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The Blues at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 07 Jun 2016

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The Festival presents all shades of Blues, from Mississippi to New Orleans to Memphis to Chicago. From well-known icons to new names, there is something for every Blues fan.

Castro Coleman a-k-a Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Child”, made such an impression last year that we had to invite him back, and with his band this time. His high energy shows combining guitar excellence and vocal power, bring the Mississippi Blues to the concert stage with a soulful sound, a genuine love of playing, and a will to make every audience feel special. Unreserved recommendation.

From Johnson City Tennessee, Amythyst Kiah describes herself as a Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer-songwriter. Her influences span decades and diverse styles: combining rhythm and blues and old-time covers alongside startling originals with an angular contemporary twist. She bestrides both spheres with complete authenticity and authority - a hugely compelling and distinctive new artist.

First time in Edinburgh for one of the giants of contemporary blues. Singer, organist, and keyboard virtuoso, Lucky Peterson, fronts one of the classiest bands on the world scene, playing all the major Festivals. It’s the sheer gravitas that he carries and the joie de vivre that he exudes that place Peterson apart. One of the most authentic custodians of the blues; he knows its pioneers and its oral tradition, respects its history and heritage and knows how to play and sing like nobodyelse – always tasteful and musicianly, but always burning with emotion. 

Chicago blues drummer and singer, Willie "The Touch" Hayes was a huge hit on his Festival debut last year – classy, charismatic, and the sharpest dresser in the city - with a terrific music. He’s back with his deep, smoky vocals, and his power-packed Band. Catch one of the blues world’s legends. 

Right out of rural Indiana comes The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. This fingerpickin', scrubboard scratchin', drum-bucket country blues trio conjure up such greats as Son House and Charley Patton. They apply great musicianship to direct and powerful blues with great songwriting, and a killer live show. They’ve had three top ten Billboard blues records, and toured all over the world, but are still rooted in the?Southern Indiana hills. Featuring the vocals and guitar of "Reverend" Josh Peyton, his wife Breezy Peyton on washboard/vocals, and Aaron Persinger on drums.

Hailing from Boise Idaho and now living in Memphis, John Nemeth is a musician on the way to stardom. His deeply forged amalgamation of scorching harmonica-driven blues and sweet blue-eyed soul makes him seem like kin to the long-gone stompers Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Jackie Wilson and rootsy blues heroes like Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson. 

Californian Earl Thomas sings like a man who's seen everything, rasping out songs in a well trained voice of grit and flint and hard travelling and after nearly two decades in the music business, he is in peak form. Soulful voice, great stage presence, packed with energy and charisma, and a top 7 piece band.

Blues singer and bass player from Portland, Oregon, Lisa Mann has got one of the best voices in the blues, deep rooted in Koko Taylor, Etta James, and Bonnie Raitt. It’s a voice that’s steeped in the authenticity and conviction of what she’s singing about, and belies her image – it’s big, dark and soulful. This is Lisa’s first UK tour, and she’s got a great band fronted by guitarist, Dudley Ross.

Blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter from St Louis, Doug McLeod, is a solo troubadour now, but paid his dues playing with George Harmonica Smith, Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton, and Big Joe Turner. He’s lived the life and he tells the stories with great wit and charm. An achingly emotive singer, a poignant song writer and a masterful guitarist, “Acoustic Artist of The Year” at the 2014 Blues Music Awards.

Cutting edge blues from the charismatic and energetic guitar slinger with a deep soulful voice, Lightnin' Malcolm. He takes his irresistible, hypnotic, foot stomping grooves from Juke Joints all across the Southern States to world stages, playing with mainstream artists such as Robert Plant, The Black Keys and the North Mississippi Allstars. First time in Edinburgh for the ultimate One Man Band (playing guitar, harmonica, and kick drums simultaneously) with the raw, rock steady sound, the electrifying power of the Hill Country Blues, and his charmingly melodic songwriting.

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