Blues kings pepper latest Bluesfest announcement
Blues legends including Buddy Guy and Booker T Jones will join next year's 25th anniversary Bluesfest
Buddy Guy, a six time Grammy Award winner, performed at the first ever Bluesfest in 1990 and is a seminal influence on rock titans from Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page and Stevie Ray Vaughan, while Booker T Jones is a pioneer of the soul rock genre with the MGs, recording on Stax Records legendary hits such as Green Onions and Melting Pot.
Those blues kings will join other greats such as James Cotton Blues Band and Bluesfest veteran Charlie Mussel White.
Even more exciting for contemporary Blues fans is the latest inclusion of UK rising star Jake Bugg, the 19-year old Nottingham-born prodigy.
The talented Mr Bugg released a self-titled million-selling debut in 2012, and has just followed that up with a Rick Rubin produced sophomore album, Shangri La.
Here's the full latest list for Bluesfest 2014, listed in a release from Bluesfest this morning:
He's a Bluesfest favourite - an absolute legend and, can you believe it, he will be 78 next birthday!!!
BUDDY GUY is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on Rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has received 6 Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone rank him at # 23 in its 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. We welcome back our 5 time veteran of Bluesfest for 2 more unmissable performances!
With a million selling self-titled 2012 debut album, a fusion of "retro folk with blistering contemporary rock riffs" - Clash Magazine and a Mercury Prize nomination already under his belt, at the age of 19 Nottingham-born JAKE BUGG has been fast-tracked to stardom.
He drew one of the biggest crowds of the weekend at Glastonbury 2013, as well as at Reading/Leeds Festival as well as other major festivals and his success in Australia is no different, on his first visit to Australia in July this year he sold out shows in Sydney and Melbourne and his album reached Top 5 on iTunes.
Now with the release of his second album 'Shangri-La' which was produced by Rick Rubin at his studio in Malibu, he is set to scale new heights. The new album is a much more fully-formed piece of work than its predecessor and is a stand out release of this or any year.
THE JAMES COTTON BLUES BAND
You haven't heard harp-playing until you have heard Grammy Award Winner, JAMES 'SUPERHARP' COTTON play his harmonica. In 1935, in Tunica, Mississippi, he grew up working in the cotton fields alongside his parents and older siblings. His Christmas present one year was a harmonica, it cost 15 cents. JAMES COTTON and his harp have been inseparable ever since.
BOOKER T. JONES
Booker T.'s 25th Bluesfest performance will mark five years since the Soul and Rock legend last captivated the Bluesfest audience . Booker T. has recorded with the likes of Wilson Pickett, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Sam and Dave, Neil Young, Barbra Streisand and Bob Dylan and not to mention he features on fellow Bluesfest performer Valerie June's latest album released this year. Classic Stax hits like 'Green Onions'(which he actually wrote in High School) 'Hang 'Em High'Time Is Tight,' and 'Melting Pot'has earned Booker T. a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and the honour of being a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Musicians Hall of Fame inductee.
CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE is a Bluesfest veteran, in fact he played at the first ever Bluesfest in 1990. The harmonica master is one of the most revered Blues musicians in the world and has collaborated with legendary musicians including Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Tom Waits to name a few. He has earned many accolades during his career, including 7 Grammy nominations, 27 Blues Music Awards including induction into the Blues Hall of Fame and he recently won the Living Blues Award for Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonic) in the readers' poll, this is the 10th time he has been given this honour.
International Folk-Blues master of song craft and acoustic guitar, Eric Bibb makes a welcome return to his Bluesfest fans. He has criss-crossed the world for four decades paying his dues as a true story-teller, where Blues, Folk and World music intersect at a musical crossroads. He has picked up countless awards including the Best Blues album in 2010 for Booker's Guitar. His recently released album is Jericho Road.
This is one of our Festival Director's Top Picks. We invite you to check out BETH HART - and you'll soon know why Peter Noble goes overboard for this woman. First there's THE VOICE - when she sings, clocks stop, hearts dance, and neck-hair tingles, it's that compelling!! Then there are the A-list collaborations with the likes of Jeff Beck, Slash, Buddy Guy and Joe Bonamassa. And then there is her music. New album Bang Bang Boom Boom (out March 14) has been earning this superb singer critical acclaim around the world, showcasing her amazing range across Blues, R&B, Swing and more. BETH HART will blow your mind.
NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS
The Grammy nominated NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS have recently toured extensively with Robert Plant and The Band of Joy, headlined major festivals and toured internationally as a headliner and with Ian Siegal as part of The Mississippi Mudbloods. In 2011 and 2012 they released two live bootleg records, Live in the Hills and Live in the Hills II, both recorded at the annual North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic. As Rolling Stone aptly notes "The (North Mississippi) Allstars may be children of tradition, but they're digging deep in undiscovered country".
Bluesfest is knocked out to welcome back DEVON ALLMAN, this time fronting his own band - and with his first true 'solo' album, Turquoise, in tow.
DEVON has appeared occasionally as a guest musician for both his father Greg Allman's Band and The Allman Brothers Band. He blew the minds of the Bluesfest audience as part of the blues-rock supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood this year and this time he returns to Bluesfest leading his own DEVON ALLMAN BAND.
WALTER TROUT has been there - done that - and traded his ferocious licks with the best of them!! John Mayall, John Lee Hooker, Joe Tex, Canned Heat, Coco Montoya, and Luther Allison have all felt the heat, the passion and the searing licks of WALTER TROUT and now he's coming to show the Bluesfest audience what they have been missing all these years.
CANDYE KANE BAND FEAT. LAURA CHAVEZ
Songwriter, five time national Blues award nominee CANDYE KANE and guitarist LAURA CHAVEZ are feminist fireballs who delight audiences worldwide with songs of empowerment. Bluesfest welcome's back CANDYE KANE after her last inspiring performance at Bluesfest in 2002.
SAIDAH BABA TALIBAH
We welcome soul-rock diva SAIDAH BABA TALIBAH for her Bluesfest debut this Easter. Toronto-bred vocalist SAIDAH, daughter of Tony and Grammy Award-nominated icon Salome Bey is "Canada's First Lady of Blues". Strong bloodline notwithstanding, SAIDAH is a fierce artist that isn't afraid to combine Rock, Funk, Blues and raunchy Soul in all of her performances. SAIDAH marches to the beat of her own drummer and her preternatural punk attitude.
ARTISTS ALREADY ANNOUNCED
Jack Johnson • John Mayer • Dave Matthews Band
John Butler Trio • Passenger • Aaron Neville
Erykah Badu • Iron & Wine
Gregg Allman • Boz Scaggs • Doobie Brothers
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros • India.Arie
Dr John & The Nite Trippers • Morcheeba • Steve Earle & The Dukes
Devendra Banhart • Michael Franti & Spearhead • The Wailers
Jimmie Vaughan• Gary Clark Jr • Suzanne Vega •
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals • Kasey Chambers • Ozomatli
CW Stoneking • Allen Stone • Larry Graham & Graham Central Station
KT Tunstall • Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes
Robben Ford • Grandmothers of Invention •The Magic Band
Trixie Whitley • The Soul Rebels • Valerie June • Nikki Hill • The Paladins
Music Maker Foundation Feat. Pat Wilder, Cool John Ferguson, and Little Freddie King