CONTEMPORARY RELEASE OF THE YEAR
FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR, GUITAR PLAYER OF YEAR
HAVING A WILD WEEKEND
Man we are one happy Blues411 to be back in South Carolina for the remainder (we hope) of 2015. It’s been a great year and this weekend was the icing on the blues cake.
Off to Bradenton, Florida where we had the honor of attending a Blues In The Schools performance by the young band, ‘In Layman Terms‘.
These two young artists played before a packed auditorium of their peers and sold them the blues and kept the crowd involved and entertained at a very high level. It was great to witness.
Then later Friday night we got to see Jeff Jensen perform at Ace’s Lounge, we took the opportunity to present him his ‘Contemporary Release’ Award to him in front of his fans and, let me tell you, it was a spectacular night.
Saturday was the Bradenton Blues Festival (award winning). Packed from the very first note by Ruf Records ‘Girls With Guitars’ and standing room only (at an outdoor venue) for the final act, Janiva Magness.
Every band, seemed to know that it was going to be a special event – and they responded with some of their best performances this year.
We had the honor of presenting Mike Zito with his ‘Guitar Hero’ Award, and then to the Bradenton Blues Festival their award for 2015. Paul Benjamin certainly knows how to book and run a festival, and if you are thinking of starting one or need a kick start contact Paul.
Now on to the top of the chart this week. Noah Wotherspoon, a very talented young artist who’se guitar playing is superb, and his songwriting and vocal abilities are very impressive.
Just one new addition this week, Crooked Eye Tommy and his release ‘Butterflies & Snakes’ will please ya in a rockin’ soulful way.
Our Amuse Bouche this week features December Birthdays for living artists. There a bunch of them but we are limited to about eleven, and some of them you may not have heard of, so give them an ear and see what ya think.
A Baker’s Dozen of Blues, on MojoWax Radio presented by Blues MusicMagazine at LIVE365.com.
Baker’s Dozen: Current Chart & Playlist on Radio Show
|1||2||Noah Wotherspoon Band||Mystic Mud||9. Dead Man’s Shoes*|
|2||3||Zac Harmon||Right Man Right Now||4. Stand Your Ground|
|3||4||JJ Appelton & Jason Ricci||Dirty Memory||4. New Man|
|4||5||Mighty Mike Schermer||Blues In Good Hands||13. Hear You Call Him Baby|
|5||6||Fiona Boyes||Box & Dice||7. Mama’s Sanctified Amp|
|6||7||Kevin Selfe||Buy My Soul Back||3. Buy My Soul Back|
|7||9||Karen Lovely||Ten Miles of Bad Road||2. Company Graveyard|
|8||8||Samantha Fish||Wild Heart||7. Turn It Up|
|9||10||Anthony Geraci||Fifty Shades of Blue||4. Heard That Tutwiler Whistle Blow|
|10||11||Mick Kolassa||Ghosts of the Riverside Hotel||8. Mama Told Me Not To Come*|
|11||12||Mitch Woods||Jammin on The High C’s||14. Boom Boom|
|12||13||Mudcat & the Atlanta Horns||While You Were Away||7. The Devil Is Real|
|13||~||Crooked Eye Tommy||Butterflies & Snakes||9. Mad & Disgusted*|
Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch
|Webb Wilder||Mississippi Moderne||11. Lucy Mae Blues|
|Colin Linden||Rich In Love||3. Delia Come To Me|
|Dudley Taft||Skin & Bones||1. Skin & Bones|
|The Jimmys||Hot Dish||1. Lose That Woman|
|D’Mar & Gill||Take It Like That||3. Song For Honeyboy|
|Andy T. – Nick Nixon Band||Numbers Man||6. Pretty Girls Everywhere|
|Nikki Hill||Heavy Hearts Hard Fists||8. Mama Wouldn’t Like It|
|Cedric Burnside Project||Descendants of the Hill Country||1. Born With It|
|Mike Zito & The Wheel||Keep Coming Back||8. Get Out Of Denver|
|Wee Willie Walker||If Nothing Ever Changes||1. Born With It|
Amuse Bouche: December Birthdays
|Rickey Godfrey||I Want Me A Nasty Woman|
|Mark Bumgarner||Coffee and Chicken|
|Paxton Norris||Living Tight|
|Sean Carney||Nineteen Years Old|
|Jim Shaneberger||One More Chance|
|Eef Guitar||The Elword Blues|
|Michael Tash||Mailbox Blues|
|Tom Holland||Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop|
|Dave Gross||You’re Not The One|
|Kirby Sewell||Girl With A New Tatoo|
|Michael Packer||See That My Grave Is Kept Clean|
THIS JUST IN:
Grammy Nominations for Americana/Blues Release:
49. BEST BLUES ALBUM
Descendants Of Hill Country
Cedric Burnside Project
Outskirts Of Love
Born To Play Guitar
Muddy Waters 100
John Primer & Various Artists
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411