15th Annual Carolina Lite Blues Festival
Sun Mar 4 21:40:34 EST 2001
For immediate release, Feb. 26, 2001
For more information, contact John Amberg,
(Phone & fax) (336) 275-4944 firstname.lastname@example.org
MUDDY WATERS HOMAGE HIGHLIGHTS 15TH ANNUAL BLUES FESTIVAL
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
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
The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society is a non-profit all-volunteer
organization dedicated to keeping the blues alive.
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