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The Capital Area Blues Society Celebrates Twenty Years!
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The Capital Area Blues Society celebrated the twenty year of its existence with a birthday cake celebration at the Breakin' Bread with the Blues on September 24th, 2014. CABS initially started out as a dream and a "mission from God" of Bonnie "Queen B" Stebbins. Ever since she first learned Blues Societies existed the desire to start one in the Lansing area became a passion. Bonnie "Queen B" Stebbins was one of the originators of CABS. On October 7, 1994, Bonnie drove to the County Clerk’s office in Mason to register the name. There was two names to consideration of the blues organization: Capital City Blues Society or Capital Area Blues Society. The Clerk disallowed Capital City Blues Society because it was too similar to Scott Allman’s (presumably registered) name for his radio show, Capital City Blues Cruise. Thus the blues organization became The Capital Area Blues Society.

Ten months after founding CABS Bonnie passed out flyers and leaflets at the summer blues festival held at Riverfront Park seeking like minded blues lovers to help form and guide CABS. She scheduled a meeting at the Green Door and luckily several individuals attended to the meeting and formed the first Board of Directors of CABS in JUly 1995. Bonnie "Queen B" Stebbins was the first president, James Flynn vice president, John Fishbeck treasurer and Char Whittaker was the secretary. The rest is history.

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Singer Joe Cocker Dies Age 70

Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, has died at age 70.

The Sheffield born singer song-writer had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.

John Robert "Joe" Cocker OBE (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) was an English rock and blues singer, who came to popularity in the 1960s. He was known for his gritty voice, his spasmodic body movement in performance and his cover versions of popular songs.

His cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" reached number one in the UK in 1968, and he performed the song live at Woodstock in 1969. His 1975 hit single, "You Are So Beautiful", reached number five in the US.

Cocker was born on 20 May 1944 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He was the youngest son of a civil servant, Harold Cocker, and Madge Cocker. According to differing family stories, Cocker received his nickname of Joe either from playing a childhood game called "Cowboy Joe" or from a local window cleaner named Joe.

Cocker's main musical influences growing up were Ray Charles and Lonnie Donegan. Cocker's first experience singing in public was at age 12 when his elder brother Victor invited him on stage to sing during a gig of his skiffle group. In 1960, along with three friends, Cocker formed his first group, the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers eventually broke up after a year and Cocker left school to become an apprentice gasfitter while simultaneously pursuing a career in music.

In 1961, under the stage name Vance Arnold, Cocker continued his career with a new group, Vance Arnold and the Avengers. In 1963, they booked their first significant gig when they supported the Rolling Stones at Sheffield City Hall. In 1964, Cocker signed a recording contract as a solo act with Decca and released his first single, a cover of the Beatles' "I'll Cry Instead."  Cocker recorded the single "Marjorine" without the Grease Band for Cordell in a London studio.

After minor success in the United States with the single "Marjorine", Cocker entered the big time with a groundbreaking rearrangement of "With a Little Help from My Friends

During his US tour, Cocker played at several large festivals, including the Newport Rock Festival and the Denver Pop Festival. In August, Denny Cordell heard about the planned concert in Woodstock, New York and got them a spot at the festival.  They performed several songs, including "Delta Lady", "Something's Comin' On", "Let's Go Get Stoned", "I Shall Be Released", and "With a Little Help from My Friends". Cocker would later say that the experience was "like an eclipse... it was a very special day."

Directly after Woodstock, Cocker released his second album, Joe Cocker!. Impressed by his cover of "With a Little Help from My Friends", Paul McCartney and George Harrison allowed Cocker to use their songs "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" and "Something" for the album.  Recorded during a break in touring in the spring and summer, the album reached number 11 on the US charts and garnered a second UK hit with the Leon Russell song, "Delta Lady".

In early 1972, after nearly two years away from music, Cocker went on tour with a group Chris Stainton had formed. He opened with a performance in Madison Square Garden which was attended by about 20,000 people. After touring the US, he embarked on a European tour where he played to large audiences in Milan, Italy and Germany. He then returned to the US for another tour in autumn 1972.

At the end of 1973, Cocker returned to the studio to record a new album, I Can Stand A Little Rain. The album, released in August 1974, was number 11 on the US charts and one single, a cover of Dennis Wilson and Billy Preston's "You Are So Beautiful", reached the number 5 slot.  Despite positive reviews for the album, Cocker struggled with live performances, largely due to his problems with alcohol.

In 1976, Cocker performed "Feelin' Alright" on Saturday Night Live. John Belushi joined him on stage doing his famous impersonation of Cocker's stage movements.

In 1979, Cocker joined the "Woodstock in Europe" tour, which featured musicians like Arlo Guthrie and Richie Havens who had played at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. In 1982, Cocker recorded two songs with the jazz group the Crusaders on their album Standing Tall. One song, 'I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today' was nominated for a Grammy Award and Cocker performed it with the Crusaders at the awards ceremony.

In 1982, at the behest of producer Stewart Levine, Cocker recorded the duet "Up Where We Belong" with Jennifer Warnes for the soundtrack of the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman. The song was an international hit, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and winning a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo.

Throughout the 1980s, Cocker continued to tour around the world, playing to large audiences in Europe, Australia and the United States. In 1988, he performed at London's Royal Albert Hall and appeared on The Tonight Show. He also performed for President George Bush at an inauguration concert in February 1989.

At the 1993 Brit Awards, Cocker was nominated for Best British Male. Cocker performed the opening set at Woodstock '94 as one of the few alumni who played at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969 and was very well received.

While performing a concert at Madison Square Garden on 17 September 2014, fellow musician Billy Joel stated that Cocker was "not very well right now" and asked that he be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

On 22 December 2014, Cocker died of lung cancer at his home in Crawford, Colorado at the age of 70.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Has Announced its 2015 Class.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2015 class of honored musicians. Green Day; Bill Withers; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Lou Reed; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band will all be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next spring.

In order to be eligible for induction into the Rock Hall's 2015 class, an act had to release its first recording in 1989 or earlier. That means Green Day, which dropped its EP "1,000 Hours" in April 1989, has the distinction of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the band's first year of eligibility.

Reed, who died in October 2013 following complications from a liver transplant, is already in the hall as a member of the Velvet Underground. He was at his best exploring the underside of his home city, in the hit "Walk on the Wild Side."

Withers brought a jazz and funk touch to 1970s era singer-songwriter material like "Ain't No Sunshine," ''Use Me" and "Just the Two of Us." He hasn't released new music in nearly three decades.

Jett emerged from the all-female punk-era pioneers the Runaways to lead a band of men with punchy hits, none bigger than the declaration "I Love Rock 'n' Roll."

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band married blues and rock during the 1960s, led by its leader's harmonica and the lead guitar of Mike Bloomfield.

Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan was a 1980s prodigy for his work with band Double Trouble on songs like "Pride and Joy" and "Texas Flood." Like hero Jimi Hendrix his life was cut short, dying in a 1990 plane crash.

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is being given a special award for musical excellence. He anchored the Beatles' sound and had a productive solo career, even beating his former mates to the top of the charts. He continues to record and tour with a revolving All-Starr Band. The Beatles are already in the hall, as are John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison as solo artists.

The "5'' Royales will be inducted in the early influence category. The former gospel group recorded the original version of "Dedicated to the One I Love," which became a hit later for the Shirelles and the Mamas & the Papas.

Inductees are chosen by a vote of more than 700 artists, historians and music industry representatives. An artist needed to have first released material no later than 1989.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in Cleveland on April 18, 2015. The event is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased for the 30th induction ceremony beginning on December 18.

The Rock Hall of Fame, which is based in Cleveland, will open a new exhibit dedicated to the 2015 inductees.

The Blues Foundation Announces Nominations for Annual Blues Music Awards

The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the nominations for its annual Blues Music Awards, which the international organization will present on Thursday, May 7, 2015. The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues music performers. The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world. .

