JONAS BERNHOLM IS "KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE"!
Den 16 januari 2018 kommer The Blues Foundation's årliga "International Blues Challenge" (IBC) hållas i Memphis, Tennessee. 12 personer/organisationer kommer hedras för betydande bidrag till genren, en av dessa är Jonas Bernholm.
Our Mission: To preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form.
"Jonas Bernholm, hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, has been instrumental in sharing blues music. An 84-day, 10-city field trip in 1968, focusing on bluesy Southern deep soul music, was life-changing for him. In Memphis the high point he was guided by Estelle Axton and visited recording sessions at Stax, American Sound Studio, Royal Studios, Sun, etc. Beginning in 1976, Bernholm started a number of record labels including Route 66, Mr. R&B, Stockholm, Bluesboy, Crown Prince, Saxophonograph, Jukebox Lil, Gospel Jubilee, and Earth Angel, among others. From 1978 through 1983, Bernholm arranged European tours for pioneers of Rhythm & Blues including Roy Brown, Charles Brown, Jimmy McCracklin, Ruth Brown, Roscoe Gordon, and Nappy Brown, to name a few. Throughout his years as a record producer, Bernholm made sure that his artists received royalties for their songwriting and performances. His record labels issued 178 albums during his career. One of his strongest labels, Route 66, featured reissues from the 1940s and 1950s showcasing the talents of Floyd Dixon, Wynonie Harris, Ivory Joe Hunter, Amos Milburn, Percy Mayfield, and many others. Bernholm is an avid record collector, and his 26,000 LPs, 45s, and 78s, as well as artist correspondence, have been on display at the Smithsonian Institution since 1996. In 2013 a documentary on his career was featured for four months at the Stax Museum in Memphis, and in 2016 Jan Kotschack wrote a 360-page book about Bernholm titled Resan Mot Rockens Rotter."
I vår bok "Resan mot rockens rötter" berättar Jan Kotschack hur Jonas Bernholm under 1970-80-talet blev känd världen över som Mr. R&B. Hans passion för amerikansk svart musik var drivkraften bakom att försöka återupprätta många av de många bortglömda pionjärerna.
(Nedre vänster: Jonas Bernholm)
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