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Living Legend: Billy Branch By Bill Dahl
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WLAC: Blues, Baby Chicks and Stim-U-Aid By Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
That Chicago Blues Sound By Wayne Baker Brooks
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What’s Cookin’ - Blueswoman Shaun Murphy shares a fave recipe
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Trumpet Records Courtesy of the Delta Blues Museum - a testament to Mississippi’s musical gift to the world
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|Multi-award winning John Primer began his musical journey on Chicago's infamous Maxwell Street. He then went on to be bandleader and lead guitarist for Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, and Magic Slim. He's played and recorded with a host of blues artists. Yes, he's the real deal!|
Primer performed at the 2022 Gator By The Bay on May 8 in San Diego, California, sharing the stage with vocalist, harmonica man Rob Stone, in a fun and entertaining culmination to an all-star, packed weekend.
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|Ryan Lee Crosby :: WINTER HILL BLUES|
|"Down So Long"|
Songwriter/guitarist Ryan Lee Crosby may be from Boston, MA, but his musical home is in Mississippi. Fans can journey there either to see him at festivals or figuratively by listening to his new album Winter Hill Blues, produced at Delta-Sonic Sound in Memphis, TN by Bruce Watson, of Fat Possum, who produced all-time great albums by R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. Crosby has befriended GRAMMY-nominee Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, last purveyor of the Bentonia, MS style of blues most exemplified by Skip James. Guitar Player Magazine spotlighted Crosby in an article on the Bentonia style.
Crosby has also absorbed the hypnotic, one-chord stomps of North Mississippi Hill Country blues. With Watson as producer, Crosby knew he was in good hands, saying, “I’ve been deeply influenced by the albums Bruce has been associated with at Fat Possum, including classics by R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and Robert Belfour. To work with Bruce brought me full circle.” He proves himself a restlessly creative, master guitarist, playing both electric and acoustic 12-string guitars as well as lap-style guitar on Winter Hill Blues.
This is no revivalist album! Crosby blends echoes of the sounds of Mali and India into his approach and writes about contemporary themes such as that seemingly-inescapable harried feeling that life in 2022 portends. “For me, Winter Hill Blues is the culmination of all those experiences and influences,” Crosby says. “I hear blues, Indian classical music, and Malian guitar as being interconnected through the common traits of a centered harmony, with an emphasis on melody, supported by repetition and rhythm, while singing the truth of one’s experience within a spare, beautiful framework that reflects an openness of mind and heart.” The album also includes an interpretation of “Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down” by Robert Wilkins, whom the Rolling Stones famously covered.
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|30th New York State Blues Fest a continuous river of music|
|(NEW YORK, NY) – The 30th anniversary of the New York State Blues Fest is happening June 16-18 at Chevy Court inside the New York State Fairgrounds. The festival is one of the largest free blues events in the Northeast. This annual 3-day musical celebration showcases a collection of regional and national artists from multiple genres, all with roots steeped in tradition and vision, and arranges them for a continuous river of music. Attendees are welcome to bring chairs and there will be plenty of room for dancing up front.|
The festival features exciting acts on the main stage including Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, The Kingsnakes, Clarence Spady, Vanessa Collier, JJ Grey & Mofro, and many more, plus acts each day on the side stage. A variety of food vendors will be onsite and wine and beer will be sold. Retail and craft vendors will also be set up market style.
The festival is free to attend, but there is a fee for parking, which is available in the Brown Lot for $10 per car and $5 per motorcycle. ADA parking is in the Emerald Lot. Proceeds from the parking fees help to offset expenses and to keep the New York State Blues Festival admission-free.
The New York State Blues Festival is produced through the support of corporate and private donations, local and state grants, and the dedication of more than 100 hard-working volunteers.
|“Daughters of the Delta” World Premiere this weekend|
|(OAKLAND, CA) - “Daughters of the Delta” will premiere on Saturday, June 11, showtime 8pm; and Sunday, June 12 at 2pm at the Plymouth Jazz and Justice Church, 424 Monte Vista Ave., Oakland, California. Tickets are $20-$25.|
By Andrew Gilbert
Michelle Jacques has traveled the world as a musical ambassador representing the deepest wellsprings of Black American music. Embracing her musical heritage at midlife after a successful administrative career, the New Orleans-born vocalist performed at far-flung festivals and concert halls with a cappella ensembles such as Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, SoVoSo and Street Sounds.
