Ian Siegal and Jimbo Mathus Celebrate LIVE Release ‘Wayward Sons’

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Wayward Sons is an evocative snapshot of a special night of dry banter, salty tales and classic songs performed with industrial-strength charisma by two artists at the top of their game. The atmospheric album places the listener squarely in the midst of the crowd as they cheer the Anglo-American duo through a diverse set of self-penned songs and classics from the book of Americana.

In the autumn of 2014, on their first tour together, Ian Siegal and Jimbo Mathus rolled into the sleepy Dutch town of Hoogland. They pitched camp at Cafe De Noot, which despite its parochial name has been hosting international touring artists for more than 20 years. What followed was a special night. The set might easily have been lost into folklore, kept alive only in the memories of the fans that packed the venue. Thankfully, somebody hit ‘record.’

Even in the age of auto-tune and Pro Tools, you can’t fake chemistry ~ and Wayward Sons proves the Siegal/Mathus partnership has it in spades. The pairs friendship goes back to 2013, when Mathus contributed banjo and mandolin to Siegal’s acclaimed album, The Picnic Sessions, recorded in Mississippi. Despite hailing from opposite sides of the Atlantic, the two men found they shared a cultural touchstone, not to mention a rare musical understanding that bleeds into Wayward Sons. Siegal’s acoustic and slide guitar dovetails with Mathus’ mandolin, harmonica and kazoo, while vocal harmonies lock horns.

This standout show from their first tour together also finds the duo’s banter in whip-cracking form, whether Siegal is claiming to be the mayor of Hoogland, or Mathus is wryly reminding us that he’s still very much alive. Siegal and Mathus are undeniably stellar live musicians, racing through a set list that airs a fistful of classics from their respective catalogs, as well as some rip-it-up reboots of old standards.

This album is available directly from Nugene or from leading online and street-level stores.

Hipshakers & Heartbreakers

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The Delta Generators are excited to release their fourth studio album “Hipshakers & Heartbreakers”, a collection of ten songs that range from Roots Rock to Blues, Soul to Americana. This time around the Delta Generators recorded at Woolly Mammoth studio in Waltham MA. David Minehan (guitar player for The Replacements and the Neighborhoods) recorded the album. This album was mixed by multi Grammy Award winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Buddy Guy, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, North Mississippi Allstars, Beck, etc.) at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN and mastered by multi Grammy Award winner Richard Dodd (Tom Petty, Keb Mo’, Dixie Chicks). Fans helped us to fund the album through PledgeMusic.com.

This album is special to the band because nine months before this album was recorded, Rick O’Neal (cofounding member and bass player) had a major (idiopathic) stroke at age 41. His stroke was so serious that after his five-hour surgery to repair his artery and remove blood clots from his brain, he could not talk and his right arm and leg did not work. To continue performing, Rick had to relearn how to play bass in a different way. For now, Rick actually has to play almost exclusively with his left hand (fretting hand). He has inspired many people who come see the Delta Generators play live. His message to anyone who asks is “Don’t give up” and Rick has not given up his dream of being a recording and live/performing artist. He has been a huge inspiration to us all.

In the last couple of years, the Delta Generators have shared the stage with such acts as Robert Cray, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Three Dog Night, Jimmie Vaughn, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter, Walter Trout, Popa Chubby, Bonerama, Candye Kane, Michael Burks, John Lee Hooker Jr. and Sonny Landreth, among many others. Notable musicians have joined the Delta Generators on stage, including Brad Whitford of Aerosmith.

The Delta Generators have accomplished a lot since forming in 2008. They won the Boston Blues Society’s Blues challenge in 2008, which earned them a spot in the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis in 2009. The band finished as a Top 10 Finalist out of over a hundred bands. The Delta Generators also won an Independent Music Award for Best Blues Album category for their debut album, Devil in the Rhythm, in 2009 . In 2009 they won Best Blues Band in Worcester Magazine and were nominated for Best R&B Act in the Boston Phoenix in 2010. The DG’s 2nd album Hard River to Row was selected by the Blues Foundation as a Top 5 Finalist (out of entries worldwide) in the Best Self Produced CD competition at the International Blues Challenge in 2011. This album also placed nationally at # 8 on the JamBand Radio Chart, # 17 on the Living Blues Radio Chart and #25 in the Roots Music Report. The DG’s were nominated for Best Blues Act 2011 by The Boston Music Awards, and Best Blues Band 2013 by Worcester Magazine Music Awards. In 2016 the band is nominated for a New England Music Award

Murali Coryell

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As the son of guitar legend Larry Coryell, Murali grew up around the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, and Carlos Santana. Now with 8 CD’s to his credit, Murali Coryell was inducted into the New York State Blues Hall of Fame in 2013 and was a 2014 BMA Nominee. Murali is a triple threat contemporary blues artist who can sing, write and play guitar with the best in the business.

