15th Annual Carolina Lite Blues Festival

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For immediate release, Feb. 26, 2001
For more information, contact John Amberg,
(Phone & fax) (336) 275-4944   jamberg@piedmontblues.com 


The memory of blues giant Muddy Waters will be evoked at the 15th Annual 
Carolina Lite Blues Festival, Saturday, May 19th at Tanglewood Park in 

Big Bill Morganfield (the son of Muddy Waters who records for Blind Pig 
Records), Pinetop Perkins and Carey Bell will join Steady Rollin’ Bob 
Margolin in an all-star band dubbed Bob Margolin’s Rolling Fork Revue (named 
after Muddy Waters’ hometown).

The 15th Annual Carolina Lite Blues Festival is presented by the Piedmont 
Blues Preservation Society and Miller Brewing Company of Eden, NC.

Big Bill Morganfield and Bob Margolin share a distinct musical bond.  
Morganfield is Muddy Waters’ son, and Margolin was Muddy’s protégé 
and bandmate for many years.  Margolin co-produced Morganfield’s debut CD and 
the two have toured together many times in recent years.

Joining them will be Muddy Waters’ piano player and blues legend Pinetop 
Perkins.  Perkins and Margolin anchored what many consider to be one of Muddy 
Waters’ finest bands for many years.  Well into his eighties, Perkins still 
continues to tour and record.

Rounding out the band is Chicago blues harp player and Alligator recording 
artist Carey Bell.  A veteran of the Chicago blues clubs, Bell has toured the 
world with his band.  CD releases like Mellow Down Easy and Good Luck Man 
have endeared Bell to music critics and proponents of the classic Chicago 
blues sound.

Bob Margolin’s Rolling Fork Revue, however, is just one of six bands on the 
line-up for the 15th Annual Carolina Lite Blues Festival.

The popular female blues trio Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women will make their 
second appearance at the PBPS annual festival (their first one was in 1993).  
Their rootsy and sometimes outrageous songs and live performances have 
garnered Saffire an international following.  But these mainstays of the 
Alligator record label are regional favorites as well, having played to 
sell-out crowds across North Carolina and Virginia.

Another offspring of a famous blues guitarist will perform at the 15th Annual 
Carolina Lite Blues Festival: Bernard Allison, son of the late Luther 
Allison.  Bernard has carved his own niche as an incredible live act, 
evidenced by his show-stopping performance at last year’s Bull Durham Blues 

Filling the zydeco slot this year is Rounder recording artists Geno Delafose 
and French Rockin’ Boogie.  Geno makes his first appearance at the Carolina 
Lite Blues Festival this year, and will continue the high-energy tradition of 
zydeco performers at this event.

Winston-Salem blues man Roy Roberts will bring his soulful guitar and voice 
to the stage this year.  Roberts has a brand new CD and a loyal following 
here and in Europe, where he regularly performs.

Opening this year’s festival is the 2000 PBPS Talent Competition winners The 
Allison King Band.  A vocalist of extraordinary range and power, Allison and 
her four-piece group led by guitarist Bill Jordan, are a top draw on the 
Triad live music scene.

The gates will open at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19th.  The music will start 
at 2:00 p.m.  Advance tickets are $15, and $35 for limited Gold Circle seats. 
 Tickets will be $20 on the day of the show.  

Tickets will be sold via mail through the PBPS by sending a certified check 
or money order to Carolina "Lite" Blues Festival, P.O. Box 9737, and 
Greensboro, NC 27429.  Mail orders will not be accepted after Monday, May 13.

For more information on this and other PBPS events, call (336) 275-4944, or 
visit the official PBPS web site at   HYPERLINK http://www.piedmontblues.com  
 www.piedmontblues.com .

The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society is a non-profit all-volunteer 
organization dedicated to keeping the blues alive.

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