WESTERLY —The Knickerbocker All-Stars are making headlines again.
The group’s new album, “Love Makes A Woman,” has been nominated for Best Soul Blues Album as part of the 40th Annual Blues Music Awards. The All-Stars have been nominated along with a impressive class of blues artists, including Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland and Ben Harper.
“Love Makes A Woman,” is the fourth recording from the All-Stars, a group created to play the original music played at the Knick back in the late ’60s and ’70s and popularized by groups such as Roomful of Blues. The album, featuring vocalists Darcel Wilson and Thornetta Davis, Detroit’s Queen of the Blues, was inspired by female soul and R&B singers. The Knickerbocker All-Stars have included blues professionals like Jimmie Vaughan; Duke Robillard; Curtis Salgado; Al Copley; Monster Mike Welch and Sugaray Rayford.
“Love Makes A Woman,” was supported by the Knickerbocker Music Center, a nonprofit organization formed in partnership with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School and Westerly’s United Theatre. Proceeds from the album will benefit the Knickerbocker Music Center and the United Theatre in their collaboration to create a performance complex and center for music education in downtown Westerly. The album is available for sale at the Knick, and on CD Baby, Amazon, and on http://knickerbockerallstars.com/.
The Blues Foundation will host the 40th annual Blues Music Awards on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at Memphis’ Cook Convention Center. The Blues Foundation, which runs the Blues Hall of Fame Museum in Memphis, was created to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of the Blues as a uniquely American art form. The complete list of 40th Blues Music Award nominees can be found on the Blues Foundation’s website at www.blues.org/.