The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
is now a sponsor of the International Blues Challenge. They have long been a sponsor of the Blues Music Awards. Indeed, 2014 will be the 10th year Sierra Nevada has sponsored the Blues Music Awards, first coming on board in 2005. Sierra Nevada is now the sole beer sponsor for The Blues Foundation and its signature events--the Blues Music Awards and the International Blues Challenge.
Blues Grammy Nominees
Arts & Culture Account for 3.2% of US GDP in 2011
The Grammy nominees have been announced. The following have been nominated in the blues category:
1. Remembering Little Walter
featuring Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia & James Harman
on Blind Pig Record
2. Cotton Mouth Man by James Cotton on Alligator
3. Get Up! by Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite on Stax
4. Seesaw by Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa on J&R Adventures
5. Down In Louisian...
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released prototype estimates on December 5 from the new Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA). This is the first federal effort to provide in-depth analysis of the arts and cultural sector's contributions to current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP), a measure of the final dollar value of all goods and services produced in the United States. According to these new estimates, 3.2 percent --...
A Few Things Worth Passing On...Mamie, Lonnie, SugaBob
Writer Michael Cala has started an INDIEGOGO campaign to raise approximately $3000 to erect a headstone on Staten Island for blues singer Mamie Smith (1883-1946), who recorded the first blues by an African-American, "Crazy Blues," in August, 1920. It was also the first time an all African American band backed an African American singer on record. Mamie Smith's recording of Perry Bradford's "Crazy Blues" in 1920 opened the record label floodgates for countless other African America...
2014 Keeping the Blues Alive Award Recipients Announced
The Blues Foundation will honor 20 individuals and organizations with its 2014 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards during a recognition luncheon Friday, January 24, 2014, 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 30th International Blues Challenge, which begins January 21 and features the final rounds of the worldÃ¢Â€Â™s larg...
56 Affiliated Blues Societies Raise the Roof!
Thanks to our affiliated blues societies that have pledged to Raise the Roof! To date, 55 affiliates have pledged over $81,000 to build the Blues Hall of Fame. The largest amount has come from the Memphis Blues Society with a donation of $10,000. They include (>$1000 in bold):
Atlanta Blues Society
Baltimore Blues Society
Billtown Blues Association
Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast
Blues Lovers United of San Diego
Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania
Blues Society of Omah...