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John Mayall Voted Into the Blues Music Hall of Fame

Mark Pucci,  of Mark Pucci Media, sent this great news out today,

Legendary “Godfather of British Blues” to be Inducted on May 4 in Memphis


February 17, 2016

John Mayall Voted Into the Blues Music Hall of Fame

MEMPHIS, TN – Legendary “Godfather of British Blues” John Mayall’s name was called when The Blues Foundation announced today (2/17) its list of performers, music, literature and individuals who will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis on May 4. Other performers joining John Mayall in the 2016 Class of Inductees include Elvin Bishop, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson and The Memphis Jug Band.


“The induction ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 4, at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee, the night before the 37th Blues Music Awards,” said The Blues Foundation in its official press release about the new Hall of Fame inductees. “With living musicians like Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton, and legends like Muddy Waters and Koko Taylor, the Blues Hall of Fame consists of blues music’s best and brightest stars. The Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony will coincide with the one year anniversary of the opening of the Blues Hall of Fame Museum, also located in Memphis, TN at the home of the Blues Foundation. This state of the art facility celebrates the lives and the music of each Hall of Fame individual as well as the history of the music and the literature produced through the blues timeline. These newest inductees will be added to the museum’s permanent exhibits and interactive displays in conjunction with their induction this May.


“Elvin Bishop, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson, John Mayall and The Memphis Jug Band will each take their places beside performers who have been deemed by a group of blues scholars and industry veterans to be the Best in the Blues. Each of these musicians has carved his place in blues history. Bishop, Clearwater, Johnson, and Mayall each boast careers that have spanned more than a half century, and their talent has not waned as they each continue to produce music and to perform for devoted audiences, yet each are distinguishable by their stage presence and musical talent. The Memphis Jug Band’s music crossed the racial divides of the first half of the twentieth century and inspired many musicians to follow in their footsteps.”


In March, John Mayall will begin a lengthy tour in support his latest album, Find a Way to Care, released in September on CD, with a vinyl LP version set to come out on February 26 from Forty Below Records, distributed by Sony/RED. Last April saw the release of  John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967 (Never Before Heard Live Performances), a very special archival recording of one the best of his Bluesbreakers band lineups, featuring John Mayall (vocals, keyboards, harmonica), Peter Green (lead guitar), John McVie (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums). John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967 showcases a band that was together for only a scant three months, yet created a lasting legacy, made an immense impact on music and led to the formation of one of the most acclaimed groups of all-time when Green, McVie and Fleetwood left to form Fleetwood Mac. Mayall is currently hard at work in the studio with his band recording a new album.

For over 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, “The Godfather of British Blues.” In 2013, John signed with producer Eric Corne’s label, Forty Below Records, and the three albums released since continue to raise Mayall’s recognition as a true pioneer and innovator in blues and roots music. He continues to perform extensively both in the USA and abroad, and has an ambitious touring schedule in place for the rest of the year that was booked by Monterey International Artists (


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John Mayall Current US Tour Itinerary


3/8                   City Winery                                                    Nashville, TN

3/9                   Variety Playhouse                                           Atlanta, GA

3/10                 Bijou Theatre                                                  Knoxville, TN

3/11                 Neighborhood Theatre                                    Charlotte, NC

3/12                 Lincoln Theatre                                               Raleigh, NC

3/13                 Tin Pan                                                            Richmond, VA

3/15                 Rams Head on Stage                                      Annapolis, MD

3/16                 The Hamilton                                                  Washington, DC

3/17                 Towne Crier                                                    Beacon, NY

3/18                 Sellersville Theatre                                          Sellersville, PA

3/19                 Katherine Hepburn Arts Center                      Old Saybrook,


3/20                 Boulton Center for the Performing Arts         Bay Shore, NY

3/21-3/22         City Winery                                                    New York, NY

3/23                 Bull Run Restaurant                                       Shirley MA

3/24                 Colonial Theatre                                              Pittsfield, MA

3/25                 Flying Monkey                                                Plymouth, NH

3/26                 Cabot Theatre                                                 Beverly, MA

3/27                 Narrows Center for the Arts                           Fall River, MA


Additional dates forthcoming …

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This weekend: Blues around Atlanta, Feb. 19-21

Have you been working hard all week? Feel like getting out of the house and having some fun? Well,what you needissomeliveblues1

There’s some great stuff going on this weekend.. one important thing to checkoutisthe Atlanta Blues Society annual membership meeting. If you are reading this, you need to find out more about the blues society if you are not already a member, and think about joining!The annual meeting is a great place to do that and you get to se eand hearMudcat and the Atlanta Horns as well!

