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RIP Morris “Magic Slim” Holt – August 7, 1937 to February 21, 2013 February 21, 2013

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Magic Slim

Magic Slim, a revered and towering figure in the field of traditional Chicago blues, died today in a Philadelphia hospital at the age of 75. Born Morris Holt in Torrance, Mississippi in 1937, the guitarist performer, bandleader, and recording artist went on to enjoy a career that launched him to national and international recognition and acclaim.

Slim was one of the foremost practitioners of the raw, gut-bucket, back alley blues associated with the postwar Chicago blues sound. He and his band, the Teardrops, were known as “the last real Chicago blues band” for their authentic, no-frills, straight-no-chaser performance of the music.


Canadian Blues Heavyweight Contender on Track for World Title February 18, 2013

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At 6 feet five inches and 240 pounds, with lightning fast hands, you might think James ‘Buddy’ Rogers was a contender for the Heavyweight Crown. And in fact he is, but not in any boxing ring. The hard-hitting Canadian-born blues guitarist is scoring a string of knockouts with his latest CD release “My Guitar’s My Only Friend” (Blue Wave Records).

Released mid-September 2012, the album has steadily climbed music charts around the world. Of nearly 3 million artists on ReverbNation Blues Charts he is currently #1 in British Columbia, #2 in Canada and #2 Globally. In all genres he is #21 and still climbing. Rogers entered the Living Blues Radio Chart for January 2013 at #21, and his rock inflected blues tunes are receiving extensive airplay in Canada, the US and Europe on over 500 stations including many US syndicated National Public Radio programs.

As his summer touring schedule begins to fill with some of the largest blues festivals in the country he seems a shoe-in as a top contender for the WBA (World Blues Association) Heavyweight Crown.


“In addition to the fine lyrics, the guitar playing is top notch modern blues. The whole band is strong, but this is Rogers’ album and he is the star musically. He stretches out his playing on several cuts, only one song is less than three minutes and it is the best showcase of his playing, “Buddy’s Walk.”
– Charlie DuMez, Blues Rock Review

“Choosing favourite songs off of this CD is like trying to pick a favourite child.”
– Richard Amery, L.A. Beat

“”My Guitar’s My Only Friend” was my first intro to James “Buddy” Rogers, and what a great intro is was, one that truly had me not only becoming an instant fan but also has me really looking forward to more of his music in the future, but for now, I am pretty glad I have this little treasure to listen to.”
– John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes 2009 Inductee and Cleveland Native Bobby Womack as Part of Black History Month Celebration “Cleveland is the City” February 10, 2013

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Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, February 13 at 10 a.m. EST

CLEVELAND (February 10, 2012) – This February, as part of Black History Month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate Cleveland’s rich musical legacy, highlighting great moments in the city’s rhythm and blues and soul music history. On Friday, February 22, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will welcome 2009 Inductee and Cleveland native Bobby Womack for a Hall of Fame Series interview and live concert.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bobby Womack is a stalwart soul and gospel figurehead whose resume includes significant contributions across the decades as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. In 2012, Womack returned with The Bravest Man in the Universe – his first album in twelve years – which earned rave reviews.

Womack has written songs recorded by Wilson Pickett (“I’m a Midnight Mover”), George Benson (“Breezin’”), Janis Joplin (“Trust Me”) and others. Pickett alone recorded 17 of Womack’s compositions. A solid guitarist who worked on the Memphis session scene for a period in the Sixties, Womack played on sessions for Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Joe Tex, King Curtis, Dusty Springfield and other soul and R&B artists. He cut an album with jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo, too.

From 1970 to 1990, Womack was popular and prolific, charting 36 singles. These include such major R&B hits as “That’s the Way I Feel About Cha” (#2), “Woman’s Gotta Have It” (#1) and “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” (#3). Womack topped the R&B chart with his 1974 re-recording of “Lookin’ for a Love,” while his contemporary update of a blues classic, “Nobody Wants to Know You When You’re Down and Out,” made it to #2. He was a hitmaking machine in the mid-Seventies, perennially present in the Top Ten with such numbers as 1974’s “You’re Welcome, Stop On By,” 1975’s “Check It Out” and 1976’s “Daylight.”

