CLARKSDALE, MS — Legendary singer-songwriter Watermelon Slim’s 12th album Bull Goose Rooster, set for release on NorthernBlues Music on June 25, is an expansive masterpiece that stretches his deep blues-based roots in a multitude of directions. The disc’s 16 songs, most buoyed by the powerful sound of his reunited veteran touring and recording band the Workers, delve into the worlds of Chicago, Delta and Hill country blues, country, rock and folk. And they bristle with Slim’s sheer artistic command of all of those genres.
“I promised myself that I would make this the best and biggest album I’ve ever made,” Slim explains. “At the bottom of it all, I’m a bluesman. I started playing and writing songs because I was interested in playing blues, but when I perform I play all kinds of music that came out of the American South. In the interest of reflecting that, the 16 songs on Bull Goose Rooster comprise my broadest, most ambitious recording to date.” Read more
Serbian-born Ana Popovic, one of the most lauded blues guitarists on the circuit, moved to Memphis to capture the cities’ greasy Stax sound, record at Ardent Studios, and play with its finest musicians. Her new LP ‘Can You Stand The Heat’ is out April 16th. A passionate student of the blues, this is equally inspired by Albert King and WAR. She belts from the gut and shreds her Strat…in a pair of high heels.
‘Can You Stand The Heat’ is the follow-up to Ana’s 2011 album, ‘Unconditional,’ which was nominated for two Blues Music Awards and landed in the top 15 of Guitar World’s top Blues and Roots Rock Albums. ‘Heat’ was co-produced by long-time BB King drummer Tony Coleman, GRAMMY-winner Tommy Sims and Ana. Read more
CINCINNATI, OH – July 31, 2012: The Cincy Blues Society is celebrating 20 years of bringing the best blues to Cincinnati in the summer, but some of the performers are barely older than the Fest itself.
On Friday, August 10, the Cincy Blues Fest is featuring six up-and-coming young blues acts on its “Blues: The Next Generation Stage” under the Arches of the Purple People Bridge at Sawyer Point.
- Opening the stage is the Wade Baker Trio. Primarily known around town for his jazz trumpet skills, Wade brings his blazing guitar to the forefront of this blues trio.
- Jellico Motel, a band borne out of the Cincy Blues Society’s Blues in the Schools program, features the vocals of Ms. Rio Van.
- Indiana bluesman Brian Keith Wallen, who represented the Cincy Blues Society at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, will be appearing with his new 3-piece band. Read more
CINCINNATI, OH – July 16, 2012: Now in its 20th year of bringing a unique blend of music to Cincinnati, the Cincy Blues Fest is showcasing more than 30 acts on four stages:
- Budweiser Main Stage: Featuring headliners and living legends of the blues world.
- Arches Stage (Friday): This year’s theme is Blues: The Next Generation.
- Boogie-Woogie Piano Hall of Fame Stage (Saturday): A gathering of blues and boogie piano greats from around the world.
- St. Vincent DePaul Local Stage: Showcasing the best of Cincinnati’s award-wining blues scene.
On August 10 and 11, Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point Park will be rocking with local and national blues performers. This year, the Budweiser Main Stage features Duke Robillard, Webb Wilder, Trampled Under Foot, Super Chikan, Sista Monica, and Southern Hospitality as well as Cincy Blues Challengewinners Noah Wotherspoon Band and Chris Yakopcic. Read more
CINCINNATI, OH – May 2, 2012: On Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 5:30pm, the Cincy Blues Societywill be holding a press event and kickoff party at The Drinkery (1150 Main St.) to announce the Main Stage and other line-ups for the 20th annual Cincy Blues Fest.
James Czar, President of the organization, and Mike Wayne, Director of the Fest, will announce the event’s performers, and the special theme for this year’s Friday night showcase stage. “This is our big 20th anniversary,” explains Director Wayne, ”and we’re pulling out all the stops.”
19-year old blues prodigy Brian Keith Wallen will perform at the event. Wallen was the winner of the 2011 Cincy Blues Challenge, and represented the Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this past February. Read more
CINCINNATI, OH – July 7, 2011: Guys, grease up those pompadours, and ladies, pull out your best vintage dress — the first night of the Cincy Blues Fest will feature five Rockabilly acts on the Arches Stage on Friday, August 5. Tri-state favorites Straw Boss, The Wastewheelers, the StarDevils, and Crazy Joe & the Mad River Outlaws will bring their swingin’ sounds to the stage, along with Ann Arbor, Michigan guitar slinger George Bedard.
For the past 19 years, the Cincy Blues Fest has showcased some of the best local, regional, national, and even international blues performers. The Friday night theme stage always features music that is related to, or born from, traditional blues, but with its own unique style. Last year’s tribute to New Orleans brought cajun and zydeco acts from the bayous and blues bars of Louisiana. Read more
CINCINNATI, OH – July 1, 2011: The Cincy Blues Fest is in its 19th year of bringing a unique blend of music to Cincinnati, showcasing more than 30 acts on four stages:
Budweiser Main Stage: Featuring headliners and living legends of the blues world.
Arches Stage (Friday): This year’s theme is Rockabilly.
Boogie-Woogie Piano Hall of Fame Stage (Saturday): A gathering of blues and boogie piano greats from around the world.
St. Vincent DePaul Local Stage: Showcasing the best of Cincinnati’s award-wining blues scene.
On August 5 and 6, Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point Park will be rocking with local and national blues performers. This year, the Budweiser Main Stage features Eden Brent, Big James Montgomery and the Chicago Playboys, Rick Holmstrom, Moreland & Arbuckle, Ben Prestage, and Tad Robinson, as well as Cincy Blues Challenge winners Miss Lissa & Company and Brian Keith Wallen. Read more