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Complete 2012 Blues Fest Coverage
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2012-06-20 11:59:02

This page links to the River Cities’ Reader’s complete coverage of the 2012 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, including new interviews with seven of this year’s performers and biographies of each artist.

Ticket information is here. The welcome letter from the Mississippi Valley Blues Society president is here. Biographies of workshop and BlueSKool leaders who are not performing on either the Bandshell or Tent stages are here.


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2012 Blues Fest – An Active “Retirement”: Lonnie Brooks (Sunday, July 1, 9 p.m., Bandshell)
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2012-06-20 11:58:28

Brooks Family Blues Dynasty

“I’m not working as much as I’ve been,” said 78-year-old Lonnie Brooks in a recent phone interview. “I had in mind to try to retire, but my boys keep tellin’ me, ‘Let’s go out there.’”

I asked him when he decided he wanted to retire. Without missing a beat or belying the joke, the Louisiana-bred Chicagoan deadpanned: “I was thinking about this about 16 years ago. But I needed money, so I kept on.”

Brooks’ “retirement” decision coincided with his last studio release of new recordings, 1996’s Roadhouse Rules – which in retrospect seems to have ended a two-decade solo run on the Alligator label, including 1979’s classic Bayou Lightning. The All Music Guide called him “a Chicago blues giant” with a “unique Louisiana/Chicago blues synthesis unlike anyone else’s on the competitive Windy City scene.”


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2012 Blues Fest – Devil in Disguise: Bobby Rush (Sunday, July 1, 8:30 p.m., Tent)
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2012-06-20 11:57:00

Bobby RushWhen Blues Music Award winner Bobby Rush takes the stage at this year’s Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, he’ll be doing so in a concert set titled “The Double Rush Revue,” so named because, as he says, “I’ve got one part of the show I’m doing with the band, and the next part I’m gonna strip down – just me and my guitar.”

It won’t be the first time the 76-year-old blues artist has stripped down for a gig.


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2012 Blues Fest – Finding His Soul: Coco Montoya (Saturday, June 30, 10 p.m., Bandshell)
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2012-06-20 11:56:27

Coco Montoya

For the music career of singer/guitarist Coco Montoya, thank the persistence of John Mayall.

It’s not merely that Mayall called Montoya to ask him to join the legendary Bluesbreakers band in the early 1980s. It’s that he called back when Montoya – who had quit music as a profession after a stint drumming for Albert Collins in the 1970s – hung up on him.

“I didn’t think it was him,” Montoya said in a recent phone interview, promoting his Saturday bandshell performance at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. “I was bartending at a British pub. ... So I thought it was some of the English cats in there teasing me. ... He called back. ‘No, this really is John Mayall. ... Do I have to come down there ... ?’”


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2012 Blues Fest – Carrying the Torch: Kenny Neal (Friday, June 29, 10:30 p.m., Bandshell)
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2012-06-20 11:55:09

Kenny NealA lot of people count the harmonica player Slim Harpo as an influence – among them the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, and Pink Floyd – but nobody can claim a connection as direct (or harrowing) as swamp-blues master Kenny Neal.

Slim Harpo was a regular in the Louisiana home of the Neals, and Kenny – one of the sons of harp player Raful Neal – recalled in a recent phone interview the story of how he got his first harmonica when he was three years old.

“He was just playin’ around,” Neal said of Slim Harpo. “He tricked me into a trailer one day. ... He told me, ‘Look inside and see if there’s any more equipment in there.’ I went inside, and he closed the doors. It got pitch black and I got phobia. ... Freaked me out. I started screamin’ and yellin’, and that freaked him out. He was trying to quiet me down, so he decided to give me a harmonica – that was the closest thing he had that would probably soothe me a little bit.”


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