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The Tedeschi Trucks Band will release their second live album and first concert film, Live From The Fox
Oakland, on Fantasy Records on March 17th. The live show consists of 15 tracks. The film also features
behind the scenes footage. The entire project was filmed and recorded in just one night - September 9th,
2016 - at Oakland, California’s Fox Theater.
Aretha Franklin has announced plans to retire this year, after six decades. Her retirement will follow the
release of her next album this fall. She made the announcement this week during a television show interview
in Detroit. “I must tell you, I am retiring this year,” Franklin told Evrod Cassimy. “This will be my last
year,” Franklin said. “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”
At this year's Grammy Awards, Bobby Rush won Best Traditional Blues Album for Porcupine Meat.
Fantastic Negrito won Best Contemporary Blues Album for The Last Days of Oakland and William Bell took
home the award for Best Americana Album This Is Where I Live.
The Blues Foundation is joining the podcast train. Their first show just aired, and can be heard at
The Women is Blues Showcase was a strong feature of the 2017 IBC, which took place this week. It included
performances and a live radio stream. Showcase performers included Erica Brown, Sharon Hazel Township,
Rebekah Easley Ellis, Kimberly Dill, Bridget Kelly Band, Libby Rae Watson, Bridget Rios Purdy, and Redd
The National Blues Museum announced that in celebration of Black History Month, it will host the “Great
Migration Tour: Celebrating the Sounds of Mississippi, Chicago and St. Louis”. Part of the celebration will
include shows on February 24th and 25th. They’ll feature Vasti Jackson, Marquise Knox, and Fernando
Living Blues has a shiny new issue out that features Cedric Burnside as their cover boy. In the article, he
discusses carrying on his Grandfather, R.L. Burnside’s, legacy, both musically and in life. Other features
include Chicago vocalist Sharon Lewis, blues harpist Keith Dunn, and several record reviews.
The Blues Foundation has announced The 38th Blues Music Award Nominees. Once again, the 2017 Blues
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be a ticketed event, open to the public. The Sheraton Hotel
reservation block closes Tuesday, April 18th. The Blues Music Awards ballot was released to current Blues
Foundation Members on January 23rd. If you would like to participate in voting, you must make sure your
membership is current! Log onto blues.org for tickets, hotel information, and a list of nominees.
John Hammond is a featured interview in the most recent edition of Blues Blast Magazine. With a career
spanning 53 years, he discusses his journey through the world of the blues.
Recent releases include Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne- Boppin' and Jumpin', Kingdom Brothers 'Times Hard',
The Incorruptibles 'Leave it at the Door', Gabriel Cox 'Surrender', Sugar Ray and the Bluestones 'Seeing is
Believing' and Seth Walker 'Gotta Get Back'.
The Starlite Campbell Band's album 'Blueberry Pie', which dropped on February 1st, is the latest British
blues band receiving praise. Their old-school UK Blues sound is being compared to the Stones.
The Mississippi Blues Trail program just celebrated its 10 year anniversary. It officially did so in style with a
Blue Monday Jam held on December 12th at Hal & Mal’s, located at 200 Commerce St., Jackson, MS. The
program’s first marker was unveiled December 11th, 2006, in Holly Ridge, to honor Charley Patton.
On Saturday, November 19th, WXXO launched as Clarksdale’s 24 hour blues and roots radio station,
known as XRDS.fm. The station broadcasts from Downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi at 88.1 FM, and can
also be heard on iTunes and TuneIn Radio.
On Tuesday, November 29th, the Delta Blues Museum participated in Giving Tuesday, a global movement
to celebrate year-end charitable giving. Their goal was to raise the remaining funding to complete the design
phase of their exhibit expansion. New exhibits will focus heavily on the 1940’s documentation of Blues in
Coahoma County, and the “discovery” of Muddy Waters, showcasing his former home on Stovall
In Ocala, FL, Reverend Billy Wirtz doesn’t just preach sermons; he also plays the blues. Wirtz participates
in the Blues in Schools program, talking about the blues in local schools.
Georgia bluesman Big Bill Morganfield is the 60-year-old son of Muddy Waters. Although estranged from
his father much of his young life, Waters’ influence on Bill eventually led him to become the bluesman that
he is today. Check out an in-depth story and interview with him in the latest issue of Living Blues
Magazine, available online and at your local news stand now.
Eleven years after their last studio album, the Rolling Stones are back with "Blue and Lonesome", a tribute
to the blues legends who inspired their own musical journey. Songs by Little Walter, Eddie Taylor, Howlin'
Wolf, Magic Sam, Jimmy Reed and Willie Dixon are all featured on the new album. Mick Jagger just told
the New York Times, "We were proselytisers of blues music; that's what we're still doing." It’s the band's
first album to feature only cover songs, drawn exclusively from the 1950s blues scene of Chicago.
Leon Russell passed away in his sleep on November 13th at age 74. Russell had worked with a who’s who of
musical icons over the course of his six decade career. In 2011, he was inducted into both the Songwriters
Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.
Chicago Blues Camp is taking place from June 5th-9th and 12th-16th in 2017. For full details, visit
Bluescentric.com has announced new product lines following a recent agreement with the estate of Otis
Redding, as well as deals with Stax, Concord and Delmark Records. The expanded retail website now carries
over 500 officially licensed music and band t-shirts, apparel, gifts and accessories. Since 2009, every item the
company has comes from the Missouri headquarters.
The 14th annual Clarksdale, Mississippi Juke Joint Festival will take place on April 22nd, 2017.
Jackpot Records will re-issue three Chess Records titles this week. The reissue titles are Etta James’ At Last,
Howlin’ Wolf’s His Greatest Sides Vol. 1 and
Super Super Blues Band – Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf & Bo
Diddley. All titles are out now and were issued on limited color vinyl
All mono studio recordings released by The Rolling Stones in the 1960s are available in one collection. On
September 30th, 2016, ABKCO Records released the vinyl and CD box sets of ‘The Rolling Stones in
The Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York has acquired the only known film of the great in a
recording studio. According to the museum’s website, it is a 33-minute, 16 mm film from September 30th
and October 2nd, 1959, capturing Armstrong in LA. He was recording the album Satchmo Plays King Oliver
for Audio Fidelity Records. Producer Sid Frey had the film professionally shot. For almost 50 years, it was
in private hands. One day, on an Audio Fidelity internet message board, someone posted, “I have the
masters.” It turned out to be a person who buys the contents of abandoned storage units. After lengthy
negotiations, Frey’s daughter was able to strike a deal for the purchase of the items, and turned them over to
the museum, along with Frey’s master reel-to-reel tapes for Louie and the Dukes of Dixieland, which
Armstrong recorded in 1960 at Webster Hall in New York City.