In 1994, Murali got his first touring experience backing up Folk Music icon Richie Havens. In 1995, Murali joined Duke Robillard’s touring band and was quickly signed as a solo artist resulting in the Stax/Volt influenced “Eyes Wide Open”.  In 1999 Murali recorded “2120” for Marshall Chess in which Rolling Stone named Murali “One promising new hound”. In addition to touring with his own band, Murali has toured as a featured artist with Larry Coryell, Bill Evans, and Joe Louis Walker.

“Murali’s 2009 CD release “Sugar Lips” reached # 5 in 2010 on the Living Blues Radio Chart and was recorded in Nashville with Tom Hambridge, Grammy winning producer of Buddy Guy. Cortney Harding of Billboard called it “one sweet triptych across the musical map”.  The 2013 release Murali Coryell-Live spent 3 months in a row in the top 25 on The Living Blues Radio Chart. The 2014 release “Restless Mind” recorded in Austin, TX has been described by many as Murali’s best work to date.

EDDY CLEARWATER TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE BLUES HALL OF FAME

Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater at the State Street Blues Stroll, Media Theatre Main Stage, 104 E. State St., Media Saturday, June 12; 7 p.m.Tickets: $15 - $20 Info: 610-566-5039 or www.statestreetblues.org
On Tuesday, February 16, The Blues Foundation announced musical legend Eddy Clearwater will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 4 in Memphis, TN. The Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel will host the event as it is being held in conjunction with the 37th Blues Music Awards.

Eddy Clearwater is among the very finest practitioners of the West Side Chicago blues. He won the Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues – Male Artist of the Year in 2001. His 2003 CD, Rock ‘N’ Roll City (Bullseye Blues) was nominated for a Grammy Award. DownBeat says, “Left-hander Eddy Clearwater is a forceful six-stringer…He lays down some gritty West Side shuffles and belly-grinding slow blues that highlight his raw chops, soulful vocals, and earthy, humorous lyrics.”

Congratulations, Eddy. We are very proud of you.
To learn more:  Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE ALLIGATOR RECORDS’ 45TH ANNIVERSARY & OTIS RUSH

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The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has announced the Petrillo Bandshell line-up for the 33rd Annual Chicago Blues Festival taking place June 10–12, 2016 in Grant Park. The free admission three-day festival opens on Friday, June 10 with a celebration of Alligator Records’ 45th anniversary, and concludes on Sunday, June 12 with a special tribute to legendary bluesman Otis Rush featuring notable friends and other musicians he has influenced throughout his career. Other festival headliners include Fred Wesley & The New J.B.’s, Irma Thomas and Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters. The full schedule will be announced later this spring.

Friday, June 10 – Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Celebration
The festival opens on June 10 with a salute to Chicago’s Alligator Records who, in 2016, celebrates 45 years of “Genuine Houserockin’ Music.” The Chicago Tribune says Alligator is “America’s most revered blues label.” Rolling Stone says, “Alligator Records has reached dizzying heights in celebrating the blues.”

6:00pm – Tommy Castro & the Painkillers. The San Francisco Chronicle says Castro plays ““funky Southern soul, big city blues and classic rock… silvery guitar licks that simultaneously sound familiar and fresh.” DownBeat calls the band’s new album, Method To My Madness, “a high water mark in their career.” Castro will be joined by special guest, Chicago bluesman Tornozo Cannon. He’ll unleash songs from his Alligator Records debut, The Chicago Way.

7:00pm – Longtime favorites Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials will bring their raw and rowdy blues back to the main stage. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “A party band in the best sense of the word…the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor.” The band’s most recent CD is 2012’s Jump Start. Harmonica master Corky Siegel will join the band as a special guest for an unforgettable collaboration.

8:15pm – Shemekia Copeland, whose 2015 album Outskirts Of Love received a Grammy nomination, will headline the tribute. USA Today says, “Shemekia captures the timelessness of the blues while spinning it forward with remarkable maturity.” She will be joined by guest Curtis Salgado, the award-winning vocalist and harmonicist whose new Alligator CD, The Beautiful Lowdown, will be released on April 8, 2016.

Saturday, June 11 – Soul/R&B Night
6:30pm – Grammy-winner Irma Thomas’ career has spanned over five decades since her first hit in 1960, 
You Can Have My Husband But Don’t Mess With My Man.

8:15pm – Fred Wesley & The New J.B.’s. Wesley is best known as the music director, arranger, trombonist and a primary composer for the legendary James Brown from 1968 to 1975.

The evening’s opening performance begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be announced at a later date.

