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Bobby Blue Bland's After Midnight is Latest Malaco CD


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JACKSON, Miss. Ė Legendary blues singer Bobby Blue Bland sets a March 11 release for his latest offering, Blues At Midnight. The album his 12th release for Malaco Records, in a career that has spanned 50+ years, 60 releases, more than 50 Top Ten singles -- in formats ranging from 78s to CDs -- and such honors as a Grammyģ Lifetime Achievement Award (1997), a Blues Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award (1998) and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1992).

Not bad for this child of Depression-era poverty whose most predictable career path wouldíve led straight to the cotton fields. But his voice, and a valuable driverís license, opened doors at a time when many could sing, but few could sing and drive, as Bobby did for his fellow Beale Street-ers, including Johnny Ace, Earl Forest, and eventually, B.B. King. Gigs with King opened the door to Blandís own, unparalleled solo career.

Blues At Midnight is classic Bobby Blue Bland, with Bobby delivering songs from Malaco veteran writers George Jackson ("I Caught The Blues From Someone Else"), Larry Addison ("My Sundayís Cominí Soon," “The Only Thing Missiní Is You," “Ghetto Nights"), Rue Davis ("Iíve Got The Blues At Midnight"), and Sam Mosley and Bob Johnson ("Baby Whatís Wrong With You," “You Hit The Nail On The Head"). Frederick Knightís “Where Do I Go From Here" gets the disc off to a roaring start, and a remake of Z.Z. Hillís “Iím A Blues Man" tells its story as if it was Bobbyís auto-biography. The classic “What A Wonderful World" and a soulful blues-country ballad from Nashville writers Dan Tyler and Jeff Tweel ("Man-Woman Thing") round out a dynamic eleven-song offering sure to please “Blueís" army of loyal fans.

Malaco vice president Wolf Stephenson produced and wrote the albumís extensive liner notes.

Never one to rest on his laurels, or seemingly rest at all, Bobby has yet another album in the works. At 73, Bobby Blue Bland is, was, and will continue to be, “The Worldís Greatest Blues Singer." Apparently those Lifetime Achievement Awards were given out way too soon.

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