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Mud Morganfield (Eldest Son of Muddy Waters) Announces November UK Dates October 29, 2010

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With the Dirty Aces featuring Giles Robson on Harp

From the latest “Blues in Britain Magazine”: Mud was then introduced in fine style, to take centre stage and just blow the audience away with his superb vocals and engaging manner. After instructing the band to “take their time”, his rendition of “King Bee” and “You Can’t Lose What You Never Had” was so similar to his father’s vocal style and energy that it was downright spooky, in the most enjoyable way. A snappy dresser in true Chicago style, Mud commanded attention and participation from the punters, especially during a swinging “Can’t Get No Grinding” with its catchy chorus and enthusiastic backing vocals courtesy of the Dirty Aces.

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Michael Burks – Rare UK Dates in November October 29, 2010

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“Michael Burks is a flamethrower guitarist. He is the complete bluesman: songwriter, singer, riff-master, bandleader, and showman…Savage fury and heartfelt tenderness” –Chicago Sun-Times

Michael Burks will be in the UK for three very rare dates and a session for BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones Show. Michael will be back in the UK and Ireland in September and is available for booking via us then.

Catch Michael Burke as he plays these UK dates

David Simmons Appointed Development Director and Curator of the Ernest Withers Collection Museum and Gallery October 29, 2010

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Museum and Gallery slated to open in February 2011

Rosalind Withers-Guzman, daughter of the late photographer Ernest Withers and trustee of the Withers Family Trust, announced today that David Simmons has been appointed Development Director and Curator of the Ernest Withers Collection Museum and Gallery slated to open in February 2011. David is a past President of The Blues Foundation.

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14th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees Announced October 29, 2010

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Internationally recognized Canadian Blues artists will be getting plenty of attention at the 14th Annual Maple Blues Awards on January 17, 2011. This year’s crops of nominees are not only recognized at home, but have been leading Canada’s growing international reputation as a leader in the blues community. Voting opens Friday, October 29 at midnight Newfoundland time & closes Saturday, December 11 at midnight PST. Blues fans cast their votes online at http://www.mapleblues.ca.

Our Canadian neighbors have produced some of the tastiest Blues for years. Who do you favor to win this year?

Big Head Todd And The Monsters At Ardent Studios In Memphis October 28, 2010

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New Robert Johnson Concept Album Features Top Guest Artists

Pictured at Ardent Studios in Memphis are (L-R) Lightnin' Malcolm (guest), Rob Squires (bass), Todd Park Mohr (guitar/vocals), Jimmy Hoyson (engineer), Jason Gillespie (assistant), Ruthie Foster (guest), Chris Goldsmith (producer), Cedric Burnside (guest), Jeremy Lawton (keys/lap steel), and Brian Nevin (drums). Photo by Becky Fluke.

For their followup to the acclaimed “Rocksteady,” Big Head Todd and the Monsters ventured to Ardent Studios in Memphis with producer Chris Goldsmith and engineer Jimmy Hoyson. Goldsmith and Hoyson recorded last year’s Grammy-nominated Ruthie Foster record, “The Truth According to Ruthie Foster,” at Ardent in Studio A.

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Dr. Duke Tumatoe To Release New Album, I Just Want To Be Rich, On November 16th Via Electro Glide Records October 28, 2010

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Legendary blues rocker, Duke Tumatoe, is set to release his newest album since You’ve Got the Problem (Blind Pig Records) in 2006. I Just Want To Be Rich will be released worldwide on November 16th via Electro Glide Records.

As self proclaimed in the opening track, “Bionic Tumatoe”, Duke describes himself as the “man of tomorrow, here today.” After one listen to I Just Want to Be Rich, you might actually believe him.

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Ruf Records Announces Release of LIVE05, New 2-CD Set From Legendary British Progressive Rock Band Colosseum October 28, 2010

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ATLANTA, GA – Ruf Records announces the release of a special double-CD live set from legendary British progressive rock band, Colosseum, titled Live05, recorded at locations in Germany and Austria. Acclaimed British sound engineer Miles Ashton recorded all the tracks during the band’s summer 2005 tour on 24-track digital gear, and the results are evident from the first listen of Live05.

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Another One For Woody October 28, 2010

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On September 21 2000, following the passing of Allen Woody, a founding member of Gov’t Mule and longtime Allman Brothers Band bass player, many of his friends and musical heroes came together to celebrate his life at a historic concert at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. “One For Woody” was a landmark event that lives on as a cherished memory for all those who were in attendance.

On November 22nd 2010 at Roseland, “Another One For Woody” will feature sets by The Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and The North Mississippi Allstars Duo (Luther and Cody Dickinson) along with many special guests who were touched by Allen’s friendship, music and memory. Like the original concert, “Another One For Woody” all net proceeds will go to a cause near to Allen’s heart. This 10th Anniversary event will raise money for musical education in schools.

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Henry Grimes’s Month of 75th Birthdays at the Stone in New York City! October 28, 2010

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Henry Grimes, NYC, 2OO9, photo by Carmen Pendleton

The great acoustic bassist, violinist, and poet Henry Grimes continues his very active schedule of concerts, touring, and education with an informal month-long residency at the concert space called the Stone, northwest corner of Ave. C and 2nd St. in Manhattan, http://www.thestonenyc.com/calendar.php, playing various sets of music with many of his favorite musicians during the month. At the invitation of Stone proprietor John Zorn, Henry and Margaret Grimes curated the space for November, Henry’s 75th-birthday month, and many of those booked asked to have Henry join them in their sets, creating a challenging and thrilling opportunity for him to play in an extended series in a select New York City spot with musicians (and a poet) he truly admires.

For more on Henry Grimes and his schedule

Interview: Cole Prior Stevens Where Buck Owens Crosses Muddy Water October 27, 2010

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Another in the original thought lost interviews.

Slide guitarist Cole Prior Stevens’ music can best be described as “where Buck Owens meets Muddy Waters.” A left handed picker that plays guitar strung right handed, much like Albert King, Otis Rush and Eddie Clearwater, Stevens has worked to over come this challenge. Unable to play as a right hander might, he has created numerous musical techniques evident in a CD on which he is the only musician, and does this to good effect. When you are the only musician playing a single instrument on a recording, you have no one to hide behind.

On this release, Slide Ville, he brings forth the Bakerfield Sound of the ’50s and 60s, which he blends with his earliest influences to create a sound that is distinctly his own
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