Why See Motor City Blues Festival?
The Blues Comes Home
The city that is more synonymous with the blues than any other presents its 13th annual festival in celebration of the genre. Among those on the bill is the great Sir Charles Jones, Shirley Brown, Calvin Richardson, Pokey Bear and Theodis Ealey.
Sir Charles Jones is a master of the traditional Southern style of R&B, he's a songwriter, producer, self-proclaimed 'undisputed king of southern soul', multi-instrumentalist and a vocalist! A familiar face on the charts, Jones' sophomore album, 'Love Machine', reached #9 on the Independent Albums chart. Three years later, in 2003, his third album 'A Southern Soul Party' peaked at #11 on the Blues Chart. Five years after that, his fifth album 'My Story' returned Jones back to the Blues Chart at #19.
Shirley Brown has also had her fair share of the charts, with her 1974 hit 'Woman to Woman' reaching the top spot of the Billboard R&B charts and peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track sold over one million copies and was certified Gold in 1974.
Theodis Ealey, known as 'The Bluesman Lover' due to his brassy tunes, is hailed as a blues singer and won the Male Vocalist Top Star Award in 1994. Like Shirley Brown, Ealey has also seen the view from the top of the charts with hit hit single 'Stand Up in It'/
Performance date: 16 March 2019
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