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The Kelly Richey band LIVE at The Blue Wisp melds blues, old school funk, and straight up in-your-face rock and roll, dishing up epic grooves and dirty, crunchy guitar riffs injected with a potent dose of thumpin’ and bumpin’ old school funk. The twelve-track album deftly mixes brutish blues guitar and gritty funk swagger for foot stomping rockers designed to bring the house down. The tracks groove along a stripped-down but massive wall of sound, utilizing Richey’s pure, vintage guitar tone, Freekbass’ huge, monster bass lines and old school funk and hip-hop infused super-sized backbeats by Big Bamn. Augmented with Richey’s…

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The 35th Blues Music Awards will be presented Thursday May 8, 2014 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Major funding is provided by ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission. The 35th Blues Music Awards will be sponsored also by BMI, Catfood Records, Eagle Rock Entertainment, FedEx, First Tennessee Foundation, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Purchase tickets here. See nominees here. Individual Ticket $125.00 Purchase one or more tickets to the 35th Blues Music Awards. Individual tickets will be assigned to a table of ten. If you wish to…

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Our 11th annual, 2014 edition of Juke Joint Festival is dedicated to all of the late, great Delta blues performers / supporters who have passed away during the past year — including Arthniece “Gas Man” Jones, Willie “Rip” Butler and James “T-Model” Ford. RIP. Juke Joint Festival is “half blues festival, half small-town fair and all about the Delta.” It celebrates our past AND living history by presenting over 100 blues acts during the course of the weekend — most of them Mississippi or Southern, many in their 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s! This is the real-deal Mississippi blues festival…

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The torch has been passed like a joyous beacon leading to the rewards of deep soul. “Mississippi Blues Diva” J.J. Thames possesses stunning looks and a gorgeous voice as a magnificent instrument to extol spiritual and earthly desires. Schooled in classical music, jazz and the blues, she delivers music life affirming as a heartbeat. On Tell You What I Know, one cover and10 heart-stirring originals by Thames and others are rocked by David Hyde (bass), Vince Barranco (drums), Sam Brady (producer, keyboards) and Celeb Armstrong (guitar) with guests Grady Champion (executive producer, harmonica), guitarists Eddie Cotton, Doug Frank and Danny Scallions,…

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