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2014 in Review

Second Consecutive Grammy Nomination, Performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Four Blues Music Award Nominations, Film Take Me to the River in Theater’s, Release with Legend Dr. John and Friends of Blinddog Smokin’ It’s been a great year! To cap off the year, December 2014 brought a Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album for Decisions by Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’ in the 57th Grammy Awards to be held on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA at Nokia Live; plus four nominations for the 36th Blues Music Awards to be held on May 8, 2015 in Memphis, TN at the Cook Convention Center; and a nomination for Best of the Beat Awards for Best Blues Album presented by Off Beat magazine for Best Blues Album, vote until January 7 at Take Me to the River is a documentary film that features Bobby Rush alongside other notable artists including Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, and host Terrence Howard. The film spent two months in theaters and had a soundtrack come out in September on Stax Records/Concord Music Group with two Bobby Rush songs, duets with Oscar winning rapper Frayser Boy. In July Rush performed one James Brown song for the film Get On Up alongside Dan Aykroyd and The Roots and his own “Handy Man” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, his first late-night television performance. The first full album collaboration with friends of funk band Blinddog Smokin’ came out on April 15, 2014 on Silver Talon Records to a debut at #6 on the Blues radio chart, a spot on the Americana radio chart, and glowing reviews. The album has already won Best Soul Blues Album at the Blues Blast Music Awards. The same award show presented Rush with a Lifetime Achievement Award, his seventh time receiving such an award. With another year in the books of consistent touring from BAM R&B Festival in Brooklyn, NY to Fuji Rock Festival in Yuzawa, Niigata, Japan, The Grammy Museum and Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA to Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN, and King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR to SXSW in Austin, TX it’s been another exciting year performing, capped off on New Years Eve in Jackson, MS. Wishing everyone a happy new year! Watch the music video with Dr. John and Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’ here: Watch the trailer for Take Me to the River here: Watch Bobby Rush with Dan Aykroyd and The Roots performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon here:

Bobby Rush nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award

Mississippi roots artist Bobby Rush’s Down in Louisiana(Deep Rush/ Thirty Tigers) has been nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album. Produced by Paul Brown at his Ocean Soul Studios in Nashville, the disc revels in the grit, grind and soul that’s been the blues innovator’s trademark since the 1960s, when Rush stood shoulder to shoulder on the stages of Chicago with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and other giants. This is Rush’s second Grammy nomination. His discHoochie Man was nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2001. The Grammy Awards will be presented on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles. “I’m so grateful and honored to receive this nomination at my age,” says Rush, who is 79 years old. “It means the world to me, because it shows that after all these years in this business, I’m still making music that my peers and listeners find exciting and worthy of this acknowledgement.” Brown, who also co-produced Rush’s previous album, observes that “few artists bring the same level of fire to the studio as Bobby, which is amazing for somebody with such a long history. We inspired each other constantly while we were recording, so the sessions had an energy level that was electric and carried into the songs. This nomination is an affirmation of that.” “Rush still, indeed, has an energy level that fits his name. He’s a prolific songwriter and one of the most vital live performers in the blues, able to execute daredevil splits on stage with the finesse of a young James Brown while singing and playing harmonica and guitar. Those talents have earned him multiple Blues Music Awards including Soul Blues Album of the Year, Acoustic Album of the Year, and, almost perennially, Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year. Rush began absorbing the blues from his birth in Homer, Louisiana, on November 10, 1935. He learned guitar and harmonica and started playing juke joints in his teens, wearing a fake mustache so owners would think him old enough to perform in their clubs. In 1953 his family relocated to Chicago, where his musical education shifted to hyperspeed under the spell of Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Elmore James and other blues legends. In the ’60s Rush became a bandleader in order to realize the funky soul-blues sound that he was developing. After 1971’s percolating “Chicken Heads” became his first R&B Top 40 hit, he relocated to Mississippi to be closer to his fan base in the South. His performances grew from small juke joints to nightclubs, civic auditoriums and, by the mid-’80s, Las Vegas casinos and the world’s most prominent blues festivals. Rush’s ascent was depicted in The Road to Memphis, a film co-starring B.B. King that was part of the 2003 PBS series Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues. Rush has released nearly 30 album since the 1970s. Down in Louisiana is his first on the Nashville-based Thirty Tigers imprint. This article was shared from Music News Nashville, Click to View Check out the Grammy Nominated Best Blues Album Click to buy...

Bobby Rush performing in Lincoln Center

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Bobby Rush performing in Lincoln Center

Down In Louisiana

The reviews are in and this is one hot blues record!  Listen, Buy, and Share it now. PopMatters Veteran bluesman Bobby Rush is in fine form with his latest full length, Down in Louisiana. The singer/guitarist has released some two dozen albums since his 1979 debut Rush Hour, and his career has been marked by a steady string of fine albums. Having been nominated for a Grammy award for his 2000 albumHoochie Man, as well as Blues Music Awards for his 2007 effortRaw, Rush is a musician who remains surprisingly unfamiliar to many blues aficianados. With a bit of luck, this new record will change some of that.   Down in Louisiana kicks off with the toe-tapping title track, a spry number that features some cajun spice in the form of accordian accompaniment, but mainly making use of Rush’s two outstanding features: his numble guitar playing and rich, bellow baritone. Both elements crop up throughout the record, and both are in effect for the follow-up number “You Just Like a Dresser”, which offers a classic blues double entendre about a cheatin’ woman: “You just like a dresser / Somebody’ always in your drawers”.  Click to read the full...