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Otis Clay * February 11, 1942 – January 8, 2016 R.I.P

Legendary Soul, Blues, and R&B singer Otis Clay died Friday evening January 8, 2016 of a heart attack. He was, as you know, a great man, mentor, teacher, humanitarian, historian, and an incredible friend.
Our hearts are broken…

Miki Mulvehill

It with the saddest tears that we remember the life of Otis Clay. Born in Waxhaw, Mississippi, in 1942, Clay followed the Great Migration north first to Muncie Indiana in 1953, and ultimately Chicago in 1956. It was there he joined many of the city’s Gospel groups until he began his secular singing career in 1962. Clay signed with One-derful! Records and recorded “A Flame In Your Heart” in 1965.

After a stint with Cotillion Records, Clay landed in Memphis with Hi Records from 1971-74 and with Willie Mitchell at the helm, recorded that label’s most iconic soul tunes. His biggest hit, “Trying To Live My Life Without You,” was followed with Clay classics, “If I Could Reach Out” and “I Die A Little Each Day.” Clay moved to many other labels including Rounder, Blind Pig, CrossCut, Catfood, Echo, and others.

Throughout the years, he has been a featured vocalist on many records from the Bo-Keys, Johnny Rawls, Magic Slim, Eddy Clearwater, Billy Price, Tad Robinson, Rico McFarland, and Dave Specter. In 2013, Otis Clay was inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame.

Nobody grabbed an audience or individual like Otis. Off the stage, Clay was the absolute gentleman. He listened to all with the same heart and soul that he delivered his songs. Once touched by this man, a lifelong friendship would ensue. We will certainly cry a little each day with this giant taken away.

Editor-In-Chief Art Tipaldi, Blues Music Magazin
Read more: www.bluesmusicmagazine.com/otis-clay.html


New releases:

The collaboration with the South Africa-born musician already started in 2013 – with a duet with Michael Arlt on the Album 'Come Along'.


Reviews JOSH SMITH Over Your Head

The mightily rocking “How Long” opens proceedings with Lemar Carter’s crashing drumbeat and Calvin Turner’s thumping bass backing Smith’s aggressive vocals and fiery lead guitar.
(…) this album of mainly rocking blues which has enough quality to appeal to the blues lovers and the rockers. …read more

Blues Matters Magazine #83
Dave Drury


CrossCut Records in 'Blues Matters! Writer’s Poll 2014'


 Blues Matters! 2014 Poll Results

Reviews CCD 11108 B.B. & THE BLUES SHACKS Businessmen

A fantastic follow-up to 'Come Along' (…). In fifteen songs, fourteen originals and one cover, they prove once again that they’re the ‘CEO’s’ – Crowd Excitement Officers – of big-band blues and blues rock …read more

Blues Blast Magazine
Rainey Wright


Reviews CCD 11107 CHUCK LEAVELL Back To The Woods

Een van de beste blues-en rockpianisten van de laatste decennia levert met deze “Back To The Woods” opnieuw een uitstekende cd af, die de pioniers van de bluespiano terecht nog eens in het voetlicht plaats. ..read more

Ronny Bervoets


In January 2010, The Blues Foundation presented the Keeping The Blues Alive Award to CrossCut Records and the company's founder, Detlev Hoegen.
The world's largest blues organisation from Memphis, Tennessee, each year presents this Award to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues world.

Other KBA Award recipients in the record label category are: Alligator, Blind Pig, Delmark, Delta Groove, M.C. Records, Northern Blues, Ruf Records, and Tone-Cool.

 The Blues Foundation - Keepin The Blues Alive Award
 The Keeping the Blues Alive Awards 2010


Free mp3-downloads for buyers of the Josh-Smith-double-LP CCA 1109: crosscut.de/en/download/


Finetunes has released most CrossCut albums for digital download.

Either complete albums, or single tracks are available from finetunes.net and other download platforms like Amazon or iTunes.

CrossCut Mailorder
- a division of Bear Family Records GmbH

 CrossCut Mailorder - a division of Bear Family Records GmbH

The CrossCut-Mailorder, a division of Bear Family Records, is one of the world's leading sources for blues and related music.

In 2004 Bear Family and CrossCut merged their mailorder branches.

CrossCut Records' customers may order blues items directly from the Bear Family Records onlineshop.

Please visit the CrossCut Mailorder site now, for brand new releases and limited-time special offers!

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Mai 2016

02. Josh Smith DE- Celle

03. Josh Smith DE- Norderstedt

04. JW-Jones CA- London

05. Josh Smith DE- Eppstein

06. Josh Smith DE- Wetter

06. Charlie Musselwhite US- Solana Beach

06. JW-Jones CA- Toronto

07. Josh Smith DE- Freudenburg

07. B.B. & The Blues Shacks DE- Gifhorn

07. Charlie Musselwhite US- Costa Mesa

07. JW-Jones CA- Montreal

08. Charlie Musselwhite US- Ventura

09. JW-Jones CA- Ottawa

10. Josh Smith DE- Ingolstadt

11. Josh Smith AT- Leutasch

12. Josh Smith CH- Rubigen

13. Josh Smith AT- Hard

13. Charlie Musselwhite US- Bow

13. JW-Jones CA- Ottawa

14. Josh Smith DE- Baden-Baden

14. B.B. & The Blues Shacks DE- Kassel

14. Charlie Musselwhite US- Bow

15. Josh Smith DE- Vilsbiburg

15. Bonita & The Blues Shacks DE- Hildesheim

16. B.B. & The Blues Shacks DE- Hildesheim

17. Josh Smith Workshop DE- Rostock

17. B.B. & The Blues Shacks DE- Perlesreuth

18. Josh Smith Workshop DE- Rostock

19. Josh Smith Workshop DE- Rostock

20. B.B. & The Blues Shacks DK- Aarhus

21. Josh Smith RO- Suceava

21. B.B. & The Blues Shacks DK- Vejle

22. Josh Smith RO- Suceava

28. B.B. & The Blues Shacks DE- Ehingen

Juni 2016

03. Charlie Musselwhite US- Berkeley

04. Charlie Musselwhite US- San Mateo

04. Charlie Musselwhite US- Nicasio

11. Charlie Musselwhite US- Greeley

17. B.B. & The Blues Shacks DE- Rügen

18. B.B. & The Blues Shacks DE- Hannover

24. B.B. & The Blues Shacks IT- Inzago

25. B.B. & The Blues Shacks CH- Luzern

26. B.B. & The Blues Shacks DE- Saarbrücken

27. B.B. & The Blues Shacks CH- Zofingen

30. B.B. & The Blues Shacks SE- Malmö

Juli 2016

02. B.B. & The Blues Shacks SE- Göteborg

02. Charlie Musselwhite US- Highland Park

15. Bonita & The Blues Shacks BE- Peer

16. Charlie Musselwhite CA- Quebec City

29. B.B. & The Blues Shacks PL- Człuchów

30. B.B. & The Blues Shacks DE- Bredenbeck

August 2016

12. B.B. & The Blues Shacks CH- Lichtensteig

13. B.B. & The Blues Shacks CH- Lichtensteig

14. B.B. & The Blues Shacks CH- Lichtensteig

20. B.B. & The Blues Shacks DE- Hohwacht

25. B.B. & The Blues Shacks DE- Spiekeroog

30. Charlie Musselwhite US- Healdsburg