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  • A.J. Wright
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      Alabama Blues Project Update

      Dear Blues Lovers:

      Happy Valentine's Day from the Alabama Blues Project!

      The first year of the 21st century, (2001) was an exciting and productive
      year for the Alabama Blues Project.

      We presented a full time two month long Blues in the School residency at
      Central Elementary in Tuscaloosa Alabama - featuring blues instructors Big
      Bo
      McGee, Elnora Spencer, Willie King, Keith Williams, Debbie Bond, Anthony
      Avery, and Big H. Students learned blues history, harmonica, guitar, vocals

      and percussion as well as a photography component taught by photographer
      Mark
      Lent.

      The ABP presented programs at the 1st lady's Children's Arts Festival in
      Montgomery that impacted thousands of students from around the state.

      The Alabama Blues Project presented a showcase at Birmingham's City Stages
      In
      June 2001. The show included Big Bo McGee, Billy Earl McClelland, Debbie
      Bond, Willie King, Little Lee, Little Jimmy Reed, and Eddie Kirkland.

      Big Bo McGee was nominated and received the State Folk Heritage Award.

      Over 50 students attended the Alabama Blues Project's Summertime BluesCamp
      in 2001. In addition to receiving instruction in percussion, harmonica,
      guitar and voice, the campers presented a series of community performances
      at
      Kentuck Art Night, and Focus on Senior Citizens, on Kip Tyner's TV Show and
      at the VA Hospital. Jessie Suttle (drums), Ryan Reardon (harmonica), Ralph
      Lusian (guitar), and Debbie Bond (vocals) were the instructors during the
      summer camp. Willie King, Big Bo and Rose Mary Buffer also made appearances.

      The blues camp kids will perform at least once in 2002 so be on the lookout
      for date, time and place. We are also planning a one day reunion workshop in

      February featuring Big Bo McGee. If you would like to view pictures of the
      program please go to:
      Http://www.community.webshots.com/user/bernhardtaj

      Little Jimmy Reed, Willie King and Debbie Bond represented the Alabama Blues

      Project in a performance at the symposium on Race and Ethnicity. Sponsored
      by
      the UA English Department, 4th and 23rd and the Alabama Blues Project, the
      symposium also featured two time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August
      Wilson who spoke on "Writing Race in America."

      The fall also included performances by the ABP Band at the Kentuck Festival
      of the Arts supporting a performance by Big Bo McGee, the Williams Stations
      Day Festival in Atmore, Alabama and three educational programs at schools in

      Pine Hill, Atmore and Livingston, Alabama. Habitat for Humanity hosted the
      Alabama Blues Project in Anniston for a performance. These workshops
      featured
      Eddie Kirkland, Little Lee and Big Bo McGee.

      Germany'sTaxim Records just released a CD titled Blues from the Heart of
      Dixie
      . Co-produced by Debbie Bond and BillyEarl McClelland, the CD features Big
      Bo
      McGee, Eddie Kirkland, Debbie Bond, Elnora Spencer, Little Lee, Little Jimmy

      Reed, Topper Price, Billy Earl McClelland, Microwave Dave and the Nukes,
      Gary
      Edmonds and Willie King. The Alabama Blues Project is currently working with

      Taxim Records to produce a US release (with new artwork and title I might
      add. The CD was a co-production with Mojo Records. The Live Tracks were
      recorded at West Point Sound - www.knology.net/~westpointsound. These are
      available for $15.00 plus $4.00 postage and handling. Send to ABP 2620 2nd
      ST. E Tuscaloosa, AL 35404

      Thanks to the Alabama State Council on the Arts for awarding the ABP a
      Technical Assistance Grant and to Mercedes Benz for support in producing new

      promotional and marketing materials.  Another big Thank You to Dr. Arthur
      Allaway and his Marketing class at the University of Alabama who are
      graciously assisting the ABP in producing a Web Site, brochureand Program
      Guide.

      The ABP has applied for another Project Grant from the Alabama State Council

      on the Arts to expand the Summertime Blues Camp. In addition to
      instructional
      sessions instruments and voice, the 2002 camp will include sculpture,
      storytelling and African drumming. 

      ABP Director Debbie Bond received a Graduate Council Fellowship from the
      University of Alabama to work on a Master of Arts Degree in American
      Studies.
      The focus of her studies will be blues history and culture. She also is
      currently undertaking a Folk art master apprenticeship with blues guitar
      player Eddie Kirkland - thanks to a grant from the State Council on the
      Arts.

      Monday, February 11, Ryan Reardon , Jessie Suttle, and Ralph Lusian taught a

      one time after school program for our blues camp kids. Big Bo McGee also
      performed and talked about his life as a blues musician and gave them
      inspirational and practical tips on learning to play the blues.

      Eddie Kirkland, Big Bo McGee and Little Lee will all be featured in upcoming

      "introduction to the Blues" programs to be presented at 5 schools around the

      state. These programs are made possible by the state council on the arts.

