This week on Beale Street Caravan we have hill country blues torch-bearer R. L. Boyce at his 2nd Annual Birthday Picnic in Como, Mississippi. Beginning as a youngster in the Rising Star Fife and Drum band with Otha Turner, Boyce is often noted as a protege of blues icon and fellow Como-native Mississippi Fred McDowell. In 2017, his album “Roll and Tumble” was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Traditional Blues Album. Listen to R. L., along with the Hurt Family Fife and Drum band, and the Rising Star Fife and Drum band on this week’s episode of Beale Street Caravan.
(Photo: R.L. Boyce – Courtesy of Beale Street Caravan)
This week, we feature Gospel stars, The McCrary Sisters. Their father, Sam McCrary, was a minister and founder of Gospel legends, The Fairfield Four. We’ll hear them in a performance captured at the Levitt Shell in Midtown Memphis and, later in the program, we sit down and catch up with The Sisters.
(Photo: the McCrary Sisters – via Beale Street Caravan)
This week on Beale Street Caravan we have country bad boy Dale Watson. Watson is fresh off the release of February’s “Call Me Lucky,” an album he cut for Red House Records. Rolling Stone commended album cut “The Dumb Song,” an ode to all the dumb things we shouldn’t do. Listen to Watson at his performance at Old Dominick Distillery in Downtown Memphis, TN.
(Photo: Dale Watson – Courtesy of Beale Street Caravan)
This week we have the reigning King of the Hill Country, Kenny Brown, with an incendiary set of gut bucket, hip-shaking blues at the Hill Country Picnic.
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