|March 9, 2007
Vol 2 Issue 7
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MALTED MILK : : Easy Baby
IBC 2007 Finalist!
A blues CD with good soul and funk influence from a french band!
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LEVEE TOWN : : Unstable Table
IBC 2007 Finalist!
Levee Town was counted among the top ten bands from around the world competing in the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis Tn. Feb. 1-3. Although not winning the finals, just getting to the Orpheum Theatre & being part of such a great event is a win for us. We met so many cool people & heard so much great music, it was an incredible experience. We even got to play a song with Bob Margolin at the Rum Boogie Cafe!
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Roland Tchakounte & Mick Ravassat : : Abango
After a first album (more electric) "Bred Bouh Shuga Blues", Roland changes musical orientation and concertizes his desire of return to the acoustic bases of the blues thanks to his meeting with Mick Ravassat.
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2007 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees|
The following esteemed individuals and recordings have been selected for induction into the Blues Hall of Fame by The Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame committee, chaired by Jim O'Neal, founding editor of Living Blues and David Sanjek, BMI Archives. The induction ceremony will be conducted in association with The Blues Foundation's Charter Member Dinner, Wednesday, May 9, in Memphis, Tennessee, the night before the 2007 Blues Music Awards.
2007 Inductees include living performers and the late artists, Dave Bartholomew and Dr. John Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Ahmet Ertegun and Art Rupe are the non-performers inducted this year. The book Blues With a Feeling: The Little Walter Story by T. Glover, Scott Dirks, and Ward Gaines was selected as were the following singles or album tracks: “Black Angel Blues” – Robert Nighthawk (Aristocrat); “Death Letter” – Son House (Columbia album track); “Hideaway” – Freddy King (Federal); and “I Pity the Fool” – Bobby Blue Bland (Duke).
These albums were chosen as well: Driving Wheel by Little Jr. Parker (Duke); Down and Out Blues by Sonny Boy Williamson (Chess); Angola Prisoners’ Blues by various artists featuring Robert Pete Williams, Hogman Maxey, and Guitar Welch (Folk Lyric/Arhoolie).
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS |
Twenty-five culturally important recordings -including an episode of "The Lone Ranger," President Franklin D. Roosevelt's address to Congress the day after the Pearl Harbor attack and one of the Rolling Stones' most famous songs - were selected for preservation in a special sound archive.
Every year the Librarian of Congress chooses a variety of sound recordings to include in the National Recording Registry. The recordings are nominated by members of the public and a panel of music, sound and preservation experts, the library's National Recording Preservation Board.
The board's coordinator, Steve Leggett, said its goal is to ensure that historically or aesthetically important recordings are preserved for future generations. "A lot of recordings have disappeared over the years," Leggett said.
The board is accepting nominations of recordings that are at least 10 years old for the 2007 registry.
The 2006 additions to the registry are:
-"Uncle Josh and the Insurance Agent," Cal Stewart (1904).
-"Il mio tesoro," John McCormack, orchestra conducted by Walter Rogers
-National Defense Test, September 12, 1924 (1924).
-"Black Bottom Stomp," Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers (1926).
-"Wildwood Flower," The Carter Family (1928).
-"Pony Blues," Charley Patton (1929).
This is the signature recording of Charley Patton, one of the first and finest blues musicians to come out of the Mississippi Delta region. “Pony Blues” showcases Patton’s characteristic trademarks: powerful vocals, heavily accented guitar rhythms and unusual vocal phrasing. Patton was an enormous influence on his contemporaries and future blues performers, notably Howlin’ Wolf, Bukka White and Big Joe Williams.
-"You're the Top," Cole Porter (1934).
-"The Osage Bank Robbery," episode of "The Lone Ranger" (Dec. 17, 1937).
-Address to Congress, Dec. 8, 1941, Roosevelt (1941)
-Native Brazilian Music, recorded under the supervision of Leopold Stokowski (1942).
-"Peace in the Valley," Red Foley and the Sunshine Boys (1951).
-Chopin Polonaise, op. 40, no. 1 ("Polonaise militaire"), Artur Rubinstein (1952).
-"Blue Suede Shoes," Carl Perkins (1955).
Carl Perkins was one of the pioneers of rockabilly, the up-tempo fusion of country-western music and rhythm and blues. His aggressive vocal stylizations, backed by electric lead guitar, slapping string bass and drums, were of immediate appeal to the burgeoning teenage population of the mid-1950s. Due to an extended recovery from a serious car crash, Perkins never gained the popularity of his contemporary Elvis Presley, yet this first-generation rocker’s driving style maintains its rebellious allure more than 50 years after its creation.
