It was Joe's last night away and we used the time to just play! People practiced their recital songs and had a good time. Rickey got to play with the full drum kit (sorry, no cowbell) and even Corporate Kirk get in on the act and played some great keyboard.
Blues Blast Music Award Winners!!!
Lots of harp players in the winner list. Thanks to Bob Corritore for this report:
Special thanks to Bob Kieser and the crew at Blues Blast Magazine for last Thursday's spectacular gathering at Buddy Guy's Legends. The Blues Blast Music Awards featured great performances, great awards presentations, and a wonderful mix of musicians, blues professionals, and fans. The winners of the 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards were:
Best Contemporary Blues Recording: Nick Moss / Privileged
Best Traditional Blues Recording: Mississippi Heat / Let's Live It Up
Best Blues Song: The Kilborn Alley Blues Band / "Better Off Now"
Best Blues Band: Tommy Castro Band
Best Male Blues Artist: Magic Slim
Best Female Blues Artist: Shemekia Copeland
Best New Artist Debut Recording: Jackie Scott & The Housewreckers / How Much Woman Can You Stand?
Sean Costello Rising Star Award: The Cash Box Kings
2010 Lifetime Achievement Award: Otis Rush
Sissi Augustine Retires From Hohner!!!
I wanted you all to know that I am retiring from Hohner November 18th 2010. This ends 34 years with Hohner which began in 1977 in New York when Mr. Frank Hohner asked me to join the company. Working from the Richmond, VA office for 28 years, Customer Service has always been my ...number one priority. I have really enjoyed interfacing with the many fabulous musicians and keeping their instruments in top condition. Having recently remarried, I will be leaving Hohner to relocate with my husband in Leonardtown, Maryland. Hohner has been my extended family all these years, and I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work there. Now, I begin a new endeavor as the owner of HarmoniCare, where I will continue to provide service and care to my customers. For details and information, please contact me.
Harmonically Yours, Anneliese Augustine (Sissi)"
You can reach Sissi here:
More Great Jam Tracks!!!
Our buddy Dennis Gruenling continues to crank out great play-along tracks. His latest release is for Careless Love, which, if you've been paying attention, was a transcription Joe taught recently. If you've been trying to figure out how to rehearse this song, Dennis has the answer for you! He's also got funk grooves, Jambalaya, Key to the Highway and Sitting On Top of the World on tap. Get 'em all here: Jam Trax.
- Joe will be back next week. All classes as usual.