Eine der großen Legenden der populären Musik in Deutschland ist tot. Fritz Rau starb am Montag, dem 19. August. Er wurde 83 Jahre alt.
Von den Fünfziger- bis in die Achtzigerjahre arbeitete Fritz Rau mit Pop- und Jazzgrößen wie den Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Ella Fitzgerald, Madonna oder Miles Davis. Als Assistenz seines späteren Partners Horst Lippmann begann Raus Karriere 1955 als Tourneebegleiter von Nat ‘King’ Cole und Duke Ellington. Acht Jahre später gründete er zusammen mit Horst Lippmann Lippmann+Rau, jene Agentur, die viele Jahre alljährlich das ‘American Folk Blues Festival‘, ein Tourneeprogramm afro-amerikanischer Bluesmusiker, auf die Runde durch Europas Konzertsäle führte und neben den US-amerikanischen, kanadischen und britischen Soldatensendern einen wesentlich Beitrag zur Verbreitung schwarzer Musik im Nachkriegsdeutschland leistete. Fritz Rau brachte die Rolling Stones auf ihre erste Deutschlandtournee und Jimi Hendrix erstmals in dieses Land.
Fritz Rau starb am Montag im Alter von 83 Jahren in Kronberg bei Frankfurt, wo er die letzten Jahre in einer Seniorenresidenz gelebt hatte.
‘Plug It In! Turn It Up! A History of Electric Blues’ – 12 CD collection on Bear Family wins two awards in Living Blues magazine’s 2012 critic’s poll
Living Blues magazine from the US, one of longest living blues publications in the world, has announced the winners of its 20th annual Living Blues Awards. The Living Blues Critics’ Poll award winners are, a.o.:
Best Historical Reissue (Post-War)
Various Artists – Plug It In! Turn It Up! A History of Electric Blues (Bear Family Records)
Producer of the Year – Historical Recording
Bill Dahl – Plug It In! Turn It Up! A History of Electric Blues (Bear Family Records)
Congratulations to Bill Dahl who has produced this fabulous history of electric blues. Bill is currently working on the story of acoustic blues which has been set for a 2015 release on Bear Family.
Der Sänger Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland besaß eine der großartigsten Stimmen in der Geschichte des Blues, eine Stimme, die zwischen leisen Tönen, einem begeisternden Aufschrei und dem gequälten Schrei des Entsetzens wechseln konnte. Er besaß ein ungewöhnliches Gespür dafür, die Botschaft eines jeden Songs mit enormer Emotionalität herüberzubringen. Obwohl jeder Mr. Blands Musik mochte, so waren er doch besonders bei den Frauen beliebt. Er konnte die romantischsten und nachdenklichsten Rhythm ‘n’ Blues-Songs singen. Seine lange, erfolgreiche Karriere umspannte sechs Jahrzehnte und spiegelte zu jeder Zeit die jeweils aktuelle Bedeutung der Musik wider. Er umgab sich mit großartigen Musikern und Arrangeuren und einem brillanten Repertoire. Er hatte zahllose R&B-Hits und schaffte es gelegentlich bis in die Pop-Charts. Sein Auftreten war höflich, seine Touring Band herausragend und seine Bühnenshow voller Dynamik. Sein Leben lang musste er sich um mangelnde Beschäftigung keine Sorgen machen.
In den letzten Jahren hatte sich Blands Gesundheitszustand weiter verschlechtert. Der legendäre Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland starb am Sonntag, dem 23. Juni 2013 in seinem Haus in Memphis, Tennessee. Er wurde 83 Jahre alt, und er war der Größte!
