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APR 3–16, 2020
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER
A sticker on my bulletin board says it all:
Where are we going and why
am I in this hand basket?


I really have NO IDEA, but here are some helpful resources.

Send me a note if you have something to add:
editor@chicagobluesnews.com
REST IN PEACE
A FEW MORE SAD GOODBYES

Leroy Perryman (AKA Fabulous L-Roy)
1945–2020

Leroy Perryman, a soul blues singer who held court on Monday nights at Linda's Lounge (1044 W. 51st) on Chicago's South Side and was known as Fabulous L-Roy (& the Bulletproof Band), died Wednesday, March 25, according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, as as a result of pneumonia from a COVID-19 infection with multiple myeloma as a contributing factor. Perryman, 74, co-owned Linda's Lounge with his wife, Linda. 

I have not been able to find an obituary online, but did find a really wonderful post about Linda's Lounge with several nice photos of L-Roy.
TAKE A LOOK

Landon Cecil Spradlin
4.6.53–3.25.20 

Landon Cecil Spradlin was an evangelical Chrisitan pastor and blues musician who fell ill from COVID-19 while on a trip to New Orleans with his wife. He was 66.
READ THE ROANOKE TIMES ARTICLE
NOTE: There is one error in the article. Spradlin was not inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame. He got a certificate from this group, which has no affiliation to the Blues Foundation in Memphis.
THINKING OUT LOUD 
SOCIAL DISTANCING. Before I forget, I have decided to get on board and practice a little virtual social distancing myself by putting chicagoBLUESnews on hiatus until May 1. I am doing this for a couple of reasons;
  • all the bars and restaurants that host live blues are closed right now so the calendar is pointless and I am pretty certain that you would get tired of photos of my super-adorable cat; and
  • because I can.
As Arnold once said, " I'll be back." And remember that you should follow your favorite artists on Facebook or use some of the links we have online to find out what live performances are happening online so you can support the musicians and be entertained in the process.
ONE MORE THING: If I hear anything really important (like the fate of this year's blues fest) before the next issue on May 1, I will post on Facebook, even though I hate doing anything on Facebook.

THE NEXT CHAPTER. Blues Foundation President and CEO Barbara Newman has announced that she will retire from the Blues Foundation on Sept. 30. Here is part of what she said in the March 2020 Blues Foundation newsletter:

"...please let me reassure you that I made my decision with great care and concern for each of you and for The Blues Foundation and am walking into retirement strong, healthy, and excited for my future. You will hear more from me about this as we approach the fall, but for now, and during the next 6 months, I will continue to give you 110% of myself to ensure continued success for the genre and a smooth and easy transition...."

We wish Barbara the best in her exciting new chapter.

GET SOME HELP. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker have announced the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, which provides financial assistance to artists, artisans and cultural organizations affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The fund is a partnership between the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the broader philanthropic community. Individual artists and artisans, including stage and production members and part-time cultural workers who have an urgent need can apply for one-time grants of $1500. Grants will be awarded through a lottery system and will be disseminated quickly. In addition, nonprofit arts and cultural organizations of any size can apply for relief (grants from $6000–$30,000) through the Arts Work Fund.  
 
According to the press release from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Arts for Illinois  has also launched an online platform that features talented artists, from performers, singers, poets, painters to writers and other creatives from throughout the state, who have generously made their works available for the public’s enjoyment.
APPLY NOW:  www.artsforillinois.org

FOR LOCAL INDIE VENUES. Since you just cannot support your favorite watering holes in the way you know best–by throwing back a beer or thirteen, there now is a one-stop shop to find all the GoFundMe campaigns set up for local indie music venues such as The Hideout and Reggie's.

THE DEEP POCKETS. The MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, which was created to help music people affected by the pandemic due to the cancellation of income-generating music events and other industry work opportunities, was just established recently by MusiCares and the Recording Academy (the Grammy people) with initial seed donations of $1 million each. It has since received millions more from other groups, including The Latin Recording Academy®; StubHub; Universal Music Group and Warner Music GroupCity National Bank; and Bill Silva Entertainment. In addition, charitable foundations and trusts including the William, Jeff, and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation, George Harrison's Material World Foundation, the Michael Jackson Estate, Alicia Keys and She Is The Music, and Yoshiki Foundation America also have made major contributions.
SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS
www.grammy.com/musicares/coronavirusrelieffund

 
FOR MUSICIANS WHO NEED HELP
musicares.org 
 

ST. LOUIS BLUES. The St. Louis Blues Society recently announced that it would be opening Benny's Blues Room (3524 Washington Boulevard), which will be both a performance and recording  venue, in addition to the  the new home of the St. Louis Blues Society. The location previously was home to the Stage at KDHX. The society had planned for a late spring/early summer opening, but you know how plans can change in these times. 

