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#LivInThaCity with #DjMikeLiv Tune in every Friday Night 8-9:30pm pst

Written by Michael Livingston Friday, 23 September 2016 07:08

 

RIP B.B. King

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RIP B.B. King

1925-2015

Written by Pat Graham Friday, 15 May 2015 10:06

 

Delta Groove founder and president Randy Chortkoll dies.

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Matt Marshall:  Randy Chortkoff, founder, president and CEO of Delta Groove Productions, passed away today at 8:40am in Los Angeles at the age of 65.

A highly successful entrepreneur outside of the music business, Chortkoff simultaneously followed his true passion as a music producer, performer, and promoter for two decades before founding Delta Groove Productions almost 15 years ago. Delta Groove was his labor of love, a culmination of a lifelong devotion to traditional blues and roots music. Through his vision and leadership, the company quickly rose to its current position as an industry leader, encompassing Delta Groove Records, Eclecto-Groove Records, No Respect Records, Festivals Exclusive Booking Agency, independent artist and event promotions and management, and more.

Ever the astute businessman, in recent months Randy oversaw the planning and arrangements for Delta Groove Productions and its affiliates to continue to flourish and carry his passion onward after his passing, under the leadership of longtime associates Jeff Fleenor and Tammie Barnum, and the rest of the talented and devoted Delta Groove team.

Randy leaves behind children Jessica, Taylor and Joshua, an extended family of Delta Groove musicians whose lives he touched, and a worldwide network of music lovers who both shared and benefitted from his passion for music.

Written by Pat Graham Thursday, 07 May 2015 13:21

   

Robert "Wolfman" Belfour dies

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from Blues Music Magazine: ROBERT "WOLFMAN" BELFOUR
September 11, 1940 - February 26, 2015
Story By Roger Stolle

Sad news in the blues world today. Mr. Robert "Wolfman" Belfour — RIP. Arguably the deepest of the surviving, old-school, Mississippi bluesmen was found deceased at his home in Memphis this morning by relatives. He had been suffering from various health issues (mainly diabetes and mobility related) for over a year but had recently been doing better. He had not performed since last June but was slated to play at Juke Joint Festival in April.

Mr. Belfour's family is in desperate need of money for funeral services. The Memphis Blues Society is trying to raise money to help the family with funeral costs. Those wishing to donate can do so through The Memphis Blues Society Benefit link: Click here. For now… if you knew the blues legend, tell your friends a story about him today… if you didn't know him, then stop what you're doing and spend a little time on the web exploring his life and music.

Written by Pat Graham Saturday, 28 February 2015 10:08

 

Finis Tasby Passes

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Finis Tasby dead at 74--From The Blues Magazine

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Mannish Boys frontman Finis Tasby has died at the age of 74, it’s been confirmed.

The Texan bassist and vocalist had been ill since suffering a stroke in 2012, which left him paralysed on his left side.

Tasby formed his band the Thunderbirds in 1962 and became their frontman after first ZZ Hill then Joe Simon secured their own record deals. They acted as backing band for Freddie King, Clarence Carter, Lowell Fulson and others during tours of Texas.

Tasby worked with John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Big Mama Thornton and others after moving to Los Angeles in the 1970s. He later appeared in the movie Sharkey’s Machine with Burt Reynolds before joining the Mannish Boys, an all-star outfit who won a Blues Music Award for 2013 album Double Dynamite.

In a recent interview Tasby said: “John Lee was like a dad to me, man. He was a really, really nice person, you know, and I stayed up at his house. He and B.B. King were the two nicest guys I ever met.”

And he lamented the state of blues in America, saying: “It seems like people in Europe care more than the American people do. I work over there, like, five nights a week. It ain’t too good here. Nobody wants to have blues. I don’t know what the reason is.”

Written by The Blues Magazine Wednesday, 12 November 2014 09:14

   

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