NEWS / Blues/R&B singing sensation Shemekia Copeland won the Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year on May 5 at the 37th Annual Blues Music Awards in Memphis. This is her ninth Blues Music Award and her fifth in this category. Plus, Copeland's latest CD, the celebrated OUTSKIRTS OF LOVE, received a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Blues Album category. One listen to OUTSKIRTS OF LOVE and you'll hear why she's earned so much acclaim.
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NEWS / Na eerdere edities in Berlijn (2x), Toulouse, Riga en de succesvolle 5de editie vorig jaar in het Ancienne Belgique-theater in Brussel, vond de 6de editie van de European Blues Challenge plaats op 8 en 9 april in Torrita di Siena in Toscane in Italië. Dit “Eurosongfestival van de Blues”, met zijn 21 deelnemende landen, is een initiatief van de European Blues Union, die 29 verschillende nationaliteiten onder haar leden telt. Eric “Slim” Zahl & The South West Swingers uit Noorwegen werd door de Europese vakjury tot winnaar uitgeroepen. België werd vertegenwoordigd door Tiny Legs Tim.
selectie Belgian Blues Challenge 2016
Meteen maken we werk van de Belgische selectie voor de 7de editie van de European Blues Challenge in Horsens in Denemarken in 2017. De Belgische vertegenwoordiger zal op 15 oktober door een vakjury gekozen worden tijdens de live finale van de Belgian Blues Challenge 2016 in De Casino Concertzaal in Sint-Niklaas. Hierbij de oproep tot kandidaten:
Voel je je geroepen om in de voetstappen van Howlin' Bill, Lightnin' Guy, Hideaway, Fred and the Healers, Doghouse Sam & his Magnatones en Tiny Legs Tim te treden en een stap richting Europese blues-podia te zetten, schrijf je dan tussen 13 april en 15 mei in voor de Belgische selectie. Inschrijven gebeurt exclusief via vi.be.
What to do?
1. Overtuig jezelf niet dat je blues speelt. Blues moet wel degelijk het DNA van je muziek zijn.
2. Zorg dat je profiel er pico bello uitziet op http://vi.be : muziek (3 nummers, bij voorkeur eigen werk, minimum 1 live nummer), 1 video & foto's (hoe ziet de band er uit? live?), bio, bandleden (naam, functie, leeftijd), concertkalender, …
3. Je gaat akkoord met het reglement.
4. Schrijf je in het Engels in via http://vi.be/vibe/portal/calls/075bbcfa-85c1-4884-8142-34c04c3409d5.
De acht finalisten zullen op 19 mei aangekondigd worden door De Casino Concertzaal en EBU Belgium.
NEWS / We here at Ellersoul have several releases scheduled for 2016. First up is a project that I’ve wanted to do for some time now. Get together some great friends / blues harmonica players and pay respect to one of the all time greats, Big Walter Horton.
Big Walter has been a major influence on all of the great players of my generation and beyond. We want to do our part in spreading the blues gospel of Walter Horton. Some people like the legendary Willie Dixon said he was “the best he ever heard” and he’d heard and worked with all the greats. This is a non-profit project with proceeds going to charity. Everyone involved is donating music for the cause. We’re very excited about the record and are so grateful for the stellar lineup that is involved. We have the great Kim Wilson with Big Jon Atkinson, Mark Wenner, Mark Hummel, Steve Guyger, Sugar Ray Norica, Bob Corritore on tracks with Jimmy Rodgers and Robert Lockwood, Kurt Crandall and yours truly Li’l Ronnie.
I hope we get to do a Volume II because they’re so many great players that we couldn’t get on this one CD.
NEWS / 12 Electrifying new and original Songs!
"Sounds Like The Blues To Me," available March 18, is Jeff Chaz's first album of all-new material since his post-Hurricane Katrina release "In Exile" in 2006. Jeff's incendiary live performances continue to be seen by thousands upon thousands of music-loving visitors to New Orleans each year -- people from all over the world who make pilgrimages to the Crescent City in search of the blues.
