Time for the 24th annual Carolina Blues Festival


Debbie Davies/Robin Rogers Co-Headline Festival

Debbie Davies (Photo by Joseph A. Rosen) Robin Rogers (Courtesy photo)

Move over, guys. It’s the ladies’ turn in the spotlight this year as the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society presents the 24 th Annual Carolina Blues Festival, in association with YES! Weekly, Saturday, May 8 at Festival Park, downtown Greensboro.

Two of the top nationally touring female blues artists will co-headline and perform together at the Carolina Blues Festival: guitarist/vocalist Debbie Davies and singer/harmonica player Robin Rogers.

People magazine raves, “Davies’s playing is extraordinary, full of propulsion, energy and melodic invention.” After knocking around the San Francisco blues scene for a few years, Davies joined a blues band fronted by Mayall’s wife Maggie. Debbie’s guitar playing soon caught the interest of Albert Collins, who invited her to join his band the Icebreakers. Ultimately Blind Pig Records, one of the leading blues recording labels in the US would offer Davies her own contract. Davies is an eight-time Blues Music Award nominee. She earned the award in 1997 for Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist. Her most recent CD was released in October of 2009; an all-instrumental tour-de-force entitled Holding Court.

Davies and her band will perform with Robin Rogers at the 24 th annual Carolina Blues Festival. Robin Rogers has established herself as one of the fastest-rising stars on the blues scene. Rogers is a triplethreat talent; she’s an expressive, soulful singer, a powerful blues harp player and an accomplished songwriter. Robin Rogers and Her Hot Band is already becoming a top draw on the blues touring scene. But Robin Rogers teamed with blues guitar great Debbie Davies on stage at the 24 th Annual Carolina Blues Festival has all the makings of an unforgettable performance.

One of the world’s hottest blues guitarists, Tinsley Ellis, will make his first appearance at the Carolina Blues Festival. Also on the bill this year is Raleigh-based retro blues guitarist Matt Walsh, and the two winners of the 2009 PBPS Blues Challenge, Greensboro’s Charlley Ward Band and Richmond, Va.-based duo Sleepy-Eyed Jay and Chicago Slim.

There will be ice-cold beer (draught and in cans), soft drinks and bottled water available. A wide selection of food vendors will be on hand to feed you. The PBPS will have their 2010 edition of the Carolina Blues Festival T-shirts, as well as other PBPS shirts and souvenirs available for sale. And, as usual, no coolers, bottles, cans or outside food allowed inside the festival area. Audio and video recording equipment is prohibited inside the festival area. No pets allowed. Please access the entrance to the festival at the front gate located near the intersection of Davie and Friendly streets. Flash photography will be allowed.

The Carolina Blues Festival is the closing event in the annual weeklong EMF Jazz & Blues Series.