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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.

Internationally Renowned Canadian Blues Artists Honored with Maple Blues Awards January 22, 2013

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MapleBluesAwardsOttawa’s MonkeyJunk, Toronto’s Suzie Vinnick and Hamilton’s Steve Strongman Win Multiple Awards

(January 21, 2013) Toronto, ON – Internationally renowned Canadian Blues Artist from Coast-to-Coast were honoured by their peers at the 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala in Toronto last night as a sold out crowd of blues lovers gathered to celebrate Canadian blues at Koerner Hall.


3rd annual CLARKSDALE FILM FESTIVAL puts Mississippi under the Hollywood spotlight — January 24-27, 2013 January 18, 2013

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Film subjects range from Civil Rights to special needs, from Delta blues to rock ‘n roll — with Mississippi movies, live music, history tours, special guests and more!

(CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI) For its third year in a row, the Clarksdale Film Festival aims to make you laugh, cry and, occasionally, rock out. Organizers promise attendees a feast of Mississippi and Southern filmmaking – plus a little fresh popcorn.

According to Garden & Gun magazine, “Mississippi gets its close-up… to celebrate the Magnolia State’s films and filmmakers” at the festival.

“The Clarksdale Film Festival isn’t just about great movies,” said Nan Hughes, president of the non-profit that organizes the event. “It’s also a wonderful excuse to experience the entertainment and restaurant mini-mecca that our revitalized downtown has become. What other small Delta town offers such great movies, food, history tours, museums, shopping and live music in the middle of winter?”

The Clarksdale Film Festival runs Thursday-Sunday, January 24-27. The main downtown screening venue is historic Delta Cinema (11 Third Street) with a secondary venue at Channel Ziltch (119 Third Street). More information is available at http://www.jukejointfestival.com or 662-624-5992. Tickets are $5 per day or $10 for a weekend pass; available at the Delta Cinemas box office during festival hours. Official festival hats and shirts are also available.

“We’re showcasing over two dozen Mississippi, Southern and blues music films in three theaters,” explained Roger Stolle, co-organizer of the event and owner of Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art in Clarksdale. “The details are at our film fest web page – http://www.jukejointfestival.com/film_fest.php – but we’ll also feature live blues by Sean “Bad” Apple, screenwriting workshops by Coop Cooper, history bus tours by Robert Birdsong, a presentation by MS Film Office director Ward Emling and Q&As with filmmakers like Patricia Aquino (The Last White Knight).”

Delta Cinema highlights of the Carksdale Film Festival include nightly features: Thursday, Jan. 24 – Ghosts of Ole Miss (ESPN 30 For 30 documentary); Friday, Jan. 25 – Live at the Checkboard Lounge (Muddy Waters & the Rolling Stones); and Saturday, Jan. 26 – The Last White Knight (with complimentary hors d’oeuvres by OXBOW Market).

Channel Ziltch highlights include screenings of award-winning music films like “We Juke Up in Here,” “M for Mississippi,” “You See Me Laughin'” and more.

Another highlight of the busy weekend will be the public unveiling of the historic Paramount Theater sign by Bubba O’Keefe at 12 noon on Friday, January 25th. Covered for years with Super Soul Shop signage, the vintage theater marquee will be uncovered, and future plans include a restoration of the once-flourishing venue located at 258 Yazoo Avenue, downtown.

Several downtown Clarksdale restaurants are also getting into the act with a related, casual Restaurant Film Series – including Bluesberry Cafe, RUST, Stone Pony Pizza and Delta Amusement Cafe.

Such an ambitious schedule of Clarksdale Film Festival activities wouldn’t be possible without strong community support.

“Just like with the other festival we put on [Juke Joint Festival] we want to thank all of our generous sponsors and volunteers,” said co-organizer Goldie Hirsberg. Sponsors include Clarksdale/Coahoma County Tourism and C Spire Wireless. For a complete list of sponsors, please visit http://www.jukejointfestival.com.

A sampling of the official Clarksdale Film Festival schedule is below:

THURSDAY, JAN. 24… Delta Cinema


5:30pm – Sean “Bad” Apple performs live blues.


6:45pm – Monkeys Riding Dogs (3 min.; ESPN E60) – Short film on Pontotoc, Mississippi’s “Ghost Riders” that perform in Clarksdale each year as part of Juke Joint Festival weekend.

