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Rick Vito

In 2018 Performers, News and Updates by Roots & Blues

Ask John Mayall, Bonnie Raitt or Mick Fleetwood about Rick Vito’s guitar playing, or his songwriting, or his singing. As Ms. Raitt has stated, “Rick Vito’s guitar playing just slays me! His style is as cool and sharp as a ’59 Cadillac tailfin.” Roots & Blues has had the pleasure of hosting and presenting many a fine blues artist over …

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Son de Madera

In 2018 Performers, News and Updates by Roots & Blues

Son de Madera: Traditional music from the heart of Mexico, Son de Madera represent a sound that has not been common place at the ROOTSANDBLUES Festival. Son de Madera is a son jarocho band based in Veracruz, Mexico. Founded in 1992, its core members are Ramón Gutiérrez Hernández, Tereso Vega, and Rubí Oseguera Rueda. Gutiérrez, based in Veracruz, leads the …

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Harry Manx and the Yaletown String Quartet

In 2018 Performers, News and Updates by Roots & Blues

Count on Harry Manx to switch it up and tailor his exotic sounds to a union with a string quartet. Known as the “mysticssippi bluesman”, Manx has delivered an array of projects built on the foundation of his immediately identifiable Indo-blues sound and much of it created with his 20 stringed Mohan Veena. Manx’s journey is unlike that of any …

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The Paperboys

In 2018 Performers, News and Updates by Roots & Blues

It’s been 25 years of stirring the pot for Tom Landa and his group The Paperboys and early on in this most impressive run, this group established itself as one of the most exciting, innovative and sturdy units on the international roots music scene. The current lineup of The Paperboys features Landa on vocals, guitar and jarana (Mexican guitar), original …

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Martin Simpson

In 2018 Performers, News and Updates by Roots & Blues

Along with Richard Thompson, Martin Simpson brings more to the world of British and North American traditional and contemporary folk music than is almost imaginable. A brilliant acoustic and slide guitarist, masterful storyteller, gifted songwriter, and intense performer, Simpson has been nominated 27 times in the 15-year history of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for performances on albums like …

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THE FAMILY STONE

In 2018 Performers, News and Updates by Roots & Blues

As the calendar flips into 2018 it marks the 50th anniversary of Sly and the Family Stone, the ground-breaking interracial band from the San Francisco Bay area that created an amazing and timeless body of work between 1967 and 1974. Fusing soul, funk, rock and psychedelic sounds, the Family Stone provided a soundtrack to the times with tunes like Stand, …