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Along with our festival, artist and blues related features, here’s some of the the cool editorial:
Keeping the Blues Alive During a Pandemic By Irene Johnson
What’s Cookin’ with Larry Garner
The Lore of the Train By Michele Lundeen
Blues Against Hunger Society ...feeding thousands while supporting, promoting and preserving the blues
Living Legend: Miss Lavelle White By Pam Cosel
The Blues Foundation Welcomes New Leadership... an interview with the new CEO and President
Ladies Sing & Play the Blues By Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
Thanks for digging and supporting the blues!
|Photo Moments with the New 19th Annual BFG Magazine!|
|Here's Ritchie Orduño, one of the premier guitarists in the San Diego and Baja Mexico area. This afternoon, Ritchie and his Sangre Chicano Soul Band had just finished a set as part of an allstar fundraiser at the Full Moon Saloon in Lakeside, California for a fellow musician who has suffered a serious medical setup.|
Ritchie is also lead guitarist for The Sleepwalkers, a popular, original Chicano roots, blues, Americana, rockabilly band based in San Diego, CA.
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|Blind Pig releases new Altered Five Blues Band album|
|Altered Five Blues Band makes music with a swaggering stomp of bruising, barrelhouse grit. According to Downbeat magazine, frontman Jeff Taylor “sings powerfully” and “Jeff Schroedl’s live-wire guitar reaches the high bar of mixed invention and fluidity.” Blues Bytes magazine declares the group features “the funkiest rhythm section outside of Memphis.”|
A 2018 Blues Music Award nominee, the Milwaukee-based quintet released its new album, Holler If You Hear Me, September 3 on Blind Pig Records. Recorded over five days in Nashville and produced by three-time Grammy winner Tom Hambridge, the 13 original tracks showcase the band's deft songwriting, Taylor's mighty baritone voice, and the intuitive musical interplay of the longtime bandmates. Harmonica ace Jason Ricci also joins the group on five tracks.
The new album arrives on the heels of three award-winning records. Cryin’ Mercy won “Best Self-Released Album” at the International Blues Challenge in 2015. Charmed & Dangerous scored Blues Song of the Year at the Independent Music Awards in 2017. Guitar World magazine called the song “Charmed & Dangerous” a “menacing, swampy blues,” and the track has been in regular rotation on many radio programs and playlists. Then in 2019, Ten Thousand Watts reached #10 on the Billboard Blues Chart, hit #1 on both the iTunes and Amazon blues charts, and the song "Great Minds Drink Alike" won first place in the blues category of the 2019 International Songwriting Competition. The album's opening track, a burning boogie entitled "Right On, Right On," has received significant airplay.
Find more info at their website.
|Bluesin' in Chicago Sept 12 & 19 |
(CHICAGO, IL) - Through the years, Chicago’s West Side has cultivated a rich and lasting blues legacy. Some of our city’s most legendary blues venues have been located there.|
Silvio’s, originally at Lake and Oakley and later at Lake and Kedzie, was for years a home base for Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and many others; it stayed alive and rockin’ as the Riviera Lounge well into the 1980s; Mel’s Hideaway (a.k.a. the Tay May Club) at Roosevelt and Loomis was the inspiration for the Freddie King classic “Hide Away”; the Alex Club, a few blocks west at 1816 Roosevelt, became world-famous after Eddie Shaw, Wolf’s longtime saxophonist and bandleader, purchased it in the mid-1970s.
Other venues that were vital in making the West Side a thriving blues nexus included Walton’s Corner at Roosevelt and Fairfield; the Big Squeeze on 16th St.; the Zanzibar on Blue Island; the Majestic and the Golden Slipper on Pulaski; the Avenue Lounge, Big Duke’s, and Ma Bea’s on Madison; and the Peppermint Lounge at Harrison and Kedzie (where the waitstaff dressed as candy canes, and the Jackson 5 played some of their earliest Chicago gigs). Today, clubs such as Smooth’s Venue on W. Madison and Rooster’s at Ohio and Kedzie continue in that same tradition.
"Soul City Blues – Austin" happens Sunday, September 12, from 12-8pm at Chicago & Mayfield Ave. in Chicago's Austin area. Join us to celebrate the living legacy of Chicago blues! Performers include Lurrie Bell, Vance Kelly, Jimmy Burns, Mzz Reese, Mary Lane and Larry Taylor.
The following Sunday, September 19, a "Blues Music Celebration" will go down at Maxwell Street Market, 800 S. Desplaines St. from11am-2pm. Blues Music Celebration presented as part of Chicago In Tune with Low-Reen & the Maxwell Street Market Blues Band and Fruteland Jackson. The Maxwell Street Market is a Chicago tradition with an eclectic mix of handmade crafts, resale housewares and clothing, live music, family fun and some of the best street food in Chicago.
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|21st Hot Licks Blues Festival Sept 11 to help regional arts & education program|
|(GRANVILLE, OH) – On Saturday, Sept 11, the 21st annual Hot Licks Blues Festival will be offered in downtown Granville (100 East Broadway, Granville, Ohio). Hot Licks Blues Festival is free and open to the public. The main stage will feature live music from 1pm-10pm featuring 3-time Grammy award winning artist Taj Mahal headlining.|
Music lineup includes Tom Carroll & Friends, The High Definitions, Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers, Hughes, Hall, & Denney featuring Teeny Tucker, and Taj Mahal.
Special VIP Experience tickets are limited to 100 people and include dedicated table seating, beverage service, a private reception, and a short, exclusive performance from Taj Mahal at Thirty One West (31 W. Main St.) in Newark, earlier on Sept 11.While the event is free, money raised from donations and the special VIP experience will be applied toward the Newark Organization for Creative arts (NOCA) immersive arts education program and their new facility.
