At Christmas time last year I wrote a post about blues guitarist Matt “Guitar” Murphy. You can view that post by clicking here. It was his 80th birthday that month and I wanted to make sure people were aware of the occasion… Several years back Matt suffered a stroke. When I heard of this terrible circumstance, I tried to find out as much information as I could, but there wasn’t many details. The only thing I found out was he was recovering in Florida, but as far as the extent of the stroke, and if he was capable of someday playing again was not readily known.
Several days ago I received an email from a friend telling me about a Birthday Blues Bash,and to everyone’s delight, Matt would be on the bill… This is great news to finally hear about the return of this legendary artist. He arrives just in time for the 30th Anniversary of The Blues Brothers.
A Three Day Event–Nov 14th-16th,2008–Fellsmere Riding Club Rodeo Arena in Fellsmere, Florida
This event features some amazing talent… The lineup is as follows:
FRIDAY – November 14th
Gates Open at 4:00 p.m.
Ernie Southern & The Deltaholics 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Smokin’ Torpedoes 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Darrell Raines 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Eric Culberson 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Albert Cummings 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
SATURDAY – November 15th
Gates Open at 11:00 a.m.
Betty Padgett 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Robin Rogers 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Joey Gilmore 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Rich DelGrosso with The Nouveaux Honkies 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Albert Castiglia 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Matt “Guitar” Murphy 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Blues Guitar Legend Hubert Sumlin
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
SUNDAY – November 16th
Gates Open at 11:00 a.m.
Ben Prestage 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Nouveaux Honkies 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Juke Joint Duo 3:00 p.m. – 4:14 p.m.
Alvin Jett & the Phatnoiz Blues Band 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Chris Duarte Group 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
For more information regarding this great blues event, you can check it out by following the link located here. You can purchase tickets by clicking on the poster image above.
If you love the blues and happen to live or be in the Florida area at the time, you should take the opportunity to check out this birthday blues bash. With a lineup like this at a price that is extremely affordable, it promises to be one amazing weekend indeed…
If you are attending the bash, please post your comments here. And let us know how the event turned out. I for one would love to hear how Matt is doing and how he sounds since his recovery.