Included this year are
Taj Mahal, Irma Thomas, Son Seals, and Rev. Gary Davis.
By Blurt Staff
The Blues Foundation has announced the inductees for the
Blues Hall of Fame in 2009, including “Soul Queen of New
Orleans” Irma Thomas and multiple GRAMMY Award winner Taj
Mahal, as well as late Chicago
bluesman Son Seals and the Reverend Gary Davis.
club owner Clifford Antone, discographer Mike Leadbitter and author Bob Porter
will be the non-performers inducted this year. The book I Hear You Knockin’ by Jeff Hannusch was selected as a Classics of
Blues Literature. The induction ceremony will be held at The Blues Foundation’s
Charter Member Dinner on Wednesday, May 6, at the Memphis Marriott Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee,
the night before the 30th Blues Music Awards. Taj Mahal and Irma Thomas will
both attend the induction ceremony.
The following singles or album tracks will be inducted
during the ceremony: “Boom Boom” by John Lee Hooker;
“Caldonia” by Louis Jordan; and “Sitting on Top of the
World” by Mississippi Sheiks. These albums were also chosen for induction:
Amtrak Blues by Alberta Hunter; T-Bone Blues by T-Bone Walker; and the 2
CD set Blues With a Feeling (Newport
Folk Festival Classics) by Various Artists.
The Hall of Fame committee, consisting of scholars, record
producers, radio programmers, and historians, is chaired by Jim O’Neal,
founding editor of Living Blues.
The Blues Hall of Fame is a program of The Blues Foundation,
a non-profit organization established to preserve Blues history, celebrate
Blues excellence, support Blues education and ensure the future of this
uniquely American art form. The Foundation consists of a worldwide network of
165 affiliated Blues societies and has individual memberships spanning the
globe. In addition to the Blues Hall of Fame, the Foundation also produces the
Blues Music Awards, the International Blues Challenge and the Keeping the Blues
Alive Awards. For more information or to join The Blues Foundation: www.blues.org, natch.