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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.
https://www.americanbluesscene.com/

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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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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: March 9-10, 2019

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: March 2-3, 2019

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF MARCH 2-3, 2019

Katrenia Jefferson

It’s sad for us to report that Katrenia Jefferson, The Blues Songstress in Jackson Mississippi made the transition on February 20nd.  She was 61 years of age.  Katrenia was a very souful bluesy singer that appeared all around the southeast.  She was a giant of a woman with vocals that were unmatched by any.  I was reading an interview that was done by Jazzii A in the Jefferson Blues Magazine from August 2014, where Katrenia was talking mainly about her life, and in the article she related this very funny story where she was at a concert with some great friends of hers, in the business, and as one friend was on stage performing, her voice kind of went out….The friend called Katrenia on stage and asked her if she knew the song…..Katrenia said yes, finished the song to great acclaim, and was made a part of the group that night…And this interview talks about all of the community service she rendered, being an advocate for women’s health, the ups and downs of the music industry, family, and much much more.  We have a link to that article and other information on the BluesNews page at bluestimeinthecity.com…….Katrenia Jefferson will certainly be missed tremendously by her friends and fans, and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/clarionledger/obituary.aspx?n=katrenia-l-jefferson&pid=191619797&fhid=17527
http://www.jacksonmemorialfuneralservice.com/obits
http://www.jeffersonbluesmag.com/artiklar/379-the-katrenia-jefferson-story

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Jimi Hendrix

If you are a Jimi Hendrix fan, then you will want to see the documentary “Electric Church.” According to the Americanbluescene.com site, the first showing was January 31st in Hollywood.  The film will have some of the old footage of Jimi’s performance at Woodstock, and at the Atlanta International Pop Festival.  This is a collaboration of Experience Hendrix LLC, Sony Legacy Recordings and Abramorama.  Jimi was and still is being regarded as one of the best blues guitarist ever, with his innovations and style.  The documentary is being shown all around the globe, and it will come to a theater near you soon.  Jimi made the transition in in September 18, 1970 at the right young age of 27.   If you want to see the trailer, and where the film is coming, we have a a couple of links to it on the BluesNews Page at bluestimeinthecity.com.
https://www.americanbluesscene.com/jimi-hendrix-electric-church-playing-in-select-theaters-starting-january-31st/
https://youtu.be/8_9hVTkHafM

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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: March 2-3, 2019

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

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

We Lost a great producer, writer, performer, all around great man last week.  Harvey Scales made the transition….Back in the Day, his band was Harvey Scales and The Seven Sounds.  He was known as Milwaukee’s Godfarther of Soul..Instead of me talking about Harvey and his musical life, I’ll let him do it from a couple of years ago.  He is the guy that wrote the huge hit, Disco Lady for Johnnie Taylor… You know I wanted to know if he got paid for it…..

(Click Here To Hear Interview with Harvey)    

Harvey Scales

Good Stuff is Good Stuff…..Bad Stuff is Bad Stuff.”  That is a great way to look at it Life.  Our condolences go out to Harvey’s Family. Harvey Scales was 78 years of age, and one great guy……

SEPTEMBER 27, 1941 – FEBRUARY 11, 2019

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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: February 16-17, 2019

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: February 16-17, 2019

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

Next Saturday the 23rd of February in Robersonville MS, in the Tunica area, The Jus Blues Music Foundation is having its “Blues Got A Soul Youth Heritage Blues Camp.” It’s free for kids up to the age of 17, and there will be a lot packed into this day’s event.  Ms Toni Green of Memphis Tennessee is the Artist Mentor for the day and she will be joined by up and coming bluesman, Yella P.

The event is free to kids up to the age of 17, and a slight charge for adults.  Participants will learn the Music Business, Writing, Voice, Performing and possibly recording their own songs.

Robinsonville Recreation Center is located at 5274 Kirby Road in Robinsonville Mississippi…..To hear Ms Green’s complete interview on BluesTime In The City, go to our web site at
www.bluetimeinthecity.com
To Listen to Toni’s Full Intervies
www.jusblues.org
For More Information on the Blues Got A Soul Youth Heritage Blues Camp

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postheadericon BluesNews AUDIO: February 9-10, 2019

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: February 9-10, 2019

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF (FEBRUARY 9-10, 2019

It was a wrap last weekend at the international Blues Challenge. Days and Days and hours and hours of non stop blues throughout the City of Memphis Tennessee until finally, one act emerged as the winners of the 2019 International Blues Challenge.  That act was Ms Hy-C and Fresh Start, sponsored by the St Louis Blues Society.  Second Place went to Sammy Eubanks and the Workin Class, sponsored by the Washington Blues Society.  The Gibson Guitar Award went to Gabe Stillman sponsored by the Billtown Blues Association….Solo act winner went to Jon Shain, sponsored by the Triangle Blues Society and the winner of the Best Self Produced CD, or as I call it BCD….Blues Compact Disc, went to The Little Red Rooster Blues Band, sponsored by the Central Delaware Blues Society.  The name of the BCD is Lock Up The Liquor.  Another great event by The Blues Foundation and if you want to see more and see some video highlight of the 34th International Blues Challenge, we have a link to all of that on our BluesNews page at BluesTimeinthecity.com…..
https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/#2019winners

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The Mardi Gras season is here….Parades have already begun in New Orleans, and Fat Tuesday Falls on Tuesday, March 5th.  Blues, Jazz, Soul and Zydeco music fill the air and great times are had by all.  Love Mardi Gras.  You would have thought that that Mardi Gras was last weekend as thousands marched through the streets of New Orleans declaring there was no Super Bowl….With full disclosure here, I’m an Atlanta Falcons Fan through and through,  and it would have really tough to see the Saints up in our Dome playing in a Super Bowl….But, it didn’t happen, and to be honest, Yall were robbed…. But it didn’t bother us…..If you want to see the full schedule of Mardi Gras 2019, we have a link on the BlueNews page at Bluestimeinthecity.com…. No football Love lost here….Even if Thursday is Valentines…..
https://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/parades/

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The Grammys are this weekend and Alisha Keys is hosting.  Nominations for Grammys in the Category of the Blues are Best Traditional Blues Album which include:
Elvin Bishop, Cedric Burnside, Buddy Guy, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Maria Muldaur…….

And Best Contemporary Blues Album:  Theresa James….Danille Nicole…Boz Scaggs…Victor Wainwright and Fantastic Negrito…

That’s it….That’s all it is….No more…..At least I know Buddy Guy , Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite…..So Sad…..The Grammys are Sunday Night on CBS….. I think I’ll offer my services and expertise on the Blues catergories…..They need some help……

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