GATEMOUTH  BROWN- THE BLUES GREATEST MUSICIAN?

  In the history of what we popularly consider to be the Blues, who do you think might be the greatest musician? That is a very hard and revealing question— I’d have to mention Lonnie Johnson for sure, Little Walter,…

La Vern Baker and Women and the Blues

In 1993, because so many of our really good Bay Area blues entertainers are women and deserved to be honored, we set about to book the ‘Women and the Blues” edition of the Fountain Blues Festival. It was somewhat hard…

BO DIDDLEY

Bo Diddley is about the coolest dude I ever booked or worked with. The first time he played the FBF he was a last minute add-on. In the area and interested in picking up a few bucks. I believe we…

R. L. BURNSIDE

R. L. Burnside was a dream come true to a Blues Festival booker on a college campus, fighting the irritating “the blues is old folk’s music” clichés that you heard from students all the time. R. L. was <span style=”text-decoration:…

Johnnie Shines and Roy Rogers

I had had this idea about featuring an entire festival of the slide guitar, because I loved the sound and it seemed to belong to the blues. I called my favorite and, certainly, the festival’s favorite slide player, Roy Rogers,…