Below is the lineup and bio information from the Hot Licks website of the artists appearing at the show.
4:30pm: The Shawn Carney Band with special guest Gene Walker
A Columbus, Ohio native and veteran of the scene, like Carney, drummer Eric Blume has been performing with Carney in Columbus venues for over a decade, backing blues and R&B artists Christine Kittrell, Hank Marr, Jimmy “T-99” Nelson, Willie Pooch, Big Joe Duskin, Joe Weaver and Johnnie Bassett.With new bassist, 2008 Blues Music Awards nominee Bill Stuve, The Sean Carney Band set sail with Taj Mahal, Tab Benoit, Jimmy Thackery and many others on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise in January of 2008, followed by The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer in February and in March, The St. John Blues Festival in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Gene Walker is a world class jazz saxophonist, composer, band leader, recording studio musician, and educator. His art is rooted in the deepest traditions of jazz. He performs with clarity, sincerity and originality. With a zeal for perpetuating the art form through education, Mr. Walker conducts classes and seminars on the history and contemporary developments in jazz.
Gene Walker has toured since 1958 with some of the world's greatest entertainers including The Beatles, King Curtis, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cook, Johnny "Hammond" Smith, Jimmy McGriff, The Drifters, Chris Columbo and The Platters.
The Shawn Carney Band's Web site
The band's MySpace page
Gene Walker's home page
Teeny wrote the lyrics for 8 of the 11 songs on her second CD, titled “First Class Woman.” which can be heard in rotation on XM Satellite, Music Choice and Blues radio stations all over the country. Her songwriting abilities earned Teeny a place as a top-ten finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. Teeny is a two-time, top-three finalist in the International Blues Challenge which is held annually in Memphis, Tennessee.In 2008, Teeny Tucker was invited to appear on the MAIN STAGE of the Monterey Blues Festival. She has been nominated for the “2008 Best Female Blues Artist” of the year by BluesBlast. Teeny’s newest CD “The Two Big M’s” was ranked in the 15 spot on the Bob Davis list of 2008 top 25 releases, and has reached the number 6 spot on the Living Blues Charts.
8:30pm: The James Cotton Blues Band
Cotton began his professional career playing the blues harp in Howling Wolf's band in the early 1950s. He made his first recordings as a solo artist for the Sun Records label in Memphis, Tennessee in 1953. Cotton began to work with the Muddy Waters Band around 1955. He performed songs such as "Got My Mojo Working" and "She's Nineteen Years Old." In 1965 he formed the Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet. Their performances were captured on volume two of the Vanguard recording Chicago/The Blues/Today! After leaving Muddy's band in 1966, Cotton toured with Janis Joplin while pursuing a solo career. He formed the James Cotton Blues Band in 1967. In the 1960s, Cotton formed a big blues band in the tradition of Bobby "Blue" Bland. Four tracks that are extremely upbeat and feature the big band horn sound and five stripped down traditional songs recorded are captured on the album Two Sides of the Blue.
In the 1970s, Cotton recorded several albums with Buddah Records. Cotton played harmonica on Muddy Water's Grammy Award winning 1977 album Hard Again. The James Cotton Blues Band received a Grammy nomination in 1984 for Live From Chicago: Mr. Superharp Himself!, and a second for his 1987 release, Take Me Back. He finally was awarded a Grammy for Deep in the Blues in 1996 for Best Traditional Blues Album.