Hey folks, with two winter music festivals coming up, Umbrella Festival and Guitars In Bars, Matt and I are proud to announce our show, Electric Delta featuring the music of the Mississippi Delta. Capturing the raw, stripped back, searing rhythms that influenced a generation of future blues artists along with the surge of rock n’ roll. Recordings of blues artists such as Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside and Mississippi Fred McDowell were captured live in a juke joint or at the artist’s home by mobile recording engineers, Bruce Watson, Robbie Norris and Alan Lomax and brought to the spotlight by documentaries such as Deep Blues produced by Robert Palmer (Fat Possum Records). Like most authentic origins of an art form, a lot of them didn’t receive recognition and success until their later years while others such as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf become distinctively popular after refining their sound, recorded and promoted by Chess Records in Chicago. To them music was a way of life, the highs and lows, colouring the rhythm with hypnotic guitar driven ringing overtones accompanied with drums, harmonica or bass. Musically and lyrically captivating, telling stories of life’s tribulations, seductions as well as spicing up the boogie rhythms with humour and flirtation. This music is all about the feel, more so than a twelve bar blues shuffle as their signature licks and vamps set a pace exploring moods and tempos never played exactly the same way twice.
The Tin Shed at The Wheatsheaf is a welcoming venue for our show, with it’s intimate capacity, a love for promoting live music, food truck parked out at the front and a selection of fine wine, spirits and craft beers. In the traditions of country blues men who would rather get together for a Sunday shindig while being scorned by the church and their wife’s for playing the “devil’s music”, Electric Delta is also on a Sunday. One show only on 21 July at 4:30pm. Book online before June 15 for earlybird discount.