Singer Bobby Bland possessed one of the greatest voices in the blues – a voice that could alternate between a sweet croon, a zesty shout or a tortured scream. He had an uncanny sense of how to deliver the message of each song for it’s full emotional impact. Though everyone enjoyed Mr Bland’s music, he was especially popular among the ladies since he could sing some of the most romantic and thought provoking songs known to rhythm and blues. His long and fruitful career spanned over 6 decades and always reflected the musical relevance of the time. He surrounded himself with great musicians and arrangers and a brilliant repertoire of songs. He had numerous R&B hits and at times crossed over into the pop charts. He had a suave appearance, a great touring band and a dynamite stage show which kept him in high concert demand throughout his career. The legendary Bobby Bland passed away Sunday, June 23 after some years of deteriorating health. He was 83 and he was the greatest.
- Sam Phillips‘ Sun Records from Memphis, Tennessee was certainly one of America’s most defining record labels. Though best known for artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and others, Sun had it’s start with the blues. Being at the center of the South, producer Sam Phillips launched and furthered the career of many blues artists: Howlin’ Wolf, Little Milton, Big Walter Horton, Ike Turner, Rosco Gordon, Rufus Thomas, Earl Hooker, and Pinetop Perkins to name a few. On March 15th Bear Family will release The Sun Records Blues Box, a 10 CD set complete with a booklet containing photos and discography. This is in conjunction with Sun’s sixtieth anniversary, and Bear Family is also releasing two other definitive box sets showcasing the labels vast contributions to county music and to a rock ‘n’ roll. The Sun Records Blues Box has been released in two forms already on England’s Charly Records. But this appears to be the most inclusive set possible to date, including items not available at the time of the past releases. Here is what the info sheet says: “Finally, the last word on the SUN, and pre-SUN blues recordings! Nearly 30 years after the original Sun Blues Box was released on LP, it’s back on CD with so much more than was on the original set. Recently discovered music from well-known artists … and incredible artifacts like Sam Phillips narrating a radio commercial for a West African herbalist who would soon be jailed for selling bogus patent medicine. Recordings produced by Phillips but issued on Chess, RPM, TRUMPET and other labels were unavailable in 1983, but are now included. Researcher Steve LaVere finally allowed the world to hear the Sun audio and see the Sun -related photos he collected back in the late 1960s. In fact, the entire blues research community came together to make this a once-in-a-lifetime blues experience!” Thank you Bear Family.
- Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore are off to the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival in Panama! The city of Boquete, Panama will become a music hub for Central America on February 28th – March 3. Those are the dates for the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival which features music, parades, parties, art shows, concerts and jam sessions. This year the music lineup will include Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore, B3, Andy Egert, Randy Oxford Band, Carlos Ubarte Latin Jazz Quintet, Ron Hacker & The Hacksaws, Spicy Latin Jazz Band, Rigobertto Coba Big Band, Maria Rivas & Her Libertango Band, Sounds like a party to us! For more information on this event please click here.
- RIP Cleotha Staples April 11, 1934-February 21, 2013. Cleotha died on Thursday, after years of battling Alzheimer’s disease. She was 78 years old. Cleotha “Cleedi” Staples gave the world years of joy as the high voice in the unworldly great harmonies of the Staples Singers. Though Cleotha was the oldest of Pops Staples children, it was her sister Mavis that received the most attention as the most frequent lead vocalist of this cherished family band. But Cleotha’s contributions were essential to the Staple Singers sound. “A lot of singers would try to sing like her,” Mavis Staples said “Her voice would just ring in your ear. It wasn’t harsh or hitting you hard, it was soothing.” To find out more about her distinguished music career, click here.
- John Primer & Bob Corritore CD Album Art! The forthcoming album John Primer & Bob Corritore / Knockin’ Around These Blues will be released Aril 16th on the Delta Groove label. This album features a fantastically traditional sound with John amd Bob in top form surrounded by the all-star cast of Barrelhouse Chuck, Chris James and Patrick Rynn, Billy Flynn, Bob Stroger, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith and Brian Fahey. The beautiful album design featuring a cover photo by Dave Blake, inside photos by Daniel Swadener, and graphic design by Josh Temkin is now complete and can be seen by clicking here.