Friday, February 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Hall of Fame Series with Bobby Womack

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Foster Theater

Womack will be interviewed in front of a live audience in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater as part of the Museum’s ongoing Hall of Fame series, which offers audiences rare and unique access to Hall of Famers in an intimate setting. Tickets are $15. VIP Packages are also available at $125 and include access to the Hall of Fame Series interview, a premium seat at the live concert at 8 p.m., a CD signing with Bobby Womack that includes a free copy of the CD The Bravest Man in the Universe, and a complementary beverage ticket. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, February 13 at 10 a.m. EST. Visit http://tickets.rockhall.com or the Rock Hall Box Office.

The Hall of Fame interview will also be streamed live on rockhall.com.

Friday, February 22 8 p.m.

Bobby Womack Live in Concert

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Main Stage

Womack will perform with his band on the Rock Hall’s Main Stage. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for standing room and $50 for general admission seating, and also include touring access to the Museum during the evening. VIP Packages are also available at $125 and include a premium seat at the concert, access to the Hall of Fame Series interview at 5:30pm, a CD signing with Bobby Womack that includes a free copy of the CD The Bravest Man in the Universe, and a complementary beverage ticket. Tickets go on sale to Rock Hall Members on Monday, February 11 at 10 a.m. EST and the general public on Wednesday, February 13 at 10 a.m. EST. Visit http://tickets.rockhall.com or the Rock Hall Box Office.

Visit rockhall.com/events/black-history-month for the complete schedule of events.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland. Children under 8 and Museum members are free. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.1939 for information on becoming a member.


Legendary Jazz Trumpeter Donald Byrd Dead at 80-Death Confirmed February 7, 2013

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Legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd’s death has been confirmed. Although he died earlier this week, February 4 at the age of 80 , family members for an unexplained reason other were trying to keep the news of his death private.

“I have no more patience for this unnecessary shroud of secrecy placed over his death by certain members of his immediate family,” wrote Bugnon.

Born in Detroit December 9, 1932, Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II was an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd is best known as one of the only bebop jazz musicians who successfully pioneered the funk and soul genres while simultaneously remaining a pop artist.

Already an accomplished trumpeter by the time he finished high school, he later went on to play in a military band during his term in the United States Air Force, and then obtained a bachelor’s degree in music from Wayne State University and a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music. His career began when he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, as a replacement for Clifford Brown, in the 1950s

Moving away from the hard-bop jazz idiom, Byrd began to record jazz fusion and rhythm and blues. He teamed up with the Mizell Brothers (producer-writers Larry and Fonce) for Black Byrd in 1973. It was highly successful and became Blue Note Records’ highest-ever selling album. The title track climbed to No. 19 on Billboard′s R&B chart and reached the Hot 100 pop chart, peaking at No. 88. The Mizell brothers’ follow-up albums for Byrd, Street Lady, Places and Spaces and Stepping into Tomorrow, were also big sellers, and have subsequently provided a rich source of samples for acid jazz artists such as Us3. Most of the material for the albums was written by Larry Mizell.

In 1973, Byrd created The Blackbyrds, a fusion group consisting of his best students. They scored several major hits including “Happy Music” (No. 3 R&B, No. 19 pop), “Walking In Rhythm” (No. 4 R&B, No. 6 pop) and “Rock Creek Park”.

During his tenure at North Carolina Central University during the 1980’s, he formed a group which included students from the college called, Donald Byrd & the 125th St NYC Band. He taught at Rutgers University, the Hampton Institute, New York University, Howard University, Queens College, Oberlin College, Cornell University, North Carolina Central University and Delaware State University. In addition to his master’s from Manhattan School of Music, Byrd had two master’s degrees from Columbia University. He received a law degree in 1976, and his doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College in 1982.

