Gip's Place became, over the years, a must-stop venue for blues musicians across the Southeast. They cited the "authentic Delta" feel of the little shack that could hold 50 people shoulder-to-shoulder.
"“It’s important. It’s blues, so it’s the foundation all American music was built on. And it’s the truth."
Sowing the seeds of musical appreciation may be the most important of the festival whys and wherefores.
“’Alligator Fish’ is a freestyle blues incantation over one cord, channeling dire predictions à la Charley Patton," Mathus told us. "I’m related to Charley through my Delta family."
On May 3rd, 2019, Omnivore Recordings will release 'The Blues Came Falling Down – Live 1973,' an album of previously unheard performances by Shines recorded at Washington University’s Graham Chapel in St. Louis.
"Mule" stands out as consummate Townsend. Omnivore Recordings' inclusion of the eight previously unissued tracks is a gift to the entire blues loving world.
If folks have a chance to experience any touring exhibit of the National Guitar Museum in their hometown, they should jump all over it.
Join two blues journalism and preservation legends, Roger Stolle and Don Wilcock, as they dedicate this, their eighth annual Call and Response Blues Symposium, to King Biscuit’s beloved patriarch Sunshine Sonny Payne.