LETTSWORTH, La. (AP) — A highway marker honoring blues singer-guitarist Buddy Guy has gone missing in Louisiana just six months after it was placed.
Keyboardist Geraci leads Blues Music Awards nods with 6
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Keyboard player Anthony Geraci, singer Shemekia Copeland, and guitarist and songwriter Nick Moss lead the nominations for the annual Blues Music Awards.
The awards are scheduled on May 9 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
Geraci leads with six nominations, including song of the year, album of the year and band of the year with his group, Boston Blues All-Stars. Geraci also is a member of The Proven Ones, which received a contemporary blues album nomination.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Like the old Johnny Cash song, the Alabama Blues Project will soon have its own home of the blues — a permanent spot, just around the corner from heartache.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo' and Rick Estrin are among the winners of this year's Blues Music Awards.
The annual awards celebrating blues music were handed out Thursday in Memphis. Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' won the album of the year and contemporary blues album awards for their collaboration on TajMo.
Nominated for 2 Blues Music Awards, Miss Freddye wasn’t always a fan of the genre
To hear Freddye Stover sing the blues is to be transported to another place and time.
It could be a smoky Chicago nightclub in the 1950s, or a campus in the '60s when blues found favor with college students, or a Southern juke joint in the 1970s, such is her feel for the music.
But to hear Freddye Stover sing is to know only part of her story — a very small part.
Mavis Staples headlining 2018 Chicago Blues Festival in June
CHICAGO (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Mavis Staples is among the headliners for this year's Chicago Blues Festival planned the weekend of June 8-10 in the city's Millennium Park.
The city says opening night Friday will celebrate the 65th anniversary of Delmark Records with a lineup honoring the label's blues artists. A tribute to blues harpist Little Walter is set for Saturday evening and Staples will close the weekend Sunday.
Documentary explores the search for forgotten country blues musicians and the civil rights struggle in the summer of '64
Former American Idol finalist Casey James to perform at Levy Park on Feb. 10
Texas country and blues musician and former American Idol finalist Casey James will perform in concert at Levy Park on Saturday, Feb. 10
Direct Energy is the presenting sponsor for the free concert. James will highlight the concert from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Pavilion Stage. Two other concerts earlier in the day will precede the headliner.
Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal among Blues Music Awards nominees
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal and the North Mississippi All-Stars are among the nominees for this year's Blues Music Awards in Tennessee.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Wee Willie Walker and Rick Estrin also are nominated for Blues Music Awards announced Monday.
The Blues Foundation will present the awards May 10 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The awards honor exceptional achievements in performances, recordings and songwriting in the blues genre.
Winona Health Foundation celebrates ‘Benevolence & Blues’ on Jan. 26
The Winona Health Foundation invites community members to the annual "Benevolence & Blues" on Friday, Jan. 26 at Visions Event Center at Signatures, 22852 County Road 17, Winona.
Blues news: Sammy Eubanks to host seventh annual ‘Blue Christmas;’ Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival announces 2018 dates, headliners
For seven years now, local legend Sammy Eubanks has used blues music to help fans shake off the winter blues, at least for a night.
“We started doing this show, Sammy Eubanks and Friends, where we would invite a couple other bands down and we would do either a blues-oriented show or a country-oriented show,” Eubanks said. “When we went to do a Christmas show, ‘Blue Christmas’ stuck out so that’s what we’ve been doing.”
"The Other Side of Hope" is a decidedly odd duck of a film.
It's a serious look at the trials of refugees. It's a slapstick work of deadpan humor. It's a surreal, almost Lynchian bare-bones existential work at the same time that it's an amateur-hour exercise in stiff drama. It pauses here and there to showcase blues musicians in Finland. That's right, blues musicians in Finland. Who know there was such a thing?
Mississippi awards include painter who fights stereotypes
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An African-American painter whose work challenges racial stereotypes will be honored with a 2018 Governor's Arts Award in Mississippi.
Joe Overstreet , a Mississippi-born painter who works in New York, will receive the Excellence in Visual Art award.
The Mississippi Arts Commission announced Monday that Overstreet is among five winners to be recognized Feb. 8.
