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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: January 24-25, 2015

postheadericon BluesNews: January 24-25, 2015

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF JANUARY 24-25, 2015

The 31st International Band Challenge just wrapped up in Memphis.  There were acts in the competition from all over the globe, to include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Finland, France, Israel, Italy, The Philippines, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and many more…. Here is the problem with me.  I don’t know why I’m telling you this because at the production of this show, I have no idea of who won.  But it’s always great, and we’ll surely have the winners next week.  Congrats to the Blues Foundation in Memphis for another Blues Success. We do have a link to their web site at bluestimeinthecity.com for more information…..
www.blues.org

Berry Gordy started a record company in Detroit in January of 1959 which is known as Motown. We are about to clear up some debates that’s been around in music conversations about Motown..When Berry Gordy started Motown Records he signed all the greats.  But what a lot of people don’t know is that he signed a lot of blues artists.  Artists such as Mable John, Sammy Ward, Amos Milburn, Arthur Adams, Little Willie John, Luther Allison, Earl King and many more.  I think that Jimmy Reed even did some recording on the Motown label at one time, but don’t quote me on that.  Tamla Records was the original name, but after a year of that, he changed the name to Motown.  So, Berry did not shun the blues as some of you may think…He embraced the Blues.  I get emails on that quite often, so I thought I’d add it in the Blues News today. …Today Motown operates under the umbrella of Universal….

Back in November, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin released a CD entitled (Aretha Fraanklin Sing sThe Great Diva classic. What you may not know, A week after the release of the CD, an unauthorized biography about the Queen came out called Respect, The Life of Aretha Franklin” that’s written by David Ritz.  David has written about the blues and soul artists for many years, and he wrote Aretha’s biography, Aretha: From These Roots in 1999, and he won a Grammy for the Best Album notes for writing the ablum notes on her box set, Queen of Soul, The Atlantic Recordings in 1992.  Well, apparently, from the authorized bio in 1999, The Queen edited some stuff out that she did not like, and David wanted left in.  In Respect, the unauthorized bio, David put that stuff back in, and of course, The Queen livid and she says it’s, and I’m quoting here, “A trashy Book.”  I’ve scanned some of the notes, and it says some very unflattering things about The Queen and her early upbringings.  According to Ritz, he had the blessings three of Aretha’s closest relatives to release the unauthorized bio about the Queen…. That says a lot to me right there.   In a statement from the Queen it says, “As many of you are aware, there is a very trashy book out there full of lies and more lies about me. … (The writer’s) actions are obviously vindictive because I edited out some crazy statements he had the gall to try and put in my book written 15 years ago,” the statement read. “Evidently, he has been carrying this hatred ever since.”  This is old news, but it’s worth hearing again…….We’ll keep an eye on this…..

WHERE THEY AT….WHERE THEY AT….