BRAIN MALFUNCTION. One devoted reader (you know who you are) pointed out the extremely stupid (my words) mistake in the OUT AND ABOUT in the  last newsletter. The IMAGE did have all the right dates, but the copy below  said JUNE instead of MARCH for all the shows–which made it sound like I was running around three months into the future. I am sure I was just hoping I would wake up and life would be back to normal. 
Watch for the next chicagoBLUESnews:  
MAY 1–14, 2020
TICKET GIVEAWAYS


No shows with live audiences,
no  
Ticket Giveaways.
They'll be back as soon as it makes sense.
DON'T GO OUT!
The ONLINE CALENDAR is just fantasyland right now in case you need to remember how life used to be. It will be accurately updated (I can dream) as soon as there is information to add.

Continue to take care of your health, listen to blues online and support the musicians who are doing live streaming shows. A quick spin on Facebook will find a lot of options in addition the information on our website.

 
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DIVERSIONS

IT'S JORMA!  How exciting (at least for me) that Jorma Kaukonen will perform a Live from the Fur Peace Ranch concert on Saturday, April 4 @ 8 p.m. EDT. It is the first in a series of planned performances from the ranch. 
THE LINK: www.youtube.com/watch?v=75XiVQiWvlM
CHECK OUT FUR PEACE RANCH

In other Tuna-related news,  the paperback edition of Kaukonen's  memoir, Been So Long: My Life and Music, will be available on April 7.

YOU REMEMBER BOOKS, RIGHT? Not everything is about the blues, even though I always want it to be. Rolling Stone just published a list of the best rock 'n roll biographies you might want to read when you get sick of staring at the boob tube. I've read two of them and would highly recommend both:
Just Kids | Patti Smith (2010)
Life | Keith Richards (2010)
Fascinating that both books were released in 2010. I musta had some time on my hands back then. There's definitely a few others I would read on this list. Looking at the cover of Richard Hell's book makes me think that SNL's Pete Davidson and Hell must have been separated at birth and Davidson has a job waiting for him when/if they make a movie of the book.

VIDEOS I LOVE ONLINE
Dana Gilliespie and Samantha Edwards
One of my favorite singers (Gillespie) with an East Indian singer who is new to me.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Lr0Uycwn9k

Buddy Guy at Newport Jazz Festival 1994
So...the unidentified band in this video is (I am fairly certain):
Killer Ray Allison (drums)
Greg  Rzab (bass, currently in Carolyn Wonderland's band)
Scott Holt (guitar, who still plays at Legends now and then)
Buddy is as charming as ever and gives the audience a great show that devoted fans will see has not changed too much over the years.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQZ1cguJsYU

SoulmateVoodoo Woman
More blues from a place more famous for Bollywood. I keep going back to this video because I love it. 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2HCk9UA5p0&list=RDq2HCk9UA5p0&index=1

Albert Collins and Debbie DaviesI Ain't Drunk
Albert Collins at his finest
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BK81sL7UPc&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2K7_Sssh-ITqFann8FywNBZs6ze1GPw9ISnx7cpnLtKzNLMMzYgHU9PxA

John Prine and Stephen Colbert | That's the Way the World Goes Round
We are hoping for the best as one of Chicago's own musical treasures struggles with COVIC-19. Thank you, Stephen Colbert for sharing this wonderful clip.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XokTQSGNj3Q

NEW MUSIC
Rory Block | Prove It on Me
RELEASED 3.27.20 (Stony Plain)
The second release in Block's Power Women of the Blues series features the songs of nine ground-breaking female blues artists–Arizona Dranes, Elvie Thomas, Merline Johnson, Madlyn Davis, Helen Humes, Rosetta Howard, Lottie Kimbrough, Gertrude ''Ma'' Rainey and Memphis Minnie–plus one one original.  The first release in this series was A Woman's Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith.
WATCH THE KILLER VIDEO

Ana Popovic Live for LIVE (DVD/CD)
RELEASE DATE: 5.15.20
A live CD/DVD release from one of the hardest working blues ladies out there.

