September 23, 1993 |
Sometimes it seems that the people who have the most trouble getting used to blues festivals are blues musicians. With years of practically living in dark smoky clubs, their music echoing off dank walls until closing time, some blues players might just be disoriented by such festival features as daylight and fresh air. Some may just be numbed by decades of grueling touring, so much so that they fall right into their rote "how you all tonight?" patter at festivals, even if it's high noon.
July 23, 1999
You don't hear many 19-year-olds saying, "It sure would be nice of the media paid more attention to timeless music like the blues." Of course, Shemekia Copeland, who said it, isn't any 19-year-old. She's the daughter of bluesman Johnny Copeland and a rising blues artist in her own right. The singer, whom her father nicknamed "Bootsy," plays tonight in Santa Ana, returning to the county after appearing here in February. * * Galaxy Concert Theatre, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana. 8 p.m.
September 19, 1993 |
RANDY WESTON / MELBA LISTON "Volcano Blues" Antilles * * * * The partnership of pianist-composer Weston and arranger Liston makes for a joyful reunion here. Although almost every track has a blues base, between them they inject a remarkable variety of moods, modes, meters and tempos. "Blues for Strayhorn" truly sounds like a Strayhorn work.
January 22, 2003 |
Bob Dylan is among the artists nominated for a W.C. Handy Award for blues song of the year. Dylan, better known for his folk and rock work, was nominated for his first Handy Award as songwriter of "Stepchild," recorded by Solomon Burke on the album "Don't Give Up on Me." The Blues Foundation, a nonprofit group that promotes the genre, announced the nominations in 25 categories Monday. Shemekia Copeland and Magic Slim & the Teardrops led the list with five nominations each.
February 19, 1999 |
The deaths in recent years of Luther Allison, Junior Wells, Albert King, Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland have not only saddened blues fans, but also forced them to consider how much longer they'll be able to enjoy such elder statesmen as B.B. King and John Lee Hooker. On the other hand, it's all the more reason to focus attention on a new generation of blues players who are helping keep the music alive and well.
September 27, 1993 |
Could there really be room for another blues festival in Southern California? The answer from the well-attended first two days of the Orange County Blues Festival is a resounding yes. The new event, held in Heritage Park overlooking Dana Point Harbor, lacked the array of headliners that the 14-year-old Long Beach Blues Festival offered earlier this month, but was no less heavy with strong performances.