-Interviews with William "Billy" Bell, recorded by Edward D. Ives (1956).
-"Howl," Allen Ginsberg (1959).
-"The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart," Bob Newhart (1960)
-"Be My Baby," The Ronettes (1963).
-"We Shall Overcome," Pete Seeger (1963) recording of Pete Seeger's June 8, 1963, Carnegie Hall concert.
-"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," Rolling Stones. (1965)
-"A Change is Gonna Come," Sam Cooke (1965).
-"Velvet Underground and Nico," Velvet Underground (1967).
-"The Eighty-Six Years of Eubie Blake," Eubie Blake (1969).
-"Burnin' The Wailers," Bob Marley and the Wailers (1973).
-"Live in Japan," Sarah Vaughan (1973).
-"Graceland," Paul Simon (1986).
WHAT THE HELL?|
Owned by Yoshihiko Satoh. His 12-neck stratocaster is functional.
Order 2007 Blues Music Awards Tickets Now|
Order your 2007 Blues Music Awards tickets online here. Seating assignments will begin shortly and the best seats go to those members who are in the queue when the assignment process begins. In other words, it is impossible to get the best seats after the first bunch of tickets has been assigned and mailed out.
The 2007 show will follow the format of the sold-out and critically-acclaimed shows of recent years. More than 50 nominees have already confirmed their attendance so the night will be filled with their appearances and performances in a dinner table setting in the Convention Center's ballroom.
The event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. Each year, the Foundation presents The Blues Music Awards to the artists selected by its members. They are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists. As always, a pre-party will immediately precede the Awards and feature the 2007 IBC winners.
THE ELWOOD BANDIT|
A bank robber dubbed the "Elwood Bandit" for his sunglasses-and-suit outfit popularized by "The Blues Brothers" robbed a Mission Viejo credit union last week. This is the fifth known robbery by the "Elwood Bandit", making him currently the most active bank robber in the country.
SAVE OUR INTERNET RADIO|
The US Copyright Office Copyright Review Board announced a decision late last week that released a ruling on performance royalty fees that are based exclusively on the number of people tuned into an Internet radio station with no consideration given to what, if any, revenue is generated by the broadcaster.
This decision has the very real potential to force the closure of a wide realm of online webcasting sources that have significantly impacted the growth and development of independent roots music across all genres. To lose this avenue of promotion and support for roots based music could be potentially devastating with respect not only to its financial impact on the industry, but to its cultural survival.
What does this mean to the Blues music community?
With the looming possibility of XM and Serious satellite radio stations merging, and now this, the Blues community–it’s artists, and the many people worldwide who enjoy the music and support its artists– this matter cannot be taken lightly. We have worked for years for the too little airplay that we have been given. So for us (and for other musical genres that have been too long neglected by corporate radio because we were not seen as part of the mainstream/pop music) this spells a major step backwards.
Although Clear Channel, CBS Radio, Entercom and Citadel Broadcasting have agreed to pay a record $12.5 million fine to the FCC for payola charges for which they deny responsibility. These companies admit no wrongdoing, but they’re settling allegations they secretly took wads of cash and gifts from major record labels to play certain songs on the radio. There has never been this kind of money in the Blues to buy airplay and put things on a equal footing with these corporate giants. Internet radio offered a means to reach the people worldwide who enjoyed our music, a means that until recently that did not exist. What internet radio offered was a voice for these artists.
Although radio stations have agreed to set aside some 4200 hours over the next three years that they will give to independent musicians, because of the numbers of independent musicians within the Blues alone, this music will again be relegated to a sparsely rewarded one hour segment once a week (if given time at all.) Many of its artists will again go unheard.
For the first time, webcasters and internet radio stations were airing this music, and many such stations and its artists were enjoying an international audience.
Save Our Internet Radio. It offers an alternative for listeners and a future for musicians worldwide.
As the appeal period for this matter is within a very short time frame, we would like to encourage all blues fans who wish to have their voices heard on this matter to visit http://www.saveourinternetradio.com for the most updated information, as well as proactive and effective strategies and suggestions as to how to best address this matter.
Download Prices Could Jump As ASCAP Demands Royalty Double Dip|
The Digital Media Association representing providers like Yahoo! and Napster has submitted a ‘friend of the court’ brief opposing ASCAP's claim that music downloads are ‘public performances’ and subject to a public performance royalty. DiMA’s brief was co-signed the NARM, the Entertainment Merchants Association and the Consumer Electronics Association.
