Blues Hall Of Fame Inducts Aretha Franklin Seminal Recordings The Greatest Drummer

first_imgOn the eve of the 40th annual Blues Music Awards, the Blues Foundation honors some of the genre’s finest performers, contributors and recordingsMark JordanGRAMMYs May 14, 2019 – 5:24 pm For a genre with as rich of a history as the blues, the honor of becoming a Hall of Famer is that much more prestigious. On May 8, artists, industry professionals, and fans gathered in Memphis, Tenn., to induct this year’s class into the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame, a class comprised of blues legends, historic recordings and more.The ceremony, held at the Orpheum Theater’s Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education, was one of the kickoff events for the foundation’s Blues Music Awards Week, highlighted by the 40th anniversary Blues Music Awards held the following night at the Cook Convention Center. The reverent yet celebratory tone of the night was set by the event co-hosts, GRAMMY winner Dom Flemons, who was nominated at the BMAs for his GRAMMY-nominated solo album Black Cowboys, and longtime blues radio personality Bill Wax. In all the foundation inducted five performers, one non-performer, five songs, one album, and one book of blues literature into the hall of fame, which was established in 1980. In addition to plaques commemorating their induction, all the honorees are featured in new exhibits in the $2.9 million Blues Hall of Fame, opened in 2015 in the foundation’s downtown Memphis headquarters.“If you visit you will see such exciting artifacts as [new inductees] Pee Wee Crayton’s red Fender Stratocaster, Booker T. & the MGs’ Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy, Duck Dunn’s bass, and original blues albums and single recordings,” Barbara Newman, head of the 40-year-old Blues Foundation, told the audience.The induction of Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famers Booker T & the MGs, the legendary house band at Memphis’ Stax Records, by their label mate, soul singer William Bell, was one of the highlights of the evening, with the group’s guitarist, Steve Cropper, giving a tearful tribute to his departed bandmates Donald “Duck” Dunn, Lewie Steinberg and Al Jackson, Jr.“Duck and I always said Al was the greatest drummer in the world. If you don’t believe it watch some of the videos sometime. He was the greatest R&B drummer I ever worked with,” Cropper said, calling out another R&B traps legend in attendance, Bernard Purdie, for confirmation. “I know he was a big fan of Al Jackson’s just like we were.”Purdie was also singled out in the induction of Aretha Franklin, the recently deceased GRAMMY Legend and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for whom he played on such classics as “Rock Steady.” Accepting for her family, Franklin’s cousin and longtime backup singer Brenda Corbett highlighted the bluesier side of the Memphis-born Queen of Soul’s catalog, including “Today I Sing the Blues” off of her first album.“On behalf of the Franklin family we want to thank you for your love, for your generosity, but mostly for your respect,” Corbett said, echoing the title of Franklin’s best-known song.The business of the blues has its heroes, too. On this night celebrating the genres great trailblazers and champions, 87-year-old Recording Academy National Trustees Award recipient Chris Strachwitz of the legendary roots label Arhoolie inducting his friend and business partner, the late Moses “Moe” Asch, founder of Folkways Recordings.The Blues Hall Of Fame also singled out singles in this year’s class. Blues guitarist Bob Margolin inducting “Rollin’ Stone,” a recording by his one-time boss, inaugural Blues Hall of Fame inductee Muddy Waters, with Waters’ son, bluesman Joseph “Mojo” Morganfield accepting. The song birthed the namesake of both Rolling Stone magazine and legendary British rockers the Rolling Stones.Other inductees included big band leader and nine-time GRAMMY winner Count Basie, Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Bessie Smith’s recording of “St. Louis Blues,” slide guitar great Elmore James’ recording of “Shake Your Moneymaker” and his album The Sky Is Crying. The following night at the 40th annual Blues Music Awards, “Shake your Moneymaker” would serve as a fitting finale with Reverend Peyton’s Big Band backing saxophonist Mindi Abair, Flemons, Cropper, and the E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt.Just days prior to the four-year anniversary of his passing, 15-time GRAMMY winner B.B. King’s recording of “Every Day I Have the Blues” was inducted. Pioneer blues singer Ida Cox, 17-time GRAMMY winner Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman,” the book Lost Delta Found: Rediscovering the Fisk University-Library of Congress Coahoma County Study, 1941-1942, and Connie Curtis “Pee Wee” Crayton were also honored, rounding out an astounding class of 2019 and an unforgettable night in Memphis.For more information, including a complete of the more than 300 inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame, visit blues.org.Blues Music Awards Celebrate The Late Michael Ledbetter & Much More In MemphisRead more Twitter Email Blues Hall Of Fame Inducts Aretha Franklin, Seminal Recordings & The “Greatest Drummer In the World” center_img News Facebook Blues Hall Of Fame Inducts Queen Of Soul & More blues-hall-fame-inducts-aretha-franklin-seminal-recordings-greatest-drummer-worldlast_img read more

