Southern Avenue Share Soulful New Track, ‘Control’

Southern Avenue Share Soulful New Track, ‘Control’

American Blues Scene Staff

Album produced by Multi-GRAMMY® winner Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Deer Tick, Susan Tedeschi, Jackie Greene)

Southern Avenue today shared their new song “Control,” the third track to be released off the forthcoming Steve Berlin-produced album, Be The Love You Want, due out on August 27 via BMG/Renew Records.  

“The song ‘Control’ is the voice of self-discipline that you hear inside your head,” said the song’s co-writer Tierinii Jackson. “There’s something about the repetition of the word “control” in the hook sticks with you, and hopefully that can be the voice that carries the listener through whatever journey they are on.”  

Southern Avenue seamlessly bridges the power of Memphis soul with jam band liberation, gospel blues, and R&B to craft their own timeless brand of American music. The ambitious sonic approach expertly complements Be The Love You Want’s rich themes of self-love, self-empowerment, personal accountability, and the desire to push through towards something greater in life.

Earlier this month Southern Avenue released the music video for “Move Into The Light,a song about “moving from the dim moods of our minds and trusting our will to let go and have fun” explains Jackson. Earlier this summer, the band shared the song “Push Now,” along with the official music video – a light-hearted happy-go-lucky visual that showcases the band’s personality and incorporates family members from the entire Southern Avenue team.  

The third studio album from Southern Avenue was produced by multi-GRAMMY® winner, Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Deer Tick, Susan Tedeschi, Jackie Greene), and co-produced by Ori Naftaly, and arrives on August 27, 2021 via Renew Records/BMG.

Be The Love You Want sees Southern Avenue pushing themselves towards bold new ideas of what it means to be a blues band in the modern world, bending and reshaping their musical heritage with electrifying performance, vivid production, and a remarkably clear vision.

Operating from their distinctively international vantage point, Southern Avenue has produced a wide-ranging collection of original music – predominantly co-written by Israeli-born guitarist Ori Naftaly and powerhouse lead vocalist Tierinii Jackson – that links them to their home city’s glorious past while at the same time, demonstrates their ambitious intent to evolve Memphis music to contemporary effect. With Be The Love You Want, Southern Avenue continue driving the Southern soul legacy into the 21st century, preserving its glory and tradition while striving towards something diverse, universal, and altogether their own.

The band is currently on an extensive tour that includes over a dozen previously announced dates supporting Jason Mraz.  

 

Southern Avenue Tour Dates:

8/14 @ Stone Pony Summerstage | Asbury Park, NJ*

8/15 @ The Anthem | Washington, DC*

8/19 @ Brooklyn Bowl | Nashville, TN w/ Maggie Rose

8/20 @ Summer Camp Music Festival | Chillicothe, IL 

8/27 @ Performance Pavilion at Sweetwater | Fort Wayne, IN w/ Samantha Fish

8/28 @ Levitt Pavilion | Dayton, OH

8/29 @ Railbird Music Festival | Lexington, KY

9/1 @ Crested Butte Summer Concert Series | Crested Butte, CO 

9/2 @ eTown Hall | Boulder, CO

9/3 @ Moxi Theater | Greeley, CO

9/4 @ Wave | Wichita, KS

9/10 & 11 @ Big Blues Bender | Las Vegas, NV

9/17 @ Mississippi Valley Blues Festival | Davenport, IA

9/18 @ Shipyard Festival | Cape Girardeau, MO

9/26 @ Roots N Blues Festival | Columbia, MO

10/1 @ Mempho Festival | Memphis, TN

10/8 @ Clay Center for the Arts | Charleston, WV

10/9 @ Wire & Wood Festival | Alpharetta, GA

10/28 @ Wolf Den | Uncasville, CT

10/30 @ City Winery | New York, NY

1/22 – 26 @ Panic en la Playa | Riviera Maya, Mexico

1/29 – 2/5 @ Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise | Eastern Caribbean

*w/Jason Mraz

All tour dates and up to date news available at southernavenuemusic.com

 

 

 

42nd Blues Music Awards Nominees Announced

42nd Blues Music Awards Nominees Announced

American Blues Scene Staff

Widely recognized as the highest honor bestowed by the blues community, the BMAs applaud the past year’s exceptional achievements in blues music recording, performance, and songwriting, as well as supporting the blues’ rich cultural traditions.

