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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Deep Blues Festival Cleveland Ohio September 22


Bob Log III, Robert Belfour, Scissormen, Ten Foot Polecats,
Molly Gene One Whoaman Band, Husky Burnette, and more!! 

Nine dirty blues and roots acts from across America (and beyond) star in Deep Blues Festival - Cleveland 2012 , which this year is dedicated to the late South Carolina bluesman Jeff Norwood

The critically heralded Deep Blues Festival returns to Cleveland, Ohio’s historic Beachland Ballroom on Saturday, September 22, featuring dirty roots music bands from across the country’s rising underground. Bands will play continuously from 5 p.m. until closing. The Beachland Ballroom is at 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland. Call 216-383-1124. Tickets are $20 and available NOW at

visit us at for more info and if you can't make it and would like to donate to all the bands playing...please see the website's donate button.  Thanks!!!!

The Deep Blues Festival was started in 2007 outside of Minneapolis by Chris Johnson, a fan of dirty blues based music and blues influenced music of all kinds. He based it's name on a term borrowed from Muddy Waters by the late, great musicologist Robert Palmer, who used the phrase “Deep Blues” to describe the gritty, artful sound of music rooted in the Mississippi Delta and Hill Country — both electric and acoustic blues that bridges the traditional and the modern. Palmer published a book of the same title in 1982 and collaborated with director Robert Mugge on the latter’s film of the same name in 1990. After 2009 Johnson took two years off, but returned to presenting a Deep Blues Festival in Bayport, MN, this summer.

DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL — CLEVELAND returns this year as a satellite event. Organizers aim to launch a series of Deep Blues Festivals around the country in the future. DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL — CLEVELAND is unique because it is an entirely band organized and driven event. It is being produced by the participating bands and the Beachland.  

This year’s DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL — CLEVELAND is dedicated to the late South Carolina bluesman Jeff Norwood, a fellow traveler in the Deep Blues circuit know to many for his winning, laconic grooves and unpredictable, true-to-life songs. Norwood apprenticed with the revered Drink Small and led his own bands touring the country until his death after a brief illness in April. His warm and colorful personality won him many friends. More can be learned about Jeff and his music at


Bob Log III is an American, slide guitar, one-man band. During performances, he plays old Silvertone archtop guitars, wears a full body cannonball man suit, and a helmet wired to a telephone which allows him to devote his hands and feet to guitar and drums. The spectacle has been described as a guitar dance party, full of sweaty smiles, jumps and kicks. Touring over 150 shows a year in more than 30 countries, Log and his guitar never, ever quit.  

Robert Belfour is the real deal, born in Red Bank, MS, in 1940, he carries on the North Mississippi musical tradition he learned from R.L. Burnside, Othar Turner, Junior Kimbrough and others. Performing solo with an acoustic guitar, Belfour gets right to the heart of the blues.  

Misery Jackals are an Akron, OH, quintet bust out their special blend of old school punk rock on acoustic instruments. They wail on banjo, accordion, guitar, bass, drums and whatever else they can find to produce a one of a kind experience of “Pillbilly Browngrass.” One time a patron at a music venue asked “The Misery Jackals? What kind of music do they play?” The bartender replied “I don’t know man, they’re just f$<#ing awesome!”

Molly Gene One Whoaman Band is true to her name, Warrensburg, Missouri’s Molly Gene cuts her music to the bone, playing guitar, harmonica and foot drum while singing like a ghost from the Delta flatlands out for vengeance. Molly Gene is rapidly earning a reputation for her high-powered performances and is currently touring Europe. Her latest album is Folk Blues and Booze.

Scissormen are a  Nashville-based guitar and drums duo carry a style straddling the oldest blues traditions and modernist turns like daring improvisation and sonic experimentation, without betraying the music’s lowdown, dirty roots. Their new release is a CD+DVD set featuring a full-length film about the band by Robert Mugge entitled BIG SHOES: Walking and Talking the Blues. The set recently reached number five on the chart at Sirius/XM Radio’s “B.B. King’s Bluesville.”

Ten Foot Polecats are a blazing trio from the Boston-area, but they sound like hard-bred juke joint dogs from the Mississippi hills. Nonetheless, their appeal is wide and their churning, psychedelic-yet-down-home sound is gaining them fans in the rock, punk and psychobilly circuits along with the traditional blues scene. Their latest album is I Get Blamed For Everything I Do which will soon be followed up their album Lost At Sea due to be released in early fall 2012.

Akron, Ohio’s the Blue Treads make a ferocious sound rooted in heavy blues, soul and alternative music, tearing up stages across the Midwest with their high energy live performances. The latest CD by the band — guitarist Pete Crane and drummer Nick Rose — is called Red Line.

The B
lues are a religion and Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Husky Burnette sho’ ‘nuff preaches it. You can feel the testimony as he blends Mississippi Delta, Rock n Roll and Electric Blues. His music is gritty, soulful, southern, low-down and dirty. Husky, following in the family footsteps of rockabilly kings Johnny Burnette and Dorsey Burnette, has written and toured with several national artists over the years. Two of which that stand out are lead guitar for legendary singer/songwriter Roger Alan Wade and the supporting act on tour for Hank Williams III. He has shared the stage with many others such as Leon Russell, Guy Clark, T-Model Ford, Scott H. Biram, Emmylou Harris and The Legendary Shack Shakers.

Shane Speal is known as “the King of Cigar Box Guitar,” Pennsylvania-based innovator Shane Speal is more than a blues-rock songwriter who plays a primitive instrument made from an empty cigar box and a stick. He is also the leader of the modern Cigar Box Guitar Revolution, a growing fan base of cigar box guitar builders and players who are dominating blues stages worldwide. Speal has performed concerts throughout the country and has been featured in many TV, newspaper and national magazine features. He is also the central figure in the Max Shores' documentary on cigar box guitars, Songs Inside the Box.

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