“ASCAP’s assertion in federal court that digital distributions of music and video are also public performances confounds legal, business and technological reality,” said Jonathan Potter, DiMA’s Executive Director. DiMA members already pay to distribute content via synchronization, reproduction and distribution licenses including “mechanical” licenses. But ASCAP and BMI claim that a download is also a “public performance” that justifies an additional license and royalty.
If ASCAP and BMI prevail the result would be higher download prices which could drive more consumers to unlicensed free P2P networks.
Jimi Hendrix voted wildest guitar hero of all time|
Guitarist Jimi Hendrix has been voted the "wildest guitar hero" of all-time, in a poll conducted by Classic Rock magazine.
The top 10 wildest guitarists are as follows
!) Jimi Hendrix
2) Keith Richards
3) Stevie Ray Vaughan
4) Jimmy Page
5) Dimebag Darrell
6) Tony Iommi
7) Rory Gallagher
8) Eddie Van Halen
9) Chuck Berry
10) Kurt Cobain
INDEED, WE HAVE A FRIEND IN NEED|
Asking you All (blues fans & musicians) to come out and support the Southwest Blues magazine fundraiser Sunday, March 11th @ Poor David's Pub, 1313 So. Lamar, Dallas 75215
The lineup in order of playing is:
Kirby Kelley opens
Anson Funderburgh & Hash Brown w/friends
Wanda King Blues Band featuring Chris Ruest
Smokin' Joe Kubek featuring Bnois King
Doors open @ 4pm and music starts @ 5pm. $15 at the door for everyone.
SW Blues is heavily depending on your in person support to get out of the hole and continue publishing a monthly issue. To help after catching up ad rates have just increased 10% for the first time since January 2003.
There will also be a few items for sale, silent auction and/or a raffle.
Good friends and artists have aleady stepped up to help. Please come, show your support and know that you're $15 donation at the door is a gift that SW Blues appreciates and needs, and hopes/plans to not be in this boat again!
Please support Southwest Blues Magazine.
CANADA'S MUSIC AWARDS - THE JUNO'S|
The Juno Awards will be presented April 1st, the nominees in the category of "Best Blues Album" are:
Colin James & The Little Big Band 3 - Colin James
The Saskatchewan native has won six JUNO Awards, released 10 albums and sold more than a million records worldwide. His Little Big Band 3 is an album that re-casts jump blues and hard R&B chestnuts in the dynamic fashion of James and his exemplary band, which includes Rolling Stones’ tour keyboardist Chuck Leavell and Stevie Ray Vaughan alumnus Reese Wynans on piano.
Easin' Back To Tennessee - Colin Linden
This musical Renaissance man is a multiple threat — a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer, a prolific solo artist and member of roots-rock act Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. His latest solo album, Easin’ Back to Tennessee, is his ninth and represents the fullest consummation of a lifelong love affair. “I’ve been playing country blues and ‘20s style acoustic blues, since I was a really little kid,” says the 46-year-old.
Acoustic - David Gogo
This is the blues singer-guitarist’s seventh album with Cordova Bay and is part of the Official Bootleg Series – Volume 2. Recorded at his home in Nanaimo, BC, Acoustic features 10 tracks that are steeped in the blues, roots and folk tradition that have influenced the two-time Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year throughout his career, as well as five originals in the same vein.
House Of Refuge - Jim Byrnes
Growing up on the north side of St. Louis, Byrnes played with such legends as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray and Ray Charles. With the gospel-tinged album House of Refuge, produced by JUNO Award winner Steve Dawson, he has come up with perhaps the most inspired and soulful album of his already accomplished and storied career.
The Way It Feels - Roxanne Potvin
Leave it to Roxanne Potvin, the 23-year-old bilingual Gatineau, Quebec-based singer, songwriter and guitarist, to shake up the blues by adding a little rock 'n' roll, country, folk and jazz. The Way It Feels was produced by Grammy Award-winning Canadian Colin Linden and includes a duet with Daniel Lanois.
JOHN WATERS HAS "FEMALE TROUBLE", AND CANDYE'S SINGING THE BLUES|
"Female Trouble" created trouble for blues diva Candye Kane when John Waters - director of the 1974 movie featuring the song of the same name -- threatened to sue.
Kane said she had permission to record the song from its composer and was on schedule to include it in her album, "Guitar'd and Feathered," due out in April, the Los Angeles Times said.
But Waters, a professor of Cinema and Subcultural Studies at the European Graduate School in Leuk, Switzerland, dampened that idea when he threatened to sue Kane if she didn't destroy masters of a "Female Trouble" cover she made last year in Amsterdam.
At great expense Kane complied, and now Waters is claiming Kane never asked permission, and if she had, he would have granted it. But Kane has the certified return receipt to prove he did receive her request.
