Thursday, August 6, 2009

Blues Briefs : New Robben Ford Live Album, Mile High Blues Festival, Joe Bonamassa, Ryan McGarvey, Back Door Slam... More

Some newsworthy happenings in the world of blues and blues rock : Guitar great Robben Ford is set to release the long awaited live album 'Soul On Ten', recorded this past April via Concord Records August 11th.

This weekend sees the first blues festival held in Denver, Colorado in 5 years with the first annual Mile High Blues Festival. Held August 8th and 9th, the festical headliner will be none other than "New King Of The Blues", hard rockin' guitarist Joe Bonamassa.

Other featured acts include Bernard Allison, Jimmy Thackery, Curtis Salgado and the pride of Albuquerque, New Mexico, fast rising (and brand new Fender guitar endorsee) blues rock guitarist Ryan McGarvey. It will be the first festival appearance for 22 year old McGarvey (who recently joined fellow rising star Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam for the majority of their set in Santa Fe) since replacing long time bassist Kevin Kraybill with Sam Miller. Rumor has it of a possible joint appearance between Bonamassa and McGarvey during the festival, so if you don't have your tickets, this would be an excellent opportunity to see some scorching blues rock. UPDATE : It appears that McGarvey will be joining Bonamassa sometime during his headlining set on Sunday the 9th so those who will be in the Denver area, or surrounding areas be sure to go, as it's sure to be extra special.

Speaking of Mr. Knowles, the reconfigured Back Door Slam, who recently released the Peter Frampton produced 'Coming Up For Air' is joining up as opening act for new rock supergroup Chickenfoot (Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony, Chad Smith) on the latest leg of their North American tour.

Last but certainly not least, Sun Records music legend Billy Lee Riley passed away August 2nd at the age of 75 from complications of colon cancer. One of his best known songs was the Billy “The Kid” Emerson composition “Red Hot.” Another was the Ray Scott-penned “Flyin’ Saucers Rock ‘N’ Roll” which featured Roland Janes on lead guitar, Jerry Lee Lewis on piano, and James Van Eaton on drums. Riley also played on many sessions for Sun Records including Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire.”

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