In the course of his long career, Jeff Chaz has performed with such legendary blues artists as Albert King, Little Milton, Ruth Brown and many others.
BLUES HALL OF FAME SINGER SARI SCHORR RECORDING NEW ALBUM WITH LEGENDARY PRODUCER MIKE VERNON AND PERFORMING SELECTED US DATES
NEWS / “With a powerhouse voice and a band to match this lady will certainly entertain. With whispers of Joplin and Turner her honeyed tones will raise the roof off the marquee.” – BLUES ON THE FARM, UK
NYC - In January 2015 legendary producer Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Blue Horizon) was invited to receive a ‘Keeping The Blues Alive’ award at the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. This award, was not the only highlight of the weekend for Mike; the second was witnessing the performance of one of the most amazing female blues singers Mike had seen in years – SARI SCHORR.
So knocked out was he with Sari, Mike came out of retirement to produce an album with her. Already a consummate songwriter, with tracks on major labels, Sari has written or co-written most of the songs on her new album. This album recording is now well underway and delivers hard-driving Blues-Rock influenced by the late '60s British Blues movement. Sari (who trained as an opera singer) mixes Blues, Rock, and Soul with concrete melodies and poetic lyrics to striking effect.
Years of touring the US and Europe with Joe Louis Walker and Poppa Chubby, brought Sari greater prominence throughout the blues world. Schorr was recently inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.
Sari will celebrate the release of her debut album on Manhaton Records in 2016 and undertake a US and European tour. She kicks off her groundbreaking tour at Carnegie Hall NYC, performing at The Lead Belly Fest with Buddy Guy, Eric Burdon, Edgar Winter and Walter Trout, on February 4, 2016.
Says Sari, “I set out to write achingly honest songs about finding love, losing love, betrayal, addiction, and the beauty and the tragedy of this human experience. My life’s passion is to use music as a galvanizing force to repair, inspire and unite people. To get there, I had to come clean and stonewall any constraints on the writing and performance of the songs. Then I had to learn to trust my intuition. Making an album is like building a pyramid in the dark. You know what you want to end up with, but you don’t really know what you have until there’s some distance and light.
"My songs are rooted in the blues and honoring that long tradition is important to me. My style of songwriting draws heavily on contrasting melodic hooks with aching harmonies. Writing honest and inspired lyrics is always the goal. I rely heavily on imagery and play with double entendres. My influences are many and various and include Son House, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, Etta James, Bessie Smith, Freddie King, Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Peter Green, Robert Plant and Bob Dylan.
"The album was written in the US, UK, Spain, and Germany. The band recorded most of the basic tracks in London and Seville. I'm so honored to have such incomparable musicians on the album including Innes Sibun, Walter Trout, Oli Brown, John Baggott and the wonderful Martha Velez."
Sari mixes a passion for music and with a duty of social responsibility. She has devoted her talent and energy to music projects of a grand scale for humanitarian causes. Most notable is her work on a “Toast to Freedom” for Amnesty International, where she collaborated with many musical legends including Warren Haynes, Levon Helm, Keb Mo', Taj Mahal, Eric Burdon, and Carly Simon. Sari’s humanitarian efforts include work in Haiti and India. She founded Matters – a non-profit that draws attention to humanitarian causes through the arts.
Sari is a marathon runner, animal rights activist, and aspiring vegan. She is also a writer, philosopher and wanderer with an inquisitive nature. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and pit bull triplets.
Sari's new band THE ENGINE ROOM, features stunning British guitarist Innes Sibun, formerly with Robert Plant. Says Sari, “Making an authentic connection with my audience is everything to me. I can push my vocals to the limit when I feel the energy from the audience rush the stage. I’m transformed when people are consumed by my music.”
