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Roy has also toured and recorded with many artists including the late Candye Kane, Junior Watson, Mitch Woods, Kid Andersen, Elvin Bishop, R.J Mischo, Kid Ramos, Bob Corritore and more.
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(JACKSON. MS) - Mississippi's capital is renaming one of its major streets for Grammy-winning, legendary blues singer Bobby Rush who lives in the city. The Jackson City Council voted Tuesday to rename Ellis Avenue to Bobby Rush Boulevard. The north-south corridor provides a direct route from Interstate 20 to the Jackson Zoo. The name change takes effect in a month.|
Rush, a Louisiana native who has lived in Arkansas and Chicago before moving to Jackson in the 1980s, has won two Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Blues Album. His first was in 2017 at the age of 83 and the second in 2020. He’s also won 12 Blues Music Awards (BMA) over the years including a BMA for Entertainer of The Year.
The award-winning entertainer known for his "folk funk" style, has a Mississippi Blues Trail marker named after him.
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|Woodystock Blues Festival April 9-10 |
|(BULLHEAD CITY, AZ) - If you find yourself in Laughlin, Nevada or Bullhead City, Arizona April 9-10 2022 you’ll find the coolest Blues Festival – Woodystock at its new home at Camp Davis. Doors open at 10am both days. Davis Camp Park, South Beach Pavilion (across from the Colorado River near Casino Row in Laughlin). The lineup includes Multi-Blues and Grammy Award Winner, and saxophone player extraordinaire Jimmy Carpenter Band, Crooked Eye Tommy, Jay Gordon & Blues Venom, Sandy Haley, Delta Shade, Blue Henrys, The Good Hurt, The Reverend and The Doctor, plus more TBA.|
This is an all-ages event. Doors Open 10am each day and music goes until 9:30pm. There are ticket discounts for Vets and also Las Vegas Blues Society and Los Angeles Blues Society members with Valid ID. The Woodystock Blues Festival Kick-Off Party will take place Friday, April 8 at River Rick’s Saloon in The New Pioneer Hotel Gambling Hall.
Each day features a chance to win a Gretsch Guitar (via Raffle; must be present to win). Discount rooms available with their Hotel Partners, Aquarius Casino Resort and The New Pioneer Hotel Gambling Hall. There will be food, drink, crafts vendors, and more!
|Willie Mitchell & The Music of Royal Studios Exhibit through Feb 2022|
(CLEVELAND, MS) - In partnership with Memphis Tourism, the exhibit, titled Willie Mitchell & The Music of Royal Studios, is a collaboration between the Mississippi Museum and Memphis-based Royal Studios, and tells the story of the iconic studio—one of the oldest in the world that continues to operate today—and the late Willie Mitchell, who ran the studio and produced many artists on its label, Hi Records. On display through February 2022 at Grammy Museum Mississippi (800 W Sunflower Rd., Cleveland, Mississippi), the exhibit features artifacts from Royal Studios and Hi Records artists.|
“Willie Mitchell and Royal Studios played such an important role in developing the Memphis soul sound. And today, as one of the oldest still-operating recording studios in the world, Royal Studios continues to bring us music by such contemporaries as Bruno Mars and John Mayer. We’re thrilled to be able to share this important piece of music history with our visitors,” said Emily Havens, Executive Director.
The building that Royal Studios and Hi Records reside in today was originally built as a movie theater in 1915. Converted into a studio in 1957, Royal Studios—home of Hi Records and the Hi Rhythm Section—grew from a minor rockabilly studio into one of the most successful producers of soul music worldwide. https://www.grammymuseumms.org/exhibits/willie-mitchell-and-the-music-of-royal-studios
You can also checkout this video featuring interviews with Boo Mitchell and Grammy winning artists and producers and more.
|“Our Living Past” exhibit at Piedmont Arts Jan 21-Mar 12|
|(MARTINSVILLE, VA) - For 35 years, photographer Timothy Duffy traveled the South immortalizing many Southern musical heroes and the world in which they live. These images were made with wet-plate collodion photography and printed with the platinum/palladium process. The collection will be on view at Piedmont Arts (215 Starling Ave., Martinsville, Virginia) Jan 21- Mar 12, 2022.|
The Opening Reception happens Jan 21 5:30-7:30pm EST. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
Tim Duffy is the founder of Music Maker Foundation — the non-profit that preserves the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it.
The "Our Living Past" exhibit includes portraits ranging from guitar virtuoso and Allman Brothers Band member Derek Trucks and legendary bluesman Taj Mahal to lesser-known blues and soul artists, as well as images of instruments, like former Carolina Chocolate Drops member Dom Flemons' circa 1920 banjo, “Big Head Joe.”
