the way back to the Roman Empire. "It is easier to fool people than it is to convince them that they have been fooled." ...Mark Twain
And then April 11 is "National 8-Track Tape Day..." not exactly sure how we celebrate unless we stashed a player away. Alas, I did save one 8-track for posterity... Lydia Pense & Cold Blood.
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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.
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The Magical Power of Music
HOWLive TV, USA
Wednesday Dose of Blues
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
Leeds Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Leeds, United Kingdom
Whitby Rhythm & Blues Festival
Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK
Mifflinburg Spring Flight
& Blues Party
May-22-2021, Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, USA
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| Southport Blues, Rhythm|
& Rock Festival
Southport, United Kingdom
3rd Annual Red's
Old-Timers Blues Fest
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Black Hills Blues Stomp and Swamp Romp
Jun-04-2021 - Jun-06-2021,
Sturgis, South Dakota, USA
31st Billtown Blues Festival
Jun-11-2021 - Jun-13-2021, Hughesville, Pennsylvania, 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
Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jul-08-2021 - Jul-10-2021
Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, USA
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