Innes Sibun (guitar) - Robert Plant
Anders Olinder (keys) - Glenn Hughes, PP Arnold, Peter Gabriel (sessions)
Mike Hellier (drums) - Mud Morganfield, Waterboys, James Hunter
Kevin Jefferies - Roger Taylor (with Jeff Beck), Mike Oldfield and Steve Harley
also US tour special guest:
Chris Bergson (guitar) - Hailed as “a serious talent” by Living Blues, Chris Bergson was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame in February 2015. With MOJO Magazine's #1 Blues Album of 2008, #2 Blues Album of 2011, and #3 Blues Album of 2014, New York guitarist/singer Chris Bergson has established himself as “one of the most inventive songwriters in modern blues music” (All Music Guide), creating his own blend of blues, roots and soul. Chris Bergson has performed and/or shared the stage with Hubert Sumlin, Levon Helm, B.B. King, Norah Jones, John Hammond, Etta James, and Bettye LaVette, to name just a few. (www.chrisbergson.com)
Feb 07 - The Falcon - Marlboro, NY
Feb 12 - Turing Point - Piermont, NY
Feb 17 - Cutting Room - NYC
Feb 20 - Stanhope House - Stanhope, NJ
Feb 27 - Brian’s Backyard BBQ - Middletown, NY
Mar 05 - 12 Grapes - Peekskill, NY
Here's what the media have raved about Sari Schorr:
“New York vocalist Sari Schorr has the effortless range and sense of drama to give any song real purpose and tonight she connects with her showcase crowd as if delivering a personal message face to face.” - PETE FENESTRA, GET READY TO ROCK
“So, how far will Sari go? Somewhere towards the top of the glass ceiling of the Blues, for certain, as she is a genuine talent.” - DARREN WEALE, WRC
“Sari Schorr is a stunning vocalist, powerful, energized and engaging…. Sari Schorr and other members of the band took the song to church and made believers of us all.” - JIMI PATRICOL, BLUES 411
“Sari Schorr is the embodiment of the best the blues and beyond has to offer. Sari is definitely the next big blues diva that will sweep through the blues scene.” - DAVE FIELDS, BIG CITY RHYTHM & BLUES MAGAZINE
AWARDED: 2012 Best Performance by a Blues Singer in a Band. “The sensational Sari Schorr who channeled Janis Joplin and Tina Turner during the show by the Joe Louis Walker Band at B.B. King's in August.” - BROADWAY WORLD
“A Phenomenal and Beautiful Singer who I like to say, ‘Let's all her passion and artistry come out through her amazing voice.'” - TREVOR B. POWER, WNTI
“Bodacious-voiced new front singer Sari Schorr, whose power vocals are a hybrid of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, with a touch of a contemporary female blues singer like Janiva Magness. Walker and Schorr reached an orgasmic climax on this section of the show with the Willie Dixon’s classic 'I Just Want to Make Love to You'…and Schorr transitioning from a whisper to a wail like a car going from zero to 60 in an eye blink.” - STEPHEN HANKS
“…the very talented Sari Schorr, who has the raw vocal power of Lydia Pense (Cold Blood)’’ - DAN D. HARRELL, BLUESWAX
“(Mike) Zito called up New York City’s blues ambassador Poppa Chubby and singer Sari Schorr. Schorr contributed husky come-hither vocals to a rollicking 'Sugar Coated Love.'” - DEBRA DEVI, AMERICAN BLUES SCENE MAGAZINE
In closing Sari has this to impart, “The message of the album is to dream big, be fearless and imperfect, defeat anger with gratitude, embrace freedom, succeed then fail then succeed again, and know in the deepest darkness of your heart that there is a purpose to your beautiful and complicated life.”
Watch Sari's new promo video: https://youtu.be/08Fd_P53FZQ
Sari Schorr's official website: http://sarischorr.com
Bookings: Movinmusik: http://www.movinmusic.co.uk/
Email: Mike Hellier - email@example.com Skype: movinmusic
Label: Manhaton Records
Management: Alan Robinson
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NEWS / Kelly Richey is back with her 16th album. “Shakedown Soul” is Kelly Richey’s 16th album in her 35 year career as a guitar slinger. The album is an unprecedented mix of urban/indie in-your-face, raucous rock n roll, blues, funky bass grooves, and synthesized electronica— complete with DJ scratching and drum loops; with added elements like horns, strings, and synth sequencing that combine to make “Shakedown Soul” a one-of-kind, phenomenal sonic wall of sound that will have you foot stomping and head banging one minute and completely mesmerized the next. Richey’s husky alto vocals and raw, ultra personal songwriting will leave you introspective, speechless and wanting more. Her guitar work on this album is truly exceptional— the songs retain her signature Strat sound, but Richey steps out of the box to incorporate new melodies and synthesized guitar sounds that sit perfectly within the concept of the album.
