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|Here's saxman extraordinaire Jonny Viau following a rousing, bluesy, backyard party in Fallbrook, California Oct 2.|
Jonny is been an integral part of Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra for years and is also a go-to, in-demand saxman. He's also toured with the late Candye Kane, Mitch Woods, Earl King, and the Blues Beatles , etc., as well as recorded with the likes of Duke Robillard, Soloman Burke, Kim Wilson, Clarence "Garemouth" Brown and more.
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|Zac Harmon :: LONG AS I GOT MY GUITAR |
|"People Are Talking"|
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Long As I Got My Guitar on Catfood Records is the new album from Texas-Catfood Records Long As I Got My Guitar is the new album from Texas-based, award-winning blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter Zac Harmon. Produced by Grammy-winner Jim Gaines (Santana, Steve Ray Vaughan, and Journey) and recorded at Sonic Ranch in, Tornillo, Texas, Long As I Got My Guitar features 10 songs performed in Harmon’s inimitable funky, soul-blues sound.
Backing Zac’s lead guitar and vocals on most of the tracks are The Rays: Bob Trenchard – bass; Richy Puga – drums; Johnny McGhee – guitar; Dan Ferguson – keyboards; plus SueAnn Carwell and Corey Lacey – background vocals; with Harmon’s regular touring band on additional tracks. Catfood Records released his 2019 label debut, Mississippi Bar BQ, also produced by Jim Gaines, to rave critical acclaim and extensive radio airplay.
The songs on Long As I Got My Guitar include a number of tunes co-penned by Harmon and Catfood Records owner Bob Trenchard. The album’s repertoire runs the gamut of the blues experience: from the uptown sound of “Soul Land” and “Love for You Baby;” to the gritty “Deal with the Devil,” “People Been Talking,” “Waiting to Be Free,” “New Year’s Day” and the title track, the latter two especially distinguished by Harmon’s stinging blues guitar attack. Dan Ferguson’s accordion playing on “Crying Shame,” even adds a little Zydeco touch to that track.
“This probably is the most memorable record of my career,” Zac Harmon says about the new CD. “Bob Trenchard and I were so much on the same page with all that we went through in 2020 that it spawned some incredibly emotional song testimonials, such as ‘Scatter My Ashes to the Wind.’ Great songs, great musicians and a great producer have once again created a great musical presentation.” ...Click here for more info on Zac Harmon and his new release
|"Expression of The Blues" exhibition at The Delta Cultural Center featuring artist Carol Boss |
|(HELENA, AR) - The Delta Cultural Center (DCC) announces the grand opening of a new exhibition, “Expression of the Blues” by artist Carol Boss from 5:30pm-6:30pm, Thursday, Oct. 7, at the DCC Visitor’s Center, 141 Cherry St., Helena, Arkansas. Guests at the event will meet Carol Boss and be entertained by Arkansas blues artist Detroit Johnny. No reservation required and drinks and light refreshments will be served.|
Carol Boss is known for her portraitures of blues musicians painted on vintage ceiling tiles. Many of these are King Biscuit Blues Festival regulars.
“Expression of the Blues” will be on display in the main gallery until Jan. 24, 2022. The DCC is open Tuesday to Saturday 9am-5pm.
The mission of the Delta Cultural Center is to research, document, collect, interpret and present the heritage of the people of the Arkansas Delta. DCC is an agency of Arkansas Heritage.
Arkansas Heritage Arkansas Heritage was created in 1975. There are eight agencies with unique heritage focuses under the umbrella of this division: Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives. Jimmy Bryant serves as director of the division while Stacy Hurst is the secretary of the Department of Arkansas Parks, Heritage and Tourism.
For More Information contact James Dean, Public Information Officer (501) 414-9048 or EMAIL.
|Lancaster Roots and Blues Oct 15-17|
|(LANCASTER, PA) - Lancaster Roots and Blues is an annual festival of music and art held in beautiful downtown Lancaster Pennsylvania. The event is held indoors at multiple venues all located within three blocks of each other. Attendees receive a wristband at check-in and can move about freely from stage to stage. Expect at least 60 different musical artists over the 3-day festival. |
Blues artists include Shemekia Copeland, Larkin Poe, Charlei Musselwhite, Eric Gales, Chris Cain, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, North Mississippi Allstars, Joanna Conner, Jontavious Willis, John Nemeth, Sugar Ray & The Bluestones and many more and also varied.
Style-wise, Blues is obviously a big part of the music but they also book a variety of genres including jazz, Americana, roots music, funk, soul, rock n roll including rockabilly, zydeco, world music, and more.
The genre of music is less important than having artists who play from the heart and with soul and possess a high standard of musical excellence. A good description of the music at Lancaster Roots and Blues is it is timeless. They say they definitely don’t chase the flavor of the month. The music is memorable, not disposable.
Festival headquarters for the weekend of the event is at The Lancaster County Convention Center located at the Lancaster Marriott. There will also be an Art Expo in the Convention Center and special Art and Art/Music events at multiple galleries throughout the city.