Sunday, June 12 – Tribute to Otis Rush
Legendary blues guitarist Otis Rush arrived in Chicago from Mississippi in the 1950s after seeing Muddy Waters perform while visiting his sister. Rush worked tirelessly to establish himself as an innovative blues guitarist, bandleader, singer and songwriter by playing with the legendary bluesmen of the day. Rush set new standards and influenced countless blues and rock musicians, including Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Led Zeppelin and many others. A fearless electric guitarist, Rush was a leader in creating the modern, R&B influenced Chicago blues we know today as the West Side Sound.

5:00pm – Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters open the night. As an award-winning blues guitarist, Ronnie Earl learned from Rush and considers him to be the greatest musical influence on his career and life.

6:30pm – Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater brings his West Side blues to the main stage.The New York Times says, “Clearwater is equally adept at Chuck Berry-style guitar as he is at deeper blues style. He’s a fine singer who puts on a wild, exciting show…the sort of exuberant entertainer who can turn a concert into a party.”

8:00pm – Friends, artists and surprise guests will come together to celebrate Otis Rush with a special tribute featuring the confirmed artists to date: Jimmy Johnson, Abb Locke, Brian Jones, Carl Weathersby, Bob Stoger, Sumito Ariyoshi, Big Ray, John Kattke, Mike Wheeler, Lurrie Bell, Shun Kikuta, Eddie Shaw, Sam Burton, among others. The entire lineup and additional guests will be announced at a later date.  

A complete line-up and schedule for all stages, as well as preview events, will be released this spring.

For more information, please visit chicagobluesfestival.us.

Blues for Peace

BLUES FOR PEACE is a grass roots movement of musicians, music promoters, music venues & anybody who would like to help promote peace. May 27-30, 2016 there will be musical events in cities and towns around the world sending a message of peace. BLUES FOR PEACE has partnered with the USA for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and will be raising money to assist refugees world-wide. You can join the movement by going to the BLUES FOR PEACE Facebook page: Blues for Peace on Facebook

Sugar Blue will release his 1st Studio Recording in Over 5 years

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Northport N.Y. – M.C. Records is proud to announce the signing of modern blues harmonica sensation Sugar Blue. The new release Voyage will be all originals except for one Ray Charles cover, “Mary Ann.” The recording is full of what makes Sugar Blue and his band so special; passionate song-writing, tight arrangements and of course Sugar Blue’s out of this world harmonica playing. Voyage is due out in the spring and will mark Blue’s first studio album in over five years.

Look for Sugar and his band to be taking their own brand of contemporary blues from coast-to-coast and around the world.

The 25th anniversary of M.C. Records is off to a strong start. We will not only be releasing a new Sugar Blue effort, also a new Joanna Connor recording both in the spring. In addition, look for an announcement of our third release coming later in 2016 with one of the great blues/roots guitarists of the past 30 + years!

“One of the foremost harmonica blowers in all of Modern blues…” – Rolling Stone

“…an extravagantly lyrical harmonica player” – New York Times

GRAMMY AWARD WINNER VANCE POWELL TO MIX DELTA GENERATORS NEW ALBUM

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It is now official, The Delta Generators will be heading to Nashville to have Multi Grammy award winning
producer/engineer/mixer Vance Powell mix their new album. Vance has engineered and mixed such artists as the White Stripes, Jack White, Beck, Buddy Guy, Chris Stapleton, Keb Mo, Sturgill Simpson, Rival Sons, North Mississippi Allstars, Kings of Leon and on and on and on. Vance has Grammy’s for artist including Buddy Guy and the Raconteurs (one of Jack Whites many bands). He also had a #1 album on billboard 200 last month with the Chris Stapleton’s album, “Traveler”.

It is a very lucky day to have this opportunity. It will take more funds to hire Vance, but the band wants to go all the way with this new album.

To help the Delta Generators get the album mixed, mastered and pressed, go to:
PLEDGEMUSIC.com/DELTAGENERATORS

Live for Hope: The new Karp-Foley CD Release to Benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

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The Karp-Foley Band is excited to announce the release fo a double live CD to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (www.OCRF.org). The double CD set, Live for Hope, features live performances by acclaimed blues/Americana musicians, Peter Karp and Sue Foley.

The September, 2015 release date coincides with Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The first CD in the set, Peter Karp’s The Arson’s Match, was originally broadcast live on Sirius Satellite Radio during a 2004 performance at the historic Bottom Line in New Tork City to a sold out audience. Backed by a glowing ensemble of consummate talent, Karp, a masterful slide guitarist and exhilarating vocalist, teams up with gruitarist Mick Taylor of the legendary Rolling Stones. Together, Karp and his Roadshow Band put forth an inspired performance of some of Karp’s finest original songs.

