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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Blues Is Alright!
Live At Kalamazoo

cd review by don brown sr.

Little Milton is not a household name even though he's compared to blues greats Bobby "Blue" Bland and B.B. King. Milton is also a member of the Blues Hall of Fame. He started his recording career in 1953 at Sun Records (whose roster includes Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, etc.) and over fifty years later Little Milton is still going strong. Over the years he has recorded with Willie Dixon, Albert King, Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King and Gov't Mule to name a few. Take a ride on his new CD Live At Kalamazoo for a taste of the blues. It's in stores now on the label Along The Blues Highway (Varaesr Sarabande Records). more

Sunday, August 31, 2003

Liz Mandville Greeson: Back In Love Again
cd review by r.j. bianchino

Today's music market seems to rely more and more on star value (read sex appeal) and schlock to sell records. We are NXESS of pretty boy bands and should be spared any additional sparsely clad Britneys. So it's refreshing when someone such as Liz Mandville Greeson comes along. In a world where many pop stars choose only one name, Greeson has three. Maybe that number symbolizes her triple threat talent. Liz is an enjoyable entertainer, a significant singer (with a vocal range of four octaves), and a darn good songwriter. Back In Love Again, her third release on Earwig Music, more than proves all three points. more

Sunday, June 08, 2003

Handy Awards logo05.22.03
24th W.C. Handy Award Winners
Blues Album of the Year - Shemekia Copeland "Talking to Strangers"
Blues Entertainer of the Year -
B.B. King
Blues Band of the Year - Magic Slim and The Teardrops
Best New Artist Debut - Robert Randolph "Live at the Wetlands"
Contemporary Male Artist of the Year - Charlie Musselwhite
Contemporary Female Artist of Year - Shemekia Copeland
Soul Male Artist of the Year - Solomon Burke
Soul Female Artist of the Year - Etta James
Traditional Male Artist of the Year - R.L. Burnside
Traditional Female Artist of the Year - Koko Taylor
Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year - John Hammond
Blues Instrumentalist - Guitar - Duke Robillard
Blues Instrumentalist - Keyboards - Pinetop Perkins
Blues Instrumentalist - Harmonica - Charlie Musselwhite
Blues Instrumentalist - Bass - Willie Kent
Blues Instrumentalist - Drums - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
Blues Instrumentalist - Other - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (Fiddle)
Blues Instrumentalist - Horn - Roomful of Blues Horns
Soul Blues Album of the Year - Solomon Burke - "Don't Give Up on Me"
Traditional Blues Album of the Year - James Cotton "35th Anniversary Jam"
Contemporary Blues Album of the Year - Shemekia Copeland - "Talking to Strangers"
Acoustic Blues Album - Big Jack Johnson - "Memphis Bar-B-Que Sessions"
Comeback Blues Album of the Year - Jody Williams - "Return of a Legend"
Historical Blues Album of the Year - Albert King - "Born Under a Bad Sign"
Blues Song of the Year, Song/Writer (Artist/Album) - "Let It Rain" - W.C. Clark, Bobby Boyd & John Gray Gregson (W.C. Clark - "From Austin With Soul")

Handy Awards logo05.23.03
B.B. King Takes Top Honors at 24th Handy Awards
MEMPHIS (May 23) B.B. King further solidified his role as King of the Blues by winning his fifth consecutive Entertainer of the Year. at the 24th Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards at the Orpheum Theatre, adjacent to the world-famous Beale Street in the Home of the Blues, Memphis, Tenn., on May 22.

Shemekia Copeland proved to be the night's big winner with three awards for her Dr. John-produced record, Talking to Strangers, including Blues Album of the Year, Contemporary Female Artist, and Album of the Year. Sacred steel guitarist Robert Randolph captured his first Handy for Best New Artist, recognized for his Live at the Wetlands, and Koko Taylor won her 23rd Handy for Traditional Female Artist of the Year, maintaining her position as all-time leader.

Headliner Solomon Burke was on-hand to take home two Handys (Soul Blues Album and Soul Male Artist) for his Don't Give Up On Me and W.C. Clark, Bobby Boyd, and John Gray Gregson won Blues Song of the Year Handy for penning "Let It Rain" from Clark's From Austin With Soul. The show also acknowledged 2003 Hall of Fame inductees, featuring one of last great Mississippi Bluesmen still performing, (William) Pinetop Perkins, who also won a Handy for Blues Instrumentalist/Keyboard.