At home in the Bay Area, the 69-year-old has played hundreds of community gigs and school performances leading her own a cappella group Juke Joint and her rollicking Gulf Coast combo Chelle and Friends. So it seems more than fitting that Jacques’ most ambitious musical undertaking yet, “Daughters of the Delta,” comes by way of a commission from the San Francisco International Arts Festival.
Featuring an array of songs by female African American composers and musicians hailing from Louisiana in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the world premiere of “Daughters of the Delta” kicks off SFIAF’s summer concert series Saturday, June 11, at Oakland’s Plymouth Jazz and Justice Church (with a reprise performance Sunday, June 12). The program explores spirituals, gospel, jazz and blues to showcase the contributions of songwriters and performers like Lil Hardin Armstrong, Lizzie Miles and Blue Lu Barker, who wrote and recorded “Don’t You Feel My Leg,” a song reintroduced by Maria Muldaur on her 1973 debut album. …Continue reading
|Celebrating Bentonia Blues Festival’s 50th where it all began|
|(BENTONIA, MS) - Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bentonia Blues Festival June 16-18, at the historic Blue Front Cafe (107 E Railroad Ave.) in Bentonia, Mississippi off Highway 49 North. It’s the oldest operating juke joint in the country! The event will feature live music, food and merchandise vendors, RV, and tent camping (fees may apply), and more. |
The final lineup features Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, owner of the Blue Front Cafe and creator of the Bentonia Blues Festival, who will be playing every night plus:
• June 16th starting 3pm: Red Meat Rhetoric, Shaun Marsh, Ryan Lee Crosby, Little Willie Farmer, R L Boyce (Bonnie Renfroe)
• June 17th starting 3pm: Little MS Soul, RL SuperBad, Randy "19th Street Red" Cohen, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, Ghalia Volt, Bobby Rush
• June 18th starting 11:30: RL SuperBad, Randy Cohen “19th Street Red,“ Meagan May, Gordon Licciardi, Groove Johnson, Libby Rae Watson, Jesse Cotton Stone, MZ Pleshette
You do not want to miss a single act that’s playing at the Festival!
The Bentonia Blues Festival is a unique, down-home style festival that runs on juke joint time just like the historic and authentic oldest juke joint in daily operation, the Blue Front Cafe. In other words, times and order of performances are bound to change a bit. Relax and have a great time with us as we help to keep the Bentonia blues alive!
Visitors to the area can find more information about places to eat and stay including hotels, motels, and RV Parks in the Yazoo County area at this website or by calling the Yazoo County CVB at 800-381-0662.
|Northwoods Blues Festival 2022 will be smokin’ on the Chippewa River June 17-18|
|(CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI) – The Northwoods Blues Festival will be held June 17-18 at Riverfront Park right on the Chippewa River in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin featuring top blues artists. Gates open 2pm Friday and 12pm Sunday, There’s great lodging nearby plus camping is available. Free shuttle for attendees from selective hotels and campgrounds within 15 miles of festival.|
Starting Friday June 17, the smoking lineup features Harrison Street, Chris Beard, John Primer, and "The Bob's of Blues" w-Bob Margolin, Bob Corritore and Bob Stroger. On Saturday June 18 is Damon Fowler, JP Soars and The Red Hots, Victor Wainwright and The Train, Mike Zito, and at 10pm, the Mike Zito and Friends Blues Jam. Plus, artists will be performing on a second stage so the music never stops!
Advanced ticket are available through June 16 and will increase $5 (per day) at gate. VIP tickets are presale. Tickets available here.
Northwoods Blues Festival will follow the current CDC Guidelines at the time of the Festival. Parking is free with over 600 City parking lot spaces available within blocks of Riverfront Park.
