Luther ‘Guitar Jr.’ Johnson

On his third Telarc release, Talkin’ About Soul, Luther ‘Guitar Junior’ Johnson emerges as the bona fide leader of the West Side guitar style with his unique blend of blues, soul and funk. His incredible guitar riffs and plaintive vocals leave no doubt that this is Johnson’s finest recording to date. After serving his apprenticeship with Muddy Waters and Magic Sam, Luther has developed his own signature style characterized by a strong rhythmic component and deeply moving vocal phrasings. Talkin’ About Soul contains seven original compositions by the heir apparent to the late Magic Sam’s West Side throne.

Corey Harris and the 5 x 5 Band

Corey Harris has led the life of a musical explorer, traveling and listening all over the world. He’s performed at many of the world’s most well-known venues, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, London’s Royal Albert Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center, Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. As the star of Martin Scorsese’s segment of the PBS series, The Blues, Corey traveled to Mali to play with Ali Farka Toure, a voyage he repeated for his album of field recordings called Mississippi to Mali, in which he explored the connections between African music and the blues. His latest release blu.black, a collection of fourteen original songs ‘ primarily blues and reggae, but with generous doses of other genres ‘ that examine the African-American story of earlier centuries and connect it to the present day and future generations

The Radiators

For over thirty years, The Rads have been making some of the swampiest rock and roll on the planet. Their live shows are legendary for the great music and great vibes. Bring your party hat, this one is gonna rock

Comedy Night featuring Jim Collition, Steve Calechman and Joe Holden

Jim Colliton is a regular on cruise ships as well as being one of Boston’s top headliners. He has performed in clubs and colleges across the country and is a regular at the Tropicana in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Colliton has been seen nationally on Ed McMahon’s ‘Next Big Star’ and Comcast’s ‘Comedy Spot Light.’ Jim turns real-life situations, into hilarious stories. His ability to interact with the crowd makes every show unique and has the audience feeling they are part of the performance. Steve Calechman has been entertaining audiences for nearly two decades appearing with the likes of Bobcat Goldthwait, Steven Wright, Louie C.K. and Sarah Silverman. One of the ‘best kept secrets’ in the Boston comedy industry, Calechman is a favorite in clubs throughout New England and beyond. Calechman’s twisted view of the world has him discussing the art of chest shaving, the difference between a sweet potato and a yam, and the consequences of objecting at a wedding. Joe Holden is a regular at the Comedy Connections in both Boston and Providence. His rapid-fire style in which he talks about life experiences and outrageously funny premises has audiences roaring. Holden has shared the stage with some of the top names in the business and is one of the fastest rising stars in the industry.

Back Eddy Bluegrass and Reunion Band

Back Eddy Bluegrass was formed in late 1999 by a group of veteran musicians from Massachusetts, brought together by friendship and a common love and appreciation of bluegrass music. The band performs fresh adaptations of contemporary and traditional bluegrass material, its own original songs, and lively instrumentals. The Back Eddy Bluegrass style of musical arrangement blends two, three and four part vocal harmonies with intricate and powerful instrumental performances. This show will celebrate the release of their new cd

Pendragon

New England has long had a rich tradition of Celtic-inspired music. Having celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2008, the Rhode Island- based ensemble Pendragon has embraced that tradition and created a timeless sound of its own, performing roots music with an unmistakable contemporary edge. Join the band for a pre-St. Patrick’s Day night of high-energy tunes and step dancing and beautiful songs. Past tributes include three straight Boston Music Award nominations for Outstanding Celtic Act. Pendragon was voted Rhode Island’s Best Celtic Act in the 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 MOTIF Magazine Music Poll and has been voted Best Local Folk Act of the Year in the Providence Phoenix’ Best Music Poll eight times.

Bill Frisell Trio featuring Rudy Royston and Eyvind Kang

Bill Frisell has collaborated with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Bono, T-Bone Burnett, Paul Simon, McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman, Brian Eno, Ry Cooder and many more – a testament to his virtuosity as a guitarist, bandleader and composer. Grammy winner and two-time nominee including a 2009 nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. 8-time Best Guitarist winner in the DOWNBEAT Critics Poll (including 2009) and three-time DOWNBEAT Readers Poll winner for Best Guitarist.

Joe Louis Walker

Multiple Grammy & WC Handy Award winner, Joe Louis Walker is one of the most heralded blues artists of our time. JLW is a true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer & prolific songwriter who has toured the world religiously throughout his career and earned himself a legion of dedicated fans around the globe. He has recorded with the likes of BB King, James Cotton, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Huey Lewis, Branford Marsalis, Steve Cropper, Shemekia Copeland & Ike Turner, with a discography that counts 19 solo albums, 2 live DVD’s, and countless compilations and guest appearances. Still recording & touring with a vengeance, JLW is already being referred to within the blues world as a ‘living legend.’ However, as Walker himself would say, ‘the best is yet to come!’ Stony Plain Records announces a September 29 release date for Between a Rock and the Blues, the latest album from multiple Grammy and Blues Music Award-winner Joe Louis Walker, which features guest appearances by label mate Duke Robillard and former ‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ music director and guitarist Kevin Eubanks. Ten of the album’s dozen tracks were produced by Duke Robillard and feature a core band of Walker and Robillard on guitars, Bruce Katz on keyboards, Jesse Williams on bass, Mark Teixeira on drums, Doug James on sax, Carl Querfurth on trombone and Sugar Ray Norcia on harmonica. Stony Plain Records is distributed in the U.S. by ADA.