Leading with six nominations each are Elvin Bishop, John Németh and Sugar Ray Norcia. Veteran slide guitarist Bishop secured three nominations and propelled him to additional artist, entertainer and band nominations. John Németh continued with this year's Memphis Grease release with The Bo-Keys garnered about every album and artist nomination possible. Sugar Ray and the Bluetones also received song and album recognition and they also added artist, band and instrumentalist recognition. Blues Hall of Famer Bobby Rush, Janiva Magness, The Mannish Boys and newcomer Jarekus Singleton each received three nominations.

Every year, the Blues Music Awards ceremony itself proves to be one of the best shows of the year. After all, almost every nominee not only attends, but also performs - creating a lineup comprised of the best of the best in blues all in one evening. A complete nominee list, as well as membership, voting, ticket and host hotel information can be found at The Blues Foundation's website-www.blues.org. For more information, call 901.527.2583.

The 36th Blues Music Award nominees are:

Acoustic Album ** Hard Luck Child: A Tribute to Skip James – Rory Block ** Jericho Road – Eric Bibb ** Jigsaw Heart – Eden Brent ** Son & Moon: A Tribute to Son House – John Mooney **Timeless – John Hammond

Acoustic Artist ** Doug MacLeod ** Eric Bibb ** John Hammond **John Mooney **  Rory Block

Album ** Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop ** Living Tear To Tear – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones ** Memphis Grease – John Németh ** Refuse to Lose – Jarekus Singleton **Wrapped Up and Ready – The Mannish Boys

B.B. King ** Entertainer Bobby Rush ** Elvin Bishop ** John Németh ** Rick Estrin Sugaray Rayford **

Band ** Elvin Bishop Band ** John Németh & the Bo-Keys **Rick Estrin & the Nightcats ** Sugar Ray & the Bluetones ** The Mannish Boys

Best New Artist Album ** Chromaticism – Big Harp George ** Don’t Call No Ambulance – Selwyn Birchwood  ** Heavy Water – Fo’ Reel ** Making My Mark – Annika Chambers & the Houston All-Stars **One Heart Walkin‘ – Austin Walkin’ Cane

Contemporary Blues Album ** Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop ** Original – Janiva Magness ** Refuse to Lose -Jarekus Singleton Hornet’s Nest – Joe Louis Walker ** BluesAmericana – Keb’ Mo’

Contemporary Blues Female Artist ** Beth Hart **  Bettye LaVette ** Janiva Magness ** Marcia Ball ** Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist ** Elvin Bishop  **Gary Clark Jr. **Jarekus Singleton **Joe Bonamassa **Joe Louis Walker

Historical ** From His Head to His Heart to His Hands – Michael Bloomfield (Columbia/Legacy) ** Live at the Avant Garde – Magic Sam (Delmark) ** Soul & Swagger: The Complete “5” Royales 1951-1967 – The “5” Royales (Rock Beat) **The Modern Music Sessions 1948-1951 – Pee Wee Crayton (Ace) ** The Roots of it All-Acoustic Blues – Various Artists (Bear Family)

Instrumentalist-Bass ** Bob Stroger ** Lisa Mann ** Michael “Mudcat” Ward**  Patrick Rynn ** Willie J. Campbell

Instrumentalist-Drums ** Jimi Bott ** June Core ** Kenny Smith **Tom Hambridge**  Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist-Guitar ** Anson Funderburgh ** Joe Bonamassa ** Johnny Winter  ** Kid Andersen ** Ronnie Earl

Instrumentalist-Harmonica ** Charlie Musselwhite ** Kim Wilson **Mark Hummel  **Rick Estrin ** Sugar Ray Norcia

Instrumentalist-Horn ** Al Basile ** Deanna Bogart ** Jimmy Carpenter ** Sax Gordon ** Terry Hanck

Koko Taylor Award ** Alexis P Suter ** Diunna Greenleaf ** EG Kight ** Ruthie Foster ** Trudy Lynn