The Crossroads Arena will be reaching down soul deep to “turn up the blues” on Saturday night. J&S Sound and Productions will present “Let’s Turn up the Blues” at the Crossroads Arena Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. The show boasts a crew of experienced blues artists and features headliner, Latimore, who was recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. “This concert is going to be a magnificent show featuring Latimore, who has just been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, after over 50...
This week in arthouse cinema: War, suffering for your art and blues music
"Dunkirk" in 35mm, Tulsa blues music and an animated classic highlight this week's specialty movie offerings.
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Roomful of Blues brings its music to Fairfield Theatre Company this weekend. The band will perform at FTC’s StageOne on Saturday, July 15.
This tour de force of horn-fired blues has been performing since 1967. Even though its line-up has changed over the years, it’s known as one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago plans to dedicate a nine-story mural to blues music legend Muddy Waters before the city's annual blues festival this weekend.
- The Spokesman-ReviewTwo different vibes, two different nights: Rick Springfield, Stephen Marley to headline concerts at Northern QuestMarch 15, 2019
- Wisconsin State Journal'World class' Madison blues band takes aim at social topicsFebruary 18, 2019
- Star TribuneDutch government doing all it can to support family of slain Twin Cities blues musicianDecember 17, 2018
- Valley Morning StarCity to cut back on blues fests, add other concertsNovember 15, 2018
- The Herald-DispatchWinning blues act headed to Memphis competitionSeptember 25, 2018
Every year on this very special day I devote my column to mothers, in general, and some aspect of my mother, in particular. You name it and I have undoubtedly written about it. Mothers cooking; discipline coming from the switch that your mother sent you out to the backyard to fetch; being taken shopping; your mother making some of your clothing; cookouts in Fairmount Park; bus excursions to Coney Island; school days, in particular, going off to college and the care packages that would eventually arrive at your dormitory; helping your mother do chores around the house; and, that sad, sad day when you said your final goodbye.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wilco, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds and Earth, Wind & Fire closed the main stages at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday under sunshine, blue skies and a breeze.
Festivalgoers also saw performances by hometown jazz artist Terence Blanchard and blues musician Sonny Landreth, who lives in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
THREE OAKS, Mich. — Following his 2015 psychedelic masterpiece "Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat," the latest album from trance blues musician Otis Taylor, "Fantasizing About Being Black," is a stark and poetic lesson on the historical trauma of the black experience.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks' visitation will be Sunday followed by a funeral Monday.
Brooks' family announced the plans Wednesday through his label, Alligator Records.
Brooks died Saturday night at age 83. He was known for his intense guitar solos and raspy but strong voice. He made a hit recording of Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago."
Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks dies at 83
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks, whose relationship with his adopted hometown was cemented by his hit recording of Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago," has died at age 83.
A prolific musician known for his intense guitar solos and raspy but strong voice, Brooks died on Saturday night, his son Ronnie Baker Brooks said Sunday.
Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks dies at 83
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks, whose relationship with his adopted hometown was cemented by his hit recording of Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago," died at age 83, his son Ronnie Baker Brooks said Sunday.
A prolific musician known for his intense guitar solos and raspy but strong voice, Brooks died on Saturday night, his son said.
For one weekend every year, Coeur d’Alene becomes a hotspot for both blues fans and musicians as the Coeur d’Alene Resort hosts the Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival.
This weekend, the resort will once again welcome some of the nation’s greatest blues musicians, including “The Voice” finalist Laith Al-Saadi, as part of the festival’s eighth year, which runs Friday through Sunday.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Platteville man has donated more than 21,000 vinyl record albums to raise money for a thrift store chain in Madison.
Agrace Thrift Stores will begin selling Jerry Roh's albums Friday morning. Genres include rock, country, religious, polka, children's, classical and blues music.
Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes keeping blues alive in Bentonia
BENTONIA, Miss. (AP) — On a dreary, gray afternoon with a stinging north wind, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes hunkers down near a glowing gas heater inside the Blue Front Cafe.
"It's usually people stopping by here every day, just to look around," Holmes says. "If the weather was better, you could be sure of it."
