Blues Project rehearsal scheduled for tonight (Thursday, 2/25) is cancelled due to the snow. PLEASE practice on your own with the recordings!! Our next full band rehearsal will be next Thursday 3/3 as previously scheduled.
Fruteland Jackson visited the BF auditorium on Monday, February 1st to kick of the Blues Project for our 8th grade students with his Blues 101 program. Fruteland is a former KBA winner and blues musician who regularly plays at Buddy Guy's Legends. He's the perfect man to introduce the unit to our kids because he does such a thorough job of explaining the original forms of African-American music - the field holler, the work song, and the spiritual - which is where the whole story starts. He even closed out his performance with a new song he's working on, "straight out of research and development," as he said. Check him out at http://www.fruteland.com/ and come out to our concert finale on March 12th to hear him perform Blind Willie Johnson's "Soul of a Man."
At the end of January, Mary and I got the pleasure of traveling down to Memphis, Tennessee for the Keeping the Blues Alive awards and the International Blues Challenge. We spent a couple days enjoying some top-notch blues by artists from all over the world being played day and night on Beale Street. And on Friday, I had the great honor of receiving a KBA award from the Blues Foundation. It was a unforgettable experience and I'm eternally grateful to the Blues Foundation for the trip of a lifetime.