History of BluesAid

  BluesAid was created by The Sonny Boy Blues Society to help our aging population of blues artists cope with healthcare costs and memorial expenses.  As you well know, many of  the most influential bluesmen and women have not fared well financially and are without any healthcare insurance and no savings in case of  illness, either acute or chronic. The BluesAid project is an extension of the Sonny Boy Blues Society's local efforts to help these aging artists obtain the proper medical help and medications they may have otherwise gone without.
The genesis for a national benefit came about when long time Sonny Boy Blues Society participants, The Kentucky HeadHunters were contacted by the Society's Bubba Sullivan to see if they would help out. Honored by the asking, the group agreed to participate and help take this cause to a national level and involve other musicians worldwide.
As stated, BluesAid will raise money for a nationwide clearinghouse for financial aid for medical, pharmaceutical, and memorial expenses. At the same time, BluesAid will

allow musicians and fans to pay respect to many of the influences that shaped and molded many of today's successful artists not only in the blues world, but also in rock, pop and country.

Helena, Arkansas is the home of   "King Biscuit Time"  radio show, where Sonny Boy Williamson, Pinetop Perkins, Robert  Lockwood Jr., James Cotton, Houston Stackhouse and numerous other bluesmen played.  It is the site of the premier blues festival in the country, The King Biscuit Blues Festival which is in its sixteenth  year.

The host site for the first and second BluesAids was Horseshoe Casino's Showcase Nightclub named "Bluesville".  Located 30 minutes south of Memphis next to Horseshoe Casino in Robinsonville, Mississippi at Casino Center it seats over 1,000 patrons and houses  "state of  the art" sound and video equipment.

2001's BluesAid moves to Memphis, TN on historic Beale Street and will be the closing function of the 2001 Handy Awards. The event will be at the New Daisy Theater and begins at 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 26.