The 13th Annual New River Blues Festival. River House – August 31st

Labor Day Sunday
August 31, 2014
Gates Open at Noon
Music Starts at 1:00 PM
Festival Ends at 6:00 p.m.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets, the kids, umbrellas (rain or shine).
No coolers or pets on lawn please!
Food, mixed & soft drinks, beer and wine available for purchase!

 

JOHNNY NEEL, veteran of The Allman Brothers Band, The Dickey Betts Band, and Gov’t Mule, has an impeccable musical pedigree of the highest order. Nashville’s bluesman-keyboard-player-extraordinaire has written songs covered by John Mayall, Delbert McClinton and other legends. His warm, lived in, passionate vocals and his electrifying performance on keys will shake the mountains with exuberant musical energy!
Washington DC’s CHARLIE SAYLES is a phenomenal harmonica player who has invested his music with all the heartache of a foster child, Viet Nam vet, and wandering troubadour. Charlie’s elegant, agile playing and gritty voice won him the attention of The Smithsonian Folklife Festival where he made several apearences with Pete Seeger. This will be one of Sayles’ very rare festival appearences.. So we encourage you to experience while you can this raw, funky, mesmerizing, elusive genius. He will be joined by guitar prodigy Tony Fazio.
PAT “MOTHER BLUES” COHEN is a saucy, scintillating singer who cut her teeth in New Orleans where she reigned as the divine Mama of the blues six nights a week. Mother Blues brings to her performances all the extravagant excitement that defines the effervescent Big Easy. Her irrepressible concerts in the US and abroad have brought her international accolades and renown.
BOO HANKS stands as one of the greatest authentic Piedmont Blues discoveries in many years. Mr. Hanks performs exquisitely in the style of Blind Boy Fuller and is the last keeper-of-the-flame of that historic music. He brings to his performances all the deep experiences and insights of working in the tobacco fields nearly his entire life. Now at the age of 84, Boo’s talents have ripened and matured to their spellbinding height.
THE KING BEES have performed on numerous European festival stages, several times at the prestigious Lincoln Center, and in Mississippi juke joints. Guitarist, keyboardist Hound Dog Baskerville and bassist, singer, song writer Queen Bee Zamagni formed the band 28 years ago. Over the years they forged important musical relationships with many blues greats and have toured with BB King and Bo Diddley. Hound Dog Baskerville is a NATIONAL BLUE RIDGE HERITAGE ARTIST. They produce New River Blues Festival with Donovan Murray as an homage to the real-deal artists who created this most wonderful of American music and who generously share their extraordinary gifts. THE KING BEES will be joined by special friends.

 

 

September 7th – Wayne Henderson and Helen White

 

Wayne Henderson is a National Heritage Award recipient honored for his craftsmanship as a luthier and his renowned finger-style Appalachian guitar playing. His instruments are coveted worldwide and he sports a long waiting list for his guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Sponsored through the National Council for Traditional Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, Office of Arts America, European World of Bluegrass, Chet Atkins International Appreciation Society and numerous individual venues, Wayne has toured broadly in the U.S., Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. His lightening fast, articulate playing style was influenced by Doc Watson and EC Ball, both close friends and neighbors in this musically rich corner where Southwest Virginia meets Northwest North Carolina. His repertoire includes Appalachian fiddle tunes, Carter Family melodies and a few swing and rockabilly standards. He has won more awards at the Galax Fiddlers Convention than any other competitor in its seventy-seven year history.

 

A singer, fiddler, guitarist and tunesmith, Helen White has toured extensively with Wayne in the U.S. and Europe. Her compositions include works for theater and video projects as well as a Booklist honored recording of original songs for children. Helen is the founder and served as regional director of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program from program inception in February of 2000 to June of 2013. This renowned program serves students in 25 mountain counties in Virginia, North and South Carolina introducing them to their musical heritage through small group instruction in the instruments and music common to the region.

 

Both Wayne and Helen are frequent instructors at major traditional music camps across the country.

 

 

Riverhouse Website – 336-982-2109

 

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