Earwig Trivia Quiz
Here's the next Earwig Music trivia quiz. Just reply to this email with your answers to participate. A winner will be chosen on Friday, February 13th. The winner will receive their choice of either the 2CD 20th Anniversary Compilation or an Earwig Music color t-shirt in available sizes.
1. Which Earwig recording artist is Robert Nighthawk's son?
2. Which Earwig recording artist is from Helena, Arkansas?
3. Which Earwig recording artist was married to Odetta?
4. Name one or more Earwig recording artists whose repertoire includes songs by Tommy Johnson.
5. Which Earwig recording artist met Honeyboy Edwards in Tunica, Mississippi in 1937?
6. Which Earwig recording artists were in the last Muddy Waters Band?
7. Name at least three Earwig recording artists Earwig CEO Michael Frank met in Chicago before 1975.
8. Which drummer on an Earwig recording got his start with Robert Nighthawk?
9. Which Earwig artist typically carried only three harmonicas on a gig?
10. Which Earwig artist took Sammy Lawhorn's place in the legendary Theresa's Tavern house band in Chicago?
Upcoming Earwig Events
In commemoration of Earwig's 30 years as a record label, and 37 years of CEO Michael Frank's association with Honeyboy Edwards, Earwig Music will be producing several blues events between now and November 2009. The first one of 2009 will be Honeyboy Edwards and blues piano great Aaron Moore at Evanston Space on Saturday March 21. Check our website for more information on this event in the coming weeks.
The second will be June 12 & 13 of the Chicago Blues Festival weekend, at The Hideout in Chicago, featuring an Earwig Revue, including Johnny "Yard Dog Jones", Chris James & Patrick Rynn, Rob Stone, Travis Haddix and other special guests. Earwig artists will also be spotlighted throughout the Chicago Blues Festival. Check back on the Earwig web site in March for more details.
Aaron Moore is one of the last survivors of the classic boogie-woogie piano style that permeated the 1950s Chicago Blues scene. Known primarily as a backing musician, Moore provided accompaniment for such greats as Little Walter, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Hound Dog Taylor, Howlin' Wolf, Lonnie Brooks and Honeyboy Edwards in a career spanning over forty years.
Born and raised in Greenwood, Mississippi, Moore was encouraged in his piano playing by his mother, who was a music teacher and church piano player. Early on Moore was influenced by Curtis Jones, and later by Memphis Slim. After moving to Chicago, he learned from boogie-woogie paragon Roosevelt Sykes, and the two would often team up in blues clubs around Chicago. Moore worked for the city of Chicago for 36 years and played blues strictly on a freelance basis on weekends, backing up local bluesmen in club shows. After retiring from the Chicago Sanitation Department, Moore has been committed to music full time, recording two critically acclaimed albums for Delmark and touring throughout the US and abroad.
Big Shoulders Ball
Honeyboy Edwards recently had the opportunity to play at a unique inauguration event in Washington, DC on Monday, January 19th called the Big Shoulders Ball. The event, put on by The Hideout venue of Chicago at the Black Cat in DC, brought Chicago musicians including Honeyboy, Andrew Bird and Ken Vandermark to the nation's capital to play in honor of Obama's Inauguration. Check out the links below for more information on the event.
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Earwig Year End Sale
Take 20% off your entire order at the Earwig Store, now through midnight January 4, 2009. Orders shipping within the US will need coupon code EWNL2008YE. The discount should automatically apply for orders being shipped internationally. Don't miss your opportunity to take advantage of this limited time offer!
Limited quantities of cassettes and LPs are still available for several of our titles. These albums will only be available as CDs and digital downloads once we've sold out, so move fast if you prefer cassette or LP formats!
Check out our closeout specials by clicking here.
Earwig Receives Several Blues Music Award Nominations
We are proud to have recently received several Blues Music Award Nominations for our albums and artists. The awards ceremony will take place May 7, 2009 in Memphis, TN. Voting is currently open, but you have to be a member of the Blues Foundation to vote. Membership starts at $25 annually, and is FREE for those under the age of 20. For more information on becoming a member and voting, check out www.blues.org.