Northwest Alabama music series to focus on traditional blues
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A new music series beginning this week will attempt to explore the raw, stripped-down roots of traditional blues music.
The "Salt and Pepper" series is a collaboration between the University of North Alabama, the Alabama Folklife Association, and the Muscle Shoals Music Association. It will take place on every fourth Thursday from February to April at UNA's Mane Room on Pine Street.
Chicago Blues Festival moving to Millennium Park this year
CHICAGO (AP) — The 34th annual Chicago Blues Festival is getting a new home this year in the city's lakefront Millennium Park after being held in Grant Park.
Extras, interns needed for work on film
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Movie extras and interns are needed to work on a low-budget film directed by Ethan Hawke and being filmed in the Baton Rouge area.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/2g7cwtI ) the positions are unpaid, but producer Ryan Hawke promises free food, hands-on experience for interns, a chance to be featured in the film for extras and "the experience of a lifetime" for all.
Mose Allison, jazz-blues musician, dead at 89
NEW YORK (AP) — Mose Allison, a pianist and singer whose witty, southern-accented lyrics delivered over a backdrop of boogie-woogie blues and jazz piano won fans and influenced musicians across a wide spectrum, died Tuesday of natural causes. He was 89.
His wife, Audre Allison, confirmed his death to The Associated Press.
HARLINGEN — It may not be the most obvious combination but long distance running will be followed by some sweet music and an afternoon of fun.
Blues on the Hill will follow the Harlingen Half Marathon this Sunday. Bands will converge at Lon C. Hill starting at 9 a.m.
This year’s line up includes Rockstar Denied, Blues Posse and The Last Bandoleros.
During that time, the crowd will get their chance to meet the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
Gallery 201 hosts Bo DePeña & Eagle Eye Williamson this Friday night
Tonight, Gallery 201 will play host to hometown favorite Bo DePeña and one-man wrecking crew Eagle Eye Williamson.
Williamson, 34, a proud sixth generation Texan, lives in Austin. At the age of 15, a bike accident severed his optic nerve, rendering him unable to see through his right eye. Not long after, Williamson began to notice differences between himself and his friends.
Eric Clapton sued by musician’s estate over iconic song
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The heirs of a Mississippi blues musician claim rock guitarist Eric Clapton gave a songwriting credit to the wrong artist.
A lawsuit filed in Nashville federal court says Eric Clapton attributed the song "Alberta" to Huddie Ledbetter — better known as Lead Belly — in the 2013 re-release of Clapton's "Unplugged" album, when the credit should have gone to Bo Carter, The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/2e3xcEY).
Blues musicians, woodworkers headline McKissick Museum event
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gospel tunes, bluegrass, folk and blues are entertaining museum-goers at the McKissick Museum's fourth annual folk festival at the University of South Carolina.
Blues musician Drink Small joins fellow performers Freddie Vanderford and Mill Billy Blues, the Wilson Banjo Co., the El Shaddai Ambassadors, and Ricky McDuffie and Family when the tunes kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday at the museum on the university's historic Horseshoe.
Cultural anthropologist painted fascinating image of Mississippi jukes
There is no longer an overabundance of juke joints left in the Delta and the remainder of the Deep South. In July, Willie “Po’ Monkey” Seaberry, 75, owner of Po’ Monkey’s in Merigold, Miss., just south of Clarksdale, died. The fate of the juke joint he opened to patrons from across the world every Thursday night is still uncertain. Meanwhile, more homogenized venues for blues music appear. Consider Ground Zero in Clarksdale or any number of clubs on Beale Street in Memphis. The music may be...
As any veteran Ribberfest-goer knows, barbeque is best paired with good blues music. This year, organizers have gathered nine acts set to perform over two days. This year's festival, the 15th annual, features diverse Grammy Award-winning headliners Jonny Lang and Los Lobos. On Friday night, Lang will perform his gospel-inspired rock and blues tunes. On Saturday, Los Angeles-based group Los Lobos will bring a little Latin flavor to the festival stage. Festival gates open at 5 p.m. Friday with music beginning at 6 p.m. Entertainment continues Saturday as gates open at 11 a.m. and music begins just thirty-minutes later.