- Blues Music Awards voting closes at 7:59 AM on March 1. Voting for the 2013 Blues Music Awards (BMAs) is in progress and Blues Foundation members can make their choices now until 7:59am on March 1. To see the list of this year’s nominations click here. Bob Corritore is nominated for a BMA in the “Harmonica” category. Also two releases that Bob is associated with are up for a couple awards each; Mud Morganfield / Son Of The Seventh Son, and The Mannish Boys / Double Dynamite. The award winners will be anounced at the formal ceremony which takes place on Thursday, May 9th at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. For more on the awards and the Blues Foundation go to http://www.blues.org/.
- Phoenix’s Blues Blast Festival March 9th with The 44s. Pre-party March 8th with Mud Morganfield! The Phoenix Blues Society presents the Blues Blast 2013 festival on Saturday, March 9th, at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix, located at 200 East Moreland Street. Appearing at Blues Blast 2013 will be The 44s, Shawn Pittman, Big Nick & The Gila Monsters, The Sugar Thieves, and the Bad News Blues Band. The show will start at 12:00NOON gates will open at 10:00 AM. More information at http://www.bluesblast.info/. Also note that the pre-party will be Friday March 8th, at the Rhythm Room with Severn recording artist Mud Morganfield with the Rhythm Room All-Stars Bob Corritore, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, and Brian Fahey. Also, the after party will happen immediately after the fest at the Rhythm Room with a showcase / celebrity jam. Festival ticket stub holders can attend the after-party free of charge!
- Magic Slim Funeral Services. This comes to us from Magic Slim‘s Manager Marty Salzman. The funeral service for Magic Slim will be at Horizons Community Church , 3200 Grainger Parkway , Lincoln Nebraska on Saturday, March 2, at 10AM. A musical memorial tribute is currently being planned in Chicago IL. The Zoo Bar in Lincoln is also planning a musical tribute. Both tributes will be announced when details are finalized. These memorial tributes will be benefits with all proceeds going to Ann Holt and her family.
- T-Bone 1966 performance on YouTube! Please enjoy this 1966 clip of T-Bone Walker leading an all-star band at a Jazz At The Philharmonic concert in London. The band includes Dizzy Gillespie, Teddy Wilson, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, Jimmy Moody, Benny Carter and Bob Cranshaw. T-Bone performs a medley that includes “Going To Chicago”, click here to see, and to see Norman Granz’s introduction, and T-Bone singing “Woman, You Must Be Crazy”, click here.
RIP Morris “Magic Slim” Holt – August 7, 1937 to February 21, 2013. With the passing of Magic Slim we say farewell to one of the greatest traditional Chicago blues artists of our time. Magic Slim died of complications from a breathing disorder after weeks of hospitalization. He was 75.
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- Magic Slim health update. Magic Slim has been hospitalized for a few weeks now, and this is the information that his manager, Marty Salzman has released; “Magic Slim remains hospitalized in Pennsylvania under treatment for bleeding ulcers complicated by pre-existing issues with his kidneys, his lungs, his weight and his heart. Although seriously ill, he has been stable for the past three days, his kidneys have improved, the bleeding has stopped and his heart rate has improved. He still has a long road ahead of him but things are moving in the right direction. We thank everybody for their kind words and prayers and ask that you keep Magic Slim in your prayers”.
- Blues In The Schools Benefit Saturday at the Rhythm Room! This Saturday, February !6 from 3pm to 6pm, Reverend Charlie F. Edwards “The Preaching Bluesman” will present a Blues In The Schools Benefit at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix. This show is all ages. Reverend Charlie will present a seminar / workshop on the birth of the blues to be followed by performances that will include Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, Paris James and Revernd Charlie. To see the event flyer click here.
- Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore to appear at Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival in Panama! The city of Boquete, Panama will become a music hub for Central America on February 28th – March 3. Those are the dates for the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival which features music, parades, parties, art shows, concerts and jam sessions. This year the music lineup will include Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore, B3, Andy Egert, Randy Oxford Band, Carlos Ubarte Latin Jazz Quintet, Ron Hacker & The Hacksaws, Spicy Latin Jazz Band, Rigobertto Coba Big Band, Maria Rivas & Her Libertango Band, Sounds like a party to us! For more information on this event please click here
- Petition to reactivate two Grammy blues categories! In April of 2011 NARAS (The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) announced their unfortunate decision to eliminate numerous award categories. The most shameful of these eliminations was reducing the blues from 2 categories: “Traditional Blues” and “Contemporary Blues,” into just one general blues category. What that did was effectively wipe out the chance that the less commercial traditional blues performed by some of the musics pioneers would have any representation at all. Earlier that year, before this elimination, the Traditional Blues Category was won by Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith for their Tel-Arc CD Joined At The Hip. If there would have just been one general blues category as exists right now, then Pinetop and Willie, both elder statesmen of the blues who died later that year, would have likely never even made it into the nominees category from being swept away by more comercial contemporary blues artists who have more crossover appeal to the mainstream. This move by NARAS is nothing short of an atrocity as it dismisses the value of the tradition of the blues. If we sound angry well, you guessed it, we are! A petition movement has been activated by Micheal Freeman and Patricia Morgan (Micheal produced Joined At The Hip, and Patricia manager Pinetop and Willie). For more information on this movement with an explanation of its reasoning and importance, click here. You can help this cause by printing out the petition form and actively seeking signatures in your community. Michael Freeman will need all petitions back on or before February 28 for his meeting with NARAS officials on March 1st. Please help this cause. You can access the petition form by clicking here. Thank you!
- 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees Annouced! The Blues Foundation has announced the class of 2013 Blues Hall Of Fame inductees. The induction dinner will be Wednesday May 8 at the Downtown Memphis Marriott. Congrats to all:
Classic of Blues Recording – Single or Album Track
Classic of Blues Recording – Album
Complete Recorded Works (Herwin, 1975)/Texas Worried Blues – Henry “Ragtime Texas” Thomas- (Yazoo, 1989))
Classic of Blues Literature
For more information on the Blues Hall of Fame, and for bios and information on the recipients, click here.
- Big Walter Horton remembered and a glimpse at Chicago Blues in 1970! Thanks to Clas “Volvo Slim” Ahlstrand from Sweden, who has shared his story of travellng to Chicago with Lasse Lindedal in January of 1970. Volvo Slim posted this two part story a few years back in Blindman’s Blues Forum and recently wrote us with these links. His story includes some wonderful descriptions, photos, and recordings made during this trip. Harmonica master Big Walter Horton is the primary subject, but many other Chicago artists of that time period are also discussed. These links are:Part one, click herePart two, click here
Big Walter with Johnny Young sound recordings:
Song one, click here
Song two; click here
Thanks Volvo Slim for this trip back in time, and for documenting the experience so that we can all enjoy it some 43 years later!
- Time Brings About A Change; A Floyd Dixon Celebration DVD to be released March 6!. Movie premire announced! The long awaited documentary DVD companion to the 2006 CD Time Brings About A Change; A Floyd Dixon Celebration will be released on March 6 on Bob Auerbach‘s High John Records. This DVD includes interviews and concert footage of Floyd Dixon, Pinetop Perkins, and Henry Gray who were all part of a two day live recording and filming that took place in June of 2006 at the Rhythm Room. Floyd had been diagnossed with a terminal illness and Bob Auerbach immediately initiated this project. Kid Ramos was the musical director of the event and special guests include Johnny Tucker, Joe Banks, Kim Wilson, Fred Kaplan, and Lynwood Slim with a great rhythm section that includes Larry Taylor and Richard Innes and a fine horn section. The project’s credits include director Phillip Cruess, producers Kid Ramos, Lisette Cruess, Bob Corritore and Clarke Rigsby, and executive producer Bob Auerbach. This film will premire at the Cinema City Theatre, 5635 E. La Palma Ave, Annaheim, California 92807 with a 6:30 to 7:30 meet & greet and a 7:45 movie presentation. You will be able to pick up this DVD at the premire, or at finer music stores and at http://www.highjohnrecords.com/. This film represents the last stand of an influencial West Coast blues pioneer and the meeting of three legendary piano masters. It also provides a great look at Kid Ramos‘ amazing guitar playing and bandleading. This show will be right before Kid’s cancer surgery and Kid plans to attend!. To see the DVD cover click here and to read about the CD and DVD on the High John Records website, click here.
