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2011 Festival Video - Rhythm & Blues

Lucky Lloyd, R&B Guitar Player


Musician Lucky Lloyd was here for the first week of the Festival, playing lead guitar with Swamp Dogg. In this interview,Read More

 

Diz Russell of Sonny Til’s Orioles


Vocalist Albert “Diz” Russell of Sonny Til’s Orioles talks about Duke Ellington, the history of doo-wop, and the birth ofRead More

 

The Funk Brothers: Stop in the Name of Love


The Funk Brothers, a coalescence of talented studio musicians, backed over eighty #1 singles. From 1959 to 1972, the group supported theRead More

 

Fred Wesley and the New JBs


Fred Wesley, legendary jazz trombonist and former band leader for James Brown, brings the funk to the Motor City StageRead More

 

Colombian Chirimía Meets American Rhythm & Blues


On the last day of the Festival, July 11, musicians from Chirimía la Contundencia (Quibdó, Colombia) and the Monitors (WilsonRead More

 

Presenting the Monitors of Wilson County, North Carolina


The Monitors, from Wilson County, North Carolina, have been performing for over fifty years. Best known for their R&B and jazzRead More

 

Swamp Dogg Live!


Celebrated songwriter, producer, singer, musician, and performer Jerry “Swamp Dogg” Williams performs his song “Crawdad Hole.” Video shot by EricRead More

 

Swamp Dogg performs “Total Destruction to Your Mind”


Swamp Dogg and company perform “Total Destruction to Your Mind,” the title song of Swamp Dogg’s first LP from 1970. JerryRead More

 

Soul Train Dance Party in 90 Seconds


We are happy to share this wonderful video of the June 30 Soul Train Dance Party. This was shot byRead More