Today we make our annual trek down to the Memphis area to preview some of the nominees for the 2008 Blues Music Awards (better known as the Handys). We also celebrate the birthdays of Robert Johnson and Stevie Wonder. And, for probably the first time ever in Rockhouse history, we feature back-to-back sets containing – gasp – covers by the Beatles.
This show was mixture of champagne and wine…sort of a Cham-pipple kind of show.(A phrase borrowed from TV’s Sanford and Son). Blues music gives the headiness of fine wine and jazz provides the champagne bubbles.
CINCO De MAYO in the Land of the Round Haircut—South of the Border in Technicolor with ELVIS. Birthdays-in-Blue for RITCHIEVALENS and RICKYNELSON, LARRYWILLIAMS, ARTHURALEXANDER, ROYHALL (writer of Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On), and HERBCOX of the CLEFTONES along with a Tribute in Music for the Greatest Generation—WW II vets and their families in commemoration of the 63rd Anniversary of VICTORY IN EUROPE.