Weekly blues jam including various blues artists.
Live at Gypsy Highway
Avey Grouws Band met at a Quad Cities blues jam along the Iowa side of the Mississippi River and leaped onto the scene with their 2020 debut album 'The Devil May Care', which hit #10 on the Billboard Blues Chart & #24 2020 Year-End Roots Music Report Top Contemporary Blues Albums Chart. AGB won top honors in the Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition as well as in the International Songwriting Competition, was nominated for Best New Artist Debut Album in the 2020 BBMAs, and is nominated in 4 categories in the Independent Blues Awards. They just finished recording their highly-anticipated 2nd album "Tell-Tale Heart" in Nashville with Grammy award winner Casey Wasner (Keb' Mo', Taj Mahal, Robben Ford). The album will drop in the fall of 2021.
"(The Devil May Care) is one of the best debut albums I've heard, not only in Blues but across all genres." UK Radio
"Avey Grouws Band channels its pent-up enthusiasm and not slight musical ability toward an individuated brand of blues-rock that recommends its first album." - Frank-John Hadley, DownBeat Magazine
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Billy Branch will be the resident artist for the first 2022 Mississippi Valley Blues Society (MVBS) Blues in the Schools program and will also appear for an MVBS fund-raising event at the Village Theatre, in the Village of East Davenport!
Billy Branch is an Emmy Award winner, a three-time Grammy Award nominee, and a retired Grammy governor. He’s won multiple Blues Music Awards (BMA), two Living Blues Critics’ Awards, and two BMA Keeping the Blues Alive Awards for his Blues in Schools programs. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of both the Blues Foundation and the Little Walter Foundation. His touring career began with his seven-year tenure as a harmonica player in the Willie Dixon All Stars. He is also a recipient of an Addy Award which is like an Oscar for TV ads for his on-screen commercial work. Billy Branch is also a proud recipient of the coveted City of Chicago’s Esteemed Artist Award, in addition to numerous humanitarian awards. Branch is most proud of being a 2020 inductee into the International Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame Museum in Memphis. When you visit the museum you can see an installation display honoring his musical legacy. Billy’s work is also included in the Grammy Museum’s Woody Guthrie installation entitled SONGS OF CONSCIENCE, SOUNDS OF FREEDOM.
Billy Branch has been called the Ambassador of the Chicago Blues because he has spent nearly fifty years representing the Blues legacy around the world. He’s presented America’s rich cultural Blues heritage to audiences from the Halls of Parliament in the Republic of Turkey to the beautiful countries of South America, Central America, and Mexico, to Europe, to Australia, to the exotic countries of Asia, including Japan and the Republic of China. He’s also appeared on over three hundred recordings; fifteen under his own name. He is one of the last living bluesmen to have been mentored by the original blues giants.
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20 Acts / Two Nights
27th Winter Blues Fest in Des Moines, Iowa. 20 acts over two nights all under one roof and out of the cold! The lineup includes Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Junior Watston, RJ Mischo & Friends, Shawn Holt & The Teardrops, Igor Prado, Alastair Greene, Altered Five Blues Band, Legendary Shack Shakers, Keeshea Pratt Band, Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations, The Matt Woods Band, RJ Micho, and more! See the full lineup on the Winter Blues Fest site.
Live at Gypsy Highway
Born in Cuba and raised in Chicago, IL, Eddie Turner plays a diverse blend of rock, voodoo blues, and R&B peppered with African rhythms. Vintage Guitar quoted his album Rise as “personal super-modern music with verve and drive.” Guitar Player Magazine praised Eddie – “Turner’s otherworldly, atmospheric guitar style colors the inventive disc.”
In 2005, Eddie released his album Rise, which resulted in a Blues Music Award nomination for Best New Artist Debut and was followed by 2006’s The Turner Diaries, both to rave reviews from the press and fans. In 2010, he released his third album with the label, Miracles & Demons, which displayed his dynamic guitar work and strong original songwriting. That release was nominated for a 2011 Blues Blast Magazine Award for Best Contemporary Album. In 2016, he self-released Naked In Your Face, a live album recorded at Calgary’s Blues Can during August of 2015. Each of these records appeared on the Living Blues Magazine Charts and the Roots Music Report charts with durations up to 30 plus days.
In 2021, after years of touring and playing on records, he went into the studio with an armful of new music. The result, his latest, Change In Me, is a melting pot of blues, jazz, and rock while addressing social issues; love; a unique mashup of a Lou Reed song; and a Taj Mahal classic…but always bringing his signature guitar tone and vocals to the album. This was produced by himself with his longtime friend, Kenny Passarelli at Kirk Yano’s Studio 99 in Brooklyn NYC, NY and Tim Stroh at Madhouse Studios in Colorado.
A life-long student of music, Eddie tries to echo the energy and passion he has behind his guitar and vocals to the listener. “Vocal-wise, everyone keeps telling me I sound like (Jimi) Hendrix, which I don’t think so, but I’m not going to fight it,” he said. “But if I could, I’d sound like Bobby Blue Bland, who is my favorite singer of the blues. He’s one of the greatest blues singers ever, along with Magic Sam, who I also love.” (from Blues Blast mag 2011). His influences run from Miles Davis, British Blues to Rock to classic rock. “You’ve spent your life listening to every great player, and you try and sneak in those influences”
Live at Gypsy Highway
GHW Welcome's back the 2020 International Blues Challenge winner, Hector Anchondo to the stage for a Sunday Funday outdoor Patio show you won't wanna miss. With the IBC trophy in hand and 2020 appearances including The Chicago Blues Festival, The Big Blues Bender, and the October Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise adding to his resume, Anchondo continues to build on a solid foundation of hard work and hard touring.