Our October Gathering & Jam will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at Full Throttle Road House in Mableton from 3pm-6pm. Our host band will be the Rockaholics who will rock us out as they continue to pay homage to the blues, rock, and soul artists of yesterday and today. Randy & Elizabeth of Full Throttle will be there to make sure we are taken care of properly with great food and drink. We will have a jam so bring your instruments and/or voices and join in. This event is free and open to the public. The venue has agreed to let us have the music room side of the establishment to be smoke free, however smoking is allowed on the bar side so kids are not allowed. Hope to see you there.

Save the Date
• Sunday, October 20, Gathering & Jam at Full Throttle Road House, Host Band Rockaholics ATL
• Saturday, Nov 2, Blues Stotts Benefit at Blind Willie's featuring JP Soars, Cazanovas, Eddie 9V
• Sunday, November 17, Gathering & Jam at Magnolia Lounge, Host Band Blues Generation
• Sunday, December 1, ABS Holiday Party, Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility.

Celebration of Life for Beverly “Guitar” Watkins Saturday, October 12, 2019 Time: 11 AM Location: MT. EPHRIAM BAPTIST CHURCH 1202 West Marietta Street, Northwest Atlanta, Georgia 30318 2 Day Public Visitation Location: Goolsby Mortuary, Inc. Thursday, October 10, 2019 Time: 11 AM until 8 PM Friday, October 11, 2019 Time: 11 AM until 8 PM Family Hour, Friday 7 PM- 8 PM Survived by a son, Stanley Watkins, brother, Willie H. Watkins and a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, cousins’ other relatives and friends.

The Atlanta Blues Society presents Blues Stotts 2019, the 5th annual musical celebration to honor the life of Larry Stotts, a founding member of the ABS. A great day of music, fellowship, super raffles and a special treat of Larry's Red Beans and Rice is anticipated, with proceeds to benefit Cystic Fibrosis, a cause near and dear to Larry's heart.

Best Self-Produced CD Award Submissions Are Now Open!
Submission Deadline October 10, 2019!
Each year, since 2005, the Blues Foundation holds a competition for the best Self-Produced CD, in conjunction with the International Blues Challenge in January. The Blues Foundation is looking for high quality blues recordings from "up and coming" artists that might not otherwise reach the International Blues market. The Atlanta Blues Society, as an affiliate member, is allowed to enter one CD into this competition. The CD must have been released between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019. We will need to get 4 CDs from you by the Deadline in order to be considered. The Board will review all CDs sent to us and determine which CD we will submit to the Blues Foundation.CD’s submitted will be evaluated using Blues Foundation criteria. The Blues Foundation criteria considered are listed in order of importance: 1. Blues Content; 2. Musical Performance; 3. Audio Quality and Production Value; 4. Professionalism and Visual Appearance of Cover Art and Design; and 5. Credits and Liner Notes. Entries must be received by us or postmarked by October 10, 2019. Please read the official rules posted on the Blues Foundation website at  https://blues.org/self-produced-cd-award -- especially the rules about previously nominated for Blues Music Award criteria.

If you would like to submit an entry, please notify us immediately at by calling a Board member or at our email: theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com so we can determine if the CD is indeed eligible for submission and arrange to get the CDs from you.

Our September Gathering & Jam was held on Sunday, September 15 at Blind Willie's Blues Club from 3pm-6pm. Our host band, the Way Back Band, took us back in time, recreating an oldies radio show and playing all our favorite blues, rock, and R&B hits. You couldn't help but sing along, tap your feet, sway your head, and get out on the dance floor. Then the George Carlin show hit the stage with news about all the upcoming Atlanta Blues Society events, especially the upcoming Blues Stotts Benefit in November (see below for more info). Our Jam Master, Wes, got the jam going with each set of musicians showcasing their talents, including our 2019 Atlanta Blues Challenge winners, The Garrett Collins Project. It was a beautiful, although still hot day outside, and a perfect day of music inside Blind Willie's with friendly staff serving us cool drinks and spicy Cajun food. And it's all free and open to the public, come out to our next one and bring your music loving friends with you.

Saturday, September 14, 2019 in the small north Georgia community of Sautee Nacoochee, the blues was alive and well and the Atlanta Blues Society was there to represent and enjoy. Even a sudden thunderstorm couldn't stop the music, we just moved indoors into an air-conditioned gymnasium with a great stage. The day started off with the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable, a street band made up of volunteers from the Atlanta area. With their colorful attire, dancing choreography and family friendly fun music, they set the tone perfectly. Next up was the talented Andy Johnson, backed up by the equally talented Back City Woods band playing rock, country blues and southern rock. Next up was the Kerry Hill Band playing authentic blues and R&B and even a little jazz. The sun was out and shining and it looked like we might be spared the predicted rain, however the rain clouds rolled in quickly and production quickly and efficiently got us all moved indoors into the Gym and got the stage set up for the next band which was The Squirrelheads from Atlanta who regaled us with jumping New Orleans zydeco, rock & funk. Next up was the Markey Blue/Ric Latina Project who mesmerized us with searing vocals by Markey and hot lick guitar playing by Ric, not to mention the rest of the excellent band. Last, but definitely not least was the always fabulous Delta Moon and boy did we get a great set of music. Soon everybody was up and dancing and having a blast. These folks know how to throw a party with great music and we are so glad we came and experienced it and can't wait for next year. Click on the banner to go to their Facebook page and Like it.

This year's GABBAfest was fantastic. The new venue, the fabulous Grand Opera House was great and allowed more people to attend and enjoy the festivities. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the ABB, the music Friday night featured relatives of the original members of the band including Berry Oakley Jr. and his son Shaun Oakley, Melody Trucks, and Vaylor Trucks. Saturday night featured artists who were fans and associated with the band, including Alan Paul, who wrote a book about the band, Andy Aledort who played with Dickey Betts, and Junior Mack who played with Jaimoe and has been attending GABBAFest for many years. This year the Artists at Large stole the show, Ron Holloway, who has played Sax with many blues and Jazz greats including the Allman Brothers definitely showed his stuff playing with everybody. Paul Hornsby, a musician and record producer who worked with Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band, and Wet Willie played Hammond B3 and keyboards with many of the acts. Brandon "Taz" Niederauer, a young guitarist who played in the Broadway production of School of Rock, was a revelation and definitely the next great guitar 'star' on his way up, just incredible. Then there were the many after shows, the GABBA Member's Jam and the Sunday afternoon "Hangover" concert at the Big House were wonderful as well. Everybody enjoyed the weekend and had a great time.

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. • http://www.blindwilliesblues.com/

News from Killer Blues Headstone Project
From : Killer Blues Headstone Project: killerblues.net
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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