THE SIX STRING SHOWDOWN

SixStringNew2.JPGThe only all out blues guitar festival in Southern California that features some of the greatest living blues guitarists on one stage! 

This years line up included:

Junior Watson
For a video preview go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SBntGgWrdE&feature=related
One of the world's best kept scerets he rarely plays in Southern California .  Junior has done what all great artists have done: melting diverse styles to create a style all his own.  Besides his complete mastery of blues and swing he often adds his own cartoon-like twist to everything he plays. You'll never know what he will do and when asked he doesn't know himself. 

Kirk Fletcher
For a video preview go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PGPhaWCgYY
Kirk Fletcher is only 32 years old, but this young man has won more accolades in recent years than almost anyone else. He gets an ovation after every fleet fingered solo, with his uncanny ability to take every flight completely over the top, as well as playing low down funky rhythm.   
LA Jones 
www.lajones.com
One of the most entertaining showman on the scene, L.A. Jones and his band The Blues Messengers are sure to please.  Check out this guy playing left-handed AND right-handed guitars in the same set!  A true original personality and a killer deep blues guitarist!
Jeff Ross
This guy can play blues, jazz, country, gypsy music and everything in between!   This guy is a show unto himself
Dave Melton
A mainstay with the Mamas Boys in downtown Long Beach for a decade, Dave’s not only a major local favorite, he's one of the world's greatest standard-tuned slide players. 
Cadillac Zack 
www.cadillaczack.com
Cadillac Zack is the only So Cal guitarist who really faithfully sticks 100% to the mid-1960s West Side Chicago sound.  Having cut his musical teeth in the 1990s in the Windy City, it was there that he shared stages with Otis Rush, Magic Slim, and was taught by Little Smokey Smothers (who's only other student was the great Elvin Bishop).   
Andy Walo
www.andywalo.com
After five years on the Chicago Blues scene, Andy relocated to Los Angeles , CA in 1997. where he co-led local Blues-band The Mama's Boys for two years.  Walo formed his own band in 2002, showcasing original songs in the Classic Blues/Rock vein of Free and Led Zeppelin coupled with Classic, Funky Chicago Blues.  He won the International Blues Challenge regional finals in 2007.
Dangerous Darryl opened the show with a rare acoustic set.
Dangerous Darryl first attained prominence in 1988 when he won the Long Beach Blues Festival Talent Search. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays guitar, harmonica, Dobro and lap steel.

Performers of this years show were backed by Deacon Jones and Chris De Soto, both on Hammond B-3 AND an all-star rhythm section which included, Mike Hightower and Schoolboy Junior on bass Johnny Minquez on drums and a smorgasbord of others.

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