Hi Records alum Otis Clay, guitar greats Earl Hooker and Jody Williams, and pianist Little Brother Montgomery are among the musicians set to be inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame.
The Memphis-based organization announced the 2013 honorees on Wednesday. Also on the list are Mississippi yodeler Jimmie Rodgers and contemporary blues artist Joe Louis Walker. Non-performers include record promoter Dave Clark, producer Henry Glover, and New Orleans studio wiz Cosimo Matassa.
Author Rob Bowman's 1991 study of Stax records, "Soulsville, U.S.A." will also be recognized for literary importance. A number of albums and songs with Bluff City ties — including songs by Howlin' Wolf, Little Junior Parker and Memphis Minnie — will be added to the hall.
The 2013 class will be enshrined in the hall during a ceremony at downtown's Marriott Hotel on May 8, the night before the 34th Blues Music Awards.
The Blues Foundation is currently in the midst of its "Raise the Roof!" campaign, to help fund the construction of a Blues Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Memphis. So far the effort has raised $1.5 million of the projected $2.5 million budget.
For more information about the Hall of Fame or the Blues Music Awards, go to blues.org.