COVID-19 Pandemic:
Roughly three of four people in the U.S. are or soon will be under instructions to stay indoors, as states and localities try to curb the spread of the coronavirus before hospitals are overwhelmed. WE encourage everyone to support their favorite local artists on social media, many are performing from their homes and have digital tip/donation jars. Buy their music, merch and let them know you care. Please everyone do your part, follow the guidelines and Stay Safe!

Some links to help keep you informed through these trying times:

John Hopkins Univ. Global Dashboard

State of Georgia Daily Status

Covid-19 Projections

United States Covid-19 Status

Social Media Resources for Online Music

There are a lot of places where you can find ways to seelive music, video, and support musicians. Here are a few that we have found that seem legit:

Can't Stop the Blues, featuring national acts.

Facebook Blues Society, featuring national touring acts & Local acts.

Country Blues QuaranTunes, featuring national touring acts & Local acts., featuring National Touring acts (not all Blues).

Relix Live, featuring National Touring acts (not all Blues).

Entertainment/Service Industry Relief Fund Music Series , original music from local acts.

Save the Date
• Sunday, April 19, Gathering & Jam at MoonShadow Tavern, Tucker, Hosts: Rockin Blues Review
• May 17, Gathering & Jam at Full Throttle Roadhouse, Mableton, Host Band is Thunder Gypsy

Terminal West, Variety Playhouse and Cobb Energy Center have decided to suspend all shows through 3/31/20. City Winery is closed until further notice, as is Madlife Stage & Studios.
3/29 Grizz Fest.
4/1-2 Kenny Wayne Shephard/Samantha Fish shows at Center Stage
4/3 Southern Redemption at High Cotton Music Hall is no longer listed
4/4 Paul Thorn - City Winery
4/4 Atlanta Blues Festival - Cobb Energy
4/18 Sean Costello Benefit at Vista Room
4/24-26 Sweetwater 420 Fest
4/25 Amplify Decatur Festival postponed
4/25-26 Inman Park Fest postponed or cancelled
May 2, Blind Willie McTell Festival, Thomson, GA - CANCELLED
May 6 & 7, Blues Hall of Fame Inductions & Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN

Frank Hamilton School Announcement
Peace with you in these times, and always! FHS regular classes and Second Half are suspended at OBC through March, and possibly the full term. Other options (including video conferencing) are coalescing as we come together in community to keep each other well. !

The timeless nature of the exercises in this workbook allows them to be used endlessly for self-improvement, for practice with client systems or for professional presentations. The overview of the Blues Problem-Solving Method can be integrated into the undergraduate and graduate curriculum as a companion discussion in human behavior and practice courses. Practitioners and trainers may use the Workbook to integrate the concepts into in-service training or direct services. The most important use for this Workbook is the actual learning activities. Users will welcome them as invaluable aids in a wide variety of education, counseling, and training sessions. They are inexpensive, participative, timeless, and adaptable. The objective, materials required, approximate time required, procedure, discussion questions, and source are included to aid in the selection of the appropriate activity for the appropriate occasion. Though the activities in this Workbook are based on the African American experience, they can be easily generalized to other groups. Some exercises may be used as is with any group. Others may require substituting the worldview to fit the activity to the desired ethnic or cultural group. iii The activities contained in this Workbook represent a small sample of what can come from the blues. Users are encouraged to delve into the rich history of the blues experience found in the films and literature included at the end of this Workbook, or probe the spirituals, work songs, folk narratives, gospels, sermons, dance styles, humor, folk tales, jazz, or oral history for more ideas for creating your own exercises. As you develop activities, please forward them to me so that I may include them in the next version of this workbook. I thank you in advance.

R.I.P., Henry Gray
The Blues Foundation mourns the passing of Henry Gray
Who was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2017
Henry Gray, who played piano in the Howlin' Wolf band and other Chicago blues groups before returning to his native Louisiana in 1968, was rarely in the spotlight, but he steadily built an impressive resume entertaining audiences around the world with his blues-drenched piano pounding. Gray, born on January 19, 1925 in Kenner, Louisiana and raised in the Baton Rouge area, was playing both in church and in local nightspots before serving in World War II and then moving to Chicago. Gray's style continued to develop under the influence of Big Maceo Merriweather, and he began playing with Little Walter, Little Hudson's Red Devil Trio, guitarist Morris Pejoe, and others. We join the rest of the blues world in sending condolences to his family. May his spirit live on through his wonderful music.

Registrations open for Atlanta Rock n' Blues Summer 2020 Sessions
We accept players and singers in middle and high school, with playing and singing skills on a late beginner/intermediate (quick learner) through advanced levels. Remember, this is not a camp for those new to their instrument. For Rates and Dates and more details click on the banner above.

