DOM FLEMONS, BEVERLY "GUITAR" WATKINS, AND IRONING BOARD SAM TO PERFORM BILL WITH CHARLES BRADLEY& HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES, ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES, BOBBY PATTERSON
Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the Americana Music Association will present a performance by the Music Maker Blues Revue August 10
at the Damrosch Park Bandshell celebrating the twentieth anniversary of
the Music Maker Relief Foundation, the organization which helps
traditional southern musicians living in poverty. The event is part of
AmericanaFest NYC and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, St.
Paul & The Broken Bones, and Bobby Patterson will perform on the
The Music Maker Blues Revue will feature Dom Flemons, Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, and Ironing Board Sam:
* Dom Flemons – founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and
American Songster – will release his third solo album 'Prospect Hill' on
on Music Maker Relief Foundation. 'Prospect Hill' finds Flemons digging
deeply into ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music,
string band music, jug band music, fife and drum music, and ballads
idioms with showmanship and humor, reinterpreting the music to suite
21st century audiences.
* In 2012, Ironing Board Sam was named "Comeback Artist of the Year" by
Living Blues Magazine, made a triumphant return to a packed tent at the
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. In 2013 Sam performed at the
Byron Bay Bluesfest in Byron Bay, Australia, and will be traveling for
gigs all over the USA. In 2012, eMusic said, "'Ninth Wonder' is a superb
album for anyone interested in hearing a true maverick at work....
Here's the most entertaining eight tracks and nearly 22 minutes of
blues-based music likely to be released this year, and it should leave
you longing for more." He was crowned Most Outstanding Musician by
Living Blues in 2013 and returned to the Jazz Fest stage in 2014.
* "My style is real Lightnin' Hopkins lowdown blues. I call it hard
classic blues, stompin' blues, railroad smokin' blues," says Beverly
"Guitar" Watkins. If you've never seen a blues lady who can play her
guitar behind her head, belt out songs and roll over to sweet gospel,
you've never been in the house when Beverly "Guitar" Watkins was on
The performance will be in conjunction with a museum exhibition opening
at the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts, a new book "We Are the
Music Makers," a 2CD set of the same title, and a festival in North
Carolina in October.