6:50pm – Ghosts of Ole Miss (55 min.; ESPN 30 for 30) – In the fall of 1962, James Meredith walked onto the University of Mississippi campus and integrated the school under order and protection of the federal government. That same fall, the Ole Miss football team was in the midst of its only perfect season in school history. Fifty years later and based on Clarksdale, Mississippian Wright Thompson’s examination of those events, “Ghosts of Ole Miss” explores the intersection of one of the most significant moments in the Civil Rights movement with a team of young men caught in the middle of history.

FRIDAY, JAN. 25… Delta Cinema


5:30pm – Sean “Bad” Apple performs live blues.


12 noon – Hard Times (69 min.) – A story of Delta blues gone North, starring (now) 80-year-old Mississippi bluesman Big George Brock; produced by Damien Blaylock and Roger Stolle.

2pm – 26th Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival film (68 min.) – Concert film capturing one of the world’s great blues fests… in nearby Helena, AR; produced by Gary Vincent.

4pm – April’s Way (35 min.) – Born with Spina Bifida, April defies the odds by living. But when she outgrows the school system and no adult day programming is available, her family must find a way for her to continue; directed by Candace Harralson.

5pm – Coahoma Community College: 60 Years of Fulfilling a Dream (10 min.) – The story of CCC in Clarksdale, Mississippi, one of the last remaining historically black colleges in Mississippi; directed by Scott Jennison.

6:45pm – Trailer for Cheesehead Blues (6 min.) – Special movie trailer preview for Cheesehead Blues: The Adventures of a Dutchman in the Delta with an introduction by Rock & BluesMuseum founder (and film’s star) Theo Dasbach.

7pm – Muddy Waters & Rolling Stones in Live at the Checkerboard Lounge (106 min.; Eagle Rock Entertainment) – Mississippi theatrical premiere, with an introduction by Rock & Blues Museum founder Theo Dasbach. On Nov. 22, 1981, the Rolling Stones dropped in at the Checkerboard Lounge to jam with Mississippi-born Muddy Waters and his band. Blues guitarist Buddy Guy sat in along with his partner, harmonica legend Junior Wells. The Stones-Muddy gig was caught on film. The original footage has been restored and polished, and the acclaimed Bob Clearmountain remixed and mastered the sound.


1pm – Moses Williams (27 min.) – 1976 B&W video interview/performance with Mississippi-born, Florida-raised one-string blues guitarist Moses Williams; produced by Dwight DeVane.

2pm – Barefoot Workshops 2012 shorts (times tba) – Chandler Griffin’s Barefoot Workshops returns to Clarksdale each year to document the people, places and cultures here; this is the latest batch of film shorts; various directors/producers.

3pm – Watermelon Slim (18 min.) – The fun and fascinating story of entertainer, philosopher, activist and blues musician Watermelon Slim — a Clarksdale migrant and enthusiast; produced by Karen Kohlhass and Barefoot Workshops.

3:30pm – King of Fife (18 min.) – The late, great blues legend Otha Turner was known as king of the cane fife; he also hosted hugely popular, musical picnics in Gravel Springs, Mississippi, up till passing in his mid-90s; directed by Scott Jennison.

4pm – Living Blues (44 min.) – 2004 Turner South documentary beautifully captures the Mississippi Delta and Hill Country blues scene of the time, including footage of Big Jack Johnson, Super Chikan, Otha Turner, Jesse Mae Hemphill and other artists; directed by Scott Jennison.

SATURDAY, JAN. 26… Delta Cinema


11am-12 noon – Coop Cooper conducts “Writing a Screenplay for Hollywood” workshop.

1pm-2pm – Coop Cooper conducts “Writing a Screenplay for Independent Films” workshop.

5pm -Special guest Ward Emling, director of the Mississippi Film Office, speaks on the 40th anniversary of the office. In addition to the anniversary, Emling will touch on the Mississippi Film Office’s assistance for independent filmmakers in Mississippi as well as the state’s current emphasis on the region’s growing “creative economy.”

6pm – Sean “Bad” Apple performs live blues.

6pm – Complimentary hors d’oeuvres courtesy of OXBOW Market (while quantities last)


Historian Robert Birdsong takes you on a fascinating film, music, literary & theater bus tour of Clarksdale. (First come, first serve.)

