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[WBFO air date is = 8/13/94]
Guitarist Chris Cain, live from the Monterey Bay Blues Festival in
California. Also live from the West Coast, Delbert McClinton.
[NPR date is = 8/6/94]
Texas harmonica man Gary Primich will keep your toes
tapping with an exclusive BLUESSTAGE performance, live from the
Eureka Springs Blues Festival in Arkansas. From New York City,
we'll hear some more great harp sounds from Chicago's own Sugar
BLUESSTAGE favorites Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners
are back with some Texas blues. Also featured will be a return
appearance by Taj Mahal, in an acoustic set live from Arkansas.
He wrote "Mustang Sally", one of the most popular soul
tunes around, and now Sir Mack Rice makes his BLUESSTAGE
debut, live from Detroit. We'll also hear a set from harpist
Charlie Sayles from the Triplex Theater in New York City.
Kim Wilson makes the walls shake at Antone's in Austin,
We'll also go to New York City to catch a quick set from
one of our favorite duos, Carol Fran and Clarence Holliman,
live from Manny's Carwash.
West Coast guitarist Smokey Wilson gives a hot performance live
from Los Angeles. From the opposite coast, guitarist Duke
Robillard shows his stuff in a performance from Rochester, New
York. We'll also hear a set from one of our most requested artists,
Kenny Neal, live at the Cubby Bear in Chicago.
They call him one of the "Seven Wonders of the World", and after
this week's performance on BLUESSTAGE, you will too! Taj Mahal in
an all-acoustic performance live from Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
We'll also hear from the original "Blues Brothers" The Kinsey
Report, featuring Big Daddy Kinsey.
BLUESSTAGE discovery Sugar Blue gives us a taste of his
scorchin'Chicago-style harmonica. He'll be joined by a man who's
still hitting the spotlight in his late seventies, guitar-master
Honeyboy Edwards, live from New York City.
Soul star Etta James returns to BLUESSTAGE with an exclusive
performance live from Tramps in New York City. We'll also hop over
to California to catch a set from B.B. King live from the Monterey
Bay Blues Festival.
By request, Ruth Brown, the legendary Queen of R & B, makes a
return appearance with a special BLUESSTAGE performance.
The only weekly live blues series on public radio, multi-award
winning BLUESSTAGE features exclusive performances from clubs and
festivals around the country. Hosted by R&B Hall of Famer Ruth
Brown, it's authentic and electric, offering insights and
performances that you won't find on records or CDs anywhere. Time
magazine said "BLUESSTAGE transports listeners to down-and-dirty
locales to hear rhythm-and-blues stars."
SPECIAL NOTE: A full color, illustrated listener's guide, The
BLUESSTAGE U.S. Map of the Blues and R&B, is available. Listeners
may obtain a copy by sending a self-addressed, stamped ($.87)
business-sized envelope with their request to NPR Program
Marke/ting, 635 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001-3753
TO: BluesStage listeners
DT: August 8, 1994
RE: BLUESSTAGE NEW HOST
NPR PRESS RELEASE
NPR'S "BLUESSTAGE" NAMES NEW HOST
Melvin Van Peebles takes reins from Ruth Brown
Washington, DC, August 5, 1994-- National Public Radio's
(NPR) popular music series BLUESSTAGE kicks off its sixth season
with a new host: renowned writer, composer, director, actor, and
producer Melvin Van Peebles. He replaces Tony and Grammy
Award-winning singer Ruth Brown, who is taking on a new project
with BLUESSTAGE's CEIBA Productions, a revival of a rhythm and
blues radio series. Van Peebles will begin as host of BLUESSTAGE
in early October.
Van Peebles' diverse background includes directing such film
classics as "Watermelon Man" and "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss
Song." He is the author of 13 books, and his ninth album of
original music, entitled "Ghetto Gothic," will be released in the
near future. The Village Voice says Van Peebles' works "stand as
milestones...for 20 years his ghettocentric style and financially
independent spirit has reverberated in two crucial African
American artistic movements -- hip hop and black film."
Felix Hernandez, BLUESSTAGE executive producer, adds "BLUESSTAGE's
wide range of blues styles are a perfect match for Melvin's
Public radio's only weekly live blues series, the award-winning
BLUESSTAGE explores the rich variety of American blues from soul
and rhythm & blues, to urban and acoustic blues.
BLUESSTAGE travels around the country to record performances by
emerging and established blues artists.
Among the featured guests in BLUESSTAGE's upcoming season:
Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers make their BLUESSTAGE debut on the
first program of the season. Other upcoming performers include
guitarmaster Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, blues legend Jimmy Rogers,
and Texas blueswoman Lou-Ann Barton.
BLUESSTAGE is heard on nearly 200 NPR member stations across
the country. Funding for BLUESSTAGE is provided by The Corporation
for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, NPR
member stations, and the NPR Cultural Program Fund.
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