OUR STATE MAGAZINE
"One of the Top Ten Ways
To Spend Labor Day"
River House Inn 1896 Old Field Creek Road, Grassy Creek, NC 28631
At River House Inn, Grassy Creek, NC
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Dance in a mountain meadow by a sparkling river to World-Class music! ~Food, mixed & soft drinks, beer and wine available for purchase!
Bring lawn chairs, blankets, the kids, umbrellas, canopies (rain or shine). Kids 12 & under free.
No coolers or pets on lawn please!
GREAT LOCAL FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE. Vegetarian options will also be available.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Many of you have requested info: High Country accommodations for the festival... Our fest venue, River House Inn, is a bed & breakfast with wonderful rooms, but usually booked a year in advance!
Nations Inn in West Jefferson is serving as our "official" hotel and is a good choice with great rates.
The High County Host will also be a good source of info. There is also fabulous camping near-by. Visit NEW RIVER STATE PARK for information. Get all info re: dining, accommodations, camping, and activities in our area from our good friends at the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce.
***We thank WETS FM Johnson City Tennessee for Media sponsorship!***
New River Blues Festival has yearned for many years to bring the revered legacy of The Foddrells to our stage, We're honored that this year The Foddrells, Lynn and his cousin Douglas Turner, will open our festival. Lynn is the son of Turner Foddrell (1928 – 1995), and the grandson of Posey Foddrell (1898 –1985) This musical Stuart, Virginia family spans back to the 1800's. Grandfather Posey was a multi-instrumentalist who trained all his 5 sons, Lynn's father and uncles, to play music, from Piedmont style blues to bluegrass to gospel. In the early 1980's Lynn performed with his father Turner and Uncle Marvin at Ferrum College’s Folk Life Festival, but soon their musical world widened. The Foddrell's performed at the World's Fair in Knoxville, Tn., in Washington D.C. for the Festival of American Folklife sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute, and both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. They also toured through Europe. When Marvin died, Turner and Lynn continued as a performing and recording duo until Turner's death. Although two elderly Foddrell uncles are still living and play guitars, banjo, and piano, they don’t do public shows. “I’m the last of the Mohicans," says Lynn Foddrell.
These blues firebrands are the founding members of Florida's premier and enormously influential swamp-blues gumbo, Packrat's Smokehouse. "Packrat" Thompson is an untamed and impassioned vocalist/harmonica player, whose sound conjures up the torrid Louisiana swamp and gives it root in the steamy Florida lowlands."Top" Thomas's guitar spits incendiary solos bathed in the deep grooves of the bayous, evoking the pine flatwoods and sultry cypress bottoms of Central Florida. Smokehouse" recorded four groundbreaking CDs in the 90's that defined the genre of Florida Swamp Blues. Living Blues Magazine said: "The year was a great one for blues recording, but this irrepressible set of updated swamp blues earns this reviewer's vote as the best .."
Back by popular demand!
Shorty cut his musical teeth with legends Sam & Dave, James Brown, and Johnny Guitar Watson. The young Elbert Ferguson began his career in 1958 and was soon known for his wild acrobatics and extraordinary guitar prowess.Willie Dixon credits seeing Git Shorty perform as the inspiration behind Buddy Guy's stage persona. Git Shorty's "trickerations" and antics were like nothing Dixon had ever seen, and he advised Buddy to follow suit. James Brown was sold on the pyrotechnic guitarist and brought him into his band, where Shorty learned the ropes of professional show business, the necessary discipline, and the fact that even a great player needs to be a dynamite entertainer. A bandleader in his own right, Git Shorty can rock with the best, can tear into Hendrix licks, or make his guitar sing B.B. King style..But most importantly he has his own unbridled, soulful sound and tour de force show!
Grammy nominated artists, Ike and Val Woods, have brought their joyously soulful show throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. Veterans of the deep-South music scene, their roots are profoundly planted in the bedrock of gospel and blues. Ike's smoldering guitar, Val's passionate vocals, and their sparkling showmanship all combine to raise blues to new levels of exuberance. Living Blues Magazine: "..uplifting..refreshing and genuine.. ..a remarkable guitarist.. ..top notch..".
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. Multi-instrumentalist and High Country impresario, David Brewer will again 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.