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1:00 PM
Howard Guitar Luedtke, and Blue Max

One of the most versatile groups around, Howard "Guitar" Luedtke & Blue Max is a Western Wisconsin rock blues band that has performed all over the Midwest. Many who have seen Howard and Blue Max have become fans of Howard's talented slide guitar playing and the band's rockin' electric blues sound. They will undoubtedly start the day off Right! 


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3:00 PM
Altered Five

"As authentic as a tangy Memphis soul stew, Altered Five breathes fire into deep groove, original R&B and blues. Led by the passion and polish of barrel-chested singer Jeff 'JT' Taylor and the explosive, fret-bending guitarist Jeff Schroedl, the five blues brothers play vital music that nurtures the spirit and moves the body."

               --Dave Rubin, Award-winning blues journalist


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5:00 PM
The Rusty Wright Band

The band's current lineup includes Rusty and Laurie Wright on guitars and vocals, David Brahce on keyboards and Hammond B3,,and Peter Haist on drums/harmony vocals. Former Grand Funk Railroad bassist Dennis Bellinger joined the group in June, 2012. In addition to shows with Skynyrd and Burks, the Rusty Wright Band has shared stages and billing with an eclectic array of roots and rock acts including the late Etta James, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Charlie Musselwhite, Leslie West & Mountain, Janiva Magness, Zac Harmon, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Blessid Union of Souls, Slaughter, Bettye Lavette, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad), Nick Moss, and many others.

"The Rusty Wright Band traces their history back to Michigan and 2004, when Rusty and Laurie Wright formed the band. Today guitarists and vocalists Randy and Laurie are joined by keyboardist Dave Brahce, drummer Peter Haist, and bassist Dennis Bellinger. They have developed into one of the finest blues bands that you may have never heard. They have now returned with their fourth album, This, That, & The Other Thing. Rusty Wright wrote nine of the 11 tracks that are straight-ahead blues with incisive lyrics. The lyrics of "Pen & Sword" explore the current political and social issues of the United States. The two covers, Mountain's "Mississippi Queen" and AC/DC's reworked "Whole Lotta Rosie" are moved over to a blues format. The Rusty Wright Band and their new album are fine examples of the blues being alive and well."

– Brenden Kelley --Music Critic


Shaun Murphy Band at 2014 Blues Cafe, March 8, 2014

7:00 PM
Shaun Murphy Band
Double Blues Blast Award Winner

Shaun started her career signing with Motown records as half of the duo known as Stoney & Meatloaf. Upon the dissolution of the duo, Stoney later changed her name to Shaun Murphy. She sang in the productions of the musicals "Hair", and "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heartsclub Band", and has shared the stage with such notables as Little Feat, Eric Clapton, and Bob Seger. Shaun has worked with Bob Seger since 1973, and continues to travel as an integral part of The Bob Seger Band to this day. You may not recognize the name, but you most assuredly will recognize and appreciate the glorious sound of her voice!
Shaun recently swept the Blues Blast Music Awards for which she was nominated:
Best Female Blues Artist Of The Year, and
Best Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year for her release of "Ask For The Moon"

"When an artist possesses a resume as impressive as Shaun Murphy, you already know they are the real deal. When you hear Shaun's voice live, your ears do not lie; she is an angel who stepped out of the Angelic Choir and is walking this earth."

– John 'Blueshammer' Hammer; Blue Monday Monthly Tabloid and Hammered by the Blues Radio.


Joe Louis Walker

9:00 PM
Joe Louis Walker Band
International Blues Hall of Fame Member

In 2013, when The Blues Foundation inducted award-winning blues master Joe Louis Walker into The Blues Hall Of Fame, the recognition was humbling. "I am honored to be in the company of the great artists already inducted," Walker said at the time. "I hope to live up to the honor." Joining the ranks of previous inductees including B.B. King, Hound Dog Taylor, Koko Taylor, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Etta James, Howlin' Wolf and other blues greats while still at the peak of his musical powers, is, as Walker says, "a dream come true."

And he does indeed live up to the honor. Simply put, Joe Louis Walker is one of the greatest bluesmen of his generation. He is known worldwide as one of the genre's top musical trailblazers—a mesmerizing guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist. On his dynamic new CD, Hornet's Nest, Walker's music is equal parts rock ‘n' roll fire and blistering, passionate blues. The New York Times raves, "Walker is a singer with a Cadillac of a voice. He delivers no-nonsense, gutsy blues. His guitar solos are fast, wiry and incisive, moaning with bluesy despair." Rolling Stone simply calls him "ferocious."

Hornet's Nest was recorded in Nashville and produced by songwriter/drummer Tom Hambridge (producer of James Cotton's Cotton Mouth Man, Buddy Guy's Grammy-winning CDs Skin Deep and Living Proof, as well as albums for Susan Tedeschi, George Thorogood and Walker's previous CD, Hellfire). Hornet's Nest—featuring 12 songs, including nine new originals—blends Walker's boundless energy and his myriad influences into a contemporary blues tour-de-force. His always-inventive guitar playing is matched note-for-note by his fervent vocals. From menacing, hard rocking electric blues to cool Memphis funk to R&B rave-ups to Sunday morning gospel, Walker's blues—fierce and untamed, adventurous and fun—continue to define the genre.

According to Walker, the album, with Tom Hambridge at the helm, was a joy to make. The band—Hambridge on drums, Reese Wynans on B-3 organ and piano, Rob McNelley on guitar, and Tommy MacDonald on bass—pushed Walker to deliver his absolute best performances. "It comes through loud and clear," Walker says. "If I don't believe it, nobody is gonna believe it. And ain't nobody is gonna listen to it or buy it. Tom made everything exciting."

Joe Louis Walker was born in San Francisco on Christmas Day, 1949. He was raised and schooled in the famed and dangerous Fillmore District. His parents were both from the South and they brought their love of blues with them when they headed west. Walker's dad played blues piano, and his mom played B.B. King records. Walker picked up the guitar as a child, and by the time he was 16, was an in-demand musician on the local club scene, regularly backing touring blues artists rolling through town. As a 16-year-old, he was the house guitarist at San Francisco's famed musical playground, The Matrix, where he played with or opened shows for everyone from Lightnin' Hopkins to Jimi Hendrix to Thelonious Monk. In addition to his work at The Matrix, he was a regular at Bill Graham's famed Fillmore West. San Francisco's music scene was quickly becoming a melting pot of blues, jazz and psychedelic rock, and Walker was right in the center of it. These ear-opening surroundings explain the ease with which Walker blends blues, rock, gospel, jazz and country, making it seem as if the walls between the genres never existed in the first place.

"Powerful, soul-stirring, fierce and gritty. A legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues." –NPR Music

"Fine and fierce…gritty gutbucket blues, joyous Stones-style rock and aching R&B." –Billboard

"Commanding and wide-ranging blues-rock…sheer passion and defiant authenticity."" –Living Blues

Read Ron Hoerter's recent CD Review of "Hornet's Nest" here.


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With Lonesome Dan Kase playing acoustic sets between main-stage acts.
Lonesome Dan Kase

"The music he plays hasn't been heard (at least by most) in 70 years. It is captivating music, full of raw and throaty vocals, and intense finger -picking guitar work. It's foot-stompin'...music of a bygone era: nostalgic music that takes you back even if you've never been there before."

- James Stambaugh, The Northern Light

 

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