Here’s some other great goings-on for you:


Bruce Katz is at Darwin’s with Catafish & Co and Francine Reed is at Blind Willie’s. Rough Draft is at Fat Matt’s. The 12th Annual Atlanta Blues Festival is at the Fox Theatre with Theodis Ealey, Lattimore, Sir Charles Jones and Calvin RIchardson, Lenny Williams, and Terry Wright. Mike Veal is a Nappoleon’s Grill in Decatur and Barry Richman and Friends have a jam at Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs Roger “Hurricane” Wilson is at Subourbon Bar and Social Club in Kennesaw, followed by The Way Back Band.


Sandra Hall is at Blind Willei’s and TRY is at Darwin’s. The Wid Hares are at Fat Matt’s and Mudcat is at Durango Wood Fire Grill in Duluth.The Phil Harmoncss are at MoonShadow Tavern in Tucker and Bugsy and The Viceroy are at Napoleon’s Grill. The Caznovas are at Northside Tavern and The Yonrico Scott Band are at Steve’s Live Music. The Breeze Kings are at Subourban Bar and Social Club and Diane Durrett & Soul Suga are at Venkman’s.


TThe Atlanta Blues Society has its annual membership  meeting at Blind WIllie’s ith Mudcat and the Atlanta Horns as host band. The Billy George Duo hosts the blues brunch at Cypress Street Pint & Plate and John Hammond appears at Eddie’s Attic. Stephen “Blues Dude” Duncan is at Fat Matt’s and Uncle Sugar is at Northside Tavern. Highlands Bar & Grill in Marietta has a blues jam.

That’s it for this week!Have fun and keep on blueisin’!

P.S. Want to learn more about Georgia blues, pastand present?  You need my book, Southern Crossroads: Georgia Blues.Click  the title to lean more!

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This weekend: Love and blues all around Atlanta

This weekend is all about love with Valentines Day on Sunday, and the blues have a whole lot to say about love, good, bad and potential. The re are a whole lot of options for taking your loved ones out to hear the blues, too. If you don’t have a sweetheart, show some love for your friends or love yourself and take yourself out to hear one of these great shows!

Aside from our always awesome locals, my recommendations for this week are Anders Osborne at Center Stage and The Scissormen at Darwin’s. Yes, I know they are on the same night in different places. You have to figure that one out. I;m going to see The Scissormen but I love Anders Osborne too


George Hughley is at Blind Willie’s and Dark buy i loe Water Rising is at Darwin’s in Marietta. Sole Traelers are at Fat Matt’s and The Larry Griffith Band is at The Martini Bar in  WOodstock. Escape Velocity is at Moon Shadow Tavern in Tucker and Mike Veal appears at Napoleon’s Grill in Decatur. Ralph Ellis joins THe Breeze Kings at Northside Tavern and Barry Richman is at Subourbon Social Club and Bar in Kennesaw.


Ted Drokowski’s Scissormen are at Darwin’s and Sandra Hall is at Blind Willie’s. Seminole Jackson is at Fat Matt’s and Tribute is taThe Alamo in Newnan. .Anders Osborne appears at Center Stage with Amy Helm and he Handsome Strangers.. The Breeze Kings are at Durango Wood Fire Grill in Duluth and Garrett Collins & Brooks Mason are at Monkey’s Uncle in Griffin. The Rainmen are at Napoleon’s grill and Ike Stubblefield & rriends are at Northside Tavern. The Larry Griffith Band is at The Painted Pin .Roger “Hurricane” Wilson is at Subourbon Bar in Kennesaw from 5 to 8 pm and The Retro-Rockets are at the VFW in Lawrenceville. The Vintage Boogie Band has a Valentine’s party at Red’s Timbers in Smyrna.


Diane Durrett & Junebug Massey are at acoustics at Oaks End, whch is taking place at The Amerrican Legion Post 160 in Smyrna.  The Billy George Duo hosts the blues brunch at Cypress Street Pint & Plate. and Stephen “Blues Dude” Duncan is at Fat Matt’s. Uncle Sugar is at Northside Tavern and Highlands Bar & Grill has a blues jam in Marietta.

That’s it! Happy Valentine’s Day, I love you, and keep on bluesin’!