Bricks for the Blues Campaign
Are you up for your shot at Blues Immortality? Every once in a while a stellar opportunity comes along for those of us that will never be nominated, let alone win a BMA,  win the IBC or have our name on the marquis of the Orpheum Theater in Memphis. Several years ago the Blues Foundation offered us the opportunity to not only contribute to the creation of the Blues Hall of Fame, but to have our names permanently installed on the wall inside. The Atlanta Blues Society, Darwin's and several of us availed ourselves of that opportunity and gained some Blues Immortality. The only problem is that you have to go inside and look for our names.

Well, our second chance is here with The Bricks for the Blues Campaign and the cost for Blues Immortality is much more reasonable this time. The Blues Foundation has been given permission to replace the sidewalk in front of the Blues Hall of Fame with bricks engraved with the names of the donors. Your Blues Society has purchased an 8"x 8" brick for $500 and has been given permission to have all of us that buy an 8x8 brick to be grouped together and have a permanent place in Blues History. Even though only one person can pay for each brick, but with 6 lines of engraving (one should say"ABS Member(s)" as many as five can go in on a brick.

In order to take advantage of being able to be grouped together the Blues Foundation is asking us to act before the middle of March. How cool would it be for the ABS to not only have a permanent place for the world to see, but to have a boat load of our members listed with us. If you have any questions please run them by us. Be Immortal!! Thanks, George

The Atlanta Blues Society has grown steadily for the past 8 years, our membership is now over 400 people and we have over 6500 people following us on social media. Growth can be painful at times, and we want to make sure that we treat everybody fairly and evenly when it comes to our monthly Gathering jam.  At each gathering we provide backline and mics for a jam which is run by our Jam Master using a sign-up sheet.  We have come up with the following guidelines that should be followed by participants of the jam: 

The jam is open to everybody, regardless if they are a member or not.  While we would love to have participants join as members and help us in our mission, we realize that sometimes the best way to attract new members is to show them how we go about our mission of "keeping the blues alive".  Having a free and open jam is one way we do so.

All participants should sign the sign-up sheet as soon as they get there, jammers will be grouped together by the order in which they signed in, depending on the various instruments they play and/or sing.  Please help the Jam Master by writing legibly and if your name is hard to pronounce, write it using pronunciation symbols. For example, my last name Hilke is pronounced hill-key.  So I would sign in as Barb Hilke (hill-key), Guitar.

Only sign up yourself, do not sign up people who are not in the room and ready to play.

Try to have some idea of what songs you would like to play before coming up.

Please make sure your instruments and/or voices are ready before you are called up.

Each set of jammers will be allowed 3 songs or 15 minutes of playing time.

Please check with the Jam Master before plugging into amps to make sure the correct amps are used with each instrument.

With this format it is very hard to accommodate whole bands who only want to play with each other, you must be willing to play with other jammers as signed up.

If you signed up for the jam and were not called up, please make the Jam Master aware of this.
Remember, the purpose of the jam is to have fun. 

Our intent is to offer an opportunity for those that look forward to playing with others have a chance to do so.  Following these guidelines will help make the jam run as smoothly as possible.  We believe the interaction of people playing music together for the first time leads to interesting interpretations of songs and builds the community. We want everybody who signs up to be able to play and we want everybody to have a good time.

Blind Willies Blues Club in Virginia Highlands is an Atlanta icon showcasing legendary blues bands for over 32 years. Hundreds of local and national blues greats have left their mark on this historic stage. Years of loyal fans and regular patrons have also contributed to making Blind Willies a true Historic Landmark in Atlanta. All the years of good times have taken its physical toll on Blind Willies. We are asking our friends and family to help us with the REBIRTH of Blind Willies Blues Club! Over the next few months, we will be hosting events to help us with our updates and revival. Your contributions will help ensure we can continue this long-standing Atlanta Blues tradition. The Blues Community is a true family. We are counting on our Blues family to help us continue to keep the Blues alive and bring you the best local and national blues bands you love for years to come! As part of the Rebirth of Blind Willie's, the venue has gone Smoke Free as of the day after Thanksgiving, so those of you who stayed away because of the smoke, come on out and check out this legendary Blues Club. The blues sound just as good without the smoke – and the smokers can still go outside– so its a win/win. Come on out to Blind Willie's soon and show them you appreciate the changes they are making to keep the blues alive and available to all. Other changes they are making are earlier shows during the week and on Sundays. They will be closed on Mondays. •

News from Killer Blues Headstone Project
From : Killer Blues Headstone Project:
104 headstones have been purchased! We have funding for the next 2 headstones but have 30 more in need.  • That means we still need to raise $20,000 • In 2018 so far we have received donations ranging from $1 to $1,000 and each one was appreciated. The following link will take you to an excellent interview with KBHP founder, Steve Salter, on Youtube: Click HERE.

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Check out the new CD reviews from Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro
in our Review section.


The Atlanta Blues Society has a new address, please send all mail to:

The Atlanta Blues Society
P.O. Box 146
Tucker, GA 30085-0146
Our only email address is

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