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It's the return of Dawes to XPN Free At Noon.





Dawes is sold out but you can still Listen & WATCH the performance LIVE on Friday at 12noon ET!


Last summer Dawes lit up the night with their bright Americana rock n' roll at the XPoNential Music Festival. Their performance was one of the festival's highlights. Listen to the full performance here and check out the photo gallery too.

Dawes' new album, Stories Don't End, is set for release on April 9 and XPN's Free At Noon audience is one of the first to hear some of their new music live. The album is the band's first release on its own label, HUB Records, and features the already hit single, "From A Window Seat."

Dawes played SXSW in Austin last week, then heads to Dallas and Nashville, before hitting the east coast, with a stop in Baltimore. Then on to Maine and Vermont. They will be back in the tri-state area on April 12, at the Bob Carpenter Center (tix), opening for Bob Dylan. You can find all of their tour dates here: Dawes Tour Dates

LISTEN TO Dawes 2012 XPoNential Music Festival Performance

Watch Dawes performance from SXSW 2013 on The Key.

XPN Members! If you are on this week's Free At Noon reservation list, get there early and show your MemberCard for priority entry to the show from 11:30 – 11:40am!

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Recent Release: Stories Don't End
Release Date: April 9, 2013
Label: HUB Records
Band Origin: Los Angeles, California


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From the church, to the studio, to the stage, don't miss The Slide Brothers at this Friday's Free At Noon.

Hear a Live Friday Free At Noon Concert at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music Broadcast Live Fridays from the stage this week World Cafe Live in Philadelphia





Thanks to Robert Randolph, their biggest fan, these four legendary sacred steel players just released their debut album. True masters of their music, The Slide Brothers open for George Thorogood & The Destroyers at the Keswick Theatre on Thursday, March 14, and join us for a free at noon concert on March 15.

Revitalizing the Sacred Steel tradition in the modern era, The Slide Brothers have created a musical story that is 80 years in the making. The style, driven by the pedal steel guitar, was born in The House of God Church back in the 1930's and had never been heard outside of religious services. This new form of slide guitar began attracting a wide variety of blues fans. Carrying the genre to mainstream success, The Slide Brothers have helped cultivate a unique, American art form undisturbed by the commercialism that surrounds so many other types of music.

The band consists of Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell, and Aubrey Ghent. The quartet has traveled from Nashville to Chicago to Newark, developing their musical skills all along the way. Born in 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio, Cooke has been dubbed by Nashville steel guitarists as the "B.B. King of gospel steel guitar." Today, he is recognized as the most influential living pedal steel master in the Sacred Steel tradition.

The Slide Brothers released their debut album, Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers, on February 19. The band does a successful job of shifting between genres, incorporating both traditional gospel and secular repertoire. In addition, the group has been touring the U.S., which included a very special stop on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno this past February.

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Recent Release: Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Label: Concord Records


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XPN Artist to Watch

David Berkeley

David Berkeley

Imagine a road trip in Nick Drake's old car, give Ryan Adams a seat, Grant Lee Phillips is there, maybe Beck has the wheel and Joni Mitchell is giving directions. The music they'd listen to would be pretty close to the music of David Berkeley, this young, charismatic singer from Georgia. His voice is warm like a tumbler of bourbon. He believes in the lyrics he writes, and he sings them from the marrow of his bones.
Website: davidberkeley.com

Jamie Cullum

Jamie Cullum

British pianist/vocalist Jamie Cullum mixes jazz with melodic pop and rock into a crossover style that calls to mind such artists as Harry Connick, Jr. and Norah Jones. In that vein, Cullum will just as often cover a swinging jazz standard as a modern rock song, and his original compositions deftly move from earnest ballads to songs of sardonic wit.
Website: jamiecullum.com

Keane

Keane

Tom Chaplin (vocals), Richard Hughes (drums), and Tim Oxley-Rice (piano) are childhood friends from Battle, East Sussex, England who make up the merry pop sounds of Keane. Formed in 1997 while each were attending college, Keane initially started out as a cover band. The shtick would only last so long, for Keane got tired of playing everyone else's songs and yearned to do things on their own. They signed to Island UK in Fall 2003 and released their fourth single, "This Is The Last Time." The band's full-length debut, Hopes and Fears, appeared the following spring.
Website: keanemusic.com