Jessie Reyez Gets Real Connects The Dots Between Crying Songwriting

first_imgNews NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 31, 2019 – 8:14 pm Jessie Reyez On The Stress Of Making An Album Jessie Reyez On “Imported,” Crying & Songwriting jessie-reyez-gets-real-connects-dots-between-crying-songwriting Email Twitter Anything you can talk about? I know it’s all under wraps until it’s not, but how do you feel about this project being your first full-length?Stressed. I feel stressed about it. But I heard someone talking about it like childbirth, like when you’re giving birth and you’re like, “This f***ing hurts, this is awful. This sucks.” And then you see the child and you’re like, “I love you.” So I think I’m right before the “I love you” [laughs].I’m curious what you’re listening to right now? sometimes people just disappear into their own thing when their making an album. I tend to go backwards more than I go forward in music, so I listen to a lot of Otis Redding and Smokey Robinson and Amy Winehouse, and Bob Marley, Tanya Stephens, and Celia Cruz and Carlos Vives. The cool thing about music is you’ll never in your life be able to hear every song, whether you’re going forward or backward or now. There’s just so much, and it’s beautiful, so I’m exploring back.Absolutely, and art is forever, so what you’re making now will be around long after we’re gone.Amen. That’s the plan, man. Legendary sh*t. Timeless sh*t.Switching gears, the importance of mental health is something that you’ve opened up about. What is it that you do to make sure you stay healthy mentally?I meditate. Yoga. Oh my god, if it wasn’t for hot yoga, I think I’d be a totally different person. Well, not totally different, I would just be more of my bad side, I guess. You know? Everybody’s got their yin and yang, so I feel like meditating helps my brain just take a second to be like, “Relax. It’s fine. It’s not the end of the world if something goes wrong, and just be more chill.” So I meditate and I sit in the grass, and I take off my shoes, and I recharge, and it’s lit.center_img Jessie Reyez Gets Real, Connects The Dots Between Crying & Songwriting The magnetic young singer/songwriter breaks down her hit “Imported,” teases her debut album and reveals the best co-writing secret you’ll ever hearNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 31, 2019 – 8:17 pm Backstage at Governors Ball, a random fan stops dead in his tracks and, with eyes open wide in shock, struggles to find the words to tell Jessie Reyez he just saw her set, she is incredible and he really felt what she was doing. It’s true. And in person, she connects just as honestly and directly as in her music, thanking the new fan just as sincerely as she sings.We spent a few minutes with Reyez to hear about her latest version of “Imported” featuring 6lack, the ingenious ways she approaches co-writing sessions and what she’s got up her sleeve for her full-length debut album.People are loving “Imported” right now, especially the new version with 6lack. What do you love about that song? Why do you think it’s connected with your fans?I don’t know why, to be honest. I don’t know why it’s connected. I’m happy it’s connected. I’d like to think that it’s because it’s real life. The song is based on real life. I was going through it and I was trying to get over somebody. And it’s just funny, too, because I’m also speaking to myself in the song at a point saying, “Be careful because sometimes it’s not always the best way to get over somebody, trying to be physical with someone else when your heart isn’t ready.” Maybe it’s because the song caters to both perspectives as well. I’d like to think [it does].For sure, a great song often has many angles. How did you get connected with 6lack for that collaboration? Me and 6lack used to actually see each other all the time at festivals. We would just always cross paths and we were friends prior too, and then it just made sense. So our team reached out to him and then made it happen.What else are you working on right now?I’m working on my debut album right now. I’m damn near done. I’m just doing the final touches. Facebook Mental health is so importantEverything is clouded without it It’s like driving a fast car with the windshield painted black— Jessie Reyez (@Jessiereyez) May 25, 2019You’re a songwriter first, which I love – what’s your songwriting process like, especially now that you’re a successful artist as well? Just vibe. It’s just kinda vibe. If it’s me and my guitar. I just play the guitar and whatever comes out, whatever I’m feeling. And then if it’s me and the producer, it’s just vibe. It’s not really changed, I guess, because it’s something that I still do. So for example, if I get pulled into a session and they want me to write for another artist, I’ll ask the artist when the last time they cried is. So that I make sure that I’m taking a piece of their truth, so that when they sing their song it’s authentic to them. You know? But for myself, it’s kind of easy to think of the last time I hurt because it’s usually floating right on top of my heart, so I could just grab it and go.That’s beautiful. What’s the rest of the year look like for you?A lot of work. Honestly, I’ve been in the studio for the last four months. That’s so funny. I’ve been in the studio forever and I just can’t wait to drop this music, man. I’m anxious to get this child the fuck out of me.Rising Rapper Tyla Yaweh On Performing At Gov Ball, Going From Being Homeless To Touring With Post Malone & MoreRead morelast_img read more