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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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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
BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM 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…. BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM 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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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: June 9-10, 2018

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: June 9-10, 2018

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES FOR THE WEEKEND OF JUNE 9-10, 2018   Congratulations to Tori Nicole Regina Bailey, the voice you hear often on BluesTime In The City.  She recently graduated from high school, and we asked her how does it feel to be a high school graduate… (Tori Interview) Tori mentioned where some of her classmates were going to college…..There were about 20 high school graduates at this cook out….I talked with the majority of them and every one of them were planning on going to college this summer or in the fall.  The schools ranged from Kennesaw State to Georgia State as Tori mentioned, to Morehouse, Michigan State, Arizona State, Albany State and Hampton University, and that’s not all of them.  If you are a parent or a grand parent like I am, you should be very proud of your graduate, and don’t believe the hype.  Our kids are going to be some great and responsible adults….Thanks again Tori…… BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM And we have some Sad News to report….Legendary Bluesman Eddy The Chief Clearwater made the transition on Friday June 1st.  He was 83 years of age.  His real name was Edward Harrington and was born January 10, 1935 in Macon Mississippi.  He was internationally known and was best known for his flamboyant showmanship and style.  He would often come on stage in full Indian regalia. He was awarded the 2015 Jus Blues Foundation’s Little Milton LifeTime Bluesman Award…..He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016.  He taught himself to play the guitar at an early age, which he plays left handed and upside down.  His albums included The Chief, Rock N Roll City, which was nominated for a Grammy, West Side Strut, and his latest Soul Funky in 2014.  Throughout his career, he released 15 Albums.  Our condolences go out to the Family of Eddy The Chief Clearwater. BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM WHERE THEY AT WHERE THEY AT:
Thur June 14 William Bell Meridian MS Riley Center
Thur June 14 Little Ed and The Blues Imperials Highwood IL 210 Live
Fri June 15 Bigg Robb Henderson Texas Sand Street Pre-Teen Celebration
Fri June 15 T.K. Soul Albany GA The Fairgrounds
Fri and Sat June 15-16 Nellie Tiger Travis Chicago IL Blue Chicago
Sat June 16 Karen Wolfe L.J. Cchols J Red PoMonkey MD Lamont’s Entertainment Complex
Sat June 16 T.K. Soul Sir Charles Jones Pokey Bear Riverdale GA The Ampitheater
Sat June 16 Vick Allen Fayette MS Charles Evers Park
Sat June 16 Shemekia Copeland Salt Lake City UT Gallivan
Sat June 16 Bobby Rush College Park GA Wolf Creek Amphitheater
Sat June 16 Big G Wilson Meadows Sir Jonathan Burton Crewe Virginia Hooper’s Park
Sat June 16 Eddie Cotton Jr Vicksburg MS Bottleneck Blues Bar
Sun June 17 Vick Allen Crystal Springs MS Community Place Track
Sun June 17 Calvin Richardson Sir Charles Jones Latimore Pokey Bear T.K. Soul Tucka Columbus GA Columbus  Civic Center
Fri June 22 T.K. Soul Meridian MS The Roof Top
Fri June 22 George Hughley Atlanta GA Blind Willie’s
Fri June 22 Mr. Sipp Vicksburg MS Bottleneck Blues Bar
Sat June 23 Pokey Bear Others Humble TX Humble Civic Center
Sa June 23 Little Ed and the Blues Imperials Lebanon OH Miami Valley Gaming
Sat June 23 Willie Clayton Little Rock AR  
Sun June 24 J Wonn Summer Wolfe Dallas TX R.L.’s Blues Club
Ssn June 24 Theodis Ealey St Louis MO Prince Hall Lodge
Thur June 28 Aretha Franklin Ontario Canada Sony Centre
Fri June 29 Big Pokey Bear Sunshine Anderson Athens GA Venom
Sat June 30 Willie Clayton Tucka Shreveport LA Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
Sat June 30 Theodis Ealey Lithonia GA Lithonia Amphitheater
Sat June 30 T.K. Soul Flint MI Empire Event Center
Sat June 30 Bobby Rush Choctaw MS Perl River Resorts
Sat June 30 Vick Allen West Point MS Club Oasis Event Center
 
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