Charlotte Martin

Charlotte Martin

If In Parentheses served notice of Charlotte's arrival, then the stunning new full-length record On Your Shore confirms that she's here to stay. The album delivers on the promise of its predecessor with achingly beautiful meditations on faith, hope and love. On the surface, On Your Shore is catchy and compelling and swims in lush, piano-drenched balladry. But those who remember how to really listen to an album will also discover an artist determined to broaden her range by digging deeper. By taking a fearless and open-hearted approach to songwriting, Charlotte transforms the personal to the universal, making On Your Shore a shared and moving catharsis.
Website:charlottemartin.com

Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne is a tall, lanky, bearded guy, with a penchant for rumpled denim shirts and homemade haircuts. Which makes sense, seeing as he lives in a house he built himself on an old farm plot in Hartford. And he has no phone or electricity. Ray's voice has been compared to a dusty cabernet. He plays his guitar like it wronged him, and has more songs full of love and desperation than he knows what to do with. When he plays live, he writhes around on the stage like he had ants in his pants and sings from the depths of his soul and the soles of his shoes. He played the Tin Angel in Philadelphia in May. You can check out Ray's website for sample music cuts - "Trouble", "Shelter", and "Jolene".
Website: raylamontagne.com

Mutlu

Mutlu

Philly Local favorite. Whether it's the Soul, Funk, Jazz or Hip-Hop, there is something in Mutlu's music that will resonate in your heart, mind and soul. Mutlu is a singer, songwriter and musician of uncommon caliber and soul. He can often be seen playing solo or with a back-up band in and around the city of Philadelphia. His soulful vibe draws comparisons to such legendary performers as Stevie Wonder, Al Green and Prince.

Mutlu's new EP is available at all of his shows and at CD Baby.

Website: mutlusounds.com

Johnathan Rice

Johnathan Rice

When he was 16, singer/songwriter Johnathan Rice opened his mouth and let out a weathered, rustic sound that caught him by surprise. Like most teenagers obsessed with music try to do, Rice just wanted to see what his voice sounded like when imitating his heroes - Joni Mitchell, The Band, Neil Young, Bob Dylan. As consequence would have it, Rice decided to make his songwriting hobby a serious affair and returned to his native Virginia after spending most of his life growing up in Glasgow.
Website: johnathanrice.com

Simple Kid

Simple Kid

Irish-born Ciaran McFeely (aka Simple Kid) was about 10-years-old when he strolled home with a copy of Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet to the great shock of his brother. McFeely's hipper, older sibling immediately took him upstairs, tossed the disc out the window and said, "Here's Led Zeppelin." So began McFeely's love affair with the classics - Zeppelin, Neil Young, Bowie. As Jon and the boys hit the pavement and Zeppelin skins' man John Bonham pumped out his monstrous low-end march, the roots of Simple Kid were planted.
Website: simplekid.com

Jesse Sykes

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter

Singer/songwriter Jesse Sykes and guitarist Phil Wandscher have come together to unearth their own spooky brand of American music. The couple met in the smokey, charming confines of Seattle's Hattie's Hat bar in 1998 and began a naturally evolving collaboration, initially performing as a duo. Their effective partnership soon drew the attention of violinist Anne Marie Ruljancich, upright bass player Bill Herzog, and drummer Kevin Warner. Sykes' delicately bewitching alto and Wandscher's darkly spacious guitar melded warmly with their new band mates, and the collective was christened Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter.
Website: jessesykes.com

Pyeng Threadgill

Pyeng Threadgill

Pyeng Threadgill is the daughter of free jazz artist and composer Henry Threadgill and dancer & choreographer Christina Jones, who was also a founding member of the Urban Bushwomen. As an exciting and innovative new vocalist Pyeng is continuing the family's creative traditions.
Website: pyeng.com

Rachael Yamagata

Rachael Yamagata

Singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata grew up listening to Carole King, Roberta Flack, James Taylor, and the like, for music was the one thing in Yamagata's life that remained consistent. By the time she reached college in the mid-'90s, Yamagata had one year of piano lessons and a spiral notebook full of songs under her belt. In September 2002, Yamagata landed a deal with Arista's Private Music and her self-titled EP was pulished in October. On sale everywhere in June, is Rachael's debut Album Happenstance.
Website: rachaelyamagata.com

Adrienne Young

Adrienne Young

Adrienne Young believes that, in the past, music was more of a communal activity than it is today. "Ideally, music is something you play with people, not just for them," she says. Young and her band, Little Sadie, trust that by sharing what moves them, people who attend their performances will walk away feeling that they were part of a creative exchange.
Website: adrienneyoung.com