Our nominations are:
David 'Honeyboy' Edwards - Traditional Blues Album of the Year - Roamin' and Ramblin'
David 'Honeyboy' Edwards - Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year
Chris James/Patrick Rynn - Best New Artist Debut - Stop And Think About It
David Maxwell - Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year (Appeared on Stop And Think About It by James/Rynn)
Bobby Rush - BB King Entertainer of the Year & Soul Blues Artist of the Year (Appeared on Honeyboy's Roamin' and Ramblin')
Kenny Smith - Instrumentalist - Drums (Appeared on Honeyboy's Roamin' and Ramblin')
Honeyboy performs at Kennedy Center Honors
recently had the distinguished honor of performing at the
Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC with Pinetop Perkins and Koko
Taylor in a band rounded out by Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, Bob Stroger,
Lil' Frank and Kenny Smith. They performed in a tribute to honoree
Morgan Freeman, who was pleasantly surprised by their appearance. The
Kennedy Center Honors will broadcast on CBS on Tuesday,
December 30, 2008 at 9pm EST/PAC.
Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith can be heard playing harmonica on two Earwig albums - Louisiana Red's "Millennium Blues," and "Driftin'."
Willie's son Kenny Smith can be heard playing drums on five Earwig albums - Aron Burton "Live," Johnny 'Yard Dog' Jones "Ain't Gonna Worry," Big Jack Johnson "Live In Chicago," Dennis Binder "Hole In That Jug," and Honeyboy Edwards "Roamin' and Ramblin'."
Bob Stroger can be heard on five Earwig albums - Sunnyland Slim "Be Careful How You Vote," Louis Myers "Tell My Story Movin'," Lester Davenport "When The Blues Hit You," Big Leon Brooks "Let's Go To Town," and Sunnyland Slim "She Got A Thing Goin' On."
New Items at the Earwig Storefront (Rob Stone, Honeyboy Hardcover, Charles Wilson, Jackie Torrence)
We've recently added several new items to the Earwig storefront, including the first Rob Stone album "No Worries," which featured Chris James on guitar, Patrick Rynn on bass and Sam Lay on drums; the Honeyboy Edwards biography "The World Don't Owe Me Nothing" in Hardcover edition, which was just recently reprinted; two southern soul albums by Charles Wilson are currently available in limited quantity; and CD versions of Jackie Torrence's four Storytelling albums are available for the first time.
Keep an eye out in the near future for CDs and digital downloads of our early catalog, which includes not only the finest in blues, but also Jazz, Gospel and Storytelling.
Wishing you all the best in the new year,
Michael Frank - President/CEO
Earwig Music Company, Inc.
Blues Blast Music Awards
We're proud to announce that David "Honeyboy" Edwards was recognized on November 2, 2008 with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Blues Blast Music Awards put on by Illinois Blues. Honeyboy was also nominated in the category of Best Traditional Blues Album for his recent release "Roamin' and Ramblin'." Check out the links below for more information on Roamin' and Ramblin, and on Illinois Blues.
Honeyboy Edwards at BB King's NYC Review in NY Times
Honeyboy is just finishing a 10 day tour of the New England states, which included a stop at BB King's in New York for a show where Honeyboy was accompanied by Michael Frank on harmonica and Rocky Lawrence on guitar. Reporters from the NY Times were present to cover the event. You can read their review by following the link below.
Liz Mandeville Nominated by the Roots Music Association for Songwriter of the Year in the Blues Category
We're very proud to announce that Liz Mandeville has been nominated by the Roots Music association for Songwriter of the Year in the Blues genre. In honor of her nomination, we will be offering a 10% discount on all of her titles at the Earwig Music storefront, starting November 14 and ending December 7. Check out the link below to take advantage of this special, limited time offer.
Johnny Drummer named Best R&B Act in Chicago in the Chicago Reader's Best of Chicago poll
Johnny Drummer has been a part of Chicago blues scene for over 50 years; from his work as a drummer for Lovie Lee to his current solo acclaim with three albums on Earwig, his latest being "Rockin' In the Juke Joint."
Johnny has been a fixture in the clubs of the south side of Chicago for as long as he has been in the city. His most recent residency has been at Lee's Unleaded Blues at 7401 S. South Chicago, where Johnny has played every weekend for 14 years.
In honor of this significant recognition we will be offering a 10% discount on all of Johnny's titles at the Earwig Music storefront, starting November 14 and ending December 7. Check out the link below to take advantage of this special, limited time offer.
Trivia Quiz Results
We'd like to congratulate the winners of our first Earwig trivia quiz. We should have another set of questions ready in the next newsletters. Two people were able to get a perfect score, and we've decided to award them both. The winners are listed below, and will be contacted separately. The questions and acceptable answers can be found at the link below.
Eugenio Moiron Garcia
Klaus "Mojo" Killian
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In our last email we included a link to an Earwig Music trivia quiz, in the form of a survey. We thank all of you who took the time to check out the trivia questions, and especially those who responded. The link was supposed to track the email address of the person filling out the survey, but didn't, so we unfortunately have no record of which entries belong to which people. As a result, we're unable to conclude who the winner was, and will have to hold the contest again. We're doing so with a different set of questions, and the prize will now include this month's featured album, Big Leon Brooks "Let's Go To Town," in addition to the previous prize of a choice of either the double CD 20th Anniversary Compilation or an Earwig Music color t-shirt in available sizes. To ensure there are no problems receiving your responses, please just reply to this email with your answers to the questions below. For some questions there may be more than one possible answer, but you only need to come up with one.
1) Which Earwig artist is considered one of the greatest harmonica players in blues history?
2) Which Earwig recording artist met his partners in the band by sitting in with them in 1962 in Clarksdale, Mississippi?
3) Which Earwig artist appeared in the movie Crossroads?
4) Which Earwig artist is known as the fishin' musician?
5) Which Earwig musician was considered one of the best traditional blues and jazz piano players?
6) Name at least 2 Earwig recording artists or sidemen, who played with Little Walter Jacobs.
7) Name at least two W.C. Handy/Blues Music Award winners on the Earwig label.
8) Which keyboard player on which Earwig album died from jumping off a bridge and drowning in the Chicago River?
9) Which two Earwig artists were influenced by J.B. Hutto?
10) Which Earwig artist played on a Honeyboy Edwards cd and also on albums by Albert Collins and James Cotton?
Although relatively unknown, blues harmonica player Big Leon Brooks was a powerful force in traditional Chicago Blues for two brief periods of time - in the 1950s and again in the late '70s/early '80s. His style follows that of Rice Miller and Little Walter, and he has played behind a multitude of blues legends, including Jimmy Rogers, Robert Nighthawk, Otis Rush, and Freddie King, and on occasion sat in with Muddy Waters' band or Little Walter's band.
Earwig is proud to offer Big Leon Brooks' only solo recording, Let's Go To Town, a classic Chicago Blues recording with an all-star cast of musicians, including Pinetop Perkins, Eddie Taylor, Louis Myers, Luther "Guitar" Johnson and Bob Stroger, among others. Check out the links below for audio clips from the album or to purchase the album for the featured album price of $11.00 before shipping.
Audio Clips - http://earwigmusic.com/descriptions.shtml#CD4931
Purchase Album (United States Shipping) - http://shop.earwigmusic.com/product.sc?categoryId=5&productId=25
Purchase Album (International Shipping) - http://earwigmusic.com/international.shtml#CD4931
Check out the recently expanded Artist Bios section of our website, where you'll find bios for most of our primary artists and sidemen, including a listing of albums they appeared on. Did you know we've featured such notable blues artists as Pinetop Perkins, Carey Bell, Robert Lockwood Jr., Magic Slim and Hubert Sumlin as sidemen on our albums? Did you know that session musicians Bob Stroger and Kenny Smith have played on 5 of our albums a piece, and Allen Batts of Albert Collins original Ice Breakers has played on a total of 10 Earwig albums? Click the link below to check out our new artist bios section.