"Mr. Waters is currently suing Nickelodeon television and has way more money than this single mom," Kane, a turned singer, told the Times. "Needless to say, I am very disappointed and disillusioned."
SAM LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS FILM IN DEVELOPMENT|
Houston-based Fast Cut Films and Sunset Productions are collaborating to produce a documentary feature film about the life and times of Houston blues legend Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins (1912-1982). The film is being produced and directed by the award-winning team of Mark Susman and Mike Snow. Texas Foundation for the Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is the fiscal sponsor for the project. For more information on the foundation please visit www.texarts.org.
Artist faces the music: Original plaster casts of blues greats to adorn Delta State|
(reprinted from The Clarion-Ledger)
By By Sherry Lucas
The first time I met Sharon McConnell was at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson more than four years ago, where she held the faces of the blues in her hands, and made them her own.
McConnell is a sculptor. And she's blind. With slim, soft fingers, she made molds of faces we know from the blues stage - Bobby Rush and Vasti Jackson, while I sat watching.
Since then, she's molded many more, including musical powerhouses who've passed on - Othar Turner, Jesse Mae Hemphill, R.L. Burnside, Sam Myers, Little Milton and more.
Those faces have a new home now, as does McConnell.
Her 55 original plaster casts are now on permanent loan to Delta State University - a Valentine's Day gift, appropriate since "this project was about love and appreciation," she said. Also, "I couldn't let them get too far away."
McConnell, previously a Santa Fe, N.M., resident, now calls Como home.
She thought back to the early days of her project, when "Mississippi seemed so mysterious and otherworldly," she said. "I never knew that this journey, all the people I would meet, the musicians, the friends, would lead me to my new home.
"It's about heart and it's about art," she said. "It always is, isn't it?"
The Mississippi Delta won her over, much as its music had. "As the result of traveling here, I'm just so impressed with the people I've met, their authenticity and their raw talent and really helping each other."
As her blindness (from a degenerative eye disease) progressed and needs changed, she wanted the support of a smaller community. Her guide dog, Bella, at 10 entering semi-retirement, needed a slower pace.
Plus, musician/producer Jimbo Mathus reopened his Delta Recording Service there about the same time she moved. It's a magnet for the musicians she continues to document.
"I think we're all catalysts for each other's art," she said. They're community, too - wrapped up with the covered dishes from friends and neighbors and the church right across the street from home.
At Delta State University, the plaster casts are prepared for display, university archivist Emily Weaver said. Grant-writing for support for cases and educational tools is the next step.
"We do have big plans to create a blues walking trail downtown and it's our goal to put the bronze masks out there," Weaver said. "But just having these faces ... I think that's going to offer us a new way to teach the blues and the Delta.
"It's a new format. You can listen to the music, see pictures and objects but when you actually see the bluesmen's and blueswomen's faces, it's something magical," Weaver said.
McConnell's hope is that people will be able to touch the faces of the blues. When they're cast in bronze, that can happen, it's an expensive prospect that'll require more funding.
McConnell's the first to admit her wish list is a long one - that a series of bronze portraits will be in the coming Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and perhaps even another edition at Jackson's convention center.
Now Delta State is an ongoing home for the plaster casts, with more as they are molded.
"I never really felt like I owned them. They're actual people. Images of actual people," McConnell said. "It really isn't my artwork. It's God's artwork. They needed to come home to Mississippi ... be properly archived and protected, so people could see them and never forget where American music history began."
A BUS BALL? NOW I'VE SEEN IT ALL|
Billy F Gibbons is an artist. A music artist. You might know him from ZZ Top fame. But he is also a car guy too. Billy plays a mean blues guitar, and has some outstanding rods and customs including famous icon cars like Kopperhead, CadZilla, and the famous Eliminator Coupe. Billy is a hot-rodder, but he is more than just a music artist, he is a car artist.
Recently he posted pictures of one of his latest rolling art creations, which he calls a Bus Ball. Gibbons proudly brags that the gas mileage is superb and the wind-resistance factor is greatly improved over the original design.
JMH FOUNDATION BEGINS WORK TO PRESERVE AND ARCHIVE |
COMO, MISSISSIPPI—A new foundation dedicated to preserving the rich musical heritage of North Mississippi’s hill country has been created by a local musician.
The JMH Foundation, named in honor of hill country blues legend Jessie Mae Hemphill, has established the mission of preserving and archiving the music of the region.
“Jessie and her family—along with the Burnsides, Kimbroughs, Stricklands, Pratchers, Youngs and Turners—are the heart and soul of indigenous music in this area,” said Olga Wilhelmine, who launched the foundation. “We’re going to preserve their music and their legacy.”
