Tuesday, January 11, 2011

King Biscuit Boy to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

When the Maple Blues Awards are handed out on January 17, 2011, local blues legend Richard Newell, aka King Biscuit Boy, will be recognized for his body of work.

From the media release:

Toronto, ON (January 11, 2011) – Hamilton blues legend Richard Newell a.k.a King Biscuit Boy is set to receive a special posthumous lifetime achievement award at the upcoming Maple Blues Awards on January 17. Newell, a lifelong resident of Hamilton, Ontario and a pioneer on the blues music scene in Canada was best known for his mastery of the harmonica. A member of Canadian rock icons Crowbar and a two-time Juno nominee, Newell shared the stage with Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, Etta James, and Ronnie Hawkins, who is credited with discovering him. Each year since his death in 2003, The Friends of Richard Newell have held a benefit concert in his memory, with the money raised going to a music scholarship fund at Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Hamilton, Ontario.

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