Welcome to the January 2013 “winter blues” issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture. This month we’re covering thirteen blues projects released in 2012, ranging from the 4-volume 12-CD set Plug It In! Turn It Up! Electric Blues, 1939-2005 from Bear Family to individual albums from Harrison Kennedy, Mike Wheeler, Willie Buck, Linsey Alexander, Smokin Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Rev. K.M. Williams, John Lee Hooker, Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Dorothy Moore, and the Blues Broads.
Another highlight is Linda Tillery and The Freedom Band’s Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute, Celebrate the King. In the reissue category, there are albums from two Indianapolis funk groups, the Circle City Band and Rhythm Machine, as well as the first CD releases of Charley Pride’s gospel album Did You Think to Pray and reggae artist Keith Hudson’s Torch of Freedom.
Also featured this month are two roots music offerings from Eric Bibb: Brothers in Bamako with Habib Koité, and the collaboration with Louisiana musicians Deeper in the Well; the jazz fusion album Move: The Trio Project with Hiromi Uehara, Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips; new releases from Angie Stone, Heather Headley, and Jonathan Butler; and Halifu Osumare’s book The Hiplife in Ghana.