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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!
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|2021 BFG cover photography Marilyn Stringer caught up with Kevin Burt (who graces this year's cover) at the Big Blues Bender this past weekend. I love this and I know they get a kick out of running into each other as well!|
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|20th Annual Blues & Roots Festival Sept 18|
|(HANFORD, CA) -Main Street Hanford hosts the 20th Annual Blues & Roots Festival Saturday, Sept 18 at 5:30pm-10:30pm at downtown Hanford, California’s Civic Center Park with the Daniel Castro Band as one of the main acts on the Michelob Ultra Stage. The festival will be rounded out by Bill Clifton’s Chicken and Whiskey Band, Chris Bolen’s Electric Grease, and Hanford’s own, Travis Brooks. Meanwhile, food and a beer and wine garden will be part of the festivities. |
The organization is ready to celebrate their 20th year after having to cancel the annual event in 2020. Festivalgoers are asked to bring (low back) lawn chairs and/or blankets. No bottles, cans, or ice chests are allowed. Admission is free.
“We have volunteers and staff working hard to bring you the best Blues Festival in the valley and we hope the community will come out and support the event,” said Michelle Brown, Executive Director of Main Street Hanford.
|Alan Parsons, Joe Bonamassa Unique Broadcast Fundraiser Sept 25|
Musical legends Alan Parsons and Joe Bonamassa are teaming up to raise money for two important non-profit organizations. This very special, one-of-a-kind event will directly benefit non-profits Musically Fed and the Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation.|
Join them on September 25, 2021 for a unique broadcast featuring the World Premiere of legendary producer/musician/engineer Alan Parsons' latest epic song and music video, The NeverEnding Show featuring Jordan Asher Huffman.
During the program you will have the opportunity to view clips of Alan's newest concert film Live in the Netherlands, and there will also be an in-depth Q&A hosted by guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa.
Read full details and how to watch plus find Event Bundles, Live Albums and Collector's Items!
|Grand Opening for "Expression of the Blues" Oct 7|
|(HELENA, AR) - The Delta Cultural Center (141 Cherry St., Helena, Arkansas) would like to invite everyone to the Grand Opening of a new exhibition titled "Expression of the Blues" by Carol Boss at 5:30 pm on October 7, 2021. This is a limited grand opening inside the DCC Visitors Center that will also be streamed via social media. "Expression of the Blues" will be on display October 7, 2021 thru January 24, 2022 and features a thematic collection of portraitures of various blues musicians painted by Carol Boss. These likenesses are painted on vintage ceiling tiles and include King Biscuit Blues Festival regulars like James "SuperChikan" Johnson and Larry McCrary. Boss paints them as emotive of their distinct spirit when performing and situates each piece as reflective of the era the musicians came to prominence with their talents. |
Carol Boss will speak about the featured artwork in the exhibition with an online and on-site audience. Visitors will learn of her interaction with and selection of the musicians, the creative process she applies, and the tangible and intangible qualities she seeks to reflect in the completed colorful, intricate faces. Following her formal discourse, blues guitarist and singer, Detroit Johnny of Pine Bluff, will play as guests tour the exhibit. Drinks and light refreshments may be served if public health measures deem permissible.
|Fred de Vries’ Blues for the White Man|
|By Tim Cohen|
Given the title of this book, it would be easy to imagine it belongs to that new genre of books bemoaning political correctness and fighting back against notionally odious attitudes toward white men in the style of Jordan Peterson. Nothing could be further from the truth.
But having said what it isn’t, that is a lot easier than saying what it is. The book is part travelogue, part musical narrative, and part examination of the concept of race in South Africa and the American South.
Intrigued by the intersection between race and music, author Fred De Vries sets off from Cape Town for the American South in part to discover the origins of the music he grew up with and loved in Rotterdam, Holland, but also to explore in his honest, receptive, sensitive way, the idea of “blackness” and “whiteness” in music and society.
The first part of the book is therefore a first-person travel narrative of the cornerstone geographic sites typically associated in some way with the origins of the blues; Memphis, Clarksdale, New Orleans, and his stepping-off point Atlanta.
