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postheadericon Bluesnews AUDIO: June 22-23, 2019

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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: June 15-16, 2019

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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: June 8-9, 2019

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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: June 1-2, 2019

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postheadericon BluesNws from the World of BluesBlues: June 1-2, 2019

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF JUNE 1-2, 2019

According to the New York Times, a series of hand written wills from the late great Aretha Franklin has thrown the structure of the late singer’s estate in turmoil.  The four sons were originally suppose to divide the estate equally, but now, two sons are opposing the most recent will dated 2014 and two are supporting it.  According to one son, he would inherit much less under the 2014 will.  The 2014 will names Franklin’s youngest son as the executor, who replaces a niece.  Add to all of that, there is the tax issue the estate faces.  According to the article, what the lawyers are trying to do is to lay our a plan that all parties can agree on rather than go through very lengthy and expensive litigation.  Why Aretha wrote the series of wills is still a question her lawyers are asking, since Aretha dealt with her father’s C.L. Franklin’s estate who had no will, and her sister’s Carolyn who had no will.  We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.  The lesson to learn here is “regardless of your health, wealth, or age, make out a will to save a lot of trouble down the road.  You know everybody want a piece of the action when you’re gone……A Judge will consider the hand written wills left by Aretha at a hearing on June 17th. 
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What do you do when you’re 80 years of age?  If you’re Mavis Staples, you release a new album.  She will be 80 July 19th….That’s close enough…. “We Get By” was released earlier this month and it was written and produced by Bluesman Ben Harper. According to Jtaples, The songs are delivering such a strong message.  We truly need to make change if we want this world to be better.”  The photograph on the album is from the late photographer Gordon Parks, from his 1956 photo essay The Restraints: Open and Hidden.  Gordon Parks is someone you should Google and you’d be surprised at his accomplishments.  Mavis’s father, Pops Staples was a writer of what he called Protest Songs back in the 50’s and 60’s, so this makes a lot of sense.  We Get By is out now, and that’s what you do when you’re 80 years old.  We have a link to the trailer for We Get By on the BluesNews page at bluestimeinthecity.com…..
https://mavisstaples.com/

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And beginning Friday the 7th, It’s the Chicago Blues Festival. Hundreds of thousands of people will gather from all over the world to listen to three days of great blues.  And yes, I will bone of them.  Blues artists of every Blues genre will be there and the best thing about the Chicago Blues Festival is that it is absolutely free.  Yes free.  Fear not…If you cannot make it this year, I will be tell you about it all.  If you want to at least know the line ups, we have a link to it on the BluesNews page at bluestimeinthecity.com….

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: May 25-26, 2019

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF MAY 25-26, 2019

A bit of sad news here…..Aaron Mudbone Turner made the transition last Friday night.  Mudbone lived in Atlanta, coming from Chicago, with his wife Tonya “Sugarlips” Turner.  I never met Mudbone in person, but I talked with him on the phone quite frequently.  When I was in my late teens, I heard a Blues band in Elberton Georgia. The sound of that band was so great that it stuck in my mind for decades.  About 5 years ago, I was listening to some new music I had received, and I played this song by Mudbone Turner and the Mudbone Turner Blues Band.  That sound sent shock waves through my body because that was the exact sound of that Blues sound I heard so many years ago, but never found or heard since then.  I contacted Mudbone through FaceBook, and the first question I asked him was “Have You Ever Been to Elberton Georgia”?  He said no, and he began to tell me his story and journey of the Blues.  Very Facinting story.  Mudbone was a writer, producer, musician, actor and a great drummer.  Our condolences go out to the family of Aaron Mudbone Turner….
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There is a very interesting article on the americanbluesscene.com site entitled “Bobby Rush Blues Godfather.” The article and interview were conducted by Brant Buckley, and it delves deep into Bobby’s life.  They go way back and Bobby being the talker that he is, he tells everything.  I’ve known Bobby for quite some time, and I found out a lot of stuff that I didn’t know about him, even though I never asked him any of this stuff.  Bobby won a Grammy last year for his BCD, Porcupine Meat.  At 83 years old, Bobby is set to release a new BCD, Blues Compact Disc, entitled “Sitting On Top of the Blues.” It’s a song on there called “Get out of Here.” The song is also known as “A Dog Named Bo.” Bobby explains why he called it “Get Out of Here” instead of a “Dog Named Bo.” It’s funny, but I can understand why he chose Get Out of Here. Great article by Brant Buckley, and if you want to check it out, we have a link to it on the BluesNews Page at Bluestimeinthecity.com…..
https://www.americanbluesscene.com/bobby-rush-blues-godfather/

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And speaking of new releases, four time Grammy award winner Keb Mo will his new BCD on June 14th.  The title is “Oklahoma” and super Blues stars like Taj Mahal and Robert Randolph are included on the album.  The title of the Album came to Keb when he played a benefit concert there in 2013 where he itnessed the aftermath of the destruction of a tornado there.  That stuck in his head, and now the album is coming to life.  They’ve had plenty of tornados in Oklahoma since then, a few last week.  People see the news of tornados on TV, and after the story goes away, they forget it.  But the people that go through this devastation live it for many years.  Kudos to Keb Mo for doing this.  It’s on the Concord Record label and the album is highly touted as being one of Keb Mo’s finest releases.  Again, the BCD or album, whichever you prefer is scheduled for release June 14th…..
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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…..
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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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