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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
Black Stone Cherry plans to issue a 6-song EP, Black To Blues, on September 29th, on Mascot Label Group.
A collection of blues classics, the songs are re-imagined by the band, introducing their own sound to the
The Delta Blues Museum will celebrate the centennial birthday of John Lee Hooker with a month-long series
of events this August to commemorate, including an interactive website feature that allows visitors to learn
more about the life and music of the legendary musician.
Southern Blood by Gregg Allman is due out on September 8th, on Rounder Records. “My Only True
Friend” is the first track to be released from the album. The track clearly demonstrates that Gregg knew his
time left was brief.
George Thorogood has a new album out, Party of One. Americanbluesscene.com interviewed him to talk
about it. Visit their website to read the full interview.
Southern Avenue, A blues quintet, have been nominated for two blues blast music awards. They are signed
to Stax records.
Recent releases include: da mudcats-Easy Does It; The Axxman and Friends- No Fancy Cover; Matt and the
Strangers-Burning; Bobby Messano-Bad Movie; Stevie J. Blues-Back 2 Blues; and Ivas John-Good Days A
The Blues Mobile's last broadcast is set for July 30th. Elwood Blues made the announcement on their site,
saying that after 24 years, it's time to move on.
On Monday, September 18th, the Randy Rogers Band will host its 9th Annual Golf Jam and Concert at
River Crossing Club in Spring Branch, Texas. This year’s proceeds will go toward the Health Alliance for
Austin Musicians, an organization providing the musicians of Austin, Texas with affordable and quality
health care for low-income, uninsured working musicians.
On September 26th, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi will present a live performance experience based on the
award-winning film and record “Take Me To The River”, that brought together generations of Memphis and
Mississippi Delta musicians to record a new album. Among others, it features Bobby Rush, William Bell,
and Charlie Musselwhite.
Recent releases include: The Gutbuckets – Gas Fire Rag; Husky Tones – Who Will I Turn To Now?; Eliza
Neals – 10,000 Feet Below; Nina Massara – Watch Me; Steve Kozak Band – It’s Time; Steve Krase – Should’
ve Seen It Coming, and Doug Cox & Sam Hurrie – Old Friends.
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
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.”
The Blues Foundation is joining the podcast train. Their first show just aired, and can be heard at
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.