Smokin' Joe Kubek, 1956 - 2015

Master Texas blues guitarist Smokin' Joe Kubek died from a heart attack on Sunday, October 11, 2015. He was 58.

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Shemekia Copeland To Appear On NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday

NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday will air an interview and performance with singer Shemekia Copeland on October 10. Host Scott Simon talks to Copeland about her new CD, Outskirts Of Love, and her life as "a fresh, gripping roots music performer." (Wall Street Journal)

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Four Alligator Artists Win Blues Blast Music Awards

Blues Blast, the free internet blues magazine, announced the winners of the 2015 Blues Blast Music Awards at a ceremony held at The Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois on Friday, September 25th, 2015. Alligator Records artists Elvin Bishop, Marcia Ball, and Selwyn Birchwood all received awards.

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Alligator Records has set a November 6 street date for the vinyl-only release A Blues Christmas. The album is a new compilation featuring the best of Alligator's two previous holiday CDs, 1992's The Alligator Records Christmas Collectionand 2003's Genuine Houserockin' Christmas.

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Blues Legend Eddy Clearwater Wins Blues Blast Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award

Legendary Chicago bluesman Eddy Clearwater will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Blues Blast online magazine.

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