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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: July 13-14, 2019

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF JULY 13-14, 2019

Buddy Guy is getting a huge honor on October 24th. He’ll be inducted in the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame.  He’ll go in along with Lyle Lovett and others.  At the ceremony,  Shemekia Copeland and Christone Kingfish Ingram, two of Alligator Records artists are scheduled to perform.  If by chance you can’t make the induction of Buddy on October 24th, fear not because PBS will televise the event on New Year’s Eve of 2019. That would be December 31st.  Congratulations to Blues Royalty Buddy Guy and the others on their induction into the Austin City Limits Blues Hall of Fame.

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There is a story on the AmericanBluesScene.com site by Steven Ovadia titled Ranky Tanky Preserves Gullah Music.  Ranky Tanky is a band that’s based out of South Carolina and they play Gulla Music, sometimes called Geechee Music.  They just released an EP entitled “Stand By Me,” and the article says according to singer Quiana Parler, “the EP is not blues, but many blues fans will enjoy it.  If you don’t know of the Gullah Music and their people, they are of African American influenced communities located in parts of Georgia and South Carolina.  Very interesting article on AmericanBluesScene.com site, and no I do not have the EP yet, but I am going to get it and report back to you of what I think about it.  I have been to these communities, and are very uplifting.  If you want to read the article, we have a link to it on the BluesNews Page at bluestimeinthecity.com
https://www.americanbluesscene.com/ranky-tanky-preserves-gullah-music-with-new-ep/

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The Jus Blues Music Awards are two weeks away.  July 31st through August 3rd, Artists such as Irma Thomas, Trudy Lynn, Mickey Rogers, O.B. Buchana, Y.Z. Ealey, Little Freddie King and many others will be honored.  It will be held at the Horseshow Casino in Tunica Mississippi and the highlight is the Awards program, but there are  other events such as the Juke Joint Fish Fry featuring Greg Smith, Willie Hill and the Memphis-issippi sound.  These two young men are taking the blues to another level. You got to hear them, there’s much much more…..  Then there’s White Linen Party featuring Ms Jody and Theodis Ealey, the Blues Got A Soul Technology Conference, and I’m understanding that a radio seminar will be added.  For more information we have a link to all the activities on the BluesNews Page at bluestimeinthecity.com….
www.Jusblues.org

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: July 6-7, 2019

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF JULY 6-7, 2019

There is a Blues Festival taking place next month on August 24th in Trinidad.  It’s called the Trinidadio Blues Festival.  The headliner is Sugaray Rayford, along with Houston’s Keeshea Pratt Blues Band, which won First Place at the 34th International Blues Challenge in Memphis.  Did I mention that this is in Trinidad Colorado???  Well it is, and it got me to thinking, with the legalization of marijuana there, will this be a wild party or what.  That sounds too easy so I did some research and in Colorado, you can’t do your joint thing in public so doing your thing at the outside Blues Festival might get you in trouble.  But I do like the name which caught my attention.  Trinidadio Blues Festival. 

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If you like listening and talking about the Blues, and you enjoy telling people about the Blues, Blues Blast Magazine may be looking for you.  Blues Blast Magazine is looking for reviewers to write reviews for Blues Albums, Books, DVD’s and even downloads for books.  These are volunteer positions, but you can keep the CD, DVD, Book, or whatever you review.  If you know WordPress, that will be helpful.  If you are interested, we have the email information on the BluesNews page at bluestimeinthecity.com.  Just email your resume or a writing sample to them.  This is a nice way to extend your Blues Collection…
info@bluesblastmagazine.com

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There is a Book out entitled The Summer of The Terraplane Blues by Gregory Yawman.  Greg is a writer and retired lawyer and a fan of the Blues.  His book goes into the death of Robert Johnson.  He based his writing on facts researched, and published works by other will known biographers of Robert Johnson.  Some of the  characters in the book are also fictional, since there are so many reasons and ways that Robert Johnson died.  Some believed he was poisoned, some believed it was a jealous husband or boyfriend, and a plantation owner was even uncovered and the plantation owner said, The Negro died of syphilis.  Very interesting readings by Gregory Yawman.  The Book is out now in paperbook and ebook……I think it was the jealous husband because Robert Johnson was a ladies man…..

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postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: June 22-23, 2019

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

A bit of sad news to report…..Bernard Thomas, know to the Southern Soul World as Bishop Bullwinkle made the transition last Sunday on Father’s Day.  Bishop Bullwinkle was a pastor, a comedian, and he was famous about the ongoings of the church, in a comedic way.  His Church was the First Church of Nothin But Da Truth.  He was best known for his 2013 huge viral sensation Hell 2 Da Naw Naw Naw.  That You Tube video has garnered more than 3 million views.  The Bishop was 70 years of age.  Our condolences go out to the family and fans of Bishop Bullwinkle…

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Earlier this month, JD Nash put out on the AmericanBluesScene.com site the Top 12 Songs written by the late great Blues Man, Willie Dixon.  I think this is a great idea since he wrote so many blues songs, that became rock and roll songs by hook or crook.. The list is a great one because as I thought about it, and wrote down mine, I found it was very difficult to come up with the Top 12 songs written by Willie Dixon because he had so many….  Here are the Top 12 on the AmericanBluesScene.com site according to the writer of the article JD Nash.  These are not in any necessary order and were done by different artists, but Willie wrote them……. Hoochie Coochie Man, Evil, If the Sea Was Whiskey, Bring it on Home, I Can’t Quit You Baby, Talk to Me Baby, aka I Can’t Hold Out, Diddy Wah Diddy, My Babe, Back Door Man, Spoonful, Wang Dang Doodle, and the song that is covered most by other artists, I Just Want To Make Love To You.  That’s a pretty good selection from AmericanBluesScene.   I would only add The Seventh Son, Built for Comfort, I Ain’t Superstitious and The Same Thing to my top 12.  The only problem is, which ones would I take out if I add those four.  What do you think?? That’s a good list.  What would be your Top 12 songs written by Willie Dixon.  Tweet me @rojeneblues.  If you want to see the entire article, which is full of information about each song, we have a link on the BluesNews Page at bluestimeinthecity.com….
https://www.americanbluesscene.com/top-12-willie-dixon-songs/

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The Jus Blues Music Awards are a few weeks away.  The Event is set for August 1st, and they have a full array of events planned in Tunica Mississippi.  The honorees this year are Irma Thomas, Lil Ray Neal, Trudy Lynn, Don Bryant, Gaye Adebalola, Y.Z. Ealey, E.C. Scott, Willie Simmons, Mickey Rodgers, O.B. Buchana, Sweet Angel, Stevie J, and Little Freddie King.  These artists and talents work both on stage and behind the scenes, and have contributed greatly to the music we call the Blues.  You don’t usually hear about these artists and that is why The Jus Blues Music Foundation recognize them every year.  For more information on the Jus Blues Music Awards, and all of the activities during that week, we have a link on the BluesNews Page at BluesTimeinthecity.com…..
https://www.jusblues.org/2019-honorees.html

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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…..
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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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