We're expanding Blues Weekend to a week's worth of music this year,
starting with a performance by Jimmy D. Lane in Basin Spring Park on
Saturday, June 13, continuing with workshops and performances all week
long in and around historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and ending with our
Father's Day Blues Picnic at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge on June 21.
Featured acts include The Bel-Airs, Earl & Them, Shawn Holt and the Teardrops,
Kelley Hunt, Chris Thomas King, Jimmy D. Lane, The Nace Brothers, and
The Noah Wotherspoon Band. Noah was this year's Albert King Award
winner at the International Blues Challenge, and will host a tribute to
Albert King that will feature fellow Albert King award winners
Nick Schnebelen and Jonn Del Toro Richardson.
Workshops topics include everything from how to build a diddly-bow to
using imagery in branding to how to craft the perfect blues song.
We'll also feature free music in Basin Spring Park with performances
Brick Fields, Doghouse Daddies, Isayah Warford & Friends,
The Jones Brothers, and Lucious Spiller. We'll also feature the winners
of this year's Ozark Blues Society's Blues Challenge solo and band
winners Buddy Shute and Amanda Rey & West Street Blues and at
noon on Saturday, June 20, we'll give away 100 Hohner harmonicas to kids
of all ages during our Blues For Kids Harmonica Workshop with George Hunt.
Plus there will be blues music in all of our partner clubs! Chelsea's lineup includes
Earl & Them, the Norman Jackson Band and Patrick Sweany. The Pied Piper and
Cathouse will feature RJ Mischo and his Red Hot Blues Band, the Brody Buster Band,
Matt Smith & Ocie Fisher and Kory Montgomery. We're still waiting on the lineups from
the New Delhi, Rockin' Pig Saloon and the Rowdy Beaver, which we'll post as soon
as they become available!
Shari has a big voice, a big heart, and a big family! She is one of nine children and has always loved music. Since the age of five her family has had a tough time keeping the mic out of Shari's hand. Gaining recognition for her vocals by winning numerous talent competitions, including winning talent twice in the Miss Arkansas pageant, it was easy to see Shari was born to be on stage.
Since earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Arkansas, she has become an accomplished professional vocalist and vocal coach. Shari has performed in front of tens of thousands of people at events ranging from concerts to sporting events. Shari has always had a passion for supporting the American Cancer Society. Since it's inception in 1999, Shari has performed and supported Garland County's Relay for Life, not missing a single year. Most recently, Shari performed at the John Daly benefit golf tournament in Dardanelle, AR. As she continues pursuing her dream, the possibilities seem endless.!
Fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt on bass and electric guitars, with Michael Cherry on drums, the Bel Airs play a danceable mix with an authentic but eclectic bluesy-country-soul-and-rock-n-roll sound influenced by the likes of Wilson Picket, Slim Harpo, Howlin' Wolf and Johnny Cash.
The Pruitt brothers' harmony vocal style sets them apart in the contemporary music scene--leading one reviewer to refer to them as the "Everly Brothers of Blues". David's "big guitar" and Dick's howling vocals over soulful, right-on rhythm playing make this trio a powerhouse.
Their most recent recording effort is GOT LOVE on Hightone Records. Recorded at The Studio with Lou Whitney in Springfield, GOT LOVE features the intensity of the live shows that loyal fans know and love, with guests Jimmy Carpenter on horn and Joe Terry on hammond organ adding depth and polish in just the right places.
Larry Brick and Rachel "BRICK" Fields both Arkansas natives, come together with their natural approach of Ozark Gospel Blues. Larry, on guitar and background vocals along with Rachel "BRICK" using her ambrosial voice while playing guitar and flute, bring together a stormy performance each and every time. Brick Fields, the multi-award winning musical team are definitive blues artists and they are no strangers to being surrounded by great music.
Rachel has spent many years touring the country and playing with many known and unknown artists from across the world. Larry has spent 30 years making a living in the music business and signed his first record deal in the 70's. Brick Fields repertoire includes originals written by both and of various genres including Gospel, Roots, Blues, Folk as well as some loved and well tested standards. The collaboration of these different genres of music touches the heart and soul of people from all walks of life.
Known for presenting enriching concerts either with their 7 piece band deemed "The Chosen Ones" or as a duo, Brick Fields offer American entertainment for the young and old alike and have released 4 albums together since 2009. "On The Vine" in 2009, "Gospel Blue" in 2010, "Shambhala" in 2011 and "Go Ahead and Sang The Blues" in 2013. Brick Fields Music can be heard nationally and internationally on various radio shows of many different genres including gospel, blues, roots, folk and even children's radio. Just like good old fashion medicine, we all need a taste of this invigorating music.
