Looking for a little help with a new Blues Project…

22 Sep

Looking for a little help with a new Blues Project…Here’s a recent request for help in putting together a new Blues DVD, done through kickstarter.com.


I’m hoping you can help spread the word via your Blues Society website/mailing list about our Kickstarter campaign for the Live Blues DVD we are going to be producing.  We need the help of Blues fans to make this film a reality.
We’re filming a series of live Chicago Blues shows to make into a DVD. Raw, intense, down home, real deal Blues with All-Star artists, including John Primer, Billy Flynn, Rockin’ Johnny Burgin, Oscar Wilson, Merle Perkins, Charles “Delta Blues Hog” Hayes, Queenie McCarter and many others.
This film will capture the intensity, excitement, and raw energy of the live Blues experience in a small club environment.  Complete with extensive interviews with the artists themselves as well as full length song performances, this is a chance for these Blues artists to tell their story, in their own words, of their experiences over many decades of playing & living the Blues, as well the life & music lessons they learned from touring with some of the greatest musicians of all time.
I honestly feel like it is something that needs to happen NOW. Oscar Wilson has had his bouts with health issues, Charles Hayes is over 70 and had a stroke last year (thankfully he’s recovered now)… a few other artists are in Chicago living on social security, etc etc… I want to capture these artists on film while they are still here!
We very much appreciate your help!


12 Sep


Press Release – Blues Blast Magazine is proud to announce the results of the 2012 Blues Blast Music Awards.

In May of this year 30 Blues music industry professionals nominated their choices in the fifth annual Blues Blast Music Awards. The Blues Blast Music Awards honor the years best in Blues music in eight categories. Voting began on July 1st and continued until August 31st. Voting was open to the public and more than 5,000 Blues fans from all over the world voted in this years awards.

The winners were:

Contemporary Blues CD Of The Year  – Janiva Magness – Stronger For It

Traditional Blues CD Of The Year – Mud Morganfield – Son Of The Seventh Son

Song Of The Year – “I Won’t Cry” – Janiva Magness & Dave Darling (Stronger For It – Janiva Magness)

Male Blues Artist Of The Year – Tab Benoit

Female Blues Artist Of The Year – Janiva Magness

Blues Band Of The Year – Trampled Under Foot

New Artist Debut Release – Sena Ehrhardt Band – Leave The Light On

Sean Costello Rising Star Award – Mud Morganfield

Congratulations to this years winners!


The complete list of 2012 Nominees follows. (* indicates the winner)

Contemporary Blues CD: Eugene “Hideway” Bridges – Rock And A Hard Place Toronzo Cannon – Leaving Mood *Janiva Magness – Stronger For It Billy Thompson – A Better Man Johnny Sansone – Lord Is Waiting The Devil Is Too Joe Louis Walker – Hellfire

Traditional Blues CD: Mac Arnold & Plate Full Of Blues – Blues Revival The Cash Box Kings- Holler And Stomp Chicago Blues A Living History (Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell with Ronnie Baker Brooks, Magic Slim, James Cotton, Buddy Guy)- The (R)evolution Continues Big James & The Chicago Playboys – The Big Payback *Mud Morganfield – Son Of The Seventh Son Bernie Pearl – Right Side Of The Blues Sugar Ray And The Bluetones – Evening

Song Of The Year: “Holler And Stomp” – Joe Noseck (Holler & Stomp -The Cash Box Kings) “Thank You for Giving Me the Blues” – Grady Champion, Zac Harmon & Chris Troy (Dreamin’ – Grady Champion) “Blinded By The Darkness” – Matthew Curry (If I Don’t Got You – Matthew Curry & The Fury) “That’s How A Woman Loves” – EG Kight (Lip Service – EG Kight) *“I Won’t Cry” – Janiva Magness & Dave Darling (Stronger For It – Janiva Magness) “Back to the Blues” – Hadden Sayers (Hard Dollar – Hadden Sayers)

Female Blues Artist Of The Year: Shemekia Copeland Ruthie Foster Diunna Greenleaf EG Kight *Janiva Magness Ana Popovic

Male Blues Artist Of the Year: Lurrie Bell *Tab Benoit Bob Corritore John Primer Bobby Rush Johnny Sansone Joe Louis Walker

Blues Band Of The Year: The Cash Box Kings Big James & The Chicago Playboys Kilborn Alley Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials Sugar Ray & The Bluetones *Trampled Under Foot

Best New Artists Debut: Ivan Appelrouth – Blue & Instrumental Matthew Curry & The Fury – If I Don’t Got You Mary Bridget Davies – Wanna Feel Somethin’ *Sena Ehrhardt Band – Leave The Light On Big Pete – Choice Cuts Andy Poxon Band – Red Roots

Sean Costello Rising Star Award: Toronzo Cannon Matthew Curry & The Fury Mary Bridget Davies Sena Ehrhardt *Mud Morganfield Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots