October 11, 2016

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Back when Keb' Mo' shot up to number one on the Americana chart I thought man this guy is on to something. Equally when the Grammy membership supported celebrating the blues by opening a museum in Mississippi I thought there could be synergy between the Foundation and the Grammy folks. Enter Barbara Newman and the 2016 Board. Man have things moved forward folks. I noticed a marked difference in external communications when a Grammy meeting was hosted by the Chicago chapter of the Grammy organization at the Blues Music Awards this past May. If you were in that meeting room then you know the chat between the blues pros and the Grammy panel was real - I mean right to the point. Soon afterward the Grammy organization announced an expanded set of choices for those submitting blues genre. That was cool. Next I noticed that Blues Foundation Board Members were going to be at the Americana Music Association meeting this month. My point is that this board is building...

June 13, 2016

His newest album, If Nothing Ever Changes, has finally earned him the acclaim to match his talent.

As he nears the 50th anniversary of his first recording session, Wee Willie Walker is hotter than ever. Long the top soul singer in the Twin Cities, Walker is basking in the acclaim that greeted his 2015 album, If Nothing Ever Changes (Little Village Foundation), which was nominated for a Blues Music Award. On Saturday he and his band We "R" will heat up the stage at Petrillo.

Produced by veteran blues harpist Rick Estrin and guitarist Kid Andersen, the album has given his career a welcome boost. "It has made a big difference. Otherwise I wouldn't be in Chicago," Walker says. "That's a big festival, and without that CD I never would have even been mentioned for that."

Though born in 1941 in Hernando, Mississippi, Walker is a product of Memphis, where his schoolmates included future soul stars Spencer and Percy Wiggins as well as Ovations lead singer Louis Williams. In his early teens, Walker...

January 10, 2016

 1.  Buddy Guy – Born to Play Guitar

 

 2.  Mike Zito & the Wheel – Keep Coming Back

 

 3.  Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Father's Day

 

 4.  Samantha Fish – Wild Heart

 

 5.  The Bey - Paule Band – Not Goin' Away

 

 6.  Tommy Castro – Method to My Madness

 

 7.  Andy T – Nick Nixon Band – Numbers Man

 

 8.  Shaun Murphy – Loretta

 

 9.  Billy the Kid & the Regulators – I Can't Change

 

10.  Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love

 

11.  Sugaray Rayford – Southside

 

12.  Albert Cummings – Someone Like You

 

13.  Eliza Neals – Breaking and Entering

 

14.  Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars – Fifty Shades of Blue

 

15.  Victor Wainwright & WildRoots – Boom Town

 

16.  Karen Lovely – Ten Miles of Bad Road

 

17.  The Knickerbocker All-Stars Go Back Home to the Blues

 

18.  Anthony Gomes – Electric Field Holler

 

19.  Mr. Sipp – Mississippi Blues Child

 

20.  Greg Nagy – Stranded

 

21.  Omar Coleman – Born & Raised

 

22.  The Rusty Wright Band – Wonder Man

 

23.  Jay Gordon's Bl...

January 29, 2015

LOGAN SQUARE — Rosa’s Lounge is keeping the blues alive in Chicago, according to a prestigious award set up to honor promoters and documentarians of the classic music genre.

 

The Keeping the Blues Alive award was given to the Logan Square blues lounge Jan. 23 at a recognition ceremony in Memphis, Tenn., where a variety of 14 global blues outlets, from festivals to journalists and radio DJs, were honored.

 

“This is a great honor and a privilege, so I would like to give thanks to The Blues Foundation in Memphis and Karl Maurer for the nomination letter,” Rosa’s owner Tony Mangiullo posted on Facebook before listing many more thank you notes.  “Last and definitely not least, to my astoundingly supportive patrons,” he continued. "There would be no Rosa's Lounge without any of you. For I am not alone in my love and passion for the blues. I have aimed to create a haven for blues musicians and blues lovers alike, and I know many who feel that my aim has been true.”

 

Of the iconic blues clubs sca...

January 10, 2015

 

The Blues Matters Magazine "Writer's Poll" has named "Confessing the Blues" Radio 2014 Best International Blues Radio Show ....  I'm so humbled and at the same time thrilled by this honor.  The popularity of our efforts are a reflection of the love of Blues Music from fans and enthusiasts around the planet.  It is quite the accolade for me and confirmation that what we do is indeed recognized as fine Blues radio programming. Hard work, dedication and the drive of doing things right appears to have brought our program to the top of the Blues Radio Industry.  Blues Matters Magazine is the largest and most respected Blues Publication in the UK.  Find their current issue at www.bluesmatters.com.

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