And the winners of the 34th Annual Blues Music Awards are…. Acoustic Album Not Alone – Ann Rabson w/ Bob Margolin Acoustic Artist- Eric Bibb Album of the Year- Show of Strength – Michael Burks B.B. King Entertainer - Curtis Salgado Band – Tedeschi Trucks Band Best New Artist Debut They Call Me Big Llou [...]
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American Blues News spoke with BMA Best New Artist Nominee Brad Hatfield about his CD “Uphill from Anywhere,” what it means to be a BMA nominee and what it is about those Blues… “Uphill from Anywhere” – can you tell me about how you came up with that title – and what it means [...]
BMA Best New Artist Nominee Paula Harris spoke with American Blues News about her music, her inspiration and the difference between making a living and having a career… On your website it is suggested that you had a “late start” musically… how do you feel that has impacted your journey either positively or negatively [...]
Singing Blue Suede Shoes on stage at the age of four, IBC Nominee Sandy Atkinson was already feeling the magic that happens when people and music come together. Recently releasing her 7th album Christmas Songs, Tales and Fables, with special guest Bob Margolin, Sandy spoke with American Blues News about the excitement [...]
Authenticity. That’s why we like our blues. The blues are genuine and from the heart. My interview with Ron “Moondog” Esser (owner and operator of Moondog‘s and the Starlite Lounge in Pittsburgh, PA) revealed to me an authenticity that I had not expected. Moondog has a rep. He is established [...]
Three years ago the Pittsburgh Blues Festival and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank began an effort to care for the land in the same way that it cares for the people of Pittsburgh. By creating an environment of stewardship, the Pittsburgh Blues Festival offers not only education on recycling and [...]
A resonant question: what is the future of the Blues? As we have watched the passing of many of the founding generation of Blues men and women – the question resonates throughout the Blues community – where do we go from here? The hope is that each generation eagerly grasps [...]
“The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in [...]
Albert Cummings, a fourth generation home builder, is a man that Steel City folks will appreciate. Walking the well worn path of struggle and hardship and making an honest living out of sweat and strength, Albert is wielding more than a hammer these days.
Fito de la Parra’s book “Living the Blues: Canned Heat’s Story of Music, Drugs, Death, Sex and Survival” is an incredible retelling of the band’s history from the inside out. The first 3 sentences of the book are worth the price of admission and you better hold on tight because Fito is taking you on one wild ride. American Blues News spoke with Fito about Bikes, Blues and Boogie…
Cutting through the atmosphere with an improbable mix of ethos and electricity, the Scissormen groove, grind and gamble. A musically eclectic reinvention of what was and what could be, the Scissormen create a performance that is as visually entertaining as it is sonically charged.
Roger Earl has a passion for music and a passion for wine. Rocking the arenas for over 40 years and continuing an intense touring schedule, Roger approaches his wine making with the same energy and commitment. American Blues News spoke with Roger about his unexpected journey into the vineyards, his very own Chicken Burger Recipe and which Foghat wine would be the perfect compliment for your barbecue!
Not unlike the rich mixture of culture, music, nature and history that influence her, Tami Curtis-Ellis combines the textures of fabric, salvage, bright color and words to create vibrant, lyrical portraits.
On May 10th Koko Taylor was honored with the 118th Brass note on the Walk of Fame in Beale St. when the Memphis Music Foundation and the Blues Foundation held an unveiling ceremony at the Daisy Theater. Attended by family, friends and music industry representatives the blue Memphis sky provided a gentle backdrop for the words of those who had known and loved her.
“If the message is meaningful in the beginning, it will reach across the waters and come back across time.” The message of Solomon Burke, as captured by his website, leaves no doubt that his music, his voice and his soul are indeed timeless legacies.