Sweet Mama Cotton got the day off on the right foot and got the crowd into the spirit of the day with a solo set. Accompanying herself on keyboards, she ran through her sassy woman blues with her big and powerful vocals. In the solo setting I got a better feel for her musicianship on her axe than when she's backed by a full course band. The sweet mama can really get the notes rolling on that keyboard. The crowd's always a bit on the light side 1:30 in the afternoon, but those that showed up were an enthusiastic bunch and they gave Sweet Mama plenty of blues love. http://www.sweetmamacotton.com/
|Sweet Mama Cotton lays it on down|
|Bernie and Michael saddled up their ponies and ride|
|Bernie Pearl breaks out the National steel and slides the blues|
|David Egan scratches the back of his keyboard|
|Mance's sons congratulate scholarship recipients|
Just had to include a shot of Rob Roy's Customized Masco amplifier and speaker cabinets with a 12 and 10 inch speaker in each--heck of a tone monster.
|Rob Roy blowing heavy through that Masco rig|
|Texas Johnny Brown picked immaculate blues notes for "real"|
|Texas Johnny took his guitar to the dance floor and wowed 'em|
|Texas Johnny Boy's Blues Revue gettin' her done|
|Texas Johnny Boy and Hash Brown blowing the Mojo|
Now, given the time and inclination, I would have mentioned all the fine musicians that shared the bandstand with their bosses, but I just tend to get way too caught up in the music to get that done very well any longer. Just let me say that the degree of professionalism was unparalleled by the musicians that graced the stage at the festival. 'Nuff for now.