The 2014 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards recipients are:
Affiliated Organization: Crossroads Blues Society of Illinois – Rockford, Illinois
Art: Cristen Craven Barnard – Senatobia, Mississippi
Club: Kingston Mines – Chicago, Illinois
Education: Tas Cru – Chaumont, New York
Festival (International): BluesCazorla – Cazorla, Spain
Festival (U.S.): Mississippi Valley Blues Festival – Davenport, Iowa
Film, Television, and Video: Stefan Grossman – Sparta, New Jersey
Historical Preservation: George Mitchell – Fort Myers, Florida
International: Royal Mail Hotel – Goodna, Queensland, Australia
Journalism: Gene Tomko – Lafayette, Louisiana
Literature: Gerard Herzhaft – Lyon, France
Manager: Marcia Weaver – Jackson, Mississippi
Photography: Dick Waterman – Oxford, Mississippi
Producer: Tom Hambridge – Nashville, Tennessee
Promoter: Myron Mu – San Francisco, California
Publicist: Frank Roszak – North Hills, California
Radio (Commercial): Jerry Schaefer – East Islip, New York
Radio (Public): Larry Lisk – St. Petersburg, Florida
Record Label: Stony Plain Records – Edmonton, Alberta
Special Committee Award: Blue Star Connection – Winter Park, Colorado
Atlanta Blues Challenge
The Atlanta Blues Challenge is now history. After a full day of acts competing for 3 categories (Band, Solo/Duo, Youth) –- and what a great competition it was (glad I wasn’t a judge) – we have winners! Representing Atlanta in the Youth Showcase will be Abe Lincoln & the Log Lawyers: Dashiell Wakeman, Jonathan Yaeger, and Logan Brammer. Our solo/duo winners are the Timo Arthur Duo: Timo Arthur and Tamara Nicolai. And … The Cazanovas will be representing Atlanta in the band category! Good luck to all of these guys and gals and we know there will be lots of Atlanta Blues Society members in Memphis in January to cheer you on.
We had one other winner and that was the People’s Choice. Congratulations to Youth band Scene of the Crime on that win.
There were also two raffles during the day for upcoming concert tickets. Raffle winners were:
Gary Clark Jr. show Oct 16: Wallace Mobley & Sharon Petty
Seth Walker show Oct 17: B.B. Burnett & Tom Dausner
We had a great crowd of enthusiastic supporters of all the acts. Thanks so much to everyone who came out and all who volunteered. Thank you as well to Anthony’s Pizza and their great staff who worked so hard throughout the day.
Dec. 8, 1947: Gregory LeNoir “Gregg” Allman is born in Nashville, Tennessee. Gregg, who along with his brother Duane founded the Allman Brothers Band, still performs today and his voice is as bluesy as ever.
Dec. 8, 1981: Blues harpist Walter “Shakey” Horton passes away from heart failure in Chicago at the age of 64. Also known as Big Walter Horton, he was called “The best harmonica player I ever heard.” by Willie Dixon. Horton was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1982.
Dec. 8, 1986: Blues guitarist Michael Leonard Mann, better known as Hollywood Fats, passes away from a heroin overdose in Los Angeles at the age of 32. Mann played with Buddy Guy, James Harman, Jimmy Witherspoon, J.B. Hutto, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Albert King, and Junior Wells who gave Mann his nickname.
Dec. 9, 1909: Chicago Blues slide guitarist Casey Bill Weldon is born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Weldon played a National steel guitar on his lap, Hawaiian style hence his nickname, the Hawaiian Guitar Wizard.” Weldon was married to Blues songstress Memphis Minnie in the 1920s. His guitar playing can be heard on recordings by Memphis Minnie, Teddy Darby, Bumble Bee Slim, and Peetie Wheatstraw. In October of 1927, Weldon came to Atlanta and recorded perhaps his most well known tune, Turpentine Blues. Nobody seems to know when or where he passed away save that he left us in the 1960s.
