Buddy Guy to play an hour June 19 - You know and love to hear Buddy Guy as much as we do, and we know that the typical half-hour set is hardly enough to contain the man. That's why we've asked him to do a special extended set when he joins us for our June 19 FestivALL kick-off event. Buddy'll be bendin' strings for the better part of an hour as a special treat!
Tickets are available now at TheClayCenter.org and can be ordered by calling 304.561.3570. There is only one price level (a steal @ $29) but seats ARE RESERVED so the best seats go to the first in line.
This show is going to rock the roof off the Clay Center with Duke Robillard, Shemekia Copeland and the slide-guitar tour de force, Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials.
Fiction Family (L to R) Jon Foreman, Sara Watkins, Tyler Chester and Sean Watkins rehearse, Jan. 18, 2009
In a previous post we mentioned that Sara Watkins is the last of the three Nickel Creek members to visit Mountain Stage since the band's hiatus was announced. This statement wasn't entirely accurate. (Apparently some at the office are into fact-checking the blog now? Or they are just proud to remember stuff.)
We have, indeed, seen/heard Sara outside of the Nickel Creek realm, recently as a matter of fact. She appeared as a member of Fiction Family with her brother Sean and Switchfoot front-man Jon Foreman. The Fiction Family recorded a set with us in January and you can hear it now at NPR Music. It was one of their first handful of performances as a unit.
John Paul Jones, ?uestlove, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins at the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
When Sara visits us June 7 she'll be singing her own stuff from her debut solo effort. There is a nice interview with Sara over at Paste.com and her brother Sean recently returned the favor by appearing with her on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Tickets aren't on sale for this date until May 4, but her new self-titled solo album is available now. You might even consider picking one up Saturday while you're celebrating Record Store Day.
One of our frequent guests Peter Case has undergone heart surgery and some big-time friends are having several benefit shows for him in early May to help with his mounting medical costs. Hope those in the Santa Monica, CA area will consider attending. There are details here.
You can listen to Case's most recent appearance here, which includes a reading from his first memoir, "As Far As You Can Get Without a Passport." We wish Peter the best in his recovery.