Here is my upcoming project shining a light on the forgotten blues singer, West Side blues legend, Mary Lane. Her documentary, "I Can Only Be Mary Lane" and her recording, "Travelin Woman" on Woman of the Blues Records will premiere on Friday, November 16th at Buddy Guy's Legends. She is one of the unsung heroes of the blues who migrated to Chicago from Arkansas following her mentor, Howlin Wolf.
She stayed in Chicago with her vision of becoming a well known blues singer while singing beside Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. Aretha, Koko and others have taken center stage while she has never been noticed. This documentary will tell her story and traces her path to the recording studio in hopes of getting a record deal. This recording, "Travelin Woman" is only her second recording featuring 10 songs co-written with award winning producer, Jim Tullio (Mavis Staples, Richie Havens, Tom Rush) although she has been a featured artist on many compilation CDs.
Women of the Blues Records launched in October to support the 83 year olds musical journey and her record will be available on November 16th at the premiere of her documentary, "I Can Only Be Mary Lane."
Mary Lane’s Travelin’ Woman Album released on
Women of the Blues Records January 1st!
(photo included in shipment of physical CD)
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Honoring Sam Lay
Legendary drummer, singer, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Blues Hall of Fame inductee - Sam will received The Band Leader Award From The Chicago Blues All Stars October 18th with a special tribute from his longtime protege and friend, Rob Stone. Also, a gracious tribute from Little Walter's daughter, Marion Diaz.
Celebrating Buddy Guy's 82nd BirthdAY ~ "a yEAR IN PICTURES"
OWL Music & Media (Lynn Orman Weiss & Allen Winkler) a Legacy Production Company brings a year in focus from Buddy Guy’s sweet home Chicago. The exhibit is a three day pop up gallery celebrating Buddy Guy’s 82nd birthday on Saturday, July 28th, Sunday, July 29th, Monday, July 30th from 4-8 pm. “Buddy Guy A Year In Pictures” takes place at The Elephant Room Gallery, 704 South Wabash Ave., Chicago (directly next door to Buddy Guy’s Legend). The gallery featuring over 40 portraits will auction and sell photos to benefit PCa Blue Foundation. Buddy is the National Spokesman for the organization which creates educational programming and awareness campaigns for prostate cancer. This exhibit is a tribute to Buddy’s brother, Phil Guy and all of the bluesmen who have died from the disease including, Big Daddy Kinsey, Raful Neal, Barrelhouse Chuck, David Maxwell. The collection of photos are unique performance shots of Buddy Guy and his band, his family and his friends over one year.
5k Run to end homelessness
July 14, 2018 @ 8:30am
Proceeds will go to support our mission of transforming lives from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. Music and a FREE Kids Fun RUN! (Registration required) will also be included.
Location: West Montrose Harbor Drive
601 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
National Anthem Sung by Benjamin Weiss
2018 Taste of Westmont
Son of Muddy Waters will be the featured artist along with Muddy's last guitarist Rick Kreher. Last year at the Westmont Festival, Joseph and Eddy Clearwater had the crowd up on their feet, dancing and singing, "Got My Mojo Working". Come sing along with Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield in tribute to both his father Muddy Water and Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater
A Special Tribute to Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater. Eddy was a longtime resident of Westmont and was recently presented with a key to the city. Eddy's signature headdress and autographed guitar are in the Westmont Muddy Water's Museum
July 15, 1-5PM
Location: Westmont Downtown
139 N Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
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