- RIP Roscoe Chenier – November 6, 1941 to February 7, 2013. Louisiana blues singer / guitarist Roscoe Chenier was the cousin of Clifton Chenier but a fine blues artist in his own right. He lived his whole life in the Opelousas, Louisiana area and though he had solid reputation in Europe, he was little known in the USA outside of his hometown. Processing a rich full voice and downhome blues guitar style, he was able to make numerous albums and European tours playing Holland’s Blues Estafette Festival in 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998 and 2001, and performed at the very prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival in the Hague. His first recording, a 1961 single “Born For Bad Luck” on the Reynaud label led to numerous albums on labels such as Vidrine, Maison de Sol, Black and Tan, APO, Rhino, and Avenue Records. In recent years his diabetes would limit his travel and performance and eventually take his life. Here are some examples of his powerful music (click here and here).
- Sin City Soul & Blues Revival announces a spectacular three day lineup! Las Vegas, Nevada will be the home of a 3 day blues event called the Sin City Soul & Blues Revival. The event happens on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Septempber 15, 16, and 17. Acts include Royal Southern Brotherhood, Tad Robinson, John Cleary, John Nemeth, Trampled Under Foot, Henry Gray & Bob Corritore, Tab Benoit, Sister Sparrow, Kris Lager Band, Orgone, Brad Cordle, Mike Zito, Karen Lovely, Curtis Salgado’s Big Band, Austin All-Stars featuring Malford Milligan and W.C. Clark, Monophonics, Tommy Castro, Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Selwyn Birchwood, Hadden Sayers Band, Contino, Ruthie Foster, Los Lonely Boys, Deanna Bogart, The Iguanas, Scottie Miller Band, Carolyn Wonderland, Josh Hoyer, James Harman Band,.and more! Mark your calendars for this huge blues event. To find out more about this festival and to order tickets go to their website at http://www.sincitysoulandbluesrevival.com/.
- Memphis Slim and Matt Murphy on YouTube! Please enjoy these fantastic 1963 recordings by blues piano champion Memphis Slim and Matt “Guitar” Murphy from a Belgian documentary of the 1963 American Folk Blues Festival tour. Note that the drummer is the great Billy Stepney!
“I’m Lost Without You” click here.
“Wish Me Well” click here.
“Matt’s Guitar Boogie” click here.
“My Gal keeps Me Crying” click here.
A multi-song clip with a few different songs, click here.
The final line up for the Eddie C. Campbell Benefit has been confirmed by Barbara Mayson Campbell and is now ready for release, so please share this poster widely. Eddie has suffered a serious stroke while on tour in Germany, last month.
Eddie is making some progress and plans are under way to organize his return home for rehabilitation and further medical care. Getting Eddie home and getting him the care he will need will be a very costly enterprise. Eddie has many friends who want to perform in support…but the United Center was not available!
If you are not listed in the lineup, it is still possible to support Eddie by spreading the word, buying tickets and coming to the show. The venue will not be able to accommodate comped guests.
ALL proceeds from this benefit will go to the Eddie C. Campbell Assistance Fund. Rosa’s Lounge has generously donated the venue, the organizers have volunteered their help, and the incredible musicians and the house band have all donated their time; indeed,most of them are even purchasing tickets at the door to their own gig!
