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August 15, 2013

Blues Foundation News

- 35th Blues Music Awards - May 8, 2014
 The CD Submission Process is open. If you are a record label or blues musician who released a CD or DVD during the period November 1, 2012 to October 31, 2013, now is the time to place your release on the 2014 BMA Eligible List for consideration by the nominators. If you wish to guarantee that your release- CD or DVD-- gets into the hands of the anonymous nominators, the nominators do request they receive submissions as soon as possible so they can have plenty of time to evaluate your recording. The nominators are listing and making their selections NOW, make sure they are aware of your recoding. Complete information can be found at

- 2014 Keeping the Blues Alive Award 
Nominations are starting to roll in to the office. They are due September 30 so now is the time to be drafting your submission and collecting any exhibits you wish to submit to "prove" your case. The following are authorized to nominate: members of The Blues Foundation's Board of Directors; our affiliated blues societies and past KBA recipients. If you know of someone who you believe should be given strong consideration for a KBA, reach out to one of these folks to submit the nomination. Who have we overlooked? The KBA is a cherished award; help reward a deserving blues promoter. Past recipients are listed at by year and you can also use the search feature to see if someone has been awarded a KBA already.

- August E-Bay Raise The Roof Item:
Foghat's Last Train Home - Number 322 of 1000
Autographed by Roger Earl, Charlie Huhn and Bryan Bassett

Foghat's Last Train Home was originally released in 2010. This item is a special, limited-edition vinyl version. With Last Train Home, Foghat produced an outstanding package. The double-album was limited to just 1,000 copies; each copy is hand-numbered. It comes in a beautiful gatefold sleeve, and the vinyl itself is a stunning shade of blue.

Blue is a natural choice for the set, as this is a collection of blues songs, which has always been a part of Foghat's music. What they did with those older songs was to put a seventies rock spin on them, which FM radio ate up.

The group that recorded Last Train Home consisted of Roger Earl (drums), Charlie Huhn (vocals, lead guitar), Bryan Bassett (lead and slide guitar), Jeff Howell (bass), Colin Earl (keyboards), Lefty Lefkowitz (harmonica), and special guest Eddie "Bluesman" Kirkland - who played guitar and sang on "Good Good Day," and "In My Dreams," (both of which he wrote as well). Sadly, between the time of the CD release, and this LP - Eddie was killed in an auto accident, and he too receives a special memorial dedication on the back cover.

Last Train Home is a tribute to the blues masters who inspired Foghat. The songs they chose, to the memorials to lost members, and the performances themselves - this is a recording they really cared about.  Click HERE to bid! 

- Enter Raffle for the Guy & Thorogood autographed guitar
George Thorogood and Buddy Guy have also teamed up to help Raise the Roof for the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame! If you are headed to a George Thorogood and Buddy Guy show this August, you can buy a raffle ticket to win this guitar autographed by GT and Buddy.

All proceeds go to Raise the Roof! to build the Blues Hall of Fame. The Blues Foundation's reports that they are over 70% of the way now so lets keep the momentum going.

- Board of Directors and Officer Election Results
The Blues Foundation has a new Board of Directors and officers. Effective August 1, Chairman of the Board Bill Waxhas been succeeded by Eric Simonsen, who has served as Vice Chairman. Said Simonsen, "As Chairman, Bill challenged us to create a better future for The Blues Foundation and I am excited to be leading The Blues Foundation as we go forward." Wax commented: "It has been a great honor to serve as Chairman for the past few years and, even though my term is finished, I am excited about the future of The Blues Foundation and about the things this new board will be doing." The principal task ahead of the Foundation and its new Board is to complete the Raise the Roof! Capital Campaign for the Blues Hall of Fame.

