- Blues guitar great Hubert Sumlin , who was a longtime collaborator of the legendary Howlin’ Wolf and an inspiration to many of rock’s guitar greats, passed away at the age of 80 on Sunday. Sumlin was ranked No. 43 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list and continued to tour in recent years despite being despite being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2002 and having a lung removed. He performed semi-regularly in the area at Falls Church’s the State Theatre, and appears on “The Nighthawks — Live at the State Theatre with Special Guest Hubert Sumlin,” a live DVD recorded at the venue, released in 2004.
- As rumored back in October, Madonna will indeed be this year’s Super Bowl halftime entertainment. After last year’s Black Eyed Peas debacle and the recent choice of Nickelback on Thanksgiving, this is certainly the NFL’s best music-related booking in a while.
- Last night was the first ever Sucker Free Awards on MTV2. The top award was Like a Boss: The Artist Than Ran 2011. Shocking that Rick Ross (The Bawse) won the award seemingly named after him! And that the awards just happened to be held a week before his album was scheduled to be released, before it was delayed. Coincidences!
Hubert Sumlin & Sunnyland Slim, “Come On Home Baby” (1964)