Bonamassa’s Successful Growth Continues On His Latest LP

Courtesy: J & R Adventures

Blues great Joe Bonamassa is set to release his thirteenth full-length studio recording September 21 — a little more than two months at the time of this posting.  Redemption, his third consecutive album of all-original album (which also comes a little more than two years after he released his second consecutive album of all original songs – there’s a little something for all of the numerologists out there) is another successful offering from Bonamassa.  What’s really interesting here is that considering that meteorological fall starts September 23 – two days after Redemption is set to be released.  Keeping that in mind, it makes Redemption the last great album of this summer and the first great album of the fall music season.  Even more, it is a record that every one of Bonamassa’s fans will appreciate.  That is proven right from the album’s outset in the up-tempo opener ‘Evil Mama.’  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Self-Inflicted Wounds,’ which comes a little later in the album’s run, is another of the works that proves why listeners of all ages will appreciate this album.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘I’ve Got Some Mind Over What Matters,’ which comes even later in the album’s run, is yet more proof of why blues fans of all ages will appreciate this record.  It will also be discussed later.  Between this trio of songs and the rest of the album’s entries – all of which offer their own positives – the album in whole proves to be a record whose appreciation will also lead listeners to agree that it is among the absolute elite of this year’s blues field and – in this critic’s ears – overall albums.

Joe Bonamassa’s latest full-length studio recording Redemption is some of the best work to date from the veteran blues guitarist.  It is a record that blues fans across the board will appreciate and agree is among the year’s top new blues and jazz records and even overall albums.  This is proven right from the album’s outset in the form of ‘Evil Mama.’  The song instantly conjures thoughts of Led Zeppelin thanks to the very familiar drum line that opens the song.  It’s a direct throwback to John Bonham’s drum line from Led Zeppelin’s timeless classic ‘Rock and Roll.’  What’s really interesting here is that the noted tribute is uber short, as the arrangement moves here from Zeppelin to a more pure blues style arrangement complete with horns, choral style backing vocals and subtle guitar and bass line.  The juxtaposition of that Zeppelin tribute and the bluesy body of the song is, at first, a little uncomfortable because of the distinct contrast in styles, but with each listen, it’s an arrangement that grows on listeners.  Keeping that in mind, it might have made a little more sense, in considering the album’s sequencing to have made the album’s title track its opener and switched that with ‘Evil Mama.’  Either way, it doesn’t make the song that bad.  It just means the song might have done better with a different placement.  Of course, the song’s musical arrangement is only one part of its whole.  Its lyrical content plays into its whole, too.

In regards to the song’s lyrical theme, Bonamassa leaves little to the imagination as to the song’s topic right from its very title.  He sings of that troubling woman in this song, “Oh, mama/Sneakin’ up on me in the black of night/Oh, mama/Turn my back just when you twist the knife/Oh, mama/I see trouble brewing in your eyes/Oh, mama/I won’t ever let you in my life/Oh, you wreck me/With your lies and your greed/No, that ain’t nothing/Nothing that I need/Why would you think/I would ever wanna/waste my time on you, Evil mama.”  This is pretty cut and dry, and is only the song’s lead verse, too.  The rest of the song continues in similar fashion, lyrically with Bonamassa singing about knowing “where you been” to that woman, and not wanting to play that proverbial, emotional shell game with her in the song’s second verse.  This is a timeless blues topic, and when it is coupled in this fashion with the song’s catchy, mid-tempo musical arrangement, makes the song a positive addition to Redemption, proving in part why blues fans of all ages will appreciate this album.  The deeply moving ‘Self-Inflicted Wounds’ proves just as much how much audiences have to appreciate in this record.