XPN Artist to Watch

Alexi Murdoch

Alexi Murdoch

On Four Songs, his debut EP, Murdoch showcases a songwriting style in which he impossibly manages to build the grandeur of arena-rock anthems into quiet folk songs. With "Only Fear" and "Orange Sky" especially, he writes and sings with an urgency that implores you to take notice. His music assaults the listener from all angles - with a lyrical style that is both earnest and thought-provoking (while avoiding the pervasive cliche and banality of today's music), and with the melding of his subtle guitar and his calm, soothing voice, creating an atmospheric quality that ensnares the senses.
Website: aleximurdoch.com

Amos Lee

Amos Lee

Highly influenced by soul, folk, and blues music, Amos Lee directs his music with a spirit and presence rooted in American tradition. Taking inspiration from soul greats Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway as well as from folk legends John Prine and Dave Van Ronk, Amos delivers a unique breed of folky soul music that aims to unite, uplift, and inspire. Amos has recently been touring both in Europe and here on the North American Tour with Norah Jones. He played the WXPN Singer Songwriter Weekend Festival on July 18 in Philadelphia. You can pick up his EP at his shows or through CD Baby.
Website: amoslee.com

Damien Rice

Damien Rice

With the album unfinished, Damien Rice released his first single "The Blower's Daughter" in Ireland in September 2001. Entering straight into the top 20, his ensuing tour was a resounding success. O, Damien's debut album, was released the following February to hails from the critics of "mesmerizing," "absorbing" and "emotional." Now at double platinum status album in Ireland, Damien Rice has received three nominations in the 2003 Meteor Ireland Music Awards, as well as scooping the board in the Hot Press Readers' Poll for Best Album, and entering the top 5 for Best Male Singer, Best Live Act, Best Songwriter and Best Single.
Website: damienrice.com

Darcie Miner

Darcie Miner

Growing up in a musical family, Darcie went from mimicking the bands she admired and that her parents played on the home stereo, including Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen, to picking up the guitar at age 11. And even while this precocious singer/songwriter/guitarist assesses where she's come from, she's hurtling into a very promising future in rock music. After building a regional following in the northeast with steady touring and opening slots for the likes of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Wyclef Jean, Beth Hart, Jeffrey Gaines and Edwin McCain, Miner and her crack four-piece band are ready for national exposure.
Website: darcieminorband.com

Derek Trucks

Derek Trucks

The Derek Trucks Band has been a work in progress for over 10 years, slowly blending jazz, rock, blues, Latin, Eastern Indian, and other world music into the sound that now defines the DTB. The mission of the band has been to assemble a group of musicians that share a passion for improvisation and musical exploration and to develop a special musical unity by performing with this core group of players for an extended period of time. The focus of the band is on the art form itself, despite the current trend of image-driven music on the scene today. The DTB aims to create progressive roots music in an effort to move the art form forward and re-establish substance over hype.
Website: derektrucks.com

eastmountainsouth

eastmountainsouth

At its core, the group is Kat Maslich and Peter Adams. Both are vocalists, instrumentalists and writers imprinted with the undeniable regional character one might expect from children of the South. Their music, as exemplified by eastmountainsouth, is an alloy of hill-country melodies, contemporary studio techniques and literary-minded lyrics that frequently trace the experience of loss.
Website: eastmountainsouth.com

Gemma Hayes

Gemma Hayes

Gemma honed her songwriting skills playing the Dublin circuit by night. Despite audiences and critics instantly warming to her gorgeous melodies and haunting songs, she gradually grew tired of the restriction of the acoustic guitar and started to put together a band. Her vision to combine the singer songwriter elements of her acoustic work with the layered harmonic discord of her favorite artists like My Bloody Valentine. It's been this aim to combine the opposing forces of fragility and chaos that has remained central to her work since.
Website: gemmahayes.com

Kathleen Edwards

Kathleen Edwards

Kathleen Edwards was born in Ottawa, Canada to parents in the Foreign Service, and spent portions of her youth in Korea and Switzerland. At age five, she began classical violin studies that continued for the next twelve years. (Kathleen arranged and played all the string parts on Failer.) "A lot of my classical training was by ear, and I think that played a big part in my being able to play guitar and write melodies," she says. "My mother was a piano teacher and my dad is a great singer - in fact, they met in a choir. So my older brother and I were both thrown into playing music almost from birth."
Website: kathleenedwards.com

