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"Bringing a whole new generation of talent back to the crossroads where the blues began!"

On Friday, May 9th, Delta Groove Music continues the annual tradition of its highly regarded concert series at the Ground Zero Blues Club located in the heart of historic downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi. This monumental event will follow on the heels of what is considered to be the single most important night of the year in blues - the 2008 Blues Music Awards. The All-Star Blues Revue will be hosted by Bill Wax (XM Radio) along with a surprise celebrity guest, and documented on film for an upcoming television special. You can expect to see an entire festivals worth of talent showcased during this colossal event featuring many of your favorite Delta & Eclecto Groove artists and friends.

The Mannish Boys: (Nominee for Band of the Year) (Richard Innes - Nominee for Best Blues Drummer) (Kid Ramos - Best Blues Guitarist)

Reviving the spirit of such legendary revues of the past as the American Folk Blues Festival, the Johnny Otis Show, or the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, The Mannish Boys carry this grand tradition forward into the 21st century with their assembly of astonishing talent that combines the very best of the younger and older generation of the blues.

The Mannish Boys
(Nominee for Band of the Year)
Kid Ramos (Nominee for Best Blues Guitarist)
Richard Innes (Nominee for Best Blues Drummer)
Finis Tasby • Frank “Paris Slim” Goldwasser
Kirk Eli Fletcher • Tom Leavey • Randy Chortkoff
and newest member of the band Bobby Jones.


Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band: (Nominee for Soul Blues Artist of the Year)

Timeless Rhythm & Blues delivered with style and flair that recall the soulful sounds of Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Bobby 'Blue' Bland. The Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band delivers a sweaty, energetic funky good time that would make James Brown 'The Godfather of Soul' proud.


Phillip Walker: (Nominee for Traditional Male Blues Artist of the Year)

Legendary Gulf Coast guitarist whose pedigree comes from a long line of influential blues guitar masters including T-Bone Walker, Clarence ?Gatemouth? Brown, Frankie Lee Sims and Lonesome Sundown. Phillip Walker truly is one of the last of his generation that combines the swampy flavor of Louisiana, the stinging tone of the Lone Star State of Texas, and the swinging sophistication of West Coast Blues.


The Insomniacs: (Nominee for Best New Artist Debut)

Contagiously infectious jump blues and swing which draws inspiration from such West Coast luminaries as Alex Schultz, Hollywood Fats, Little Charlie and Junior Watson. The Insomniacs have proven in just a short amount of time that they have what it takes to carry this music forward for future generations to come.


Los Fabulocos featuring Kid Ramos: (Nominee for Best Blues Guitarist)

A spicy and tantalizing blend of Tex Mex, Blues, R&B and Rock-A-Billy delivered with honesty, sincerity and passion. Los Fabulocos? special brand of roots oriented music shares much in common with the sounds of such pioneering acts as Los Lobos, the Texas Tornados and the Hacienda Brothers and is powered by the muscular tone of Kid Ramos? slashing guitar.


Lynwood Slim:

His tasteful and sophisticated approach to music blurs the lines between jazz and blues. Lynwood Slim incorporates his unique sense of swing with strong ensemble playing and smooth vocals, and can easily move between the amplified Chicago harp styles of Big Walter Horton to the relaxed West Coast ease of George ?Harmonica? Smith.


Jason Ricci & New Blood:

A sonically explosive ensemble that crisscrosses the audible landscape and envelopes all forms of music stylistically in their path. Jason Ricci is that rare individual that comes along once in a generation with the unique ability to redefine the role of his instrument (the harmonica) and forever change the course of music history.


Mike Zito:

Powerful original songwriting, richly expressive vocals, and intense solo guitar work are the foundation upon with which Zito builds to deliver his positive messages about love, compassion and respect. Mike Zito unashamedly and openly wears his heart on his sleeve permitting the listener to take a journey into the mind of this uniquely introspective and gifted artist.


John Black:

An amalgamation of the African American musical heritage which combines soul, gospel, funk and hip-hop, while tracing its roots all the way back to its humble origins - the blues. John Black infuses his uniquely crafted music with contemporary urban rhythms and hauntingly earthy acoustic slide guitar which pays tribute to the bygone era of Leadbelly, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.

And lots of special guests!

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