The 28th Annual Blind Willie Music Festival will feature Jimmie Vaughn
Based in Austin, Vaughn has built an entire career on sticking with the blues. He was a founding member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, formed with harpist Kim Wilson in the late 1970’s. He’s recorded numerous albums as the bandleader the latest which called Jimmie Vaughan – The Jimmie Vaughan Story, a 5 CD compilation of his best recorded output. Vaughn has won four Grammy’s and was named Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year at the 2020 Blues Music Awards. He’ll play McTell Fest with a full band including horns.
The Texas Gentlemen, also from the Lone Star state, will also be on the roster this September. These musicians got started playing together in the studio and have logged thousands of studio hours, recording with artists such as Kris Kristofferson, Joe Ely, Leon Bridges, and Shakey Graves. Their influences are many…there are elements of funk, soul, country, r&b, southern rock, and gospel. Floor It, their latest release, is an excellent example of all of those elements rolled into one. They are currently working with Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, who is producing their upcoming 2023 release on New West Records.
After two years of COVID interruptions we are honored to finally introduce Joachim Cooder to Thomson. Cooder, son of famed guitarist and musicologist Ry Cooder, is a percussionist, drummer and pianist and will be on our stage, fronting his trio. Do a search of his recording credits and you’ll see an amazing list of music projects he has participated in over the years. Cooder’s eclectic solo material is his own take on the influences he’s been exposed to all his life. He’s out touring behind his second release, Over That Road I’m Bound, his interpretation of the songs of Uncle Dave Macon. The recording features Cooder on an electric mbira, a variation on the African thumb piano.
From Raleigh, NC, Chatham County Line from Raleigh NC will be making their second appearance at the festival. They are no stranger to the CSRA, playing shows down at the Historic Depot in Thomson in the early 2000’s. Fast forward to 2022 and they’ve issued eight studio albums of original material, have a sound all their own, and a live show to match. Their acoustic instrumentation begets a bluegrass sound, but listen longer and you’ll realize their sound is completely original.
From Nashville, TN, Cordovas are favorites on the festival circuit. Their 2nd release on ATO Records, Destiny Hotel, is a great place to start if you have not heard them. A band with one foot in the present and another in the past, Cordovas embrace the sound of classic Americana and country-rock, with the Band, the Grateful Dead, and the Allman Brothers Band as key influences, along with plenty of close harmonies and dueling guitar work.
Rounding out the roster is Macon, Georgia’s Parts and Labor. They are a 6-piece band, creating great middle Georgia buzz, doing original tunes and influenced heavily by the sounds of the South.