You got to start getting ready for this.  The Jus Blues Music awards are gearing up for their August Blues Extravaganza and The Blues Foundation is getting ready for their big May Awards Extravaganza. Both of these blues events pay homage to the people who make, write, produce and sing the music.  Even though their styles are different, they each serve a special purpose in their particular blues genres.  We’ll be talking more about these events as time draws closer.  I have already been invited to partake in the discussions for the Jus Blues Music awards, and I’m looking forward to that….What will I say…..I’ll think of something……The Honorees have been announced for the Jus Blues Music Awards in August and they are,    Irma Thomas, Lil Ray Neal, Trudy Lynn, Don Bryant, Gaye Adegballola, Y.Z. Ealey, E.C. Scott, Senator Willie Simmons, Mickey Rodgers, O.B. Buchana, Sweet Angel, Stevie J, and Little Freddie King. 

For the 40th Blues Music Awards on May 9th of this year, the nominees have also been announced.  Their categories range from Acoustic Ablum to Traditional Blues Male Artist.  The B.B. King Entertainers Award to the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award…The Instrumentalist Bass Award to the Instrumentalist Drums Award, and all you can imagine in between.  For their inductees in the 40th Blues Hall of Fame on May 8th are Aretha Franklin, Booker T and the MGs, Count Basie, Ida Cox, Pee Wee Crayton, and Moses Moe Asch.  Elmore James album The Sky is Crying will enter and Muddy Waters 1950 song, Rollin Stone.  I Got a Woman by Ray Charles and Bessie Smith’s St Louis Blues will also be honored.  And this is really cool.  Classic of Blues Literature is the work Lost Delta Found: Rediscovering The Fisk University-Library of Congress Coahoma County Study 1941-1942 compiled by John W. Work, Lewis Wade Jones and Samuel C. Adams Jr. will be honored.  For more information on both events, we have links on the BluesNews Page at Big doings in May for the Blues Foundation and in August for the Jus Blues Foundation paying homage to people, mostly forgotten people in the Blues.  We have a link to the events on the BluesNews Page at……


There is an article on the site by Brant Buckley entitled “Billy Branch Master Blues Teacher.”  Billy is one of the Chicago Blues Harmonica players that’s changed a lot of the harmonica playing for the Blues.  The article, which is an interview, talks to Billy about a range of topics, and a few things I did not know.  I knew he was discovered by Willie Dixon, but I did not know that Willie encouraged Billy to finish his college education, where he received a degree in political science.  I also did not know that Billy had plans to go to Law School, but after receiving his political science degree, he began touring with The Willie Dixon Chicago All Stars.  I knew he came up with the concept of Blues In The Schools, but I didn’t know that he came up with the idea in 1978.  This is a great article or interview by Brant Buckley on the site, and if you want to know a heck of a lot more from one of the original SOB’s, that’s Sons of Blues, we have a link to it on the BluesNews page at


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