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Dan Aykroyd has just announced the establishment of Blues Brothers Records with Judy Belushi-Pisano, the widow of John Belushi. The company will distribute through Blue Note Records. Aykroyd’s main impetus is to recruit, sign, and develop new blues related talent.
The plan is for Blue Note president Don Was to tackle A&R duties for the new label while Judy Belushi functions as creative director. Eric Gardner, the Blues Brothers manager, will see to the administrative aspects of the label.
Always an ambassador of the blues, Aykroyd has been putting the blues in front of audiences, old and new, for decades now. Whether as part of the Blues Brothers with John Belushi, and later his brother James, or via his radio show, Elwood’s BluesMobile, Aykroyd always does his best to put, and keep blues, in the public eye. The 1980 movie, The Blues Brothers featuring Aykroyd as Elwood Blues and Belushi as Jake Blues, exposed longtime blues and soul icons John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Steve “the Colonel” Cropper, and Donald “Duck” Dunn to a whole new audience. He also the co-founded the House of Blues concert venues with James Belushi.
The new label is looking for new talent. Currently, artists can submit links to their video and music to: submissions@BluesBrothersRecords.com.