Noon – Wait for bus at Delta Cinemas, 11:45am.

1:30pm – Wait for bus at Delta Cinemas, 1:15pm.


12 noon – Delta 180: Changing Lives in the Mississippi Delta (28 min) – Still evolving story of despair turned into hope, about at-risk youth in Greenville, Mississippi, and about their journey towards a more hopeful future made through an innovative, grass-roots mentoring and life skills program.

1pm – Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till (71 min.) – In an acting tour de force, one man performs 36 roles in the telling of the Emmett Till tragedy; a masterful performance by Mike Wiley; directed by Rob Underhill; produced by Underhill, Aravind Ragupathi, Mike Wiley.

3pm – Regress (8 min.) – Told in reverse, the story begins with a murder, then rewinds to reveal the reasons behind this shocking crime; directed by Coop Cooper.

3:20pm – S for Sally (13 min.) – When her 10-year-old daughter Sally starts having difficulties, Mona sets out to help her despite no support from her husband Phil, the schools or the church; filmed in Oxford, Mississippi; directed by Melanie Lynn Addington.

3:45pm – Girl by a Phone Booth (40 sec.) – A short film experiment in minimalism; directed by Daniel Lee Perea.

3:50pm – The Road Less Traveled (3 min., 20 sec.) – Music video by Jake Wood; directed by Daniel Lee Perea; produced by Laura Warner.

4pm – Third Shift (32 min.) – Elaine and Melinda are hold up in a small town diner. They’ve been on the run and are now pinned in a corner. They know they’ve been followed, but by whom; directed by Glenn Payne; produced by Payne and Michael Williams.

5pm – We Didn’t Get Famous: The Story of the Southern Music Underground, 1978-1990 (35 min.) – The story of a forgotten moment in Southern and music history; directed by Camilla Ann Aikin.

7pm – The Last White Knight (79 min.) – Mississippi theatrical premiere with special guest, co-producer Patricia Aquino, down from Canada to introduce the film and host a Q&A afterward, assisted by Clarksdale filmmaker Coop Cooper. (Note: Bluesman Sean “Bad” Apple plays on the soundtrack and will perform in the lobby beforehand.) The plot: In 1965, 21-year-old Torontonian, Paul Saltzman drove to Mississippi, volunteering as a civil rights worker with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. He was arrested, spending 10 days in jail. He was assaulted by a young Klansman. In 2007, Saltzman returned to find the KKK member who had punched him in the head, to explore if individual reconciliation was possible. He found him and a 5 year dialogue has ensued. His assailant was Byron de la Beckwith Jr. whose father, Byron de la Beckwith Sr., murdered NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers. Directed by Paul Saltzman; produced by Saltzman and Patricia Aquino.


12 noon – Boogaloo & Eden: Sustaining the Sound (29 min.) – From 1999, the story of an unlikely partnership forged through a mutual love of music and the piano — starring Boogalo Ames and Eden Brent; produced by Cypress Bend Productions and Mississippi Educational Television.

1pm – True Delta (36 min.) – The filmmakers interview historians who explain the culture behind this essential American music. They also showcase Mississippi musicians who attest to the importance of the blues remaining culturally relevant; directed by Lee Quinby and Daniel Cowen.

2pm – Blind Faith preview (3 min.) – Preview of forthcoming feature film that tells the story of blind sculptress Sharon McConnell’s mission to document Mississippi’s greatest living blues musicians through stunning “life casts” of their expressive faces; produced by Damien Blaylock and David Hughes.

2:10pm – Echoes ‘Cross the Tracks (79 min.) – Film festival premiere of Mississippi blues documentary that tells both personal stories of the blues and of a tie between Clarksdale, Mississippi, and Notodden, Norway. Musicians include Big Jack Johnson, Super Chikan and more; directed by Scott Jennison.

4pm – Deep Blues (91 min.) – Classic travelogue blues film from 1990. Narrator Robert Palmer travels from Memphis to Mississippi in search of deep blues in deep places. Performers include R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Jack Owens, Wade Walton, Booba Barnes, Lonnie Pitchford and more; directed by Robert Mugge.

SUNDAY, JAN. 25… Delta Cinema

1pm – Jesus is My Rock: A celebration of Gospel music from Oxford and Lafayette Co., MS (63 min.) – Live concert film — interspersed with interviews — featuring gospel groups from North Mississippi; directed by Tyler Keith.