      All of these activities could not be possible without the support of our
      friends and sponsors including, Mercedes Benz, the Alabama State Council on
      the Arts, the Boys and Girls Club of Tuscaloosa, the Tuscaloosa Housing
      Authority, Fender Guitar, Zildjian, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Guralnick, Beverly
      Phifer, Dr Lynn Adrian and Malaco Records.  We also need your help. Support
      the Alabama Blues Project by sending your donation to ABP,
      2620 2nd St, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35404 or call 205 554 1795

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    • A.J. Wright
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        For Immediate Release:

        Willie King's Freedom Creed Blues Festival This Weekend JUNE 15:
        Don't forget this weekend is the 6th Annual Freedom Creek Blues Festival, in

        Old Memphis, Pickens County Alabama, Saturday, JUNE 15. This very
        down-home,
        home grown festival is the creation of its founder and blues musician Willie

        King. Willie is a much loved musician and community activist dedicated to
        civil rights, and the preservation of the blues. This rare combination is
        reflected in his great music which has gained him international attention.

        All proceeds from his festival go to the Rural Member association - Willie
        King's educational nonprofit organization -- which makes possible his
        extensive work with the youth and elderly in his community.

        The Freedom Creek Blues Festival is going to be packed, as usual, with great

        entertainment -- so get there early! Willie plans to open the gates at 10pm.

        Bring a blanket, your folding chair and your cooler of goodies. BBQ and
        other
        delicious down home food will be for sale on site. Don't forget your insect
        repellent!

        Old Memphis is in a very rural area and the festival has a family reunion
        atmosphere
        featuring local blues musicians jamming together in the woods. Last year Tim

        Duffy from the Music Makers Foundation brought a couple of
        the artists he works with to the jam. You just never know who might show up

        -- there are always surprises.

        This years Festival lineup includes: Willie King and the Liberators,
        Birmingham George Connor, Jessie Daniels, Taylor Moore, Travis, (one of
        Willie's young guitar students) Julius Conner, Debbie Bond and many many
        more.

        Last year Axel Kustner - from Germany (one of the premier blues
        photographers
        in the world) was there photographing and covered the event for Britain's
        Juke Magazine. Willies festival is gaining world wide attention. At last
        years festival the surprises guest artists included Othar Turner from
        Mississippi, Jerry "Boogie" McCain and more.

        Come out, have a blast, support a good cause and enjoy this "grass roots"
        festival! Willie asked me to send a message out to everyone to "Come back to

        your roots and let's all come together, get down and have a good time all
        across the world."

        How to get there from Tuscaloosa, Alabama - Take 82 west towards Mississippi
        - Turn left on Highway 86 -- go into Carrolton and take 17 south through
        Aliceville. Go out Highway 17 until you see County Road 32 and take a
        right
        onto it. Go a little ways until you see County Road #1 -- turn right again
        there and go until you see a church on your right (several miles) take the
        next right after the church and you'll see the festival site on your left
        about a quarter of a mile down that road.

        If you are coming from another direction -- just find your best route to
        Aliceville and follow directions from there. For more information please
        phone Willie King at 1-205-373-2521.

        ALSO:
        JOHN MARCUM BENEFIT FUNDRAISING CONCERT JULY 9 AT WORKPLAY IN BIRMINGHAM
        ALABAMA FEATURING MICROWAVE DAVE AND THE NUKES FOR MORE INFO CALL
        STEVE NORRIS 205-733-9925

        **********************************************************
        Adam Holt & The Blues Congregation are seeking a harmonica or keyboard
        player. This hot blues band based is based out of Mobile, Alabama. If you
        would like more info please contact Paul at Paulmw56@...
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        The Alabama Blues Project
        Http://www.alabamablues.org

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      • A.J. Wright
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          For Immediate Release:

          The Tuscaloosa Public Library Celebrates Black History Month with the
          Alabama Blues Project - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

          As part of its Black History Month Celebration, the Tuscaloosa Public
          Library is pleased to present kids from the Alabama Blues Project After
          School Camp performing with the great Willie King.

          Saturday, February 15 at 2pm the ABP, Willie King and the kids will
          celebrate the blues with a Blues Bash on the lawn of the Library on Jack
          Warner Boulevard. Audience members will be encouraged to participate with
          the students from the ABP After School Camp, who will demonstrate what they
          have learned about playing guitar, percussion, harmonica, singing and
          howling the blues. Traditional bluesman King will perform and speak about
          his extensive experience as a musician. For more info call 345 5820.

          Every Tuesday afternoon at the ABP After School Camp held at the Covenant
          Presbyterian Church, forty children work with professional musicians to
          learn how to play musical instruments or sing in a blues style. This camp
          also includes a "life skills" curriculum that seeks to improve participants
          self-esteem and creativity, as well as building skills such as goal-setting,
          team work, cooperation and the ability to appropriately express their
          feelings.

          The ABP After School Camp is funded through generous grants from the Alabama
          Children's Trust Fund, the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Mercedes
          Benz International. The instruments and equipment at the Blues Camp were
          kindly donated by Bonnie Raitt, Fender Guitar, Zildjian Cymbals and Peavey
          Electronics.



          Also as part of Black History Month Celebrations:

          The ABP will present An Introduction to the Blues at Cedar Bluff School in
          Cherokee, Alabama, on February 28th featuring Willie King.

          Alabama bluesman, Willie King will also be featured at the BLUES TODAY: A
          LIVING BLUES SYMPOSIUM Feb 20-22. For more info:
          www.livingblues.com/bluestoday.


          Director, Alabama Blues Project
          www.alabamablues.org
          (205) 554 1795


          Director, Alabama Blues Project
          www.alabamablues.org
          (205) 554 1795
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