Greetings from the future as we never imagined it in the past...
The deadline to vote in the 2013 Blues Awards is less than 2 weeks away! Voting is open to Blues Foundation members only but it's easy to join and not expensive, and the Foundation supports a number of great causes, including help with musicians' medical expenses and the construction of a Blues Hall of Fame Museum. You can join and vote on their website: http://www.blues.org
Registration is open for the March/April class series at the Passim School of Music. This session we're offering Country Blues Guitar, Harmonica Ensemble and a new class, Harmonica for Advanced Beginners. More information is available at http://www.clubpassim.org/school-of-music and on our Education page.
As some of you know, Paul has been teaching Country Blues at Berklee College of Music as part of their new American Roots Music Program. In April We will have the honor of visiting the Mississippi Delta with a contingent of students and faculty from Berklee. The purpose of the trip is to audition young musicians at several schools and award full scholarships for Berklee's 5-week summer program. Paul and I will be tagging along with some of his and co-blues-professor Woody Mann's students to soak up some southern history and culture, meet musicians and educators and do a little playing at the Juke Joint Festival.
We recently videotaped an interview promoting the video and played some songs for the Boston Herald's "Guestlisted" blog hosted by Jed Gottlieb.
Thanks to everyone who made January's ICA show a sold-out success! The theater is a beautiful room overlooking Boston Harbor and Logan Airport and we're told a plane took off just as we were launching into "Got to Fly." The following night we played for a wonderful audience at the Roaring Brook Nature Center - as always Stan and Ann and all the volunteers took great care of us and we can't wait to come back. We're sending out warm thoughts to melt the snow that inundated them last week.
One of the warmer lights in the blues scene went out recently with the passing of Pianist, singer and songwriter Ann Rabson. She was best known for her being part of a trio of sassy Mamas named Saffire, but her solo work on piano and guitar showed her to be a to-the-bone talent. She was also a really nice person and a champion of musicians everywhere and we will miss her.
Should you want to honor Ann further, the family suggests that contributions be made to your local Humane Society or animal shelter. Ann loved animals!!! Or, Ann would love it if you made a donation to the Pinetop Perkins Foundation. It is a 501(3c) organization dedicated to keep the memory and the work of Pinetop Perkins alive. Pinetop was a great blues pianist and Ann's recent CD, "Not Alone," was dedicated to him. Ann's family asks that any donation be earmarked for the youth scholarships. Ann wanted young people to carry on this great tradition. The foundation's website with address for donations & paypal is www.pinetopperkinsfoundation.org