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Moonshine & Mojo Hands – Blues Reality Show Coming In April

World’s First Blues Music Reality Show To Launch in April

Moonshine & Mojo Hands reunites creators of award-winning documentaries M for Mississippi and We Juke Up in Here

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(CLARKSDALE, MS) – The long-awaited premiere of the world’s first blues music reality show will take place this spring. The first episode of Moonshine & Mojo Hands: The Mississippi Blues Series will begin streaming online on Thursday, April 21 with additional episodes to debut each week. The entire 10-episode series will stream exclusively online at www.moonshineandmojohands.com.

The web series was created by Roger Stolle and Jeff Konkel, who previously teamed up on the award-winning blues documentaries M for Mississippi: A Road Trip Through the Birthplace of the Blues and We Juke Up in Here: Mississippi’s Juke Joint Culture at the Crossroads.

For the new project, the duo traveled Mississippi’s back roads in search of juke joints, house parties, barbecue, soul food, folk artists, moonshiners and – of course – the men who keep the uniquely American music form of the blues alive in the land of its birth. The show will feature a wide range of musicians both celebrated and obscure. Featured artists include James “Super Chikan” Johnson, Leo Bud Welch, Jimbo Mathus, Robert “Bilbo” Walker, Mark “Muleman” Massey, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Lucious Spiller, Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood and many more.

“There’s no denying that many of the towering figures in traditional blues have passed on in recent years, but there are still incredible blues musicians living and working in Mississippi if you know where to look,” Konkel said. “And we know where to look.”

Each episode of Moonshine & Mojo Hands will take viewers on a wild ride through the Mississippi Delta and Hill Country to meet the region’s most fascinating characters in truly unforgettable settings.

“There’s truly no place else on Earth quite like Mississippi,” Stolle said. “We can’t wait to introduce viewers to all of the great music, food, culture and characters that the state has to offer.”

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The series reunites Stolle and Konkel with Damien Blaylock and Lou Bopp, both of whom figured prominently in the duo’s earlier film projects. Blaylock, who served as cinematographer and editor for both M for Mississippi and We Juke Up in Here, is serving as chief editor for the new series. Bopp is reprising his role behind the camera from We Juke Up in Here.

The web series also features cinematography by Jon Michael Ryan of Tangent Mind, Inc., audio engineering by Fred Early, editing support from Jeff Brierly, graphic design support from Joey Grisham and website support from Anne Willis.

The show was made possible through support from Coahoma County Tourism, The Lofts at the Fime & Dime, Travel for Fans, Yazoo Pass Espresso Bar, Bistro & Bakery and the generous contributions of hundreds of Kickstarter supporters.

Moonshine & Mojo Hands is a joint production of Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art and Broke & Hungry Records.

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For more information, contact
Roger Stolle at roger@cathead.biz or
Jeff Konkel at jeff@brokeandhungryrecords.com
Photos by Lou Bopp:
1. Gospel-bluesman Leo “Bud” Welch during filming, near Calhoun City, MS.
2. RL Boyce yard party in Como, MS, with show hosts Roger Stolle (L) and Jeff Konkel (R).

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Fresh Biscuits! New Releases For April 24, 2015

It’s another week closer to summer even though it felt like winter here in the Northeast. there was snow in the air yesterday, but it was raining in my heart. I want to find Jack Frost and put the Double-Eyed Whammy on that little son of a sea monster. If anything can warm our winter crushed hearts it a week with a ton of new releases.

The new releases this week range from vintage British Blues to modern blue-eyed soul. there’s Delta blues via Netherlands, Acoustic porch rockin’, and plenty more. I can’t wait to hear Debbie Davies’ new platter. I always look forward to her new music. The most tantalizing this week though is the John Mayall archival release which includes the founding members of Fleetwood Mac – Peter Green, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood. remember when Fleetwood Mac was a blues band? Me either, it was before my time. But I have the records to prove it!  That great band grew out of the Bluesbreakers and now we have a great opportunity to hear how it all went down.

Have a great weekend and pick up some blues and roots new releases while you’re out there looking for Spring. To those readers having beautiful weather and plenty of warmth, we shall live vicariously through you so make sure you have some hot new blues for us to enjoy. Have a great weekend everyone!

John Mayall

John Mayall Live In ’67

Debbie Davies

Debbie Davies Love Spin

Tad Robinson

Tad Robinson Day Into Night

Nighthawks

Nighthawks Back Porch Party

Jimbo Mathus

Jimbo Mathus Blue Healer

James Harman

James Harman Bonetime

Carolyn Wonderland

Carolyn Wonderland Live Texas Trio

Gaye Adegbalola & Wild Rutz

Gaye Adegbalola & Wild Rutz Is It Still Good To Ya?

Deb Ryder

Deb Ryder Let It Rain

Hans Theessink & Terry Evans

Hans Theessink & Terry Evans True & Blue