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

The music of Robert Randolph is more than just one man playing a pedal steel guitar. It is more than just a band, a family, on stage engulfing its audience with intense jams. It is a unique style and a new genre of music altogether. Hearing it for the first time, you get the feeling of meeting someone for the first time and knowing instantly you've met a lifelong friend. The music of Robert Randolph, at its heart, is a friendship. A friendship between Robert and his band - they are his cousins in blood and in passion. A friendship between the musicians and the music itself - they pour their emotion into each note, their souls into each jam.
Website: robertrandolph.net

Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts

Everything about singer Sam Roberts seems rockstar-ready. He enjoys a good time, is crazy about sports and lives for the road, whether it's with his band or as a world traveler. The music penned for The Inhuman Condition is witty, straightforward stuff reminiscent of all that was good about classic British and American pop-not too cool, not too specific, melodic and rocking, the type of music that makes you move.
Website: samrobertsband.com

Polyphonic Spree

Polyphonic Spree

Dallas symphonic pop group the Polyphonic Spree is less a band than a happening, in the 1960's sense of the word. When the group takes to the stage for a live performance, its two dozen members are costumed in flowing robes of snowy white, an appropriate backdrop for their happy and uplifting musical message that's catchy pop minimally laced by gospel. Fans have compared them to both the Flaming Lips and the Beach Boys, with a smidgen of lively Godspell-like attitude thrown into the mix.
Website: thepolyphonicspree.com

The Thorns

The Thorns

"We're The Thorns," Matthew Sweet tells the crowd of assembled radio programmers and various music industry folks at an out-of-the-way resort on Hawaii's Kohala Coast. It's early evening on Thursday, February 13, and Sweet is introducing a new trio who, individually, are already quite well-known. Sweet, Shawn Mullins and Pete Droge come equipped with a resume that features, between them, 15 albums' - including one gold-seller (Sweet's Girlfriend), and one platinum (Mullins' Soul's Core), and one of those songs that was absolutely everywhere back in 1998 (Mullins' "Lullaby"). The introduction as The Thorns is particularly appropriate given that this is the very first time anyone outside of the group's immediate circle is seeing them perform.
Website: thethorns.com

Over the past decade Josh Ritter has made some incredible, pure singer-songwriter records. His gift of verse and creative storytelling has yielded more than a handful of albums, another handful of EPs and even his first novel back in 2011. Prolific and engaging, it’s always been easy to get wrapped up in his stories on songs like “Girl In the War” and “The Curse,” songs that could spawn their own novels. Josh seems to find ease in telling the story through the eyes of his characters, and that’s what makes his latest album, The Beast in Its Tracks (Pytheas Recordings), the biggest departure of his career.

It would seem that blending the sounds of both electronica and psychedelia with tropical melodies would create a giant mess, but that is not the case with London's very own four-piece, Django Django. Not to be confused with the protagonist of Quentin Tarantino's latest spaghetti western, Django Django seeks musical expansion rather than gory revenge. The band enjoys experimenting with all kinds of music, taking whatever genre interests them and infusing it with a modern rock beat.

Formed back in 2009, the group initially met while studying at Edinburgh College of Art. Members Vincent Neff (vocals and guitar), David Maclean (percussion and producer), Jimmy Dixon (bass), and Tommy Grace (synth operator) create melodies and harmonies that recall those of Grizzly Bear and The Beach Boys, full of rich layering. Their debut album Django Django, released in January of 2012, showcases such talent. The album was a great success, charting at #33 on the U.K. Albums Chart and #26 on Rolling Stone's list of the 50 albums of 2012.

Since then, Django Django has put together an album of remixes and cover versions entitled Hi-Djinx! The remix came out this past December. The band plays a full show at Union Transfer, Friday night, March 8 at 8pm.


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Recent Release: Django Django
Release Date: December 14, 2012
Label: Because Music
Band Origin: Edinburgh, Scotland

Pete Donnelly - December 2011 saw the release of his debut, When You Come Home, a killer album which made many "Best Of" lists for 2011. Donnelly, who was a member of the legendary band NRBQ, is also a founding member of The Figgs, which has a world-wide fan base, a hearty discography, and has toured and recorded several times with Graham Parker.

As the ever active bass player and song writer in The Figgs, founded in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in 1987, Donnelly has spent the better part of the past 25 years touring with the band, as well as a number of other artists such as Soul Asylum, Mike Viola & The Candy Butchers and Tommy Stinson, Living in the Philadelphia area for the past decade, when not on the road, Pete Donnelly has been writing, performing, engineering and/or producing for a variety of artists, including John Legend, Sub Pop artist Death Vessel, G. Love & Special Sauce, Carsie Blanton, The Capitol Years, Amos Lee and Ben Arnold, to name a few.

