New American Folk-Blues Festival DVD to be released

Wax, Bill Bill.Wax@xmradio.com
Mon Apr 16 10:48:52 EDT 2007


Hey Folks - I got this note from Bob Merliss and thought you all would
be interested in the news.

 

 

 

THE BRITISH TOURS 1963-1966 

 

LATEST AMERICAN FOLK-BLUES FESTIVAL DVD SET FOR MAY RELEASE 

 

Historic performances by the aristocracy of American blues, unseen for
forty years and never before released, comprise the latest addition to
Experience Hendrix/Reelin' In The Years Productions/Hip-O Records' The
American Folk-Blues Festival DVD series.  The British Tours 1963-1966,
to be released May 8th,  offers 18 complete performances from some of
the most iconic blues artists of all time including Sonny Boy
Williamson, Lightinin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Sugar Pie
DeSanto, Lonnie Johnson, Big Joe Williams,  Howlin' Wolf, Big Joe Turner
plus gospel great Sister Rosetta Tharpe.    

 

These performances were recorded live and broadcast nationally in
Britain and are known to have had a dramatic impact on the rise of the
British blues movement and such bands as The Rolling Stones, Yardbirds,
Led Zeppelin, Cream, Fleetwood Mac, Savoy Brown and many others.  With
superb camera work, fully restored visuals and pristine audio,
painstakingly transferred and mastered by legendary recording engineer
Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Woodstock), The American
Folk-Blues Festival: The British Tours 1963-1966 is a document of the
work of some of the greatest blues artist of all time, at the very peak
of their powers.  

 

Zeppelin's Robert Plant recalled, "I was at these shows in shabby
provincial England in the mid-60s.  Those eerie voices from another
world lit up my life leaving me breathless, spooked and inspired for a
lifetime."   Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones commented, "Things would
have been a whole lot different in Britain without the American
Folk-Blues Festivals; they proved a rich legacy for musicians throughout
Europe."

 

With extensive notes by U.K. author and music historian Mike Rowe who
witnessed many of these performances first hand, the set is remarkable
time capsule that captures the artists and music at its very best. Blues
aficionados will be delighted to note that musicians backing these
headliners include are such notables as Otis Spann, Matt "Guitar"
Murphy, Willie Dixon, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim, Clifton James, Bill
Stepney, Otis Rush, Little Brother Montgomery, Jack Myers, Fred Below,
Cousin Joe Pleasant.  

 

With on screen introductions by Memphis Slim and Roosevelt Sykes, The
American Folk-Blues Festival: The British Tours 1963-1966 is fitting
companion to the previous released Volumes 1, 2 and 3 of The American
Blues Festival. The first volume was Grammy(r) nominated in the long
form video category and kicked off the series that has become the
biggest selling multi-volume DVD blues collection of all time, eclipsing
even the much vaunted Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues series.

 

Tracklist 

 

SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

 "Keep It To Yourself" (1963)

MUDDY WATERS

 "Got My Mojo Working" (1963)

LONNIE JOHNSON

"Too Late To Cry" (1963)

SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

"Bye Bye Bird" (1964)

SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

"Getting Out of Town (1964)

LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS

"Come Go With Me" (1964)

LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS

"Lightnin's Blues" (1964)

SUGAR PIE DESANTO

"Baby What You Want Me To Do" (1964)

HOWLIN' WOLF

"Smokestack Lightning" (1964)

HOWLIN' WOLF

"Don't Laugh At Me" (1964)

BIG JOE TURNER

"Oh Well, Oh Well" (1966)

JUNIOR WELLS

"What'd I Say" (1966)

MUDDY WATERS

"You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had" (1964)

MUDDY WATERS

"Blow Wind Blow" (1964)

SISTER ROSETTA THARPE

"Didn't It Rain" (1964)

SISTER ROSETTA THARPE

"Trouble In Mind" (1964)

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Wax, Proprietor of Low-Fi's Bar and Pool Hall in the heart of
Bluesville.

 


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