With an expansive list of nominees whose music stretches across genres, The Blues Foundation’s 42nd Annual Blues Music Awards will reflect the widening influence of blues music and blues artists.

Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Elvin Bishop of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Dion are each BMA nominees this year. Silkroad Ensemble Artistic Director and trained opera singer Rhiannon Giddens is contending for the Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist, while Bernard Purdie, the legendary sideman for James Brown and Aretha Franklin among others, is competing for top drummer honors. The Soul Blues Album category includes That’s What I Heard by Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert Cray, recipient of the Americana Music Lifetime Achievement Award. The exciting new music presented by these and other BMA nominees reveal the genre’s evolution and vitality.

Topping the nomination chart this year again are Rick Estrin & the Nightcats with five nominations; they also led last year with six nominations. Estrin is up for the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Instrumentalist Harmonica (which he won last year), and Contemporary Blues Male Artist categories. He is also credited as songwriter with Frank Bey, Kathy Murray, and Nightcats guitarist Kid Andersen for Bey’s Song of the Year entrant “All My Dues Are Paid.” Andersen, additionally, is battling for the best guitarist honors while Nightcats drummer Derrick “D’Mar” Martin ranks among the top drummer contestants.

Five is the lucky number for Sugar Ray & the Bluetones. The group squares off against Estrin & the Nightcats for the Band of the Year award along with Anthony Geraci’s Boston Blues Allstars, John Németh & the Blue Dreamers, and Southern Avenue. Sugar Ray Norcia is competing for Traditional Blues Male Artist and Instrumentalist Vocals honors, while the Bluetones’ Too Far From the Bar is up for Album of the Year and Traditional Blues Album. Furthermore, Bluetones’ Michael “Mudcat” Ward and Anthony Geraci are nominated for Instrumentalist Bassist and Instrumentalist Piano (Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award); the two, moreover, play together in Geraci’s Boston Blues Allstars.

Challenging Estrin for the highly competitive B.B. King Award are last year’s winner Sugaray Rayford, multi-BMA winner Lil’ Ed Williams, Shemekia Copeland, and Németh. Németh and Copeland also face off in the Contemporary Blues Album category. Németh’s other nods are for Instrumentalist Vocals, Soul Blues Male Artist, and, with the Blue Dreamers, Band of the Year. Copeland is also vying for Contemporary Female Blues Artist, Contemporary Blues Album and Album of the Year.

The 2021 BMA’s 25 categories include a number of well-known acts, both in and out of the blues world. The Blues Rock Album contenders include the long-running band Savoy Brown, while guitar ace Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a Blues Rock Artist award hopeful. Last year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductee Bettye LaVette hopes to hang on to her Soul Blues Female Artist title, and her fellow 2020 Blues Hall of Famer Billy Branch faces Fabulous Thunderbird frontman Kim Wilson in both the Traditional Blues Male Artist and Instrumentalist Harmonica categories. Multi-BMA winner Ruthie Foster is up for Instrumentalist Vocals and Contemporary Blues Female Artist; the latter category contains acclaimed performers Samantha Fish, Sue Foley, Shaun Murphy, and Copeland. Another highly competitive category, Acoustic Blues Artist, features Harrison Kennedy, Dom Flemons, Catfish Keith, Keb’ Mo’ and last year’s victor, Doug MacLeod.

