The Blues Foundation has announced its "Class of 2013" for induction into the Blues Hall of Fame, and it's an impressive list, indeed! The HoF induction dinner will take place on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at the Marriott in downtown Memphis, Tennessee a day prior to this year's Blues Music Awards ceremony.
This year's Blues Hall of Fame performer inductees represent a wide-range of styles, talent, and generations, including the late Chicago blues guitarist Earl Hooker and guitarist Jody Williams; soul-blues singer Otis Clay; blues pianist Little Brother Montgomery; contemporary bluesman Joe Louis Walker; and country legend Jimmie Rodgers, "The Blue Yodeler." Three "behind the scenes" individuals will also be inducted: promoter Dave Clark; arranger, songwriter, and talent scout Henry Glover; and New Orleans music legend and producer Cosimo Matassa.
A number of great songs are being inducted in the "Classics of Blues Recordings - Single or Album Track," including Howlin' Wolf's 1951 Chess Records release "How Many More Years;" Delta legend Tommy Johnson's "Canned Heat Blues" (1928, Victor); Louis Jordan's "Let The Good Times Roll" (1946, Decca); Little Junior's Blue Flames' "Mystery Train" (1953, Sun Records); and Memphis Minnie's 1941 Okeh Records side "Me and My Chauffeur Blues."
Three classic albums will also be inducted with this year's class: Howlin' Wolf's More Real Folk Blues (1967, Chess Records); Louis Jordan's Greatest Hits (1969, Decca); and Henry "Ragtime Texas" Thomas's Complete Recorded Works (1975, Herwin), later reissued as Texas Worried Blues (1989, Yahoo Records). Rob Bowman's excellent Soulsville, U.S.A. book will be inducted as a "Classic of Blues Literature."
Here at About.com Blues these past couple of weeks, we've posted our monthly Blues CDs New Releases column, which rounds up info on a lot of great music to be released during February. The Reverend took another look at blues-rock guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut album Texas Flood with a review of the 30th anniversary reissue. New Orleans bluesman Anders Osborne has been named our "Blues Artist of the Month" and we've posted this artist profile along with a review of Osborne's Three Free Amigos EP to introduce you to this talented guitarist.
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