As a preliminary to next January’s second annual Samantha Fish Cigar Box Guitar Festival – New Orleans, the producers are rolling out a worldwide open call for musicians -- amateur or professional; solo, duo or group -- to participate in a contest based on video performances utilizing handmade stringed instruments: cigar box guitars, canjoes, pocket fiddles, washtub basses, diddley bows, etc., with cash prizes totaling $1,000.
The Samantha Fish Cigar Box Guitar Festival – New Orleans 2020 will take place over four days (Wednesday, January 15 through Saturday, January 18) in two of the city’s best live music venues: New Orleans’ top Americana club, Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal St.
ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival Opening Night with Toko Telo, Bombino, and Samantha Fish with Luther Dickenson
The Old Settler’s Music Festival has announced their 2019 daily lineup, taking place April 11-14 in Tilmon, TX. Four-time Grammy Award winner and festival alumnus Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will perform an acoustic set on Friday, April 12, and six-time 2019 Grammy nominee Brandi Carlile will perform on Saturday, April 13. Full lineups by day are below, and day tickets are on sale now at the festival’s site,
The road to Samantha Fish’s Wild Heart Records winds along the Big Muddy through Baton Rouge, where young guitar players travel to learn from and experience the legacy left there by the likes of Buddy Guy, Kenny Neal, Tabby Thomas, Lightnin’ Slim and so many others who fueled that vibrant blues scene going back decades into the last century.
It was great to learn that The Trey Anastasio Trio, as listed on the schedule, was actually playing as a quartet, given that Ray Paczkowski had just returned to his keyboard the night before, after recovering from a health issue. That may have been Trey’s first real interaction with the crowd, there before the encore, where he played two solo songs with his acoustic, including a lovely “Waste,” before bringing his bandmates back for a third together. I did love how he phrased it, the news about Ray being better, genuinely thrilled to share “some good news in what seems like a world of bad news.”