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Friday, February 22, 2013, 8 p.m. Tickets: $39.50, $49.50, $59.50
 

Blues at the Crossroads

Presented by Bill Edwards Presents/The Mahaffey Theater
at The Palladium, 253 5th Ave. N, St. Petersburg

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, James Cotton, Bob Margolin, Tinsley Ellis  and Jody Williams come together to celebrate Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf for BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS 2. Both Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf vie for the honor of the "father of modern Chicago Blues" and both are considered the key bluesmen inspiring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, John Mayall, Eric Clapton and others who brought about the 1960's British blues explosion.Though friends, Muddy & The Wolf were rivals for the top slot, and this spurred on both to top the other and create classics of the genre, including "Spoonful," "Mannish Boy," "Rolling Stone" and "Smokestack Lightning." 
 
Fabulous Thunderbirds
From the beginning, 30 years ago, the Fabulous Thunderbirds have been led by one of a kind vocalist/harmonica player, Kim Wilson. The group's distinctive and powerful sound mixes Texas blues and southern rock with harmonica-laced swamp blues and R&B.

Jody Williams
The term "legend" is bandied about generously these days. It seems like the mere act of living to a ripe old age is enough to earn this handle all by itself.
 
In the case of blues guitarist Jody Williams, however, the "legendary" mantle is entirely and gloriously justified. As the first great string bender on the Chicago blues scene, he provided the stylistic bridge between B.B. King and T-Bone Walker (two of his principle influences) and young firebrands Otis Rush and Buddy Guy, both of whom wholeheartedly absorbed his innovations and licks as they modernized the idiom.

James Cotton
The musical pedigree of James "Superharp" Cotton consists of a veritable Who’s Who in the world of the Blues. He’s a Grammy winner, an inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame, the Smithsonian Institute, and a recipient of countless W.C. Handy Blues Awards. The year 2011 has begun with four coveted nominations. Giant, his current CD on Alligator Records, has a Grammy nomination for Traditional Blues Album and the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards have nominated Giant in the same category along with Cotton in both the Traditional Male Artist and Instrumentalist - Harmonica categories.

Bob Margolin
Bob Margolin is a Blues guitar player and vocalist, a recording artist who tours worldwide both leading his own band and The Bob Margolin All-Star Blues Jam. He won a Blues Music Award for Guitar in 2008, known as the W.C. Handy Award in 2005 when he won that year, and played guitar in Muddy Waters’ Band from 1973-’80.

Tinsley Ellis
Hard-rocking guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tinsley Ellis follows in the tradition of Deep South musical heroes Duane Allman, Freddie King, Derek Trucks and Warren Hynes.

Atlanta magazine has declared Ellis “the most significant blues artist to emerge from Atlanta since Blind Willie McTell.”

Since hitting the national scene with his Alligator Records debut, Georgia Blue in 1988, Ellis has toured non-stop and continued to release five critically acclaimed albums. Ellis has played in all 50 states and in Canada, Europe, Australia and South America. This fast-moving, high-energy blues-soaked Southern roots musician averages more than 150 performances a year.




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