The Abingdon Music Experience in conjunction with Abingdon Main Street presents the Main Street Blues street party on Saturday, June 22nd from 1:00 – 7:00 PM. Proceeds from the day’s event will go to the Abingdon Main Street Program.
Location: Main Street Abingdon from Wall Street to Cummings Street
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Time: 1:00 – 7:00 PM
Main Stage (Corner of Wall and Main)
1:30pm-2:20pm – Billy Crawford Band
2:30pm -3:45pm -Wallace Coleman
4:05pm- 5:15pm -Sam Cockrell
5:35pm-7:00pm -Alvin Youngblood Hart
Pickers stage (Corner of Cummings and Main)
1:00pm-2pm – Jamen Denton
2:30pm- 3:30pm – Marshal Ballew
4:00pm-5:00pm – Les Moore
Price: A suggested ticket price of $5 will be asked at the gate. You can purchase a ticket here ahead of time. The profits from the event will go to the Abingdon Main Street Program. Please bring your own lawn chair. The event will be on main street so you will need a chair.
Information: Call (276) 676-2282 for more information
Food and Beverages will be available at Bone Fire Smokehouse, Peppermill, and Ellis Soda Shoppe. No outside food or drink please. No coolers. Please bring your own lawn chair since this event is on Main Street.
Promotions of the events are brought to us by Bone Fire Brands.
Les Moore has been an devotee of blues music for over 20 years. He started singing in church as a child in Bassett, VA. While serving in the military in St. Louis, MO, he was encouraged to sing and play his guitar almost everywhere he went. After the military, he started his own band, The Blues Lapp Dogs, and began singing and playing in blues and supper clubs all over the Midwest.
Marshal Ballew is a songwriter and multi – instrumentalist based in northeast Tennessee. His dobro and lap steel work can be heard on recordings by David Childers, Christine Kane, Hot Guitar, Chris Rosser, The Gospel Playboys, Mama Said, Wanda Lu Greene, The Timber Rattlers, and Radiation Blues Banned. He has shared the stage with David Lindley, Jorma Kaukonen, Doc Watson, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men, Cindy Cashdollar, Acoustic Syndicate, Michael Reno Harrell, Mary Flower, Rank Outsiders and others.
Billy Crawford Band
Blues guitar might be associated with Mississippi, Texas and Chicago, but a man of the mid-South has something to say about that. The city of Bristol, smack on the Tennessee/Virginia border, claims itself as the birthplace of country music. But one of its native sons is making a huge blues noise.
The common denominator in all of this is Billy Crawford – raised playing bass in church, then gaining an early hard-rock pedigree on electric guitar. But for the past three decades, he has turned his six-string action toward the blues. For much of the 1990s, audiences around the world heard Crawford’s intense work with blues-rocker Deborah Coleman.
His Bristol-based Billy Crawford Band includes some of that region’s finest blues men. The fire is still burning blue from Crawford’s Guitar, as he rips through blues, ballads, rock, surf – even New Orleans-style. Underpinning it all is a band with plenty of energy and mastery of dynamics.
Wallace Coleman entered the blues fray after retiring from the Cleveland, OH, bakery where he unloaded trucks. He was born in 1936 in Morristown, TN, where he fell for the blues listening to Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Little Walter recordings on WLAC late night broadcasts out of Nashville. Jimmy Reed and Little Walter records inspired him to play the harmonica. Coleman taught himself to play on a 50 cent harp and developed lung power by imitating freight trains.
He followed his mother, who remarried and moved, to Cleveland, OH, in 1956; Wallace arrived a year later and found a career-lasting job at Hough Bakery where he played the harp during his breaks, honing his skills. He befriended the blues artists who came to town which wasn’t difficult to do since most played small clubs seating less than 100 patrons. So blues notables like Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, and others were accessible to aspiring musicians and fans. Amazingly, he didn’t perform in public until he was 51.
Career highlights include the Lockwood years, playing the Rose Center in his birthplace, Morristown, TN, and his enterprise: Pinto Blues Music where he has released a second CD entitled Stretch My Money.
Sam Cockrell and the Groove
Bass player and band leader Sam Cockrell has been playing music almost his entire life. He said he first played at a club called the Burning Spear when he was 9 years old. 31 years later this dynamic bass player and gifted singer has just finished recording his first CD and made his debut performance in Minneapolis.
Born in 1959, Cockrell grew up listening to the music of his time and cites diverse influences like Grand Funk Railroad, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, Yes, The Doobie Brothers and the Motown sound. As a child he saw the Jackson 5 and decided he wanted to play the bass, which has been his instrument ever since.
Sam’s band, The Groove, consists of guitar player Chris Forte, Saxophone player Howard Shaw and long time friend and drummer Rob Davis. These guys are full of energy and fun to watch. They play music that is geared to getting the crowd up and dancing. They cover a variety of genres and are just as comfortable playing R&B, pop, motown, rock and dance music as they are straight ahead blues – and they can do them all with style and aplomb. Variety is the bands specialty, and they play what the audience wants to hear. Sam’s trained voice also lends itself easily to just about any style of music, not being limited to just the blues. He has a clear, strong, confident voice, and when you combine that with his exciting bass playing and crowd pleasing good nature you get one great performer.
Alvin Youngblood Hart
The cosmic American love child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray! Known as a “musician’s musician,” Alvin Youngblood Hart‘s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Brit guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor. Since the release of his 1996 debut recording, the all-acoustic BIG MAMA’S DOOR, Hart has relayed his eclectic musical message around the world. A devout follower of the “no barriers” approach carved out by veteran performers like Gatemouth Brown and the late/great Doug Sahm, Hart aims to delight the masses and points to challenge the so-called blues purists.