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This is the Memorial Day Weekend and we must remind you not to drink and drive or text and drive.  And please remember why we celebrate this weekend.  Sheba Potts Wright talks about something that’s very near and dear to her heart.  Tuesday the 28th marks the 4th anniversary of the transition of Mel Waiters.  We’ll have the late Mel Waiters in Concert….The Blues Email of the Week is from a listener that says she doesn’t want to get married, but he does.  Hear what I have to say about this….

And throughout the show, we’ll let you know Where They At….Where They At.  Of course, we’ll play the absolute best in Blues and Southern Soul.  Join R-R-Rojene Bailey for BluesTime In The City Where we give you the Blues without giving you the Blues…..This Weekend…

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THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF MAY 4-5, 2019 As Heard on BluesTime In The City

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF MAY 11-12, 2019

The Jus Blues Music Foundation just keep on adding Blues and Southern Soul Stars to their line for their big awards show beginning August 1, 2019 in Tunica Mississippi.  Just added is Detroit Blues Lady B.B. Queen.  She will be the featured act on their Mississippi Delta B.B. King Museum Tour Experience and Lunch at Club Ebony, which is said to be one of the oldest Juke Joints in Existence today…..

Being honored at the Jus Blues Awards this year are O.B. Buchana, Trudy Lynn, Irma Thomas, Lil Ray Neal, Sweet Angel, Y.Z. Ealey, E.C. Scott, Stevie J, Little Freddie King, Gaye Adegbalola, she holds a Masters Degree in Educational Media, and has a very interesting story of how she even got into the blues, and there are many others. In the upcoming weeks, we’re going to have the Executive Director of the Jus Blues Music Foundation on to talk about this years’ event.  For more information, we have a link to their info on the BluesNews page at bluestimeinthecity.com….
https://www.jusblues.org/

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It was a great for Blues Artist and Fans alike this past week in Memphis for the Blues Foundations annual Blues Music Awards week.  The 40th class saluted the blues in a variety of ways, and honored some of the greats in the genre from today and from the past.  Family and friends gathered to witness and accept honors that ranged from performers, to individuals, to Literature, to recordings and even a founder.    The Blues Music Awards was as usual full of suspense and excitement as hundreds gathered for the celebration.  There is a link to all the winners, all of the activities and all of the excitement on the BluesNews Page at Bluestimeinthecity.com…..Another great job by Barbara Newman and The Blues Foundation.  You know, you see people greeting other people that they have not seen in years.  Just a lot of excitement all over the great of Memphis Tennessee…..
https://blues.org/
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And the Chicago Blues Festival is getting close.  The festival will take place June 7th through the 9th at Millennium Park in Chicago.  What I like to always say about this Festival is not only do they have all of these stages, with music on each stage throughout the day, but that it is Free.  Free Free….Free Free Free.  You can watch a group on one stage, and as soon as they finish, you have about 5 or 6 minutes to get to the next stage so you don’t miss anything.  According to reports, about 500,000 people from all over the world will be there so you might as well be one of them.  Again, the festival kicks off June 7th in the Windy City of Chicago, and it’s Free.  Did I mention that???  For the line up, we have a link to all the activities on the BluesNews Page at bluestimeinthecity.com…..
https://www.choosechicago.com/events-and-shows/concerts-and-music/chicago-blues-festival/

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It is time for the BluesNews from the World of the BluesBlues, for the weekend of May 4th and 5th, the first weekend of May…..

Big doings in the Blues World this Month in Memphis Tennessee.  The 40th Blues Music Awards will take place beginning May 8th, next Wednesday.  Presented by the Blues Foundation, the highlight is the Induction Ceremonies for the Blues Hall of Fame.  This year’s class is Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, Ida Cox, Pee Wee Crayton and Booker T. and the MG’s.  Those are the musicians being inducted..Non- musicians and recordings are also being inducted like the founder of Folkways Records Moses Moe Asch, and B.B. King’s iconic Blues Song Everyday I Have the Blues, Muddy Waters’ song, Rollin Stone, Ray Charles’ I Got A Woman, Bessie Smiths’ The St Louis Blues, and Elmore James, Shake Your Moneymaker, along with his album The Sky is Crying, and Fisk University’s Lost Delta Found Classics of Blues Literature will also be inducted.  And there is much more.  That’s just on Wednesday.  Then There’s the Blues Awards show, a who’s who in the Blues.  Even Latimore will be one of the presenters.  An interesting note here, on May the 9th, they will present Part 2 of their “The Blues and Race” panel discussion.  They had Part 1 back in January and it was very interesting on how different people looked at the Blues and Race.  It’s all happening beginning next week in Memphis Tennessee.  Congrats to the Blues Foundation on presenting another great event this year….If you want more information on the Blues Foundations’ big week next week, we have a link to all the activities on the BluesNews Page at BluesTimeinthecity.com…
https://blues.org/news-blues-music-awards-week-schedule-announced/