If you can't wait, you can pre-order a signed copy  directly from Ana's website and get it a month early.


INSERT YOUR OWN IDEA OF NIRVANA HERE 
Blah, blah, blah....
PLAN TENTATIVELY AHEAD
ON THE MOVE. The David Bromberg show at the Old Town School of Folk Music, which I think originally was planned for February and then moved to May 2 (even before all the dominos fell) has now been rescheduled again for THURS, SEPT 24. Save the date, but be flexible. 

THE BOOB TUBE.  AXS TV will air 14 episodes of the music series Live From Daryl’s House, beginning Sunday, April 19 at 9pmEST/6pmPST. The only ones that come close to blues are:
MAY 10 Grace Potter
JULY 19 Elle King

FIND OUT MORE
OUT AND ABOUT MEMORIES
MAR 13 2020 @ City Winery 
Squirrel Nut Zippers

This blues-ish show was actually the last live performance we saw before the youknowwhat hit the fan. The Zippers were, as usual, in fine form and gave the small audience something to smile about. I actually left my camera at home for this one because I really just wanted to sit and watch the three-ring circus on the stage. But my sidekick caught all the mayhem.
ALL PHOTOS © Chicago Blues News/Michael Murphy
PHOTOS
THE TIME MACHINE
 
YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY PEACHES
Since we have not had any live performances in our apartment that I am aware of, I dug deep into the photo archives and found a couple of gems:
ABOVE: Mz. Peachez with the late Killer Ray Allison on April 25, 2016 @ Buddy Guy's Legends
BELOW: Peaches Staten (l) with Ellen Miller at the 2015 Lakeview Fest
APR 3
Chico (aka the grandson of Mike Wheeler)
Ellen Miller
 
APR 4
Michael Damani
 
APR 5
Larry McCray
Monica Myhre
Paul Oscher
Brian Doroba
 
APR 6
Blind Mississippi Morris
John Kattke 
Eilen Jewell

APR 7
Al Spears
APR 8
Lil' Ed Williams

APR 9
She Wolf
 
APR 10
Shemekia Copeland
 
APR 11
Frank Krakowski
Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson
 
APR 13
Roger Stolle
 
APR 14
Joseph “Mojo” Morganfield

APR 15
Tommy Castro
BELATED WISHES 
If I missed your birthday, more cake for you. Please let me know the date for next year so I can add you to the list. 
MAR 31
Giles Corey
Note that we originally said Happy Birthday to Giles on March 16 for no apparent reason, other than our source was clearly f'd up–and we didn't follow those sacred rules of journalism to get another source. And now we are late....!@#$%!
 
I KNEW IT.
Brenda Taylor Ricci posted a Happy Birthday to Me on Facebook on APRIL 1, which of course generated the requisite knee-jerk reactions all posts get....BUT it was a JOKE. Just remember to wish Miss Brenda Happy Birthday on July 12. By then, you might even be able to bring her a cake!   🎂
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
APR 4
Muddy Waters
Cecil Gant
 
APR 5
Spencer Ward Bohren 
 
APR 6
Big Walter Horton
 
APR 7
Billie Holiday
Bo Collins
 
APR 8
Robert Lowery
Moody Jones 
APR 9
Mance Lipscomb
 
APR 10
John Brim
Roscoe Gordon
Ray Agee
 
APR 12
Andrew "Blueblood" McMahon 
Hound Dog Taylor
Shakey Jake Harris
 
APR 15
Bessie Smith
Frank Frost
 
APR 16
Johnny Littlejohn
Artie "Blues Boy" White
AMEN AGAIN
A comment found on YouTube from a person who says he/she is 72 and has been listening to blues since the early 1960s:
 
If god invented a better sound
than the blues he kept it to himself.
WE DO ACCEPT ADVERTISING.
Contact Michael NOW!
BE WELL....STAY AT HOME NOW 
so we can get back out there before 2022!
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