The Nashville Blues Society has called Brick Fields Music an "Unleashed cleansing of the soul!" and New Music Of Tomorrow says, "Brick Fields is by far the most soulful artist I have heard in years!"
The Brody Buster Band is a blues/rock band based out of Lawrence Kansas. Brody Buster is a former child prodigy who was featured on countless television shows including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Brody was also a regular performer at B.B.King's Blues club and performed with BB himself several times. BB King was quoted saying, " Despite his age Brody Buster is one of the greatest harmonica players of our time." Brody has also performed with Quincy Jones, James Cotton,Keb Mo, Chaka Khan, Robert Downey Jr and Richie Haven, just to name a few.
Brody formed the Brody Buster Band in 2009 and the three piece band has been constantly performing shows and writing new material ever since.Along the way they have gotten to open up for such acts as BB. King, Robert Randolf and the Family Band,Taj Mahal, Split Lip Rayfield, Sugar Blue, and Cedric Burnside. Brody and the band have also performed at countless festivals, bars, juke joints, city events and blues clubs all over the Midwest. The Band is currently performing around 150 shows per year and working on the next album.
Kansas City's Doghouse Daddies exemplify the best of KC Jump Blues. Featuring Bill Morlan on upright bass and vocals, Mark Rollings on guitar, Neil Nolan on sax and harmonica and Greg Schaberg on drums, the Doghouse Daddies have played at festivals and clubs across America, and have been finalists at the International Blues Challenge.
Earl Cate and "Them" is fronted by the legendary guitarist and vocalist Earl Cate, and features Terry Cagle on drums, "Baby" Jason Davis on guitar and John Davies on bass. Earl and Terry both toured the world with The Cate Brothers and The Band.
Earl was honored when Steve Cropper named Earl as one of the top ten guitarists of all time, and his songs have been recorded by numerous artists including Coco Montoya.
Still in high school, Terry Cagle replaced his uncle Levon Helm when Levon left the Cates to join Robbie Robertson and The Band. His vocals are eerily reminiscent of Levon's, which led Terry to singing vocals with The Band on later tours when Levon was unable to sing.
Jason Davis hails from lincoln, Nebraska, and his band "Baby Jason & The Spankers" toured extensively prior to him moving to Arkansas, where he was part of the legendary Tablerockers. Jason has also played with Magic Slim, James Harman and Sue Foley.
John Davies is the newest member of the band, but don't let that fool you. John has toured the world for decades, playing with blues legends like Son Seals, Guitar Shorty and Michael Burks.
Shawn Holt Shawn Holt is the son of the late Magic Slim. The high energy, hard-driving sound of The Teardrops is still alive and well. If you liked what Magic Slim and The Teardrops played for the last 35 years, you can continue to enjoy that unique sound and energy with Shawn Holt, a chip off the old block, fronting his dad's band.
Shawn took the lead when his father fell ill during a tour where they were opening for Johnny Winter. Slim was hospitalized shortly before a performance in Pennsylvania, and the promoter asked Shawn and the band to perform despite Slim's absence. The audience gave Shawn and the band standing ovations, and Johnny insisted that Shawn and the band complete his tour as his opening act. When Slim passed on to the great blues jam in heaven, The Teardrops asked Shawn to keep the band alive, and they have been touring constantly since!
Shawn and The Teardrops won the Blues Foundation's Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut for their debut recording on Blind Pig Records - Daddy Told Me. With Slim, The Teardrops were also honored with 19 BMA nominations, and wins for Blues Band of the Year and Blues Song, and two wins for Contemporary Blues Album.
The Teardrops are Levi William on guitar and vocals, Vern Taylor on drums and vocals, and Christopher Biedron on bass.
George Hunt was recently honored by the Blues Society of the Ozarks as the Blues Musician of the Year. George is one of the leading Blues in the Schools instructors in the midwest, teaching students how to play harmonica and all about Blues history.
George has competed in the International Blues Challenge, and plays guitar, harmonica, mandolin, lap steel and sings.
Born in Kansas City, Hunt's love for her craft was ignited listening to early blues, R&B, roots rock, jazz and Gospel influences -- artists like Ruth Brown, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Ann Peebles, Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, Charles Brown, Wanda Jackson and a crossection of the New Orleans/St. Louis/KC piano traditions of Professor Longhair, Toots Washington, Johnnie Johnson and Kansas City masters Jay McShann and Mary Lou Williams among others.
