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The world lost a legend and a huge influence on the direction of blues and rock music. The blues lost a hero, a mentor and a friend when B.B. King passed away May 14, at the age of 89. The official facebook.com/bbking posted the news early on May 15: “Mr. King passed peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. Pacific Time on May 14 2015.”

Previous press release information from his management had reported King was in...


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Last week the 36th Annual Blues Music Awards were handed out May 7 in Memphis in a gala event at the Cook Convention Center. In some ways, the sold-out dinner and awards show was your usual dinner and awards show. For a blues fan, the awards were an overload of industry luminaries and newcomers, with a wealth of performances. Artists on hand included Charlie Musselwhite, Keb' Mo', Bobby Rush, John Hammond and Elvin...


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Two new Hoodoo favorites are up in the next couple of weeks at The 21st Saloon.

Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch stir up a rich gumbo of great music from blues and swing to soul, Americana and rock. Dallas-based Elmore is one of the rising stars on the Texas blues guitar scene, voted “Best Blues” in the 2012 Dallas Observer Music Awards. See jasonelmore.net. Elmore and his band play The 21st Saloon, Thursday, May 7, 6-9...


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Lincoln's Zoo Bar hosts three of the top acts in contemporary blues Monday, May 4, 6-9 p.m. Fabulous blues bandleaders Mark Hummel, Anson Funderburgh and Little Charlie Baty have teamed up with the powerhouse rhythm section of Wes Starr and R.W. Grigsby. Mark Hummel is one of the West Coast's finest harmonica players, famous for his jumpin' style and for the all-star harmonica blowouts he hosts around the world....


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