The Blues Foundation has announced the inductees for the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010, including Louisiana-born, Chicago-based bluesman Lonnie Brooks, blues singer and harpist Charlie Musselwhite and singer, songwriter, guitarist and social activist Bonnie Raitt.
Among the other individuals that are being recognized by the Foundation this year include “The Father of the Blues” W.C. Handy, jug band pioneer Gus Cannon and Cannon’s Jug Stompers, and the writer of many great “drinking songs,” including “One Scotch, One Whiskey, One Beer,” Amos Milburn.
American roots music writer Peter Guralnick and the legendary host of the King Biscuit Time program on KFFA radio in Helena, Arkansas Sonny Payne, are the non-performers being inducted this year. Sam Charters’ groundbreaking research on the blues in the 1950s and ’60s resulted in several books including this year’s Classics of Blues Literature inductee – The Bluesmen. (more…)