THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES  

​FOR THE WEEKEND OF March 28-29, 2020

Here’s what’s Trending in the BluesNews this Weekend……

With the Coronavirus bringing the country to an almost complete stop, The majority of Blues Festivals and Shows have been canceled.  We’ll let you know when they are rescheduled.  Be Careful and Please Shelter In Place…..

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The South By Southwest Conference that was schedule from March 13th through March 22nd has been cancelled because fears of the Coronavirus.  The music, tech and film conference which usually features a lot of Blues act draws upwards of 70 thousand participants each year.  This is the first time in it’s 34 year history that it will be cancelled.  It is noted that 20 thousand of those participants are from outside of the U.S.  Of course, the SXSW conference is not the only major conference to cancel because of the Coronavirus.  Many many others have canceled as well. I Know Buddy Guy is scheduled to be in Austin on the 22nd…. I don’t know if one has anything to do with the other, but we’ll keep up with that schedule and keep you informed……

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And Speaking of Buddy Guy, April 14th at the Jazz Foundation’s A Great Night in Harlem in New York, Buddy Guy and Carlos Santana will be honored.  Buddy Guy will receive the LifeTime Achievement Award for his career in the Blues, and Santata will receive the first Claude Nobs Award.  Claude Nobs was the founder of the extremely successful Montreaux Jazz Festival.  This “Great Night In Harlem” event is named after the famous photograph “A Great Night in Harlem.  It’s started in 2001, and it celebrates artists in jazz, blues, rock and soul.  Buddy is an eight-time Grammy winner and is well deserving of this honor.  Again, this year’s event will be held at The Apollo Theatre on April 14th…. If you want more information on this event, we have a link to it on the BluesNews page at Bluestimeinthecity.com…..Congrats to them…..
https://www.udiscovermusic.com/news/buddy-guy-carlos-santana-awards/

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The Spring Fling is taking place in Mobile Alabama on April 4th, and it sounds like a college student spring break.  Those in the area know exactly what Spring Fling is, but maybe some of our listeners don’t. Ron Davis is one of the Producers of The Spring Fling, and the owner of The Southern Soul Radio network, which this show is a part of…..Ron is on the phone this weekend, and you must listen to the Audio Link that’s playing now to hear about The Spring Fling.

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If you’re in the Atlanta Georgia on March 13th and 14th, There is a Southern Conference Music Conference being held with Southern Soul executives, artists, and other pertinent members of the Southern Soul community….No, I was not invited to participate, but I will show up.  Among those to make presentations, speak, and participate on panels are Jerry Mason, publisher of The Boogie Report, Jerry Flood, Southern Soul Producer, Mitch Faulkner, J Red the Nephew, Ronald Suggs and many others. According to their web site, and I’m quoting this directly from their site, “it’s designed for those committed to the future of Southern Soul Music with a desire to learn and grow, make professional and personal connections and elevate their careers,” close quote.  They’ll address issues such as copyright, publishing and royalties, internew presence, social media and much more. For more information we have a link to their site on the BluesNews Page at BluesTimeinthecity.com….
https://atlssmc.eventcreate.com/  

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The B.B. King Blues Band and the B.B. King Estate have joined forces to present The B.B. King Experience featuring The late B.B. King’s Band, which was called the Experience, will feature James Boogaloo Bolden, Russell Jackson, Wilbert Crosby, Darrell Lavigne, Myron Jackson and B.B.’s youngest daughter Claudette King.  The B.B. King Experience will begin their tour dates on March 21st, and will run through June 13th.  Right now they’re showing 22 dates. This is a world wide tour, that will mostly see them in Europe, although there are stops in Decatur Illinois, Falls Church Virginia, Petoskey Michigan and Powhattan Kansas.  They will release a single, Rock Me Baby this summer that will feature George Benson, Tito Jackson and Claudette King.  Should be interesting.

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A bit of sad news here….Louisiana Piano Playing Blues man Mr. Henry Gray made the transition on February 17th which was announced on his FaceBook Page.  After his Army sting, he moved to Chicago and In 1956 Mr. Gray joined Howlin’s Band and stayed with The Wolf until 1968. They called him Lucky Man for good reason.  He survided World War II, he was with Elmore James on the night he died from a heart attack, got hit by a Chicago city but while driving his car, his home got destroyed twice, survived a tornado in 1989, and made it through devasting floods in 2016.  He was Lucky.  In Baton Rouge, shortly after surviving a collapsed lung and mild heart attack, he continued to play in a local lounge every Tuesday for 3 years.  I’ve had experience with the collapse lung.  That’s not easy.  I had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Gray way back in the day, in 2006,  he told me why he went back home to Louisiana….
(Henry Gray Dead Bite)

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If you have a trending BluesNews item of interest, email it to us at Bluestimeinthecity@gmail.com or call our Hot Line at 404/826-BLUES and we’ll get the info on our BluesNews Segment of the Show………

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