Blues Music Awards – the Trip Begins

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Once again computer troubles in Memphis delayed the sending of the blog. But sooner or later I luck into getting it done.
The trip to Memphis for the Blues Music Awards started early and the first day ended late, like 20 hours later..
The flights were good, crowded but on time.


Had a shuttle from TennCo which I used before.  The owner Alonzo is a Cowboys fan so I had a few news clippings on their first draft pick Byron Jones from UConn.

I am staying at the Exchange, part rental and part apartments. So, I have a full kitchen and a small living room.


It is a short walk to the Convention Center and Sheraton, the loci of activity. On the way I passed by a little tourism festival in Court Square Park. Who was out front providing entertainment but one of the biggest promoters of Memphis blues, Eric Hughes.



So if you want to see people, the lobby of the Sheraton always has people mingling.

Jean, Pat and Friend

Jean, Pat and Friend

Pat is Pat Campbell, widow of Little Milton.  We got to sit and talk and tell a few stories.

That is the kind of thing that happens in the Sheraton lobby.

Marilynn, Johnny, Charlotte

Marilynn, Johnny, Charlotte

Johnny Rawls talking with Marilynn Stringer, photographer and writer and Charlotte from 2 Left Feet.  Tom was too fast and couldn’t get a candid shot of him.

Went over and got my press pass and a cookbook to benefit the Hart Fund.  Now time to get ready for the Big LLou jam at the Hard Rock.

And so this sign, which made me feel right at home.



About bluesbeatnews52

Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

One response to “Blues Music Awards – the Trip Begins

  1. Ed Stack

    Nice smoozing, Dom.

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