The Foundation has already assembled an impressive archive, which it plans to house in a permanent museum someday. For now, it resides in the lobby of Jimbo Mathus’ Delta Recording Studio in Como. Mathus is a board member of the foundation.
The Foundation has received major support from the Alan Lomax Archive in the form of donated photographic prints and field recordings of Sid Hemphill, Rosa Lee and Sydney Hemphill, (Jessie’s grandfather and aunts), Fred McDowell, Lucius Smith, the Pratcher brothers, and the Youngs. Lomax collected the materials during a 1949 sojourn into the North Mississippi area.
For more information about the JMH Foundation, visit www.jmhemphill.org or contact Olga Wilhelmine at 901-272-0049.
Jason Ricci signs with Delta Groove & Alligator prepares new Koko Taylor release |
Delta Groove Productions is proud to present the newest member of our family, Jason Ricci & New Blood. Jason is an extraordinary artist whose skills on his instrument of choice, the harmonica, continue to reach new levels. At the age of 21, Jason placed first in the Sonny Boy Blues Society contest in Helena, AK and shortly thereafter began working and paying his dues with the likes of Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside. Over the years Jason has crossed paths and worked with other up & coming talent including Enrico Crivellaro and Nick Curran, in addition to winning numerous awards including the! "Muddy Waters Award" for most promising ta lent, and signing on as an endorsee with Hohner Harmonicas. His upcoming release for Delta Groove will be produced by the Grammy Award winning producer John Porter. With a touring schedule of over 300 days a year, you can be sure it won't be long before you can catch this rising star performing in your own home town. www.jasonricci.com
Alligator Records has set an April 3 release date for OLD SCHOOL, the first new CD in seven years from Grammy-winning Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor. Inspired by the sound and spirit of the Chicago blues of the 1950s, Taylor wrote five new originals and carefully chose songs from Willie Dixon, Lefty Dizz, Magic Sam and others to create an album of tough, "old school" Chicago blues.
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News from Mississippi and Arizona|
THE B.B. KING HOMECOMING FESTIVAL in INDIANOLA, MS has changed their date to SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2007
Glendale, AZ will scale back its Jazz & Blues Festival to two days from three in April but will shift from regional to national acts.
Headliners already include Francine Reed, Coco Montoya and Joey DeFrancesco.
"Moving to a two-day entertainment extravaganza will allow us to crank it up a notch to attract bigger, national acts that will dazzle music enthusiasts," says Martin Dickey, the city's special events division manager.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANTA BARBARA BLUES SOCIETY|
Officially it turns 30 this year, but the facts are a little misleading. The Santa Barbara Blues Society, now the oldest in the country, actually began a few years before that. “In December 1972, a man by the name of John Breck started putting on blues shows, even before we got started,” explained society head honcho Laszlo Kiraly. “Doing shows at the old Bluebird Café, he called it the Santa Barbara Blues Society up until it went kaput.”
In 1976, Kiraly, a physician who had escaped from Iron Curtain-insulated Hungary, and Greg Drust, then an ethnomusicologist and KCSB disc jockey, decided to start booking blues acts here again, first at Claire Rabe’s famed boomer hangout Baudelaire’s, then Casa de la Raza and Victoria Hall Theater, and now Warren Hall at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. “We got a hold of Breck who had moved away and asked him if he minded us calling our thing the Santa Barbara Blues Society, too. And he said, ‘No problem.’” In the meantime, UCSB professor Douglas Daniel had been researching a book about the seeming incongruousness of ritzy S.B. breeding a home for roadhouse funkiness. “While researching it he found John Breck. So we invited him to our little birthday party and he’s going to be there,” said Kiraly proudly.
So is Drust, who moved away to the Midwest a decade ago to host a polka show while presumably organizing his own massive cache of interviews with blues performers. Breck and Drust joined the society’s 400 members to celebrate its 30th anniversary party last Saturday.
The celebratory mood was appropriate. Kiraly feels that after 30 years, the society is finally being taken seriously. They’ve raised money and gotten nice grants for their outreach to the schools program. In other words, they’ve got respect. Now on stable financial footing, Kiraly still puts in more than 40 hours a week promoting and organizing. But the work it well worth it to him, especially as this anniversary nears. “Never in our wildest dreams did Greg and I think this thing would last 30 years,” he said. “Isn’t this great?”
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CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE:Delta Hardware
Mississippi native Charlie Musselwhite has been playing harmonica with heart, soul, and authority for four decades. "Delta Hardware" is the latest from this master musician, songwriter and storyteller. Join Elwood blues for an hour of great blues, fun stories and food for thought, this weekend on the House of Blues Radio Hour.
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