Joe Bonamassa said of his work on ‘Self-Inflicted Wounds,’ that it is his best work to date in regards to song writing.  It is a work unlike almost anything that he has ever composed, and a risk that definitely paid off.  The slow, almost brooding, waltz-time arrangement uses a less-is-more approach, from the guitar to bass to drums for a general effect that wastes no time tugging at listeners’ heart strings.  The song’s lyrical content goes just as deep in its emotional impact, as is evidenced in the song’s lead verse.  Bonamassa sings here, “Yeah, it’s a put-on/Pretend you don’t know/The self-inflicted wounds/You did it on your own/You were first to draw the knife/And last to throw the stone…Take mercy on my self-inflicted wounds.”  This line is just so heart-wrenching, and it doesn’t get any less moving, either.  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “You never get away holding back those tears/Try not to cry…I’m trying to explain…Trying to own all these pain/these self-inflicted wounds/I did ‘em on my own/I was first to draw the knife/Last to throw the stone/Your trust in me/I will abuse/Oh take mercy on my/Self-inflicted wounds/I’m looking for redemption…I’m praying for forgiveness…there’s none to be found.”  If this doesn’t move listeners to tear up even slightly, then said listeners are either way too hard-hearted or simply are not human.  Here listeners have someone who seems to be at the end of that proverbial rope, and is just feeling so much emotional pain.  It goes without saying that it is certain to generate its share of discussion while also adding even more appreciation for the album in whole.  The addition of the song’s somewhat Pink Floyd-esque bridge and finale add even more interest to the song.  All things considered here, this song stands out not only as one of this record’s most notable entries, but also one of the album’s most important entries, showing again why the album in whole is something that listeners will want to hear.  It still is not the last of the album’s most notable entries.  The classic blues style ‘I’ve Got Some Mind Over What Matters’ is yet another of the album’s most notable songs.

‘I’ve Got Some Mind Over What Matters’ immediately throws back to blues legends such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells and other similar acts thanks to its light, 12-bar blues style arrangement.  That arrangement is only one part of what makes the song so notable.  Its lyrical theme adds to its interest.  The song’s lyrical theme is just as much of a throwback to the blues’ golden age as its musical arrangement as Bonamassa sings, “I can see the future/But that was yesterday/So my bag of tarot cards/And now I can’t see my fate/I’ve got some mind over what matters/And I’m deep down…She took a cabby/So I gotta hitch a ride/Left me in the dark/With daggers in my side/I’ve got some mind over what matters/But I’m still deep down in a hole”  He goes on in similar fashion throughout the rest of the song, even singing later in the song, “Might think I’m a bad man/’Cause I made her cry/But you ain’t lived with her/And seen the other side/I tried to get to the bottom of why I made her hurt/I maybe didn’t know, but I got here…I got my Jesus/In my heart/I went to church, and boy, I did my part/I’ve got some mind over what matters, but I’m deep down in a hole.”  He keeps going on about that woman even more, singing about trying to do right by her, but those efforts just not being enough.  It, again, conjures thoughts of so many similar style blues works that have come before, and in turn creates a deep appreciation for this song.  That appreciation, coupled with the appreciation for the previously discussed songs shows even more clearly why this record is such a strong new effort from Joe Bonamassa, and one that blues fans everywhere will appreciate.  Of course, it still is not the last of the record’s most notable entries.  The gentle, moving ‘Stronger Now in Broken Pieces’ will move listeners just as much as ‘Self-Inflicted Wounds,’ only in different fashion.  It’s just this critic’s own take, but in this critic’s ears, it seems the song’s musical arrangement bears some slight comparison to Christina Aguilera’s ‘Words Can’t Bring Me Down’ thanks to the subtlety of the bells added to the arrangement.  ‘Love Is A Gamble,’ the album’s closer instantly conjures thoughts of the one and only B.B. King while ‘the Ghost of Macon Jones’ – another break from style for Bonamassa on this album – will garner its own interest.  Country music star Jamey Johnson joins Bonamassa on guest vocals for the song.  ‘Pick Up the Pieces’ is one of those songs that one associates with a dimly lit night club back in the golden age of the blues.  King Bee Shakedown is another break from style for Bonamassa here.  It could rival the best works of the Brian Setzer Orchestra.  Considering all of these songs, the others not noted here, and those more directly discussed here, the whole of this record proves to be a brave new effort from Joe Bonamassa, and one that ultimately proves to be a work that blues fans across the board will enjoy.

