TN) – Dynamic R&B diva Bettye LaVette, soulful singer, songwriter, producer
Syl Johnson and harmonica man Billy Branch are among the latest performers
set to be inducted into the [Blues Foundation’s] Blues Music Hall of
41st annual class of inductees was confirmed by the Memphis-based Blues
Foundation, and also includes Muddy Waters and Big Mama Thornton sideman George
“Harmonica” Smith, as well as pioneering 1920s blues artists Victoria Spivey
and Bertha “Chippie” Hill.
as part of the annual [Blues Foundation’s] Blues Music Awards Week, the Blues
Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place May 6 at the Halloran Centre.
The event is open to the public. Tickets are $75 and go on sale Jan. 7.
the Blues Hall of Fame will honor important achievements in several categories
beyond performers, recognizing Non-Performing Individuals, Classics of Blues
Literature, Classics of Blues Recording (Song) and Classics of Blues Recording
country and blues producer Ralph Peer will be honored for his contributions to
the genre. The biography Earl Hooker, Blues Master, by French
writer/producer/translator, and American roots music authority Sebastian
Danchin, will be honored as well.
1991 release from blues master Howlin’ Wolf, The Chess Box, will be
recognized as Classic of Blues Recording: Album. Five songs will be recognized
as Classic of Blues Recording: Singles, including Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s
original recording of “That’s All Right (Mama);” Bertha “Chippie” Hill’s 1926
hit version of “Trouble in Mind;” “Future Blues,” by early Delta bluesman
Willie Brown; as well as a pair of 1950s classics, “3 O’Clock Blues,” the
breakout for B.B. King, and Ruth Brown’s “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter
To purchase tickets to the event or for more information go to Blues.org.