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Friday, October 08, 2010

Honeyboy Edwards honored

Blues Tribute Tonight
Someone You Should Know

In honor of his 2010 Lifetime Achievement Grammy, the Reel Blues Fest presents tribute tonight in Boston to legendary Delta Blues guitarist David “Honeyboy” Edwards. A multi-generational group of performers spanning genres and backgrounds will gather at the House of Blues Boston this evening to honor the 95 year old blues man, who is still actively playing festivals and won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album of 2008. He is one of the most revered Delta bluesmen and the last living link to one of my personal music heroes - Robert Johnson.


David "Honeyboy" Edwards
Gene Tomko photograph

PERFORMANCES BY Musicians range from age 16 to 95 and include such well-known performers as Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford, the James Montgomery Band with David Hull from the Joe Perry Project, Barry Goodreau (of the band Boston), Michael Carabello of Santana and the Rolling Stones, the Uptown Horns (horn section for the Rolling Stones and James Brown), as well as international jazz phenomenon Grace Kelly, and hot young guitarists Desiree Bassett and Graham Whitford.


REEL BLUES is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by blues musician James Montgomery and Woods Hole Film Festival founder Judy Laster. Its mission is to raise funds for musicians’ health care and first time filmmakers.


Musicians who have supported Reel Blues in the past include members of Aerosmith, Jim Belushi, Delbert McClinton, Dr. John, Dickie Betts, Koko Taylor, Robert Cray, James Cotton, and Shemekia Copeland, to name a few. Tickets are $30 and are available through www.ticketmaster.com. VIP passes which include a buffet and meet and great with the performers, are also available for tonight's show.

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