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Historians looking to memorialize blues musician

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – Blind Roosevelt Graves, a blues musician, is one of many people buried in the Old Mississippi City Cemetery without a marked headstone. Now, the Historical Society of Gulfport is taking steps to learn more about him and build a memorial at his final resting place. Read more by clicking the link above.

WBFO Blues Bash becoming “tradition”

“You kind of see the same people here every time,” said Campbell. “It’s kind of like you have that click I guess more or less to hang out and watch it with. You talk about it and you watch the reviews. We watch the website like a hound. As soon as the Blues Bash comes up, the day of or day after we’re on top of it ready to come right back. It’s definitively been almost a tradition now that it has been made.” Click the Headline for more.

Concert review: Jonny Lang closes Reading Blues Fest with intense show

The set was spread out evenly among Lang’s six major-label releases, with a bit of an emphasis given to his just-released “Signs,” an album marking a return to Lang’s blues roots after a few albums featuring diversions into such areas as gospel and R&B. And though blues was the dominant genre of the 90-minute set, there was plenty of hard funk and rock on display, along with strong covers of Tinsley Ellis’ “A Quitter Never Wins” and Stevie Wonder’s (unfortunately still topical) “Living for the City.”Lang’s backing quartet – “the best bunch of guys you’d ever hope to travel the world with and play music” – was strong, making notable contributions but not getting in the way.

Drummer Barry Alexander was especially a beast.Lang lost himself in the music. During his solos, his eyes would often close and his face would resemble a mix between a distance runner at the end of a grueling race and someone who smelled something unpleasant.Not surprisingly, the centerpiece of the show came at the center of the set. Surprisingly, it was one of the rare low-key moments of the evening.”Red Light” was subtle, spending much of its 10-plus-minute running time grooving along in a quiet pocket. There were hints of gospel, with Lang’s down-on-my-luck lyrics acting as a confession of sorts, the crowd loudly giving him the assistance he requested. And, of course, it climaxed with a blistering guitar solo.”Thanks for coming to see all the bands play at the festival,” Lang said. “You’re supporting honest musicians. It means a lot to us. Thank you so much.

“The Dana Fuchs Duo opened the show with an hour of gritty rock, blues and country. The group’s namesake is frequently compared to Janis Joplin for good reason. Her raspy delivery and frenetic stage presence mimic the late singer, whom she portrayed in the off-Broadway musical “Love, Janis.” If you want to hear what it might have sounded like had Joplin covered the Beatles or Led Zeppelin, she can help you out.Fuchs occasionally strummed a guitar, but the set’s bluesy accompaniment was almost entirely provided by guitarist Jon Diamond.The show ended with a “Helter Skelter”/ “Whole Lotta Love” medley that elicited a standing ovation at its conclusion, and a long autograph line afterward.The future looks good for the blues festival. A few comments made from emcees during the show made it seem like a second iteration next year will happen, though the dates haven’t been finalized yet.”It’s been great,” Reading Blues Fest General Manager John Ernesto said. “It’s been well-received, the crowds have been good. We learned a lot. The fans all said they had a great time.”The Berks Arts Council and the Blues Fest team are going to get together and sit down and look at everything. But there were a lot of positive comments and good vibes about the whole thing. Given we had a short time to put this all together, we’re happy with how it turned out.”

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Current Living Blues top 10 radio chart for September 2017

  1. Cash Box Kings,  Royal Mint, Alligator
  2. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats,  Groovin’ In Greaseland, Alligator
  3. The Nighthawks,  All You Got To Do, EllerSoul
  4. George Thorogood,  Party Of One, Rounder
  5. Altered Five Blues Band,  Charmed And Dangerous, Blind Pig
  6. Andy T Band Double Strike, American Showplace
  7. Sonny Landreth,  Recorded Live In Lafayette, Provogue
  8. Karen Lovely,  Fish Outta Water, KL
  9. Selwyn Birchwood,  Pick Your Poison, Alligator
  10. Linsey Alexander,  Two Cats, Delmark
  11. AJ Crawdaddy,  Slow Cookin’, Renown
  12. Taj Mahal & Keb Mo,  TajMo, Concord
  13. Chuck Berry,  Chuck, Dualtone
  14. Walter Trout,  We’re All In This Together, Provogue
  15. Chris “Bad News” Barnes,  Hokum Blues, Vizztone
  16. Gregg Allman,  Southern Blood, Rounder
  17. Catfish Keith,  Mississippi River Blues, Fish Tail
  18. Sherman Holmes Project,  The Richmond Sessions, M.C.
  19. Doug MacLeod,  Break The Chain, Reference
  20. Dani Wilde,  Live At Brighton Road, Vizztone
  21. Kenny Wayne Shepherd,  Lay It On Down, Concord
  22. Monster Mike Welch And Mike Ledbetter,  Right Place, Right Time, Delta Groove
  23. Savoy Brown,  Witchy Feelin’, Ruf
  24. Joe Bonamassa,  Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening, J&R Adventures
  25. Scott Ellison,  Good Morning Midnight, Red Parlor


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