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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: October 20-21, 2018

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
For The Weekend of October 20-21, 2018

On the front cover of the latest edition of Living Blues Magazine is the one and only Latimore.  In the featured article by David Whiteis, Latimore talks about his career, and the music that he loves.  Latimore has been in the business 60 plus years, and according to the Charleston Tennessee native, and now Tampa Florida resident says he loves what he’s been doing the 60 years he’s been in the business, and looks forward to sixty more.  I once asked Latimore how he would like to be remembered 50 years from now.  His answer was simply, “He got shot last Tuesday.”  Great article on the great Latimore in this month’s edition of Living Blues Magazine.

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Believe it or not, it’s getting close.  January 22nd through January 26th, it the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge.  Blues Bands from all over the world will compete for the big prize, being recognized as the best blues band in the world.  The competition is fierce and strong, and these bands bring it.  One of the things that I like about the competition is some of the members of the bands can’t even speak English, but can sing the blues in perfect English.   During that week, it’s not only hearing a lot of great Blues Music, but they have activities ranging from  Blues Jams, Showcases presented by different Blues Societies,  Health Screenings, Roundtable discussions,  and book signings.  Lots of activities that week in Memphis Tennessee and the Blues Foundation always does a great job in presenting this huge event.  The IBC finals will be held on Saturday, January 26th
https://blues.org/ibc-schedule-2019/

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And on a very sad note to me, one of my favorite artists in jazz, blues, big screen, stage and Television, and Atlanta Icon Ms Theresa Hightower of Atlanta Georgia passed away on Wednesday, October 10th… Theresa was a dear friend and one of the nicest people on earth.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tony, her son and the family.  Theresa will surely be missed.  She was a very lovely lady.  Her going home celebration will be held Monday, October 29th at The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on the campus of Morehouse College.

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: October 13-14, 2018

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 13-14, 2018

 

There is a new book coming out October 30th entitled “Bitten By The Blues…The alligator Records Story.  It’s written by Bruce Iglauer and Patrick A. Roberts.  Bruce is the founder of Alligator Records and Living Blues Magazine, and Patrick is associate professor in the College of Education at Northern Illinois University. The book takes a look at how Bruce first heard a blues man by the name of Hound Dog Taylor and decided to record him.  Mind you, this was the first artist that he recorded.  It looks at his relationships with some of the great blues icons like KoKo Taylor, Son Seals, Albert Collins, Kenny Neal and many of the great blues artists in the industry came about.  Bitten By the Blues, The Alligator Records Story has some great behind the scenes look at the business of the Blues and the people involved.  Again, the book will be out on October 30th…..

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And speaking of books, Tina Turner said in her upcoming autobiography, Tina Turner: My Love Story scheduled to be released later this month, that she received a kidney transplant from her husband Erwin Bach.  She said in 2016 her kidneys were at 20 percent and going down fast.  She says her husband just told her he wanted to give her one of his kidneys.  Tina said it shocked her by his generous offer.  Tina is 78 years old, and right now, she’s doing fine.

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Paul Allen is a Billionaire, who owns the Seattle Seahawks, The Portland Trailblazers, and many other things that billionaires own.  He was one of the founders of Microsoft along with Bill Gates back in the day.  I suppose you’re wondering why am I talking about a billionaire that owns the Seattle Seahawks….Well, here’s Why…
(Paul Allen Song)

Paul also has a Blues Rock Band.  He’ s the lead guitarist for Paul Allen and the Underthinkers.  They have a BCD out titled Everywhere at Once…..He wrote or co-wrote all the tracks on the BCD. You figure a billionaire would have someone else to do the writing.  This man genuinely loves the Blues.   Another reason we’re talking about Paul Allen is according to an Associated Press article on October 1st, Paul’s cancer has returned.  He was treated for cancer in 2009 and it apparently flared up again.  Allen saw Jimi Hendrix in Seattle when he was 16, and 30 years later, he was the force behind the Jimi Hendrix Museum located in Seattle.  I’ve been to the EMP and let me tell you, it is fabulous.  To date, Allen has given over 1.5 Billion Dollars to non-profits and other worthy causes….Hope Paul Allen can beat this again and get better real soon…. If you want to read the article, we have a link to it on the BluesNews Page at bluestimeinthecity.com…
https://www.kentucky.com/living/health-and-medicine/article219331245.html

 

 

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: October 6-7, 2018

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 6-7, 2018

You may want to be glues to your TV set on Tuesday night if you’re an Aretha Franklin fan.  A huge line up of super stars will memorialized the late Queen on the American Music Awards.  Scheduled to perform are Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurken, and CeCe Winans will honor and pay tribute to the Queen. Gladys Knight said in a statement that, and I’m quoting here, “It’s a blessing to be a part of this moving musical tribute to honor our late queen and sister, Aretha. She was an icon and visionary, radiated light and love through all of her life’s work, and touched all of us through her incredible gift of music.” Gladys performed at Franklin’s homegoing service singing the song You’ll never walk alone.  Blackish Tracee  Ellis Ross will host the program, and it will air on ABC at 8 pm on Tuesday.  The Queen left us on August 16th….
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Chicago Blues man and the architect of the Chicago West Side Blues Sound made the transition on last Sunday, September 29th… Otis had been in ill health since suffering a stroke in 2003. His first big single was I Can’t Quit You Baby in 1956, which you are hearing in the background, and it reached the 6 spot on the Billboard R & B chart, became a blues standard, and was covered by many blues and rock artists.  The left handed guitar player was inducted in the Blues Hall of Fame in 1984, and this year was honored by the Jazz Foundation of America with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Our condolences go out to the family of Otis Rush….Otis Rush, One of our Blues Legends has made the transition at 84.

