Tuesday, October 10, 2006

New release focuses on final work of Mike Bloomfield

Music Avenue has released a CD of 17 classic tunes by American 60s blues legend Mike Bloomfield. The collection is titled Celebrating the Blues and features tunes like “Cherry Red,” “Kansas City,” and “Don’t You Lie To Me.” Most of the tunes were recorded after Bloomfield had performed with the Butterfield Blues band.

Bloomfield was a creative blues artist who was born Michael Bernard Bloomfield on July 28, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois. He got his first guitar at age 13 and immersed himself in the Chicago blues scene. He was quickly accepted both for his talent and the novelty of being a young, white blues artist. He is perhaps best known for his involvement with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Electric Flag, a band he led which featured Buddy Miles on drums, and singer/songwriter, Nick Gravenites.

Bloomfield was found dead of an overdose in his car in San Francisco on February 15, 1981.

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