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Billy Branch

Billy Branch was discovered by Willie Dixon, the "father of modern Chicago Blues," while Billy was still in college. Willie encouraged Billy to finish his college education, which he did, but instead of going to law school after receiving his political science degree, Billy began touring with the Willie Dixon Chicago All-Stars. This gave Billy the unique opportunity to travel and work as an under study for the legendary Carey Bell who was planning to leave the All-Stars and form his own band. When Carey took his leave, the young Billy Branch took his place, touring with Willie Dixon for 6 years

Hold On

Label: Pao Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Another Man Done Gone; I'll Fly Away; Rosalie; Sun Goes Down; Motherless Chile; Carry It Home To Rosie; Hold On; Sinnerman; Come Sunday.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chanda Rule + Sweet Emma Band: Hold On

Read "Hold On" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

With a focus on Black American Music, as born and developed in fields, churches and social gatherings, Hold On relies heavily on the strength of roots. But these interpretations address branches as well, drawing from the toughness of solid earth while extending above and beyond. Vocalist Chanda Rule expresses and sees to that understanding between origins ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

"A Toast To George Freeman" April 28, 2018 Special Guest Billy Branch, With Joanie Pallatto And Sparrow

"A Toast To George Freeman" April 28, 2018 Special Guest Billy Branch, With Joanie Pallatto And Sparrow

Southport Records and Lampkin Music Group presents: “A Toast to George Freeman"- Special Guest Billy Branch, with Joanie Pallatto and Sparrow on April 28, 2018 This is a general admission seated event. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the show. Media Sponsor: The WFMT Radio Network's Jazz Network. George Freeman is ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Hamonica Master James Cotton to Perform in Galloway October 22

Grammy Award-winning harmonica master James “Mr. Superharp" Cotton and his band will perform at the Stockton Performing Arts Center in Galloway on Monday, October 22, 2012. Cotton's latest CD, the Grammy-nominated Giant, is his long-awaited return to Alligator Records. Cotton, who in 2012 is celebrating his 68th year as a professional musician (starting at the age ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King and James Cotton to Perform in Wilmington

SMOKIN' JOE KUBEK & BNOIS KING AND JAMES COTTON TO PERFORM IN WILMINGTON! FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2011 Event: Riverfront Blues Festival Venue: Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park—Main Stage Address: South French St. and Water St. Wilmington, DE Phone: 302-376-6298 Ticket price: $15-$50, children 12 and under free Website: www.riverfrontbluesfest.com *See website for complete festival line-up and detailed ticket ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

James Kinds: Love You From The Top

Read "Love You From The Top" reviewed by Nic Jones

Guitarist/vocalist James Kinds was hailed as a promising young bluesman back in 1977, but since then success that might have promised has eluded him. Indeed, it's not unfair to say that he hasn't even managed to maintain a profile of the likes of Billy Branch and Lurrie Bell, with whom he toured Germany back in the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Billy Jones: The Urbanization of Delta Blues

Read "Billy Jones: The Urbanization of Delta Blues" reviewed by David King

It's a long way from the rich, fertile delta lands of North Little Rock, Ark., to the Netherlands, where Billy Jones records for Dutch blues label Black and Tan Records, but it was a route of which he never lost sight. Born into the segregated south, he was exposed to the driving beat of the blues ...


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