2:30pm – All Jams on Deck (96 min.) – Shot on the October 2010 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise to the Mexican Riviera, the subject of the film is blues jamming; directed by Robert Mugge; produced by Mugge with Diana Zelman; executive producer Roger Naber.

CHANNEL ZILTCH (day/times TBA… schedule on web site)

– You See Me Laughin’ (77 min.) – Takes a look at the often untamed lifestyles of the last great North Mississippi bluesmen and the Oxford, Mississippi-based label, Fat Possum Records, that struggled to record them; directed by Mandy Stein.

– M for Mississippi (94 min.) – Blues producers Jeff Konkel and Roger Stolle set off on a week-long road-trip through Mississippi visiting a dozen real-deal bluesmen — R.L. Boyce, T-Model Ford, The Mississippi Marvel, Bilbo Walker, L.C. Ulmer and more; 2009 Blues Music Award (BMA) winner; produced by Roger Stolle, Jeff Konkel and Damien Blaylock.

– We Juke Up in Here (63 min.) – From the makers of M for Mississippi, this BMA-nominated film captures the last of the Delta’s juke joints and the blues characters that play them; the story centers around self-proclaimed “king of the juke joint runners,” Clarksdale’s Red Paden; musicians include Big A, Gearshifter, Duck Holmes, Harmonica Bean and more; produced by Jeff Konkel, Roger Stolle, Damien Blaylock and Lou Bopp

– The Blues (90 min.) – Award-winning, archival The Blues film comes to us via Robert Gibbons and Canadian television circa 1966. It features rare interviews and beautiful performances by Mississippi natives Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Otis Spann, Sunnyland Slim, Bukka White and more — all caught in their prime, in a comfortable setting.

– Dedan le Sud de la Louisiane a.k.a. In the South of Louisiana (45 min.) – A Southern music movie classic by French filmmaker de Jean-Pierre Bruneau featuring a beautifully shot, travelogue study of Cajun music and culture, circa 1974.

– Jimmie Rodgers 2011 Folk Alliance Awards Documentary (short film) – Documentary film highlights Meridian, Mississippi’s famous “singing brakeman,” the blues-influenced (and influential) country singer Jimmie Rodgers.

Go to http://www.jukejointfestival.com/film_fest.php for complete schedule and special updates.


Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band to Release Live Album Live! in Chicago Out September 28th September 29, 2010

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band--Live! in Chicago

“One of the wonders of the world.” – James Brown

New York, NY: Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records is excited to announce that latest signing Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s LIVE! In Chicago will be available on 9/28/10.

Recorded in Chicago’s House of Blues during the critically acclaimed 10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroads tour, LIVE! in Chicago showcases Kenny and his band, Noah Hunt, Chris Layton, Scott Nelson and Riley Osbourn, along with special guests, Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Buddy Flett, Bryan Lee and Tommy Shannon (of Double Trouble). Though an illness nearly kept Kenny from performing that night, his heartfelt commitment to the music (and quite a lot of adrenaline) ensured that he took the stage, sharing with the audience one of the most spectacular performances of his career, and one that fans can now hear on LIVE! in Chicago.
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‘In Session,’ Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan Legendary Blues Summit, Finally Available on DVD September 29, 2010

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Guitar titans’ one and only meeting to be released as a deluxe CD/DVD November 9th on Stax

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — On December 6, 1983, legendary blues guitarist Albert King joined his disciple Stevie Ray Vaughan on a Canadian sound stage for the live music television series In Session. Magic happened. The highly sought after video footage from that one-time legendary summit becomes available for the first time ever on November 9 with the release of Stax Records’ deluxe two-disc CD/DVD In Session.
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Telluride Blues & Brews Announces First Annual Sunset Blues Concert September 13, 2010

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WHAT: Sunset Blues Concert
WHEN: Thursday, September 16, 2010
WHERE: Sunset Plaza, Mountain Village, Telluride, CO
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.


Stony Plain Records Announces an August 24 Release Date for New CDs From World-Class Guitarists Duke Robillard – Passport to the Blues–and Ronnie Earl – Spread the Love June 25, 2010

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EDMONTON, AB – Stony Plain Records announces an August 24 U.S. release date for new CDs from blues guitar masters Duke Robillard, Passport to the Blues; and Ronnie Earl, Spread the Love. Stony Plain Records is distributed in the U.S. by ADA.

