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Not a festival yet, (stay tuned for that!) BUT! We're keeping the Blues alive in the High Country! NEW RIVER BLUES SPRING GATHERING AT RIVER HOUSE INN~ OUR FALL GATHERINGS WERE SO SUCCESSFUL THAT DEMAND EXCEEDED OUR CAPACITY. SO WE'RE PRESENTING, BY POPULAR DEMAND, SPRING BLUES GATHERING DURING PEAK MOUNTAIN SPRING. An exclusive, intimate outdoor event presenting world-class music.
*SUNDAY MAY 2, 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,
*On the lawns of the gracious manse and the meadow by the beautiful New River 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 have available for purchase their excellent fare and 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!***
SANDRA HALL Empress Of The Blues. As a teenager in the 1960's, Sandra led The Exotics. People thought they were the Supremes, they were that good! They opened for Otis Redding, Joe Tex, Johnny Taylor, B.B. King, Jerry Butler, the Temptations, and the O’Jays at the legendary Royal Peacock on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. She soon went solo and immersed herself in the Blues. . Sandra has performed all over the world. This dazzling singer has been the featured artist at the world's most prestigious venues including the MONTREAUX JAZZ FESTIVAL. She has performed in the capitals of Europe --London, Paris, Rome--and taken her soul stirring show from country juke joints to Russia, always to wild acclaim. Ms. Hall takes the Blues from rightious to raunchy, soulful to sassy....she makes damn sure her audience has a grand time.
THE KING BEES~QUEEN BEE WILL BE CELEBRATING HER BIRTHDAY!
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 34t anniversary of the band and also the 19th 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.