The Handy Awards will broadcast in the Fall in partnership with WKNO Productions, presented by Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano and sponsored by BMI, Budweiser, MCA, Sony, Pinnacle Airlines, Bellsouth, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Memphis Chamber of Commerce.

The Blues Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preserving blues history, celebrating blues excellence and supporting blues education. It is the umbrella organization for a worldwide network of 109 affiliated Blues Societies and has individual memberships in twenty-four countries. In addition to the W.C. Handy Blues Awards, the Foundation produces the International Blues Challenge, Keeping the Blues Alive Awards and annually inducts members into the Blues Hall of Fame. -- press release

Shemekia Copeland Leads Handy Award Winners With Three
BMI blues artist Shemekia Copeland collected three trophies at the 24th Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards, presented by the Blues Foundation at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee (5/23). Copeland was named Contemporary Female Artist of the Year and her Talking To Strangers was voted both Blues Album of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. Other BMI winners included Charlie Musselwhite as Contemporary Male Artist of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist (harmonica), and Solomon Burke as Soul Male Artist of the Year and for Soul Blues Album of the Year (Don't Give Up On Me). Legendary BMI blues man B.B. King repeated as Blues Entertainer of the Year and longtime Chicago favorite Magic Slim & the Teardrops earned Blues Band of Year accolades.

For over two decades, the Handy Awards have celebrated excellence in performance and recording of the blues and is the highest honor bestowed upon artists in the blues industry. The United States Senate passed a resolution last winter declaring 2003 the Year of the Blues in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of when W. C. Handy first heard the blues in a train depot in Mississippi. The year will be marked by numerous events and projects celebrating the blues, including last February's star-studded concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York and the debut in September of a seven-part documentary series on PBS entitled "The Blues," executive produced by Martin Scorsese and featuring segments directed by Clint Eastwood and Wim Wenders. Named for the "Father of the Blues," the W.C. Handy Blues Awards are produced by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation, a non-profit organization established to "preserve, celebrate and support" the blues.

The awards ceremony is the traditional opener to the Handy Weekend, a series of events for blues musicians, industry members, and fans. Handy Weekend events include the Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a Blues Symposium with workshops, the Handy Awards Music Festival, a blues film fest, and the Handy Awards Children's Festival. -- BMI

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

George Thorogood: Ride Til I DieGeorge Thorogood & the Destroyers: Ride 'Til I Die
cd review by r.j. bianchino

Recently released on March 25, 2003, George Thorogood and the Destroyers' Ride 'til I Die is their 11th studio album and GT&D's first with Eagle Records of England. Eagle also is the lable of Peter Green Splinter Group. The album was produced by the legendary Jim Gaines. more

Thursday, March 20, 2003

Year of the Blues logoThe United States Congress has proclaimed the year 2003 as Year Of The Blues. Worldwide Blues and the Blues Internet will continue throughout the year to bring you interviews with blues artists. Since the year began there have already been three such interviews. They are with Roy Rogers & Norton Buffalo, Smokin' Joe Kubek, and Jimmy Thackery. Year Of The Blues has their own website which we've added to the Worldwide Blues resources. Thanks to all our visitors throughout the years of both and the Blues Internet. We hope to continue to bring you good blues for years to come.
Eric Sardinas To Release New CD In July Eric Sardinas has finished recording his new CD to be called "Black Pearls." The album was produced by studio legend Eddie Kramer who is best known for his work with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and others. The disc, on Evidence Records, will be in stores in July.

Saturday, March 08, 2003

Buy Roomful Of Blues CDs from Amazon.comRoomful Of Blues Has New Vocalist Mark DuFresne has replaced Mac Odom as the group's eight singer. The band, which celebrates its 35th Anniversary this year, has also signed with Alligator Records. Click here for information on the Roomful Of Blues' Alligator Debut - That's Right!

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

The 24th Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards     Yes, it's already that time of year and the nominations are in. The Blues Internet has added some features in celebration of this event. Check out a complete list of the 2003 Nominees or go to the 23rd Annual Awards to take a look at the winners (as well as all the nominees) for 2002. Also I've begun a section on the W.C. Handy Awards Blues Albums Of The Year. Therein you'll find useful information on award nominated Blues CDs. This is only the first in a series and more will soon follow. I hope you enjoy these additions and - if you feel the urge to own one of the featured CDs! - make the purchase through bluesInternet's associate. Thanks for looking at, listening to, and supporting the blues.