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And while we’re in Memphis, the Beale Street Music Festival is going on this weekend, May 3rd through 5th.  And May 15th through May 18th, it’s the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.  I would love to be a judge on that…. When I was in Thailand a few weeks ago, I had some Barbecue Rat….I wonder…..No way…..Big doings in May in Memphis with the Blues……

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And you can get ready for the Chicago Blues Festival, presented by the City of Chicago Friday June 7th through Sunday 9th  at Millennium Park… You know, once upon a time, I did a Live Blues Show from the Chicago Blues Festival.  They had never let anyone do that before.  This is Chicago’s yearly presentation of the best the Blues have to offer.  More than 500,000 Blues Fans from all over the world gather for this event.  They have several stages and the music is non-stop every day.  The Best thing about the Chicago Blues festival is that it is Free.  Free Free….Free Free Free….Scheduled to appear this year are Bobby Rush, Billy boy Arnold, Latimore, Charlie Musselwhite, Jimmy Johnson, Bettye LaVette, Grady Champion and many many more.  For the full schedule, we have a link on the BluesNews Page at BluesTimeinthecity.com…
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_blues_festival8.html

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  • Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat

    CONGRATULATIONS TO GRAMMY AWARD WINNER BOBBY RUSH!

    BOBBY RUSH~PORCUPINE MEAT
    by Rojene Bailey, Host of “BluesTime In The City”

    Bobby RushTo say Bobby Rush has been singing the Blues a long time is an understatement.  But to say that Bobby Rush doesn’t have “IT” is also an understatement.  Bobby Rush still got it and that’s a statement of true fact.  In September of this year, Bobby released “Porcupine Meat” on Rounder Records. Rounder Records have been around since the early 1970’s, and was founded in Massachusetts recording all forms of music to include the Blues.  This is Bobby’s first foray with Rounder, and it’s a good one.  It doesn’t matter where Bobby records, he makes it work.  The Majority of the songs were written by Bobby, and the ones he didn’t write totally, he had a hand in writing.

    Before I tell you the songs I really love, let me give you a few of the guests that are included on the BCD.  That’s BluesTime In The City talk for Blues Compact Disc.  Vasti Jackson was the musical director and is the guitar soloist on the title cut, Porcupine Meat.  Keb Mo is featured on NightTime Gardner.  Joe Bonamassa is featured on Me, Myself, And I and Dave Alvin is featured on It’s Your Move.  Mind you, all of these great guitarists have very unique styles, but the styles all worked as a “Bobby Rush Song” in the traditional and innovative Bobby Rush style.  And believe me, these guys are good.

    Bobby continues to amaze me singing the Blues. His ability of adapt the old with the new, integrate technology into the Blues, but yet maintain the integrity of the Blues is second to none. His use of horns and the thump bass on some of the songs are amazing.  Just check out my favorite, “I Don’t Want Nobody Hanging Around.” It makes you move, whether you want to or not.  After you listen to “Me, Myself and I,” the guitar melody and solo will stay in your head for days.  And I’m always reminding listeners that the slide guitar is losing its steam in the African American community, but on “Night Time Gardner” Keb Mo proves me wrong.  Again. “Night Time Gardner” is a great piece of work and Keb Mo brings it.  And venturing out a little on “Funk O De Funk” the horn session put it’s “Blues Stamp” on it. There is a story in each song that only Bobby can tell.  If only our younger generation would listen to him.  As I always tell my friend Bobby, “You’re old, Dude…. But you keep on finding new ways of bringing the Blues.”

    “Porcupine Meat” was nominated for the Best Traditional Blues Grammy, and in February Bobby will get his just due for such a great piece of work.  Even though the title may be a little strange, there’s always a story and life experiences in Bobby’s decisions.  As Bobby puts it, “Too Fat to eat and Too Lean to throw away.”  That’s Porcupine Meat, but you can’t throw it away.  Just Eat It!!!! It’s that good…..

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  • Goodbye, My Friend

    screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-9-43-48-amMy condolences go out to the family and friends, and one of my great friends, Mr. Edwin Clay who passed away on last Saturday.  For the last several years, he served as General Manager of WCSU-FM Radio in Wilberforce Ohio, where BluesTime In The City has been on the schedule for many years.  I’ve known Ed for over 40 years, and we served together on the Founding  Board of The National Black Program Consortium, which brought more Black Programming to the PBS Television Network.  He was with Ohio’s WOSU Public Television in Columbus Ohio at the time, and I was with Georgia Public Television in Atlanta Georgia.  Ed did stints with Phil Donahue, NBC Sports, ESPN, you name it, Ed did it…..He was a character and a great musician…..Always had a smile on his face and a great line to say…….When you hear the line from the song, “Second Verse Same As The First.” think of Ed Clay.  Only a few people know where it came from.  Again, our condolences go out to his lovely wife Ilene, his daughter, his family and the WCSU Radio Family….Ed Clay was my boy……..

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