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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: February 9-10, 2019

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: February 9-10, 2019

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF (FEBRUARY 9-10, 2019

It was a wrap last weekend at the international Blues Challenge. Days and Days and hours and hours of non stop blues throughout the City of Memphis Tennessee until finally, one act emerged as the winners of the 2019 International Blues Challenge.  That act was Ms Hy-C and Fresh Start, sponsored by the St Louis Blues Society.  Second Place went to Sammy Eubanks and the Workin Class, sponsored by the Washington Blues Society.  The Gibson Guitar Award went to Gabe Stillman sponsored by the Billtown Blues Association….Solo act winner went to Jon Shain, sponsored by the Triangle Blues Society and the winner of the Best Self Produced CD, or as I call it BCD….Blues Compact Disc, went to The Little Red Rooster Blues Band, sponsored by the Central Delaware Blues Society.  The name of the BCD is Lock Up The Liquor.  Another great event by The Blues Foundation and if you want to see more and see some video highlight of the 34th International Blues Challenge, we have a link to all of that on our BluesNews page at BluesTimeinthecity.com…..
https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/#2019winners

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The Mardi Gras season is here….Parades have already begun in New Orleans, and Fat Tuesday Falls on Tuesday, March 5th.  Blues, Jazz, Soul and Zydeco music fill the air and great times are had by all.  Love Mardi Gras.  You would have thought that that Mardi Gras was last weekend as thousands marched through the streets of New Orleans declaring there was no Super Bowl….With full disclosure here, I’m an Atlanta Falcons Fan through and through,  and it would have really tough to see the Saints up in our Dome playing in a Super Bowl….But, it didn’t happen, and to be honest, Yall were robbed…. But it didn’t bother us…..If you want to see the full schedule of Mardi Gras 2019, we have a link on the BlueNews page at Bluestimeinthecity.com…. No football Love lost here….Even if Thursday is Valentines…..
https://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/parades/

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The Grammys are this weekend and Alisha Keys is hosting.  Nominations for Grammys in the Category of the Blues are Best Traditional Blues Album which include:
Elvin Bishop, Cedric Burnside, Buddy Guy, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Maria Muldaur…….

And Best Contemporary Blues Album:  Theresa James….Danille Nicole…Boz Scaggs…Victor Wainwright and Fantastic Negrito…

That’s it….That’s all it is….No more…..At least I know Buddy Guy , Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite…..So Sad…..The Grammys are Sunday Night on CBS….. I think I’ll offer my services and expertise on the Blues catergories…..They need some help……

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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: February 2-3, 2019

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: February 2-3, 2019

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF FEBRUARY 2-3, 2019

The IBC, the International Blues Challenge wrapped up it’s weekend of competition last weekend, and the winner of the Band Competition was a band sponsored by the St. Louis Blues Society.  The Band is Ms Hy-C and Fresh Start and the winner for Solo/Duo was Jon Shain sponsored by the Triangle Blues Society.  The International Blues Challenge feature bands from all over the world, and they bring their best to this competition.  Over 250 bands compete for the top blues band honors each year.  This competition give bands the opportunity to perform on a huge state in front of blues pros in the music, recording and producing world. Even if you don’t win, the exposure you get can’t be bought.  And, the winner usually get a recording contract.  Another great job by the Blues Foundation on the presentation of the International Blues Challenge and now it’s on to the Blues Music Awards in May….If you want to see all the winners, we have a link to their winners’ page on the BluesNews Page at bluestimeinthecity.com….
https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/#2019winners

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An up and coming talent in the blues made the transition on January 28th… 

According to the Chicago Sun Times, Mike Ledbetter, the 33 year guitarist and vocalist died of a sudden medical emergency at his home in Elgin Illinois.  He was well known not only in the Chicago area, but all over the world.  He was trained as an Opera singer, and played with the Nick Moss Band, and Monster Mike Welch.  He idolized B.B. King and had received several prestigious blues awards for his works. He was a body builder, and according to those close to him, he was a pretty healthy person.  Our condolences go out to the family of Chicago Blues Man, Mike Ledbetter.
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This is the time when you start getting it together for the Blues Awards later this year…. The Jus Blues Music awards is August 1st.  You can go on line now and get the information for what’s going on during this week of celebrating Blues Musicians that’s been in the business for eons and never get the recognition for it.  The Jus Blues Music Foundation does this every year in Tunica Mississippi and this awards show is getting bigger and better.  I’ve already booked because I like to get it out of the way….For information on The Jus Blues Music Awards in August, we have a link on our web page at bluestimeinthecity.com….
https://www.jusblues.org/

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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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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: January 19-20, 2019

