The Blues Council – Advisors at Large

Jan Ramsey

Editor-in-Chief of Offbeat Magazine, Ms. Ramsey also founded the New Orleans Music & Entertainment Association and co-founded the Delta Music Initiative. She is a recipient of AMPT Award from ASCAP, Governor's Award, State of Louisiana Lantern Award, and numerous Press Club Awards.

Joe Louis Walker

A Blues Hall of Famer who grew up next to SF's Fillmore in the 1960’s, Joe has jammed with John Lee Hooker, Buddy Miles, Otis Rush, Thelonious Monk, Willie Dixon, Steve Miller, Nick Lowe, Earl Hooker, Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix. Joe told Ric "You gotta save the save the blues, man" in 2003.

David Hirshland

David is Executive VP, Client Services at BMG, he has represented clients in the film and music industries and was an agent at the Rosebud Agency. He has worked extensively with Wilco, Los Lobos and Kings of Leon and the estates of Johnny Cash, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Michael Erlewine

An aspiring folkie who hitchhiked with Bob Dylan in 1961, he later gave "Iggy Pop" his nickname after hiring him to play drums in his blues band. Michael founded the All Music Guide and All Media Network which he ran for 30 years. His stories and deep knowledge will add great insights.

John Wooler

John formed Virgin's Pointblank blues label in 1988, signing Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, Solomon Burke, Pops Staples, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Van Morrison and Johnny Winter. His efforts were rewarded with 5 Grammy wins and 26 noms. Today, John DJ's the Magnuson Blues Show on Space101 FM in Seattle.

Bruce Raeburn

Bruce Raeburn, Phd Tulane Musicology, researches and teaches jazz, particularly in New Orleans.

He is an emeritus Curator of the Hogan Jazz Archives and Assistant Dean of Libraries for Special Collections.