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Sam Lay and Fred Below are both being inducted into the blues Hall of Fame in Memphis on May 9th.
Both Chicago drummers have a long list of accomplishments. Fred Below has played with everyone from Bo
Diddley to Chuck Berry. He was a session musician for Chess Records. Sam Lay began his musical career
after Fred had, looked up to Below and his unique style of drumming.
Authentic Hendrix will be expanding its promotional items and brand, from T-shirts to home Decor items,
and will feature the expansion May 22nd through the 24th at the licensing expo in Las Vegas.
The North Sea Jazz Festival is set to take place from July 13th through the 15th in the Netherlands.
Performers include The Roots, Anderson Paak, and many others.
The Reverend Shawn Amos has released the music video for his song ‘Moved’. His album, released in
February, discusses the theme of our past weaving through our present and future.
The new cover boys of Living Blues Magazine are Warner Williams and Jay Summerour. The well-known
east coast blues duo discuss their version of the blues in the latest issue.
James “Boogaloo” Bolden, BB King’s former bandleader of 21 years is now fronting his own band. He is
also featured in Living Blues’ latest issue, and discusses his amazing experiences.
A new article that digs into the roots of rock and roll believes that it just may have found it in the blues of
Mississippi. Specifically, JD Nash makes his case as to why credit should go to the Mississippi Jook Band in
1936. The band was founded by Blind Roosevelt Graves and his brother, who were best known for gospel
songs, such as “I’ll Be Rested” and “Woke Up this Morning (With My Mind on Jesus).” Additionally, they
were known for their tunes called “Barbecue Bust” and “Dangerous Woman,” and it's here, Nash says, that
rock and roll was born. The full article is up now on americanbluesscene.com.
On Three for the Road, out on Forty Below Records, John Mayall doesn't use a guitarist. He says, “I’ve
been using the trio format for our live shows for a year already, and the reason for that came about quite
accidentally when my guitarist Rocky Athas wasn’t able to make a festival gig due to airline cancellations.
Since then, I found that the interplay and dynamics have created a more personal upfront sound in my live
performances." His success, which spans five decades, speaks for itself.
San Francisco's Biscuits and Blues aims to keep the local flare of the blues alive and well. With performers
like Lurrie Bell, Eric Gales, Kingfish, and Otis Taylor always on the schedule, whether you're from that area
or in town for a bit, it's a staple worth checking out!
Recent releases include: Chicago Carl Snyder- Ten Thousand and One Nights; Michael Packer- I am The
Blues - My Story Vols 1-3 Complete; Johnny Max Band - Roadhouse Soul; Jimmy Smith Band- T'Bird and
a Redhead; Norman Jackson Band- It's The Drummer's Fault!; Laurie Morvan- Gravity; Magnus Berg- In
My Shoes; Screamin' John and TD Lind- Gimme More Time; Howell Devine- Howl; Out Of Favor Boys- self
titled; and The Roustabouts- Plenty of Blues.
Michelle Malone's 15th studio album, Slings & Arrows, is out now on her own SBS Records label. The
Americana-style album was born and bred in Georgia, and the positive reviews it's been receiving reflect the
time and love put into it. Doug Keys joins on electric guitar, and Christopher Burrows on drums.
Danielle Nicole just performed on the 30th Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise with a Trampled Under
Foot reunion. She recently sat down with American Blues Scene to discuss her experience, as well as her new
album, Cry No More.
Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, the latest from Peter Parcek, is being compared to ZZ Top's brand of
bluesy. It features blues meets electronic, with a bit of Cajun slide featured as well.
Blues sax player Eddie Shaw, who started playing with Ike Turner, has passed away at age 80. He often
would discuss the blues world, stating that playing his own music and fronting his own band meant more to
him than being wealthy. Eddie was also a good friend of the late, great Muddy Waters.
At 77 years young, Dr. John is taking a break. A note from his publicist stated, “After six decades of life on
the road, Dr. John is taking a well-earned break and resting at home,” Beninato said. “I wouldn’t count out
more shows down the road, so stay tuned. The last statement he gave me is: ‘Everything is good’." Dr. John
made his most recent public appearances on Nov. 1st, attending the launch of “Mac Month,” at the
Napoleon House. At the event, his birthday (November 21st) was proclaimed Dr. John Day in New Orleans.
The Tampa Bay Blues Festival line up is out. Taking place April 6-8 at Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, Florida,
performers include Buddy Guy, Beth Hart, Delbert McClinton, Robert Gray, Ronnie Earl, and Mississippi
Heat, among others.
The latest issue of Living Blues Magazine focuses on Mississippi Hill County Blues. Sid Hemphill, known as
the Modern Day Father of Hill Country Blues, is prominently discussed in the latest issue. The magazine is
available both digitally and in hard copy.
Good Time Charlie's 'Ready To Rumble' has been nominated in the blues category for the Norwegian
Recent releases include: Konstantin Kolesnichenko Quartet – Minor Differences; Norman Beaker Band - We
See Us Later; John Mayall - Three For The Road; Johnny Tucker - Seven Day Blues; Ben Levin - Ben's
Blues; and AJ Crawdaddy - Slow Cookin'.
Blue Thumb Records’ expansive musical archive was anthologized on the 1995 label retrospective All Day
Thumbsucker Revisited. Verve Records/UMe has released the long-out-of-print collection in an updated two-
CD edition. The set offers 32 vintage tracks spread across two discs, while the digital edition, out November
10th, marks the first time this collection will be available as a digital download and for streaming.
Musician Dan Auerbach has announced a 20 date tour that kicks off in Vancouver on February 10th.
Besides Vancouver, the Easy Eye Sound Revue Tour will travel to cities including Brooklyn, Seattle, Austin,
Nashville, Boston and more. In addition to Auerbach, Robert Finley will be featured along with special
guests Shannon & the Clams.
The Maple Blues Award nominees have been announced. The 21st annual Maple Blues Awards are hosted
by by the Toronto Blues Society and co-produced with Koerner Hall. The awards ceremony takes place on
Monday, January 15th 2018 at the Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall in Toronto. Visit
americanbluesscene.com for a full list of nominees in each category.
Walter Trout was recently interviewed, discussing his 40 plus years as a Bluesman. He was discussing his
recent stint, playing at Buddy Guy's Legends, and what it's like playing with his son, among other
contemporary blues artists. American Blues Scene has the story.
A blues-infused town in the UK has upped its ante. The Big House Blues Bar and Grill blues club has just
opened for business, hoping to keep the tradition alive.
A site linked to the birth of the Delta blues has been named a Mississippi Landmark. Dockery Farms, a
plantation and sawmill complex on Highway 8 between Cleveland and Ruleville, received the designation at
the July board meeting of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The plantation was
established in 1895 by Will Dockery when the Delta was still wilderness. The land was cleared and planted
with cotton. The opening of a branch of the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad, known as the Yellow
Dog, allowed for development around the location, and sometime around 1900, Dockery connected his
plantation with a local line. For nearly three decades the plantation was intermittently the home of Charley
Bobby “Blue” Bland will be honored permanently in downtown Memphis. A statue of the city native was
dedicated on Friday, May 12th, at the corner of South Main and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.
Smokestack Lightin' The Legendary Howlin' Wolf documentary has set up an online campaign in order to
raise funds for completion. Details can be found at IndieGoGo.com
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.