Sunday, October 4, 2015

At last! Long-awaited first history of South Carolina Blues is published!

Announcing the release of "South Carolina Blues," by Clair DeLune from Arcadia Publishing.

The history of South Carolina blues is a long, deep—and sometimes painful—story. However, it is a narrative with aspects as compelling as the music itself. Geographical differences in America led to variations in the styles of music that developed from African rhythms. The wet, marshy landscape and hot, muggy weather of the Carolina Lowcountry combined to cultivate not only rice, but a Gullah-based style of South Carolina blues. In drier climates, toward the Midlands and the Upstate, the combination of European influences led to the emergence of Piedmont blues, which in turn spawned country music as well as bluegrass. Those same Gullah roots resulted in four major dance crazes, starting with the Charleston.

In this book, music history professor and blues radio host Clair DeLune dusts off neglected nuggets of history, drawing on archival photographs and rarely seen memorabilia from a generation of musicians’ personal collections. Readers will learn not only new information about some famous players who left their musical mark on history, but even more about the not-so-famous ones, as well as modern masters who carry on the rhythms of their predecessors and are truly keeping South Carolina blues alive.

Blues Moon Radio show Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

Tuesday evening's show will be drawn from this playlist, with a sprinkle (no, not rain... not rain!) of offerings we didn't have time to air in recent weeks.

Look for Eddie Turner's tune this week - he's featured in the Columbia Blues Festival Oct. 24!

The return of the Columbia Blues Festival (Oct. 24, 2015)


Playlist for Blues Moon Radio Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

What we played last week... much of it in preparation and excitation for the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival!

We also played the first three on this list:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Blues Moon Radio Show Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 - including promos for Carolina Downhome Blues Festival

Good Tuesday-Bluesday, y'all!

Exciting week! My book came out yesterday (South Carolina Blues on Arcadia Publishing)...

... and I'll be signing copies at several places around Columbia (check my FB pages).

And we have the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival coming up October 1-3.

Tonight's show features some of the wonderful contemporary artists featured at the show, and next week's show will feature even more!

Tonight's playlist (first six are appearing at CDHBF) includes a tip of the yarmulke to Yom Kippur - the Jewish holiday that involves asking for and granting forgiveness - I love the spirit of it - forgiveness does not mean one was not hurt, it means one wants to move on and not allow the old hurts to cripple one.

Also, we'll play some Lazer Lloyd from "the Old Country" - and even more great music after that - here's the list:

Finally: here are some links to the musicians who will be playing at the CDHBF who are on tonight's show...

Featured artists for week 1  Carolina Downhome Blues Festival Promo
Slam Allen (New York)
Exuberant, soulful vocalist & guitarist led the band of harp legend James Cotton for eight years.

J.J. Appleton & Jason Ricci Trio (New York/Indiana)
The acoustic "Dirty Memory" project of acclaimed guitarist/songwriter and his harmonica virtuoso pal.

The Blues Buckets (Virginia/UK)
Father & son duo with drummer blues and boogie with a smile.  New CD!

Chris Daniels & the Kings (Colorado)
Globetrotting roots/blues maestro and his rockin' expanded band return to CDBF by popular demand...fresh off their latest Euro tour!

Walter Liniger (Switzerland/SC)
This fine acoustic guitar/singer/harmonicist hoboed through the South with James Son Thomas, Etta Baker, and others.

Anni Piper (Australia)
A sensation at the recent Greenwood Blues Cruise, "The Saucy Aussie" is a powerful singer/bassist who works her band coast to coast.

Enjoy! I know I will! Clair DeLune and RockyDawg, Blues Defender

Monday, September 14, 2015

Blues Moon Radio Playlist for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

Welcome back! Sorry to have been absent for so long, but it was all because of worthwhile wonderful musical things. I've left a placeholder in the previous post to go back and recall the notable events... but will need to take a bit to review and catch up. In the meantime, in an effort to get back on a weekly posting schedule, I am posting the playlist for this week's show:

It's year 26 and I'm reaching back into the dusty, musty library cuts that were part of the show's charm during its early years in the 1990s. Lots of Black Top, and other labels that kept us rockin' with the Blues in those days. The contemporary artists of that time are nearly our elder statesmen of it now... I, on the other hand, have not aged one second. Ahem. Yeah. Sure.

So, to celebrate those halcyon days, we're doing a WUSC reach-back... sprinkling among the (25 year old) oldies are some new cuts. I hope everyone enjoys this trip back in the nostalgia machine, and I know longtime listeners will recall many of these cuts that had us dancing in our seats, if not in the streets!

Of course we'll play our artist of the millenium, Drink Small (the Blues Doctor) as we do each week.


Folio - events from mid-July through mid-September, 2015

So much went on during this period, it was difficult to find time to manage them and breathe. Blogging about it was nigh on impossible, and y'all have my apologies.

I'm saving this spot here for a catch-up/review folio of those missed events that should not be denied their spot in the Blues Moon historical record.

Stay tuned - I will keep updating this as I catch my breath from the many honors and events taking place surrounding several big honors for SC musicians and the debut of not one, but two books (by me!).

Clair DeLune