Complete details, including musical artists performing and visual artists showing, including stages, galleries and times for each show, can be found on their website. There you can also find maps and pages with information about lodging and transportation.
|Live Music and book talk at B.B. King Museum Gin Oct 7|
|(INDIANOLA, MS) - It's First Thursday Live Music at the B.B. King Museum (400 Second St, Indianola, Mississippi). This Thursday, October 7 starting 7pm, guests will enjoy Delta food and a cash bar as they gather for music in the original cotton gin that now makes up part of the museum. Join Alphonso Sanders, blues songwriter and performer for an evening of fun. Sanders is also an educator and director of the B.B. King Recording Studio at Mississippi Valley State University.|
They're also adding a King of the Blues Book Talk with Daniel De Vise, "Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist De Vise (The Comeback) amply demonstrates his masterful storytelling and research skills in this definitive look at legendary blues musician B.B. King (1925–2015)... Even readers who aren’t fans of the blues will be engrossed by this nuanced look at an American icon."
Admission is free.
|The “Sacred Soul” Documentary backstory|
|In early 2020, when Music Maker Foundation co-founder Tim Duffy took the Memphis producer Bruce Watson to rural eastern North Carolina to hear sacred soul music, he wasn’t sure what to expect. Days later, Watson left with an album and a documentary film of the quartet singing from the region, a tradition which traces its roots in the region back to the 17th century.|
Duffy says Sacred Soul of North Carolina would never have happened without us meeting the eminent artist and guitar maker Freeman Vines. “Freeman introduced me to his sisters, the Glorifying Vines Sisters,” Duffy says. “And we built a relationship with them. We sent them on tour to Switzerland. We did many shows with them… We just became friends.
“Then Alice Vines invited Denise and me to the Glorifying Vines Sisters’ annual Christmas concert at the church where Alice is the pastor, the Believe in Jesus Ministry in Farmville, North Carolina. We went, and it was just three and a half hours of just pure rock ’n’ roll from all these incredible musicians.
“And I realized that the sacred soul, this gospel music of eastern Carolina, is much different from the gospel music in Memphis, or what I had heard in New Orleans or Mississippi or anywhere else.”
But what Tim didn’t know was how broadly the sacred soul tradition spread across that region of North Carolina. He needed help, so he called on Alice Vines to be the musical director. Vines invited 11 singing groups from across the region to be part of the project. For one week, Freeman Vines’ art studio in Fountain, North Carolina, became a temporary recording studio.
“In five days or six days, we recorded all those groups,” Tim says.
“The film really explains how all these family bands stuck together,” he adds. “A lot of these bands come from a small area around Greene County in North Carolina, which during the ’60s was the biggest concentration of Ku Klux Klan members in the nation. And these guys will tell you, this is resistance music, it’s faith music. You can imagine the circumstances in which this music was created, but they believed faith would bring them through. It will take down mountains.”
|Blues Society of Western PA Best Self Produced CD Winner |
|The winner of the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania’s Best Self-Produced CD is Soulful Femme's All Is Well With My Soul. The CD will be entered within the Best Self-Produced CD Competition hosted by the Blues Foundation, Memphis, TN.|
The general international winner of the Best Self-Produced CD shall be introduced on the International Blues Challenge in late January, 2022.
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|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|"Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues" ...Albert Collins|
Blues Birthdays upcoming of note:
Oct 8-Andy “T” Talamantez; Oct 9-O.V. Wright (1939-1980); Oct 9-O.V. Wright (1939-1980); Oct 10-Cyril Neville (1948); Oct 12 Nappy Brown (1929-2008), James "Sugar Boy" Crawford Jr. (1934-2012), Sam Moore (1935), Barbara Blue; Oct 13 Dorothy Moore (1946); Oct 14 Jimmy Liggins (1924-1983), Son Thomas (1926-1993), Kenny Neal (1957); Oct 15 Victoria Spivey (1906-1976); Oct 16 Sugarpie DeSanto (1935 pictured here), Big Joe Williams (1903-1982); Oct 18 Chuck Berry (1926-2017), Jessie Mae Hemphill (1923-2006); Oct 19 William "Piano Red" Perryman (1911-1985); Oct 20 Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941), Bugs Henderson (1943-2012), Vasti Jackson (1959); Oct 21 Steve Cropper (1941), Elvin Bishop (1942), Michele Lundeen (yer faithful e-Guide Editor); Oct 23 Rufus "Speckled Red" Perryman (1892-1973), Boozoo Chavis (1930-2001), Carol Fran (1933-2021)
Just in case:
October 10th is "National Hug A Drummer Day"! I like that concept! In 1909, William Ludwig opened a company and patented the kick-drum pedal, leading to the first "drum kit" as we know it today. in 1926, drummer Chick Webb formed a band in Harlem, making him the first prominent bandleader who played the drums. And in 1979 Modern Drummer Magazine created the first Hall of Fame for drummers. Gene Krupa was it's first member.
Of note, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith (pictured), Tony Braunagel, June Core, Derrick “D’Mar” Martin, and Bernard Purdie were the 42nd Annual Blues Music Award Nominees.
How many drummers can you think of right off that you'd like to hug? I'm gonna see a few soon and bring it on!
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|Carolina Downhome Blues Festival|
Oct-07-2021 - Oct-10-2021
Camden, South Carolina, USA
Front Porch Blues Bash 2021
Oct-08-2021 - Oct-09-2021
Helena, Arkansas, USA
Covington, Louisiana, USA
Whitby Rhythm & Blues Festival
Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK
Forgotten Music Festival
Oct-09-2021 - Oct-10-2021
Port St. Joe, Florida, USA
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Southport, United Kingdom
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Oct-15-2021 - Oct-17-2021
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