Carey and Lurrie Bell @ Camden

Mike Kane michael.kane60@ntlworld.com
Mon Sep 20 06:37:46 EDT 2004


pam wrote:

> Carey and Lurrie Bell will be at the Downhome Blues Festival
> in Camden, South Carolina (near Columbia) October 7-9.  Also
> appearing Bill Perry, Randy McAlister, Ellen McElwaine, and
> our own Miss Wanda Johnson and the Blues Doctor, Drink Small,
> as well as many more.
> The festival is a "pub crawl" in historic Camden, and always
> well run, with southern hospitality at its best.
> Information:   http://www.bluesbash.com/camden
>
> Lurrie Bell was supposed to appear there several years ago
> with Rockin' Johnny, but Johnny couldn't find him when it was
> time to leave Chicago and head south.  Johnny brought Little
> Arthur Duncan instead, and that was a wonderful treat.
>
> Hopefully, I will be able to be there for at least one night
> this year.
>
> Pam
>
> Karen Hanson wrote:
>
>> Last night I went to see Lurrie and Carey Bell at Legends in Chicago.
>> It was a record release party for their new CD, on Alligator Records.
>> These acoustic tracks featuring the father and son were recorded in
>> 1991 in Finland, according to the notes.
>>
>> Having not seen Lurrie in several years, I barely recognized him. He's
>> much heavier and much healthier, as indicated by the Chicago  Tribune
>> article I posted a couple of weeks ago. Carey also looked well.
>>
>> The duo started out with some acoustic numbers, "Key to the Highway,"
>> "Blues With a Feeling," and so on. I had never seen Lurrie play
>> acoustic guitar, so I really enjoyed it. Then they switched to
>> electric for several Chicago-style numbers. It was in the middle of
>> "Hoochie Coochie Man" that Buddy Guy suddenly ran up on stage, took
>> the mike and began singing "She's 19 Years Old." He did his usually
>> Buddy shtick, the crowd went wild, and then he left as quickly as he
>> came.
>>
>> After a couple more songs, Carey left the stage and Lurrie led the
>> band with "Five Long Years," "So Long, Baby" and a few other
>> guitar-oriented songs. Lurrie, as you know, is extremely creative with
>> his guitar work. Carey came back on to finish the set. The two traded
>> licks like long-time partners, and the audience loved it. I did not
>> catch the keyboardist's name, but he was also outstanding. CDs were
>> sold afterwards, and the two drew a big crowd wanting autographed
>> copies.
>>
>> I did not stay for the second set .
>>
>> By the way, the opening set featured a vocalist named Sharon Lewis. I
>> had never seen her before, but let me tell you, she *tore* the place
>> up. I highly recommend that you check her out.
>>
>>
>> --
>> Karen Hanson
>>
>> "Ms. Juke"
>> Freelance journalist
>> Chicago, IL
>>
>> karen.hanson@gmail.com
>>
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I got excited then, imagining  after only an hour's train ride I could
see and listen to some great blues.

And then I discover there's another Camden...in the USA.

Doh!

Regards

Mike

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