Before that came the sound of her mother singing jazz and blues - her first musical memories - and the influence of her New Orleans Gospel singer grandmother. Reminders of these very traditional influences are evident in Kelley's live performances and recordings but the lyrics, soul and passion are all her own. Her career path so far has been a story of fierce independence, incredible will, unassailable cred as a blistering live performer and hard-won accomplishment.
Kelley and her band has logged over 1500 performances at a long list of premier North American and International festival stages and clubs, and has appeared six times on 'A Prairie Home Companion'.
Her new album "Beautiful Bones" is getting extensive airpplay and rave reviews. Blues Blast Magazine said "...this work is both totally inspirational and one of the best CDs you'll hear this year."
Norman Jackson Band
Norman Jackson grew up on the south side of in Chicago, singing in the church where his father was minister, hearing blues, R&B and rock, meeting Sam Cooke and B.B. King, and immersing himself in the city's rich blues scene. Jackson said he was ordained as a minister at age 22 and began singing and traveling widely in gospel groups. He moved to Springfield around 1990 and joined Don Shipps' Titanic Blues Band.
Since Shipp's untimely passing in 2004, Jackson has fronted his own band with soulful vocals and guitar playing. He performs regularly in Springfield, as well as festivals across America.
The Jones Brothers
Steve and Jerry Jones are long-time Eureka Springs residents, and have performed at festivals, events and clubs for decades. In fact, they helped found the original Eureka Springs Blues Festival, and performed at several.
They have also performed at The King Biscuit Blues Fest, Kerrville Folk Festival, Little Rock Blues Fest, Charleston Blues Fest and The Bluebird Cafe.
Akeem Kemp Band
Grammy Award winner Chris Thomas King helped expose millions of movie-goers to the Blues as Tommy Johnson in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, the blockbuster hit starring George Clooney. The movie featured several songs performed by King, including a rendition of "Hard Time Killing Floor" that was recorded live during filming.
King also starred as Ray Charles's bandleader Lowell Fulson in the movie Ray, and as Blind Willie Johnson in Soul of a Man, and has appeared in the HBO series Treme.
Born in Baton Rouge, King is the son of the late Swamp Blues musician and club owner Tabby Thomas. Chris played with his father, and helped run Tabby's Blues Box and Heritage Hall.
King's latest recording is "D2D" or "Direct to Disc". As the title suggests, it was recorded direct to a master vinyl disc at the legendary Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. It is as close as possible today to recreate the "sing into the can" recording experience depicted in "Oh Brother", where the music is taken directly from the microphone to the master record which is then used to create the pressing plates. As King wrote about the experience "Only my J-45 Gibson guitar, vocal, and the ethereal reverb from hallowed church walls, is etched into the 200-gram vinyl disc. "
Jimmy D. Lane is a Chicago blueman, son of the legenadry Jimmy Rogers. Like his father, Lane has traveled the world playing the Blues. His father was a singer, guitarist and harmonica player best known for his work with Muddy Waters, and then as a solo artist who recorded the hits "That's All Right" and "Walking By Myself".
Lane has recorded and performed with a list of musicians too long to list here, but it includes his father Jimmy Rogers, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Jeff Healy, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Lowell Fulson, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Stephen Stills, Van Morrison and David "Honeyboy" Edwards.
Jimmy performed on The Conan O'Brien Show and in dozens of countries around the world. He also performed for President Clinton and the First Lady in 1998.
Jimmy was also the Music Director at Blue Heaven Studios from 1999 through 2005, where he helped establish the studio as one of the premiere analog studios in world. It has been featued on CBS Sunday Morning, FOX News, CNN News and NPR Radio's "All Things Considered".
RJ Mischo & His Red Hot Blues Band
R.J. Mischo may live within an hour of Eureka Springs, but he travels the world playing harmonica blues at festivals and clubs,both with his band as well as backing numerous blues legends while they are touring overseas.
R.J. began his music career over 20 years ago in Minneapolis. He worked with the area’s legends of the Blues scene like Muddy Waters alumni Mojo Buford and Sonny Rogers, as well as Percy Strothers & Milwaukee Slim. R.J. then led his own groups and gained a reputation as one of the region's top blues acts.
During his tenure in Minneapolis, R.J. was nominated in several categories by the Minnesota Music Academy and in 1996 won the award for Best Harmonica Player.
RJ Mischo scoops up everyday life and personal experiences and funnels them through his harp and vocals, and what pours out is the hot-blooded passion, the playful humor and high voltage energy of the blues.