Duke Robillard continues a fantastic year of successes, including winning yet another Blues Music Award in May from the Blues Foundation as “Best Traditional Male Blues Artist,” and a Grammy nomination for his last CD, Stomp! The Blues Tonight.

Never an artist to stand pat, Duke Robillard has released previous albums that have saluted his love for jump blues, jazz, swing, and even exotica. With Passport to the Blues, Duke puts his personal stamp on music that the new CD’s liner notes describe as his “grittiest roots – dirty, gutty, houserockin’, shack-shakin’, finger-bustin’, down-in-the-bottom git-tar blues.”

“This all-blues album was a chance for me to reach back deep into the soul of what I do and let out a lot of steam and emotion – especially on the guitar tracks,” says Robillard.
“I played a lot of my solos live with the band in the studio, just like we would on the road. The energy was fantastic. Making the album felt magical.”

And what a band it is, featuring Duke’s former Roomful of Blues bandmate Doug James on tenor and baritone saxes, Bruce Bears on keyboards, Brad Hallen on bass and Mark Teixeira on drums. Along with Robillard’s always on-the-money guitar work and soulful vocals, this unit has crafted another album that’s sure to be lining up for plaudits come awards time.

Passport to the Blues features a dozen tracks, all but one written by Robillard – the single exception being “Make It Rain,” written by Tom Waits (a song Duke played as lead guitarist with Waits on his 2006 tour) and his wife, Kathleen Brennan. In addition to the timeless themes of the blues, the new CD has a decidedly modern take on songs such as “Text Me,” a love song for the digital age, and “Honk Kong Suit,” which deals with the rapid pace of contemporary life. Of special note is the song,” The High Cost of Lovin’,” written in the 1980s by Duke and legendary songwriter Doc Pomus.

As Robillard sums up in the album’s liner notes, “All my life and career I’ve been fascinated by all kinds of roots music. Now I have the career and life I’ve wanted, playing anything that tickles me from country to blues to jazz to rock ‘n’ roll to New Orleans music. As long as it’s roots, I love it all and I can’t get enough.”

During a career that began when he joined Roomful of Blues, Ronnie Earl has charted a course that has led him to become a legendary musician; one recognized around the world for his dynamic and soulful playing. For his sixth Stony Plain album, Spread the Love, Ronnie Earl has raised the bar even further, with 14 instrumental tracks that speak volumes of his amazing fret work, whether on originals or paying tribute to his influences such as Albert Collins (“Backstroke”) and Kenny Burrell (“Chitlins Con Carne), or on the beautifully spiritual ballad written by Duke Pearson, (but perhaps best-known by trumpeter Donald Byrd’s version) “Christo Redentor.”

On his original songs, Earl continues to spread the message of love and hope through his music, which is loaded with the kind of energy, passion, and serious grooves only he can deliver. He tips his hat to others such as Jackie Robinson (“Blues for Jackie Robinson”), Duane Allman (“Skyman”) and with the help of his regular keyboardist, Dave Limina, gives a playful musical nod to legendary pianist Otis Spann on “Spann’s Groove.” The other members of Ronnie’s band, The Broadcasters, are Lorne Entress on drums and Jim Mouradian on bass.

Ronnie Earl has been hailed by musicians and critics alike as one of the premier blues guitarists of his generation. He’s played with such greats as Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Earl King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and The Allman Brothers Band.

Reviews of his albums typically become a veritable love-fest, as critics try to come up with new descriptions for his amazing guitar work. “When it’s time for spiritual rejuvenation, it’s time for a visit from Ronnie Earl, pastor at the church of tone. Come in, listen, and be healed,!” – Vintage Guitar. “Blues has no better essayist in taste, tone and tension than Strat magician Ronnie Earl … Earl’s got his mojo working overtime,” –
Guitar World. “Ronnie Earl can still take your breath away … Earl’s playing has remained as inspiring as his humility, gratitude, and altruism.” – Guitar Player. “Earl is at his mesmerizing best when communicating with an audience … The all-instrumental set allows the subtlety of Earl’s genius to shine.” – Boston Herald. “His deeply personal process of squeezing out taut, precise notes during many slow passages makes for riveting listening.” – Downbeat.

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