Blues at the Crossroads: The Robert Johnson Centennial Concerts
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BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS: THE ROBERT JOHNSON CENTENNIAL CONCERTS
A TOUR AND STUDIO RELEASE
TO CELEBRATE JOHNSON'S LEGENDARY BLUES LEGACY

2011 Electrifying Concert Series and Accompanying Studio Recording to feature Big Head Todd & The Monsters, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, and Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm

"Robert Johnson [was the one] to whom we all owed our existence in some way." 
- Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin

BOSTON, MA - There's no denying anyone who digs the Blues will really dig the once-in-a-lifetime experience that is BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS: THE ROBERT JOHNSON CENTENNIAL CONCERTS. The very special tour (set to launch in San Francisco on Jan. 28, 2011) and accompanying studio recording (to be released early 2011) commemorates the 100th Anniversary of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson's birth with exhilarating collaborations between Big Head Todd & The Monsters, living Bluesman legend David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, and Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm. With Edwards on board, BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS has a direct connection back to the legend, as Edwards was in attendance for Johnson's last live performance the night Johnson passed away.

"We both wanted to create a blues show that was not just another blues show, but a show that was truly unique," said Blues at the Crossroads co-producer Ron Hausfeld, who is producing the tour with Ted Kurland Associates' Jack Randall.  "We want people to walk away saying, 'Wow...that was cool...I've never seen anything like it.'"

Before the tour hits the road, BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS musicians meet this fall at Ardent Recording Studios in Memphis to put this epic collaboration to tape.  The studio recordings will be released in early 2011 in conjunction with the tour.

BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS picks up the thread of Johnson's legacy in Mississippi, at the junction of US Highways 61 & 49; the very crossroads where, as legend has it, Robert Johnson's burning desire pushed him to make his deal with the devil - giving up his soul to write the baddest-ass blues the world had ever heard. One of the most famous Delta blues musicians, Johnson has influenced a broad range of musicians for generations with his songs, vocal phrasing and guitar style - in particular his landmark recordings from 1936-1937 that display a remarkable combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent.  Eric Clapton has called Johnson "the most important blues singer that ever lived" and described Johnson's emotive vocal delivery as "the most powerful cry that I think you can find in the human voice."  Johnson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an "Early Influence" in their first induction ceremony in 1986. Johnson's shadowy, poorly documented life and death at age 27 in 1938 have given rise to much legend.  

Big Head Todd & The Monsters: http://www.bigheadtodd.com/

David "Honeyboy" Edwards: http://www.davidhoneyboyedwards.com/

Hubert Sumlin: http://www.hubertsumlinblues.com/

Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm: http://www.intrepidartists.com/cedricburnsideandlightninmalcolm.html

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