Ribberfest: The Best of the Blues
Thursday, August 15, 2013 11:00 AM
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Blues and barbeque competitions will converge on the riverfront this weekend for the 12th annual Madison Ribberfest with two full days of blues performances.
Lloyd Jones Band
Lloyd Jones, of Portland, Ore., has created six albums over his 30-year career as a singer and guitarist. Jones and his band will open the festival this year.
Jones is known as a dedicated touring act who has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Dr. John and Buddy Guy.
The six-piece band includes Jones on guitar and vocals, Mark Griffith on drums, Denny Bixby on bass and vocals, Dover Weinberg on keyboards and vocals, Rudy Draco on tenor saxophone and Warren Rand on alto saxophone.
Cash Box Kings
The Cash Box Kings are a Chicago blues band that carries the spirit of 1940s, 50s blues, as well as earlier delta blues.
Their last two albums "I-94 Blues" and "Cuttin' Heads Live" both spent three consecutive months in the "Top Ten of the Living Blues U.S. Radio Charts."
The band includes a rotating cast, but Joe Nosek, harmonica and vocals, Joel Paterson, guitar and vocals, Oscar Wilson, vocals and guitar and Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith, drums and vocals, are the anchor members.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Robert Randolph and the Family Band are known for their upbeat live performances and blending blues, soul, funk, gospel, rock and R&B.
Leading the band on the pedal steel guitar is Robert Randolph, who was listed on Rolling Stones' "100 Greatest Guitarist of All-time" list.
Other band members include drummer Marcus Randolph, bass guitarist Danyel Morgan, vocalist Lenesha Randolph, keyboardist and guitarist Brett Andrew Haas, and one of three rotating rhythm guitarists: Joey Williams of Blind Boys of Alabama, Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff and Cousin Ray-Ray.
The band's newest album, "Lickety Split" was released this month.
Dog House Kitchen
Dog House Kitchen, a Louisville-based blues band, first got together in 2010, playing occasional gigs and writing original music whenever possible. The group booked studio time in 2011 for its first studio album, "Take a Chance," released later that year.
Band members describe their distinct sound on their Facebook page as "New Orleans, meets Memphis, meets Chicago, meets Detroit, meets Nashville, meets Muscle Shoals." Dog House Kitchen went back to the studio in 2012 with a new lineup to record their second album.
Dust Radio, made up of John Damato and Craig Ligman, write and sing their own music. The band primarily plays acoustic blues music.
Josh Garrett is a blues singer and guitar player haling from Los Angeles. He has released three albums to date, "String of Problems" in 2011, Live on Printer's Alley in 2009 and Changed Man in 2008.
In 2010, Garrett moved back to Louisiana, after living in Nashville Tenn, and began work on his third album, String of Problems. He says about his return, via his website biography, "I was rejuvenated by moving back to Louisiana; I love it here so much."
Known for deep, soulful vocals and bluesy guitar, Carolyn Wonderland draws influence from the Texas blues scene.
The band's first album, "Peace Meal," was released in 2008.
The Carolyn Wonderland website describes the album as "Blues licks to gospel crooning and her famous whistling to peace anthems, Wonderland gathers all her friends and inspirations and pulls out all the stops to give music fans all they can handle."
Rick Estrin is a harmonica player, singer and songwriter. His blues music is influenced by traditional blues musicians like Sonny Boy Williams II and Little Walter Jacobs.
Estrin was awarded a 2013 Blues Music Award for Instrumentalist Of The Year for his harmonica playing.
In 2009, Estrin and his band, The Nightcats, released their album, "Twisted." Their latest album is called One Wrong Turn.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Saturday's headliner is Kenny Wayne Shepherd, a young blues musician with seven top 10 hits on the Billboard Blues charts.
His latest album, "How I Go," was released in 2011. It is his sixth studio album.
The self taught guitar player started when he was seven years old, living in Louisiana after meeting legendary guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
By the time he was 13 years old, Shepherd had already shared the stage with New Orleans blues legend Bryan Lee.
Shepherd continues to create music infused with his blues and rock n' roll influences.