When You Come Home is a watershed record in Pete Donnelly’s prolific music career. The 14 tracks were recorded mostly at Henry Hirsch’s Waterfront Studio in Hudson NY; with Fred Berman(Amos Lee) on Drums, and Adam Winokur on Bass; and then over a period of two years in different cities and studios, and with an assortment of top-notch players — including Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), Britta Phillips (Luna, Dean and Britta), Jonn Savannah (Van Morrison, Squeeze) and Mike Gent (the Figgs, The Gentlemen).

Built upon catchy and sturdy melodies, and played with a genuine sense of care, Donnelly’s songs are testaments to his artistry, each inspired in part by all of the musicians he’s had an opportunity to work with.

In addition to his XPN Free At Noon performance, Pete plays The Twisted Tail on March 14, 2013.

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Recent Release: When You Come Home
Release Date: December 15, 2011
Label: Colonial Way
Hometown: Philadelphia/Haddonfield

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James Hunter is back with his longtime band, rechristened The James Hunter Six. They have a new album - due out in the states on February 25 and play World Cafe Live on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Hailed by Van Morrison as one of the best voices in British R&B and Soul, James Hunter has always made a life-sized impression on audiences with his rollicking sets.

A native of Colchester, England, Hunter found his much-heralded voice while playing clubs and festival circuits in England. He proved himself quickly, touring extensively with Van Morrison and his band for most of the 1990s and also sharing stages with other legends like John Lee Hooker, Willie Nelson, and Junior Wells.

Before that, Hunter was a bluesabilly, beginning his career with the band Howlin' Wilf and the Vee-Jays in the mid-'80s. It wasn't until 2006, though, that Hunter released his first solo effort in the U.S., the Grammy-nominated (Best Traditional Blues Album), People Gonna Talk.

Now Hunter has reassembled the James Hunter Six for Minute by Minute, out February 26.
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Recent Release: Minute by Minute
Release Date: February 25, 2013
Label: Fantasy


photo credit Michael Spencer Already hailed as a refreshingly contemporary soul artist, singer/songwriter Jesse Dee is a new twist on the old school. An artist and graphic designer, Dee got into music to create a sound that combined Stax horns, sounds of Motown and New Orleans, and Dee's own Chess Records-evoking vocals. Born in Boston, MA., in 1980, Dee grew up in nearby Arlington, where he got hooked on local oldies radio station WODS at just 8 years old. He was already fronting a band by age 19.

Dee's 2008 debut album Bittersweet Batch was lauded by the New York Daily News and opened the door for him to open for Al Green. On My Mind/In My Heart, Dee's debut record for Alligator Records, has met similar acclaim from the Boston Globe and reflected the influence on him from Otis Redding and Sam Cooke with a classic soul feel.

Dee will perform at XPN's Free at Noon on Friday, March 1.

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James Hunter is back with his longtime band, rechristened The James Hunter Six. They have a new album - due out in the states on February 25 and play World Cafe Live on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Hailed by Van Morrison as one of the best voices in British R&B and Soul, James Hunter has always made a life-sized impression on audiences with his rollicking sets.

A native of Colchester, England, Hunter found his much-heralded voice while playing clubs and festival circuits in England. He proved himself quickly, touring extensively with Van Morrison and his band for most of the 1990s and also sharing stages with other legends like John Lee Hooker, Willie Nelson, and Junior Wells.

Before that, Hunter was a bluesabilly, beginning his career with the band Howlin' Wilf and the Vee-Jays in the mid-'80s. It wasn't until 2006, though, that Hunter released his first solo effort in the U.S., the Grammy-nominated (Best Traditional Blues Album), People Gonna Talk.

Now Hunter has reassembled the James Hunter Six for Minute by Minute, out February 26.
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Recent Release: Minute by Minute
Release Date: February 25, 2013
Label: Fantasy


photo credit Michael Spencer Already hailed as a refreshingly contemporary soul artist, singer/songwriter Jesse Dee is a new twist on the old school. An artist and graphic designer, Dee got into music to create a sound that combined Stax horns, sounds of Motown and New Orleans, and Dee's own Chess Records-evoking vocals. Born in Boston, MA., in 1980, Dee grew up in nearby Arlington, where he got hooked on local oldies radio station WODS at just 8 years old. He was already fronting a band by age 19.

Dee's 2008 debut album Bittersweet Batch was lauded by the New York Daily News and opened the door for him to open for Al Green. On My Mind/In My Heart, Dee's debut record for Alligator Records, has met similar acclaim from the Boston Globe and reflected the influence on him from Otis Redding and Sam Cooke with a classic soul feel.

