The BluesCentric Team
Executive Director - Ric Stewart
Ric Stewart (writer, award-winning filmmaker, radio host, and music historian) is founder and CEO of BluesCentric.org, professor of digital media and tourism marketing at Tulane’s Business School, and D.J. Maraca on WTUL, New Orleans.
Stewart founded BluesCentric.org to share music craft and New Orleans and its region’s history and culture with generations of musicians and fans by curating meaningful roots music discovery experiences using oral history, tech and live performance.
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.
Kerry can be heard these days playing with Outlaw country headliner David Allan Coe.
The Blues Council
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 Fame inductee, who grew up next to the Fillmore Auditorium 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, you're young enough" in 2003.
David is Executive Vice President, Client Services at BMG, previously he represented clients in the film and music industries. Prior to his legal career, David was an agent at the Rosebud Agency and later formed his own management company. He has worked extensively with Wilco, Los Lobos and Kings of Leon and estates of Johnny Cash, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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.
He now DJ's the Magnuson Blues Show on Space101fm in Seattle, WA.
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.