It Ain't Over! Delmark wins Blues DVD of the year at the National Blues M...

Brat .
Wed May 19 16:26:04 EDT 2010

Congrats, Kevin!! 
I was at that Wang Dang Doodle DVD party back in '08. So cool that you guys 
 won a BMA for it now! I have to say,  Chicago was well represented at the  
BMAs this year. Everywhere you tuned, there was someone from Chicago! It 
was  great to hang out with you this year. I think you should go every year! 
Here are some pics from the win...
Click on the pics. I think there are 5 Delmark photos.
Chicago Brat 

In a message dated 5/19/2010 2:48:53 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
bluesjazz@DELMARK.COM writes:

The celebration continues for the legendary Chicago Blues and  Jazz  

Delmark wins big at the National Blues Music  Awards in Memphis for 2009  
DVD of the Year!

Delmark is proud  to announce that our 55th Anniversary Concert, It  
Ain't Over, has  won the Blues Music Award for Best Blues DVD of 2009  
(formerly the  Handy Awards)

It Ain’t Over – Delmark Celebrates 55 Years of Blues,  Live at Buddy  
Guy’s Legends in Chicago!

On March 7, 2008,  Delmark threw a “wang dang doodle” of a blues party  
at Buddy Guy’s  Legends with an all-star lineup of various artists from  
our deep  talented roster of traditional Chicago blues, and luckily we   
captured this unforgettable evening on DVD and CD.  We're proud to  say  
it has now won DVD of the year at the 2010 National Blues Music  Awards  
ceremony in Memphis!

How 'bout lil' ol' Delmark  Records beating out some guy named B.B. King  
for DVD of the  year!!

Congrats to all of the artists involved in this historical  document of  
an incredibly wonderful all-star classic Chicago Blues  tribute concert  

Zora Young, Jimmy Johnson with  Dave Specter, Aaron Moore, Little Arthur  
Duncan, Lurrie Bell,  Shirley Johnson, Eddie Shaw, and Tail Dragger!

The house bands for this  special evening were guitarist Lurrie Bell,  
bassist Bob Stroger,  drummer Kenny Smith, and Roosevelt Purify on  
keyboards, alternating  with guitarist Dave Specter's band of bassist  
Harlan Terson, drummer  Marty Binder, and Brother John Kattke on  
keyboards. Special guests  included guitarists Nick Moss, Rick Kreher,  
Kevin Shanahan, &  Scott Cable and harp masters Billy Branch & Big D.
A shout out to other  Delmark artists who performed that historic night  
who did not end up  on the final DVD - vocalist/guitarist Byther Smith,  
vocalist/pianist  The Big Doo Wopper, and vocalist/guitarist Johnny B.   

Congrats to all of the past and present Delmark  artists and the Delmark  
staff - head honcho/honoree Bob Koester, Sr  and his family - his lovely  
wife/Delmark Mom/retail, distribution  & ad director Sue, son/business  
mgr Bob, Jr, brother/DVD  director Tom Koester, along with  
GM/producer/studio head Steve  Wagner, shipping mgr/ cameraman Frank  
Corpus, and promotions  director, Kevin Johnson.  Recorded, mixed, and  
mastered at  Delmark's Riverside Studio in Chicago by Steve Wagner, Erik  
Butkus,  and Dave Katzman.

Additonal thanks to Buddy Guy and the staff of Buddy  Guy's Legends,  
including Brian Fadden and Harvey McCarter, and sound  engineer, Dave  
Katzman. Additional thanks to performer/art designer  Kate Moss, Richard  
Guzman, Ron Cotherine, Terry Lee, Barry Dolins,  Neil Tesser, Dick  
Shurman, David Whiteis, and to all of our  FANS!!

Zora Young - nominated for traditional blues female artist  of the year
Shirley Johnson - nominated for traditional blues  female artist of the  
Eddie C. Campbell - nominated  for album of the year for "Tear This  
World Up!"
Bob Stroger - winner of blues bass  player of the year
Kenny Smith - nominated for blues  drummer of the year
Eddie Shaw - nominated for blues  horn player of the year,
Lurrie Bell -  nominated for blues guitarist of the year
Billy Branch - nominated for blues harmonica  player of the year,

“Feisty Chicago Blues indie is  feted by its artists at Buddy Guy’s  
Legends– Delmark is a blues rock  impervious to blues-rock” – MOJO  

“A great snapshot  of the current state of Chicago Blues and an  
indispensable blues  DVD”- LIVING BLUES magazine

"Koester’s achievements are indeed  considerable and the musicians and  
city of Chicago should be very  grateful to him” JUKE BLUES magazine

Check out the trailer for IT AIN'T  OVER!

