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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Minnesota Blues Hall Of Fame

Just recieved this from the Iowa Blues Showcase Yahoo group. Interesting note that Iowa Blues Hall of Famer Bruce McCabe is a part of the hall of fame. I highlighted his induction below.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Judy Cedar, Secretary/Treasurer
Greater Twin Cities Blues Music Society
651-407-0845
gtcbms@att.net

LOCAL BLUES MUSICIANS RECEIVE RECOGNITION


George 'Mojo' Buford; Tony Glover; Aces, Straights & Shuffles; Bruce
McCabe and KFAI Community Radio Station will be the first inductees
into the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame and Big John Dickerson will be
honored with a Profile Celebration

On Friday, October 26th beginning at 6:30 pm, the First Annual
Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at
Whiskey Junction, 901 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis. The Blues Hall of
Fame honors people and businesses that have significantly contributed
to the promotion and tradition of the Blues music genre in Minnesota
over the past 20 or more years. Awards are given in five categories:
Blues Performer, Non-Performer Supportive of the Blues, Blues
Literature, Blues Recording and Blues Song. Nominations were
accepted from the general public and then voted upon by members of
the Greater Twin Cities Blues Music Society.

George 'Mojo' Buford was selected in the "Blues Performer" category.
Born in Hernando, MS in 1929, Mojo moved to Memphis, TN at the age of
14 and became acquainted with BB King and other legendary bluesmen.
In 1954 he moved to Chicago where he formed his own band, "The Savage
Boys". That band eventually came to be known as "The Muddy Waters Jr.
Band" backing Muddy Waters on local gigs when his main band was out
of town. He moved to Minneapolis in 1962. It was at that time that
he earned the moniker, "Mojo", from the local crowd's insatiable
desire to hear him play "Got My Mojo Working". Mojo toured with
Muddy Waters several different times in the 1960's and 70's. In 1967-
68 he toured and recorded live with Waters throughout the US,
Canada, Australia, England and Europe. Mojo continues to perform to
this day.

KFAI Community Radio Station has included Blues music programming in
its broadcasts since the station's inception in 1978. Over the years
Blues music has been featured on Joel Johnson's "The Lazy Bill Lucas
Show", "Jackson Buck's Juke Joint", Pete Lee's "Bop Street", Cyn
Collins and Greg Carr's "Dig Up the Roots", Jacquie 'Lady J'
Maddix's "Rollin' and Tumblin'", Sarah Oxton and Tad Seltzer's "The
Rockhouse", Harold Tremblay's "House Party", Lolly Obeda's "Sugar
Shop" and Rose Robinson's "Blueslady's Time Machine". In recognition
of their on-going commitment to Blues programming and support for
local blues artists, KFAI is this year's Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame
inductee in the "Non-Performer Supportive of the Blues" category.

Tony Glover's Blues Harp (Oak Publications, New York 1965) has been a
valuable resource for students of the harmonica for four decades.
Still in print today, Blues Harp is this year's inductee in the
category of "Blues Literature".

In the category of "Blues Recording" this years' inductee is a 45
record by Aces, Straights & Shuffles with "Deep Sleep" on one side
and "2000 Miles" on the flip-side. Band members being honored are
Kim Wilson(Fabulous Thunderbirds), Kent DuChaine, Bob Bingham(Lamont
Cranston, Hoopsnakes) and Bruce McCabe(Lamont Cranston, Hoopsnakes,
Jonny Lang).

"As Simple As That" written by Bruce McCabe was chosen "Blues Song".
It was originally released on The Hoopsnakes Jump In & Hang On (1994,
Mouthpiece Records). Bruce is a highly respected musician and
songwriter having performed with and penned songs for the likes of
Aces,Straights & Shuffles, Lamont Cranston, The Hoopsnakes and Jonny
Lang.

The festivities will begin with a social hour at 6:30 pm followed by
the Award Ceremony at 7:30 pm. Big John Dickerson is also being
honored in recognition of the completion of his Profile by the
Greater Twin Cities Blues Music Society. Following the
ceremony "Cool Disposition Band" will perform featuring and reuniting
two of this year's inductees, Bob Bingham and Bruce McCabe. This
promises to be a very entertaining show with the possibility of
numerous guest musicians sitting in throughout the evening.

The Greater Twin Cities Blues Society is a 501c3 non-profit
organization founded in August 2002. Through volunteer efforts we
lend support, pay tribute to and honor our local blues musicians
through Profile Events, Road to Memphis competitions, and the
Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame. The Blues Foundation in Memphis awarded
the Electric Fetus a 2007 "Keeping the Blues Alive" Award through our
efforts. Our 2004 Road to Memphis finalist, Scottie Miller, made it
to the final round of the 2005 International Blues Challenge in
Memphis, TN and went on to tour with Bo Diddley. We have compiled
profile booklets for some of the musicians and we have had historians
at Hess-Roise Company document the Cabooze Bar, KFAI Radio Station
and the Electric Fetus retail store.

# # #

With your help and support we look forward to continued growth and
success 'Keeping the Blues Alive' in Minnesota. Look for us at:
www.gtcbms.org or contact us: (mail) GTCBMS, PO Box 580704,
Minneapolis, MN 55458-0704 (e-mail) gtcbms@att.net (phone) 651-407-
0845

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