postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: January 26 – 27, 2019

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF JANUARY 26-27, 2019

A new Blues Program debuted on Sirius XM Radio on the B.B. King Bluesville Channel last Monday evening at 6 pm….  The show is a “Different Shades of Blue” and the host is non-other than blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. The show supposedly explores all phases of the Blues genre even going back to the 1920’s Blues.  Joe Bonamassa was called up on the stage by B.B. King when he was twelve, and he showed his guitar genius.  You’re not going to hear any southern soul on this show, but mostly rock blues and traditional blues.  The show is weekly and as mentioned, it airs on Mondays at 6 pm….
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The Blues Foundation just announced the Nominees for their 40th Blues Music Awards that coming up in May 9th in  Memphis.  The categories range from Traditional Blues Album to Best emerging Artist Album….From Soul Blues Album to Blues Rock Album,  and all in between.  There are over 25 categories and I don’t have time to get into all the nominees.  If you want to see who’s nominated, we have a link to their nominee page on the BluesNews Page at BluesTimeinthecity.com…. They finishing up the International Blues Challenge this weekend, and I’ll have the winner of that competition on the show next week……Mark your calendar…..May 9th…The 40th Blues Music Awards….
https://blues.org/blues-music-awards/#nominees
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That’s Jody Williams and his signature song, Lucky Lou.  This is a story we missed in early December, and we do apologize for it…but it’s worth repeating….Jody Williams made the transition back in December in Munster Indiana.  According to The American Blues Scene.com site, Jody was 83 years of age.  Jody was a house guitarist for Chess Records, and recorded with greats such as Bo Diddley, Floyd Dixon, Dale Hawkins, and if you ever hear the song It Must Have Been the Devil, the guitar battle on that song was Jody and B.B. King.  He was a master of Chicago Blues, and was inducted on The Blues Hall of Fame …Jody once left the business, and worked as a ATM machine serviceman.  But he was eventually lured back to the music. He was born Joseph Leon Williams in Mobile Alabama and moved to Chicago at age five. He was one of those guys that did a lot, but really didn’t want all the recognition. Our condolences go out to the family of guitarist Jody Williams..We lost another great one…..
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