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It was around this time 42 years ago that Muddy Waters started working on his double vinyl release Fathers and Sons… And since today would’ve been Muddy’s 96th birthday, I want to briefly commemorate not only the album, but the man they called “Father of The Chicago Blues” on this special day.

By the time Muddy Waters’ Fathers and Sons was released in the summer of 1969, Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, Woodstock took place and I was still entranced with Elizabeth Montgomery’s role as Samantha in Bewitched… On a sadder note, that was the year I lost my grandfather and almost lost my father when he had a heart attack.

Whenever I drift back to those days, I realize just how remarkable those times really were. But because I was so young, it took a while to fully comprehend its meaning and effect on me. I would later discover that through heartache came new found inspiration. The events and music of the time influenced my interest in writing. And it was albums such as Fathers and Sons that helped generate a personal soundtrack to my past. (MORE)

Posted by Jim, filed under Artist Spotlight, News. Date: November 7, 2011, 10:43 pm | No Comments »

A Letter From The Recording Academy

It has come to our attention that satellite broadcaster Sirius/XM is seeking to bypass the standard system of paying royalties. If they are allowed to do so, it will likely result in substantially reduced payments to artists and producers, a lowering of the value of performance royalties, and unnecessary conflict between artists and their labels.

What’s the issue:
Currently, satellite radio pays sound recording performance royalties to the nonprofit collective SoundExchange, which in turn pays 50% to the artists on the recording and 50% to the copyright owner (usually a record label). SoundExchange pays the artists the full 50%, even if the artist has unrecouped royalty balances, and also pays producers their share as directed by the artist. The system has resulted in an important new income stream for creators.

Sirius is now seeking to use the option of direct licensing with certain independent labels instead of using the system created by Congress that ensures fair payment to all parties. Artists should be concerned about direct licensing; 100% of the royalties would be paid to the record label which in turn may pay artists at a lower rate, subject to recoupment. And labels should be concerned as well; the lower rate being offered could have the effect of lowering the value of performance royalties to all parties.

What you can do:
If you are an artist signed to the independent label…
You can call your label today and request that it not direct license your recordings. In the interest of fairness and transparency, your label should continue to license through SoundExchange.

If you own or manage an independent label…
It is in your interest to refrain from direct licensing. While Sirius may be offering positive terms, the long-term effect of accepting a rate lower than the compulsory rate could be to reduce rates overall in the future. Creating downward pressure on the value of music may be good for Sirius/XM, but it’s bad for artists and labels. Please see the following statement from the American Association of Independent Music: http://a2im.org/2011/08/09/statutory-rates-versus-direct-licenses-for-digital-music-streaming/

Thank you for considering this important matter to further our goals of ensuring creators are compensated fairly and the value of music is protected.

Kind regards,

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

Posted by Jim, filed under Music, News, Special Feature. Date: November 7, 2011, 10:30 pm | No Comments »

posted by Jim Swanson
Blues Boulevard

The Blues Foundation will honor 17 individuals and organizations with its 2012 Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Award during a recognition brunch Saturday, February 4, 2012, in Memphis, Tennessee. Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the KBA Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to blues music. The KBA ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 28th International Blues Challenge (IBC), which begins January 31 and features the final rounds of the world’s largest and most prestigious blues music competition, as well as seminars, showcases, and receptions for blues societies, fans, and professionals.

The KBAs are awarded on the basis of merit by a select panel of blues professionals to those working to actively promote and document the music.

The 2012 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards recipients are:

Agent: Rodgers Redding – Macon, Georgia
Club: Red’s Lounge – Clarksdale, Mississippi
Education: Dan Treanor – Arvada, Colorado
Festival-US: White Mountain Boogie ‘N Blues Festival – North Thornton, New Hampshire
Festival-International: Rawa Blues Festival – Katowice, Poland
Film, Television and Video: Treme, David Simon and Eric Overmyer, Executive Producers – New Orleans, Louisiana
International: Mike Lecuyer – Saint Michel de Montaigne, France
Journalism: Scott Barretta – Oxford, Mississippi
Literature: Life by Keith Richards – New York, New York
Manager: Toni Ann Mamary – Totowa, New Jersey
Organization: Blues Society of Western New York – Buffalo, New York
Photography: Aigars Lapsa – Riga, Latvia
Print Media: Soul Bag – Clichy, France
Promoter: George Wein -New York, New York
Radio: Commercial: Ted Todd–KKZX-FM – Spokane, Washington
Radio: Public: Harvey Stauffer–WVPE-FM – Elkhart, Indiana
Record Label: Severn Records – Annapolis, Maryland

Tickets to the KBA ceremony are sold only as part of the IBC Big Blue ticket package, available online at www.blues.org or by calling 901.527.2583.

Posted by Jim, filed under Music, News. Date: November 7, 2011, 10:23 pm | No Comments »

by Jim Swanson
Blues Boulevard

Hello, Blueslovers!

It’s been awhile since we last posted, but now things are somewhat straightened out in our lives, so we’re ready to bring you some great podcasts and keep you informed of what’s going on with artists, labels, new releases, concert and club appearances by some of your favorite Blues singers and six string slingers.

Let’s start off with a little BLUES NEWS:

2011 Blues Blast Music Award Winners

This year’s winners were announced at the awards ceremonies at Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago on October 27. Winners were chosen by more than 6,500 Blues Blast Magazine readers voting online.

Contemporary Blues CD
Buddy Guy – Living Proof

Traditional Blues CD
Pinetop Perkins & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith – Joined At The Hip

Song Of The Year
Living Proof – Tom Hambridge & Buddy Guy

New Artist Debut Release
Chris O’Leary Band – Mr. Used to Be

Female Blues Artist
Robin Rogers

Male Blues Artist
Buddy Guy

Blues Band Of The Year
Trampled Under Foot

Sean Costello Rising Star Award
Trampled Under Foot

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Posted by Jim, filed under Music, Music Video, News, Special Feature. Date: November 7, 2011, 10:13 pm | No Comments »