In the midst of the
uncertainty out in the world, the Blues
Festival Guide team is still working to bring you the latest happenings on
the festival circuit, as well as editorial features to uplift your spirit and
connect you with the Blues community. Here’s a sneak peek into what we’re working
What’s Cookin’with Victor Wainwright
Check out what award-winning piano man Victor
Wainwright is cookin’. The now Memphis-based Georgia native says, “What takes us from Savannah to Memphis on the
music and food train? What’s relatively cheap, can feed an army and bring
together a house full of musicians to the dinner table amid the loud music
playing, chatter, laughter and normal everyday noise? Memphis Loud BBQ Stew with Mamma’s Cornbread!”
Don’t miss out on Wainwright’s own recipes for smoked pork butt, BBQ stew and
cornbread. You know what’s good about
smoked pulled pork? Everything.
The Healing BluesBy Anita Schlank, Ph.D.
The frightening new realities caused by
today’s worldwide pandemic have got us all on edge. Fortunately for us, the
blues can help. Listening
to and playing music can enhance well-being and reduce pain and suffering.
Whether it’s the beauty found in sad tones, the simplicity of chord structure
allowing for increased emotional expression, or the catharsis of hearing blues
singers speak about struggles that are similar to one’s own, blues music is
uniquely situated to see us through tough times. Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Anita Schlank, Ph.D. and bluesman Tab Benoit teamed up to coauthor Blues
Therapy to raise awareness about mental illness and share the
wonderful healing aspects of this music.
The Jus’ Blues Music Foundation
Best known for the Jus’ Blues Music Awards and
Conference held each summer in Tunica, MS, the Jus’ Blues Music Foundation also
presents workshops on how to use technology to reach new audiences, brings
blues into schools, offers songwriting workshops and sponsors tours of blues
heritage locations. If it’s something to do with advocating the blues, you can
bet Jus’ Blues is working to support it. Find out more about their projects in
Blues; An African Sonic
ResponseBy Pascal Bokar Thiam, Ed.D.
Is there an African blues? Dr.
Pascal Bokar Thiam – a.k.a. musician Pascal Bokar, Father of the Afro Blue
Grazz sound – schools us on the African roots of the blues, as well as African
artists who continue the tradition of incorporating African musical aesthetics
to animate the genre. Read more to learn how the blues speaks to our collective
humanity beyond race and nationality.
Jammin’ On The High C’s
On Board the Legendary Rhythm & Blues
CruiseBy Mitch Woods
Accompany jump-swing piano torchbearer Mitch
Woods on board the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, as he invites us into
the piano bar scene, which is known to jam on ‘til dawn. You never know
what will happen or who will show up. And while “What happens on the Blues
Cruise, stays on the Blues Cruise,” Woods shares a few hilarious stories that
will get you fired up to jump on board the next ship.
Living Legend: Charlie MusselwhiteBy Eric Steiner
Living legend Charlie Musselwhite is known as
an electric blues harp player, essential to the genre to the blues. Having cut
his musical teeth alongside Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and everyone on the
South Side of Chicago in the early 1960s, more than 20 albums later,
Musselwhite is at the top of his game. This feature pays homage to this
2020 Keeping the Blues Alive Award Recipients
Keeping the blues alive is essential,
especially in these times when we need it most. This year, the Blues Foundation
granted the Keeping the Blues Alive Award to two festivals: the Cali Blues
& Folk Festival of Cali, Colombia, and the Jimiway Blues Festival in Ostrów
Wielkopolski, Poland. Find out how these festivals are perpetuating the blues
for their international audiences.
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