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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: July 21-22, 2018

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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


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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…..
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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/
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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

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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/

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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

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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: June 30-July 1, 2018

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: June 30 – July 1, 2018

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF JUNE 30-JULY 1, 2018

The Jus Blues Music Awards will take place July 31st through August 5th  in Tunica Mississippi.  This Weekend on BluesTime In The City, we talk with the Executive Director of the Jus Blues Music Foundation about the affair and he presented us with a plethora  of information and activities that will take place this year.

Among the new activities are the Blues City Tours to the B.B. King Museum on July 31st, with a stop at the Club Ebony.  Scheduled to perform at Club Ebony is Nellie Tiger Travis.  He also informed us that Ms Nellie Tiger Travis will shoot a video at Club Ebony of her performance.

Mr. Mitchell also revealed to us that there will be a special tribute to the late Denise LaSalle on August 2nd, with special performances by Karen Wolfe, Toni Green, Chick Rodgers and Ms Jody.

Additional events will include the Historical Conference, Book Signings, The Songwriters Clinic, The Technology Conference and The Jus Blues Juke Joint Party will cap the event off with a special performance by Grady Champion.

The Jus Blues Music Foundation is an organization that recognizes those artists that work so hard at their craft, but never get the recognition for it.  Mr. Mitchell and his group seek out these people and honor them with well-deserved awards. If you want to know everything that’s going on this year at The Jus Blues Music Awards in Tunica Mississippi beginning July 31st,  clink the link to their web site.  Mr. Charles Mitchell can be heard on the BluesNews segment in the second hour of BluesTime In The City this weekend June 30th and July 1st in a city near you.
http://www.jusbluesmusicawards.org/

 

 

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postheadericon BluewNews AUDIO: June 23-24, 2018

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: June 23-24, 2018

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF JUNE 23-24, 2018
There’s a very interesting article on the AmericanBluesScene.com site titled 12 Women Who Changed The Blues.  It’s written by Chloe Richardson.  She has some great ones in her article, some of the all time best in the Blues.  She looked at those women that had to do a little of everything to just survive during their times, and to be on this list.  Here is the list that Chloe chose.  They are Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sippie Wallace, Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Mamie Smith, Ma Rainey, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Beth Hart, Shemekia Copeland, Samantha Fish, and Larkin Poe.  It’s a pretty good list, but, if she had asked me, which she didn’t, I certainly would have had KoKo Taylor on there, Denise LaSalle, Victoria Spivey, Alberta Hunter, and certainly Etta James and even Deborah Coleman on there.  But she didn’t ask me.  There’s a nice bio and video on each lady that’s chosen, and it’s a very good article, even though I don’t agree with some of the choices.  Who would be your 12 Women who changed the Blues.  Tweet me @rojeneblues or email me at ro@bluestimeinthecity.com and let me know.  I’m just curious….Here’s a link to the article…..

12 Women Who Changed The Blues

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Jackie Neal, one of the talented Neal Family members out of Baton Rouge, was tragically taken away in March 2005 at the age of 37, the result of an ex-boyfriend’s rage.  Jackie had four albums to her credit, and you may remember one of her biggest songs, That’s The Way We Roll.  Soon to be released is a BCD titled “Jackie Neal Celebration Album.”  A single has been released by Stevie J titled Zydeco Dance, and the entire BCD will be released soon….. We’ll let you know when it’s released.  The Neal Family is one talented Family, but bad stuff keep happening to them….

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And some sad news here.  Matt Guitar Murphy made the transition last week.  He was 88 years of age.  Matt was known as one of the best sidemen ever in the Blues.  You may remember Matt from the movie, The Blues Brothers.  He was the one that did the scene in the restaurant with Aretha Franklin.  As a matter of fact, he was in both the Blues Brothers Movies.  His real name was Matthew Tyler Murphy and he was born in Sunflower Mississippi.  Matt started in Memphis Tennessee, and through his career played with all the greats throughout the world.  His albums included Way Down South, The Blues Don’t Bother Me, Lucky Charm and The Last Call.  He was stricken by a storke in 2002, but made his return with James Cotton at the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival.  He got married in 2011, was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2012.  There’s a nice write up on Matt on the American Blues Scene site, and we have a link to it on the BluesNews Page at Bluestimeinthecity.com….

Matt “Guitar” Murphy Dead at 88

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