“In the same way the Carolina Chocolate Drops have refreshed string-band and bluegrass music, HBO brings new colour to the blues….” — Sunday Daily Express, UK
Heritage Blues Orchestra brings their award-winning blues to the historic main stage of the Earlville Opera House in their Quintet on Saturday, July 26th at 8 pm. The band won the 2013 Living Blues Critics Poll Award for Best Debut Album as well as nominations from the Blues Foundation in Memphis for both Best Album and Best Traditional Album for their album And Still I Rise. WAER FM generously sponsors this concert.
The group is driven by the powerful rhythms of Grammy-awarding winning blues drummer Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith; buttressed by the churning, precise and percussive rhythms of harmonica virtuoso, Frenchman Vincent Bucher. This combined with the collective history of Bill Sims, Chaney Sims and Junior Mack in jazz, R&B and gospel help articulate and underscore the band’s striking voice. At the heart of the group is a broad spectrum of the blues.
The band has been called a “one-band blues festival.” Rich Ruoff explains, “Listen to their Grammy-nominated debut album And Still I Rise, or witness a live performance and you’ll recognize this group as something breathtakingly new even as they honor old African-American musical traditions. Heritage Blues Quintet delivers by serving up a compelling new take on America’s Blues legacy. This utterly contemporary group is digging into innovative musical territory and making a distinct contribution to the African-American musical canvas. The grit of low-down country and urban blues with the bold brass of New Orleans; the hand-clapping fervor of gospel…the haunting cries of work songs and pulsating drums that reach back to the real roots of it all. You’ll journey across the Middle Passage, be driven down Highway 49 from Clarksdale to New Orleans, go from chain gangs and juke joints to orchestra pits, church pews and even back porches…”
Music Man Blog gives a sense of their musicianship on And Still I Rise, “This may be a new CD for the Heritage Blues Orchestra but the sounds captured in this CD are a beautiful blend of old traditional blues with some sensational modern musical talents…Bill Sims Jr’s singing is outstanding throughout…The electric slide guitar work by Junior Mack is a good as it gets! Chaney Sims, daughter of Bill Sims Jr. sings with a reality of life experiences. Chaney has many versatile singing styles and she gets to express them all…”
Clarksdale Moan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GeoZQMXKKE
Get Right Church: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhT-S1-Lzgw#t=12
Heritage Blues sampler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fTFEwHSUcE#t=15
Joliet Bound (Trad.): http://vimeo.com/67119956
For those who love the blues comes an evening of deep appreciation, as “every musician participating in making this beautiful music is a master of the blues.” See the Heritage Blues in the amazing acoustics of the 1892 historic opera house. Tickets are $25, $23 EOH members, $20 students. Premium seating applies in the first 4 rows. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.
During your visit, there are three new stunning quilt exhibits in the Earlville Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop features New York artists, and there are homemade desserts in the EOH Arts Café! Refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including hot and cold drinks. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.
EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.