The Blind Raccoon and Nola Blue Collection Volume III contains 32 compositions. An array of Blind Raccoon clients, including both independent and label artists, are represented as noted in the song credits. For the first time, this collection will be released digitally for download and streaming via Blue Heart Records, a Nola Blue and Blind Raccoon joint venture.
Featuring Wily Bo Walker & Danny Flam | John Németh | Clarence Spady | Laura Tate | Mark Cameron | Malaya Blue | Steve Howell, Dan Sumner & Jason Weinheimer | CD Woodbury | Dudley Taft | Kelly's Lot | Benny Turner | Matt Lomeo | Blind Lemon Pledge | Skylar Rogers | Brigitte Purdy | Cash McCall | Eric Johanson | Miss Bix ft. Keeshea Pratt | Tim Woods | Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps | Lisa Mann | Reverend Freakchild | Frank Bey | Paul Boddy & The Slidewinder Blues Band | Charlie Bedford | Sammy Eubanks | Rob Stone ft. Elena Kato & Hiroshi Eguchi | Sandy Haley
A veteran musician of more than 60 years, Benny has played everywhere from the Chitlin’ Circuit, to Europe, Japan, Australia, and all points in between. Content to be a sideman in support of the many giants he worked with, the time came for Benny to take his rightful place in the spotlight on center stage, to the delight of blues fans worldwide.
The world lost a treasure with the passing of Cash McCall. Most musicians are lucky to achieve a measure of stardom and artistic fulfillment in one genre. Cash McCall managed the elusive feat in no less than three! His enthusiasm for the music he loved never waned even until the end.
From his work with the Otis Redding Soul Revue at age 17, to a record deal gone bad with James Brown, to his multiple Blues Music Award nominations, Frank Bey has had his share of career highs and lows. The depth, warmth and character of his voice flow effortlessly to embody the very essence of soul singing. His album "All My Dues Are Paid" is a Grammy nominee for Traditional Blues Album.
19 year-old Charlie Bedford is no stranger to the blues community, having performed in the IBC Youth Showcase in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Mentored by some of the biggest names in Australian blues, Charlie assures us he’s “Good To Go” with the release of his debut originals album, a fresh mix of 12 tunes.
Four-time British Blues Association award nominee Malaya Blue first entered the live circuit in 2015 following the release of her debut album, "Bourbon Street". Her sophomore album, Heartsick, was released in 2016 to an expanding global listening base. Now, she reaffirms her position as one of the UK contemporary blues premier vocalists and songwriters with her forthcoming release, "Still", due for release in September and now available for pre-order!
Photo Credits: (1) "Blind Raccoon Nola Blue Collection Volume III", (2) Cash McCall, (3) Frank Bey, (4) Benny Turner, (5) Blind Lemon Pledge, (6) Charlie Bedford, (7) Steve Howell, (8) Miss Bix, (9) Malaya Blue, (10) Keeshea Pratt, (11) The Reverend Shawn Amos, (12) Teresa James (unknown/website).