And the photography  slide show from Mako Funasaka from TALKIN'  BLUES  

The trip to Memphis for the Blues Music  Awards!

We had such a wonderful time in Memphis for the  annual Blues Music  
Awards.  Many musical highlights were  memorable, the big one being  
Delmark coming away with DVD of the  year, beating out BB King's Live at  
Montreux, among others. To say  that I was more than pleasantly  
surprised to accept this prestigious  award is a vast understatement!   
Eddie C. Campbell, Shirley  Johnson, Zora Young, and other Chicago blues  
artists came out a  little short in the top voting, but were huge  
winners in our world!!  A Delmark Chicago blues revue performed at the  
Awards Ceremony  including Eddie C. Campbell (singing his original "Tie  
Your Time Up"  from his killer comeback Delmark CD, produced by esteemed  
blues  historian Dick Shurman,) Shirley Johnson (singing her standout   
original "Selfish Kind of Gal" from her recent CD, Blues Attack,)  and  
Zora Young and her French collaborator, multi-instrumentalist  Bobby  
Dirninger bringing down the house with their version of  Sunnyland  
Slim's classic "Goin' Back to Memphis" from their recent  CD, French  
Connection!) Very special mention must go out to the  Chicago Blues  
house band of guitarist Billy Flynn (as usual, the  humble MVP!), award  
winner Smilin' Bob Stroger on bass, the  supremely talented Kenny Smith  
on drums, and keyboardist Johnny  Iguana. Billy Branch, John Primer,  
Billy Boy Arnold (channeling  Sonny Boy#1), and Buddy Guy all performed  
rousing numbers backed by  this All-Star Band. A special shout out to  
Billy Branch and Billy  Flynn doing a killer version of Jr Wells'  
"Hoodoo Man Blues!!" Other  musical highlights for me were Candye Kane  
and her top notch  tasteful guitarist Laura Chavez, Rick Estrin with the  
wildly  talented guitarist Kid Anderson, Joe Louis Walker, Debbie  
Davies,  Louisiana Red with Little Victor and Bob Corritore, Johnny  
Rawls,  Super Chiken, and Dave Maxwell's solo piano set! We had a blast  
the  night before the awards at Nick Moss' Jam session at the Rum Boogie   
Cafe' on Beale Street with tons of special guests, including Pinetop   
Perkins, Kenny Neal, Charlie Musselwhite, Curtis Salgado, Duke   
Robillard, and many more.

I often  find the best musical experiences are off the main stages and   
tourist clubs and on the street corners and off the beaten path  funky  
clubs from lesser known but highly talented musicians.  I  unfortunately  
didn't get to check out Memphis' juke joint Wild  Bill's (who had Willie  
Mitchell's son's band, The Soul Survivors)  but I did get to see some  
supremely funky Memphis ghetto versions of  Bar-Kays "Soul Finger" and  
MG's "Time is Tight" and "Green Onions"  from guitarist James Bonner and  
bassist brother in singer Big  Jerry's band outside of Lil Anthony's  
Soul Food Cafe' on Fourth and  Beale right near the Daisy Theatre and a  
block away from the long  gone but famous Club Paradise! I was  
particularly happy to run into  the ever smiling, friendly James Bonner  
on this trip because James  was kind enough to go out of his way and  
drive us home safely from a  out of way funky blues club called the Blue  
Worm last time I was in  Memphis a few years ago to see Wilroy Sanders  
(rest in peace) and  the Fieldstones. Don't miss out on the talent of  
James Bonner when  you're in  Memphis (he also plays in the popular  
Daddy Mack  Blues Band.)  I also had a great time seeing  
guitarist/vocalist  Fred "Good Guitar Playin'" Sanders and his Memphis  
Juke Joint All  Stars, who play in Handy Park, and a killer, versatile  
guitarist  named Lawrence Long (who has toured the Chitlin Circuit with  
the  Nitelife Band backing Shirley Brown, J Blackfoot, and others) who I   
caught with a tight soul/funk/blues band fronted by fantastic  singer,  
Jewel J, and also playing a stripped down 2 guitar set  with  
vocalist/guitarist Linear Smith.

Thank you to all the  kind folks in Memphis for making this such an  
enjoyable trip!   A special shout out to my co-pilot of the Delmark  
caravan, the one  and only Dick Shurman!

Some You Tube links I enjoy

Delmark 55th  Blues Anniv Concert  Trailer

JAMES  BONNER - Check out this youtube video of the always smilin'   
guitarist James Bonner with Big Jerry singin "Cummins Prison  Farm"   
outside of Lil Anthony's Soul Food Cafe on 4th and  Beale

LAWRENCE LONG -  Check out Lawrence Long/Linear Smith on you  tube


EDDIE  C. CAMPBELL - doing  a classic from his best friend, Magic  Sam

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