Wednesday, 12 October 2011


Living Blues founding editor Jim O'Neal has been diagnosed with lymph cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. Like many in the blues world, Jim has no health insurance.

A series of benefit concerts is being pulled together to raise money to assist in paying the mounting bills:

OCT. 20 SURF CLUB, HYATTSVILLE, MARYLAND With Memphis Gold and others
OCT. 28 KNUCKLEHEADS, KANSAS CITY, KANSAS Kenny Neal, Memphis Gold and others
NOV 19 (date tentative) BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS Kenny Neal, Memphis Gold, Eddie Clearwater, Eddie Shaw, Billy Branch, Elmore James Jr., Nora Jean Bruso and others.

For anyone wanting to make a direct contribution to assist Jim and his family, a fund has been set up at Commerce Bank in Kansas City. Checks may be sent to: Jim O'Neal Blues Fund, P.O. Box 10334, Kansas City, MO 64171. You can also donate at to the account For further details and confirmations of time and artists, please check

I post this because Jim O'Neal has contributed a great deal to our knowledge of the blues and I hope you might publicise it further if you are reading this. Thank you.

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