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St. Louis musician Marquise Knox was attacked and stabbed in the neck as he returned home early on
Saturday morning. Knox was returning from a gig with Dexter Allen, part of the Blues at the Arch series of
concerts in downtown St. Louis. He was taken to Pike County Memorial Hospital for treatment of his
injuries. The attack is under investigation.
In celebration of Ten Years After’s 1967 release, Chrysalis Records will be releasing a 50th Anniversary 10
CD Box Set. This limited edition set includes a CD of previously unreleased material. Limited to 1,500
copies worldwide, the set contains LPs which have been remastered, along with a bonus disc entitled “The
Cap Ferrat Sessions”, which features previously unreleased recordings from 1972.
The 2017 Homecoming Festival took place this past weekend at the Mississippi John Hurt Museum in
Avalon, Mississippi. The Festival is sponsored by The Carroll County Board of Supervisors, the Jazz
Foundation of America, and the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Craft Recording will release of King Of The Boogie, a career-spanning retrospective, honoring John Lee
Hooker. Due out September 29th, the five-CD set features not only his iconic hits, but also rarities, live
recordings, and several previously unreleased tracks. Along with a 56-page book, the collection includes a
wide selection of photos, plus new liner notes by writer and John Lee Hooker historian Jas Obrecht, as well
as by longtime manager and friend, Mike Kappus.
From now until the end of October, The Louis Armstrong House Museum will host a "50 Years of 'What A
Wonderful World'" exhibit featuring rare artifacts.
Savoy Brown's Witchy Feelin' was just released on Ruf Records, and has received terrific reviews.
The 2017 class of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame includes Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love, Maurice
White, and Roy Orbison. All inductees will be inducted into the hall during ceremonies on October 27th at
The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Also being inducted are Jack Clement, Frank Stokes, Irvin
Salky, and Cassietta George.
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.
If owning a piece of musical history is your thing, then a great opportunity is before you. Elvis Presley's
1912 white baby grand piano, built by Wm. Knabe & Co., is going on the auction block. Starkey Hearing
Foundation, who states that they believe music and sound changes lives, is holding the auction.
Clarksdale, Mississippi’s oldest blues festival turns 30 this year. The Sunflower River Blues & Gospel
Festival has local musicians and artists to thank for its longevity. Blues programs offered to children in and
around Clarksdale over the past few decades are paying off as a new generation of artists continue to
support and foster the blues.
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.