Dec. 9, 1934: Blues harpist/singer Junior Wells (Amos Wells Blackmore Jr.) is born in Memphis, Tennessee. Wells learned how to play the harmonica by the age of seven being taught by his cousin, Junior Parker, and also Sonny Boy Williamson II. His biggest hit, Messin With the Kid, is a Blues standard today.
Dec. 10, 1936: Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones is born in Greenwood, Mississippi. Jones wore outlandish suits and often dyed his hair to match them. He would often walk out into the crowd as he played, once using 350’ of cable to connect his guitar to his amp. Jones’ biggest hit was The Things I Used to Do, and he has been acknowledged as an influence by Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Frank Zappa, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. One of Guitar Slim’s sons is performing around Louisiana, playing his father’s material and billing himself as Guitar Slim Jr.
Dec. 10, 1967: The legendary Otis Redding passes away in a plane crash just three days after recording Dock of the Bay. After playing in Nashville, Otis Redding was bound for Madison, Wisconsin, for his next gig. The weather was poor and Redding had been warned to postpone his flight but didn’t heed the advice. Four miles from their destination in Madison the plane crashed into Lake Monona. The only survivor was Ben Cauley, one of the Bar-Kays.
Dec. 10, 2007: Blues guitarist and three time W.C. Handy Award winner “Philadelphia” Jerry Ricks passes away at the age of 67 in Rijeka, Croatia from complications sue to a stroke in August of 2006. Ricks played with such Blues legends as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Champion Jack Dupree, Son House, Doc Watson, Mance Lipscomb, Lonnie Johnson, Libba Cotton, Jesse Fuller, Sleepy John Estes, Reverend Gary Davis, Hall and Oates, and Buddy Guy with whom he toured in 1969.
Dec. 11, 1926: Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton is born in Montgomery, Alabama. Thornton became a star as the first artist to record Hound Dog, three years before Elvis Presley had a hit with the song. Janis Joplin also had a hit with Thornton’s Ball and Chain. These two songs were only a small portion of the twenty Blues songs Thornton wrote.
Dec. 12, 1943: Allman Brothers guitarist/vocalist Forest Richard “Dickey” Betts is born in West Palm Beach, Florida. In 2003, Betts was ranked #58, and in 2011, he was ranked #61, on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Stephen J. Pavlidis is an Atlanta guitarist and published author of 14 books. Adding to that fervor, Steve is now also a contributor to ABS Blues Notes. Steve will be providing us with ‘This Week in Blues’ an informative contribution of births, deaths and legacies to blues music. Let’s reminisce and discover with ‘This Week in Blues’. Thanks Steve! To see other works from Stephen J. Pavlidis please visit: http://seaworthy.com
The Atlanta Blues Society, as an Blues Affiliate have pledged $1,000 to help make it happen -- check it out -- We are the latest member of the 250 Club!
Since its earliest days, the Foundation has envisioned a Blues Hall of Fame. Artist renditions appeared as early as the 1983 Blues Music Award program. Foundation leaders have long recognized that, in addition to stability and operating efficiencies, a permanent home for The Blues Foundation will dramatically improve its ability to fulfill its mission.
A key component for the success of any organization is a sound fiscal base from which to meet its goals and objectives. In recent years, The Blues Foundation has built such a base while continuing to fulfill its mission in each of the above noted programs and activities.
In 2006, the Foundation adopted a strategic plan that embraced a permanent home. The following year, with a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the Foundation began work with Design 500 to discern requirements for and shape the new home—its location, size, space allocations, and programming priorities.
A suitable location was identified in December 2010—a condominium located at 421 South Main with approximately 3,800 square feet at street level and 7,700 square feet on the lower level. By this time, The Blues Foundation had quietly and steadily eliminated all debt and built reserves of more than $400,000. This financial strength enabled the Foundation to secure a short-term loan to help pay for the purchase of its new building and some basic renovations when this opportunity arose.
Foundation operations began there on July 5, 2011. With the first phase completed, The Blues Foundation continues to pursue its goal: a home that enhances the ability to carry out its mission.
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