Headed to the Blues Music Awards in Memphis? We are excited to announce that documentingBlues will be in attendance at The Beale Street Mess Around Friday May 8th at Rum Boogie Cafe presented by Brandon Santini! We will be selling and signing copies of "Blues on Beale Street" and hearing some of these amazing Blues stars! A portion of the proceeds from books sold will also benefit The Blues Foundation's HART Fund! Mark your calendars, it's going to be a great time!
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Since the release of "Blues on Beale Street: Memoirs of The International Blues Challenge" in January, dBlues has been all over the blues scene!
Big thanks to everyone who has been talking about us! If you have a publication, blog, website, or any interest in sharing information about "Blues on Beale Street" at all you can view and download our Electronic Press Kit here. On it, you can find press releases, accolades, interview questions & answers, photographs, retailers to buy "Blues on Beale Street," a timeline of events, and more!
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Talking Bout the Blues
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Cascade Blues Association
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Washington Blues Society "Bluesletter"
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Back in January at IBC 2015, Jenn & Greg were interviewed by Vinny Marini on Music On The Couch about the release of "Blues on Beale Street: Memoirs of The International Blues Challenge."
We are so grateful for this opportunity! You can listen to the interview here or by clicking the player to the right!
Can I just say I feel like a million bucks! I’m so honored and grateful to say the release of my first photo book was exactly what I’d hoped and nothing like I feared.
It has been a humbling experience to feel all the encouraging support as it lifted me up and guided me through this creative milestone. The passion and creative inspiration that brought Blues on Beale Street: Memoirs of the International Blues Challenge to fruition doesn't only live in Greg and me, but in the many who contributed to—and continue to support—this project and its mission.
My 2015 IBC story is a very humbling one. As I danced for joy in celebration with Greg and my friends and family on Beale Street during the 31st IBC, I gratefully took in every moment, savoring and loving each one. Though I tried to stop and take it in one moment at a time, Jordan's rock solid skills with the iPhone and her play-by-play social media documentation definitely helped me soak it all in too!
Here are a few I moments I would love to share… (Scroll down to the bottom to see more official photos from the Blues on Beale Street VIP Release Party!)
The books arriving right on time: The truck had to back down the street, and I watched as each box was unloaded. Then, yes, I avoided opening the first box. But without hesitation my friend took his keys and started in and took the first five books out. That's when my dance began! The third page in I started to cry. Tears of joy and accomplishment came first, then tears of fear that quickly turned into tears of gratitude. When the overwhelming rush finally calmed down, my friend wiped my tears, and we finished looking through every single page. Thanks, Kofi, for standing in that place with me and allowing me to feel it all and embrace the experience of seeing my work published for the first time. If it wasn't for you, I’m not sure how long it would have taken me to open the first box!
Thanks to Kelly Thorton for texting at just the right time to ask if I needed help, and then being the first fan to see the book as you helped me unload.
Greg and Joe Whitmer standing on Beale Street, seeing the book for the first time: This is where Greg and I took our favorite photo with the book. The fruits of our labor held comfortably in our hands, together at last!
Saying thanks to Greg: I took a moment to give Greg something as a thank you for being such an important part of my dream, and I lost it again! The gratitude I have for this person, who so willingly wanted to be a part of this project, can never be expressed fully. Thank you, Greg, from the depths of my heart and soul. The book would not be as amazing without your efforts and talents.
Selling a book to Shirley Waring and signing it right in the middle of the street: Jordan had the iPhone ready and Jesse swiped her credit card. I took a breath, paused with Sharpie in hand, and just took it in. When I finished signing I shut the cover and handed the book back. "Love, you are my very first signature—not only of this book but EVER in my history!" We were both tickled to share this moment, and I was able to return the same excitement for her as the Eddie Cotton Band won the band finals—her second win in a row!
Thanks to my brothers who came to celebrate this book release with me. They inspire me, as well as push to be better and stay true to my vision. I am the photographer I am today because of them, and having them there gave me a sense of wholeness I can't fully explain. I stood a little taller because my brothers were right there.
The VIP book release party: The VIP Release Party took place at the Silly Goose in Memphis right at the foot of Beale on Peabody Place. We were so blessed to have that space! Watching the amazing set of musicians perform there was like listening to the IBC dream team. What an honor. And on top of that, all the friends who surrounded Greg and me with love and support was humbling and wonderful. The party was an absolute success. Thank you to everyone who participated.
Scroll down to the bottom to see more official photos from the Blues on Beale Street VIP Release Party!
Giving a book to each of the Youth Showcase participants was the highlight of my week. Seeing those kids so excited about being on Beale Street was heaven for me. It's awesome to see the blues community across the world supporting and cultivating these young musicians and teaching them to give back to a community that has given so much. I saw the gratitude and excitement on each of their faces. Bravo to The Blues Foundation and the affiliates who invest in these kids and their dreams.
I could go on and on… but I’ll stop. You get the idea.
Again thanks to all of you who shared in these moments with me throughout the week. And a huge shout-out to the photographers who captured me on the street! Y'all, I felt like a movie star! And for those who couldn't be with me during the week, I felt your support and love all around me, and for this I am also thankful.
In all its glory, the book release was...well, frankly FAN-F#%@ING-TASTIC! And one last time, thank you for being a part of my Blues on Beale Street dance. And forever peace love live the blues.