R.J. was introduced to audiences worldwide when he and guitarist Teddy Morgan formed the RJ & Kid Morgan Blues Band featuring Percy Strother. In 1992 they released Ready To Go on the W. C. Handy award-winning Blue Loon Records.
1994 brought the critically acclaimed Gonna Rock Tonight also on Blue Loon Records. After several successful tours of Europe, RJ recorded Rough ’N" Tough "live in Europe "in 1996 and Cool Disposition in 1997 on the prestigious German label, Crosscut Records.
In 1998 R.J. Mischo and His Red Hot Blues Band moved to San Francisco, California and quickly established himself in the local music scene as each performance typically runs the gamut from mellow-down-easy acoustic to highly-charged full-on electric.
The CD "West Wind Blowin'" featured advances in R.J.'s writing style and guest performances by guitarist/vocalists Steve Freund and Rusty Zinn. RJ waxed three more Albums in California plus appeared on 2 volumes of Blues Harp Meltdown CD"s compilations featuriing live recording's of Mark Hummel's famous blues harmonica blow-outs with Kim Wilson, James Harman, Billy Branch, Rick Estrin, Gary Primich, Johnny Dyer, Annie Raines, Gary Smith, and Cephas & Wiggins.
His 9th CD "King Of a Mighty Good Time" 2008 was recorded "live" in the studio to best capture the energy and interplay of sympathic musicians under optimal recording conditions.
The Nace Brothers have been touring for over three decades. Brothers David on lead vocals and drums and Jimmy on guitar and vocals are joined by Paul Greenlease on bass and vocals and T.J. Erhardt on keyboards, accordian and vocals.
The Nace family musical roots go back generations, and include everything from a master concert violinist to a square dance fiddler and caller! Their father Johnny Nace was a touring musician, and a prime influence in playing the Blues, having penned "Sing Me The Blues" and "Blue Notes".
After years of performing, David and Jimmy hit the recording studios and their first album gained the attention of Jimmy Buffet, who included their song on the "Margaritaville Cafe - Late Night Menu" album. Decades later, they still do an annual gig at Buffet's place in Key West!
Amanda Rey & West Street Blues represented the Ozarks Blues Society in the 2015 International Blues Challenge.
Amanda Rey was born in Memphis, and spent most of her youth in between family homes in Holmes County, Mississippi and Washington County, Arkansas (Fayetteville), finally making the Ozark area her permanent home in 2003. Performing from a very early age in church and piano recitals, music always has been her passion and drive. Influences include Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Stevie Nicks, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and Ray Charles.
Jonn Del Toro Richardson is a blues guitarist from Houston, Texas that won the Albert King Award at the 2005 International Blues Challenge, and won the IBC's band competition as guitarist with Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy.
Then, in 2008 Blue Mercy was awarded the Blues Music Award for Best Debut Artist. Jonn was also honored as guitarist on Pinetop Perkin's Grammy Award winning album "The Last of the Mississippi Delta Blues Men".
Jonn has also performed with blues greats Hubert Sumlin, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Robert Lockwood, Jr. and Otis Taylor.
As Nick Schnebelen electrified The Auditorium opening the set for Trampled Under Foot in 2008. Trampled Under Foot had just won the International Blues Challenge (and Nick had won the Albert King Award), and were getting to open for The Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor during Blues Weekend as part of their prize package.
As the lights came up, Nick took the stage with his guitar, but instead of walking to the microphones, he sat at the drums. As he started playing both, Koko's drummer peeked out from back-stage and immediately started to call his band-mates over to check out "the band". One of Kokos guy's said "What's so special?". The drummer whispered "It's only one dude!", and all of Koko's band was suddenly peeking out from behind the curtains, checking out Nick. Then when the rest of the band hit the stage, Ms. Taylor came out and said to me "I feel like dancing". Yes, I got to dance with the Queen of the Blues thanks to the high-energy and great music of Nick and his sister Danielle, and brother Chris, better known as Trampled Under Foot.
Nick and TUF have traveled all over the world since then, playing almost every major music festival in Europe and numerous Blues Cruises and have toured with Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Robert Cray, George Thorogood, Steve Miller and James Brown. They have been honored with four Blues Music Award nominations, winning the 35th Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues Album for their album "Badlands".
Buddy Shute represented the Ozarks Blues Society at the 2015 International Blues Challenge. Buddy was born in Memphis and began playing the bar scene when he was 16. When he was 19 he drifted down to New Orleans and played everywhere with anybody including a paddle-wheeler on the Mississippi.
He has been playing in the Northwest Arkansas area solo and as a member of Kathy Cole & 4 Guys named Moe for the past 7 years.
