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>In honor of Black History Month, MUSICBLITZ.com will be donating a royalty--
>to the Blues Foundation Black History Month Charity every time a song is
>downloaded from a exclusive selection of Grammy-winning and popular blues
>So please go to www.bluesblitz.com and download one of the exclusive blues
>songs in the month of February, enjoy some great music, and help bring the
>Internet revolution and blues music to children.
>Grammy Award Winner and celebrated musicologist TAJ MAHAL
>The Queen of The Blues, KOKO TAYLOR
>The Jimi Hendrix of Blues Harmonica, SUGAR BLUE
>Mississippi John Hurt
>The Blues Foundation will use the funds to bring the blues music
>performances to underprivileged schools.
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>MUSICBLITZ AND LEGENDARY BLUES MUSICIAN TAJ MAHAL CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY
>MONTH WITH THE LAUNCH OF BLUESBLITZ WEB COMMUNITY
>BluesBLITZ Features Exclusive Streaming Video Workshop on the History of the
>Blues, Hosted by Taj Mahal
>Also Features Exclusive Free Music Downloads from Taj Mahal, Koko Taylor,
>Sugar Blue, Mississippi John Hurt, Harlem Slim, Tab Benoit, Bobby Womack and
>LOS ANGELES�January 31, 2000�To celebrate February�s Black History Month and
>the profound influence of the blues on American music and culture,
>MUSICBLITZ, in collaboration with Grammy Award-winning blues artist and
>noted musicologist Taj Mahal, today unveiled BluesBLITZ. This
>blues-oriented Web community is available online at www.bluesblitz.com or
>�As a musical style, the blues is rooted in the hardship, repression and
>slavery of African-American people. That is where the music began, � said
>Taj Mahal. �What is more important is that the people and the music have
>triumphed over hardships and adversity in an alien culture and a strange
>land. Blues music has become the soundtrack to the lives of music lovers
>everywhere, regardless of language, religion, or spiritual persuasion. It
>is an honor, and it gives me great pleasure, to work with MUSICBLITZ to
>further connect with blues fans all over the world.�
>The second in a series of genre-specific Web communities from MUSICBLITZ,
>BluesBLITZ pays homage to blues music and the various cultural and regional
>influences that helped it evolve. Blues fans can find free new recordings
>and Internet-exclusive downloads from prominent artists such as Taj Mahal,
>Koko Taylor, Sugar Blue, Mississippi John Hurt, Harlem Slim, Tab Benoit and
>Bobby Womack at www.bluesblitz.com.
>Additionally, the Web site features an exclusive streaming video workshop on
>the history of the blues, presented by Taj Mahal. He illustrates the music�
>s evolution and the different signature sounds of each American region by
>playing, singing, and demonstrating the different musical techniques that
>were unique to each period in blues history. He also passionately discusses
>the history of Blues Melancholia, Delta Blues, Mississippi Blues, Classic
>Piedmont, West Texas Style, Chicago Blues and Blues on the Rails. The
>workshop is available online at www.bluesblitz.com/workshop.
>The BluesBLITZ Web site also offers the only critical guide to the best free
>blues recordings from anywhere on the Internet, as determined by
>professional freelance music critics and MUSICBLITZ�s own editorial staff,
>as well as interviews, historical articles, a glossary of slang, an event
>listing, a guide to blues radio shows around the world, and much more.
>�The blues is the story of America,� said Bryan Glover, Executive Vice
>President of MUSICBLITZ. �In order to help people truly understand and
>appreciate this special part of our heritage, we felt it was important to
>work with an expert such as Taj Mahal to present the music in the proper
>cultural aesthetic and historical context. By introducing BluesBLITZ during
>Black History Month, MUSICBLITZ is honoring a distinctly American style of
>music and the artists and fans who are dedicated to keeping its spirit
>Throughout Black History Month, MUSICBLITZ will donate a pre-determined
>dollar amount for each song downloaded from the BluesBLITZ Web site. These
>donations will benefit the Blues Foundation Black History Month charity.
>Additionally, MUSICBLITZ will donate five personal computers to the
>organizations of Taj Mahal�s choice, including one Native American school,
>two Afro-American schools and two Afro-Caribbean schools.
>�It is important to me that the youth of the world have equal access to the
>Internet,� added Taj Mahal. �It is in this spirit of remembrance and hope
>for a better future � forces that are embodied by the blues and BluesBLITZ �
>that we are making these contributions.�
>Based in Los Angeles, MUSICBLITZ is a consumer-oriented music company that
>is redefining the relationships between consumers, artists and record
>labels. The company combines traditional record label artist development
>and off-line marketing practices with technology-enabled distribution.
>MUSICBLITZ funds established artists to record new singles and then features
>this exclusive music in the form of free downloads on its site,
>MUSICBLITZ.com, and in its genre-specific communities. MUSICBLITZ.com
>offers music fans the only critical guide to free and legal music downloads
>from anywhere on the Internet. For more information about MUSICBLITZ,
>please visit www.musicblitz.com.
>BluesBLITZ features exclusive singles from the following artists. These
>songs can be downloaded for free either at www.bluesblitz.com or
>� Taj Mahal: Artist, singer, songwriter and noted musicologist who has
>played a vital role in the preservation of the blues and African-American
>roots music. In 1997 he won a Grammy Award in the Contemporary Blues
>category for �Senor Blues.� He also won W.C. Handy Awards in 1991 for
>Acoustic Artist of the Year, and in 1994 for Traditional Album of the Year.
>� Koko Taylor: Known as �The Queen of the Blues,� Taylor won a
>for Traditional Blues in 1984. She has received W.C. Handy Awards for
>Traditional Female Artist of the Year (1993,1992 and 1999), Entertainer of
>the Year (1985) and Vocalist of the Year (1985 and 1995). She has been
>honored with the W.C. Handy award for Contemporary Female Artist of the Year
>� Sugar Blue: Respected blues harmonica musician who has
>recorded with The
>Rolling Stones and many others. He earned a Grammy Award for Traditional
>Blues in 1984 for his work on Koko Taylor�s �Blues Explosion.�
>� Tab Benoit: Critically acclaimed blues guitarist who has made
>a name for
>himself playing a personalized mixture of electric blues, rock and roll, and
>Cajun R&B. Benoit has produced four albums and his songs have been heard on
>such TV shows as Northern Exposure, Melrose Place, Party of Five, and
>� Harlem Slim: Profoundly influenced by the likes of Robert
>Shines, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Boy Fuller and Blind Blake, Harlem Slim
>is deeply dedicated to the preservation of 1920s and �30s-style acoustic
>blues. His debut CD, Delta Blues & Piedmont Ragtime, features note-perfect
>renditions of classics by Johnson, Shines, McTell, Bukka White and W.C.
>Handy, as well as some impressive compositions of his own.
>� Bobby Womack: Soul music legend who has racked up several
>dozen R&B hits
>during the course of his four-decade career, and has collaborated with the
>likes of Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, Janis Joplin, George Benson and the
>Rolling Stones. Though not a blues singer by definition, Womack�s new track,
>"Do Anything For U," reveals that blues idioms are still very much alive and
>well in the context of modern R&B.
>� Mississippi John Hurt: Essential listening for any fan of
>blues, Mississippi John Hurt�s gentle, ragtime-inflected guitar picking
>profoundly influenced the folk music boom of the early 1960s.
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