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: January 19-20, 2019

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF JANUARY 19-20, 2019

Tuesday, January 22nd is the beginning of The Blues Foundation’s 35th International Blues Challenge  in Memphis Tennessee.  They will have at least 250 Blues Bands from all over the world competing to see who is the best blues band in the 35th challenge.  Besides the hundreds of Blues Bands, they offer a variety of other activities that may or may not be related to the Blues.  For instance, Speed Dating for Musicians, Blues Yoga Classes,  Health Screenings, Silent Auctions, Workshops on finding money, harmonica and guitar classes,  Book signing,  Youth Jams, All Star Jams, and Jams Jams Jams.  And on next Friday, the 25th, they will have a panel on The Blues and Race.  That should be very interesting. They got everything you can imagine. For more information on The Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge and the schedule of activities, we have a link to it on the BluesNews page at bluestimeinthecity.com
https://blues.org/ibc-schedule-2019/
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This weekend January 20th marks the 37th anniversary that B.B. King made a huge donation to The University of Mississippi Study For Culture Blues Archives.  January 20th 1982, B.B. donated over 8000 alblums from his personal collection to The University…. The donation included more than 60,000 total recordings, 20,000 photographs and 1,000 videos and they now make a home in the J.D. Williams Library. The archives is one of the largest public collections of blues memorabilia in the entire world.  In an article in the University Mississippi News, it says because of B.B.’s eagerness to always learn, there were foreign language books and albums that he studied so he could use common phrases when he played to foreign audience, a pilot book, he was a trained pilot, and many albums by other blues artists….In 2004, the University bestowed on B.B. the title of Honorary Professor of Southern Studies. This has got to be a sight to see if you’re a fan of the Blues….This weekend January 20th marks the 37th anniversary of the beginning of that huge donation.
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And last weekend the 13th, they taped a tribute to the late great with absolutely no debate, a tribute to the queen, Aretha Franklin who made the transition back in August.  The title is “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul.” Among those paying tribute to the queen were Shirley Caesar, Common, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, John Legend, Janelle Monae and many many others.  Tyler Perry hosted this tribute and it is scheduled to air in March on CBS…..
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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: December 8-9, 2018

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 8-9, 2018

There is a video out entitled The Southern Soul Kings.  It’s all about the artists that are on the Southern Soul tour, and how they interact back stage, talk, prepare to perform, and stuff like that.  If you are interested in some of the elite players of Southern Soul, check out this video.  It was shot in Atlanta Georgia and it features Sir Charles Jones, Willie Clayton, Big Pokey Bear, J Wonn, Bigg Robb and many more.  Big Pokey Bear is even talking about he’s the new King of Southern Soul…..The Brothers are styling and profiling.  Really Cool Video on the Southern Soul Kings…If you want to view it, we have a link to it on the BluesNews page at BluesTimeintheCity.com…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvJOQxJFaMw&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0I7fWwF_f_5BFX5NdCdHW4FIlEl_fSfBoHCYr7Z5oZ5HpE7uNAc7QYDuQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvJOQxJFaMw

The IBC, International Blues Challenge is coming up in January 22nd-26th in Memphis Tennessee and they just added something that I thought was very interesting.  They are going to have a session entitled “The Blues and Race.” This is a very touchy topic, and there are only a few organizations that will dare to
tackle this.  But The Blues Foundation just announced that they will have a panel of people, and the Moderator for the panel is Terri Freeman, the CEO of the National Civil Rights Museum.  Patricipants will include Bobby Rush, Tenny Tucker, Marquise Knox, and Jim O’Neal.  According to the release sent out by the Blues Foundation,  and I’m quoting right from this release….“panel members will discuss the historical significance of race from blues music’s early origins through the present.” This is going to be a good one because every person that have ever heard a blues song has an opinion about the Blues, the origins of it, who stole it, and who owns it now.  That’s just a few of the opinions that I’ve heard over the many years.  Now, I must commend the Blues Foundation for adding this panel discussion because as I said, this is a very touchy topic.  I hope they have a question and answer session, and let the attendees voice their opinions…..This thing could last a whole week….
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And last but not least, this is not a Blues Story, but it’s as closely related to the Blues as you can imagine…Netflix is shooting a movie in Memphis about Barbeque.  It’s entitled “Uncorked” And it’s a movie about the owner of a Barbeque joint that’s seeking to expand.  It stars Emmy award winner Courtney B. Vance and the director is Prentice Penny.  According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the movie was scheduled to be shot in Nashville, but relocated to Memphis because it’s a Barbeque Story, and a little persuading by some local scouts.  Since this is a Barbeque story, you know it’s going to feature a lot of Blues.  It’s shooting in Memphis and then will move to Paris for a few days of shooting.  One of the Executive Producers of the movie is Drew Brees, the Quarterback of the New Orleans Saints that people in Georgia cannot stand because they beat us twice this year….. We’ll keep an eye on this one and let you know when it is scheduled to hit Netflix.  If you want to read the article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, we have a link to it on the BluesNews page at BluesTimein theCity.com….
https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2018/11/07/courtney-b-vance-netflix-movies-memphis-barbecue-movie/1922536002/

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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: December 8-9, 2018

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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: December 1-2, 2018

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