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Blues Music Awards – 2018 Winners
May14

Blues Music Awards – 2018 Winners

Read the full list of winners of the 2018 Blues Awards     The annual Blues Music Awards (BMAs) have just been completed in downtown Memphis Tennessee.  Nominees, presenters and performing artists gathered to recognize the year’s best, with 135 nominees in 26 categories doffing their collective caps to their love of blues music. This event (the 39th) brings together blues performers, industry representatives, and fans from...

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Music Festival USA 2018 List Updated
Mar03

Music Festival USA 2018 List Updated

We’ve updated our list of USA music festivals – big time – here!   Over 320 Festivals listed   At Listening Through The Lens, we’ve been publishing for some time a list of roots music festivals held in the USA. The 2018 edition was originally posted in October 2017, but each month we check back to see if new dates have been announced and we quietly update that article.  This we have done just now...

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Blues Music Awards 2018 – Nominees Announced

See the full list of nominees for the 2018 Blues Awards     The nominees for the 39th Annual Blues Music Awards have just been announced.  The list encompasses North Mississippi All-Stars’ updated Hill Country stomps and Mavis Staples’ gospel-infused soul as well as Taj Mahal’s global fusion and Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s blues rock.  The Blues Music Awards, which is universally recognized as the top accolade afforded blues...

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Best Albums of 2017
Dec29

Best Albums of 2017

Read about our best albums for 2017 – plus more insights about the year     Read about our best albums for 2017 – plus more insights about the year   By Rob Dickens Introduction Welcome to the Best Albums volume five. Yes, the fifth edition. Heading toward a gold watch, maybe? By my reckoning I have listened to about 250 new releases this year.    At least once per album, a couple of times or more is the...

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Best Live Shows 2017
Dec19

Best Live Shows 2017

What were our very best live shows throughout 2017?   By Rob Dickens   Smoke On The Water I had seen only a few shows on water before – the North Mississippi Allstars on the Steamboat Natchez paddling up the Mississippi River off New Orleans. It was when bassist Chris Chew was in the band.  Man they funked it up.  (I loved that era of the band – check out Hernando (2006)). Another musica nautica adventure...

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List of Music Festivals USA 2018
Oct25

List of Music Festivals USA 2018

Over 430 USA 2018 music festivals listed here with links   This post last updated 1 September 2018 Roots Music Festivals USA 2018 Over 430 Festivals Included By Rob Dickens Planning trips to the US to maximise music experiences can be hard work.  We have not found one source that provides up-to-date, easy to view and comprehensive festival info for our preferred genres – alt. country, folk, Americana, blues, rock, folk and soul. ...

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