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George Smith is born April 22, 1924

Somebody’s Got a Case of the Blues

The Time Team travels this episode to 1936 San Antonio to meet famed Delta Blues player Robert Johnson, who, legend says, sold his soul to the Devil to be able to play so well. The kernel of truth within the myth is that Johnson was a rather pedestrian musician before disappearing for a year, says Jeff Place, curator and senior archivist of the Smithsonian’s Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives. When Johnson returned, “he played fabulously all of a sudden. It could be he just practiced his tail off.”
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2018 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Each year in advance of the Blues Music Awards, the Blues Foundation has a special ceremony to induct the year’s new entrants into the Blues Hall of Fame. In this special edition of Crossroads, we’ll feature music from the 2018 inductees for performers, albums, and singles – along with a special in hour two about the Parrot label started by DJ and businessman Al Benson, another of this year’s inductees. Music from B.B. King, Albert King, the Staple Singers, and more will be featured in the show. Click the Headline for more.

Baker Heritage Blues Festival debuts Saturday

We have two big events coming to Dewey within the next two weeks, you’ll want to be sure to mark your calendar to attend. First ever, Baker Heritage Blues Festival will be held from 3-11 p.m. Saturday. Weather permitting the jazz festival will be held on Don Tyler Avenue. The main stage will be set up in front of Heritage Theatre Cafe and Pub, at 306 E. Don Tyler. The streets will be blocked off and the smoker will be fired up, all in preparation for the inaugural Baker Heritage Blues Festival. Michigan blues rock recording artist Rusty Wright will headline, following performances by Grapevine Travelers, Jennifer and Pete Marriott, and Dustin Pittsley Band. Named for local music legend Lennie Baker, a portion of the festival proceeds will be donated to The Lennie Baker Scholarship. There will be plenty of BBQ, music, and fun for the entire family. Click the headline to read more!

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Current Living Blues top 10 radio chart for March 2018

  1. Nick Moss Band,  The High Cost Of Low Living, Alligator
  2. Sue Foley,  The Ice Queen, Stony Plain
  3. Victor Wainwright,  Victor Wainwright And The Train, Ruf
  4. Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager,  Rough Cut, Alligator
  5. Mud Morganfield,  They Call Me Mud, Severn
  6. Bernard Allison,  Let It Go, Ruf
  7. Danielle Nicole,  Cry No More, Concord
  8. Janiva Magness,  Love Is An Army, Blu Elan
  9. John Mayall,  Three For The Road, Forty Below
  10. Johnny Tucker,  Seven Day Blues, Highjohn
  11. Jimi Hendrix,  Both Sides Of The Sky, Sony/Legacy
  12. Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps,  Here In Babylon, Jesi-Lu
  13. Tinsley Ellis,  Winning Hand, Alligator
  14. Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys,  My Life, Nevermore
  15. Laurie Morvan,  Gravity, Screaming Lizard
  16. Rockwell Avenue Blues Band,  Back To Chicago, Delmark
  17. Wentus Blues Band,  Throwback, Ramasound
  18. Marcia Ball,  Shine Bright, Alligator
  19. Peter Karp,  Blue Flame, Rose Cottage
  20. Myles Goodwyn,  Myles Goodwyn And Friends Of The Blues, Linus Entertainment
  21. Mick Kolassa & Friends,  Double Standards, Swing Suit
  22. Michelle Malone,  Slings & Arrows, SBS
  23. Eric Hughes,  Meet Me In Memphis, EH
  24. Rev. Shawn Amos,  The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down, Put Together
  25. Rae Gordon,  Better Than I Was, Rae Gordon Music


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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

Killer Blues Headstone Project website 

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