On behalf of Eddie C. Campbell’s family, thank you for the outpouring of love and support.
— with Eddie Shaw, Robert Stroger, Tom Marker, Rico Mcfarland, Sharon Lewis, Zora Young, Matthew Skoller, Deitra Farr, Scott Dirks and Sugar Blue at Rosa’s Lounge.
IBC’s in Memphis recap! Each year in early February, the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Competition (IBCs) in Memphis unites the blues world. It is a gargantuan contest in which each blues society in each community sends the winner of their local competition as their representative. Beale Street (the venue filled strip where the IBCs take place) is bursting with all the ambitious energy of these bands and the people who came to cheer them on. Is there any other genre of music that has such a well-organized network come together with this force? The Blues Foundation must be commended for creating this forum and for handling the huge organizational responsibility that goes along with it. There are also jams, and showcases that take place before, and after these events, and of course the Keeping The Blues Alive (KBA) Brunch is a great way to honor the lifetime work of many hardworking blues devotees. I fully enjoyed the IBCs and I performed 5 times during the week, making music with such great artists asJonn Del Toro Richardson, Rich DelGrosso, Cassie Taylor, The Andy T. / Nick Nixon Band (with Anson Funderburgh and Markey Jeanette), The Nick Moss Band (with stunning vocalist Mike Ledbetter), Phil Pimberton & Doug Woolverton (from Roomful Of Blues) Big Bill Morganfield, Clay Swafford, Tony Braunegal, Marie Woodford, Micah Ian Kesserling, and others. There was also some fun off-stage playing with harmonica players Dennis Gruenling, Andrew Ali, and Big John! Great to see so many friends and to play for some many blues lovers. Congratulations to IBC winner Selwyn Birchwood from Florida who you will hearing a lot from in the years to come. Here is a nice photo page from the IBCs from Blues Festival Guide Magazine (click here). Thank you to the Blues Foundation for creating this forum for all of us to gather to celebrate the music, and to legitimately raise up-and-comers into the international spotlight.
- Bob Corritore
Living Blues lists Top 50 Blues Albums Of 2012! Bob Corritore appears on 4 of them! The current issue of Living Blues Magazine compiles of list of the “Top 50 Blues Albums For 2012.” Congratulations to all the great releases that appear on this list. Bob Corritore plays harmonica on 4 of these 50 Cds; Mud Morganfield / Son Of The Seventh Son (which came in #3), The Mannish Boys / Double Dynamite ( #5), Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore / Longtime Friends In The Blues (#13) and Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’Nois King / Close To The Bone (# 22)! You can find out more about Living Blues Magazine at www.livingblues.com and to see the complete listing of their “Top 50 Blues Albums of 2012,” click here.
Bob Corritore’s blues radio show celebrates it’s 29 year anniversary this Sunday! In February of 1984 Bob Corritore began broadcasting his very traditionally oriented blues show on KJZZ (then called KMCR). This Sunday, 29 years later Bob is still hosting his 5 hour weekly program and enjoying every minute of it. In 2007 this radio show was honored by the Blues Foundation with a Keeping The Blues Alive Award! You can tune in this and each Sunday online at http://www.kjzz.org/ or if in Phoenix at 91.5 FM from 6pm to 11pm Arizona time. Thanks to KJZZ for providing a safe and consistant place for blues to be broadcast!
Eddie C. Campbell Health Update. This information cones via The Chicago Blues Guide about Chicago blues guitar great Eddie C. Campbell who recently suffered a heart attack and a stroke while on tour in Germany. The CBG quotes Eddie’s longtime partner Barbara Mayson Campbell as saying “Eddie is out of intensive care and stablized. However, he is at present paralyzed on his right side. Time is of the essence, Eddie’s prognosis for a full recovery is dependent upon him receiving the appropriate medical attention including neuro/physical therapy. Eddie has no medical coverage in Germany and, due to his condition, he may only be able to fly comercially with a medical escort, or in an air ambulance. The costs will be staggering in the coming weeks and months. Donations are being accepted through the Eddie C. Campbell Assistance Fund PayPal account at the following link (click here)” Note that a benefit for Eddie C. Campbell is being planned for Sunday February 17 at Rosa’s in Chicago.
