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The music world has been mourning the loss of Gregg Allman this past week. He passed away at age 69.
For the past several years, Gregg had been battling the complications of Hepititis C. In 2010, the southern
rocker underwent a liver transplant. The Allman Brothers Band helped shape southern blues rock.
Elise LeGrow's 'Playing Chess', out August 4th, features covers of Chess Records classics, interpreted her
Chuck Berry's new video for Big Boys has been released. Chuck, due out June 9th on Dualtone Records, an
Entertainment One Company, is the last album Berry recorded before he passed away in March.
This past week, Marcia Ball was named a 2018 Texas State Musician by the Texas State Legislature. The
appointment was formally announced through the Texas House and the Senate Resolutions at the State
Capitol. Ball holds ten Blues Music Awards, eight Living Blues Awards and five Grammy Award
nominations. She has been inducted into both the Gulf Coast Music Hall Of Fame, and the Louisiana Music
Hall Of Fame.
Gina Sicilia is set to drop her new album, Tug of War, on June 2nd. Producer Dave Darling co-wrote the
opener with Sicilia, and plays some guitar on the track as well.
Concord Music Group and Rhino Entertainment have just announced a joint campaign celebrating the 60th
anniversary of Stax Records. This marks the first marketing collaboration of recordings since Atlantic
Records split with Stax in 1967. Some of the greatest Stax music will be released in the near future. New hits
compilations, vinyl LPs, digital hi-resolution remasters, and deluxe boxed sets will be available. These
releases will include rare tracks from many of the label’s artists. It all starts on May 19th with the launch of
the Stax Classics series. Available on CD as well as all digitally, these albums will feature the careers of Otis
Redding, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas, Booker T & The MGs, The Dramatics, Albert King,
Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes, and The Staple Singers.
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.
After fifteen years, Alligator Records recording artists Moreland & Arbuckle have decided to dissolve the
band. Their latest album, Promised Land Or Bust, was up for Rock Blues Album Of The Year at the BMAs.
They will play the remaining booked dates on their tour.
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
Davey Knowles is set to release a new album in April titled 1932. The majority of it was composed using one
of his favorite old guitars.
Gregg Allman will not be touring at all in 2017. His team has officially canceled all shows that were planned.
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has just released their new single, “One More Thing”, ahead of their
new album release. It can be heard online now.
The Sun Records series recently premiered has just aired on CMT Network. The show follows Sam Phillips,
founder of Sun Records, and artists: Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.
The 28th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will be held on Saturday, May 27th, and Sunday,
May 28th, at Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park. Music will run from 12 noon until 7:30 p.m. The
Blues stage will feature headliners the Yardbirds, the Robby Krieger Band (celebrating 50 years of the
Doors), Mitch Ryder, Lazy Lester, and the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
The Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2017 includes Henry Gray, Willie Johnson, Mavis Staples, Magic Slim, and
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.
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.
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.