Blues

  1. The Late, Great Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland Talks His First Hit, His Legacy, Chauffeuring B.B. King In One of His Last Interviews

    June 24, 2013 1:31 PM EDT The sad news of Bobby “Blue” Bland’s passing on Jun. 23 deprives us of a true sovereign, whose distinctive voice mixed honey and gravel, and who could spin a web of romantic passion and pain inside three minutes. In September 2010, I made a wo ...

  2. Bobby 'Blue' Bland Dead at 83

    June 24, 2013 12:06 AM EDT Bobby "Blue" Bland, a distinguished singer who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as "Turn on Your Love Light" and "Further On Up the Road," died Sunday. He was 83. Rodd Bland said his father died abou ...

  3. Les Blank, Blues-Jazz Documentarian, Dead at 77

    April 07, 2013 3:17 PM EDT Filmmaker Les Blank, whose documentaries about blues and jazz musicians and music of the South were widely acclaimed, died April 7 at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 77; the cause of death was bladder cancer. Beginning in 1965 with a short f ...

  4. Born in Chicago Panel at SXSW

    March 16, 2013 3:36 PM EDT Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf stories told from their white students' perspective "Born in Chicago" screened at the SXSW Film Festival and a panel brought together the principal subjects in the film that explored how young white ...

  5. Arhoolie Records' 50 Years of Roots Music Celebrated in Film at SXSW

    March 12, 2013 5:58 PM EDT Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz built his label by recording blues, conjunto, Cajun music, zydeco and New Orleans brass bands in places where other producers would not go -- so it only made sense to celebrate the film about Strachwitz ...

  6. Tedeschi Trucks Band to Headline Inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival

    October 08, 2012 8:11 PM EDT The Tedeschi Trucks Band will headline the inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival, to be held Jan. 18 2013 at Centennial Park in Fort Myers, Fla. The three-day fest will continue Jan. 19 to Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton and end Jan. 20 at Vino ...

  7. X5 Signs Up Alligator, Highway 87, Nacional, Six Degrees Records

    August 07, 2012 5:10 PM EDT X5, which specializes in curating genre compilations for the digital format, continues to sign up labels to broaden its musical scope. In its latest signings, the New York-based operation of the Stockholm, Sweden-based label announced that it had ...

  8. Willie Dixon, Doc Watson, Memphis Slim Footage Unearthed For New Documentary

    June 18, 2012 6:39 PM EDT Folklorist Alan Lomax threw a house party at his New York City home in 1961 to fete the folk musicians -- Roscoe Holcomb, Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson -- in town for a concert thrown by the Friends of Old Time Music. He wanted to mix it up a bit ...

  9. Album Reviews: Rush, Hot Chip, Eric Benet, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials

    June 14, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Rush Clockwork Angels Producers: Rush, Nick Raskulinecz Anthem/Roadrunner Records Release Date: June 12 It's not exactly a news flash when at the beginning of Rush's latest album, "Clockwork Angels," frontman Geddy Lee proclaim ...

  10. Backbeat: Bonnaroo Backstage With Skrillex, Gary Clark Jr., Big Hassle, Red Light, More

    June 09, 2012 8:27 PM EDT (L-R): Chip Hooper, Music Dept. Head, Paradigm, Coran Capshaw, founder, Red Light Management, Billboard's Ray Waddell. The second full day of the 2012 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was a hectic one in the VIP Area, with artists, journali ...

  11. Grammys on the Hill Honor John Mayer, Rep. Howard Berman; Rep. Jerrold Nadler Talks Performance Rights

    April 26, 2012 1:44 PM EDT (L-R): SESAC president Pat Collins, honoree John Mayer, Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow, honoree Rep. Howard Berman, and Recording Academy chief advocacy officer Daryl Friedman. (Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy(r)/Wireimage.co ...

  12. B.B. King Sued Over Efforts to Stop Biographical Movie

    April 10, 2012 1:53 PM EDT A filmmaker is suing B.B. King for allegedly interfering with his autobiographical film, B.B. King and I , about his long relationship with the blues legend and his success in helping King get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. King Size Film P ...