P.S. If you would like to show me a little love, my new book Southern Crossroads: Georgia Blues is available on Amazon and for Kinle or ask me about it if you see me around town!



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Johnny Rawls: Tiger in a Cage

Johnny Rawls’ new album Tiger In a Cage starts out tough, with the ery urban title song  about a young black man in prison. It’s a strong number and Rawls delivers it well. But I was happy when the album then reerted to his characteristic soul  and r ‘n b for the rest of the 9 original numbers and 3 covers. The covers are sam Cooke’s “Having a Party,” Jackie Wilson’s “Your Love Is Lifting Me (Higher and Higher),” and The Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden,: and these versions are as spectacular as any I  have  ever heard,  the original versions. The originals on the CD are all strong numbers with the duet with Eden Brent, :Southern Honey,” being extra special. It is sexy, sultry and soulful.

You will enjoy this CD,

Tiger in a Cage Hi-Res Cover



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The Riff Riders:”Hit the Road”

Hit the Road is the first album for Erie, PA’s Riff Riders, but it won’t be the last, I’m sure. I am always happy to hear another strong female-led band, and Amy “Shally” Shallenberger is definitely strong. Hers if the sort of full voice that is capable of handling the hardest blues-rock, rockabilly and straight blues. She is ably backed by e Riff Riders Sean Seth on lead and cigar box guitar, Otis James on harmonica, bassist Tony LaPaglia and drummer Joe Caprara. Together, they make fabulous, unbridled, non-stop music. The songs are original and each one holds the listener’s interest. I strongly suggest you pick this one up as soon as possible!

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This weekend: Blues in and around Atlanta

What a musical weekend! A major opportunity for a very special experience is Lazer Lloyd, Israel’s King of the Blues, at Crossroads in Peachtree City. If  you haven’t seen him I promise you will be energized, uplifted, inspired and thoroughly rocked by this amazing artist!

Delta Moon is also in town at Blind Willie’s this weekend and Mudcat and The AtlantaHorns promise a good time at Darwin’s, where you can also see their shiny new Keeping the Blues Alive award!. Franine Reed is at Eddeie’s Attic and The Blind Boys of Alabama are appearing at Roswell Cultural Center.

February means Mardi Gras and Zydefunk celebrates with their annual King Cake party at Northside Tavvern.

So if you want something fun to do, it’s all there for you this weekend, plus all these other great shows:


Sandra Hall is at Blind WIllie’s. The Donna Hopkins Bandis at Darwin’s and The Hollidays are at Fat  Matt’s. The Georgia Flood is at Celtic Taern in Conyers and the Larry Griffith Band is at The Fpa’s 5th annual Mardi Gras & Casino Night in Roswell. The  Breeze kings are at Meehan’s Public House in Sandy springs and Zydefunk has their annual King Cake party at Northside Tavern. Non stop Blues Band is at Red hare Brewing Company and Semonile Jackson and the New  Dixie Blues Band is at Rock n Taco in Sandy Springs. Roger “Hurricnae” Wilson is at Subourbon Social Club and Raw Bar in Kennesaw.


Lazer Lloyd is at Crossroads Bar & Grill in Peachtree City. Delta Moon is at Blind Willie’s and Medcat and the Atlanta Horns are at Darwins. Fat Back Deluxe is at Fat Matt’s. The Vintage Boogie Band is at MoonShadow Tavern in Tucker and Heather Luttrell is at Napoleon’s Grill in Decatur.Tribute ice;ebrates the Allman Brothers at Northsie Tavern and Funky Bluester isat The Pointe in Conyers. The Blind Boys of Alabama are at Roswell Cultural Center and The Mar-Tans are at Venkman’s. Fuve Long Years are at Wild Wing Cafe in Suwanee.


Francine Reed is at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. The Billy George Duo hosts the blues brunch at Cypress Street Pint & Plate and Stephen “Blues Dude” Duncan is at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack.Uncle Sugar is at Northside Tavern. There’s a blues jam at Highland’s Bar & Grill in Marietta.

That’s it! Have fun and keep on bluesin’!

P.S. Don’t forget you can buy my new book, Southern Crossroads: Georgia Blues on Amazon in print or for Kindle or ask me about me if you see me around!

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Review: The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN


We attended the Interntional Blues Challemge this year for the first time and this is my attempt to sort out and write about the happy, exciting chaos that was our experience of the event.

