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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: August 4-5, 2018

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES FOR THE WEEKEND OF AUGUST 4-5, 2018 There’s a competition going on by the International Songwriting Competition which allows you to write songs and get them into this Songwriting Competition.  It gives the amateur and professional writers to have their songs looked at by professionals in an international arena.  Seventy one winners will share in cash and prizes.  Categories include Blues, Adult Contemporary, Children’s Music, Christian, Country, Comedy, Jazz….Any genre of songs you can write about. The deadline for getting your song in is September 19th….  Some of the judges are Ne Yo,  21 Savage, Marc Anthony, Tom Waits, Booker T. Jones, Joe Louis Walker, Bruce Iglauer, Danilo Perez, John Mayall  and many many others in the music industry…. Songs are accepted from all over the world and you can enter as many songs as you want.  All you got to do is put your song on video and upload it…. For information on the ISC and the uploading process, we have several links to the International Songwriting Competition web site on the BluesNews Page at Bluestimeinthecity.com… https://songwritingcompetition.com/ https://songwritingcompetition.com/faq info@songwritingcompetition.com BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM Congratulations to all the recipients’ of the Jus Blues Music Awards on Thursday Night in Tunica Mississippi….. Among Those receiving recognition were: John Lee Hooker Jr receiving the Bobby Blue Bland Lifetime Blues Award R.L. Boyce receiving the Little Milton Lifetime Bluesman Award Tony Lynn Washington receiving the Denise LaSalle Lifetime Recording of Excellence Award Sir Charles Jones Receiving the Willie Mitchell Lifetime Artist Award Tyree Neal receiving the Albert King Lifetime Lucy Award Nellie Tiger Travis receiving the KoKo Taylor Queen of the Blues Award John Primer receiving The Jus Blues Muddy Lifetime Blues Award Sheba Potts-Wright receiving the Millie Jackson Classy and Sassy Award Larry Garner receiving the Willie Dixon Lifetime Songwriters Award Congressman Bennie Thompson receiving the Benny Latimore Let’s Straighten It Out Award Dexter Allen receiving the Bobby Rush Lifetime Blues Entertainers Award Tito Jackson receiving the Jus Blues Lifetime Blues and Soul Living Legends Award Marquise Knox receiving the Jus Blues King of the Blues Award Theodore Arthur receiving the Bobby Byrd I Know You Got Soul Award Very nice night of honoring the men and women that have spent their entire lives playing and singing the Blues, and Thursday night, they were honored for it….Very nice affair presented by The Jus Blues Music Foundation…. BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM
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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: August 4-5, 2018

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postheadericon BlueNews AUDIO: July 28-29, 2018

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: July 28-29, 2018

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES FOR THE WEEKEND OF JULY 28-29, 2018 BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM It takes off Tuesday, July 31st….The Jus Blues Music Awards Blues City Mississippi Delta Educational Tour.  This is really the kick off to The Jus Blues Music Awards which officially begins August 1st in Tunica Mississippi…..Nellie Tiger Travis will be a part of this Educational Tour, and She’s going to perform….. Mr. Charles Mitchell told us about the Educational Tour, and The happenings at the Jus Blues Music Awards….. (You can hear Mr. Charles Mitchell’s full intervies and all the details of the upcoming Jus Blues Music Awards on the BluesNews Page at BluesTime In The City.com.  Or just click the link. http://www.jusblues.org/mississippi-delta-tour.html BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM  
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postheadericon BluewNews from the World of BluesBlues July 21-22, 2018

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES FOR THE WEEKEND OF JULY 21-22, 2018 J.D. Nash did this article on the AmericanBluesScene.com site titled “Ten Essential Chess Records Albums.” For those of you that don’t know, Chess Records was started by Leonard and Phil Chess back in the 1950, and they produced and recorded some of the most prolific blues recordings ever. The albums they put out was responsible for the so called British Invasion and the birth of Rock and Roll. Rock bands such as the Rolling Stones, The Animals, Clapton, Joplin, Zeppelin, and many of the rock groups that you hear today. Up until 1956, Chess only did singles, and in 1956, they began to release full length albums. J.D. listed ten of them that were instrumental in the success of Chess Records. I’ll take it a little further, and say these are 10 Must Have albums that should be in your Blues Collection. Here are the Ten: Etta James-At Last-1960 Muddy Waters-Folk Singer-1964 Chuck Berry-Chuck Berry Is On Top-1959 Howlin Wolf-Moanin In The Moonlight-1959 Buddy Guy-I Left My Blues In San Francisco-1967 Little Walter-Best Of Little Walter-1958 Bo Diddley-Love Me-1960 John Lee Hooker-Worried Life Blues-1961 Howlin Wolf-The London Howlin Wolf Sessions-1971 Jimmy Rogers-Chicago Bound-1970 J.D. Nash has a write-up on all these albums, and one of the songs from the album. During that time, Willie Dixon was very instrumental in writing and playing on these songs, and if you read the article, you will have a better understanding of how these influenced the British Invasion, and the birth of Rock and Roll. Great Job by J.D. Nash, and if you want to read the article, we have a link to it on the BluesNews Page at BluesTimeInTheCity.com……
Ten Essential Chess Records Albums
BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM I was asked recently via email about John Lee Hooker’s “The Boom Boom Room in San Francisco. The emailer wanted to know if it was still open, since he or she is going to be in the San Francisco area for a few weeks. I checked it out and yes, the Boom Boom Room is still open. It was affiliated with the late John Lee Hooker, but I do not know who owns it now. If you by chance know anything about the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco, email me at ro@bluestimeinthecity.com. It opened in 1997, and they have all kind of acts coming through there from Blues to Soul to Rap….. BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM The Jus Blues Music Awards in one week away. From August 1st through August 4th, the Jus Blues Music Foundation will present their awards to deserving artists including John Lee Hooker Jr, Larry Garner, Marquise Knox, John Primer, Sir Charles Jones and others. There will be a Juke Joint Fish Fry, a white linen party featuring Grady Champion, and actually, this thing begins on Tuesday July 31st. There will be an educational tour of the Mississippi Delta with a tour of the B. B. King Museum, and lunch at Club Ebony, with a performance by Nellie Tiger Travis, complete with a video shoot, and much more. Kudos to the Jus Blues Music Foundation for their recognition of Blues Artists that work and have worked so hard over the years to finally get recognized for their artistry…..If you want more information on the Jus Blues Music Awards, we have a link to their web site on the BluesNews page at BluesTimeInTheCity.com…… http://www.jusblues.org/ BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM
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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: July 21-22, 2018

