November 18, 2010
- Dave Riley & Bob Corritore to perform in Brazil! This weekend Dave Riley and Bob Corritore bring their down-home Mississippi and Chicago blues sounds to Brazil! Special Thanks to Adrian Flores, who set up the shows, and is the leader of the host band that will accompany Dave and Bob. Bob will appear at the following venues:
11-20 Pocos & Blues, Train Station, Pocos De Caldas, Brazil, 8pm show.
11-21 Santander Cultural, Santander Hall, Porto Allegre, Brazil, 6pm show.
To see the poster for the Pocos & Blues show click here.
Dave will remain an extra week and perform at a few more locations, but Bob will head home after these shows for his performances the following weekend at the Rhythm Room on November 26th, and at the Tempe Center For The Arts on November 27th, for a special show titled "Bob Corritore & His Blues Friends" that includes Bobby Jones, Leon Blue, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, and Brian Fahey (for ticket info for the TCA click here) . Dave and Bob have never performed in South America before and look forward to the beauty of Brazil, and playing for a completely new audience.
- 2011 KBA recipients announced! Each year the Blues Foundation recognizes
outstanding contributions in the blues music industry with the "Keeping The Blues
Alive" or KBA awards. The 2011 KBA recipients have recently been announced:Agent: Intrepid Artists, Charlotte, North Carolina Blues Club: Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining, Woonsocket, Rhode Island Blues Organization: Billtown Blues Society, Williamsport, Pennsylvania Education: Gary Allegretto, Los Angeles, California Festival (International): Notodden Blues Festival, Notodden, Norway Festival (U.S.): Tampa Bay Blues Festival, St. Petersburg, Florida Film, Television, and Video: Mako Funasaka, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Historical Preservation: Canada South Museum, Windsor, Ontario, Canada International: Paul Jones, London, England Internet: Mary4Music.com, Baltimore, Maryland Journalism: Tim Parsons, South Lake Tahoe, California Literature: Mary Lou Sullivan, Coventry, Connecticut Manager: Paul Nelson, Bullseye Management, Stamford, Connecticut Photography: Bill Steber, Murfreesboro, Tennessee Print Media: Twoj Blues, Chorzow, Poland Producer: Michael Freeman, Barrington, Illinois Promoter: Didier Tricard, Montferrier sur Lez, France Publicist: Debra Regur, Blind Pig Records, San Francisco, California Radio (Commercial): Mark Pasman, WCSX-FM, Detroit, Michigan Radio (Public): Tom Wendt, KBOO-FM, Portland, Oregon Record Label: Electro-Fi Records, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The presentation of these awards will happen in a recognition brunch ceremony on Saturday, February 5, 2011 in Memphis Tennessee. This will be part of a week of blues events associated with the International Blues Competition. For detailed information about the awards and its recipients, and to check out The Blues Foundation's most informative website, click here. Congratulations to all the 2011 KBA recipients!
- Three new blues bios forthcoming! This news from our friend, Alan Balfour who reports of three forthcoming biographies highlighting the lives of Big Bill Broonzy,Son House, and Mississippi John Hurt, to be released in the spring and summer of 2011! For information on I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy by Bob Riesman, click here, for information on Preachin' The Blues: The Life and Times of Son House by Daniel Beaumont, click here.
and for information on Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues by Dr. Phil Ratcliffe click here.
- Larry Taylor's new blues book! We recently became aware of a new book called Stepson of the Blues: A Chicago Song of Survival by Larry Hill Taylor. Larry is the stepson of Eddie Taylor, one of the greatest of Chicago bluesmen, and Larry's book tells his story of growing up in this household on the West Side of Chicago. Larry is also a fine blues drummer and vocalist. This book is a tell-all, and includes gritty images from Larry's very unique perspective. Please note that this is a different Larry Taylor than the well-known West Coast blues bass player. For more information on this book, click here.
- Chicago Blues: A Living History to release follow-up CD! In 2009 Raisin Music records released a concept CD that won the hearts of many a blues fan. It was called Chicago Blues: A Living History, and it presented a program that exemplified the development of Chicago Blues, featuring many of the Windy City's top blues performers; Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell, Carlos Johnson, Matthew Skoller, Billy Flynn, Johnny Iguanna, Felton Crews, and Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith. This CD earned Grammy, and Blues Music Award nominations, and won a Blues Blast Music Award. This group toured and made numerous high profile appearances to great fanfare. Matthew Skoller and Billy Branch report that a 2nd installment of this concept album is in the works with all of the same musicians from the first CD plus special guests Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Zora Young, Magic Slim, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Billy Dickens. It will be released by Raisin Music in April of 2011, and will be aptly titled Chicago Blues: A Living History, The (R)Evolution Continues. For more information on Raisin Music and to check out their website click here. Congratulations to all involved in this wonderful project!
- Delmark records announces a collector's edition CD release of the classic Magic Sam / West Side Soul album! This news just in from Kevin Johnson of Delmark records; Magic Sam / West Side Soul will be re-released on January 11, 2011, in a beautifully repackaged digipak case complete with previously unissued photos and 1960s pluggers (promoting west side gigs) from the private collection of Bill Lindemann. The source material for the CD is the original 1967 analog stereo mix by Stu Black who recorded many of Delmark's classic 1960s blues and jazz recordings. These classic sessions feature Magic Sam with a great band that includes Mighty Joe Young, guitar; Stockholm Slim, piano; Earnest Johnson or Mac Thompson, bass; Odie Payne Jr. or Odie Payne III, drums. Also coming out in tandem with this release will be a West Side Soul t-shirt. For more information on Delmark records and their amazing catalog of Jazz & Blues, click here.
- New Photo Page of the 2010 Blues Music Awards! Please enjoy our new photo page of last May's 2010 Blues Music Awards. Included are images of Louisiana Red, Bobby Bland, Lonnie Brooks, Bonnie Raitt, Chris James, Bruce Iglauer, Hubert Sumlin, Little Victor, Otis Taylor, John Primer, Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Branch, Marquise Knox, Super Chikan, Billy Boy Arnold, Sonny Payne, Johnnie Bassett, Janiva Magness, Latimore, and many more! The 2011 Blues Music Awards take place in Memphis on Thursday May 5th. (for more information on the BMAs and the Blues Foundation click here). To see our new photo page of the 2010 Blues Music Awards, click here.
- Chicago Blues Guide covers the Blues Blast Music Awards! The 3rd annual Blues Blast Music Awards happened on October 28th at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago. Linda Cain has written a wonderful reflection of this great event (including some nice photos) that has appeared on the Chicago Blues Guide website. Click here to see! Thanks to Bob Kieser of Blues Blast Magazine for once again throwing this spectular and well run event!.
- John Lee Hooker 1960 Newport performances on YouTube! Please enjoy these wonderful performances by John Lee Hooker from the 1960 Newport Folk Festival of 1960s. John Lee Hooker is provided perfect accompaniment by the Muddy Waters Blues Band with Otis Spann and James Cotton. To see John Lee Hooker performing "It's My Own Fault" and "I Wish You Were Here", click here. And for a great version of the song "Maudie", click here.