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River House Inn 1896 Old Field Creek Road, Grassy Creek, NC 28631
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Not a festival this year, BUT! We're keeping the Blues alive in the High Country! NEW RIVER BLUES GATHERING II AT RIVER HOUSE INN~ GATHERING I WAS SO SUCCESSFUL THAT DEMAND EXCEEDED OUR CAPACITY. SO WE'RE PRESENTING, BY POPULAR DEMAND, GATHERING II DURING PEAK LEAF SEASON. An exclusive, intimate outdoor event presenting world-class music. *SUNDAY OCT. 18, 1-5 pm Tickets by phone reservation only: 336 982 2109, River House Inn, Grassy Creek NC, near West Jefferson
*GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! Limited tickets/seating to insure safety and to follow state restrictions. $50 advance tickets for purchase at: 336 982 2109,
Ticket price includes Blues Plate Special, River House's Jambalaya!
*On the lawns of the gracious manse and the meadow by the beautiful New with plenty of room for social distancing. We ask our friends to please bring masks. Feel free to bring blankets, lawn chairs, also seating will be provided.
*Please, no coolers. River House will serve jambalaya and have available for purchase their excellent beverages.
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!***
MAC ARNOLD-When the piano player in your very first band is none other than James Brown, you know that amazing things in music lie ahead. That's how it was for Mac Arnold. In 1965 Mac moved to Chicago and was soon given the stellar position of bass player in The Muddy Waters Band, the band that shaped the bedrock foundation of classic Windy City blues. Regular guests of the band included Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, and Mike Bloomfield. Mac and the band often provided the backing for all the biggest blues legends. In the '70's Mac moved to Los Angeles and produced Soul Train with his friend Don Cornelius. He even played bass on the Sanford & Son television show between gigs with Otis Redding and B.B. King. A highlight of Mac's performances these days is when he returns to the fundamentals of his music and plays his homemade gas can guitar. This show is one to fully satiate the appetite of real-deal blues fans who want the very best, authentic fare.
THE KING BEES~CELEBRATING 33 YEARS OF STINGIN' & SWINGIN'
The King Bees, Rob "Hound Dog" Baskerville and Penny "Queen Bee" Zamagni call Ashe County home, but travel the world with their Blues and American Roots music. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the band and also the 17th 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 jukes 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 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
Here comes our blues fans' best-loved Zydeco train! Ceasar is a New River Blues Festival favorite & dear friend! Donald Ceasar is an artist of exceptional versatility, performing on drums, harmonica, and keyboards while singing lead vocals and laying down high-spirited dance steps. Ceasar hales from the bayous of Louisiana, in the heart of Creole and Cajun country where his grandfather, Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin and other family members were pioneers and founding fathers of Cajun Zydeco music. Ceasar has been entertaining audiences since childhood with his Cajun family band and opening for and sharing the stage with legendary artists such as Rocking Sidney, Fats Domino, Dr. John, The Nevilles, B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, and James Brown. Ceasar delivers a sizzling musical-gumbo full of the succulent flavors of Louisiana. "..possibly the hippest entertainer in the Carolinas.” Jim Otis, The State, Columbia,SC.