According to his nephew Amoeba, Byrd was a “one of a kind trumpeter,” who was known not just for his work in jazz, but also in R&B, soul and funk music, and it was his ability to transcend time and genre and remain relevant that sets his work apart from others.

Byrd lived in Teaneck, New Jersey until his death on February 4, 2013 at the age of 80 The cause of death has yet to be released.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Highlights Cleveland’s Soul and R&B History with “Cleveland Is the City”: A Black History Month Celebration February 6, 2013

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Programming includes live interviews with Inductee Bobby Massey and Lou Ragland, panel discussion on Boddie Recording Service, and more

(February 6, 2013) – Cleveland earned its place on the rock and roll map in the early Fifties when local deejay Alan Freed was the first to call the R&B music he was playing on his nightly radio show “rock and roll.” From the 1950s to the 1970s, Clevelanders produced powerful soul and rhythm and blues music in a rich network of clubs, recording studios and record labels. This February, as part of Black History Month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate Cleveland’s rich musical legacy, highlighting great moments in the city’s rhythm and blues and soul music history. Fans are encouraged to share their knowledge, memories, and photos through the Rock Hall’s Facebook and Twitter page.


29th International Blues Challenge Winners Crowned February 3, 2013

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The Blues Foundation’s 29th International Blues Challenge concluded Saturday with an afternoon twin bill at the Orpheum Theatre.

The solo/duo winner was Little G Weevil, sponsored by Atlanta Blues Society and second place honors went to Suitcase Brothers a from the Blues Society,

The top prize in the Band competition was awarded to Selwyn Birchwood Band of the Suncoast Blues Society. Second place honors were earned by Michael van Merwyk Bluesoul, German Blues Network, and the third spot went to Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band w/ Erica Brown, hailing from the Colorado Blues Society.

A beautiful custom Gibson ES-335 guitar featuring The Blues Foundation’s logo and a Category 5 amp was awarded to Selwyn Birchwood Band of the Suncoast Blues Society as the band finals top guitarist.

In the Best Self-Produced CD contest, the judges determined the best to be :
Montreal Blues Society
Solo Recordings
Steve Hill

Blues societies all over the world will soon be starting all over again as they begin their own competitions to determine who they will send to the 30th International Blues Challenge, the finals of which will be staged February 1, 2014.

Six-Figure Musician: How to Make $100,000 (or More) with Your Music February 1, 2013

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The 29th Annual International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalists Announced (A Long List) February 1, 2013

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The semi-finalists are:

Blues Hall
5:00 Grand River Blues Society-Brendan J Stephens (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
5:40 Pomeroy Blues + Jazz Society-Pett Crow (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
6:20 France Blues-Oliver Gotti
7:00 Columbus Blues Alliance-Micah Kesselring
7:40 Washington Blues Society-Randy Norris & Jeff Nicely
8:20 Spa City Blues Society-Salt & Pepper
9:00 Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania-John “JT” Thompson & Andy Tolins
9:40 Connecticut Blues Society-Steve Balkun
10:20 Slovakblues-Lubos Bena & Charlie Slavik

Dancing Jimmy’s
5:00 Connecticut Blues Society-The Bobby Paltauf Experience (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
5:40 River Basin Blues Society-Hunter Konopasek (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
6:20 Baltic Blues-Abi Wallenstein & Martin Roettger
7:00 Topeka Blues Society-Rachelle Coba
7:40 Illinois Central Blues Club-Robert Sampson
8:20 Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival-Thom Swift
9:00 Massachusetts Blues Society-Satoru Nakagawa
9:40 Toronto Blues Society-Suzie Vinnick
10:20 Houston Blues Society-John Egan