- Jimmy Vaughan doing well after last week’s heart attack. This from Jimmy Vaughan‘s press people: “Jimmie Vaughan was admitted to Pomona Hospital Medical Center on January 23rd, 2013 with an acute Myocardial Infraction. He had a Coronary Angioplasty and Stent placement. He is progressing well after this routine procedure and was discharged from the hospital on January 25th. Jimmie feels fine but was advised by his cardiologist to rest at home for a month. He regretfully had to cancel a scheduled trip to The Mahindra Blues Festival in Mumbai, India as a result. Mr. Vaughan said, ‘I feel really good and I can’t wait to get back to work with my band.’”
Blues Music Awards voting going on right now! Voting for the 2013 Blues Music Awards (BMAs) is in progress and Blues Foundation members can make their choices now until 7:59am on March 1. To see the list of this year’s nominations click here. Bob Corritore is nominated for a BMA in the “Harmonica” catagory. Also 2 releases that Bob is associated with are up for a couple awards each; Mud Morganfield / Son Of The Seventh Son, and The Mannish Boys / Double Dynamite. The award winners will be anounced at the formal ceremony which takes place on Thursday, May 9th at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. For more on the awards and the Blues Foundation go to http://www.blues.org/.
Junior Watson / Fred Kaplan Band to appear Friday at the Rhythm Room! West Coast heaveyweights Junior Watson, Fred Kaplan, Richard Innes and Kedar Roy will appear this Friday, February 8 at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix with a guest appearance by Bob Corritore. The show is appropriately titled “West Coast Blues Masters” and you can expect the highest quality of musicianship from these great players. Go to http://www.rhythmroom.com/ for more information. To see the beautiful poster for this event designed by Amy Brat click here.
Muddy Waters home will not be torn down! After a number of newspapers reported the possible demolition of Muddy Waters historic Southside residence, we are relieved to have a recent report that this landmark is to remain. Thanks to Tom Marker of WXRT’s Blues Breakers program for posting this news, which you can read by clicking here.
Eddie Taylor Photo Page started! Guitarist Eddie Taylor was among the greatest blues guitarists, and his work defined the instrument’s role in Chicago Blues. Last week in our newsletter we requested photo contributions for a tribute photo page and we were very pleased by offerings from Scott Dirks, Hasse Andreasson, Barrelhouse Bonni McKeown, Tom Buckley, Justin O’Brien, and Bert Lek. Due to time constraints we have not added all these submissions yet but they are coming! Here is the start of our Eddie Taylor photo page with more images to be added very soon! Click here to see.
RIP Precious Bryant – January 4, 1942 – January 12, 2013. Georgia blueswoman Precious Bryant was a spectacular down- home singer and guitarist who combined her love for Memphis Minnie, Jimmy Reed and Muddy Waters with the spirituals and rags that characterize her region. She passed away on Jan 12, 2013 at age 71. Her petite stature was no indication of her powerful full-bodied vocals, accomplished finger picking guitar, and rabble-rousing personality. Precious Bryant was born in Talbout County, Georgia and raised on her family’s farm. Discovered and recorded first in 1969 by folklorist George Mitchell, Precious would go on to make 4 records; My Name Is Precious on the Music Maker Foundation Label, and Fool Me Good and The Truth on Terminus Records, and a shared album with Algia Mae Hinton called Gran’mas I Have Never Had on Moi J’Connais Records. She was featured on a number of songs on the National Downhome Blues Festival album on Southland Records, and her song “Morning Train” appears in the soundtrack of the motion picture Black Snake Moan. Though a rich talent, she lived lived a humble life, residing in a trailer home in the woods near Waverly Hall, Georgia. To read a beautiful article about Precious Bryant from Access Atlanta, click here.