Artist Bios - http://earwigmusic.com/ArtistBios.shtml
Our four latest releases have been receiving quite a bit of radio play recently, evident by their positions on the following radio charts:
Liz Mandeville - Red Top
Roots Music Report (Peaked at #3, currently 12 weeks on)
Living Blues Radio Chart (#15 on 9/1 chart, #7 on 10/1 chart)
Album Info/Purchase -> http://shop.earwigmusic.com/product.sc?categoryId=5&productId=74
Travis Haddix - Daylight At Midnight
Roots Music Report (Peaked at #5, currently 12 weeks on)
Living Blues Radio Chart (#16 on 9/1 and 10/1 charts)
Album Info/Purchase -> http://shop.earwigmusic.com/product.sc?categoryId=5&productId=77
Scott Ellison - Ice Storm
Album Info/Purchase -> http://shop.earwigmusic.com/product.sc?categoryId=5&productId=75
Chris James & Patrick Rynn - Stop And Think About It
Roots Music Report (Peaked at #6, currently 12 weeks on)
Living Blues Radio Chart (#8 on 9/1 chart, #6 on 10/1 chart)
Album Info/Purchase -> http://shop.earwigmusic.com/product.sc?categoryId=5&productId=76
Michael Robert Frank
President & CEO
Earwig Music Company, Inc.
Copyright 2008 Earwig Music & The Futurity Group All Rights Reserved
First of all, we here at Earwig Music Company appreciate your business! We hope you have enjoyed the items you purchased, and we thank you for your patronage.
You are getting this e-mail because you have bought a cd or other item from Earwig Music Company by mail order or at one of our artist’s shows, sent a cd insert card back, requested a catalog, bought a cd from Cdbaby.com, or signed up for our mailing list.
Quite a few of you have met Delta blues guitar legend Honeyboy Edwards at one of our shows around the world. He and I always enjoy meeting fellow members of the worldwide blues community. My work with him is the engine that drives the rest of Earwig Music Company’s activities. In addition to my being president and CEO of Earwig, I also function as Honeyboy Edwards’ manager, booking agent, road manager, and harmonica player, as I have since 1973. He still tours worldwide at age 93. In 2007 and 2008, Honeyboy appeared in five music documentaries, which will be released on PBS and other television networks in 2009 and 2010. We now carry seven of Honeyboy Edwards’ cds on other labels, from every period of his recording career – July 1942 through October 2007, in addition to his four Earwig cds, his oral history in paperback The World Don’t Owe Me Nothing, and his dvd Honeyboy - an award winning documentary about his life.
Despite the demise of many traditional record stores and the consequent difficulties record labels have in making our cds available to you fans, and the rise of digital downloads and mp3 players replacing cds, we here at Earwig have been busy. Staying true to Earwig’s mission of recording blues elders as well as facilitating the recording and performing careers of the next generations, Earwig has released seven cds since January 2007 – by Johnny Drummer, Dennis Binder, Honeyboy Edwards, Liz Mandeville, Travis “Moonchild” Haddix, Scott Ellison, and Chris James/Patrick Rynn. Each of these fine musicians has a long history, despite the over fifty year gap between the eldest (Honeyboy) and the youngest (Chris and Patrick). They each have their own unique style, musical attitude and repertoire. We are very proud to put their new recordings out. Let me tell you about each of them so you can get as excited as I am about their new releases.
Johnny Drummer - ROCKIN' IN THE JUKE JOINT
Johnny’s third Earwig release offers his humorous takes on male/female relationships, in a variety of musical styles – funky blues, contemporary soul, passionate ballads and jukin’ dance tunes. Johnny handles lead vocals, harmonica, and electronic keyboards, with a tight Chicago band and background vocals. I call him “Songwriter Under A Groove.”
Dennis Binder - HOLE IN THAT JUG
This album is Dennis’ first release on the Earwig Music label, and his first nationally distributed cd as a leader. Originally from Rosedale, Mississippi, he was there at the cusp of early urban blues and the development of rock ’n roll, and country & western music. In the 1950s he recorded for Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis, and in Clarksdale, Mississippi for Modern Records, on recordings that Ike Turner set up. Dennis’s other 1950s recording credits include United Records in Chicago, recordings in the Norman Petty Studios in Texas (featuring Buddy Holly and Tommy Allup), and Benson Studio in Oklahoma City.