Please consider making a donation to support the long-term viability and growth of the festival and arts education in Licking County.
|Discover Farmington's Blues, Brews, & BBQ Sept 17-18|
|(FARMINGTON, MO) - Discover Farmington's Blues, Brews, & BBQ returns Sept. 17-18 to downtown Farmington for a time of great music, tasty brews and delicious barbecue at 110 W Columbia St., Farmington, Missouri.|
Everyone is invited to bring their lawn chairs and hang out at this family-friendly festival. Along with the blues bands, a craft beer garden (wristband available for those over the age of 21), unique food options, the St. Louis BBQ Society-sanctioned BBQ Contest, barbecue demonstrations, Beer School 101, hand-drawn caricatures, there will be a number of other events, activities and competitions.
Friday's entertainment goes from 5-11pm with Crossroads, TreZZ HombreZZ, and the Heather Newman Band. Saturday continues from 11:30am-11pm with Richie Darling and the Diamond Cut Blues Band, Nathan Bryce and Loaded Dice, Hillary Fitz Band, Albert Castiglia, Nick Schnebelen, and Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band closing out the festival.
|Connecticut Blues Society Updates|
|The CTBS Blues Jam is back at the Pineloft From October until December. The CTBS will be sponsoring a First Sunday Blues Jam at The Pineloft (1474 Berlin Turnpike), Berlin Connecticut, starting Sunday October 3rd 2021, 1pm-5pm|
The CTBS All-Stars (River City Slim, Phil Caron and Joey Primo) are back as the house band with a different 'guitar star' joining the band each month. Musicians bring your instruments and mics. Amps, drums, keyboards and PA are provided.
BLUES CHALLENGE: Due to the uncertainty of the COVID virus and also the time constraints, the 25th annual Connecticut Blues Society Blues Challenge has been cancelled for both bands and solo/duo. They look forward to scheduling for 2022.
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|Adam Schultz :: SOULFUL DISTANCING|
The practice of apprenticeship and mentoring has been a long tradition in the arts and is essential in breeding and nurturing future generations of artists, musicians and performers inevery field. When his son Adam showed drive and aptitude towards becoming a professional guitarist, Douglas Schultz took him for lessons with Clarence Spady. The veteran PA bluesman quickly assessed that young Schultz had real talent and eagerly took him under his wing, nurturing Schultz through live performance and songwriting collaborations. He invited the aspiring guitarist to perform on Spady’s latest release, Surrender, and is the co-producer of this, Shultz’s debut album on Blue Heart Records, Soulful Distancing.
For this 11-song album, Spady surrounded Schultz with some of the finest players on the East Coast including bassist Adam Cohen (Ray Charles, Engelbert Humperdinck), drummer Sharon O’Connell and keyboardist Robert O’Connell along with sax great Tom Hamilton (Dizzy Gillespie, Natalie Cole, The Temptations). Spady stepped in on vocals for six tracks and vocalist Michael Angelo and Ekat Pereyra did the others that are a mix of soul blues classics and originals penned by the young Schultz.
|Chris Gill :: BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND LOUISE|
"Song For Honeyboy"
Long time Mississippi blues guitarist, songwriter, performer Chris Gill recorded the record that’s been on his mind a long time! This set of tunes is stripped down to vocals and old guitars. There are no overdubs or monkey business here! This was all done with two microphones, a little amp and a lot of love for the blues!
Nine of the 11 tracks were written by Gill with two written by Virgil Brawley. Gill's original songs are a mix of juke joint boogie and Piedmont style finger picking. His influences of Taj Mahal, Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Elizabeth Cotten and Lightnin Hopkins definitely comes out in his songs.
Chris Gill has been lighting up stages in the mid-South for over twenty years. Armed with sweet guitar rhythms, a soulful voice and a clever, unique songwriter’s perspective, Chris is well-known as one of Jackson, Mississippi’s most entertaining performers.
|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|"Hard times ain't nothing that music won't help heal..."|
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Sept 9-Otis Redding (1941-1967), Inez Foxx (1942); Sept 10-Roy Brown (1925-1981), Johnny Rawls (1952); Sept 11-Barbeque Bob (1902-1931), John “Juke” Logan (1946-2013); Sept 12-Alger "Texas" Alexander (1900-1954), Gus Cannon (1883-1979); Sept 13-Charles Brown (1922-1999); Sept 15-Silas Hogan (1911-1994), Snooky Pryor (1921-2006); Sept 16-B.B. King (1925-2015), Little Willie Littlefield (1931-2013 pictured here top left with Pee Wee Crayton), Billy Boy Arnold (1935); Sept 17-Henry Butler (1948-2019); Sept 19-Brook Benton (1931-1988), Bill Medley (1940), David Bromberg (1945), Scott Bradlee (Post Modern Jukebox 1981); Sept 21-Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), Jesse Ed Davis (1944-1988); Sept 23-Roy Buchanan (1939-1988), Ray Charles (1930-2004), Fenton Robinson (1935-1997), Tiny Bradshaw (1907-1958); Mighty Joe Young (1927-1999)
Just in case:
Sept 15th is "National Felt Hat Day" celebrated to honor the rich history of hats. Oh yeh, it also marks a shift in the weather (although it's still pretty darn hot 'round here). But how many cool hats have we seen worn by blues musicians over generations whether cold or hot?! Whether and everyday thang or a performance thang, hats are definitely, and no doubt always will be, an integral part of music and arts culture.
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Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
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Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
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Oct-07-2021 - Oct-10-2021
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Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK
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Oct-09-2021 - Oct-10-2021
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