Grammy-Nominated Tribute To Chicago Blues Up For Two Prestigious Blues Music Awards

Chicago, IL – Raisin’ Music is proud to announce that Chicago Blues: A Living History has been nominated as “Album of the Year” and “Traditional Blues Album of the Year” by The Blues Foundation’s signature event, the Blues Music Awards (formerly known as “The Handys”).

In an unprecedented collaboration, the legendary Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch and Lurrie Bell–inheritors of the Chicago Blues tradition—joined forces early in 2009 to celebrate and pay tribute to the evolution of Chicago Blues. In April of that year, this super-group released Chicago Blues: A Living History (on the indie label Raisin’ Music) to overwhelmingly positive reviews. During the following summer, the group toured Europe, playing to packed crowds at fifteen major music festivals in seven countries.

Produced by Raisin’ Music’s Larry Skoller, co-produced by Aulnay All Blues (Aulnay-sous-Bois, France) and recorded by Blaise Barton at Chicago’s JoyRide Studios, Chicago Blues: A Living History features Arnold, Primer, Branch and Bell leading a crack band on seminal songs written by the forefathers of Chicago Blues, including Big Bill Broonzy, Elmore James, Willie Dixon and Buddy Guy.

The 2-disc, 21-track double CD pays tribute to the genre’s creators, its rich history and current practitioners and is accompanied by a 36-page booklet with extensive liner notes, photos by Marc PoKempner and a handsome 8-panel Digipak designed by Larry Kazal.

“The Blues Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve Blues history, celebrate Blues excellence, support Blues education and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form.” The 2010 Blues Music Awards, presented by The Gibson Foundation, will be held at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday, May 6th. For more information on Chicago Blues: A Living History and The Blues Foundation, please check out the following links:

“…21 tracks of gorgeous blues; will undoubtedly challenge for blues recording honors this year. [Chicago Blues: A Living History] is a tremendous project that ought to be a finalist in a few awards categories. [It] is just a joy to listen to (and to look at), and it is without a doubt a recording that you will return to — even if you have all the originals… Sonically superb and carefully conceived”. -Living Blues Magazine

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