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Showing posts with label Elmo Williams. Show all posts
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL 2014 MOVES TO CLARKSDALE, MS THIS OCTOBER! SPECIAL REUNIONS FROM SOLEDAD BROS, SOUTH FILTHY & MORE!

 
DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL 2014 MOVES DOWN SOUTH TO THE CRADLE OF THE BLUES THIS OCTOBER!
 
THREE-DAY FEST IN CLARKSDALE, MS TO FEATURE SPECIAL REUNIONS FROM SOLEDAD BROTHERS & SOUTH FILTHY, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER GREAT DEEP BLUES ACTS! 
 
 
 
Seven years after Chris Johnson started his first official Deep Blues Festival in the Twin Cities, the fest organizer and owner/operator of Bayport BBQ in Bayport, MN is moving the fest to Clarksdale, MS for three days in October. 

The core of the fest will be held at Shack Up Inn's Juke Joint Chapel and will boast a wealth of talented Deep Blues artists, such as Scott H. Biram, Kenny Brown (RL Burnside's slide guitar player for 30 years), Charlie Parr, Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early, Dale Beavers, Guadalupe Plata from Spain, James Leg (aka Black Diamond Heavies' John Wesley Myers), Boogaloosa Prayer and two very special reunions shows from Soledad Brothers and South Filthy

This year's fest won't be limited to just this venue and these acts, however, as it will continue to grow right up to its October residency, with many other Clarksdale venues and blues acts to be added. These new additions will be announced over the coming months as they're confirmed. 

Johnson, a passionate fan of Deep Blues music, gives an insight on how the fest originally took root, "The first official festival was August 2007 with 18 bands. It was on a golf course driving range just outside the Twin Cities. The summer before, I had a block party in my neighborhood with Scott H. Biram and the Black Diamond Heavies performing. I had done this type of thing each summer for years, and it was Scott that suggested I rent a room and have tickets so I didn't have to pay for it all myself.  I thought that sounded like a good idea, and thought I might have a few bands and make a night of it. I wrote to 18 bands and asked if they were interested and every one replied immediately that they wanted in. I couldn't say no to anyone, so that's how we ended up with an all day event."

"I really like the opportunity to share all these outsider bands with new fans," Johnson admits. "Once people hear them, they're hooked. All these bands should be so much more popular. I think the whole world should know their music. The two reunion events of South Filthy and the Soledad Brothers this year are very special. Also, the return of Scott H. Biram to the Deep Blues Festival is very special to me personally. I consider him to be the epitome of deep blues or punk blues."

Johnson is also doing something a bit different this year, as he's asking for "benefactors" to help fund the fest with $100 donations. All benefactors will also receive perks, such as the first opportunity to reserve rooms at the Shack Up Inn, along with guaranteed admission to the late night shows at the Chapel. "We've been fortunate to have many generous fans already make these contributions," Johnson said. "I'd say we're about a third of the way there already."

"As with all of the Deep Blues Festivals, we anticipate fans and bands to join us from all over the world," Johnson said. "Hope you'll think about joining us too."
 
THU. OCT. 16 LINEUP
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FRI. OCT. 17 LINEUP
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SAT. OCT. 18 LINEUP
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ENTIRE FEST EMCEED BY DJ HWY 7
 
 
FOR MORE INFO ON THE DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL 2014:
 
FOR MORE INFO ABOUT BECOMING A BENEFACTOR OF THE DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL CONTACT: 
Chris Johnson: bayportbbq@comcast.net
 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

THE NATCHEZ BURNING - Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early



Both Elmo Williams and Hezekiah Early are from Natchez, Mississippi. Hezekiah, formerly of Hezekiah and the House Rockers, is still the only man going who can simultaneously beat drums and blow through harmonica with the aid of electrician's tape and a mike stand. Hezekiah has no competition - that must be nice.



Elmo, armed with a Yamaha guitar and a full Fender Band Master stack, does everything else. For Elmo, learning riffs has always come easy, as having respect for others, their beliefs, values, and personal property has always been difficult. The harder he tries to respect others, the harder it gets. Things would be a lot easier if he's just give up. When not in church praying or playing guitar, Elmo mostly enjoys staying out of trouble.



Hezekiah loves busting big ol' deer damn straight dead with his rifle both in, and out, of season. If he's really bored he might eat some of it. He also enjoys driving his Thunderbird with the accelerator stomped all the way down. It makes him feel good about himself, grinding that floppy accelerator past where it should stop and into the carpet. This style of driving is Hezekiah's way of giving something back to America, his own personal way of standing up for the rights of All-American men.



Don't think for a second that these acts don't go unnoticed. Ask anyone in Natchez - Hezekiah Early has a humdinger of a reputation.



- Matthew Johnson