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River House Inn 1896 Old Field Creek Road, Grassy Creek, NC 28631
We're keeping the Blues alive in the High Country!
*SUNDAY SEPT 4, 1-6 pm River House Inn, Grassy Creek NC, near West Jefferson
*In the meadow by the beautiful New River with plenty of room for social distancing.
*Please, no coolers and no pets. Food and beverages available for purchase.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Many of you have requested info: High Country accommodations for the festival... Our venue, River House Inn, is a bed & breakfast with wonderful rooms!
***We thank WETS FM Johnson City Tennessee for Media sponsorship!***
As a young teenager in rural Kentucky Roy Roberts picked up the guitar and hasn't put it down yet. A move to North Carolina when he was 18 brought Roy's immense guitar prowess to the attention of preeminent touring musicians. Soon Roy was on the road with Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, and King Solomon Burke. By the mid-1960's, Roy's rich, expressive baritone and masterful guitar propelled him into his own recording and performing career. His distinctive, soulful blues has taken him over this country and many others. Roy has won innumerable awards for producing stellar albums of Blues greats on his label Rock House records, as well as awards for performance and for Keeping The Blues Alive. Roy Roberts has been inducted in the Beach Music Hall of Fame. Most importantly, as a peerless entertainer for over 60 years, Roy enthralls international audiences with a show that brims with dynamism and soulful zest.
THE KING BEES CELEBRATING 35 YEARS OF STINGIN' THE BLUES in 2022!!
The King Bees, Rob "Hound Dog" Baskerville and Penny "Queen Bee" Zamagni produce NEW RIVER BLUES FESTIVAL. They call Ashe County home, but travel the world with their Blues and American Roots music. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the band and also the 20th year of New River Blues Festival which they created and produce.
In the mid-1980's Baskerville and Zamagni began traveling the deep-South looking for and mentoring under Blues artists of historical, cultural, and musical significance. Many blues greats took them under their wing and nurtured and guided The King Bees toward the sound of authenticity. With Baskerville on guitar and keys and Zamagni on vocals, bass, and as song smith, The King Bees honed their art with many Blues masters. By 1990 they had been touring and recording with some of the most culturally important of Blues artists. In the early 1990's they were signed to a European label and began touring internationally.
The King Bees have performed on festival stages in Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, and London as well as taking their show across numerous countries. Their love of American Roots music has taken them from Mississippi juke joints to several performances at Lincoln Center. They collaborated with Rock n' Roll Hall-of-Fame member Bo Diddley and were featured on The B.B. King Birthday Tour. Baskerville and Zamagni are also recognized as Blues historians, represent and book Blues artists of note, and produce Blues festivals across the South. Veteran drummer extraordinaire, Jim "Jimmy The Groove" Gillon will be laying down the big blues beat.
*"Queen Bee Zamagni belts it out with the best, backed by a superb band highlighted by the burning riffs of Hound Dog Baskerville." The Charlotte Observer.
*"Legendary Blues stylists..." The Knoxville Journal.
*"Excellent...Queen Bee Zamagni has a strong, swinging, slinky voice used to good effect on every number. Fine straight blues all the way..Tasty!" Blues & Rhythm, England
Philip NITRO Bozeman rambled from Montgomery, Alabama to Chicago where he came of age watching, learning from, then joining, the Windy City's best Blues performers such as Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters and a legion of others. Before long he was picking up tips from Junior Wells and becoming a fireball of a harp player. Along his winding journey the strong and sturdy Nitro had a career in boxing, but never gave up his music. Eventually Nitro landed in Florida where his musical calling led him to popularity and success in the state's vigorous Blues scene. Thirty-five years ago he met a young, hot guitarist, Gene "Sarasota Slim" Hardage, who was making waves of his own in the Sunshine State and also internationally. Don't miss these seasoned Bluesmen combining their forces to create a robust, unvarnished sound that gets to the heart and soul of what authentic Blues is all about!
".. a pair of consummate, Florida-based bluesman who work together like the best of the great Blues partnerships." Tampa Bay This Week