The newly elected board, to be led by Simonsen, will consist of: Vice-Chairman: Mick Kolassa, Oxford MS, Treasurer: Clay Purdom, Memphis TN, Plus the following Executive Committee members: Paul Benjamin, Rockland ME, Kathy Bolmer, Nashville TN, Joey Sichting, Memphis TN

Newly elected board members are: Janice Johnston, Phoenix AZ, Gary Nicholson, Nashville TN, Gary Paradis, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Meg Ramos, Newport Coast CA, Jonathon Richards, Kent WA, Gail Singer, Houston TX, Paul Tischler, Chevy Chase MD, Eddie Turner, Denver CO, Luis Viada, Washington DC

The rest of the board consists of returning members: 
Kuji Chahal, San Francisco CA, Mike Donahue, Lexington VA, Michael Freeman, Barrington IL, Alan Maites, Highland Park IL, Karl Maurer, New Lenox IL, Susan Murrmann, Memphis TN, Ron Partain, Lakeland TN, Thomas Ruf, Lindewerra, Germany, Ricky Stevens, Coldwater MS, Jeff Syracuse, Nashville TN, Cassie Taylor, Chilhowee MO, Alex Thomas, Jackson MS, Laurie Tucker, Germantown TN, Olga Wilhelmine, New Orleans LA

Welcome to the new Board members and officers. With a strong final fundraising push by this Board, we can look forward to the opening of the Blues Hall of Fame in 2014.

- Raising the Roof! 
Some performers with current releases out have donated to Raise the Roof! to build the Blues Hall of Fame. This is not surprising perhaps since blues musicians may be the biggest blues fans of them all. Who more than them would like to see their musical heroes honored? And who more than them would want to see the blues hall of fame museum open to educate thousands for years to come.

When we received current releases from Jim Allchin--Q.E.D.--and Paul Allen-- Everywhere at Once--friends and donors, it made me think to see which other donors have a 2013 release. I immediately thought of Andy T Nick Nixon Band--Drink, Drank, Drunk and then headed to the shelves to check for more. I found:

Out of My Mind - Cassie Taylor, My World is Gone - Otis Taylor, Tempered Steel - Spencer Bohren, There's a Time - Doug MacLeod, Play by the Rules - J.T. Lauritsen & Friends, Singing in My Soul - Lisa Biales, Badlands - Trampled Under Foot, Gone to Texas - Mike Zito, Turquoise - Devon Allman, This Time Another Year - Brandon Santini, Moving - Little G. Weevil, Tough Times Don't Last - Grady Champion, Blue Heart - Too Slim and the Taildraggers, Independently Blue - Duke Robillard Band, Can You Stand the Heat - Ana Popovic, Solo Live from the Meisenfrei Blues Club - Kirsten Thien and the DVD Time Brings About a Change...A Floyd Dixon Celebration on HighJohn Records.

I may have missed one or two more. Thanks to each of these blues loving blues performers for thinking about the past and the future of this music.
- 30th International Blues Challenge - January 21-25, 2014 
We have signed a number of agreements with Downtown Memphis hotels. Lodging information can be found at Passes will be available OCTOBER 1 on the IBC page of our website.

If you are planning your IBC travel and are both a blues and basketball fan, the schedule for the NBA Western Conference finalists Memphis Grizzlies has them at the FedEx Forum on Monday, January 20 for the annual Martin Luther King Game and also back in action on Saturday night, January 25.
Blues Music Awards programs wanted
PLEASE send us a copy of the 8th and 30th Blues Music Awards program (if you have an extra or just do not need anymore). We are looking forward to the 35th Blues Music Awards and we cannot find even one copy of these programs! Joe, Cindi and Priscilla know exactly what happened to the copies that use to be here. They were victims of my "get it out of here" mentality. I admit I am a known "thrower." You will never find me on one of the cable hoarder shows.

- Blues Hall of Fame Artifact & Photo Call
THANKS to members who responded to my call last month to help us with artifacts and photos for the Blues Hall of Fame. In the past month, we have been offered unique items for Memphis Minnie, Big Walter Horton, Charles Brown and Ruth Brown, among others.

Did You Know?
Some of our favorites have been showing up on Billboard's Heatseekers Album ™ charts. The chart contains 50 positions ranked by Nielsen SoundScan sales data, and charts album titles from "new or developing acts", which is determined by the act's historical chart performance. Once an artist has had an album place in the top 100 of the Billboard Top 200, or in the top ten of any genre, the album and later works no longer qualify for tracking on Heatseeker Albums. In recent months, the following releases have been Heatseekers:

Bang Bang Boom Boom - Beth Hart (Provogue), Blue Heart - Too Slim and the Taildraggers (Underworld Record)
Can You Stand the Heat - Ana Popovic (ArtistXclusive), Badlands - Trampled Under Feet (Telarc)

Jay Sieleman
President & Chief Executive Officer
The Blues Foundation
Tel: 901-527-2583 ext. 12
Fax: 901.529.4030