Lucious' star continues to rise. He has been featured in Living Blues magazine and in the documentary "True Delta", a riveting look at the vanishing bluesmen who lived the blues in their daily lives, and their desire to pass the torch to the next generation. He also appeared in the premier episode of "Moonshine and Mojo Hands" a blues-genre internet series. He was a finalist in the Blues Federation's International Blues Challenge in 2012, and in 2014, placed 2nd in the IBC's solo and duo category, which had 101 entrants from all over the world.
Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between.
On a given night (or on a given album) he'll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He's a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing 'em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn't his ability to copy - it's his authenticity. Like his heroes, artists like Bobby "Blue" Bland, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own.
It's no wonder that as a kid he immersed himself in his dad's extensive record collection: 60s folk, vintage country, soul, and, of course, blues. Patrick spent hours teaching himself to fingerpick along to Leadbelly, Lightnin' Hopkins, and other folk-blues giants.
In his late teens, Patrick began playing the clubs and coffeehouses around Kent, OH. He quickly gained a reputation for the intricate country blues style he was developing: part Piedmont picking, part Delta slide - with an equally impressive deep, smooth vocal style. But Patrick wouldn't stay in the acoustic world for long. His love of 50s era soul and rock fused with the adrenaline-soaked garage punk revival happening throughout the Rust Belt pushed Pat to form a band.
After 4 critically acclaimed CDs (two produced by longtime collaborator Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), Patrick has expanded his touring radius to 49 states and the UK. He's played premiere festivals all over the U.S., and supported national acts such as The Black Keys, The Gourds, The Wood Brothers, Wayne Hancock, Hot Tuna, and Paul Thorn on tour. His latest record, Close To The Floor, hit the streets July 16, 2013. It was recorded to 2" tape in Nasheville, TN and features contributions from Joe McMahan (Luella & The Sun, Allsion Moorer, Webb Wilder), Ron Eoff (Cate Brothers, Levon Helm), Jon Radford (Justin Townes Earle, Lilly Hiatt), and Ryan Norris (Lambchop), among others. Close To The Floor is a gritty, hard look at some very difficult recent events in Sweany's life and recalls the halcyon days of Muscle Shoals releases by Dan Penn, Eddie Hinton and Leon Russell.
Tightrope is a blues power trio from the Arkansas River Valley that has played the blues since 2001. Members include Jeff Sweeden on guitar and vocals, John King on bass and Jonathan Whittenburg on drums.
Their prime influences are ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Isayah Warford will be brining some of the Fayetteville and surrounding area's best Blues players to delight Blues Weekend audiences.
Isayahs Allstars is a revolving member band doing an eclectic variety of music depending on venue and the moment . You will hear original music from a variety of styles and musicians from very different backgrounds bringing it together on stage.
Isayah has played with Mountain of Venus, Bee Spears from the Willie Nelson Band, and Hadden Sayers just to name a few.
Don't let his youthful looks fool you... Noah Wotherspoon is a seasoned Bluesman who recorded his second album at Blue Heaven Studios in 2001. During those sessions and subsequent visits to Blue Heaven Studios, Wotherspoon met and shared the stage with many of the last of the surviving Delta and Chicago bluesmen including Henry Townsend, Hubert Sumlin (former Howlin' Wolf/Muddy Waters guitarist), Jimmie Lee Robinson, David "Honeyboy" Edwards and Little Hatch. In 2001 APO released "Buzz Me" which featured Sumlin on two tracks. The album, enginnered by David Baker (The Kinks, Allen Ginsberg), reached #10 on Living Blues Magazines playlist chart and still garners airplay on Sirius/XM's B.B. King's Bluesville.
Noah Wotherspoon hails from Dayton, Ohio. Wotherspoon has been immersed in the blues and mesmerizing audiences with his soulful guitar playing since he was a teenager. A prolific songwriter as well, he weaves his six-string skills and expressive vocals into original songs that possess great emotional depth.
The band, which includes Rob Thaxton on bass and Brian Aylor on drums, formed in 2009. Each member brings his own unique style to the stage to create an exciting musical synergy greater than the sum of its parts. In 2015, Wotherspoon recieved the Albert King Award for Most Promising Guitarist at the International Blues Challenge and the band placed 2nd in the finals.
Shows will be held in The Auditorium, The 1905 Basin Park Hotel's Barefoot Ballroom,
Basin Spring Park, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and venues around Eureka Springs.
Chelsea's – New Delhi – Pied Piper & Cat House Lounge
Rockin' Pig Saloon – Rowdy Beaver & The Beaver Den
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