King’s Palace
5:00 Colorado Blues Society-JT & The Thunderbolts (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
5:40 Steel City Blues Society-Riley Road (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
6:20 Detroit Blues Society-Sweet Willie Tea
7:00 Edmonton Blues Society-Graham Guest
7:40 Kansas City Blues Society-Shinetop n Hudspeth
8:20 The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society-Gary Applegate
9:00 Dutch Blues Foundation-Robbert Fossen & Peter Struijk
9:40 Grand River Blues Society-Brendan J. Stephens
10:20 Sydney Blues Society-Doggn It

Silky O’Sullivan’s
4:20 Baltimore Blues Society-Bear Hutchinson (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
5:00 Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania-Shailen Abram (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
5:40 Boston Blues Society-Erin Harpe & Richard “Rosy” Rosenblatt
6:20 Gulf Coast Blues Society -Johnny Barbato & Dwight Everett
7:00 Atlanta Blues Society-Little G Weevil
7:40 Barcelona Blues Society-Suitcase Brothers
8:20 Memphis Blues Society-Little Boys Blue
9:00 North East Ohio Blues Association -Colin John
9:40 Blues Society of Tulsa-Wink Burcham & Kurt “Frenchie” Nielsen

5:40 Cincy Blues Society-AbsoluteValue (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
6:20 Phoenix Blues Society-The V-Knights (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
7:00 Minnesota Blues Society-Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders
7:40 Cincy Blues Society-Noah Wotherspoon Band
8:20 Blues Society of the Ozarks-Mojo Roots
9:00 Mojo Station-Davide Pannozzo & Loud Stuff
9:40 The Golden Gate Blues Society-HowellDevine

B.B. King’s
5:00 Arkansas River Blues Society-The Beckham Brothers (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
5:40 Natchel Blues Network-Carbon Jam (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
6:20 Blues Society of Western New York-Dive House Union
7:00 Central Mississippi Blues Society-Jarekus Singleton Band
7:40 Columbus Blues Alliance-Mark May & the Soul Satyr Horns
8:20 Crossroads Blues Society of Rosedale-Ghost Town Blues Band
9:00 Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society-Andrea Marr Band
9:40 Toronto Blues Society-Shrimp Daddy & the Sharpshooters

Blues City Cafe
5:40 Indiana Blues Society-The Sad Sam Blues Jam (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
6:20 Houston Blues Society-Texas 99 (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
7:00 Washington Blues Society-Sammy Eubanks
7:40 Bruce County Blues Society-MacKenzie Blues Band
8:20 Magic City Blues Society-DieDra & the Ruff Pro Band
9:00 Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola-All Night Long Blues Band
9:40 Grafton Blues Association-Alex Wilson Band

Club 152 1st Floor
5:40 Illinois Central Blues Club-Fedor & The Power Trio (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
6:20 Philippine Blues Society-Electric Sala (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
7:00 Detroit Blues Society-Lady Sunshine & the X Band
7:40 Israel Blues Society-Ori Naftaly Band
8:20 Vicksburg Blues Society-Mr. Sipp & Kin Folk
9:00 Houston Blues Society-Brad Absher & Swamp Royale
9:40 Polish Blues Association-Blues Nightshift
10:20 Phoenix Blues Society-Sugar Thieves

Hard Rock Cafe
5:40 Atlanta Blues Society-38th Parallel (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
6:20 Second Story Blues Alliance -The Zion Fritzinger Band (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
7:00 River City Blues Society (IL)-Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama
7:40 Dutch Blues Foundation-Sugar Boy & the Sinners
8:20 Nashville Blues Society-Rickey Godfrey Band
9:00 German Blues Network-Michael van Merwyk & Bluesoul
9:40 South Sound Blues Association-Blues Redemption