Friday, Jan 30

Grady Champion

Vicksburg MS

Ameristar Casino Hotel

Fri, Jan 30

Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials

Des Moines IA

2015 Winter Blues Fest

Saturday, Jan 31

L.J. Echols

West Point MS

Club Oasis

Saturday, Jan 31

Trudy Lynn

Tomball TX

The Shakespeare Pub

Thur & Fri, Feb 5-6

Irma Thomas and Lee Fields

San Francisco CA

The Addition

Fri, Feb 6

Trudy Lynn

Linden NJ

Robin’s Nest

Fri, Feb 6

Joe Louis Walker

Lancaster PA

Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival

Sat, Feb 7

Trudy Lynn

Lancaster PA

Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival

Sat, Feb 7

Syl Johnson

Jacksonville FL

The Ritz Theatre

Sat, Feb 7

Avail Hollywood

Eldorado AK

Stella Drive

Fri, Feb 13

Bertha Payne

Memphis TN

Next Level Party Room

Fri, Feb 13

J-Wonn

Greenville MS

Hollywood Palace Bingo hall

Fri, Feb 13

L.J. Echols, Terry Wright, J Wonn, Bigg Robb

Canton MS

Canton Multipurpose Complex

Fri, Feb 13

Shirley Brown, Carl Sims, Jaye Hammer, Wilson Meadows, Pat Brown

Vicksburg MS

Vicksburg City Auditorium

Fri, Feb 13

Mel Waiters

Corpus Christi TX

Gulf Coast Racetrack

Sat, Feb 14

Bigg Robb, O.B. Buchana, Lebrado

Montgomery AL

Garrett Coliseum

Sat, Feb 14

Ms Jody

Sandersville GA

Lederwite Center

Sat Feb 14

Avail Hollywood

Farmersville LA

Willie Davis Rec Center

Sat, Feb 14

L.J. Echols, Andre Lee

Mobile AL

The Elks Lodge

Sat, Feb 14

Joe Louis Walker

Northampton MA

Iron Horse Music Hall

Sat, Feb 14

T.K. Soul, Mel Waiters, Clarence Carter, Millie Jackson

Dallas TX

Verizon Theater

Sat, Feb 14

Rue Davis

Shiner TX

Club This Is It

Sat, Feb 14

Omar Cunningham

Texarkana TX

Northridge Country Club

If you know of an artist appearing anywhere at any time, email us at ro@bluestimeinthecity.com and let us know….Where They At……And That my friends is the BluesNews from the world of the BluesBlues….and that’s Where They At….Where They At……

 

postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: January 17-18, 2015

postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: January 17-18, 2015

 

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF JANUARY 17-18, 2015

(Sound-Up Above My Head)

That’s The Holmes Brothers from their BCD In The Spirit…..Willie Popsy Dixon of the Holmes Brothers has made the transition Friday, January 9th at the age of 72.  Popsy was the vocalist and drummer for the Holmes Brothers.  Popsy met Sherman and Wendell Holmes at a bar in New York in 1967, began to play the club circuit with them and they officially formed the Holmes Brothers in 1979. They released 12 albums, and toured the world.  Their last Album was Brotherhood on the Alligator label. He was laid to rest last week in Saluda Virginia….Our condolences to Popsy’s family…

A new publication on the blues to tell you about…A Blues Lover’s Guide To Blues in the 21st Century Volume 1 is in book stores….This was mostly written by the performers of the blues, Marilyn Stringer and Jim Crawford with Photography by Marilyn Stringer……Great Read….And also availaboe is Blues In Modern Days by Terry Mullins, senior Blues Blast Magazine writer…This book features the stories of 31 modern blues masters like Billy Boy Arnold, James Cotton, Lonnie Brooks, Mud Morganfield, Lil Ed Williams and many others….It’s also available now……Great Reads…..

Queen Latifah has been cast to play the role of Bessie Smith in the upcoming HBO film Bessie.. The Queen admitted that some years ago when she was approached about the role, she had no idea of who Bessie Smith was… She did some research and liked what she found.  The Queen said that Bessie Smith would have been a “great success“ in today’s society, paraphrasing here…..Bessie will air this spring, and others cast are MoNique, Mike Epps and Charles S. Dutton. No date for the airing yet, but it will be this spring..

A little Blues Fact about B.B. King that you might not have known about…. On January 20th in 1982, B.B. King donated his entire record collection to the University of Mississippi Center for the Study of Southern Culture…..I’m sure these were 45’s, and albums… 7000 rare discs it says…. With the price of vinyl going up today, one would wonder how much are these rare discs worth today….Ummmmmm

WHERE THEY AT WHERE THEY AT:

Friday, Jan 23

Nellie Tiger Travis

Chicago IL

Buddy Guy’s Legends

Friday, Jan 23

Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials

Chicago IL

Ros’a Lounge

Saturday, Jan 24

Avail Hollywood

Heidelberg MS

The Tip Center

Sat, Jan 24

Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials

Auburn Hills MI

Callahan Music Hall

Saturday, Jan 24

Jaye Hammer, Steve Perry

Clarksdale MS

Clarksdale Civic Center

Sunday, Jan 25

Grady Champion

Memphis TN

Huey’s Southwind

Sunday, Jan 25

Willie Hill

Jonesboro GA

Sugar Bush

Friday, Jan 30

Grady Champion

Vicksburg MS

Ameristar Casino Hotel

Fri, Jan 30

Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials

Des Moines IA

2015 Winter Blues Fest

Saturday, Jan 31

L.J. Echols

West Point MS

Club Oasis

Saturday, Jan 31

Trudy Lynn

Tomball TX

The Shakespeare Pub

Thur & Fri, Feb 5-6

Irma Thomas and Lee Fields

San Francisco CA

The Addition

Fri, Feb 6

Trudy Lynn

Linden NJ

Robin’s Nest

Fri, Feb 6

Joe Louis Walker

Lancaster PA

Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival

Sat, Feb 7

Trudy Lynn

Lancaster PA

Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival

Sat, Feb 7

Syl Johnson

Jacksonville FL

The Ritz Theatre

Sat, Feb 7

Avail Hollywood

Eldorado AK

Stella Drive

If you know of an artist appearing anywhere at any time, email us at ro@bluestimeinthecity.com and let us know….Where They At……And That my friends is the BluesNews from the world of the BluesBlues….and that’s Where They At….Where They At……