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|Star-Studded Lineup at 13th Silver Spring Blues Festival June 18|
|(SILVER SPRING, MD) - The 13th Silver Spring Blues Festival returns on Saturday June 18, to downtown Silver Spring, Maryland with a star-filled lineup. Highly regarded piano legend Daryl Davis (Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters) and his band will headline an array of impressive regional and local blues artists which includes master Piedmont blues guitarist Rick Franklin, soulful guitarist/vocalist Sol Roots, powerful songwriter Patty Reese, the hard charging blues of Mama Moon, guitar wizard Matt Kelley, songstress Angela Hill, the acoustic blues stylings of Archie Edward's Blues Heritage Ensemble, and more.|
The Silver Spring Blues Week returns as a primarily in-person, 10-day event from Wednesday, June 8, continuing through Saturday, June 18, concluding with the 13th Silver Spring Blues Festival. The schedule of events for Blues Week will include acts such as Silver Spring's own bluesman Jonny Grave, Baltimore blues legend Ursula Ricks, award winning performer Stacy Brooks known as D.C.'s Queen of the Blues, "Blues Through Poetry" with Brenda Bunting, and many more.
The Blues Week's events will occur at a variety of locations close to the Silver Spring, MD area, including Koiner Farm, El Golfo Restaurant, J. Hollinger's Waterman's Chophouse, and on WPFW radio.
|RBS Members Get 10% Discount to Battle Axe and Tracks Oct 1-2|
|(RENO, NV) - Battle Axe and Tracks inaugural blues festival is Oct 1-2 at Rancho San Rafael in Reno, Nevada and the Reno Blues Society (RBS) has a discount tix code. Blues members (or anyone reading this) can use the discount code RBS10 for a 10% discount on any ticket. Go to the event website and key in "RBS10" on the their ticket link when purchasing.|
Music on two stages noon-9:30pm both days features a stellar lineup.
|JJ Grey & Mofro "99 Shades of Crazy"|
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|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|• June is African-American Music Appreciation Month|
• June 19 Father's Day
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Jun 9-Jackie Wilson (1934–1984); Jun 10-Howlin' Wolf aka Chester Arthur Burnett (1910-1976); Jun 12-Kenny Wayne Shepherd (1977); Jun 13-James Carr (1942-2001); Jun 17- Matt Hill (1985); Jun 18-Sara Martin (1884-1955); Jun 19-Jerry McCain (1930-2012), Big Bill Morganfield (1956); Jun 20-Lazy Lester (1933-2019); Jun 21-Skip James (1902-1969); Jun 23-Helen Humes (1913-1981); Jun 24- Jeff Beck (1944), Tad Robinson (1956); Jun 25-Clifton Chenier (1925-1987), Eddie Floyd (1935), Roger Naber (LRBC CEO); June 26-Big Bill Broonzy (1903-1958); Jun 28-David "Honeyboy" Edwards (1915-2011) Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon (1892–1964)
Just in case:
June 14th is "National Bourbon Day" Well, you know I'm gonna reference the classic, "One Bourbon, One Scotch, And One Beer," written by Rudy Toombs and first recorded in 1953 by Amos Milburn before John Lee Hooker recorded it in 1966 and George Thorogood hit with it in 1977! There's also the infamous Bourbon Street in Louisiana and Louis Prima's "Bourbon Street Blues."
Certainly there are other blues and roots songs that reference one of the best-loved alcoholic spirits in America but I can't recall off the top of my head so I resorted to Google. While this isn't the perfect solution by any means, I did find a band called Bourbon Blues Ensemble based in Leon, Mexico, in a crazy/zany video playing a rockin' jump boogie called, "Bourbon Boogie."
There's also a documentary called "Kentucky Bourbon Tales" for you distillery connoisseurs, or you songwriters that need some "bourbon inspired" inspirations. Then I found a non-fiction book called Bourbon & Blues on Amazon. Oh, and...there's also the Bourbon & Blues Festival coming Aug 20 to Cedar Ridge, Iowa.
June 14th is also "Monkey Around Day!" Take that however you like! HA! Just set aside your worries and toss out your inhibitions. Yeh baby! But remember... "You Can Have My Monkey" but please don't you mess with my man!
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Hemlock , New York, USA
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Alpine, Arizona, USA
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