Thursday, July 5, 2012

Beldon's Blues Points

Welcome to the latest edition of Beldon's Blues Points, a list of events going on in the music--and particularly the blues--world. We'd like to start with this video from a show Kenny Wayne Shepherd recently gave at D.C.'s Howard Theatre: Speaking of D.C., those of you who live in this area or may be visiting here next week may want to mark their calendars for performances from one of our premiere performers, Nadine Rae. As many as you know, Nadine has pulled herself back together—almost literally performance-by-performance—from a December, 2009 car accident that left her seriously injured and in doubt that she would be able to continue her career (for details of her struggle, check out the following post on Beldon’s Blues Point: On Thursday, July 12, she and her All Stars will perform from 6-8:30 p.m. at 7th and Water Streets SW as part of the DC concert series. The next day will be Friday the 13th, but nothing but the best of luck—and music—will befall anyone who spends that evening at Proud Mary’s restaurant, where Nadine will perform with her band from 8-11 p.m. Proud Mary’s is located at 13000 King Charles Terrace in Ft. Washington, MD. You can call them at 301-292-5521, or check them out online at And on Saturday, July 14, Nadine travels to Baltimore to perform at the Harborplace Ampitheatre as part of the Baltimore Harborplace Concert Series, located between the Pratt and Light Street Pavillions. The show will run from 6-8 p.m. If you’d like to find out more check out You can actually make a dinner date of it, as the venue is located near the Cheesecake Factory, Phillips Seafood and numerous other restaurants. And if you have any doubts about whether Nadine is worth the trip, look at this video of her in action at last year’s D.C. Blues Society Festival at Carter Barron Amphitheatre: Next, we learn of a lot of happenings in the traditional blues world from Bob Corritore, who, in addition to being a highly respected harmonica player himself, regularly lets us in on what his colleagues are doing through a newsletter he writes. The following is from the July 5, 2012 edition: *2012 Blues Blast Music Awards Announced! Bob Corritore, Mud Morganfield and Diunna Greenleaf garner nominations! Blues Blast Magazine will reflect upon and celebrate the blues world with it's annual awards! This being the awards 5th anniversary it feels like both the magazine and the awards have grown to be an industry standard - thanks to the foresight and hard work of editor Bob Kieser and his great staff. In the running are so many great and worthy artists and among them are nominations for Mud Morganfield, Diunna Greenleaf and Bob Corritore. Voting for the 2012 Blues Blast Music Awards is now open and continues until August 31st, 2012. To see a complete list of nominees, and to vote, click here: Voting is open to the public! Thank you Blues Blast Magazine! *Living Blues Awards voting now in progress! Voting closes on July 15. The 2012 Living Blues Awards represent a reflection of the blues music industry through ten categories of achievement. Voting online is open to everyone! We are pleased to announce that Tail Dragger is up for "Most Outstanding Blues Singer" and "Best Live Entertainer" and Bob Corritore is nominated for "Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica)." Voting is going on as we speak and will conclude on July 15th. There is a voting ballot inside the latest issue of Living Blues with Mud Morganfield on the cover. You can also vote online at . Just go to the site and click the vote icon! Thank you Living Blues! *Floyd Dixon Concert DVD Documentary in production! Bob Auerbach and Kid Ramos inform us that the long awaited documentary DVD of the 2006 Floyd Dixon Celebration show is now in editing and production and is slated for a 2013 release. The show took place on June 1 and 2, 2006. With the news of Floyd Dixon having terminal cancer, High John label owner Bob Auerbach quickly put together a plan to document this great man. He called upon the services of Kid Ramos who lovingly assembled a great band and headed a production team that also included Bob Auerbach, Clarke Rigsby and Bob Corritore. A two day concert filming at the Rhythm Room was scheduled and it was just in a nick of time. The show was all about Floyd but also featured some of his friends and fellow keyboard legends. Pinetop Perkins and Henry Gray were included on the bill, as was Johnny Tucker, Joe Banks, and Kim Wilson. So with a four camera shoot and Clarke Rigsby on audio, a pair of incredible and heartfelt nights of music were captured. Floyd was in fine form and the meaning of this show to him was everything that he stood for. Floyd would die just a few months later and High John records rushed out the CD release titled Time Brings About A Change: A Floyd Dixon Celebration. Now after many years the DVD is being edited and compiled by husband/wife documentary specialists Phillip and Lissett Cruess, and will be available by early next year! In addition to beautiful concert footage there will be interviews with all the artists, and recent interviews with Kid and Bob Auerbach which will privide insights on the this event and the man it was built around. To see photos from this event click here: *Tail Dragger and Bob Corritore interview on Blues - Finland website! Thanks to our friends in Finland for their huge support of the collaboration of Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore. In April of this year, the Finnish Blues Society and the US Embassy brought Tail Dragger and Bob to Helsinki to perform a spirited set at the Stompin' At The Savoy Festival with the great Tomi Leino Band. On June 7, a number of our friends from Finland came out to support the Tail Dragger / Bob Corritore CD Release Party at B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted in Chicago (which was also a pre-party for the Chicago Blues Festival). The latest issue of the printed magazine Blues - Finland has Tail Dragger on the cover and a review of the CD (Click here to see the cover). We are told that the next magazine issue will feature a Bob Corritore interview. And most recently a separate joint interview with Tail Dragger & Bob appeared on the Blues Finland website which you can see by clicking here. Thanks so much to all our friends and supporters from the beautiful country of Finland! To see the 65 plus reviews for the Tail Dragger / Bob Corritore CD Longtime Friends In The Blues on the Delta Groove label, click here: Also note that this CD will be featured on Stan Bindell's "Blues Magician" show which will air from 7-8 pm, July 9 with streaming on *Japanese documentary features 1983 Chicago blues clips with Eddie Taylor, Tail Dragger, and others! This clip was brought to our attention via Shoji Maito who comments "My Japanese friend posted this old Japanese news show clip. This must be very rare and the TV station will take it down as soon as they find this." In the clip you see Eddie Taylor at home playing a beautiful deep blues, Maxwell Street musicians Iceman Robinson and John Henry Davis rockin' the blues, and great a segment from the Delta Fish Market with Tail Dragger and a great band with Hubert Sumlin, Johnny B. Moore, Shorty Gilbert, Dave Waldman, and Kansas City Red! This clip really showcases both the music and the vibe of Chicago blues. To see this clip, click here. Last is a video that I have very personal feelings about--because I, Kirk Jackson, personally play bass on it! Here is a performance of the--well, we don't really have a name--recorded at the May, 2012 D.C. Blues Society monthly jam: Well, that's it for now. Any comments, or anything you think might be of interest to our readers, PLEASE let us know at Take care!

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