Sunday, July 22, 2012
An update on the condition of Curtis Salgado is included in the latest edition of a newsletter released by noted harmonica player Bob Corritore::
Curtis Salgado Surgery. Blues/soul singer & harmonica player extraordinaire Curtis Salgado( Here's his website: http://www.curtissalgado.com/ )had successful surgery on July 18th, removing a cancerous spot on his lung. This is the second surgical procedure in the last few years for Curtis. Jake Lankheit of Intrepid Artists reports that the procedure went incredibly well and that Curtis is currently recovering in the hospital and plans to be performing again soon! Nick Moss (Curtis' close friend and blues collaborator, here's his website: http://www.nickmoss.com/) has set up an online fund to help with costs at http://curtissalgado.chipin.com/curtis-%20salgado-medical-%20fund. Curtis recently released Soul Shot on Alligator Records to much critical acclaim. Well wishes and prayers for this great artist.
Tail Dragger and the late Willie "Big Eyes" Smith receive awards in Spain! Thanks to the Hondarribia Blues Society in Spain for honoring Tail Dragger (here's an article about him: http://centerstage.net/music/whoswho/TailDragger.html ) and the late Willie "Big Eyes" Smith ( here's his website: http://www.williebigeyessmith.com/ ) last weekend with awards at the Hondarribia Blues Festival (the festival website is at http://www.blueshondarribia.com/es) in Spain . Tail Dragger was performing at the fest part of a Chicago blues package that also included Zora Young(here's her myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/zorayoung )and Eddie Shaw (here's his website: http://www.midcoast.com/~bluesman/eddie_shaw.html ). Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith was on hand to accept the award for his father Willie. To read the article (in Spanish) Click here: http://www.noticiasdegipuzkoa.com/2012/07/11/especiales/varios/reconocimiento-de-dos-grandes-del-blues , and for an explanation (in English) about the awards on the festival website click here: http://www.blueshondarribia.com/en/premio_hbf/ .
The Year Of Mud! An article in Argentina's Malbec & Blues online magazine (here's a link for it: http://malbecblues.blogspot.com/ ) refers to this year as "El Año De Mud" or "The Year Of Mud." The article refers to Mud Morganfield (here's his website: http://www.mudmorganfieldsite.com/ ), and his first national release Son Of The Seventh Son (for more on that, check out http://www.bobcorritore.com/photos169.html ). The article speaks of all the fanfare this CD has received with airplay, chart positions, reviews, major festival headlining slots, and the cover story of Living Blues Magazine (here's their website: http://www.livingblues.com/ ). Mud Morganfield is of course, the eldest son of Muddy Waters and bears an uncanny resemblence to his father in both look and sound. He has been taking the blues world by a storm. Mud is currently on tour in South America. To see the "Year Of Mud" article click here http://malbecblues.blogspot.com/ and scroll down the page.
T-Model Ford Documentary in Production! Chaz Geisler is currently in the process of producing a film documentary of Mississippi blues hero T-Model Ford (here's his myspace page http://www.myspace.com/tmodelford ). The film, titled Put A Stamp On It: This Is T Model Ford, will contain live performances, interviews, life on the road and at home, as well as commentary by musicians and friends such as Lightnin' Malcolm, Gravel Road, Jimbo Mathus, Dan Auerbach (Of the Black Keys), Bob Corritore, Scott Barretta, Jim O'Neal and others. The film will contain previously unreleased recordings. Look for this to be debuted at film festivals early next year. T-Model Ford is currently alive and well but is taking time off from performing to recover from a recent stroke. If anyone has footage, posters, photos or any T-Model Ford paraphernalia please contact Chaz at email@example.com. Updates will be posted on http://www.putastamponit.com/ or the film's facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/putastamponit . On a sad sidenote, Chaz reports that T-Model's longtime drummer who was affectionately called Spam, had passed away earlier this year. If we can gather enough biographical information for Spam we will present a proper obituary at a later date.
Big Pete Pearson releases new CD! Veteran blues vocalist Big Pete Pearson (here's his website: http://www.bigpeteblues.com/ )has a wonderful new CD out currently called Choose. This album features backing by The Gamblers, an Italian band with whom Big Pete does bi-annual European tours.
Bukka White on YouTube! Here is a great example of the pure power of country blues. Please enjoy Bukka White (here's his website: http://www.myspace.com/bukkawhite#! performing the Aberdeen Mississippi Blues from the 1960s. He uses his guitar for equal parts melody and percussion. Check out this video to see:
Friday, July 13, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
http://beldonsbluespoint.blogspot.com/2010/10/taking-stage-monday-for-blue-monday.html) 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 http://www.proudmaryrestaurant.com/ 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 outhttp://harborplace.com/events/2012-summer-live-concert---series. 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: http://thebluesblast.com/bbma/2012/12bbmavote.php 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 athttp://www.livingblues.com . 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: http://www.bobcorritore.com/photos56.html *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:http://www.bobcorritore.com/tdbc_rev.html 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 KUYI.net *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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Take care!
Monday, July 2, 2012
http://beldonsbluespoint.blogspot.com/2011/11/when-they-formed-blackie-and-rodeo.html), who co-produced two of her CD’s: 2004’s Bury Him At the Crossroads and 2006’s Do I Move You? For Bury Him At the Crossroads, the two won the prestigious Canadian Maple Blues Award for Producers of the Year. In 2008 Magness released What Love Will Do with Alligator Records.” Her songs run the gamut of emotions from sorrow to joy,” wrote the Chicago Sun-Times of the recording. ”A master of the lowdown blues who is equally at ease surrounded by funk or soul sounds, Magness invigorates every song with a brutal honesty.” That same year, she traveled to Iraq and Kuwait with other blues artists to perform for U.S. servicemen in the Bluzapalooza tour. In 2009, Magness became the second woman—behind Koko Taylor—to win the Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. In 2010 she followed upWhat Love Will Do with her albumThe Devil Is An Angel Too. This year she releasedStronger For It, her third album with Alligator and her tenth overall. Apparently not forgetting her own upbringing in the foster care system, she has for six years served as a spokesperson for CaseyFamily Programs National Foster Care Month Campaign. She also promotes National Foster Care Month as an Ambassador for Foster Care Alumni of America. Magness spoke about her life in the following interview, which was recorded in late May after she had performed in the D.C./Annapolis area: Here, she performs "Make it Rain" from Stronger For It: Here she performs "Whistlin' in the Dark:" Thanks for tuning in. Any comments, contact us at email@example.com