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Sunday, May 24, 2015

B. B. King - Memorial Las Vegas

Nov. 11, 2011. B.B. King performs at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. (The Associated Press)
A standing ovation for B.B. King and more cheers than tears marked a family-and-friends memorial of the late blues great's life and legacy Saturday in Las Vegas.
"B.B. was energetic, Amen?" Pastor Pamela Myrtis Mason said to open the service that drew more than 350 to the Palm Mortuary chapel.
"Amen," they said.
King's closed casket lay framed by an array of floral arrangements, two of his guitars named Lucille and a tapestry showing him in eyes-clenched reverie picking a note from a section of the guitar frets dubbed by followers the "B.B. King Box."

"Why don't you put your hands together for the King of the Blues, B.B. King!" the pastor said.
As the applause ended, granddaughter Landra Williams dubbed him "the backbone of our family King."
More than 10 of King's 35 grandchildren and eight of the blues icon's 11 surviving adult children spoke during a two-hour service that was distinct for its intimacy and notable for its lack of acrimony.
Several sang a cappella versions of King classics. From daughter Claudette King Robinson, it was, "(Someone Really Loves You) Guess Who?"
Williams, who lives in Houston, remembered her grandfather calling every woman in the family "pretty girl," and spoiling them all, while making himself their confidante and protector.
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"To everyone else, he was a legend," she said. "But for us, he was love."
King's generosity was recalled by grandson Leonard King Jr., who remembered being onstage when people praising the B.B. King show got a prideful earful from his grandfather about his kin.
"His humility was almost as legendary as his music," the grandson said.
Rock superstars Carlos Santana and Richie Sambora attended, although Santana left early.
"Buddy Guy and B.B. let me into the blues," said Sambora, longtime guitarist with of the band Bon Jovi. "That's why I'm here. He made me family."
Other music notables are expected to attend memorials in coming days in Memphis, Tennessee, and King's hometown of Indianola, Mississippi.
King's onstage drummer for 37 years, Tony Coleman, provided another upbeat note on a day full of them.
"He fired me five times," Coleman said, drawing laughter. "But he hired me six times. He said, 'Once you're with me, you're always with me.' "
Coleman promised to go on playing blues "with class, with dignity, with humanity" — just like B.B. King taught him to do.
King was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He won 15 Grammys and sold more than 40 million records worldwide.
A family feud wasn't directly addressed by the dozens of speakers.
Several of King's surviving children are fighting with LaVerne Toney, his longtime business agent and power-of-attorney, who is now executor of his estate. Toney watched Saturday from the back row of the chapel and didn't speak during the service.
Attorney Larissa Drohobyczer said Saturday that five adult King daughters — Patty King, Michelle King, Karen Williams, Barbara King Winfree and Robinson — will contest the blues legend's will and Toney's actions.
The lawyer issued a statement alleging that Toney has misappropriated millions of dollars, has been untruthful and is unqualified to serve as executor of the B.B. King estate.
Toney has said she was carrying out King's wishes as directed, and she told The Associated Press on Saturday that she would not immediately respond to the daughters' allegations.
Toney said she was happy the memorial remained calm, peaceful and respectful.
The spirit of B.B. King will be in the air again on Sunday at the previously scheduled 35th annual B.B. King Homecoming Festival in Indianola.
That will be followed by a procession on Wednesday on Beale Street in Memphis before the last leg of what Landra Williams, the granddaughter, has dubbed "The Road to Mississippi Tour" — the last leg of Riley B. King's trip to Indianola for burial May 30.

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Thrill Is Gone--B.B.King Dies at 89


B.B. King Lucille Edition Guitar
Mr. King passed peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 pm Pacific time May 14 2015
He was an icon, a musician whose first initials alone separated him everyone else.
His name has become a brand for his own style of blues. Most anybody who's slung a guitar over their shoulder would give an appendage for the privilege of playing with him.
 "There are a lot of people who haven't heard of B.B. King." He said on release of his Album 80..which he recorded at 80 years old. So... he played on.

