If you think of Americana music as a
delicious home-cooked stew of Blues, Soul, Country, Folk, Gospel,
acoustic-guitar meditation and funky Rock reverie, then you’ll have an
idea of what to expect from Valerie June.
Over the course of the next 25 years, 10
studio albums, nine legitimate live releases, more than a dozen
video/DVD efforts and countless audience-taped concert recordings,
Widespread Panic has become one of America’s most beloved and supremely
talented Jam bands.
Buddy Guy may be 77 now, but he doesn’t act
anywhere near his age. He’s energetic and passionate about Blues and is
doing more shows this year than many musicians half his age. Guy and
longtime friend B.B. King, though, are among the last of the major Blues
stars from the post-World War II wave of Blues artists still alive and
Lonesome Shack is a Scruff Blues band out of Seattle that
keeps it real and unpretentious. Consisting of founder Ben Todd on
guitar, Kristian Garrard on drums and Luke Bergman on bass, the trio
goes out of its way to sound as “un-modern” as possible.
Long before his first album, Bobby Long acquired a
following due to his friendship with a certain sparkling vampire and
writing a song for one very popular soundtrack. Soon after, he released A Winter Tale.
After well over a quarter century, Lil Ed and the Blues
Imperials are now seasoned veterans but they still spit and snarl with
unbridled energy, tossing off blistering slide guitar runs and
red-meat-raw riffage with the same intensity that marked their fake
For Chicagoan Frank Blinkal, a day-and-night club job at
Buddy Guy’s Legends gave him a front row seat and unprecedented access
to some of the greatest names in Blues — Otis Rush, Lonnie Brooks and
Junior Wells, not to mention Legends’ illustrious owner.
Trixie Whitley was destined for a creative life. She's the
daughter of acclaimed Blues/Folk singer/songwriter Chris Whitley and his Belgian wife Helene Gavaert, whose Gypsy lineage
brims with painters, sculptors and musicians.