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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Update Deep Blues Fest

Just got this from Chris Johnson, who is running the Deep Blues Festival August 18th in River Falls Wisconsin. This show sounds really, really good, and I wish I didn't have a gig that night, because I would certainly want to be there. Plus this show is for a good cause it is also a benefit for Bridge Inc.


Contact: Chris Johnson
715-410-1116 or 715-531-1314

Local Music Fan Hosts Festival Honoring the

Deep Blues Sound

Day of Music to Benefit BRIDGE, Inc. For Disabled Youth

Saturday August 18, 2007 noon - 11:00pm

Clifton Hollow Golf Club -- River Falls, WI

July 23, 2007--- River Falls, WI--- Seventeen renowned national “Deep Blues” bands will be at the first ever DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL on Saturday, August 18, 2007. This festival blends the sounds of country, delta, blues and rock and will benefit the local organization BRIDGE, Inc. for disabled youth.

Local organizer Chris Johnson considers himself a fan of Deep Blues music and hopes to bring more of the sounds to the area through this festival, while also raising awareness of BRIDGE, Inc. “To be able to bring together two things I love—deep blues music and a charity I truly believe is making a difference—in the place that I live is why I chose to do this festival,” he says. “I hope to see it continue and grow for many years to come.”

The lineup for the day of DEEP BLUES includes:

  • Scott H. Biram

  • Robert Belfour

  • Black Diamond Heavies

  • Elam McKnight

  • Sweet Velvet C

  • Mark “Porkchop” Holder

  • Left Lane Cruiser

  • Moreland & Arbuckle

  • Hillstomp

  • William Elliott Whitmore

  • Radio Moscow

  • Chris Cotton

  • Brimstone Howl

  • John Schooley

  • The BirdDogs

  • KM Williams the Texas Country Blues Preacher and the Trainwreck

  • Johnny Lowebow

All artists are performing for a nominal fee and many are donating their profits back to BRIDGE, Inc.

How can Deep Blues be described? Scott Biram’s music has been described as: “…lash(ing) together blues, hillbilly and country precariously to raucous punk and godless metal.” The tunes of the Black Diamond Heavies are defined as: “urgent, raw, and full of ass-shaking soul.” The sounds of other bands that will be at the Deep Blues Festival have been hailed from “punk” to “pure country blues” to “a footstomping good time.” Whatever it is, it will be alive in River Falls, Wisconsin on August 18.

Advance tickets for this 21+ show are $30, available at the two festival websites and Tickets will be available at the event for $40. Under 21 are free, but must be accompanied by a parent. Gates open at 11:00am, rain or shine.

About BRIDGE, Inc.

The Bridge is a non-profit organization collaborating with school, county, and community youth serving agencies in providing life-long learning opportunities for youth and others with disabilities. From afterschool programs to life and household skills curriculums, BRIDGE works with families and youth to build independent futures.

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Scott H. Biram is definitely one of today's real rebel country musician.” --Hybrid Magazine

While Belfour may have digested the music, culture, and collective soul of his native soil, his blues, like that of any bluesman worth a damn, is uniquely his own.” --Marc Greilsamer,

Left Lane Cruiser hit the crowd like a shockwave... Mashed potatoes and whiskey fuel this two-man frenzy of blues-driven noise. Slide guitar, distorted vocals, a big-ass bass drum, all come together to form one footstomping good time.” –

Chris Cotton is clearly an example of an artist whose material has as much to do with folk as it does with the type of rugged, pre-World War II country blues that Patton, House, and Johnson were known for -- and he also gets some inspiration from bluegrass, Appalachian music, and old-time country. I Watched the Devil Die is a very raw, unpretentious, and raggedy album…Lovers of roots music can't go wrong with this excellent CD.” –

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