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RIP – Paul Oliver

Paul Oliver, a British academic who wrote some of the first scholarly studies of blues music in the 1950s and 1960s, which helped spur a worldwide renewal of interest in the music, and who was also a prominent architectural historian, died Aug. 15 at a nursing center in Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, England. He was 90. Read more by clicking the link above.

Cannon headlines LaPorte blues fest

LAPORTE — Guitarist Toronzo Cannon headlines the LaPorte County Blues Festival at 8 p.m. CDT Saturday at the amphitheater at Fox Park on Truesdell Avenue. The festival begins at 2 p.m. with the Shake & Chill Band, followed by P.T. and the Cruisers at 4 p.m. and The Mike Wheeler Band at 6 p.m. On tour in support of his latest album, “The Chicago Way,” Cannon, who drives a bus for the Chicago Transit Authority when he’s not on tour, performs original blues music inspired by the everyday experiences of people today and powered by his blistering guitar playing and soul-baring vocals.

His other albums include “My Woman,” “Leaving Mood” and “The Conqueror Root.”


Musicians breathe new life into Ann Arbor’s iconic blues festival

In 1969, the blues threw a party in Ann Arbor. James Partridge, founder of the Ann Arbor Blues Society, calls that party “the first blues festival ever.” Enough people came that it happened again, and again, and became the Ann Arbor Blues Festival, later re-christened the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival. Its last hurrah came in 2006. But this year, musicians will breathe new life into that festival, as they work to reignite the energy that pulsed through the crowds so many years ago. Musician Blair Miller felt that energy back in 1970, when he attended the festival as a 19 year old. “I remember it was hot and dusty,” he said, “but the energy there was unbelievable.” He said the experience changed the kind of music he played at the time. He said it helped motivate him to learn a more traditional style of playing. Miller will return to the festival this year, but this time he’ll join the other blues artists onstage. Listen above to hear Miller explain what he hopes to the revived festival will accomplish. You’ll also hear Partridge explain how the impact of the original Ann Arbor Blues Festival – and its electric or Chicago-style blues – is still felt in today’s music.


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Current Living Blues top 10 radio chart for August 2017

  1. Cash Box Kings,  Royal Mint, Alligator
  2. Andy T Band,  Double Strike, American Showplace
  3. Selwyn Birchwood,  Pick Your Poison, Alligator
  4. Karen Lovely Fish Outta Water, KL
  5. Chuck Berry,  Chuck, Dualtone
  6. Taj Mahal & Keb Mo,  TajMo, Concord
  7. Sonny Landreth,  Recorded Live In Lafayette, Provogue
  8. Doug MacLeod,  Break The Chain, Reference
  9. Linsey Alexander,  Two Cats, Delmark
  10. Monster Mike Welch And Mike Ledbetter,  Right Place, Right Time, Delta Groove
  11. Joe Bonamassa,  Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening, J&R Adventures
  12. Willa,  Better Days, Building Records
  13. John Primer & Bob Corritore,  Ain’t Nothing You Can Do!, Delta Groove
  14. Kilborn Alley Blues Band,  The Tolono Tapes, Run It Back
  15. Gina Sicilia,  Tug Of War, Blue Elan
  16. Delta Wires,  Born In Oakland, Mudslide
  17. Janiva Magness,  Blue Again, Blue Elan
  18. Dani Wilde,  Live At Brighton Road, Vizztone
  19. Coco Montoya,  Hard Truth, Alligator
  20. John Lee Hooker,  Whiskey & Wimmen: John Lee Hooker’s Finest, Vee-Jay/Concord
  21. North Mississippi All-Stars,  Prayer For Peace, Legacy
  22. Billy Flynn,  Lonesome Highway, Delmark
  23. Johnny Ray Jones,  Feet Back In The Door, Moondogg
  24. Bobby G & C. Grant Jr. & Midnight Rockers,  Still Standing, Third Street Cigar
  25. Catfish Keith,  Mississippi River Blues, Fish Tail


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Blues Music News List of important Blues music charities

House of Blues Music Forward Foundation

Hart Fund – Blues Foundation

Blues in the Schools – Blues Foundation

Keeping The Blues Alive

Music Maker Relief Foundation – Preserving the Soul of America’s Music

Can’d Aid Foundation | Oskar Blues Charity

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