 

postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: January 10-11, 2015

postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: January 10-11, 2015

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF JANUARY 10-11, 2015

Have not heard anything on B.B. King… We’ve been looking and inquiring about his condition.  No news is always good news.  The film entitled B.B. King, The Life of Riley which is narrated by Morgan Freeman was a very popular Christmas gift.  Blues fans gave the documentary to friends and family alike.  The film was released in theatres last year in May.  We’ll keep trying to get information on B.B. for all of us….

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April… Along with these blues artists will be The 5 Royales, Bill Withers, Ringo Starr, Joan Jett, Lou Reed, and Green Day…The induction ceremonies will take place in April in Cleveland Ohio….This is the 30th year they’ve done this…Doesn’t seem like it’s been that long….

There is an article posted on American Blues Scene’s web site on the late Sam Cooke.  December 11th marked the 50th anniversary of Sam’s Cooke’s death.  The article was written by Matt Marshall and it goes into the details about the life and death, under uncertain circumstances, of Sam Cooke, and the impact that he had and still has today on the music scene. It even goes into how one of Sam’s live performances was used in the movie Ali, starring Will Smith.  It’s well written, and there is a link to the article on BluesTime in the City.com to it… Well done Matt…
http://www.americanbluesscene.com/2014/12/sam-cooke-mister-soul/

WHERE THEY AT….WHERE THEY AT:

Monday, Jan 12-Jan 18

Grady Champion

Edmonton Alberta

Blues On Whyte

Thursday, Jan 15

Buddy Guy

Chicago IL

Buddy Guy’s Legends

Friday Jan 16

Willie Clayton, T.K. Soul, Sir Charles Jones, Bobby Rush

Tunica MS

Sam’s Town Casino

Friday, Jan 16

Betty Wright, Lacee Reed, Tyree Neal, Jeff Floyd, Kenne Wayne

Baton Rouge LA

Baton Rouge River Center

Saturday, Jan 17

L.J. Echols, Avail Hollywood

Yazoo City MS

Miller Community Center

Saturday, Jan 17

Bigg Robb

Ruston LA

Ruston Civic Center

Saturday, Jan 17

Sir Charles Jones, Bobby Rush, T.K. Soul, Willie Clayton

Robinsonville MS

Sam’s Towns Casino

Sunday, Jan 18

Willie Hill

Jonesboro GA

Sugar Bush

Sunday, Jan 18

Buddy Guy

Chicago IL

Buddy Guy’s Legends

Friday, Jan 23

Nellie Tiger Travis

Chicago IL

Buddy Guy’s Legends

Saturday, Jan 24

Avail Hollywood

Heidelberg MS

The Tip Center

Saturday, Jan 24

Jaye Hammer, Steve Perry

Clarksdale MS

Clarksdale Civic Center

Sunday, Jan 25

Grady Champion

Memphis TN

Huey’s Southwind

If you know of an artist appearing anywhere at any time, email us at ro@bluestimeinthecity.com and let us know….Where They At……And That my friends is the BluesNews from the world of the BluesBlues….and that’s Where They At….Where They At……

postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: December 13-14, 2014

postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: December 13-14, 2014

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR DECEMBER 13-14, 2014

There is a great article in Blues Blast Magazine on Trudy Lynn. It talks about her recent awards, and her latest BCD entitled Royal Oaks Blues Café.  I found out something about that Royal Oaks Blues Café that I didn’t know.  It’s in tribute to the earlier women of the Blues, I knew that, but this is something so simple and I think it a brilliant idea.  The BCD’s title is the street Trudy lives on…That is so cool.  There’s a link to the Blues Blast Magazine article at bluestimeinthecity.com.  Just click the BluesNews Tab.
http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/issue-8-49-december-4-2014/

We’ve been talking with artists about their favorite and most memorable gift they got for Christmas as a kid… Patrick The PG Man Green says he will never forget a gift he got when he was ten…Especially coming from a large Family…  (Patrick Green Audio)

Did you notice he even did the sound effect for his bike…That was cool….