New Daisy Theater
5:00 DC Blues Society-The UnXpected (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
5:40 Croatian Blues Forces-4 TOWN BLUES BAND (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
6:20 Nashville Blues Society-Cumberland Blue (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
7:00 Sacramento Blues Society-Used Blues Band
7:40 Illinois Central Blues Club-Back Pack Jones
8:20 Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society-Laurie Morvan Band
9:00 The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society-Tee Dee Young
9:40 Windy City Blues Society-Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners
10:20 Lehigh Valley Blues Network-Maria Woodford Band

Rum Boogie Cafe
5:40 Los Angeles Blues Society-Chase Walker Band (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
6:20 Crossroads Blues Society of Rosedale, Mississippi-Southern Halo (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
7:00 Decatur Blues Society-Blues Expressions
7:40 Croatian Blues Forces-Delta Blues Gang
8:20 West Virginia Blues Society-Mojo Theory
9:00 Blues Society of Tulsa-Dustin Pittsley Band
9:40 South Florida Blues Society-Joel DaSilva & the Midnight Howl

Flynn’s (Superior Bar)
6:20 Kentucky Blues Society-MO’ PIE (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
7:00 Black Swamp Blues Society-New Blues Street Project (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
7:40 Colorado Blues Society-Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band w/ Erica Brown
8:20 San Angelo Blues Society-Mike Milligan & the Altar Boyz
9:00 Natchel Blues Network-Anthony Rosano & the Conqueroos
9:40 River Basin Blues Society-Boscoe France Band
10:20 Charlotte Blues Society-The Cazanovas

Wet Willie’s
5:40 Detroit Blues Society-The Deals (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
6:20 Blues Lovers United of San Diego-Wyatt Lowe & The Youngbloods (YOUTH SHOWCASE)
7:00 North East Ohio Blues Association-Brighter Side Band
7:40 White Rock Blues Society-Poppa Dawg
8:20 Suncoast Blues Society-Selwyn Birchwood Band
9:00 European Blues Union-Meena Cryle & Chris Fillmore Band
9:40 Voodoo Blues Krewe New Orleans Blues Society-Jonathon “Boogie” Long & the Blues Revolution

Blues Pianist/Singer/Songwriter Ann Rabson, Co-Founder of Saffire–the Uppity Blues Women Dies January 30, 2013

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Blues pianist/singer/songwriter/guitarist Ann Rabson died on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in Fredericksburg, Virginia after a long battle with cancer. She was 67. Co-founder of the hugely successful trio Saffire–The Uppity Blues Women, Rabson was a legendary force on the keyboards as well as being a deeply soulful vocalist. She recorded eight albums with Saffire and one solo CD for Alligator Records, and released three solo albums for other labels. Her most recent was 2012’s Not Alone (VizzTone Records). Rabson’s prodigious talent, along with her take-no-guff attitude, struck a chord with music fans around the world. Considered one of the finest barrelhouse blues pianists of her generation, Rabson — an accomplished guitarist since she was a teen — didn’t start playing piano until she was 35. DownBeat magazine said that “Rabson plays bluesy, honky-tonk piano with sta ggering authority.”


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Initial Presenters, Performers and Ticketing for 28th Annual Induection Cderemony on April 18, 2013 January 23, 2013

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Presale for American Express Cardmembers Begins January 24

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Member and Fan Club Presales Start January 28

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Public On-Sale Begins February 1

CLEVELAND, OH and LOS ANGELES, CA (January 23, 2013) – HYPERLINK “http://www.rockhall.com/”The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the initial presenters, performers and ticketing information for the 28th Annual Rock and Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, to be held at HYPERLINK “http://nokiatheatrelalive.com/”Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 18, 2013. The ceremony will honor this year’s recently announced HYPERLINK “http://rockhall.com/inductees/”inductees: Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer; as well as Lou Adler and Quincy Jones, this year’s recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement. Special guests at the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction are set to include John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr., who will perform for King, with Mayer giving the induction speech; 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Don Henley, who will induct Newman; Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson, who will perform in honor of Summer; and Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, who will induct Rush. More details about performances, additional presenters and special guests will be announced at a later date.