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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: May 18-19, 2019

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF MAY 18-19, 2019

It is time for the BluesNews from the World of the BluesBlues for the weekend of May 18-19, 2019…

This is a really Cool Idea…And you can mark your calendars for this…If you are a Bobby Blue Bland, in Barretville Tennessee, for the third year, they are having Bobby Blue Bland day there.  Bobby grew up in Barrettville, and his family will be the honored guests.  The Festival will take place Saturday June 1st with the music beginning at 4 pm.  According to their web site, you can stand on the very spot where Bobby’s musical legend began.  You can walk for a short time in his shoes, and see his Tennessee Historical Marker.  It takes place in Barrettville Tennessee on June 1st, and it’s open to the public.  Lots of Performances, Food, and good music.  If you get hot, they have tents…..This is such a cool idea.  This is the first I’ve heard of this.  For more information on the BBB Day of activities and honors, we have a link to their web site on the BluesNews Page at BluesTimeinthecity.com….
http://rosemarkhistoricdistrict.com/2018/05/bobby-blue-bland-day-at-barretville-june-2-2018/

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And a huge story here….The Grand Daughter Tori Nicole, the young lady’s voice you here every weekend on BluesTime In The City, has just completed her first year of college at Spelman College.  Ms Tori, first of all, you just celebrated your 19th Birthday……How does it feel to be 19…..

(Tori Interview)

Go to www.bluestimeinthecity.com to hear full interview with Tori Nicole Bailey…..

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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: May 18-19, 2019

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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: MAY 11-12, 2019

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: May 11-12, 2019

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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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: May 4-5, 2019

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: May 4-5, 2019

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

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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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: March 23-24, 2019

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: March 23-24, 2019

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF MARCH 23-24, 2019

Congrats go out to Buddy Guy.  Buddy is being inducted in the 2019 Austin City Limit’s Hall of Fame.  The induction will take place on October 24th of this year.  Going in with Buddy are Lyle Lovett, and Shawn Colvin. Of course, this is a big deal, but for Buddy, who knows.  After all, he won a Grammy this year, he’s received the 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, he’s received eight Grammy Awards, he’s won thirty seven Blues Music Awards, twenty three W.C. Handy Awards, he was honored at the Kennedy Center, he’s won The Billboard Music Century Award, he’s received the Presidential National Medal of Arts, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Over his almost 60 year career, what else can you ask for.  Well, how about being inducted in the 2019 Austin City Limit’s Hall of Fame.  Again, Congrats to Buddy Guy and the others on this prestigious recognition.  If you’re in the Austin Texas on Thursday the 28th, Buddy will be there and I’m assumeing he’s doing an Austin City Limits Live.
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Have you ever heard of a Bluesman named Bukka White?  He and B.B. King were cousins, and when B.B. first made the move to Memphis back in the day, way back in the day, B.B. stayed with Bukka White.  You know how B.B. King went on to become the greatest Bluesman ever, but what happen to Bukka.  Bukka did pretty well for himself.  As a matter of fact, the guitar that Bukka play for more than 30 years went on auction a few weeks ago, and it brought in $123,623 Dollars.  The story goes from the Blues Festival E Guide that the guitar was given to a photographer in 1976.  The photographer held on to it until they decided to put it on the auction block.  Bukka White was one of the pioneers of the Delta Blues slide guitar. The guitar was a 1933 National Duolian Resonator Guitar and it was known as Hard Rock.  The seller said it was the right time for the guitar to move on to see the next part of its journey. Bukka White made the transition in 1977 at the age of 70. 
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postheadericon BluesNews from the World Blues: March 16-17, 2019

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF MARCH 16-17, 2019

The great jazz singer and guitarist George Benson is doing something great with his upcoming CD…It’s titled Walking To New Orleans and it’s remembering Fats Domino and Chuck Berry.  He’s doing their music and according to the article I read on AmericanBluesScene.com, he says he really enjoyed doing this.  Benson also say that Chuck Berry was a great showman and a great musician, and Fats Domino cut nothing but hit after hit after hit, quoting Benson.  Some of Chuck’s tunes he’s doing are You Can’t Catch Me, Havana Moon, Memphis Tennessee, and How You’ve Changed.  Some of Fats Domino tunes he’s doing are Blue Monday, I Hear You Knocking, and Walking To New Orleans.  Chuck Berry made the transition on March 18 of 2017, and Fats Domino made the transition on October 24 of 2017.  The album is due out April 26th and of course you can order the album before the release date.  I really Love to see these huge stars like George Benson paying homage to those before them… Quite touching.
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We mentioned last weekend on the BluesNews that the legendary Aretha Franklin would be inducted in the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame on May 8th in Memphis Tennessee, along with others.  Aretha will be getting a lot of tributes and I think last weekend was just the beginning.  Did you see the tribute that CBS Television and the Grammy Foundation did last Sunday Night on Aretha.  It was Fabulous.  They did a tremendous job on honoring a great Lady of Soul.  From beginning to end, the stars just kept coming and singing Aretha’s hits.  And Madea, or should I say, Tyler Perry did a tremendous job of hosting.  When Jennifer Hudson opened the program with “Ain’t No Way,” all I could say was Woah…I see why they cast Jennifer Hudson to play the part of the great Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biopic “Respect” due out in August of 2020.  If you don’t know, that is in the works now.  According to Variety Magazine, Aretha personally picked Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson to play her before she passed, and last Sunday night showed why.  Great tribute to The Queen of Soul. 

