Sunday, May 01, 2011

Pondering the Stomp line up

First clues to the line up at this year's Ponderosa Stomp have been announced. And it looks rather less exciting and imaginative than previous ones. At the moment ‎the news is that the 10th annual Ponderosa Stomp will feature Allen Toussaint; Stax revue with William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Sir Mack Rice and Skip Pitts w/the Bo-Keys; Excello tribute: Lazy Lester, Classie Ballou, Warren Storm, Carol Fran, Rudy Richard & James Johnson; Lil Buck and Top Cats; Big Jay McNeely, Arch Hall JR. Not bad, but not quite the 'Unsung heroes of rock and roll' that the Stomp has become famous for.
No doubt more names will be announced later, And it would be good if they included the line up for an event called The Ponderosa Stomp: She's Got the Power! taking place in New York on July 30. Titled "A Girl Group Extravaganza including a Tribute to Ellie Greenwich," this will feature performances by Lala Brooks, Lesley Gore, Barbara Harris, Louise Murray, Margaret Ross, Arlene Smith, and Baby Washington, among others.
Regardless of the final line up I have booked my flight to the States in September, kicking off in St Louis and taking in Branson, Memphis and Clarksdale, as well as New Orleans. I can't wait.


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