Next week, We’re going to Shout Out Christmas wishes, so get yours in now at rojeneblues, facebook at bluestimeinthecity, email us at ro@bluestimeinthecity.com, or hit us up on the blues hot line at 404/826-BLUES…404/826-2583…..

WHERE THEY AT WHERE THEY AT: Light Concert Schedule…

Sat, Dec 20

Bobby Rush

Memphis TN

Minglewood Hall

Sat, Dec 20

T.K. Soul

Sandersville GA

Elder Rite Center

Wed, Dec 24

T.K. Soul

Houston TX

Sterling Banquet Hall

Thur, Dec 25

T.K. Soul

Lufkin TX

The Beach Club

Fri, Dec 26

Grady Champion

Vicksburgh MS

Bottleneck Blues Bar

Fri, Sat Dec 26-27

Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials

Chicago

 

Sat, Dec 27

Clarence Carter, Nellie Tiger Travis and Roy C

Sumter SC

Sumter County Civic Center

Sat, Dec 27

Vic Allen, Terry Wright, Tre Williams, J Wonn, Omar Cunning

Jackson MS

Jackson Conv Complex

Sat, Dec 27

Mel Waiters

Lake Charles LA

Vibes Venue

Sat, Dec 27

T.K. Soul

Greenville MS

Harlow’s Casino

Sun, Dec 28

Vick Allen

Rockford IL

Tebala Shrine Center

 

If you know of an artist appearing anywhere at anytime, email us at ro@bluestimeinthecity.com and let us know where they at….And that my friends is the bluesnews from the world of the bluesblues….And that’s Where They At…..Where They At…..

 

postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: December 6-7, 2014

postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: December 6-7, 2014

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
DECEMBER 6-7, 2014

 

We’ve been talking with artists about the Christmas gift that they got as a kid that really made them happy….. We heard earlier from Mel Waiters who got a set of drums when he was seven that drove his grandparents crazy…..Now, we’ll hear from Calvin Richardson, who just released a brand new BCD entitled I Am Calvin…. What did Calvin get for Christmas as a kid that really made him happy….

(Go To Bluestimeinthecity.com to listen to the BluesNews Audio)

Rock Em Sock Em…Set…And his cousin would not let him play with his Rock Em Sock Em Set…You heard Calvin…His mother still has his Rock Em Sock Em Set…..And, it was a Hand Me Down…..

WHERE THEY AT WHERE THEY AT:

Tue, Dec 9

Avail Hollywood

Monroe LA

PPW Club

Fri, Dec 12

Calvin Richardson

Oakland CA

Paramount

Sat, Dec 13

L.J. Echols, Sweet Angel

Clarksdale MS

Coahom County Expo Ctr

Fri , Sat Dec 12-13

Joe Louis Walker

Philadelphia PA

Warmdaddy’s

Sat, Dec 20

Bobby Rush

Memphis TN

Minglewood Hall

Sat, Dec 20

T.K. Soul

Sandersville GA

Elder Rite Center

Wed, Dec 24

T.K. Soul

Houston TX

Sterling Banquet Hall

Thur, Dec 25

T.K. Soul

Lufkin TX

The Beach Club

Fri, Dec 26

Grady Champion

Vicksburgh MS

Bottleneck Blues Bar

Fri, Sat Dec 26-27

Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials

Chicago

 

Sat, Dec 27

Clarence Carter, Nellie Tiger Travis and Roy C

Sumter SC

Sumter County Civic Center

Sat, Dec 27

Vic Allen, Terry Wright, Tre Williams, J Wonn, Omar Cunning

Jackson MS

Jackson Conv Complex

Sat, Dec 27

Mel Waiters

Lake Charles LA

Vibes Venue

Sat, Dec 27

T.K. Soul

Greenville MS

Harlow’s Casino

Sun, Dec 28

Vick Allen

Rockford IL

Tebala Shrine Center

 

If you know of an artist appearing anywhere at anytime, email us at ro@bluestimeinthecity.com and let us know where they at….And that my friends is the bluesnews from the world of the bluesblues….And that’s Where They At…..Where They At…..

 

 

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