Friday April 22, 2011
- Dave Riley & Bob Corritore appear Saturday night at the Rhythm Room. The Dave Riley/Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band (with Dave, Bob, Dave Jr. on bass and Brian Fahey on drums) bring their down home blues sound to the Rhythm Room in Phoenix this Saturday. Note that right before the show will be the graduation ceremony for Phoenix's Burlesque University! The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85014
- Malaco Records building destroyed by a storm, This report quoted diredtly from Ray Fitzgerald's article in SpinningSoul.com: Malaco Records, which has recorded and/or released albums for dozens of soul and blues legends, had its offices and recording studios destroyed Friday afternoon when a tornado hit Jackson, Mississippi. Of the three buildings in the compound, one was a total loss, while the other two had more than half of the structure destroyed. A state of emergency was issued for 14 Mississippi counties as tornadoes ripped through the state on Friday as the death toll in the south rose to 17 early Saturday. Label co-founder Wolf Stephenson and about 15 employees were inside the buildings when the storm hit. All were confirmed unharmed. The buildings are located on Northside Drive in Jackson, where officials say most of the city’s damaged was felt.Sadly, the room that housed the master tapes from decades of great musicians like ZZ Hill, Little Milton, Bobby Bland, Dorothy Moore, Johnnie Taylor, and Denise LaSalle was reduced to rubble.To see a video news report on the sad occurance, click here. Thanks to Ben The Harpman for initially making us aware of this in his Juke Joint Soul newsletter.
- Eddie Shaw to receive Mississippi Trail Marker next week! The great Eddie Shaw played sax in the bands of Howlin' Wolf, Magic Sam, Freddie King, Jimmy Reed, and Jimmy Dawkins. After Howlin' Wolf's passing in 1976, Eddie embarked on a solo career billed as Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang, initially keeping the entire lineup of Howlin' Wolf's last band (Hubert Sumlin, Detroit Junior, Chico Chism, and Shorty Gilbert). Eddie will be honored with a Mississippi Blues Trail Maker in his home town of Benoit, Mississiippi. The unveiling ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 2pm at Highways 1 and 448 in Benoit. Congratulation to Eddie!
- Little Milton on YouTube! Please enjoy this July, 2005 clip of the great Little Milton's very last performance at the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, Maine. The clip shows three partial songs and a jubilent, inspired performance by a man still very much in his prime. Little Milton would leave us a month later on August 4 from a severe stroke. He had a brilliant half century recorded legacy and scores of loving fans. To see this clip, click here.