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Monday, 10.06.2013, 20:20
oh what a night...
Cedell Davis
& Brethren (USA)
It promises to be an illustrious event 'cause we're gonna showcasing some hot and heavy Southern Blues tonite.


First it will be the brothers of Brethren, two of which are father and son, name's Greg «Big Papa» and Zakk Binn. And after they've sufficiently put you on notice, they'll be backing the 80something original shouting Blues man CeDell Davis who'll get your mojo working with his own raw and unmistakeable juke joint tunes. And all of it is coming out of a wheelchair. But first, he's a real re-discovery of the Fat Possum label where you can look for Iggy Pop as well. CeDell was born 1926 in Helena, Arkansas, grew up on that Upper Mississippi patch and he's jammed with greats like Sonny Boy Williams II, Robert Nighthawk, Doctor Ross, Roosevelt Sykes, Robert Lookwood Jr., Peter R.E.M. Buck and Barret Martin of Screaming Trees and Walking Papers. With the latter the live-album «When Lightning Struck the Pine» (2002) came out and shouting about.
Now what's with that wheelchair? When he was a kid he fell ill to polio, became partially paralysed and had to resort to moving on crutches. But keep on moving on he did and it's worth noting because it actually led to the development of his unique style in playing the Blues: «It took me about three years. I was right-handed but I couldn't use my right hand, so I had to turn the guitar around, I play left-handed now. But I still needed something to slide with and my mother had these knives, a set of silverware, and I kinda swiped one of 'em.»  Ironically, there existed no recordings by CeDell until 1983. That changed in a hurry and beginning in 2008 he's been touring with Brethren. Since he suffered a mild stroke he cannot play the guitar any longer either. But lightning will strike twice tonight: First, it's his Buddha-like presence and second, this great performer is blessed with a powerful, hardcore voice that will vibrate the pine of our stage. Wheelchair be damned.
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