COLUMBIA — If you can’t make up your mind about which musical act to catch at this year’s Roots 'N’ Blues 'N’ BBQ Festival, here’s a take on some of the best.
T.J. Wheeler, blues musician and teacher of the Hope, Heroes and the Blues program picks his favorites:
“They take a lot of old-time players who need recognition,” Wheeler said. “I always look forward to seeing them.”
The artists who will be featured at the festival are:
- Pat Duffy
- Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen
- Pat Wilder
- Lil’ Joe Burton
- Albert White
- Nashid Abdul-Khaaliq
- Ardie Dean
2) The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker: “I love old school R&B and soul, and he’s an old school soul singer,” Wheeler said.
Walker has been performing since the '60s, when he opened for artists such as James Brown and Wilson Pickett.
3) Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band: This husband-wife duo is a force to be reckoned with. Wheeler said he feels their first time touring together should be interesting.
“I respect them both quite a bit,” he said. “Trucks is one of the most innovative electric slide guitarists on the circuit.”
4) Shemekia Copeland: Wheeler has played with Copeland at other festivals and finds this blues singer “always excellent.” The daughter of Texas blues guitarist Johnny Clyde Copeland, she is a formidable talent in her own right.
Richard King, owner of The Blue Note also chose the artists he wants to see.
1) Del McCoury Band: This legendary bluegrass musician has been performing for the last 50 years.
“Even though this is his second appearance, I don’t think you can find anyone with his style,” King said.
2) Anders Osborne featuring The Stanton Moore Trio: King said he is excited to see the Swedish-born, Grammy-winning artist perform live.
“I’m familiar with his music, but I’ve never seen him live, and I’ve heard great stories about his live performances,” King said.
3) Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band: One of the biggest acts at the festival this year is among King’s favorites, too.
“They have both performed at The Blue Note with their bands, but I have never seen them together,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to that.”
4) Those Darlins: The Tennessee band will be kick starting the festival this year.
“I expect them to be a great opening act,” King said.
5) Dan Tyminski: The 13-time Grammy winner is also expected to be one of the biggest draws at the festival. King said he believes his performance will be heavily anticipated this time.
“Tyminski was scheduled to perform last year, but he had a severe case of bronchitis a few days before the festival and pulled out,” King said.
The performance times can be found on the festival’s website.