Blues Beat: Gift ideas for the bluesman or woman in your life

During its annual gala, the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi® honored Bobby Rush, a Blues Hall of Famer and GRAMMY® Award Winner with the Crossroads of American Music Award, created to honor artists who have made significant musical contributions influenced by the creativity born in the cradle of American music.

This week, Blues Beat has some gift suggestions and national news items.

A gift idea for yourself or a loved one: Join the Connecticut Blues Society; or become a member of the Blues Foundation and vote in selecting the Blues Music Award winners.

The Creamery Station Shop has selected items 25 percent off until New Year’s Day.

Another organization is the Music Maker’s Relief Foundation. Their Holiday Gift Guide is online now for all music lovers. Go to: https://musicmaker.z2systems.com/np/clients/musicmaker/giftstore.jsp

Turn a Black Friday into Blues Friday by getting the blues from a subscription to Living Blues magazine.

New art is now available in the Blues Foundation’s Online Store. The artwork of Karyn Klinger is featured in the Blues Hall of Fame Museum. She has created limited edition illustrations depicting Blues Hall of Famers on 45 records and wood pieces. The online store has also replenished Blues Foundation face masks.

Tickets for Briggs Farm Blues Festival 2021 will go on sale January 15th. Each year Briggs farm plans an epic celebration of life, togetherness & The Blues.

The North Atlantic Blues Festival dates for next year is set for July 10-11, 2021 with the 2020 lineup of artists. Check the webpage for updated information. All ticket holders will get an email from the festival, providing ticket options.

Congratulations to Bobby Rush. The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi® honored this Blues Hall of Famer and GRAMMY® Award Winner during the annual gala, with the Crossroads of American Music Award. It was created to honor artists who have made significant musical contributions influenced by the creativity born in the cradle of American music. Rush performed solo during the virtual event, which also served as a fundraiser for the museum’s educational programs.

Another congratulations goes out to the 63rd GRAMMY Awards® nominees. The 63rd GRAMMY Awards® show will air on Sunday, January 31, 2021, live on CBS.

The blues area has the following nominees.

Best Traditional Blues Album: All My Dues Are Paid, Frank Bey; You Make Me Feel, Don Bryant; That’s What I Heard, Robert Cray Band; Cypress Grove, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes; Rawer Than Raw, Bobby Rush.

Best Contemporary Blues Album: Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?, Fantastic Negrito; Live At The Paramount, Ruthie Foster Big Band; The Juice, G. Love; Blackbirds, Bettye LaVette; Up And Rolling, North Mississippi Allstars.

Best Americana Album: El Dorado, Marcus King.

Talk A Blues Streak, a documentary produced by Bill Prewitt and hosted by Richard (Dick) Shurman, just won the 62nd Annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award for Interview/Discussion Programming. Prewitt has been a staple of the Chicago Blues Scene Since 1967 as the first permanent guitar and harp player for Otis Rush. The documentary, a story about Bill Prewitt and his music filmed live at “B. L. U. E. S. On Halsted,” features some great Chicago blues history with stories about Otis Rush, Paul Butterfield, and Sam Lay among others, and a variety of photos, memorabilia interlaced.

A Thanksgiving note From director Tim Duffy: After 26 years of running the Music Maker Foundation, I have a lot to be thankful for, and most all of it comes down to the laughs and good times I’ve had with Music Maker artists in their homes, and on planes, hotels, and stages. And mostly, I remember the great sense of joy they’ve brought to everyone around them.

Blues Beat also received a message Patty Wilson Aden, Blues Foundation President & CEO. “I have been moved by the generosity of the blues community. Your gifts, large and small, have served as an essential lifeline to musicians facing the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last nine months your donations to the COVID-19 Blues Musicians Emergency Relief Fund and the HART Fund have ensured that hundreds of blues musicians and their families have received urgent financial assistance to help pay for mortgages, utility bills, and vital medical services.”

Love You Madly: A Stream for Santa Cruz Fire Relief, is being held at 10 p.m. EST on Saturday. Join them for a special night of music and personal messages from musical luminaries including Steve Earle, Boz Scaggs and Bonnie Raitt, Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Joe Satriani, Los Lobos, Colin Hay, and more. Hosted by Event Santa Cruz, Joe Satriani and others.

Also included will be original artwork, moving photography, and examples of how funds have already been put into action to help families. For more information visit https://www.santacruzfirerelief.org

Connecticut Media Group