Save the Blues Team
Executive Director - Ric Stewart
Ric is a blues-rock producer/DJ with extensive roots music startup and corporate experience in Silicon Valley (Apple, Nielsen) and Hollywood (EMI, Movielink). Currently on-air as WTUL's D.J. Maraca, he has been programming thematic college and community radio since 1986. With STB he also calls upon a JD/MBA/Broker background to build a center to celebrate and infotain on New Orleans' regional culture and music.
Radio Director - Dwayne Breashears
Dwayne served as Program Director of New Orleans roots music station WWOZ for 18 years. He also produced remote broadcasts from French Quarter Festival, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and The Apollo Theater in Harlem. His knowledge of local DJ's, content archives and artists adds booking and production capacities to The Blues Center.
Music Director - Kerry Brown
New Orleans native jazz and blues drummer, pianist and festival producer and event booker. Kerry has played with B.B., Freddie and Albert King, Jack Dupree, Bobby Rush, Mason Ruffner and Buddy Guy.
Editor-in-Chief of Offbeat Magazine, Ms. Ramsey 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 the Fillmore Auditorium in the 1960’s and has jammed with John Lee Hooker, Buddy Miles, Otis Rush, Thelonius Monk, Willie Dixon, Steve Miller, Nick Lowe, Earl Hooker, Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix. Joe first told Ric "You gotta save the save the blues, you're young enough" in 2003.
Author of 12 books on blues and roots music including definitive works such as Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues, Dylan Goes Electric!and River of Song: A Musical Journey Down the Mississippi (later a PBS series). He is a touring folk and blues musician and lecturer at UCLA.
An aspiring folkie who hitchhiked with Bob Dylan in 1961, later he 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 deep knowledge across genres and of the stories will add insight.
Formed Pointblank Blues label in 1988, signing Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, Solomon Burke, Pops Staples, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Van Morrison, and Johnny Winter. Wooler has won 5 Grammys.
Phd Tulane Musicology - Bruce Raeburn researches and teaches jazz, particularly in New Orleans. He is Curator of the Hogan Jazz Archives and Assistant Dean of Libraries for Special Collections.