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Kim "Festival Junkie" WelshBy Kim "Festival Junkie" Welsh

T Mdodel FordBuddy Guy, Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, Sonny Landreth, T-Model Ford and many blues greats performed at the fourth annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, a free event presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The festival took place on Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, with music on two stages, a crafts fair and the best barbecue in the South.

Amedee Frederick comes from the countryside around Abita Springs in St. Tammany Parish, just across Lake Ponchartrain from New Orleans. His Creole roots run deep and his family has been making music for five generations. His fiery approach to the guitar — pulling out every soul-drenched note — has been compared to Albert Collins, among others, and is one outrageous Southern Louisiana musical gumbo. When Amedee was a boy, he was exposed to a number of Delta musicians who jammed with his father. Amedee has shared stages with Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker and other famous bluesmen.

Guitarist/vocalist and blues legend Guitar Shorty’s blistering, rocked-out guitar work and his fierce, soulful vocals make his music unmatched. His perceptive and meaningful lyrics are unique among modern bluesmen. Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades with his supercharged live shows and his incendiary recordings, beginning in 1957 with a Willie Dixon-produced single on the Cobra label. He was awarded the 2007 Blues Music Award winner in the Contemporary Blues category with his “We the People” CD.

Sonny Landreth, the “King of Slydeco” is a slide guitar wizard who needs no introduction in the Crescent City. He tore up the night with his searing slide and covered many songs from his “From the Reach” CD. This Southwest Louisiana-based guitarist, songwriter and singer is a musician's musician. His blues slide guitar playing is distinctive and unlike anything else you've ever heard. His unorthodox guitar style comes from the manner in which he simultaneously plays slide and makes fingering movements on the fret board. He heated up the cool New Orleans evening.

Moreland and Arbuckle hail from Kansas and work perfectly as a three-piece band. Dustin Arbuckle's gritty, unfettered vocals and sneering harp dovetail effortlessly with Aaron Moreland's panoply of strings. Add Brad Horner's propulsive drum chops, and the result is music with an uncontrived sense of energy and magnetism. Their authentic songwriting shines!
Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a chief guitar influence to rock titans like Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, and Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago's fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city's halcyon days of electric blues. Buddy has received five Grammy Awards, 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts.

Sunday afternoon was “Jack Daniels Time” with blues singer and guitarist T-Model Ford (“The Taildragger”) sipping Jack between songs. He was born as James Lewis Carter Ford in 1924 in the small rural town of Forest, Mississippi. With his savage moan of a ragged voice and gritty guitar playing style, Ford brings a gloriously raw and blunt ferocity to Mississippi Delta blues music that's both passionate and powerful in equal measure.

Bobby Rush finished off the festival with his lovely dancing girls who definitely “have back” which is much adored through their myriad costume changes...That dressing room may have been the most entertaining part of this act to me. Most were entertained while a few, including myself, longed for his acoustic set. If I never see those damned extra-large underwear again, that would suit me just fine! Needless to say, there was a whole lotta bootie shakin’ goin’ on dolloped with sexual innuendo and his “folk funk” bluesy style.

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Amedee Frederick
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    Amedee Frederick
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    Bobby Rush & dancer
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    Buddy Guy
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    Buddy Guy
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    Guitar Shorty
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    Moreland & Arbuckle
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    Moreland & Arbuckle
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    Sonny Landreth
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    T Model Ford

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