Burton Gaar having serious health issues

31 May

Past Blues in the District performer Burton Gaar is having some major health problems, here is a story taken from the BLUES FOUNDATION (www.blues.org) website:

Just months after the release of his latest record, Fried Grits and Greens, Louisiana bluesman Burton Gaar has been diagnosed with inoperable bone cancer. Ironically, he is at #1 on BB King’s Bluesville’s Pick-To-Click (Sirius/XM Ch 70). He is currently #39 on Air Play Direct Monthly Blues Chart, and #25 All-Time.

Gaar started his career in 1959 at the ripe old age of 16 playing bass for legendary bluesman Slim Harpo. He later
went on to play with Rockin’ Sydney Semien (My Toot Toot), and R&B legend Percy Sledge (When a Man Loves A Woman).
He recorded his first solo record, Still Singing the Blues in
1995. One year later, while on tour in Europe, he recorded
One Hundred Pounds of Trouble. Blues Revue Magazine
quoted, “This is one of the 10 most listened to records in our
offices.” Charlie Musselwhite chose the song No from this
record for his Grammy nominated, WC Handy winningCD,
Continental Drifter. He also chose this song to play for his
appearance on Conan O’Brian. Musselwhite noted, “Every
tune is an A-side!” He followed with Mighty Long Road in 2000 and Home of the Blues in 2003. In a quote, Louisiana Blues Hall of Famer Larry Garner said “I’m a hard man to please, and I like every song on Home of the Blues.” Other artists that have recorded Gaar’s tunes are Carl Weathersby and Shaun Murphy. Carl Weathersby said, “Burton Gaar has it all!”

After taking a break from recording for a few years, he released Fried Grits and Greens in early 2011. A duet with Shaun Murphy was in the pre-production stage but it is unclear at this time if it will be completed. According to Gaar’s manager, TC Davis, a tribute album is in the planning stages. It would be an album of different artists performing Gaar’s songs with proceeds going to offset medical costs.

In the interim, a fund has been set up and donations may be mailed to:
Burton Gaar Donation Fund
Capital One Bank
3499 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301

Donations may be made directly at any Capital One Bank under Burton Gaar Fund. Please stay tuned to BB King’s Bluesville for further information and news of any benefit
shows. Anyone wishing to coordinate a benefit show in their area should contact TC Davis
([email protected]).

Cards may be mailed to:
Burton Gaar
PO BOX 352
Le Compte, LA 71346

2011 Free “Blues in the District” Concerts Info

15 May

Blues in the District back for 14th season


Press Release From the Historic Quincy Business District; taken from the www.quincynews.org website: 

This summer will be the 14th season of the Historic Quincy Business District’s Blues in the District Concert Series. The concerts are held in Washington Park and are free to the public. (These shows are put on by the HQBD-not-The Mid-Mississippi Muddy Water Blues Society). This year, the Blues in the District Concerts will feature new hours. Concerts will be from 5:30 to 9:30pm.

“We think these new hours will give people a chance to wrap-up their work week and get down to the park and see more of the concert,” said HQBD Executive Director Travis Brown. “It should also help us in the hot summer months in getting a little more shade in the park before we get underway.”

Kicking off this year’s season on June 10 will be Grady Champion, the 2010 International Blues Challenge winner. Other acts throughout the season will be Preston Shannon (June 24), returning act Laurie Morvan Band (July 8), Big James & the Chicago Playboys (July 22), Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones (August 12), Dave Herrero (August 26) and another returning act Reverend Raven (September 9).

“Our committee has been working hard and we have a great season in store for Blues in the District,” said Brown. “We have great acts that will be coming in and some wonderful vendors and sponsors this year. We are looking forward to seeing all of our friends back in the park for a great summer of Blues music.”

All the details about the Blues in the District concerts can be found online at www.downtownquincy.com