Eric Clapton and Elvin Bishop learning from the Master

Receiving the Freedom Award from President George W.Bush

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

John Nemeth - Country Boy [HD] 2015 Isleton Cajun Blues Festival @ E-2 Winery

Németh was born in Idaho, United States and grew up in Boise.] After singing at his local church, Németh played in local groups in his teenage years, and later formed Fat John & the 3 Slims with his friend Tom Moore. He toured and performed regularly working between five and seven nights a week for almost a decade.]
By 2000, Németh was supplying backing to Junior Watson, and separately fronting his own band known as The Jacks In 2002, he self-published the album, The Jack of Harps. His debut solo effort, Come and Get It, followed in 2004. The same year, Németh relocated to Oakland, California. Gaining more experience, he temporarily replaced Sam Myers in Anson Funderburgh's backing band in 2005 and 2006.

Németh's fourth solo release, Name the Day!, was released in 2010 It equaled the achievement of Love Me Tonight by peaking at number 6 in the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart. Blues Live was recorded in February 2012 at three venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, and included guitar contributions from Kid Andersen.[9] Soul Live was released in September 2012 In December 2012, Németh appeared at the PowerHouse Pub in Folsom, California. The following February, he performed in his home town of Boise.
In 2013, Németh was nominated in five categories for a Blues Music Award. These included 'B.B. King Entertainer', 'Contemporary Blues Album', 'Instrumentalist - Harmonica', 'Soul Blues Album', and 'Soul Blues Male Artist' Németh is due to perform at the Great Lakes Blues Society in April; the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival in May; and the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival in August 2013.[14] He relocated to Memphis, Tennessee in early 2013, and has stated that the Bo-Keys will back him on his next recording. In 2014, he won a Blues Music Award in the 'Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year' category.

This artist may very well steal the show! Stay Tuned for more!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Environmentalists Oppose California Delta project proposed by Governor


Environmentalists criticize changes to California delta project proposed by governor

The Associated Press
Graphic shows locates the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and areas of restoration;
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By SCOTT SMITH and JANIE HAR, Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Environmentalists on Thursday criticized a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to dramatically scale back wildlife habitat restoration involved in a massive tunnel project intended to channel fresh water around California's delta.
The revision calls for restoring 30,000 acres of wildlife habitat, down from an initial 100,000 acres.
Brown defended the revised plan, saying it would accelerate the pace of efforts to revive habitat on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta while fixing the state's aging water infrastructure.
Kathryn Phillips, director of Sierra Club California, said the plan would shortchange the wetlands and wildlife by spending just $300 million instead of the $8 billion that was initially proposed.
"The governor and federal officials say they want to restore the delta and help recover wildlife," she said. "On the other hand, they propose dramatically reducing the restoration by 70 percent."
The Associated Press first reported details of the new plan on Wednesday. Brown held a news conference Thursday with federal officials, saying bold action is required because fish populations in the delta are at an all-time low.
"If somebody has a better alternative, certainly we'll hear it," Brown said. "This is an imperative. We must move forward."
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan has been under development for eight years and calls for building two underground tunnels, 40 feet across and 30 miles long, to send water from the Sacramento River around the delta.
The water currently irrigates 3 million acres of farmland in the Central Valley and serves 25 million people as far south as San Diego. The projected cost of the tunnels is $15 billion.
Officials say the tunnels will stabilize water supplies for cities and farms south of the delta. But it has drawn strong opposition from delta farmers and environmentalists, who contend the tunnels will allow saltwater from San Francisco Bay to degrade the delta's water quality and damage habitat for endangered salmon and tiny delta smelt.
The amount of land targeted for environmental improvements changed because there was too much complexity in the original 50-year plan, given the need for permits from federal wildlife agencies against a backdrop of uncertain future effects of climate change, said Chuck Bonham, director of California's Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The state is entering its fourth year of drought with mandatory water restrictions for residents, and many farmers are receiving little or no surface water for irrigation from government water projects.
State officials decided to split their plans for the delta into two parts — the construction of the tunnels and efforts to restore wildlife habitat along waterways.
Jonas Minton, a water policy adviser for the Planning and Conservation League, said he doubts the state will ever restore wildlife habitat on 30,000 acres. Officials have lagged on much smaller projects, he said.
"Their record does not demonstrate that they can do even that," he said.
Only about 5 percent of California's wetlands remain. Restoration projects will return at least some of the freshwater marshes and willow thickets, with trees along the water providing food and shade to young fish, Bonham said, noting the effort will mark a "decisive break from the obstacles of the past."
The new approach doesn't come with 50-year permits, which was a goal of the previous plan because that would shield Central and Southern California water agencies from future cutbacks of delta water for endangered species protection. Bonham said the state couldn't achieve the longer approvals and now is seeking permits of 10 years or less.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Temporary Delta Dam Planned


