RIP Bob Brozman

Internationally Beloved World Blues Musician, Bob Brozman, Passes Away at Age 59

foto-bobBob Brozman was a friend, an outstanding musician, and an amazing character. One of the sharpest and most critical brains I had the pleasure to have conversations with... He leaves a hole and we will miss him. Farewell Bob - wherever you are off to in your transition to your next existence. Much love - Thomas Ruf

Santa Cruz, California (April 25, 2013)   Bob Brozman was found dead at his home in Santa Cruz, CA in the evening of April 23, 2013.  Brozman, the steel-guitar innovator who got his start playing on the streets of Santa Cruz, died at age 59.
A legend in the world of blues and roots music, who integrated styles from around the world, Brozman was one of the world’s most beloved musical figures. His uniquely bold playing style and banter with the audience gave him the opportunity not just to entertain with his sharp wit, but also challenge core assumptions about the function of rhythm and sound.
“Bob is beloved to me, and to so many in so many countries,” says long-time friend and pianist, George Winston. “His legacy will live on and will no doubt become the standard-bearer to musical innovators for decades to come.”
Born in New York on March 8, 1954, Brozman was a world traveler who thrived on collaborating with the best musicians he could find from many different musical traditions. Known as the “King of the National Guitar,” his trademark guitar sound came from National steel guitars that he discovered at age 13.  He wrote “The History and Artistry of National Resonator Instruments,” and was the world authority on vintage and modern National Reso-Phonic guitars.  
His body of recorded work spanned 30+ years.  His most recent release was last year’s Fire in the Mind.  Since his first solo album in 1981, Bob's repertoire of recordings has grown by over 30 titles to include 14 solo projects and at least a dozen collaborations with international friends. His ability to use the guitar as a portable translator of culture - coupled with his empathetic nature (through music, culture, and language) and seemingly boundless energy – enabled him to establish genuine musical friendships based on respect and love of music.
Bob is survived by his wife and partner of 15 years, Haley Robertson Brozman, brothers in NYC, and daughter Zoe Brozman, 20, along with a tremendous international community of friends and fans.  It is their desire to carry out Bob’s vision in the creation of a foundation, Global Music Aid, to help third-world musicians obtain instruments, strings, tuning gears, and basic recording equipment. To donate please go to globalmusicaid.org.

Devon Allman: New video!

After releasing his first solo record „Turquoise“ on Ruf Records in February Devon Allman now also presents a music video of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”. This rock classic is a duet with label mate and Blues Music Award winner Samantha Fish, whose vocals are sassy and smart; melding with Devon’s strong rich voice. Directed by Mark Bergeron with Nate Tape as Director of Photography and Arthur Reed as producer, the three were able to use the city of New Orleans and all its romance to give the desperate song some vivid color. For the video shoot, they took to the streets of New Orleans, where the “romantic couple” are walking the streets trying to find each other. They filmed it at various points, the famous Chickie Wah Wah’s music club, a little streetcar riding and cameos were made by Royal Southern Brotherhood members, Cyril Neville and Charlie Wooton.

The Spin Doctors are back!

spin-doctorsYou think you know the Spin Doctors. Think again. When the legendary New York quartet release If The River Was Whiskey on May 06th through Ruf Records, casual fans will discover the secret past the hardcore have never forgotten.

To the wider world, the Doctors might be the multi-million-selling icons behind hits like Two Princes and Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong, not to mention the classic Pocket Full Of Kryptonite.

But in 2013, Chris Barron (vocals), Aaron Comess (drums), Eric Schenkman (guitar) and Mark White (bass) are reconnecting with the flat-broke twenty-somethings who scraped for dollars at the sharp end of the Big Apple blues circuit. The Spin Doctors have come full-circle.

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European Blues Challenge

EBC-posterThe European Blues Challenge is just around the corner!

The Challenge will take place on March 8th and 9th – unlike in the previous years the event is not going to be in Berlin but in Toulouse, France.

With a new rotation system being introduced, each year a different country will now be hosting the event. The City of Toulouse and the Blues Organization have agreed to choose “Le Bikini” in the Parc Technologique du Canal as the venue of the event for 2013.

Bands and duos of 20 different European countries will compete against each other. Among them are Babajack (UK), Heavy Petrol And The Greyhounds (LUX),Sunnysiders (CRO), Veronica And The Redwine Serenaders (I) and Shaggy Dogs from France- just to name a few. The complete list of all participants can be seen here.

You can buy tickets at the door on the day of the event.

 

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