This new recording, on which Dennis plays piano, and sings lead vocals, ably backed by a stellar Chicago blues quintet of two guitars, bass, drums, and sax, shows Dennis’s fresh blend of all his stylistic preferences, in a batch of mostly his own funky, heartfelt compositions. Two bonus tracks from a lost 1962 Phoenix, Arizona studio session showcase Dennis and his touring band, which featured A.C. Reed on tenor sax.
Honeyboy Edwards – ROAMIN’ AND RAMBLIN’
Honeyboy Edwards’ fourth release from Earwig Music harkens back to the golden era of pre-WWII blues, when Honeyboy and the greatest Delta harmonica players gigged together, before any of them had recorded or gained notoriety. Featuring Honeyboy’s old-school guitar and vocals, Roamin’ and Ramblin’ offers fresh takes on old gems and the first-time release of some historic recordings: new 2007 sessions with harmonica greats Bobby Rush, Billy Branch and Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones; previously unreleased 1975 studio recordings of Honeyboy and Big Walter Horton; and circa 1976 concert tracks of Honeyboy and Sugar Blue. As a bonus, the cd includes three short blues tales – two by Honeyboy and Bobby Rush and one by Honeyboy talking to Alan Lomax in 1942.
Liz Mandeville - RED TOP
On her 4th Earwig cd, Liz Mandeville, (formerly Mandeville Greeson), bares her soul with her inimitable range of self-penned blues, soul ballads and sassy swing tunes, accompanied by stellar Chicago session musicians and by her touring band. Special guest Eddie Shaw, tenor sax legend, blows on two tracks, blasting a rocker and a ballad as only he can. Liz steps out on lead and rhythm guitar on Scratch the Kitty, another fine example of her nuanced double entendre witty lyricism.
Travis "Moonchild" Haddix - DAYLIGHT AT MIDNIGHT
Since cutting three well-received cds from 1988-1994 on the Ichiban label, guitarist Travis Haddix has released ten cds on his label—WannSonn Records, (available by mail order from Earwig Music) and they have all received fine reviews. Travis is also a prolific songwriter very adept at a hook and a groove. In a 2005 feature story, Living Blues Magazine writer David Whiteis had this to say about Travis: “Haddix delivers his fables of mischief, mayhem and mercy in a smooth but sinewy baritone, backed by arrangements that meld aggression with horn-leavened soul. His leads, influenced by the string-bending Kings yet back alley raw, are both incendiary and insinuating—a blend of uptown élan and down home raucousness, shot through with sensual fervor, calculated to please listeners and dancers from the ‘burbs as well as the ‘hood…”
Scott Ellison - ICE STORM
Influenced and electrified by the British Invasion bands, moved by the sounds of Motown, and touched by the soulfulness of the rhythm and blues music coming out of Memphis, Scott organized his first band, in Oklahoma, as a youngster. In 1977, he began touring as a guitar player with Jessica James (Conway Twitty’s daughter), and in 1981 joined “Gatemouth” Brown’s band to play rhythm guitar. By the 1990s, Scott had formed a blues band and was opening shows for such legends as Joe Cocker, Roy Orbison, The Fabulous T-Birds, Leon Russell, Bobby Bland and Buddy Guy. A prolific song writer, Scott has composed and released numerous cds, including Cold Hard Cash, Live At Joey’s, Chains Of Love and Bad Case Of The Blues. All have been well received. Ice Storm, Scott’s first Earwig release, continues to showcase Scott’s strong songwriting, and his hybrid blues/rock/soul guitar style.
Scott’s compositions have been played on the soundtracks of several popular TV shows, including “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” an MTV movie, and the 2007 movie, “Feast Of Love,” starring Morgan Freeman.
