Circle Of Friends Of The Blues

A gathering of Blues and soul music aficionados,musicians,promoters,booking agents,publishers,consultants,writers,artist,photographers and radio personalities delicated to preserving Blues and soul music,and letting people know that there is still some great music out there.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

After much debate with Clarksdale,Mississippi living Blues Blues Legend " Big" Jack Johnson,photo shown on the left at home in the Blues rich Mississippi Delta ,and with many lovers of the Blues and those who are in the music business to one degree or the other and after long, hard and thoughtful deliberation I came to realize that we, the lovers of Soul,Blues,Southern Soul,Rhythm and Blues are at the Cross Roads of the Blues.Which way should we go, left or right, or turn back the hands of time? I resolve that we should take some form of action to retrieve , preserve and show-case that which is our heritage and culture, the Blues. Therefore this Blog is the baby beginning to crawl, climbing up to stand to take it first steps. This blog is for those who are serious about the Blues and voiced a choice that something should be done. Be it known and resolved that we, the members of the Circle Of Friends Of The Blues are coming together in an effort to preserve and show-case the Blues. We who are, what in the industry is known as Indies. We who are musicians, promoters, booking agents, producers, writers, publishers, recorded music retailers, record labels, radio and club DJ's, Club owners, lovers of the Blues,and consultants agree that something has to be done to preserve the Blues Heritage and the integrity of the Blues. Our primary desire and focus will be and all out effort to preserve, promote and give assistance to those who are in the Indie field, and to consolidate when possible, and network with those who are in the Blues and Soul field and are considered Indies to secure viable contacts, promotions, concerts, and information via networking.

20 Comments:

  • At 7:41 PM, Blogger Maggie B said…

    I am signing in and willing to talk about blues, blues opportunties, and the issue with the biz these days that diminishes the artists ability to be out there and get community support.

    As an agent, if find things tougher in the music business today than it was pre 9/11, pre Bush era, to get support for music, arts and any creative extention. The atmosphere in this Clear Channel world we are now living in is killing the creative world in all the arts and music. I'm from Detroit but book across the country. I've been working with blues artists from Australia and there is little here for foreingers or US artists.

    I know we are all in the same boat, not quite sure that things will clear up in the next three years. All there is to do is to function within our own circles. Just think, if the musicians of the world decided to KEEP THE MUSIC TO THEMSELVES and not let the public share their music or come to their gigs, how many people would be lining up at underground venues, to be one of the lucky ones to pay damn big money to get in and share the music, if their world on the outside was deprived of it? Maybe musicians should be more selfish with their music, their gift and ONLY allow those who are worthy, to hear and enjoy it? Once you go underground, everyone wants a piece of you.

    Maybe great musicians should be playing private places, private clubs and stop letting the world have their music for the pennies the world feels like giving them.

     
  • At 3:48 AM, Blogger Kar said…

    I want to let everyone know that I am very willing to help anyone in anyway to promote the blues. I live in the Tallahassee market area. If you're passing thru, maybe I can find a gig to play and a place to stay for the night. I am a writer, graphic designer and marketing director. Write me at Karpurple@hotmail.com
    ~Kar

     
  • At 7:51 AM, Blogger musiclady said…

    Well......here I am...I'm here finally and I'm sooooo excited to be here and ready to do my part in helping to keep the Blues alive. I agree whole heartedly with maggie...this business has really gotten the bums rap lately. We may not be able to save the blues but it will never be said that we didn't try. So as the youngster say "LET'S GIT KRUNK"

     
  • At 10:23 AM, Blogger Walt said…

    I think that what's happening here is great. Being an artist in the blues is a very difficult thing. We are constantly fighting with ourselves to make sure the songs that we are writing are going to be understood by our public and then fighting to find venues that will allow us to perform them for that public. I am happy to be a part of this blog. Hopefully other artists will be along shortly and see the efforts that are being made to keep the music we create ALIVE!

     
  • At 9:16 PM, Blogger TurquoizBlue said…

    Hi everyone,

    I look forward to seeing how this progresses and also to participating. I have a vanity blues website www.turquoizblues.com (I need to update, sorry) and I like support local blues artists.

     
  • At 2:28 PM, Blogger Pgracelyn said…

    FLASHBACK: A Few Southern Soul and Blues Recordings in Mississippi

    Z. Z. Hill recorded five albums there. His second recording “Downhome Blues” stayed on the charts for two years.

    Johnnie Taylor recorded ten albums there. His eighth recording "Good Love", reached #1 on Billboard's blues charts.

    Tyrone Davis recorded four albums there. He placed thirteenth on the All-Time Top R&B Charts in the late 80s.

    Little Milton Campbell recorded fourteen albums there. His first recording “The Blues Is Alright”, was considered to be the blues anthem. “Cheatin Habit” was a Billboard smash hit.

    Pgracelyn

     
  • At 9:32 PM, Blogger BluesUrbano - Juan Urbano López said…

    Greetings from Argentina!

    My name is Juan Urbano Lopez and I'm really glad you invited me to join this blog. Hope we can do something to get a wider audience for the Blues.

    What do I do myself? Well, I'm on the board of the Asociacion Argentina de Blues (a national Blues society) and I have a Blues radio show in Buenos Aires. I also have a Blues blog that I "really" need to update and is in Spanish, but if you want to check it out is at:http://bluesurbano.blogspot.com

    Is nice to see Big Jack Johnson on the photo, it's one of my all time favourites Bluesmen, altought he's not a "big name". Hope one day he can "make it", along with all the talented Bluesmen that are neglected by the media.

    If I can help in anyway, I'll be glad to do it! Warm regards,

    Juan Urbano Lopez

    PS: Excuse my English!

     
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