Delmark is excited about our NEW RELEASES that just came out -one of a kind, Chicago West Side styled deep funk blues from the one and only guitarist/vocalist Eddie C. Campbell (Spider Eatin' Preacher, with special guest Lurrie Bell,) the tuff and powerful, all original rockin' blues from Studebaker John (Old School Rockin',) the incredibly innovative jazz guitar of Jeff Parker (Bright Light in Winter), and the debut from young jazz piano phenom, Jim Holman (Explosion! with special guests, saxophonists Richie Cole & Frank Catalano.) Although guitarist Jeff Parker has contributed significantly to many Delmark recordings as a sideman (Fred Anderson, Nicole Mitchell, Ernest Dawkins,) this is first as a leader since '04! Both Eddie C. and Studebaker John are follow up recordings to their wildly successful Delmark debuts, Eddie C's 2009 BMA nominated CD of the year, Tear This World Up, and triple threat singer/songwriter, harpist/guitarist Studebaker John's That's The Way You Do from 2010.
Activity in DELMARK'S RIVERSIDE STUDIO includes the much anticipated comeback recording from Rockin' Johnny (Grim Reaper) and Quintus McCormick (Still Called The Blues) this Spring, along with new ones from Mississippi Heat (celebrating their 20th year and 10th recording!), Linsey Alexander (the Hoochie Man's Delmark debut!) And producer/engineer Steve Wagner, Dave Katzman (bass) , and vocalist Amy Lowe, along with drummer Marty Binder, and Roots Rock Society guitarist Stann Champion recorded a very special song recently at Riverside Studio to benefit Africa's Tanzania Development Support (www.tdsnfp.org).
Make sure you vote for the NATIONAL BLUES MUSIC AWARDS (BMA's) - the most prestigious award ceremony in the blues world that takes place in Memphis every Spring. This year, fantastic real deal Chicago blues singer Demetria Taylor is up for best new artist, debut recording for her killer Delmark CD, Bad Girl, with her bro, the vastly underrated guitarist, Eddie Taylor, Jr. Delmark's long time biggest selling recording, the timeless classic Hoodoo Man Blues from Junior Wells & Buddy Guy got the expanded reissue treatment in 2011 with all new beautiful and informative packaging, liners, pictures, and previously unreleased songs. It should win for Historical Blues release of the year! Standout drummer Kenny Smith (Mississippi Heat, Cash Box Kings, and more) is up for drummer of the year, and let's not forget about our good friend, Lurrie Bell, who is nominated for the Gibson Guitar Award for best blues guitarist of the year. We were excited for you to hear Lurrie and his stinging guitar (and vocals and harp!) on his godfather, Eddie C. Campbell's new Delmark CD. This is the first time they've recorded together since Lurrie was a teenager, playing bass on Eddie's debut LP, King of the Jungle from '77!
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (percussionist & band leader Kahil El'Zabar, saxophonist Ernest Khabeer Dawkins & trumpeter Corey Wilkes) just wrapped up their always anticipated annual February BLACK HISTORY MONTH TOUR of the U.S. and Canada with a rare local show at the House of Trend on Leap Wed, Feb 29th, accompanied by a spiritual healer performance from Dr. Azar Hapi. EHE also just performed a benefit show with musical students from the Pritzker School, a Fine & Performing arts school in Wicker Park in Chicago.
One of our favorite house rockin' Chicago blues bands, Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames with unsung blues sax legend Abb Locke (Howlin Wolf, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, Elmore James, Muddy & way more) are heading off to Europe in May for a BIG TOUR, their first time back overseas in over a decade. We wish them the best!
A big shout out to the local ELASTIC Arts foundation (which presents a dizzying array of talented local and international artists, helps produce the world renowned Umbrella Music Fest in the Fall, and often features Delmark's top innovative jazz improvisers) for teaming up with Boeing to fund and start a much needed new extensive, interactive Chicago music website, concentrating initially on the increasingly influential and growing Chicago jazz scene, but also featuring Blues, R&B, gospel, house, classical, & more from this great city full of musical talent and history.(www.elasticarts.org)
We're saddened by the recent losses from our Delmark family, and much loved
Chicago music icons, jazz legends, Chicago pianist Jodie Christian (one
of the co-founders of AACM, and contributing greatly to many Delmark recordings,
including 5 as a leader,) and Chicago to California bluesy jazz saxophonist
Red Holloway, (who just recently recorded for Delmark, sounding extremely
young and exuberant for an octogenarian, making `09's Go Red Go! his
final recording) along with the departure of the one and only bluesman, Louisiana
Red, not a Delmark recording artist, but someone we all loved and whose
music moved us so.
Please let me know if you are ever interested in having any of our jazz and/or blues artists (including a Delmark all-star revue) booked for CLUBS, FESTS, PARTIES, etc. Many of our artists do not have booking agencies working for them, so I would be more than happy to recommend appropriate artists for your entertainment.
- Kevin "Proud Papa" Johnson, Delmark promotions,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 773-539- 5001