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This profile was last updated on 3/14/13  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Research Director

Mississippi Blues Trail

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  • Northwestern
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American Blues Scene, 14 Mar 2013 [cached]
Jim O'Neal, Research Director, Mississippi Blues Trail: An important element in the promotion and documentation of blues on the Mississippi Blues Trail, which now has 167 markers in place, has been the public acknowledgment of the troubled racial history of Mississippi. This topic has been addressed directly in the texts of a number of markers.
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.
The founder of Rooster Blues ..., 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.
Blues News: International News, 14 Feb 2004 [cached]
Living Blues founder Jim O'Neal, along with industry insiders and scholars, joins the event's performers to discuss topics including Living Blues magazine itself, the state of current blues music, a critical appraisal of 2003 as the "Year of the Blues," blues in relation to Africa and blues guitar techniques.
SA Roots and Blues: NEWS, 7 May 2010 [cached]
James was born in Richland, Mississippi, in 1918. Blues historian Jim O'Neal of Kansas City said James arrived in Canton in 1951 and worked in a radio repair shop. The shop was owned by Robert Earl Holston, who in a 1971 interview shared how he and James experimented to amplify the guitar's sound. O'Neal said James' music inspired Fleetwood Mac and almost anybody who plays slide guitar.
The Hall of Fame committee, consisting of scholars, record producers, radio programmers, and historians, is chaired by Jim O'Neal, founding editor of Living Blues.
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