This year’s nominees also illustrate how blues artists traverse generations, with ages spanning seven decades. Ninety-two-year-old Jimmy Johnson’s Every Day of Your Life is among Traditional Blues Album selections. With 150 years between them, Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite have also been nominated in the Traditional Album category with 100 Years of Blues; the album is also up for Album of the Year. Eighty-seven-year-old Bobby Rush received doubled nominations for Rawer Than Raw for Album of the Year and Acoustic Album of the Year, while 81-year-old William Bell is a Soul Blues Male Artist contender. Dion is one of the first-timers along with younger colleagues like Richard Ray Farrell (Acoustic Blues Album); Kat Riggins (Contemporary Blues Album); and Sonny Green (Soul Blues Album). Youth ruled at the 2020 BMAs as 21-year-old Christone “Kingfish” Ingram came away the big winner, taking home five awards. This year, he will hope to be crowned again as top guitarist and Contemporary Blues Male Artist. Andrew Alli, “King” Solomon Hicks, Jose Ramirez, Ryan Perry, and Betty Fox Band comprise a quartet of talented up-and-coming blues stars aspiring to follow in Ingram’s footsteps by winning Best Emerging Artist Album.

Widely recognized as the highest honor bestowed by the blues community, the BMAs applaud the past year’s exceptional achievements in blues music recording, performance, and songwriting, as well as supporting the blues’ rich cultural traditions. The 42nd Annual BMA program will be presented as a virtual event on June 6, 2021 starting at 4 p.m. CT. The world is invited to watch the celebration, which will be live-streamed on The Blues Foundation’s Facebook page and its YouTube channel at no charge.

Only members of The Blues Foundation can vote for the BMAs. Voting opens on January 28 and closes March 12 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Blues Foundation membership costs as little as $25 per year. Visit www.BLUES.org and click on “Join” to learn about membership, donations, and to help keep the blues thriving around the world.

Major funding for the 2021 Blues Music Awards provided by ArtsMemphis, BMI, the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise LLC, Memphis Tourism and the Tennessee Arts Commission. *Confirmed as of January 27, 2021

This year, due to COVID-19 precautions, The Blues Foundation will present the International Blues Challenge (IBC) as an engaging social media experience that combines music, memories and insights unique to IBC. Follow The Blues Foundation on Facebook and Twitter to be part of the virtual IBC that will include musical performances as well as a full calendar of online panel discussions, book talks and workshops for blues artists, industry professional and fans. Additional information will be provided in February.

BB King Entertainer of the Year
Shemekia Copeland
Rick Estrin
John Németh
Sugaray Rayford
Lil’ Ed Williams

Album of the Year
100 Years of Blues, Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite
Rawer Than Raw, Bobby Rush
Rise Up, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
Too Far From the Bar, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones featuring Little Charlie
Uncivil War, Shemekia Copeland

Band of the Year
Anthony Geraci & The Boston Blues Allstars
John Németh & The Blue Dreamers
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
Southern Avenue
Sugar Ray & The Bluetones

Song of the Year
“All My Dues Are Paid” – written by Kathy Murray, Rick Estrin, Frank Bey, Kid Andersen (performed by Frank Bey)
“All Out of Tears” – written by Walter Trout (performed by Walter Trout)
“Blues Comin’ On” – written by Dion DiMucci and Mike Aquilina (performed by Dion Feat. Joe Bonamassa)
“Is It Over” – written by Don Bryant and Scott Bomar (performed by Don Bryant)
“Uncivil War” – written by John Hahn and Will Kimbrough (performed by Shemekia Copeland)

Best Emerging Artist Album
Hard Workin‘ Man, Andrew Alli
Harlem, King Solomon Hicks
Here I Come, Jose Ramirez
High Risk Low Reward, Ryan Perry
Peace In Pieces, Betty Fox Band

Acoustic Blues Album
Dustin Arbuckle & Matt Woods, Dustin Arbuckle & Matt Woods
Prove It On Me, Rory Block
Rawer Than Raw, Bobby Rush
Three Pints of Gin, Richard Ray Farrell
Traveling Man – Live, Watermelon Slim