Joe Bonamassa’s forthcoming album Redemption is one of the most surprising and enjoyable works that the veteran bluesman has crafted to date.  That is because while it boasts some familiarity for listeners in its dozen total songs, it also takes a number of risks – risks that ultimately pay off, too.  The album’s opener, ‘Evil Mama’ presents some of that familiarity in its modern style blues arrangement and classic lyrical theme of a woman who is just trouble for a man.  ‘I’ve Got Some Mind Over What Matters’ presents just as much familiarity with an arrangement that goes back to the golden age of the blues and an equally timeless lyrical theme – again about a woman who has done a man wrong.  The risk came – at least in part – in the form of the deeply touching and moving ‘Self-Inflicted Wounds.  This powerful opus tugs at one’s heartstrings with the subtleties of its arrangement and the cry for help from someone who is in such a bad head space.  Other risks, which also pay off, include the country/blues hybrid style of ‘the Ghost of Macon Jones’ and ‘Deep In The Blues Again,’ which also boasts its own sort of country/blues hybrid sound.  The rest of the album offers plenty of familiarity, which listeners are certain to appreciate just as much as the risks, which (again) add their own interest to the album.  All things considered, the album proves from start to end, to be a strong new effort from Joe Bonamassa that proves easily to be one of the year’s best new blues records and potentially one of the year’s top new albums overall.  More information on Redemption is available online now along with all of Joe Bonamassa’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Rare Hendrix Archived Live Recording Takes Top Honors On Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 Live CDs List

Courtesy: Dagger Records/Experience Hendrix, LLC

Experiencing live concert events is not an easy thing in this day and age.  Between the collective costs of attending (I.E. pricey tickets, gas, souvenirs, possible lodging, food & drink, etc.), perhaps the general lack of time to attend depending on circumstances, or maybe the very fact that audiences’ favorite acts didn’t include certain cities on their tours, there is a lot that plays into the inability to attend live events.  Keeping this in mind, not all hope is lost, thanks to all of the live recordings released each year by so many acts.  Some are released as full bundle packages while others are released just as DVDs or Blu-rays.  Some are even released solely on CD.  Regardless of the platforms, the availability of so many live recordings is unquestionably important for audiences.  Staying on that topic, the live CDs made available are worth noting in their own right.  That is the the case regardless of whether or not said CDs are bundled with DVD or Blu-ray counterparts.  That is because, again, even if the CDs come alongside a live audio visual component, that audio only component can and does oftentimes, translate differently than DVD and Blu-ray recordings.  Keeping this in mind, Phil’s Picks is offering a list of the year’s top new live CDs.

Included in this year’s list are standalone CD recordings and CDs included as part of bundles.  The titles featured in this year’s list include live recordings from Curtis Knight, Jon Cleary, Alter Bridge, The Dead Daisies and many others.  Simply put, they run the gamut from one genre to another across the musical universe.  Topping this year’s list is Dagger Records and Experience Hendrix, LLC’s new Jimi Hendrix recording Curtis Knight featuring Jimi Hendrix Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966.  This live recording features performances by Hendrix well before he became an international superstar — performances that showed his talent even then.  Also included in this year’s list are recordings from Foghat, Alter Bridge, Armored Saint and others.  As is the case with every Phil’s Picks year-ender, this list features the top 10 best new titles plus five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Staying on that note, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Live CDs.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs

  1. Curtis Knight feat. Jimi Hendrix — Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966
  2. Alter Bridge — Live at The 02 & Rarities
  3. Jon Cleary — Live at the Chickie Wah Wah
  4. Foghat — Live at The Belly Up
  5. Between The Buried and Me — Coma Ecliptic Live
  6. Armored Saint — Carpe Noctum
  7. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  8. Black Sabbath — The End
  9. The Rolling Stones — Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015
  10. The Who — Live at the Isle of Wight 2014
  11. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  12. The Winery Dogs — Dog Years Live in Santiago & Beyond 2013 – 2016
  13. Def Leppard — …And There Will Be A Next Time
  14. Joe Bonamassa — Live at Carnegie Hall
  15. Fates Warning — Awaken The Guardian Live

That’s it for this list, but not for the live recordings lists.  Still on tap in this category is the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs as well as the year’s top new live recordings overall.  Before getting there though, there is at least one last list in the form of the year’s top new albums overall.  That one’s coming soon, so stay tuned.