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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: July 14-15, 2018

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postheadericon Blues News from the World of BluesBlues: July 14-15, 2018

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES FOR THE WEEKEND OF JULY 14-15, 2018 Have you ever seen that commercial on TV with that little froggy looking thingy and the old school harmonica player sitting in the rocking chair playing the harmonica???  That is Leslie Johnson, known to the world as Lazy Lester….It’s a Geico Commercial and it’s really good.  Lazy Lester is one of those South Louisiana Bluesmen that blazed the trial for some of the best Blues Music recorded.  This is how fate worked for Lazy Lester….Back in the 50’s, when Lazy Lester was just a musician, trying to make, he was with Lightnin Slim, a well established bluesman at the time.  They were on the same bus and Slim was headed to a recording studio.  Lazy Lester was on the same bus but was going to a town that was a few miles away.  They struck up a conversation, and Lester decided to get off the bus with Slim and go to the studio.  As fate would have it for Lester, Slim’s Harmonica player didn’t show up, and Lester told Slim and the producer that he could play the parts……They agreed to give him a try, and as they say, the rest was history….You ever heard the saying, “Blow Your Harmonica Son.”  That’s what Lightnin Slim told Lester and you can hear that used today with some Blues Musicians.  The producer was so impressed with Lazy Lester that in 1958, they did Lester’s first release, I’m A Lover Not A Fighter on Excello Records, and he followed that up with I Hear You Knockin….  There is a documentary out on Lester called “Lightnin In A Bottle” which is worth seeing.  Very storied career for Lazy Lester and it’s great to see these old school blues guys being utilized in this way with their lifetime talents.  If you want to see that full commercial, we have a link to it on the BluesNews Page at the BluesTimeInTheCity.com site….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNFbmyKqLfI BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM This is not about the Blues, but Jazz, and it’s worth mentioning.  There’s a story on The AmericanBluesScene.com site about new music from John Coltrane.  The album is titled Both Directions at Once….The Lost Album.  The Album was released on June 29th of this year, and it topped the UK’s official album chart at number 15.  This is the highest position that John Coltrane’s music career.  Oh, let me add this.  The album was recorded by Coltrane in 1963.  The story goes, when they recorded the session in 1963, a copy of the master tapes were given to Coltrane.  The original masters were destroyed, and were recently found in the home of Coltrane’s wife.  John’s son, Ravi Coltrane partnered with a studio producer and did the album.  There is track on it called “Slow Blues.”  Oh yes…Tuesday marks the 51st anniversary of John’s death.  John Coltrane died on July 17, 1967.  He received two Grammys and a Pulitizer Prize after his death.  He never had any of his 25 albums to chart.  Very fascinating story by JD Nash on John Coltrane on the American Blues Scene.com site……My all time favorite Coltrane album is Live at Birdland…..That is a great jazz album….to me…We have a link to it on the BluesNews page on BluesTimeInTheCity.com
John Coltrane Scores First Ever UK Top 20 Album
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postheadericon Blues News AUDIO: July 7-8, 2018

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: July 7-8, 2018

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES FOR THE WEEKEND OF JULY 7-8, 2018 On the AmericanBluesScene.com site, there is an article by JD Nash that talks about the Real Names of about 30 famous blues artists.  This is really cool and somewhat surprising, looking at some the real names and the names they go by.  For example, I always thought Big Bill Broonzy’s name was Bill Broonzy.  But his birth name is Lee Conley Bradley.  Bumble Bee Slim’s name could be anything, but his birth name was Admiral Amos Easton…KoKo Taylor, who we heard at Top of the Hour….Her birth name is Cora Anna Walton.  I knew that one, and Taj Mahal….His birth name is Henry Saint Clair Fredericks……and the list goes on and on.  Great idea and great article by JD Nash of American Blues Scene Magazine web site,  especially if you’re like me, into that type of Blues Stuff….We have a link to the article on the BluesNews Page at BluesTime In The City.com….. https://www.americanbluesscene.com/the-surprising-real-names-of-30-famous-blues-artists/ BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM We’ve been informing you of the Jus Blues Music Awards show beginning July 31st and running through August 4th in Tunica Mississippi.  For some reason, a lot of people I talk to don’t think that there are that many blues artists that can be honored.  I don’t know where they get their information, but I brought that up to Mr. Charles Mitchell, the Executive Director of the Jus Blues Music Awards…He informed us that they have a list of over 500 artists to pull from, and over the last 10 years they have honored over 150 artists.  He also said that they are not “purists.” They understand how other musical genres originated from the Blues, and they have no problems honoring those people too.  You can hear the full sound of Mr. Mitchell on the BluesNews Page at Bluestimeinthecity.com….. www.jusblues.org BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM          
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