We travel up to Memphis to talk with the Blues Foundation's new president, Patty Aden and find out what plans she has for the Foundation's future. Then we talk with Blues Music Award winner King Solomon Hicks, the 26-year old winner of the Best Emerging Artist Album category. Then we wrap up with Tameal Edwards from Ground Zero in Clarksdale and the Blues Trail Music Report.
Juneteenth is coming this Saturday, and we're checking out a couple of new Clarksdale, MS music venues--the Delta Blues Alley Cafe and the Bad Apple Blues Club--and ask the owners what it takes to bring even more music to Bluestown. Featuring music by Earnest Guitar Roy, Frank Rimmer, Lucious Spiller, Sean Bad Apple and Anthony "Big A" Sherrod.
Introducing Steve Azar, Mississippi's Official Cultural and Music Ambassador, songwriter, musician, philanthropist and filmmaker--and creator of the Blues Trail Revisited theme song, "Flatlands." We're also introducing a new department on the podcast, the Blues Trail Music Report, with Tameal Edwards, booking manager at Ground Zero Blues Club. She will be joining us on every podcast to tell us who's coming to play in Clarksdale.
This episode we're checking out some of Clarksdale's blues music venues--Stan Street's Hambone Gallery, The Ground Zero Blues Club, and Red's Lounge. With music every night of the week, you can't go wrong dropping into any of these places.
We're doing some post-Juke Joint Festival follow up with the newly re-invented one-woman-band Ghalia Volt, visiting Meraki Roasting Company and found out it was more than just a coffee shop, and catching up with veteran Soul Blues pioneer Johnny Rawls.
It's the final day of Clarksdale's Juke Joint Festival, and we talk with Jesse Cotton Stone about what the heck Hell Country Blues is, Shy and Howlin' Madd Perry about their future plans, Roger Stolle's Cat Head store, and Rev. Peyton and what his Big Damn Band have been up to during the last weird year.
Saturday is the biggest day of the Juke Joint Festival weekend, and we meet up with musician, author and educator Hal Reed, songwriter-singer Grace Askew, drop in on Robert Kimbrough Sr.'s CD release party, grab some barbecue and watch the legendary monkeys riding dogs.
Day two of the Juke Joint Festival where we reconnect with some old music favorites and a new food vendor--very tasty all around!