Beth Hart – Fire on the Floor

Beth Hart’s New Release

Fire On The Floor

Beth Hart continues to produce quality work at a creditable output rate.  She also continues to distance herself from the somewhat restrictive descriptor of ‘blues siren’.

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Blues Music Award Nominees 2016

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Blues Foundation Releases

2016 Blues Music Award Nominees

The Blues Foundation has announced the nominees for its annual Blues Music Awards, to be presented at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday May 5 2016.

James Harman leads the Awards with five nominations, while Anthony Geraci and Sugaray Rayford have four nominations each.

The 2016 Grammy nominated Cedric Burnside and Shemekia Copeland along with Doug MacLeod, The Cash Box Kings, Victor Wainwright and Wee Willie Walker each received three nominations.

The 2016 edition of the awards will mark the 37th year that the ceremony has been held.

37th Blues Music Award Nominees

Acoustic Album
Doug MacLeod – Exactly Like This
Duke Robillard – The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard
Eric Bibb – Blues People
Guy Davis – Kokomo Kidd
The Ragpicker String Band – The Ragpicker String Band

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
Gaye Adegbalola
Guy Davis
Ian Siegal

Album
Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars – Fifty Shades of Blue
Buddy Guy – Born to Play Guitar
James Harman – Bonetime
The Cash Box Kings – Holding Court
Wee Willie Walker – If Nothing Ever Changes

Band
Andy T – Nick Nixon Band
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Cash Box Kings
Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots

B.B. King Entertainer
John Németh
Rick Estrin
Shemekia Copeland
Sugaray Rayford
Victor Wainwright

Best New Artist Album
Eddie Cotton – One at a Time
Igor Prado Band – Way Down South
Mighty Mike Schermer – Blues in Good Hands
Mr. Sipp – The Blues Child
Slam Allen – Feel These Blues

Contemporary Blues Album
Buddy Guy – Born to Play Guitar
Eugene Hideaway Bridges – Hold on a Little Bit Longer
Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love
Sonny Landreth – Bound by the Blues
Sugaray Rayford – Southside

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Beth Hart
Karen Lovely
Nikki Hill
Samantha Fish
Shemekia Copeland

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Beth Hart – photo by Jim Jacob

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Brandon Santini
Eugene Hideaway Bridges
Jarekus Singleton
Joe Louis Walker
Sugaray Rayford

Historical Album
The Henry Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions, Vol. 1, Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest on Delta Groove Records
Hawk Squat by J. B. Hutto & His Hawks on Delmark Records
Southside Blues Jam by Junior Wells on Delmark Records
Buzzin’ the Blues by Slim Harpo on Bear Family Records
Dynamite! The Unsung King of the Blues by Tampa Red on Ace Records

Instrumentalist-Bass
Charlie Wooton
Lisa Mann
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
Willie J. Campbell

Instrumentalist-Drums
Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
June Core
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist-Guitar
Anson Funderburgh
Kid Andersen
Monster Mike Welch
Ronnie Earl
Sonny Landreth

Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Billy Branch
Brandon Santini
James Harman
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson

Instrumentalist-Horn
Al Basile
Doug James
Kaz Kazanoff
Sax Gordon
Terry Hanck

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Diunna Greenleaf
Fiona Boyes
Ruthie Foster
Trudy Lynn
Zora Young

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Fiona Boyes

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Allen Toussaint
Anthony Geraci
Barrelhouse Chuck
John Ginty
Victor Wainwright

Rock Blues Album of the Year
Joe Bonamassa – Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks
Joe Louis Walker – Everybody Wants a Piece
Royal Southern Brotherhood – Don’t Look Back
Tinsley Ellis – Tough Love
Walter Trout – Battle Scars

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Joe Louis Walker

Song
“Bad Feet/Bad Hair” written and performed by James Harman
“Fifty Shades of Blue” written by Anthony Geraci and performed by Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars
“Gonna Live Again” written and performed by Walter Trout
“Southside of Town” written by Sugaray Rayford and & Ralph Carter and performed by Sugaray Rayford
“You Got It Good (and That Ain’t Bad)” written and performed by Doug MacLeod

Soul Blues Album
Bey Paule Band – Not Goin’ Away
Billy Price & Otis Clay – This Time for Real
Jackie Payne – I Saw the Blues
Tad Robinson – Day into Night
Wee Willie Walker – If Nothing Ever Changes

Soul Blues Female Artist
Bettye LaVette
Dorothy Moore
Missy Anderson
Toni Lynn Washington
Vaneese Thomas

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Bettye LaVette – photo Jim Jacob

Soul Blues Male Artist
Frank Bey
Jackie Payne
Johnny Rawls
Otis Clay
Wee Willie Walker

Traditional Blues Album
Andy T – Nick Nixon Band – Numbers Man
Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars – Fifty Shades of Blue
Cedric Burnside Project – Descendants of Hill Country
James Harman – Bonetime
The Cash Box Kings – Holding Court

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Cedric Burnside
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin
James Harman
Jimmy Burns

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Dave Alvin

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Beth Hart – Better Than Home – A Review

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Beth Hart – Photo By Jim Jacob

Beth Hart’s new album Better Than Home (Mascot/Provogue) was released on April 10 2015 and is a worthy follow up to 2014’s Bang Bang Boom Boom.  There’s a good deal of introspection and bravery in the eleven songs featured here, all of them written and composed by Hart herself.

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Beth Hart – Better Than Home

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Beth Hart to release new album “Better Than Home” in April 2015

Australian Tour 2015

Grammy Award-nominated blues-rocker Beth Hart is set to release her new studio album Better Than Home in April 2015.  Produced by American duo Michael Stevens and Rob Mathes, Better Than Home features eleven new songs from this gifted and fearless artist.

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Best Live Shows 2014

If I thought choosing twenty album releases for the year was a challenge, reporting on the best live shows in 2014 has been extremely tough.

My live music year in can be described as plentiful and remarkable.  Plentiful in the sense that I outdid past deeds in attending seven music festivals for the year which I estimate to equate to about twenty three full days of music alone.  After applying my first filter through the best gigs or sets of the year, I was left with over forty that left me thrilled.  The remarkable bit is that two of the best live music experiences are not even included – the Americana Honors and Awards Show in Nashville TN and the IBMA’s Bluegrass Awards (Raleigh NC) – as they don’t really qualify, such is the composite nature of those evenings.

Choosing the best is extremely subjective.  Who is on stage and how they perform is only a part of the deal.  The chosen set list for the occasion, the acoustics generally, the sound where you are sitting or standing, who you are with, the level of extraneous noise and lastly but not leastly (sic), your own state of mind.  Contributory factors all of them.

Here they are.

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Beth Hart Pictorial – Bluesfest 2014

All Photos by Jim Jacob

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Gary Clark Jr and Jason Isbell – Day 5 Bluesfest 2014

There was a full agenda late tonight so we delayed our arrival until around 3pm.  Atypically, the traffic was very slow on the way and it took the better part of an hour to drive from our Suffolk Park beach house to the festival site at Tyagarah.  Another perfect day, weather wise – we truly have been blessed this Bluefest.

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