Even Inductees Get The Blues

Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Musselwhite and Lonnie Brooks lead the list of this year’s inductees for the Blues Hall Of Fame.

Presented by The Blues Foundation, this year’s list of inductees also includes “Father of the Blues” W.C. Handy, jug band great Gus Cannon and Cannon’s Jug Stompers and Amos Milburn, who wrote one of the most famous drinking songs of all time, “One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer.”

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Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, N.C.

The Blues Foundation will also induct several singles and album tracks, including “All Your Love (I Miss Loving)” by Otis Rush; “Fever” by Little Willie John; “Key To The Highway” by Big Bill Broonzy; “Match Box Blues” by Blind Lemon Jefferson and “Spoonful” by Howlin’ Wolf.

But it doesn’t stop with songs. The Blues Foundation plans to induct a few choice albums, including Strong Persuader by Robert Cray; Hung Down Head by Lowell Fulson and I Hear Some Blues Downstairs by Fenton Robinson.

The induction ceremony takes place May 5 at the Memphis Marriott Downtown in, you guessed it, Memphis, Tenn.

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The legendary sound of Charlie Musselwhite echoes through the 4th & B Theatre during San Diego’s Blues Harp Blowout.

But the induction ceremony is only the first half of a two-part blues extravaganza. The next night – May 6 – is the 31st annual Blues Music Awards at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

For more information on everything blues, including the Blues Hall Of Fame and the Blues Music Awards, click here for The Blues Foundation Web site.