"We were knee to knee underneath 1930’s RCA ribbon mics, with my 1934 National guitar. It was one of the most powerful musical experiences of my life".- Rev Peyton
The annual Keeping the Blues Alive Awards recognize the writers, disc jockeys, photographers, record labels, blues societies, music clubs, festivals, and others in the blues world that have played vital roles in advancing the art and commerce of blues.
Through extensive research and interviews, 'Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story' chronicles the tale of one of the most unusual labels to emerge from the 1950s. Shedding new light on Nashville’s rich history as much more than a country-music town.
"Mule" stands out as consummate Townsend. Omnivore Recordings' inclusion of the eight previously unissued tracks is a gift to the entire blues loving world.
His friendship with Levon Helm led to an introduction to Leon Russell, who got Davis into session work. He joined Taj Mahal around that same time, playing guitar and piano on Mahal's first three albums and co-writing some of the songs.
The house band will be led by Conan O'Brien musical director Jimmy Vivino. A stellar lineup of blues, Americana and roots rock artists will take to the stage including John Prine, Bob Weir, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Joe Louis Walker, Shemekia Copeland, Slash and many more.
'Bitten By the Blues' takes readers behind the scenes, offering larger than life stories of musicians, recording sessions, and what it's like to work with the legends of the genre.