  13. Ray Charles Estate Sues Singer's Children Over Song Rights

    April 02, 2012 5:20 PM EDT The 2004 film Ray didn't include this scene: Two years before legendary singer Ray Charles died, he gathered most of his 12 children (two were in jail), and told them that they would each be given an irrevocable trust for $500,000. That' ...

  14. Allman Brothers Band's Beacon Run Brings Out Susan Tedeschi, Ruthie Foster, Bernie Williams

    March 23, 2012 11:29 AM EDT Derek Trucks (left) and Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band trading shots (Photo: Dan Rys) By now, catching the Allman Brothers Band during its annual Beacon Theatre run and NOT seeing a surprise guest or two waltz out on stage would be a bi ...

  15. Other Music Launching Label With Fat Possum

    March 13, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Other Music, New York City's small but enduring bastion of independent music retail, yesterday announced it is launching a music label in partnership with Fat Possum Records. The Other Music Recording Co.'s first release will be by Brook ...

  16. Watch President Obama Sing 'Sweet Home Chicago' With B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Booker T

    February 22, 2012 7:40 AM EST First soul, now blues. A month after enjoying his Al Green moment at a fundraising event, President Obama busted out the presidential pipes again on Tuesday (Feb. 21) and sang a few frames of "Sweet Home Chicago" during a blues explosion ...

  17. 'Lemmy' Director Turns The Camera On Johnny Winter

    February 15, 2012 6:56 PM EST Filmmaker Greg Olliver, who co-directed documentary "Lemmy," will be traveling with Texas blues guitarist Johnny Winter this year for his next film. Olliver's company, Secret Weapon Films, will produce a documentary on Winter with a ...

  18. Web Trends: Adele Cleans Up, Whitney Houston Honored At The Grammys

    February 13, 2012 2:05 PM EST Google Trends: 1. jennifer hudson tribute to whitney houston -- Jennifer Hudson sang during the tribute to Whitney Houston at last night's Grammys. 2. Bon Iver -- Indie fave Bon Iver upset the likes of Nicki Minaj and Skrillex last night winn ...

  19. Video: Jennifer Hudson Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston at Grammys

    February 12, 2012 11:30 PM EST "For me, the only thing that feels right begins with a prayer -- for a woman who we loved. For our fallen sister, Whitney Houston," LL Cool J said of the late legend. The host opened the 54th Annual Grammy Awards with a prayer for Housto ...

  20. Etta James Funeral and Memorial Details Released

    January 24, 2012 8:00 PM EST Famed rhythm and blues singer Etta James died Jan. 20, five days away from her 74 birthday after battling leukemia, dementia and hepatitis C. On Tuesday, it was announced that a public viewing would be held at the Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, ...

  21. Etta James Dead at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:39 AM EST Etta James, the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera, is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Jame ...

  22. Ray Charles Foundation, Concord End Association

    January 09, 2012 10:49 AM EST Ray Charles Foundation president Valerie Ervin has announced today (Jan. 6) that the foundation has ended its association with the Concord Music Group. The entire music catalog of the late singer, who died in 2004, has reverted to the foundation. ...

  23. Etta James Released From Hospital, Manager Says

    January 05, 2012 9:40 PM EST Etta James' longtime friend and manager says the singer has been released from a Southern California hospital and is back at home with her family. Lupe De Leon says James was released Thursday afternoon, just a few days after the terminally i ...

  24. Etta James Terminally Ill From Chronic Leukemia

    December 16, 2011 11:05 AM EST "At Last" and "Tell Mama" blues singer Etta James, whose health has been fading in recent years, is now terminally ill, and her live-in doctor is asking for prayers. Dr. Elaine James, who isn't related to the 73-year-old e ...

  25. Syl Johnson On His Two Grammy Noms: 'Should Have Been Three -- Kanye and Jay-Z Sampled Me'

    December 15, 2011 8:56 AM EST Syl Johnson playing at London's Barbican in 2005 (Photo: T abatha Fireman/Redferns ) One would think an underappreciated soul music legend like Syl Johnson would be elated by his two recent Grammy Award nominations for Best Historical Album a ...

