It Ain't Over! Delmark wins Blues DVD of the year at the National Blues M...
Wed May 19 16:26:04 EDT 2010
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.
In a message dated 5/19/2010 2:48:53 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
IT AIN’T OVER!!
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Congrats to all of the artists involved in this historical document of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!" http://www.myspace.com/eddieccampbell
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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