SOLD OUT Narrows Winter Blues Festival featuring Joe Louis Walker, Jesse Dee, The Holmes Brothers, Cedric Burnside Project and Delta Generators

JANUARY 25, 2014

Time: 5:00 pm




Advance: $37.00
Day of Show: $42.00

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This show features 5 acts and over 7 hours of music. Joe Louis Walker (10:40 p.m. – 12 midnight) Fans and critics have been celebrating Walker for years. Blues Revue calls Walker ‘one of contemporary blues’ most dynamic and innovative musicians, releasing consistently exciting music. No matter what he’s singing, Walker’s approach is soulful, heartfelt and spellbinding.’ Living Blues says, ‘His fretwork is indelibly stamped with his own trademark blend of emotional heat and impeccable precision-even at his most flamboyant, Walker sounds as if he’s playing ideas, not just notes.’ Jesse Dee (9:10 p.m. – 10:25 p.m.) Jesse Dee writes timeless songs that resonate as both humble tributes and clever updates of the classics. He brings them to life with a compelling voice that will lift you up as sure as it will lay you down. As a youngster in the Boston suburb of Arlington, Jesse was fascinated by the doo-wop groups and rhythm and blues artists he heard on the oldies stations. Since then, the singer/songwriter has drawn inspiration from everywhere he can; the raw and righteous Stax legends and the steam rolling electric grit of the Northern soul icons have ended up front and center. The Holmes Brothers (7:35 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.) Over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers (bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes, guitarist/pianist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, drummer/vocalist and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon) have been feeding the souls of their devoted and ever-growing fanbase with a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country. Their amazing three-part harmony singing, mixing Wendell’s gruff and gravelly vocals with Popsy’s soaring falsetto and Sherman’s rich baritone brings the soul and spirit of gospel music into everything they perform. Equally gripping is the rhythmic foundation laid down by Sherman’s bass playing and Popsy’s drumming, perfectly complimenting Wendell’s blues-soaked guitar solos and church-inspired piano playing. The band easily blends Saturday night’s roadhouse rock with the gospel fervor and harmonies of Sunday morning’s church service. Cedric Burnside Project (6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.) Cedric was born and raised in Holly Springs, Mississippi. At the young age of 13, he began touring around the world playing drums with his grandfather, North Mississippi blues legend R.L. Burnside also known as ‘Big Daddy.’ In late 2006, Cedric & Lightin’ Malcolm teamed up and toured as ‘The Juke Joint Duo’ which produced the award winning record, ‘Two Man Wrecking Crew.’ In 2010, Cedric collaborated with his younger brother, Cody Burnside, and his uncle, Garry Burnside, to create The Cedric Burnside Project. They created a new genre of music by infusing Mississippi Hill Country Blues, Funk, R&B and Soul that will keep your foot stomping all night long! Following the passing of his brother, Cody, Cedric keeps the flame burning, touring with Trenton Ayers Delta Generators (5:00 pm. – 5:45 p.m.) On Hard River to Row, the Delta Generators capture the same kind of soulful passion and raw intensity that they’re known for in their live shows. But vocalist Craig Rawding, guitarist Charlie O’Neal, and simmering rhythm section Rick O’Neal (bass) & Jeff Armstrong (drums) are always looking to expand their well-honed musical palette, and on their sophomore studio release they gracefully touch on blues, soul, funk, rock ‘n’ roll and even country! The impressive songwriting and musical chops would be enough in themselves, but the Delta Generators also have that certain indescribable quality that makes a band special. As music critic Bill Copeland wrote, ‘the Delta Generators are one of those rare bands that go beyond talent to arrive at charisma and that extra something that just makes listeners take a strong liking to it.’