Blues Rock Album
Ain’t Done Yet, Savoy Brown
Ice Cream In Hell, Tinsley Ellis
Mike Zito and Friends – Rock ‘n’ Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry, Mike Zito
Mississippi Suitcase, Peter Parcek
Ordinary Madness, Walter Trout

Contemporary Blues Album
Cry Out, Kat Riggins
My Blues Pathway, Kirk Fletcher
Self-Made Man, Larkin Poe
Stronger Than Strong, John Németh
Uncivil War, Shemekia Copeland

Soul Blues Album
All My Dues Are Paid, Frank Bey
Found! One Soul Singer, Sonny Green
That’s What I Heard, Robert Cray Band
Where Have All The Soul Men Gone, Johnny Rawls
You Make Me Feel, Don Bryant

Traditional Blues Album
100 Years of Blues, Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite
Blueswoman, Nora Jean Wallace
Every Day of Your Life, Jimmy Johnson
Rise Up, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
Too Far From the Bar, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones featuring Little Charlie

Acoustic Blues Artist
Dom Flemons
Catfish Keith
Harrison Kennedy
Doug MacLeod
Keb‘ Mo’

Blues Rock Artist
Tinsley Ellis
Reverend Peyton
Ana Popovic
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Mike Zito

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Shemekia Copeland
Samantha Fish
Sue Foley
Ruthie Foster
Shaun Murphy

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Selwyn Birchwood
Chris Cain
Rick Estrin
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
J.P. Soars

Soul Blues Female Arist
Annika Chambers
Thornetta Davis
Bettye LaVette
Dorothy Moore
Terrie Odabi

Soul Blues Male Artist
William Bell
Don Bryant
John Németh
Johnny Rawls
Curtis Salgado

Traditional Blues Female Artist (Koko Taylor Award)
Rory Block
Rhiannon Giddens
Diunna Greenleaf
Trudy Lynn
Teeny Tucker

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Billy Branch
Sugar Ray Norcia
John Primer
Jontavious Willis
Kim Wilson

Instrumentalist Bass
Willie J. Campbell
Larry Fulcher
Danielle Nicole
Patrick Rynn
Michael “Mudcat” Ward

Instrumentalist Drums
Tony Braunagel
June Core
Derrick “D’Mar” Martin
Bernard Purdie
Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith

Instrumentalist Guitar
Christoffer “Kid” Andersen
Chris Cain
Laura Chavez
Kirk Fletcher
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Instrumentalist Harmonica
Billy Branch
Rick Estrin
Dennis Gruenling
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson

Instrumentalist Horn
Mindi Abair
Jimmy Carpenter
Doug James
Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff
Nancy Wright

Instrumentalist Piano (Pinetop Perkins Piano Player)
Mike Finnigan
Anthony Geraci
Johnny Iguana
Bruce Katz
Jim Pugh

Instrumentalist Vocal
Thornetta Davis
Ruthie Foster
John Németh
Sugar Ray Norcia
Sugaray Rayford

Southern Avenue Signs with BMG’s Renew Records

Southern Avenue Signs with BMG’s Renew Records

American Blues Scene Staff

“Renew Records gets us. They are dedicated to organic, real music which is what Southern Avenue is all about.” – Ori Naftaly

Coming off their 2020 Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Blues Album,” Southern Avenue has signed a new record deal with Renew Records/BMG. Currently in their hometown’s analog haven, Memphis Magnetic Recording with multi-Grammy winning producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Susan Tedeschi, The Tragically Hip), the band is busy at work on a new LP with release plans for mid-2021.

Southern Avenue (L-R) Tikyra “TK” Jackson, Evan Sarver, Tierinii Jackson, Jeremy Powell, Ori Naftaly

 

“We couldn’t be more excited,” said Jonathan Schwartz, long-time manager for Southern Avenue. “To partner with BMG, a well-respected, world renowned company with a massive global reach, coupled with the intimate ‘indie’ vibe of Renew Records, it just feels right.”