Dee will perform at XPN's Free at Noon on Friday, March 1.

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Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale play World Cafe Live in Philly on March 1, with an opening set from Max Gomez.

Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale Releasing more than 30 combined albums between them before teaming up last year, Americana singer-songwriters Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale comprise one of the most venerable duos in popular music today.

Miller began making his own records in 1995. Since then, he has written or co-written songs for Brooks & Dunn, the Dixie Chicks and Lee Ann Womack, also playing alongside Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. Most notably, though, he has collaborated several times with his wife Julie.

Jim Lauderdale has been making his own records since 1986 and has also written songs released by George Strait and Patty Loveless. As a collaborator with Ralph Stanley and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, Lauderdale has always shown he can make beautiful music with others too.

And so Miller and Lauderdale, longtime friends and cohosts of the Buddy & Jim Show, paired together to release the critically acclaimed country duets record Buddy and Jim in November. The duo is now touring in support of their effort and will play XPN Free At Noon on Friday, February 22!

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photo credit Paul Moore Max Gomez Immersed in the nature and art of Taos, the most northern of Mexican pueblos, young singer-songwriter Max Gomez has found inspiration in the spirituality that surrounds his home. A fan of the blues since he was little, Gomez listened to artists such as Lead Belly and Robert Johnson. He later turned his attention to traditional American folk music. As a result, his songs are an emotionally raw and spiritually calming fusion of the two genres. His debut album, Rule the World, successfully captures this fusion on tracks such as "Run From You," "Never Say Never," and "Ball and Chain." The album came out earlier this January.

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A Special Mississippi Blues Project Concert Featuring
Anthony 'Big A' Sherrod & Bilbo Walker with Robert 'Wolfman' Belfour.
A Special Concert Double-Header featuring hour-long sets from each artist.

Since August of 2012, the Mississippi Blues Project has graced the Greater Philadelphia area with a series of artistic performances that capture the beauty and richness of blues music. In this upcoming special Free At Noon concert, Anthony 'Big A' Sherrod & Bilbo Walker, plus Robert 'Wolfman' Belfour will perform and connect audiences to the history and evolution of the blues genre.

Hailing from Mississippi, Anthony 'Big A' Sherrod can be characterized as a talented, young bluesman who primarily plays the guitar. Inspired by a notable blues instructor in his area, Sherrod began diversifying his sound by learning how to master the bass, drums and keyboards. Understanding the meaning of hard work, Sherrod applied himself and focused on sharing his love for blues music across the nation. He has extensive experience playing at numerous local venues in Mississippi as well as appearing in a couple of films such as Last of the Mississippi Jukes. Additionally, in regards to films, Sherrod not only performed in the 2012 film We Juke Up In Here" but also penned the title track for the film.

Robert "Bilbo" Walker Jr. is another famous blues musician and known in the blues music world for his "rock 'n' roll showmanship" and "flamboyant Chuck Berry imitations. Born February 19, 1937, on the Borden Plantation in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Walker counts Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry, and Ike Turner among his early stylistic influences. He's spent his time paying his dues - played the clubs in Chicago, the jooks in Mississippi, and road houses up and down the "Blues Highway." Then he took his music to California and started all over again. He loved California so much that he finally moved there but never forgets his roots, and every few months he packs up his retinue of friends, family, and musicians and makes the 2000 mile trip from California back to Mississippi Delta.


Performing alongside Big A's trio, Robert 'Wolfman' Belfour will take the stage and exemplify his love for blues music. A veteran in the blues arena, Belfour started playing music his entire life. Highly influenced by his father and Junior Kimbrough, Belfour has recorded numerous tracks that have been featured in blues compilations worldwide. In the early 1980s, Belfour introduced himself to the public music scene by performing in a plethora of Memphis clubs. After a while, he decided to expand his career and tour across Europe where he became consistently praised and recognized for his talent. Eventually, Belfour became more prominent in the US for his captivating albums that combine unique, stylistic elements of Delta Blues and hill country blues.

Come enjoy Anthony 'Big A' Sherrod & Bilbo Walker plus Robert Belfour, as they treat audiences in the Greater Philadelphia area with their irresistible blues numbers and represent the beauty of the Mississippi Blues Project.

Check out the Video from Sense of Place Memphis Featuring Robert 'Bilbo' Walker.

The Mississippi Blues Project is made possible with support from
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project.

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