Samuel James Nominated for 2010 Blues Music Award
To help celebrate the New Year, we want to celebrate Samuel James - one of the most interesting and original acoustic blues musicians out there. If you haven't caught Samuel live, then you have missed an incredible songster. But, we're not the only people who have noticed Sameul
James - as is evidenced by his two 2010
Blues Music Award nominations - Acoustic
Artist of the Year, and Acoustic Album (For
Rosa, Maeve and Noreen) of the Year!
Catch Watermelon Slim Live
Calling all Watermelon Slim Fans - Just want to clear up any confusion on
whether Slim is touring in 2010. Look for Watermelon Slim and
the Workers on tour in USA, Canada, Europe and other points around
the globe in 2010. Slim is looking forward to performing for
you with his band and on solo tours. We want to thank all of you for another
is a guitar master!
» Parasomnia by JW Jones Band is on a new disc of guitar masters
put out by guitar world magazine. JW is in great company - Santana,
B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and others...
NorthernBlues Music receives eight 2008
Blues Music Award nominations!
For the second consecutive year, Watermelon Slim has
received six Blues Music Award nominations. And, Mem Shannon receives
Complete list of nominations: Album of the Year - Watermelon Slim & The Workers
for "The Wheel Man" BB King Entertainer of the Year - Watermelon
Slim Band of the Year - Watermelon Slim & The
Workers Contemporary Blues Album of the Year -Watermelon
Slim & The Workers for "The Wheel Man" Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the
Year - Watermelon Slim Song of the Year - William
Homans for "The Wheel Man" Soul Blues Album of the Year - Mem Shannon for "A
Night At Tipitina's" Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year - Mem Shannon
Magness named 2007 Blues Music Award for Best Contemporary
Blues Female Artist of the Year.
Janiva also won this prestigious award from the Blues Foundation
in Memphis in 2006!
Run Neil Run takes home the JUNO
AWARD for Instrumental Album of the Year!
Music Garners Nine BMA Nominations & IMA Win for Watermelon
Slim & The Workers! Full
NorthernBlues CDs are once again starting to get Award nominations. Congratulations
to JW-Jones – his CD, “Kissing
in 29 Days” just got a MapleBlues Nomination for
Recording of the Year. Other MapleBlues nominations for NorthernBlues
artists include Watermelon Slim for International
Artist of the Year, and Carlos del Junco, Paul
Reddick, and Dave Hoerl for Harmonica
player of the year.
Subscribe to our Podcast! Check out interview with Watermelon Slim, Chris Beard,
Mason Casey. A continuing series of artist profiles, interviews
and music samples from Northern Blues Records with Beardo, Senior
Contributing Editor at Blueswax
Doug Cox—one of Canada’s best slide guitarists, teams up with
Salil Bhatt — one of India’s best slide instrumentalists, along with
Cassius Khan, an amazing tabla player for yet another CD of
"Combine Jimmie Rodgers, the
Carter Family & Bob Wills with Blind
Lemon, Sonny Boy Williamson and
Wilson Pickett—and you have Slim—a
one of a kind pickin’ & singin’ Okie
Jerry Wexler, Legendary Producer
Lots of terrific extras:
• Interview with Publisher of Blues Revue Magazine.
• Watermelon Slim talking to blues
great John Mayall.
• Feature on the Watermelon Slim band, The Workers.
• More great slide playing on the balcony of the Ground
“Why Watermelon Slim is not as
recognizable as Col. Sanders is a
damn mystery… Slim delivers
acutely personal workingman blues
with both hands on the wheel of life,
a bottle of hooch in his pocket, a
the Bible on the passenger seat.”
- Ron Baily, Harp
"... One of the finest jumpin’-swing
blues bands around today. Strong,
original material with good vocals
and superb harmonica and guitar.
Straight-up hard-drivin’ back beat
and that classic stand-up bass.”
- Storman’ Norman,
"... From the first chord on the
electric guitar, everyone in the
kitchen bolted up to pay
attention. This was blues music.
Real blues music. The kind of
stuff that B.B. King and Muddy
Waters belt out in juke joints
down in the Delta. The kids
bopped at the kitchen table, all
right. And so did the
grandparents in the den.
Frankly, I did a few two-steps
myself while cooking at the
- Michele Norris, NPR
special guest, Grammy Award-winner V.M. Bhatt on George Harrison?s ?For You
"The deep country
blues of dobro man Doug Cox and the timeless ragas of satvik
Salil Bhatt blend with the funky New Orleans syncopation of singer
John Boutte in a breathtaking
" -Dave Rubin, Guitar Edge
Over 70 minutes of ground-breaking blues! Includes 2 unreleased Watermelon Slim tracks!
"Fred Litwin has
developed and nurtured a cadre of musicians that break down
barriers and stretch musical boundaries; he's helped me to
discover new ways to experience the blues." -Eric
Steiner, Washington Blues Society
Bluelisted JW-Jones A blistering guitar CD from JW-Jones with
special guests Little Charlie Baty (Nightcats), Junior Watson,
Richard Innes & Larry
Taylor. "JW's pure, honest
singing plus guitar stars make this record a yellow-dot must-buy
addition to the catalog for his fans and new enthusiasts
who are getting to know him." -Elwood Blues aka Dan
Three young siblings from Tupelo, MS
who are on fire - wicked playing, original tunes and homemade
guitars made out of car mufflers. "These young kids have got energy, talent and do
the blues proud with their own flavor. I believe they've
got a GREAT future ahead." -B.B. King "The Homemade Jamz have such a
beautiful Blues spirit -- I really believe they're
going to be a huge success."