Blues/Folk Beat: B.B. King, Tish Hinojosa, Indigo Girls ...

B.B. King will host a who's who of talent at his New York club, scheduled to open later this month.

As B.B. King opens his B.B. King Blues Club & Grill later this month in New York, the legendary blues singer and guitar player will play two shows a night for four nights there, June 21–24. The club, situated on Times Square, will then play host to Little Richard the following two nights, and, within its first month, showcase Johnny Winter (June 29–30), Otis Rush (July 5), Elvin Bishop (July 6), Bobby "Blue" Bland (July 11), Eddy Clearwater (July 13) and Levon Helm (July 15). King has had a club on Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn.,

since 1991 and another in Universal City, Calif., since 1995, and is weighing plans for up to seven more, according to his publicist. ... Guitar.com is offering a 30-minute interview and guitar lesson with the blues master. ...

Tish Hinojosa will celebrate the release of Sign of Truth, her new CD on Rounder, in her hometown of Austin, Texas, on June 17 at the Cactus Cafe. ... The folk-rocking Indigo Girls invited bluesy teenybopper Shannon Curfman to open their dates from June 19 (Interlochen, Mich.) to June 28 (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). ... Eliza Gilkyson and Jimmy LaFave are scheduled for a June 25 show at Austin's Wildflower Center as part of the center's Summer Serenade series. Other performers scheduled to appear later in the summer include Sara Hickman and Alejandro Escovedo. ...

Director Wim Wenders, who worked with Ry Cooder on the Oscar-nominated "Buena Vista Social Club" project last year, has signed on to do one of six miniseries segments on the blues. Martin Scorsese is masterminding the project, and also reportedly has reached agreements with Michael Apted (''Stardust''), Charles Burnett (''The Annihilation of Fish'') and Marc Levin (''Slam''). Variety reports that the project is being funded by Microsoft mogul Paul Allen but that no broadcast deal has yet been agreed to. ...

North Mississippi bluesman R.L. Burnside has sufficiently recovered from a recent sinus infection so that he will be able to make an appearance Saturday in New York's Central Park for the Summerstage concert series. Burnside had to back out of what would have been his only appearance on the Juke Joint Caravan — featuring fellow Fat Possum label artists T-Model Ford and Henry Balfour — on June 1 in Los Angeles. Fat Possum reports that Burnside also has recorded about eight tracks for an upcoming album. The label is hoping to complete the recording process next week in Mississippi.

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The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has announced three imminent dates opening for the Allman Brothers this weekend, prior to joining the Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes tour into July. Shepherd and the Allman Brothers are scheduled for June 16 in Virginia Beach, Va., June 17 in Aberdeen, Md., and June 18 in Charlotte, N.C. ...

The House of Blues' parent company, HOB Entertainment, has withdrawn a planned IPO scheduled for this week. HOB CEO Gregory Trojan wrote the Securities and Exchange Commission that uncertainty over market conditions led the firm, whose partners include sometime Blues Brothers Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, to reconsider its plans. The firm owns more than two dozen music venues. ...

The late Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Son House and Bukka White are all featured on two hour-long DVD releases from the Shanachie label. The two Masters of the Country Blues videos pair Hopkins and Lipscomb and House and White respectively, in enhanced recordings and film made in the '60s. ... Also on the DVD front, Homespun Tapes is offering an instructional video by former Howlin' Wolf sideman Hubert Sumlin. The Blues of Hubert Sumlin offers an hour-long lesson built around the songs "Smokestack Lightnin' " and "Going Down Slow," among others.

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Grammy winners Los Super Seven, the all-star Tex-Mex group including Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, Joe Ely, Aztex's Joel Guzman and Rick Trevino, are planning to get together later this summer to record a follow-up to their acclaimed self-titled debut. ...

Bobby Rush and Shemekia Copeland headline the upcoming Blues on the Fox — Blues and Heritage Festival next weekend in Aurora, Ill. Jimmie Lee Robinson, Bernard Allison, Big Jack Johnson, Hawkeye Herman and Fruteland Jackson also are scheduled to appear. ... In Santa Barbara, Calif., meanwhile, Los Lobos, Richie Havens, David Carter and Tracy Grammer lead the bill at the Live Oak Music Festival at Live Oak Camp. ...

Dave Alvin will have a new album of old material out Aug. 15 on the HighTone label. Public Domain: Songs From the Wild Land features old favorites such as "Shenandoah," "Railroad Bill," "The Murder of the Lawson Family" (once recorded by Doc and Merle Watson as "Lawson Family Murder"), Blind Willie McTell's "Mama Ain't Long for Day," "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down," "What Did the Deep Sea Say" (once recorded by Woody Guthrie) and "East Virginia Blues" (previously recorded by Alvin as a duet with Ramblin' Jack Elliott on the latter's most recent album, The Long Ride). "Ninety percent of the songs are from 78s I heard as a kid," Alvin said. ...

Steve Earle and a host of artists from a variety of genres, including Richard Thompson, Aimee Mann and Michael Penn, Ben Folds Five, Sonic Youth and Patti Smith, will participate in the Digital Club Festival July 22–25. Thirty venues in more than two dozen cities, featuring more than 200 artists, are scheduled to participate in what's touted as the world's largest online-music event. The Digital Club Network will broadcast the sets live in streaming video; some will be rebroadcast. ...

Besides featuring Joan Baez and Jackson Browne on a duet of "Guantanamera," the upcoming Appleseed album The Songs of Pete Seeger Volume II also will feature Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie singing "66 Highway Blues," a never-recorded song Seeger wrote with Arlo's father, Woody Guthrie. Other artists on the album include Billy Bragg, Tom Paxton and Eric Anderson. ...

Former Pentangle guitarist Bert Jansch will have some illustrious help on his upcoming album, Crimson Moon, due June 26 on Castle Records. Jansch, 56, who has been cited as a favorite by the likes of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and Neil Young, is joined by former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler on the track "The River Bank," which also features Marr singing and playing harmonica. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report