Ori Naftaly, founding member and lead guitarist of Southern Avenue expounds further. “Renew Records gets us. They are dedicated to organic, real music which is what Southern Avenue is all about. Couldn’t be happier with this partnership and look forward to great things in 2021 and beyond.”

Since Southern Avenue released their debut album on Stax Records in 2017 (the first Memphis band signed to Stax in over 40 years), the band has proven to be a touring juggernaut. Playing over 150 shows per year and having performed in 15 countries on three continents, they have built a strong international fan base through their soulful brand of roots music, danceable grooves and their universal, heartfelt message of positivity and hope. A fiery festival favorite, Southern Avenue has delivered powerful, uplifting sets at Bonnaroo, Firefly, Electric Forest, Lockn’, Beale Street Music Festival, Waterfront Blues and many, many more.

“To say that this year has been challenging is a gigantic understatement,” acknowledges founding member and lead singer for Southern Avenue, Tierinii Jackson. “We’re so thankful for the team at Renew/BMG for believing in us and our music, now more than ever. We can’t wait to share our best album yet with y’all and hope that it has as strong a healing effect on listeners as it does on us making it.”

“Southern Avenue is the perfect band for Renew, combining roots, blues, soul and that special Memphis flavor. We are thrilled to be working with them on this upcoming release,” adds David Hirshland, BMG EVP.

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B.B. Kings’s Bluesville On SiriusXM Joins Forces With The Blues Foundation

B.B. Kings’s Bluesville On SiriusXM Joins Forces With The Blues Foundation


Cary Baker / Conqueroo

Labor Day weekend programming kicks off with the 40th (Virtual) Blues Music Awards (2020)

SiriusXM and The Blues Foundation announced today their new collaboration to broaden the content and reach of B.B. King’s Bluesville (ch. 74). The channel will be powered by The Blues Foundation, which will directly expand the featured programming to include exclusive performances, artist interviews and archival content that only The Blues Foundation can provide.

To kick off this collaboration, B.B. King’s Bluesville will exclusively air the 2020 Virtual Blues Music Awards (held earlier this year), featuring SiriusXM host Shemekia Copeland as the ceremony’s host, beginning Friday, September 4 at 3 p.m. ET.  (See full rebroadcast schedule below.) The special programming will include exclusive at-home performances from BMA nominees, including Tommy Castro, Walter Trout, Thornetta Davies, Southern Avenue, Sue Foley, Billy Branch, Victor Wainwright, Samantha Fish, Kingfish, and more, along with presentations by Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Fantastic Negrito, Keb’ Mo’, Warren Haynes, William Bell, and Beth Hart. To complement the performances and award announcements, there are also appearances from special guests such as Bonnie Raitt, Bettye LaVette, Robert Cray, Elvin Bishop, Steve Cropper, Steve Miller, Dion, and SiriusXM host Little Steven Van Zandt, along with flashback performance moments by great bluesmen and women such as, Koko Taylor, Honeyboy Edwards, Irma Thomas, Luther Allison, and Taj Mahal.

Based in Memphis, Tenn., the home of the blues, The Blues Foundation is world-renowned as THE organization with a mission to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. With approximately 4,000 individual members and over 170 affiliated local blues societies, it represents hundreds of thousands of blues fans and professionals around the world. In addition to the Blues Music Awards, the Foundation’s other signature honors and events include the Blues Hall of Fame, Keeping the Blues Alive Awards, and the International Blues Challenge. Its HART Fund provides the blues community with medical assistance and advocacy for blues musicians in need while Generation Blues scholarships and Blues in the Schools programming expose new generations to blues music. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Blues Foundation has recently established the COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund to provide financial support for basic necessities such as housing and utilities to blues musicians negatively impacted by the pandemic. The Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame, opened more than five years ago, adds the opportunity for music lovers of all ages to interact with the music and the history. Throughout the year, the Foundation staff serves the worldwide blues community with answers, information, and news.

