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Blues Fest 2009: Thursday, July 2, Tent Stage
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2009-06-24 12:00:00

Radoslav LorkovicRadoslav Lorkovic, 5 p.m.

In 1985, Radoslav Lorkovic played at the first Blues Fest. At last year's festival, Radoslav was the piano man with the Holmes Brothers. He adds their name to a long list of musicians he's collaborated with in performance and on recordings, including Odetta and Greg Brown. His long touring career on the R&B and folk circuits has led Radoslav from the venues of the Midwest's upper Mississippi River area to Italian castles, the Canary Islands, the Yup'ik villages of Alaska, and Carnegie Hall.


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IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival 2009: A Note from the MVBS President
Written By: Administrator
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2009-06-24 12:00:00

Larry McCrayWelcome to the 25th-anniversary IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival! On behalf of the blues society, I would like to say we are proud of our quarter-century of bringing you, the fans, the best quality blues festival possible. Ours is a fest of not only quality but diversity. We strive to provide you a sampling of the many different styles of America's original music, the blues.


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The Power to Move on -- Larry McCray: Saturday, 8 p.m., Bandshell Stage
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2009-06-18 20:40:26

Larry McCrayBlues singer, songwriter, and guitarist Larry McCray lost two brothers in the past two years, and a sister in 2000. But through the blues, he has found a means of dealing with his loss.

"There is something missing there, and I got to figure out a way to express what I feel about it," McCray said about the deaths of his brothers. The loss of his sister became the inspiration for his work "Picture on the Wall."

The blues have also provided the Michigan-based McCray with an avenue for dealing with other aspects of life, from family to money, he said.

"There are at least 500 shades of the blues," McCray said, echoing Gil Scott-Heron. He works with many of those shades in songs such as "Blues Is My Business," "Feel So Damn Good (I'll Be Glad When I Got the Blues)," "Soul Shine," and "Don't Need No Woman Like That."
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Very Outside -- Roy Rogers: Thursday, 11 p.m., Bandshell Stage
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2009-06-18 20:36:08

Roy RogersSinger, songwriter, and slide-guitarist Roy Rogers is not a blues purist. He could write a song in the style of Robert Johnson - the reason he became a blues player in the first place - but what would be the point of that?

"I'm just trying to stretch it," he said in a recent phone interview.

So on his new recording Split Decision - his first studio album with his Delta Rhythm Kings trio in seven years - there's the instrumental "Your Sweet Embrace," with a flamenco section by Ottmar Liebert, and "Rite of Passage" has a warm, funky jazz groove before taking a guitar-solo detour into the blues. "Bitter Rain" deals with Hurricane Katrina and has what Rogers called "almost kind of a tempest riff," and closing instrumental "Walkin' the Levee" features sax and a guitar tone simultaneously fuzzy and razor sharp. "River of Tears" is an irresistibly upbeat pop number despite its theme of sadness.
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All Over the Place -- Radoslav Lorković: Thursday, 5 p.m., Tent Stage
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

2009-06-18 19:22:14

Radoslav LorkovicOn any number of subjects, pianist, accordionist, and organist Radoslav Lorković will preface his response with something along the lines of: "That's a funny story."

When asked about his appearance in the 2009 Naked Folk Calendar, for example, he said that the photo was taken at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in 100-degree heat. Lorković was playing the accordion and (of course) naked, and a man roughly 90 years old approached the group and said, "You know, I got some stories about Woody Guthrie," the musician recalled. "He looks at me completely ... unfazed, and keeps on telling this story about Woody Guthrie."
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