So you’re going to the “Roots n Blues n BBQ” festival this weekend. You love blues music and all the subgenres influenced by that gritty, American sound.
Or maybe you don’t know much about it besides loving to karaoke The Black Crowes version of “Hard To Handle.” Or perhaps you just want to catch a glimpse of Kate Hudson’s baby daddy.
Whatever your motivation, there are some solid up-and-coming acts, as well as some staples (see what I did there?) to catch while they’re in town, or…gulp…still alive.
To prepare for the festival, I sat down with Hitt Records co-owner Kyle Cook to talk about what tunes can help newbies and connoisseurs of blues music prepare for the festival. (Full ethical disclosure: I play pickup hoops with him on Sundays.) We put a list together of some songs that may excite those already with tickets or convince those on the fence that you may want to catch these acts while they are in our backyard. Regardless, these are some of the tunes you should know before heading into the gates.
Also, check out this Spotify playlist to get you in the mood with more songs we couldn’t include here.
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