The International Blues Challenge happens every year on and around Beale Street. Blues Societies from all over the US and around the world  send representative musicians in the Solo/Duo and Band categories, as well as Youth Groups who appear in a showcase but do not coopete. In addition, there are other showcases from record labels and others occurring. This year, 250 acts competed. The groups appear at clubs allup and down Beale. The Competition starts on Tuesday and ends on Saturday with the finals. We got there on Thusday, in time for the quarter-finals. 

After making the long  drive from Marietta, GA to Memphis we checked into our hotel and walked the five blocks to Beale.  We had no idea where to start but we had just listened to Chris Popovic’s excellent new CD”The Next Place I eave,” in the car so we went to The Pig to see him. he place was crammed but a very  nice ouople from Ohio let us sit with them. We ate excellent barbecue and listened to Popovic’s performance, which was excellent. We then proceeded to another club, and right here I must conress that I cannot remember who we saw where in every case. It was, as I said, happy chaos. We saw Atlanta’s solo/duo entry, Blind Cadilac, and they did a good job under somewhat difficult circumstances.  The acoustics were not ideal in that club for an acoustic act, especially in the midst of that crowd.  Leaving there, we stumbled on to Rum Boogie, where we heard the excellent Markey Blue, Atlanta’s band representatives. We had met up with the large and enthusiastic Atlanta contingent, all dear friends of vours ,by this time. Markey’s performance was high-energy as usual and they adanced to the semi-fianls the next day, although Blind Cadillac did not.

On Friday, we had breakfast at Miss Polly’s, which was delicious, and then went to the Blind Raccoon showcase, whee we heard an act new to us, JoyAnn Parker





. We loved her and her band and I got to meet Betsie Brown, who sends me a lot of CDs from Blind Raccoon.

We left there and went to the Women in Blues showcase to see Tullie Brae, which was so packed that I did not think we could stay. Ken and I started to leave, but outside the building Ken said,”That’s a really nice hat.” Turning aruond, I caught sight of a tall top hat with a jeweled cross on the front over the top of the crowd. “That’s Tullie!” I cried and pushedmy way to her. She was thrilled to see us and threw her arms around me. “Are you coming to see me?” “We want to, Tullie, but there’s no room to sit or stand in there.” “I have a seat for you, she said, grabbing my arm. So this beautiful and very tall woman pushes her way through the crow dragging me along with Ken just behind and takes us to her table in thev ery back. Her manager Jamie Fallon was there and greeted us happily, along with several people I didn’t know.Tullie disappeared toward the stage and we settled in,when a woman who works for Blues E-News looked up and said, “Oh hi, Rb!” I glanced his way and it was Rb Stone, stpping by to say hello I had never met him but had just reviewed his marvelous CD, ” Some Call it Freedom, so was thrilled to meet him. He had read the review and remembered that I reviewed his last one as well, and was very gracious.

We got to hear and see Tullie, who as exciting and dynamic as always and then went bak to the Blind Racooon showcase to catch Diane Durrett and Soul Suga at the Blind Raccoon showcase with some of the Atlanta contingent. What a lot of fun they are to watch. They sound great and they look great. From there we went to the Youth Showcase and heard our Atlanta group, No Solution, who impressed the crowd, but the kids and the older people, with their talent. I can’t wait until they are old enough to compete for Atlanta in a few years.

I am mildly mobility challenged due to diabetes issues and require a cane for walking some of the time. At this point, I was worn out and we called it an early night and went back to the hotel.

Really, that pretty much ends the Blues Challenge coverage. We wanted to get tickets to see our friends Lindsay and Aiken pick up their Keeping the Blues Alive award for our favorite club and home way from home, Darwin’s,  at the Orpheum Theater, especially since I wrote their application and all the desciptions The Blues Foundation used on the website and inthe award programs were mine. But the tickets were sold out so we spent the day exploring some of Memphis’ museums and special places, and I  will tell you about that in the next article. Saturday night, we went to an ater-parypresented by one of the nicest men in contemporary blues, Jeff Jensen, and his amazing band,Bill RUffino and David Green. It was a highlight of the trip for both of us because we love Jeff. A special moment was when Mick Kolassa got up a ang a verse with them. I really like Mick as both person and performer (and producer.) They don’t stand still so this is as close asa we could get to a good picture:

The whole experience was exhausting but exciting and fun. The talent of every competitor we heard was astounding. I really hope to do it again next year!