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Franti’s Latest LP “Rocks” Phil’s PIcks 2016 Albums Of The Year List

Michael Franti and Spearhead Soulrocker Cover Art

Courtesy: Fantasy Records

The time has come.  Today is New Year’s Eve eve.  That means 2016 is nearly in the books.  With that year right at it’s end, it’s time for the last two of this year’s Phil’s Picks best of lists.

Rounding out this year’s lists are the year’s top new albums overall and the year’s top new overall movies.  The year’s top new albums list is up first.  It was not an easy list to assemble either as there were so many stand out records released from across the musical universe’s many genres.

This year’s top albums list is represented by music from the jazz community, the world of children’s music, rock, blues, and even reggae in the form of Michael Franti and Spearhead’s new album Soulrocker.

As with every previous Phil’s Picks list, this list features Phil’s Picks’ top 10 new titles plus five honorable mention titles, bringing the total count to 15.  Having noted that here for you is Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 new albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW ALBUMS

 

  1. Michael Franti & SpearheadSoulrocker

 

  1. Santana IV

 

  1. Joe BonamassaBlues of Desperation

 

  1. YellowjacketsCohearance

 

  1. FoghatUnder The Influence

 

  1. The Okee Dokee BrothersSaddle Up

 

  1. Songs of the Night: Dance Recordings by the Joseph C. Smith Orchestra 1916 – 1925

 

  1. Marian HillAct I

 

  1. Love and a .38Nomad

 

  1. Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Getaway

 

  1. Rich RobinsonFlux

 

  1. Charles Lloyd and the MarvelsI Long To See You

 

  1. Logan Richardson Shift

 

  1. Tedeschi Trucks BandLet Me Get By

 

  1. Mountain HeartBlue Sky

 

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Santana Shines Again In Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New Live DVDs/BDs List

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The weather outside is definitely looking frightful this time of year.  That means rather than going outside to get out and about, people are going to be looking more for ways to have fun while they stay indoors and stay warm.  That is just one of so many reasons that record labels churn out so many live recordings each year.  The problem with all of those recordings is that while some are truly standout offerings, others are otherwise forgettable space fillers used to fulfill contractual obligations for the given acts.  Presented today are some of the best of this year’s new live recordings.

Whereas Phil’s Picks already presented the year’s top new live CD recordings, this time Phil’s Picks is presenting the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays.  A lot of thought and consideration went into this list.  The concerts’ set lists, the bands’ performances, the cinematography and audio mix all went into consideration for this list as did the recordings’ companion booklets or lack thereof.  So it goes without saying that it wasn’t an easy list to assemble.  But this critic tried.
As always, the list presented here includes not just this critic’s list of the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs but five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 recordings.  Without any further ado, here for you, is Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Live DVDs/BDs.
PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW LIVE DVDs/BDs
 
1. SantanaSantana IV Live at the House of Blues Las Vegas
2. KISSKISS Rocks Vegas
 
3. Joe BonamassaLive at the Greek Theatre
4. Judas PriestBattle Cry
5. Motley CrueThe End Live in Los Angeles
6. The Rolling StonesHavana Moon
7. Deep PurpleLive at the NEC
8. Melody GardotLive in Paris
9. Gregory PorterLive in Berlin
10. ScorpionsLive in Munich
11. Alan JacksonLive at Red Rocks
12. Michael Schenker’s Temple of RockRock on a MissionLive in Madrid
13. SaxonFeel Your Power
14. Imagine DragonsSmoke + Mirrors Live
15. Fall Out BoyThe Boys of Zummer TourLive in Chicago
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Bonamassa’s New Blues Record Is No Desperate Act From The Veteran Performer