  26. Howlin' Wolf Guitarist Hubert Sumlin Dead at 80

    December 05, 2011 12:00 PM EST Revered blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin, who spent 23-plus years adding gritty leads to Howlin' Wolf's legendary voice and who inspired generations of axemen from Jimi Hendrix to Kenny Wayne Shepherd, died Sunday at a New Jersey hospital o ...

  27. The 2012 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees

    December 01, 2011 6:28 AM EST From Doris Day to 'Exile on Main Street' to Grandmaster Flash, the 2012 inductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame shine bright This year's list of in-ductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame represents another new threshold crossed for hip-hop ...

  28. Doyle Bramhall Sr., Texas Musician, Dies at 62

    November 14, 2011 5:00 PM EST Singer/musician Doyle Bramhall Sr., who collaborated with a number of notable Texas musicians, died at 62 at his home in Alpine, Texas on Sunday (Nov. 13). The cause of death was not immediately known. According to the Austin Chronicle, Bramhall b ...

  29. Backbeat: Tom Jones Helps 'House' Star Hugh Laurie Celebrate Debut Album @ The Mint L.A.

    October 05, 2011 7:00 AM EDT When in doubt, Tom Jones told the 200 people sardined into the tiny Mint nightclub Friday night to see "House" star Hugh Laurie interpret vintage blues, go with "Great Balls of Fire." Jones joined Laurie at the end of his hourl ...

  30. Jessy Dixon, Gospel Star & Pop Collaborator, Dies at 73

    September 26, 2011 8:07 PM EDT Jessy Dixon, a singer and songwriter who introduced his energetic style of gospel music to wider audiences by serving as pop singer Paul Simon's opening act, died Monday. He was 73. Miriam Dixon said her brother died Monday morning at his Chi ...

  31. Wardell Quezergue, 'Creole Beethoven' Composer, Arranger Dead at 81

    September 08, 2011 7:45 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Composer, arranger, bandleader, producer and teacher Wardell Quezergue (kuh-ZEHR), who arranged "Chapel of Love" for the Dixie Cups and was dubbed the "Creole Beethoven" by Allen Toussaint, has died. He was 8 ...

  32. 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Last of the Delta Blues Legends, Dies at 96

    August 29, 2011 8:18 PM EDT David "Honeyboy" Edwards, a Delta blues guitarist and lifetime Grammy Award recipient who said he was there when iconic bluesman Robert Johnson took his last drink of poisoned whiskey, has died. He was 96. Edwards died of congestive hear ...

  33. Etta James Hospitalized With Blood Infection

    May 13, 2011 4:40 PM EDT Three-time Grammy winner Etta James has been hospitalized with blood poisoning. She was hospitalized earlier this week with a urinary tract infection and the blood infection sepsis, her son Sametto James. "It was a really bad infection," ...

  34. Pinetop Perkins, Oldest Grammy Winner, Dead at 97

    March 22, 2011 3:33 AM EDT Pinetop Perkins , one of the last old-school bluesmen who played with Muddy Waters and became the oldest Grammy winner this year, died Monday at his home of cardiac arrest. He was 97. Perkins was having chest pains when he went to take a nap and p ...

  35. Web Trends: Charlie Sheen Dubstep, Bieber Vs. Beethoven Battle Rap, Kim Kardashian's New Song

    March 03, 2011 4:00 PM EST Google Trends: 5. Beale Street Music Festival 2011 The lineup for May's Beale Street Music Festival, held in Memphis, has been announced. Included among those performing are B.o.B., Ludacris, the Flaming Lips, Mumford & Sons, Ke$ha and Ce ...

  36. Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt Team with Patagonia to Raise Funds for Environment

    March 01, 2011 5:00 AM EST Apparel company Patagonia is entering the digital download retail space to raise money for environmental organizations endorsed by artists. Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt and Maroon 5 are among the artists participating in the initiative, w ...

  37. Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup Announced, Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne To Headline

    February 15, 2011 12:18 PM EST The Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is in, and rap superstars Eminem and Lil Wayne, album of the year Grammy winners Arcade Fire, and veteran rock acts Buffalo Springfield and Dr. John and the Original Meters have been tapped to play the summer music festiva ...