Support The Blues Foundation by becoming a member or by making a charitable donation at blues.org. The Blues Foundation is a 501c3 organization and all donations may be tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. 

B.B. King’s Bluesville, powered by The Blues Foundation, on SiriusXM, is devoted to all blues music, from traditional to contemporary, rockin’ blues to soul, from B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Etta James,Robert Cray, Joe Bonamassa, John Lee Hooker, Memphis Minnie, Ruth Brown, Johnny Winter, and many others.

SiriusXM subscribers can listen to B.B. King’s Bluesville (ch. 74) and other channels on SiriusXM radios, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices, including smart TVs, devices with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. The SiriusXM app also offers additional features such as SiriusXM video, Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora that listeners can curate themselves, and an On Demand library with more than 10,000 hours of archived shows, exclusive music performances, interviews and audio documentaries. SiriusXM has special offers for new subscribers including three months of a SiriusXM Essential Streaming subscription for Free. To see Offer Details and to subscribe, visit www.siriusxm.com/BBKing3.

Rebroadcast Schedule of the 40th (Virtual) Blues Music Awards on B.B. King’s Bluesville, (ch. 74):

Friday 9/04/20 at  9 p.m. ET
Saturday 9/05/20 at 3 a.m. ET
Saturday 9/05/20 at 6 p.m. ET
Sunday 9/06/20 at 6 a.m. ET
Sunday 9/06/20 at 3 p.m. ET
Monday 9/07/20 at 12 p.m. ET  

Southern Avenue to Perform Two “Virtual Fest” Sets on Saturday April 18

Southern Avenue to Perform Two “Virtual Fest” Sets on Saturday April 18


Press Release

If you’ve seen them live, you know what to expect. If not, then hang on to your hat because Southern Avenue has TWO virtual fest performances this Saturday.

Fiery Memphis combo Southern Avenue will be performing two sets on Saturday, April 18th. Oh, and did we mention they are for two separate festivals?

The seeds for Southern Avenue’s birth were first planted when Ori Naftaly, who’d grown up in Israel with a deep-rooted passion for American soul, blues and funk, came to Memphis in 2013 to compete in the prestigious International Blues Challenge. Although his talents were embraced by American audiences, Naftaly felt constrained in his own band, feeling the need to embrace a more expansive musical vision.  That opportunity arrived when he met Tierinii Jackson, who’d gotten her start singing in church, before performing in a series of cover bands and theatrical projects. Despite not having a record deal at the time, Southern Avenue quickly found success touring in America and Europe. They won additional attention playing some high-profile festivals and making it to the finals in the International Blues Challenge.

On their self-titled 2017 debut album, the boundary-breaking Memphis combo sparked a one-band musical revolution, embodying an effortlessly organic soul/blues/R&B fusion that reflects the band members’ diverse roots as well as their deep commitment to their chosen style. On their second album Keep On, the dynamic outfit expanded its gritty musical vision to embrace new musical challenges and a more expansive creative vision.

If you’ve seen them live, you know what to expect. If not, then hang on to your hat because Southern Avenue has TWO virtual fest performances this Saturday. Here’s the info:

Mojo Station Blues Festival “MojoFest Lockdown Edition”

This is an actual festival in Rome and Southern Avenue is performing to help raise morale for their Italian music family that’s been quarantined for months already (and who have all lost people at this point due to COVID-19).

Southern Avenue performs at 12PM CDT (5PM GMT)

Other artists include Cedric Burnside, Fantastic Negrito, The Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band and more.

Mojo Station Blues Festival

and…

Sway-at-Home: A Virtual Music Festival Curated by Dustbowl RevivalThis event actually takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 17, 18 & 19Southern Avenue performs Saturday, 4/18 at 6:30PM CDT (11:30PM GMT)Other artists include Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Dustbowl Revival and more.Sway-At-Home Curated by Dustbowl Revival

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