The California Department of Water Resources plans to install a temporary rock barrier in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to reduce salinity that might otherwise result from the drought, officials said Wednesday.
The $28 million dam is designed to prevent a worst-case scenario in which Delta waters become too salty for the 25 million Californians and 3 million acres of farmland that depend on it, DWR officials said. It would work by mitigating the push of salt water from San Francisco Bay into the central Delta.
Funds for the dam would come from Proposition 50, a water bond approved by voters in 2002, and from general fund dollars, officials said.
The dam would be composed of “basketball-sized” rocks across a 750-foot-wide channel on the West False River northeast of Oakley in Contra Costa County, according to a DWR statement. The department hopes to have the dam in place next month and remove it by the end of October. It will need several permits from different agencies to speed installation.
Last year, the Department of Water Resources proposed constructing three temporary dams. The agency halted the project after winter storms provided adequate runoff to avoid salinity problems. At the time, some Delta farmers expressed concern that the dams could harm their irrigation supplies by causing salty water to back up into the affected sloughs.
DWR spokeswoman Nancy Vogel said the department this year is opting to install one barrier instead of three because of concerns about potential harm to threatened and endangered fish.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Western Water Wars Take Aim At Delta

As California struggles with a devastating drought, huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations.
A state investigation was launched following complaints from two large agencies that supply water to arid farmland in the Central Valley and to millions of residents as far south as San Diego.
Delta farmers don't deny using as much water as they need. But they say they're not stealing it because their history of living at the water's edge gives them that right. Still, they have been asked to report how much water they're pumping and to prove their legal rights to it.
At issue is California's century-old water rights system that has been based on self-reporting and little oversight, historically giving senior water rights holders the ability to use as much water as they need, even in drought. Gov. Jerry Brown has said that if drought continues this system built into California's legal framework will probably need to be examined.
California's Water Crisis Goes From Bad to Worse
Delta farmer Rudy Mussi says he has senior water rights, putting him in line ahead of those with lower ranking, or junior, water rights.
"If there's surplus water, hey, I don't mind sharing it," Mussi said. "I don't want anybody with junior water rights leapfrogging my senior water rights just because they have more money and more political clout."
The fight pitting farmer against farmer is playing out in the Delta, the hub of the state's water system. With no indication of the drought easing, heightened attention is being placed on dwindling water throughout the state, which produces nearly half of the fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in the U.S.
A large inland estuary east of San Francisco, the Delta is fed by rivers of freshwater flowing down from the Sierra Nevada and northern mountain ranges. Located at sea level, it consists of large tracts of farmland separated by rivers that are subject to tidal ebbs and flows.
Most of the freshwater washes out to the Pacific Ocean through the San Francisco Bay. Some is pumped — or diverted — by Delta farmers to irrigate their crops, and some is sent south though canals to Central Valley farmers and to 25 million people statewide.
The drought now in its fourth year has put Delta water under close scrutiny. Twice last year state officials feared salty bay water was backing up into the Delta, threatening water quality. There was not enough fresh water to keep out saltwater.
In June, the state released water stored for farmers and communities from Lake Oroville to combat the saltwater intrusion.
Nancy Vogel, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Water Resources, said "thousands of acre-feet of water a day for a couple of weeks" were released into the Delta. An acre-foot is roughly enough water to supply a household of four for a year.