- Precious Bryant on YouTube! The zesty music of the recently deceased blues gem Precious Bryant is captured on these great clips:
Performing the Memphis Minnie song “Me & My Chauffeur.” Click here to see.
Performing “I’m Broke And Ain’t Got A Dime.” Click here.
Performing “Buck Dance.” Click here.
Performing “Black Rat Swing.” Click here.
Liebe Bluesfreunde, in dieser Liste finden Sie die 30 bestverkauften Bluesveröffentlichungen des Jahres in alphabetischer Reihenfolge, ermittelt anhand der Verkaufszahlen des CrossCut Mailorder bei Bear Family. Wir wünschen Ihnen ein entspanntes, harmonisches Weihnachtsfest und alles Gute für das kommende Jahr, herzlichst, Ihr Bear Family Team.
Dear Blueslovers, below, we have listed the top 30 best selling blues releases of 2012. In alphabetical order, according to the annual CrossCut Mailorder, a division of Bear Family Records sales statistics. We are wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year. Yours truly, the Bear Family team.
AWEK – Rich & Famous (self production) CD AWEK 3
B.B. & THE BLUES SHACKS – Come Along (CrossCut) CD CCD 11106
COLIN LINDEN- Still Live (CrossCut) CD CCD 12012
DAVE GOODMAN & STEVE BAKER – Wine Dark Sea (Acoustic Music) CD AMC 1478
FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS – Live From London 1985 (Umbrella) DVD DAVID 0373
FILLMORE SLIM – The Blues Playa’s Ball (2-CD) (Mountain Top) CD MTP 70655
HOWLIN’ WOLF – Live & Cookin’ At Alice’s Revisited (Chess/Universal) CD 34229
JOHN NEMETH – Blues Live (self production) CD NM 05652
JOHN PRIMER – Blues On Solid Ground (Continental Blue Heaven) CD CBH 2021
JOSH SMITH – Don’t Give Up On Me (CrossCut) CD CCD 11105
LAZY LESTER – One More Once (Cambaya) CD CK 6102
LIL’ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS – Jump Start (Alligator) CD AL 4949
LURRIE BELL – The Devil Ain’t Got No Music (Aria B.G.) CD ABG 2
MAGIC SAM – Raw Blues! (Rockbeat) CD RB 3110
MAGIC SLIM – Bad Boy (Blind Pig) CD BP 5147
MANNISH BOYS – Double Dynamite (2-CD) (Delta Groove) CD DGP 153
MICHAEL BURKS – Show Of Strength (Alligator) CD AL 4951
MICHAEL VAN MERWYK – New Road (Groove Stew) CD GSR 1201
MISSISSIPPI HEAT - Delta Bound (Delmark) CD DE 823
NICK MOSS – Here I Am (Blue Bella) CD BLUE 1017
OTIS SPANN & FLEETWOOD MAC – The Biggest Thing Since Colossus (Blue Horizon/Sony) CD 475 972 2
R.L. BURNSIDE – Mississippi Hill Country Blues (Fat Possum) CD 80341 2
RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS – One Wrong Turn (Alligator) CD AL 4950
RJ MISCHO – Make It Good (Delta Groove) CD DGP 152
RON HACKER – Live In San Francisco (self production) CD RH 449
SMOKIN’ JOE KUBEK – Close To The Bone – Unplugged (Delta Groove) CD DGP 155
THE 44′S – Americana (Rip Cat) CD RC 1106
VARIOUS ARTISTS – The Fame Studios Story (3-CD) (Kent UK) CD KENTBOX 12
WESTSIDE BLUES – Westside Blues (Stumble) CD BS 1419
WILLIAM CLARKE & JUNIOR WATSON – Double Dealin’ (Watch Dog) CD WD 1013