Bluesfest in London
After a couple of weeks in the States overdosing on the blues, including the King Biscuit Festival and the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, the line up for London's own Bluesfest at the Royal Albert Hall looked rather synthetic. Leading names taking part in the five day event included Georgie Fame, Gregory Porter, Van Morrison, Andy Fairweather Low, Dr Feelgood, Elvis Costello and Sheryl Crow - all excellent acts but not exactly down home blues, although there was some of the authentic stuff on show in the form of Robert Cray at one of the evening concerts.
I attended on Friday, the final day and there were some interesting acts performing during the afternoon. These included some genuine Chicago blues in the form of Mud Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters, who proved well able to continue his dad's legacy, with a selection of his own songs, including the amusing Catfishing, and one or two of Muddy's. There was a good band playing with him and he was worth the admission price (£20) alone.