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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: October 6-7, 2018

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: September 29-30, 2018

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 29-30, 2018

It is time for the BluesNews from the world of the BluesBlues for the last weekend of September….September 29-30….2018

The Yazoo Music Festival will take place next weekend, Saturday October 6th… The Festival will feature Jimmy Duck Holmes, Annissa Hampton, The Southern Komfort Brass Band, Mr. Sipp, The Mississippi

 

Blues Child, Johnny Rawls, Ms Jody and Sir Charles Jones, and many others The Music Starts around 3 pm and lasts til about midnight.  Now I suppose you’re asking yourself why am I talking about the Yazoo City Music Festival.  Well, all Blues Festivals I find like this one I talk about.  You’re hear me every year talk about blues festivals of this ilk, like the Chicago Blues Festival and many others….You see, this festival is absolutely free.  Yeap, it cost you nothing to go to the Yazoo City Blues Festival in Yazoo Mississippi and enjoy a day of super blues and southern soul artists.  The festival is next weekend, October 6th and it’s free.  ROAD TRIP!!! Yazoo City is located a few miles north of Jackson on Highway 49…..For more information on the Yazoo City Music Festival, we have a link to their web site on the BluesNews page at BluesTimeinthecity.com……… Free is a good price…..
http://visityazoo.org/yazoo-music-festival/

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We’ve talked about the Mississippi Blues Trail, those markers that you can see all over the State of Mississippi honoring their blues singers….They also have a Country Music Trail, A Civil Rights Trail, and an Indian Mound Trail.  Well, the state is now adding a Mississippi Writers Trail to the mix.  The inaugural honor for their first writer a few weeks ago went to Eudora Welty, a writer of novels.  The Marker was unveiled in Jackson Mississippi….Ms Welty made the transition in 2001 at the age of 92, but her family and a host of dignitaries were on hand for the honor…I think that is a great concept by the state to honor the people, those that are still here and have gone on, that meant so much to the communities of the state of Mississippi….

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And one last thing….Wednesday October 24th is the deadline for submitting your recording for the 2019 Blues  Music Awards which will take place Thursday, May 9th in Memphis Tennessee… This is the event that’s put on by The Blues Music Foundation that brings together Performers and industry people from the world over to listen and celebrate the best Blues recordings and performances.  So, if you’re planning on submitting your recording or recordings, you can do so on line.  We have a link to the site on the BluesNews page at BluesTimeinthecity.com……
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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: September 29-30, 2018

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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: September 22-23, 2018

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: September 22-23, 2018

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 22-23, 2018

It is time for the BluesNews From the World of the BluesBlues for the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd…. The late great Ray Charles Birthday is Sunday, September 23rd   and KoKo Taylor’s Birthday is Friday, September 28th…….

There is a sad note to report…. We lost another legend of the Blues….Big Jay McNeely made the transition last week, September 16th.  Big Jay was 91 years of age.  His real name is Cecil James McNeely.  He was dubbed “The Wild Man of the Saxophone” because of his wild antics that he would use while performing.   Antics like walking on bars, lying on his back, leading the audience out of the bars into the streets, wild stuff like that.  He released songs with so much energy that it would cause young teenagers to do crazy things like jump of balconies, go into tremors, just mesmerize some in the audience. He released titles like Deacon Hop, The Goof, Strip Tease Swing, Nervous Man Nervous, and Teen Age Hop, just to name a few. He was inducted in the Blues Hall of Fame in 2014, and was one of the true honkers and shouters of the blues.  With his passing brings to an end of that era.  Our condolences go out to the remaining family of Big Jay McNeely.  There is a documentary on line on the life of Big Jay McNeely that you can watch on line called Life Story of Big Jay McNeely.  We have a link to it on the BluesNews Page at BluesTimeinthecity.com….
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pr2Z_xQrR_A


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There is a very interesting article in this month’s issue of Living Blues Magazine called “Outrage Channeled in Verse” by Frank Mathesis.  It’s about the verses in Protest Songs before, during and after the Civil Rights Movement by African American blues musicians before and during the Jim Crow days, and even goes through today talking about songs by Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar in what he calls a new wave of protest and social change songs.  He talks about how some southern blues musicians had to use coded language in their songs for fear of retaliation if some whites heard them.  So they would use words like “devil” to talk about the Boss Man.  If the Boss Man heard it, he would never know that the song was about him. He describes the exploitation of black people heard in prison work songs who were arrested in huge numbers on minor trumped up charges, and how the southern states employed unfair labor practices in the workings of their farms.  He covers the entire gamut of Protest Songs that show how unfairly a people was treated and are still being mistreated.  If you should read the article, you will find an interesting picture of some writings on the side of a building taken in 2014 in Birmingham Alabama that simply says “Stay Woke.” Great article in this month’s of Living Blues Magazine by Frank Mathesis…..

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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: September 15-16, 2018

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