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And while we’re talking about the Queen of Soul, in theatres now, the never released 1972 concert Aretha film titled “Amazing Grace.” The film documents a two ngiht performance of her gospel music’s biggest selling live album.  It is said that this album is the most successful in her entire career.  The story goes that Aretha did not like it, and it was never released. They just put it away.  In 2007, a producer named Alan Elliott bought the rights and after Aretha made the transition, got with the estate and they gave it a go.  Now it’s in theaters.  You want to see the trailer, we have a link to it on the BluesNews Page at BluesTimeinthecity.com….
https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/music/a26724947/aretha-franklin-amazing-grace-trailer/

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postheadericon THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES FOR THE WEEKEND OF MARCH 9-10, 2019

You got to start getting ready for this.  The Jus Blues Music awards are gearing up for their August Blues Extravaganza and The Blues Foundation is getting ready for their big May Awards Extravaganza. Both of these blues events pay homage to the people who make, write, produce and sing the music.  Even though their styles are different, they each serve a special purpose in their particular blues genres.  We’ll be talking more about these events as time draws closer.  I have already been invited to partake in the discussions for the Jus Blues Music awards, and I’m looking forward to that….What will I say…..I’ll think of something……The Honorees have been announced for the Jus Blues Music Awards in August and they are,    Irma Thomas, Lil Ray Neal, Trudy Lynn, Don Bryant, Gaye Adegballola, Y.Z. Ealey, E.C. Scott, Senator Willie Simmons, Mickey Rodgers, O.B. Buchana, Sweet Angel, Stevie J, and Little Freddie King. 

For the 40th Blues Music Awards on May 9th of this year, the nominees have also been announced.  Their categories range from Acoustic Ablum to Traditional Blues Male Artist.  The B.B. King Entertainers Award to the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award…The Instrumentalist Bass Award to the Instrumentalist Drums Award, and all you can imagine in between.  For their inductees in the 40th Blues Hall of Fame on May 8th are Aretha Franklin, Booker T and the MGs, Count Basie, Ida Cox, Pee Wee Crayton, and Moses Moe Asch.  Elmore James album The Sky is Crying will enter and Muddy Waters 1950 song, Rollin Stone.  I Got a Woman by Ray Charles and Bessie Smith’s St Louis Blues will also be honored.  And this is really cool.  Classic of Blues Literature is the work Lost Delta Found: Rediscovering The Fisk University-Library of Congress Coahoma County Study 1941-1942 compiled by John W. Work, Lewis Wade Jones and Samuel C. Adams Jr. will be honored.  For more information on both events, we have links on the BluesNews Page at Bluestimeinthecity.com. Big doings in May for the Blues Foundation and in August for the Jus Blues Foundation paying homage to people, mostly forgotten people in the Blues.  We have a link to the events on the BluesNews Page at BluesTimeintheCity.com……
https://www.jusblues.org/
https://blues.org/blues-music-awards/#nominees

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There is an article on the AmericanBluesScene.com site by Brant Buckley entitled “Billy Branch Master Blues Teacher.”  Billy is one of the Chicago Blues Harmonica players that’s changed a lot of the harmonica playing for the Blues.  The article, which is an interview, talks to Billy about a range of topics, and a few things I did not know.  I knew he was discovered by Willie Dixon, but I did not know that Willie encouraged Billy to finish his college education, where he received a degree in political science.  I also did not know that Billy had plans to go to Law School, but after receiving his political science degree, he began touring with The Willie Dixon Chicago All Stars.  I knew he came up with the concept of Blues In The Schools, but I didn’t know that he came up with the idea in 1978.  This is a great article or interview by Brant Buckley on the AmericanBluesScene.com site, and if you want to know a heck of a lot more from one of the original SOB’s, that’s Sons of Blues, we have a link to it on the BluesNews page at BluesTimeinthecity.com.  
https://www.americanbluesscene.com/billy-branch-master-blues-teacher/

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