National Recording Registry adds two blues songs

Elmore James

Library of Congress National Recording Registry has added its required 25 songs for 2013 and two are blues songs:

Caldonia by Louis Jordan (1945) and
Dust My Broom by Elmore James (1951).

    The National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 requires the addition of 25 recordings each year that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. The Registry now totals 400 recordings, which is a very small part of the Library’s complete recorded sound collection of more than 3.5 million items.

    The Library is currently accepting nominations for the next registry at the NRPB website ( A quick spin through the list tells me we have some work to do. Little Walter and Willie Dixon are both on the list for the same song, but I didn’t see Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Koko Taylor, etc., etc. etc. The public can vote, so go ahead and nominate some of your favorites.




    Posted 4.10.14 by Karen Murphy

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    WCBS Meetup April 6

    The Windy City Blues Society is hosting another Meetup on Sunday, April 6, at 6pm at Jerry’s on Division.  The Meetup will be followed by a blues jam hosted by Low-reen and the Maxwell St. Market Blues Band.

    Come on down and meet the WCBS executive committee members and learn about the WCBS, how you can help out at our Street Stage at Blues Fest and what other volunteer opportunities are available.
    WARNING: Don’t volunteer if you don’t like to have fun.

    WHAT: Windy City Blues Society Meetup
    WHEN: Sunday, April 6 @ 6-7pm
    WHERE: Jerry’s | 1938 W. Division |

    Blues jam will be held from 7-11pm. All blues musicians welcome.

    Posted 4.4.14 by Karen Murphy

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    Chicago Music Summit 2013 online

    Without the blues, there wouldn’t be any Chicago music.

    —Janice Monti
    Dominican University

    If you were not able to attend the Chicago Music Summit 2013, audiotapes of all the panels are now online. There are 23 interesting tracks, including the one that I attended: Blues Impurities: The Contemporary Chicago Scene and What Lies Ahead. This panel, moderated by Dominican University’s Janice Monti, featured Matthew Skoller, Sharon Lewis, Wayne Baker Brooks, Nellie “Tiger” Travis and Sugar Blue, who introduced himself as “the angry black man on the panel.” Despite what the website says, Oman Coleman was not on the panel.

    Too bad that the live performances that followed the panels are not also online since there was a particularly great performance by Eric “Guitar” Davis and the Troublemakers in the blues room.

    Check ‘em out.

    Posted 4.4.14 by Karen Murphy


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    City of Chicago announces
    2014 Blues Fest Lineup

    The City of Chicago has released the full lineup for the 2014 Chicago Blues Fest, which will be held June 13 – 15 in Grant Park. There also is a full schedule of events leading up to the Fest in May and early June.

    Check it out right now.

    Posted 4.2.14 by Karen Murphy

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    Help Walter Trout

    Walter Trout (Photo by Jeff Katz)

    Blues guitarist Walter Trout is seriously ill and needs a  liver transplant soon. He is currently at UCLA and in and out of intensive care.

    A YouCaring website has been set up for Trout and donations so far are more than $150,00, but even though Trout has insurance, his medical bills are enormous.


    Watch this concert recorded live at Amsterdam’s Paradiso Club.

    Posted 3.27.14 by Karen Murphy


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