Never one to rest on her laurels, Richey has crafted her album to date, featuring ten stellar songs that are guaranteed to blow you away whether you are an old fan or new. Be prepared for an astonishing, intense sonic experience that will leave you with your jaw on the ground!
NEWS / 2015 was one of the busiest years for modern blues ace Popa Chubby. After the release of a stellar studio album in late 2014 I’m Feelin’ Lucky, The Chubbfatha hit the road for a relentless run of shows across both the US and all over Europe. Audiences expecting a subdued, restrained performance from this veteran star of the stage were surely disappointed as Popa came out swinging, with all guns a-blazing, firing off multiple highlights from his 26+ year career including “Sweat,” the hit single from his blockbuster major label debut Booty & The Beast, as well as fan favorites “69 Dollars,” “Life Is A Beatdown” and more! The tour was immensely successful, the energy beyond palapable, and the vibe so undeniable that it quickly became apparent these blistering performances needed to be recorded for posterity. And that’s exactly what happened at 3 venues in France. The result is this stellar double live album Big, Bad and Beautiful, which will be released January 22 on the newly christened Cleopatra Blues imprint, a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records, Inc. Chubby’s live album have always been extremely well received by fans and critics alike since anyone familiar with him knows without a doubt that the stage is where his immensely talented guitar playing skills really come alive! So don’t miss out on what is sure to be one of the most talked about blues releases of the year and catch Popa Chubby on the road with his Big, Bad & Beautiful World Tour kicking off in January!
1. Working Class Blues
2. Stoop Down Baby
3. One Leg At A Time
4. 69 Dollars
5. Same Old Blues
6. Angel On My Shoulder
7. I Don't Want Nobody
8. Life Is A Beatdown
9. Palace Of The King
11. Signed With Heartache
12. Rock Me Baby
13. Blues Bearin' Down
14. Chubbfatha Medley
1. Rock On Bluesman
2. Take Me Back To Amsterdam
3. I Was Lookin' Back
4. Love In Vain
5. Brown Sugar
6. Wild Horses
7. Another Ten Years Gone
8. Caffeine And Nicotine
9. Daddy Played The Guitar
10. Finger Bangin' Boogie
11. The People's Blues
12. Noise Making Love Machine
13. Over The Rainbow
THE BIG, BAD & BEAUTIFUL WORLD TOUR
Jan 9 - Tuckerton, NJ - Lizzie Rose Music Room
Jan 15 - Washington, DC - The Hamilton
Jan 16 - Islip, NJ - Treme Blues & Jazz
Jan 22 - Weert, NL - De Bosul
Jan 23 - Magny le Hongre, FR - File 7
Jan 24 - Pont l’ Abbe’, FR - Le Triskell
Jan 25 - La Couarde sur Mer, FR - La Maline
Jan 26 - Argeteuil, FR - Cave d’imieres
Jan 27 - Strasbourg, FR - La Laiterie
Jan 28 - Massy, FR - Paul B’s
Jan 29 - Vernouillet, FR - La Scene
Jan 30 - Queven, FR - Les Arcs
Feb 13 - Woonsocket, RI - Chan’s
Feb 19 - Mildale, CT - Tipping Chair Tavern
Feb 20 - Jim Thorpe, PA - Mauch Chunk Opera House
Feb 26 - Fairfield, CT - The Warehouse
Feb 27 - Beacon, NY - Towne Crier
March 2 - New York, NY - Iridium
March 3 - New York, NY - Iridium
Buy the CD: http://flyt.it/PopaChubbyLiveCD
Download on iTunes: http://flyt.it/PopaChubbyLiveDig