Larry McCray Band at 2016 Riverfront Blues Festival

Larry McCray’s heart and soul are in the blues. It’s been 25 years — award-winning ones at that — of scalding-hot and tasteful blues from the Arkansas-born, Michigan-based singer, guitarist, bandleader, songwriter and heir apparent to a lineage that includes personal influences and heroes such as B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all of whom he’s had the chance to meet and play with. McCray’s eight albums have blended reverence for that tradition with his own soulful spin on the form, and those achievements have been noted with an Orville H. Gibson Male Blues Guitarist of the Year award as well as the Top Guitarist prize in International Blues Matters’ 2014 writer’s poll.

 

There’s a part of McCray here that has a rock ‘n’ roll beat too, and he’s following that on his latest release, THE GIBSON SESSIONS, a 12-song set featuring some of his personal favorites by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger, ZZ Top, Gregg Allman, the Doobie Brothers, the Rolling Stones, Creendence Clearwater Revival and others, with help from six-string brethren such as Allman Brothers Band co-founder Dickey Betts, Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Eric Clapton), Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Jimmy Herring (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Allman Brothers Band, The Dead, Phil Lesh & Friends). “The blues is my favorite, for sure. I get more out of it, feeling-wise, but I’ve always been a rock ‘n’ roll fan and I’ve always tried to write music that was rock ‘n’ roll friendly,” McCray explains. He adds, THE GIBSON SESSIONS is as much a Larry McCray album as the 1990 or 91 debut AMBITION or any of the others that followed in its wake.

“I always try to move forward and remember where I came from,” McCray says. This album is a way to do these songs I love and maybe get them heard by people who like that music already, but do it in my own way so I can have some of my personality and self-identity within the music.”

Catch the Larry McCray Band at the 2016 Riverfront Blues Festival on Friday August 5th at 6:45 PM. For more information visit the Riverfront Blues Festival website.

 

Mr. Sipp to Perform at the 2016 Riverfront Blues Festival

Castro Coleman a-k-a Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Child” was born August 25, 1976 to Johnelle and the late Vera Coleman in the small town of McComb, MS. He began playing the guitar at the tender age of 6. Through hard work and perseverance, Mr. Sipp has become a Delta Blues Force to be reckoned with! Being recognized for his amazing vocals, songwriting ability, musicianship, ability to produce records and entertain Fans with an upbeat, outlandish show all make Mr. Sipp “The Total Package.”

With over 125 recording credits to his name, Mr. Sipp has played on over 50 national recordings with several Grammy nominated projects. He is well traveled and ready to come to play for you and spread his great gift of music to the World.

Mr. Sipp is the 2014 International Blues Challenge Winner by way of The Vicksburg Blues Society as well as The 2014 Gibson Best Guitarist Award Winner and 2014 Jus’ Blues Bobby Rush Entertainers Award Recipient. Mr. Sipp was also cast in the recently released James Brown movie, “Get on Up”.

Mr. Sipp spent 22 years in the Gospel Music Business as a Recording Artist and a Producer! Since his BIG WIN at The International Blues Challenge in 2014 and the release of his debut CD, “It’s My Guitar,” the music community has been a Buzz and welcomed him with open arms! On his debut, Sipp sings all vocals and plays all instruments for the entire record! That surely made listing the credits easy. Yes sir, when God was handing out musical talent, Mr. Sipp apparently was at the head of the line! What a talent!

On his new release, his debut recording for Malaco Records, entitled “The Mississippi Blues Child,” Mr. Sipp once again handles all of the vocals and plays numerous instruments, however this time around he is joined by other reputable Malaco Mississippi “Hitmen.” All songs with the exception of one are originals, and his diverse style of music separates this record from many of the other recent “cookie cutter” Delta Blues recordings.

For additional information about Mr. Sipp’s performance and the 2016 Riverfront Blues Festival, please visit the website.