  38. Roots Blow Roof Off Grammy Jam Session With Betty Wright, Sara Bareilles, Estelle: Photo Gallery

    February 13, 2011 4:00 PM EST At the Roots' seventh annual pre-Grammy jam Saturday, Betty Wright delivered a show-stopping performance of her minor 1975 hit "Tonight is the Night" as the Philadelphia hip-hop outfit took a Hennessy-sipping audience on historical ...

  39. The Grammy Museum Celebrates Mississippi: Photos

    February 11, 2011 9:40 AM EST (Photo by Phil Gallo) The blues was the central topic of conversation at the Grammy Museum Thursday as the Mississippi Development Authority's Dept. of Tourism premiered a new video on the state's musical history and presented three musi ...

  40. Ailing Etta James' Husband Seeks Control Of Her Finances

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST Ailing R&B singer Etta James is gravely ill and her husband of 41 years is seeking a California court order to control more than $1 million of her money. The 72-year-old singer is best known for the 1961 hit "At Last." Court document ...

  41. BACKBEAT: Buddy Guy And B.B. King Collaborate On New Track

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On September 13 in Las Vegas, legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy-winning icons Buddy Guy and B.B. King wrapped shooting the video for their historic duet “Stay Around A Little Longer” from Buddy Guy’s upcoming Silvertone/Jiv ...

  42. Rare Jimi Hendrix Song Tangled In Dispute

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Jimi Hendrix estate, Martin Scorsese and an old saxophone player named Lonnie Youngblood are among those battling over a 40-year-old song entitled "Georgia Blues" that was recently featured on a Scorsese-directed PBS special on blues ...

  43. BACKBEAT: The Grammy Museum Discusses The Making Of Ray Charles' Unreleased "Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters"

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The making of Ray Charles’ previously unreleased “Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters” was the topic of conversation at the Grammy Museum’s “The Drop” series, presented by American Express, on September 21. The album, which is being released on ...

  44. Phillip Walker, Blues Guitarist, Dies at 73

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Blues guitarist and singer Phillip Walker, who backed such stars as Etta James and Lowell Fulson, has died. He was 73. Marc Lipkin, publicity director for Alligator Records, says Walker died Thursday of heart failure in Palm Springs. Walker perfor ...

  45. Blues Guitarist Phillip Walker Dies At 73

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Blues guitarist and singer Phillip Walker, who backed such stars as Etta James and Lowell Fulson, has died. He was 73. Marc Lipkin, publicity director for Alligator Records, says Walker died Thursday (July 22) of heart failure in Palm Springs. Wal ...

  46. Web Exclusives: The Legacy of Ray Charles

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Concord, Rhino Burnish Ray Charles Catalog With events marking the celebration of Ray Charles’ 80th birthday Sept 23, and a new Ray Charles musical bowing on Broadway this fall, executives at Concord Records, Rhino Records and the Ray Charles Foun ...

  47. North Sea Jazz Fest Heads To Curacao

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The North Sea Jazz festival in Holland is expanding. A new edition of the long-running jazz and blues festival is to launch in Curaçao, off the Venezuelan coast, on September 3-4. Curaçao is one the islands that is part of the Netherlands Antilles ...

  48. New Chess Records Film To Bow This Spring

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST A new feature film about legendary label Chess Records is on the way. "Who Do You Love" tells the story of label founders and siblings Leonard and Phil Chess. Set to open in theaters in April, the film stars Alessandro Nivola ("June ...

  49. Jimi Hendrix Explores New 'Valleys'

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST An album of previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix studio recordings is set for release in March, kicking off a brand new exploration of the legendary guitar virtuoso's life and works in the lead-up to the 40th anniversary of his death in 1970. & ...

  50. Opus 19 Inks Representation Of ARC Catalog

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Opus 19 Music, which was created as a partnership between the Alan Ett Creative Group and Fuji Entertainment Group, will exclusively represent ARC Music for all territories outside Japan and Southeast Asia. Arc Music was acquired by Fuji Media Hol ...

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