BluesAid COMES TO MEMPHIS
Memphis, TN (Tuesday, April 24, 2001) - Blues, country, R&B and rock 'n' roll
musicians and legends will all converge Saturday, May 26 at the New Daisy
Theatre on Historic Beale street for BluesAid 2001, a benefit concert that
helps aging blues artists and their families in time of need.
Bonnie Bramlett, Sam Carr, Steve Cropper, Jimmy Hall, Levon Helm & The Barn
Burners, John Kay/Steppenwolf, The Kentucky Headhunters, Doug MacLeod,
Kurtis Mathew, Buddy Miles, Gary Nicholson, Lee Roy Parnell, Ann Rabson,
Dave Riley, Bobby Rush, Reba Russell, John Weston and The Cate Brothers have
all committed to the live show and jam session that will start at 7:00 p.m.
and go until the last musician calls it a night.
(And that's just the list to date. you never know who else might be sittin'
One special guest we know of already: Sunshine Sonny Payne
Why do they come? As the musicians who donate their time to play BluesAid
will tell you, many of the most influential bluesmen and women have not
fared well financially and are without any healthcare insurance or savings.
BluesAid by far has been Sonny Boy Blues Society's greatest source of
funding to help aging blues artists and their families cope with healthcare
costs and memorial expenses. It also helped the non-profit agency donate
headstones to mark the graves of the great Robert Nighthawk, Frank Frost and
Sonny Boy Williamson's two sisters as well as provide assistance to the
great Katie Webster during the last two years of her life.
Since the founders of the Sonny Boy Blues Society grew up along side the
very musicians they seek to help, a unique trust and bond exists that allows
these proud people to accept the aid they need to live out their later years
with as little suffering as possible. And those that still can, play
BluesAid to do their part as well.
"Here are these musicians that are hurting, yet they're coming [to BluesAid]
to help mostly older musicians who are their peers. And then we have John
Kay and other great souls who tribute some of their success to the roads
these original cats paved," says Bubba Sullivan, Chairman of BluesAid.
lot of the musicians have trouble getting insurance so here they all are
donating their time to help the older musicians who don't have any way to
pay for their medicine, funerals and headstones."
In a show of additional generosity and gratitude to Memphis for becoming the
new home to BluesAid, Sonny Boy Blues Society and the musicians playing
BluesAid will also share portions of the night's proceeds with Make A Wish
Foundation and The Smithsonian Rock 'n' Soul Museum.
Sonny Boy Blues Society is a 501(c)(3) Organization *
to are 100% Tax Deductible
"It's incredible for BluesAid to be helping not one, or even two, but three
organizations," Sullivan said. "The musicians really feel good that
not only helping aging blues musicians, but kids who are trying to make the
most of their precious lives, and a museum that tells the story of all of
the musicians who came from the Delta to cities like Memphis and made sure
that the world would never be the same again. You can't get much better than
The people who created Sonny Boy Blues Society 501 (c)(3) include founders
of the world-renown King Biscuit Blues Festival.
In 1990, the Sonny Boys Blues Society was recognized nationally for its
efforts and presented with The Blues Foundation's "Keeping The Blues
award for Blues Societies.
Ten years later, Sonny Boy Blues Society's BluesAid is to be the official
closing event to the Blues Foundation's Handy Awards Weekend.
The Cate Brothers as the House Band
The Kentucky HeadHunters -
John Kay of Steppenwolf - Anson Funderburgh -
Lee Roy Parnell -
Sam Carr -
John Weston -
Featuring special guest
"Sunshine" Sonny Payne - KFFA's King Biscuit Time radio
Photo of the Kentucky HeadHunters
at an early BluesAid planning meeting with
at the HeadHunters' recording studio in Kentucky
John Kay of Steppenwolf presents Sonny Boy Blues Society
with $1,000 check for 1998 BluesAid and
challenges other musicians and blues lovers donate to the 1999 benefit.
Sonny Boy Blues Society is a 501(c)(3) Organization
* All contributions to BluesAid are 100% Tax Deductible
BluesAid P.O. Box 237 Helena,