There has been a significant change in the publishing corner of the blues music world — with the biggest move occurring in Bradenton.
The premiere issue of Blues Music Magazine, expected to reach subscribers in about 55 countries this month, is being published by MojoWax Media Inc. Jack Sullivan, a prominent figure in the blues music scene, formed the media company earlier this year in Bradenton. He has split from Blues Revue, where he worked in various capacities for more than a decade and had served as circulation director since 2009.
“We severed ties because of irreconcilable difference in management of the publication,” Sullivan said when reached at his Bradenton home.
Chip Eagle, publisher of Blues Revue, could not be reached for comment.
In addition to Sullivan, the Blues Music Magazine production staff includes Art Tipaldi (editor-in-chief), Andrew Miller (art department director) and Kyle Morris (customer service manager). All four men worked together at Blues Revue. MojoWax Media has also hired many of the writers and photographers whose work has appeared in Blues Revue.
“Retaining the core members I worked with during the past three and a half years was vital in achieving our goal of global awareness of the blues and creating a multimedia company through print, digital, online and radio,” Sullivan said. “It was essential.”
Blues Music Magazine, which should seem quite familiar to Blue Revue readers, will be published in print and digital format six times a year. It also will include six digital CDs for download. Grammy-nominated singer Ruthie Foster will appear on the cover of the first issue.
“The last issue we produced of Blues Revue shipped March 25,” Sullivan said.
In 2011, Blues Revue moved its headquarters from California to Bradenton’s Village of the Arts, where Sullivan continues to operate MojoWax Media.
Sullivan played a key role in the success of last year’s Bradenton Blues Festival and plans to have Blues Music Magazine sponsor the event when it returns to Bradenton Riverwalk Dec. 7.
“We want to continue to support the Bradenton Blues Festival and blues festivals around the globe,” Sullivan said.