The second CD, Change by Sue Foley, is an awared-winning, live acoustic blues CD recorded in 2004 at Toronto’s preeminent listening room and live music venue, Hugh’s Room. Change is a notable departure from Foley’s distinguishable high energy, soulful blues-rock sound and reveals her softer and more playful side. This CD earned Foley three Maple Blues Awards including Recording of the Year. All proceeds from the sale and download of the CD set will benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in loving memory of Peter Karp’s late wife, Mary Lou Karp, who died from the disease in 2009.

“Mary Lou Bonney Karp was a remarkable writer, a poet, a daughter, a mother and my wife of 25 years. In June of 2009 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She died 9 months later on February 17, 2009. While she had vague and disconnected symptoms for years, no one saw it coming. She was misdiagnosed (which happens often) with a back problem. This CD is to honor her memory. Before Mary Lou became sick, we knew nothing about ovarian cancer. Now I know that it is a vicious, silent killer of woman and that the only way to stop it is to spread the word about early detection.” – Peter Karp

“We are really happy to be able to donate our two live CD’s to raise money and awareness for ovarian cancer research. Knowing the loss that Peter and his family suffered through brought the pain and destruction of this devastating desease to light. This is the beginning of our pursuit to give back through donating our music and organizaing concerts and fundraisers, with the ultimate goal of stamping out ovarian cancer for good.” – Sue Foley

Get your copy today; support a worthy cause:
OCRF.org Download Live4Hope

Eddy Clearwater Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

BLUES LEGEND EDDY CLEARWATER RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE

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Legendary Chicago bluesman Eddy Clearwater will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Blues Blast online magazine. Clearwater will accept his award in person at the 9th Annual Blues Blast Music Awards Ceremonies on September 25th, 2015 at the Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois.

Clearwater is an intense, flamboyant, blues-rocking showman. He’s equally comfortable playing the deepest, most heartfelt blues or rocking, good-time party music. DownBeat says, “Left-hander Eddy Clearwater is a forceful six-stringer…He lays down some gritty West Side shuffles and belly-grinding slow blues that highlight his raw chops, soulful vocals, and earthy, humorous lyrics.”

Between his slashing guitar work, his room-filling vocals, and his self-defined “rock-a-blues” style (a mix of blues, rock, rockabilly, country and gospel), Clearwater is among the very finest practitioners of the West Side Chicago blues. He won the Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues – Male Artist of the Year in 2001. His 2003 CD, Rock ‘N’ Roll City (Bullseye Blues) was nominated for a Grammy Award.

WEST SIDE STRUT, released on Alligator in 2008, is an energized mix of West Side blues and old school rock injected with a tough, up-to-the-minute contemporary edge. Featuring some of Eddy’s hottest playing ever recorded, the CD burns with his stinging guitar and rough-and-ready vocals. Guests include Eddy’s old friends Lonnie Brooks, Jimmy Johnson, Billy Branch and Otis Clay as well as Ronnie Baker Brooks (who also produced) playing some scintillating guitar parts.

Born Edward Harrington on January 10, 1935 in Macon, MS, Eddy and his family moved to Birmingham, AL in 1948. With music from blues to gospel to country and western surrounding him from an early age, Eddy taught himself to play guitar (left-handed and upside down), and began performing with various gospel groups, including the legendary Five Blind Boys of Alabama. After moving to Chicago in 1950, Eddy stayed with an uncle and took a job as a dishwasher, saving as much as he could from his $37 a week salary. His first music jobs were with gospel groups playing in local churches. Through his uncles’s contacts, Eddy met many of Chicago’s blues stars. He fell deeper under the spell of the blues, and befriended Magic Sam, who would become one of Eddy’s closest friends and teachers.

By 1953, as Guitar Eddy, he was making a strong name for himself, working the South and West Side bars regularly. After hearing Chuck Berry in 1957, Eddy added that rock and roll element to his already searing blues style, creating a unique sound that defines him to this day. He recorded his first single, Hill Billy Blues, for his uncle’s Atomic H label in 1958 under the name Clear Waters (his manager at the time, drummer Jump Jackson, came up with the name as a play on Muddy Waters).

The name Clear Waters morphed into Eddy Clearwater, and Eddy worked the local circuit steadily throughout the 1950s, 1960s and into the 1970s. He found huge success in the 1970s among Chicago’s young rock ‘n’ roll fans, who responded to his individual brand of the blues, his rock and roll spirit and his high energy stage show.

His first full-length LP, 1980s The Chief was the initial release on Chicago’s Rooster Blues label. A number of records for various labels has kept him in-demand around the globe. His slicing guitar licks and “rock-a-blues” music — along with his uninhibited live show — give fans a dose of the real West Side Chicago blues played by a legendary blues master.