5414781_kba-recipient-680pxCongratulations go out to James Nagel, longtime host of KPFT’s “Howlin’ the Blues”show! On November 1, James received word from The Blues Foublues-hound1ndation in Memphis that he was being honored with a Keeping the Blues Alive Award (KBA).  The award ceremony will take place on February 3, 2017, in Memphis as part of the International Blues Challenge week.  “Receiving this award is the dream of a lifetime for me,” Nagel said.

The official Blues Fundation press release follows:

The Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Awards honor those individuals and institutions that have helped to keep the blues going strong. As Blues Foundation President and CEO, Barbara Newman proclaimed, “Our 2017 Keeping the Blues Alive recipients are all wonderful examples of blues flame keepers, each working in their own sphere of influence to move the genre forward while honoring its past.”

JAMES NAGEL, Texas City, Texas

Serving the blues community for nearly 30 years, James “The Blues Hound”” Nagel has an extensive and varied blues background. As a radio host, James has been on the airwaves since 1996. As host of Howlin’ the Blues on KPFT in Houston, James is the on-air source for all things blues music, events, and information. The show’s weekly music calendar is arguably the most impressive and comprehensive music listing you’ll find anywhere. But James has his hand in so much more. Over the years he has helped organize, promote, and produce the Houston Blues Society’s annual Regional Blues Challenge and countless other events and fundraisers. He has served as the festival chair for the Charles Brown Music Festival and as emcee for blues festivals and area shows. James is also a writer and photographer whose work has appeared in Living Blues, Juke Blues, and numerous other publications. He is a past president of the Houston Blues Museum, serves on the board of directors for the Houston Blues Society, and is the talent buyer for the Shakespeare Pub in Houston.

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