Courtesy J&R Adventures

Courtesy J&R Adventures

Phil’s Picks has focused a lot lately on rock and other genres of music in the vastness of the musical universe.  Today, the focus shifts away from those genres to something a little bit less mainstream.  In today’s list, Phil’s Picks presents the year’s best new Jazz and blues records.  This year’s list presents a wide variety of acts, from more well-known acts such as The Rolling Stones, Joe Bonamassa and Yellowjackets to perhaps lesser known, but still talented acts such as Hazmat Modine, Takuya Kuroda and others.  It wasn’t an easy list to work up, either.  That’s because there was so much great material out there this year.  Combining jazz and blues into one list didn’t make things any easier.  But it got done.

As with every other list, the Top 10 New Jazz and Blues Albums features the year’s top 10 new jazz and blues albums.  It also includes five honorable mention titles for a total count of 15 albums.  That is not to take away anything from those honorable mention titles.  They are enjoyable in their own right and deserved to be noted, too.  Enough rambling.  Here, for everyone’s consideration, is Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New Jazz and Blues Albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW JAZZ AND BLUES ALBUMS

 

  1. Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation

 

  1. YellowjacketsCohearance

 

  1. Joseph C. Smith OrchestraSongs of the Night

 

  1. John Coletrane – Trane 90

 

  1. The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome

 

  1. James Hunter SixHold On!

 

  1. Takuya KurodaZiggerzagger

 

  1. Fela Ransom Kuti & His Koola LubitesHigh Life: Jazz & Afro Soul (’63 – ’69)

 

  1. Gregory PorterTake Me To The Alley

 

  1. Quinn SullivanMidnight Highway

 

  1. Charles Lloyd & The MarvelsI Long To See You

 

  1. Logan RichardsonShift

 

  1. Hazmat ModineExtra – Deluxe – Supreme

 

  1. Keely Smith – The Intimate Keely Smith

 

  1. Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults – The New Lost Classics of Resonance

 

 

 

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Santana Shows The Way In The Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Live CDs List

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Experiencing a live performance of one’s favorite act(s) is a very special event.  That is because it serves to help fans and their favorite acts connect in a way that taking in said acts’ studio releases just can’t.  What’s more attending live concerts isn’t always easy or inexpensive.  Between the cost of tickets, food, souvenirs, gas, and lodging, attending concerts can cost almost as much as a used car sometimes, depending on the act.  In other cases, one’s favorite acts might never even come near one’s town.  So what is a person to do to experience one’s favorite acts?  The answer is simple: the live recording.  That brings us to the topic of today’s “Best Of” list.

Today, Phil’s Picks presents its list of the year’s Top 10 New Live CDs.  Everyone should understand this is distinguished from the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs.  That’s because some recordings come only on CD while others are only presented on the latter format.  Others are also presented in both formats both separate of one another and collectively.  The recordings included in this list include both standalone CDs and CDs included in complete DVD/BD/CD sets.  One of the standalone live CDs included in this list is ZZ Top’s new live recording Greatest Hits Live.  The Outlaws’ Legacy Live is another of those standalone CD recordings.  Joe Bonamassa also has a new live recording in the form of Live at the Greek Theatre that is available on separate CD, DVD, and BD platforms.  It’s on this list, too.  Suffice it to say, there’s a healthy mix of new live titles here both in terms of genre and platform.  So, enough rambling.  Presented here for you is Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Live CDs.

It should be noted here again that the list includes the Phil’s Picks Top 10 new Live CDs as well as five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 recordings.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs

 

  1. Santana IV Live at the House of Blues Las Vegas
  1. ZZ TopGreatest Hits Live
  1. Judas PriestBattle Cry
  1. KISSKISS Rocks Vegas
  1. Joe Bonamassa Live at the Greek Theatre
  1. The OutlawsLegacy Live

  2. The Rolling StonesHavana Moon

  3. Motley Crue – The End: Live in Los Angeles

  4. SaxonFeel Your Power

  5. Imagine DragonsSmoke + Mirrors Live

  6. Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression

  7. Ayreon – The Theater Equation
  8. Pete Townshend’s Deep EndFace The Face

  9. Wacken 201526 Years Louder Than Hell

  10. LeprousLive at Rockefeller Center

 

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Blues Hall Of Fame Grand Opening Scheduled For Today

There’s big news for blues fans today.