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player **  Barrelhouse Chuck ** Bruce Katz ** David Maxwell ** Eden Brent ** Marcia Ball

Rock Blues Album **Step Back – Johnny Winter ** Goin’ Home – Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band ** Time Ain’t Free – Nick Moss Band ** heartsoulblood – Royal Southern Brotherhood ** The Blues Came Callin’ – Walter Trout

Song **  “Another Murder in New Orleans” written by Carl Gustafson & Donald Markowitz, performed by Bobby Rush and Dr. John with Blinddog Smokin’ **  “Bad Luck Is My Name” written and performed by John Németh **  “Can’t Even Do Wrong Right” written and performed by Elvin Bishop **  “Let Me Breathe” written by Janiva Magness & Dave Darling, performed by Janiva Magness **  “Things Could Be Worse” written by Ray Norcia, performed by Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

Soul Blues Album ** Blues for My Father – Vaneese Thomas** Decisions – Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’ ** In My Soul - The Robert Cray Band ** Memphis Grease – John Németh ** Soul Brothers – Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls

Soul Blues Female Artist ** Candi Staton ** Missy Andersen ** Sharon Jones **Sista Monica ** Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist ** Bobby Rush **Curtis Salgado ** John Németh **Johnny Rawls ** Otis Clay

Traditional Blues Album ** Common Ground: Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy – Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin ** For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters) – Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson ** Livin’ it Up – Andy T-Nick Nixon Band ** Living Tear To Tear – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones ** The Hustle is Really On – Mark Hummel ** Wrapped Up and Ready – The Mannish Boys

Traditional Blues Male Artist ** Billy Boy Arnold ** John Primer **Lurrie Bell **Sugar Ray ** Norcia Sugaray Rayford -

Ian Patrick 'Mac' McLagan, Keyboardist for Legendary Rock Bands Small Faces and Faces, Passes Away at Age 69.

Ian is best known as a member of the bands Small Faces and Faces. He also collaborated with The Rolling Stones and led his own band from the late 1970s.

McLagan first started playing in bands in the early 1960's playing the Hammond Organ and Wurlitzer electric piano, and occasional guitar. He was influenced by Cyril Davies' All Stars and his first professional group was the Muleskinners, followed by the Boz People. In 1965 he was hired to join Small Faces by their manager, Don Arden, replacing Jimmy Winston. In 1969, after Steve Marriott left the group and Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood joined, the band changed its name to Faces.

After the Faces split up in 1975, McLagan worked as a sideman for The Rolling Stones, both in the studio, on tour and on various Ronnie Wood projects, including The New Barbarians. In addition, his session work has backed such artists as Chuck Berry, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Westerberg, Izzy Stradlin, Frank Black, Nikki Sudden, John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen, Tony Scalzo, Carla Olson, Carla Olson & Mick Taylor. McLagan was a member of Billy Bragg's band "The Blokes" for several years in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

In September 2010, McLagan joined The Black Crowes on keyboards and vocals for their encore set. The set included two Faces songs, "You're So Rude" and "Glad and Sorry".

In 2013, he appeared with the Warren Haynes' band at the Moody Theater in Austin Texas playing piano on one number and organ on the other. In 2014, McLagan was a founding member of The Empty Hearts.

McLagan also released several solo albums. An in-demand player, he filled the role of bandleader with his own Bump Band from 1977 onwards. Towards the end of his life, he lived in Austin and did gig nights at local clubs and bars. Ian McLagan & The Bump Band played at the 2006 Austin City Limits Music Festival, and opened for The Rolling Stones in Austin, Texas in 2006.

McLagan developed a relationship with Kim Kerrigan, the young estranged wife of Keith Moon, drummer of The Who. She divorced Moon and lived with McLagan, and her daughter Amanda (from her marriage to Moon). The two married in 1978, one month after Moon died at the age of 32. Kerrigan died in a traffic accident near their home in Austin, Texas on 2 August 2006. She was 57.

Ian passed away in a hospital in Austin, Texas, on December 3rd, 2014, after suffering a stroke.