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T-Bone Walker Blues Fest Announces 2016 Artist Lineup

The Keb' Mo' Band took their routinely sold out show to fans across North America during the summer and fall of 2015. Photo by Chuck Arlund.

LONGVIEW, TEXAS, January 19, 2016 – The Board of Directors of the non-profit T-Bone Walker Blues Fest, Inc. announced today that it has completed selection work on the artist lineup for the 2016 music festival. The festival will take place June 3-4 at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview.

Headlining the 11th annual event will be three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ whose recent album “BLUESAmericana” was awarded the Blues Music Association’s Best Contemporary Blues Album of 2015. Keb' Mo' backed by his three-piece band, will cap the Friday night program.

Opening for Keb' Mo' on Friday night will be Toronto, Ontario blues guitarist, singer, music historian Danny Marks. Marks may be known to local blues fans as the host of acclaimed documentary series “Cities in Blue” that featured stories of numerous blues musicians,
including many from Texas.

A fan favorite from the 2015 festival, The Eric Gales Band, will be returning for both Friday and Saturday night performances.

Eric Gales performs at the 2015 T-Bone-Walker-Blues-Fest. Photo by Jim King Photography.

Artists new to the festival this year are: Roy Gaines and his Orchestra "Tuxedo Blues," Andrew “Junior Boy” Jones with Kerrie Lepai, Gary “Whitey Johnson” Nicholson, Edwin Holt's Red Clay Roadhouse, Miss Marcy & Her Texas SugarDaddy's, and Robin and the Mystics.

A number of artists that played the festival during its years in Linden, prior to 2014 when it moved to Longview, will be returning for 2016. They are: Mel Davis & the Blues Specialists, A. J. and the Two Tone Blues Band, Rafael Espinoza Band, and Big Gus and Swampadelic.

Other returning artists, from the 2014 and 2015 events, will be Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Buddy Flett, Matthew Davidson Band, the Ally Venable Band, and Jimmy Wallace and the Stratoblasters.

The T-Bone Walker Blues Fest is named for the iconic musician Aaron Thibeaux Walker, who was born in 1910 near Linden, Texas, was a transformational figure in blues and rock music development, and is a member of both the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame.

“Danny Marks has earned the respect of successive generations of musicians for the depth of his musical knowledge, the elegance of his musical vocabulary, and his extraordinary skill and taste as a guitarist.” Greg Quill for the Toronto Star PhotoThe festival is a fund-raiser for the non-profit corporation whose mission is to showcase contemporary blues musicians and promote
a strong future for 'The Blues' genre.

News and information on the festival, and blues artists, as well as up to the minute information on the festival, can be found on the
festival's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/T-Bone-Walker-Blues-Fest-Inc-349894248368489.

 

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