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Needin’ a blues fix? Then get ready, because the King Biscuit returns to Helena Oct. 7-9 with a lineup including legends and newcomers to the scene.
The 2004 festival features Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and Pinetop Perkins. For blues enthusiasts, these names immediately conjure up visions of a good time. For the uninitiated, the King Biscuit offers the opportunity to hear the roots of modern music.
“When you watch what happens on our stages, you can connect the dots between the start of American popular music and where it is now,” said Wayne Andrews, executive director of the festival. “When you come and see people playing at the King Biscuit, you may say ‘I haven’t heard of that artist.’ What you’re listening to is the person or people that influenced the people you know.”
Fans of Eric Clapton may be interested to know that the guitar genius learned his licks after listening to Delta blues musicians, including festival closer “Gatemouth” Brown. Andrews notes that Brown has performed for more than 50 years, mixing blues with country, jazz and Cajun music. Brown plays five instruments, including guitar, violin, harmonica, mandolin and the drums.
This is a guy that Eric Clapton refers to as an influence,” Andrews said. “Clapton is a great genius who was influenced by Delta bluesman, living in England and influenced by Southern Delta Black culture. All he did was look at what had happened over here. If people would have looked at home first, they would have found it.” Continue reading