THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES PRESENTS:
A BLUES NIGHT WITH CEPHAS & WIGGINS’ PHIL WIGGINS
& PINETOP PERKINS’ GEORGE KILBY JR.
Phil Wiggins and George Kilby Jr.
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
at An Die Musik Live
Sunday, April 19, at 5 pm
Phil Wiggins is a harmonica virtuoso and singer-songwriter in the Piedmont blues tradition of Sonny Terry. Wiggins is best known for his partnership with singer-guitarist “Bowling Green” John Cephas for more than 30 years and more than a dozen albums. The duo won the blues world’s biggest prize, the W.C. Handy Award for Entertainer of the Year, in 1987. Since Cephas died in 2009, Wiggins has fashioned new partnerships with such bluesmen as Corey Harris, Rev. John Wilkins, Nat Reese and Rick Franklin. This year he appeared with such peers as Harris, Taj Mahal, Shemekia Copeland, Guy Davis and Alvin Youngblood Hart on the album “True Blues,” which collects recent live performances from New York’s Lincoln Center, Los Angeles’s House of Blues and Annapolis’s Rams Head on Stage. In reviewing the album, American Blues Scene magazine said, “It’s Wiggins and his harp who steal the show with a seemingly limitless array of textures and riffs inserted between each verse.”
GEORGE KILBY JR:
George Kilby Jr. is best known as both a guitarist and producer for blues legend Pinetop Perkins, with whom Kilby actually lived for a year in Chicago. Kilby produced Perkins’ 1993 “Portrait of a Delta Bluesman,” which won the W.C. Handy Award for Blues Album of the Year. But Kilby has also worked with such artists as Coco Robicheaux, Rosco Gordon, Howie Wyeth, Henry Butler and Railroad Earth, and has released four albums of Southern roots-rock under his own name. More recently he has been co-writing songs with Phil Wiggins and performing with the harmonica whiz as a duo.
Though he is best known as a music critic for the Washington Post, Baltimore City Paper, Nashville Scene, Jazz Times, No Depression, Paste and others, Geoffrey Himes is also a longtime singer-songwriter who has co-written songs with Fred Koller, Walter Egan, Sonia Rutstein, Billy Kemp, Stephen Wade, Jim Patton, Ed Pettersen, Howard Markman, Paul Margolis, Josh Charles, Timothy Bracken, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere his new song, “On Conkling Street." He will be accompanied by Willem Elsevier, violinist for such acts as Love Riot, Billy Kemp and Milkshake.
AN DIE MUSIK:
An Die Musik is Baltimore’s finest listening room. With 84 armchairs, great acoustics, the city’s best piano and a lobby bar, this performance space above the venerable record store is as intimate as it is inviting. The street parking meters are free on Sundays; the venue offers discount coupons for the area’s ethnic restaurants, and the 5 pm start time keeps the afternoon free while allowing a good night's sleep before the work week. Here, at last, is a music experience designed for adults.
UPCOMING SHOWS IN THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES
AT AN DIE MUSIK LIVE:
May 30: “Singles and Hits: An Evening of Baseball Songs” with Sam Nitzberg, Matt Douglass, Jason Siemer, Alan MacEwen, Michael J. Hays, Geoffrey Himes, Willem Elsevier and more TBA
June 7: Karen Collins & TBA
July 12: Steve Johnson & TBA
August 23: Alan MacEwen and Victoria Vox
September 12: “Night of 1000 Dylans”
September 20: TBA
October 11: Lea Gilmore? TBA
November 8: Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus
November 14: “Streets of Baltimore: Songs of Our City” with Eileen Carson & Mark Schatz,
December 6: Christmas Show with TBA