Chris James & Patrick Rynn – STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT
Blues fans may know vocalist and lead guitarist Chris James and bassist Patrick Rynn as the leaders of their own band, the Blue Four, as well as for their stellar work with a dazzling array of blues legends as members of the Rhythm Room All Stars in Phoenix. Now they’re stepping out on their own in Stop And Think About It, their new release on the Earwig Music label. Over the last 18 year the duo has honed their onstage interplay to ESP-like levels.
They’re proud traditionalists who delight in digging deep into a postwar Chicago vein. Their rollicking energy level instantly grabs young audiences who may not be familiar with Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Loving revivals of vintage numbers on this disc, such as Elmore James’s crashing “Hawaiian Boogie” and Bo Diddley’s “Confessin’ The Blues” mesh seamlessly with their invigorating fresh material such as “You’re Gone” and “Mister Coffee”.
We have also greatly expanded our catalog by adding cds from other labels. We now carry ten cds produced by former Ichiban guitarist/vocalist Travis Haddix on his Wann-Sonn Record label, as well as many by Honeyboy Edwards, including his 2008 Grammy Award Winner Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen, which features Honeyboy playing solo; legendary 12-string electric guitarist Robert Lockwood, Jr. with his band, including horns; piano great Pinetop Perkins and his band; and the eldest of the bunch, Henry “Mule” Townsend on guitar, piano and vocals, accompanied by bass and second guitar.
Nearly all of the cds on Earwig, by all Earwig recording artists, are also available from various internet retailers as well as on many digital download sites around the world, including itunes.com, emusic.com and others. The four June 2008 releases, as well as many of Travis Haddix tracks from Wann-Sonn Records are being added to digital download services currently, and will be available within a month if not available already. Later in 2008 and 2009, we will also be making available on these same downloads sites, previously unreleased tracks by ex-Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Willie “Guitar” Johnson, acoustic delta blues guitar great Maxwell Street Jimmy, and other tracks not previously available.
We are also in the process of making available on our website and on digital download sites, the Earwig jazz, gospel, and storytelling/spoken word recordings, previously only available on LP and cassette. We've got many of the storytelling cassettes already available on our website store.
Earwig now has a Myspace presence. If you've got a Myspace account, stop by and add us as a friend by clicking here, or selecting the Myspace link from our website.
Also watch for special sales, contests and giveaways starting later this month, which will change monthly.
In 2009 to commemorate Earwig’s thirty years as a record label, we will release a cd/dvd collection of previously unreleased concert and club performances by many Earwig recording artists, as well as a double cd of the definitive Bea & Baby Records story, and other definitive compilations.
For those of you unfamiliar with the depth of the Earwig recording catalog, our little label has in 29 ½ years released new recordings and previously unreleased tracks by some of the most important figures in the history of blues, including the greatest Mississippi juke joint band the Jelly Roll Kings – Frank Frost, Sam Carr and Big Jack Johnson-- guitar greats Homesick James, Honeyboy Edwards, Floyd Jones, Jim Brewer, Louis Myers, Jimmy Dawkins, Louisiana Red, John Primer, and Lil Ed, as well as cds by some of the foremost harmonica players – Walter Horton, Lester Davenport, Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones, Little Willie Anderson, and Big Leon Brooks, and five historic blues piano players – Little Brother Montgomery, Sunnyland Slim, Pinetop Perkins, Lovie Lee and H-Bomb Ferguson.
Award winning bassists/vocalists Willie Kent and Aron Burton also have cds on Earwig. In addition, these historic figures, and others including guitarists Robert Lockwood, Jr., Eddie Taylor, Magic Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Byther Smith, Lurrie Bell, Vance Kelly, bassists Robert Stroger, Willie Kent, Jimmy Lee Robinson, Willie Black, Aron Burton, and drummers Willie Smith, Sam Lay, S. P. Leary, Dave Jefferson, Odie Payne, and Willie Hayes, as well as other notable musicians, play a sideman role on Earwig albums.
Check out Earwig’s various websites, as well as those of our artists, for our releases and artist activities. And please send us feedback, suggestions, queries, photos, etcetera, so we can better serve you, our fans, without whom the Earwig label and artists would not be able to do what we love so much.
President & CEO
Earwig Music Company, Inc.
Copyright 2010 Earwig Music