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BLUE TOM WORKING ON A NEW RELEASE! - September 30, 2013

Fans of Blue TOM Records have a lot to be excited about as the label has two new projects currently in production! Partnering with two rising artists in the Memphis-area, Blue TOM Records will be releasing two brand-new albums in early 2014.

Keep checking back for more updates, release information, and special opportunities related to these projects in the upcoming weeks!


BLUE TOM STUDENTS HELP HIGH WATER RECORDS RISE AGAIN - September 30, 2013

The members of BLUE TOM Records are joining forces to help restore High Water Records to the forefront of the music industry. This is a great opportunity for Music Industry students to gain real experience in the challenges and rewards of running a real-life record label.

Guided by Ben Yonas, Visiting Music Business Professor, the students have big plans to take High Water Records and Blue TOM Records to a whole new level. Fans of both labels will be in for some pleasant surprises!

To learn more about High Water Records, visit: www.highwaterrecords.com


BLUE TOM PAYS TRIBUTE TO ROYAL STUDIOS - April 21, 2011 

Blue TOM and High Water Records joined forces to produce a one-of-a-kind musical tribute in honor of Willie Mitchell's Royal Studio's for it's contribution and tireless dedication to Memphis music and musicians.

Proceeds from the star-studded event went to benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation, an organization that provides emergency support and professional developemenet for elderly blues musicians in need.

Check out video highlights from the event with performances by Dominique McClellan, Victor Wainwright and Barbara Blue. Enjoy!


U of M CCFA News & Notes

U of M Recording Blues in Black & White Benefits Music Maker Relief Foundation

The University of Memphis’ blues, jazz and gospel record label High Water Records and student-run Blue T.O.M. Records have collaborated for a rare blues album benefiting needy local musicians.

Blues in Black & White
, which was released in December, features 10 cover songs managed by the University’s Music River Publishing company (BMI). It was recorded and produced by Music Industry Program students and local musicians. The CD, which benefits the Music Maker Relief Foundation (MMRF) is also intended to raise awareness for the High Water catalog and bring attention to the plight of elderly musicians throughout the region.

While the High Water recordings have been distributed for the past 20 years, they didn’t always get maximum exposure. Recently the songs have spiked in popularity, appearing in Craig Brewer’s Black Snake Moan as well as in international films and commercials.

“A few CDs in the catalog were being sold through a third party distributor, but nothing was being done with the rest of the songs,” says senior music business major Nick Black, who was president of Blue T.O.M. during the project. “Some of the songs are absolutely amazing, too.”

“About halfway through the recording of everything, which was done entirely by students, we all realized that this could be something big, and we all agreed to find a cause that our new album of covers could stand behind,” Black notes.

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