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 (www.loc.gov/nrpb). 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.
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Posted 4.10.14 by Karen Murphy
Without the blues, there wouldn’t be any Chicago music.
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
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
WXRT DJ Tom Marker will host a Birthday Benefit Bash on Wednesday, March 12, to celebrate legendary Chicago guitarist Harvey Mandel’s 69th birthday. As everyone should know by now, Mandel is battling cancer and, like many people faced with huge medical bills, needs a little help from his friends.
The event will be at Suite LiveLab Studios in Chicago’s River North neighborhood and will include a SuperJam featuring “The Snake” himself along with a few of his super-talented friends. There also will be a silent auction, a raffle and, of course, cocktails. Get out and show your support for one of Chicago’s true local legends.
WED, MAR 12 | 7-10pm
Suite LiveLab Studios @ Wells and Huron
TICKETS: $20 in advance; $25 at the door
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WATCH HARVEY IN ACTION
Posted 3.7.14 by Karen Murphy
Photo couresty of Jean-Paul Gisclair and NewOrleansOnline.com
It’s not New Orleans, but Chicago has quite a few options for getting into the Mardi Gras spirit. Don’t forget to bring your beads! As they say in the Big Easy, Laissez les bons temps roulez!!!!
MON, MARCH 3
Jambalaya Cookoff with Marcia Ball
FAT TUESDAY (aka MAR 4)
C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band
@ FitzGerald’s, Berwyn
Smiley Tillmon Band and Coyote Riot
@ the Beverly Arts Center
Low Down Brass Band
Brother John Band
@ Heaven on Seven, Naperville
@ Heaven on Seven, Rush St.
@ The Maple Tree Inn, Blue Island
Herman Hines and the Chicago Blues Angels
@ Moe Joe’s, Plainfield
@ the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Arlington Heights
Chicago Diamond Trio
@ Municipal Bar + Dining Co. 7-9pm
NOTE: This band just won a 2014 Chicago Music Award for Best Jazz Entertainer.
Rockin’ Johnny Band
@ Tin Fish, Tinley Park
SUN, MARCH 9
GET IN THE MOOD
Here’s a little music from the Big Easy that will get you in the Mardi Gras mood or maybe planning a trip down there.
Mardi Gras Mambo
Go to the Mardi Gras
Don’t Mess With My Toot Toot
Johnny Billy Goat
Zachary Richard and the Zydeco Rockers
Johnny B. Goode
There is something about this one that reminds me of the Superbowl Shuffle…really.
Who Stole My Monkey
Mardi Gras Zydeco
Queen Ida and her Zydeco Band
James “Sugar Boy” Crawford
Bo Dollis and The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Band
Hey Pocky A-Way
Professor Longhair and the Meters