The Blues Hall of Fame will officially open for the first time ever this morning at 10amET. Today’s grand opening of the band new building was preceded last night by the annual Blues Music Awards, which is now in its 36th year. The awards ceremony was held in front of a sold out crowd of 1500 people in downtown Memphis, TN at the Cook Convention Center.

Photo Credit: Charles Ragsdale II

Blues Hall of Fame Inductees. Some of those featured include: Tommy Brown, Bobby Rush, Charlie Musselwhite, Eddie Shaw, Dick Waterman, Billy Boy Arnold, John Hammond, Big Jay McNeely, Otis Clay, Bruce Iglauer and Mike Kappus. Photo Credit: Charles Ragsdale II

Twenty-four awards were handed out at last night’s ceremony. Elvin Bishop was the night’s big winner with three awards. His latest full-length release Can’t Even Do Right won for Best New Album. His Band took top honors in the Band category. And the album’s title track won for Best Song. Other winners on the night included: Joe Bonamassa (Best Instrumentalist—Guitar), Selwyn Birchwood (Best New Artist Album—Don’t Call No Ambulance) and Johnny Winter (Best Rock Blues Album—Step Back). The complete list of this year’s Blues Music Awards is noted below.

Blues Music Award winners (final)

  1. Acoustic Album:  Timeless– John Hammond
  2. Acoustic Artist: John Hammond
  3. Album: Can’t Even Do Wrong Right– Elvin Bishop
  4. B.B. King Entertainer: Bobby Rush
  5. Band: Elvin Bishop Band 
  6. Best New Artist Album: Don’t Call No Ambulance– Selwyn Birchwood                 
  7. Contemporary Blues Album: BluesAmericana – Keb’ Mo’
  8. Contemporary Blues Female Artist: Janiva Magness   
  9. Contemporary Blues Male Artist: Gary Clark Jr.
  10. Historical: Soul & Swagger: The Complete “5” Royales 1951-1967 – The “5” Royales (Rock Beat)
  11. Instrumentalist-Bass: Lisa Mann
  12. Instrumentalist-Drums: Jimi Bott
  13. Instrumentalist-Guitar: Joe Bonamassa
  14. Instrumentalist-Harmonica: Charlie Musselwhite
  15. Instrumentalist-Horn: Deanna Bogart
  16. Koko Taylor Award: Ruthie Foster
  17. Pinetop Perkins Piano Player: Marcia Ball    
  18. Rock Blues Album: Step Back – Johnny Winter
  19. Song: “Can’t Even Do Wrong Right” written and performed by Elvin Bishop
  20. Soul Blues Album: Memphis Grease– John Németh
  21. Soul Blues Female Artist: Sista Monica
  22. Soul Blues Male Artist: Bobby Rush
  23. Traditional Blues Album:  For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters)– Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson
  24. Traditional Blues Male Artist: Lurrie Bell
Blues Hall of Fame inductees at BHOF ribbon cutting ceremony: Otis Clay, Eddie Shaw, Big Jay McNeely, Bobby Rush, John Hammond, Tommy Brown, Billy Boy Arnold. Photo by Mariah Selitsch

Blues Hall of Fame inductees at BHOF ribbon cutting ceremony: Otis Clay, Eddie Shaw, Big Jay McNeely, Bobby Rush, John Hammond, Tommy Brown, Billy Boy Arnold. Photo by Mariah Selitsch

On the eve of the Blues Hall of Fame’s official opening, Little Richard, Tommy Brown, and Eric Clapton became the institution’s latest inductees. They join the likes of B.B. King, Etta James, T-Bone Walker and one hundred forty-three others that have been inducted over the past three decades plus. Fifty-one non-performers have also been added to the hall along with eighty-three of the greatest blues singles ever crafted, and forty books and magazines centered on the blues.

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