Famous Dave's BBQ
& Blues Festival CD's
2007 & 2006
2007 CD includes compulations from various artists that performed at the blues festival in June of 2007. Artists include: Big James and the Chicago Playboys; Ron Hacker; Paul Metsa & Sonny Earl; Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater; Sir Mack Rice and many more.
Most people never get around to wondering who wrote the most requested song in the history of the blues, “Mustang Sally.” I mean, didn’t it just come with the earth? It might have been down there in the stone somewhere, but it took flesh and blood to mine it from its origins and unleash it on the dancing masses. And that’s where Sir Mack Rice comes in. He’s the one who committed that classic to paper, and sure enough his pal and former bandmate Wilson Pickett laid it on the rest of Planet Earth. So you’ve got to know it was quite an occasion when The Source Himself, Stax legend Sir Mack Rice, came down to sing it at a jammed Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis at the 3rd Annual Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues Festival on June 9, 2007.
Then again, great moments like that have been happening a lot in the three years that Famous Dave’s has thrown this free, outdoor blues party. Some of the electrifying moments you’ll hear on this disc include the invasion of the Rons, Hacker and Thompson, from San Francisco. Both of these bluesy string benders gave wrenching performances that sounded like the last jam before heading off to Alcatraz (pre-tourism, that is).
The Chicago bands blew into town and blew the crowd away with typical bravado. Trombone wielding Big James & the Chicago Playboys, guitar firebrand Eddy Clearwater, and sassy singer Big Time Sarah turned Peavey Plaza into one giant Maxwell Street.
And talk about mining the earth, let’s not forget our Iron Range heroes from right here in Minnesota. Cats Under the Stars and Paul Mayasich with Benderheads had the faithful dancing so hard, it’s a wonder they weren’t kicking up taconite.
If you weren’t one of the 20,000 or so who came to the 2007 edition, consider this little taste your invitation for 2008. Until then, pick yourself up some Famous Dave’s BBQ to go, and turn this thing up. Loud.
2006 CD includes compulations from various artists that performed at the Blues Festival in June of 2006. Phil Guy with The Butanes; Long Distance Call; Texas Slim and The Love Machine, Big George Jackson and many more.
On Saturday, June 10, 2006, Famous Dave's descended on Peavey Plaza in Downtown Minneapolis in the early morning and fired up the smoker. By noon, when the first note was played, blues fans were packing the plaza. Over the next ten and a half hours, thousands and thousands of revelers cheered, danced and partied to smokin' live blues on two stages. And that Famous Dave's crew fed them right with Real Honest Barbeque.
On this CD you've got a little sampling of the blues that went down in downtown that day. Paul Metsa & Sonny Earl ease into an acoustic number to get it started, but within seconds the fire builds and the guitar and harmonica riffs sizzle. The flavors just keep coming, from the punchy horns of the Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings to the soul-drenched piano boogie of Oakland's Lady Bianca to the tour de force slow burning blues of “Long Distance Call” performed by Chicago's blues brother Phil Guy and Minneapolis' own Butanes. In the Famous Dave's tradition, the feast is tasty and very satisfying. The classic harmonica sound of Billy Branch, the growling grit of Big George Jackson, the guitar sting of Texas Slim & the Love Machine what a day that was.
Recorded Live 6/10/06, Peavey Plaza, Minneapolis, MN