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This profile was last updated on 6/15/15  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Research Director

Mississippi Blues Trail

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  • Northwestern University
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When I spoke later with Jim ..., 15 June 2015 [cached]
When I spoke later with Jim O'Neal, the research director for the Mississippi Blues Trail and one of the historians responsible for writing most of the information on the markers, he said that the local founders of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in nearby Indianola had first suggested the statewide markers, which led to getting state funding for the Blues Trail project.
O'Neal, who was the founding editor in 1970 of Living Blues magazine in Chicago and may know as much about the history of the blues as anyone, said he keeps learning more through the ongoing Blues Trail project. The trail has been expanding over the years through a selection process that allows communities to apply for markers.
"We started with a list of the greats, but there was so much local interest," O'Neal said.
Today Scott writes a weekly column ..., 15 Mar 2012 [cached]
Today Scott writes a weekly column on blues for theClarion-Ledgerin Jackson, Mississippi, is the host of Highway 61, a weekly blues program on Mississippi Public Radio and,together with Jim O'Neal,isa writer and researcher for the Mississippi Blues Trail, which has dedicated over 140 markers since 2006. He's written liner notes for many artistsandarticles for a wide range of magazines,and he continues to do so. In 2003,he co-founded the University of Mississippi's Blues Today Symposium.
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Magazine, Soul Bag Magazine, New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival, Peter Guralnick, Bob Corritore, Ruf Records, Beale Street Music Festival, Music Maker Relief Foundation, Dick Shurman, Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, Duke Robillard, Robert Santelli, Bill Wyman, Alligator Records, Johnny Parth from Document Records, Juke Blues Magazine, Yazoo Records, King Biscuit Blues Festival, Blues & Rhythm Magazine, Buddy Guy Legends, Blues Archive at University of Mississippi, Hohner Harmonicas, Art Tipaldi, Alan Lomax, Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Blues Revue Quarterly, Chris Strachwitz from Arhoolie Records, Billy Branch, Bob Koester from Delmark Records, Bill Ferris from Center For The Study Of Southern Culture of The University Of Mississippi, Jim O'Neal founder of Living Blues Magazine, Tom Pomposello, Scott Barretta, etc.
My very close friend of over 35 years, Jim O'Neal, is fighting cancer and is in financial straits.
Jim, as we all know, is the Founding Editor of Living Blues Magazine, and without his pioneering work many of us would not be where we are today. Jim is a single parent with two young children and has been unable to work since the surgery and chemotherapy. Even if the shows listed areot local for you, if it is possible for you to make a donation in any amount, the instructions for mailing a check, sending PayPal and what not are at the end of the post below.
THE JIM O'NEAL BENEFIT CONCERT SERIES 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.
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.
RlockwoodHAF, 12 Mar 2006 [cached]
The event will be hosted by noted Blues historian Jim O'Neal and will feature discussion, an acoustic performance, and a question and answer session.
Deep Soul January 2014 | Soul Express, 1 Jan 2014 [cached]
The founder of Rooster Blues Records, Jim O'Neal, wrote in December 2006 on the Southern Soul List on the Internet that "L.C. Luckett (Jr.) was with the Luckett Brothers from Milwaukee.
Jim O'Neal: "I found out about Rawls & Luckett from Willie Cobbs, who recruited them to play on his Down to Earth CD.
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