In the process, he attends music concerts, interviews people, meets odd types, relates history, and provides the sense of the place with an impressionistic eye. He then returns to his adopted hometown, Cape Town, to witness the new campus eruption of what might be called the new wave of black consciousness.
You can sense the aim of the book is mutating slightly from an examination of music and race, towards an examination of race and music. More intrigued now about the modern version of the race/music intersection, he returns to the US for the second time and visits a new set of towns and cities, including Jackson, Birmingham, Selma, Savannah, and Forsyth.
…Read full review at the Daily Maverick
|• Canberra Blues Society Jam w-Sister C & The Bad Habits|
• River City Blues Society presents Rooster Alley
|(NARRABUNDAH, AUSTRALIA) - The Canberra Blues Society will hold its Monthly Blues Jam this Sunday Sept 19th, 1pm-4:30pm at the Harmonie German Club (49 Jerrabomberra Ave, Narrabundah, Australia) with blues, funk and soul band Sister C & The Bad Habits hosting. They’ll be followed by some of the finest musicians in the Canberra region.|
CBS Members: $5 or General $10. Pre-sales ends 19 September at 10am. The CBS Jams are held the 3rd Saturday of the month.
(PEORIA, IL) Sunday, September 26, the River City Blues Society presents Rooster Alley at Timberlake Club at 5501 W Farmington Rd., Peoria, Illinois, at 12pm-4pm.
Rockin' blues band Rooster Alley is Delta-grown, Chicago-cooked blues, served up Texas BBQ style.
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|Rob Stone, Elena Kato & Hiroshi Eguchi :: TRIO IN TOKYO|
"Got To Get You Off My Mind"
The harmonica is one of the few instruments you can literally put in your pocket and carry with you wherever you go. This portability has allowed Rob Stone to travel the world playing the music he grew up with in Boston and to learn from the masters of Chicago Blues like Jerry Portnoy, Sleepy LaBeef and the legendary Sam Lay, before forming his own band and eventually relocating to Los Angeles. His globetrotting led him to Japan many times where he found an eager audience for his style of post-war electric blues and a community of like-minded musicians. Encouraged by his mentor, the late great Big Jay McNeely, Stone recorded his first all acoustic album with pianist Elena Kato and bassist Hiroshi Eguchi, tagging the record with the title, Trio In Tokyo, as a reflection of the project’s intimacy with an international flair and universal appeal. The unplugged sound is a departure from his five previous albums with The C Notes and other big electric collaborations including those with Joe Bonamassa, Benny Turner, Bob Margolin and Slash.
The ten tracks are a throwback to the 1930’s and 40’s sound of vocal stylists like Big Joe Turner, Nat King Cole, and Fats Waller, who blended comedy and innovation in their music and laid the groundwork for modern jazz and blues. The small combo setting leaves room for these three talented musicians to easily communicate and interact with one another and flush out the nuances of each composition. Finding new avenues of expression and common inspiration in songs made famous generations ago by Louis Jordan, Solomon Burke, Lead Belly, and other heroes of The Great American Songbook.
|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|"There's a sadness to all kinds of music if you want to hear it. There's also happiness to it if you want to hear it." B.B. King|
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); Sept 24- Tarheel Slim aka Alden Bunn (1924-1977), Chick Willis (1934-2013), Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893-1929); Sept 25-Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (1936-1996), Sept 27- Bob Corritore (1956), Larry "Mud" Morganfield (1957); Sept 28- Koko Taylor (1928-2009), Ben E. King (1938), Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (1954); Sept 30- Z.Z. Hill (1935-1984), Nick Schnebelen (1978), Tony Braunagel (1949)
Just in case:
September 18 is National Dance Day! Dancing is not only an artistic outlet, but yes, improves emotional and mental health as well. And let's face it, sometimes you just can't help yourself when the music moves you! It's spontaneity at it's best. There are certainly a lot of chances to dance to blues-type music. Interpret the mood of the music and open yourself up to creativity. I personally love to dance.
(art by Diane Russell for LRBC)
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