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|(RENO, NV) - Reno Blues Society's annual Mardi Gras Dance, Sat., Feb. 19 will feature Maxx Cabello, Jr. from 7-10:30pm at Boomtown Casino Hotel. Tickets are $25 but RBS members get a $5 rebate at the door. Tickets are available now on their website, and beginning next week at Recycled Records in Reno or Hippies Pipes and Incense in Sparks and of course at the door night of the event.|
Prizes and gift certificates are needed for Mardi Gras silent auction The money this year will go toward sponsoring Tuesday Bluesday at Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley). If you have something to donate for the RBS silent auction (product, service, etc.) or a business contact for them, please contact RBS President Jamie Klund via email.
(BOULDER, CO) - The Colorado Blues Society (CBS) announced the recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the CBS, recognizes and honors blues musicians who during their lifetime have achieved outstanding, meaningful and creative artistic significance for the people of Colorado.
The recipients are: Hawkeye Herman, David Booker, and Al Chesis.
The formal presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Awards is part of the Colorado Blues Society’s annual Members Choice Awards Ceremony.
The Colorado Blues Society also recognizes Dazzle Presents for commendable service to the Colorado blues community during the COVID 19 pandemic.
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|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|Birthdays upcoming of note:|
Jan 20-Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter (1888-1949), Luther Tucker (1936-1993); Jan 21-Snooks Eaglin (1936-2009), Richie Havens (1941-2013), B'nois King (1943), Wolfman Jack (1938-1995 DJ extraordinaire), Zora Young (1948); Jan 22-Hammie Nixon (1908-1984), Sam Cooke (1935-1964), “Blind” Willie Johnson (1897-1945), Teeny Tucker (1958); Jan 24-Aaron Neville (1941), Johnny B. Moore (1950), John Belushi (1949-1982), Beth Hart (1972), John Henry "Guitar Shorty" Fortescue (1923-1976); Jan 25-Sleepy John Estes (1899-1977), Etta James (1938-2012); Jan 26-Huey "Piano" Smith (1934); Jan 27-Andrew "Smokey" Hogg (1914-1960), Elmore James (1918-1963), Bobby "Blue" Bland (1930-2013 photo art here by Jude Kane); Jan 28-Drink Small (1933); Jan 29-Eddie Taylor (1923-1985), Jonny Lang (1981); Jan 30-Janiva Magness (1957); Jan 31-Roosevelt Sykes (1906-1983), Chuck Willis (1928-1958), Paul deLay (1952-2007), Charlie Musselwhite (1944), Big Time Sarah (1953-2015); Alan Lomax (1915-2002 musicologist, writer, producer)
Just in case:
• January 24 is "National Compliment Day." The power of a compliment is pretty remarkable: either giving or receiving one can boost your happiness and confidence on many levels. When's the last time you actually gave a musician a solid compliment to their face? I don't mean just "hey, you should keep singing!" HA! But if something touched you, moved you personally and/or positively, whether music or otherwise, tell the person. So often we lean towards the negatives or stay silent. Share the gift of a compliment! Apathy be damned! By the way... thanks for reading this! I appreciate you!
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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
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Chester, South Carolina USA
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Jan-29-2022 - Feb-5-2022
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Feb-4-2022 - Feb-5-2022
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Ice, Wine, Beer and Blues Fest
Feb-4-2022 - Feb-5-2022
Marshall, Michigan, USA
Cincinnati Winter Blues
Mason, Ohio, USA
Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Leeds, United Kingdom
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-11-2022 - Mar-13-2022
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Walla Walla Guitar Festival 11
Mar-11-2022 - Mar-13-2022
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
Coeur D'Alene Blues Festival
Mar-25-2022 - Mar-27-2022
Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-08-2022 - Apr-10-2022
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
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| Florida Blues & Heritage Festival|
Immokalee, Florida, USA
29th Lowcountry Cajun Festival
South Carolina, USA
Juke Joint Festival
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Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-5-2022 - May-8-2022
San Diego, California USA
Flagstaff Blues and Brews
Jun-10-2022 - Jun-11-2022
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Billtown Blues Festival
Jun-10-2022 - Jun-12-2022
Billtown, Pennsylvania, USA
New York State Blues Festival
Jun-16-2022 – Jun-18-2022
Syracuse, New York, USA
Northwoods Blues Festival
Jun-17-2022 - Jun-18-2022
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA
Greenwood Blues Cruise
Festival of Discovery
Jul-07-2022 - Jul-09-2022
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA
Vallemaggia Magic Blues
Jul-07-2022 – Aug-07-2022
Cincy Blues Fest
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Big Blues Bender
Aug-25-2022 - Aug-28-2022
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
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