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29th International Blues Challenge Winners Crowned February 3, 2013

Posted by David W. King in Blues, Blues Awards, Blues Music Awards, Blues Piano, Blues Radio, Blues Rock, Blues-Punk, Music News, Music News Updates.
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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.

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“Winter Boogieland” by Rob Rio (Blues Artist from California) November 18, 2010

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If you’re finding you haven’t gotten into the holiday spirit yet, then the fantastic Christmas Boogie-Woogie/Blues CD, “Winter Boogieland,” by the extremely talented piano man Rob Rio, is just the right thing to set the mood.

Rio, who has performed with many well known artists, takes these traditional Christmas tunes and interprets them with a brilliant style and finesse.

Opening up the album, “Rudolph’s Red Nose Boogie,” is wonderful as Rio rips across the keys with a fury of energetic stylish flair. Taking it down a few notches, the songs, “Drummer Boy Blues” and “Silent Night Blues,” are not only soulful and rooted with exquisite Blues tonality but one can feel the emotive passion rising from Rio’s performance of these songs.

There is a tremendous amount of energy packed into this album and you will find these songs to be fun, vibrant, and brilliantly performed by Rio.

Fans of the great Jerry Lee Lewis will truly appreciate the magnificent Christmas Boogie-Woogie/Blues songs on the album, “Winter Boogieland,” as it is an excellent collection of Holiday music performed by a spectacular pianist.

About Rob Rio
Known by some as the “Boss of the Boogie”, pianoman/vocalist ROB RIO plays the boogie-woogie and jump blues of the 40’s and 50’s with a virtuosity and elan that has excited audiences around the world for more than 30 years. RIO has appeared with many of the original blues greats, such as Muddy Waters, Willy Dixon, Charles Brown, Joe Cocker,Paul Butterfield and many more, and has recorded with Mick Jagger, Canned Heat, Billy Boy Arnold, William Clarke, Coco Montoya,Finas Tasby, Walter Trout, Phillip Walker, Jody Williams, among others, and continues to do session work.

Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., RIO now resides in Los Angeles and currently performs at festivals, events and clubs at home and on the road and has been a favorite attraction throughout the Southland for the last 25 years, either as a solo performer or with his 5-piece band, THE REVOLVERS. RIO lists several commercial credits along with 13 CDs and DVDs under his own name.

Website: http://www.robrio.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1037750163

Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration to Benefit Pinetop Perkins Foundation October 10, 2010 September 24, 2010

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The 11th annual Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration will take place on Sunday, October 10th at Hopson’s Commissary and the Shack Up Inn from 2 to 7pm. It is held each year on the site of the old Hopson’s Plantation.

In the late 30s and early 40s, Hopsons was one of the first farms testing the newly invented cotton picking machine and Joe Willie Pinetop Perkins was their ace tractor driver. He was so good, in fact, that he had a deferment during the war to work for Mr. Hopson. This freed Pinetop to join the King Biscuit Boys on the radio in Helena and show a young precocious boy named Ike Turner how to play the piano.

Sixty years later the folks at the Shack Up Inn and Hopson’s Commissary welcomed back Pinetop naming a shack in his honor and hosting the first homecoming event. Occupying three stages, this year’s event will also be a benefit for the newly formed Pinetop Perkins Foundation. Its mission is to provide encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career; and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career.
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Telluride Blues & Brews Announces First Annual Sunset Blues Concert September 13, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Blues Festivals, Blues Guitar, Blues Piano, Blues Radio, Boogie Woogie, Festivals, Music News.
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WHAT: Sunset Blues Concert
WHEN: Thursday, September 16, 2010
WHERE: Sunset Plaza, Mountain Village, Telluride, CO
TICKETS: FREE
SHOW TIME: 5:00 pm

WHAT: 17th Annual telluride Blues & Brews Festival
WHEN: September 17-19, 2010
WHERE: Telluride Town Park, Telluride, CO
TICKETS: 3-day pass $160.00; Juke Joint tickets $25; Friday and Sunday $55.00 each; Saturday $65.00; Bal de Maison $20; After Hours Jam $15.00; Festival camping $40 per person

Telluride, CO – Need another reason to attend Telluride Blues & Brews? In addition to jaw-dropping scenery, performances by the finest blues, rock, gospel and soul artists and more than 150 brews from over 50 of the best microbreweries from the Southwest and beyond, the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is delighted to announce the addition of a free concert to kick-off the weekend’s festivities. The Sunset Blues Concert, which will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2010, will feature British blues sensation, Matt Schofield, and hometown favorites, the Gold Kings.

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Music Fans and Media Celebrate the Release of Piano Red’s the Lost Atlanta Tapes CD With Party & Tribute Show August 18, 2010

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ATLANTA, GA – A throng of music fans and media from the Southeast converged at Atlanta’s Smith’s Olde Bar on August 12 to celebrate the release (August 17) of the late and legendary Piano Red’s The Lost Atlanta Tapes CD on Landslide Records. Produced by Michael Reeves and David Fulmer for Bang Bang Lulu Productions, The Lost Atlanta Tapes features 18 songs recorded live at Atlanta’s Excelsior Mill in 1984, and represents the iconic entertainer’s last known recording. It features some of his best-known classic songs and fan favorites. All of the performances on the new CD are previously unreleased, and eight of the tracks are songs that have never been released before on a Piano Red recording.

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