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Southern Avenue guitarist Ori Naftaly's home in Memphis was broken into, and several of his prized
instruments were stolen, including his 2013 Les Paul, 2 cigar box 6 strings, a 2016 PRS blue, and 7 guitar
pedals and a pedalboard. Also stolen was his first guitar, a 2001 Fender Stratocaster with stickers. Ori is
hopeful that in time, he can replace his stolen instruments.
In fun fact blues news, Duane Allman played over 30 different guitars between 1961 and 1971. Allman’s first
guitar was a 1959 Gibson Les Paul Jr that he purchased in ’61. He used it until ‘65. Allman played a 1950s
Gibson ES-335 Red Block Bigsby with his first band The Escorts, who opened for The Beach Boys in ‘65. He
continued to use the guitar while playing with The Allman Joys until ‘66. The guitar sported a cherry red
finish, block inlays, and a Bigsby tremolo. During the last months of his life, Duane was mostly seen playing
a 1950s Gibson Les Paul Standard Tobacco Burst “Hot Lanta.” He got the guitar in ‘71 from Kurt Linhof –
a guitar dealer and collector who he met through Billy Gibbons.
Jeff Jensen‘s sixth and latest album release, Wisdom & Decay, takes us on a journey through Memphis. It
was produced by Jensen himself, and was recorded at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Studio. Recent
releases include: Love Shock – About Those Beats From The Heart; Andy Gunn – Too Many Guitars To
Give Up Now; Mud Morganfield – They Call Me Mud; and Eric Corne – Happy Songs For The Apocalypse.
The Ann Arbor Blues Festival is August 17th and 18th this year. The Ann Arbor Blues Festival is widely-
regarded as the first electric blues festival in the world. This year, Friday's line up includes:
The Bob Margolin Trio
On Saturday, performers include:
Nora Jean Bruso
John Sinclair and the Blues Scholars with special guest Don Was
Beverly “Guitar” Watkins
Recent releases include: Frank Raven- Lucky Cat; Chris Ruest – Been Gone Too Long; Steve Mignano Band
– Lucky 13; John Oates with The Good Road Band – Arkansas; Albert Cummings – Live at the ’62 Center;
Seth Walker – Live At Mauch Chunk Opera House, and Bear Williams – Waters Of Love. Mike Zito is on
the road in support of his most recent release, First Class Life, and he sat down with blues journalist JD
Nash to discuss how it's been going, his love of the blues, and what he hopes his future music will sound like.
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.
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.