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Folk and Blues Musician Rhiannon Giddens Named MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Grant Winner – The New York Times

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The past year has been a whirlwind for Rhiannon Giddens, the Grammy-winning musician who became the first woman and first nonwhite person to win a major prize for excellence on the banjo and then celebrated the release of her latest album, “Freedom Highway,” with a performance at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility. But none of […]

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Mavis Staples on Prince, Trump, Black Lives Matter, and Her Exercise Regimen | The New Yorker

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By Elon Green The last eight months—roughly the amount of time since Donald J. Trump’s Inauguration—haven’t smothered Mavis Staples’s irrepressible optimism, but it’s been palpably tempered. She faced dark days even before the election in 2016, when Prince died that April. Staples’s feelings for Prince, her friend and onetime producer, bordered on maternal: he had […]

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WGN Radio: “Highway to ‘Blues Heaven’: Preserving and promoting the past and future of Chicago’s musical legacy”

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“…Co-founders Bill Selonick and John Boncimino, of the upcoming Chicago Blues Experience Museum, slated for a downtown location at 25 E. Washington, talk about their five-plus year long process of creating an immersive music museum to explore the music and its link to the city; Jackie Dixon, President of Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation (and Willie’s […]

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APP: “Legendary guitarist Buddy Guy back in Red Bank”

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“Guy, who will return Wednesday to the Asbury Park Press Stage at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, is routinely near the top of Rolling Stone magazine’s ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’ list and his pal and fellow guitar hero Eric Clapton believes that Guy is the greatest living guitarist…” [Mick] Jagger—who recently […]